Growth is fueled by ideas. When someone dares to take a risk on an idea, it's amazing what can happen. A man with a kite and a key can change history. A horseless carriage comes to life. Four guys in a garage can turn into a multi-billion dollar industry.
History is full of world changers who had the courage to dream big. Thomas Edison, considered one of the greatest inventors of all time, changed our lives with the electric light bulb, sound recording and the motion picture camera. Imagine how different our world would be without his ideas.
And when it comes to modern technology, we've seen incredible growth over the past 20 years. There are countless good ideas that are impacting our business and personal lives today. But here are a few of the most noteworthy world changers of the past two decades:
Google. It's the name synonymous with searching the web - so much so that it's recognized as a verb by the Oxford English Dictionary. If you don't know the answer to something, google it. Need to find a recipe online, google it. What started out as a research project in 1998 has become an internet giant, impacting not only how people look up information online, but also how we carry out day-to-day business.
Facebook. The social media giant has changed how we interact with our world. Started by another college student in 2004, Facebook now boasts over 1.86 billion active monthly users ranging in age from 13 to 103. Every 60 seconds on Facebook 510,000 comments are posted, 293,000 statuses are updated, and 136,000 photos are uploaded*. And that college student is now worth $56.7 billion. All because of an idea.
Smartphones. Chances are you have one in your pocket, on your desk, or in your hand right now. Smartphones have revolutionized how we access and communicate with our world. Have you googled something on your phone today? Have you used it to check Facebook? Do you text? Keep your calendar handy? Have pages of apps and several gigs of data stored? Regardless of your operating system preference, this 428.9 billion dollar industry** has taken over our world and it just keeps growing with new handsets, apps and options that keep us coming back for more.
We all have ideas. You may not be setting out to change the world with your great idea, but you could change your business. You may be looking to streamline your processes or improve employee productivity and we can help you bring those ideas to life. Whether you've got it all planned out or you just scribbled something down on a napkin during dinner last night, we'd love to help you turn your idea into a reality. It may not change the whole world, but it could change your world.
*Source: The Social Skinny