ArticleThe Invention of the 20-Something-Year-Old Founder

The Invention of the 20-Something-Year-Old Founder

Yes, friends, there was a time in the days of startup yore when being a 20-something-year-old Founder was unheard of. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but mainly it was 1994, and rollerblading was still a thing.

I was a 19-year-old college student that had been living inside the Internet long before the Web browser came along (thank you, Marc Andreessen). I had this notion that these new "Web Pages," as we called them, would be a big deal, so I set up shop to build them for people.

Things were just starting to take off, and I went to my guidance counselor, full of excitement, to tell her I was dropping out of college. She was startled. "What's wrong? Is everything OK?" she inquired, to which I emphatically responded, "...

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