The Careers of the Founders

A timeline of success & failures of remarkable entrepreneurs

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#5 Product of the WeekNovember 18, 2015

How did the greatest entrepreneurs start out? What were their biggest successes? What failures did they have to overcome along the way? We’ve charted the careers of 33 inspirational company founders, from the man behind Heinz beans to the woman behind Ultimo bras, to show that there’s more than one path to success.


Frank Schwarz
Sheldon Kreger
Kamlesh Bisht
  • Frank Schwarz
    Frank SchwarzExec. Producer of The SEO Show

    Very visual and sexy.


    I'd love more founders.

    I wish someone would take this idea and do it for musicians or actors.

    Frank Schwarz has used this product for one day.


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Bryce Daniel
Bryce Daniel@bryceoflife · Perpetual Side Hustler
It's nice to see that success is possible more than once, but also that it's possible after a failure.
Joey Cofone
Joey Cofone@joeycofone · Co-founder, Baron Fig
@bryceoflife Well said.
Nobel Chang
Nobel Chang@nobelchang · Co-founder & CEO of Easy Streak
@bryceoflife Agreed.
Vadi@vadivelk · Craftsman
@bryceoflife Perseverence pays!
Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Neat visualization of the career of well known founders, from Steven Jobs to Arianna Huffington. TIL, @mcuban's first business ventures started at the age of 12, selling garbage bags. cc @OmarAl
Bryan Norden
Bryan Norden@bryanthetech · iOS App Developer / Software Engineer
This is incredibly inspiring. This shows how you can do anything that you put your mind to no matter what life throws at your doorstep. Dedication, heart and sweat will get you through it.
Adam Marx
Adam Marx@adammarx13 · Freelance writer/editor and music addict
this is way cool. i'd love to see it expanded to other people/founders as well. would be nice if there was a place to suggest founders i'd like to see on here in the future.
Hannah Smith
Hannah SmithMaker@hannah_bo_banna · Daydreams about owning a book shop.
@adammarx13 Great to hear you like the piece. We don't have any plans to expand it right now, but that may change in the future. That said, I'd love to hear your suggestions in any case as we've a few other pieces in the pipeline. Either drop a comment here or​ email me -
Adam Marx
Adam Marx@adammarx13 · Freelance writer/editor and music addict
@hannah_bo_banna @adammarx13 Absolutely! It's really cool and as timelines fascinate me (I'm a history nerd), I love how this is interactive and fairly simple. Lemme think about some things which I think would be cool to see and I'll drop you a line when I have a couple of suggestions :D
Luke Fitzpatrick
Luke Fitzpatrick@iamwormify · Founder | Writer | Developer
This is totally cool!