Chart: Most Successful Companies Ever Founded By People During Their Midlife Crisis

Youth is wasted on the young. Many successful men and women in their later years have said this. The only limitation to their success is the amount of life they have left. Many people hit milestones in there lives that are worthy of high praise: graduation, marriage, having children, etc. But these events are far from unique. If these are the only significant events in one’s life, he or she may find themselves in a crises. It might be mid-life in your 30’s and 40’s or even earlier. Rather than letting these moments of self-doubt and questioning bring you down, look at the chart below, courtesy of Fred Wilson, of the people who took those moments where they wondered if they were capable of doing more, and went on to do just that.

Chart: Most Successful Companies Ever Founded By People During Their Midlife Crisis

At age 35 Tim Westergren started Pandora, one of the most successful only radio services available. Michael Arrington started TechCrunch, and Jan Koum founded WhatsApp. The tech industry can seem like a young person’s game, meant for overachieving teens and 20 somethings. But that didn’t stop these men. Jimmy Wales founded Wikipedia and 35, and it is one of the most visited websites in the world. Being in your thirties doesn’t make you old. They still have plenty of time to be everything they want to be. What about 40? Is that too old to do anything meaningful? No! Companies like intel and Zip car were founded by people in their 40’s. And please don’t stop there. Two of the world’s tastiest things would be missing had John Pemberton and Harland Sanders not invented Coca-Cola and KFC in their 50’s and 60’s respectively.

Don’t let age stop you. There’s still time so long as you draw breath. There is always room for growth and potential.

2014 Is Gearing Up to be the Most Active IPO Market Since 2000

Based on the chart below it looks like 2014 is gearing up to be the most active IPO market since 2000. The image shows the year-to-date US IPO (Initial Public Offering) activity from the year 1999 to March 7 of the year 2014. The image is a graph, showing number of US IPOs on the y axis and years on the x axis.

2014 Is Gearing Up to be the Most Active IPO Market Since 2000

In 1999 the IPO market showed average activity with an amount of forty one IPOs being offered. This was countered in the next year, the year 2000, with an above-average surge of IPOs. In 2000 there were eighty three IPOs, much more than in any consecutive year. This made 2000 a very remarkable year.

For the next three years, IPO activity diminished with twelve, ten and four IPOs offered in 2001, 2002 and 2003, respectively. IPO activity then realized a resurgence to near average levels between 2004 and 207. In 2006 there were 35 IPOs, which was the most activity experienced during any one year in that period.

In 2008 and 2009 IPO market activity once again entered a slump, as neither year produced more than ten IPOs.

Growth was slow in 2010 with only fourteen IPOs offered, an d eventually IPO activity averaged in the early to mid twenties for the next three years. In 2014, IPO market activity approached the high levels once seen in 1999, when forty IPOs were offered.

This chart will blow your mind!

Famous tech acquisitions  cost per user
Famous tech acquisitions by cost per user

This crazy cost chart was first found on BrightSide. As you can see by the chart the new acquisition of WhatsApp for the mind boggling price of $19 Billion dollars on a per user price actually looks like a great deal.

The WhatsApp acquisition at a per user price of $35.56 is very inline with Facebook’s other big acquisition of Instagram which when acquired had a per user cost of $28.57. The Instagram deal has turned out to be a major success for Facebook and it looks like so will this WhatsApp purchase. For a lesson in companies who are doing horrible acquisitions just look at Yahoo. Whose acquisitions of and Geocities on a per user basis were horribly over priced and have done horribly.