By The NextGenVest Team
The #NGV18Under18 Global Competition will spotlight the most accomplished and promising high school students from around the world.Already accepted into college and on your way out of high school? Why not nominate a sophomore or junior that deserves the recognition! Know a student already building his or her own business? Have a friend that is building their own Non-Profit? Click HERE to nominate them!
In 2004, while a sophomore student at Harvard University, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook, then called The Facebook, out of his college dorm. Intially it was a social network only open to Ivy League college students. By the end of that year, Facebook had over 1 million users. After opening the network up to other schools and universities, Facebook reached 5.5 millions users by the end of 2005. In 2012, Facebook raised more than $16 billion dollars in its initial public offering, making it the biggest internet IPO in history. Now, Facebook reaches over 1 billion users every month, is a global network and huge economic force, and Mark Zuckerberg is one of the world's youngest billionaires.
Marissa Mayer began as one of the first employees at Google in 1999 and their first female engineer. She grew in that role, becoming Director of Consumer Web Products, and then Vice President of Search Products and User Experience. She helped develop Google's most succesful products, such as Google Search, Google Images, Google Maps, Google Toolbar, Gmail, and more. In the summer of 2012, she was named President & Ceo of Yahoo!. Since then, she has established herself as a business heavyweight, with Yahoo's stock doubling since her appointment, and has been named one of the World's Most Powerful Women by Forbes.