First Step – One small step of founder, one giant leap for startup

Series Startup Mind

The first step for any start-up is very crucial for the team behind it because they want to make an impact from day zero.  Many of us don’t even realize that some of the start-ups will change the world beyond recognition. Every famous tech behemoth was once a start-up and took the first step and later on built the business empire. Internet heavyweights such as Facebook, Flipkart, IRCTC, Twitter, Amazon, LinkedIn have changed beyond recognition since they launched.  We have collected some of the famous tech giants’ first step facts with their initial days screenshots.

The moral of the story is that the first step is crucial for everyone. You may not have to build everything you want today, but take a step everyday.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but someone was laying bricks every hour.”

First Homepage And Step of the Internet Giant

Images courtesy: Wayback Machine

Flipkart : India's Biggest Online Store

No order on first day. The first order came 10 days after Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal launched the site. A guy in Andhra Pradesh bought “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” by John Wood.

IRCTC : India’s Largest Online Ticket Booking Platform

IRCTC was started on 3rd August, 2002. On the first day of its commencement of e- ticketing service in the country, booked merely 27 tickets.

LinkedIn : World’s Largest Professional Network

LinkedIn officially launched on May 5, 2003. According to Chris Saccheri, formerly LinkedIn’s Director of Web Development, in the early days, user adoption was rather slow. In the first week, the service had 2,500 users.

Facebook : Social Networking Behemoth

Mark Zuckerberg had launched facebook, originally called as on february 4, 2004. Within twenty-four hours(its first day), facebook had somewhere between 1200 and 1500 registrants according to his roommate and co-founder of facebook, Dustin Moskovitz.

Twitter : Micro-blogging King

On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey published the first Twitter(then twttr) message : “just setting up my twttr”.

Amazon : World's Largest online retailer

Incorporated In July 1994, Amazon was originally to be called Cadabra (from Abracadabra). After a few months Jeff Bezos changed the name to and on July 1995, sold first book, “Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought”.