#1 The Million Dollar Homepage
An intelligent student named Alex Tew launched milliondollarhomepage.com in 2005 with a stupid idea: to create a 1000×1000 pixel grid on which advertisers could pay for space, $ 1 per pixel. When all pixels have been filled income would be $ 1,000,000. Seem ridiculous? Well, it worked. The site has experienced a boom and huge traffic in 2006 Tew sold each pixel and become a millionaire.
#2 Johnny Cupcakes
Have you heard of Johnny Cupcakes? This is a brand start-up mode launched by a guy named John Earle, and they typically sell T-shirts, many of which have cupcakes on them. Seem like a lame idea? In 2008 alone saw Johnny Cupcakes 3.8 million dollars in revenue, all without the use of traditional advertising or marketing.
Craigslist: a website that looks terrible, has no advertising and is free to use. How could it be wrong? Well in 2007 Craigslist made a turnover of 150 million dollars. The site based on the text operates in 50 countries and almost all of its services are free, except for jobs and paid taxes apartment ad.
#4 Tesla Motors
Before Tesla Motors rolled around (no pun intended), it was generally accepted that people who are interested in sports cars are not the same people interested in green vehicles. Tesla has challenged this reasoning by creating sports cars luxury electric. For an extra challenge, they decided not to sell their cars at dealerships. The result? A $ 226 million IPO!
Mint.com is a website that helps you manage your finances. Sounds pretty useful, right? But Mint works properly, you must enter your billing information and sensitive information such as bank account and the website of the credit card logins in one place. Nobody would trust a site that has asked all their sensitive financial information, right? False. Mint.com has been very successful and was sold for $ 170 million in 2009!