Seven things billion-dollar startups do

Here are some ingredients for billion-dollar startups I’ve isolated.

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1) Make one button do something magical for the consumer. (Uber)

Uber with code(love) from Uber blog

Uber with code(love) from Uber blog

2) Make technologies enterprise-friendly (Red Hat)

Red Hat with code(love) from linuxjournal.com

Red Hat with code(love) from linuxjournal.com

3) Create a well-balanced marketplace (AirBNB)

AirBnB growth curve from AirBnB with code(love)

AirBnB growth curve from AirBnB with code(love)

4) Aggregate information across several networks (Hootsuite)

Hootsuite with code(love)

Hootsuite with code(love)

5) Create a software solution to a very specific enterprise pain point, helping automate the process (Zendesk)

Zendesk with Arcaris

Zendesk with Arcaris

6) Empower individual consumers to do something magical with a great interface (WordPress)

Wordpress with code(love)

WordPress with code(love)

7) Facilitate a lucrative yet “unsexy” industry (Alibaba)

Alibaba with code(love) from Alibaba

Alibaba with code(love) from Alibaba

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Roger has worked in user acquisition and marketing roles at startups that have raised 200m+ in funding. He self-taught himself machine learning and data science in Python, and has an active interest in all sorts of technical fields. He's currently working on boosting personal cybersecurity (youarecybersecure.com)