Millennials around the world are changing the way we walk our dogs, consume our news, and get electricity. These millennial leaders have innovative ideas, services, and products that are changing lives and the world.
Beyond their products and services are deeper lessons we can all learn from these pioneers. Here are 5 lessons we can learn from these highly successful millennials.
Philip Kimmey | Rover.com
Philip Kimmey is the co-founder of Rover.com, a national pet-sitting database. While attending a start-up weekend event in his hometown of Seattle, he met co-founder Greg Gottesman. Philip had the tech savvy and Greg had the experience needed to make this national pet sitting idea happen.
Customers go to the website and request dog boarding, house sitting, drop-in visits, doggy daycare, or dog walking for their pooch. Rover then connects you with people close to your home to care for your pet. This simple idea has become a $300 million dollar business.
What Can We Learn From Philip? Philip was in the right place at the right time and had the necessary tech expertise to make an idea like Rover.com happen. But there’s a more significant lesson we can learn from Philip.
In order to get this business off the ground, he surrounded himself with people that have expertise and experience in areas that he didn’t. From financing to raising venture capital, this 28-year-old teaches us to surround ourselves with people that can complement our own expertise.
Who are the experts you can surround yourself with?
Max Mankin | Modernelectron.com
In the video below, Max Mankin and his co-founder explain how Modern Electron works. Max says, “we will be the first to provide power to anyone, anywhere at anytime.”
What Can We Learn From Max Mankin? Max teaches us a powerful lesson on change. He recognizes that our power grid and systems of delivery are antiquated and leave a large footprint both on land and in our atmosphere.
In an industry where significant change hasn’t been seen in decades, Max is challenging the status quo and seeking to fundamentally change the way power is provided to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Max teaches us to think differently about the industries we work in.
What are some alternative ways to think about the problems your business is solving?
Laura Behrens Wu and Simon Kreuz | GoShippo.com
Laura and Simon co-founded a platform to help 1000s of e-commerce sites with their shipping costs and logistics. Originally, they were selling sustainable handbags through Spotify. As their business grew, they were taking 2-3 trips to the Post Office per day.
They needed to solve their shipping problem and solve it fast. When they realized it was nearly impossible to compare shipping costs and consistently get good rates, they created GoShippo.com. The site connects businesses to a global network of shipping carriers. They help small businesses be competitive in a world where retail giants usually dominate. Currently, GoShippo helps ship over 1,000,000 packages per month.
What Can We Learn From Laura and Simon? Creating more efficient ways to move product or provide service is vital to long-term success. Laura and Simon teach us that sometimes our inefficiency problems won’t have ready-made solutions.
They used an innovative approach to shipping with a model similar to travel sites like Orbitz or Priceline. This new approach gives small businesses access to shipping costs across a variety of carriers, all while keeping it affordable and efficient for the end-user.
How can your company become more efficient in delivering its products and services?
Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin | The Skimm
The Skimm describes its news platform as “making it easier for you to live smarter. The Daily Skimm is delivered to your inbox each AM, giving you all the news and info you need to start your day.”
In a society where we are inundated with news, fake news, and just plain BS, this is a powerful idea. If you avoid the news, like many people do, this is a daily dose of news most people can handle. From $4000 in the bank and a risky move in 2012, The Skimm has climbed its way to a valuation of $55 million.
What Can We Learn From Danielle and Carly? In a world where there is so much noise, it is hard to know what to listen to and what to filter out. Whether the news on The Skimm is deemed important to you or not, there is an underlying lesson Danielle and Carly are teaching us.
It takes work to filter out the noise and get to the heart of things. Whether it’s your weekly your long conference calls or customer feedback, sifting through the noise and getting to the most important parts is key. Danielle and Carly have figured out how to do that with the news.
How are you going to filter all the noise in your workday so you can get to the important stuff?
Evan Spiegel | Snapchat
Evan Spiegel is the co-founder and CEO of Snapchat. This photo messaging app has over 100 million users worldwide. At 24, Evan is one of the most successful millennials in the technology world.
Over the years, Snapchat’s success ties to the adjusting of services to the wants and needs of its customers. In an ultra-competitive environment, Snapchat is red-hot and the company is valued at over $10 billion dollars.
What Can We Learn From Evan? Snapchat is competing with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to name a few. Despite the massive competition, Evan has helped Snapchat differentiate itself and consistently adapt to the wants and needs of its customers.
How are you adapting to the wants and needs of your customers?
Use the linked worksheet to work through the questions in this article. Bonus PDF Worksheet