Monthly Archives: August 2014

Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin      Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin FRS (January 17, 1706 (O.S. January 6, 1705)– April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and in many ways was “the First American”. A world-renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and a university.

Franklin earned the title of “The First American” for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity; as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies, then as the first United States Ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of historian Henry Steele Commager, “In a Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat.” To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin “the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become.”

Franklin, always proud of his working class roots, became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia, the leading city in the colonies. With two partners he published the Pennsylvania Chronicle, a newspaper that was known for its revolutionary sentiments and criticisms of the British policies. He became wealthy publishing Poor Richard’s Almanack and The Pennsylvania Gazette. Franklin was also the printer of books for the Moravians of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1742 on). Franklin’s printed Moravian books (printed in German) are preserved, and can be viewed, at the Moravian Archives located in Bethlehem. Franklin visited Bethlehem many times and stayed at the Moravian Sun Inn.

He played a major role in establishing the University of Pennsylvania and was elected the first president of the American Philosophical Society. Franklin became a national hero in America when as agent for several colonies he spearheaded the effort to have Parliament in London repeal the unpopular Stamp Act. An accomplished diplomat, he was widely admired among the French as American minister to Paris and was a major figure in the development of positive Franco-American relations. His efforts to secure support for the American Revolution by shipments of crucial munitions proved vital for the American war effort.

For many years he was the British postmaster for the colonies, which enabled him to set up the first national communications network. He was active in community affairs, colonial and state politics, as well as national and international affairs. From 1785 to 1788, he served as governor of Pennsylvania. Toward the end of his life, he freed his own slaves and became one of the most prominent abolitionists.

His colorful life and legacy of scientific and political achievement, and status as one of America’s most influential Founding Fathers, have seen Franklin honored on coinage and the $100 bill; warships, the names of many towns, counties, educational institutions, namesakes, and companies, and, more than two centuries after his death, countless cultural references.

Quote: “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”



Ryan Allis


ryan allis     Ryan Allis Aged 25yrs

Worth an estimated $28 Million

Ryan Allis was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of iContact from 2003 through its sale to Vocus for $169 million in February 2012. Allis is now the Chief Executive Officer of Connect in San Francisco and a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.

In 2008, Allis wrote a book on entrepreneurship called Zero to One Million (McGraw-Hill, 2008).
Allis was born in 1984 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Andrew Allis and Pauline Middleton Allis. He attended school in Bradenton, Florida where he graduated from Manatee High School. While in high school in Florida, Allis built a web site design agency called Virante.

Allis studied economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed the first year of the MBA program at Harvard Business School before leaving to build Connect.

Allis is a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council, which is made up of ten entrepreneurs who advise the United Nations Foundation. In May 2012, he visited the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya as part of a United Nations Foundation delegation. In June 2011, Allis joined a delegation from the United States Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development to Cairo, Egypt to mentor Egyptian technology entrepreneurs and judge the U.S. State Department NexGen IT Boot Camp.

From 2008 until 2012 Allis was the Board Chairman of the international development non-profit organization Nourish International. Allis founded Connect Ventures, an investment fund investing in firms in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and the United States.

Rishi Kacker – Aged 24yrs


Rishi Kacker     Rishi Kacker – Aged 24yrs

Worth an estimated $12 million

Rishi is one of the co-founders of, a security based company, the nature of the business is the encryption and protection of online and offline data through the use of electronic devices. In other words they stop people stealing data and identities etc. Currently serving around 1,000 customers at the time of writing the company has gone on to very big things, and although Rishi is still part of it has since changed hands of ownership. Which has allowed Rishi to become very wealthy in the process.

Naveen Selvadurai


naveen-selvadurai     Naveen Selvadurai Aged 28yrs

Worth an estimated $80 million

You may not have heard about Naveen but rest assured he is definitely a big hitter. He made most of his money through a joint venture that you may have heard of, Foursquare anyone? However before co-founding Foursquare he had worked extensively with some very well known brands, Nokia, Sun Microsystems and Sony to name a few. $80 million, yes please!

Peter Cashmore


Pete_Cashmore       Peter Cashmore Aged 24yrs

Worth an estimated $70 million

Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable, the leading source of news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Pete founded Mashable in 2005 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland when he was 19. His passion for sharing how web tools and social networks were transforming human interactions and reshaping cultures drove him to create Mashable. Always an entrepreneur, Pete has continued to push Mashable to evolve from a tech blog to a global media company built around technology. He leads Mashable’s strategy and his innate sense of the web and its community, are core to the company’s operations and future growth. He has been described as the “Sage of Media” and considered one of the most influential voices of his generation– on and offline. Pete was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012. He was featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list, named one of Ad Age’s 2011 influencers, and was named a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum.

Nat Turner – Aged 26yrs


nat-turner    Nat Turner – Aged 26yrs

Worth an estimated s70million

Nat Turner is one lucky entrepreneur, but lets not be harsh on him, he worked extremely hard in order to get lucky. What I mean is that he was lucky enough to build a brilliant company, Invite media, which is a “universal buying platform” for display media according to their website. Where he got “lucky” is when the global giant that is Google, decided to buy him and his co-founders (Zach Weinberg and Scott Becker – both aged 23yrs) out for a nice round figure of $70 million. Good job Nat.

Matthew mullenweg – Aged 26yrs


Matthew-Mullenweg     Matthew mullenweg – Aged 26yrs

Worth an estimated s250million

Its nice to have one of our own on the list, and I’m pretty sure we all know who this young chap is. Matthew Mullenweg is the founding developer of WordPress, a resource a lot of us use on a daily basis. Funnily enough his background is anything but technical, he went to a performing arts school, learned to play the Jazz Saxophone, and then he went on to created one of the best website and blog programs in the world. In 2005 he started the company Automatic, which became the backing force behind WordPress and Akismet. Well done – You see what I did there?

Matthew Mickiewicz – Aged 26yrs


Matthew Mickiewicz     Matthew Mickiewicz – Aged 26yrs

Worth estimated $40 million

Matthew Mickiewicz is one of co founders of the company which many many of you will already know site point also runs the website 99designs which became an overnight success reaping in millions of dollars for Matthew speaking of his success matthew stated the idea of the whole business came about after becoming engrossed in website design and development. 11yrs since the start of his career Matthew is still going strong and the businesses show no sign of slowing, Good on you Matthew.

Matt Pauker


matt-and-Rishi    Matt Pauker Aged 24yrs

Worth an estimated $12 Million

Matt was Rishi Kacker’s (above) business partner and another one of the co-founders of The business started in 2002 and Matt is still there at the time of writing this. Matt has been involved with the design and architecture of the business and still gets deeply involved in all the processes which come with it. The company is now used by some of the biggest named brands and businesses in the world, and it is still growing. Matt was also named as one of the top 25 young entrepreneurs by Business Week as well as having been featured in numerous other highly respected publications.

Mark Zuckerberg


Mark Zuckerberg        Mark Zuckerberg

Worth an estimated s9 billion

lf you don t know who mark Zuckerberg is already you really must have been living under a rock mark is an American entrepreneur who CO – founded and is currently the CEO of the social networking behemoth we know as fecebook Hailing from white plains New York mark started his programming at a very early age back in middle school and it looks like that really paid off currently owning.