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As a senior in college, I am getting closer and closer to the day I have to take responsibility for my own finances. Luckily we live in a world with effective and innovative tools that can help me do so. One of those tools is an app called Squeeze.

Squeeze is a personal finance app that is designed to help users manage their finances. Tasks it helps with are saving money, reducing debt, and growing wealth by giving you access to price comparison tools for all of your bills. As well as other tools. Such as a spending tracker, financial analytics, and coaching on how to do these things.

Squeeze will sync users’ online banking, credit cards, consumption habit, and evaluate pricing on the users’ recurring bills. The creators of Squeeze look at the app as being an all in one financial solution to managing their personal finances. Squeezes’ financial management app has often been compared to other sites like Expedia and Travelocity. This app also brings together the users mobile phone, the internet, and internet plans all into the app and compare their prices to others constantly.

I personally feel that this app would be a great tool for anyone to use in order to manage their finances effectively and in a new way.

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Sean Parker

Sean Parker the co-founder of the music service Napster and the former founding president of Facebook started his internet entrepreneurial days a little bit differently than most. Parker showcased himself in the tech world by hacking into computer networks and companies around the world. This led to the FBI to his front door when he was only 15. Sean was forced to do community service with other trouble makers.

During his time doing community service, Parker would meet Shawn Fanning. Together they would start a small internet-security company that helped firms get rid of hackers. This business would ultimately be unsuccessful but would create a successful friendship.

Parker’s next project put him on the map for the CIA. It earned him an internship with them and a check for $80,000. Parker would use this to convince his parents to put college on hold while he pursued yet another internet project.

Parker along with Shawn Fanning would start a file sharing service called Napster in 1999. Napster quickly became popular with music lovers. The music sharing aspect of Napster attracted tens of millions of users. This made Napster a target of the music industry which led to its fall. This would leave him without a place to live and with very little money.

Parker was saved when he noticed the new online service called Facebook. Parker saw so much potential in Facebook that he met with the founder, Mark Zuckerberg. They instantly became friends and Parker was named the company’s founding president.

Some of you may have seen the movie The Social Network and know how this story ends. But if you haven’t seen it. It does not end well. At least the Facebook part of the story. Parker had a long history of partying, which led to him being arrested for suspicion of possessing cocaine. This would be what made him leave Facebook.

Although his time at Facebook was cut short. It didn’t completely end his career. He would later help bring Spotify to the U.S. Which we all know was a massive success and still is.

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Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales from Huntsville, Alabama began his interest in encyclopedias at a very young age. Growing up in a one-room school run by his mother and grandmother is something he considers to have helped him become successful. One thing that he thought was the most important aspect of his upbringing is how it was self-directed. Wales claims that this helped his ability to think in a more creative way.

In college Wales pursued degrees in finance. He would later drop out of college to work at a finance firm. But this wouldn’t last long either. Wales would leave the financial firm and help cofound an online startup called Bornis. This startup would turn out to be unsuccessful, but its failure would be used as motivation.
His dream was to create an online encyclopedia. So in March of 2000, Wales launched Nupedia. Nupedia was an encyclopedia that had open-content and was a peer moderated reference site.

Wales would later bring on a partner named Larry Sanger. Together they co-founded the Wikipedia we know today. Wales has also gone on to create another venture called Wikia. Wikia was created to be a for-profit web-hosting company.

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Kevin Rose: Digg

Kevin Rose’s interest in computer programming began at the early age of 8. His interest in programming was sparked when his family bought the famous Commodore 64 computer. Rose was known to play on the computer so much that he would often have the keyboard taken from him.

Rose’s computer programming skills became so good that at the age of 19 he earned a job at the Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site. This is what he did while he attended the University of Las Vegas. But Rose’s time at Las Vegas would be short. Rose thought a life in the famous Silicon Valley would be a better fit for him and his goals. So he dropped out of college and moved to Silicon Valley to become a full-time programmer.

After making many valuable connections in the Valley and interviews with people such as Steve Wozniak he thought he would start his own internet company. This lead Rose to search the internet for news articles that had not been featured on major news outlets. But he found this process was very time consuming and messy.

So Rose thought up of an online service that could automatically gather these sites together and put them all in the same spot for users to access easily. The kick is, that the users are the ones that post the actual content of the site. As a result creating a social aspect. This was the creation of Digg. Each blog or article posted on Digg is ranked by the community and posted to the front page. Showing the most popular stories of the day.

Today Digg has more than 1.2 million daily unique users and almost 6 million registered users. Also making a yearly income of $8.5 million in revenue.

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Reid Hoffman and LinkedIn

Reid Hoffman began his dream to change the world at Stanford University. Graduating with a B.S. in symbolic systems and cognitive science. He would then go on to earn is masters in philosophy at Oxford University. Hoffman originally wanted to get into academia where he would help teach people how to become a better professional. But he would pursue a career as an entrepreneur instead.
His first shot at becoming an entrepreneur was pitching to a group of venture capitalists about a starting a software company. The venture capitalists advised Hoffman to learn more about software and how people can use it before pitching to other venture capitalists. Hoffman took this advice and landed a job at Apple. Where he worked on a social networking site called eWorld.
He then moved on to work for PayPal. With Hoffman’s networking experience he moved up the ranks quickly and became the Vice President of PayPal. He would hold this position until they sold PayPal to eBay in 2002.
With all the experience and connections he made at PayPal and Apple he established LinkedIn. A site that is a business and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via websites. It was up and running by 2003 and rapidly became a success.
LinkedIn currently has 467million members as of 2016 and it is only getting bigger.

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