Garrett Camp who is a Canadian entrepreneur who co-founded StumbleUpon, a web-discovery platform, and Uber born on October 4, 1978, In Alberta, Canada.
His father had been an economist and his mother had been an artist. However, the couple left their jobs. They had teamed up to build houses as a design/build team. Young Garrett got his parents’ entrepreneurial spirit.
He went to a small elementary school that had only 150 students. His high school was bigger, with around 1, 700 students. After completing his schooling he enrolled in the University of Calgary for a degree in electrical engineering in 1996. After his junior year, he moved to Montreal for an internship at Nortel Networks where he worked on speech recognition technology. During his stay in Montreal, he also took courses at Concordia University.
StumbleUpon had been launched in 2002 while Camp was still at the university. The discovery engine had been designed to help people find sites that are more targeted to their interests than they would be with a regular search engine. The company had become successful within a couple of years and its growing popularity attracted the attention of Silicon Valley angel investors. StumbleUpon was relocated to San Francisco in 2006 upon receiving its first round of funding from Silicon Valley angels. In 2009 Camp launched another one of his innovative businesses. The idea for a cab service had been incubating in his mind from the past one year and he collaborated with Travis Kalanick to found Uber in early 2009. Garrett had decided to use his decade-long startup experience to build new companies. He had founded Expa in 2013 to pursue this passion. Expa is a startup studio that works with founders to increase their startup’s chance of success.
- In 2015, He had been the 283rd-richest person in the world and the third-richest Canadian.
- In 2002 he was a part of the team that founded StumbleUpon, a web-discovery platform. It was a huge success and had acquired over 25 million registered users within ten years of its formation.
Awards and Achievements:
- In 2008, He received the Tech’s Best Young Entrepreneur By Bloomberg Businessweek award.
- In 2013, He received the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation.
What can we learn from Him??
Like Garrett Camp, Always be helpful to your family. Never take attitude or ego because of your highness.