- Tram Ho
Youth with bold thinking, technological mastery and enthusiasm is a great formula for success. This truth has become increasingly clear over the decades. In the list of the 400 richest people in the United States published by Forbes not long ago, there are 13 notable individuals under 40 years old. 9 of them got rich by setting up technology companies selling online or looking for accommodations.
First appearing on the Forbes 400 list, Asana founder and Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz (35) has one of the most remarkable startup stories. His job management software company Asana is currently valued at $ 1.5 billion. Although successful with Asana and also undergoing many challenges, the interesting thing is that Moskovitz actually does not necessarily have to face so many difficulties. The reason is that he inherently has a huge income from co-founding Facebook and it will be even bigger if he did not leave to start a business.
Here’s Moskovitz’s share behind the decision to leave Facebook to start over with Asana:
Although he became a billionaire at the age of 27, Moskovitz got into the startup game instead of enjoying the existing and growing wealth from Facebook.
Moskovitz and his friend Justin Rosenstein (who also worked for Facebook) were the two leaders of Asana. In an interview, two colleagues once said that although they had built a successful company, their lives were long and they still wanted to continue their adventures.
“When we think of work, we consider it as an act of service, an act of loving humanity,” Rosenstein said. Moskovitz added: “If we retire, we won’t be able to serve anyone.”
Dustin Moskovitz (left) and Justin Rosenstein.
Such ideals may sound too easy when it comes from two guys who never have to worry about money but both continue to work hard. And like Mark Zuckerberg, they don’t seem too concerned about the aura that money brings. The two sit down to work with employees in Asana instead of using their own offices. They had no entourage to accompany them and Rosenstein even rode to work.
Justin Rosenstein at the Asana office (in the middle, in a black shirt).
Like Zuckerberg, they dress plainly, Moskovitz usually wears a shirt and never shirts, and his favorite Rosenstein item is a sweater. In a crowd, they also look like any other ordinary person, not the boss of a billion-dollar company.
What makes them different is the absolute freedom to pursue the vision of how to change the world. And they seem certain that Asana’s software will do it. In any case, they are the ones who have seen how their coding lines at Facebook have helped change the world.
Asana will change the way people work together. They say the company will free up schedules so they can do more important things. Rosenstein once said: “We can find ways to treat cancer. We can build spacecraft or carry out art projects. The interesting thing about Asana is that we can do many things at the same time. ”
Asana helps people work and connect more easily.
Like other similar products, their software allows users to set up to-do lists on the web so that groups or organizations can easily assign tasks and track completed goals.
The two founders believed that Asana would win with its speed, flexibility and retention. This is shown from its name. In Yoga, “Asana” is the postures that support the flow of spiritual energy in the body. (Regular yoga sessions are one of the privileges of Asana staff).
Yoga time in Asana.
From the outset, several major tech companies like Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare have used Asana. Bet here are venture capitalists like Peter Thiel and Mark Andreessen and some of Facebook’s first generation employees.
According to statistics, before Facebook IPO, Moskovitz holds nearly 134 million company shares (about 7.6% of the shares). The total assets he owned before Facebook first went public was more than $ 4 billion. And now, that number has risen to $ 11.6 billion. In the Forbes 400, he and Zuckerberg are the most notable billionaires under 40 in the United States.
The two co-founders of Facebook in 2004.
Like many other US billionaires, Moskovitz joined the non-profit organization The Giving Pledge, which was initiated by the couple Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to contribute most of their wealth to charitable activities.
It can be said that the choice of coming to Moskovitz’s daily office is not due to his desire to get rich. He said in an interview: “It is a very obvious kind of feeling. I will definitely go to work every day. Fortunately, we were not distracted by anything during the operation. ”
Thanks to his bold and energetic thinking, Asana was a great success. The startup is currently ranked 41st on Forbes’ The Cloud 100 list (the top 100 private companies in cloud computing). That has set the stage for the arrival of Moskovitz in the list of the 400 richest people in the United States in 2019. He is currently ranked 40th in the Forbes 400.
Source : GenK