See what Seun Osewa owner of Nairaland and Mark Zuckerberg have in common and their differences

Seun Osewa is a Nigerian and the founder of Nairaland, Nigeria’s largest Forum and of-course you know Mark Zuckerberg, the brain behind Facebook and other products relating to the company. In this post, I will be telling you some things about the two tech gurus

In 2004 and 2005 respectively, Mark Zuckerberg and Seun Osewa each conceived an online business idea. Both so much believed in their dreams that they decided to drop out of school to pursue them.

Upon Mark’s decision to drop out of school, he sought the guidance of his university professors, who connected him to smart and talented engineers that could help birth his idea into reality. He extended his tentacles to other tertiary institutions, still in the bid to pick the smart team.
The support he got really paid off, as Mark Zuckerberg succeeded in founding Facebook, the largest social media empire in the world today, worth over $150b.
Seun Osewa
Seun, on the other hand, had it really rough, no thanks to the fact that where he comes from, a school dropout is considered nonchalant. Nevertheless, the zealous Seun never stopped for people’s opinion. Although, he had no professors or advisers to seek counsel from, no team of smart engineers to recruit, and no major fund raising — compared to Zuckerberg who got $500,000 in angel investment in the summer of same year he started his venture — Seun Osewa still managed to create the largest Nigerian forum of today, Nairaland which has over 1.5m monthly users and ranks as the 7th most visited website in Nigeria currently.
Mark Zuckerberg

  • Mark Zuckerberg is a dropout from Harvard University | Seun Osewa is a dropout from Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Mark left school for Facebook | Seun left school for Nairaland
  • Mark had a community of like minds surrounding him, definitely an ecosystem | Seun was more of a lone ranger.
  • Mark immediately met a professor in his school, who linked him up to smart hands, (ecosystem in play) | Seun, on the other hand, had to virtually bear the entire weight by himself. He even self-hosted his company.
  • Mark got series of further investments | Seun doesn’t have this opportunity. He typically bootstrapped and consulted family and friends when he got stuck financially.
  • Mark got necessary support and mentorship, he scaled fast and now, he has built a social media empire that the whole world can almost not do without on a daily basis | Though Seun claims to be satisfied with what he has, we can not overlook the fact that Nairaland could have been more if he had had even half the resources at Mark’s disposal.
Nairaland which has over 1.5m monthly users and ranks as the 7th most visited website in Nigeria currently and one of the biggest community forum in Nigeria.
Facebook is the largest social media network in the world.

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