Start-up inspiration at every age

Age 19 Matt Mullengweg co-founded WordPress
Age 20 John Collison co-founded Stripe
Age 21 Sophia Amoruso co-founded Nasty Gal
Age 22 Joe Lonsdale co-founded Palantir
Age 23 Daniel Ek co-founded Spotify
Age 24 Michelle Zatlyn co-founded Cloudflare
Age 25 Larry Page co-founded Google
Age 26 Julia Hartz co-founded Eventbrite
Age 27 Ben Silberman co-founded Pinterest
Age 28 Andrew Mason co-founded Groupon
Age 29 Bryan Johnston co-founded Braintree
Age 30 Jeff Bezos founded Amazon
Age 31 Perry Chen co-founded Kickstarter
Age 32 Victoria Ransom co-founded Wildfire
Age 33 Jan Koum co-founded WhatsApp
Age 34 Jessica Livingston co-founded Y Combinator
Age 35 Reid Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn
Age 36 Renaud Laplanche co-founded Lending Club
Age 37 Reid Hastings co-founded Netflix
Age 38 Jimmy Wales co-founded Wikia
Age 39 Martin Lorentzon co-founded Spotify
Age 40 Aneel Bhusri co-founded Workday
Age 41 Paul English co-founded Kayak
Age 42 Robin Chase co-founded Zipcar

…running out of time to Google people’s ages but here’s a start on 43+:

Age 46 Linda Avery co-founded 23andMe
Age 50 Andrew Viterbi co-founded Qualcomm
Age 52 Kenneth Lerer co-founded The Huffington Post
Age 55 Arianna Huffington co-founded The Huffington Post
Age 58 Satoshi Nakamoto (maybe) co-founded Bitcoin
Age 64 David Duffield co-founded Workday

Your age and experience (or lack of) will help you and hinder you in different ways. Ambition & opportunity, at the right time in your life, with a big problem you want to solve, is probably more important.

ps if you can help me fill out names for the blanks post age 43 then please leave in the comments and I’ll add.

pps some interesting empirical data here and here.