A decade on who are the entrepreneurial victors from class of 2006

BuzzfeedFounded in November 2006, BuzzFeed now generates six billion views each month. The business now boasts 18 offices and 1,300 employees around the world, operating 5 mobile apps – BuzzFeed, QuizChat, BuzzFeed News, BuzzFeed Video and Cute or Not. With more than 90M unique visitors outside the US, content is shared in 6 different languages (including Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, French & German) and 11 international editions (including US, UK, Germany, Espanol, France, Spain, India, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Japan).

notonthehighstreet.com: Founded by Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker in 2006; notonthehighstreet.com now employs more than 200 members of staff at its offices in ‘Silicon upon Thames’ in Twickenham, just south-west of London. Simon Belsham became Notonthehighstreet’s CEO last year. Turnover has shot up from £134,000 in 2006 to £156million in 2015, while the number of small businesses who sell through the site has ballooned from 100 to 5,000.

First News: Founded by Nicky Cox MBE, Sarah Thomson and Steve Thomson in May 2006; First News is the UK’s only newspaper for young people, and the widest-read children’s publication in the country with a readership of 2,042,199 seven to 14 year olds every week. The paper was the first medium to give British children a voice and, as publications like ‘New Day’ fold within 9 weeks of launching, First News has continued to grow year on year since its inception. With 516 issues under their belt, the paper now reaches over two million children and 15,000 schools each week.



Google Translate: Launched in April 2006, the instant automatic translation tool now supports 103 languages and is used by over 200 million people every month on translate.google.com and Google services such as Chrome, mobile apps, YouTube. In January 2015, users even gained the ability to translate text in real time speed with the launch of the real-time video translation feature.

Other new brands, products and businesses from 2006 include Twitter, Wii, GoCompare.com, Virgin Media, Macbook and Wonga.com.