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Amazon, PayPal, Uber and More: Here's What You Can Learn From These Startups That Seemed Destined to Fail

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More than half of Americans want to become entrepreneurs, according to a recent study. Unfortunately, only a fraction of them will ever live to see this dream come true, and that's because some ideas were never meant to be. Or were they?

Even though some ideas might not seem fit for the business landscape today, the world is constantly changing, and so are people’s needs. This means that an idea so outlandish it could never exist today might turn into a Fortune 500 company a couple of years or decades from now.

Nobody can predict the future, no matter how many years of experience or millions of dollars invested. In the end, it's always up to the consumers to decide what sticks and what doesn’t, and their choices, no matter how surprising, shape the world as we know it.

Today, the popularity of some companies is a no-brainer, but when they were conceived, the concepts were so far-fetched that investors either decided against placing a bet on them or sold their shares very quickly, depriving themselves of the billions of dollars of net worth they could have now had they only been more patient and trusted the founders.

Here are some of the best examples of how a seemingly "bad" idea turned out to be an incredible one.

The whole purpose of taking pictures is to capture the moment, so it seems contradictory to want your photos to disappear seconds after you take them. Despite that, three Stanford classmates thought otherwise and decided........

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