In the popular imagination, startups are mostly a young person’s game, with fresh-faced founders building their ideas from dorm rooms and their parents’ garages. Some investors have even gotten into trouble for endorsing blatantly agist ideas about who can be a successful entrepreneur.
Reality, however, is rather far from this mythology. According to experts, the average age of successful startup founders is 40, and research shows that creative breakthroughs have no relationship to age. The only important factor when it comes to good ideas is how much work you’re willing to put in and how many experiments you’re willing to run.
History also supports the idea that no longer getting carded to buy beer isn’t a barrier to startup success. A whole host of wildly successful founders from decades ago right up to the modern day started their businesses after the age of 35, as this infographic from Funders and Founders makes perfectly clear.
It rounds up 17 famous founders who founded their wildly successful companies between the ages of 35-40, all to make one very simple point — it’s never too late to start a business. Here’s the complete list in case you’re in the squeezed and stressful middle years of life and need reminding that the future is still wide open: