Silicon Valley is no stranger to producing some thousands of successful, worldly significant individuals. Sebastian Dobrincu happens to be one of them but you might be surprised to hear that he’s probably younger than any tech millionaire you’ve read about.
How Sebastian Dobrincu took the Bay Area by storm
Ever since he was a kid, Sebastian showed signs of being a tech prodigy. Born in Bucharest, Romania, he was deeply passionate about programming and tech and he actually started learning about software engineering on his own at the tender age of 7. So his life started being full of software development and technological endeavors.
He continued to perfect his engineering skills during the following 10 years and he used those talents to build libraries of various software and popular services. His coding genius was ultimately used for immensely popular products and services like Spotify, Facebook and TikTok.
The youngest millionaire who created the Storyheap platform
But he put his talents to some even better personal use by founding Storyheap (at only 17 years) which ended up becoming a leading social media content marketing platform.
The platform helps brands, influencers, agencies and individual clients manage, analyze and improve their social media presence based on statistical data and analysis generated by machine learning. At the same time, these efforts create brand awareness, grow social followings and generate higher search-engine rankings.
Storyheap was blew up ever since it debut, earning top clients such as Selena Gomez, Tumblr, Hulu, Universal Music, Shake Shack and many other industry-leading players.
Not just a millionaire, but a serial entrepreneur
Storyheap was just the beginning of his entrepreneurial journey. Soon after, he founded Brandmates and Owlmetrics, that were meant to support brands understand and use statistics to increase their social media awareness and at the same time grow their business.
These two startups offer comprehensive social media analytics alongside real-time insights into specific accounts and channels so that companies can benchmark and optimize their performance online. Combined, these two software entities have led to millions in revenue from such high-profile clients as Universal, Interscope Records and HubSpot.
Dobrincu didn’t stop there. He continued to use his expertise, know how and out of the box vision to get to the forefront of the personal wellness industry. He founded the Mood brand, which quickly became one of the most successful players in the industry.
He started machine learning at Stanford University but dropped out
Dobrincu followed in the footsteps of prominent technology leaders Elon Musk and Larry Page by attending Stanford University. There he specialized in machine learning and artificial intelligence, both of which are fields that have greatly benefited his current endeavors.
However, just like tech giants Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, Dobrincu decided to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and drop out of college to focus entirely on scaling up his ventures.
His full time efforts turned him into a Silicon Valley icon
It didn’t take long for Dobrincu to gain recognition in the media and among other Silicon Valley celebrities.
Dobrincu not only made Forbes’ 2019 edition of 30 Under 30 Europe list, but he was also the youngest entry.
“The professional accomplishments I’ve achieved are the result of a lifelong mission to use my abilities to make the world slightly better. Heartening as the success to date has been, I am still very early in achieving the goals I set for myself and I feel like I’m just getting started.”Dobrincu said, about his remarkable entrepreneurial success.
He’s now teaching others his “craft”
Over time, Dobrincu has become a highly talented public figure and speaker. He has made a name for himself across the globe, speaking at conferences all over the world, where he shares his entrepreneurial advice with his audiences.
The goal of his educational efforts is to help aspiring business leaders develop their talents, learn insider secrets and navigate the tech world despite such obstacles as age, money and time.
Given his impressive serial business career, world-famous conference events, high-tech skills, and management ability, he’s been dubbed his generation’s Mark Zuckerberg by Silicon Valley insiders. After all, he did work on the software behind Facebook, the world’s most popular social media platform, and he’s creating cutting-edge software to help brands make the most of their social media presence.
Currently choosing between Apple and Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has recognized Dobrincu as a leader in the business and software-engineering world. He invited Dobrincu to Menlo Park, Facebook’s headquarters, just because “he wanted to meet” the now 20-year-old tech startup genius.
Zuckerberg is not the only one who has recognized Dobrincu’s talents. Tim Cook invited Dobrincu to visit the Apple headquarters in Cupertino when he was 18. The visit turned out to be a recruiting effort, with Cook trying to convince Dobrincu to join Apple’s software-engineering team.