Many of today’s billion-dollar companies began as humble startups, sans support from venture capitalists or crowd funders. Their founders were ordinary people like you with practical venture ideas. For example, the founders of Starbucks were three freshly graduated students from the University of San Francisco who began their coffee business by simply selling coffee beans themselves. Similarly, Apple’s founder Steve Jobs was a college dropout working out of his garage during his company’s startup days. Even today, an impressive start isn’t necessary for a startup’s success.