No one should be underestimated, as evidenced by a comment thread on TechCrunch from four years ago.
Then, a founder who raised $US10 million in one year wrote a guest post. One of the first comments on the article was written by a user named “evanspiegel.”
Evan Spiegel is the co-founder of Snapchat, a multi-billion-dollar messaging app. Then, Spiegel was still in school and he was working on a venture that turned into Snapchat, Future Freshman. Future Freshman was a failed attempt to help students with college applications.
“I’m a Stanford student and I started www.futurefreshman.com with a classmate for ~$2500 of my own money,” Spiegel wrote.
It took three years for someone to respond to Spiegel’s comment. The person still didn’t know who Evan Spiegel was:
“Still under construction… wonder if you ever launched after 3 years,” the person said.
The rest of the thread quickly defended Spiegel’s work. Here’s the thread.