The world was a very different place 10 years ago.
A decade ago, you couldn’t order an Uber on your phone. You couldn’t surf the web on Google Chrome. You couldn’t rent a place to stay on demand with Airbnb.
Several incredible products and services have been invented in the last 10 years — some, in the last five or eight. Thanks to a tweet from Button cofounder Chris Maddern, we were inspired to look into some of the cool, convenient things the tech world has invented since 2007.
Take a look.
1. The iPad
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad seven years ago, he described it was “the best browsing experience you’ll ever have.”
“It’s unbelievably great. Way better than a laptop, way better than a smartphone,” Jobs said on stage in January 2010.
The original iPad cost between $499 and $829. Since then, the device has gone through several iterations and several price points — most recently, Apple unveiled a new $649, 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a $329, 9.7-inch iPad.
2. Google Chrome
Google unveiled its Chrome browser on September 1, 2008.
“On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai (who was vice president of product management at the time) wrote on the official Google blog.
“Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast,” Pichai wrote. “It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go.”
Snapchat first launched on the App Store in the summer 2011 as a messaging app for sending disappearing photos. At the time, it was called Pictaboo, but it had the same now-famous ghost icon, Ghostface Chillah. By September 2011, the name had changed to Snapchat and began to catch on with Los Angeles teens.
Six years later, Snapchat is an $18 billion public company and has expanded into partnerships with publishers, TV-like shows, hardware products, and augmented reality.