Million Dollar Homepage

In 2005, 21-year-old Alex Tew needed to raise money for his university tuition and came up with the idea to launch The Million Dollar Homepage. The grid was 1000×1000 pixels, and he would sell each pixel for $1 each. In a matter of months, his simple but unique idea attracted the press, which led to advertisers purchasing pixels on the webpage and eventually earned $1,037,100.