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It Passes the Mom Test

A former law student develops an online business that lets anyone -- even his tech-challenged mother -- create a website.

This story appears in the January 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Haroon Mokhtarzada
Haroon Mokhtarzada
Photo&copy David Lang

When Haroon Mokhtarzada turned down a prestigious law firm's offer to be a summer intern a year before he graduated from Harvard Law School in 2005, his professors no doubt regarded it as career suicide. They probably reconsidered when he raised $12 million in funding for a venture only a year later.

As an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Mokhtarzada and his two brothers, Zeki and Idris, were experimenting with a rudimentary business. But the first effort, he realized, was not scalable. The solution? Create something that would allow anyone (including his non-technical mother) to build a . So Mokhtarzada turned a closet into an improvised web-hosting facility and $2,000 later, he (and family) launched what more than 50 million registered users now know as Webs.

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