Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash

Life moves fast, especially with constant technological advances and inventions coming out every year. In the last decade, using an app to hail a ride or send money to your friends has become commonplace and talking to smart speakers to turn on lights, play music, or read recipes seems normal.

The past few years have brought us numerous life-changing innovations, complex fictional worlds, new forms of storytelling, and fascinating food creations.

Here are things that hadn't been invented or launched 10 years ago.

Tesla's first car was released in 2008.

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

Even though Tesla was founded in 2003, the electric car manufacturer didn't release their first vehicle until 2008, when they released a completely electric Roadster.

It was named the second best invention of 2008 by TIME magazine and was praised for making electric cars "sexy" for the first time. The sports car sold for R1.4 million and could reach top speeds of 200 km per hour in 2008.

Today, a Tesla Roadster can reach up to 400 km per hour and it costs over $200,000.

The complexities of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had only just begun in 2008.

With the May 2008 release of "Iron Man," the earliest stages of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had begun. After "Iron Man" was introduced to the world, the "The Incredible Hulk" (2008), "Thor" (2011), and "Captain America" (2011) were released. And Marvel characters were brought together with other fellow Marvel characters in the first Avengers movie, which was released in 2012.

More Marvel films, TV series, and characters followed including "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Agent Carter," and "Inhumans" on ABC and "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones," and "Luke Cage" on Netflix.

Although Marvel has been around for quite some time, it's only been a decade since the universe really kicked off - and now it's hard to imagine a world without the intricate and extensive stories of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Read also: We made a timeline showing the entire history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

One of the first crowdsourced fundraising platforms launched in 2008 and others were quick to follow.


Indiegogo launched in 2008 as a crowdsourcing website where people could get financial backing for their inventions and ideas. Since it was founded 10 years ago, more than 800,000 ideas have been financed, according to their website.

Other popular crowdsourcing website launches in the past decade include Kickstarter in 2009 and Patreon in 2013.

Ride-hailing services that could be accessed via phone really kicked off in 2009 with the creation of Uber.

Eric Risberg/AP

Uber was founded in March 2009 as a black-car service and it quickly became a hit because of the innovative way someone could hail a ride by sending a text or pressing a button on their phone.

The company quickly took off and has received proposals that value the company at as much as $120 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Classic novels hadn't been introduced to monsters until 2009.


"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," a spin on Jane Austen's classic romance novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, was published in 2009 and followed by "Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters."

The monster mash-up trend continued with "Little Women and Werewolves" and "Android Karenina," both published in 2010, and countless more.

A movie was also made of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" in 2016.

The iPad was only released eight years ago.

Photo by Daniel Cañibano on Unsplash

Steve Jobs announced the release of the first iPad in April 2010, almost ten years after Microsoft had invented its own tablet. However, the iPad was a much bigger hit, despite initial criticism.

In just three years, Apple had sold at least 100 million iPads. The popular tablet has gotten several updates and makeovers over the past eight years, and the most recent version is a 9.7-inch iPad.

Instagram first went live in 2010 and it has become one of the most popular social media apps today.

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

When Instagram first launched in 2010, 25,000 people signed up on the first day. Within a year, it became the iPhone app of the year. Facebook bought the company in 2012 for $1 billion.

Today, the popular app has about one billion active users and it offers features including stories, face filters, stickers, and live videos.

Snapchat was called something different in 2011.

Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

The founders of Snapchat launched the first iteration of Snapchat in April 2011 and it was called Picaboo. By September of that year, it became known as Snapchat and it picked up in popularity when one of the founders' cousins started using it in high school in Los Angeles.

Now, Snapchat is one of the most popular social media apps.

Apple Watches were first released in 2014.

Photo by Luke Chesser on Unsplash

Even though smartwatches existed for decades, the Apple Watch's 2014 introduction is what made wearing a smartwatch popular, reported Bloomberg.

In the years since its initial release, Apple Watches have become the world's most popular smartwatch. There have also been several iterations of the Apple Watch, including the Series 4 version that launched earlier this year.

Receive a single WhatsApp every morning with all our latest news: click here.

Also from Business Insider South Africa: