All of these images come from the Internet Archive.
DigitalOcean (from 2001)
Duolingo (from 2010)Duolingo's site has become the least friendly to being recorded by the Internet Archive. Here's the first site featuring the owl mascot (does he have a name?) from 2010:
Here's today (but all stretchy):
Everything in between:
GitHub (from 2008)
Heroku (from 2007)
Stripe (from 2011)
So, keep trying. Don't worry too much about being perfect now. Any other great "ugly ducklings" you know of?