Born: June 16, 1980 – Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A
Best Known: Founder of Change.org
A little more: Founded in 2007 chamge.org is internet’s largest online petition forum. It has more 240 million users and some of its petitions have received more than 150000 signatures.
Best Known: Founder of SoundCloud
A little more: SoundCloud is one of the world’s biggest music distribution company. He has a degree in Media Technology and also works as a sound designer and film music producer.
Born: July 9, 1971 – Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.
Best Known: Cofounder of Netscape (web browser)
Born: 11 February 1964 – Atyrau, Kazakhstan
Best Known: Cofounder of Yandex N.V.
A little more: Yandex is Russsia’s most popular search engine and also into ecommerce and transportation. The Yandex initially meant ‘yet another indexer’. He studied applied mathematics at Gubkin Russian State University, and has a net worth more than US$1.3 billion.
Born: June 4, 1990 – Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Best Known: Cofounder of Snapchat
A little more: Snapchat is a popular messaging app where a message is available only for a period of time and also providing its users with stickers and interactive experience. He became one of the youngest CEOs at the age of 26 with a net worth of US$4billion.
Born: April 18, 1976 – United Kingdom
Best Known: Cofounder of Coursera
A little more: He founded Coursera in 2012 a leading online learning platform. Before that, he headed Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) research team. Recently, he founded Landing AI which provided AI based software products.
Born: October 11, 1967 – Frankfurt, West Germany
Best Known: Cofounder of PayPal and Palantir Technologies
A little more: He cofounded PayPal in 1998 as an alternate to traditional banking system and providing its user with a digital wallet. In May 2003 he cofounded Palantir Technologies, which specializes in cyber security. Palantir is considered to be Silicon Valley’s one of most valuable private technology companies.
Born: 17 November 1968 – Yangquan, Shanxi, China
Best Known: Founder of Baidu
A little more: Robin founded Baidu in 2000 which is China’s Google. He is also one of the richest persons in China. He has a doctorate degree in computer science from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in the US.
Guido van Rossum
Born: 31 January 1956 – Haarlem, Netherlands
Best Known: Author of the Python programming language
A little more: He has a master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Amsterdam. Python is one of the top 10 most popular programming languages. He chose the name Python as he’s a big fan of Monty Python – a British comedy series.
Born: November 27, 1950 – Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Best Known: Founder of GoDaddy Inc.
A little more: GoDaddy is the world’s leading domain registrar and web hosting company. Before founding GoDaddy he sold his financial software company for US$65 million. He presently heads YAM Worldwide, Inc. which is in power sports, golf, real estate and marketing.
Best Known: Cofounder of Stack Overflow
A little more: Jeff use to write for his programming blog website – coding horror. In 2007 he launched Stack Overflow – a question and answer website aimed towards computer programmers. Presently he is working a new web discussion platform termed as Discourse.
Born: September 19, 1992 – Long Beach, California, U.S.
Best Known: Founder of Oculus VR
A little more: He founded virtual reality head mounted display company – Oculus VR. In March 2014 Facebook acquired his company US$2.3 billion. After which he founded Anduril a defense technology company.
Born: January 11, 1984 Houston, Texas, US
Best Known: Founder of WordPress (Content Management System)
A little more: At the age of 19 while studying at the University of Houston he started WordPress. By 2005 WordPress had over 900000 downloads. He also founded Automattic the commercial arm of WordPress. WordPress powers 22% of world’s top 10 million websites. He is also popularly known as ‘the blog prince’.
Born: Chappaqua, New York, U.S.
Best Known: open-source operating system for smartphones – Android
A little more: He was nicknamed ‘Android’ during this tenure at Apple due to his love for robots. Google acquired his smartphone operating system in 2005. After Google he founded Playground Global which provides resources and funding to hardware startups.
Born: February 24, 1976 – Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Best Known: Cofounder of WhatsApp
A little more: Jan worked at Yahoo! for 9 years before founding WhatsApp a mobile application. This app was widely adopted across the world as a replacement of the SMS. On 19th February 2014 Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg acquired WhatsApp for US$19 billion.
Born: 1 June 1979, Stockholm, Sweden
Best Known: Founder of Minecraft game
A little more: Markus started programming when he was 7 and made his first game at 8. He is a game developer and has worked with gaming and technology companies before starting Minecraft. Minecraft was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 at US$2.5 billion.
Born: August 5, 1967 – Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Best Known: Cofounder of LinkedIn
A little more: LinkedIn went live on 5th May, 2003 as a social networking website mainly focussed on building professional relationships. LinkedIn has more than 600 million users. The company was acquired by Microsoft on June13, 2016 for US$26.2 billion.
Born: approximately 42 years old
Best Known: Cofounder of Fitbit
A little more: James dropped out of Harvard to start Fitbit in March, 2007. Fitbit is wireless, wearable activity tracker. Fitbit is one of the largest wearable device companies in the world. Fitbit is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Name: Brendan Greene
Best Known: Concept and design lead of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
A little more: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer game mainly a player versus player shooter game. This one is considered one of the best multiplayer PC and mobile game. Brenden is popularly known as PlayerUnknown.