By | April 13, 2019
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WebTechCXO Spotlight

Ben Rattray

Alexander Ljung

Marc Andreessen

Arkady Volozh

Evan Spiegel

Andrew Ng

Peter Thiel

Robin Li

Guido van Rossum

Bob Parsons

Jeff Atwood

Palmer Luckey

Matt Mullenweg

Andy Rubin

Jan Koum

Markus Persson

Reid Hoffman

James Park

Brendan Greene

Ben Rattray

Ben Rattray

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.

Alexander Ljung

Alexander Ljung

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.

Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen

Born: July 9, 1971 – Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.

Best Known: Cofounder of Netscape (web browser)

A little more: He and his company is credited for developing world’s first most popular browser, also JavaScript for developing web pages and  SSL used for securing web communication. Presently, he is cofounder of one of Silicon Valley’s biggest venture capital firm.

Arkady Volozh

Arkady Volozh

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.

Evan Spiegel

Evan Spiegel

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.

Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng

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.

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

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.

Robin Li

Robin Li

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

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.

Bob Parsons

Bob Parsons

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.

Jeff Atwood

Jeff Atwood

Born: 1970

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.

Palmer Luckey

Palmer Luckey
Palmer Luckey

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.

Matt Mullenweg

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Matt Mullenweg

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’.

Andy Rubin

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Andy Rubin

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.

Jan Koum

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Jan Koum

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.

Markus Persson

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Markus Persson

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.

Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman

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.

James Park

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James Park

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.

Brendan Greene

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Brendan Greene

Name: Brendan Greene

Born: –

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.


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