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CEO and co-founder of Snapchat Evan Spiegel launched the photo-sharing app from his father’s living room in 2011. Come June 2013 and Snapchat still wasn’t generating any revenue, yet thanks to venture funding, the company was valued at an incredible $860 million. By then, 200 million photos were said to be being sent on the limited-time photo app every day – quadruple the number processed just six months earlier. Both Google and Facebook have apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to purchase Snapchat for billions of dollars. Read more
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has seen the global coffee company go from strength to strength in 2013, as it has achieved record sales and profits. And despite having worked for Starbucks for over three decades, Schultz is still looking forward and has some exciting plans for the coming years. Read more
Jeff Weiner is Executive Chairman of Linkedin, the largest social network for professionals in the world, aftern having served as CEO for over 12 years. On February 5, 2020, Weiner announced he will step down as CEO of LinkedIn and become executive chairman in order to focus on closing the network gap and realizing LinkedIn's vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. He named Ryan Roslansky as his replacement. Read more
L. John Doerr Investor and Venture Capitalist at Kleiner Perkins. Doerr co-founded and serves on the board of the New Schools Venture Fund, an education reform and charter public schools fund, and TechNet, a policy network of high-tech CEOs advocating education and litigation reform, and policies for the innovation economy. He has directed venture capital funding to some of the most successful technology companies in the world including Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems, Macromedia, Compaq, Symantec, drugstore.com, Netscape, Intuit, and Google. Read more
Sir Jonathan Paul Ive is an industrial, product, and architectural designer. Ive was Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Apple. He joined Apple in September 1992, where he remained until his departure in July 2019. Following several years of designing the interface aspects of Apple products he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Industrial Design in the late 1990s after the return of co-founder Steve Jobs to the company, and CDO in 2015. Working closely with Jobs during their tenure together at Apple, he played a vital role in the designs of the iMac, Power Mac G4 Cube, iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and parts of the user interface of Apple's mobile operating system iOS. He also helped design Apple's major architectural projects, such as Apple Park and Apple Stores. Read more
Lawrence Joseph Ellison is Co-Founder, the Executive Chairman and CTO of Oracle Corporation. Read more
With CEO and co-founder Larry Page at the helm, Google has seen some truly visionary developments. And with Google’s revenue rising by 12 percent year over year, there is seemingly no stopping Page’s company. Read more
Patrick Paul Gelsinger is currently the CEO of Intel. He was the architect of the original Intel 80486 processor, introduced in 1989. As CTO of Intel, he also launched the conference Intel Developer Forum as a counterpart to Microsoft's WinHEC. In September 2009, he left Intel to join EMC. In February 2021, Gelsinger returned to Intel as to serve as CEO. Read more
Salman Khanis an educator and the founder of Khan Academy, a free online education platform and an organization with which he has produced over 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, originally focusing on mathematics and sciences. Read more
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. Brin was the president of Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., until stepping down from the role on December 3, 2019 Read more
CEO, Alibaba Group. Zhang first joined Taobao (an Alibaba subsidiary) in 2007 as its Chief Financial Officer. The following year he became the Chief Operating Officer of Taobao. In 2011, Zhang was promoted to President of Tmall, a business-to-consumer shopping spinoff from Taobao. It was during his time running Tmall that Zhang launched the Single's Day shopping event. In 2013, Zhang was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Alibaba Group, and eventually succeeded Jonathan Lu as the CEO in 2015.[2] On September 10, 2018, Jack Ma announced that Zhang would also take over as executive chairman, effective in 1 year on September 10, 2019. Read more
Founder & CEO, of Zoom Video Communications. Inspired by Bill Gates, who spoke in Japan in 1995, Eric Yuan moved from Beijing to Silicon Valley in 1997, to join the tech boom. Upon arriving in the US, Yuan joined WebEx, a web conferencing startup. The company was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007, at which time he became vice president of engineering. In 2011, Yuan pitched a new smartphone-friendly video conferencing system to Cisco management. When the idea was rejected, Yuan left Cisco to establish his own company, Zoom Video Communications. In 2019, Zoom became a public company via an initial public offering at which time Yuan became a billionaire. Read more
Founder and CEO, JD.com. Richard Liu Qiangdong has been called the "Jeff Bezos of China". Liu founded Jingdong as a business-to-consumer single retail store for magneto-optical products in June 1998 and later moved the company into an e-commerce website known as JD.com in 2004.[10] Liu is the company's chief executive officer and expanded its e-commerce products from selling consumer electronics to less specialized items, which grew JD.com into one of the largest retailers in China. Read more
CEO, Netflix. Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. is the co-founder, chairman, and co-CEO of Netflix, and sits on a number of boards and non-profit organizations. A former member of the California State Board of Education. Read more
CEO, Microsoft. Before becoming CEO, Satya Nadella was the Executive VP of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company's computing platforms. Read more
CEO Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google. Pichai began his career as a materials engineer. He joined Google in 2004, where he led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google's client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS, as well as being largely responsible for Google Drive. In addition, he went on to oversee the development of other applications such as Gmail and Google Maps. On October 24, 2015, he stepped into the new position at the completion of the formation of Alphabet Inc., the new holding company for the Google company family. Read more
Zhang Yiming is a Chinese internet entrepreneur. He founded ByteDance in 2012 and developed the news aggregator Toutiao and the video sharing platform TikTok (Douyin). Read more
Warren Buffet is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, who is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered as one of the most successful investors in the world. Read more
He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc. Read more
CEO of FUBU and The Shark Group, TV Personality on ABC Read more
John chambers is an Investor in companies around the world that are disrupting major industries. Passionate about mentoring young CEOs and helping them build, scale, and lead market transitions. Read more
co-founded a software company called ClickFunnels among others. Read more
Co-Founder at Neil Patel Digital. He is a New York Times bestselling author. he helped Amazon, Microsoft, Airbnb, Google, Thomson Reuters, Viacom, NBC, Intuit, Zappos, American Greetings, General Motors, and SalesForce grow through marketing. Read more
Cassie Kozyrkov is a South African data scientist and statistician. She founded the field of Decision Intelligence at Google, where she serves as Chief Decision Scientist. Read more
Nir Eyal is an American author, lecturer and investor known for his bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Read more
Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Wealthfront. Prior to Wealthfront, Andy co-founded and was general partner of Benchmark Capital, where he was responsible for investing in a number of successful companies including Equinix, Juniper Networks, and Opsware. Read more
CEO and Chairman at Dell Technologies Read more
Mike Maples was previously involved as a founder and operating executive at back-to-back startup IPOs, including Tivoli Systems (IPO TIVS, acquired by IBM) and Motive (IPO MOTV, acquired by Alcatel-Lucent.) Read more
Michael Gerber had has extensive experience in the areas of distribution, customer orientation, process optimization and platform projects. He has led and participated in over 100 projects in more than 20 years. Read more
Co-founder of Earn, Counsyl, Teleport, Coin Center. He is an angel investor and entrepreneur and was as also the cofounder of Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center. Read more
Co-Founder and Director of TheFamily Read more
Paddy Cosgrave is an Irish entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Web Summit, an annual technology conference, and CEO of the company that runs Web Summit and other events. Read more
Sheryl Kara Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, author, and billionaire. She is the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook's board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on its board. Read more
Caterina is an entrepreneur and investor. She is the host of the podcast "Should This Exist" and General Partner at Yes VC. She co-founded Flickr (www.flickr.com), almost certainly the best photo sharing company in the world, and Hunch, which built the taste graph for the internet. She served as Chairman of Etsy, and serves on the board of The Sundance Institute, Public Goods and McSweeneys. Read more
Paul Graham is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and essayist. He is best known for his work on Lisp, his former startup Viaweb and also for co-founding the influential startup accelerator and seed capital firm Y Combinator. Read more
David Heinemeier Hansson is a Danish programmer and the creator of the popular Ruby on Rails web development framework and the Instiki wiki. He is also a partner at the web-based software development firm Basecamp. Read more
Jager McConnell is the CEO of Crunchbase, a platform used by millions of entrepreneurs and investors looking to discover innovative companies. He is also the founder of Scary Cow Productions, an indie film incubator in San Francisco. Read more
Masayoshi Son is a Japanese business magnate and investor who is the founder and current chief executive officer of Japanese holding conglomerate SoftBank, the chief executive officer of SoftBank Mobile, current chairman of U.S.-based Sprint Corporation and chairman of U.K.-based Arm Holdings. Softbank invested $35 billion across 100 deals in 2017, including making investments in office rental firm WeWork and ride hailing company Uber. Read more
Tobias Lutke is the founder and CEO of Shopify, a commerce company based in Ottawa, Canada. He has served on the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created open source libraries such as Active Merchant. Read more
Beyond entertainment, Ashton Kutcher is also known for being a venture capitalist. He is a co-founder of the venture capital firm A-Grade Investments. In 2015, Kutcher announced Sound Ventures, the successor to A-Grade Investments. Kutcher has also successfully invested in several high technology startups and companies. Read more
Adam Neumann is an Israeli–American billionaire businessman. He is best known for being the co-founder and CEO of WeWork. Read more
Marc Russell Benioff is an American billionaire internet entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce, an enterprise cloud computing company. Read more
Tim Cook is an American business executive and industrial engineer. Cook is the Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc. Read more
David Cohen is the founder and CEO of Techstars. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, author, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog. He is also very active at the University of Colorado, serving as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Computer Science Department, the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board at Silicon Flatirons, and the Board of Advisors of the Deming Center Venture Fund Read more
Jason M. Lemkin runs SaaStr, the world's largest community for B2B/SaaS founders, and is the managing director of SaaStr Fund, a $90m venture capital firm focused on early-stage enterprise investments. Prior to that, Lemkin was the vice president of Adobe Systems; co-founder and the chief executive officer of EchoSign. Read more
Chris Dixon is an American internet entrepreneur and investor. He is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, and the co-founder and former CEO of Hunch. Read more
Benjamin Abraham Horowitz is an American businessman, investor, blogger, and author. He is a technology entrepreneur and co-founder of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Read more
Ben Thompson is an American business, technology, and media analyst, who is based in Taiwan. He is known principally for writing Stratechery, a subscription-based newsletter featuring in-depth commentary on tech and media news that has been called a must-read in Silicon Valley circles. Read more
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