They have been there and done that. Before you divert your minds to something else, let’s spill the beans. We are talking about the techies across the globe whohave not given us the taste of Apple but yes, with their simple inventions, theyhave contributed a lot towards making our lives simpler. Be it entertainment or work, these techies have given us tech-tools that make our everyday lives easy and boost up our entertainment graphs too. They were not born leaders but have reached this position with their hard work and taking their products a huge success. They are young, dynamic and the technosphere rulers of tomorrow.In our special coverage, we talk about successful 10 faces across the globe who have made their presence felt within a short span of their cyberspace existence.The names n our chart include the founders and co-founders some of the popular social networks, apps, software and various other tech-products.
Twitter, Jack Dorsey
Jack Dorsey is the creator, co-founder, and Chairman of Twitter, Inc. Originally from St. Louis, Jack's early fascination for mass-transit and how cities function led him to Manhattan and programming real-time messaging systems for couriers, taxis, and emergency ehicles. Throughout this work, Jack witnessed thousands of workers in the field constantly updating where they were and what they ere doing; Twitter is a constrained simplification designed for general usage and extended by the millions of people who make it their wn every day. Jack was recognized as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people and was named an "outstanding innovator nder the age of 35" by MIT's Technology Review.
Drew Houston, Dropbox
Drew Houston is CEO and co-founder of Dropbox, and has led Dropbox's growth from a simple idea to a service relied upon by millions round the world. Drew leads all of Dropbox's activities, and is actively involved in its business and product decisions. Before founding Dropbox, Drew attended MIT's Course 6 (Computer Science). He took a quick leave from school to form Accolade, an online SAT prep startup, and also worked as a software engineer for Bit9. After graduating from MIT, Drew recognized that people needed a way to bring heir files with them without sending email attachments or carrying USB drives. He began writing a solution to this problem in early 007 before demo-ing an early version to Arash Ferdowsi in Boston. The two of them then began working on the project that would eventually become Dropbox. Drew has been named one of the top "Twenty something Entrepreneurs" by Businessweek and named to the Fortune “40 Under 40” list in 2011. He was also a 2010 Crunchies finalist for Top CEO and was also named Inc. Magazine's "30 under 30" or 2011.
Dropbox, Arash Ferdowsi, CTO and Co-Founder
Arash Ferdowsi is CTO and Co-Founder of Dropbox, and leads Dropbox's product and engineering efforts. Arash's passion for computers began at the age of 10, when his father began teaching him QBasic. His programming interest eventually led him to Course 6 Computer Science) at MIT, where he served as a director for 6.370, MIT's annual artificial intelligence programming competition. Following an early demo of Dropbox from Drew in 2008, Arash dropped out of MIT to join Drew in building Dropbox. Since then, rash as served as the steward of Dropbox's users. Under his leadership, Dropbox has scaled to millions of users and billions of files while retaining its core of simplicity and reliability. Bothe the co-founders were added to the Fortune “40 Under 40” list in 2011.
Mark Pincus, Zynga, Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Product Officer
Mark is the founder, CEO and chief product officer of Zynga. He founded the company in 2007 with a mission of connecting the world through games, and in founding zynga.org, he also believes that games can do good.
On his way to creating Zynga, Mark started three companies. In 2003, he launched Tribe.net, one of the first social networks. Before that, he founded Support.com, a pioneer in automating tech support, and took it public. In 1995, he launched FreeLoader, the first web-based consumer push company. Mark started his career in new media and venture capital before he discovered his calling as a consumer technology entrepreneur. Mark also made founding investments in Napster, Brightmail, Twitter and Facebook.
Mark graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an angel investor in multiple Silicon Valley startups and regularly gives lectures to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Favorite Game: Mark is an avid fan of all of Zyngaʼs games and the board game The Settlers of Catan
Lytro - REN NG, Founder and CEO
Before starting Lytro in 2006, Ren had been extensively studying light field science and computational science. His seminal Ph.D. research on light field technology earned the field’s top honor, the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for best thesis in computer science and engineering, as well as Stanford University’s Arthur Samuel Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation. The entrepreneurial spark came when Ren purchased his first DSLR camera and saw the potential to apply light field technology to capture pictures in addition to image generation. As a result, instead of continuing on a purely academic path, Ren decided to apply and extend his theoretical work by making light field cameras available to consumers.
Ren holds a Ph.D. in computer science and a B.S. in mathematical and computational science from Stanford University. In his spare time, he is an avid rock climber.
Mashable - Pete Cashmore, Founder & CEO
Pete Cashmore is the young CEO and founder of Mashable, one of the largest and most popular websites for digital, social media, and technology news. This young, 1985 born tech-enthusiast, founded Mashable in 2005 as a blog focused on up-to-the-minute news and updates on social networks and digital trends Since then, Mashable never looked back. Today, it is one of the top 10 and most profitable blogs in the world, with a whooping more than 20 million unique visitors per month. Mashable has been named a must-read site by both Fast Company and PC Magazine. What’s more, it is also ranked as the most influential media outlet by Klout.
Time Magazine 100 in 2010, Forbes magazine web celeb 25, World Economic Forum 2011 Young Global Leader and Ad Age’s 2011 influencers, Pete has not one but many feathers in his cap. He was also named a Briton of the year by Telegraph in 2010. Pete is based in NewYork .
Groupon, Andrew Mason, Founder & CEO
Andrew Mason is the CEO and founder of Groupon, a Chicago-based website offering users huge discounts and selling deals to local businesses. Since its inception in November 2008, Groupon has sold more than six million deals.
After graduating from North-western University in 2003, Mason started working in web design for Chicago entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky. After a while he stopped working with Lefkofsky and chose to attend the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy on a scholarship. However, he dropped out of his Master degree program within 3 months after it started. After few years, Mason had come up with his first entrepreneurial venture on the Internet, The Point, for which Lefkofsky funded one million dollars in "seed money" to bankroll. It was found that The Point, which was primarily a social initiatives platform was too abstract to market, and hence it was further, stripped down to the concept of Groupon.
Pinterest - Evan Sharp, Ben Silbermann, Co-Founders
Co-founded by Evan Sharp , Ben Silbermann and Paul Sciarra, Pinterest is managed by Cold Brew Labs and funded by a small group of entrepreneurs and inventors. It is one of the fastest growing social services in the world.
Pinterest has created a phenomenon. The success that this photo-sharing platform has received within a short time-span is incomparable. Pinterest's mission is to "connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting"
Ben Silberman, the CEO, is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Pinterest. The website allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration,’re-pin' images to their own collections and/or 'like' photos.
Evan Sharp is also working with Pinterest however, Paul Sciarra left in April 2012.
Evan Sharp, co-founder and lead designer of Pinterest, started up Pinterest shortly after studying architecture at Columbia's GSAPP. Ben and Evan are friends and have devoted day and night for the success of the project.
Instagram, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Co-Founders
Instagram is known for being the most successful and profit making app. It has been recently acquired by Facebook for a whooping amount of $1 billion. Well, it’s only in Silicon Valley that a couple of 20-somethings can turn less than two years of work into a $1bn (£630m) fortune.
Michel "Mike" Krieger, the co-founder of Instagram is an entrepreneur based in Brazil and software engineer. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Krieger moved to California in 2004 to complete his education at the Stanford University. He studied symbolic systems at Stanford and it was there that he met Kevin Systrom. The two of them cofounded Instagram in October 2010.
Kevin Systrom, a software engineer and an entrepreneur is the co-founder and CEO of Instagram. Systrom graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering, in the year 2006. He cofounded Instagram in 2010 with Mike Krieger. Prior to this, he was an intern at Odeo, the company that birthed Twitter. He also spent two years at Google.
The duo have had a passion for social products that enable people to communicate more easily, and combined with his passion for photography and hence Instagram is a natural fit.
Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, Co-Founder
Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur best known as a co-founder and promoter of the online non-profit encyclopaedia Wikipedia and the Wikia Company. Wikipedia needs no description in any terms. We all are well familiar with this pal of ours.
Wales was born in Alabama, United States. He completed his school education from Randolph School, post which, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance. While in graduate school, he taught at two universities, but left before completing a PhD, so as to take a job in finance. Wales later started his work as the research director of a Chicago futures and options firm.
On January 15, 2001, Wales launched Wikipedia, with his friend Larry Sanger. Wkipedia, a free and open content encyclopaedia witnessed a skyrocketing growth and popularity. After Wikipedia’s public profile enlarged, Wales became the chief promoter and spokesman. Though he has been cited as a co-founder of Wikipedia, he has disputed the "co-" designation and declares himself the sole founder.
Evernote Phil Libin, CEO
Evernote has made our lives much easier and sorted out. The app that most of us use in our day-to-day life helps us remember things big and small from our everyday routine using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.
Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote. Prior to joining EverNote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, which is at present one of the topmost companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to corporations globally. Recently, the Evernote has raised $70 million in advance of IPO at the valuation of $ 1 billion.
We had a one-on-one with Phil and he disclosed new plans and ventures to help Evernote grow beyond new horizons. About the recent launch of services in China, Phil said: “we do not look at countries as markets. We want Evernote to reach everywhere and make it a better product.”
Phil told us that Evernote has acquired a total of 5 startups working on similar grounds and the recent one is Penultimate app. About the IPO, Phil said that the team is looking forward to make Evernote a worldwide product and a 100 year company and towards achieving that, IPO is the first step.