After selling it to Western Union, he
became involved with several other
startups before founding blogging site
TechCrunch, a source of analysis on Silicon
Valley and related technology happenings.
spent 25 years with NCR, where he rose
to become CEO and drove the company
to its most impressive profits.
Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com
Marc Benioff founded Salesforce.com
in 1999, with a vision of providing
salesforce management applications
on demand to businesses at any scale.
Salesforce’s success has made Benioff
one of the leading visionaries of the
on-demand software movement.
Jonathan Paul Ive, Apple Computer
Jonathan Paul Ive is senior vice president,
Industrial Design, at Apple. He is the principal designer of the iMac, Powerbook
G4, iPod and iPhone.
and then converted BackRub data into
influence measurements. Page and Brin
wrote the PageRank algorithm, which
remains the core of Google’s proprietary
technology. On leave from graduate
school, the pair founded Google in 1998.
Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon.com
In 1994, Jeff Bezos founded online-book-
seller Amazon.com. Since then, Amazon
has grown into a company that exempli-
fies the e-commerce
paradigm: Its interests
extend well beyond
books and into durable
goods, a variety of
media, and diverse Web
and computing services.
Steve Jobs, Apple Computer
The co-founder of Apple Computer,
Steve Jobs, also founded NeXT Computer,
creating the machine that hosted the
world’s first Web site at CERN. When
Apple acquired NeXT in 1997, Jobs
returned to lead the company. Since
then, he has made Apple one of the
most profitable companies in the world,
Sam Palmisano, IBM
After joining IBM in the late 1970s,
Sam Palmisano, currently chairman,
president and CEO, held positions of
ascending importance, focusing on
outsourcing and services. He became
IBM’s CEO in 2002. Palmisano has been
credited with shifting IBM’s focus away
from hardware and software to a more
profitable service orientation.
John Chambers is
chairman and CEO
of Cisco Systems. He
joined Cisco in 1991 as
senior vice president,
after stints with Wang
and IBM. Named CEO in
1995, he presided over
the company’s stunning
growth from $1.2 billion
to more than $40 billion
in annual revenues.
Eric Schmidt, Google
Eric Schmidt began his
career as an engineer
at Bell Labs, Zilog and
Xerox PARC. Later, at
Sun Microsystems, he
headed the initiative that
created Java, eventually
becoming CTO. In 1997,
Schmidt was appointed
CEO of Novell. He was
recruited to lead Google
in 2001 and now shares
founders Page and Brin.
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Larry Ellison, Oracle
In 1977, Larry Ellison
under the name
Laboratories. It was
Software, and became
Oracle with the
release of the Oracle 2
Relational Database in
1980. Oracle is now one
of the largest suppliers of databases and
diverse business applications.
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began his career as
a business analyst at
McKinsey, but changed
direction in 1987 when
he founded marketing
Design. Sun purchased
Lighthouse in 1996,
and Schwartz became
director of product mar-
keting for JavaSoft. In
2004, he became presi-
dent and chief operating
officer, and, in 2006, he
replaced Scott McNealy
building its market share in personal
computing and introducing the iPod and
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn
Reid Hoffman was the founder of
SocialNet, one of the first social networks. In 2003, he founded LinkedIn,
the largest business social network.
Hoffman was CEO for four years before
moving to his current position as
chairman and president.
Ray Ozzie, Microsoft
The creator of Lotus Notes, Ray Ozzie is
now Microsoft’s chief software architect.
He has articulated a go-forward strategy
for Microsoft technology that aims to
integrate and merge the company’s products onto the Internet in ambitious ways,
including providing software as a service.
Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia
Jimmy Wales co-founded the Wikipedia
open-content encyclopedia in 2001,
and shepherded its subsequent growth
into one of the world’s most consulted
sources of information. He is the president of Wikia, a privately owned free
Web hosting service.
Michael Howard, Microsoft
The author of many books on computer
security, notably Writing Secure Code,
Michael Howard is senior security program manager at Microsoft.
Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Google
Larry Page and Sergey Brin met in the
doctoral program at Stanford, where
Page built the BackRub Web crawler
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
While at Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg
launched the social networking Web site
Facebook with fellow students Andrew
McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris
Hughes. Now 24 and CEO of Facebook,
he is one of the youngest of the new
generation of Internet billionaires. 3
Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard
Mark Hurd is chairman, CEO and president of Hewlett-Packard. He previously
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