Day: January 27, 2020

5 Top Tech Entrepreneurs You Must Follow

Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur nowadays.

People get motivated by the stories of some of the successful entrepreneurs who have become millionaires with their unique ideas. Unfortunately, it is not easy to do so.

Some of today’s successful entrepreneurs are fortunate enough to come from wealthy and influential families. Others, however, need to put in a lot of hard work and determination before they can be successful.

Below are the top tech entrepreneurs who worked really hard to get to where they are today.

Evan Spiegel

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Evan Spiegel is an American entrepreneur who co-founded Famous Snapchat Application along with Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown. He is the acting CEO of the Snapchat Inc.

Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia mobile application, which was initially released in September 2011.

Evan Spiegel was born into a wealthy family and was privileged. He studied at Stanford University along with Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown. He was a product design major. With Brown, Spiegel started the prototype for Snapchat as a project for his classes.

Slowly, Spiegel became more enthusiastic in developing the prototype. Along the way,  he dropped out of school.

When he launched the app in 2011, it made him a billionaire. His defiance to settle for anything less than what he or his company deserves is what made him a successful entrepreneur.

Steve Huffman

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Steve Huffman is an American web developer, entrepreneur, CEO and the founder of the social news accumulation and discussion website Reddit. He co-founded the Reddit along with his college roommates Aaron Swartz and Alexis Ohanian.

He created the website along with Ohanian in 2005 and sold it for millions in 2006. In 2011, Reddit became an independent subsidiary of Conde Nast Publications.

Steve Huffman, along with author and software engineer Adam Goldstein, co-founded the Airfare search-engine website called Hipmunk.

Huffman is now one of the board of advisers for the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society. A campaigner for net neutrality rules, he’s also an instructor on web development for the E-learning platform Udacity.

Ma Huateng

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Via britannica.com

Ma Huateng is a Chinese business magnate, engineer, investor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and the CEO of the gaming company Tencent. It’s one of the enormous internet and technology companies in the world.

He graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Shenzen University and worked in some telecommunications companies as well. He established the Tencent in 1998, along with his college classmates.

In 1999, ‘Tencent’ launched ‘QICQ’, an instant messaging service which resulted in a huge success. Over the decade, ‘Tencent’ developed and enlarged its services in various departments, such as E-commerce, media and entertainment, gaming, online payments and digital advertisements. Ma Huateng was named one of the Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ three times recently. As of now, he is the richest man in China and the 14th richest man in the world.

Brian Acton

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Via businessinsider.com

Brian Acton is an American internet entrepreneur and computer programmer and the co-founder of WhatsApp. He graduated from Stanford University with a computer science degree. He began his career as a system administrator for Rockwell International and further moved on to work with various companies like Apple, Adobe Systems, and Yahoo Inc.

Along with Jan Koum, Acton left Yahoo and gradually went on to develop the messaging application and sold the WhatsApp to Facebook in February 2014 for $19 billion. In September 2017, Acton departed Facebook-owned WhatsApp and started a new organization with American Computer Security researcher Moxie Marlinspike called ‘Signal Foundation’. By far the largest acquisition of Facebook is purchasing WhatsApp and it is also the biggest one made by any venture.

Sergey Brin

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Sergey Brin is an American computer scientist, internet entrepreneur, and co-founder of Google Inc. He studied mathematics and computer science in college before pursuing a PhD in computer science from Stanford University. Brin was interested in the extraction of information from unstructured sources and search engines. Later on, he met a fellow research scholar, Larry Page. Together, they connected on their creativity level and started designing the new search engines in the university computers after dropping out of university.

At first, they called their project ‘Backrub’ and it was funded by the National Science Foundation. After that, they went on and created the PageRank algorithm which is used by Google to rank pages. Andy Bechtolsheim pitched in the initial funding to Google with a cheque for $100,000.

He was also the co-founder of Sun Microsystems and later, he incorporated their company Google Inc.

Many people have the dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur with education playing a very important role behind every successful business model.

Most of today’s successful entrepreneurs are MBA holders. There are MBA specializations to make you a thorough professional in one field.

As Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Group) once said, “ Business opportunities are like buses, there is always another one coming.”

See Also: 10 Unstoppable Entrepreneurs Share Their Advice For Success

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Will Ferrell’s ‘Downhill’ is like a feature-length AITA post

Will Ferrell's 'Downhill' is like a feature-length AITA post

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Downhill isn’t based on a true story — it’s an English-language remake of the 2014 Swedish dramedy Force Majeure.

If you’ve spent any time at all browsing subreddits like r/relationships and Am I the Asshole?, though, you may feel like it might as well be. The film plays out like a cinematic adaptation of one of those posts, bringing a marital conflict under the microscope and inviting everyone around them, us included, to cast judgment on who went wrong where.

Ferrell and Louis-Dreyfus play Pete and Billie, an American couple on an Austrian ski vacation with their two adolescent sons. From the opening moments, it’s possible to see the hairline cracks in this picture-perfect family portrait. Irritations flare up around the language barrier, a hectic hotel welcome, or Pete’s iPhone addiction. Read more…

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LA tech industry mourns Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles startup community is joining the rest of the world in mourning the death of NBA superstar, entrepreneur and investor Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., shortly before 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Reports indicate that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, and seven other passengers were on board a helicopter traveling to Bryant’s basketball training facility Mamba Academy. There were no survivors.

The 41 year-old NBA All-Star, Olympic medalist, Oscar winner and father of four was most famous for his achievements on the basketball court, but had established himself as an entrepreneur and investor whose reach extended far beyond the Los Angeles area that he called home.

“Kobe was loved in Los Angeles,” wrote Mark Suster, managing partner of the Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Upfront Ventures, in a private message to TechCrunch. “He not only played at the peak of his sport but everything he did was quality from film, to books to philanthropy. It’s truly a sad day in LA.”

Bryant launched his venture career with partner and serial entrepreneur Jeff Stibel back in 2013, according to Crunchbase. The pair made a mix of early- and late-stage investments in Los Angeles-based companies like LegalZoom, Scopely, Art of Sport, The Honest Company, RingDNA, FocusMotion, DyshApp and Represent.

Last year, the investment firm expanded with a $1.7 billion investment vehicle that was launched in partnership with the private equity fund, Permira, according to a report in USA Today.

“We are mourning this terrible loss and still searching for the words,” wrote Mattias Metternich, co-founder of Bryant’s grooming startup, Art of Sport, in an email. “As a founding partner to [Art of Sport] he was woven into the very fabric of our company and its vision and DNA. As a mentor we drew on his wisdom, passion and drive everyday… In the short term our thoughts and hearts are with him, Gianna and his surviving family.”

Jessica Alba, the co-founder of The Honest Company, took to Twitter earlier in the day to share her own reaction to the news. And Scopely’s official Twitter account shared a reaction, as well.

An all-time legend, and our friend and supporter. Our thoughts are with all of the families affected by the tragic accident today. You will be missed, @kobebryant. pic.twitter.com/FzhNl5ndau

Scopely (@scopely) January 26, 2020

During his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, the MVP and 18-time All-Star set records and helped architect runs to five national championships. Together with Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant helped make the Lakers the dominant team in the NBA in the early 2000s.

“Kobe was the rare combination of God-given talent on-and-off the court with a competitive athlete mindset that was unrivaled to the point it was called the ‘mamba mentality’. Whatever he put his focus turned into excellence, whether it was an NBA championship, an Oscar, entering the VC game or — most importantly — fatherhood,” wrote Upfront Ventures general partner Kobie Fuller. “This loss is shocking and puts into perspective how precious our moments on this earth really are. My heart goes out to the Bryant family during this incredibly difficult time.”

While Bryant’s sports career was storied, and his post-sports career in media and investing successful, his legacy is complicated by a sexual assault allegation in 2003, which was later settled and for which Bryant apologized, but did not admit guilt.