Famous American IT & Software Entrepreneurs

If you are daring, resourceful, ingenious, confident, and have a penchant for all things novel and technical, then congratulations — you have all that it takes to be the next Bill Gates (Microsoft) or Michael Dell (Dell) or Larry Ellison (Oracle). That is right! These most successful and enterprising impresarios of today hit gold by revamping start-up companies into international IT powerhouses. No wonder, they are idolized as true heroes and are an inspiration to many. Agreed, these outrageously wealthy, self-made, go-getter entrepreneurs did not come out of the same blueprint. But thanks to their innovation, dedication and never-say-never attitude, today they take up a coveted place among the world achievers. These are the Americans entrepreneurs who believed that everything is possible once you set your heart to it and never took "no" for an answer. And while there is no foolproof guide to become a successful software entrepreneur like them, trailing the timeline, trivia and interesting facts on America's famous IT & software entrepreneurs in the biographies below might fire up your ambition to some extent.

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 1 
Steve Wozniak
(Co-Founder of Apple Inc.)

Steve Wozniak
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Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

Widely recognized as one of the two important pioneers of the personal computer revolution, Steve Wozniak is credited with co-founding Apple Inc. along with Steve Jobs. Not surprisingly, he has been described as one of the men that changed the course of history through technology. Apart from being a programmer and technology entrepreneur, Steve Wozniak is also a well-known philanthropist.

 2 
Paul Allen
(Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist)

Paul Allen
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Birthdate: January 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: October 15, 2018

Paul Allen was an American investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular multinational technology companies in the world, Microsoft Corporation. Along with his philanthropic activities and ownership of several other companies and sporting clubs, Paul Allen had a major impact on sports, wildlife, education, arts, healthcare, community services, environmental conservation, and more.

 3 
Gary Vaynerchuk
(Entrepreneur)

Gary Vaynerchuk
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Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Babruysk
Gary Vaynerchuk is a Belarusian-American internet entrepreneur who co-founded the restaurant-reservation app Resy and the winery Empathy Wines, apart from launching the YouTube webcast Wine Library TV. He has chaired VaynerX, been the CEO of the social-media consulting firm VaynerMedia, and authored several books, including a business bestseller. 
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 4 
Larry Ellison
(Co-Founder of Oracle)

Larry Ellison
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Birthdate: August 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison was Forbes’s sixth-wealthiest person in the world in 2019. He has been associated with Apple and Tesla, too. He once owned the world’s 12th-largest yacht. He is a certified pilot and also owns a tennis facility. A devoted philanthropist, he has taken The Giving Pledge.

 5 
Jawed Karim
(Co-Founder of YouTube)

Jawed Karim
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Birthdate: October 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Merseburg, Germany

Jawed Karim is an American Internet entrepreneur and software engineer. Karim is credited with co-founding one of the most popular online video-sharing platforms, YouTube. He is also credited with uploading the first YouTube video named Me at the zoo. During his time working at PayPal, Jawed Karim had designed many of the company's core components, such as its anti-Internet-fraud system.

 6 
Kevin Systrom
(Co‑founder of Instagram)

Kevin Systrom
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Birthdate: December 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holliston, Massachusetts, United States

Computer programmer and entrepreneur Kevin Systrom is one of the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram. He resigned as the Instagram CEO in 2018. He was named to Forbes’s 30 under 30 list in 2014 and was one of the U.S’s richest entrepreneurs below 40 in 2016.

 7 
Gabe Newell
(Entrepreneur)

Gabe Newell
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Birthdate: November 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Businessman Gabe Newell is the co-founder and president of the video game developer and digital distribution company, Valve. As a young man, he worked for Microsoft for several years before he quit to found his own venture. He was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2013.

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 8 
Chris Hughes
(Co-Founder of Facebook)

Chris Hughes
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Birthdate: November 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina

 9 
Jan Koum
(Co-founder of WhatsApp)

Jan Koum
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Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular cross-platform messaging service, WhatsApp. One of the most popular billionaires around the world, Koum donated almost $556 million to the donor-advised community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in 2014.

 10 
Paul Buchheit
(Computer Engineer)

Paul Buchheit
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Birthdate: November 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Webster, New York, United States

Paul Buchheit is an American entrepreneur and computer engineer. He is credited with creating Gmail and developing a prototype of Google AdSense. In 2007, he launched FriendFeed, which was later acquired by Facebook. In 2011, Paul Buchheit was honored with the Economist Innovation Award. Also a noted philanthropist, Paul Buchheit has made donations to several health organizations.

 11 
Neil Bush
(Businessman)

Neil Bush
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Birthdate: January 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA

 12 
Randi Zuckerberg
(Entrepreneur)

Randi Zuckerberg
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Birthdate: February 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westchester County, New York, United States
Entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg has been the director of market development and spokesperson for her brother Mark Zuckerberg’s company Facebook. She has also been a Forbes on Fox panelist. She has founded Zuckerberg Media, authored books, and created the animated series Dot. She advocates against internet anonymity to prevent cyber-bullying.

 13 
Steve Chen
(Co-founder of YouTube)

Steve Chen
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Birthdate: August 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Taipei City, Taipei, Taiwan
Internet entrepreneur Steve Chen is one of the co-founders of YouTube. He also co-founded AVOS Systems and developed the app MixBit. He later sold YouTube to Google and also joined the investment firm Google Ventures. He was named one of 2011’s "15 Asian Scientists To Watch" by Asian Scientist magazine.

 14 
Andrew McCollum
(Co-founder of Facebook)

Andrew McCollum
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Birthdate: September 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: California

 15 
Tom Anderson
(Co-founder of Myspace)

Tom Anderson
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Birthdate: November 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Tom Anderson is one of the co-founders of Myspace. He would once automatically be made the first “friend” of first-time users of the platform and thus earned the nicknames "Myspace Tom” and “Tom from Myspace.” He is also interested in photography and made a cameo appearance in Funny People.

 16 
Pierre Omidyar
(Chairperson of eBay)

Pierre Omidyar
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Birthdate: June 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 17 
Reid Hoffman
(Co-Founder of LinkedIn)

Reid Hoffman
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Birthdate: August 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stanford
Billionaire businessman Reid Hoffman, co-founder of the professional networking platform LinkedIn, also serves as a partner of the firm Greylock Partners. The Stanford and Oxford alumnus is also a prominent philanthropist and has been a board member of Do Something. He has also worked with PayPal and written several books.

 18 
Marc Andreessen
(Entrepreneur)

Marc Andreessen
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Birthdate: July 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States

Marc Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, software engineer, and investor. He is credited with co-founding the independent computer services company Netscape as well as the private venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Marc Andreessen is also credited with co-authoring one of the first web browsers, NCSA Mosaic. In 1994, he was inducted into the World Wide Web Hall of Fame.

 19 
Bobby Murphy
(Co-Founder of Snapchat. and software engineer)

Bobby Murphy
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Birthdate: July 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

 20 
Biz Stone
(Entrepreneur)

Biz Stone
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Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 21 

Jeremy Bloom
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Birthdate: April 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

 22 
Christopher Poole
(Entrepreneur)

Christopher Poole
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Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: New York City

 23 
Jerry Yang
(Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.)

Jerry Yang
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Birthdate: November 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taipei City, Taipei, Taiwan

Jerry Yang is a Taiwanese-American billionaire internet entrepreneur, computer programmer, and venture capitalist. Yang is credited with co-founding Yahoo! Inc. where he also served as the CEO from 2007 to 2009. Jerry Yang is also credited with founding a venture capital firm named AME Cloud Ventures.

 24 
Greg Gianforte
(25th Governor of Montana)

Greg Gianforte
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Birthdate: April 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 25 
Apoorva Mehta
(Entrepreneur)

Apoorva Mehta
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

Apoorva Mehta is a serial entrepreneur and a former Amazon.com employee. He founded the grocery delivery and pick-up service Instacart in 2012. An engineer by qualification, he tried to start at least 20 other services, including an ad network for social gaming companies, before launching Instacart. He was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2013.

 26 
Jason Fried
(Entrepreneur)

Jason Fried
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 27 
Zachary Bogue
(Entrepreneur & Lawyer)

Zachary Bogue
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Birthdate: December 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

 28 
Chris DeWolfe
(Entrepreneur)

Chris DeWolfe
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Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

 29 
An Wang
(Co-founder of Wang Laboratories)

An Wang
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Birthdate: February 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China,
Died: March 24, 1990

Born in Shanghai, An Wang studied electrical engineering before moving to Harvard to get his PhD. The Wang Laboratories co-founder is remembered for inventing the magnetic core memory, which was the main component of computers till the invention of the microchip. He also developed many word-processing systems.

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Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
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Birthdate: March 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States

John Dehlin
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Boise, Idaho, United States

 32 
Gene Amdahl
(Entrepreneur)

Gene Amdahl
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Birthdate: November 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Flandreau, South Dakota, United States
Died: November 10, 2015

 33 

Patrick Joseph McGovern
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Birthdate: August 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: March 19, 2014

 34 
Edward M. Liddy
(Businessman)

Edward M. Liddy
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Birthdate: January 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

 35 
Tyler Williams
(Entrepreneur)

Tyler Williams
0
Birthdate: May 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini

 36 
Fernando Espuelas
(Entrepreneur)

Fernando Espuelas
0
Birthdate: August 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montevideo

 37 
Justin Siegel
(Entrepreneur)

Justin Siegel
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Birthdate: August 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida, United States