Internet Entrepreneurs

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What do Mark Zuckerberg, Evan Williams, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page have in common? You guessed it right! They are all highly successful internet entrepreneurs who have made it big through their online business endeavors. Since the internet is a relatively recent phenomenon, it can be safely said that internet entrepreneurship is still an evolving concept. In simple words, an internet entrepreneur is the founder or owner of an internet based business. Around two decades ago, a couple of young techies Sergey Brin and Larry Page collaborated to found what would one day become one of the biggest internet companies ever: Google Inc. Buoyed by the rapid development of information technology, the business environment all over the globe became a dynamic one, opening up newer avenues for enterprising folks to explore. Taking advantage of the changing business dynamics, entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos, David Filo, and Garrett Gruener opened up their own online ventures which became popular on an international level within a few years. When talking of internet entrepreneurs, how can we not mention Mark Zuckerberg or Evan Spiegel who revolutionized social media with their innovations Facebook and Snapchat respectively! Read on to know more about famous internet entrepreneurs from all over the globe!
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Jeff Bezos
(The Founder & Executive Chairman of Amazon)
Jeff Bezos
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Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

The founder and CEO of the multi-national technology company Amazon, Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world. Jeff, who left his lucrative job at an investment firm to fulfil his entrepreneurial ambition, also owns the newspaper, The Washington Post, and its affiliate publications along with a spaceflight company, Blue Origin.

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Mark Zuckerberg
(Co-founder of Facebook)
Mark Zuckerberg
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Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States

The co-founder and CEO of the popular social networking website, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is also amongst the richest men in the world. Fascinated by computer since his early life, Zuckerberg co-created TheFacebook while still in college and later even dropped out to devote more time to it. At 23, he became the youngest self-made billionaire in history at that time.

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Jack Ma
(Co-founder and Former Executive Chairman of 'Alibaba Group')
Jack Ma
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Birthdate: September 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hangzhou, China
Jack Ma’s journey from being a tourist guide to establishing the Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba is inspirational. Initially rejected by various companies, he is the second-wealthiest person in China as of 2020. After quitting his post of executive chairman of Alibaba in 2019, he focused on philanthropy and environmental causes. 
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Alexis Ohanian
(Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of the Social Media Site ‘Reddit’)
Alexis Ohanian
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Birthdate: April 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Internet entrepreneur and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is also known as the husband of legendary tennis player Serena Williams. Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 twice, he spoke strongly against the 2011 Stop Online Piracy Act, wrote a bestselling book, and is an advocate for the paternity leave policy.
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Jack Dorsey
(The Co-Founder & Former CEO of 'Twitter')
Jack Dorsey
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Birthdate: November 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

As the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey continues to influence the lives of millions around the world. Also a well-known philanthropist, Dorsey is credited with funding 600 public school projects in Missouri. A prolific donator, Jack Dorsey has donated $24 million as part of various relief efforts. He also donated $10 million to Boston University.

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Aaron Swartz
(Computer Programmer)
Aaron Swartz
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Birthdate: November 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 11, 2013
Aaron Swartz was an internet hacktivist, best remembered for creating the web feed RSS, Markdown, and Creative Commons. He also worked with Reddit and founded Demand Progress, which supports internet freedom. He was later charged with computer fraud after breaking into a system at MIT and eventually died by suicide.
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Jawed Karim
(Co-Founder of 'YouTube' and the First Person to Upload a Video to the Site)
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.

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Travis Kalanick
(American Businessman, Co-Founder and Former CEO of ‘Uber’)
Travis Kalanick
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Birthdate: August 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Travis Kalanick is an American businessman. He is credited with founding Red Swoosh, a content delivery network, and Uber, a technology company. He resigned as the CEO of Uber in 2017 when the company was criticized for several unethical practices, including sexual harassment.

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Maitland Ward
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Birthdate: February 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
 10 
Sean Parker
(Entrepreneur)
Sean Parker
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Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Herndon, Virginia, United States

Napster co-founder Sean Parker was the first president of Facebook. He invested in Spotify and has been associated with Plaxo, Airtime.com, and Brigade. He created the Facebook app Causes, actively donates to cancer research, owns the Parker Foundation, and was listed on Time’s Healthcare 50 for his medical philanthropic efforts.

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Jimmy Wales
(Internet Entrepreneur, Webmaster and Co-Founder of the Online Encyclopedia ‘Wikipedia’)
Jimmy Wales
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Birthdate: August 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales is widely known as the co-founder of the not-for-profit online encyclopedia Wikipedia, though he has claimed to be its sole founder. Wikipedia had its roots in Nupedia, a free encyclopedia that was funded by Wales’s portal Bomis. Wales also co-founded Wikia, or Fandom, a web-hosting service.
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Dustin Moskovitz
(Entrepreneur)
Dustin Moskovitz
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Birthdate: May 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States

Dustin Moskovitz is an Internet entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular social networking service, Facebook. In 2008, he co-founded a web and mobile application called Asana after quitting Facebook. One of the youngest self-made billionaires of all time, Dustin Moskovitz is also renowned for his philanthropic activities; he co-founded a philanthropic organization called Good Ventures in 2011.

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Walter O'Brien
(Irish Businessman and Information Technologist Who Was the Loose Inspiration of the TV Series 'Scorpion')
Walter O'Brien
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Birthdate: February 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: County Wexford, Ireland

Irish IT expert and entrepreneur Walter O'Brien produced the CBS action-drama TV series Scorpion, which was inspired by his life. It is believed he established Scorpion Computer Services at age 13 and had an IQ of 197 as a child, though many such claims by him remain unproved.

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Sergey Brin
(Co-Founder of 'Google')
Sergey Brin
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Birthdate: August 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Google co-founder Sergey Brin also served as the president of Alphabet Inc. The seventh-richest person in the world as of 2020, Brin earlier dropped his PhD plans at Stanford, following which he and Larry Page launched Google in a garage. He is a devoted philanthropist and a Democratic Party donor.
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Steve Chen
(One of the Co-Founders of the Video-Sharing Website ‘YouTube’)
Steve Chen
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Birthdate: August 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.
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Steve Huffman
(Co-Founder and CEO of ‘Reddit’, a Social News and Discussion Website)
Steve Huffman
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Birthdate: November 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Steve Huffman, the CEO and co-founder of Reddit, is also known as spez, his Reddit username. He is also the co-founder of the now-defunct travel search engine Hipmunk. Named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list, Steve supports net neutrality. He has often been accused of promoting racism on Reddit.
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Peter Sunde
(Swedish Entrepreneur, Co-founder and Ex-spokesperson of the 'Pirate Bay', a 'BitTorrent Search Engine')
Peter Sunde
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Birthdate: September 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uddevalla, Sweden

Swedish entrepreneur Peter Sunde, also known as brokep, co-founded The Pirate Bay, a BitTorrent search engine. While he supports online trolling as a form of activism, he was arrested and jailed for copyright offenses. He is also a member of the Pirate Party of Finland.

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Brian Acton
(Co-founder of WhatsApp)
Brian Acton
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Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Michigan
Computer programmer and IT entrepreneur Brian Acton is the executive chairman and co-founder of the encrypted messaging app Signal. He previously worked at Yahoo! He also co-founded WhatsApp with Jan Koum and later sold it to Facebook for $19 billion. Acton also participates in charitable activities through Wildcard Giving
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David Baszucki
(Entrepreneur)
David Baszucki
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Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius

David Baszucki is a Canadian-born American entrepreneur and inventor. He is credited with co-founding the Roblox Corporation, for which he also serves as the CEO. He is also credited with co-founding Knowledge Revolution, a company which was obtained by MSC Software in 1998. In 2017 and 2018, Baszucki was named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.

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Kim Dotcom
(The Founder and Former CEO of the Now-Defunct File Hosting Service "Megaupload")
Kim Dotcom
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Birthdate: January 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kiel, Germany

Kim Dotcom is a German-Finnish internet entrepreneur and political activist. He first gained fame in the 1990s as an internet entrepreneur. He is the founder of the now-defunct file hosting service Megaupload. He is a controversial person and was once convicted on charges of computer fraud. He loves music and has released one album and a few singles. 

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Peter Thiel
(Co-founder of 'PayPal', First outside Investor in 'Facebook')
Peter Thiel
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Birthdate: October 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

Peter Thiel is a German-American venture capitalist and entrepreneur. As the co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel redefined the way online payments and online money transfers work in the United States and most Asian countries. He also played a major role in the development of Facebook as its first outside investor.

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Mike Krieger
(Co-founder of Instagram)
Mike Krieger
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Birthdate: March 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
Mike Krieger is a Brazilian-American entrepreneur and software engineer. He co-founded Instagram along with Kevin Systrom. He studied symbolic systems at Stanford University, where he first met Kevin. The two men later sold Instagram to Facebook and began focusing on other projects. Krieger is also a philanthropist and is in a partnership with charity evaluator GiveWell. 
 23 
Ma Huateng
(CEO of Tencent)
Ma Huateng
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Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chaoyang, Shantou

Chinese business magnate Ma Huateng, or Pony Ma, is best known as the founder, chairman, and CEO of the technology giant Tencent. His company owns the messaging app WeChat. One of CEOWORLD’s Most Powerful People in the World, he was a delegate of the 12th National People's Congress.

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Whitney Wolfe Herd
(Businessperson)
Whitney Wolfe Herd
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Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
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Jonah Peretti
(Businessperson)
Jonah Peretti
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Birthdate: January 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Contra Costa County, California, United States
 26 
Dan Abrams
(Entrepreneur)
Dan Abrams
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Birthdate: May 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
 27 
Justin Kan
(Co-founder of Twitch)
Justin Kan
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Birthdate: July 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
 28 
Jerry Yang
(Co-Founder and Former CEO 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.

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Tony Hsieh
(Former Chief Executive Officer of the Shoe-Selling Site Zappos)
Tony Hsieh
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Birthdate: December 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois, United States
Died: November 27, 2020

Tony Hsieh showed his entrepreneurial spirit since his Harvard days, when he managed a pizza delivery outlet for his dorm. He later founded the Las Vegas-based online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos. He tragically died from smoke inhalation at a house fire during Thanksgiving, shortly before turning 47.

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Evan Williams
(Co-founder of Blogger & Twitter)
Evan Williams
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Birthdate: March 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clarks
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Pavel Durov
(French entrepreneur who is best known for being the founder of the social networking site VK and later of Telegram Messenger)
Pavel Durov
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Birthdate: October 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Burnie Burns
(Screenplay Writer, Actor, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker)
Burnie Burns
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Birthdate: January 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
 33 
Ben Silbermann
(Internet Entrepreneurs)
Ben Silbermann
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Birthdate: July 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
 34 
Joe Gebbia
(Internet entrepreneur)
Joe Gebbia
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Birthdate: August 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
 35 
John Collison
(Entrepreneur)
John Collison
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Birthdate: August 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dromineer, County Tipperary, Ireland
 36 
Carl Pei
(Co-founded OnePlus)
Carl Pei
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Birthdate: September 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing, China
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Tobias Lutke
(Businessperson)
Tobias Lutke
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Birthdate: July 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany
 38 
Stewart Butterfield
(Entrepreneur)
Stewart Butterfield
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Birthdate: May 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lund, British Columbia, Canada
 39 
Fahim Saleh
(Businesspeople)
Fahim Saleh
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Birthdate: December 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 13, 2020
 40 
Adam Mosseri
(Head of Instagram)
Adam Mosseri
1
Birthdate: January 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, United States
 41 
Luke Nosek
(Venture capitalist)
Luke Nosek
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Birthplace: Zgłobice, Gmina Tarnów, Poland
 42 
Nathan Blecharczyk
(Co-founder of Airbnb)
Nathan Blecharczyk
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: West Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 43 
Craig Newmark
(Internet Entrepreneur)
Craig Newmark
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Birthdate: December 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States
 44 
David Karp
(Internet Entrepreneurs)
David Karp
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Birthdate: July 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, United States US
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Jeff Weiner
(Businessperson)
Jeff Weiner
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Birthdate: February 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 46 
Drew Houston
(Co-Founder and CEO of File Hosting Service 'Dropbox')
Drew Houston
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Birthdate: March 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Acton, Massachusetts, United States

The CEO of Dropbox, a cloud storage company he co-established with his MIT classmate Arash Ferdowsi, Drew Houston was named one of America's Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 by Forbes in 2016. He later also became part of Facebook’s board of directors. He has worked for immigration and education reform, too.

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Daniel M. Lewin
(Mathematician and entrepreneur who co-founded internet company Akamai Technologies)
Daniel M. Lewin
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Birthdate: May 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: September 11, 2001

Daniel M. Lewin was an American–Israeli entrepreneur and mathematician best remembered for co-founding the popular internet company Akamai Technologies. On September 11, 2001, Lewin became the first victim of the September 11 attacks when he was stabbed to death onboard American Airlines Flight 11 by one of the hijackers.

 48 
Tan Hooi Ling
(Internet Entrepreneur)
Tan Hooi Ling
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Birthplace: Malaysia
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Bhavish Aggarwal
(Co-Founder & CEO of Ola Cabs)
Bhavish Aggarwal
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Birthdate: August 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
 50 
Binny Bansal
(Internet entrepreneur)
Binny Bansal
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Birthdate: December 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India