IT & Software Entrepreneurs

Information Technology (IT) and Software is a fairly recent phenomenon in the field of business. IT is a term commonly associated with computers and computer networks, and also encompasses other information distribution technologies. Entrepreneurship in IT and software has contributed to business growth and development tremendously over the past few years. This field is also closely related to ecommerce, the internet business concept that revolutionized the way business is conducted all over the world. Several other industries like telecom, computer services, electronics and computer hardware are also related areas. Business people dealing in IT and software entrepreneurship have to adopt strategies that are different from other businesses that deal with products and services. This field is a very wide one which encompasses everything from online shopping, ecommerce, and software development to website development and web content creation. Several ambitious businessmen have built profitable ventures in this field as it allows for enormous economies of scale. Of course, there are inherent risks in this business as advancements in technologies take place at such a fast rate, but astute and alert businessmen have the ability to convert these threats into lucrative opportunities. This section gives you a collection of biographies and timelines that provide you with information about the various business people in the field of IT & Software.

 1 Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs
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Famous As: Co-founder of Apple
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 5, 2011
A college dropout, Steve Jobs, went on to be regarded as the Father of the Digital World. The founder/co-founder of Apple Inc, Pixar Animation Studios and NeXT Inc was a passionate visionary who was responsible for the development of iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPad and the iPhone which ushered in a new era in the computer, music and film industries.

 2 Bill Gates

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Famous As: Co-Founder of Microssoft
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Leading American technologist, business leader and philanthropist, Bill Gates is the co-founder of the world’s largest software company, Microsoft. His passion for computers made him one of the richest in the world and through his charity foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he and his wife use this money generously to help people world over live a better life.

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 3 Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai
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Famous As: CEO of Google Inc
Birthdate: July 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian, American

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. An alumnus of IIT, Stanford and Wharton, Pichai has come a long way, from innovating Google’s products such as Chrome, Google Drive and Google Apps to leading the software giant and being one of the most sought-after names in the tech industry.

 4 Jack Dorsey

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Famous As: CEO of Twitter Inc.
Birthdate: November 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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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 5 Larry Page

Larry Page
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Famous As: Co-founder of Google
Birthdate: March 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Larry Page is an American Internet entrepreneur and computer scientist. As one of the co-founders of the multinational technology company Google, Larry Page effectively changed the way the world functions today as Google is a synonym for a search engine in many parts of the world. Unsurprisingly, he became a billionaire after co-founding Google.

 6 Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata
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Famous As: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

Ratan Tata is a well-known Indian industrialist and the former charman of Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Sons. His reign as chairman was marked by acquisitions of iconic global brands, such as Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus by the Tata Group. Ratan Tata was instrumental in turning Tata Group from a largely India-centrist group into a global business.

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 7 Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak
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Famous As: Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)
Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

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 8 Alexis Ohanian

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Famous As: Internet Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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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 9 Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: August 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Russian, American
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.

 10 Eduardo Saverin

Eduardo Saverin
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Brazilian

Born into an affluent Jewish Brazilian family, Eduardo Saverin co-founded Facebook with his Harvard roommate Mark Zuckerberg and others in 2004. He was later involved in a lawsuit against Zuckerberg. He also renounced his U.S. citizenship and moved to Singapore, which some believe was his excuse to avoid paying taxes.

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 11 Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison
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Famous As: Founder of Oracle
Birthdate: August 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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.

 12 Peter Thiel

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Famous As: Co-founder of PayPal
Birthdate: October 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, New Zealander, American

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.

 13 Jack Ma

Jack Ma
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Famous As: Chinese business magnate
Birthdate: September 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Chinese
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. 

 14 Ross Perot

Ross Perot
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Famous As: Independent U.S. Presidential Candidate
Birthdate: June 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: July 9, 2019

Ross Perot was the founder and CEO of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems. He received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and developed the Naval Academy’s honor system. He ran for president as an independent candidate and then established the Reform Party. He sold Perot to Dell for $3.9 billion.

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 15 Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings
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Famous As: Co-Founder of Net Flix
Birthdate: October 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Netflix co-founder, CEO, and chairman Reed Hastings is also a Facebook director since 2011. He has previously served the California State Board of Education and the board of Microsoft. The Stanford alumnus is a Giving Pledge member, actively donates for children’s education and scholarships, and supports charter schools.

 16 Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer
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Famous As: Former CEO of Microsoft
Birthdate: March 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
The world’s ninth-richest person as of 2020, Steve Ballmer has served as the CEO of Microsoft. He dropped out of the MBA program at Stanford when Bill Gates invited him to join Microsoft in 1980. Ballmer owns the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers. The USAFacts.org founder donates to educational causes. 
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 17 Evan Spiegel

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Famous As: Co-founder of Snapchat
Birthdate: June 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Evan Spiegel is credited with popularizing social media all over the world as he co-founded the popular social media company Snap Inc. In 2015, he was named the youngest billionaire in the world. The following year, he was named in Forbes magazine's list of 400 Richest Americans with an estimated net worth of $4 billion.

 18 Paul Allen

Paul Allen
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Famous As: Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist
Birthdate: January 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.

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 19 Gottfrid Svartholm

Gottfrid Svartholm
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swedish

 20 N. R. Narayana Murthy

N. R. Narayana Murthy
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Famous As: Founder of Infosys
Birthdate: August 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 21 Jawed Karim

Jawed Karim
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Famous As: Co-Founder of YouTube
Birthdate: October 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German, American

 22 Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Belarusian, American

 23 Robert Herjavec

Robert Herjavec
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Famous As: Business People
Birthdate: September 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

 24 Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit
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Famous As: Computer Engineer
Birthdate: November 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 25 Azim Premji

Azim Premji
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Famous As: Business Tycoon
Birthdate: July 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 26 Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson
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Famous As: Co-founder of Myspace
Birthdate: November 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 27 Jan Koum

Jan Koum
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Famous As: CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp
Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 28 Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng
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Famous As: CEO of Tencent
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chinese

 29 Kevin Systrom

Kevin Systrom
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 30 Gabe Newell

Gabe Newell
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 31 Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son
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Famous As: Founder of SoftBank
Birthdate: August 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese

 32 Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt
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Famous As: Former CEO of Google
Birthdate: April 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 33 Steve Chen

Steve Chen
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 34 Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman
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Famous As: Co-Founder of LinkedIn
Birthdate: August 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 35 Kumar Mangalam Birla

Kumar Manglam Birla
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Famous As: Chairman of Aditya Birla Group
Birthdate: June 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 36 Biz Stone

Biz Stone
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 37 Shiv Nadar

Shiv Nadar
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Famous As: Founder of HCL
Birthdate: July 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 38 Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Programmer, Hacker
Birthdate: January 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, Finnish

 39 Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Omidyar
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 40 Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes
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Famous As: Co-Founder of Facebook
Birthdate: November 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 41 Randi Zuckerberg

Randi Zuckerberg
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 42 Andrew McCollum

Andrew McCollum
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Famous As: Co-founder of Facebook
Birthdate: September 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 43 Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 44 Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata
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Famous As: Former President & CEO of Nintendo
Birthdate: December 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: July 11, 2015

 45 Christopher Poole

Christopher Poole
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Nationality: American

 46 David Baszucki

David Baszucki
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

 47 Jeremy Bloom

Jeremy Bloom
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Famous As: Skier
Birthdate: April 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 48 Edsger W. Dijkstra

Edsger W. Dijkstra
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Netherlands Antilles, Dutch
Died: August 6, 2002

 49 Brian Chesky

Brian Chesky
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Famous As: Co-founder of Airbnb
Birthdate: August 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 50 Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang
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Famous As: Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.
Birthdate: November 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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