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.

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 1 
Jack Ma
(Co-founder and Former Executive Chairman of 'Alibaba Group')

Jack Ma
29
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. 

 2 
Steve Wozniak
(Co-Founder of Apple Inc.)

Steve Wozniak
14
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.

 3 
Ratan Tata
(Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons)

Ratan Tata
17
Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat

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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 4 
Paul Allen
(Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist)

Paul Allen
19
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.

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 5 
Gary Vaynerchuk
(Entrepreneur)

Gary Vaynerchuk
9
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. 

 6 
Larry Ellison
(Co-Founder of Oracle)

Larry Ellison
9
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.
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 7 
Eduardo Saverin
(Co-founder of Facebook)

Eduardo Saverin
20
Birthdate: March 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

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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 8 
Kevin Systrom
(Co‑founder of Instagram)

Kevin Systrom
7
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.

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 9 
Satoru Iwata
(Former President & CEO of Nintendo)

Satoru Iwata
7
Birthdate: December 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sapporo
Died: July 11, 2015
Former Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata had started developing games while in school. He was the first Nintendo president not related to the Yamauchi family and revolutionized the gaming industry by focusing on a blue ocean strategy and introducing products such as the DS dual-screen console and targeting non-gamers.

 10 
Gabe Newell
(Entrepreneur)

Gabe Newell
5
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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 11 
Chris Hughes
(Co-Founder of Facebook)

Chris Hughes
3
Birthdate: November 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina

 12 
Jan Koum
(Co-founder of WhatsApp)

Jan Koum
8
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.

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Gottfrid Svartholm
(Computer scientist)

Gottfrid Svartholm
6
Birthdate: October 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sweden

Gottfrid Svartholm is a Swedish computer specialist best known as the ex-co-owner of the web hosting company and Internet service provider PRQ. He is also credited with co-founding The Pirate Bay along with Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij. In 2014, Gottfrid Svartholm was imprisoned for his connection with WikiLeaks and released the following year.

 14 
Paul Buchheit
(Creator and Lead Developer of 'Gmail', Google’s Web-Based Email System)

Paul Buchheit
6
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.

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 15 
Neil Bush
(Businessman)

Neil Bush
5
Birthdate: January 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA

 16 
Steve Chen
(Co-founder of YouTube)

Steve Chen
4
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.
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 17 
Randi Zuckerberg
(Entrepreneur)

Randi Zuckerberg
7
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.

 18 
Andrew McCollum
(Co-founder of Facebook)

Andrew McCollum
4
Birthdate: September 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: California
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 19 
Tom Anderson
(Co-founder of Myspace)

Tom Anderson
4
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.

 20 
Pierre Omidyar
(Chairperson of eBay)

Pierre Omidyar
6
Birthdate: June 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 21 
Reid Hoffman
(Co-Founder of LinkedIn)

Reid Hoffman
4
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.

 22 
Mike Krieger
(Businessperson)

Mike Krieger
11
Birthdate: March 5, 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
6
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.

 24 
Garrett Camp
(Innovator & Entrepreneurs)

Garrett Camp
4
Birthdate: October 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calgary

Tech magnate Garrett Camp made headlines in 2020 when he quit his position of board director of Uber, a company co-founded by him, to focus on its product strategy. Camp has also formed companies such as StumbleUpon and the start-up incubator Expa Labs, and is part of The Giving Pledge.

 25 
David Baszucki
(Entrepreneur)

David Baszucki
3
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.

 26 
Marc Andreessen
(Entrepreneur)

Marc Andreessen
2
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.

 27 
Azim Premji
(Business Tycoon)

Azim Premji
10
Birthdate: July 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi

Business magnate Azim Premji revolutionized the Indian software industry with Wipro Limited. Twice listed to Time 100, he transformed his vegetable oil and soap manufacturing company to a leading IT solutions brand, through marked diversification. He owns a non-profit foundation and is the first Indian to join The Giving Pledge.

 28 
Bobby Murphy
(Co-Founder of Snapchat. and software engineer)

Bobby Murphy
0
Birthdate: July 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

 29 
Biz Stone
(Entrepreneur)

Biz Stone
3
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Jeremy Bloom
4
Birthdate: April 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

 31 
Christopher Poole
(Entrepreneur)

Christopher Poole
4
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: New York City

 32 
Jerry Yang
(Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.)

Jerry Yang
3
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.

 33 
Yusaku Maezawa
(Entrepreneur)

Yusaku Maezawa
1
Birthdate: November 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kamagaya, Chiba Prefecture

Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese art collector and entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Japan's largest online fashion store, Zozotown. He is also credited with founding Contemporary Art Foundation, which aims at supporting young artists. Yusaku Maezawa is one of the richest men in Japan.

 34 
Kumar Mangalam Birla
(Chairman of Aditya Birla Group)

Kumar Mangalam Birla
3
Birthdate: June 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: India

Kumar Mangalam Birla is an Indian industrialist best known as the chairman of the Indian multinational conglomerate company, Aditya Birla Group. He also serves as the chairman of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Delhi. Over the course of his career, Birla has received several honors like the Business Leader of the Year award and Outstanding Business Man of the Year award.

 35 
Hiroyuki Nishimura
(Businessperson)

Hiroyuki Nishimura
3
Birthdate: November 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sagamihara

 36 
Shiv Nadar
(Founder and Chairman Emeritus of IT Company 'HCL Technologies Limited')

Shiv Nadar
1
Birthdate: July 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India

Padma Bhushan-winning Indian billionaire businessman Shiv Nadar is known as the founder and chairman of the IT company HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. While he transformed HCL from an IT hardware company into an IT enterprise, by 2021, he also turned himself into the third-richest Indian.

 37 
Greg Gianforte
(25th Governor of Montana)

Greg Gianforte
2
Birthdate: April 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 38 
Apoorva Mehta
(Entrepreneur)

Apoorva Mehta
3
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.

 39 
Kai-Fu Lee
(Computer Scientist)

Kai-Fu Lee
3
Birthdate: December 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Taipei

Kai-Fu Lee is a computer scientist, writer, and businessman. One of the Chinese internet sector's most important figures, Lee is credited with creating a website called Wǒxuéwǎng, which aims at helping young people achieve in their respective careers. Also popular on social media, Lee is one of China's most-followed micro-bloggers; he has more than 50 million followers on Sina Weibo.

 40 
Nandan Nilekani
(Founder of Infosys)

Nandan Nilekani
5
Birthdate: June 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bangalore

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani is also the man behind the Indian biometric ID Aadhaar. Named to the Forbes list of India’s Richest in 2021, he also once teamed up with Ratan Tata to form Avanti Finance to help the poor get loans. He unsuccessfully contested as a Congress candidate, too.

 41 
Jason Fried
(Entrepreneur)

Jason Fried
7
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 42 
Zachary Bogue
(Entrepreneur & Lawyer)

Zachary Bogue
3
Birthdate: December 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

 43 
Chris DeWolfe
(Entrepreneur)

Chris DeWolfe
3
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

 44 
Rishad Premji
(Next Executive Chairman of Wipro)

Rishad Premji
12
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Mumbai

The son of former Wipro chairman Azim Premji, Rishad Premji has now taken over as the new chairperson of the company. Equipped with an MBA from Harvard, he now also serves on the board of the non-profit Azim Premji Foundation. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

 45 
An Wang
(Co-founder of Wang Laboratories)

An Wang
1
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.
1
Birthdate: March 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States

 47 
Terry Matthews
(Business magnate)

Terry Matthews
2
Birthdate: June 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newport, Wales

Welsh-Canadian business tycoon Terry Matthews has been associated with countless companies, such as Mitel and Newbridge Networks, as their co-founder. A telecom and data networking magnate, he made it to the Forbes list of Billionaires 2021. His knighthood created diplomatic issues in Canada, which doesn’t allow acceptance of foreign titles.

 48 
Natalya Kaspersky
(Entrepreneur)

Natalya Kaspersky
1
Birthdate: February 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

John Dehlin
1
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Boise, Idaho, United States

 50 
Ahn Cheol-Soo
(Politician)

Ahn Cheol-Soo
0
Birthdate: February 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pusan, South Korea