Top 10 Technology Thought Leaders You Must Follow

Considering the immense speed through which technology is transforming currently, it becomes essential to pay heed to technology leaders. The reason why it is important is you will not only get introduced to their work style but also be able to learn from their manners of decision making. If you want to effectively work in your area of expertise, then it is crucial to keep a track of the people who are ruling that particular field. Here is a list of top 10 technology leaders from the field of internet marketing & technology, system, storage, virtualization, database, security management and network whom you should follow:

  1. Bill Gates: Co-founder of Microsoft Corporation

Who hasn’t heard the name of the richest person in the world? Bill Gates is an American business magnate, technology entrepreneur, investor, author, and philanthropist. Gates co-founded the world’s largest PC software company Microsoft Corporation with Paul Allen. Gates had the goal of bringing a Microsoft-run computer in each and every house which, of course, became true. Gates began by crafting the BASIC computer language and all around his Windows-based operating system, he created an entire industry. However, he believes that tech skills are not just everything and an entrepreneur wants to succeed, then maintaining personal relationships is as important.

  1. Steve Jobs: Co-founder of Apple

Without a say, Steve Jobs was one such a tech leader from whom you can learn loads. Jobs was the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. He started Apple in a garage, the clear signs of an entrepreneur and worked hard to make it one of the globe’s most successful and popular companies. Jobs was an unprecedented leader whose innovations helped craft and transform four different industries, i.e. personal computers, animated films, music and digital publishing. He was a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. He strongly believed that when a person follows his passion, success will definitely come which is even evident from his commencement speech at Stanford in 2005, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Everything else is secondary.”

  1. Elon Musk: Co-founder of PayPal

Because of his antics and innovations, Elon Musk is known as the ‘Real-Life Iron Man’. He co-founded PayPal that become the most famous online payment network and later sold it to eBay for around $1.5 Billion. $70 Million of his share, he invested into Tesla, an electric car company that has attracted masses of the Silicon Valley and the rest $80 Million he invested in SpaceX which won a contract to develop rockets from NASA. It even became the first private company that sent a spacecraft to the International Space Station. Elon Musk’s worth is over $5 Billion.

  1. Sergey Brin: Co-founder of Google

Sergey Brin, a Soviet-born American computer scientist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, who co-founded Google along with Larry Page. Brin is the President of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. As Google evolved into the most popular search engine of the world and a media giant, Brin became the world’s 12th richest person with an estimated net worth of US$39.2 billion. He is regarded as an “Enlightenment Man”, by the Economist. He ran the Google X arm, now called X whee he is now developing cars that are self-driven, airborne wind turbines and a network of balloons to present Internet access to those part of the world that are now properly developed.

  1. Mark Zuckerberg: CEO of Facebook

Who doesn’t know Mark Zuckerberg? He has been constantly named by Time.com among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its “Person of the Year” distinction since 2010. Being the founder and creator of social media platform – Facebook, Mark is currently the 5th richest person in the world with estimated worth of $36.2 billion. He rapidly rose as a web entrepreneur, computer programmer, and philanthropist and has completely transformed the social network. Along with his fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, Mark launched Facebook from his college dorm room and the rest is history. Mark and his wife Priscilla Chan declared they would give the most of their wealth to “advancing human potential and promoting equality.”

  1. Tim Cook: CEO of Apple

Earlier working as Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook is the current and seventh CEO of Apple, a company that has completely transformed the way technology is seen and utilized by people. It will be right to say that Cook has filled the void that came into existence after the unfortunate demise of the biggest visionaries of our time, Steve Jobs.

Under the leadership of Cook and his skills at finance, Apple has developed and become even bigger to a $743B market cap. It is highly likely that Cook will play an important role in the long-term growth of the company that is so popular worldwide.

  1. Jack Dorsey: Co-founder and CEO of Twitter

Jack Dorsey, popularly recognized for co-founding Twitter, is one of the most famous and visionary technology entrepreneurs currently. With a net worth of $1.1 Billion, Dorsey has invested in Kickstarter, Foursquare and Instagram. He has been working on a new startup called Square which is primarily being developed to make lessen the complexity of payments. In venture funding, Square has now raised $341 Million and is estimated at a value of around $3.25 Billion. Noting his concentration and obsession on product development, GigaOm declared him as the “Apparent heir to Steve Jobs.” Because of Twitter, the way through which masses communicate on social media has completely changed. It has also transformed the communication of entertainment, politics, and media, too!

  1. Jeff Bezos: CEO of Amazon

If you ever wondered who could have thought about Amazon, it was Jeff Bezos. He is the person who built this giant online e-commerce empire of Amazon. Jeff Bezos is a native of New Mexico who initially in the 1990’s began selling books online and gradually Amazon was born. Initially, the company started as an Internet merchant of books and then grew to a broad assortment of products and services. On the World Wide Web, Amazon.com is currently the world’s largest online sales website where hundreds of millions of people do shopping to buy goods and services. Jeff Bezos was also named the Time Person of the Year in 1999. He is the 4th richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$66.7 billion

  1. Marc Benioff and Parker Harris: Co-founders of Salesforce

Marc Benioff and Parker Harris are the founders of Salesforce, a preeminent enterprise cloud computing company launched in 1999 a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Telegraph Hill. And now it is the largest tech employer in San Francisco, with about 5,000 employees in the city. Benioff has approximately $3 billion worth of Salesforce shares.  As Executive Vice President, Harris oversees the development of all software for salesforce.com. Both Benioff and Harris have worked hard on Salesforce’s product and engineering, and their collaboration has made the Salesforce the most powerful tech company in San Francisco. Furthermore, it is now the world’s fifth-largest software company with annual revenue of $5 billion and a market value of over $35 billion.

  1. Drew Houston: CEO of Dropbox

Andrew Houston, popularly known as Drew Houston is an internet entrepreneur and CEO of Dropbox, the world famous cloud computing service. He supports Code.org and also inspires the people to become familiar with coding. Dropbox was co-founded by Houston in 2007 where he was able to collect $257 Million in venture capital. Since then, there has been no looking back, for millions of people were gravitated towards this service in a very short amount of time. With an estimated value of $4 Billion of Dropbox and his person world around $400 Million, Houston is among the successful tech leaders of these times.

 

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