The technology landscape is one of the most dynamic sectors that attracts many talented individuals. From Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates to Larry Page, there is no shortage of pioneers. Personally, I find a number of distinguished entrepreneurs inspiring. They have built multi-billion dollar empires and changed the way people do business, communicate and live.
The top tech entrepreneurs that inspire me include:
1. Jeff Bezos – Amazon.com
There is no doubt that Bezos is the king of e-commerce. At age 30, he was vice president of a major investment firm and earned a six-figure salary. Driven by a secret passion for e-commerce, Bezos dreamed of creating his own company on the internet. Although it was a risky decision, Bezos created Amazon.com, a virtual bookstore that eventually became a pioneer model in e-commerce.
Bezos recognized the opportunity to sell via the internet after learning about growing usage. After creating a list of potential products, he finally opted for the sale of books.
For about a year, Bezos and a team of five people worked hard to create a user-friendly interface, which allowed users to post reviews. In 1995, Amazon.com opened its virtual doors, calling itself “the largest bookstore in the world” with more than one million titles.
2. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
Zuckerberg reinvented the digital medium to develop the most popular social network in the world, with more than one billion active users. He is a self-taught computer programmer. He created a photo classification site for students when he was still at Harvard University, which would later become Facebook.
In 2004, the entrepreneur started designing the site together with his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin. The success of the platform was such that they moved to Palo Alto, California where they contacted major investors, such as Peter Thiel of PayPal and Sean Parker of Napster.
3. Bill Gates – Microsoft
Despite criticism of his firm’s administrative practices, Bill Gates is a business icon of the 20th century. His first interaction with a computer came when he was still in high school and together with a classmate, Paul Allen, they started working on the primitive machine. They created their first company, Traf-O-Data when Gates was 15 years old.
A major opportunity was presented with the appearance of the first microcomputer, the Altair 8800. The young duo called the president of the manufacturing company telling him that they had a computer language for the device (although it was not true).
4. Larry Page and Sergey Brin – Google
It would be virtually impossible to imagine the current internet landscape without Google. The tech giant is much more than the main search engine of the world; it is a conglomeration of incredible applications, solutions, and digital products. Since its founding in a garage in 1998, Google Inc. has grown to have more than 20,000 employees globally and to become the pinnacle of digital innovation.
5. Steve Jobs – Apple Inc.
With the vision of creating a “computer for all,” the late Steve Jobs revolutionized the world of personal computers and gadgets, making Apple an iconic brand of technology. Although he initially faced failure and was forced to give up his own company, Jobs returned to Apple to create his most successful products, including the iPod, iPad, iPhone, and iTunes. He remained CEO until he retired because of his illness in August 2011.