Thursday, October 02, 2008

25 Most Influential People on the Web

Steve Ballmer - He has been the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000. Ballmer is the second person after Roberto Goizueta to become a billionaire in U.S. dollars based on stock options received as an employee of a corporation in which he was neither a founder nor a relative of a founder. In Forbes 2008 World's Richest People ranking, Ballmer was ranked the 43rd richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $15 billion.

Mitchell Baker- is the Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation and Chairperson and former Chief Executive Officer of the Mozilla Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that coordinates development of the open source Mozilla Internet applications, including the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client.
Trained as a lawyer, Baker coordinates business and policy issues and sits on both the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors and the Mozilla Corporation Board of Directors. In 2005, Time magazine included her in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world and she has been affectionately given the title of "Chief Lizard Wrangler" at the Mozilla Corporation.

Jeffrey Bezos-is the founder, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Bezos, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, worked as a financial analyst for D. E. Shaw & Co. before founding Amazon in 1994. He was named Time magazine's Person of the Year in 1999.

Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt -Co-founders Larry Page, president of Products, and Sergey Brin, president of Technology, brought Google to life in September 1998. Since then, the company has grown to more than 10,000 employees worldwide, with a management team that represents some of the most experienced technology professionals in the industry. Eric Schmidt joined Google as chairman and chief executive officer in 2001.

Jeff Clavier- A onetime angel investor in more than Web 2.0 startups, Clavier last year started a bona fide venture capital firm, SoftTech VC in Palo Alto, Calif. The French native has none of the press star power of better known VCs such as Sequoia Capital's Michael Moritz or John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, but Clavier is the one all the newly minted entrepreneurs are flocking around at countless Web 2.0 conferences. For good reason: Clavier has an eye for fast-rising startups, such as news feed aggregator NetVibes, personal-finance service Mint, and social advertising network SocialMedia. And five of his startups had successful "exits" through acquisition by the likes of Yahoo, AOL, and others.

Paul Graham- Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, and programming language designer. In 1995 he developed with Robert Morris the first web-based application, Viaweb, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. In 2002 he described a simple statistical spam filter that inspired most current filters. He's currently working on a new programming language called Arc, a new book on startups, and is one of the partners in Y Combinator.Paul is the author of On Lisp (Prentice Hall, 1993), ANSI Common Lisp (Prentice Hall, 1995), and Hackers & Painters (O'Reilly, 2004). He has an AB from Cornell and a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard, and studied painting at RISD and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.

Arianna Huffington - is an author and nationally syndicated columnist in the United States. She is the founder of The Huffington Post, a liberal[1] online news and commentary website and aggregated blog.

Joichi Ito - more commonly known as Joi Ito, is a Japanese activist, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. Ito has received recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded, among other companies, PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He maintains a blog, a wiki, an IRC channel and contributes to the Tokyo Metroblogging. Ito is the CEO of Creative Commons.
Steven Jobs- is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc and former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios.

Jonathan Kaplan-Here's a familiar scenario: Buy a video camera when the first child comes along. Take loads of video. Stick tapes in a drawer. Shelve camcorder until the next child is born. Pure Digital Technologies CEO Kaplan set out seven years ago to turn that old saw on its head. The company's $130 Flip video camcorder, a compact device where you simply frame your subject in a small screen and press a button to record, made it so easy to shoot video and upload it to a PC or YouTube that even a child can use it. Flip's astounding success has turbocharged video sharing online—and in the process it forced Sony, Samsung and others to create a slew of easy-to-use devices that will compete with it.

Loïc Le Meur -is a French serial entrepreneur and blogger. He served as Executive Vice President EMEA at software company Six Apart after merging French blogging company Ublog with Six Apart in July 2004.[1] In late 2006 Le Meur became a public backer of French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and joined Sarkozy's campaign team as an advisor on Internet-related topics.

Jack Ma -For many Chinese entrepreneurs, Ma is a hero. A former school teacher, Ma, 43, is the founder and CEO of the Alibaba Group, China's premier e-commerce player. The company, headquartered in Ma's hometown, the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, controls Yahoo China and Taobao, the country's top consumer Web site. The flagship of the group is, a business-to-business service that connects small and midsized importers and exporters in China with counterparts worldwide. Ma successfully guided Alibaba's $1.5 billion Hong Kong initial private offering last November and is now using that cash pile to expand into new markets in Japan, India, and Korea.

Matthew Mullenweg- is the founding developer of the popular open-source blogging software WordPress and writes a popular blog Photo Matt. After quitting his job at CNET, he has devoted the majority of his time to developing a number of open source projects and is a frequent speaker at conferences. In late 2005, he founded Automattic, the business behind and Akismet. Mullenweg attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where he studied jazz saxophone.

Rupert Murdoch-is the major shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation (News Corp). Beginning with newspapers and television stations in his native Australia, Murdoch expanded News Corp into the UK, US and Asian media markets. In recent years has become a leading investor in satellite television, the film industry, the Internet and media. News Corp is based in New York. According to the 2008 Forbes 400, Murdoch is the 109th-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $8.3 billion.

Craig Newmark -is an Internet entrepreneur best known for being the founder of the San Francisco-based website Craigslist. Newmark attended Morristown High School. Upon graduation he attended college at Case Western Reserve University for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Newmark is a vocal advocate of keeping the Internet free. He has donated $10,000 to a non-profit group, NewAssignment.Net, which plans to combine the work of amateurs and professionals to produce investigative stories on the Internet.
Gabe Rivera- Rivera's Techmeme has fast become the tech news source of record by aggregating the top industry news from more than 1,000 blogs and mainstream media sources in one convenient location. Unlike Digg and other community edited sites, the ad-supported site is entirely automated. Rivera tweaks the algorithms, but the prominence of stories is all based on links and blog buzz, among other things. Last year the site launched a "leader board" to show the news sources that most frequently have their stories posted on the site.

Kevin Rose - is an entrepreneur who first became well known as an on-air talent and later as a co-host working on TechTV's popular show The Screen Savers (which later became Attack of the Show! on G4) until his departure from the network on May 22, 2005. Rose is also well known for his Internet start-ups that he has co-founded: Revision3, Pownce, and most notably the social-bookmarking website Digg.

Sheryl Sandberg- is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook Inc. Before that she served as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She is married to David Goldberg, a venture capitalist with Benchmark Capital.
Sandberg previously served as chief of staff to Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers from 1999 to 2001. She joined Google when George W. Bush came into office and both Summers and his team left the Treasury. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. and an economist at the World Bank.
While at Google, Sandberg successfully spearheaded many of Google's advertising products, particularly Google AdWords. She also served on the board of Google's philanthropic division,, whose stated goal is providing sustainable solutions to the problems of poverty, energy and the environment.
In March 2008 she left Google Inc. to become Facebook Inc.'s COO, replacing Owen Van Natta.

Jon Stewart - is best known as the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show and for his political satire. Stewart started as a stand-up comedian, but later branched out to television, hosting Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central. He went on to host his own show on MTV, called The Jon Stewart Show, and then hosted another show on MTV called You Wrote It, You Watch It.
Stewart became the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in early 1999. He is also a writer and co-producer of the show. After Stewart joined, The Daily Show steadily gained popularity and critical acclaim leading to his first Emmy Award in 2001. Stewart himself has also gained significant acclaim as a critic of the Bush administration and of personality-driven media shows, in particular the coverage of the U.S. news media networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. Critics say Stewart benefits from a double standard: he critiques other news shows from the safe, removed position of his "fake news" desk. Stewart himself agrees, countering that neither his show nor his channel purport to be anything other than satire and comedy, noting that "The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls." In spite of its self-professed entertainment mandate, The Daily Show has been nominated for a number of news and journalism awards.
Stewart hosted the 78th Academy Awards and the 80th Academy Awards and is the co-author of America (The Book), which was one of the best-selling books in the U.S in 2004.

Peter Thiel - co-founded PayPal and was its CEO. He currently serves as president of Clarium Capital Management LLC, a global macro hedge fund with more than $6 billion under management, and a managing partner in The Founders Fund, a $275 million under management venture capital fund he launched with Ken Howery and Luke Nosek in 2005. He was an early investor in Facebook, the popular social-networking site, and sits on the company’s Board of Directors. Thiel was ranked #377 on the Forbes 400, with a net worth of $1.3 billion.

Maria Thomas- Etsy is a happening little company with a lot of promise. The three-year-old site, where people buy and sell homemade arts and crafts, last year sold $27 million in goods with very little marketing. Its secret? Hitting a chord with people who are tired of the ordinary and the mass produced. Thomas' job is to let more people aware that Etsy is the alternative they didn't know was there for them. She has plenty of experience building new models on top of old habits. As the Vice President and General Manager of NPR, she spearheaded the organization's wildly popular and innovative podcasting offerings. Now Thomas, a onetime exec at Amazon, is back at her e-commerce roots.

Anssi Vanjoki-Nokia veteran Vanjoki is the most visible advocate for the Finnish handset maker's transition from hardware manufacturer to provider of mobile Internet services. As executive vice-president, markets, Vanjoki is responsible for convincing consumers as well as business partners that Nokia's devices are useful for much more than talking and occasionally snapping a photo. The "multimedia computers," as Vanjoki likes to call Nokia smartphones, are becoming gateways to the Internet and services such as social networking, music downloads or navigation. Nokia will need all the determination that the hard-driving Vanjoki, who hunts bear in his spare time, can muster. It's directly taking on Apple, Google, and Research in Motion.

Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales - is an American Internet entrepreneur known for his role at Wikipedia, a free open content encyclopedia which he co-founded in 2001. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, holding the board-appointed "community founder" seat. In 2004 he founded Wikia, a privately owned free web hosting service.
Together with others, Wales laid the foundation for Wikipedia's rapid growth and popularity. The success of the project has helped popularize a trend in web development (called Web 2.0) that aims to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing among users. As Wikipedia expanded and its public profile grew, Wales took on the role of the project's spokesperson and promoter through speaking engagements and media appearances. His work with Wikipedia, which has become the world's largest encyclopedia, prompted Time magazine to name him in its 2006 list of the world's most influential people. Wales is the current de facto leader of Wikipedia, whose role in the project has gained broad media attention and has led to controversy.

Evan Williams -Williams and Meg Hourihan co-founded Pyra Labs to make project management software. A note-taking feature spun off as Blogger, one of the first web applications for creating and managing blogs. Williams invented the term "blogger" and was instrumental in the popularization of the term "blog." Pyra survived despite the departure of Hourihan and other employees, and was eventually acquired by Google on February 17, 2003.
Williams left Google in October 2004 to co-found Odeo, a podcasting company. In late 2006, Williams co-founded Obvious Corp with Biz Stone and other former Odeo employees. Obvious Corp. has acquired all previous properties of Odeo, Inc., including Odeo and Twitter, another project started by Williams. Obvious Corp. spun out Twitter into a separate company in April 2007. Sonic Mountain acquired Odeo in May 2007.

Jerry Yang - is an American entrepreneur and the Co-founder, CEO and Chief Yahoo! of Yahoo! Inc. As of 2008, his net worth is estimated to be US$2.3 billion and is ranked 524th among the richest people in the world according to Forbes.

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