Lesser known tech personalities you must know about

Nishita Gupta
Nishita Gupta January 17, 2023
Updated 2023/01/17 at 3:29 PM

The New York Times has a list of the “World’s Most Influential Tech People.” The list includes familiar names like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg but also includes some less familiar figures.

Here are five people who aren’t well-known outside their industry:

-Alexa von Tobel- She founded Learnvest.com, which helps people manage their money, and was named one of “America’s Top Young Entrepreneurs” by President Obama in 2012.

-Ada Lovelace – Named after the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace is a researcher at Microsoft who works on machine learning and artificial intelligence.

-Jane Chen- She cofounded Embrace, which makes low-cost infant warmers to keep babies safe in developing countries where they lack access to electricity.

-Blythe Harris: A physicist at Johns Hopkins University who helped develop an algorithm that can identify the likely cause of a medical condition based on symptoms alone.

-Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard – The co-founders of Hewlett-Packard were both engineers at Stanford University when they started the company in 1939. They dropped out of school to focus on their business.

-Adam Savage – The co-host of the Discovery Channel TV show “MythBusters” has a bachelor’s degree in theater and technical design, technology, and production from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.

-Sophie Schmidt, executive director of Alphabet’s new venture capital fund. Schmidt was a Google VP, working on strategic and operational aspects of Google’s philanthropic arm. She also had a degree in international relations from Stanford University.

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-Steve Chen, YouTube co-founder – After studying computer science at UC Berkeley, he dropped out to work as an engineer at PayPal before going on to found YouTube with Chad Hurley.

-Kate Mitchell, an Australian entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. – She was a founding partner of Scale Venture Partners and is currently the managing director at NAB Ventures, where she works with Australian startups.

-Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine – He has written about technology for over 20 years and founded a number of companies including Longtail, 3D Robotics, and DIY Drones.

-Evan Spiegel, co-founder, and CEO of Snap Inc. His company went public this year with a market value of more than $20 billion.

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