Residence: Los Altos Hills, California
Citizenship: United States
Education: Univ. of Maryland (B.S., 1993), Stanford University (M.S., 1995)
Lawrence "Larry" Page born March 26, 1973 in East Lansing, Michigan, is an American computer scientist and industrialist. He is best known as the co-founder of Google. As announced on January 21, 2011 through a blog post, he will be in charge of Google's day-to-day operations as the Chief Executive Officer, effective April 4, 2011.
Education: University of Michigan, Stanford University
Occupation: Computer scientist, technology innovator, entrepreneur
YAHOO! INC. is an American public corporation with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, (in Silicon Valley), that provides services via the Internet worldwide. The company is perhaps best known for its web portal, search engine (Yahoo! Search), Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! News, advertising, online mapping (Yahoo! Maps), video sharing (Yahoo! Video), and social media websites and services.
Jerry Yang born November 6, 1968 in Taipei, Republic of China, is the co-founder, former CEO, and "Chief Yahoo" of Yahoo! Inc.
Education: Stanford University
Occupation: Co-founder, former CEO, Chief Yahoo, Yahoo! Inc
David Filo born April 20, 1966 in Wisconsin, USA, is an American businessman and the co-founder of Yahoo! with Jerry Yang. Until the company decided to switch to PHP, his Filo Server Program, written in the C programming language, was the server-side scripting software used to dynamically serve variable web pages, called Filo Server Pages, on visits to the Yahoo! web site.
Education: Tulane University, Stanford University
Occupation: Co-founder and Chief Yahoo, Yahoo! Inc.
BING formerly Live Search, Windows Live Search, and MSN Search, is a web search engine (advertised as a "decision engine") from Microsoft. Bing was unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on May 28, 2009 at the All Things Digital conference in San Diego. It went fully online on June 3, 2009,with a preview version released on June 1, 2009. Notable changes include the listing of search suggestions as queries are entered and a list of related searches (called "Explorer pane") based on semantic technology from Powerset that Microsoft purchased in 2008. On July 29, 2009, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced a deal in which Bing would power Yahoo! Search.
Available language(s): Multilingual
Created by: Microsoft (Bill Gates & Paul Allen)
Paul Gardner Allen born January 21, 1953, is an American investor and philanthropist who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and is one of the wealthiest people in the world with a personal wealth of US$12.7 billion as of 2010. He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his business and philanthropic efforts. Allen also has a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio which includes technology companies such as Evri and Gist, real estate holdings, and stakes in other technology, media, and content companies. Allen also owns professional sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL), the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA),and is part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC franchise (which began playing in the 2009 season) in Major League Soccer (MLS).
Education: Washington State University, Harvard University
Occupation Chairman, Vulcan Inc.
William Henry "Bill" Gates III born October 28, 1955, is an American business magnate, philanthropist, author and is chairman of Microsoft the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 8 percent of the common stock. He has also authored or co-authored several books.
Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Although he is admired by many, a number of industry insiders criticize his business tactics, which they consider anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.
Bill Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer. Gates' last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He remains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.
Education: Harvard University (dropped out in 1975)
Occupation: Occupation Chairman of Microsoft, Chairman of Corbis, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Director of Berkshire Hathaway, CEO of Cascade Investment
ASK known as Ask Jeeves in the UK, was a search engine founded in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in Berkeley, California. The original search engine software was implemented by Gary Chevsky from his own design. Warthen, Chevsky, Justin Grant, and others built the early AskJeeves.com website around that core engine. Three venture capital firms, Highland Capital Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, and The RODA Group were early investors. Ask.com is currently owned by InterActiveCorp under the NASDAQ symbol IACI. In late 2010, facing insurmountable competition from Google, the company abandoned its search engine roots to become a question and answer site.
Garrett Gruener is founder of Ask.com and a co-founder of Alta Partners, a venture capital firm. He was also a candidate for the 2003 California recall special election from the Democratic Party, finishing 28th in a field of 135 candidates with 2,562 votes. Gruener was one of the candidates to aggressively use the Internet to push his message, and also ran campaign ads in selected television markets. However, he was concerned about eventual winner Arnold Schwarzenegger winning and so in the last week of the campaign threw his support to Cruz Bustamante, the primary Democratic candidate. Gruener received $1.07 million in contributions to his committee, but virtually all of it was from himself, meaning that each vote cost approximately $400. Gruener is a class of '76 UCSD Alumus. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, attorney Amy Slater, and their daughter, Dakota Gruener. Garrett Gruener is an accomplished pilot.
David Warthen, born on December 10, 1957 was one of the founders of Ask.com, an internet search engine. In 2004, Warthen joined the streaming video technology company GlobalStreams, where he served as CTO. In 2004 he founded Eye Games, a webcam-based children's video game company. He currently serves on the board of directors for search technology site Kozoru, as well as is the CTO of InfoSearchMedia. David is a UCSD Alumnus of the computer science and biology departments, and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the UC Berkeley School of Information. In April 2004, he married Cristina Schultz, a fitness model, alleged former escort, and a Stanford Law School graduate. The two filed for divorce in January 2009.