Apart from the fact that they currently rule the world we don’t really know much about the most popular tech entrepreneurs. Despite being the centre of attention and some of the richest people on earth, they know how to keep their personal lives well-hidden and discrete. However, just like any other person, they have their own weak spots and weird quirks that aren’t so easy to hide.
Here are a couple of things you need to learn about some of the world’s most famous tech entrepreneurs:
#1 Mark Zuckerberg
Have you ever wondered why Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg wears the same gray Facebook T-shirt almost every day? Apparently he’s so busy that he can’t waste valuable time on deciding what to wear. Also, he is red-green color blind and sees the colour blue best which explains why blue is the dominant colour on Facebook. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Zuckerberg is that he owns a Hungarian sheepdog which he calls Beast and has a Facebook fan page with over 2 million people!
#2 Drew Houston
The founder and CEO of Dropbox, the popular cloud computing service, is a supporter of Code.org and encourages people to learn how to code. Before he graduated from MIT, Houston scored a high score of 1600 on the SATs exam and after that he worked for many start-ups including Bit9, Accolade and Hubspot. Now at the age of 32 his net worth is 1.3 billion dollars.
#3 Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, has made himself a billionaire. Some decades ago before his big success, he was selling simply books online and now he is considered to be the world’s e-commerce giant. As the chief commander at Amazon, it’s rumored that he has created a rather strict, combative corporative culture. Bezos’ eagerness for success became obvious when he said he would “approach small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle”.
#4 Kevin Systrom
Did you know Kevin Systrom almost worked at Facebook? Just before he became the co-founder and CEO of Instagram, Systrom was approached by Zuckerberg to join Facebook. Little did he know though that a few years later Facebook would buy the photo-sharing social network for a billion dollars. Clearly Systrom strongly believes in his abilities and why shouldn’t he? As he states, he’s dangerous enough to code and sociable enough to sell his company.
#5 Bill Gates
Apart from the fact that he is the co-founder of Microsoft, the most successful tech company on planet earth and the second-richest man in the world, Bill Gates has his own quirkiness. Back in the 80s he once got arrested for driving without a license and running a red light in Mexico. As an adventurous man, he also used to be flying coach until 1997 piloting a plane he called his ‘big splurge’.
#6 Jack Dorsey
As a co-founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey is considered to be one of the most talented and visionary tech entrepreneurs of today. In fact, GigaOm supports that Dorsey is the apparent heir to Steve Jobs because he seems to be so interested in product development. But like every successful entrepreneur, Dorsey too has his own weirdness. Unless you want to annoy him don’t give him your business card, leave tips, and push your chair in - if you find yourself dining at a restaurant with him.
#7 Elon Musk
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, Tesla Motors and co-founder of PayPal, is considered to be a highly successful business magnate. Perhaps the secret to his success is creativity and the fact that he spends up to 5 hours a day reading. In her book, Ashlee Vance shares a series of strange and random facts about Musk that are quite interesting. She states that at SpaceX, Musk has two giant posters of Mars; one that shows the planet as it is and the other that shows the planet in colours. Indeed, he seems to be a bit obsessed with Mars, as he said he would like to visit Mars in his 70s and stay there for the rest of his life. A quite vivid dream don’t you think?
#8 Dick Costolo
Even though, as of July 1st, Dick Costolo no longer works for Twitter, he has been “one of Silicon Valley’s most impressive CEOs” and influential tech entrepreneurs referred to as such by the Business Insider and TIME Magazine respectively. Considering that he used to be an improvisation actor and a stand-up comedian in the past, he has done a pretty good job of managing such a big company.
#9 Aaron Levie
Aaron Levie is the man who managed to turn a start-up company into a highly successful cloud company named Box. Just like other accomplished entrepreneurs he too had to start off from a garage and work with his middle school friends to make it happen. Outside CEO duties at Box, Levie is also a magician, and he often puts on informal magic shows. This video is a small piece of evidence of the kind of magic tricks Levie can pull off.
#10 Sergey Brin
As it turns out, Google co-founder, Sergey Brin is a work-out fanatic. Apparently Brin believes that people need to work both mind and body in order to be able to develop and succeed. Hence when he’s not working on a big Google project – like utilizing the self-driving car, he can be found at the gym.
All of these 10 entrepreneurs have rightfully become the modern pioneers; the people who shape the future in the field of technology. At the core though, they are still human and they are also allowed to be crazy and weird in their own way doing those things that make them happy.
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