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Companies usually collect, measure, and analyze big data in order to improve their services or create new services that would benefit their customers. Dr. Rand Hindi took this one step further and founded a company that uses big data to help people make the most out of their daily lives.

Hindi is a data scientist who does not only dwell on theory. He once purposely gained weight in order to find out if data he collected about his daily activities could help him drop the pounds he gained. He also created a software which analyzed the data and gave recommendations. The experiment was successful and he is taking data analysis to a whole new level. His company, Paris-based Snips, has created an app that is meant to reduce stress in urban life and aims to make living in the city much more efficient. Using data collected from a variety of sources, the app can recommend better routes to and from work and other information that may be valuable to the user.

Hindi has been into computers since he was a child. He was only 10 years old when he first learned to code. By age 14, he had already founded his first startup and a year later, he already had his very own web development agency. Hindi earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at the University College London. He went on to get two graduate degrees from Silicon Valley’s Singularity University and THNK in Amsterdam. He returned to the University College London at the age of 21 where he began earning his PhD in Bioinformatics.

His innovative approach to big data has also earned him recognition from the MIT Technology Review, naming him one of the Innovators Under 35 in 2014 and from Forbes Magazine which named him as one of the 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology in 2015.

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Few men in history can lay claim to the honor of starting a revolution with an enduring legacy that continues well into the second millennium – and Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg is one of these men. Gutenberg was a multi-talented man whose expertise as a blacksmith, goldsmith and printer as well as publisher made him a celebrity in his own right in Germany and in Europe, not to mention that he revolutionized society by introducing mechanical movable type printing technology.

Indeed, his innovation started the Printing Revolution, now widely considered as the most important event in modern history. He is also widely regarded as one of the most influential persons in history because his technology changed the way that information was created, distributed, and communicated – via the mass production of books. His invention was also important in the development of several historical eras including the Renaissance, Reformation, and the Age of Enlightenment as well as the scientific revolution.

Gutenberg is also credited with creating the foundation of the modern-day knowledge-based economy as well as the spread of learning among the masses. His revolution is truly one of the most welcome revolutions man has known for many centuries to come.

While he has many contributions to the printing industry we know today, his most notable are the invention of mass-producing movable type in printing, the use of oil-based inks in his works, and the use of the wooden printing press. While the ideas behind these innovations have been around during his time, he was the first to combine these elements for practical applications including mass production of books.

His printing system made books more easily accessible and affordable for more people instead of just the elite of society. Mass production then ushered in unrestricted circulation of information, which threatened and even toppled governments, monarchies and societies at the time.

So when you hold a book or read an e-book, you should thank Johannes Gutenberg for his creative mind in starting a revolution that made modern society possible.

Qualcomm is a name known all over the world for developing some of the most cutting edge mobile technology it has seen in this lifetime. One person who was instrumental to its success was Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, the company’s current Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Jacobs graduated from the University of California, Berkeley where he got his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering. After getting his PhD in 1989, he worked for a laboratory in Toulouse which was owned and operated by the French Government. A year later, he joined Qualcomm as an engineer. He steadily worked his way up to the top until he earned the CEO position in 2005. He was later on appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009.

Aside from the many achievements Dr. Jacobs has gotten throughout his career in Qualcomm, he has also been granted patents for more than 45 of his wireless technology inventions.

Born on June 25, 1982, Ryan Block is the technology journalist and critic who serves as editor-in-chief of AOL’s multilingual technology blog network, Engadget.

In June of 2004, Block joined Engadget as a part-time reporter. After a year, he switched to working full time and replaced Peter Rojas in the position of editor-in-chief. (Peter Rojas is the founder of the website.) On May 16, 2007, Ryan posted a leaked email from Apple that was supposedly confidential. The email revealed that the Mac OS X Leopard and the iPhone will be delayed. However, Apple’s PR department confirmed said that the email was a fake. Regardless, there were rumors that the post took four billion off Apple’s supposed market cap. But as he posted that the email was a fake, the $4 billion loss was almost immediately pushed back up.

In 2008, Block announced that he will be giving up his EIC post. In 2009, he launched gdgt together with Peter Rojas.

Born on January 28, 1955 to an Indian Army officer, Vinod Khosla began his path towards entrepreneurial success at the age of 14, when he read an article about the creation of Intel in a magazine. This inspired him to pursue a technology-related career, and went on to obtain several IT and Engineering degrees in IIT in Delhi, India, Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Right after finishing his studies, Khosla worked for the Daisy Systems for two years. He then co-founded the Sun Microsystems, and served as the company’s first Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board during the early 1980s. He became a general partner of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, a venture capital company, in the early 2000s, and eventually founded his own company, Khosla Ventures in 2004. It focused primarily on venture investments on a wide array of technology sectors, with great emphasis on clean technology. His company became a massive success, propelling Khosla to the summits of the industry, with a net worth of over $1.4 billion as of 2012.

A self-made billionaire with an interesting yet tragic story, Richard Egan began striking gold right after he graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He went on to work on numerous rapidly growing high-tech companies and then founded his very own company, the EMC Corporation. It started out manufacturing and selling equipment to colleges and commercial establishments in New England. Before long, the company was already creating and selling computer parts and accessories, the likes of which included best sellers such as the 1 MB RAM and 64 KB memory upgrades.

Egan’s impeccable leadership and keen entrepreneurial eye led EMC to become one of the most innovative firms that provided solutions to countless computer dilemmas. This paved the way for the company to grow massively and become one of the most successful corporations in the entire world. Today, EMC employs more than 40,000 employees and caters to the global market.

Although the company was, and still is, doing extremely well in the cutthroat world of business, Egan was suffering from an advanced form of lung cancer as well as several other forms of illnesses. Tired and weary, he ended his own life in 2009. The business tycoon left behind his flourishing business empire as well as a legacy of innovation and ingenious ideas that transformed an entire industry.

Peter Lothberg’s mother, Sigritt Lothberg, was made famous by reputedly having the world’s fastest internet connection, at an astounding 40 gigabits per second in her home in Karlstad, Sweden. This revolutionary speed was the product of the efforts of her son in computer and information technology.

Peter Lothberg, born in 1960 in Karlstad, founded the telecommunications company named Swedish Telecom Development and Product Innovation (STUPI) in the 1970’s, serving as a computer consultant in his hometown. By the early 1980’s, Lothberg had moved to Stockholm, where he began developing a high-resolution laser printer and also started working on a private central mainframe. Lothberg was a key figure in the operation of the Arpa network, which was the skeleton for what would later be the internet. His technical know-how led to his prominence in the industry, and he was one of the leaders who worked on the Swedish University Computer Network Internet, later expanding to become a commercial network throughout the country.

Lothberg began pushing boundaries and winning against the odds by establishing a 34 megabit per second link across the Atlantic, despite criticisms that it was an impossible task. Providing his mother with what has been dubbed the world’s fastest broadband connection was due in part to Lothberg’s wanting to demonstrate the capabilities of the new optical fiber technology. This ultra-fast internet connection is because of a modulation technique that enables data to be transferred and connected from over 2,000 kilometers away with no third-party transponders. Lothberg also wanted to show the world that it is possible to build and operate such speeds over long distances, at a low production cost, and thus get investors interested and involved in the project. Since the 1990’s, Lothberg has been working for companies Cisco and Sprint in the United States, and has awards for his innovations and inventions in science and technology.

At just 19 years old, it would seem that Connor Zwick has accomplished a lot, having earned a spot on Kickstarter, being accepted into Y Combinator, getting a Thiel Fellowship, and earning admission to Harvard. However, Zwick was still waiting for one thing to happen: get his company launched. He can add that to his list of achievements though because Zwick and his partner Colton Gyulay launched in August 2012 the newest product from their company Milkshake Labs called Coco.

What does Coco do? Coco is there to essentially bring the controls and physical benefits of console gaming to the smartphones everyone has these days at affordable prices. Coco is a pocket-sized case that will feature standard buttons on popular console systems to give you console-level gaming experience on your smartphone. The first of its kind, Coco will have a directional pad AND analog stick. It connects to the smartphone through the audio jack and doesn’t require batteries.

Recognized as bold force in today’s notably competitive web-based marketing sector, Torrence Boone presently leverages his talents to bolster Google Inc.’s digital advertising platforms through his work as Managing Director of Agency Business Development in North America. Boone stepped into his current post in January 2010 and has implemented a number of targeted initiatives since that time, all of which are geared toward strengthening Google’s marketing capabilities in an era of increasingly heightened user expectations. Discussing the foundational aim of Google’s expansion plans, the corporation’s Vice President of Global Agency and Industry Development Penry Price praised Torrence Boone’s professional track record as a leader whose knowledge of industry nuances places him in the ideal position “to help agencies succeed in creating relevant, effective, and scalable advertising that engages consumers.”

Torrence Boone’s resume of career accomplishments dates back to the mid-1990s when he served as a Senior Manager at Bain & Company. In charge of the firm’s pharmaceutical healthcare and consumer products divisions for a productive four-year tenure, Boone focused the bulk of his energy on multifaceted advisory work covering a wide range of areas. Operating primarily as a strategic consultant, Torrence Boone opted to leave Bain & Company in 1999 when digital media darling Razorfish (formerly Avenue A/NYC) offered him the role of Vice President and General Manager. Boone left Razorfish in 2001 to head up the retail, healthcare, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) practices at Digitas Boston. Ready to pursue new challenges after seven years with Digitas, he moved on to function as Chief Executive Officer of Enfatico, an innovative venture funded by tech giant Dell in collaboration with London-headquartered holding company the WPP Group.

Torrence Boone received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University in 1991. He subsequently enrolled at Harvard Business School and earned a Master’s degree in 1995. A former dancer and passionate supporter of the arts, he sits on the board of Manhattan’s Joyce Theater and undertakes additional responsibilities as a member of the organization’s Marketing Committee.

There was once a time when students, teachers, and basically anyone who wanted to know something about anything would browse through volumes of bulky encyclopedias just to get the information they need. In the 1990s, these heavy books were replaced by CD-ROMs which became a more handy solution for those who owned a computer. Around this time, the internet was also gaining popularity, and soon information about anything became readily available on the World Wide Web. The internet paved the way for people to get information from online encyclopedias. In 2001, Jimmy Donal Wales created a website which allowed users to contribute and edit content using the Wiki software platform. By 2006, Wales’ Wikipedia website became one of the internet’s most popular websites.

Jimmy Wales was born on August 8, 1966 in Huntsville, Alabama. Even as a child, Wales showed quite an interest in reading and learning. He spent hours reading encyclopedias and other informative materials. He attended Randolph School, a university-prep school and graduated at the age of 16. He then attended Auburn University, graduating with a degree in Finance. He earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Alabama, and his PhD at Indiana University. He worked in the finance sector for a time before leaving to become an internet entrepreneur. His first project in 1996 was Bomis, which Wales described as a “guy-oriented search engine”.  Bomis did not do very well, but this was not the end of Wales’ fascination with the internet. He then set his sights on what would be Wikipedia’s predecessor. He founded an online encyclopedia he called Nupedia. He hired Larry Sanger as editor-in-chief of the project which had experts in different fields contributing content. Unfortunately, the pressure of experts reviewing and criticizing content submitted by writers made it difficult to pursue this type of model. In 2001, Wales and Sanger decided to create a website using the wiki software platform that would allow users to contribute and edit content. The site became very popular despite some users abuse of their power to edit or create content for the site.

The success of Wikipedia paved the way for Wales to establish a company in 2003 called the Wikimedia Foundation which aims to oversee all of Wales’ online enterprises and websites which included Wiktionary, Wiki News, and Wikia, Inc.