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From Elon Musk to Tim Cook, here's where the world's most influential tech founders and CEOs went to college — and what they studied

College is where many figure out what they're actually interested in and determine the career they want to pursue. We researched the degrees and schools attended by well-known tech CEOs, many of whom launched their companies or landed on the idea for their first startup while studying at college. Here's where 52 CEOs and founders in the tech industry went to school, and what they studied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For new college students, choosing a major can feel l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Elon Musk, Cook, Sweden, Maryland, Microsoft, Yahoo, Mba, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, Trends


Read the email Satya Nadella sent to Microsoft employees on his first day as CEO: 'Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation' (MSFT)

Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO six years ago on Feb. 4, 2014. He's generally credited with refocusing the company on the cloud computing market, taking it out of a long period of stagnation and turning it into the leading rival to the market-dominating Amazon Web Services. On his first day at Microsoft, this transformation was uncertain, as the company was reeling from its failures in the smartphone industry as it tried to stay relevant in a shrinking PC market.  "Our industry does n...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Satya Nadella, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Bill, Oscar Wilde, Amazon Web Services, Steve, John Thompson, Jim Edwards, Nadella, Ballmer, Satya Nadella Microsoft


CEO Satya Nadella says that no single Microsoft product is more important than the company's overall mission: 'There's no such thing as a canonical business' (MSFT)

Microsoft was once known for prioritizing Windows and Office over the rest of the company. That changed under Satya Nadella, under has led Microsoft with the philosophy that noi single product is more important than Microsoft's mission. Nadella explained his philosophy during an earnings call this week: "There's no such thing as a canonical business." Click here to read more BI Prime stories Under CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft was notorious for prioritizing its Windows and Office businesses ov...
Tags: Apple, Google, Taylor Swift, Microsoft, Office, Satya Nadella, Trends, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, Nadella, Ballmer, Linux Microsoft, Nucleus Research, Seth Lippincott, Steve Ballmer Microsoft


Inside ‘Bedlam,’ a card game created by a Microsoft employee all about what it’s like to work there — including all the inside jokes and daily frustrations (MSFT)

A Microsoft employee developed a "Cards Against Humanity"-style game for company insiders and fans alike, called "Bedlam." The game was created in 2014 and has since been played by an estimated 10,000 people, often in Microsoft team events. You can download it for free, too, if you want to play it. The game's creator – 20-year Microsoft veteran and creator of Microsoft's "unofficial mascot" ninjacat KC Lemson – shared cards from the latest edition with Business Insider. Lemson estimates she's ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Nokia, Satya Nadella, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Seattle, Bing, Cards Against Humanity, Microsoft Research, Redmond, Tay, Google Bing, Ballmer, Devices Group


Heisler: Steph Curry changed the way the game’s played, LeBron James changed the system

Thinking in decades as we step way back to see who and what happened in the NBA and why: Ten years ago … LeBron James, once the most-hyped teen in the game’s history, was 25, an Akron, Ohio native seemingly set with his hometown team in nearby Cleveland … a year from leaving as the most notorious free agent of all time as his fans papered over his billboards and burned his merchandise. Kobe Bryant was 31, en route to his fifth title that spring – one more than Shaquille O’Neal, he would note – s...
Tags: Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Spurs, Michael Jordan, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Dallas, Miami, Tim Duncan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Cleveland, Baltimore, Memphis, Curry


Heisler: NBA enters a prosperous new era – here’s why

Thinking in decades as we step way back to see who and what happened in the NBA and why: Ten years ago … LeBron James, once the most-hyped teen in the game’s history, was 25, an Akron, Ohio native seemingly set with his hometown team in nearby Cleveland … a year from leaving as the most notorious free agent of all time as his fans papered over his billboards and burned his merchandise. Kobe Bryant was 31, en route to his fifth title that spring – one more than Shaquille O’Neal, he would note – s...
Tags: Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Spurs, Michael Jordan, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Dallas, Miami, Tim Duncan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Cleveland, Baltimore, Memphis, Curry


This is the question Satya Nadella asks himself to guide how he runs Microsoft (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella asks himself "If Microsoft disappeared tomorrow, will anybody miss us?" and whether the "core sensibility" Microsoft represents would be lost. Nadella told reporters on Monday he's rethinking the meaning of the company's mission statement with that question in mind. He's determined that the company's "core sensibility" is thinking about business as people and institutions, rather than as either consumers or enterprises. This blurring of the lines between consumer an...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Nadella, Microsoft Microsoft, Ballmer, Nicholas Carlson


Clippers leaning on Patrick Beverley as a point man

LOS ANGELES — The Clippers are 5-5 in games that Kawhi Leonard misses. And they’re 4-4 when Patrick Beverley isn’t on the court. After Beverley missed three consecutive games with a sprained right wrist, his presence on the court clearly was appreciated in Sunday’s 135-132 victory over the New York Knicks. The 6-foot-1 guard delivered his usual energy and characteristic instigation, goading Marcus Morris into a technical foul — one of four first-half techs assessed to increasingly irked Knicks p...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, NHL, Rivers, James Dolan, Memphis, Staples Center, Rajon Rondo, Steve, New York Knicks, Pat, Knicks


A look back at 10 years of CES

So, here we are on the eve of CES 2020 — the supersized buffet of an annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, where we not only get a sneak peek of what to expect from tech companies this year, but also to take the pulse of how people are responding to what’s out there. CES is all about “the future,” and we’ll be here this week covering all the big stories and themes. But what about the past? In the spirit of 2020 hindsight, here are some of the most notable headlines and trends of last 10...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, China, Nokia, US, Samsung, Tech, Ces, Verizon Wireless, Netflix, Ford


These 7 charts show all the ways Satya Nadella transformed Microsoft from a tech has-been to a trillion-dollar giant in 6 years (MSFT)

Business Insider analyzed Microsoft's securities filings and market data since Satya Nadella took over as CEO in February 2014 to gauge his impact on the company. The following charts show Microsoft's performance over the years, including changes in market value, revenue, headcount, and growth in the cloud. The charts also chronicle Nadella's leadership, from unwinding the failed Nokia acquisition led by his predecessor to finding a bright spot in the cloud computing business. Click here to re...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Nokia, Satya Nadella, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Amazon Web Services, John Thompson, Nadella, Ballmer, GAAP Microsoft


Heisler: Our NBA favorites are hoping for a happier New Year

Happy New Year from the usual suspects, who have mostly learned their lessons. NBA commissioner Adam Silver – What a season! James Harden averaging the most points since Wilt Chamberlain! Everyone learning to spell “Giannis Antetokounmpo!” The Lakers and Clippers as marquee rivals! Former Lakers president Magic Johnson – Not everyone had such a bang-up time. I’ll never take another front office job. They’re no fun. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, GM Rob Pelinka and the rest of the front office (all to...
Tags: Microsoft, China, Boston, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Davis, Nba, Rob, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Ken Burns, Houston, Cleveland, James Dolan


Microsoft's cloud business has helped annual sales explode past $120 billion — and CEO Satya Nadella credits CFO Amy Hood for her key role in this strategic transformation

Microsoft's business in recent years puts more of a focus on cloud-computing services. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was recently named Fortune's Businessperson of the Year. He gave CFO Amy Hood credit for helping grow Microsoft's cloud-computing business. We tracked Microsoft's cloud revenue growth as a function of overall revenue, and identified the key factors behind current and future cloud growth.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. Microsoft's cloud offerings are steadily making more o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Taylor Swift, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Azure, Trust, Trends, Alibaba, Steve Ballmer, Cnbc, Hood, Thompson, Stifel Nicolaus, Jedi, NSF


Inglewood residents’ group demands housing instead of proposed Clippers arena

Pressing a legal challenge to a proposed Clippers arena in Inglewood, attorneys for a residents’ group told a judge on Tuesday, Nov, 5, that the city violated the California Surplus Land Act by failing to give first priority to a possible affordable housing development on the property. But lawyers for the city and developers argued the property does not qualify as surplus land. The also argued the property — which sits in the flight path of Los Angeles International Airport — is unsuitable for h...
Tags: News, Housing, La, NFL, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Faa, Affordable Housing, LA Clippers, Inglewood, Clippers, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles Superior Court, Hollywood Park


Brian Sieman living his dream as Clippers’ new TV play-by-play broadcaster

PLAYA VISTA — Ralph Lawler wanted very much to hand off the mic to his friend Brian Sieman when he retired. Even so, Sieman, previously the Clippers’ radio play-by-play man, had to interview for the team’s TV position, a vetting process that culminated in a meeting with Steve Ballmer. In it, the Clippers’ bombastic, spirited owner asked Sieman for a self-critique. “I get too excited in the first quarter,” said Sieman, who, as an NBA player might, reviews film after every game, taking copious not...
Tags: New York, Minnesota, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Sport, Soccer, Iowa, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Simon Cowell, Kansas, Brian, Minnesota Timberwolves, Magic Johnson, San Antonio, Lakers


Kawhi Leonard might make his Clippers debut this preseason – maybe

PLAYA VISTA — The Clippers might give fans a glimpse of one of their new superstars this preseason after all. Coach Doc Rivers hinted at the start of training camp that the team might treat Kawhi Leonard like an NFL quarterback and, out of an abundance of caution, hold him out of preseason games altogether. But with guards Patrick Beverley (“nothing serious,” Rivers said) and Rodney McGruder (stepped on someone’s foot) getting banged up a bit in practice Wednesday, Rivers opened the door for the...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, NFL, Sport, Green, Soccer, Williams, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Vancouver, Seattle, Rivers, Staples Center


Not My Job: We Quiz Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On Lip Balm

Legend has it that when a young man named Bill Gates asked his college buddy Steve Ballmer to come help run his company, Ballmer wasn't sure he wanted the job — he was just looking for a summer gig.(Image credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
Tags: News, Microsoft, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Ballmer


Famous exec Bob Muglia is out as CEO of $3.5 billion Snowflake, just weeks after saying an IPO isn't imminent

The enterprise startup tech world was shocked on Wednesday by the news that Bob Muglia suddenly left hot startup Snowflake, replaced as CEO by Frank Slootman, another well-known name in the business. Under Muglia, Snowflake shot to unicorn status in just four years, and is now valued at some $3.5 billion. Things appeared to be going so well that in mid-April, Muglia told an interviewer that Snowflake had plenty of cash in the bank and didn't plan to do an IPO for another year or two. And then,...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Dell, Bob, Seattle, Snowflake, Journal, WSJ, Amazon Web Services, EMC, Bob Muglia, Sutter Hill Ventures


A male Microsoft programmer who came from the military, not a university, describes how his career got tanked by the 'brilliant jerks' culture (MSFT)

The tech industry's dismal hiring record of women and minorities, particularly for their super important engineering roles, is well known. But one ex-military man who learned to program as a second career discovered himself running afoul of the boy's club attitude, too. After he landed his dream job at Microsoft, he felt like he was stonewalled and sabotaged by the very senior engineers who were supposed to mentor him. He shared his perspective with Business Insider to warn people that the tec...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Gates, Business Insider, Nadella, Ballmer, Microsoft Software Systems Academy, TEALS, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers This, Military Spouse Training Academy, Technology Education and Literacy


Heisler: In Clippers’ biggest achievement, they’re no longer the local laughingstock

It was fun while it lasted … for one team in town, anyway. In an irony we should be getting used to by now, it was the Clippers who had all the fun in the 2018-19 season, likely as it is to end Wednesday against the Warriors, whom few ever doubted were massively superior. The now-defunct Lakers’ experience ceased being fun months ago, becoming disappointing and finally getting a lot worse than that. Try shocked, dismayed and overwhelmed after Magic Johnson bolted, showing how leaderless they had...
Tags: Boston, Sports, Sport, Staples, David, Soccer, Gm, Steve Ballmer, San Diego, Nba, Rob, Kobe Bryant, Oakland, Rivers, Magic Johnson, Staples Center


Heisler: Clippers surpass Lakers as the smart team in town

Getting it right in Clipper Nation … No, really. Talk about upsets. First of all, I’m not even sure what there is to “Clipper Nation,” aside from players, staffers, a practice site … which they still lease from (shudder) Donald Sterling … and enough of a following to draw, say, 15,000 people per game to Staples Center … where, of course, they also rent and get the dates the Lakers and Kings don’t want … even if the Clips claim an average of 17,333. Old habits die hard in a home in which recognit...
Tags: Jay Leno, Milwaukee, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Michael Jordan, Gm, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Espn, Lebron James, Houston, Rivers, Magic Johnson, Staples Center


Heisler: Clippers riding stability, chemistry back to playoffs, while Lakers appear fractured

Now for that local rivalry we’ve always talked about! Oops. For a moment, it looked like we would finally see the Lakers and Clippers face off for something both cared about – a playoff slot. Instead, last week’s “must-win” meeting turned into a routine Clipper victory, all but eliminating the Lakers, who now say they’ll “monitor” LeBron James’ minutes. Talk about a funny thing happening on their way back to greatness … as the Lakers really might be … except no one there is laughing. It’s more l...
Tags: Hbo, Sport, Mit, West, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Magic, Espn, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Johnson, Memphis, Los Angeles Times, James, Lakers


Jeff Bezos topped U.S. philanthropy in 2018 ($2 billion)

Amazon founder Bezos and ex-wife-to-be MacKenzie topped charitable giving in 2018 with $2 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which released its annual list this month. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images) No. 2: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He donated $767 million to the arts, education, health and other causes last year. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds No. 5: Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer and his ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Craigslist, Microsoft, Washington Post, Ebay, New York City, US, Samsung, Sport, Soccer, United States, Williams, Bill Gates, Paul Allen


There's a new snag for Amazon in the winner-take-all $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract, and it could be good news for Microsoft (AMZN, MSFT)

The Department of Defense has agreed to investigate some of the central complaints Oracle raised in a lawsuit. Oracle is suing to keep the Pentagon from granting the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract to Amazon, which is far and away the favorite to win the bid.  This is a half-step win for Oracle that may simply delay the inevitable. On the other hand, some in the industry are predicting that Amazon's struggles could be a windfall for another of Oracle's competitors: Microsoft. The De...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Virginia, Trends, Department Of Defense, Bloomberg, Chromecast, Steve Ballmer, Aws, Pentagon, Wall Street Journal, Oracle, Los Angeles Clippers, Trump, Roger Stone


Clippers reserve Lou Williams going above and beyond

The Clippers’ comeback tour has concluded after six games in 12 eventful days that featured a flurry of transactions, a rabies scare and pyrotechnics aplenty — most of them sparked by reserve guard Lou Williams, whose historic effort Monday in Minnesota almost resulted in another come-from-way-way-behind victory. In the end, the Clippers coach Doc Rivers, unimpressed with the defensive execution, said his team “deserved” to drop the final game on their win-one-lose-one road trip. They cut a 23-p...
Tags: Minnesota, Minneapolis, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Sport, Harvard, Soccer, Williams, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Espn, Chicago Bulls, Rivers, Denver, Los-angeles-clippers, Golden State Warriors


The 13 tech billionaires who donate the biggest percentage of their wealth to charity

Billions are given to charity each year, with some of the biggest donations coming both from large companies and from some of the wealthiest people in the world. Compare the Market, a price comparison website in the UK, has found which billionaires have donated the largest percentages of their wealth to charity. Here are the most charitable billionaires in the tech industry, according to the percentage of their net worths they've given away. Philanthropy has become an important initiative for...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Microsoft, China, Softbank, Trends, United States, Alibaba, Steve Ballmer, Warren Buffett, Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, Ma, University of Oregon, Masayoshi Son, Chronicle of Philanthropy


Blake Griffin’s return to face Clippers at Staples Center lives up to dramatic billing

Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons barks at refereee Curtis Blair during their NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers tries to steal the ball away from Jose Calderon #81 of the Detroit Pistons during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, J...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, West, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Reggie Jackson, Detroit, Kia, Rivers, Staples Center, Detroit Pistons, Griffin, Pistons, Andre Drummond


Blake Griffin isn't here for Steve Ballmer's handshake

Blake Griffin's first game at the Los Angeles Clippers since his blockbuster trade to the Detroit Pistons last season got off to an icy start before the game even started. While Griffin was finishing his pregame routine, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer patiently waited on the sideline to offer a warm “welcome back” to the longtime face of his franchise. Except Griffin sprinted off the court the moment Ballmer took a step toward him.
Tags: News, Steve Ballmer, Detroit Pistons, Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, Clippers, Blake Griffin, Ballmer


Heisler: Your NBA favorites have 2019 New Year’s resolutions to share

Our NBA favorites have resolutions for 2019, even if those in Lakerdom are working on a happier New Year in 2020. Anthony Davis – Me, leave New Orleans? Never, or not until summer, whichever comes first. Of course, I’ll consult my principal adviser, who’s right here … LeBron James – Right. I’ve bought the mansion next door in Brentwood so you can have a place to stay while waiting to be traded, after you inform the Pelicans to do it or get nothing when you walk in 2020. Davis – Wait a moment, I’...
Tags: Microsoft, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Earth, Green, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Davis, Nba, New Orleans, Rockets, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, James Dolan, Rajon Rondo


Heisler: If this is LeBron’s town, it’s the Clippers’ moment

At long last, a local NBA feel-good story! Unfortunately for the Lakers, it’s not them. Their fans’ mood is more one of unease as their young players try to fit with LeBron James, amid expectations putting faves like Luke Walton and Lonzo Ball under the gun. Then there are the Clippers, the little team from down the hall, across the tracks or under a rock, whose expectations had dropped almost to those of the Sports Arena days, but went into the weekend … drum roll … No. 1 in the Western Confere...
Tags: Microsoft, Sports, Sport, West, Soccer, Williams, Portland, Steve Ballmer, Reddit, Nba, Las Vegas, Lebron James, Rivers, Rajon Rondo, Griffin, Orlando


Microsoft Is Worth as Much as Apple. How Did That Happen?

Just a few years ago, Microsoft was seen as a lumbering has-been. Now it’s a contender for the title of the world’s most valuable company.
Tags: News, Microsoft, Cloud Computing, Software, Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Nadella, Ballmer, Satya, Computers and the Internet, Steven A, Enterprise Computing, Windows (Operating System