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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


Nebia’s co-founder talks about finding product/market fit

Finding the right product/market fit is challenging for any company, but it’s just a little harder for hardware startups. I recently visited the San Francisco offices of Nebia to chat with co-founder and CEO Philip Winter, whose eco-friendly hardware startup has received funding from Apple CEO Tim Cook, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Fitbit CEO James Park. After checking out the company’s latest shower head, we eased into a discussion about the opportunities and challenges facing hardware st...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Hardware, San Francisco, Tech, Tim Cook, Kickstarter, Silicon Valley, Fitbit, GreenTech, Eric Schmidt, James Park, Nebia, Philip Winter


Facebook Was Mystery Firm Bidding Against Google To Buy Fitbit, Report Says

Facebook is the mystery "Party A" revealed in an SEC filing that bid several times to acquire health wearables maker Fitbit, including a best and final offer of $7.30 per share, according CNBC citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: Google announced its intentions to acquire Fitbit on Nov. 1 for about $2.1 billion in cash, or $7.35 per share. Facebook views the sale process as complete and doesn't plan to bid again now that Google has agreed to the purchase, one of the people sa...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Park, SEC, Fitbit, Party, Cnbc, James Park, Zuckerberg, In October Facebook, Facebook Was Mystery Firm Bidding Against Google


Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion, raising privacy concerns

By Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press Google, the company that helped make it fun to just sit around surfing the web, is jumping into the fitness-tracker business with both feet, buying Fitbit for about $2.1 billion. The deal could put Google in direct competition with Apple and Samsung in the highly competitive market for smartwatches and other wearable electronics. But it also raises questions about privacy and Google’s dominance in the tech industry. The company’s announcement Friday came wit...
Tags: Apple, Google, Samsung, Sport, Soccer, Xiaomi, Fitbit, Huawei, Doj, Idc, James Park, U S Department of Justice, Humana, Missouri Republican, Matt O Brien, Cowen


Google’s Fitbit purchase could reshape its healthcare ambitions

Google has reached into parent company Alphabet’s $121 billion cash reserves to spend $2.1 billion on Fitbit, a move into the key consumer health market that places them in more direct competition with rival Apple. For more than a year, Ftibit and Google have partnered on healthcare applications; last April, Fitbit announced that it would work with Google’s application programming interface to connect data with electronic medical records via Google’s Cloud Healthcare API. That move followe...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Tech, M&a, Fitbit, Cupertino, Alphabet, James Park, Rick Osterloh, Twine Health


Can a combined Google/Fitbit take on the Apple Watch?

In January 2014, Google announced plans to acquire Nest for $3.2 billion; the acquisition was completed the following day, but since then, Nest’s integration has been a controlled burn. Initially, the company existed as a subsidiary of the newly-formed Alphabet Inc., but in early 2018, Google tightened its grip and integrated it directly into its hardware division. Over the next year and a half, Nest became the face and name of Google’s smart home offering, a division that’s grown quickly ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Wearables, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Fitbit, Lg, Nest, Garmin, James Park, Alphabet Inc, OS Apple, Alexa Echo


There's nothing that compares to the Apple Watch, but I'm hopeful Google's Fitbit acquisition will change that (GOOG, GOOGL, FIT, AAPL)

There's little doubt that the Apple Watch is more appealing than most smartwatches, whether they run Google's Wear OS or their own operating systems like Fitbit's Fitbit OS.  Apple Watches are appealing for their design, deep integration with the Apple ecosystem, and health and fitness monitoring features.  Most smartwatches running on Google's Wear OS lack the comprehensive health and fitness monitoring features of the Apple Watch. Fitbit's smartwatches lack a high-end design and deep integra...
Tags: Apple, Google, Samsung, Trends, Nasa, Fitbit, James Park, Rick Osterloh, Osterloh


Google is acquiring Fitbit for $2.1 billion

The rumors are true. A week after word surfaced that Google planned to buy Fitbit, the companies have confirmed the purchase in a blog post authored by Google device SVP, Rick Osterloh. The match could ultimately prove beneficial for both parties. Google has struggled to make much of a dent in the wearables category, leading the software giant to purchase a large chunk of IP from watchmaker, Fossil for $40 million. Google reportedly in talks to acquire Fitbit Fitbit, meanwhile, has h...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Wearables, Hardware, San Francisco, Tech, Htc, Fitbit, Alexa, James Park, San Francisco California, Rick Osterloh, Eric Friedman, Moscone Convention Center, Osterloh


Google is buying Fitbit for $2.1 billion (GOOGL, GOOG, FIT)

Google is acquiring the popular wearable maker Fitbit in a deal worth $2.1 billion, the tech giant announced on Friday. The deal is expected to close in 2020. Google is paying $7.35 per share — a major premium on Fitbit's current stock price. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google is buying wearables maker Fitbit in a deal worth $2.1 billion, the internet search giant announced on Friday morning. That $2.1 billion is a premium being paid for Fitbit stock, which as of Frida...
Tags: Apple, Google, China, US, Trends, Fitbit, James Park, Rick Osterloh Google


Fitbit surges 17% after Google agrees to buy the company for $2.1 billion (FIT)

Shares of Fitbit surged 17% Friday after Google agreed to buy the company for $2.1 billion. The acquisition is expected to help Google expand into the smartwatch market to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. The news confirms a report from earlier this week that the search giant had made an offer to purchase the wearables company.  Watch Fitbit trade live on Markets Insider. Fitbit's stock price soared 17% Friday after Google agreed to buy the wearables company for $2.1 billion, or...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, China, US, Samsung, America, Trends, Park, Netflix, Fitbit, James Park, Reuters, Apple Fitbit, Watch Fitbit


Time’s latest ‘100’ triumph, a smart media-world exit, and what’s next for publishing

Welcome to the latest edition of Ad Age Publisher’s Brief, our roundup of news from the world of content producers across digital and print. Insert ‘100’ emoji (and fire emoji and dollar-sign emoji) here Just over a year ago, Marc Benioff, the founder and co-CEO of Salesforce, and his wife Lynne agreed to buy Time magazine from Meredith Corporation for $190 million in cash. If they’ve since had any doubts about that splurge, the Time 100 Health Summit, held yesterday in New York City, su...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, New York Post, New York, Tig Notaro, New York City, Time, Advertising, Harvard, Bill Clinton, Broadway, Manhattan, National Institutes of Health, Nancy Gibbs, Times, Sequoia Capital


‘We’re Not As Healthy As We Should Be.’ Fitbit CEO James Park Discusses New AFib Detection Partnership With Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer

“We’re not as healthy as we should be.” That’s what Fitbit CEO and co-founder James Park said at Thursday’s TIME 100 Health Summit, where MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle interviewed him about the company’s future in the health care space, the impact of wearables and just how active Fitbit’s 30 million active users really are. Ruhle…
Tags: Technology, News, Fitness, Uncategorized, Msnbc, James Park, Stephanie Ruhle, HealthSummit19, Bristol Myers Squibb Pfizer


The viral Game of Thrones commentary for Newcastle vs Liverpool

Game of Thrones & Newcastle vs Liverpool A clip has gone viral on social media following Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Newcastle on Saturday night. Arlo White was leading the NBC Sport commentary team for the match at St James’ Park. When the game began, the commenter launched into a clearly prepared opening script for the viewers. Absolutely wonderful night at SJP. The atmosphere created by a raucous Toon Army was electric. The character shown by #LFC when their title hopes were withering was impres...
Tags: Sport, Barcelona, Soccer, Premier League, Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Jurgen Klopp, St James Park, Lfc, Etihad, James Park, Nathan Ake, Pep, Sjp


Fitbit beats Q1 revenue expectations as smartwatch growth continues

Fitbit’s financial rebound continued in the first quarter, as the company generated $271.9 million in revenue, beating Wall Street expectations of $259.7 million. The good news is almost exclusively the domain of the company’s increased focus on smartwatches, which grew 117 percent year over year. That, in turn, is thanks to this year’s debut of the Versa Lite, a version of Fitbit’s best smartwatch that’s focused on cost, one of the company’s primary selling point against the dominant Apple W...
Tags: Apple, Hardware, Finance, Tech, Park, Fitbit, James Park, Mary, Pebble Vector, Apple Samsung Garmin, In Fitbit


Fitbit Versa Lite review

It’s a tricky proposition for a product launch: last year’s model, but with fewer features. But sometimes the rules of consumer electronic update cycles were made to be broken — or at the very least, a little bent. Last year’s Versa was itself a paring down from the company’s first true smartwatch, the Ionic. In that case, things worked out great. We were…less than enthusiastic about the device when it first hit, and by all accounts, it wasn’t the sort of runaway success Fitbit was counting on t...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Samsung, Smartwatches, Apple Watch, Nfc, Fitbit, Cupertino, James Park, Lite, Fitbit Versa, The Versa Lite


Fitbit trims the fat with the Inspire

If nothing else, last week’s Fitbit event showed the world that the company had learned two key lessons in the past year. One: price is possibly the largest driver in the company’s recent smartwatch success — so it went even lower with the $160 Versa Lite. Two: there are just too damn many Fitbit models. The release of the Inspire represents a culling as much as it does something new. The line includes two devices (the Inspire and the heart rate-monitoring Inspire HR), which are effectively r...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Park, Xiaomi, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, James Park, Lite, FLEX, China Fitbit


Fitbit's smartwatches are missing one important thing that Apple, Samsung, and Google all offer

Fitbit is now one of the biggest smartwatch makers in the world, but its Versa watches still lack voice support and digital assistants. Such features are particularly useful on devices like smartwatches given that their tiny screens aren't ideal for scrolling and typing. The lack of a digital assistant underscores the advantage that companies like Apple, Google, and Samsung have in the wearables space given their massive presence in the smartphone market. Although notifications and activity tr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Cortana, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Siri, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Pebble, James Park, Lite, NPD Group, Apple Samsung, Apple Google


'Why wouldn't everyone in the world have a wearable?': Fitbit's CEO on its new products, fixing the way we sleep, and taking on Apple (FIT)

Fitbit announced the Fitbit Versa Lite on Wednesday, a less-expensive version of its popular smartwatch. Fitbit CEO James Park says his company's focus on affordability is part of what separates Fitbit from Apple, the current leader in the smartwatch space. Park sat down with Business Insider to discuss Fitbit's new products, its goal to tackle larger health issues, and more.  James Park doesn't get enough sleep. "My Sleep Score has been terrible," the Fitbit CEO and cofounder said as he show...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Park, Xiaomi, Fitbit, Huawei, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, James Park, Lite, Johnson Johnson, European Society of Cardiology, Lisa Eadicicco, Fitbit Care, International Data Corporation Apple, Business Insider Park, Lite Eadicicco


Fitbit announces a $160 stripped-down version of the Versa smartwatch

Last year’s Versa was at the center of Fitbit’s reversing fortunes. After two years in the wilderness, the smartwatch helped turn the tide for the flailing company. Last quarter marked the first time in two years the company saw a year-over-year increase in devices shipped. After the lackluster launch of the Ionic, the Versa delivered, with a sleeker and smaller form factor, a more mature ecosystem and, perhaps most importantly of all, a lower price point. That device launched at $200 — $100...
Tags: Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Smartwatch, Walmart, Park, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, James Park, Kohl, Amazon Best, Versa, Fitbit Versa


Fitbit’s Inspire will replace the Alta, Zip, One and Flex 2 devices

The Inspire’s mere existence isn’t news in and of itself. The device was actually announced a couple of weeks back. But back then, it was a corporate exclusive — the latest piece in the company’s bid to get serious about health care. Today, however, Fitbit announced that the product will be available to everyone, arriving later this month, priced at $70 for the standard version and $100 for the 24/7 heart rate tracking HR model. The device’s arrival marks yet another line in Fitbit’s alre...
Tags: Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Fitbit, James Park, FLEX


Fitbit CEO James Park talks lessons learned from the company’s struggles

Two years ago, Fitbit was in a rough spot. The company had ridden the wearables boom to an IPO and become virtually synonymous with the fitness tracker space, only to watch its fortunes dwindle as the market shifted almost entirely toward smartwatches. “That shift happened very rapidly over a year and a half,” CEO James Park said in an interview with TechCrunch. We always had a smartwatch in development — I would have loved to have launched it at least six months earlier. I think that would ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Samsung, Park, Fitbit, Pebble, Jawbone, James Park, Alta, Alta Hr, Buying Pebble Vector


Anthony Martial gives Manchester United fans a heart attack after tweet

Why context is important! Manchester United fans suffered a mini-heart attack on Friday afternoon following a tweet by French forward Anthony Martial. Martial has had his struggles at Old Trafford since leaving Monaco for the Premier League. He initially impressed under Louis Van Gaal after his £36m move from Ligue 1. Though, he found life much more difficult under Jose Mourinho. Martial and Mourinho reportedly fell out during their time together, with suggestions the Man United boss wanted to ...
Tags: England, Sport, Soccer, Premier League, Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal, Old Trafford, Monaco, Club, Man United, United, Anthony Martial, James Park, Mourinho, Everton Fc, Ligue


Tim Cook-backed shower startup Nebia shows off a warmer, water-saving shower head

I’m not in the habit of getting naked during meetings at startup offices, but this time it felt appropriate. Nebia, a shower startup that has attracted investments from the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook and former Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s foundation is back with some new cash (though it won’t divulge how much) and a new generation of its thoughtfully designed shower heads that aim to dramatically reduce the amount of water people use while cleaning up. After a lengthy chat with Nebia CEO Ph...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Hardware, Stanford, Tech, Tim Cook, Eric Schmidt, Shower, James Park, Moen, Joe Gebbia, Nebia, Schmidt Family Foundation, Philip Winter


Fitbit’s newest fitness tracker is just for employees and health insurance members

Fitbit has a new fitness tracker, but it’s one that you can’t buy in stores. The company quietly uncorked the Inspire on Friday, releasing its first product that is available only to corporate employees and health insurance members. The idea is to offer a fully subsidized wearable that helps the company dig deeper into the corporate and business worlds. The new devices are available as a wristband with the option of a clip. The basic tracker’s features are pretty standard and include activity...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Internet Of Things, Activity Tracker, Clothing, Ceo, Park, United States, Xiaomi, Medicare, Fitbit, Wearable Technology, Cnbc, Wearable Devices, James Park


Wolves grab injury-time winner against Newcastle

Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Matt Doherty snatched victory deep into stoppage time as 10-man Newcastle succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Wolves at James’ Park on Sunday. The Magpies looked to have claimed a... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Newcastle, James Park, Afp, Magpies, Matt Doherty, Newcastle United Kingdom AFP


Fitbit earnings beat expectations on strength of smartwatch sales

Fitbit is slowly righting its financial ship, courtesy of a successful push into smartwatch category. The wearable company reported a profit (when adjusted for items such as stock-based compensation) thanks to growing sales in the new category.    Total revenues rose slightly to $393.6 million in the third quarter compared with the same period last year. The company did report a loss this quarter under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). But it was rosier than in previous quarter...
Tags: Apple, Hardware, Finance, Tech, Park, Fitbit, Pebble, James Park, Hail Mary, GAAP


How Fitbit Built An Indispensable Online Community

Sharing today one of my favorite snippets from The Indispensable Community. You can learn how Allison Leahy and her incredible team at Fitbit made their community indispensable. More than any other chapter, this explains the neverending, ongoing, process to maximize the value of a community. Fitbit On a cloudy San Francisco day in 2013, Allison Leahy, a novice with just a single year of community building experience, walked into 160 Spear Street to begin her first day of work. The offices felt ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, San Francisco, Customers, Community, Leahy, Fitbit, James Park, Online Community, Speaking, Qvc, Facebook Twitter, Eric Friedman, Community Management, Online Communities


Fitbit stock jumps as smartwatches fuel growth

Fitbit’s stock price jumped in after-hours trading and is currently trading around $6.00 a share, off its 52-week intraday high of $7.79. The company today announced its latest quarterly numbers, which saw the average selling price of its wearables increase 6 percent year-over-year to $106 a device. New devices introduced within the last year represented 59 percent of the company’s revenue. Smartwatches were a high-point for Fitbit this quarter. The company stated that its higher-priced smartwat...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Tech, Fitbit, North America, James Park, Samsung Garmin


Long Beach retirement residents return home after attack that killed fire captain

One day after the Covenant Manor retirement home was rocked by an explosion and gunfire that took the life of a revered Long Beach fire captain, residents were settling back in while one of their neighbors was in jail awaiting criminal charges. Almost all of the 80 residents who were evacuated early Monday morning and taken to a shelter are back home or in the process of returning, said James Park, a spokesman for HumanGood, the nonprofit that operates the 100-unit, 11-story complex on East Four...
Tags: News, Shooting, Shootings, Fire, Sport, Park, Soccer, Long Beach, Red Cross, Homicide, Kim, Smith, James Park, Rosa, Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach CA


Fitbit is pinning its turnaround hopes on its smartwatch for the masses

Fitbit's new Versa smartwatch saw strong initial sales and may be a catalyst for share price growth according to DA Davidson.  The first-quarter marked Fitbit's sixth straight quarterly loss.  Watch Fitbit trade in real-time here.  Fitbit posted another loss on Wednesday. Still, the quarter showed some improvement, and some see this as an indicator the company may be on its way to recovery. Shares fell as much as 10% Thursday.  The company's new Versa smartwatch in particular looked promisin...
Tags: Google, Trends, TSLA, Fitbit, James Park, DA Davidson, Tom Forte