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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

The company behind Pokémon Go has a new plan to help businesses attract new customers, as it explores more responsible ways to make money than traditional advertising

Niantic, the creator of Pokémon Go, is allowing small businesses to sponsor locations in the game for the first time ever. Pokémon Go has had advertising deals with giants like McDonald's and Starbucks practically since the game launched in 2016, but this is the first time that smaller companies will be able to buy these ads on their own. They can sponsor Pokéstops and Pokémon gyms, which Niantic says can attract big foot traffic — especially since they can also opt to host so-called raid batt...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Japan, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Connecticut, Harry Potter, Starbucks, Louisiana, McDonald, Li, Niantic, John Hanke, Pokemon Go, Sensor Tower

Niantic will open Pokémon GO Pokéstop submissions to players worldwide next week

  Pokémon GO and games like it can’t exist without waypoints — the in-game locations that correlate to real world points of interest, acting as the Pokéstops, gyms, etc. The more waypoints they have around the world, the better the game becomes. But building up these databases of waypoints is tough. A company can’t do it alone; that just doesn’t scale. Even if they open it up to user submissions, verifying new locations (so as to avoid a bunch of false/bad locations being thrown into the mix) is...
Tags: TC, Asia, Tech, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Niantic, Central and South America, John Hanke, Pokemon Go, Wizards Unite, Pokestops, Ingress Niantic, Pokémon GO Pokéstop

Pokémon GO will soon use sleep data to “reward good sleep habits”

Well, here’s a bit of surprise news this evening: at some point in the future, Pokémon GO is going to wrap the player’s sleep habits into the gameplay. It’ll come as part of a wider initiative by The Pokémon Company to — as CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara put it in a press conference this evening — “turn sleep into entertainment”. Which… well, we’ll see how that goes. Niantic CEO John Hanke took the stage at the press conference for a moment, but didn’t really offer much in the way of details. Said Ha...
Tags: TC, Tech, Pokemon, Niantic, Pokemon Company, Ishihara, John Hanke, Pokemon Go, Tsunekazu Ishihara, Said Hanke

Pokémon GO and the April Fools’ joke that made billions

It’s the morning of March 31st, 2014, and the Google Maps team is about to release its April Fools’ Day gag to the world. It wasn’t the first time this team had goofed around with an April Fools’ day joke. Google, as a whole, goes wild on April 1st. Maybe it’s for the resulting publicity. Maybe it’s to make the brand seem a little more fun. Maybe it’s to give employees a creative outlet that doesn’t seem so mission critical. It’s probably a mix of all three. Google has used the first of April to...
Tags: Google, TC, Asia, Japan, Tech, EC, Google Maps, Niantic Labs, Niantic, John Hanke, Pokemon Go, EC-1, Masashi, Masa Kawashima

How a Google side project evolved into a $4B company

How did Niantic happen? How did the company behind Pokémon GO and (soon) Harry Potter: Wizards Unite come to be? When anyone talks about Niantic, they generally mention that it’s “a Google spinout” and move on. As if that’s something that just happens every day. That dozens of people within a massive company come together, build something… and then just leave and take their work with them to form a new, independent company that goes on to have a valuation of nearly 4 billion dollars. So… how? Ov...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Tech, Cnn, Nvidia, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Google Earth, John, Cia, Keyhole, Niantic, Central Texas, John Hanke, Keyhole Keyhole, Intrinsic

‘Pokemon Go’ Creator on Augmented Reality’s Massive Potential

If you believe the creator of the world’s most popular augmented reality game, augmented reality is still very much in its infancy. Niantic has experienced a high level of continued success with its 2016 mobile game “Pokémon GO.” To speak about the game’s evolution and the state of augmented reality in gaming, Niantic CEO John […]
Tags: Features, John, GDC, Niantic Labs, Niantic, John Hanke, Pokemon Go, GDC 2019

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Federal prosecutors are investigating the Chinese electronics giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from US companies. One such incident includes Huawei supposedly stealing robotic technology that T-Mobile uses to test its smartphones, according to the report. WeWork CEO Adam Neumann reportedly made millions of dollars by renting office space in buildings that he partially owns to his company, according to a Wall S...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Tim Cook, Evan Spiegel, Lenovo, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Adam Neumann, Niantic, Amazon Alexa, John Hanke

The CEO behind 'Pokémon Go' says the company is cash-flow positive as it becomes worth almost $4 billion

Niantic, the developer of "Pokémon Go" and the forthcoming "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," announced that it's raised $245 million in a deal valuing it at "almost $4 billion." CEO John Hanke tells us that Niantic is cash-flow positive, but the money helps it bunker down for a possible venture capital crunch as it starts the years-long road towards a possible IPO. The funding round brings in Samsung and Axiomatic Games as strategic investors — two companies that Hanke says are very important for...
Tags: Apple, Google, Samsung, Trends, Reddit, Nintendo, Harry Potter, Warner Bros, IVP, Business Insider, Wilmington Delaware, Niantic, Jeff Vinik, John Hanke, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, Pokemon Go

The creators of Pokémon Go have totally revamped their original game — and it's perfect for Pokémon masters looking for a new challenge

Before there was Pokémon Go, there was Ingress — the original map-based augmented reality game, originally introduced in 2013.  Now, developer Niantic has relaunched the game with Ingress Prime, bringing revamped graphics, sound, tutorials, story, and pretty much everything else.  Ingress Prime is way more complex than Pokémon Go. But for Pokémon trainers who are on their way to catching them all, it could be a welcome level of new challenge. Niantic itself sees Ingress as a platform for expe...
Tags: Google, La, Trends, Netflix, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Resistance, Ingress, Wizards, Wang, Niantic, John Hanke, Hanke, Wizards Unite, Ingress Prime, Ingress Niantic

Harsh headlines, failed festivals and, finally, friends: Pokémon Go, two years on

John Hanke, the boss of developer Niantic, is as passionate as ever about getting players outside. And his strategy is working, as seen in the success of this year’s Pokémon Go Fest in ChicagoGoing to the gym meant something quite different in Chicago’s Lincoln Park one weekend in July. The Pokémon Go Fest, returning to the city after a disastrous event in 2017 that ended with developer Niantic refunding tickets, handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of in-game currency and settling...
Tags: Apps, Games, Technology, US, World news, US news, Smartphones, Chicago, Mobile Phones, Culture, Pokemon, Augmented Reality, Lincoln Park, Niantic, John Hanke, Pokemon Go

‘Ingress: The Animation’ Coming to Netflix Timed to October ‘Ingress Prime’ Launch (EXCLUSIVE)

“Ingress,” the original mobile phone augmented reality game created by the team behind “Pokemon Go,” is getting its own animated series this fall, company founder John Hanke told Variety. “Ingress: The Animation” will created by animation studio Crafter under the direction of noted computer-graphics artist Yuhei Sakuragi and with character design by “Neon Genesis Evangelion’s” […]
Tags: News, Ingress, Variety, Niantic, Crafter, John Hanke, Fuji Tv, Ingress Prime, Ingress: The Animation, Netflix Timed, Yuhei Sakuragi

The creator of Pokémon Go reveals its ambitious vision for the future of computing (GOOG, GOOGL)

Niantic, the creator of hit mobile games Pokémon Go and the forthcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, showed off its cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) technology at a press event this week.  Niantic revealed the Real World Platform, a service that should make it easier for developers to integrate state-of-the-art AR into their own apps. It also announced the acquisition of Matrix Mill, a small augmented-reality startup. The key takeaway: Beyond just making smash-hit games, Niantic wants to b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, San Francisco, Trends, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Ar, University College London, Apple Microsoft, Niantic, Google Pixel, John Hanke, Pokemon Go, Hanke

Pokémon Go is adding a feature it promised since day one — and it's the perfect time to return to the game (NTDOY)

Pokémon Go is finally getting Pokémon trading — a feature that was promised when it first came out in July 2016.  It's also getting a Friends list, so you can fight alongside or trade with your friends.  It just highlights how now is the perfect time to come back to Pokémon Go: In the years since the initial fad, the game has gotten so much better, in ways large and small. Niantic, the creator of Pokémon Go, announced on Monday that the two-year-old game will "soon" give players the ability ...
Tags: Trends, Pokemon, Niantic, John Hanke, Field Research

Niantic is going to crowdsource AR maps

It seems clear that Niantic always had broader plans than simple casual gaming. The Google-supported startup’s 2016 title Pokémon GO is largely considered a major factor in helping to mainstream augmented reality technology. Now the company is looking to take things a step further, tapping its massive user base to help build some large-scale AR maps. The plan was first reported by Reuters this morning, courtesy of a conversation with Niantic CEO John Hanke. The executive told the service, “W...
Tags: Apple, Google, Tech, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Ar, Augmented Reality, Reuters, Niantic, John Hanke, Pokemon Go, ARCore Google

A universal infrastructure for augmented reality is closer than you think

At a recent GamesBeat conference, John Hanke, CEO of Niantic (the company best known for introducing Pokemon Go to the world) made waves when he told attendees that he’s “investing heavily in the AR cloud.” In other words, the augmented reality worlds created via Pokemon Go and other games are only the beginning of what will undoubtedly become a much larger industry that seeks to change even seemingly everyday experiences. The AR Cloud, or Digital Land, as some experts call it, is getting ever c...
Tags: Startups, Augmented Reality, Cryptocurrency, Niantic, John Hanke, Arcona

Pokemon Go Gets AR Update Thanks to Apple's ARKit

"Pokemon Go" is moving into a different dimension on the iPhone, thanks to software that allows the game to play new tricks with its menagerie of digital critters. An upcoming game update relies on built-in Apple software called ARKit that gives the iPhone's new ways to serve as a portal into augmented reality. AR is a technology that projects life-like images into real-world settings such as parks and streetscapes. The new approach, announced Wednesday, adds depth to the playing field and le...
Tags: Apple, Google, Niantic, John Hanke, Hanke

Pokémon Go creator raises $200 million ahead of Harry Potter game launch

 Pokémon Go creator Niantic has raised a new $200 million in funding, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Series B raise was led by Spark Capital, and includes participation from Founders Fund, Meritech, Javelin Venture Capital, You & Mr. Jones and NetEase, Inc. Spark partner Megan Quinn is also joining Niantic’s board as part of the new financing deal. Niantic is known for its… Read More
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Tech, Software, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Augmented Reality, Jones, Ingress, Mixed Reality, Spark Capital, Niantic, Pokemon Company

The maker of Pokémon Go just raised $200 million to build other AR games

Niantic, the company behind hit mobile game "Pokémon Go," has raised roughly $200 million. Niantic's next game will be an augmented reality game based on "Harry Potter." The creator of hit game "Pokémon Go," Niantic, has raised $200 million in funding as it prepares to release another augmented reality game based on the world of "Harry Potter." The new round of financing was led by Spark Capital and first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Friday. Spark partner Megan Quinn will join Nian...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Trends, Chicago, Harry Potter, Quinn, Wall Street Journal, Niantic, John Hanke, Hanke, Pok, Megan Quinn, Pokemon Go Fest, Go Niantic

Pokemon Go Creator to Debut Harry Potter AR Game in 2018

Pokemon GO creator to debut Harry Potter AR game in 2018 Niantic, Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have officially announced the development of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Published by Niantic and co-developed by Niantic and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, under the Portkey Games label, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use state-of-the-art augmented reality mobile technology to put magic ...
Tags: Games, Movies, San Francisco, Harry Potter, J K Rowling, Niantic, WB, Niantic Inc, John Hanke, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, Video Game News, David Haddad, Wizards Unite, Harry Potter Wizards Unite

The team behind 'Pokémon Go' is creating a Harry Potter game for smartphones

A Harry Potter game is in production for smartphones, made by the same people who created Pokémon Go. It's the first game from a new studio dedicated to creating games in the Harry Potter universe. The game is named "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," and it's described as something very similar to Pokémon Go. "The game will use state-of-the-art AR mobile technology and allow players to go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic ...
Tags: Trends, Manhattan, Harry Potter, Niantic, John Hanke, Wizards Unite, Niantic Platform, Given Niantic

Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke on AR, Computer Vision and the Future of Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is alive and well, and will be for years to come, said Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke during an interview on the sidelines of the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. Tuesday. “Pokemon Go has the potential to be a 20-year franchise,” he said. To get there, Niantic Labs […]
Tags: News, Augmented Reality, Wall Street Journal, Niantic Labs, John Hanke, Pokemon Go, Laguna Beach Calif, AR Computer Vision

‘Pokémon Go’ Legendaries Update: Moltres, Zapdos Release Dates Announced After Disastrous Fest

Niantic has revealed the release dates for Legendary Birds Moltres and Zapdos. Get more information below. It seems Niantic is giving “Pokémon Go” players what they’ve been asking for since rumors about the arrival of Legendary Pokémon into the game swirled early this year. John Hanke’s company has now announced the official release dates for Legendary Birds Moltres and Zapdos.
Tags: News, Niantic, John Hanke

Niantic breaks its silence after the Pokémon Go fiasco and blames 'some network providers'

What was once a simple fictional battle between Ash and Team Rocket has quickly been subsumed by the battle over who's to blame for the failure of the big Pokémon Go event in Chicago. In a blog post Tuesday, Niantic CEO John Hanke responded to allegations that the game developer had not adequately prepared for Saturday's 20,000 person event that was plagued by technical issues that made the game unplayable for many attendees.  Hanke said that while Niantic did have some server issues, it was mos...
Tags: Verizon, Youtube, Trends, Chicago, Louisiana, Business Insider, Niantic, John Hanke, Hanke

Pokémon Go's first real-world event was a complete disaster — here's what happened

Thousands of people arrived in Chicago on July 22, 2017 to catch some extremely rare Pokémon, but server and networking issues ruined the day. The first big live event for the popular augmented reality game didn't exactly go as planned, with the festival goers screaming at the company to "fix the game" and booing the CEO John Hanke. Here's what happened and what they did to make it up to players. Follow Tech Insider: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story »
Tags: Trends, Chicago, John Hanke

Pokémon Go's first real-world event has been a disaster, and everyone is getting refunds

CHICAGO — “Fix the game!” “Fix the game!” Boos and jeers erupted from thousands of Pokémon Go players in Chicago’s Grant Park on Saturday after the game stopped working for many who had paid and traveled far to be there. Server outages and bugs plagued Niantic’s Pokémon Go at the height of its popularity last summer, and a similar situation occurred early into the game’s first-ever, all-day ticketed event. Because of the server outages, which began early in the day and continued for hours, all...
Tags: Verizon, Trends, Chicago, Pokemon, AT T, Niantic, Grant Park, John Hanke, Australia Europe, Hanke, Hanke Pok

Pokémon Go's first real-world event was a disaster, and everyone was refunded

CHICAGO — “Fix the game!” “Fix the game!” Boos and jeers erupted from thousands of Pokémon Go players in Chicago’s Grant Park on Saturday after the game stopped working for many who had paid and traveled far to be there. Server outages and bugs plagued Niantic’s Pokémon Go at the height of its popularity last summer, and a similar situation occurred early into the game’s first-ever, all-day ticketed event. Because of the server outages, which began early in the day were never completed fixed, ...
Tags: Verizon, Trends, Chicago, Pokemon, AT T, Niantic, Grant Park, John Hanke, Australia Europe, Hanke, Hanke Pok

1 year and $1 billion later, Pokémon Go is trying to stay relevant for hardcore players

Around this time last year, thousands of people were causing stampedes in major cities around the world while playing Pokémon Go, the hit game by Niantic Labs. While the crowds are mostly gone one year later,  Pokémon Go has been nothing short of a global phenomenon. It's amassed over $1 billion in revenue faster than any mobile game and boasts around 65 million monthly users. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and others have also heralded Pokémon Go as the first successful us...
Tags: Japan, Trends, Chicago, Tim Cook, Niantic Labs, Niantic, John Hanke, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Apple, App Annie While

One of the core parts of 'Pokémon Go' is changing — here's what we know

Since "Pokémon Go" was released last summer, how its gyms work has been one of the biggest sources of frustration for players. Gyms are intended for players to battle each other and the creatures they own — it's  a core aspect of the original Pokémon games that inspired "Pokémon Go." But they were quickly taken over and abused by cheaters and so-called bots with overpowered Pokémon. Now the game's developer, Niantic Labs, is temporarily closing all gyms for what it promises to be a significan...
Tags: Trends, Chicago, Pokemon, Niantic Labs, Niantic, John Hanke, Silph Road, Niantic Support, Blissey

The fad may be over, but Pokémon Go still has 65 million monthly active players

As a social phenomenon, Pokémon Go may have peaked just a few months after its July 2016 launch.  But in a talk today at the London Games Festival, John Hanke, CEO of Pokémon Go developer Niantic,  reveals that the game i s still healthy and thriving with 65 million monthly active users.  Just for context, that puts the game ahead of the 55 million monthly players most recently claimed by Minecraft, the phenomenon on which Microsoft bet $2.5 billion . This isn't quite an apples-to-apples ...
Tags: Microsoft, Trends, Pokemon, Niantic, John Hanke, Hanke