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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


Unicorn stock-trading app Robinhood arrives in Europe to revolutionize investing. Here’s why the company may be too late.

Hot US stock-trading app Robinhood has finally arrived in the UK but with a bevy of challengers already in place it may have arrived too late. Rivals such as Freetrade and Revolut have already set up trading operations albeit neither has the customer numbers of the US startup. "We have experience entering a highly regulated and competitive space from our growth in the US," Robinhood co-CEO and cofounder Vlad Tenev said in an interview with Business Insider. "We don't feel like this market is w...
Tags: Europe, UK, US, Trends, Fca, Fidelity, Louisiana, Robinhood, Revolut, Index Ventures, Vlad Tenev, Business Insider, Charles Schwab, AUA, Robinhood Gold, Tenev


Robinhood launches… UK waiting list

It is approaching a year since TechCrunch broke news that Robinhood was stealthily recruiting for a London office ahead of plans to expand to the U.K. And in August the U.S.-based company, which pioneered “commission-free” stock-trading states-side, announced it had received regulatory approval to operate this side of the pond, signalling that a U.K. launch was indeed imminent. Well, now the wait is almost over, with the launch of the Robinhood U.K. waitlist. In a classic bait and switch PR brie...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, UK, London, Robin Hood, US, Tech, Robinhood, Revolut, Vlad Tenev, Reuters, Rutgers, DST, Wall Street Journal CNN, Tenev


Robinhood cuts trading fees, grows profits with in-house clearing

As zero-commission stock trading app Robinhood starts preparing to IPO, an engineering investment two years in the making could accelerate its quest for profitability.  Most stock broker services have to pay an external clearing house to reconcile trades between buyers and sellers. Now with 6 million accounts, that added up to a huge cost for Robinhood since it doesn’t demand a trading fee like the $7 to $10 that incumbent competitors E*Trade and Scottrade charge. Relying on outside clearing a...
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'The home for all of your financial needs': The CEO of Robinhood sets out his vision after announcing another move to compete with major brokerages

Robinhood announced the launch of its own in-house clearing service on Wednesday. The new service required building a 70-person team at its new "Major Oak" clearing center in Florida.  The two-year effort will allow the zero-fee brokerage to save money and better execute trades for its customers, a brokerage expert told Business Insider.  In an interview, cofounder and CEO Vlad Tenev explained Robinhood's fight to become the Amazon of personal finance.  Robinhood, the zero-fee stock trading a...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Florida, Trends, Dallas, Robinhood, Vlad Tenev, Jpmorgan, Christine Hall, Sherwood Forest, Ray Dalio, Stanley Druckenmiller, Hoelscher, Tenev, Jessica Hoelscher


Free stock trading app Robinhood rockets to a $5.6B valuation with new funding round

Robinhood started off as a dead-simple stock trading application that had no transaction fees — but since it’s continued to grow, and especially as it starts to dive into cryptocurrenty, investors are getting pretty excited about its prospects and are pouring a ton of new funding into it. And it’s that tantalizing prospect of creating a next generation way of trading assets and cryptocurrency is now sending Robinhood to a $5.6 billion valuation in a new financing round that the company is ann...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Sequoia Capital, Robinhood, Kleiner Perkins, Vlad Tenev, Etrade, DST, Robinhood Gold, Tenev, Robinhood Crypto


Robinhood rockets to a $5.6B valuation with a massive new funding round

Robinhood started off as a dead-simple stock trading application that had no transaction fees — but since it’s continued to grow, and especially as it starts to dive into cryptocurrenty, investors are getting pretty excited about its prospects and are pouring a ton of new funding into it. And it’s that tantalizing prospect of creating a next generation way of trading assets and cryptocurrency is now sending Robinhood to a $5.6 billion valuation in a new financing round that the company is ann...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Sequoia Capital, Robinhood, Kleiner Perkins, Vlad Tenev, Etrade, DST, Robinhood Gold, Tenev, Robinhood Crypto


5 years ago, the stock-trading app Robinhood was rejected by 75 investors — now it's worth $5.6 billion

Robinhood, a zero-fee stock-trading app popular among millennials, confirmed its series D funding round of $363 million. The round places the company's worth at $5.6 billion. Robinhood says it will use the money to snag new talent, offer more financial-service options — among them a cryptocurrency-trading platform — and spearhead product growth.  In March, The Wall Street Journal reported that Robinhood, a commission-free stock-trading app, could be valued in excess of $5 billion. The newspa...
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5 years ago, stock-trading app Robinhood was rejected by 75 investors — now it's worth $5.6 billion

Robinhood, the zero-fee stock trading app that's popular among millennials, confirmed its Series D funding round of $363 million. The round places the company's worth at $5.6 billion. Robinhood says it will use the money to snag new talent, offer more financial service options (among them, its rollout of the company's cryptocurrency trading platform), and spearhead product growth.    In March, the Wall Street Journal reported that commission-free stock trading company Robinhood could be valu...
Tags: US, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Robinhood, Journal, Greylock, Vlad Tenev, Josh Elman, Tenev, DST Now Robinhood, Kleiner Perkins Sequoia Iconiq, Tenev Robinhood


The cofounder of a $1.3 billion startup says a common mistake can kill a new business

New startups are delicate things. So it's not surprising that the path to establishing a fledgling business can sometimes feel fraught with peril. No one appreciates this more than the founders of stock trading app Robinhood. Before they got their product off the ground, they struck out on 75 investor pitches. Nowadays, two million people use the app, which is valued at $1.3 billion. Vlad Tenev, the app's cofounder and co-CEO, told Business Insider there's a mistake that can kill your early-sta...
Tags: Trends, Robinhood, Vlad Tenev, Business Insider, Bhatt, Baiju Bhatt, Tenev


How two founders got nearly 1 million users for their app before it even existed

All founders hope that people will actually use their product once it is created. Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt, the co-founders and co-CEOs of Robinhood, discovered that people wanted to use their product before it even existed.  After launching a website for the future product on a Friday night, the founders of the commission-free stock trading mobile app woke up on Saturday morning to find that the website had gone viral.  "The last thing from our minds when we launched Robinhood, the initial ...
Tags: Google, Drew Houston, Trends, Google Analytics, Aol, Commission, West Coast, Jonah Peretti, Robinhood, Vlad Tenev, Tim Armstrong, Valley, Hacker News, Shontell, Baiju Bhatt, Tenev


How 2 startup founders with no product, no users and no real proof their company would work raised $3 million — then built a company worth $1.3 billion

Robinhood is a commission-free stock trading app that was recently valued at $1.3 billion. But when the company was first starting, there was very little proof the founders could pull it off. Vlad Tenev, cofounder and co-CEO of Robinhood, says his app could not get regulatory approval without having a sizeable amount of funding from venture capitalists. But most venture capitalists didn't want to give him money, because he had no product. " So there are capital requirements, which also make it ...
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The founders of Robinhood, a no-fee stock trading app, were initially rejected by 75 venture capitalists — now their startup is worth $1.3 billion

It’s hard getting funding for a startup, but it's even harder when the product doesn’t exist yet, still requires regulatory approval, and is being launched during the economic recession.  But after 75 investor pitches, the founders of a commission-free stock trading app, Robinhood, found a few willing venture capitalists. Now the app has over two million users and it is valued at about $1.3 billion. “There were a lot of people who didn't believe in it and we had to bang down a ton of doors. We w...
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