TBT – The Sages of Technology

#TBT – A look back at the interviews, debates and documentaries about some of the most influential and important figures behind today’s #DigitalRevolution.

Digital Revolution Innovators and Pioneers

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Steve Jobs – Apple’s iconic CEO and builder of one of the most valuable companies on the planet with a market cap today near a half trillion dollars. Under Steve, Apple launched the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, iTunes and Apple retail stores would redefine commerce.

Bill Gates – The founder of Microsoft has changed the world through technology and charity. He brought personal computing to the masses. Windows was affordable, device agnostic, and welcomed outside partners. It still has over 80 percent market share. Gates also saved Apple with a $150 million infusion from Microsoft in 1997 when a returning Steve Jobs needed cash. There might be no iPod, iPhone,or iPad if Gates hadn’t stepped in.


Sergei Brin and Larry Paige

Like all good genius start-up stories, Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google Inc. in a friend’s garage in Menlo Park, Calif. Since its incorporation on September 4, 1998, the company has grown with a steady stream of new product developments, acquisitions, and partnerships and has extended its reach far beyond its modest beginnings as a web search engine. Perhaps even more impressive is Google’s image as the pinnacle of cool, with a reputation for being hip, innovative and wildly successful – all without compromising its “Don’t be evil” philosophy.


Mark Zuckerberg



Marc Benioff and Hasso Plattner

At a Churchill Club event at the Computer History Museum in San Jose on April 3, 2008 Hasso Plattner, co-founder and chairman of SAP, and Marc Benioff, co-founder and CEO of Salesforce.com, debated the future of enterprise software. The debate was moderated by Quentin Hardy of Forbes.


Claude Shannon (April 30, 1916 – February 24, 2001) was an American mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographer known as “the father of information theory”


J. C. R. Licklider (March 11, 1915 – June 26, 1990) Joseph Carl Licklider was one of the first to foresee modern-style interactive computing, and its application to all manner of activities. Also remembered as an Internet pioneer, with an early vision of a worldwide computer network long before it was built.


Paul Baran (April 29, 1926 – March 26, 2011) A Polish-American engineer who was a pioneer in the development of computer networks. He was one of the two independent inventors of packet switched computer networking, and went on to start several companies and develop other technologies that are an essential part of modern digital communication.


Steve Crocker (born October 15, 1944) is the inventor of the Request for Comments (RFC) series, authoring the very first RFC and many more. He has worked in the Internet community since its inception. As a UCLA graduate student in the 1960s, he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the ARPANET which were the foundation for today’s Internet. For this work, Crocker was awarded the 2002 IEEE Internet Award. Crocker is chair of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN.


Who do you think deserves recognition?



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