List of Random People
I’m going to ignore (most of) the Warren Buffets, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerbergs & Oprah Winfreys of the world and highlight some under rated, unknown & influential poeple that are successful.
Most of them made their money on the net or through technology, the net = people after all.
The others are pretty random.
1. I’ve read a lot about Sean Parker since watching ‘The Social Network’ (he’s not a douchebag in real life by the way, guarded, but a genuinely cool guy). But he has played a role in a lot of companies that have caused a lot of disruption on the net so far.
- He started Plaxo, the most influential company you’ve never hear of, which unleashed viral marketing on the net
- Co-founder of Napster, which wreaked havoc on the music industry
- Founding President at Facebook
- Investor & Board member at Spotify (the legal version of Napster)
- Now he’s prepping to launch Airtime, a company that could be a catalyst for the next paradigm shift on the net in an effort to “effort to eliminate loneliness” using video chat (like iChat, Face Time, Tango or Tiny Chat)
- He also has an interesting theory about the history of the media since Gutenberg
- Airtime also made its first acquisition, Erly, which is a company that organizes social media data
The thing that attracted me to Parker is that he has developed a rare ability thanks to his coding and business smarts that allow him to understand how people want to integrate the internet into their lives.
With this insight, he’s managed to stay ahead of the pack, with almost every move, he can literally see 2 to 3 years into the future of technology and the net.
2. Steve Blank, a seasoned veteran & influencer of Silicon Valley, I’ve learned a lot of valuable stuff from this guy, like how to develop more “Silicon Valleys” all over the world & how much Silicon Valley played a role in World War II.
3. Steve Jobs, the late great innovator of Apple & America is a testament to the value of leadership within a company and the world as a whole. Jobs is arguably the best CEO of his generation (the last 30 years). Through his actions, pointed out just how badly the world needs [people] focused leaders. His genius as pointed out by his biographer, was in his ability to integrate art & technology together. Integrated design thinking.
Like Peter Drucker, he argued that you can only do a few things great and you should cast everything else aside. Another admirable trait was how he capitalized on gathering info from his network about what was going on in the world. He’s got everyone from Microsoft to Google swaggerjacking his company’s steez. Articles have been written about how to be a visionary like he was. He is considered one of America’s Greatest Innovators. You can find out more about him here.
5. Ramit Sethi, Financial guru of Gen Y, financial savior to us all
6. Ernestine Fu, the youngest VC in Silicon Valley, who is targeting student entrepreneurs. Young, female and VC is not a combo you come across often (or at all) in SV. Tom Kosnick of Stanford University says she’s in the top half of the top 1% of Ivy League students he’s ever worked with. She’s humble & driven.
7. Kathy Ireland, incredibly customer/product focused and strategic. A really inspiring story.
8. Penelope Trunk, the world’s most influential guidance counselor
9. Danielle Strachman, Thiel Fellowship Program Director, she can basically assess how your brain works by watching you for a minute
11. Peter Thiel, chess genius, contrarian thinker & don of the influential “Paypal Mafia”. Business Week has named him 1 of the top 25 people most influential people on the web. He was the first outside investor of Facebook. He thinks innovation is dead & he’s somewhat of a social gadfly. He recently taught a class on start ups called CS 183: Start Up at Stanford, his alma mater. You can find the notes for his first 4 classes here: Challenge of the Future, Late To The Party, Value Systems & Last Mover Advantage. Thanks to Blake Masters for all the notes. Thiel’s also really interested in investing in New Zealand start ups. Here’s a video from 60 Minutes with Thiel arguing that ‘graduation is an expensive waste of time’, which some, like Vivek Wadwa argue is incorrect. Thiel also used chess tactics to become a billionaire.
** Marc Andreesen, the guy who invented the first consumer web browser, Mosaic, also visited Thiel’s class to discuss Start Ups & the Future. His key takeaway point is that you have to innovate at the right time. Along with Thiel, he’s listed on Forbes’ Midas Top 10 Investors.
14. Ryan Holiday, the 20something marketing director for American Apparel. He dropped out of college at 19 but he never dropped out of learning, especially with immersing himself in History using his ‘swarm strategy’. He’s served as a strategic advisor to many best selling authors & multi-platinum selling musicians. His Spartan System of essay writing went viral across the web in 2007. He’s also worked with 2 time NY Times Best selling author Robert Greene. He’s releasing his own book, titled ‘Trust Me, I’m Lying‘ in July 2012 that will serve as an expose on American media on the net. His strategies have been studied by Youtube, Google & Twitter. He co-wrote a great piece with Tim Ferriss: Stoicism, A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs. Check out his Forbes Marketing article on Exploiting The Difference Between Perception vs. Reality, I’m disagree with it, he makes marketing sound like its dirty.
15. Michael Staton, High school History teacher that knows his stuff about using the internet & technology to reform education
17. Seth Godin, the Zeus of marketing, Domino Project & author of over 10 NY times best selling books & 1 of the top 10 most read blogs in the world on marketing. He also promotes failure (& learning from it), “either you fail or you’re fired” is his motto. And he’s gotta bone to pick with the higher education system.
18. Winston Churchill, if it wasn’t for him, Western Civilization wouldn’t be what it is today
19. Simon Singh, lecturer & author who writes about math, encryptions & science in a way that doesn’t make your brain hurt
20. Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, has an inspiring story
21. Marcus Garvey, altruistic black nationalist
22.Tim Berners Lee, created the World Wide Web (The Internet)
23. David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, history enthusiast, billionaire & invested in Black History
29. Mark Suster, Entrepremeur turned VC
32. Nick D’Aloisio, 16 year old founder of Summly
34. Crystal Renn, a model who was told she was ‘too big’ for traditional modeling & then told she was ‘too skinny’ for plus size modeling
39. Carol Pinchefsky, she’s serious about science fiction and geek culture
41. Ryan Blair, turned his life around at 21, from gangster to multimillionaire entrepreneur
42. Edgar Cayce, reading his work convinced me of the validity of reincarnation, souls are real, and so is a lot of stuff people have preconceptions against.
43. Benjamin Jacques, Internet Marketer, has an inspiring story
45. Esthero, pretty & priceless, virtually unknown artiste
48. John Prevas, another bad ass historian whose actually seen the stuff he writes about like Menzies (vs. debating it in an classroom)
49. Ben Thompson, author of “Bad Ass of The Week” blog
53. Catherine Cook, co-founder of America’s 3rd largest social network, My Year Book
54. My family. Sounds corny I know, but I’m literally a composite of everything my family has taught me. From my little sisters to my Moms & Dads.
55. Jayne Mansfield, she had an IQ of 163 and was a classically trained violinist & pianist.
56. Kevin Shillington, Historian that’s schooling me on my own country
57. Bruce Levine, author of “Common Sense Revolution” & pointed out that America labels rebels as “mentally ill”
59. Hannibal Barca of Carthage, the father of military strategy, stickler for details & master of innovation, Ancient G
60. Top Young Bloggers, self explanatory
62. Saul Alvarez, young prototype G on the rise
63. Mahbod Moghadom, Stanford law grad that’s fighting for rap to be recognized for what it is, poetry
65. Paul Coelho, author of a couple international bestsellers
69. Akshaya Patra, genius idea: make impoverished kids learn by feeding them
71. This guy who can solve a rubik’s cube blindfolded in less than 30 seconds
72. Female Artistes
73. This Dakota Elder was on point about educating children
74. Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy
76. Jasmine Plummer, first female quarterback ever to play in the Pop Warner Super Bowl
79. Haley aka the blogger behind ‘The Scarlet Woman’
80. These guys are talking about something I’m struggling to address
82. Jennifer Lopez
83. Neil deGrasse Tyson, I love this quote: “When a nation dreams big, it’s citizens dream big.”
84. Pat Wyman, founder of how to learn
86. The People behind SXSW
88. Linsey Knerl, blogger at moneyning
89. Cara Santa Maria, Huffington Post blogger
90. Cacilda Jetha & Christopher Ryan, authors of Sex At Dawn
91. Harold Jarche
92. Jacques Fresco, b. March 13, 1916
93. Jane Jacobs, b. 1916 – d. 2006
94. Astra Taylor
95. Andrew Hsu, founder of Airy Labs, who make educational games for kids
96. Bill Taylor, a practical radical
97. Rob Lorenz, he’s from here. On average, along with Germans, Austrians are among the smartest race of Caucasians based on IQ studies. I guess that’s why he’s a genius. Oh yeah, he’s the technical co-founder of our own little start up.
99. Generation Z
100. Betty Dodson, blogs about the global sexual repression of women. It’s bad ass I get amped just from how passionate she is.
103. Amazon Eve, world’s tallest model
104. Dr.Ian Stevenson, author of 20 Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation
105. Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions of A Reluctant Messiah & One
107. Ray Dalio, mathematical genius, global philosopher & billionaire founder of Bridgewater
109. Everyone who blogs for Self Absorbed Me
112. Paul Graham, partner at Y Combinator, the startup that launches startups. He’s really good at building teams. And pumping out world changing ideas. He also wrote a blog post on how to fund a start up.
114. Bing Gordon, “the best never rest”, an IPO is just another step along the way
115. Jonathan Abrams, founder of Friendster & Founder’s Den. Also 1 of the 40 people who changed the internet. In this Inc Magazine article, he talks about how/why Friendster failed when it should’ve won.
116. Mike Lazerow, CEO of Buddy Media
117. Ben Seilbermann & Evan Sharp, co-founders of Pinterest, who are capitalizing on this trend. They’re really focused on transparency. A study found Pinterest surpassed Facebook in terms of retail outlets or brands that fans “follow” or “like.” A survey by PriceGrabber, a price comparison site, found that 21% of Pinterest users polled had purchased items they spotted on the site. Pinterest is also the fastest growing website. Ever.
118. Brandee Barker, Facebook’s 1st PR Director
119. George Clooney
120. Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite
121. Anderson Cooper, 360 Report
122. Fareed Zachariah, GPS
124. Tristan Denley, founder of Degree Compass, software that assesses past marks for students to determine future performance
126. Ruth Barcan Marcus, one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th century
129. Ben Casnocha, serial entrepreneur, blogger, award winning leadership mentor & traveler. He’s co-written a book with Reid Hoffman (the guy who created Linked In). Here’s a good summary of the book.
130. Gregory Roberts, author of Shantaram
131. Dr.David K. Foot, author, professor & speakers on the impacts of demographic change
132. CSA, College Student Alliance
133. Michael Haupt, visionary, concerned global citizen, strategic marketing consultant & author of ‘ The Business Manifesto ‘
134. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut
135. Jonathan Bloch, Paleontologist
136. Harry W. Greene, a snake expert at Cornell University in New York and author of Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature
137. Jane Goodall, Primatologist
138. Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter
139. Paul Adams, Facebook’s Global Brand Experience Manager
140. Christian Lanng, founder of Tradeshift
141. Randi Zuckerberg
142. Patrick Gibbons, Las Vegas based writer & researcher of education policy & reform
143. Susan Gonzales, Facebook’s Head of Community Engagement
146. Sebestien Thrun, founder of Udacity, ex Stanford professor & a thought leader for University 2.0
147. Mark Zuckerberg (I know, I know, but read it anyway). He developed himself as a leader to become one of the greatest innovators of communication since Gutenberg says the NY post.Even after IPO of Facebook, he’ll still have control of his company, which is unheard of. After acquiring Instagram this year, his company got Glancee too. He’s apparently also notoriously private, which is ironic since his goal in life is to “make the world more open.”. Read this too. And this.
149. Roger McNamee, Elevation Partners & SV veteran
150. Elon Musk, founder of Space X, he believes that we need to inhabit multiple planets in order to survive. He was the real life inspiration for Tony Starks. His fellow co-founder at Pay Pal, Peter Thiel, said that Musk is a sales grandmaster. His college room mate was Adeo Ressi.
152. John A. MacDonald, made Canada
153. Brian Chesky, founder of AirBnB, they just acquired Crashpadder in Britain in a move to capitalize on the upcoming Olympics
154. Darius Falcon, philosopher & business owner
155. Ray Kurzweil, author, futurist & theorist on spiritual machines
162. Terry Tao, world’s top mathematician
163. Richard Florida, author & lecturer at Rotman school of Management
164. Ozwald Boeteng, Savile Row tailor
165. MaxSGB, he’s 16 & built a scientific calculator in an imaginary world
166. Navneet Dalal, co-founder & CEO of Flutter, using your webcam you can stop & play music using gesture recognition software (his thesis has been cited over 3000 times, that’s more times than most professors get in their whole lives)
169. Steve Baric, historian, musician & blogger
170. Kristi Miller, muzzled Canadian Scientist
171. Joseph Campbell, author of the Hero With 1000 Faces (est. 1949)
172. Abe Lincoln
173. Albert Einstein
174. Lil B
175. Walter Theseira, Nanyang Tech Researcher
176. Alan Greenspan, arguably the man behind the Housing Crisis in America
177. Mike Stone, perseverance at its finest
178. Harald Hass, German Physicist who argues we could ditch WiFi & use light bulbs (aka ‘data through illumination’)
179. Katniss, Hunger Game’s protagonist
180. Jada Williams
182. Victor Davis Hanson, Classicist & Military Historian at Stanford
183. Robert Greene, NY Times Best Selling author
185. Tim Cook, Apple’s Post Jobs CEO
186. Charles Geschke, co-founded Adobe
187. Nathan Fick, Marine, author & COO for New American Security Centre
190. Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
191. Jody Williams, Nobel Laureate
192. Sheryl WuDunn, author of ‘Half The Sky’ chronicling the oppression of women globally
195. John Hockenberry, author & journalist
197. Kim Bhasin
200. Aaron Levie, CEO of Box
201. Megan Erickson, Big Think Blogger
202. Tim Kendall, the guy who monetized Facebook
204. Rob Fishman, co-founder of Yoke, the matchmaker app that uses Amazon, Netflix & Facebook data
207. Frank Buckely, an artist who has built a house out of money
208. Foster Gamble, funded & released the movie about our true history called ‘Thrive’
209. Nicki Minaj, rap revolutionary
210. My buddy Nakul’s boy Merrick
213. Charles Forman, co-founder of OMG POP
215. Eric Carvalho, of Upper Nation, a network of Talent
219. Molly Barker, founded Girls On the Run
221. Richard DeMillo, Director of the Centre for 21st Century Universities & former Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech
222. the guys behind Godel’s Lost Letter blog
223. Erzsebet Szailaine Ban & Tamas Miko, 2 former modern day slaves, Miko is somewhere in Ontario now
224. Ryan Holmes, founder of HootSuite & serial entrepreneur (HootSuite is his 5th start up) based in Vancouver. HootSuite just earned a $20 million investment from OMERS Ventures, 1 of the largest Canadian VC transactions to happen in the past decade.
226. Atif Aslam, a popular artist in Pakistan
227. Dr.Michael Geist, Lawyer, Law Professor at University of Ottawa. Named 1 of Canada’s top 40 under 40. Also 1 of the top 50 most influential people in the world on intellectual property.
228. Aaron Greenspan, the real founder of Facebook
230. Mike Myatt, leadership myth buster
236. The Founders of This Week In Start Ups
240. Steve Anderson, VC at Baseline ventures & early investor of Twitter, Path, OMGPOP & Instagram
241. Andrew Mason, founder of Groupon
243. Josh Kushner, young VC at Thrive Capital
244. The Top 11 Hackers In The World (9/11 are from China)
245. Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, co-founders of Codecademy
246. Mark Naison, African American studies & History Professor at FordhamU
247. Amit Kapur, former Myspace exec
248. The Facebook Mafia that will form after it’s IPO this year
251. Anthony Santen, founder of Balance Hypnosis
255. Susan Weinschenk, The Brain Lady, blogger about how to hack the brain & behavioral psychologist
256. Saroo Brierley, used Google Earth to track down the name of his village & reunite with his Mother after 25 years
257. Molly Wood, executive editor at CNet
260. James Cameron, epic director & the first man to explore Mariana’s Trench alone
261. Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin brand
263. Pejman Nozad, partner at Amidzad
264. Kevin Colleran, former Facebook executive
266. Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle
267. Eric Ries, author of The Lean of Start Up
268. General Sheridan
272. Gordon Brown, former British PM
274. Black Founders
278. Alexia Tsotsis, breaks news (& hearts)
281. Andy Grove
282. Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux
286. UK Femcees
288. These 1 Sentence Pitch Winners
289. Richard Wrangham, Harvard Primatologist
290. Frank Kern, direct response marketing genius
295. Lloyd Pye, one of the advocates of Intervention Theory used in human evolution
298. Mark Evans, marketing consultant
301. Joe Gilliam, who has no Wikipedia profile, founder & CEO of Nation Builder (which lets any campaign build a following & allows users to build a community on & offline), which is backed by some prominent Facebook Mafia members, including Sean Parker (#1 on this list). This is the same technology used by Obama & Mitt Romney by the way. To see how Nation Builder works, checkout Abe for Prez & his Youtube Video here.
303. Morton Blumenthal
305. Keith Haring, artist & activist
307. George Carlin
312. Peter Lindberg, Swedish researcher who found an unidentifiable object (some claim its a crashed UFO) on the ocean floor in 2011
318. Ken Wilber, thought leader in the integral stage of human development
321. Brad Friesen, founder of Last Call, a preemptive hangover remedy featured on Dragon’s Den that’s going to be sold in bars. Strangely enough, entrepreneurs get free promotion and build connections after appearing on the show, it’s called ‘The Dragon’s Den Effect‘
323. Anya Kamenetz, author of Do It Yourself University. She also earned a mention at the end of Seth Godin’s blog post about the coming meltdown of higher education. She has 2 free ebooks: Learning, Freedom & The Web and The Edupunk’s Guide.
324. Carl Jung
327. Neil Capel, founder of SailThru
329. Leland Stanford, Stanford University’s namesake
333. Michael Neilson, argues that our rapidly connecting network will collectively make us smarter
334. Edward Jay Epstein
335. Chris White, he debunked a good amount of Zeitgeist
337. Jonathan Blow, video game designer, thinks money is fictional
338. Dr.Robert Spitzer, father of modern psychiatry
340. Andrew McMillen, journalist
345. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of social news website reddit, he was a key figure in the anti SOPA & PIPA protests in January of 2012 and is currently writing a book called Without Your Permission. Said that he was inspired to start a company after hearing Paul Graham’s lecture ‘How to Start a Start Up’.
346. Maeghan Smulders, Mount Royal graduate, and Canada’s super intern who landed a job at Beyond The Rack after an employment campaign that got a lot of attention from the media called Project ONE12
349. Serkan Piantino, head of Facebook’s NY Offices
357. Steve Bertoni, Forbes contributor & tech entrepreneur interviewer
359. Mary Meeker, partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins Claufield Byers
362. Peter Joseph, creator of Zeitgeist
364. Jessica Stillman, writer for Inc.com
366. Amanda Stienberg, founder of Daily Worth & creator of over 200 websites. According to Ramit Sethi in an email, she’s said that “You’ve got 168 hours in a week and only 40 hours of work in that time, figure it out. I’ve spent many morning with a code book in hand at 5 am.”
371. “Blue Jay” Greenburg (formerly 167), music prodigy who has written 5+ symphonies. It’s been said that someone of his caliber only come around once every 300 years or so. He’s drawn comparisons to Mozart and shares his birth month with Beethoven.
374. Lina Medina, supposedly the youngest mother ever at age 5
378. Jacob Barnett
379. Avi Bar-Ze’ev, co-founder of Keyhole, the precursor to Google Earth, who cites Al Gore as a key figure in the development and funding of the internet and author Neal Stephenson‘s book Snow Crash as inspiration for Google Earth. Stephenson has worked as an advisor to Jeff Bezos‘ start up Blue Origin
381. Sarah Kunst
382. Jim Tucker, MD
384. Walter Semkiw (aka John Adams), MD & author