12 Disruptors Responsible For The Internet As We Know It
Here's a look at the digital innovators that made our world what it is today. Much Love - Virgin Mobile
1. World Wide Web - Tim Berners-Lee
2. Amazon - Jeff Bezos
3. Ebay - Pierre Omidyar
4. Craigslist - Craig Newmark
5. Netflix - Reed Hastings
6. Google - Larry Page & Sergey Brin
Page and Brin met at spring orientation for Stanford Ph.D. candidates. Google's mission statement is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" - it's unofficial slogan is, "Don't be evil."
7. Napster - Sean Parker & Shawn Fanning
Stealing music was fun while it lasted, but in 2001 the P2P music sharing network shut down due to several copyright infringement lawsuits. It's probably the best thing to ever happen to Parker. He became the first president of Facebook, serves on the board of Spotify and has an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion.
8. Wikipedia - Jimmy Wales
9. MySpace - Chris DeWolfe & Tom Anderson
Myspace used to reign as the world's most popular social network, and in June 2006 surpassed Google as the most visited website in the US. Those days are long gone. The new Myspace is co-owned by Justin Timberlake and is solely focused on music.
10. Facebook - Mark Zuckerberg
11. YouTube - Chad Hurley, Steve Chen & Jawed Karim
A year and a half after YouTube's launch it was was bought by Google for $1.65 billion. Obviously, quality programming was not a part of the business valuation.
12. Reddit - Steve Huffman & Alexis Ohanian
13. Twitter - Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey & Biz Stone
Not pictured is the forgotten founder Noah Glass. He was kicked out for being weird, or something. Or maybe the other guys are just jerks. No one really knows. Wikipedia doesn't at least.