Information Technology

  • Germany and India
    Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    Andy Bechtolsheim created his first high-tech product when he was 16.

  • St. Thomas

    Hernand Behn’s dream was to build the first worldwide system of interconnected telephone lines.

  • Scotland
    AT&T and Verizon
    Ranked 9 and 16 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Alexander Graham Bell is recognized as the inventor of the telephone and the man responsible for spawning a global telecommunications industry.

  • India

    Hotmail was started with $300,000 and sold to Microsoft 18 months later for $400 million

  • Russia
    Alphabet (Google)
    Ranked 22 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    In 2014, Forbes named Sergey Brin the ninth most powerful person in the world.

  • Taiwan

    Steve Chen quit college to work for PayPal and then Facebook before founding YouTube.

  • Guatemala
    Brightstar Corp.

    Marcelo Claure co-founded Brightstar, the largest company of its kind in the world, spanning 54 countries on six continents.


  • France

    Alex D’Arbeloff was fired three times in the first ten years of his career.


  • India
    Sycamore Networks

    Gururaj Deshpande founded and took public several billion-dollar companies.

  • India
    Ranked 195 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Francisco D’Souza studied in seven schools around the world in places such as Panama, Zaire, New Delhi, New York, Trinidad, Hong Kong and Pittsburgh.

  • Taiwan
    NVIDIA Corporation
    Ranked 306 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Huang started out cleaning toilets in the dorm of his school for “difficult children.”

  • India
    WebEx Communications, Inc.

    According to a loyal customer, Iyar is “energetic, sincere and charming, and he doesn’t quit.”


  • Taiwan

    Kao’s work has been used by the United States Army, NASA and now by smartphone users around the world.


  • India
    Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    Vinod Khosla came from a middle-class background in India and obtained three university degrees.

  • Ukraine
    Ranked 222 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Levchin sought asylum in the United States from the Soviet-controlled Ukraine.


  • South Africa
    PayPal and Tesla
    Ranked 222 and 260 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Forbes listed Elon Musk as 21st of The World’s Most Powerful People,  TIME named him one of the of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Fortune named him the top business person of 2013.


  • France
    Ranked 309in the 2018 Fortune 500

    The first item sold on eBay was Omidyar’s broken laser pointer.


  • France

    Vaillant came to the United States on a work visa after being interviewed and hired over the phone.

  • China
    CA Technologies

    Wang was once the highest-paid CEO in the United States.

  • Taiwan
    Yahoo! Inc.
    Ranked 498 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    The only English Yang knew when he came to the United States was the word “shoe.”