6 Tech Pioneers Who Became Billionaires

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Have you ever wondered what makes tech giants so successful? These billionaires are not only major tech moneymakers; they’re also some of the richest people in the world. It’s safe to say that technology provides opportunities and growth for individuals who strive for innovation. Without these creators, we wouldn’t have seen technological development as great as ours today.

Here’s a rundown of the richest innovators in the world:

 

6. Sergey Brin

 

Brin was an immigrant from Moscow as a child and attended Stanford for his Ph.D. Along with Larry Page, Brin was one-half of the duo behind the massive restructuring of Google, which they announced in 2015. The two now own Alphabet, a holding company, with Brin as the president and Page as the CEO. He has a net worth of $41.6 billion after having increased by $4.1 billion this year.

 

5. Larry Page

 
With a net worth of $42.5 billion at only age 43, Page is a self-made genius. He collaborated with his classmate and tech giant Sergey Brin to create BackRub, a search engine. We all know this project now as Google or Alphabet, one of the biggest and farthest-reaching companies in the industry. Page owns an eco-friendly mansion in Palo Alto and advocates alternative energy.

 

4. Larry Ellison

 
Oracle Corp., a programming firm that built a relational database management system for the CIA, is the brainchild of Larry Ellison together with two of his previous colleagues. Ellison is 72 years old and is worth $45.3 billion even after stepping down as CTO and CEO of Oracle. Despite his massive wealth, he makes sure to share half his fortune to the Giving Pledge, a project by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

 

3. Mark Zuckerberg

 
The youngest and perhaps the most famous one in this list, Mark Zuckerberg is the 32-year-old tech extraordinaire behind Facebook. Today, the social media platform has over a billion users daily with a worth of $400 billion. Zuckerberg has a net worth of $58.5 billion with a pledge of 99% to the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative charity. Together with his wife, he bestowed huge amounts to Ebola treatments and a New Jersey public-school system.

 

2. Jeff Bezos

 
Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in the garage of his Seattle home in 1994, operating it initially as an online book retailer. In 2016, Amazon generated a total of $136 billion in revenue, pulling Bezos up the ranks. He now owns Blue Origin, a space company, and The Washington Post, a newspaper which he bought in 2013.

 

1. Bill Gates

 

Still at the top of the list is Bill Gates. Together with Paul Allen, Gates founded Microsoft at the age of 20 before serving as its CEO until 2000. He was also its chairman and largest shareholder until the year 2014. Today, Gates is no longer involved with the company, but this hasn’t affected his $85.2 billion net worth.

These self-made billionaires weren’t born into wealth. They are living examples of how hard work can transpire into success compromising neither humility nor integrity.

Tech Tax: Is the US Finally Ready for It?

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Technology has opened a lot of opportunities and capabilities to people around the world. And when you think of tech, hopefully, you’re not just thinking about the Internet. While network connection is, of course, a huge part of it, technology stretches beyond the online realm and contributes to some industries around the world.

Its contribution is undeniable. The presence of tech in sectors such as healthcare, farming, transportation, and so many others is almost always a sign of progress in that particular industry, even increasingly eliminating the need for manual labor, thus having employees risk losing their jobs.

As such, the use of technology has more economic implications than you may think. Should they be taxed, and should the world, or the US at least, be ready for it?

 

Tech Tax to Address “Digital Divide”

Bob O’Donnell, chief analyst, and president of a marketing consultancy firm, TechNalysis, says that it may be time for a tech tax. In his column in USA Today, Mr. O’Donnell pointed out that technology brings people closer to one another, and also creates what he calls a “digital divide.” While digital capabilities paved the way for many tech advancements, this has also caused a lot of economic gaps, which may severely affect those whose jobs may be compromised by the presence of the available technologies.

Users of these types of tech in their respective industries may soon eliminate the need for traditional jobs, and even human employees, shortly after. As robots and artificial intelligence progress, and businesses and industries are increasingly relying on them, there is a growing risk of further obsoleting jobs, especially when it comes to data analysis, manufacturing and other similar services requiring mass production.

 

Robots Should Pay Taxes — Bill Gates

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in an interview that robots that “are going in and doing the same things” as human employees should be taxed. Businesses that are heavily reliant on robots and AI should pay taxes, as well, which can be used to train displaced workers to take on other jobs in industries with fewer robot competitors.

While this may or may not ensure employment for everyone, it, at least, reduces the number of unemployed individuals who lose their jobs because of robot workers.

 

Not Exactly a New Proposition

It’s setting the tech world abuzz nowadays, but tech tax isn’t exactly a new proposition. Robot taxation was previously proposed in San Francisco last year but did not have a positive reception among lawmakers in the state. The proposal did not sit well with the states’ politicians, who distinguish themselves as progressive and moderate Democrats. Some of the lawmakers argued that pushing through with tech tax will only further the already existing economic gaps.

 

Should America Embrace It?

Tech tax is a controversial proposition, and people have a lot to say about it, even before it’s implemented. Whatever the opinions may be, the intention to bridge economic gaps is clear. Its viability as a course of action, however, will be undetermined until it comes into play. Whether or not the US, or other parts of the world, is ready for it, they will still have to wait.

The Real Work Starts: Moving on from DMOZ and Focusing on Quality SEO

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DMOZ will close, and what was once an all-powerful SEO tool is no more. Very few will lament it because it ceased to be useful a long time ago. It must’ve been years since any SEO practitioner last received a DMOZ referral. Sure, it’s still useful to some, but it’s been clear for some time that the small number of businesses and SEO agencies still using this directory cannot stop the inevitable.

Don’t get us wrong – directories are alive and well. There are Yelp, Angie’s List, and A Place For Mom, but these are different from DMOZ in one crucial thing: computers are in charge and DMOZ isn’t. If auto manufacturers can’t justify putting back human workers in place of assembly line robots, it’s the same with synthetic website curation. It takes too much time, especially compared to Google’s spiders, and it’s not efficient. In addition, editors who charge money and leave submissions in limbo are amok in The Open Directory Project. It’s untenable.

Now, those who cry foul may have their reasons, but this is old-school SEO and not one that’s still widely useful. If anything, it signals the break from directories. If you want visitors, you should do the work: striving for organic rankings, updating content, getting authority links, and using modern advertising platforms.

 

Moving with the Times

It seems patronizing, but when you do SEO, you must learn to adapt to new things quickly. Let’s take Fred as an example. No, it’s not a person; it’s the supposed but unconfirmed Google update. Whether it will be one of their minor shifts that happen daily or the next big one, you shouldn’t wait until it’s already there. Read about the updates and expert insights, and be ready for the upcoming changes.

There is also content, where keyword stuffing and fluff don’t work anymore. Larry Kim, Wordstream’s founder, even attests that Google does a great job weeding out bad content, particularly the ones that don’t match the user intent.

Gaining Online Influencers Through Marketing Strategies

Having a well established network of influencers that can help promote your brand is a good card to have when going up against your competitors, but it’s not exactly a commodity that’s easily gained overnight. Gaining influencers can be hard, and it will involve a lot of networking in the part of a marketer; there are smarter ways of gaining influencers to talk about your business. And a computer accessories retailer in Manila seems to be in the right track in cultivating their relationships with their target audience.

 

Traditional Transitions to Digital: A Bloggers’ Treat to Tech and Cinema

This blog post recaps an event that was done on March 18th, by PCWorx, where Bungemoe was invited to attend to view and participate in discussing  digital strategies marketing with them. The event involved inviting the local technology and gaming bloggers to review and talk about the new products that they are marketing to their audience. The event was very straightforward, they met with bloggers and gamers and showcased their top next gen hardware, they gave all of them enough time and attention by chatting with them and have them play around with games on the new ASUS Desktop (powered with Asus Prime 7270-A, Intel Core i7-7700k, Asus ROG Strix GTX 1070), and they treated them to a private viewing of Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast. They also gave out merchandise for the gamers and tech experts that attended.

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End Game is Still Online

Events like these do not come cheap, but the influencers gained from these types of events should be able to develop great branding and should create a good amount of buzz, rewarding their efforts both in retail sales and in digital marketing. This type of strategy might not apply to all kinds of businesses as influencers may not be as established in your area, not to mention the costs to get an event like this set up, for those cases, traditional outreach may be more applicable as a method of gaining influencers.