Technological breakthroughs normally tend to emerge from faceless, and nameless companies. But behind every company logo, there is a group of people that are shaping the future in one way or another. Some are programmers, while others are researchers. The following list of ten people lists some of the most influential people in tech in 2018.
- Terry Myerson
When you think of Surface, Xbox, Windows, or any other Microsoft product, Terry Myerson is the name that comes to mind. He is responsible for helping revamp the Windows mobile operating system. Currently, he is overseeing the release of a new Windows version that has been created for augmented reality.
- Del Harvey
She is the head of Twitter’s Trust and Safety department. Her job is to battling tweeps who are hurling insults across the platform.
- Anthony Lendawoski
Long before Google and Uber had started thinking about autonomous car technologies, Anthony was already hard at work creating a driverless motorbike.
- Jeff Williams
Although Tim Cook is Apple’s public face, Williams happens to be the second in command. He has been with the company for more than twenty years and is responsible for overseeing the development, and launch of the Apple watch.
- Jean Liu and Cheng Wei
These two are the leaders of Didi Chuxing, a ride-hailing company based in China, and one that is currently valued at ten billion dollars.
- Ginni Rometty
She is the CEO of IBM and has held that post for more than five years. Over that time, she has sealed numerous deals with all major companies in this industry.
- Travis Kalanick
Understanding Travis will help you understand Uber, and how it goes about its operations. He has overseen the company transform from a simple startup to become one of the biggest transport firms in the world.
- John Giannandrea
John is the head of search operations at Google, making him one of the most influential people in the tech world today.
- Demis Hassabis
Demis is the co-founder and head of DeepMind, a company that is currently owned by Google. He made headlines for creating a software that was able to defeat a human being at playing Go, the ancient Chinese game.
- Ajit Pai
He is currently serving in the US government as the chairman of the FCC. He is currently making waves for his attempts to do away with net neutrality.