I have read extensively about some of the GOATs in tech. SteveJ, BillG, MarkZ, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, etc and I see certain traits.
SteveJ(Apple): Got introduces to tech stuff as a kid. At 13 yrs of age, he took up an internship at HP assembling frequency counters (who tf does that at 13)
BillG(MSFT): Good home, write first software at 13, got into trouble for exploiting bugs in schools computer system and later on a job finding bugs in a company’s software. All this shit before he was 17.
MarkZ(FCBK): Mf had a private tutor in programming as kid and created computer games as a kid. Dad taught him programming in the 1990s.
Larry Page(BigG): Dad PHD in CS and CS prof. Mum also a college CS instructor. Exposed to computers and programming at a very young age, being the first kid in his elementary school to turn in homework from a word processor.
Seygey Brin(BigG): Dad a math prof. Mum a researcher at NASA. Mf graduated college at age 19 in CS.
What I have noticed is these guys had the path pretty much set for them from a young age. Either they were incredibly awkward as kids or had very smart parents who introduced them to smart stuff at an insanely young age.
What other trends do you see in tech leaders/founders?
Please share your opinions.
PS: I know there are exceptions to this. But these guys founded some of the biggest companies in the world.
Jack Ma: founder and chairman of Alibaba, English major, discovered the existence of Internet at age 30
Reid Hoffman: co-founder and chairman of LinkedIn, grew up on a farm, studied philosophy
Andrew Mason: founder and CEO of Groupon, delivered bagels, music and public policy