Most Famous UC Berkeley Alumni, CEOs & Graduates

I want to tell you about three individuals who have single-handedly advanced, through their Berkeley education, technology and civilization as a greater whole through their innovations. The top three are as follows, and if you're a Berkeley alum, you should be proud.


The first is Gordon Moore. You've probably heard of Moore's law, you might have heard of companies such as the Fairchild Semiconductor Laboratory which came out of the 50s and many of the innovations thereafter. Gordon Moore is responsible for today's company known as Intel Corporation.

Gordon Moore is worth billions of dollars many times over and is a generous, philanthropic gentleman who continues to help, not just with donations, but also through many of his technological innovations as an advisor to top technology companies, many of which I've met and worked with myself. Gordon Moore is a rock star in every sense of the word, as a person, and as a professional. Many of the semiconductor industry would not exist, I would argue, but for Gordon Moore's innovation. As well as the now coined term Moore's law about the accelerating rapid succession of semiconductor chips that are a part of computers and all of technology, including the internet of things. So that's Gordon Moore.

The second on our list is Steve Wozniak. Steve Wozniak's got a great smile, he's a funny guy. In fact I remember a few years back he wrote a book that I bought. I sent him a nice note and I said to him I was always a big fan getting into venture capital. I told him I'd love to invest in companies just like his and he sent me a really nice note back that I keep in my office.

Steve Wozniak was part of the duo, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs of Apple Corporation, which is currently the largest market cap company on the publicly traded index, which is Apple. He went from a geeky guy at Berkeley to teaming up with Steve Jobs, and Wozniak, "Woz" as he's known, is more known for his intellectual capacity as opposed to his business acumen. He's worth a lot of money, of course, having built Apple himself alongside Steve Jobs and he's a Berkeley alum, that you may not have known about.

The third is a guy who you might know or you don't know. During the early 2000s, Tom Anderson, Thomas Anderson, co-founded one of the first social networking sites called MySpace. He co-founded with Chris DeWolfe back in 2003, and he stayed there for about 6 years. He was the guy that you may remember, maybe you don't, who's face when you signed up for Myspace back in 2003, 4, or 5, or if you didn't, I'll tell you, you got an automatic friend, and that was Tom Anderson. So Tom Anderson became friends with hundreds, if not thousands, if not millions of people, I think hundreds of millions of people worldwide who saw his face. This is the profile, the avatar, that was pre-loaded into Myspace.

Tom Anderson also graduated from Berkeley. He co-founded Myspace and was sort of always a computer hacker throughout the days.  He went to Berkeley and studied English rhetoric, of all things, although coding is a language. He then went and studied at UCLA as well, but he is technically a Berkeley alum and co-founder of Myspace, which is now part of the reason the advent of things like Facebook, love it or hate it, is now around.

These are the top three most famous Berkeley alums and notable people who have had an impact in the startup world. 

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