Digital Power List: Builders

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Digital Power List: Builders


The software creators and designers who put the soul in the machines.


Linus Torvalds

Fellow, Linux Foundation

The Finnish-American software engineer has said he isn't out for "world domination," but he's on his way after developing the Linux "kernel," an essential piece of open-source software.


Brendan Eich

CTO, Mozilla

The man who invented JavaScript is now an advocate for innovation on the Internet, running the tech side of the company that brought us Firefox.


Bram Cohen

Cofounder, BitTorrent

He may be persona non grata in Hollywood, but you can't deny that the creator of a peer-to-peer file-sharing system used by millions has revolutionized how a generation watches video.


John Resig

Dean of computer science,

Khan Academy

He's not even 30, but his programming is used on more than 57 percent of the top 10,000 websites. He is now training the next generation of coding geniuses.


Tom Preston-Werner

Cofounder, GitHub

For those who believe in an open Internet, all hail this cofounder of GitHub, a social network for computer programmers who want to collaborate on software code.


Matt Mullenweg

Cofounder, WordPress

This digital powerhouse was a college freshman studying philosophy when he began work on what would become the game-changing blogging platform WordPress.


David Heinemeier

Hansson Cofounder, 37signals

The Danish computer programmer, who got his start at age 6, is the creator of Ruby on Rails, a framework that streamlines the development of Web applications.

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