When it comes to star entrepreneurs in tech, Harvard and Stanford are the first two schools that come to your mind.
We all know that Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook in a dorm room at Harvard. Microsoft founder Bill Gates is a well-known Harvard dropout.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page were Ph.D students at Stanford when they founded Google. Yahoo co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo also developed their site while at Stanford.
But there’s a school that deserves equal, if not more, recognition for its top talent in tech: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
MIT has built a strong research and engineering culture since its founding in 1861, producing 80 Nobel laureates along the way. Its engineering and business programs, in particular, are considered some of the best in the world.
We took a look at some of the tech companies founded by MIT graduates, and the results are quite impressive.
Intel – Robert Noyce
Robert Noyce was one of the Intel co-founders. He got his Ph.D in physics from MIT, where he was nicknamed, “Rapid Robert,” for his quick mind. Before Intel, he also co-founded Fairchild Semiconductors.
He’s done so much for Silicon Valley and the tech industry in general that he’s often called “The Mayor of Silicon Valley.”
Buzzfeed – Jonah Peretti
Buzzfeed, one of the hottest media companies these days, often calls itself a technology company.
Its tech roots trace back to its founder, Jonah Peretti, who studied educational technology at the MIT Media Lab, the school’s research lab devoted to independent tech/media projects. Peretti was also one of the founders of Huffington Post.
Buzzfeed raised $50 million in funding at a $850 million valuation last week.
Hewlett Packard – Bill Hewlett
Most people associate Hewlett-Packard co-founder Bill Hewlett with his undergrad alma mater, Stanford University. But he actually got his master’s in electrical engineering from MIT in 1936.
Hewlett and David Packard founded Hewlett-Packard in 1939 in a garage in Palo Alto. Over the years, HP grew into a multi-billion dollar company, with products in semiconductor, electronics, and computing.