I wonder why no one has mentioned Adam D’Angelo yet.
Being a keen follower of him, I believe that he is truly the most badass programmer.
Here are some things about him…
- Founder of Quora.
- He was the first CTO of facebook.
- IOI Silver Medalist .
- He along with his team at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) won silver medal in ACM ICPC in 2004.
- In 2005, he was one of the finalists in the international Top coder Collegiate Challenge and was placed eighth in the USA Computing Olympiad while he was still in high school.
- He created a messenger called BuddyZoo – AOL Instant Messenger analysis (read this thread it’s super cool) at the age of 20.
- He is red on topcoder ( & he has achieved it in just one year & it’s not at all cakewalk).
- In his high school, he developed the Synapse Media Player (a music suggestion software) along with Mark Zuckerberg and others which was later proposed to purchase by Microsoft & other giants, but they declined their offers & made it free for all.
- Fortune magazine included D’Angelo as runner-up in its ‘Smartest people in tech’ article.
- He owns 0.8 % stake at facebook, which is equivalent to $680 million.