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Top 10 Masters of the Internet

Updated on January 26, 2014

The Current Internet Master Minds

Who runs the internet? And who made in 'impression' in the last 10/20 or 30 years ago. Almost everyone who ever used the Internet, knows the names of Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos. A uber-geek like myself, even remembers the internet pioneers like Vint Cerf and Marc Andreessen.

But the most powerful people on the Internet are often individuals whose names are unknown to the public. Some of them manage essential elements of the infrastructure of the Internet, while others determine which companies obtain financing, which sites show up in the search results, and whether or not sites remain active.

Essental people, that can change things with an switch. Who actually rules the Internet? These 10 people should not antagonize against you ...

Before moving forward... - How far we've come since 1995?

Matt Cutts
Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts

Principal Engineer at Google

As head of Google's Search Quality (anti-spam Web) Cutts team is the one who decides if your website will show up at the bottom of the Google page rankings. Simple as that.

He absolutely dislikes spam pages/websites, and for the past two years, Google has changed its search algorithms repeatedly for content farms, scrapers, pages with too many ads.

Keep him as a friend, otherwise your site will disappear deep into the bottomless pit of the web - all thanks to a subtle change in his algorithms.

Matt Cutts Interview

Matt Cutts Books and Google - 2 Amazing books about Google and Matt Cutts

Lawrence E. Strickling
Lawrence E. Strickling

Lawrence E. Strickling

Assistant Secretary for Commerce Communications and Information

First of all, he is THE administrator of NTIA, that is charged with implementing the $4.7 billion "Broadband Technology Opportunities Program" to expand broadband access and adoption across the United States. He can switch on or off more then 13 DNS Root Servers on the internet.

The true backbone of the Internet is DNS and he can switch countries on or off on the internet. Allthough he's on USA playground at the moment, it looks like they will change this more internationally.

Lawrence E. Strickling Video

Yishan Wong
Yishan Wong

Yishan Wong

CEO Reddit

What is he doing in this list? Well, for a good reason. Wong is a official member of the Silicon Valley PayPal Mafia, CEO of mega-mega website for Geeks - Reddit, former head engineering Facebook, and he is the consigliere at Quora.

Get your website in Reddit, and you will be fine with traffic for the couple of years. (The new Yahoo?)

Rod Beckstrom
Rod Beckstrom

Rod Beckstrom

President / CEO at ICANN

This is the master of ALL DOMAINS we have in the world. Can you believe that? He is the head of "Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers", and his company decided wich top-level domain (like .com, .edu etc..) will be given free.

He is going into retirement in July, and there has not been anyone who will stand in place of im :)

Rod Beckstrom Video 2012

Douglas Cutting
Douglas Cutting

Douglas Cutting

Head Architect Cloudera

This is maybe the biggest open source mastermind on the internet. Creator of Hadoop, software wich geeks are using to make HUGE amount of data that can be manipulated through multiple machines. CEO of the Apache Software Foundation, that oversees the open source serversoftware that 2/3 of the world is using at the moment.

Very unknown, but very important person.

Doug Cutting Video overview

Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

President of Clarium Capital Management

The name of Clarium Capital Management is not very known, but some other things he is very known of.

Former PayPal CEO is now multimillionair when he did sell eBay in 1999 to Paypal. :)

How crazy is that?

Peter Thiel Video

Jim Q. Crowe
Jim Q. Crowe

Jim Q. Crowe

CEO Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications bought last year Global Crossing, and by that move this company is now the mega godzilla of internet backbone providers in the world. Level 3 is providing voice-data connections through big bucks contracts for peering and transit contracts in Europa, US and Latin Amerika.

yuri-milner
yuri-milner

Yuri Milner

Investment Specialist :)

Allright, he has Net Worth $1B in his pocket, so he can buy what he want right? Yuri Milner, the savvy internet investor every tech investor wants to emulate. He comes from Russia, and he got growing values in social media holdings especially Facebook, Zynga and Groupon.

In 2011 he added to the portfolio: his new fund with partner Alisher Usmanov and others, DST Global II, bought stakes in Twitter, Spotify, Airbnb and Chinese online retailers.

Chris Soghoian
Chris Soghoian

Chris Soghoian

Graduate Fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research

This is your privacy fighter knight on the internet. Privacy geek Soghoian is pointing his fingers to BIG company's about their privacy issues, and brings that into great detail into the press.

He fights for us, and in the US he is a cool person to interview

Chris Soghoian - About security

Black Hat Hackers
Black Hat Hackers

Black Hat Hackers

No Anonymous hackers here, they are the 'kiddies' around on the internet. But the real black hat hackers are the ones we do not see or hear, but do a lot of damage for good will (or wrong?)

They use old systems on the internet, and using that for bad things most of the time.

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