Tuesday, June 26, 2007

5 Great Disruptors - June 25, 2007

1. Charles Babbage (1791-1871)

The inventor of the programmable computer “difference engine”, creator of the “pilot”, the metal thingy that pushes cows out of the way on a train, and architect of the heliograph.

This guy is the man. He figured out how to build a computer using steam power. STEAM POWER!!!!!! Seriously, who does that? Babbage paved the way for how we live today.
2. William Levitt (1907-1994)

Ever wonder why most of America doesn’t live in cities anymore? Thank Mr. Levitt, inventor of the first planned neighborhood, otherwise known as a suburb. In the 1950s in upstate New York Levittown was born, America’s first prototype for today’s modern suburb. We haven’t been the same since.

3. Nikola Tesla (1856 -1943)

You like electricity? This guy learned how to lasso it using alternating current (AC), and make it safe enough for everyone to have an outlet in their house without risking shock, fire, or rigor mortis.
4. Craig Newmark (1952 - )

Single handedly rocking the newspaper classifieds market, Newmark, created an online classified community that united millions of individuals with things the really really need like cars, roommates, jobs, late night hook-ups, etc….did I mention it’s free!!! The man could make millions off advertising each year, but refuses, as it intrudes on the space! All hail Newmark.
5. Si Ling-Chi (2640 B.C.)

She invented the process to make silk from silk worms. Without her we wouldn’t have all sorts of great materials, including stuff like Kevlar. Oh yeah, she was also the first legendary Empress of China.

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