Evan Williams of Twitter


It may be tough to believe that Evan Williams, the founder of social media powerhouse Twitter, grew up on a farm in Nebraska, but that’s exactly where he grew his roots. He cut short his education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in order to pursue his career.

Prior to Twitter, Williams was involved in the development of Blogger, one of the first weblog software packages, and the video management service Odeo. Twitter began as an internal project at Odeo, but it was soon spun off and rapidly gained popularity with users. There are now more than 300 million active users, who post “tweets” of 140 characters or less to let their followers know what they’re doing or thinking. Twitter is worth more than $10 billion according to stock market valuations.