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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Internet

    Joy Covey: Born: 1963 - Died: 09-18-2013
    Joy Covey, 50, was an Internet pioneer and former CFO of Amazon when it was just an online bookseller. She attended both Stanford and Harvard Universities before joining up with Amazon in 1996. She stayed with the company until 2000. Her most recent work was with the National Resources Defense Council where she served as [...]
    Ilya Segalovich: Born: 1964-09-13 - Died: 2013-07-24
    Ilya Segalovich was the co-founder and CTO of Yandex, a popular Russian search engine. He worked at Arkadia Company and then CompTek International before leaving to found Yandex in 2000. (Image courtesy Hubert Burda Media)
    Talia Castellano: Born: 1999-08-18 - Died: 2013-07-16
    Talia Castellano was a cancer patient and internet celebrity. While she suffered from both neuroblastoma and leukemia, she also gained fame for her makeup tutorial videos on YouTube.
    Zach Sobiech: Born: 1995-05-05 - Died: 2013-05-20
    Zach Sobiech achieved fame when his song “Clouds” went viral several years after he was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. Sobiech has been told in June 2012 that he had months to live, and penned the song about the inevitability of death, and released it in December of that year. It went viral, and [...]
    Aaron Swartz: Born: 1986-11-08 - Died: 2013-01-11
    Aaron Swartz founded Infogami, which merged with Reddit in Reddit’s early days. In addition to being a programmer, writer and activist. He also co-authored the RSS 1.0 specification of RSS, and built web.py and the architecture for the Open Library. Swartz was a member of the Harvard University Center for Ethics, founded the online group [...]
    Ilya Zhitomirskiy: Born: 1989-01-01 - Died: 2011-11-12
    Ilya Zhitomirskiy was one of the four co-founders of Diaspora, which is a free personal web server that implements a distributed social networking service.
    Steve Jobs: Born: 1955-02-24 - Died: 2011-10-05
    Jobs was born in San Francisco and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, California, who named him Steven Paul. During his early years Jobs would often attend after-school lectures at Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California and was later hired there. This is where he met Steve Wozniak, they were both [...]
    Paul Baran: Born: 1926-04-26 - Died: 2011-03-26
    Paul Baran is an engineer who can be credited as being one of the pioneers of the internet. Along with his contributions to its creation, he also developed the technology which led to ATMs, the technology which led to DSL modems, and founded the first wireless internet company.
    Robert Novak: Born: 1931-02-26 - Died: 2009-08-18
    Novak was a syndicated columnist, political commentator and journalist for more than 45 years. He was also the author of the longest-running syndicated column in U.S. political history.
    Rajeev Motwani: Born: 1962-03-26 - Died: 2009-06-05
    Motwani, an angel investor and Stanford professor, who served as a mentor to the Google co-founders as they were initially developoing Google. Motwani graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1988 with a Ph.D in Computer Science. At Stanford Motwani served as a professor and director of graduate studies for the database group/infolab, and Foundations Group. Some [...]
    Nahum Sharfman: Born: 0000-00-00 - Died: 2009-04-29
    Sharfman was an entrepreneur who founded Shopping.com and successfully took it public in 2004. Shopping.com was later acquired by eBay for $650 million. Before he founded Shopping.com Sharfman toiled away at National Semiconductor. He held a Ph.D. in High Energy Nuclear Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the [...]
    Ron Silver: Born: 1946-07-02 - Died: 2009-03-15
    Silver was an actor, director, producer and political activist. He made his acting debut in 1976 with the film Tunnel Vision. Silver had a very diverse career, some of his work consisted of Timecop, Mr. Saturday Night, Ali, and the recurring role as political adviser Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing. Though he was a [...]
    Braden Keil: Born: 1956-01-01 - Died: 2009-03-10
    Keil was an infamous “scoop artist” in the real-estate industry for the New York Post. Keil wrote a weekly column entitled Gimme Shelter. He also worked as a gossip reporter for The Washington Times and even ran for congress in the late 80’s. Back in 2007 Keil wrote a column that broke the news about [...]
    Sydney Yallen: Born: 1924-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-17
    Yallen was the founder of Inter/Media Advertising, which later became the Inter/Media Group of Companies, a $450 million media organization. Some of Inter/Media group’s clients included Sanyo, Discover Card, Clorox Brands, Black & Decker, Glad and numerous other companies. Yallen’s company is credited with being at the forefront of the direct-response advertising industry.
    Andrew Bourland: Born: 1955-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-16
    Bourland was the co-founder of ClickZ, an online publication with more than 40 online marketing professionals writing various columns. After ClickZ was acquired by INT Media Group in Septemeber 2000, Bourland launched his own blog, Bourland.com which covered and discussed new business models. During the later stages of his illness his blog became a place [...]
    Michael Homer: Born: 1960-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-01
    Homer was a Silicon Valley executive who aided in the development of the PC (personal computer), the Internet and various “hand-held” items. He also was a key figure at Netscape Communications Corporations in the mid 90’s, which would go on to commercialize the web browser. It’s been stated that Homer had a wide array of [...]
    Roland Piquepaille: Born: 1943-01-01 - Died: 2009-01-06
    Piquepaille was the Emerging Technologies blogger with ZDNet. Below is a quote from Larry Dignan on the Emerging Tech blog… “Roland was one of our most passionate bloggers and his ability to explain complex science well was something to behold. Roland spent most of his career in software, mainly for high performance computing and visualization [...]
    Andrew McKelvey: Born: 1934-??-?? - Died: 2008-11-27
    McKelvey was an American entrepreneur who is best known for founding Monster.com, which is the leading job recruitment site on the Internet. McKelvey had a knack for succeeding in business. His first company called Telephone Marketing Programs became the nation’s largest Yellow Pages advertising agency, handling almost a third of the American Yellow Pages advertising. [...]
    Paula Goodspeed: Born: 1978-??-?? - Died: 2008-11-12
    Goodspeed was a former contest on the hugely popular show American Idol. She auditioned for season five in 2005, and was closely followed by the producers. Even though she had no singing ability, she gained semi-stardom through Youtube. Goodspeed claimed that her audition videos had been seen over a million times. Goodspeed didn’t hide the [...]
    Leroy Sievers: Born: 1955-??-?? - Died: 2008-08-15
    Leroy Sievers was a celebrated journalist who worked for NPR, CBS News, and ABC’s Nightline for which he was a producer. He won 12 Emmy awards as well as two Peabody Awards. In his later years, once he found out that he had cancer, he ran a blog and a podcast on the NPR website [...]
    Dave Freeman: Born: 1961-01-01 - Died: 2008-08-17
    Freeman is best known for co-authoring the book “100 Things to Do Before You Die”. The book had the subtitle “Travel Events You Just Can’t Miss”. He co-wrote the book in 1999 with Neil Teplica. They got the idea for the book from the website whatsgoingon.com, which they ran together from 1996 to 2001.
    Ed Foster: Born: 1949-01-01 - Died: 2008-07-26
    Ed Foster was as a technology columnist for InfoWorld. Foster was probably best known for his blog “The Gripe Line”. Foster contributed a lot to the technology-using community in many ways during his 20-year stint with InfoWorld.
    Edward Davidson: Born: 1973-01-01 - Died: 2008-07-24
    Known as “the Spam King”, Davidson conducted his business with the name “Power Promoters” sending out hundreds of thousands of spam emails between 2002 – 2006. Davidson was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 5, 2007. Almost a year later he would be sentenced to serve 21 months in federal prison, and pay [...]
    Olive Riley: Born: 1899-10-20 - Died: 2008-07-12
    Olive Riley’s claim to fame was her title as the world’s oldest blogger. She made it to 108 years old, and had been blogging since 2006 when her grandson set her up with a blog. She accumulated 1.2 million hits in the time of her blogging. During this time, she managed to earn a nomination [...]