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Andy Jassy’s Outsized Impact at Amazon

Few people have had a bigger impact in the world of modern computing than Andy Jassy, the CEO and President of Amazon since July 2021. Jassy’s ascension to the top of Amazon was 24 years in the making. He began his career at the company in 1997 — just before the dot-com boom — helping what was then a small online bookseller to expand its catalogue to CDs…

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Credit Karma’s Ryan Graciano Makes Fintech History

If you’re one of the 100+ million people who currently use Credit Karma’s consumer finance services, then you can thank Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer Ryan Graciano. Graciano’s fingerprints are all over the multi-billion dollar company, which is best known for its pioneering free credit scores. Along with Ken Lin and Nichole Mustard, in 2007 Graciano launched Credit Karma with less than $1 million in funding…

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CEO Andrew Anagnost Overcomes Early Adversity to Lead Autodesk

For Andrew Anagnost, CEO of ubiquitous design and engineering software company Autodesk, it’s been a long journey with an unlikely beginning. Anagnost grew up in Van Nuys, California, and initially dropped out of high school. But with the help of his family, he ended up reenrolling, graduating, and studying mechanical engineering at California State University, Northridge…

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Roberto Azevêdo Jumps WTO Ship for Sweeter Job

Roberto Azevêdo had a big year in 2020. First, the career diplomat surprised many when he announced his intentions to step down as the World Trade Organization’s sixth Director-General, a year ahead of schedule. A few months later, any confusion regarding this bold move was soon replaced with collective comprehension…

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