Coders and entrepreneurs don’t always have to be the nerdy, quiet types.If you were one of Facebook’s earliest employees, chances are you found yourself at their house playing beer pong or going to one of Zuck’s crazy parties, like those chronicled by David Kirkpatrick in “The Facebook Effect.”
You know — the kind of lifestyle you might find in a fraternity.
And, no surprise, a lot of the top founders and tech leaders these days also found themselves starting in fraternities.
Position: CEO of Chegg
Daniel Rosensweig, a Kappa Sigma alum, was president and CEO of Activision 's Guitar Hero division before he started Chegg.
That was probably one of the best party video games of all time and introduced a way bigger audience to video games -- leaving Guitar Hero (and the competing franchise Rock Band) a staple of parties everywhere.
Here's what Rosensweig had to say about the whole experience:
'Yes, loved it. Taught teamwork, self sufficiency, and VC are wimps compared to the hazing! I Learned to trust myself and my instincts and put trust, even faith, in my brothers, lso realised nobody is bigger than the team and its mission. And those that don't believe have to leave'
He was also chief operating officer of Yahoo for a while. Who says fraternity brothers aren't connected?
Position: Founder of 500Startups
Dave McClure has gone on the record saying he has a 'raging boner' for phone startup Volta -- a company he later went on to incubate at 500Startups.
He's not the type of person to mince words when he doesn't agree or is passionate about something. And he's also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, according to his LinkedIn page.
Position: CEO of Dropbox
Houston joined a fraternity in college -- Phi Delta Theta. He became rush and social chair, 'a crash course in project management and getting people to do stuff for you.'
That's how he learned how to run his company, basically.
Position: CEO of Salesforce.com
Marc Benioff also isn't afraid of shooting off his mouth when it comes to competitors -- he spars most frequently with Oracle, a company he believes doesn't believe in 'the cloud.'
Benioff is actually also a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, and a member of the USC board of trustees.
Position: CEO/Co-founder of Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg's party house in Palo Alto was the stuff of legends.
Crazy parties, gallons of beer and hours upon hours of coding went down in that Palo Alto home -- practically the birthplace of the Web 2.0 brogrammer.
While at Harvard, Zuckerberg was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.
Current position: Chairman of IBM
Sam Palmisano attended John Hopkins University and was a member of Beta Theta Pi.
He was also a pretty promising athlete -- he turned down an opportunity to try out for the Oakland Raiders.
He also once played back up saxophone for The Temptations.
Position: CEO of Path
Dave was a member of Phi Delta Theta over at the University of Colorado at Boulder -- one of the top party schools in the country. He was chapter president at Colorado Alpha. (We are not saying Morin was a party animal, though.)
Now he's the CEO of one of the hottest smartphone apps, Path. Before that, he worked at Facebook -- where he developed the Facebook Platform -- and also worked at Apple.
Position: CEO of Instagram
Kevin Systrom met Mark Zuckerberg once through his connections at Stanford's Sigma Nu. He didn't decide to work with them at the time -- instead he decided to stay in school.
Not too bad of a decision, though -- he decided to start Instagram, which is growing like wildfire today.
Position: CEO of Twitter
Dick Costolo's plan to take over Twitter is basically finished, now that he's CEO.
He joined Twitter as the chief operating officer after selling FeedBurner to Google in 2007. He was also apparently a Phi Gamma Delta, if several sites listing him as an alum are to be believed.
Before he was an entrepreneur, Dick Costolo was part of an improvisational comedy troupe.
Position: Managing director of TechStars NYC
While attending UPenn in the early 2000's, Tisch was a member of ZBT.
He lived in a single there and his room was full of televisions.
Tisch was a member alongside other tech founders. PureWow founder Ryan Harwood was a ZBT and Thrillist's Ben Lerer also attended UPenn during that time.
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