Symbolic Systems is one of the most popular majors at Stanford.
It’s also one of the toughest programs to get through as it combines courses in psychology, computer science, and linguistics.
Not surprisingly, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once said Symbolic Systems majors were “among the most talented people in the world.”
That elite group includes these 13 Silicon Valley power players:
Reid Hoffman is the cofounder and chairman of LinkedIn. He graduated in 1989 with a degree in symbolic systems and cognitive science.
Marissa Mayer is Yahoo’s CEO. She used to lead Google’s search and map products after graduating from the symbolic systems program in 1997.
Mike Krieger is the cofounder of Instagram, the photo sharing site acquired by Facebook for $1 billion. He got both of his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in symbolic systems.
Scott Forstall is a former Apple executive best known for his work creating the iOS software. In 2013, he left Apple and is now reported to be an advisor for Snapchat.
Chris Cox is Facebooks’ chief product officer and chief of staff to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He oversees the company’s product and marketing efforts. He graduated in 2004.
Yul Kwon is Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer. He’s also worked at McKinsey and Google, but most people know him as the winner of CBS “Survivor” in 2006.
Srinija Srinivasan was Yahoo’s fifth employee and helped grow the company’s search capabilities. She was once called the “most powerful person in search.” She left Yahoo in 2010.
Gentry Underwood is the cofounder of Mailbox, the email app Dropbox bought for $100 million. He graduated in 1999 with a concentration in human computer interaction.
Josh Elman is an investor at Greylock Partners. Before joining the firm in 2011, he spent 15 years in product and engineering at Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Brian Rakowski is Google’s VP of product management for Android. He was also involved with the launch of Chrome. He finished the symbolic systems program in 2002, but went on to get a master’s in psychology too.
Elaine Wherry cofounded Meebo, the social media platform Google bought for roughly $100 million.
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