The world as we know it thrives from technology, this dependence on technology is what has allowed startups and entrepreneurs such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to grow to become some of the current forerunners of modern technology. Both Bezos and Musk now own two of the largest tech companies in the world. Modern day tech giant Jeff Bezos, started out from humble beginnings, born Jeffery Preston Jorgensen in Albuquerque, New Mexico to mother Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen and father Ted Jorgensen on January 12, 1964. Ted and Jacklyn were not married long though shortly after a year into the marriage Jacklyn divorced Ted, this divorce caused Jacklyn and Jeff to move to Texas where Jacklyn’s family could step in and help for a period of time, shortly before moving to Texas Jacklyn met and married Cuban immigrant Mike Bezos. While growing up Jeff attended elementary school in Houston while helping his grandfather on the family ranch during the summer. Jeff seemed to find his spark to create also while he was young, he would tinker and build various things such as an infinity cube and even an alarm for his bedroom door to keep his younger siblings away. Bezos attended high school in Miami, Florida where he excelled and was invited to a science training program at the university of Florida, at which he won a Silver Knight Award in 1982. Jeff later graduated as the valedictorian and also achieved a National Merit Scholarship. He later went on to study physics at Princeton University, though he quickly gave up stating “Mediocre theoretical physicists make no progress. They spend all their time understanding other people’s progress.” From this Jeff decided to turn to his love of computers and followed this to graduate summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science. Moving forward, shortly after graduation collage Bezos found himself working at Banker’s Trust where he created system to manage investment funds. Two years after Bezos changed careers once again and began work at D.E. Shaw & Company as a computer specialist, Bezos distinguished himself here in 1992 becoming the company’s youngest vice president, and shortly after becoming the senior vice president. Although he was set for success a D.E. Shaw Bezos had his mindset elsewhere, focused on the recent infancy of the internet, he decided to leave D.E. Shaw and pursue what he saw as a growing business opportunity in the internet and decided to start up Amazon.com. What is now the largest online shopping website to date, started out of the garage of Bezos’s Seattle home, Amazon was almost named Cadabra.com based off of the magician’s phrase “abra-cadabra,” this idea was shortly scrapped after deciding that it could be easily mistaken as cadaver. Once the name was decided on Bezos decided to start selling books from this site because of the availability to the millions of copies of books in print. During the first months Amazon’s books were being bought in 45 countries as well as all 50 states. With Amazon skyrocketing Bezos decided to look into further investment opportunities, with this set of mind Bezos purchased the Washington Post from Donald E. Graham for $250 million, on August 5, 2013, thereafter ending the four-year reign in which, the Graham family ran the company. Soon after purchasing the Washington Post, Bezos launched Amazon Prime in December of the same year. Proclaiming that “Amazon Prime Air” would be able to deliver lightweight packages up to a distance of 10 miles from where they were deployed, this Bezos says is projected to be feasible in approximately four to five years. Stepping away from Amazon, Bezos also runs a lesser known company devoted strictly to making space travel and exploration cheaper and more affordable by producing cheaper spacecrafts and reusing old ones. Blue Origin has recently made history with its New Shepard rocket marking it as the first reusable rocket to vertically land from space. With the success of New Shepard, Bezos and Blue Origin have begun to carve a path towards a new era of affordable and reliable space travel and exploration. Born in South Africa, no one would have ever thought that Elon Musk would become the influence on the technology world that he is today. Starting from next to nothing in Pretoria, South Africa, born from parents Maye and Errol Musk, Elon was very introverted when he was younger, this quietness led to his mother believing that he may have been deaf. This introversion continued throughout Musk’s early school years, which lead to him being attacked by his peers, as Musk put it. “They got my best friend to lure me out of hiding so they could beat me up. And that hurt. For some reason they decided that I was it, and they were going to go after me nonstop. That’s what made growing up difficult. For a number of years there was no respite. You get chased around by gangs at school who tried to beat the (expletive) out of me, and then I’d come home, and it would just be awful there as well.” There was a point of escape for Musk though when he discovered his interest in technology, when he was 10 Musk started programming with the Commodore VIC-20, with in time he became compitent and created a small came which he titled Blastar, he later sold the BASIC code for the game to PC and Office Technology for $500. As time went on Musk left South African and moved to Canada at 17, in order to avoid mandatory service in the South African military, stating. “I don’t have an issue with serving in the military per se, but serving in the South African army suppressing black people just didn’t seem like a really good way to spend time.” While in Canada Musk enrolled in Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he spent two years but later transferred to the University of Pennsylvania from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. These two majors helped Musk point himself in the direction he needed for his later career, with physics making the biggest impact on Musk stating. “Physics is a good framework for thinking.” “Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there.” Around the time Musk was 24 he moved to California to attend Stanford University in pursuit of a PhD in applied physics.