ZOMG!! Y1d5 Ru|3!!!!
Published on July 29, 2007 By Larry Kuperman In Internet
The question of how many Jews there are begs the definition of "What is a Jew?" and also "Who is a Jew?" Questions that have been asked many a time.....mostly by other Jews. Being a Secular Jew myself, I like the most liberal, inclusive definition that includes....well ME. The biggest number that you will see is about 18 million Jews. This works out to something like 1/4 of one per cent of the world's population. So you would expect that our impact on the Internet would be proportional to our numbers.

Not so, bubbala. (A term of endearment, darling. Can you feel me virtually pinching your cheek? In a nice way.) The impact of Jews far outweighs their numbers. Lets look at "Who's A Yid?"

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google. Larry Page's mom, Gloria Page, is Jewish. Sergey Brin was born in Moscow, Russia, to Jewish parents, Michael and Eugenia, who fled to America for religious freedom.

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, while he was a student at Harvard University. It was originally going to be limited to Harvard students, but expanded quickly. Zuckerberg saw the potential in the site and sought capital. He turned to Peter Thiel, a co-founder of Paypal and, not-so-coincidentally, also Jewish. Facebook is often rumored to be up for sale. How much is Facebook worth? Let me refer that to Mr. Thiel: "Facebook's internal valuation is around $8 billion based on their projected revenues of $1 billion by 2015." Founder Mark Zuckerberg is 23, or as we like to say, 10 years past his Bar Mitzvah.

Robert Kevin Rose is, comparatively, an old man at age 30. He is best known for founding Digg.com. Robert lost his job during the burst of the Dot Com bubble, ended up working as a production assistant on the show The Screen Savers He began appearing on air and stepped in as host after Leo Laporte left TechTV. On November 1, 2004, he started a site that combined social bookmarking, blogging, RSS into arguably the premier tech news site. Today Digg is rated among the 100 most popular sites on the web.

Scott Blum has been referred to as the "Sam Walton of e-commerce." Leaving a successful career as a shoe salesman as a youth, he founded Microbanks, a company that sold add-on memory modules for Macintosh computers. Before his 21st birthday, he sold Microbanks to Sentron Technology in San Diego for $2.5 million in cash. He would then co-found Pinnacle Micro with his father. Leaving there under a cloud of dubious accounting practices (he paid no penalty and admitted no guilt) he would go on to found Buy.com. He left before went public, returned to take it back private and it is now his baby.

RealNetworks is not the most beloved company in the world, nor is Real Player a favorite product. But there is no question that CEO and Founder Rob Glaser has been influential. When he founded Real Networks in 1994, at age 31, he was already a millionaire from his days at Microsoft. He has had a major impact on the Internet.

Certainly also worth mentioning are Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, whose mother is Jewish; Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, who was born on the Lower East Side of New York to a Jewish mother and raised by his great-aunt and great-uncle in Chicago; and Phillipe Kahn, founder of Borland.

What would the Internet be like with Google, PayPal, Facebook, Digg.com, Buy.com? It would be very, very different.

Comments (Page 1)
on Jul 29, 2007
O.J. Simpson...not a jew.   
on Jul 29, 2007
Oy gevalt, I left off Michael Dell!
on Jul 29, 2007
Good for them..  I couldnt live without Google and Paypal.. 

..now where are all the internet savvy and wealthy Brits?   
on Jul 29, 2007
Simple Question, Are they American born or not?
on Jul 29, 2007
They are all American Jews, except for except for Phillipe Kahn, who was born in France.

A while ago, I posted a blog on the American immigrant experience for religious Jews and Mennonites. You might want to check it out at Link

on Jul 29, 2007

ZOMG!! Y1d5 Ru|3!!!!

Yay...Larry's a 1337 geek....

on Jul 29, 2007
I prefer the term "Y1ddis4 h@x0r" actually....

Wealth is an interesting metric. According to the Forbes list for 2007, there is not one Jew in the top 10. However, we begin with Mr. Ellison after that:

Larry Ellison, number 11, $21.5 billion.
Sergey and Larry share the honors at number 26 with $16.6 billion.
Michael Dell at number 30 with $15.8 billion.
Steve Ballmer at 31 with $15.0 billion.

Rose and Zuckerberg may have more potential wealth than realized at this time.

The point being that we have been good for technology and technology has, in return, been very, very good to us.

on Jul 29, 2007
Simple Question, Are they American born or

I know the saying is there is no such thing as a stupid question...but why?
on Jul 29, 2007

I guess my reaction to this is "so what"?

Are you suggesting that Jewish people are inherently superior in some way?  Perhaps that Judaism, as a religion creates a culture that is predisposed to being entrepreneurial? Or what?


on Jul 29, 2007
and then there is you, me, adventuredude, andrew, and a few others, maybe wwe should have a Jewish blog roll count one day and see how many joe users are Jewish just for the hell of it.
on Jul 30, 2007
Frogboy, this disproportionate degree of success should be interesting in its own right.

I don't believe in "inherent" superiority. Ability may be inherent, but the willingness to use it is a matter of individual choice. Success is based on both ability and drive. To your second point, yes, I suggest that the values of Judaic culture, as opposed to the religion itself, increase the odds of entrepreneurial success. Concrete examples:

1- Jews have always valued learning and literacy. It is part of the culture. Jews were required to read and often to be multi-lingual. That was a key factor in ancient days.

2- Jews have always had a sensible attitude towards money and venture capitalism. Look at the Jews of the Middle Ages.

3- The Diaspora created a very diverse gene pool with people identifying themselves as Jews living in places as diverse as Ethiopia to Russia. I doubt that an Ethiopian Jew has the same genetic mix as an Ashkenazim from Minsk, but they both share the common experience of someone coming along every couple of generations and killing half the Jewish population. That tends to weed out the slow runners. While everyone alive today is descended from the "winners" it is more true for some than others.

A supporting article can be found at: Link

A new national study shows that religious affiliation plays a powerful role in how much wealth Americans accumulate, with Jews amassing the most wealth and conservative Protestants the least.

Quoting Lisa Keister, Associate Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University, “The results suggest people draw on the tools they learn from religion to develop strategies for saving, investing and spending, and those tools may be different in various faiths.”
on Jul 30, 2007

That tends to weed out the slow runners.

Larry...that reminds me of the PC Game advert that said "You can run, but you'll only die tired"...

on Jul 30, 2007

Who cares?

Regardless of whether this kind of ignorant self-serving rhetoric belongs posted in the "Internet" forum(rather than say a religious forum), you are wrong.

There is no "disproportionate degree". You named a handful of successful entrepreneurs out of literally thousands of billionaires. For every example you present, there are tens if not hundreds of contrary examples.

And to either position, I exclaim "So what?!"

I suggest that you would do better to judge men (and women) on their talents and achievements rather than where they happened to have been born in the world (the overwhelmingly deterministic factor in anyone's religion).

You might also take note that PRIDE is a major sin in EVERY religion.

on Jul 30, 2007


Who cares?

Regardless of whether this kind of ignorant self-serving rhetoric belongs posted in the "Internet" forum(rather than say a religious forum), you are wrong.

Er...clearly you do, hence your own colourful choice of rhetoric 'ignorant self-serving'.

It looked to me more as a curious observation, perhaps with a modicum of causuality, but hardly 'sinful pride'....

on Jul 30, 2007
And the division of people into class and categories and religions continues ... and continues....
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