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Jon S. von Tetzchner, Co-Founder and CEO, Opera Software
Influence: Though the web browser game was long dominated by Microsoft with Internet Explorer, a handful of smaller companies were determined to gain acceptance for competitive browsers. Opera, a small Norwegian company, has not only persevered but dominated the mobile browser world with its Opera Mini and Opera Mobile. As co-founder and CEO, Jon S. Von Tetzchner recognized that mobile browsers lacked in key areas such as speed and web page rendering, and led the effort to cement the Opera mobile browsers as major players in the space. This push into the mobile phone segment was so successful that Opera is now included on a significant number of smartphones shipped worldwide.