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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

Alumni Start-ups

The impact of Illinois alumni on the startup economy of Silicon Valley has left historic footprints in this ecosystem. Many of the companies founded and led by Illinois alumni have grown to become publically traded or acquired by Fortune 500 companies. The additive value of these companies totals billions of dollars.

The pipeline of startups found by Illinois alumni is always robust. For as long as the University of Illinois continues to graduate a larger number of engineers than Berkeley, Stanford and MIT combined, our alumni will continue to dominate the startup landscape.

The startups listed here are but a small example of innovations that have changed the way people live and do business around the world. Companies like Palantir, Tesla Motors, Slide, and Yelp keep us focused on the horizon where intelligence, innovation, scalability, commercialization, and superior business acumen merge to fuel the next generation of Silicon Valley’s leading companies.

1 Block Off the Grid

About.me

Affinity Labs

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Alliance of CEOs

Android – acquired by Google

Baby Center – acquired by Johnson & Johnson

Better Works

Bit Torrent

Bloom Energy

Boomity

Byte Mobile

Calypto

Cazoodle

Chapter 3

Club Chica Circle

Code Green Networks

Cuil

Dentbrite

Djangy

Dyzyme Tech, Inc

eGroups – acquired by Yahoo!

Eventbrite

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Financial 411

Finisar

FishVille – owned by Zynga

Fwix

Geni

GiveZooks!

Greenlight Planet

Groundwork Opportunities

Halcyon Molecular

Hi5

iAsiaWorks

IP Infusion

IronPort – acquired by Cisco

Kaviza

Korean Tweeters

Kovair

Illimina

Lefro

Mafia Wars – acquired by Zynga

Manymoon – acquired by Salesforce.com

Meetro

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Mirror.me

My Mini Life – acquired by Zynga, platform for FarmVille

Neotonic – acquired by Google

NetIQ

Netscape

Net Spectrum

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One, Inc.

Palatir

ParaTweet

Pattern Insight

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Recurly

RF.com

Salesforce.com

Scalix

Slide – acquired by Google

Snake Classic (2 logos)

Soladigm

Solazayme

Solexa

SolFocus

Syapse

Tiny Prints – acquired by Shutterfly

TogetherVille – acquired by Disney

Tradebeam

UsereXperience

Virtual Chemistry

Vuclip

Ways to Help.org

Wind River – acquired by Intel

Xythos – acquired by Blackboard

Yammer

Yelp

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Zazz

Zivity

 


The above companies were either founded or co-founded by alumni or employ(ed) Illinois alumni from the very beginning days of the company. The companies listed here is not exhaustive, but if you want to add your company to the list, tell us about your start-up.

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