- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the owner of an adorable fluffy dog named Beast, but he isn’t the only tech executive with a furry friend.
- Studies show that dogs can help reduce stress levels and boost productivity, so they make ideal companions for tech moguls running billion dollar companies.
- These are some of the most powerful dogs in Silicon Valley.
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With company cultures that celebrate—and even encourage —employees bringing their dogs to work, it’s no wonder that many of tech’s biggest players are also parents to the cutest creatures known to man.
From Google to Facebook, dogs have taken over the hearts and Instagrams of the industry’s most powerful leaders. Sure these people are setting the agenda for global business and politics, but even billionaires need a little TLC (tender loving cuddles).
And did we mention these dogs are darn cute?
Here’s a round up of some of the tech industry’s most powerful dogs:
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The original Instagram pups are none other than the dogs of the platform’s cofounders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.
Systrom has a golden retriever named, Dolores but she goes by “Dolly.” Her Instagram page has more than 20,000 followers.
Meanwhile, Krieger and his wife are parents to a big Bernese Mountain dog named Juno, who has a modest Instagram following of his own.
The couple got Juno at March 2014 when he was an eight-week-old pup. As evident on Instagram, Juno is a big fan of celebrating #TongueOutTuesday.
This is Beast, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s excessively woolly Puli. Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan adopted Beast in 2010.
Their daughter Max, who was born in 2015, has grown quite attached to the pup — her first word was “dog.”
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel became a pup stepdad when he married model Miranda Kerr in 2017.
Kerr and her dog, named Teddy, graced the November 2017 cover of Harper’s Bazaar Australia.
For years, Salesforce’s executive board included a four-legged friend: Koa, CEO Marc Benioff’s dog who served as “chief love officer.” Salesforce launched in 1999, just one year before Koa was born.
Happy 17th Birthday Koa, @salesforce chief love officer! Long may you run. pic.twitter.com/x8mEgehgf9
Benioff’s beloved golden retriever passed away in 2017 at the age of 17. The Salesforce CEO posted a sweet tribute on Twitter in honor of Koa.
Koa. Salesforce Chief Love Officer. March 23, 2000 to Sept 1, 2017. May his memory be a blessing. Photo at Salesforce HQ in 2001. pic.twitter.com/uK1ICEbkDe
The award for best dog name goes to 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki, for her labradoodle named Fluffy Bunny. She also owns a labradoodle named Luna.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Meanwhile, her sister, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, has a dog of her own.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his family have a fluffy two-year-old dog named Jeffree.
Jeffree was given a customary Noogler hat, given to new Googlers, when Pichai first got the pup in 2017. “Will get him started on coding once we get through potty training,” Pichai wrote on Twitter.
Jeffree’s first day as a #noogler #doogler. Will get him started on coding once we get through potty training 🙂 #NationalPuppyDay pic.twitter.com/ltVC8Us2lD
The labradoodle dog belonging to venture capitalist Kevin Rose is somewhat of a celebrity. The dog, named Toaster, was voted San Francisco’s cutest dog in 2011 in a reader poll conducted by Bay Area lifestyle website 7×7.
But Toaster’s claim to fame comes from a 2013 incident when he was attacked by a raccoon. The footage of Rose coming to the dog’s rescue, and throwing the raccoon down a stairwell, went viral.
Tumblr founder David Karp has re-blogged numerous photos of his dog on his personal page on the blogging website. He owns a photogenic French bulldog named Clark.
Source: David’s Log
Until 2015, Yelp’s unofficial mascot was Darwin, the dog of cofounder and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. He was featured prominently on Yelp’s website — for a while, this picture of Darwin would pop up on the 404 page when a user clicked on a broken link.
Source: Fast Company
Sadly, Darwin passed away in 2015 at the age of 10. “He kept me sane and everyone
@yelp smiling for over 10 amazing years,” Stoppelman wrote in a Twitter tribute.
Tech power couple Brit and David Morin are parents to a miniature Bernese Mountain dog named Pixel, an apt name for a Silicon Valley dog.
Source: Pixel Morin on Facebook
According to Pixel’s Facebook page, he was born outside of Toronto. Pixel also loves design, snow, mountains, and “eating fine cheese.”
Source: Pixel Morin on Facebook
Game developer Zynga gets its name from the beloved dog belonging to the company’s founder, Mark Pincus. The American bulldog was named Zinga, and she was known for her “human-like qualities,” such as sitting on chairs and barstools, and eating dinner at the table.
Zinga died in 2008, a year after Zynga’s founding, but she lives on as the company’s namesake. Zinga was named after an African warrior princess.
Zinga found her final resting spot. #zynga #loveofmylife pic.twitter.com/xkZUcBLuLi
Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick is father to a small puppy named Yobu. In a 2016 Facebook post, Kalanick campaigned for Yobu to be named the president of Wag, an on-demand dog-walking app that’s now worth more than $600 million.
One of the most formal names for a dog belongs to Sir Richard Parker, a golden retriever belonging to Airbnb cofounder and CEO Brian Chesky.
Sir Richard Parker seems to be an avid fan of good tunes and road trips. Chesky has shared a video of the fluffy Golden jamming in the car with him and his girlfriend, Elissa Waverly.
Billionaire philanthropist Bill and Melina Gates have two dogs — Oreo and Nilla. He said in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit in 2015 that he’s had to resist to urge to get a third dog.
Gates said in the Reddit AMA that he really loves his dogs — when they’re not barking late at night, eating things they’re not supposed to, and aren’t going to the bathroom inside the house.
On top of three kids, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his wife, Anu, have a two-year-old dog named Winston. “We both think children should have dogs,” Anu Nadella said in a 2017 interview. “There is a different sense of companionship and responsibility that comes with it — that emotional sense that there is a being waiting for you to come back.”
Source: Good Housekeeping
But Nadella has said that Winston is “more than a family pet.” The pup provides emotion support to Zain, Nadella’s son who is confined to a wheelchair. “It’s been such a joy,” the Microsoft CEO said of having a dog in the house.
Get a glimpse into the family life of @satyanadella and his wife Anu in this rare interview with @goodhousemag: https://t.co/1iP71TRWgH. pic.twitter.com/3NOCLtzVPK
Source: Good Housekeeping
For many dog owners, taking care of your four-legged friend becomes a crucial part of your daily routine. That rings true for Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd. She told the New York Times she plays with her dog, Jett, right before bedtime, so he calms down and goes to sleep.
Source: New York Times
It’s no surprise that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is the owner of two dogs with unusual (but adorable) names: Gatsby and Marvin the Martian.
Source: Elon Musk on Twitter
The two dogs were even visited last year by the “Dog Whisperer” himself, Cesar Millan. In an Instagram post, Millan said both Gatsby (the big dog) and Marvin the Martian (the little dog) have “a great demeanor.”
Who can forget about Balto, the Siberian husky that Elizabeth Holmes bought in the dying days of her blood-testing startup Theranos. She flew cross-country in September 2017 to pick up the nine-week-old puppy, and named him after a famous sled dog in Alaska.
Source: Vanity Fair
Holmes brought Balto to the Theranos headquarters and dubbed him the company’s mascot. However, Balto wasn’t potty-trained, and Holmes reportedly let him relieve himself wherever he wanted in the office.
Source: Vanity Fair