Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Away’s Jen Rubio just had their first child together. Here are 13 other power couples who rule the tech world.

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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and wife Miranda Kerr.

  • Slack’s Stewart Butterfield and Away’s Jen Rubio just had their first child together.
  • They’re among over a dozen other leaders in the tech industry in relationships with powerful people.
  • Some, like Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott, and Bill and Melinda Gates, have recently split up.
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As the singer Grimes, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s girlfriend, might say, we appreciate power.

While some tech leaders, like Mark Zuckerberg, have been with their partners since college, notable figures in the tech sector have gravitated toward partners with just as much – or more! – power and pull in their industries.

Some are becoming new parents: This month, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Jen Rubio, the CEO of luggage startup Away, announced the birth of their first child together. The couple got engaged in May 2019, but postponed a planned wedding in Peru after the pandemic hit.

Others, sadly, have broken up: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, now MacKenzie Scott, announced in early 2019 that they were getting a divorce. And one of the most famous power couples in the world, Bill and Melinda Gates, are now headed for divorce as well.

Still, there are 14 other notable couples that hail from Silicon Valley who are still going strong.

Jen Rubio and Stewart Butterfield

Who they are: Rubio is the CEO of luggage startup Away, and Butterfield in the cofounder and CEO of work messaging platform Slack.

Their backstory: The relationship between Rubio and Butterfield initially flew under the radar, but it came under the spotlight in May 2019 when Butterfield jokingly proposed to Rubio on Twitter. Butterfield’s Twitter proposal followed news that Away had landed a $1.4 billion valuation, and the Slack CEO joked he wasn’t “just a goldigger.”

Butterfield and Rubio both acknowledged the proposal was a joke after a few hours. They got engaged for real that Memorial Day and announced the birth of their first child together, Oliver, in May 2021.

Emily Weiss and Will Gaybrick

So, a week ago, we got engaged. (!) Even during the wildest most uncertain times, there are silver linings. ❤️

A post shared by Emily Weiss (@emilyweiss) on Mar 18, 2020 at 10:25pm PDT

Who they are: Weiss is the cofounder and CEO of online makeup company Glossier. Gaybrick is the chief product officer at payments platform Stripe. Glossier is valued at more than $1 billion, while Stripe is the most valuable US startup with a valuation of $95 billion

Their backstory: Not a whole lot about their relationship has been shared publicly. The couple made their relationship public in an Instagram post from New Years Day of 2019, then announced their engagement in a post in March 2020

“Even during the wildest most uncertain times, there are silver linings,” Weiss wrote in the caption for the Instagram photo. Their engagement came just as the World Health Organization classified the coronavirus as a “pandemic.”

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr

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Who they are: Spiegel is the cofounder and CEO of Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company. Kerr was, at one time, one of the highest-earning models in the world, and is currently the founder of wellness company KORA Organics.

Their backstory: The couple started dating in 2015, and got married in May 2017. They have one son, Hart, who was born in May 2018, and another son, Myles, who was born in October 2019. Kerr also has a son, Flynn, from her previous relationship with actor Orlando Bloom.

Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan

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Who they are: Brin is the cofounder of Google. Shanahan is the founder of law-tech company ClearAccessIP and the Bia-Echo Foundation.

Their backstory: The couple has been linked since 2015, when they were seen together at the star-studded wedding for a dating app CEO in Jamaica. The couple reportedly have a baby girl together who was born in late 2018, although they’ve kept information about their child under wraps. Brin has two other children from his previous marriage to 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki.

It was revealed in October 2019 that Brin and Shanahan have been married since 2018, but there were no other details made public about the wedding.

Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner

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Who they are: Kushner is the founder of venture capital firm Thrive Capital and is the cofounder of health insurance startup Oscar Health. Kloss is a prominent model who runs coding camps for young girls called Kode with Klossy.

Their backstory: Kloss and Kushner reportedly started dating in 2012. The couple got married in October 2018 in a small ceremony, then got married again in June 2019 on a ranch in Wyoming. In March, the couple announced the birth of their first child, Levi. 

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Who they are: Zuckerberg is the CEO and cofounder of Facebook. Chan is a former pediatrician. Together, the couple launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropy focused on science and education.

Their backstory: Zuckerberg and Chan are college sweethearts — they met in 2003 while they were students at Harvard University. In May 2012, the day after Facebook went public, they got married in a surprise ceremony. The couple has two daughters together, Max and August, who were born in 2015 and 2017.

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams. right, and husband Alexis Ohanian

Who they are: Ohanian is the cofounder of Reddit, and later cofounded the VC firm Initialized Capital. Williams is one of the best tennis players in the world, and ranks third on the all-time list of most winning players with 39 major tournament titles. In 2014, Williams launched her own investment firm, Serena Ventures, to invest in companies like Billie, Tonal, and Daily Harvest.

Their backstory: The couple met in May 2015 in Rome, and started dating that same year. They got engaged at the end of 2016 at the same place in Rome where they had first met. Williams gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, in 2017, and they got married later that year.

Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue

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Who they are: Mayer is the former CEO of Yahoo, and the cofounder of software company Sunshine. Prior to Yahoo, she was Google’s 20th employee. Bogue is a cofounder and managing partner at the investment firm DCVC.

Their backstory: The couple met through a mutual friend in 2007, and got married two years later. Mayer announced her first pregnancy in 2012 on the same day she was publicly named Yahoo’s CEO. She gave birth to identical twin girls in 2015.

Marc Benioff and Lynne Benioff

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Who they are: Marc Benioff is the founder and CEO of enterprise cloud company Salesforce. Lynne Benioff is a notable philanthropist who serves on the board of the nonprofit ONE, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, the Benioff Ocean Initiative, and others.

Their backstory: The Benioffs were married in 2006, although details of their Hawaiian wedding were kept under wraps. In 2018, the couple bought Time Magazine together for $190 million.

Dave Morin and Brit Morin

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Who they are: David Morin helped to create Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect, and cofounded Path, a now-defunct photo-based platform. He’s currently an investor with VC firm Offline Ventures. Brit Morin is the founder of Brit + Co., a popular lifestyle media company for millennial women.

Their backstory: The pair first met when they both were working at Apple years ago. They got engaged in 2011 after an elaborate proposal set in the Maldives, and got married the following year.

Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz

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Who they are: Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz cofounded the ticketing company Eventbrite in 2006. He is currently a chairman at the company, while she serves as CEO.

Their backstory: The couple met back in 2003 at a mutual friend’s wedding. In a 2012 interview with Business Insider, Julia Hartz said that “we knew we wanted to start a company together before we lived together.” The pair got married in 2006, and now have two children.

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg

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Who they are: Diller founded the Internet company IAC in 1995, and now serves as a chairman for that company and for Expedia. Furstenberg is a lauded fashion designer who first rose to fame after marrying into a royal German family.

Their backstory: The couple got married in 2001, but have had an on-and-off relationship and friendship that’s spanned more than 40 years. They first met in the 1970s at a party Diller was hosting.

Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston

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Who they are: Graham and Livingston helped found Y Combinator, a wildly successful startup accelerator program that’s produced companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe.

Their backstory: The pair started Y Combinator in 2005 while they were already dating. They got married in 2008, and now have two sons.

Diane Greene and Mendel Rosenblum

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Diane Greene, CEO of the Google Cloud Platform.

Who they are: Greene and Rosenblum both helped found the cloud computing software company VMware in 1998. They also cofounded the cloud startup Bebop, which Google acquired in 2015. Greene was put in charge of Google’s cloud computing unit, and later sat on Alphabet’s board of directors. Greene is now chairman of the MIT Corporation, which is Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s board of trustees.

Their backstory: The couple met while attending the University of California, Berkeley, when Rosenblum gave Greene a ride on his motorcycle. They have two children together.

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Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Youtube creators Cody Ko and Casey Neistat took part in a $5 million funding round for an app that rewards online shoppers with bitcoin

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A star-studded roster of investors took part in a $5 million funding round for Lolli, a company that rewards online shoppers with a small amount of bitcoin when they make a purchase.

On Wednesday, Lolli announced it completed its Pre-Series A funding. Alexis Ohanian’s venture capital fund-Seven Seven Six led the round. Youtube creators Cody Ko and Casey Neistat also participated in the round, and so did Night Media, the management company that represents MrBeast, plus additional investors.

Lolli is a browser extension and mobile app that allows people to earn bitcoin when they shop online. The company partners with over 1,000 brands including Kroger, Sephora, Macy’s, Nike, and Postmates. When users shop these brands through the Lolli extension, the company rewards the user with a small amount of bitcoin. The company sees this as a way to bring more investors into the crypto space by allowing them to slowly build their bitcoin holdings.

The funding will contribute to the mobile app development and international expansion of Lolli, according to a press release. At the moment, only residents of the United States can become Lolli members.

The bitcoin rewards company also raised $3 million in a Seed Round in May 2020.

“The retail industry is facing an inflection point and the future lies with providing easily accessible crypto options,” said Ohanian, who is the co-founder of Reddit and founder of Seven Seven Six. “I am excited to see how Lolli’s mobile app development and international expansion will unlock new opportunities for both consumers and retailers alike. As an early investor in Coinbase, I believe Lolli has the potential to not only accelerate the future of bitcoin adoption, but also to fundamentally change the landscape for future generations.”

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Alexis Ohanian’s new Seven Seven Six fund just picked the first 3 members of its program to train new VC investors

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Alexis Ohanian.

  • Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six fund announced three new operators in residence.
  • The fund received over 1,100 applications in a week and only accepted three operators.
  • Back in September, Seven Seven Six targeted a $150 million fundraising.
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After three months and 1,100 applications, venture fund Seven Seven Six has named the first three participants in its “operators in residence” program, the fund’s bid to help tech professionals from a variety of backgrounds make the move into a career in venture capital investing.

Last Friday, the fund announced the three chosen “operating partners,” and reiterated the program’s mission: “If we can attract and train talented operators from a wide variety of backgrounds for an annual evergreen program, we can then provide unparalleled support to our portfolio companies year over year AND bring much needed access and opportunity for all to venture capital.”

The three operators joining the inaugural class are Hiram Vazquez, Travis Mason, and Cristina Georgoulakis, who will spend the next year earning $140,000 a year to build their respective investor skills and strategies while offering their operational experience to Seven Seven Six’s portfolio companies.

Vazquez is joining Seven Seven Six after stints as an entrepreneur and product manager in growth-stage startups such as Uber. Vazquez’s inspiration comes from the tech industry using their platform to give back outside of the industry.

Mason comes from working at companies such as Google and Airbus and is interested in emerging technologies worldwide. “Not every startup has to weigh the challenges of policy and regulation on day one,” Mason said in the announcement. “But in a world where governments are increasingly regulating innovation, large and small, a mastery of rule making can be a startups (and investors) secret weapon.”

Georgoulakis, a “dot-connector & systems-thinking leader,” joins Seven Seven Six with a CX and design background while also holding leadership roles in hyper-growth startups. “I am a Customer Experience leader who values driving growth in people and organizations,” Georgoulakis said in the announcement. “I’m interested in joining a for-profit mission-driven company where I can drive growth in people and organizations.”

The three operators started at the fund in late January and have already been working with the fund’s portfolio companies.

Alexis Ohanian, former cofounder of Reddit and venture firm Initialized Capital, announced plans last September to raise the Seven Seven Six fund, with a target of raising $150 million.

 

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Meet the millennial CEO who wants to redefine the ownership of men’s clothing, and convinced Alexis Ohanian and Nas to invest

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Regy Perlera.

  • Regy Perlera, 28, is the founder and CEO of Seasons, a menswear rental platform. 
  • Seasons raised $4.3 million in 2019 from investors such as Alexis Ohanian’s Initialized Capital, Notation Capital, and the rapper Nas. It currently offers over 500 products and has 18 official brand partners.
  • Perlera launched the company in November 2019 after noticing many rental platforms were targeted toward women, but few were focused on men. 
  • In an interview with Business Insider, Perlera talks about his company Seasons and how he wants to redefine ownership for the next generation. 
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In the summer of 2019, Regy Perlera found himself scurrying around New York. He had just left his job as a product designer at Nike and was on the hunt for investors for a new idea: a platform that would allow men to rent designer clothing. 

Perlera said investors were skeptical. Sure, Rent the Runway hit a $1 billion valuation in 2019 and other rental fashion platforms have appeared, but those mostly cater to women. He said investors wondered whether men care enough about fashion or the environment to use this kind of platform.

“I remember taking [investor] meetings in every borough,” Perlera, 28, told Insider. “The first few weeks were tough.” 

But he was able to convince at least one big investor on his idea: Alexis Ohanian, serial investor and cofounder of Reddit. By the end of July 2019, Perlera was able to raise a $4.3 million funding round from investors including Ohanian’s Initialized Capital, Notation Capital in Brooklyn, and the rapper Nas.

Perlera told Insider that he wants his company Seasons to redefine ownership for the next generation, so consumers won’t have to buy products, only to throw them out soon after. “We’re trying to change the way people think about ownership,” he said. 

The platform currently allows users to rent archival luxury from brands such as Prada, Gucci, and Dior, as well as contemporary ones like Jacquemus, Marni, and Our Legacy. 

As for the name? Well, its product offerings change based on the seasons, naturally. 

Seasons

Reconnecting with an old partner

After this funding round, Perlera reconnected with an old friend, Luc Succes, 30, who came aboard as cofounder.

They gave themselves four months to build Seasons, “a really tight deadline,” said Succes, now the company’s chief technology officer. 

After building the app and the website, Seasons launched the next November, even though investors were saying to wait until March 2020. “Now we know how that would have gone,” Perlera said, expressing his gratitude that he didn’t launch in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The company closed another funding round in February, which helped it get through the year. It still had to temporarily shut down its warehouses, and it began selling more vintage clothing, a decision made by the company’s buying director, Jesse Hudnutt. These vintage buys made up 40% of the company’s summer purchases, on trend with millennials’ increasing interest during the pandemic in vintage clothing, as Insider previously reported

Inventory is a problem for Seasons, Perlera acknowledged, mostly because it’s so expensive to acquire, and sizes often sell out quickly. To manage demand, the company decided to implement a membership tier program in November 2020, with prices ranging from $65 to $175 a month. 

Also, the platform currently services just a limited amount of people, but users have jumped at the opportunity to sign on. When Seasons launched its membership program last year, seeking to cap its users at 300, Perlera said more than 200 signed up within weeks. 

“If you think about letting anybody and everybody come to the website, you risk compromising the availability of sizes and styles for people that were already on the platform,” Perlera said. 

Seasons

Right now, the company sources merchandise from more than 18 official brand partners. At first, it didn’t ask brands for permission to sell their products on their platform – Perlera and Succes simply bought the clothes in stores and then offered them on the platform. This was, Perlera said, to prove that people were interested in renting rather than actually buying menswear. Today, Perlera said companies come to them. 

Read more: Why Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet decided to launch a LinkedIn-inspired job platform just for artists and creatives

Currently, Seasons rents out more than 500 pieces of men’s clothing and has expanded from its initial New York market to locations including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and Phoenix.

Seasons

Perlera says he just wants people to care

Perlera and Succes have a long working history – they previously cofounded another tech startup, Often, which lasted from 2014 to 2016.

“There was a moment where, after we went our separate ways after starting the first company, Often, I realized that there was just something really special about building product with somebody that cared the same amount as you did,” Perlera said.

They decided to give entrepreneurship another go, and that’s when Seasons came about. Perlera said they learned from their first startup experience together when it came to finding investors for Seasons.”The second time around, I think we had to build a reputation that we could build a product,” Perlera said.

Read more: Meet one of the youngest Black entrepreneurs in tech, who just raised a seed round topping $4 million that included Alexis Ohanian

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Next-gen consumers are known to buy products that align with their social missions and values, and Perlera said next-gen menswear consumers have grown up with values popularized by the internet, interacting with their favorite brands and products online. Streetwear and sneaker communities have fostered environments that have shown enthusiasts “it’s okay to care,” he said. 

So when it comes to finding ways to keep the planet alive, the internet has told young people that there isn’t really another option – they have to care. Maybe renting a Prada bucket hat will make it easier. 

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