Nick Woodman

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Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Founder and CEO, GoPro

Born: June 24, 1975, Santa Clara, California

Education: BA in visual arts, University of California, San Diego

Early Marker: During a round-the-world surfing trip following failure of his first start-up, marketing company funBug, Woodman realized the need for an affordable wearable camera that would be tough enough to survive active sports.

Big Idea: Seeking a global market for what has evolved into a Wi-Fi-enabled, remote-controllable, waterproof video camera that is the active enthusiast and drone pilot's go-to; developing a Web media business on the back of user-made and company-produced GoPro videos.

Wave of the Future: Visual Web, experiential economy, social media

Latest Special Reports

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  • Coverage of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

  • To turn the page on structural racism, communities are Changing The Narrative. In this series, CNBC explores the central themes of racial healing through stories addressing implicit bias in economic data, the major obstacles to racial equity at work, how fiscal investment can change the narrative on minority entrepreneurship and the ramifications of the great resignation in the Black community.

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