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Yes, there are many, many examples.

Marc Andreessen grew up in Wisconsin and went to the University of Illinois.

I co-founded Open Market (a unicorn in tech Bubble 1.0). I grew up in West Virginia in a trailer with no indoor plumbing & wood heat. Our high school graduated 99 and about 10 of us went on to college. (I did go to an ivy league school, but I strongly suspect it was on quota because WV was so underrepresented.)




UIUC is one of preeminent comp sci schools in the country. It is where mosiac was founded. It kind of shows that it helps to go to a good school even if not an IVY.




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