Co-Founder: John Knoll
Grad Year: 1993
Year Founded: 1987
Status: Acquired by Adobe in 1995
What began as one computer engineer Thomas Knoll’s attempt to improve the image viewing capabilities of early Mac computers, took off when his brother, USC Cinematic Arts alumnus John, joined the effort. Together, the brothers created the program that would be acquired by Adobe in 1989 and come to dominate the digital photo editing market.