5 Things You Should Know About Brendan Iribe’s $31 Million Donation To UMD

Brendan UMD
Courtesy: TechCrunch

Brendan Iribe may not be a household name but he just made a big difference in the lives of many students who will pledge their allegiance to Terp Nation in the years to come.

Iribe is the CEO of Oculus, a virtual reality company which was just sold to Facebook for $2 billion.

In case you aren’t aware, virtual reality is the next big technology front which is making a huge impact on how we play videogames and how we view our world. Iribe is playing a major role in the industry and credits UMD for where he is today.

He decided to donate $31 million to build a new computer science school and start a student scholarship. His mom also donated $3 million of her own money.  Here are 5 reasons why this announcement is pretty dope.

Courtesy: The Financial Post

5. The donation was inspired by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Elon Musk – “I’m really fortunate to finally be in a place to make these donations and make a difference,” Iribe told TechCrunch.

Courtesy: University of Maryland

4. Iribe met his business partners while he was a student at the University of Maryland in 1997 – Although he finished one semester short of graduating, he met his future business partners (chief software architect Michael Antonov and co-founder Andrew Reisse) in his dorm. “It’s where we met; it’s where we fell in love in a nerd kind of way,” Iribe told The Diamondback.

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3. Michael Antonov, a UMD graduate, is donating $3.5 million of his own money to the new school – He’ll also donate $500,000 towards scholarships. (TechCrunch)

Courtesy: Freshnist The opposite of this kind of bathroom!

2. Iribe saw the bathrooms at the A.V. Williams computer science building and told himself that he had to do something about it. – “How do students get inspired when they have to use that bathroom?” (The Diamondback)

Courtesy: RoadToVR.com

1. The gifts were made in memory of Andrew Reisse, who died in a 2013 hit-and-run accident (Technical.ly)

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