Avie Tevanian

Avie Tevanian
Born Avadis Tevanian
Nationality US
Education PhD, MS, BA
Alma mater

Carnegie Mellon University

University of Rochester
Employer NextEquity Partners, Elevation Partners
Apple Inc.
Carnegie Mellon University
Known for Apple developer of NextStep, forerunner to MacOS X
Computer scientist
Venture Capitalist

Avadis "Avie" Tevanian is an Armenian American computer scientist. He was senior vice president of software engineering at Apple from 1997 to 2003, and then chief software technology officer from 2003 to 2006.[1] He was a longtime friend of Steve Jobs.[2]

Earlier in his career, Avie was Vice President of Software Engineering at NeXT Computer and was responsible for managing NeXT’s software engineering department and the NeXTSTEP operating system. Avie holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Rochester and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. While at Carnegie Mellon, he was a principal designer and engineer of the Mach operating system, on which macOS and iOS are based.[3]

Tevanian wrote a clone of the 1980s arcade game Missile Command for the Xerox Alto called with the same name, and for the Macintosh platform, called Mac Missiles! [4] He is of Armenian descent.[5]

Tevanian is from Westbrook, Maine.[6] In United States v. Microsoft, he was a witness for the United States Department of Justice, testifying against Microsoft.[7]

Tevanian left Apple on March 31, 2006, and joined the board of Dolby Labs[8] and Theranos, Inc.[9] In May 2006, he joined the board of Tellme Networks, which was later sold to Microsoft.[10][11] On January 12, 2010, he became managing director of Elevation Partners.[12] In July 2015 he co-founded NextEquity Partners and is currently serving as Managing Director.[13]


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  5. Mezoian, Anthony (2006). "A Brief History of Portland's Armenian Settlement". Armenian Cultural Association of Maine History. Armenians of Maine. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  6. "Polishing Apple". Rochester Review V60 N2. University of Rochester. 1997. Archived from the original on 2 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
  7. Heilemann, John (November 2000). "The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth". Wired. Condé Nast Publications. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  8. Saracevic, Alan (2006-03-27). "Adios Avie". The Tech Chronicles. SFGate. Retrieved 2006-11-19.
  9. "Avadis Tevanian Jr.: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  10. Fried, Ina (2006-05-07). "Former Apple exec joins Tellme board". CNet. Retrieved 2006-11-19.
  11. "Leadership Team". Tellme Networks, Inc. Archived from the original on 14 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-19.
  12. Partners, Elevation (2010-01-12). "Former Apple Software Chief Avie Tevanian Joins Elevation Partners as Managing Director". Elevation Partners. PR Wire. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  13. "Former Apple execs Fred Anderson, Avie Tevanian raise NeXT-themed venture capital fund". AppleInsider. Retrieved 2017-04-28.

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