Dr Avie Tevanian
|Education||PhD, MS, BA|
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University |
University of Rochester
|Employer||NextEquity Partners, Elevation Partners|
Carnegie Mellon University
|Known for||Apple developer of NextStep, forerunner to MacOS X|
Avadis "Avie" Tevanian is an 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. He was a longtime friend of Steve Jobs.
Tevanian is from Westbrook, Maine. He is of Armenian descent. He has a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Rochester and 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. 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! 
Tevanian left Apple on March 31, 2006, and joined the board of Dolby Labs and Theranos, Inc. In May 2006, he joined the board of Tellme Networks, which was later sold to Microsoft. On January 12, 2010, he became managing director of Elevation Partners. In July 2015 he co-founded NextEquity Partners and is currently serving as Managing Director.
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