Adam D'Angelo attended Phillips Exeter Academy for high school. There, he developed the Synapse Media Player (a music suggestion software) along with Mark Zuckerberg and others
Adam D’Angelo attended California Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science.
In 2003, while attending college, D'Angelo also created the website BuddyZoo, which allowed users to upload their AIM buddy list and compare them with those of other users. The service also generated graphs based on the buddy lists.
In 2001, he placed eighth at the USA Computing Olympiad as a high school student and he got a silver medal at the 2002 International Olympiad of Informatics.
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC): California Institute of Technology Beavers (team of 3), World Finalists 2003, 2004; North American Champions 2003; World Finals Silver Medals 2004; World Finals co-coach 2005.
In 2005, he was one of the top 24 finalists in the Algorithm Coding Competition of the International Topcoder Collegiate Challenge.
Fortune magazine included D'Angelo as runner-up in its 'Smartest people in tech' article.