July 02, 2012
Inc.com Unveils “30 Under 30” for 2012
YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE TACKLING BIG ISSUES ON A DARING SCALE FROM PINTEREST TO SPOTIFY, 2TOR AND DWOLLA, THE UNDER 30 CROWD IS MAKING BIG BETS ON THE FUTURE. THIS YEAR’S HONOREES JOIN PAST WINNERS INCLUDING LAUREN BUSH, PETE CASHMORE, SUSAN KROGER, AARON PATZER AND MARK ZUCKERBERG
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Inc.com today unveiled the complete list of honorees in its seventh annual “30 Under 30” list, which singles out the 30 coolest entrepreneurs under the age of 30. The list includes entrepreneurs solving thorny problems in health and education, creating jobs, manufacturing goods, and of course, creating new smartphone apps. “These 30 extraordinary risk-taking companies and their leaders are pushing boundaries and making money in the process,” said Inc. editor in chief Eric Schurenberg. “From helping parents with kids in college, to growing gourmet mushrooms in recycled coffee grounds, to challenging credit card companies on behalf of small business, they represent the best of what those under 30 can and do accomplish. It’s humbling.”
For the second year, Inc. also recognizes on the list a highly entrepreneurial not-for-profit venture in addition to the 30 for-profit honorees. The winners come from 13 states including places not generally thought of as entrepreneurial hot spots, like Boise, Idaho; Marion, Indiana; and Branford, Florida. Many are recent graduates of top colleges and business schools like Harvard, Dartmouth, and University of California, Berkeley, but half a dozen of them never attended college or dropped out. Half of them, amazingly, are on their second or third start-up. This year’s list includes: Jeremy Johnson, 2tor (which offers online degrees in partnership with major universities) Steve Espinosa, AppStack (a mobile app for small businesses) Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, Back to the Roots (makers of Grow Your Own gourmet mushroom kits) Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky, BaubleBar (an online retailer selling designer jewelry for 60% off retail) Craig Cordes and Antonio LaMartina, Big Easy Blends (which makes frozen, portable, pre-mixed cocktails) Fan Bi and Danny Wong, Blank Label (makers of custom shirts) Ilya Pozin, Ciplex (which focuses on web design and marketing for small companies) Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinksi, Codeacademy (a web platform for teaching computer programming languages) Joe Coleman, Shane Snow, and Dave Goldberg, Contently (a marketplace connecting writers with companies to create quality content marketing)
Ben Milne, Dwolla (a versatile payment platform that works on mobile devices) Ray Land, Fabulous Coach Lines (a motorcoach tour company) Adam Pritzker, Matthew Brimer and Brad Hargreaves, General Assembly (a co-working space that offers classes on business, design and technology) Amber Case and Aaron Parecki, Geoloqi (location-aware technology for businesses and governments) Desiree Vargas Wrigley, GiveForward, (a crowdfunding platform for people facing medical emergencies) Jude Gomila and Immad Akhund, Heyzap (a mobile app for the gaming community) Jesse Thomas and Leslie Bradshaw, JESS3 (a creative agency specializing in data visualization) John Hering, Kevin Mahaffey and James Burgess, Lookout Mobile Security (a mobile security app for iPhone and Android phones) Aza Raskin, Massive Health (a mobile app that encourages healthy eating) Andrew Lafoon, Aryk Grosz, Mixbook (which creates photo books with a social spin) Nathan Sigworth, PharmaSecure (mobile software that helps stop drug counterfeiting in the developing world) Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp, Pinterest (the social imagesharing site that is now one of the world’s largest networks) Allison Lami Sawyer, Rebellion Photonics (whose fluorescent imaging camera can detect leaks on natural gas rigs) Rachel Weeks, School House (maker of U.S.-made fashionforward college gear) Yoav Lurie and Justin Segall, Simple Energy (designer of webbased social games that reward energy conservation)
Daniel Ek, Spotify (the wildly popular streaming music service) Lucas Buick and Ryan Dorshorst, Synthetic, (maker of Hipstamatic, the popular photo app.) Kfir and Elram Gavrieli, Tieks (maker of foldable leather ballet flats) Alfredo Atanacio and Rodolfo Schildknechkt, Uassist.ME (matches bilingual virtual assistants with Hispanic executives) Sarah Schupp, University Parent Media (print and online publisher of helpful information for parents of university students) Ziver Berg, Zivelo (the second largest kiosk maker in the world) Daniel Epstein, Tyler Hartung and Teju Ravilochan, The Unreasonable Institute (our not-for-profit honoree -- an incubator for social enterprises devoted to solving big world problems) A profile of each 30 Under 30 honoree, including video clips, can be found at www.inc.com About Inc. Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to fast-growing private companies and to delivering real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com/30Under30 About Mansueto Ventures Mansueto Ventures is a publishing company dedicated to serving the business leaders who are shaping the future of today’s economy. Mansueto Ventures publishes Inc. and Fast Company, brands with different audiences but similar challenges and goals.
The company was founded in 2005 when Joe Mansueto bought Inc. and Fast Company. Through a full complement of print, online, events, custom publishing and integrated marketing solutions, Mansueto Ventures offers the world’s leading advertisers the unique ability to build their brands and move their products forward within the fastestgrowing business sectors.