There’s no shortage of technology wunderkinds under the age of 30 transforming business, society and our day-to-day lives. We’ve all heard the startup stories behind Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Aaron Levie of Box, Dustin Moskovitz of Asana, Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi of Dropbox, to name just a few.
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But for every well-known young techster out there generating headlines, there are literally hundreds more smart, energetic, enterprising and unusual thinkers working on everything from new algorithms and apps to gadgets and online services. We know because of the many nominations we received calling out their accomplishments.
So this year we decided to turn our attention to those who aren’t household names — yet — but who have done creative, innovative, inspiring and controversial work that makes them worth watching.
And while there may be too few young women working in the technology industry, we were gratified to find many notable candidates to choose from when we put together this year’s class.
The 30 Under 30 in Technology list came together with input from Forbes’ staffers and tech team members — J.J. Colao, Steven Bertoni, Andy Greenberg, Connie Guglielmo, Kashmir Hill, Alex Knapp, Alex Konrad, Ryan Mac, Parmy Olson and Bruce Upbin — and insight from the three tech industry insiders who served as our judges. Mike Abbott is an entrepreneur and engineer who led notable development efforts at Twitter, Palm and Microsoft before turning his attention to helping startups as a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Steve Case is an early tech pioneer, founding America Online, the first Internet company to go public, who now shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs as CEO of venture firm Revolution. Caterina Fake co-founded photo sharing site Flickr and Hunch and is now working on her third startup, Findery, which is using the Internet to annotate places in the real world.
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