From an initial screening list of more than 15,000 of the best of the best, the 600 women and men featured in the Forbes fifth annual 30 Under 30 are America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars. Name a business sector, social issue or essential institution, they are taking it on and changing the rules of the game– or creating entirely new playbooks.
In the past, youth was a handicap to professional success. Getting older meant more resources, more knowledge, more money. No more. Those who grew up in the tech age have way bigger ambitions — perfectly suited to the dynamic, entrepreneurial and impatient digital world they grew up in. If you want to change the world, being under 30 is now an advantage.
Some names on this year’s list you already know: NBA champ Stephen Curry, Star Wars: The Force Awakensleading man John Boyega, plus-sized supermodel Ashley Graham, Canadian crooner Shawn Mendes and YouTube gamer CaptainSparklez (Jordan Maron). Others are superstars in their own realms. Clara Sieg is Revolution Ventures youngest and only female partner. Timothy Hwang, cofounder of FiscalNote, takes a “Moneyball” approach to forecasting pending legislation, and Spire Global’s Jeroen Cappaert sends nano-satellites into space to listen to the world’s oceans in order to track shipping, weather — and pirates.
Amy Lin, 29
The blended learning company Lin cofounded in 2012, Blendspace, was acquired last year by digital education giant TES Global. Now she leads the product team and oversees a new resource-sharing platform for over 7 million teachers globally. Lin, who was born in China and moved to Seattle when she was 6, is a USC grad and Coro Executive Fellow (LA ’12) and started her career as a Microsoft engineer.