The most influential CEOs under 30
-Jared O’Toole is co-founder of Under30CEO. The views expressed are his own. -
Small business Web site Under30CEO recently polled its readers to find out who they deemed to be the 30 most influential CEOs under the age of 30. Influence was judged on how much the person’s ventures were impacting the world and the way we live everyday. Here’s a look at the top 10.
1. Mark Zuckerberg
Net Worth: $6.9 Billion
Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook in 2004 at Harvard and since then the social network has grown to over 500 million users. He is the world’s youngest billionaire with Facebook receiving a valuation of over $30 billion in 2010. Zuckerberg has literally changed the way people interact and has broken down social walls faster than ever imagined. Time Magazine named Zuckerberg Person of the Year for 2010 and his company Facebook shows no signs of slowing down.
2. Andrew Mason
Net Worth: Groupon Valuation $4.75 Billion
Groupon began in 2008 and has since exploded in growth letting it become the fastest company to ever reach the billion dollar valuation mark. The company is reportedly expecting revenue to be as high as $2 billion in the coming year. Google made a reported $6 billion dollar buy out offer that was turned down. Andrew has no doubt changed the way people buy things and the way companies market themselves with hundreds of knock-off companies popping up all over the web.
3. Matt Mullenweg
Net Worth: $40 Million
If you use WordPress to blog you have Matt to thank for that opportunity. Mullenweg started WordPress in 2003 and then started working on it full-time in 2005. The platform has become one of the most widely used blogging platforms in the world. Matt has made it easier for all of us to publish our thoughts online and his easy to use platform has been the power behind many startup companies in recent years.
4. Ryan Allis & Aaron Houghton
Age: 26 & 29
Net Worth: 2010 revenue $40 million
Ryan and Aaron started iContact in 2003 to help small businesses better manage their email marketing campaigns. The company started by solely marketing through Google AdWords and has grown to over 63,000 customers today. In August 2010 iContact closed a new round of funding at $40 million.
5. Gurbaksh Chahal
Net Worth: $100 million+
Gurbaksh founded Gwallet in 2009 as a social media currency platform that went on to raise over $12 million later that year. Prior to Gwallet Gurbaksh had already sold two previous ad networks, one for $40 million and the other for $300 million. Today, he is still heading up Gwallet which re-branded to RadiumOne while launching an ad network for social content.
6. Naveen Selvadural
Net Worth: Foursqaure value: $80 million
Naveen founded Foursquare with partner Dennis Crowley to simply help him and his friends explore more things in New York City. Today, Foursquare has become a leader in location based networking helping to spring numerous other startups looking to capture a similar model. While many people are still hesitate to jump on board with Foursquare it has opened new doors to businesses in big cities and provided them a new way to connect with their customers.
7. Pete Cashmore
Net Worth: N/A
Mashable is one of the world’s largest websites and reports on everything social media related. Cashmore bootstrapped Mashable in 2005 from his home in Scotland. The site does an estimated 30+million monthly pageviews and has surpassed recently acquired Techcrunch (sold to AOL between $25-40million) in terms of size. Revenue is in the millions but that is as much as Cashmore will say about it.
8. Michael Seibel, Emmett Shear, Justin Kan and Kyle Vogt
Age: 27, 27, 27, 25
Net Worth: N/A
Justin.tv allows you to live broadcast anything out over the web. The four founders have created a life-casting platform that handles over 30 million visitors each month with over 50 million hours of video streamed each month. Justin.tv has become the most widely used live video system in existence and with a huge fan base and even major artists on board, it shows no signs of slowing.
9. David Karp
Net Worth: $40 million+ in funding
David started Tumblr in 2007 with his own savings from previously held jobs in the software industry. By early 2010, Tumblr was reportedly getting 15,000 new users per day with over 2 million daily posts being made. Tumblr has also raised over $40 million in funding from various partners with over $30 million coming in December 2010. Today, Tumblr boasts over 2.6 billion posts and has an Alexa ranking in the top 100 making it one of the most visited sites on the web.
10. Matt Mickiewicz
Company: Sitepoint.com, 99designs.com and flippa.com
Net Worth: Value of companies $100 million+
Matt launched Sitepoint.com in 1999 to help educate web developers at the age of 14. The site quickly grew into the industry leader and a multi-million dollar company with no outside investment. Since then he founded 99designs which is a leader in crowd-sourced design work and Flippa.com which is a marketplace for selling websites. Matt shows no sign of slowing with a new company launch planned for 2011.
To read the rest of the list, visit Under30CEO.
(Photo: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a session at the Cannes Lions 2010 International Advertising Festival in Cannes in this June 23, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier)