Here’s This Year’s Inc. 30 Under 30 List has unveiled the 30 Under 30 list for 2012. On the list, you’ll find the co-founders of Pinterest, the founder of Spotify, and the founder of Dwolla (the mobile payments platform that As...
Here’s This Year’s Inc. 30 Under 30 List
Written by Chris Crum
  • has unveiled the 30 Under 30 list for 2012. On the list, you’ll find the co-founders of Pinterest, the founder of Spotify, and the founder of Dwolla (the mobile payments platform that Ashton Kutcher is investing in), just to name a few.

    “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.”

    This is the list that featured Facebook Mark Zuckerberg in 2006, when he was 22. Those who make the list are generally honored to do so. Here’s the list for 2012, as presented by Inc.:

    • 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 image-sharing 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 fashion-forward college gear)
    • Yoav Lurie and Justin Segall, Simple Energy (designer of web-based 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)

    Inc. makes a point to note that the winners come from 13 states, including some not typically thought of as entrepreneurial hot spots. These include Idaho, Indiana, and Florida.

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