’s 2012 30 Under 30 List

Posted by Donna Fenn on 07/09/12 | Permalink’s 2012 30 Under 30 List

Last week, we launched this year’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs list on—the culmination of a good six months of work by me and the team. This year, we collected online applications (we received over 400!), and enlisted an outside panel of judges to help us create the list. The result is an outstanding group of young innovators, some whose names you’ll recognize (Daniel Ek of Spotify and Ben Silbermann of Pinterest, for instance) and some who you’ll meet for the first time (like Jeremy Johnson of 2tor and Ben Milne of Dwolla). That’s what I like best about Inc.‘s 30 Under 30 list. It’s not all about the usual suspects. Some of my personal favorites, for instance, are the young entrepreneurs who make amazing products right here in the U.S., like Rachel Weeks of School House ([pictured above), who makes fashionable college-branded clothing in Durham, NC, and Zivelo’s Ziver Berg, who, at age 29, has build the second largest kiosk manufacturing company in the world and is creating jobs for more than 200 metal fabricators in Marion, IN. They’re probably not the kinds of entrepreneurs who you’re going to read about on TechCrunch, or hear speak at SXSW, but to me, they are true American heroes—people who are committed to manufacturing at home and who have also found that their home-grown identity gives them a competitive edge in the marketplace. But that’s just me. I love people who make stuff —always have! Take a look at the list and vote for your favorite company.

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