30 Under 30 2016: Today’s Brightest Young Stars And The Future Leaders Of Everything
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 Awakens leading man John Boyega, plus-sized supermodel Ashley Graham, Canadian crooner Shawn Mendes and YouTube gamer Captain Sparklez (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.
Founder, Freedom Audio
Schwartz founded the predecessor to Freedom Audio in 2013 to manufacture waterproof speakers. Now the company makes smart speakers with a built-in operating systems designed for outdoor water enthusiasts. Freedom Audio brought in $3 million in revenue last year, and Schwartz projects sales will more then double in 2016