Youth is not always wasted on the young. For almost a decade, Inc. has celebrated the achievements of entrepreneurs whose vision and business savvy belie their relatively tender ages. Our annual 30 Under 30 feature has not only won raves from readers but has also cast the first national spotlight on company founders who have subsequently become household names. Mark Zuckerberg, anyone? We featured him in our inaugural 30 Under 30, when he was just 22.
This year, as Inc. celebrates its 35th anniversary, we've decided to expand our parameters and highlight 35 Under 35. This allows us to cast a net over an entire generation of entrepreneurs who have, quite literally, grown up with Inc.
We asked our judges (Elizabeth Gore, Ben Kaufman, Dave Lerner, Rebecca Minkoff, Eric Paley, Danae Ringelmann, and Rainn Wilson) to highlight a whole new set of tomorrow's superstars. (We hope you'll vote for your favorite company, too.) They're building drones, disrupting education, rendering the common egg obsolete, and at the same time declaring to the world that being an entrepreneur continues to rock.
Here is Inc.'s list of this year's 35 Under 35 Coolest Entrepreneurs: