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35 Under 35 Coolest Entrepreneurs of 2014
Allow us to introduce the future. Meet a select group of Millennials who are transforming wildly original visions into the businesses of the next decade.
By Donna Fenn
Donna Fenn is the author of
Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs Are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit From Their Success
, an exploration of the ways Gen Y is changing the entrepreneurial landscape.
Inc.com Contributing Editor
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35 Under 35 Coolest Entrepreneurs of 2014
35 Under 35
Youth is not always wasted on the young. For almost a decade,
has celebrated the achievements of entrepreneurs whose vision and business savvy belie their relatively tender ages. And though our annual
30 Under 30
feature has expanded to include the top
35 Under 35
in honor of
Inc.’s 35th anniversary
, this year’s list doesn’t disappoint. The young founders featured here are 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
's list of this year's
35 Under 35 Coolest Entrepreneurs
Can Software Solve Crime Cases? Roger That
How three twenty-somethings at Mark43 are finally bringing law enforcement into the 21st century with smart software that helps cops analyze crime data.
3D Robotics: Flying High With Drones
How a 20-year-old kid from Mexico co-founded the largest drone manufacturer in America with a man he met online.
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How Blue Apron Brings Home the Bacon
This startup has high aspirations for your palate.
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How These Guys Turned a Case of Mistaken Identity into a $4M Company
When Pete Kistler discovered he was being mistaken for a bad guy, he teamed with two Syracuse classmates to create a cheap and very profitable solution, BrandYourself.
Want to Know the Future of Retail? Meet Estimote
In a strike against information booths everywhere, two computer scientists turned founders plan to cover the map with beacons.
Eventbrite's Julia Hartz on Growing into Entrepreneurship
The Eventbrite co-founder says she used to be a realist and needed a life plan. But after eight years, she's learned to embrace optimism.
Everlane and It's Radical Idea of Fashion
Three-year-old e-tailing startup Everlane boasts value conscious products with a socially conscious message.
FINsix Thinks Power Cords Should Just Lighten Up
Using technology developed at MIT, these entrepreneurs created a laptop power adapter that's four times smaller and six times lighter than the brick that's currently weighing you down.
It's Game On for Game Insight
Founder Alisa Chumachenko loves what she does, and you should too.
How This Startup Is Retrofitting America's Idea of Energy
Abe Issa, founder of Global Efficient Energy, doesn't plan on slowing down as he sells Americans on solar energy one state at a time.
GoldieBlox, Helping Girls Channel Their Inner Engineer
Toy industry execs told Debbie Sterling that construction toys for girls don't sell. But her GoldieBlox line of building kits proved them all wrong.
How to Change the World With 90 Million Pounds of Delicious Cookies
First, Hampton Creek made a healthier scrambled egg, followed quickly by mayonnaise. Now it's tackling sweets--and it's winning on price. Meet the future of food.
Instacart: Banking on the Power of Instant Gratification
Founder Apoorva Mehta thinks an hour or two is too long to wait for your groceries. Here's what he's doing about it.
From Dog Toys to Software, Lettuce Barks Up the Right Tree
Raad Mobrem's dog toy company was desperate for cheap and efficient order management software. So he built it.
LittleBits: On a Mission to Make Electrical Engineering Fun
Ayah Bdeir was an accomplished engineer and artist when she created something irresistible. It's been called the Legos of the 21st Century--only it's not strictly a toy.
Livefyre: A Customer-Centric Nervous System for Content Sites
Social media can be problematic for websites that don't want to direct viewers away from their sites. Comments are worse. Jordan Kretchmer founded Livefyre to fix all that.
Can Pink Mustaches Be a 100-Year Company?
Logan Green and John Zimmer, the founders of Lyft, are armed with more than $300 million. Can "your friend with a car" scale globally and become one of the biggest companies on the planet?
How a Dorm Room Startup Became An Internet Security Powerhouse
David Ulevitch of OpenDNS learned everything he needed to know about domain names by the end of college. Then he leveraged that knowledge to build one of the world's largest Internet security networks.
Organize Gives New Meaning to the Phrase 'Have a Heart'
Talk about an exit Strategy. This startup wants to both end the organ donation crisis and go out of business in just five years.
Oscar: Using Technology to Disrupt the Insurance Industry
Josh Kushner thinks your insurance company should be transparent, pleasant, and helpful. How radical is that?
Patreon and Its Mission to Make Crowdfunding Count
Why back an artist once when you can support her entire career? Patreon helps you accomplish just that.
Scribd Bets on Subscriptions to Keep You Swimming in E-Books
In the beginning, Scribd made it easy for anyone to publish and share written work. Now the startup is finding its niche.
Why SendGrid Isn't Just in the Business of Email
Isaac Saldana wants to make tools that make life easier for developers. SendGrid is just the start.
Sharethrough's Big Ambitions for Capitalizing on the Internet
Native advertising company Sharethrough is betting on quality content as the key to making money online.
Shopify and Its Temporary Fix That Became a Thriving Business
The founders of Shopify designed an internal solution that became an external sensation.
Skillshare: Redesigning Education for the Masses
This startup built an alternative education system that's poised to have a major impact on the learning landscape.
Skybox Imaging: The World in High-Res
How this company aims to deploy a fleet of satellites that will be able to map any place in the world, five to seven times a day.
For Squarespace, Slow and Steady Wins the Race
It took a while for CEO Anthony Casalena to find the right employees, and the right funders.
Tessemae's: From Mom's Kitchen to a Supermarket Near You
The Vetter brothers always loved their mom's salad dressing. With growing national distribution, they're betting you will, too.
Need Help Up the Ladder? Let The Muse Be Your Guide
Having a job doesn't have to be an empty, cog-in-the-wheel experience. This startup wants to show you how to have fun while you're climbing the ladder.
UrgentRx, Giving You a Reason to Rethink Over-the-Counter Medicine
Jordan Eisenberg has created possibly the most convenient way to take over-the-counter medications.
VerbalizeIt: Translation at the Click of a Button
For when you need real-time access to interpreters--whether you're in a bind or simply updating your website.
How a Vungle Ad Blends in to Stand Out
Founder Zain Jaffer hopes to create the new gold-standard for mobile advertising.
When I Work: A Company That Incubated Itself
How this founder with an idea ahead of its time kept it in his back pocket while bootstrapping a solid business. After a decade, he's switching back into high gear.
ZinePak: Giving the Fan Mag a 21st Century Cameo
How do you stop the Internet from destroying an industry? You get creative.
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