Peppered throughout the list of athletes, politicians, tech mavens on Time's list of the 100 Most Influential People are a number of Bay Area business leaders.

I decided to write up a few companies in the Bay area that are on my Top 10 list of Bay Area Business Leaders and companies that are making an impact on the World around us.

Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber:

You can't deny that Uber, a San Francisco-based company, is changing the way we think about public transportation. Time Magazine praises for being "savvy and driven. I can't wait to see what he'll conjure up next, as I'm sure it'll be something I've never known that I've always needed but truly can't live without."

Bobby Murphy and Evan Spiegel, Snapchat co-creators:

Murphy and Spiegel are among several Bay Area tech figures mentioned in the Time 100 list. Time praises the duo, saying they "created something radical in its straightforwardness and speed: take a snap of the moment and choose who receives it and how long they get to see it before it disappears forever."

It's interesting and worth noting that fellow Bay Area business leader, Jack Dorsey (CEO of Square), wrote the Time 100 profile for these two.

Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse:

Waters, whose restaurant is a Berkeley institution, is called "the activist chef who pioneered good food for all." Waters is praised by Time for being someone who "kick-started the farmers'-market movement and proved that American produce could equal anyone's."

Natalie Massenet, Founder of

Time describes Massenet as a "visionary" and credits her for changing the fashion business. "The worlds of fashion and commerce have changed dramatically in the past 10 years, in part because of a woman who likens herself to a lazy rock."

Hosain Rahman, Founder of Jawbone:

Time describes Rahman as being "the stylist of wearable tech" ever since the company was making Bluetooth headsets. Time recognizes him as being one of the few Silicon Valley tech founders who values good design. "Most founders in Silicon Valley pay lip service to design. Rahman is one of few who has proved how powerful it really is."

Sanjeev Saxena, Founder of POC Medical:

Less known in the Tech community, Sanjeev is very well known in the medical community for revolutionizing the way breast cancer is detected. With over 50,000 test cases, POC Medial is changing the way early breast cancer detection is viewed. Breast cancer is the leading cause of female mortality Worldwide and Sanjeev is helping solve this problem with early detection.

Tony Fadell, Founder of Nest Labs:

In addition to being known as one of the "fathers" of the iPod, Fadell has also revolutionized ordinary household devices like thermostats and smoke detectors. His Time 100 bio reads, "Some people spend their entire lives hoping for one breakthrough that counts, one that truly makes a difference in the human experience. At 45, Tony has two of these under his belt"

Jeff Bezos, CEO of

Time was light on the praise for Mr. Bezos, but what could be said about him that hasn't been said already? Time calls him "tech's most enduring innovator."

Would you like to give a shout out to any Bay Area business leaders that didn't make the list? Please go ahead and give them credit in the comments section.