- Ryan Hoover, 29
Ryan Hoover launched Product Hunt in late 2013 as an e-newsletter about the latest, coolest tech products, gadgets, and apps. A veteran of San Francisco's startup ecosystem, he wanted to help folks like himself discover new products--and, simultaneously, to help small companies like his own get publicity at their launch. By the following year, he'd enlisted help to build Product Hunt into a full website with a social-recommendation component. And before long, he was being courted by investors--four separate ones met with him to urge him to apply to the prestigious startup school Y Combinator. After Hoover graduated, Product Hunt got a lot more buzz, and more than $7 million in funding. Today, Product Hunt has 18 employees; half work out of a condo in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, and half are spread across the globe, from Denver to Belgium.
Note: All data as of 1/31/16