- David Zhang, 25; Clément Perrot, 25
The best word to explain Prynt, a combination instant-photo-printing case and app for smartphones, is magic. Imagine a Polaroid camera; now, imagine the photos from that camera contained moving images like those in the Harry Potter films. When you open the Prynt app on your phone and physically hover your phone's camera over a Prynt photo, it becomes an animated image within your phone's screen. Groups merge into formation for a portrait, friends sing happy birthday. Co-founded by CEO Clément Perrot and CTO David Zhang, the product is more than a whimsical toy. Prynt is quickly gaining traction with investors and retailers. A July 2015 Kickstarter campaign raised roughly $1.6 million in funding for the case, augmented by a seed round of $2.3 million and a convertible note of $1.5 million. The company has shipped roughly 20,000 cases since it went on the market in December, with sales limited by inventory, and not demand, according to Perrot.
Note: All data as of 1/31/16