You don't have to be in your fifties to make a difference. In fact, some of the most prolific founders today -- like inDinero's Jessica Mah -- have demonstrated wisdom beyond their years. 

This week, LinkedIn revealed its first-ever list of "Next Wave" figures under the age of 35. The compilation of names includes founders, chief executives, and other professionals that the networking website deems to be game-changers in their respective industries.

To create the list, LinkedIn looked at its own data, such as a given candidate's profile views and engagement rates on the website. It also parsed hot news topics, and polled "LinkedIn Influencers" for their recommendations.

Significantly, as many as 80 percent of 150 individuals on the list did not attend an Ivy League school. Only 15 percent have an MBA degree.

Here's a quick look at some of the most notable names in entrepreneurship to make the list: 

1. Parker Conrad, CEO and co-founder, Zenefits 

Conrad, 35, helms a payroll company that's presently valued at $4.5 billion, with around 10,000 clients. Zenefits' free software is changing the way that businesses manage HR. 

2. Louis Beryl, CEO and co-founder, Earnest

Earnest, a lending firm which offers to refinance student loans, has raised as much as $32 million in venture capital funding to date. Beryl, 34, started the company when he was initially unable to secure a student loan to attend Harvard Business School. 

3. Jessica Mah, CEO and co-founder, inDinero

Mah's inDinero -- an accounting software firm that targets small businesses -- nearly went bankrupt just one year in. Here's how Mah, who started the company when she was 19, was able to turn things around, ultimately landing the cover of Inc.'s September 2015 issue.  

4. Chris Wanstrath, CEO and co-founder, GitHub

Wanstrath dropped out of college to launch GitHub in 2008. His company is now among the largest software and hosting tools worldwide, with a massive $2 billion valuation. 

5. Sam Chaudhary, CEO and co-founder, ClassDojo

The 29-year old heads up an education company which makes a free app for teachers, parents and students nationwide, through which they can track students' behavior. To date, the company has raised more than $10 million in venture capital funding.

6. Shane Snow, chief creative officer and co-founder, Contently

Snow, 31, launched Contently in 2010, a business which helps connect advertisers to publishers. Contently counts giants like Coca Cola and Walmart as its clients. The startup has raised over $12 million in funding.

7. Apoorva Mehta, CEO and founder, Instacart

Instacart is a grocery delivery company, which is betting on the fact that urbanites want food items in less than one hour. Prior to launching the business in 2012, Mehta was an executive at Amazon. In 2014, he made Inc.'s annual 35 under 35 list. 

8. Neil Parikh, co-founder, Casper

Parikh's bed gear startup -- which designs, manufactures, and ships its own mattresses-- landed him on Inc.'s 30 under 30 list this year. The company pulled in $20 million in revenues in 2014.  

9. Tristan Walker, CEO and founder, Walker & Co.

Tristan Walker ditched Wall Street to launch his own company, Walker & Co., in 2013. His startup manufactures razors-- and other beauty produts -- designed specifically for the African-American community.  

10. Kayvon Beykpour, CEO and co-founder, Periscope

Periscope is likely the next big thing in social media. Beykpour's company, a personal broadcasting service that launched just six months ago, today counts about 10 million users. Twitter acquired Periscope in March of this year, for a rumored $100 million. 

11. Tylder Droll, CEO and co-founder, Yik Yak

The 24-year-old's social media app reaches 1,500 U.S. colleges, and is reportedly valued at $400 million. Yik Yak was originally launched as a chatting tool, enabling better communication between college peers. 

12. Payal Kadakia, CEO and co-founder, ClassPass

Kadakia, 32, launched ClassPass -- a subscription fitness business, giving users access to unlimited sessions at hundreds of studios -- when she was unable to find a great dance class in New York City. At just two years old, her consumer tech company has booked more than seven million classes.  

13. Palmer Luckey, founder and inventor, Oculus VR

Luckey has achieved quite a lot for a 22-year old: His virtual reality headset is expected to hit consumer shelves by 2016. Facebook acquired Oculus VR for a staggering $2 billion in 2014. 

14. Whitney Wolfe, CEO and founder, Bumble

Wolfe, 26, is probably best known as the ousted co-founder of the hook up app Tinder. Now, she's on a mission to up-end those traditionally gendered power dynamics. Her new app Bumble requires that women make the first move. The company is reportedly growing by 15 percent each week, and counts more than 800,000 users. 

Published on: Sep 10, 2015