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    27 March 2013

    30 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs Dominating in 2013

    Young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 are more prevalent than you’d think. Keep an eye out for these names this year.

    1) Dave Hale, 24

    Hale is the founder and CEO of Soshal Group, a digital, social media and mobile agency.

    2) Marta Tryshak, 24

    Marta Tryshak is the creator and editor of, a fashion and lifestyle blog.

    3) Erin Bury, 27

    Erin Bury, the former face of Sprouter, is now the managing editor for BetaKit, an online publication that strives to provide original, real-time reporting.

    4) Ben Lang, 18

    Lang began his entrepreneurial efforts at the age of 15. He now heads up EpicLaunch and MySchoolHelp.

    5) Jacob Cass, 25

    Jacob Cass currently works with Ammirati and is the founder of JUST Creative, his personal graphic design website.

    6) Yael Cohen, 25

    After her mother was diagnosed with cancer, Cohen started a website and product like called “F*** Cancer”. It became widely popular and continues to grow.

    7) Sophia Amoruso, 29

    Sophia Amoruso is the founder of NastyGal, a fashion line with humble beginnings that is quickly taking over.

    8) Bamidele Onibalusi, 18

    Onibalusi is a fairly popular name with young entrepreneurs. He’s the founder of YoungPrePro and has been writing since his early teens.

    9) Todd Hunter, 29

    Todd Hunter, CEO of CAA Marketing, has published quite a few popular works including videos for Coca-Cola and Chipotle. Expect to see him more often.

    10) David Karp, 26

    It goes without saying that the founder of Tumblr will continue to be a frequently seen name.

    11) Matt Mullenweg, 28

    Not only is Mullenweg the creator of WordPress, but has also released a parent website called Automattic.

    12) Josh Miller, 22

    Josh Miller is only 22 and the CEO of Branch, a social media site designed to help people communicate around specific topics.

    13) Jonas Falk, 28

    Falk created OrganicLife, a leading provider of healthy lunches and catering.

    14) Danielle Fong, 25

    Fong is the co-founder of LightSail Energy, a compressed air energy storage system.

    15) Josh Sommer, 24

    After being diagnosed, Sommer founded Chordoma Foundation due to lack of research available. The foundation now assists in over 11 different labs fighting to find treatment and a cure.

    16) Christopher Walton, 27

    Walton is the Senior Broadcast Buyer at Media Experts, a go-to source for media buying and planning.

    17) Ryan Bannon, 27

    Ryan Bannon is the Creative Director and Managing Partner for Playground, Inc. They will be reopening with a whole new look this spring.

    18) Susan Gregg Koger and Eric Koger, both 28

    What originally began as selling vintage clothes from their house has now grown to a multi-million dollar vintage clothes online store called ModCloth.

    19) Pete Cashmore, 27

    Cashmore is the creator of Mashable, a social media news site that has skyrocketed over the past two years.

    20) Lily Liu, 29

    Lily Liu is the creator of an ingenious company called PublicStuff. If you notice potholes, broken signs, graffiti, etc while you’re out, simply snap a photo and they’ll submit the issue to the proper department in your area.

    21) Chuck Cohn, 26

    Cohn started Varsity Tutors as a tutor classifieds which has since quickly become a highly elite private tutoring and test prep junction.

    22) Pep Gomez, 19

    Pep Gomez is the creator of Fever Up, a mobile app “city guide” designed to keep you up to date with events and locations that would be of interest to you.

    23) Trace Cohen, 24

    Trace Cohen created Launch.It (currently in beta). This is a professional self-publishing and brand engagement news platform.

    24) Nikki Robinson, 27

    Nikki Robinson, founder of Gloss and Glam, is a makeup artist herself. Her company does hair and makeup on location. So far she’s worked with everyone from Britney Spears to the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

    25) Lauren Mcleod, 27

    Lauren Mclead is the creator and CEO of FlightFox, a go-to resource for finding cheap flights. Rather than using computers, you hire real people to find you the best deals possible.

    26) Nanxi Liu, 22

    Nanxi Liu founded Nanoly Bioscience while still in college. Nanoly Bioscience strives to develop a better way to deliver vaccines to women and children around the world.

    27) Katie Shea and Susie Levitt, both 25

    This dynamic duo founded FUNK-tional Enterprises, a footwear and accessory store for women.

    28) Indhira Santana, 27

    Santana created and opened a one-of-a-kind holistic health spa located in New York. Plans to create other locations are in the works.

    29) Nina Cherny and Jenny Wu, 29 and 28

    Cherny and Wu took the idea of wishing you could play fashion designer and turned it into a reality. Stylyt allows you to design an idea, submit it for voting and sell it if you’re chosen.

    30) Amit Avner, 26

    Amit Avner is the Taykey co-founder and CEO. Taykey is a topical advertising platform that takes subjects specific to your audience and aligns them with your brand.

    Are there any young entrepreneurs you would add to this list to look out for this year?

    Matthew Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, and Investor. He Co-Founded along with his brother Adam. Matthew is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.

    Follow Matthew on Twitter: @matthewtoren

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    5 Responses to 30 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs Dominating in 2013

    1. Bamidele Onibalusi March 27, 2013 at 11:14 am #

      Thanks for the list, Matt and for introducing me to a lot of new young entrepreneurs I need to start following.

      I’m also very honored to be on this list and I can’t explain my excitement!

      You guys rock!

      Best Regards,

      • Matthew T April 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

        @Bamidele You deserve to be on this exclusive list! Keep rockin’!

    2. Wendy April 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

      These lists make me feel like a total loser. Amazing entrepreneurs featured here. I gotta get busy!

    3. Trace Cohen April 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm #


      Thank you so much for the honor on being on this list with so many other distinguished and passionate entrepreneurs!

    4. Ben Lang April 3, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

      Thanks for including me Matthew, much appreciated!

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