We will never run out of innovators because we will never run out of problems to solve or solutions that can be improved.
“If you want to be successful, study someone who is and find out how they did it. You may not be able to create the next Snapchat but you can build the next big thing. And that’s the point.
“Below you will find 25 people, all under 40, to watch and draw inspiration from. They come from all sectors and sizes, but the one common thread among them is they saw what was being done and did it differently. As an entrepreneur, you have to be different. You have to defy convention. You have to look at the world, at some problem, and say, ‘There has to be a better way.’
“The distance between chasing your idea and being on this list is not long. Some people on this list started their company less than a year ago. All of them are young enough and impatient enough not to wait for success. So what are you waiting for? Go out, create and hopefully we’ll see you on this list next year.”
9.) Josh Kent, CEO, SunFrog
A self-taught programmer, Kent built the nation’s largest t-shirt company in less than three years by completely changing the business model. He now employs nearly 400 people.
The Etsy of clothing has empowered thousands to create thriving small businesses globally. According to Alexa, SunFrog is now one of the 500 most trafficked sites in the world. The site is more popular than Mashable, Reuters and Nordstrom.
“Commerce is changing. If you have a large following on social media and the right idea, you can drive a lot of commerce,” Kent said. “We only succeed if our users succeed. So we create the tools – and the shirts — to make that happen.”
Original article published here.