“Don’t just think about the technology available today, but the technology that would be 10 times better in the future.” Reshma Shetty, CoFounder, Gingko Bioworks
“Don’t underestimate the ripple effect of what you do. These kinds of actions.have toppled empires.” Leila Janah, Cofounder, Samahope
“I did not have the most experience in the industry or the most money, but I cared the most.” Sara Blakely, Founder, Spanx
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Who? At Wiz4.biz we are devoted to Startups & growing your Small Businesses + not making excuses, then achieving dreams no matter how large.
Why? This diverse group of people, each of them 30 or younger, provide the ultimate American Dream. The 30-under-30 create not only personal wealth or financial stability – but even more important – individual meaning, connection, influence & contribution to their communities & the world. They are fiercely independent, each of them driven by an internalized mission and living toward it with the full dedication of their skills, passions & motivations.
Effect. As you read about each of these incredible young people + learn about their unique & original pursuits, consider the qualities & the values that they have in common. Over and over again, the 30-under-30 exemplify the foundational elements of success in business, life & personal growth. It’s our hope that these will inspire & motivate you to pursue your dream. These are the Wiz4.biz 12 top picks from the 30:
Usama Riaz, 23 UpWork freelance SW Founder and CEO of Minibit, a SW development company that creates mobile Apps
“Freelancing is unique, because it allows anyone with an appropriate skill set to work on problems of their choosing. Paired with a little bit of determination and hard work, freelancing can also be very lucrative. Freelancing has allowed me to work on really interesting SW that may never have been approved in a risk-averse business setting.” Right now, Riaz’s two business generates about $25,000 per month in revenue.
Jordan Lee Dooley, 24 Speaker, Blogger & Podcast host focused on helping women live more intentional lives
“As entrepreneurs, it can be so easy to get caught up in the business plan and the bottom line that we totally miss the mark when it comes to really connecting with & understanding our market. You can have the coolest idea, the best product or the strongest work ethic and still struggle to make progress because you’ve overlooked the most important thing: connection. The only reason I am where I am today, and this early in my life, is because I really paid attention to what people were responding to and focused on building connection before trying to build a brand.”
Matt Hyder, 26, Creator of Recoup Fitness, which creates hot & cold Therapy products
“I barely graduated from HS with a 1.9 GPA. My HS counselor told me I wouldn’t amount to anything. I keep those words with me. I have them written down. Whenever I feel like quitting, I read those words, and they light a fire underneath me. I would rather die than have to look at those people and tell them they are right. I am going to keep proving them all wrong.”
Crystal Lee, 27 Host of This is SF, a local CBS TV show that highlights Businesses & Entrepreneurs in the Bay Area
“One of my favorite parts of solo-preneurship is that having full, all-in ownership of a venture is a great way to learn how to make wise decisions in a short time frame. As Yoda tells us, ‘Do or do not, there is no try.’ Only by fully committing to your work and your choices can any of the time invested be worthwhile.”
Adelaida Diaz-Roa, 27 Co-founder of Nomo FOMO, a social Travel platform, & Lontananza Foundation, a childhood Education non-profit in Colombia
“I like to joke around and say that I’ve known I wanted to go into business since the first time I ever played Monopoly. I was probably 10 years old. The trading, the uncertainty, the excitement, the helping, the strategizing—it was all so fun for me.”
Victor Santos, 27 Co-Founder & CEO of Airfox, a Financial Services company for under-served populations
Santos launched Airfox in 2018 with the goal of empowering millions of families across the world to take control of their finances using a simple, low-cost mobile App. Their first target market is Brazil. “My experience growing up in Brazil, a country where the discrepancy between the wealthy & poor is vast, inspired me to create solutions that can empower those who are excluded from traditional financial services.”
Daquan Oliver, 27 Founder of WeThrive, an Entrepreneurial program allowing Middle school & HS students to create “real” business ventures
Oliver founded WeThrive as a result of a promise he made himself at 14 years old. He grew up in a single-mother, low-income household, and witnessed firsthand the struggles that many Americans today face. “To ensure that all of my mother’s hard work & sacrifice would not be in vain, I made a promise that I would be successful – despite all obstacles in my path, + that I would help other oppressed, under-resourced or otherwise dis-enfranchised individuals do the same. This promise is what I measure my personal definition of success against. Running WeThrive has allowed me to deliver on my promise.”
Nanxi Liu, 29 Co-Founder & CFO of Nanoly Bioscience + Co-Founder & CEO of Enplug
Nanoly Bioscience develops Polymers that eliminate refrigeration for vaccines, & Enplug, an open SW company that manages content on digital displays.I have two because I have a lot of interests, and my work allows me the flexibility to pursue my passions across multiple industries, whether it’s healthcare, investing or entertainment.”
Ankur Jain, 29 Co-Founder & CEO of Kairos, a VC fund, + former Founder & CEO of Humin
Jain is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first company, MyOnlineQuiz.com, at just 11 years old. He went on to study at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania before founding Humin, a technology company that was acquired by Tinder. Now, his primary focus is on Kairos, a VC fund that helps Startups dedicated to solving global problems in the realms of healthcare, education, clean water, etc. Since its inception during Jain’s college days, Kairos has helped over 100 companies get started.
Will Ahmed, 29, Founder and CEO of WHOOP, an Athletic performance company
WHOOP creates wearable technology for both elite athletes & fitness enthusiasts to help them improve their performances by measuring things like recovery, sleep & strain.
LaForce Baker, 29, Founder and executive Chef at Moon Meals, Inc., a healthy, Grab-&-Go meal service
“I got into this line of work out of a personal journey to take control of my health. I grew up without a lot of access to healthy meals on the South Side of Chicago, and therefore became very fat. I taught myself how to make healthier versions of my favorite meals so that I could lose weight & compete in marathons.”
Hector & Eddy Lopez, 29 + Omar Arambula, 29 Co-founders of Instasize, a photo-editing App.
This trio of college friends created Instasize in 2012 as a way to help consumers re-size photos from their rectangular format to a square format for Instagram. Last year, Instasize hit $14 million in revenue & 12 million monthly users.
Comments: Did you find any other Entrepreneur in the Forbes or Success 30 under 30 Lists that really impressed you?
from Forbes & Success Magazines 12/19 edited by Peter/CXO Wiz4.biz
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