Top 20 most Influential Millennial Founders
Some of the best minds in business today are Millennials who’ve achieved massive success & fame. Draw inspiration from these top 20 most influential Millennial Entrepreneurs.
Founders of: Facebook, InstaGram, SnapChat, Pinterest, Mashable, Tumbler, AirBnB, Honest Tea, Lyft, Word Press, Spotify & many more.
Millennials – teens to mid 30s – are about 80 million strong. While some see them as a generation stuck 24/7 using their Cell phones, others realize that they’re shaping the world around us – as Founders of new companies.
Driven more so by Mission & Values than by money, the Millennial philosophy is one that combines “individualism” to the authentic addition of “value” to the world. In many ways, Millennials are quick to give-back the prosperity bestowed to them from their successes.
Influence. Some of the most influential people alive are Millennials, and that trend is only going to continue & grow as the generation reaches its maximum career impact over the next two decades. Here are the top 20 most influential millennial entrepreneurs to watch in 2017.
- Mark Zuckerberg. Arguably the famous millennial, created Facebook, the most powerful Social Media platform ever – with 1.7 Billion users. Barely in his 30s, he’s already spent considerable sums giving back to cure diseases and help civilizations make better decisions across Health Care & Education (as Bill Gates, MicroSoft also does).
- Mike Krieger & Kevin Systrom created Instagram – which is the immensely popular photo-sharing Social Media app of 400 million users. The app has a particularly large audience of with Millennials & upcoming Generation Z.
- Evan Spiegel & Bobby Murphy – the founders of Snapchat deserve to end up on this list. They have taken photo sharing to the extreme, and have since created one of the biggest Social Media networks of 100 million users.
- Ben Silbermann & Evan Sharp Continuing the theme of ultra-famous Social Media & Content Sharing sites, Ben & Jerry (no, that’s Ice Cream) Ben & Evan created Pinterest – which has grown into a massive business of $11 Billion – with 100 million users.
- Peter Cashmore. There aren’t many things more influential than news. Peter, founder of tech media giant Mashable, began as a tech Blogger and has since built one of the biggest tech-news sites with 70 million users.
- David Karp created Tumblr, a site famous among many Millennials – of the 65 million who use the Blogging platform daily. The site is normally used for sharing art & images, but it also acts well for short form Blogging & sharing ideas.
- Brian Chesky – Founder of AirBnB, Brian Chesky has managed to disrupt / revolutionize the way we approach travel, room & board with 50 million users.
- Jessica Alba – the Actress turned entrepreneur. She created The Honest Tea Company – that sells ethical & non-toxic products, The Honest Company is now valued at well over $1 billion.
- John Zimmer is another Entrepreneur focused on disrupting markets. He is famous for his creation of Lyft, a major competitor with Uber. Ride-share apps are changing the way people think about travel, delivery & more.
- Blake Ross is creator of multiple companies. He gained his initial fame with Mozilla Firefox, the web Browser. Since then, Ross has also started Parakey which was sold to Facebook for a nice profit.
- Matthew Mullenweg. Famous for helping others start their own blogs, businesses & sites. He is the creator of WordPress – which serves as a prime software for helping others build their own sites.
- Andrew Mason, founder of Groupon, is one of the oldest Millennials on this list. While he is no longer running Groupon, he is still creating new companies that will continue to impact communities.
- Daniel Ek is one of the founders of Spotify, the music streaming service. The service has grown to a massive size, and it will likely continue to absorb a large share of the music market.
- Michelle Phan. A popular YouTube personality, Michelle Phan uses her gigantic fan base of >1 billion users to promote her own lines of makeup and eventually started Ipsy, a makeup & beauty company which has received a large valuation.
- Adam D’Angelo left Facebook in 2008 to start his own site, Quora – which has since become a massive site on its own and continues to grow in size and scope.
- Gerard Adams. Founder of Elite Daily, Jerry is an entrepreneur who understands Millennials – to the point that his newest startup, Fownders, helps Millennials create their own startups & become entrepreneurs themselves.
- Brian D. Evans, a serial entrepreneur, is perhaps most famous for starting Influencive. The site combines multiple forms of content to instruct & inspire those who want to become entrepreneurs themselves.
- Dustin Moskovitz is perhaps most famous for co-founding Facebook. However, Moskovitz left in 2008 and co-founded Asana, a growing app that is used for team management in professional settings.
- Amber Venz not only became a famous millennial on her own, but she helped plenty of others as well. Venz, along with other popular Fashion Bloggers, were able to monetize their blogs by reaching out to their massive communities.
- Sean Rad. Last but not least, is co-founder of the trendy app Tinder – which is an app designed to help singles meet others in their area, is immensely popular among Millennials.
Comments: Do you know an Millennials – that you’re impressed with – that didn’t make the list?
from Inc.com Zine 20 Feb 17 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz
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