Congratulations to ALL the LA-based people and companies that made it to the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 list!
Scrolling through the various categories, you would think that the world revolves around New York, Boston, DC, and San Francisco (*cough cough*, *cough cough*), but as you can tell by the list below, Los Angeles talent is very well-represented, and will continue to grow in time.
A large number of all the inductees worldwide developed their acumen or ideas during college, so it is up to everybody in the LA ecosystem to encourage, recognize, foster, develop, and promote young talent in our own backyard, both within our education system and through our co-working spaces, accelerators, and late-night skull sessions at coffee shops & kitchen tables throughout the region.
But also keep in mind that the ideas borne by the listers can be accomplished well beyond 30, it just takes a keen eye to question the status quo of established business operations and look at how to do things in a different way (notice how I tiptoe around 2014’s overused word “disrupt”…). And then have the tenacity to stick with an idea and build a team to turn good ideas into reality.
So without further ado, here is the LA portion of the Forbes 30 Under 30 2015, which truly shows the diverse ecosystem of art, commerce, and technology that is the pulse of our city’s future.
Palmer Luckey of Oculus (article)
Bridget Hilton of LSTN (site)
Katerina Markov of Atom Factory (site)
Konstantin Batygin of CalTech (site)
Marketing / Advertising:
Jaclyn Johnson of (no subject) (site)
Cameron Waring of Shareability (site)
Justin Nanfelt of PMK*BNC (site)
James Toney III of Saw (site)
Food & Wine:
Nicholas Rellas & Justin Robinson of Drizly (site)
Jilliene Helman of Realty Mogul (site)
And of course, most of the “Hollywood-Entertainment” List (link):
John Francis Daly
(And feel free to correct me in the comments section if I either missed an LA-based lister, or listed someone who is not really an LA-based person. If you go through the entire Forbes articles, you can see that they don’t exactly make it easy to see it all at glance…)