Change is a fact of life. High technologies and innovations are the future. The world is changing and it seems to be taking a more environmental and sustainable approach.
We text, we connect on facebook and twitter, we share pictures on instagram or pinterest, we read news and order on line and so much more. From our fingertips we control our life.
The thing that matters most is that we save on carbon footprint, we save trees, we emit less pollution while we help our planet too. A win-win.
With this in mind, the much awaited FORTUNE 40 under 40 party which celebrates the hottest, youngest and most promising rising tech stars took place last week at the new Airbnb headquarters in San Francisco.
In keeping with the high tech theme, the prestigious yet minimalistic event was sponsored by Johnnie Walker, Verizon Wireless and TUDOR Watches.
Guests and honorees enjoyed exquisite hors d'oeuvres and cocktails and mingled to the sound of DJ Jeff Bostic.
We were privileged to get some interviews that we hope will encourage some of you to dream big.
Here are some of FORTUNE 40 under 40 honorees and some quick words they were kind to share:
#1. Marissa Mayer: CEO of Yahoo
Since her arrival as CEO, stock is up 86%.
"Innovation is key to achieve success," Mayer shared with us.
#2. Jack Dorsey: Co-Founder and CEO, Square
As Twitter gets ready to become public (he is the Co-Founder), Dorsey is the CEO and founder of Square, the mobile-payment system processes $15 billion annually.
#3. Mark Zuckerberg: Founder and CEO, Facebook
Shares of the social network topped their initial public offering price of $38 (now they are higher). Mark is back.
Launched in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, Airbnb is a source for people to list or book accommodations or rent their homes— online or from a mobile phone. It reaches more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. It is valued at $2.5 billion.
" We love our new Headquarters and are honored to host the event here. Airbnb symbolizes the future when it comes to planning your next vacation. It is also the very green thing to do. We work hard and are thrilled with the growth of our company," dashing Nathan Blecharczyk said smilingly.
#11. Ben Silbermann: Co-Founder and CEO, Pinterest
With constant growth, Pinterest traffic nearly tripled and has now 53 million unique visitors this year.
" I am having fun and I am thrilled with what is happening. It takes hard work and passion, to reach your goals," Silbermann stated.
#12. Chuck Meyers: Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments
Myers is a champion at Fidelity, where he manages $10.5 billion in small-cap stocks.
"Find a job you love, so it is like a daily hobby of some sort. Last but not least: be ambitious, " Meyers was eager to add.
#13. Travis Kalanick: Founder, Uber
Hailing a taxi or a black car has never been so easy with this smartphone app. "The company is booming, and has even seen growth in Paris, where it offers the UberMoto which is like a motorcycle taxi," he shares with a laugh.
#19. Ashih Thakkar: Founder, Mara Group
Thakkar has built the continent's largest pan-African conglomeratewith a portfolio of some $1 billion and 7,500 people across 21 countries. " Passion and dedication are how I work," Thakkar states.
#20. Will Adams: Chairman, i.am.plus
You know him as will.i.am the pop star of the Black Eyed Peas, but Adams has established himself as a social and technology consultant. He has teamed up with NASA, the NBA and Anheuser-Busch InBev.
#22. Sam Yagan: Co-Founder and CEO, OKCupid, CEO, Match Inc.
In 2003 with his friends form SparkNotes created OkCupid, which pioneered the use of data mining in online dating. They sold it to IAC's Match.com in 2011 for $90 million, and last fall Yagan was made CEO of Match Inc.
#24. David Karp: Founder and CEO, Tumblr
He founded Tumblr, which hosts 136 million+ blogs, and sold it to Yahoo this year for $1.1 billion.
#25. Ben Hulburt: CEO, Eclipse Resources
Hulburt co-founded Rex Energy. It grew into a $300 million company.
#26. Jonah Peretti: Founder and CEO, BuzzFeed
He launched BuzzFeed in 2008. In August, BuzzFeed reached 85 million unique visitors.
#27. Jeremy Bird: Founding Partner: 270 Strategies
With the new firm he is offering the Obama campaign's magic to corporate interests, nonprofits, and political campaigns.
#29. Lani Hay: Founder and CEO, Lanmark Technology
The Naval Academy graduate is star. She has grown the threat analytics firm she founded in 2003 into a fast-growing government contractor with revenue of close to $40 million.
#31. Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna: Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, Birchbox
Launched in 2010 by trendy Harvard Business School graduates Barna and Beauchamp. The startup made the subscription "box" THE trend. Birchbox has raised $11.9 million and also launched its men's line in April 2012.
"We saw an opportunity to create a new retail model within the beauty industry that focused on discovery (or first time purchase) online (compared to just replenishment). The Birchbox model is a win for Brands because it is the most efficient way to connect with a high value customers, and a win for customers who are cutting through the clutter and can change their routines without having to invest a lot of time of money" shared Katia and Hayley.
#32. Niraj Shah: 39 Co-Founder and CEO, Wayfair
CEO Shah and Steve Conine started out with racksandstands.com in 2002 and grew. They bought domain names - simplydogbeds.com, justshagrugs.com, dinnerplates.com—and in 2011 changed the company name from CSN Stores to Wayfair. It is the biggest online-only homegoods seller, and this summer it acquired New York retailer DwellStudio.
#33. Rachel Shechtman: Founder, Story
She is the queen of retail with a new concept. Her New York boutique is unique and changes its "story" on regular basis. Boring does not exist, excitingly new is key.
"You have to come see it. But you have to come on a regular basis to see what's new, as we are constantly changing the story, " Rachel shares with a contagious laugh.
#33. Alli Web: Founder, Drybar (TIE)
Blowouts are big in Europe but not in the US, Until Alli and her family got involved. They opened 30 bow dry salons including on in San Francisco and hit $40 million in revenue this year.
#37. Dhiraj Rajaram: Founder and CEO, Mu Sigma
He is a pioneer and has made an impact in the world of big data with his eight-year-old firm, which provides data and analytics services to a quarter of the companies on the Fortune 500.
"Clarity, focus and perseverance are what you need to make it in this world," he shared with us.
#38. Andrew Ng: Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Coursera
The company has raised $43 million this year—bringing its funding to $65 million from backers including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the World Bank.
#40. Kat Cole: President, Cinnabon
Cole is transforming Cinnabon into a multichannel consumer brand. Sales of all Cinnabon-related products are approaching $1 billion.
One highlight of the evening was the quick appearance of super model Tyra Banks. She shared that she is launching a new project and is looking for female entrepreneurs to come on board. She wants women out there to believe in themselves to be bale to achieve their dreams: "Don't be afraid to speak your mind, say it the way it is. Be honest, it will go along way," she ends.
Guests left inspired, happy and motivated, hoping to make it on next year's list.
1. CNNMoney."FORTUNE 40 under 40: Meet this year 's hottest rising stars." Web. October 6, 2013.
2. Entrepreneur.com "Cat Kole President of Cinnabon by age 32." Web. October 6, 2013
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