30 AND UNDER: These are the rising stars in tech who are driving innovation
Shayanne Gal/Business Insider
Changing the world takes vision, grit, and hard work.
And it takes just enough crazy to believe you might actually pull it off.
That's what makes the young generation of innovators so important. Chock-full of fresh ideas and optimism, today's crop of up-and-comers aren't wasting time waiting in line; they're building the companies and products of the future right now.
We've rounded up a list of those ahead of the curve: The entrepreneurs, CEOs, and product gurus, ages 30 and under, who are driving innovation from Silicon Valley to South Africa. To be eligible for this list, the person had to have done something awesome in tech in 2018.
Business Insider combed the tech landscape, from startups and tech giants to venture capital firms and investors, to find the most interesting and noteworthy rising stars. Here they are:
Shruti Merchant's startup takes the hassle out of finding affordable housing in California's ritziest markets.
Vitalik Buterin created the blockchain technology for ethereum when he was only a teenager.
Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone have plans to print rockets on the planet Mars.
Laura Deming wants to create an antidote for aging.
Ryan Williams makes it easy for tech firms to hire more people of color.
Joseph Fasone is creating an affordable internet service provider for businesses by tapping into pre-existing fiber optic cables.
Sheena Allen created a financial services app that brings banking to the unbanked.
Nader Al-Naji got $133 million for a cryptocurrency startup that could replace money completely.
Mathilde Collin's startup is changing the way teams get work done.
Jonathan Gootenberg and Omar Abudayyeh are working on improving the gene-editing tool CRISPR.
Delane Parnell is bringing a video gaming league to high schools across America.
Alexandra Siegel drives diversity and inclusion within Salesforce.
Dylan Field has created a cloud-based Adobe counterpart for interface design.
Tessa Lyons is working to combat fake news at Facebook.
Patrick and John Collison are fighting back against the San Francisco housing crisis with a $1 million donation.
Allyson Dias connects young founders with financing.
Henry Hu opened what may be the world's first robot-run coffee shop.
Josh Browder uses legal loopholes to get you cheaper flights.
Kyle Sherman's marijuana software company helped HP take the leap into legal weed.
Komal Ahmad connects businesses with excess food to those who need it.
Matt Polega, Scott Crouch, and Florian Mayr cofounded Mark43 to make law enforcement more efficient.
Sameep Tandon's self-driving car company, Drive.ai, has raised $77 million since it was founded in 2015.
Dan Romero heads up one of the hottest cryptocurrency exchanges.
Thogori Karago connects African job seekers with opportunity at LinkedIn Africa.
Jobert Abma and Michiel Prins' company, HackerOne, crowdsources hackers to ensure online security.
Reed McCord is helping to deliver meatless meat to the masses.
Brianna Stubbs is bringing research-backed science to biohacking.
Ashwin Pushpala is developing a technology that could be the answer to healthy eating and peak performance.
Felipe Villamarin launched Colombia's delivery service Rappi.
Herman Narula and Rob Whitehead have joked that their company is attempting to build the Matrix.
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