Generation Innovation

In 20 years from now, I believe wholeheartedly Gen Y will be named the greatest generation – ever.  This generation will be known for many of their accomplishments, and in doing so – I believe they are going to change the world – for the better. 

In the end, the innovation created will be mind-bogglingly and clearly, the driver to their success.  You think I’m crazy?  Think about it. This group experienced life without computers and have been connected 24/7 which lends itself to their techno savviness.  Still not convinced?  Well, from the following list of Gen Yers, it looks like they are off to a pretty good start.

  • Zach Sims (born in 1990) is the CEO and co-founder of Codecademy.  With over 24 million users, Codecademy has built an unparalleled reputation around its free platform for learning programming languages such as Ruby, Python and JavaScript.

  • Matt Mullenweg  (born January 11, 1984) is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform, WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. Additionally, Matt is a principal and founder of Audrey Capital, an investment and research company.

  • Evan Spiegel (born June 4, 1990) is the co-founder of Snapchat made big news in 2013 by reportedly turning down a $3 billion purchase by Facebook. Inside of 3 years after it’s launch, Snapchat users send 700 million photos and videos per day, with it’s content being viewed 500 million times per day.

  • Marc Nager (born in 1985) may just be the most influential figure in the startup community. Nager is the CEO and Co-Director of Startup Weekend. Under Nager’s tutelage, Startup Weekend has held over 1,000 events across more than 400 cities in over 100 countries, creating nearly 8,500 startups. The organization has also raised over $1M in grants from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Kauffman Foundation, and acquired Startup Digest, the free email newsletter on everything going on in the tech startup community.

  • Jack Kim (born in 1985) is a Seattle teenager that founded Benelab, a search engine that generates donations. Kim had made some search engines in the past and quickly learned the power of a search engine in generating revenue from little traffic. He says the search engine's mission is "to make philanthropy easy and more accessible." After establishing the "no adults" rule, Kim began recruiting classmates to be part of his "non-profit organization with a startup vibe" team.