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The New Class of Tech Geniuses

Mr. Facebook isn’t the only computer whiz to turn a knack for coding into big bucks. Meet the other baby billionaires conquering the world of technology.


David Karp, tumblr

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The 26-year-old founder and CEO of Tumblr learned how to code at 11, dropped out of school at 15, launched the blogging platform at 20, and by 24 was named one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35 in the world by MIT. You know how we were spending our time at age 11? Get your mind out of the gutter! (But, yeah, we were masturbating.)
 
Harper Reed, Threadless

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With his mohawk, piercings, and complicated facial hair, the chief technology officer for the Obama campaign looks more like a drummer in a punk band than a tech whiz, but the former CTO of Threadless tees has shown an unrivaled mastery of social media. He also calls himself “one of the coolest guys ever,” and who are we to argue?
 
Mark Pincus, Zynga

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As the founder and CEO of Zynga—which makes games like FarmVille and Words With Friends—Pincus is the man responsible for your poor productivity (and highly productive tomato crop!). The gaming company boasts more than 230 million users per month, and is one reason the 46-year-old entrepreneur landed on Forbes’ list of richest billionaires.
 
Daniel Ek, Spotify

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Remember when the music industry was at death’s door? You know, like, two years ago? Well, thanks to this Swedish wunderkind (who started his first company at 14) and his Spotify streaming service, listening to songs is now so easy that greedy fans are no longer illegally downloading music and artists are getting paid again. Incredibly, even Lars Ulrich is on board.
 
Kevin Rose, Digg, Revision3

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Rose shits out companies like a stoner shits burritos: fast and voluminously. First there was social news site Digg, then Web TV network Revision3, microblogging network Pownce, and mobile app incubator Milk. He was also an early investor in Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare. By the time you finish reading this, he’ll have founded four new companies.
 
Jack Dorsey, Twitter, Square

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Do you find yourself speaking in 140-character units? First, slap yourself in the face. Then blame this guy. The cofounder and former CEO of Twitter isn’t content to influence how we communicate. Square—an electronic payment service he founded that lets you accept credit cards through your smartphone—will change how you spend as well.

 

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