Six Austin entrepreneurs landed spots on Forbes’ recently released 30 Under 30 list of the top young “change-makers” in the country. Forbes annually chooses 30 “game changers” in 20 different industries ranging from education and finance to healthcare and sports, with 600 total honorees.
Among those listed are Adam Lyons and Joshua Dziaback, the 29-year-old cofounders of The Zebra, an Austin startup that lets consumers compare car insurance rates online. The company reports it has raised more than $17 million from investors. They were honored in Forbes’ consumer tech category.
Also honored in the consumer tech category is Whitney Wolfe, the 27-year-old CEO of dating app Bumble. According to Forbes, she was a cofounder of Tinder, another dating app, but left the company and sued over sexual harassment claims. Bumble now reports 11 million registered users, and Wolfe is set to speak at South by Southwest this year.
In the games category, Forbes honored 29-year-old Adam Schwartz, the CEO of Owlchemy Labs, a leader in virtual reality gaming. Schwartz is currently working on developing a VR game based on the Adult Swim cartoon “Rick and Morty.”
Two Austinites made the list in the food and drink category. Germany native Dominik Stein, 29, cofounded VERTS Mediterranean Grill, which sells authentic Döner kebabs, a Turkish street food popular in Germany. The restaurant now has 36 locations across the country, according to Forbes.
Also honored in the food and drink category is Miguel Garza, a 29-year-old Laredo native and the cofounder of Siete Family Foods, a company which makes tortilla from almond flour and considers itself the “Annie’s Homegrown” of Mexican food, Forbes reports. He’s listed as one of Forbes’ top “standout” honorees on this year’s list.
Beyond this featured group, there are 594 more honorees in the 2017 class, including Austin’s Andy Bossley, the Senior Manager of Global Marketing Campaigns at IBM. See if you can find any more local faces on the full list here.
This is Forbes’ sixth year of presenting 30 Under 30 awards. This year, Forbes reports it received more than 15,000 submissions.
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