Adam Lyons and Joshua Dziabiak were named to the list in the Consumer Tech category.
The annual list highlights “game changers” under 30 years old who are revolutionizing industries with a goal “nothing short of breaking the status quo and transforming the world.”
Forbes received more than 15,000 submissions for the list, which were narrowed down to 600 honorees -- 30 winners for each of the 20 categories including Sports, Art & Style, Science, Finance, Law & Policy and Healthcare.
Other winners include Olympic athletes Simone Biles and Patrick Kane; entertainment and media mogul Kylie Jenner and Moonlight actors Trevante Rhodes and Ashton Sanders.
Lyons and Dziabiak, both 29, founded The Zebra in Pittsburgh in 2012. The company’s platform lets consumers compare more than 200 of the nation’s top insurance carriers to get real-time quotes.
After securing funding from Silverton Partners, The Zebra moved its headquarters to Austin in 2013.
Today, the company has raised more than $17 million from backers including investor Mark Cuban, venture capitalist Mike Maples Jr. and Ballast Point Ventures.
Lyons is a Pittsburgh native who dropped out of high school at age 15. He held a series of odd jobs before returning to school to study risk management and insurance at Temple University.
Dziabiak grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family of small business owners. As a teenager, he began designing websites for local businesses and sold his business a year later. He went on to found several other companies including ShowClix, an event software company, before meeting Lyons and launching The Zebra.
Lyons said being named to the Forbes list “truly shows that there’s no single recipe for success and there’s no time frame. I didn’t have the most traditional youth (having dropped out of high school), and neither did Josh, but we’ve both worked incredibly hard to achieve our goals and to create a company that isn’t so traditional either.”
Dziabiak added, “I’ve always been fascinated with how things work -- from computers to businesses to entire industries. But I found out early on that I like to learn in my own way, and that entrepreneurial approach has been most successful for me.”
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