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Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech

twentysomething-entrepreneurs.jpgBusinessWeek magazine published its roundup of the tech industry’s most promising players aged 30 and under. The selection is based on a survey among venture capitalists, magazine’s readers, and the editorial staff. BusinessWeek tries to identify whose ideas and innovations are likely to make the biggest impact on technology in the coming years.

The list of Best Young Entrepreneurs

  • Dries Buytaert, 29, Acquia
  • Garrett Camp, 29, StumbleUpon/eBay
  • Joe Green, 24, Causes
  • Drew Houston, 25, Dropbox
  • Chaim Indig, 29, Phreesia
  • Rob Kalin, 28, Etsy
  • Aaron Patzer, 27, Mint.com
  • Matt Sanchez, 26, VideoEgg
  • Jia Shen, 28, RockYou
  • Bret Taylor, 27, and Jim Norris, 26, FriendFeed
  • David Ulevitch, 26, OpenDNS

Apart from the names of the finalists, BusinessWeek’s special report includes the companies their ideas spawned and their advice for would-be entrepreneurs in the midst of an economic slowdown.

Number one in the list is Dries Buytaert, who in 2001 developed Drupal, a system designed to make it easier to publish, manage, and organize content on a Web site. Buytaert argues that a startup with smart ideas and driven people has a good chance of surviving, whatever the economic climate. His advice:

Make sure you have a solid business plan and you’ve done your homework and are passionate about what you are doing, and people will recognize your potential.