50 Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Building Awesome Things

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The other day I was on a phone call with an angel investor, and he told he how much he appreciated that we don’t just interview tech entrepreneurs. That made me feel good for about five seconds. And then I got immediately offended because we have interviewed some incredible tech entrepreneurs who are building amazing things.

I started jotting them down on whatever I was writing on at the time (which of course I couldn’t and won’t ever find again) and then I decided I must do a post on the. So here are 50 Tech Entrepreneurs who have been featured on IdeaMensch who are building amazing things.

As always, I am sure I am missing some awesome people. So please feel free to suggest some folks (even yourself), in our comment section below.

And a special thanks goes to our sponsor eMinutes whose continous support help us pay the bills and our good friend Rohit Jain who connected us with many of the folks below.

Here we go.

Cyrus Farudi

cyrus farudiCyrus Farudi is an American entrepreneur and the co-founder of Capsule. Capsule is an event planning and group sharing platform built to help anyone who is planning, attending, or organizing a trip, party, or event. It combines a lot of the best features from evite, groupme, path, and color but is ultimately a unique solution in the market.

Zao Yang

Sizhao “Zao” Yang is currently the COO/co-founder at BetterWorks, Inc., a perks platform for small and medium sized businesses. Previously, he co-created Farmville, and was the CEO/co-founder of MyMiniLife, Inc. (sold to Zynga Game Networks, Inc.).  After the acquisition, MyMiniLife became the common technology platform at Zynga and powers 150M monthly users including games like Cityville, Farmville, and Frontierville.

Seth Sternberg

Seth Sternberg is the CEO and one of the co-founders of Meebo a tool that helps you organize the web around your interests. Meebo enables more than 180 million people to instantly share with their friends across any communication network on the Web, and is used by more than 8,000 websites including Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, TMZ, Adweek, Yes Network and more.

Mark Hendrickson

Mark Hendrickson is the CEO and co-founder of a consumer internet service called Plancast. Plancast allows you to discover events and other social activities. Plancast lets you know about the events your friends plan to attend as well as other cool events coming up in your area.

Alan Schaaf

Alan Schaaf is the founder of Imgur.com, who created the site in early 2009 while he was an undergraduate computer science student at Ohio University. Imgur is an image hosting and entertainment website which quickly gained popularity among social news sites such as Reddit and Digg. In just two years, Imgur has achieved an Alexa ranking in the top 200 sites in the world and currently serves more than 120 million images to the Internet every day.

Brittany Laughlin

Brittany Laughlin is the co-founder of gtrot, a social travel company working to make travel planning easier. The company improves travel search by connecting users with friends who have been to their destination. gtrot aims to the be the social platform between travel and social networks, providing the best experience before and during your trip.

Niel Robertson

Niel Robertson is a serial entrepreneur and former VC who most recently founded Trada, a crowdsourced paid-search marketplace, and Crowdsortium, a trade organization for crowdsourcing professionals. Trada allows a crowd of experts manage online advertising campaigns for you.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard is a founder of Chill, which is a platform that allows you to watch video from (and with) the people you care about.  Brian also founded Newroo (acquired by Fox Interactive Media when he was 25) and Ad.ly(the world’s largest celeb endorsement network).

Andreas Bodczek

Andreas Bodczek is the CEO of SponsorPay, a cross-platform in-game advertising solution where he is in charge of the overall evolution of the company, in particular finance and advertiser relations. He has steered the growth of the company from an ambitious idea in May 2009 to a dominant offer-based payments platform just two years later with offices in four countries and operations all over the world.

Brian Wong

Brian Wong is the founder of kiip (pronounced “keep”), a mobile rewards network, backed by True Ventures. Kiip has raised over $4.4 million in funding to date and is redefining the advertising industry through a “moments”-based value model, versus the traditional attention based screen estate model. Very recently, Kiip was listed by Forbes as one of the “4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List”.

Tara Hunt

Tara Hunt cofounded Buyosphere in 2010, an online Q&A for shopping. Buyosphere is leveraging the social web to build a knowledge base that will change the way we choose every product on the web. Fast Company called her one of the most influential women in technology and one of the 25 women-led startups to watch. She is a digital nomad currently living in Montreal with her dog, Ridley and boyfriend Carlos and has a grown son, Tad, who keeps her honest.

Dave Elchoness

Dave Elchoness co-founded Tagwhat with Don Cramer and Angus Shee in 2009 to create new mobile experiences for people at places. The team launched Tagwhat in 2010 as a location-based social network with augmented reality but found that users did not quite know how to leverage location and soon revised their plans to focus squarely on place-based storytelling in multimedia. Walk by a place and watch as that place comes to life in your mobile in video, audio, and images as you pass.

Bo Fishback

Bo Fishback is the co-founder and CEO of Zaarly, a proximity-based, real-time, buyer-powered market where buyers make an offer for an immediate need and sellers cash in on their local marketplace. If you’ve ever said, “I’d pay ______ for _______” then Zaarly is for you. If you’ve ever said “I want money,” well… you’re welcome.

Cyrus Massoumi

Cyrus Massoumi is co-founder and CEO of ZocDoc which allows patients to search for doctors in their area who take their insurance and book appointments online. By revealing the hidden supply of doctors’ appointments, including the many that are cancelled last minute by patients — ZocDoc helps improve access to healthcare.

Dan Gould

Dan Gould is the another founder of Chill and leads the technology team. Dan also founded Newroo (acquired by Fox Interactive Media), Ad.ly (the world’s largest celeb endorsement network) and Corridor. Dan previously was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health and at the Brown University Computer Graphics Group and has won a number of Computer Science awards.

Alvin Woon

Alvin Woon: Co-founder of Plurk.comAlvin Woon is one of the founder of Plurk.com, a social network with a focus on game mechanics and short message. He also started 無聊.com, stupidmap.com and various other social web experiments. He has previously held web engineering positions at Knowledge Marketing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Galtnet. He had given talks at TEDx, FOWA and GoMobile and run workshops in Asia trying to promote the importance of user interface design on the web.

Raúl Verano and Ariel di Stefano

Raúl Verano and Ariel di Stefano are the co-founders of Agile Route, a small development boutique in Buenos Aires focused on innovation and building a smart portfolio of software products.One of their innovations uses Microsoft Kinect to build real world Google Analytics.

Mona Bijoor

Mona Bijoor is the founder of JOOR, a network that makes it easier for brands and boutique owners to connect, conduct business, and maximize their potential. After experiencing firsthand some of the incredible challenges and time constraints that professionals in the fashion industry face – rushing to showroom appointments, poring over line sheets, and scouting emerging talent – Mona Bijoor decided to create a private network offering a simple, online solution to the tedium of wholesale fashion buying.

Oliver Roup

Oliver Roup - Founder and CEO of VigLinkOliver Roup is the CEO of VigLink, a platform that allows you to easily monetize the outgoing links on your website. Previously, he was a director at Microsoft, in charge of products for various media properties including XBOX Live Video Marketplace, Zune Marketplace and MSN Entertainment. Oliver has patents issued and pending; covering micro-transactions, media and metadata. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from MIT and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Bre Pettis

Bre Pettis – Co-Founder of MakerBotBre Pettis makes things that make things. Passionate about invention, innovation and all things DIY, Pettis builds infrastructure for creativity. He is a founder of Makerbot, a company that produces robots that make things, a founder of Thingiverse where people share digital designs and a founder of NYCResistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn.

Aaron Harris

Aaron K. Harris - Co-Founder and CEO of TutorspreeAaron Harris is the co-founder of Tutorspree, a marketplace for tutoring which is trying to solve a series of massive inefficiencies in a market that’s worth $100B worldwide.  It’s a system in which students and parents are unhappy with the methods through which they find and work with tutors and in which tutors are unhappy with the ways they find new students.

Christian Lanng

Christian Lanng - Co-founder and CEO of TradeshiftChristian Lanng is the co-founder of Tradeshift, the world’s first cloud business network, mixing business and social networks. Tradeshift has so far been highly successful, with users in more than 190 countries and more than 2,000 users joining the online network every week.

Matthew Bellows

Matthew Bellows: CEO of Yesware

Matthew Bellows is the founder and CEO of Yesware – an email solution for salespeople. He’s handled sales for several startups, including his previous one, WGR Media, which he sold to CNET. The lack of tools that help salespeople do their job better finally drove him over the edge. He called his partner Cashman and they started another company together.

 

Adii Rockstar

Adii Rockstar (born Adriaan Pienaar) is an entrepreneur, the co-founder of the successful online startup WooThemes and a general creator of Rockstar Awesomeness. Along with being a serial entrepreneur, he is also a designer and developer (CSS, PHP and WordPress), which has spawned his other company – a boutique design and development agency called Radiiate.

Alex Schiff

Alex Schiff is the CEO and co-founder of Fetchnotes, a super easy-to-use notes application. He is a junior at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Prior to starting Fetchnotes, Alex was an early employee at Benzinga, a financial media startup, where he spearheaded business development and various editorial initiatives.

Mark Vletter

Mark Vletter is the founder of Voys Telecom (one of the largest telecom providers in the Netherlands) and the one who’s trying to steer the company is the right direction with the help of his team. Mark was schooled at the Hanze University in Groningen to understand business processes and improve them using ICT. He fell in love with the Internet in 1996.

Ernests

Ernests has spent the last 6 years working in web projects and developing startup ideas in the Bluetooth and QR code fields. In 2008, together with Reach.ly co-founder Kaspars, he built a recommendation engine for geographic places and more recently the pre-cursor to Reach.ly, an affiliate-driven direct marketing hotel bookings site. He is active in the Baltic rim and Nordic startup scene, organizing events such as Garage48 in Riga.

Yaron Samid

Yaron Samid is the founder and CEO of BillGuard, a personal finance security company named “2011 Big-Data Startup of the Year” by O’Reilly Media and “2011 Top Startup of the Year Runner-up” by TechCrunch. BillGuard harnesses the collective knowledge of millions of consumers to protect credit cards from unfair, erroneous and fraudulent charges.

Dayson Pais

Dayson Pais is a serial entrepreneur who’s worked on dozens of websites, mobile & desktop apps since the age of 13. He co-founded Webly, a creative web agency, Epicwhale,  a design and technology incubator and is now busy building his first consumer product called Textme.

Robert Boehme

Robert Boehme the CEO of Part-Time Scientists, a German based team of over 100 scientists, engineers and researcher that are working in cooperation with over 50 industrial partners towards sending a rover to the moon. He is a system engineer who took the shortcut directly from high school to work and started working his first job at the age of 18 as a consultant for the German government. He is one of the founding figures of the in Germany well known, “Linuxeinsteiger” community. His track record of writing about himself in third person is quite good too.

Geoff Lewis

Geoff Lewis is the co-founder and CEO of Topguest, an early-stage technology company that is redefining loyalty program engagement for a mobile, social world. Founded in June, 2010, Topguest has thus far been adopted by loyalty programs with a combined reach of +170 Million members.

Stephen Ou

Stephen Ou is a up-and-coming entrepreneur who had several products under his belt. He is the founder of Artsy Editor, a well-loved WordPress editor used by many popular bloggers. He takes care of every part of Artsy Editor, from starting marketing campaign to answering support emails, from writing code to making Photoshop design. Before Artsy Editor, he also created several successful, widely-used web apps includingiTunes Instant and TwtRoulette. In total they’ve attracted over three hundred thousands users in less than a year. His work had been featured on Inc. Magazine, Forbes, TechCrunch, Mashable, The Next Web, and more.

Travis Katz

Travis Katz is the co-founder and CEO of Gogobot.com – a social trip planning site.  Prior to founding Gogobot, Travis was the SVP and GM for MySpace International, launching MySpace in more than 30 countries and growing the user base to more than 70MM users.

Ben Lang

Ben Lang - Founder of Epic LaunchBen Lang is an 18-year-old Internet entrepreneur whose journey began at age 14 when he started his own eBay business. He’s the founder of EpicLaunch, a popular blog for young entrepreneurs. Ben’s also the founder of MySchoolHelp, a site for students to find and share notes from their schools. Right now he’s living in the Tel Aviv area of Israel, working on the marketing team at Wibiya and will be joining the Israeli army in March.

Isaac Garcia

Isaac Garcia is the CEO and co-founder of Central Desktop. The company is the provider of the cloud-based collaboration software Central Desktop, which revolutionizes how people connect and share information to drive profitable business results.

Sachin Rekhi

Sachin Rekhi is founder of Connected, a professional contact manager that brings your contacts together in one place. Unlike other contact managers, Connected maintains an always up to date address book of the contacts and conversations in your life by syncing with your email, calendar and social networks. It recently was acquired by LinkedIn.

Otis Chandler

Otis Chandler built Goodreads in 2006 because he believed in social networking and wanted to see what his friends were reading. The site has since grown to nearly 7 million members who have added over 240 million books, completely by word of mouth. Goodreads raised a Series A round of funding from True Ventures in the summer of 2009.

Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin is the CEO and co-founder of SEOmoz, a leader in the field of search engine optimization tools, resources and community. He co-authored the Art of SEO from O’Reilly Media and was named on the 40 Under 40 List and 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30. Rand has been written about in The Seattle Times, Newsweek and The New York Times, among others, and has keynoted conferences on search around the world. He’s particularly passionate about the SEOmoz blog, read by tens of thousands of search professionals each day. In his miniscule spare time, Rand enjoys the company of his amazing wife, Geraldine.

Neil Patel

Neil Patel is the co-founder of two Internet companies — Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. Through his entrepreneurial career, Neil has helped large corporations like Amazon, AOL, GM, HP and Viacom make more money from the Web. By the age of 21 not only was Neil named a top 100 blogger by Technorati, but he also was one of the top influencers on the Web according to The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Max Niederhofer

Dr. Max Niederhofer is the founder of Qwerly, a people search engine for the social web. It was recently acquired by Fliptop.  Prior to Qwerly he was a Principal at Atlas Venture, a Boston- and London-based venture capital firm. He previously co-founded myblog.de, Germany’s largest blogging community and was a seed investor in Last.fm (acquired by CBS).

Mike Dirolf

Mike Dirolf is the founder of Fiesta, a company that is making group communication over email easier than ever before. Before Fiesta, Mike was an engineer at 10gen, working on MongoDB. Mike grew up in Albany, NY and received a B.S.E. in Computer Science from Princeton University.

Christian Reber

Christian Reber is the heart-driven founder, serial entrepreneur and driving force behind 6Wunderkinder, a software company in Berlin, Germany. With his main roles as CEO and product manager he is fully realizing his childhood dream of building a company that not only creates software that is functional, but also cutting-edge and sexy.

Scott Dudelson

Scott Dudelson is an internet entrepreneur and the Chief Operating Officer of Prodege. As COO of Prodege, Dudelson spearheads the operation and business development of Prodege- owned properties, including the web’s premier online rewards destination, Swagbucks.com, and The Gift App, one of the most popular virtual gifting applications on facebook.

Greg Tseng

Greg Tseng co-founded Tagged in October 2004 and has served as CEO since its inception. He has been a driving force in creating Tagged with his partner, co-founder and long-time friend, Johann Schleier-Smith. Tagged enables anyone to meet and socialize with new people. With over 100 million members in 220 countries, Tagged has established the category of social discovery. Greg went to Harvard College and pursued a Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford before leaving to launch Tagged.

Paige Craig

Paige Craig is the CEO and co-founder of BetterWorks, an LA based company focused on “Making Work Rewarding” for small & medium business across the US. He is also an angel investor, board member and advisor to both early-stage consumer Internet and new media companies as well as companies in the national security and defense sectors.

Paul Molluzzo

Paul Molluzzo is the founder of Baby Goes Mobile, a “grandma-proof” web application for creating baby books with your cell phone. Paul took the inspiration from the website he built for his firstborn son to create an easy-to-use application for other parents to take advantage of the mobile web they have in their pocket.

Jody Sherman

Jody Sherman co-founded ecomom.com in 2009 out of a desire to help moms with the myriad decisions they face on a daily basis.  Sherman felt that helping them sort through the confusing and often misleading information about what is safe to put in, on, and around their families would be the best way to help effect change that would be good for children and also good for the planet.

Pete Kazanjy

Pete Kazanjy is the co-founder of Honestly.com, a community-contributed professional reputation and peer review website. Pete founded Honestly.com with his co-founders, Jason Heidema and Danis Dayanov, to help bring professional reputation into the Web age.

Jameson Detweiler

Jameson Detweiler - Co-Founder and Chief Hair Officer of LaunchRockJameson Detweiler is the co-founder and Chief Hair Officer of LaunchRock, a startup that allows you to set-up a “coming soon” page in just minutes.

Know any other awesome tech entrepreneurs who we should interview? Comment below.

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Published on February 1, 2012 .
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