Sunday, July 1, 2012

Newsweek Highlights Top 100 Internetovators

Okay, I made up the word Internetovators (Internet + innovators), but I was inspired after reading the July 2 Newsweek edition that identified the top online figures, movers, and shakers.

I found the top 10 visionaries list of most interest. Though it named the founders of well-known brands – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, and Pinterest, it also featured a few lesser-knowns, such as Path, Airbnb, and SpaceX.

Some other interesting people/sites in the article include:

·        Nick Denton, Gawker Founder
·        Jonah Perotti, BuzzFeed CEO
·        Chris Pook, 4chan Co-Founder
·        Yancey Stickler, Kickstarter Co-Founder
·        Ethan Zuckerman, Center for Civic Media Director
·        Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia Co-Founder
·        Robert Wright, Bloggingheads.TV Founder

The article identified key opinion-makers, evangelists, and investors – and others such as virologists (those who make things go viral). It is mind-boggling to look at the list of impressive success stories. I think I would feel better if they also featured a list of 100 colossal online failures.

People are misled into thinking the digital gold rush will come to them if they have a catchy idea and an investor. Most small businesses fail within a few years of their launch. But, there are many winners out there and if you hope to be one of them you might benefit from reading about these 100 Internovators.

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person.

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