Over 40 Indians in America have made it into the Forbes’ annual list of achievers under the age of 30 who are “changing the rules of the game or creating entirely new playbooks” across varied fields.
The Forbes fifth annual 30 Under 30 list features 600 women and men, who are America’s “most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars” and are “changing the world” across 20 varied sectors from consumer technology, education and media to art and science.
“In the past, youth was a handicap to professional success. Getting older meant more resources, more knowledge, more money. No more. Those who grew up in the tech age have way bigger ambitions – perfectly suited to the dynamic, entrepreneurial and impatient digital world they grew up in.
“If you want to change the world, being under 30 is now an advantage,” Forbes said.
In the consumer tech segment is 22-year-old Ritesh Agarwal, the founder and CEO of OYO Rooms, billed to be the Airbnb of India.
“In a country that lacks a steady supply of budget hotel chains, Oyo has developed a network of 2,200 small hotels in 100 cities across India,” Forbes said.
Others in the field are 28-year old Gagan Biyani and Neeraj Berry who co-founded Sprig, a mobile app that lets users find and order healthy meals and have them delivered quickly.
Others recognised include Karishma Shah, 25, the youngest hire at Alphabet’s Google X so-called moonshot factory, where the search giant places “smart people to come up with far-out technologies that can be applied to the world’s big problems.”
In the Hollywood and entertainment field is 27-year-old Canadian Lilly Singh, writer-comedian and “part of a new generation of stars that has used YouTube to gain a following”.
Vice-president at Citigroup, Nila Das, 27, who is also featured in the list, is a mortgage bond trader running the bank’s secondary trading in agency collatoralised mortgage obligations, overseeing billions of dollars each day.
Others making a mark in finance are 29-year-old Divya Nettimi, an investment analyst at Viking Global Investors, who co-managed Harvard Business School’s Alpha Fund while getting her MBA.
Media stars include 27-year-old Nisha Chittal, manager of social media and community at MSNBC, and Ashish Patel, 29, senior vice-president of Social Media at NowThis Media.
And among the social entrepreneurs is 28-year-old Anoop Jain, founding director of Sanitation and Health Rights in India, which builds toilets, collects human waste and uses methane coming off that excrement to create clean water.
Leading the manufacturing segment is Sampriti Bhattacharyya, a 28-year-old MIT grad student who has developed underwater drones which are capable of autonomously communicating and working together to scan the ocean to look for lost planes.