50 Who Matter Now

by | Jul 2, 2007 | Observations

I was out of town last week and had some time to catch up on my reading. The current issue of Business 2.0 has published their second annual “The 50 Who Matter Now” list. 

Taking a page from Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, Business 2.0 has included “us” on the list. “We” have the capability to continue to change the media landscape. As bloggers and blog readers, we play a huge part in that change. It’s going to be interesting to see what the next big phenomena is.

Other individuals of note:

Tim O’Reilly – Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media
“Why he matters: The man who coined the term "Web 2.0" has a talent for planting himself in the heart of the action.”

Nicholas Negroponte – Chairman, One Laptop Per Child
“Why he matters: The MIT Media Lab co-founder’s nonprofit group, One Laptop Per Child, has created an inexpensive notebook computer for children in developing nations. The goal is to make a machine that sells for $100.”

Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom – Co-founders, Skype and Joost
“Why they matter: Call them the Disruptive Duo. First they undermined the music industry by unleashing the Kazaa file-sharing network. Then they rattled the telephone industry by creating Skype, a free Internet phone network.”

Of course there are many more, but you’ll just have to check out the list. Thoughts? Anyone missing from the list? 

Since Wednesday is the 4th of July, the next entry will be Thursday. Have a happy and safe 4th!

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