Forbes revealed its annual 30 Under 30 list, and 16 Wharton alumni (and one current Wharton MBA student) made the cut across eight different industry categories. The annual rankings highlight the 600 young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs who are “transforming the world” in 20 fields.
Among this year’s honorees from the Wharton community are Michelle Domanico W08, Joshua Klivan W08 and Brian Welch W08 in the Finance category; Daniel Fine W15 and Jonathan Wu W08 for Retail & E-Commerce; Jesse Beyroutey ENG11 GEN11 W11, Derek Chu W11, Matt Gatto ENG09 W09, Sarah X. Guo C11 W11 G12 WG12, Aaron Jacobson ENG09 W09 and Zachary Kaplan W08 all making the list for Venture Capital; JJ Fliegelman C11 W11 earning a spot in Enterprise Tech; Spencer Penn W14 GEN15 in Social Entrepreneurs; Stafford Palmieri WG16 in Law & Policy; Brian Powers W13 for Food & Drink; and Cassandra Tognoni W09 in the Education category.
Here’s a little more detail on why they earned distinction:
Michelle Domanico garnered praise for her work as principal at global investment firm KKR & Co., based in San Francisco.
Joshua Klivan was honored for his work as a partner at 3G Capital.
Brian Welch was lauded for making smart investments for his clients at Pershing Square Capital Management.
Daniel Fine was honored as the founder of his startup Glass-U, a foldable sunglasses company that licenses its product to major events like FIFA World Cup and Lollapalooza.
Jonathan Wu is one of three co-founders of Touch of Modern, a rapidly growing e-commerce site specializing in men’s fashion. In just three years, the company has taken in nearly $100 million in revenue.
Jesse Beyroutey joined the team at IA Ventures, first as an intern and now full time since November 2011 working with clients like Consumr, Hometeam, Ironclad, and Komodo Health.
Derek Chu’s first exposure to tech investing was during his time with the 3DS startup accelerator program. These days, Chu’s portfolio includes startups like Munchery, The Black Tux, Riffsy and more.
Matt Gatto is the vice president at Insight Venture Partners, where he has been since September 2010. In this role, Gatto has sourced Kinnser Software, Cherwell Software, Zumba Fitness, as well as major exits such as Shopify, which went public in May 2015.
Sarah X. Guo was honored for her work as an investor at Greylock Partners, where she works with the billion-dollar startup Docker and is a board observer at Skyhigh Networks.
Aaron Jacobson, a principal at New Enterprise Associates, invests and works with companies such as Box, Coursera, Databricks, GuideSpark and Lattice Engines.
Zachary Kaplan was honored for his work as an investor at the growth-stage expert General Atlantic, where he has sourced red-hot media startups Vox and BuzzFeed. Kaplan is also a board member for Vox Media and Gilt Groupe.
JJ Fiegelman co-founded WayUp in 2014 to help college students to find employment through a free and easy online platform. WayUp works with more than 7,000 companies, about 3,000 colleges and hundreds of thousands of students. Not to mention, WayUp is backed by Y-Combinator and has raised about $9 million from investors.
Spencer Penn was honored for co-founding the social enterprise Sweet Bites, a startup that distributes a special chewing gum to fight cavities and promote dental health among children living in poverty.
Stafford Palmieri, an MBA candidate at Wharton, currently serves as the commissioner of administration under Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Brian Powers was recognized for his work as the co-founder of TemperPack, a food packaging alternative made from burlap. Unlike the traditional Styrofoam packaging used by e-commerce food companies, TemperPack can be composted.
Cassandra Togoni earned a spot as co-founder of BookReport, a company that creates financial reports, dashboards and analytics for school districts so they can make more informed budget and allocation decisions.
Editor’s note: Find more detailed information, as well as all of the winners, at the Forbes 30 Under 30 website.