Forbes Releases List of 2015 30 Under 30


Alan Schaaf

Forbes has released its 30 Under 30 list acknowledging who the magazine feels are the top businesspeople under the age of 30. Of course a large number of Jewish entrepreneurs and executives made the list.

Topping the world of media are Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, both only 28 years old. The two are cofounders of theSkimm, a website which offers a daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. In other words it “skims” the news for you. “We do the reading for you – across subject lines and party lines – and break it down with fresh editorial content, ” it boasts.

Both Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker read it along with another million people. 20% of its readers are men so it’s not just for women.

The two, who went to different colleges, first met in Rome while studying abroad. They were then reunited when both went to work for NBC News.

As they say on their website, “News is not only our career, it’s our passion. Because of this, we have always been the go-to source for friends seeking the scoop on current events or breaking news. We soon realized three things: Reading the news is time consuming; Wanting to read the news is a hobby; lastly, not everyone has the time or interest.”

“Our goal is to make news a lifestyle brand, ” Zakin told Forbes.

“The scariest day we’ve had was quitting our jobs to start this. The second scariest day was convincing other people to quit their jobs and go on this journey with us, ” said Weisberg.

Lori Adelman, 28, the executive director of Feministing also made the list. Femenisting describes itself as an online community run by and for young feminists. For over a decade, it has been offering “sharp, uncompromising feminist analysis” of everything from pop culture to politics and “inspiring young people to make real-world feminist change, online and off.”

Adelman is a graduate of Harvard who lives in Brooklyn. She works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Adelman also writes for The Nation and The New Yorker.

Ryan Israel, 29, is a partner at Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital and leads the Finance category.

Leading the Retail/E Commerce category is Emily Weiss, 29. She founded Glossier, a blog about beauty and fashion.


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