New York – Forty-five Indians and Indian-origin people have made it to 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. Among those who made the cut is 22-year-old Ritesh Agarwal, the founder and CEO of OYO Rooms.
Ritesh Agarwal, founder and CEO of Oyo Rooms
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 such as consumer technology, education, media, manufacturing and industry, law and policy, social entrepreneurs, science and 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.
Forbes has termed Agarwal’s OYO Rooms as 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 one find and order healthy meals and have them delivered quickly and 25-year-old Karishma Shah, 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 world’s big problems.”
In the Hollywood and entertainment field is 27-year-old Canadian Lily Singh, writer-comedian and “part of a new generation of stars that has used YouTube to gain a following”.
Among the persons of Indian-origin is Nila Das, 27, vice-president at Citigroup and a mortgage bond trader running the bank’s secondary trading in agency collatoralised mortgage obligations, overseeing billions of dollars in volume each day.
The 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; 29-year-old Vikas Patel, a senior analyst at hedge fund Millennium Management and 29-year-old Neel Rai an investment analyst at Caxton Associates where he is part of a three-person team managing $600 million portfolio at pioneering macro hedge fund.
In the venture capital segment, notable persons of Indian-origin are 26-year-old Vishal Lugani, a senior associate at Greycroft Partners, and 27-year-old Amit Mukherjee, senior associate at New Enterprise Associates.
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.
Leading the manufacturing segment is 28-year-old Sampriti Bhattacharyya, an MIT grad student who has developed underwater drones that are capable of autonomously communicating and working together to scan the ocean to look
for lost planes, or measure oil spills or radiation under the sea and 29-year-old Saagar Govil, CEO of Cemtrex which produces environmental products and electronics solutions.
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.
In the law and policy field are 26-year-old Ashish Kumbhat, a monetary policy expert in the Federal Reserve Board; 27-year-old Dipayan Ghosh, privacy and public policy advisor at Facebook; and 28-year-old Anisha Singh, the former
lead of the international policy division of United Sikhs, where she founded national anti-bullying campaign and won a historic case against US Army requiring religious accommodation on behalf of a 19-year-old Sikh who’d been
rejected from ROTC programs.