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Max Levchin, Lead Engineer
Max Levchin, Lead Engineer
VP of Engineering, Google

Sure, nontech startups may not need an engineer, but what executive team wouldn't want a high-energy entrepreneur like Levchin? The 36-year-old cofounded PayPal (now part of eBay) and Slide, which Google acquired in 2010. He's an innovator-in-chief who could help disrupt the incumbents.

Last updated August 22 2011: 5:32 AM ET
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