Perry Chen
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Kickstarter
Founded: 2009

Chen's crowdfunding pioneer, Kickstarter, enables quirky entrepreneurs and artists -- the kind of folks who wouldn't normally qualify for venture capital -- to raise money. (Some 43% of projects listed on the site get successfully funded, helping to create films, books, art, gadgets, and games. So far these projects have raised more than $400 million.) A populist spirit pervades the enterprise: Funders don't actually get shares in the projects they back, and Chen says he'll never take Kickstarter public or sell it.


  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated February 08 2013 12:28 PM ET
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