24 Top innovators

Call them innovators, entrepreneurs, or good old-fashioned trouble-makers. These 24 disrupters have gone up against the odds as they've rattled old industries and tried to create new ones.

Glenn Kelman
Glenn Kelman
"We're taking dead aim at the traditional real estate industry," says Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin, an online brokerage creating a stir, like Zillow, in the housing sector. In Kelman's cross hairs: realtor fees. If you're willing to do the legwork (e.g., taxi yourself to open houses), Redfin will handle the essentials of the offer and the close. Say you're buying a $1 million home. As a buyer you simply write a check. With these guys you get a cut of their broker's commission (in this case, $20,000). So far Redfin has closed on 428 homes, making about $1.75 million for itself and refunding $3.4 million to buyers. --E.F.K.

Mark Gorton

Glueckman and Kantor

Hjalmar Winbladh

Craig Venter

Sunil Shaunak

Diane Greene

Nick Grouf

Caleb Chung

Stoppelman and Simmons

Glenn Kelman

Dan Olschwang

David Della Terza

Jack Memishian

Martin Eberhard

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