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.

David Della Terza
David Della Terza
If American Idol is television's Goliath, then its David is David Della Terza, the 24-yearold behind a Web site called votefortheworst.com. Launched in 2004, the site is the enabler of a national spasm of sarcasm. It gets people to vote for a contestant based not on singing ability but on sheer ironic entertainment value - i.e., how much it messes with the heads of Idol's producers. This season Howard Stern joined the cause, and, lo, Sanjaya Malakar made it to the top seven. Della Terza's fave as of presstime: Phil Stacey. --C.H.

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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