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.

Diane Greene
Diane Greene
VMware
Once upon a time, PCs were PCs, Macs were Macs, and these machines lived on your desk. Now Windows can run on a Mac, and Mac operating systems on a PC. Moreover, your desktop can be hosted on some server somewhere. Such "virtualization" is a big deal - and at its forefront are Diane Greene and VMware. She cofounded the company in 1998 with her husband, a Stanford engineering professor. (Earlier gigs include designing oil rigs and windsurfing gear.) VMware has $709 million in revenue and is sailing toward an IPO. --O.R.

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

Vinod Khosla
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