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.

Caleb Chung
Caleb Chung
Ever wonder how a dinosaur sneezes? Or what it does when it's sleepy? You're about to find out. Caleb Chung and his robotics team at Ugobe are unleashing their latest creation this summer. An eerily lifelike camarasaurus, Pleo has 35 sensors and six processors that let it see, hear, feel, and respond to touch. It's the most hyped toy since the Furby (also Chung's), and at $300, it's bound to be on Christmas lists of gadget freaks of all ages. "Pleo," Chung says wistfully, "is an execution of a commonly held dream - that our creations will come to life and be our friends." --J.O.

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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