Co-founder and CEO, Foursquare
Rank change: New
Crowley shook up social media with his location-based software that allows users to broadcast their whereabouts, "checking in" for all who care. A year and a half after launching, Foursquare has some 3.7 million users; in June the company got a $20 million injection from big-name investors like Union Square Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz (see No. 1). One challenge: Others, most notably a company called Facebook, are on to location-based services of their own.
Track record: Crowley previously founded Dodgeball, a similar service Google bought in 2005 and shut down in 2009.
NEXT: 30. Karl-Johan Persson
Last updated October 14 2010: 1:25 PM ET