9 Exciting Young Entrepreneurs You Need to Follow

When I graduated from college in 1981, I never wanted to be an entrepreneur. I wanted to be president of IBM.

I saw myself a big corporate guy. Fast forward nine years to 1990 and I quit to become an entrepreneur and never looked back to corporate America.

I get excited about business people that know early in their career that they want to be entrepreneurs. Here are 9 entrepreneurs that I have met in person that are doing exciting things and that you should follow (in no particular order):

Ed Scanlan (@edscanlan). With Kevin Chern, he has built an amazing company, Total Attorneys– #2 in Chicago on the fastest growing track. When it comes to web technology, he is visionary. Ed employs hundreds of students looking for part time jobs.

Nicole Loftus- When we came to me many years ago with her business plan for Zorch, I told her to forget about it since that it would never succeed. Years later, she was #8 on the Inc 500 list and #1 in Chicago. Nicole has never looked back since. She reconfirmed that business is not about the idea but about the execution.

Genevieve Thiers (@GenevieveThiers) I met her many years ago, when I was advising a bank on whether not to give her a loan for the start up of Sitter City. I told the bank to go ahead. They didn’t. Score one for me. Sitter City is now in dozens of cities and their growth has sky rocketed. She is also CEO that sings opera- is there a club for that?

Matt Wilson (@mattwilsontv) and Jared O’Toole (@jaredotoole) have the spark. With their business, Under30CEO they have not yet accomplished what they set out to do, but I know they will. They are always there to explain things to me as “the older generation” and lend a helping hand. With their passion, its just a matter of time!

Brett Farmiloe (@thepassionguy) is the brain child for “Pursue the Passion Tour” which he sold to Jobbing.com years ago. I was one of his first sponsors. He spent two summers in a bus traveling around the US asking people why they pursue or don’t pursue their passion. When you have a down day, watch the videos of the trip.

Amber Osborne (@missdestructo)- ok, I lie, I actually have not met Amber, though I feel I have since there are so many photos and videos on her site, Miss Destructo. Hands down, one of the most courageous and creative people on the web. After losing her job, she has successfully reinvented herself as a social media person.

Sima Dahl (@simasays) is energy and enthusiasm incarnated. Whenever I am with her, I can’t help but become infected. She recently struck out on her own establishing Parlay Communication. Need help in marketing- use her! She is also the go to person in Chicago if you are looking for a job in marketing.

Julia Stamberger (@juliastamberger) has nine lives as an entrepreneur. There is a picture of her under resiliency in the dictionary.  Her latest venture is GoPicnic which offers a shelf stable food products to a variety of industries.

Who is on your list?

By | September 21st, 2009|Business|2 Comments

About the Author:

Barry Moltz gets business owners unstuck by unlocking their long forgotten potential. With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures, he has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners and increasing their sales. Barry has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 20 years. After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to come back and develop true business confidence. His third book, “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing. His fourth book, “Small Town Rules: How Small Business and Big Brands can Profit in a Connected Economy” shows how when every customer can talk to every other customer, it’s like living in a small town: Your reputation is everything! His fifth book, “How to Get Unstuck: 25 Ways to Get Your Business Growing Again” helps every small business owners move their company to the next level. Barry is a nationally recognized speaker on small business who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as CNBC’s The Big Idea, and MSNBC’s Your Business. He hosts his own radio show on AM560, and writes for American Express and Forbes.


  1. Shannon Davis September 22, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Great list, thanks for sharing! I’m a huge fan of Genevieve and what she’s done with Sittercity 🙂
    – Shannon (@sdavis & @beyndmotherhood)

  2. Miss Destructo September 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    SUCH an honor Barry! Thank you with all my Yams. 🙂

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