Digital Power List: Personalities

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Digital Power List: Personalities


PERSONALITIES

These canny web celebs erase the lines separating branding, merchandising, and self-promotion.

Evan Williams

Cofounder, Twitter

Twitter's former CEO--and the man who coined the words blog and blogger--still keeps a toe in the Twitterverse, last June relaunching Obvious, the tech incubator that spawned the site. His newest tech baby, Lift, a mobile application for personal goal attainment, will get off the ground any day.

Kevin Rose

Partner, Google Ventures

After resigning from Digg last year, he jumped into the game of funding businesses as a partner in Google Ventures. Check out his investment track record: Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, and Zynga, to name a few.

Alexis Ohanian

Cofounder, Reddit Fresh out of college in 2005, he cocreated a little social-news site, which was sold a year later to Conde Nast. Today, it has 33 million monthly users and 2.6 billion monthly page views. Not bad even for a wunderkind.

Tony Hsieh

CEO, Zappos

The shoe e-tailer has $1 billion in annual sales, no doubt thanks to his happy customers who can return ill-fitting kicks with no questions asked.

Chad Hurley

Cofounder, YouTube

Done with YouTube (sold to Google in 2006 for $1.65 billion), he's pumping up startups with his company AVOS Systems.

Justine Ezarik

Founder, iJustine

As one of America's most famous "lifecasters," this coal-miner's daughter parlayed her viral fame into mainstream success, appearing on TV shows and as a go-to for tech conferences.

Tim Ferriss

Author, The 4-Hour Workweek

He's clearly hit on something very big as the leader of the new, Web-savvy generation of "lifestyle design" gurus, following up his bestselling book with The 4-Hour Body and the forthcoming The 4-Hour Chef. …

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