The cover story of the July 2007 Business 2.o Magazine is "The 50 Who Matter Now", a list of the top 50 most influential people in the technology world (okay, some are companies or industries, as ever since Time Magazine named "You" the person of the year, such generalizations are all the rage). And lets face it, those who matter in tech matter to all of us.
As I read through this conglomeration of important names (some whom I had heard of - others I had not) I kept pondering how cool it would be to be in the same room with all these folks. It would be the networking event to end all networking events. The term "Power Networking" would show this party as an example on the web pages of Jimmy Wales' (number thirteen) Wikipedia.
Imagine for a moment finding yourself as the 51st person in the room of a classic grand old hotel ball room, having the chance to network with those who are changing the future over wine, cheese and some fancy salmon dinner.
What would you ask Steve Jobs (number two) or Fake Steve Jobs (number thirty-seven)? Would your conversation with Richard Branson (number thirty-three) warrant his sending you a handwritten follow up note? Could you and Jeff Bezos (number twelve) develop a mutually beneficial friendship that would lead to future business opportunities? Or would he at least send you a free Amazon.com gift certificate?
This fictional, yet amazing, dinner party would in itself change the world, as I believe that when true visionaries are put together, anything can happen (and usually does).
Here is the list of Business 2.0's 50 Who Matter Now:
1. Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin, CEO and co-founders, Google
2. Steve Jobs, Co-founder and CEO, Apple
3. Private Equity, The new Masters of the Universe
4. Michael Moritz, Managing director, Sequoia Capital
5. Paul Jacobs, CEO, Qualcomm
6. Rupert Murdoch, CEO, Newscorp
7. Susan Decker, Executive vice president, Yahoo!
8. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor, California
9. John Chambers, CEO, Cisco
10. Katsuaki Watanabe, President, Toyota
11. Brian McAndrews, CEO, aQuantive
12. Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon
13. Jimmy Wales, Founder Wikipedia
14. Mark Hurd, CEO and president, Hewlett-Packard
15. Bruce Chizen, CEO, Adobe
16. Barry Diller, CEO IAC/InterActiveCorp
17. Robin L, Co-founder and CEO, Baidu.com
18. Agile Software Development, A new appraoch to Web-based code
19. Martin Eberhard, Co-founder and CEO Tesla Motors
20. Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior managing director, Nintendo
21. Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
22. Michael Arrington, Founder, TechCrunch
23. Min Kao, Co-founder and CEO, Garmin
24. Tony Fadell, Senior vice-president, Apple
25. Philip Rosedale, Founder and CEO, Linden Labs
26. Tom Cogan, Chief project engineer, Boeing
27. Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, Co-founders, Skype and Joost
28. Reed Hundt, Vice chairman, Frontline Wireless
29. Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman, One Laptop Per Child
30. Charles Phillips, President, Oracle
31. Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani, Chairman Reliance Industries and chairman, Reliance ADA Group
32. Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo
33. Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
34. Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Facebook
35. Howard Draft, Chairman and CEO DraftFCB
36. Kevin Walsh, Managing director of renewable energy, GE Energy Financial Services
37. Fake Steve Jobs, Author, Secret Diary of Steve Jobs
38. Arianna Huffington, Co-founder, Huffington Post
39. John Edmond, Co-founder, Cree
40. Sam Zell, Real estate magnate and media kingpin
41. Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media
42. Doug Melton, Co-director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
43. Elon Musk, Bleeding-edge entrepreneur
44. Evan Williams, Founder, Twitter
45. You, Web-enabled mass participation
46. Paul Graham, Founding partner, Y Combinator
47. Ed Iacobucci and Vern Raburn, CEO, DayJet and CEO, Eclipse Aviation
48. Gina Bianchini, CEO, Ning
49. Jason Calacanis, CEO, Mahalo
50. Jay Adelson, Chariman and CEO, Digg and Revision3
So if you and I cannot get invited to this party, we need to be on the look out for others who have the vision and the ability to influence change or to do it ourselves. Seek out dynamic people and learn from them. Help them achieve their ideas that are transforming the world of business, and share in the glory of accomplishment.
One side note, as the father of two highly spirited daughters, I am sad to see so few women on this list of those who inspire and motivate. By the time my kids are grown, I hope that that will have changed!!!
Have A Great Day.