Ryan Smith, 38
Smith isn’t your typical tech entrepreneur: His online survey company is based in Provo, Utah, and his cofounders are not fellow techies but include his dad and brother. After bootstrapping for more than a decade, Smith has now raised $220 million in funding. The company’s swanky new offices (ice cream parlor, basketball hoop) might sound right out of Silicon Valley, but unlike many of today’s startups, Smith’s is already profitable—and expected to go public in the next year or two. Fan of: Diet Mountain Dew.
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