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Dell Seeks to #Inspire This Holiday With 100 Leading Tech Influencers List

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 22, 2012 11:01 AM

Dell has announced its #Inspire 100 list of leading influencers in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education and media who use technology to empower and inspire others. The list launched on Dell’s Facebook page, and the #inspire hashtag on Twitter is tied to Dell’s “Inspired Giving” holiday campaign.

Curators of the list along with Dell include Elliott Bisnow, founder of Summit Series; Josh Kopelman, founder, First Round Capital; Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell Entrepreneur in Residence; Shauna Robertson, partner, Crowdrise; and Tina Wells, member of Dell Women Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) and Founder and CEO of Buzz Marketing Group.

The four categories of risk takers are: World Changers, Entrepreneurs, Creatives and Tastemakers and one-minute video highlights, interviews and vignettes of those honored are featured on Facebook.

“The #Inspire 100 are one hundred extraordinary people who are moved by their individual passions, and who inspire others to do the same,” said Fara Howard, Dell executive director of North America Consumer and Small Office Marketing.  “They’re the social entrepreneurs who invest every dollar to make the world a better place, writers who connect communities, designers who embody the spirit of innovation. They’re committed to action, to being leaders, and to showing how technology can make dreams come true.”

Here’s a sampling of the Dell #Inspire 100 list:

World Changers

  • Adam Braun, Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, the nonprofit organization that has broken ground on more than 90 schools worldwide and delivered over 3 million educational hours in just over four years.
  • Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, marine biologist and Director of Science and Solutions at the Waitt Foundation whose goal is to restore the ocean to cornucopic abundance, with a focus on supporting sustainable fishing for the approximately 1 billion people who depend on the ocean for their livelihood.
  • Chrysi Philalithes is the Chief Digital Officer of (RED), an organization founded to engage businesses and consumers in the fight against AIDS. (RED) is the first non-profit to have reached over 1 million on both Facebook and Twitter, and has raised over $195 million with 100% of monies going to work on the ground in Africa.
  • David Gilboa & Neil Blumenthal are Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Warby Parker, whose mission is to change the way for-profit companies behave while revolutionizing the eyewear industry. The lifestyle brand sells designer eyewear at a reasonable price while providing a pair to someone in need with every pair sold.
  • Jessica Jackley is currently a venture partner at the Collaborative Fund and Co-Founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of KIVA, the world's first peer to peer microlending website. KIVA lets users lend as little as $25 to poor entrepreneurs around the world, providing affordable capital for them to start or expand microenterprises.

Entrepreneurs

  • Alexis Ohanian, investor and entrepreneur and co-founder of social news website reddit, social enterprise Breadpig, which publishes popular web comic books like xkcd and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, and donates its profits to charity.
  • Jeremy Johnson, Co-Founder of 2U, an educational technology company that partners with many of the top schools in the country to build what is being called the first generation of great online education.
  • Leah Busque, founder and chief executive officer of TaskRabbit, an online marketplace to outsource jobs and tasks to fully-vetted people in your hood.
  • Mimi Nguyen, Founding COO of Pencils of Promise and Founder and CEO of That's Foxy, a social commerce destination to discover and shop fashion trends inspired by the community.

Creatives

  • Rebecca Minkoff, fashion designer of casual luxury handbags, accessories, apparel.
  • Grace Bonney, Brooklyn-based writer who is the founder and editor of Design*Sponge.
  • Rebecca Walker, NY Times bestselling author of memoirs Black, White and Jewish and Baby Love, editor of anthologies including, Black Cool, and co-founder of Third Wave Foundation, a non-profit organization aiming to encourage young women to get involved in activism and leadership roles.

Tastemakers

  • Rakia Reynolds, Philly 360′s Fashion Ambassador and owner of Skai Blue Media, a boutique communications agency.
  • Alex Banayan (age 20), an associate at San Francisco-based venture capital firm Alsop Louie Partners and author of an upcoming book being released by Crown Publishers (Random House, Inc.), where he is the youngest business author in Crown history.
  • Giuliana Rancic, celebrity news anchor for E! News, covers E!’s Live From the Red Carpet events, co-host of E!’s Fashion Police and is the co-founder of FabFitFun, a woman's health, beauty, and fashion site.
  • Josh Rubin, founder and Editor in Chief of Cool Hunting, Creative Director at Largetail and inventor of Freehands glove.
  • Kenji Summers, social entrepreneur and strategist, Board Member of the Marcus Graham Project inspiring young Americans to get passports, travel, and participate in global culture through his organization, Passport Project.
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