Forbes "30 Under 30" Honors Yale Student Innovators

CONTACT: Brita Belli, YEI Communications Officer, brita.belli@yale.edu 

Forbes annual 30 Under 30 issue is out, and the cover story  – which presents “a tally of the brightest stars in 15 different fields under the age of 30” — calls out several former summer fellows from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) who have gone on to be disruptive leaders in their respective industries.

victor chengVictor Cheng (YC ’08, pictured) and Roger Lee were honored in the Marketing and Advertising category. The two 27-year-olds developed PaperG, an online ad generator, during a 2008 YEI Summer Fellowship along with Victor Wong (YC ’11, PaperG’s CEO) and Ka Mo Lau (YC '09). The company has revolutionized online display advertising for small and medium-sized companies, building custom ads for businesses and allowing them to target locally, by product, sale, stores and other signifiers across devices. The San Francisco-based company now powers advertising for over 100 media companies and more than 10,000 advertisers, including Time Warner Cable, Hearst and AOL. 

aaron feuerIn the Education category, Forbes recognized Aaron Feuer (YC ’13, age 22, pictured), Xan Tanner (YC ’13, age 22) and David Carel (YC ’13, age 23), cofounders of Panorama Education, a startup that emerged from a 2012 YEI Summer Fellowship and made headlines last year when it received $4 million in seed funding from Mark Zuckerberg’s Startup: Education along with other investors including SoftTech VC, Yale University, Google Ventures and Ashton Kutcher’s A-Grade Investments. Panorama uses tailored surveys and the resulting data to help improve K-12 schools; collecting and analyzing feedback from teachers, parents, students and staff. More than 4,000 schools serving more than one million students have now signed on.

brad hargreavesForbes Education category also features Brad Hargreaves (YC ’09, pictured) and Matthew Brimer (YC ’09), both 27, the cofounders of General Assembly, an online education portal for the high-tech skills needed today (including web development, digital marketing and data science) that also matches newly developed talent with opportunities in GA’s professional network. Hargreaves was instrumental in building the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute during its nascent 2007 year — from helping to design the student application process for the YEI Summer Fellowship to guiding YEI’s early programming. Hargreaves’ early YEI venture, GoCrossCampus, an online game that involved college students battling each other for domination, was one of the first student ventures from Yale to raise outside investment.