San Francisco native Casey’s year-old, 10-barrel SoMa brewery and taproom set is already a “bulletproof brand in the mind of Bay Area drinkers,” according to noted cicerone Sayre Piotrkowski, who reports it as the best-selling brewery at his Oakland beer hall, Hog’s Apothecary.
Used the proceeds of a gaming company and software publisher he helped found to start European Media Holding, an investing vehicle that now manages 250 million euros and looks to merge digital technologies with “old economy” companies. In September, online tire retailer Tirendo, in which EMH was a founding shareholder, sold for 50 million euros to publicly traded Delticom, in which EMH later took a substantial equity stake.
It all started with the Christmas gift of a video camera when he was 15. Eight years later, Edwards is worth an estimated £8m. His YouTube channel, SBTV, which stands for Smokey Barz, made its name with films of performances by rappers and MCs in London’s grime scene. The company, which started in his bedroom on a west London council estate, now employs 12 people and has branched out into different genres – a music video they made for squeaky-clean singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has had nearly 8m hits.
Every human being has a right to clean water and George McGraw is doing something about it. He is the Executive Director of DIGDEEP, a Right to Water Project in Los Angeles and the found of 4liters.org. He holds an MA in International Law from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in San José, Costa Rica and is also an internationally published legal author, a TEDx presenter, and a contributor to several news and opinion sites like the Huffington Post.
Commonly known as the American Papist, Thomas Peters is a blogger and marriage advocate extraordinaire. Thomas was one of a handful of American bloggers invited to the Vatican’s first-ever Bloggers Meeting in Rome. His main blogging sites include American Papist, CatholicVote.com, and National Organization for Marriage.
Tiffany Pham founded MOGUL, a worldwide platform connecting women to top trending content, including articles, videos, jobs, events, and products that are personalized to their interests. By curating content from third parties, producing original content, and enabling users to also contribute, the platform empowers women to share knowledge and discover new opportunities around the world they would otherwise not have access to.
The Victoria native is the creator and editor of what’s known to fans as the menswear bible: the bi-annual, glossy Inventory magazine that curates high-end, understated looks for the GQ crowd. The weighty magazines (usually 200-plus pages an issue) are sold at around 300 high-end retailers, bookstores and specialty stores.
Brittney Kerr is firmly entrenched in municipal and federal politics. As if her day job weren’t enough—as a government-relations consultant representing everyone from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies—Kerr’s volunteer positions include sitting on the executive board of Vision Vancouver and serving as B.C. chair of the federal Liberal party’s policy committee. Her goal: change the way young British Columbians view politics.
Martin, together with business partners Davide Xausa and Chris Guillemet, created Velofix, a mobile bike shop in the back of a van for on-site repairs. Each of Velofix’s GPS-tracked vans is equipped to update inventory and online appointments in real time. Martin has franchised the business, and trucks are now operating in Victoria and Calgary, as well as in Metro Vancouver.