Andrew Mason is the unlikely CEO of last year's unlikeliest breakout business. The 30-year-old Midwestern music grad has transformed the bottom-feeding coupon trade into a billion-dollar force that even sexy Google lusted after.
Mark Pincus, Zynga's founder and CEO, leads visitors through the San Francisco company's colorful, dog-friendly Potrero Hill headquarters at a brisk trot, showing off the huddles of engineers and designers who self-assemble into the "studios" that run Zynga's insanely popular online games.
Tim McCollum and Brett Beach founded Madécasse in 2008 to keep more of the economic benefits of the chocolate industry within Africa. In this photo, beans that have traveled by oxcart to Ambanja are being spot-checked for damage and appropriate dryness.
How a home-soda-maker company is rocking the beverage world. SodaStream touts natural syrups and the eco-friendliness of homemade soda. Here, one soda-making machine stands tall, atop the conquered cans of soda.