True innovation isn't easy or smooth, and as the tech visionaries herein know, that's what makes it capable of shattering the status quo and rocketing us forward. Perhaps no place in America better represents the spirit of creative disruption today than Venice, California. It's where Charles and Ray Eames revolutionized design, the Beats blew up poetry, and the Z-Boys created a skate-punk culture that still reverberates in what has become one of the country's most vibrant start-up hubs—the kind of place, along with New York City and the Bay Area and a few others, where tech's bold thinkers go to hatch their plans. If there's one thing the 29 innovators have in common, it's the audacity to say "No, let's try it my way." Sure, there's a bit of cockiness in that—and why not? They've put everything on the line to reinvent advertising, shopping, messaging, media, and even dating. Pissing off the Establishment along the way isn't a price to pay, it's a point of pride. Who said punk is dead?


The Virtual Visionary:
Palmer Luckey (Oculus)

The Social Shopper:
Deena Varshavskaya (Wanelo)
 

The Bitcoin Speculators:
Tyler and Carmeron Winklevoss (Winklevoss Capital)

The Interactive Auteur:
Yoni Bloch (Interlude)
 

The Main Streamers:
Trent Reznor and Ian Rogers (Beats Music)

The Homeboy:
Matt Rogers (Nest Labs)
 

The Robot Racer:
Boris Sofman (Anki)

The Creative Connector:
Shane Snow (Contently)
 

The Matchmaker:
Sean Rad (Tinder)

The Haute Auctioneer:
Alexander Gilkes (Paddle8)
 

The Bridge Builder:
Troy Carter (Atom Factory)

The Screen Savers:
Olenka Polak, pictured, (MyLingo), Stacy Spikes (MoviePass), Nicolas Gonda and Pablo Gonzalez (Tugg)
 

The Legacy Builders:
Biz Stone (Jelly) and Evan Williams (Medium)

The Game Changer:
Brandon Beck (Riot Games)
 

The Eraser:
Evan Spiegel (Snapchat)

The Kings of the Beach
An interactive map of Silicon Beach