What does it say about being forward-thinking that venerable banking houses and cottage industries alike have gone multi-platform and even your parents have a social-networking strategy? It's increasingly clear that terms like 3.0 are worth exactly 0.0. Today's innovators are too busy actually innovating—challenging orthodoxies, shifting paradigms, redefining industries—to tout dictionary-ready catchphrases. These 16 game-changers in the worlds of entertainment, politics, fashion, and technology would rather leave the slogans for the suckers chasing their own long tails. Which makes sense: Being visionary means setting your sights beyond the horizon, on the things yet unshaped and unnamed.
Scooter Braun, Founder, SB Management
Nick Ayers, Executive Director, Republican Governors Association
Chris Wong, Head Buyer, Gilt Man
Julie Greenwald, COO, Atlantic Records
Jeff Gomez, Cofounder, Starlight Runner
Mark Pensavalle, Cofounder, Starlight Runner