Friday, October 19, 2007

Tech 50 agenda setters

Mark ZuckerbergLast month I was one of the judges for's annual Top 50 Agenda Setters list. We spent the day discussing the tech industries' most innovative and influential characters, and then each voted for our top 20. The results are in — and Mark 'Facebook' Zuckerberg has pipped Steve Jobs to the top spot.

Someone who can drop out of college and build a $10bn business in three years is certainly worth watching. Personally though I think that Jobs deserved the prize for his successful mergers and acquisitions strategy against the entire music industry and well-advanced takeover plans for the movie and mobile sectors. Next year maybe…

Other notable agenda setters include Emily Bell (Guardian Unlimited editor-in-chief), Kim Cameron (Microsoft's Identity Architect), Larry Lessig (Stanford law professor) and Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing co-editor).

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