Genuine question about Forbes 30 Under 30

New / Product Justshipit
Nov 16, 2018 11 Comments

On the 30 Under 30 Consumer Technology as an example, there are some people that were selected who are currently working as mid-level Product Managers at LinkedIn, Instagram, Airbnb, Amazon and Twitter.

These people are certainly talented but they are simple tech employees who work at a big Corp, have managers, 0 reports etc like thousands of others in the US.

Why are they selected? Isn’t the Forbes list supposed to be prestigious and showcase individuals who are creating value and innovation in the consumer technology space?

PS: Asking this question genuinely, not out of jealousy (I already see the trolls coming). I don’t think I did something incredible yet to deserve being in the list.


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TOP 11 Comments
  • Okta nfc
    Nominated by someone important, knew the author of the piece, Or the author is getting ready to apply there.
    Nov 16, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng Howdy2
    It’s a complete joke. I knew someone on it.
    Nov 16, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn


    Completely joke, I know someone on it who was later fired
    Nov 17, 2018 1
  • Apple tWXs45
    Pretty sure those lists are “pay to play”
    Nov 16, 2018 0
  • Gigster teal_green
    People hire PR agents for themselves - not kidding
    May 2 0
  • Compass / Eng

    Compass Eng

    600 people are picked for 60 categories. You have a 1 in 10 shot.
    Nov 16, 2018 0
  • Vertivco / Eng

    Vertivco Eng

    YouTube, American Bureau of Shipping, Facebook
    Nov 16, 2018 1
  • The finance list is probably the most impressive, but even there, it's not consistent. I have several friends who got on through connections and referrals.
    Nov 16, 2018 0
  • New / Biz Dev starlord42
    Friends with the writers or their VC or mentor is friends with one of the writers.
    Nov 16, 2018 0