10 enterprise tech rock stars under age 35

Cassidy WilliamsLinkedIn/Cassidy WilliamsCassidy Williams, Developer evangelist and software engineer, Clarifai

For decades the enterprise technology industry has been dominated by “experienced” people: Think Oracle’s Larry Ellison (now joined by Mark Hurd and Safra Catz), Cisco’s John Chambers (now joined by Chuck Robbins), SAP’s Bill McDermott, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, Infor’s Charles Phillips, HP’s Meg Whitman, IBM’s Ginni Rometty.

But nobody comes into their career as a polished older person.

So LinkedIn scanned its massive database of 380 million professionals to come up with a list of 150 rock star professionals under the age of 35 who are changing the business world, calling them “The Next Wave.”

Among them, it found 10 Next Wave folks working in the business tech field.

Here’s a quick rundown of the folks that LinkedIn says are changing the way you work:

Ruba Borno, Cisco's VP of Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff

Ruba Borno, Vice President, Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff at Cisco

The 34-year-old Ruba Borno joined Cisco from the Boston Consulting Group in June as part of recently-appointed CEO Chuck Robbins' new administration.

Cisco is the world's biggest maker of computer network equipment and she's charged with finding new markets for Cisco to enter.

Jeff Hammerbacher, Cloudera's Chief scientist and cofounder

Cloudera cofounder Jeff Hammerbacher

Cloudera is the 800-pound gorilla in the hot big data technology known as Hadoop.

Jeff Hammerbacher, the 32-year-old ex-Facebooker not only helped found it, he is now using it, working with Mount Sinai in NYC, to help cure cancer.

Solomon Hykes, Docker's CTO and founder

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Docker founder Solomon Hykes

The 26-year-old Solomon Hykes invented a technology called 'containers' that is taking the enterprise cloud computing world by storm.

Docker has raised more than $US162 million and spawned a crop of competitors, and has every big name in tech from Amazon to Microsoft calling it up for partnerships.

Kirk Phelps, Carbon3D's VP of product management

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Kirk Phelps, VP Product Management at Carbon3D

The 33-year-old former Apple-er Kirk Phelps is working on a 3D printer that grows objects out of a pool of liquid.

And his company has nabbed $US100 million in backing from Google Ventures, as well as former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to its board.

Lisa Seacat DeLuca, IBM's mobile software engineer and inventor extraordinaire

Lisa DeLuca
Lisa Seacat DeLuca

The 32-year-old Lisa Seacat DeLuca is the most prolific woman inventor in IBM's history.

So far, she's wracked up 180 patents, with another 200-ish pending, and she's teaching others at the company how to invent and get patents, too.

Paola Santana, Matternet's COO and cofounder

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Cofounder, COO at Matternet Paola Santana

The 29-year-old Paola Santana, a former Dominican lawyer and Fullbright scholar, co-founded Matternet in 2011.

She's helping create the world's first commercial network of drone delivery vehicles and has already lined up a few pilot programs delivering medical equipment in places like Haiti, Bhutan and Papua New Guinea and delivering packages in Switzerland.

Simon Vallee, Slack's senior product manager

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Simon Vallee, Senior Product Manager, Slack

The 34-year-old Simon Vallee came to Slack when the skyrocketing startup bought his two-person company, Spaces, in 2014, Slack's first acquisition. (And Vallee sold his previous startup, Open Cal to Groupon, too.) He's now helping Slack add features that lets teams share documents.

Chris Wanstrath, GitHub's CEO and cofounder

GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath

The 30-year-old Chris Wanstrath helped create GitHub, which has become the largest code 'repository' in the world, and a big, big deal in the developer world.

That means it hosts applications that programmers want to freely share with, and work on, with others.

Cassidy Williams, Clarifai's developer evangelist and software engineer

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Cassidy Williams, developer evangelist and software engineer, Clarifai

The 23-year-old Cassidy Williams has become one of the most watched women in the tech scene for encouraging other young women to learn to code.

She's been to the White House and was featured in a documentary and is a popular speaker at conferences.

Michelle Zatlyn, CloudFlare cofounder and head of user experience

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Michelle Zatlyn, cofounder and head of user experience, CloudFlare.

The 31-year-old Michelle Zatlyn cofounded unicorn startup CloudFlare in 2009 to help make web sites faster and safer.

It's grown so big so fast that it now handles 5% of all Web traffic. It's used by over 2 million websites that generate 500 billion page views per month, and it's adding 5,000 new websites per day, Zatlyn says.

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