The Sexiest Startup CEOs On Earth

Nina Cherny and Jenny Wu

CEOs often have big, charming personalities.

After all, they need to in order to convince investors, customers and employees that their product or service has value.

But it doesn’t hurt to have more than just a strong personality. Sometimes it’s good to have some looks to augment that charisma.

The following startup CEOs are blessed with both.

Note: A special thanks to the team at Entrepreneur Week for providing suggestions.

Ellen Gustafson and Lauren Bush, FEED Projects

In 2006, Ellen (left) and Lauren (right) created Feed Projects, a company that sells bags at a markup so that it can give a portion of the money from each bag to help feed children throughout the world.

Lauren (who is George W. Bush's niece), used to be a professional model. And Ellen knows how to show her knockout smile on the red carpet.

Philip Cortes, Meeteor

While a student at Wharton Business School, Philip founded Meeteor, which connects people online who share the same interests and contacts.

Philip recently drove across the country relocating from New York to Seattle.

Brooke Moreland, Fashism

Brooke is a real fashionista. She loves clothes and knows what to wear to accentuate or de-accentuate certain parts of the body.

So it's no surprise that she founded a company called Fashism, which allows users to give and receive advice on their outfits.

Disclaimer: Brooke is the wife of Business Insider editor Joe Weisenthal.

Magnus von Koeller, BestVendor

Magnus is the Co-founder of BestVendor, which helps people at startups make smarter purchasing decisions through online recommendations. The startup raised its first round of seed funding a few weeks ago.

Amanda Peyton, MessageParty

Amanda is the founder of MessageParty, a location-based site (with an app) that allows users to leave messages about a specific place where they are.

For instance, if you're at a coffee shop and you strike up a conversation with a CEO, like Amanda, you can login to MessageParty and share the experience so it won't be forgotten.

Arshad Chowdhury, Cleargears

After a few years in banking and then business school, he founded Metronaps, which sold bed-like sleeping pods designed for napping at the office. In this photo, he's reclining in a sleek leather pod.

While Arshad has since moved on to found Cleargears, which improves the employee evaluation system, he still loves to nap, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Marissa Evans, Go Try It On

Always looking for advice on her outfit before going out, Marissa founded Go Try It On last year, which allows users to upload photos of themselves in their outfits and get input from others in real time.

A smart young lady, Marissa went to Cornell as an undergraduate and got her MBA at Harvard. She also loves comedy and performs improv in New York.

Ross Hinkle, Liveset

Ross is a chill music lover who last year launched Liveset, which allows people to watch live concerts on the web and from mobile devices.

He lives and works in New Orleans and identifies himself as an amatuer guitarist, but he's probably being modest.

Nina Cherny and Jenny Wu, Stylyt

These lovely young ladies (Nina, left; Jenny, right) come fresh out of Wharton Business School and are about to launch Stylyt.

'What if YOU could design an item in a brand's collection?' is the teaser at the top of their pre-launch site. So we're thinking it has something to do with fashion.

Jared O'Toole, Under 30 CEO

Soon after graduating from Ithaca College in 2008, Jared became passionate about entrepreneurship.

So rather than find a corporate job (those were pretty hard to come by in 2008), he co-founded, a website devoted to inspiring young entrepreneurs.

Ara Farnam, Rock Paper Scissors

After spending several years in the interior design world, Ara decided to start Rock Paper Scissors, which provides wedding design services (she's not a wedding planner) by adding details to the wedding that reflect the personality of the couple.

Brian Spaly and Andy Dunn, Bonobos

In 2007, as roommates at Stanford Business School, Brian (left) and Andy (right) founded Bonobos, an e-tailer for uniquely designed mens pants.

The pants come in bold colours and patterns (Andy is wearing a pair in the photo) and the site now carries all types of mens clothing, many from other brands.

In 2009, Brian's role at Bonobos got smaller when he became CEO of Trunk Club, a mens clothing website that sends entire outfits to men who don't like to shop.

Jenny Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman, Rent the Runway

Both obsessed with fashion, the two Jennifers (who met as classmates at Harvard Business School) came up with the idea of renting out expensive designer dresses to young women who can't afford to purchase them. The idea turned into a company called Rent the Runway.

Jenny is the blonde on the left; Jennifer is on the right.

John Laramie, Adstruc

This 27-year old was recommended to us by a few sources. In 2009, he founded ADstruc, an auction and listing-based marketplace for outdoor advertising.

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