Business Week names the 25 most influential people on the web. Only four are women. Most of those listed represent the most commonly heard names today:
and on the list goes. It was interesting to find a few names not connected with large web companies like Jon Stewart of the Daily Show.
One name and company that was new for me was Maria Thomas of Etsy:
Etsy is a happening little company with a lot of promise. The three-year-old site, where people buy and sell homemade arts and crafts, last year sold $27 million in goods with very little marketing. Its secret? Hitting a chord with people who are tired of the ordinary and the mass produced. Thomas' job is to let more people aware that Etsy is the alternative they didn't know was there for them. She has plenty of experience building new models on top of old habits. As the Vice President and General Manager of NPR, she spearheaded the organization's wildly popular and innovative podcasting offerings. Now Thomas, a onetime exec at Amazon, is back at her e-commerce roots.
As a crafter, I found this information interesting, not just as a place to visit, shop and perhaps even submit my wares but the fact that a company selling homemade items would be listed as one of the top 25 most influential. Cool.
Check out the list for yourself. Any surprises? Anyone missing?