Jessi Hembel, Andy Serwer, Travis Kalanick (Uber Founder and Fortune #13) Tom Bedecarre

Jessi Hembel, Andy Serwer, Travis Kalanick (Uber Founder and Fortune #13) Tom Bedecarre

An evening of innovation and recognition: FORTUNE 40 under 40

The much awaited FORTUNE 40 under 40 party which celebrates the hottest, youngest and most promising rising tech stars took place last week at the new Airbnb headquarters in San Francisco.

High technologies and innovations are the future. Let’s be honest: We text, we connect on facebook and twitter, we share pictures on instagram or pinterest, we order a Uber cab,  we read news and order on line and so much more. From our fingertips we control our life.

Jessi Hembel, Andy Serwer, Travis Kalanick (Uber Founder and Fortune #13) Tom Bedecarre

Jessi Hembel, Andy Serwer, Travis Kalanick (Uber Founder and Fortune #13) Tom Bedecarre

The world is changing and it seems to be taking a more environmental and sustainable approach. Most importantly, with high technologies we save on carbon footprint, we save trees, we emit less pollution while we help our planet too.

Ashih Thakkar (Founder Mara Group, Fortune #19) Sam Yagan

Ashih Thakkar (Founder, Mara Group, Fortune #19) Sam Yagan

Guests and honorees enjoyed exquisite hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and mingled to the sound of DJ Jeff Bostic.

Sarah Leary, Marissa Mayer (CEO Yahoo and Fortune #1) and Jeremy Bird

Sarah Leary (Nextdoor Co-Founder,) Marissa Mayer (CEO Yahoo and Fortune #1) and Jeremy Bird (270 Strategies Founder and Fortune #27)

Innovation is key to achieve success,” shares Marissa Mayer CEO of Yahoo and Fortune #1 Honoree. Since her arrival as CEO, stock is up 86%. Not bad indeed!

Jessica Myers and Chuck Myers (Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Fortune #12) Investments

Jessica Myers and Chuck Myers (Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments, Fortune #12)

Find a job you love, so it is like a daily hobby of some sort. Last but not least: Be ambitious! ” Meyers was eager to say. He is a champion at Fidelity, where he manages $10.5 billion in small-cap stocks.

Jessica Silverman, Travis Kalanick ( Founder of Uber, Fortune #13) Meredith Darrow, Allison Speer

Jessica Silverman, Travis Kalanick ( Founder of Uber, Fortune #13) Meredith Darrow, Allison Speer

Hailing a taxi or a black car has never been so easy with this smartphone app. ETA on driver is included. “The company has even seen growth in Paris, where we offer the UberMoto, which is a motorcycle taxis,” Kalanick proudly shares.

Alli Webb( Founder Dry Bar, Fortune #33, Leigh Gallagher and  Marissa Mayer (CEO Yahoo, Fortune #1)

Alli Webb (Founder Dry Bar, Fortune #33, Leigh Gallagher and Marissa Mayer (CEO Yahoo, Fortune #1)

Sophie and Marissa Mayer

Sophie Azouaou and Marissa Mayer

Blowouts are big in Europe but are not in the US, until Alli and her family got involved. We hear a new dry bar is opening soon in downtown San Francisco. Alli and her Co-Founder  opened 30 dry bars salons and hit $40 million in revenue this year.

Marissa Mayer and Andrew Ng ( Co-Founder and Co-CEO Coursera, Fortune #37)

Marissa Mayer and Andrew Ng (Co-Founder and Co-CEO Coursera, Fortune #37)

Andrew Ng is a brilliant mind with a contagious smile. The company has raised $43 million this year—bringing its funding to $65 million from backers including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the World Bank.

Fortune’s Andy Serwer, Andrew Ng (Founder Coursera) , Fortune's Leigh Gallagher, Marissa Mayer

Fortune’s Andy Serwer, Andrew Ng (Founder Coursera), Fortune’s Leigh Gallagher, Zach Bogue and Marissa Mayer (CEO Yahoo)

Dhiraj Rajaram ( Founder and CEO Mu Sigma, Fortune #37) and  Rupali Arora

Dhiraj Rajaram (Founder and CEO Mu Sigma, Fortune #37) and Rupali Arora

Clarity, focus and perseverance are what you need to make it in this world,” he told us. He is a pioneer and has made an impact in the world of big data with his eight-year-old firm, which provides data and analytics services to a quarter of the companies on the Fortune 500.

Marcel Reichart, Leila Janah, Mylea Charvat, Yves Behar, Christal Condon, Catherine Lacavera (Director of Litigation Google, Fortune #18)

Marcel Reichart, Leila Janah, Mylea Charvat, Yves Behar, Christal Condon, Catherine Lacavera (Director of Litigation Google, Fortune #18)

Kat Cole (President Cinnabon, Fortuen #40) and Katia Beauchamp( Co-founder BirchBox, Fortune #31)

Kat Cole (President Cinnabon, Fortune #40) and Katia Beauchamp (Co-founder BirchBox, Fortune #31)

We saw an opportunity to create a new retail model within the beauty industry that focused on discovery (or first time purchase) online. The Birchbox model is a win for Brands because it is the most efficient way to connect with a high value customers, and a win for customers who are cutting through the clutter and can change their routines without having to invest a lot of time of money” shared Katia Beauchamp.

Launched in 2010 by trendy Harvard Business School graduates Barna and Beauchamp. The startup made the subscription “box” THE trend.

Kat Cole is another Fortune honoree and she is transforming Cinnabon into a multichannel consumer brand. Sales of all Cinnabon-related products are soaring and nearing $1 billion.

 Ben Silbermann (Pinterest Founder, Fortune #11), Airbnb’s Nathan Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia (Fortune #6), Fortune's Leigh Gallagher

Ben Silbermann (Pinterest Founder, Fortune #11), Nathan Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia (Airbnb Co-founders, Fortune #6), Fortune’s Leigh Gallagher

We love our new Headquarters and are honored to host the event here. Airbnb symbolizes the future when it comes to planning your next vacation, or simply renting your home. It is also the very green thing to do. We work hard and are thrilled with the growth of our company,” dashing Nathan Blecharczyk said smilingly.

Genevieve Hulburt and Ben Hulburt (CEO, Eclipse Resources, Fortune #25)

Genevieve Hulburt and Ben Hulburt (CEO, Eclipse Resources, Fortune #25)

Fortune's Andy Serwer, and Marissa Mayer getting a cute Fortune tee-shirt for her baby

Fortune’s Andy Serwer, and beaming Marissa Mayer getting a cute “Fortune” tee-shirt for her baby.

Damion Matthews ( SF LUxe Founder) Angella Sprauve ( Haute Living Editor, Sophie Azouaou, Joel Goodrich (Coldwell Banker)

Damion Matthews (SF Luxe Founder) Angella Sprauve (Haute Living Editor), Sophie Azouaou (Founder Step Into My Green World), Joel Goodrich (Coldwell Banker)

Nesma BK, Ben Silbermann (Founder Pinterest, Fortune #11, Joelle Emerson, Aaron Levie (CEO, Box Fortune #14)

Nesma Bekkat, Ben Silbermann (Founder Pinterest, Fortune #11), Joelle Emerson, Aaron Levie (CEO Box ,Fortune #14)

Fortune's Andy Serwer, and Andrew Ng ( Coursera Founder and Fortune #38)

Fortune’s Andy Serwer, and Andrew Ng (Coursera Founder and Fortune #38)

Fortune's Leigh Gallagher,Henrique deCastro (COO Yahoo) and Marissa Mayer (CEO Yahoo, Fortune #1)

Fortune’s Leigh Gallagher, Henrique deCastro (COO Yahoo) and Marissa Mayer (CEO Yahoo, Fortune #1)

Rachel Shechtman ( Founder Story, Fortune # Sophie Azouaou, Katia Beauchamp, Ben Silbermann, Hayley Barna

Rachel Shechtman (Founder STORY, Fortune #33,  Sophie Azouaou (Founder Step Into My Green World), Katia Beauchamp (Co-Founder Birchbox, Fortune #31), Ben Silbermann (Founder Pinterest, Fortune #11), Hayley Barna Co-Founder Birchbox, Fortune #31)

Rachel Schechtman is the queen of retail with a new concept. Her New York boutique is unique and changes its “story” on regular basis. Boring does not exist, excitingly new is key.

You have to come see it. But you have to come on a regular basis to see what’s new, as we are constantly changing the story, ” Rachel shares with a contagious laugh.

Fortune 40 Under 40

Trip Adler, Lauren Fifield, Patrick Dugan

Patricia Moll Kriese, Megan Quinn, Adam Cahan

Patricia Moll Kriese, Megan Quinn, Adam Cahan

Sam Lessin, Hayley Barna (Co-Founder Birchbox) and Mike delPonte

Sam Lessin, Hayley Barna (Co-Founder Birchbox) and Mike delPonte

Yahoo’s Adam Cahan and Nick D’Aloisio with Trevor Traina

Yahoo’s Adam Cahan and Nick D’Aloisio with Trevor Traina

Michael deFranco, Veenu Aishwarya

Michael Keoni DeFranco (Founder of Lua), Veenu Aishwarya

An emerging star worth mentioning is Michael Keoni DeFranco the Founder of Lua.

Lua is a web and mobile communications system for mobile workforces, we are approaching the world that is introducing mobile devices into their workflow for the very first time, ” says Michael Keoni DeFranco with excitement in his voice.

One highlight of the evening was the quick appearance of super model Tyra Banks, who has been on Fortune’s list of “Most Powerful Women.”

She shared that she is launching a new project and is looking for female entrepreneurs to come on board. She wants women out there to believe in themselves to be bale to achieve their dreams: “Don’t be afraid to speak your mind, say it the way it is. Be honest, it will go along way,” she ends.

Guests left inspired, happy and motivated, hoping to make it on next year’s list.

Fortune Magazines

Fortune Magazines

Special thanks to Drew Altizer photography and Allison Speer.

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