Adam Fagan, Dolf van den Brink (Heineken CEO) and Eric Ryan (Method Home Co-Founder)
It was an evening of Heineken and Cartier in San Francisco, when Fortune Magazine recently brought together an eclectic group of business leaders that were featured in their recent issue entitled, “40 Under 40: Hottest Young Stars in Business.”
Held at the Obscura Digital headquarters in the Dogpatch district, the party was a wonderful mix of people, featuring founders and CEOs from the most notable companies of our time such as Twitter, Pinterest, Zillow, Sandoz Novartis, Method, PepsiCo, and Heineken.
Sponsored by Cartier, American Airlines, Johnston & Murphy, NASDAQ OMX, with catering by Taste, the event was the second of its kind in San Francisco, and will surely be followed by more for many years to come as San Francisco takes its place as the premier center for business innovation and leadership in the United States.
Here is a sampling of some of the “40 Under 40″ at this year’s party.
Dolf van den Brink
Dolf van den Brink, Heineken’s President and CEO, made it to No. 8 on Fortune’s list for engineering a turnaround at the company since taking its leadership spot in 2009.
Brian Chesky with Fortune’s Leigh Gallagher, Dan Roberts
Brian Chesky, No. 17 on Fortune’s list, co-founded Airbnb with Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk, was selected to be featured by the magazine rather than his co-founders because, as they put it, “Chesky runs the show, getting out in front of issues like hotel occupancy taxes and increasingly making the rounds at mogul confabs.”
Kevin Systrom with Leigh Gallagher
Number 39 on last year’s Fortune 40 list, Kevin Systrom, Co-founder and CEO of Instagram, was made No. 18 this year. After being acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, Systrom and his 16-person team work independently within Facebook.
Fortune’s Andrew Serwer chats with Ben Silbermann
Ben Silbermann, the Founder and CEO of Pinterest, ties with Kevin Systrom in the No. 18 position on Fortune’s list this year. No surprise there — it’s the fastest-growing website in Internet history, and its growth shows no sign of slowing!
Michael Hasenstab, Mary Anne Hasenstab with Fortune’s Scott Cendrowski
As Portfolio Manager for Franklin Templeton, Michael Hasenstab made it to No. 22 on the Fortune list. He’s called “one of the biggest winners from the eurozone crisis,” because his $60 billion Templeton Global Bond Fund has gained 10% this year!
Kevin Systrom, Hosain Rahman, and Scott Stanford
Co-founder and CEO of Jawbone, Hosain Rahman is No. 24 on the Fortune list. His company is famous for its slickly designed Bluetooth headsets and its newest product — the UP, a wristband computer.
Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan
As Co-Founders of Method Home, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan tied for No. 28 on the Fortune list. It seems everyone has Method somewhere in their home, so it’s no surprise that the 12-year-old green cleaning-product maker has recently doubled the size of its revenue.
Taking the No. 30 position on the Fortune list is Mauro Porcini, the Chief Design Officer for PepsiCo. It’s the first such position at PepsiCo, where he is said to “evangelize for the incorporation of design principles into all of an organization’s processes.”
Dan Roberts, Christina Turley, David Chang
David Chang is No. 31 on the list. As Founder and chef of Momofuku Restaurant Group, this son of Korean immigrants now has nearly 500 employees working in his Momofuku restaurants around the world. The son of Korean immigrants, has picked up three prestigious James Beard awards and has received three James Beard awards.
Colleen Leahey, Eddie Wu, Jess Lee
Polyvore’s Co-founder and CEO, Jess Lee, is No. 32 on Fortune’s list. Noting that “five-year-old Polyvore is having its best year yet,” Fortune says “The social design hub has seen its highest traffic ever this year, and will more than double its advertising revenue.”
Alka Tandon and Tracy Britt
As the financial assistant to Warren Buffett, Tracy Britt is No. 33 on the Fortune list. Of all the moguls, boy billionaires and business visionaries on the list, we find Britt’s story the most intriguing. Just 28 years-old, she has already been made chairman, by Warren Buffett, of both Benjamin Moore and Larson-Juhl. As Fortune notes, “With Buffett as a mentor, it’s safe to say big things are in Britt’s future.”
Kat Borlongan and Ben Rattray
Taking the No. 34 spot on the list is Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO of Change.org. His company grabbed Fortune’s attention with these numbers — with more than 20 million users, it “generates a jaw-dropping 15,000 petitions per month, and will bring in some $15 million in revenue this year, mostly from nonprofit advertising.”
Emil Michael, Rob Chandhok, John Herring, Fared Adib, David Weiden
John Herring is in the 36th spot, as Co-founder and CEO of Lookout. The company’s mobile security algorithm scans your smartphone for Malware and other security problems. According to Fortune, “In 18 months Lookout has tripled in size, largely through deals with major telecom providers like Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. It now has more than 25 million users and is valued at $1 billion.”
Matt Cohler with Jessica Berelli and Twitter CFO Ali Rowghani
As General Partner of Benchmark Capital, Matt Cohler is No. 40 on the Fortune list. He was one of the earliest employees at Facebook and LinkedIn, and is currently backing startups like Instagram, Dropbox, and Asana.
Aside from the “40 Under 40″ mentioned above, we were delighted to see other interesting guests who are clearly on Fortune’s radar for their influence in business, such as Twitter CFO Ali Rowghani, uBeam founder Meredith Perry, Founders Den founder Jason Johnson, Flixmaster founder Erika Trautman, SunRun Co-founders Lynn Jurich and Edward Fenster, HealthTap Founder Ron Gutman, Jeff George, the global head of Sandoz Novartis, Bonobos CEO and founder Andy Dunn, Google’s Megan Smith, and several others.
Brad Murray, Lynn Jurich - Erika Trautman, Jessi Hempel
Daniel Griss, Akemi Tamaribuchi, and Dropbox Co-Founder Arash Ferdowsi
Jess Lee, Kate Rojas - Airbnb’s Nathan Blecharczyk, Andrew Romans
Google’s Megan Smith and Will Patrick, with Jessi Hempel
Jed Hartman, Gary Lauder, Guillaume Alix - Cartier’s Kiyo Taga, Christine Goppel
Nicole Schuetz with Goldman Sachs’ Scott Stanford and wife Nina Stanford
Ingrid Ryan, Eric Ryan - Thomas Liu, Jessica Hon
Airbnb Co-founder Joe Gebbia with 7×7′s Chloe Harris Frankeny
Pam Schroeder, Jeanne Louis - Dave Chang, Ben Silbermann
Founders Den Founder Jason Johnson, with Yves Behar and Reema Bahnasy
Jessica Lessis, Justin Fishner Wolfson, Kathy Chan - Chloe Harris Frankeny, Jodi Nakatsuka
Colleen Leahey with uBeam Founder Meredith Perry
Monica Sembler, Peter Matthews, Rick Gruber, Sarah Rathman - Patrick Riley, Navi Ganancial
Alka Tandon, Elizabeth Knopf, Marta Salas-Porras, Tracy Britt
HealthTap’s Ron Gutman - Sydney Mannion and Guest with Allison Speer of Allison Speer PR
Bob McCooey of Nasdaq OMX with Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn, and Sunrun founder Edward Fenster
Ken Chase, Dawn Lyon, Amy Bohutinsky - Maren Kate, Chantel Waterbury
Weebly’s Chris Fanini and David Rusenko, Julie Supan and Dan Veltri
Hannah Yuan, John Tran - Margaret Teskey, Jessica Norton
Further Reading: “Fortune’s 40 Under 40: Business’s hottest rising stars” [Fortune.com/40under40]
Further Reading: “Fortunes 40 Hottest Stars Celebrated At Zynga In San Francisco” (Coverage of the 2011 event) [sfluxe.com]
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With Sloan and Roger Barnett, Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar, Jean-Pierre Conte, and Alison and Mark Pincus, Gucci recently hosted a private cocktail party at the San Francisco store to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the loafer, and the new 1953 collection for men and women.
Catherine Kwong’s living room, inspired by Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger, is one of the highlights of the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, taking place at 2800 Pacific Avenue.
Michael S. Smith was recently honored at Hedge Gallery in San Francisco at a party hosted by Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty and Allison Speer. His design work for a Palladian Villa in Malibu is being put up for auction at Christie’s in New York. Nicolas Berggruen, Princess Tatiana Galitzine, Dede Wilsey, and Sabrina Buell were among the guests.
Deepa Pakianathan and Phil Pemberton recently hosted a reception for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in anticipation of its upcoming Gala on April 20, 2013, which pays tribute to legendary opera baritone and Conservatory Advisory Board member Thomas Hampson.
Conservatory mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook directs and stars in a program featuring special performances by Hampson with Conservatory students, faculty and guest artists. Teresa Medearis and Barbara Walkowski co-chair the event, with catering by McCall’s Catering and Events and decor by Blueprint Studios.
Tickets for this very special occasion can be purchased at www.sfcm.edu
UCSF Partners in Care recently held its 2013 kick-off membership event at Reed & Greenough. Membership co-Chairs Schuyler Hudak and Libby Leffler hosted the launch party and kicked off the well-attended evening with brief remarks, followed by UCSF Partners in Care President Katie Budge, who spoke about the services that the auxiliary organization provides to the hospital.
UCSF Partners in Care works with UCSF hospital staff to fund programs that provide comfort and well-being to patients and their families while visiting the UCSF medical center.
Guests enjoyed spirited greyhounds nicknamed “Doctor’s Orders,” and a “Members Only” wine special while noshing on sweet treats from Kara’s Cupakes, and savory sliders and arancini from Cedar Hill Kitchen and Smokehouse.
Please visit www.ucsfpartnersincare.org for more information about this important organization.
Renowned European designer Ms. Madeline Pauw recently made an appearance at a delightful luncheon at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco, where her Spring 2013 collection was presented.
The Pauw collection is designed by Madeleine Pauw, daughter of the original founders. Pauw is known for its luxurious fabrics and soft touches of femininity while integrating just a splash of masculine undertones, but always keeping the fit and style in mind for the female physique. The company has been in business for over 50 years, and originally was created in the Netherlands where it currently has 29 stores.
You can purchase pieces from Pauw at Saks Fifth Avenue at 384 Post Street, San Francisco, or online at Saks Fifth Avenue
The Mid Winter Gala for 2013 honored the exhibit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” with a chic winter wonderland that raised over $400k. Marissa Mayer, Jonathan Ive, Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty, Dick Costolo, Stephan Jenkins, Connie Nielsen, Lori Levine, Evgenia Peretz, Jeremy Stoppelman, Trevor Traina, Allison Speer and Kathryn Lasater were among the 380 who attended.
Stephanie Phair, the managing director of Outnet.com, recently visited from London to host a luncheon previewing Oscar de la Renta’s new limited edition collection designed exclusively for The Outnet.
The Italian artist, Paolo Troilo, recently debuted his first U.S. exhibit at Coup d’Etat, the most exceptional designer space in San Francisco.
Sponsored by Testa Vineyards, the event brought together San Francisco tastemakers such as Jack Calhoun, Stephen Brady, Gary Friedman, Joy Bianchi, Anna Weinberg, Ken Fulk, and Jamie Finegold, among others.
The exhibit will run at Coup d’Etat until May 2013.
Visit Coup d’Etat at 111 Rhode Island, or online at coupdetatsf.com
The International Museum of Women (IMOW) hosted its annual Celebrating Change Benefit on March 6th, 2013, and the associated Vanguard Group hosted its Art Live Lounge benefit.
This year’s benefit featured IMOW’s second annual Innovator Award for Women in Technology, presented to Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems.
The International Museum of Women is an innovative online museum that showcases art, stories and ideas to celebrate, inspire and advance the lives of women around the world. With the support of over 500 guests, IMOW raised over $200,000 to benefit its mission and exhibitions. Guests enjoyed a night of art and inspiration from the museum’s virtual collection, music, networking and dancing, while watching notable female artists create original artwork.
Learn more about the International Museum of Women at www.imow.org
Jay Jeffers recently designed three of the 23 penthouses of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake Tahoe. The homes range from $1,250,000 to $4,500,000 in price.