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December 27, 2021

The challenge for electric-vehicle maker Endera is not finding new customers—it’s building fast enough to satisfy demand. John Walsh already has orders for 2,000 of his all-electric vans, jitneys and delivery trucks worth $400 million. “I believe that the clean energy movement was catalyzed by the pandemic,” he says. “Capital markets have shifted, and clean energy is becoming economically viable.” Aside from having the company’s name on the grille, Endera’s vehicles look nearly indistinguishable from standard-issue gas guzzlers on the road today. And that’s the point—to provide customers a seamless transition to electrified transportation.

We published the first edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30 a decade ago, with one clear goal: to identify the new guard, the young innovators, trailblazers and disruptors remaking the world. That first list featured names like Kevin Systrom, whose company Instagram had only seven employees: Lena Dunham, who had yet to debut on HBO's Girls: Daniel Ek, who had just launched Spotify in the U.S.: journalist Ronan Farrow, years before he exposed Harvey Weinstein in the New Yorker: and actor Donald Glover, then mostly known as a cast member in the cult comedy Community.

Much of 2022 was being freshly created by this group back in 2012. Ten years from today, it’s a good bet we’ll all be living in a new world being imagined today by the 600 entrepreneurs, innovators and entertainers that make up the 10th Anniversary class.

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