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The term ‘nerd’ has changed. It no longer strictly refers to a pimple faced, Warcraft playing hermit (although it could). Nerds are people whom are passionate about their interests, nerds are successful young entrepreneurs, talented designers, innovative artists, in short nerds are the people pushing things forward. They’re the ones doing things you want to know about before your friends do. The following is a list of 4 new age nerds you should keep your eyes on:

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey is by no means new to the scene, so if you don’t know his name you should. Jack is famous for creating a service with over 500 million users, perhaps you’ve heard of it, it’s called Twitter. Did you know Twitter was originally designed to pump out real-time traffic updates? Jack’s latest project is changing the way we think about payment. If you’ve been in any of the big cities in the US recently you may have paid with Square, his new payment processor that can plug into any iPhone or iPad. Now your neighborhood’s lemonade stand can accept credit cards.

Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Brian Wong finished high school at the age of 14 and got his degree at 18. By 19, he was working in business development for Digg where he helped create their Android mobile app. Soon after Brian decided to do his own thing, and formed Kiip. Kiip is a mobile app system that provides real world rewards for in-game achievements. Level up in your favorite game? How about a gift certificate to Amazon? Not bad for someone born in ‘91.

Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is a character, there’s no doubt about that.  But he’s also a world record holder, an award-winning tango dancer, speaker of 6 languages, and New York Times best seller. Not only is he a very successful serial entrepreneur he’s seen as a leader within the cult of lifestyle design. His book ‘The 4 Hour Workweek’ published in ‘07 is a must read for anyone looking for a kick in the ass, and it was met with such a tremendous reception the two books that followed ‘The 4 Hour Body’ and ‘The 4 Hour Chef’ were equally successful. This guy is constantly making waves.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Elon Musk’s early life was all over the place, from South Africa to Canada, Musk eventually landed (like many successful nerds these days) in California where he knew he wanted to get into a few field that he thought were important problems soon to affect the future of humanity. Those three fields were the internet, clean energy, and space.

 Not long after Musk made it big with Paypal which sold to Ebay in 2002 for over a billion. Now with cash in his pocket he set out to conquer the two other fields that thus far eluded him. Fast forward a few years and Musk created Tesla, the now famous electric car company. But don’t think he forgot about space, Musk now owns the only private company to ever dock at the international space station. This dude is changing things.

These 4 guys have made a massive splash. They have forever changed communication, gaming, lifestyle design, and peer-to-peer payment – just to name a few of the industries they’ve participated in. These guys don’t necessarily fit within the standard definition of nerd, but make no mistake they’re all nerdy.

Their passion and innovation has led to unmitigated success. If determination like this inspires you and you’d like to learn more about them or people like them, a great recourse is the foundation series, where other nerds are interviewed. Soak up their life lessons and make something out of yours.

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Posted by Nick Levitan

This is a guest post by Nick Levitan, a full time enthusiast in all things design oriented, and part time guest poster, Nick is continually intrigued by the vintage retro resurgence within today’s popular culture.

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