To Modernize America’s Freight Industry, This Entrepreneur Took An Untraditional Approach | Forbes

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From his office window, Steve Wen can see the long line of ships queuing up to get into the port of Long Beach, California. The supply chain crunch that has stressed the global economy has been good for the China-born entrepreneur’s startup, which helps clients such as Mattel and Wayfair find truckers to take containers from ports and railheads to warehouses and stores. The business is set to post $28 million in revenue this year, up from $11 million in 2020. Wen got the idea to modernize freight logistics while running a business that exported luxury goods. “In the shipping world, they were still faxing paperwork around,” he says. “That made no sense to me.”

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 our 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 our 10th Anniversary class.

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