30 Under 30: 15 Standouts

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Lucas Duplan, 22Founder, ClinkleJust over a year after receiving his undergrad computer science degree from Stanford, Duplan is running one of the most hyped and controversial startups in the nation, Clinkle, which seeks to disrupt the way financial transactions are done—with a digital wallet used on mobile phones. He has shocked Silicon Valley with his ability to raise $30 million from the likes of Richard Branson, Peter Thiel and Andreessen Horowitz for an unreleased secret product and attract talent like former Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy, who is now Clinkle’s COO. At the same time Duplan has been slammed by tech bloggers, who have pointed to the large number of departing employees—one of whom anonymously posted a harsh criticism of Duplan—and made fun of some of his decisions, like the over-the-top video ad Clinkle produced. “At the end of the day only one thing will matter: Do people like and use our product?” says Duplan. “Our focus is not on the press or who is backing it. Our focus is on product.”

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Daniel Latto

Daniel Latto is the owner and Director of The Daniel Latto Group, a Full Service Digital Marketing Agency.

Daniel advises businesses on marketing on Social Media using both Paid and Organic content. His top rated iTunes Podcast; 'The Wealth Creation Show' has hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world.

Daniel originally became Financially Free through property, with a Multi Million Pound Property porftolfio in Leeds.

He now lives in Spain on the shores of the Mediterranean.

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