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Hot 20 Under 40 Reader's Choice: Vote on the Top 5!


You hear that the Bay Area is a hotbed of creativity and innovation a lot. So much, in fact, that it's easy to get a little jaded on the subject. But it's true, we live in a community brimming with do-gooders, entrepreneurs and risk takers, as evidenced by the extremely impressive group of Hot 20 Reader's Choice nominees below. So read their quick stats, get inspired and then vote on who you think we should feature as the Readers' Choice Winner in our October Hot 20 Under 40 issue, an annual celebration of the city's 20 most up-and-coming movers and shakers under 40. (Check out the 2009 Hot 20 Under 40 class here)

We're now in the fourth and final round of voting, and the nominees below represent the top 5 with the most votes. (Click to see all of the nominations from round 1, round 2 and round 3).

Vote on these five - the person with the most votes by Wednesday, August 11 will be the 2010 Reader's Choice Winner!

August 11: Reader's Choice Winner announced



1. Lisa Lee and Melissa Hung, Publisher and Founding Editor of Hyphen Magazine
Hyphen Magazine is one of the most influential Asian American publications in the country, featuring stories from Asian American culture, arts and politics, many of them right here in San Francisco. Lisa and Melissa both have day jobs (Lisa at Facebook and Melissa at WritersCorps) and run the magazine as a side project (Melissa also curates the annual Slant Film Festival).



2. UCSF's Mabuhay Health Center
This group of renegade UCSF MDs (all under 40) opened a free clinic last December at Bayanihan Community Center in SoMa. Now they're extending their services to the youth of SF by opening a site at Bessie Carmichael Elementary school in October, which will offer health education and free medical and dental care for students.



3. Daniel Cohen, Founder of Collective Good
A producer at the Graphic Design Group at Apple, Cohen also heads up Collective Good, an organization that promotes fun events and activities to raise awareness and inspire action. Their next event is August 11 at 111 Minna, where Collective Good will raise money for the Imagine Bus Project, an arts organization for children in underserved communities.  



4. Brian Hassan and Justin Roberts of BayPoint Benefits
Brian Hassan and Justin Roberts started BayPoint Benefits, an employee benefits consulting firm with a core focus in sustainability and the environment, four years ago. The company is an innovator in an industry notorious for its dearth of creativity. It has quickly grown into a nationally-recognized, award-winning organization that has become the exclusive benefits provider to science and tech giants and has been featured on CNN and Fox Business News.



5. Lindsay Siegel, Digital Diva
Lindsay has led the development of groundbreaking interactive campaigns for the NBA, HP and Sprint at SF's esteemed Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. She's also partnered with branding house M2SF and is working on Nut-rients, a company dedicated to fighting child hunger in developing countries.

*Nominations that were emailed to with an explanatory paragraph about the nominee and a photo were published. We did not publish any nominees who were part of past Hot 20 Under 40 classes. All finalists must verify that they will be under 40 years old by October 1, 2010.