The Hot 20 Under (and Over) 40: The Top 7 Finalists!
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. After going through hundreds of submissions, we narrowed down the nominees to this list of 49 finalists. Then it came down to this impressive bunch of 20. Below is who you voted as your top 7 of the bunch (listed alphabetically by first name). 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 (and Over) 40 issue, an annual celebration of the city's 20 most up-and-coming movers and shakers. The Readers' Choice winner will join the 19 other Hot 20 honorees chosen by 7x7 editors. (Check out the 2010 Hot 20 class here). We will crown the Readers' Choice Winner on July 20.
1. Beth Spotswood, Writer, Blogger, Video Host
A fixture in the local media scene, Beth Spotswood pens SFgate's Culture Blog and Tourist Trapped column, chronicling the city's local events and soirees with humor and wit. She works in the CBS 5 newsroom and also co-hosts the hilarious 70s news spoof Necessary Conversations with SF Examiner contributor Melissa Griffin.
2. Edgar Blazona, Founder of TrueModern
Edgar Blazona is a modernist American furniture designer who founded the prefab backyard structure company Modular Dwellings and the modern furniture brand TrueModern. He just built a 400-square foot portable home with a full bathroom, kitchen, master bedroom, foldable bunk beds and a pop out room that houses a Murphey bed and flat screen. Before starting TrueModern and Modular Dwellings, Edgar designed for Pottery Barn.
3. Eye Heart SF
Eye Heart SF includes Matt Seliga of CrawlSF, Nate Mezmer, Mike Fitzgerald of 1M Entertainment and Anthony Black. The team has been producing events in San Francisco for more than 9 years. Recent highlights include their Streets of San Francisco New Years Eve Party with Steve Aoki as well as the Summersalt Music Festival and North Beach Bar Run.
4. Jill Dailey, Founder of the Dailey Method
Jill Dailey McIntosh is the founder of the workout class The Dailey Method, a unique combination of ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching and orthopedic exercises. After studying Pilates for nine years, she started the Dailey Method as a way to help people reshape their bodies in a more assertive manner while still maintaining proper alignment and structure.
5. Kai Hasson, Nate Houghteling, Zach Blume of Portal A Interactive
Kai Hasson, Nate Houghteling and Zach Blume are the team behind digital media and video production company Portal A Interactive. Their Don't Stop Believing anthem for the San Francisco Giants was the most watched YouTube video in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010 and was featured on ESPN, CNN and Yahoo sports. Lately, they've made a splash with their White Collar Brawler web series and Wednesday Was a Good Day video for Jawbone, poking fun at SF's start-up scene.
6. Liz Caruana, Photographer
Liz Caruana is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle photographer. She has shot for Elle and Italian Vogue. She does the majority of her work in San Francisco, for local businesses like Nooworks, Fluffy Co, Gama-Go, Sofie Olgaard, Red Haute, Frolick, as well as SF interior designer, John K Anderson of John K Anderson Environments, vocalist Jimmy Kansau, and Dolby Laboratories. She has a book in the works that features only Bay Area Fashion and Jewelry Designers.
7. Wendy MacNaughton, Artist
Artist Wendy MacNaughton documents the minutia of daily San Francisco life with her paints and pens. Her artistic style captures everything from riding Muni to the bars and bartenders of the Mission to the Market Street chess players.