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The Upstarts

Fortune says "it takes something special to run young companies," and the magazine has a list of executives that it says has that certain je ne sais quoi. On it is Pacific Biosciences' Hugh Martin, who is the chief executive officer there. Fortune notes that Martin has "successfully taken two companies — in different industries — public" and that he "understands the entrepreneurial mentality." Also on the list is Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Max Levchin, the vice president of engineering at Google.