MANILA - Four Filipinos and a Philippine-based Iranian made it to Forbes' list of the most influential Asians under 30, the magazine said on its website.
This year's edition of the "30 Under 30" list includes 300 of the region's most influential millennials, including swimmer Joseph Schooling, who beat American Michael Phelps to win Singapore's first Olympic gold medal and Grammy award-winning singer Lorde from New Zealand.
The Filipinos on the list include:
- Matthew Cua, founder of SkyEye Analytics, which customizes drones to produce maps and models
- Carl Ocab, who founded his eponymous internet marketing firm at 13 that quickly became one of the highest ranked websites on Google Philippines.
- Maricor Bunal, COO of Growthsolutions, whose website, Loansolutions.ph helped 2,000 clients secure loans with an average amount of $2,200
- Gian Scottie Javelona, founder of OrangeApps, a cloud-based platform that allows schools to manage enrollment, grades, human resources and payroll.
- Also on the list is Iranian-born Shahab Shabibi, co-founder of Machine Ventures, which provides financial support for startups, whose clients include text-based personal assistant HeyKuya.