Morning Joe | January 07, 2013
>> hey, mika? mika?
>> i'm so old.
>> i'm looking at this list, and i found there are three reasons i don't like these people.
>> i hate them all.
>> they're too young.
>> they're too young.
>> they're too skinny and they're too rich. other than that, i'm just like them.
>> they're not all skinny.
>> seriously, what are we doing here?
>> most of them are pretty skinny.
>> it's photo shopped.
>> oh, okay.
>> i thought it was -- anyhow. joining us now, the editor of "forbes" magazine, randall lane here with the magazine's "30 under 30" issue. great.
>> the jealousy issue.
>> the jealousy issue.
>> it really is.
>> i just found out one of these guys created word press when he was 19.
>> they're under 30?
>> he's still only 28. he's got a decade of experience and he's not even 30.
>> tell us about this list. who are these rich, skinny freaks of nature ?n
>> well, we divided them into 15 different fields. we had thousands of people apply. we had judges in each category. we divided them into 15 categories, had big-shot judges like mark cuban and another guy doing tech. we have 30 people in each of the categories. and what's really striking is that nowadays, i mean, there has been a sea change . technology has changed the game. it used to be until 10, 20 years ago, that for 5,000 years, experience, wisdom, those were the things that made you successful. you could not be as success were when you were young as when you were old because you acquired skills you could not get when you were younger. now because of technology, you are actually better off because they see people think digitally.
>> they think digitally. they grew up with it.
>> it's natural whereas we have to fake it.
>> you see a 2-year-old kid picking up an iphone.
>> that's absolutely right.
>> doing this, they can create word press at 19. it's an advantage.
>> it's an advantage, and they're not burdened by what we're all burdened with by, which is knowledge of how things work. they just think about it.
>> books, knowledge, yeah.
>> rigor. hard work.
>> they can capitalize, too. also, they can raise money .
>> they're all so pretty.
>> people want to give mean to people now who are 19 years old.
>> a lot of envy and jealousy coming out here.
>> i am so old.
>> technology, old.
>> technology is the common.
>> also, there's no fear of disruption. it's now been accepted. if you look at a continuum from bill gates and mark zuckerberg , there is an assumption now that if i'm 23 years old, i can change the world and disrupt things and blow things up and become a billionaire when i'm 30. 20 years ago, you thought, i couldn't do that. now they go in with the confidence to do it, as well.
>> so, you have 30 under 30 and these people are highly ambitious. does anybody turn down the honor?
>> oh, no. we get people, you know, lobbying us and sending us cakes and wine and all sorts of things in their category because they see they are judges, you know, high-level judges in each category. they say it is a big honor.
>> tell us about some of the youngest.
>> you have to look at, one guy i'm impressed with. he's 25 and his name is josh. he is in the health category. diagnosed with a very rare bone cancer called cardona. he discovered it while he was a freshman at duke. rather than just accept his fate because the average life expectancy is seven years. he is right at that now. he is going to drop out of duke. they had the only research grant to study this and he dropped out and raised $200 million to cure his own disease. another generation said, oh, i'll try to live my life the best i can. he said, i'll try to solve my own disease. that is attitude neal the only difference and not only trying to accept life, but challenge it.
>> the brooklyn net on this list. deron williams .
>> he's listed at 6'3". i'm 6'1" if i'm standing dead straight. he's lying about two inches and he's also very smart. brooklyn is the hottest story in the nba this year. $1 billion bet in terms of the arena, in terms of revitalizing that area of brooklyn and he is the reason. he is the reason, in some ways, that the nets, he was the one that committed to it. mark cuban judging one of the judges in the sports category. he turned down mark cuban 's millions, even though he's from dallas, to say i'll try to put my money on brooklyn and try to lead it. very impressive guy. came to our office, very smart, but not very tall.
>> do you have a favorite on this list? somebody to look for?
>> besides, you have to look at our cover star, david karp. 26. his company only has revenues of $13 million, but one of the top ten web destinations. biggest than microsoft bing. he started it because he wanted something pretty. he didn't think the web worked right and started this blog tumblr and now has 18 million page views a month and just did it, again, because he saw something nobody else did. why can't we build a website that people can put pictures on and make it a pretty canvass. he's all the richer for it.
>> "forbes" 30 under 30 issue is now on newsstands and it's a great issue.
>> thank you, we appreciate it.
>> randall lane, thank you.
>>> coming up, dr. emily sanai will be here with her take on interesting new medical studies including being overweight may reduce the risk of early death. more " morning joe " when we return. at a dry