10 people to look out for in 2019 who are all set to blaze a trail
Meaww has compiled a list of ten potential disrupters who will possibly take huge leaps and bounds in 2019.
Olaf Carlson-Wee (Founder, Polychain Capital)
Carlson-Wee was responsible for increasing assets of his cryptocurrency hedge fund from $4 million to $300 million in a matter of months. Backed by venture funds like Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital, the entrepreneur boasted a portfolio of tokens with values that skyrocketed this year. Olaf Carlson-Wee was the first employee of crypto-currency wallet Coinbase.
Yara Shahidi (Actor)
Shahidi is an outspoken advocate for diversity in Hollywood among other social issues. She first rose to prominence when she was just 14, playing Zoey Johnson on "Black-ish". The talented young firebrand from Minnesota is currently working on a spinoff series "Grown-ish", which first aired in January this year.
Charlie Kirk (Founder - Turning Point USA)
Charlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, an advocacy group for young conservatives. His organization has been making waves across the political spectrum in the United States, especially after Donald Trump's presidential election. As the conservative movement regains its lost charm and traction, Kirk can surely be regarded as one of its leading firebrands whose influence is growing each day.
Beto O'Rourke (U.S. Representative)
Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 16th congressional district since 2013. Despite losing the 2018 U.S. Senate race to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, O'Rourke is now being considered as the Democratic forerunner for the 2020 presidential elections and is reportedly set to challenge Republican President Donald Trump.
Rupi Kaur (Indian Author)
The lovely Rupi Kaur has taken the digital world by storm after originally publishing her poems on Instagram. "Milk and Honey", a book she released in 2014, spent 77 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List after selling over 2.5 million copies across 25 languages. Most recently, she ranked beside Dan Brown and Oprah Winfrey on Amazon's bestseller's list for her latest book, "Sun and Her Flowers," which explores her Punjabi-Canadian heritage.
Anthony Davis (American Basketball Player)
This year, Davis was once again selected to the All-NBA 1st Team after having already been twice chosen as one of NBA's top five players, setting him up for a super-max contract in 2019. Being worth $230 million, the five-year-contract starting 2020 would be the biggest in NBA history. Ahead of the 2017-18 season, Davis' off-court earnings skyrocketed after a multi-year contracted extension with Nike. Davis set a record with 52 points during the 2017 All-Star game and won the MVP at the event.
Canelo Alvarez (Professional boxer)
After the retirement of Floyd Mayweather, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has become boxing's biggest pay-per-view star. Alvarez's 2017 bouts with Gennady Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. generated over one million buys. His fights were the first U.S. boxing matches aside from those involving Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao to register one million buys since Lennox Lewis knocked out Mike Tyson in 2002. That said, it looks like Canelo's just getting warmed up.
Yuja Chang & Watson Yim (Co-founders - Aira)
In a bid to expand mobility and independence for blind and low vision individuals, Yuja Chang and Watson Kim are developing personalized, high-tech services with Aira. The company has already raised $16 million in funding under advisers like Dean Kamen and Lawrence Gunther. They duo recently made it to the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list for social entrepreneurs.
Iskra Lawrence (Model)
The gorgeous Iskra Lawrence is a veritable firebrand of the body positivity movement. Being a plus size model herself, Lawrence inspires victims of bodyshaming to love the skin they are in and break societal boundaries with confidence.Boasting a staggering 4.2 million followers on Instagram, Lawrence is surely someone to watch out for in 2019.
Colin O'Brady (Professional Endurance Athlete)
In 2016 Colin broke two prestigious world records – conquering the speed records for the Explorers Grand Slam and Seven Summits, a global mountaineering challenge to climb the tallest mountain on every continent including Mt. Everest and skiing the last degree of latitude to the North and South Poles – all in 139 days and 131 days respectively. He is currently on his way to achieve his fourth world record by becoming the first person in history to cross Antarctica completely alone and human-powered, without any outside support or assistance.