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The List Round-Up: Young innovators, fast-growing companies, women in biotech, award-worthy online games, and more

Posted by Scott Kirsner  August 30, 2010 08:44 AM

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A number of interesting lists out this month:

- Technology Review's collection of 35 important innovators under the age of 35 includes a few Boston-area folks, like Richard Tibbetts, the chief technology officer of StreamBase Systems, and danah boyd, a researcher at Microsoft Research New England who looks at how people interact on social networks (and who prefers to render her name without capital letters.)

- On Inc. magazine's list of the 5000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S., 184 are based in the Boston area. The two highest-ranking firms here are Carbonite, the online data back-up service (11,208 percent growth over the last three years), and Gazelle (7,120 percent growth over that period), which buys and then resells older consumer electronics.

- Fierce Biotech serves up this list of the top 10 women in the biotech industry, including local lights Deborah Dunsire at Millennium, Daphne Zohar at Puretech and Katrine Bosley at Avila Therapeutics.

- The Game Developers' Choice awards for best online games will be handed out for the first time this October. The nominees include two local companies: Waltham-based Blue Fang Games, for Zoo Kingdom, and Conduit Labs (recently acquired by Zynga), for Music Pets.

- Four female founders were selected for this week's All Things Media bootcamp in New York, organized by Springboard Enterprises. They are Karen Miller from, Beth Marcus from Playsmart, Monika Desai of Open Runway, and Bettina Hein of Pixability. Twenty-one women founders in total will participate; the program offers founders advice, publicity, and the chance for investment.

- Analog Devices founder Ray Stata and Analogic founder Bernard Gordon are among the honorees on the 15th annual Mass High Tech All-Stars list, as is out-going MITX president Kiki Mills.

- Finally, lighting start-up Digital Lumens and NH-based biotech Adimab are two of the New England companies on the World Economic Forum's roster of 2011 Technology Pioneers.

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Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.

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