30 July 2014

Collisons make Forbes list of "30 under 30"

12:21, Post Reporter

Limerick's John and Patrick Collison and Cork-born CoderDojo co-founder James Whelton have made the latest Forbes list of 30 under 30 - the magazine's pick of "disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs" to watch across the world in 2013.

A fourth young Irish man is also on the list; Dublin's Jonathan Cloonan, a heavy-hitting account director at the WPP company Group M, based in Singapore.

**For an interview with Cloonan, see [here](http://www.businesspost.ie/#!story/Home/Media+And+Marketing/Irish+30-under-30+adman+is+off+to+New+York/id/19410615-5218-50d0-5ca2-6725c2748927).**

The Collison brothers - who have been known here since Patrick won the Young Scientist of the Year contest in 2005 - run an online payments company in the US called Stripe, which has attracted very high profile investment.

20-year old James Whelton set up the coding training system for schoolchildren CoderDojo, which is now running across 22 countries.

Cloonan works as head of acquisitions at GroupM Entertainment APAC (WPP group) in Singapore, meaning he scouts out TV formats for major brands and then works on exporting them in China, India and Vietnam. He is just about to take up a new role in New York.

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