Joshua Kushner and Chris Paik are only in their 20s, but they are already amongst NYC's top venture capitalists. The Thrive Capital team invests in NYC startups like Fab, Kickstarter and Warby Parker. They also got in on Instagram right before its mega-acquisition by Facebook (FB).
It was at Harvard Business School where Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna met, laying the groundwork for what would become one of the hottest beauty startups. The duo launched New York-based Birchbox in 2010, a popular service which subscribers a gift box of new products every month. From hair products to nail polish, Birchbox users get to try the latest samples. Investors include First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures and Gary Vaynerchuk.