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Our Favorite Entrepreneurs Of 2011 (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/30/2011 5:10 pm   Updated: 12/30/2011 5:16 pm

We're all familiar with the epic success stories behind some of the world's fastest growing startups like Groupon, but once upon a time, every successful entrepreneur was simply an average Joe or Jane with a budding idea. Young or old, the entrepreneurial bug is alive and well inside some of our favorite entrepreneurs of the year.

From bootstrappers to billionaires, this list of business owners won't cease to inspire you with their innovative ideas and unwavering determination to make their business dreams a reality.

Peter Glatzer and Adrian Grenier, SHFT
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Company: SHFT
Why we love them: SHFT is a digital media platform that allows users to read, watch, shop and share sustainable products and ideas. Instead of condemning less than eco-friendly practices, SHFT encourages consumers to make small, logical changes that fit into their lifestyle.

"What makes something SHFT-worthy? It's design first. You have to want it first in order to even start engaging. Would I really want this thing? That's the criteria. And the follow-up is sustainability." - Adrian Grenier
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