Forbes 30 under 30 2023 list headlined by NFT & Web3 founders


  • NFTs are finding more and more applications, and their recent sales have broken records.
  • Web3 builders are at the vanguard of this trend, pushing the boundaries of what is possible with NFTs.
  • These young visionaries are now being recognized for their accomplishments, with many of them being added to Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 list.

Worldwide, the concept of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and blockchain technology is gaining popularity, and a new class of businesses known as Web3 builders is beginning to take shape. These young designers use web3 technologies and NFTs to create entirely new digital experiences, encompassing everything from gaming and fashion to art and collectibles.

The number of use cases for NFTs is expanding, and recent years have seen record-breaking sales. NFTs are being used to represent and monetize a wide variety of digital goods, including web3 games and virtual properties. With their technical expertise and creative mindset, Web3 builders are at the forefront of this trend, pushing the boundaries of what is feasible with NFTs.

As a result of their achievements, these young visionaries are now being honored, with many of them being named to Forbes’ esteemed 30 Under 30 list. They all have different professional and educational backgrounds, but they all share a love of leveraging technology to make something fresh and intriguing.

RTFKT, a digital products NFT firm that was acquired by Nike in December 2021, was co-founded by Steven Vasilev. According to RTFKT and its founders, the business is “executing on Nike’s strategy for 2050.” 

In April 2022, Nike released 20,000 digital sneakers called Nike Dunk Genesis CRYPTOKICKS as part of the debut of its first collection for the metaverse, with the assistance of Vasilev and his team at RTFKT. These sneakers’ special editions have sold for more than $130,000 in some cases.

RTFKT, a 2020 startup, leverages cutting-edge technologies like augmented reality to make one-of-a-kind, highly collectible 3D objects. NFT wearables, which have grown in popularity in the field of digital collectibles, are what initially brought RTFKT to the public’s attention in 2021. One of the most popular NFT brands to date is a result of the company’s inventive use of technology and aesthetic vision.