Adam Savage, Founder of Savage Merchandising LLC
Adam has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real. He's built everything from ancient Buddhas and futuristic weapons to fine-art sculptures and dancing vegetables.
In 1993, Adam began concentrating his career on the special-effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and a dozen feature films, including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Galaxy Quest and the Matrix sequels.
In 2002, Adam was chosen along with Jamie Hyneman to host MythBusters, which premiered on Discovery Channel in January 2003. Fourteen years, 1,015 myths, 2,950 experiments, eight Emmy nominations and 83 miles of duct tape later, the series ended in March 2016.
Today, Adam stars in and produces content for Tested.com, including behind-the-scenes dives into multiple blockbuster films (including Ghost in the Shell, Alien Covenant and Blade Runner). He also produces and stars in his Brain Candy stage show with Vsauce's Michael Stevens.
When he's not on an airplane, Adam lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and their two dogs.
Marcos Mafia, Co-Founder of Mafia Bags
Formerly a professional kite surfer, the idea for MAFIA struck Marcos upon realizing that the piles of sturdy, colorful sails stashed away untouched in storage facilities could be repurposed into versatile bags for everyday carry. MAFIA grew quickly through word of mouth.
Now they operate in four countries, have a growing team of employees, and have expanded their product line to not only include the perfect globe-trotting wetsuit bag, but also a refined collection of versatile packs and totes to accommodate both beach and city lifestyles. They regularly work with industry leaders such as Patagonia, Vans, Reef, SFMoMA, the Stanford Design School, and many others to bring you innovative products from reclaimed materials.
The belief in a low-impact lifestyle guides every decision they make -- from reusing cardboard shipping boxes to guaranteeing every product we make with a lifetime warrantee.
Mafia is making products that we think will be the next market stage. We look to the future of conscientious consumers deciding why, where and how things are made.