In a pandemic, logistics are a matter of life and death. After convincing a couple companies to hand over their customer delivery data while at MIT, Sims cofounded Wise Systems in 2014. It uses machine learning to schedule delivery routes and make adjustments in real time to account for traffic, new orders and drivers’ current location. “We’re solving the old ‘cable guy scenario,’ where you know you’re going to get a package at some point, but you could wait all day,” he says. With Wise’s software, delivery recipients can know within as little as a 20-minute window when to expect a delivery. Anheuser-Busch is using the software on 750 beer trucks, while Lyft relies on it for scheduling repairs for drivers. The Cambridge, Massachusetts–based startup has $24 million in venture funding. Says Sims, “We’re on a mission to enable perfect deliveries.”
As North America settles in for a long pandemic winter, there are bright spots on the horizon. Hundreds of them. The 600 young entrepreneurs, activists, scientists and entertainers featured in our 10th Annual Forbes 30 Under 30 give everyone reason to hope. Some are defying the odds and building businesses despite Covid-19; others are helping to fight the illness, serving on hospital front- lines or working with A.I. to discover new drugs. This year they were photographed by one of their own: Mamadi Doumbouya, a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea who appears in this year’s Art & Style group. Collectively, our Under 30 trailblazers have raised over $1 billion in venture funding and are proof positive that ambition and innovation can’t be quarantined.