The 2012 TIME 100 Poll

Cast your votes for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world. Official voting ends on Friday, April 6, and the poll winner will be included in the TIME 100 issue. The complete TIME 100 list will be chosen by TIME editors and revealed on TIME.com on Tuesday, April 17.

Pete Cashmore

Age: 26 Occupation: CEO, Mashable

As a 19-year-old living with his parents in his native Scotland, Cashmore became obsessed with sites like Facebook and figured, Why not me too? He promptly dropped out of school and started the innovative news site Mashable, the Internet’s go-to source for coverage of the social-media business. Now 26, he’s also the square-jawed face of the industry; under his handsome profile, @mashable has a Twitter following of nearly 3 million people.

 

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