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Who Are Today's Power Players?

Entrepreneurs are becoming the front-runners of innovation.

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This story appears in the September 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Are you a David? If you're one of the entrepreneurs making a ruckus and leading the innovation edge of the 21st century, then you're who author Glenn Reynolds examines in his book An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government and Other Goliaths. From the lone writer with an influential political blog to the forward-thinking entrepreneur manufacturing cutting-edge ships for the U.S. Navy, the power to create, influence and innovate is squarely moving from the shoulders of giants to the Davids of the world.

"Tools and techniques that used to be available only to nations or to big organizations are now available to individuals in small businesses [and] in small groups," says Reynolds. "You're able to do things on a small scale that used to be possible only if done on a very large scale--and that turns out to have all kinds of impacts." Designing a product on a computer, uploading the plans to a design shop and having a prototype shipped to you quickly--that's just one of the innovative possibilities.

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