I'm as big a Kevin Rose fan as the next guy, but is he really more important in the world of business than Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or Eric Schmidt? You can vote right now online for who you think should have made it to the top of Business 2.0's annual People Who Matter Now list (which will come out in our July issue).
At last count, Rose was No. 2 (with 57.72 percent of all votes cast) versus No. 11 for Jobs (with a paltry 1.19 percentage of the votes cast). I guess that is not surprising, given that Rose is the founder of Digg and has a huge online following of people who love to vote for things online. I have a feeling that's also why Second Life chief Philip Rosedale is No. 3 right now. The Fake Steve Jobs was doing pretty good in the rankings for a while too.
While there is definitely some campaigning going on to get some people up higher on the list, my faith in crowd wisdom tells me that the rankings will sort themselves out. But for that to happen, votes need to be spread more evenly across all of the 100 candidates. The main criteria is what these folks have done for the business world lately.
So go ahead and vote for Rose or Rosedale if you like, but throw in a few ratings for some of the others on the list as well, like Sergey and Larry, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Arianna Huffington, Vinod Khosla, Michael Moritz, Rupert Murdoch, Susan Decker, Reid Hoffman, Michelle Kaufmann, or Ed Iacobucci and Vern Raburn.