25 Unsung Heroes

Interactive Week's top picks

Youre not likely to have seen them on the cover of a national magazine, but theyre out there, taking advantage of the relative quiet to make our networks — and the world those networks connect — better than they were.

Among these unsung heroes is the high-tech leader in Austin, Texas, who organized fellow entrepreneurs to look beyond immediate profits and give something back to the community. The European official who made it his mission to revamp the economy and make Internet access cheaper for all. The software magnate who sold his company and now helps starving people in Africa. The dot-commer who called it quits early enough to pay back his creditors and give his workers severance pay.

Last month, Interactive Week presented 25 Movers and Shakers on the Net. Now meet 25 people whove been doing their best dancing behind the scenes.