30 People Every Entrepreneur Should Follow on Twitter
Hey, Entrepreneur! Just started a new startup or looking to grow your existing one. Well, there are times when you need a solid mentor and sound advice. As a startup founder, you can benefit immensely from the experience of those who have already been down that road. We know of a great tool that can be a gold mine for advice and insight, too. It’s called Twitter. Yeah. The 140 character messages thing. We have compiled a list of 30 people that every aspiring entrepreneur should follow on Twitter.
They are listed in no specific order and their level of success are varied. There’s something to be learned from each one of them, even if just online.
Take a look at the list of people below, some of whom you may already know.
1. Hiten Shah @hnshah
Hiten Shah has co-founded two SaaS companies CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics. He is always ready to help attitude and easy access is highly admirable. Hiten replies to almost every question you ask promptly with proper specifics, which I appreciate most. Hiten shares very interesting and must read articles for aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups.
2. Anita Campbell @smallbiztrends
Anita Campbell is founder and CEO of Small Business Trends, a blog that aggregates information on small business resources, trends, and practical advice. Small Business Trends has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and the New York Times and Anita herself is a popular writer and speaker and is on several advisory boards.
3. Tony Hsieh @tonyhsieh
The CEO of the online shoe company Zappos.com, Hsieh knows a great deal about starting and building companies. Hsieh originally got involved with Zappos as an Advisor and investor in 1999, about 2 months after it was founded. Mr. Hsieh eventually joined Zappos full time in 2000. Under his leadership, Zappos has grown gross merchandise sales from $1.6M in 2000 to over $1 billion in 2008 by focusing relentlessly on customer service. He sold a company called LinkExchange to Microsoft for $265-million at the age of 24.
4. Neil Patel @neilpatel
Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar, and KISSmetrics. He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world.He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations.
5. Jason Goldberg @betashop
Jason Goldberg is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hem and Fab. Hem is a spinout from Fab, which Jason founded in 2011. Hem is an online platform and community that provides interior design and integrated household furnishing. Prior to leading Fab.com, he founded fabulis, socialmedian (sold to XING AG), and Jobster.
6. Caterina Fake @Caterina
Caterina Fake is co-founder and CEO of Findery. She also co-founded Hunch (acquired by eBay), a site that made recommendations to users based on the tastes and opinions that they entered into the system. She also co-founded Flickr (acquired by Yahoo), an online photo sharing network. Fake has also been involved with large enterprises such as Netscape and Salon.com.
7. Dharmesh Shah @dharmesh
Dharmesh Shah is co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. Dharmesh founded and writes for OnStartups.com, a top-ranking startup blog with over 350,000 members in its online community. Dharmesh twitter account is a very useful resource not only for entrepreneurs operating in the tech space but for all those thinking about starting their own business.
8. Kathryn Minshew @kmin
Kathryn Minshew is co-founder and CEO of The Muse, a career-development platform. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. She was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media and Inc.’s 15 Women to Watch in Tech.
9. Seth Godin @ThisIsSethsBlog
Seth Godin is the author of 17 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth is the founder of squidoo.com, a fast growing, easy to use website. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. Before his work as a writer and blogger, Godin was Vice President of Direct Marketing at Yahoo!, a job he got after selling them his pioneering 1990s online startup, Yoyodyne.
10. Richard Branson @richardbranson
Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Group. There are now more than 100 Virgin companies worldwide, employing approximately 60,000 people in over 50 countries. He is also a record breaker online, voted the UK’s number one Twitter user, the world’s most social CEO and the world’s most followed person on LinkedIn.
He is the author of six books including his latest, Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School.
11. Paul Graham @paulg
Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor. In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first software as a service company. Viaweb was acquired by Yahoo in 1998, where it became Yahoo Store. In 2001, he started publishing essays on paulgraham.com, which in 2011 got 17 million page views.
In 2005, he and Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris, and Trevor Blackwell started Y Combinator, the first of a new type of startup incubator. Since 2005 Y Combinator has funded over 450 startups, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.
Paul is the author of On Lisp, ANSI Common Lisp, and Hackers & Painters.
12. Jack Dorsey @jack
Jack Dorsey is one of the three original brains behind Twitter. He’s also the chief executive of Square, Inc., the maker of a little gadget that makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to accept debit and credit payments from their tablets and smartphones.
Jack was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people and was named an “outstanding innovator under the age of 35? by MIT’s Technology Review.
13. Guy Kawasaki @GuyKawasaki
Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, a graphics-design online service. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He started several technology companies, ran a venture capital firm named Garage Technology Ventures and wrote APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. He has been advising entrepreneurs for the last 20 years through his books and speaking tours.
Guy is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an online magazine rack of popular topics on the Web. In the last several years, he has become a go-to guy for business advice—especially in the social media sphere, where he has more than 1.43 million followers on Twitter.
14. Joel Gascoigne @joelgascoigne
Joel Gascoigne is the Founder of Buffer, an online social media tool that helps users share social media content by scheduling online posts throughout the day. By making use of lean startup techniques, he took Buffer from an idea to a business with paying customers in just 7 weeks. Joel started Buffer on the side whilst working full-time, and within 4 months it was profitable and he quit his work.
15. Steve Blank @sgblank
Steve Blank has had a 33-year career as a successful businessman, conservationist, and teacher. As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Steve was part of or founded eight venture-backed companies. Four of his eight startup companies went public. After he retired, he started new careers in conservation, public service, and teaching.
16. Mark Suster @msuster
Mark Suster is a Partner at Upfront Ventures. He joined the firm in 2007 after having previously worked with Upfront Ventures for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Before joining Upfront Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, a European SaaS company that was acquired by SWORD Group.
17. Dave Morin @davemorin
Dave is co-founder and CEO of Path, a web- and mobile-based social networking site that allows users to interact with a limited, exclusive group of 150 friends. Dave Morin is best known as a member of the Facebook team, where he was a co-inventor of Facebook Connect and Facebook Platform. Dave was named #16 on Fast Company’s 2009 list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. He speaks on subjects of entrepreneurship and innovation while motivating audiences with his inspiring personal success story.
18. Evan Williams @ev
Evan Williams is an American entrepreneur who has co-founded two of the biggest services on the Internet—Blogger, which he ran for four years before selling to Google in 2003, and Twitter, where he was CEO for two years and now serves on the board of directors. Most recently, he launched Medium, a new publishing platform where he serves as CEO.
19. Mark Cuban @mcuban
Mark Cuban is an American business magnate. He is the owner of the National Basketball Association’s Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures, and the chairman of the HDTV cable network AXS TV. He is also a “shark” investor on the television series Shark Tank. In 2011, Cuban wrote an e-book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, in which he chronicles his life experiences in business and sports.
20. Eric Knopf @ericknopf
Eric is Cofounder of Webconnex. Launched in 2008, Webconnex is a set of web- based technologies to simplify and automate event registration and fundraising. Knopf shares a steady stream of business advice on his Twitter account that helps everyone from small business owners to workers embrace their inner entrepreneur.
21. Brad Feld @bfeld
Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of UP Global. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution, and Ask the VC.
22. Chris Dixon @cdixon
Chris Dixon is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm and also a contributing writer for TechCrunch. He was a co-founder and the CEO of SiteAdvisor and also co-founded Founder’s Collective, Hunch, and more. Chris is a personal investor in early-stage technology companies, including Skype, TrialPay, DocVerse, Invite Media, Gerson Lehrman Group, ScanScout, OMGPOP, BillShrink, Oddcast, Panjiva, Knewton, and a handful of other startups that are still in stealth mode.
23. Randi Zuckerberg @randizuckerberg
Randi Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, a boutique marketing firm and production company, working with high profile organizations and Fortune 500 companies such as The Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, Conde Nast, and PayPal. Randi Zuckerberg ran marketing at Facebook for six years, where her team led the company’s U.S. election and international politics strategy, launched the live streaming industry with her media partnerships around the U.S. Presidential Inauguration, and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for her innovative TV/online coverage of the 2010 mid-term elections. Randi has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Bloomberg, NDTV & World News, and was a correspondent for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards and the World Economic Forum in Davos.
24. David Cohen @davidcohen
David Cohen is the founder and chief executive of TechStars, a Boulder, Colo.-based seed stage investment program for internet startups. In addition to sharing his keen, sometimes pointed insights about startups, apps, and software, Cohen tweets motivating quotes, investment tips and pics from his business trips and speaking engagements.
25. Dave McClure @davemcclure
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs and occasionally invest in startups foolish enough to let him. He has been an investor in over 250 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, among others. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio, Mint.com, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft. Years ago he used to do real work like coding or marketing or running conferences, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like sending lots of emails, blogging, and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.
26. Sheryl Sandberg @sherylsandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Sandberg was named as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune and one of the “50 Women to Watch” by The Wall Street Journal.
27. Biz Stone @biz
Biz is the co-founder of Twitter. Previously, Biz helped build other popular social media services Xanga, Blogger, and Odeo. After launching the journalling service Xanga in 2000, Biz went on to publish two books about the origins and social significance of blogging.
28. Fed Wilson @fredwilson
Fred Wilson is a founder and Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures. Fred began his career in venture capital in 1987 and he has focused exclusively on information technology investments for the past 16 years. From 1987 to 1996, Fred was first an Associate and then a General Partner at Euclid Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm located in New York City. In 1996, Fred co-founded Flatiron Partners. Fred was the Managing Partner of Flatiron Partners and was responsible for securing $150 million of initial capital commitments from Chase Capital Partners (now JP Morgan Partners) and SOFTBANK. He built the investment team, which grew to 10 investment professionals, and managed the creation of a $570 million portfolio.
29. Steve Case @SteveCase
Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. Steve co-founded America Online (AOL) in 1985 when the Internet was in its infancy. Under Steve’s leadership as Chairman and CEO, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company. AOL helped drive the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society.
30. Elon Musk @elonmusk
Tesla and SpaceX are some of the most innovative companies today, making huge strides in the electric car and commercial spaceflight industries. At the helm of both companies is CEO Elon Musk, the South African-born self-made billionaire. Musk has often been compared to the Tony Stark character as portrayed in the “Iron Man” movies.
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