Every year brings up new technologies, services, products, and startups that rise to eminence in both local and international markets. To help you understand where the startups are headed in today’s world, here are the top 10 inspiring startup influencers from across the globe. These startup influencers have not only launched their own companies but also supported upcoming entrepreneurs with either capital or their experience.
Sean Ellis is the brain behind the term “Growth Hacking” which he coined in 2010. The founder and CEO of ‘GrowthHackers’ is a well-known entrepreneur who has featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. With 1.23k Twitter followers, he is one of the top startup influencers. He has also authored a book Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success, which has been published in 16 languages.
Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist, blogger, and co-founder of Union Square Ventures is another startup influencer who tops the list. He is well-known for his popular blogs across the tech-circles and is the man behind AVC.com. He has backed companies like Tumblr, Twitter, Etsy, and Zynga. Being a board member of cryptocurrency market place he is now at the forefront of crypto circles. Wilson has more than six hundred thousand twitter followers.
Tim Ferris, an entrepreneur, podcaster, and author is one of the top startup influencer. He is an angel investor and advisor to startups. Ferriss has authored the book- ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ that has been on The New York Times best seller list for four years. He has advised or invested in startups such as; Evernote, StumbleUpon, DailyBurn, Trippy, Reputation.com, Shopify, and TaskRabbit. He has 1.63M twitter followers.
Martin Varsavsky is an Argentine entrepreneur who is based in Spain and is one of our top startup influencers. Varsavsky is a founder of several companies including FON, Viatel, Ya.com, Medicorp Sciences and many more. The Forbes Magazine described him in 1999 as Young, Rich & Restless for being a serial entrepreneur. He has 105k followers on Twitter and his tweets are mostly on business and politics.
The founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson needs no introduction. Branson started his first business venture at the age of 16 which was a magazine called ‘Student’. He has grown successful businesses in sectors including transportation, travel, mobile telephony, entertainment, leisure, financial services, health, and wellness. With over 12 million followers on Twitter, he has plenty of tips and thoughtful insights to share with the upcoming entrepreneurs.
Lewis Howes, The New York Times best-selling author became a media sensation for empowering people and sharing ‘greatness’ across the world. He is now a lifestyle entrepreneur, high-performance business coach, and keynote speaker. Howes has been a former professional football and hand ball player. He owns a podcast and has appeared on “The Ellen Show” in 2017. With 166k followers on Twitter, he is one of our top startup influencer.
Marie Forleo is a thought leader with a mission to help people succeed in life and business. Forleo is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, writer, author and a host of a web show “Marie TV”. Her twitter account boasts of 216k followers and has been The New York Times best-selling author of ‘Everything is Figureoutable’. She is also quite popular on Instagram.
Michael Arrington is the founder and former co-editor of the blog TechCrunch that covered the wider technology field in America and the Silicon Valley technology startup communities. Arrington has been named as one of the most powerful people on the internet by Forbes and Wired. He has 237k followers on twitter and he was selected by Time Magazine in 2008 as one of the most influential people in the world.
Mark Cuban an entrepreneur, investor, and owner of the National Basketball Association Dallas Mavericks also top the list of startup influencers. He is one of the most popular faces on the show “Shark Tank” and has an enormous following on twitter with 7.75M followers. Cuban is also an author of How to Win at the Sport of Business’ which is an e-book where he has shared his experiences in both sports and business.
Sallie Krawcheck is the co-founder and CEO of ‘Ellevest’ which is a digital investment platform for women. She has been advising several startups and has been known as one of the most senior women on Wall Street. As one of the top startup influencer, she has 64.2K followers on Twitter.
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