Global Startup Influencer Map by City and Country | StartupBlink

Welcome to our Global Leaders Map! StartupBlink is constantly identifying new startup influencers all over the world. In the map below, you'll find:

  • Global Influencers, who have a made a mark on the global startup ecosystem.
  • Regional Influencers, who are leading their local startup ecosystems and helping them evolve.
  • Community Leaders, who are part of StartupBlink's Community Leaders program, and helping their local ecosystems thrive with meetups and networking events. Apply to be a Community Leader!

You can use the Leaders Map to find inspirational startup pioneers in the world and in your country.

Identify leaders you want to connect with, follow them on social media, and get access to a world of expertise and knowledge that they have to offer. Remember, networking is essential to the growth of your startup, so invest as much time in it as possible!

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Zhang Yiming is a Chinese internet entrepreneur. He founded ByteDance in 2012 and developed the news aggregator Toutiao and the video sharing platform TikTok (Douyin).

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Ma Huateng (also known as Pony Ma) chairs Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings, which ranks among the nation's largest businesses by market cap.

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Laura Roeder is the Founder at MeetEdgar which is doing Social media scheduling and marketing automation with 5,000+ active, paying customers.

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President of the French Republic.

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Warren Buffet is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, who is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered as one of the most successful investors in the world.

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He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc.

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CEO of FUBU and The Shark Group, TV Personality on ABC

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John chambers is an Investor in companies around the world that are disrupting major industries. Passionate about mentoring young CEOs and helping them build, scale, and lead market transitions.

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co-founded a software company called ClickFunnels among others.

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Co-Founder at Neil Patel Digital. He is a New York Times bestselling author. he helped Amazon, Microsoft, Airbnb, Google, Thomson Reuters, Viacom, NBC, Intuit, Zappos, American Greetings, General Motors, and SalesForce grow through marketing.

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Cassie Kozyrkov is a South African data scientist and statistician. She founded the field of Decision Intelligence at Google, where she serves as Chief Decision Scientist.

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Nir Eyal is an American author, lecturer and investor known for his bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.

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Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Wealthfront. Prior to Wealthfront, Andy co-founded and was general partner of Benchmark Capital, where he was responsible for investing in a number of successful companies including Equinix, Juniper Networks, and Opsware.

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CEO and Chairman at Dell Technologies

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Mike Maples was previously involved as a founder and operating executive at back-to-back startup IPOs, including Tivoli Systems (IPO TIVS, acquired by IBM) and Motive (IPO MOTV, acquired by Alcatel-Lucent.)

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Michael Gerber had has extensive experience in the areas of distribution, customer orientation, process optimization and platform projects. He has led and participated in over 100 projects in more than 20 years.

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Co-founder of Earn, Counsyl, Teleport, Coin Center. He is an angel investor and entrepreneur and was as also the cofounder of Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center.

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Co-Founder and Director of TheFamily

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Zhang Yiming` is the Chinese software developer behind TikTok.

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Casandra Brené Brown PhD LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

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Paddy Cosgrave is an Irish entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Web Summit, an annual technology conference, and CEO of the company that runs Web Summit and other events.

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Sheryl Kara Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, author, and billionaire. She is the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook's board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on its board.

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Caterina is an entrepreneur and investor. She is the host of the podcast "Should This Exist" and General Partner at Yes VC. She co-founded Flickr (www.flickr.com), almost certainly the best photo sharing company in the world, and Hunch, which built the taste graph for the internet. She served as Chairman of Etsy, and serves on the board of The Sundance Institute, Public Goods and McSweeneys.

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Paul Graham is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and essayist. He is best known for his work on Lisp, his former startup Viaweb and also for co-founding the influential startup accelerator and seed capital firm Y Combinator.

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David Heinemeier Hansson is a Danish programmer and the creator of the popular Ruby on Rails web development framework and the Instiki wiki. He is also a partner at the web-based software development firm Basecamp.

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Jager McConnell is the CEO of Crunchbase, a platform used by millions of entrepreneurs and investors looking to discover innovative companies. He is also the founder of Scary Cow Productions, an indie film incubator in San Francisco.

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Masayoshi Son is a Japanese business magnate and investor who is the founder and current chief executive officer of Japanese holding conglomerate SoftBank, the chief executive officer of SoftBank Mobile, current chairman of U.S.-based Sprint Corporation and chairman of U.K.-based Arm Holdings. Softbank invested $35 billion across 100 deals in 2017, including making investments in office rental firm WeWork and ride hailing company Uber.

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Tobias Lütke is the founder and CEO of Shopify, a commerce company based in Ottawa, Canada. He has served on the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created open source libraries such as Active Merchant.

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Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, known online as PewDiePie, is a Swedish YouTuber, comedian and video game player–commentator, best known for his YouTube video content, which has mainly consisted of Let's Play commentaries, vlogs, and comedic formatted shows. On 15 August 2013, Kjellberg became the most-subscribed user on YouTube.

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Beyond entertainment, Ashton Kutcher is also known for being a venture capitalist. He is a co-founder of the venture capital firm A-Grade Investments. In 2015, Kutcher announced Sound Ventures, the successor to A-Grade Investments. Kutcher has also successfully invested in several high technology startups and companies.

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Adam Neumann is an Israeli–American billionaire businessman. He is best known for being the co-founder and CEO of WeWork.

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Marc Russell Benioff is an American billionaire internet entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce, an enterprise cloud computing company.

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Tim Cook is an American business executive and industrial engineer. Cook is the Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc.

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David Cohen is the founder and CEO of Techstars. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, author, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog. He is also very active at the University of Colorado, serving as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Computer Science Department, the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board at Silicon Flatirons, and the Board of Advisors of the Deming Center Venture Fund

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Jason M. Lemkin runs SaaStr, the world's largest community for B2B/SaaS founders, and is the managing director of SaaStr Fund, a $90m venture capital firm focused on early-stage enterprise investments. Prior to that, Lemkin was the vice president of Adobe Systems; co-founder and the chief executive officer of EchoSign.

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Chris Dixon is an American internet entrepreneur and investor. He is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, and the co-founder and former CEO of Hunch.

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Benjamin Abraham Horowitz is an American businessman, investor, blogger, and author. He is a technology entrepreneur and co-founder of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

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Ben Thompson is an American business, technology, and media analyst, who is based in Taiwan. He is known principally for writing Stratechery, a subscription-based newsletter featuring in-depth commentary on tech and media news that has been called a must-read in Silicon Valley circles.

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Andrew Chen is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, where he invests in consumer startups. Previously, he led Rider Growth at Uber, advised/invested in dozens of startups, and has been writing for over a decade about metrics, monetization, and growth

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“Eric is an American entrepreneur, blogger, and author of The Lean Startup, a book on the lean startup movement. He is also the author of The Startup Way, a book on modern entrepreneurial management.

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Neil is a New York Times bestselling author. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 35 by the United Nations.

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Michael Moritz is a British venture capitalist who was born in Wales. Moritz wrote an early biography of Steve Jobs and Apple, "The Little Kingdom," while Time's San Francisco bureau chief. He is legendary for many of the investments he has led throughout his long career with the venture firm Sequoia Capital. Among his biggest hits: PayPal, Zappos and Google, LinkedIn.

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Kevin O'Leary is a Canadian businessman, author and television personality. He co-founded O'Leary Funds and SoftKey.

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Alexis Kerry Ohanian is an Armenian-American Internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist investor. He is the co-founder and executive chairman of the social news website Reddit and he also co-founded the early stage venture capital firm Initialized Capital.

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Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. She is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global.

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Patrick Collison is an Irish entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Stripe, which he started with his younger brother, John, in 2010

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Jack Ma Yun is a Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate.

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Travis Cordell Kalanick is an American billionaire businessman. He is the co-founder of Scour, a peer to peer file sharing application, Red Swoosh, a peer-to-peer content delivery network, and Uber, a transportation network company.

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Jack Patrick Dorsey is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who is co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company.

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Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon.

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Global Cities Ranking of Startup Ecosystem
StartupBlink ranks the startup ecosystems of 100 countries and 1000 cities. Toggle between Countries/Cities ranking, search for a specific location, and download our PDF Ranking Report
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225.310
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65.416
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25.519
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22.345
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22.055
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21.482
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18.657
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15.165
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12.454
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12.082
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12.070
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