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American entrepreneur, radio journalist, former producer for public radio and television, best known for his work with This American Life and Planet Money. He is the co-founder and CEO of the podcast network Gimlet Media. Read more
Vitalik Buterin is the Founder of Ethereum Read more
Michael J. Saylor is an American entrepreneur and business executive, who co-founded and leads MicroStrategy, a company which provides business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services. Saylor authored the 2012 book The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything. Read more
Jessica Livingstone is a founder and active partner of Y Combinator Read more
Jerome Powell is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Read more
Saifedean Ammous is the author of The Bitcoin Standard Read more
David Velez is the founder and CEO of Nubank Read more
Changpeng Zhao is the CEO of crypto exchange Binance Read more
Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli public intellectual, historian and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of the popular science bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Read more
Vladimir Tenev is a Bulgarian-American billionaire entrepreneur who was the co-founder and CEO of Robinhood, a US-based financial services company. Read more
Sam Bankman-Fried is the CEO of crypto exchange FTX Read more
Tim O'Reilly is an experienced Silicon Valley professional, CEO of O'Reilly Media. He's a technical writer in the spaces of technology, entrepreneurship and startups Read more
Simon Sinek is an author and podcaster Read more
Rory Sutherland is an author and founder of Ogilvy Change Read more
Marissa Mayer is a former CEO of Yahoo and early employee of Google. She is currently the founder and CEO of Sunshine Read more
Lex Fridman is an research scientist at MIT focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning. He has published series of research papers in the areas of automous vehicles, human machine interaction and machine learning. He has a podcast where he discusses science and technology driven conversation with global technlogy leaders.  Read more
Jean-Francois "Jeff" Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most established seed VC firms in Silicon Valley, having closed 190+ investments since 2004. Read more
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky (pictured in the center, above) co-founded the online company in 2008 along with Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk. The innovative site allows users to rent unused space to guests such as holidaymakers.  Read more
Evan Williams is the CEO of Medium, and he was the CEO of Twitter for 2 years. Read more
Emmanuel Macron is the President of the French Republic. Read more
Costolo joined the microblogging and social networking company as COO in 2009 – fresh from a post at Google – and he went on to become Twitter’s CEO in 2010. Moreover, he has certainly made an impression, and in 2013 he earned a spot on Time magazine’s rundown of technology’s 40 most influential minds.  Read more
Cathie Wood is an American investor specialized in technology, founder and CEO of Ark Investment Management, LLC Read more
Cameron Winklevoss is the founder and President of Gemini Read more
Boris VvZ is the founder, of TheNextWeb.com Read more
Bill Gross is an experienced Silicon Valley CEO and founder. He is currently the CEO of Heliogen and Idealab Read more
Anne E. Wojcicki is an American entrepreneur who co-founded and serves as CEO of the personal genomics company 23andMe. As of 2020, she is listed as #93 in Forbes list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women. Read more
Andrew Grove was Intel's third employee and eventually its third CEO. It scaled the company to be the largest semiconductor producer in the world. Read more
Brian Armstrong is the CEO of cryptocurrency trading company Coinbase. He received media coverage for his policy of keeping the workplace free of political activism. Read more
Sean Parker is a serial start-up founder and investor. He was a co-founder of Napster, president of Facebook, and investor/board member of Spotify. Read more
Steve Wozniak is the cofounder, with Steve Jobs, of Apple Computer, and designer of the first commercially successful personal computer. Read more
Daniel Ek is known for being the co-founder and CEO of music streaming service Spotify. Read more
Eric Emerson Schmidt is known for being the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, executive chairman of Google from 2011 to 2015, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. from 2015 to 2017, and Technical Advisor at Alphabet from 2017 to 2020. Read more
Francis Xavier Suarez is an American attorney and politician serving as the 43rd mayor of Miami. He was elected on November 7, 2017 with 86 percent of the vote. He is a major proponent of Miami as a startup hub, actively promoting the city's ecosystem. Read more
Melanie Perkins is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Canva. Perkins is one of the youngest female CEO's of a tech start-up valued over A$1 billion. As of 2020, Perkins was the third richest woman in Australia. Read more
Timothy Dean Sweeney is known as the founder and CEO of Epic Games and as the creator of the Unreal Engine, a game development platform. Read more
Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, mathematical statistician, and former option trader and risk analyst, whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. Read more
Whitney Wolfe Herd is cofounder and CEO of Bumble Inc., which operates two online dating apps: Bumble and Badoo. Wolfe Herd first founded Bumble, the dating app on which women make the first move, with Russian billionaire Andrey Andreev in 2014. Read more
Alex Lieberman is the founder and CEO of Morning Brew, a daily newsletter for startup founders and entrepreneurs with more than a million subscribers. Read more
Anthony Pompliano is an American entrepreneur and investor. He has built and sold numerous companies, ran Product & Growth teams at Facebook and Snapchat, and invested over $100 million in early stage technology companies. Read more
Chamath Palihapitiya is a Canadian-American venture capitalist, engineer, SPAC sponsor and the founder and CEO of Social Capital. Palihapitiya was an early senior executive at Facebook, joining the company in 2007 and leaving in 2011. He is a minority stakeholder and board member of the Golden State Warriors. Read more
TropicalMBA (founded by Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen) helps people build profitable location independent businesses, and meet with others who are doing the same. Both Dan and Ian are are an inspiration to thousands of self funded entrepreneurs around the world. Read more
Guy Raz is the host, co-creator, and editorial director of three NPR programs, including two of its most popular ones: TED Radio Hour and How I Built This. Both shows are heard by more than 14 million people each month around the world. He is also the creator and co-host of NPR's first-ever podcast for kids, Wow In The World. Read more
Joe Rogan is an American comedian, podcast host, and mixed martial arts color commentator. He has also worked as a television host and an actor. The Joe Rogan Experience is the most subscribed to podcast in the world. Read more
Phil Knight is the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, Inc., and was previously chairman and CEO of the company. Read more
Susan Diane Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube. She has been in the tech industry for over 20 years. Wojcicki was involved in the founding of Google, and became Google's first marketing manager in 1999. Read more
Tyler Howard Winklevoss is an American investor, founder of Winklevoss Capital Management and Gemini cryptocurrency exchange, and Olympic rower. Read more
Carlos Slim Helú is a Mexican business magnate, investor and philanthropist. From 2010 to 2013, Slim was ranked as the richest person in the world by the Forbes business magazine. He derived his fortune from his extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso. Read more
Andrew W. Houston is the CEO of Dropbox, the online backup and storage service. Houston and Arash Ferdowsi co-founded Dropbox in 2007. Before working on Dropbox, Houston worked on a number of other startups which include Bit9, Accolade and HubSpot. Read more
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Welcome to our Global Leaders Map! StartupBlink is constantly identifying new startup influencers all over the world. In the map below, you'll find:

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