Map and Directory of Startup Influencers in San Francisco, CA, United States | StartupBlink

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Aaron Levie is and American entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of Box, an enterprise cloud company.

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Michael Arrington is the American founder and former co-editor of TechCrunch, a blog covering the Silicon Valley technology startup communities and the wider technology field in USA and elsewhere. Magazines such as Wired and Forbes have named Arrington one of the most powerful people on the Internet. In 2008, he was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.

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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.

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Founder of three SaaS companies since 2005, Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics and Quick Sprout. An active advisor and investor in startups.

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Founder of Mixergy, where proven entrepreneurs teach.

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Kara Swisher is an American technology journalist and co-founder of Recode. Previously she wrote for The Wall Street Journal, serving as co-executive editor of All Things Digital.

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Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, programmer, and blogger. President of Y Combinator and co-chairman of OpenAI.

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PayPal co founder and early Facebook investor. Technology entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist.

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CEO of StartupGrind. <br />Startup Grind is a 125-city community hosted in 60-countries that mentors entrepreneurs. Rooted in the heart of Silicon Valley, Startup Grind brings the world's greatest founders and investors to tell their stories on stage and share it with our global community.

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Naval Ravikant is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com) and Vast.com. He is an active Angel investor, and have invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo.

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Founder of Product Hunt surfacing the best new products, every day. It's a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.

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Operating Partner at DFJ. Teaching "Spirit of Entrepreneurship" at Stanford University in the MS&E department. Member of the Board of Advisors of the National Center for Women in Information Technology and of Springboard Enterprises.

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Founder at One Million by One Million, global virtual incubator that helps a million entrepreneurs globally to reach a million dollars in annual revenue, build $1 trillion in global GDP, and create 10 million jobs.

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Timothy Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012. He is an angel investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and 20+ more) and author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

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Founder, CEO & Co - Maintainer at AngelList. Naval Ravikant is the chairman of Vast.com and previously founded Genoa Corporation (acquired by Finisar) and Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com).

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Entrepreneur. Product Strategist. Investor. Xapo, Greylock, Linkedin, Airbnb and more.

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Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller <br />The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business.<br /><br />He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. Previously he co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2009, he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership.The Lean Startup methodology has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review,Inc. (where he appeared on the cover), Wired, Fast Company, and countless blogs. He lives in San Francisco.

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Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, a graphics-design online service, and an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

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225.310
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192.31
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65.416
5.79
56.12
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43.537
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34.72
3.50
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42.213
12.09
26.62
3.50
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19.216
3.53
12.19
3.50
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17.273
4.75
9.03
3.50
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15.428
3.53
8.40
3.50
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14.232
2.87
7.86
3.50
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12.131
3.15
5.48
3.50
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12.070
3.73
4.84
3.50
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11.405
2.78
5.12
3.50
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+15
11.330
2.69
5.75
2.89
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9.573
1.95
4.12
3.50
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+3
7.412
1.13
2.78
3.50
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-6
7.257
1.74
2.02
3.50
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+5
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+12
6.955
0.67
2.78
3.50
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+6
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+19
6.869
1.10
2.27
3.50
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-8
6.648
1.68
1.47
3.50
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-10
6.416
1.68
1.23
3.50
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-1
6.255
1.23
1.53
3.50
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+35
5.971
0.80
1.67
3.50
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5.888
1.53
0.86
3.50
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+41
5.575
0.34
1.74
3.50
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+17
5.461
1.24
0.73
3.50
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5.299
1.01
0.79
3.50
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+10
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+43
5.279
0.21
1.57
3.50
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5.233
0.77
0.97
3.50
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5.043
0.84
0.71
3.50
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4.997
1.04
0.45
3.50
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4.766
1.00
0.27
3.50
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+17
4.246
0.64
0.30
3.30
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top position badge 92
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4.048
0.73
0.17
3.15
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+14
3.856
0.72
0.13
3.00
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+6
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3.831
0.66
0.19
2.98
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+23
3.479
0.48
0.29
2.71
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3.454
0.56
0.21
2.69
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3.392
0.50
0.25
2.64
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3.071
0.56
0.12
2.39
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2.897
0.51
0.13
2.25
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+14
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+31
2.330
0.40
0.12
1.81
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top position badge 134
+3
2.291
0.41
0.10
1.78
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top position badge 135
-14
2.291
0.43
0.08
1.78
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top position badge 137
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2.216
0.35
0.14
1.72
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top position badge 138
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2.110
0.21
0.26
1.64
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1.853
0.31
0.10
1.44
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top position badge 153
+21
1.807
0.33
0.07
1.41
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+28
top position badge 154
+97
1.792
0.17
0.23
1.39
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1.779
0.33
0.06
1.38
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1.696
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1.32
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1.613
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1.25
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