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co-founded a software company called ClickFunnels among others. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Nir Eyal is an American author, lecturer and investor known for his bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Read more
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. Read more
CEO and Chairman at Dell Technologies Read more
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.) Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Co-Founder and Director of TheFamily Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Tobias Lutke 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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Adam Neumann is an Israeli–American billionaire businessman. He is best known for being the co-founder and CEO of WeWork. Read more
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. Read more
Tim Cook is an American business executive and industrial engineer. Cook is the Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc. Read more
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 Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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 Read more
“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. Read more
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. Read more
Kevin O'Leary is a Canadian businessman, author and television personality. He co-founded O'Leary Funds and SoftKey. Read more
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. Read more
Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. She is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global. Read more
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 Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon. Read more
https://www.linkedin.com/in/officialmcafee/ Read more
Aaron Levie is and American entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of Box, an enterprise cloud company. Read more
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. Read more
Niklas Zennström is a Swedish billionaire entrepreneur best known for founding several high-profile online ventures with Janus Friis including Skype and Kazaa. More recently he founded the technology investment firm Atomico and has become a significant figurehead for entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Zennström is also the co-founder of the charity organization Zennström Philanthropies. Read more
CEO and co-founder of CB Insights, a software company that helps spot tomorrow's biggest markets, companies and competitive threats, today. Read more
CTO of WP Engine. Also mentor at Capital Factory (like TechStars or Y-Combinator in Austin) and an investor in a few companies including StackOverflow, SpareFoot, Cratejoy, VolunteerSpot, SwimTopia, and Pingboard. Read more
William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation along with Paul Allen. Read more
Derek Sivers is an American entrepreneur best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians. Read more
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
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