Top 50 Startup Influencers to follow in 2016

These influencers have highly influenced the Startup community. Lets join the group and get the most out of these linkedin influencers.


1. Richard Branson

Bio: Tie-loathing adventurer and thrill seeker, who believes in turning ideas into reality. Otherwise known as Dr Yes at Virgin!

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Video: Raw Instinct


2. Bill Gates

Bio: Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Chairman, Microsoft Corporation. Voracious reader. Avid traveler. Active blogger

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Video: Must watch, best Inspiring taalk by Billgates


3. Arianna Huffington

Bio: President and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. Mother. Sister. Flat-shoe advocate. Sleep evangelist. Author of THRIVE, now in paperback.

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Quotes: Inspiring Quotes by Arianna Huffington !


4. Jeff Weiner

Bio: Internet executive with over 20 years of experience, including general management of mid to large size organizations, corporate development, product development, business operations, and strategy. Currently CEO at LinkedIn, the web’s largest and most powerful network of professionals

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Video: The Art of Conscious Leadership: Jeff Weiner


5. James Caan CBE

Bio:In 2004 I founded private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw (HB) and joined the panel of heavyweight investors for BBC’s Dragons’ Den in 2007. My main focus is on my charity work (goo.gl/IzuOUb), current investments, growing HB, my appointment as Chairman of the Start Up Loans Company (goo.gl/O5gp5A) and mentoring entrepreneurs to help ensure their success.

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Video: James Caan | Talks at Google


6. Guy Kawasaki

Bio: Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, a brand ambassador for Mercedes Benz USA, and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was also the chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and nine other books.

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Video: The art of innovation


7. Mark Cuban

Bio: Mark Cuban is an American businessman, investor, film producer, author, television personality and philanthropist. He is the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures, and the chairman of the HDTV cable network AXS TV. He is also a “shark” investor on the television series Shark Tank. Source: Wikipedia

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Video: Who is an Entrepreneur ? Mark Cuban


8. Tony Robbins

Bio:For over 30 years my passion has been helping people to BREAKTHROUGH and take their lives to another level – no matter how successful they already are – in the areas that matter most: their business, personal finance, intimate relationships, families, careers and health.

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Video: Tony Robbins’ TED Talk


9. Sallie Krawcheck

Bio: Sallie L. Krawcheck is owner and Chair of Ellevate Network.Prior to this she was the president of the Global Wealth & Investment Management division of Bank of America. Most recently she has been widely published in both social and more traditional media, focusing on Wall Street regulatory reform; she is also advising a number of start-ups Source: Wikipedia

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Video: Sallie Krawcheck On The Benefits Of Investing In Women


10. Ryan Holmes

Bio: Ryan Holmes founded Hootsuite in 2008, growing the company from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with over 11 million users, including 744 of the Fortune 1000 companies.

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Video: Every Conversation Counts – Ryan Holmes, CEO Hootsuite


11. Sramana Mitra

Bio: Sramana founded One Million by One Million (1M/1M), the world’s first and only global virtual accelerator, to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach a million dollars in annual revenue, build $1 trillion in global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. [http://1mby1m.com]

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Video: Sramana Mitra – The World Is Your Oyster


12. Meg Whitman

Bio: Margaret Cushing “Meg” Whitman is an American business executive and political candidate. She is the president and chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise as well as the chairwoman of HP Inc.

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Video: HP CEO Meg Whitman on Integrity & Courage in Leadership


13. Bernard Marr

Bio: Bernard Marr is a best-selling business author, keynote speaker and consultant in big data, analytics and enterprise performance. As the founder and CEO of the Advanced Performance Institute he is one of the world’s most highly respected thought leaders anywhere when it comes to data in business. He regularly advises companies and government organisations on how to improve their performance and gain better insights from their data.

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Video: Better Decisions through EPM, BI and Analytics


14. Pete Cashmore

Bio: Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable, the leading source of news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Pete founded Mashable in 2005 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland when he was 19. His passion for sharing how web tools and social networks were transforming human interactions and reshaping cultures drove him to create Mashable.

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Video: Pete Cashmore, Founder & CEO of Mashable, Espresso Shot with 105 Conversations


15. Naomi Simson

Bio: RedBalloon is considered one of Australia’s tech success stories. From just an idea and persistence back in 2001, www.redballoon.com.au has now served close to 3 million customers. I have many labels: entrepreneur, speaker, director, mother, author, blogger, innovator and a passionate individual to name a few. I’m the author of Live What You Love and now TV personality on Network TEN’s Shark Tank – and director of redii.com.

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Video: Naomi talks about what success means to her !


16. Craig Newmark

Bio:Craig Newmark is a self-described nerd, Web pioneer, philanthropist, and advocate of technology for the public good through his craigconnects initiative. In 2013 he was named “Nerd-in-Residence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation in recognition of his volunteer work to enhance services to veterans.

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Video: Craig Newmark of Craigslist


17. Robert Herjavec

Bio: Dynamic entrepreneur, one of North America’s most recognizable business leaders. From delivering newspapers and waiting on tables, to launching a computer company from a basement, experienced the classic “rags to riches” immigrant story.

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Video: Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec Discusses Success


18. Liz Ryan

Bio: I was a Fortune 500 Human Resources SVP for eons. I’ve launched HR departments for several successful startups. While I was building HR functions from the ground up, I first questioned and then rewrote the practices for HR, recruiting and leadership in organizations.

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Video: Liz Ryan The Human Workplace


19. Jeff Haden

Bio: Ghostwriter, speaker, Inc. Magazine contributing editor, LinkedIn Influencer. In 2014 my Inc. posts were read by over 25 million people, LinkedIn posts over 20 million.

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Video: 3 Steps to Achieve Extreme Productivity | Inc. Magazine


20. Tim Brown

Bio: Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO. He frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world. He participates in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and his talks Serious Play and Change by Design appear on TED.com
Read more at https://www.ideo.com/people/tim-brown#rUI6Yg0FbuIo51IO.99

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Video: Tim Brown urges designers to think big


21. Hunter Walk

Bio: Partner at Homebrew, seed stage VC focused on the Bottom Up Economy. Investors in companies such as Shyp, The Skimm, ManagedByQ, Layer and many other wonderful teams.

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Video: Hunter Walk (HomeBrew) at Startup Grind Silicon Valley


22. Reid Hoffman

Bio: All aspects of consumer internet and software. Focus is on product development, innovation, business strategy, and finance, but includes general management, operations, business operations, business development, talent management, and marketing. Strong experience in both seed-stage companies (paypal, linkedin, facebook, zynga, last.fm, flickr) and growth companies (mozilla, linkedin, zynga, paypal.)

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Video: Reid Hoffman on best strategies, valuable lessons, the PayPal mafia & creating early social networks


23. Daniel Burrus

Bio: Daniel Burrus is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurists on Global Trends and Innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker.

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Video: Daniel Burrus: Predicting the Future


24. Dave Kerpen

Bio: I’m the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software company serving thousands of small businesses, as well as the chairman and cofounder of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing agency.

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Video: Dave Kerpen on Why it Pays to be Likeable


25. Barbara Corcoran

Bio: Corcoran’s credentials include straight Ds in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1,000 loan to start The Corcoran Group, a New York residential real estate brokerage she sold in 2011 for $66 million.

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Video: Barbara Corcoran on Risk-Taking, Failure and How to Get Back Up


26. Hiroshi Mikitani

Bio: Hiroshi Mikitani is Chairman and CEO of Rakuten, one of the world’s leading e-commerce companies. Mikitani has been referred to as a maverick in his approach and is widely seen as the leader of an emerging, ’New Japan’, one which increasingly turns away from traditional modes of doing business.

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Video: Hiroshi Mikitani at Startup School 2012


27. Carlos Ghosn

Bio: Carlos Ghosn, one of the world’s most respected business leaders, is Chairman and CEO of Renault, Nissan and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the partnership that links the two global automakers through a unique cross-shareholding agreement. He also is Chairman of AVTOVAZ, Russia’s largest automaker.

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Video: CEO Carlos Ghosn of Renault-Nissan Alliance on Innovation


28. Gary Vaynerchuk

Bio: I’ve built businesses all my life. I was named to both Fortune and Crain’s 40 under 40 lists in consecutive years, and has been profiled in the New York Times, Fortune, and Inc.

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Video: 6 MINS FOR THE NEXT 60 YEARS OF YOUR LIFE – A RANT


29. Dr. Travis Bradberry

Bio: Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning coauthor of the #1 best selling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart®–a consultancy that serves more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies and is the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training.

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Video: Dr. Travis Bradberry Emotional Intelligence Motivational Keynote Speaker


30. Angela Ahrendts

Bio:With a career over three decades in fashion, Angela Ahrendts joined Apple as Senior Vice President, Apple Retail in May 2014. Angela joined Apple from Burberry, where she served as CEO and led the company through a period of outstanding global growth. Prior to Burberry, she was executive vice president at Liz Claiborne Inc., and earlier in her career she served as president of Donna Karan International.

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Video: A talk with Angela Ahrendts


31. Dharmesh Shah

Bio: Career startup guy. Founder of HubSpot, a venture-backed software startup. HubSpot offers the industry’s first inbound marketing system for small businesses. The software is available as a hosted service (SaaS). Author of the book “Inbound Marketing” (http://InboundBook.com)

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Video: INBOUND 2013 Keynote – Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah


32. Kevin O’Leary

Bio: Kevin O’Leary’s success story starts where most entrepreneurs begin: with a big idea and zero cash. From his basement, he launched SoftKey Software Products. As sales took off, Kevin moved to headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts and went on an industry consolidating acquisition binge.

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Video: Kevin O’Leary’s Top 10 Rules For Success


33. Michael Moritz

Bio: Sir Michael Jonathan Moritz KBE is a Welsh-born venture capitalist with Sequoia Capital in Menlo Park, California in Silicon Valley, a former member of the board of directors of Google, a philanthropist and author of the first history of Apple Inc., The Little Kingdom.

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Video: Sequoia’s Michael Moritz: Venture Capital Is ‘High-Risk Poker’


34. Shradha Sharma

Bio: Shradha Sharma is the Founder and Chief Editor of YourStory. Shradha lives her life in stories. And believes, every story is unique and every story matters. Armed with degrees from St. Stephens College, Delhi and MICA, Ahmedabad, prior to founding YourStory Shradha worked with Times of India and CNBC TV18.

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Video: Shradha Sharma, CEO – Yourstory at SHEROES Summit


35. Mahesh Murthy

Bio: An entrepreneur, marketer, investor and speaker – and among the most-tracked Indian businesspeople, with a following of over 400,000 across various social platforms.

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Video: Best Sectors to Startup with in India


36. Brad Smith

Bio: A seasoned executive with strong general management experience in business-to-business and business-to-consumer environments. A proven track record of increasing shareholder value through developing strategic plans, building high performing organizations and enhancing operational efficiency in both turn-around and high-growth situations.

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Video: Intuit CEO Brad Smith interviewed by Harvard Business Review Editor-in-Chief Adi Ignatius


37. Adam Grant

Bio: Recognized as Wharton’s top-rated professor, one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and HR’s most influential international thinkers, one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors and the world’s top 40 business professors under 40, one of Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

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Video: The power of powerless communication: Adam Grant at TEDxEast


38. Michael Dell

Bio: An American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author. He is the founder and CEO of Dell Inc., one of the world’s leading sellers of personal computers (PCs).

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39. Clara Shih

Bio: Clara Shih is CEO and founder of Hearsay Social and member of the Starbucks Board of Directors. A pioneer in the social media industry, Clara developed the first social business application in 2007 and is a New York Times-featured bestselling author. She has been named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Fast Company’s Most Influential People in Technology, and Businessweek’s Top Young Entrepreneurs.

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40. Caterina Fake

Bio: Caterina is founder and CEO of Findery, and co-founded Flickr (www.flickr.com), almost certainly the best photo sharing and management application 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. She is an active angel investor, board member and advisor.

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Video: Caterina Fake | Finding Her Way in the Golden City | GOOD Cities Project


41. Greg McKeown

Bio: Greg McKeown is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.” He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review.

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Video: Greg McKeown: Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less


42. Jonah Peretti

Bio: A founder of BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post, and developer of reblogging under the project “Reblog”.

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Video: Talk with BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti


43. Andrew ‘Flip’ Filipowski

Bio: CEO, COO of Cullinet, the largest software company of the 80’s and founder and CEO of Platinum technology, inc., 8th largest global software company at time of sale to CA for 4 billion dollars.

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Video: Andrew Filipowski “Flip” – Chairman & CEO of SilkRoad Equity


44. Neil Patel

Bio: I’m a digital marketer and analytics junkie.

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Video: Neil Patel taalks about Small Mistakes That Keep You Poor


45. Brian de Haaff

Bio: Co-founder and CEO of Aha! — the world’s #1 product roadmap software. We serve over 30,000 users. Register for a free 30 day trial

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46. Pam Moore

Bio: Pam is the founder, CEO and partner of Marketing Nutz, a Social Media, Digital Marketing, Experiential Branding Agency. Marketing Nutz a full service social business, experiential brand, conversion optimization agency located in sunny Orlando, Florida serving clients all over the globe

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47. Pascal Bouvier, CFA

Bio: Reformed executive, entrepreneur and operator turned venture capital investor with a broad experience in stage venture capital – both early-stage and late – micro PE investments – high-growth – finserv/fintech small post revenue companies, startups, turnarounds. I built the fintech investment arm of Route 66 Ventures and positioned it as a top 10 global fintech venture firm.

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48. Jeff Bullas

Bio: Jeff is a social media marketing blogger, keynote speaker, digital strategist, consultant and best selling author.
He works with companies and executives to optimize their online personal and company brand through social media channels and other web technologies

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49. Shama Hyder

Bio: Known as the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by Fast Company, Shama Hyder is a visionary strategist for the digital age.

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50. Dana Severson

Bio: Director of Marketing at Promoter.io and cofounder of Startups Anonymous. Founder at http://stickinabox.com, a gourmet beef jerky box with an attitude. Former founder/CEO of Chasm.io/Wahooly. Writing at Pando.com and Inc. Marketing & growth guy. AngelPad Alum.

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