29. Jamie Dimon - JP Morgan Chase
He is the current chairman, president, and Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Chase. Dimon has been on Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list four times!
This guy is one friend you definitely want to keep around.
28. Mari Smith - Blogger
Not only does Mari keep you updated on social media through her blog, she also is a social media speaker and a published author.
27. Yuri Milner - Investor
Milner may have invested in almost every social media powerhouse, from Facebook to Twitter to Spotify.
Bust out your umbrellas ‘cause he’s been makin’ it rain with awards like ‘Man of the Year’ from GQ and Forbes’ ‘Businessperson of the Year’ and ‘Smartest People in Tech.’
26. Gary Vaynerchuk - Wine Library
Through video blogging on tv.winelibrary.com, Gary has taught his viewers the ins and outs of wine. With almost 80,000 viewers a video, his followers have self-named themselves “Vayniacs.”
He has close to 1 million followers on Twitter and was included in Businessweek’s list of the ‘Top 20 People Every Entrepreneur Should Follow’. That’s definitely something Gary and his fans should be poppin’ bottles to!
25. Brian Solis - Analyst
Solis is a digital analyst at Altimeter Group. He is also an award-winning author, prominent blogger, and keynote speaker.
He has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. Anything trending in business, tech, or social media - Brian’s already on it.
24. Brian Chesky - Airbnb
Brian utilized the internet to create an online hospitality exchange service. He was named the ‘Best Young Tech Entrepreneur’ by Businessweek and ‘Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs’ by inc.com.
From $10 nights on couches in the Bronx to outrageous private lofts on secluded beaches - Brian will make sure you feel comfortable, safe and are enjoying your stay.
23. Larry Page - Google
Google Co-Founder. Need we say more?
22. Michael Stelzner - Blogger
Michael Stelzner is CEO and founder of Social Media Examiner—one of the world’s largest business online magazines with more than 600,000 monthly readers.
Technorati and AdAge rank Social Media Examiner as one of the world’s Top 10 business blogs.
21. Kevin Systrom - Instagram
CEO and Co-Founder of Instagram.
Food porn, outfits of the day, quotes to live by- you can find it all. You’re one click away from the most popular images trending on the web.
Just remember, try not too get too crazy with the filters. It’s tempting- we understand.
20. Adam D’Angelo - Quora
Adam D’Angelo made one hell a ballsy move and left his position as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Facebook. He is currently the Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Quora, an online knowledge market based in Palo Alto, California.
Graduate of California Institute of Technology, D’Angelo has been recognized as one of the smartest figures in technology by Fortune Magazine.
19. Drew Houston - Dropbox
Drew Houston is an internet entrepreneur and is best known for being the founder and CEO of Dropbox, an online backup and storage service. Dropbox has been called one of the 20 best startups of Silicon Valley.
Thanks to Drew, syncing files has never been easier. Create a file, drop it in the box, sit back, relax, and viola! Syncing complete.
18. David Karp - Tumblr
At only 26 years old, he is the founder and CEO of the short-form blogging platform, Tumblr.
17. Arianna Huffington - Huffington Post
She launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.
Huffington was listed in Time Magazine’s ‘World’s 100 Most Influential People’ in 2006 and 2011.
16. David H. Hansson - Programmer
Also known as DHH, David is a Danish programmer and the creator of the Ruby on Rails web development framework and the Instiki wiki.
Not only does he beast at programming, one of his hobbies includes race car driving. Doesn’t get any more bad ass than that.
15. Kevin Rose - Digg
Kevin is an internet entrepreneur who co-founded Revision3, Digg, Pownce, and Milk. He is currently a Senior Product Manager at Google.
Digg is a social news website with monthly U.S. unique visits at 4.4 million visitors. We Digg that.
14. Jeff Bezos - Amazon
Bezos founded Amazon.com, the largest retailer on the World Wide Web.
High school valedictorian, Princeton, summa cum laude, Wall Street, Amazon - this guy’s unstoppable!
We have a serious love/hate relationship with Amazon’s 1-click ordering. Instant gratification at its finest.
13. Seth Goldstein - Turntable
Turntable is a music-discovery service that includes virtual rooms that allows users to share songs and chat with one another- creating a new social listening experience. Turntable is not a passive listening experience, like Pandora nor is it purely on-demand, like Spotify.
Join a playlist, listen up, click ‘Awesome’ or ‘Lame’ and enjoy!
12. Ben Silbermann - Pinterest
Co-founder and CEO of Pinterest, a virtual pinboard which lets users organize anything from images, recipes and much more. Before his Pinterest fame, he worked at Google as a product designer. He left Google to create iPhone applications. After some trial and error, Pinterest was born.
The website allows its 20 million users to browse other pinboards for inspiration, ‘re-pin’ images to their own collections and ‘like’ photos.
11. Michael Arrington - TechCrunch
In a nutshell, TechCrunch is a blog that covers the Silicon Valley technology start-up communities and the tech community.
UC Berkeley to Standford Law School, it’s no wonder the founder of TechCrunch was named one of the most powerful people on the internet by Wired and Forbes. Arrington was also selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world in 2008.
We love Facebook and Twitter as much as the next guy but remember - stay current and catch up on your daily dose of tech news on TechCrunch!
10. Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO
For all you noobs out there, COO = Chief Operating Officer. Now that’s cleared up, let’s just say Sheryl is a Boss with a capital ‘B’. Last year, she ranked #5 on Forbes’ “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list.
This isn’t the first Ivy League Sheryl’s been admitted to. Harvard College for undergrad and Harvard Business School for M.B.A. anyone? Chief of Staff to United States Secretary of the Treasury from ‘96-2001, Google, Board of Walt Disney Compnay, Board of Directors of Starbucks, Facebook COO…the list goes on and on.
Like we said, capital ‘B’.
9. Bret Taylor - Facebook CTO
Currently, the Stanford graduate is the Chief Technology Officer at Facebook.
Without Bret, we’d be lost. Literally. He is the co-creator of Google Maps. Let’s be honest, we’d all be driving against traffic on one-way streets if it weren’t for him.
8. Pete Cashmore - Mashable
As if we needed one more person to make us feel like unproductive pieces of lard, Pete Cashmore founded the popular blog Mashable at the young age of 19.
In 2009, Cashmore was chosen as one of Inc.’s “30 Under 30”, Forbes’ “Top 25 Web Celebs”, and The Huffington Post’s “Top 10 Game Changers 2009”. This year, Time magazine’s listed Cashmore as one of the 100 most influential people.
Cashmore’s Mashable Twitter is one of Twitter’s 40 most-followed pages with over 2.8 million followers. Check it out yourself to see what the buzz is all about!
7. Dennis Crowley - Foursquare
Foursquare is a location-based social networking website for mobile device. Users can “check in” through their mobile device, earn badges and get discounts. In January of last year, Foursquare was named Best Location Based Service in the TechCrunch Crunchies 2010.
Om Malik from Businessweek couldn’t have said it any better - “Like Twitter and Facebook, Foursquare taps into our inner exhibitionist self—a malady of the post-Internet era. It allows everyone to be a Ruth Reichl, the legendary food critic — an arbiter of taste. With a narcissistic quotient that is higher than a genius’s IQ, it’s only a matter of time before it’s discovered by everyone from dithering fashion editors to pro athletes and pop stars. And when that happens, yet another tech pop phenomenon will be born.”
6. Robert Scoble - Blogger
Robert Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which began to blow up during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. Since then he’s interviewed more than 3,200 techies.
It’s no wonder since he grew up less than a kilometer away from Apple Computer’s headquarters in Silicon Valley!
5. Mark Pincus - Zynga
Pincus is the CEO and co-founder of Zynga, which makes online social games.
Wharton School and Harvard Business School taught him pretty damn well ‘cus - just admit it…FarmVille and Draw Something…we. just. can’t. stop.
4. Reid Hoffman - LinkedIn
Reid is co-founder of LinkedIn, a social network used primarily for business connections and job searching.
Fun fact: He earned an M.A. in philosophy from Oxford University in 1993.
“When I graduated from Stanford my plan was to become a professor and public intellectual. That is not about quoting Kant. It’s about holding up a lens to society and asking ‘who are we?’ and ‘who should we be, as individuals and a society?’ But I realised academics write books that 50 or 60 people read and I wanted more impact.”- Reid Hoffman
3. Dave Morin - Path
Dave Morin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Path, the modern journal that helps you stay connected with family and friends. Before Path, he was an early member of the Facebook team and before that he spent several years learning design thinking and marketing while working at Apple.
He has received numerous awards for his work including 30 under 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2011, TechFellow Award by TechCrunch and Founders Fund in 2010, and 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2009. Oh, and FYI, he was ranked as one of the top downhill ski racers in the United States.
2. Jack Dorsey - Twitter
Jack first attended Missouri University of Science and Technology before deciding to transfer to New York University. And that’s where the magic happened - he first conceived the idea for Twitter.
Jack revolutionized the tech world, forever changing social networking. Twitter has over 140 million active users as of 2012 and generates over 340 million tweets daily.
Twitter can be fun and games but more importantly, it has become a critical business tool. It can used to stay current with the latest news and connect you with people who are changing the world.
We think so.
1. Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook
Zuckerberg: the Don Corleone of the nerd herd.
He can read and write French, Hebrew, Latin, and ancient Greek. He was a fencing star and captain of the fencing team. Married his girlfriend of nine years. Harvard University drop out. World’s youngest billionaire as of 2008. Time Person of the Year of 2008.
He is THAT guy that always sports the “hoodie, worn out jeans and running shoes” look. But at the end of the day on a more serious note, Mark Zuckerberg will go down in the books as someone who forever changed the course of history.
The 2012 Social Media Cocktail Handbook