Twitter is one of the best social media sites for joining a conversation and one of the easiest ways to stay abreast of world events in real time. It gives users a chance to interact with recognized brands, celebrities, CEOs, and global policy makers. For startups and venture capitalists, Twitter can be a valuable resource to learn about emerging technology, gauge early-stage startups, and learn from the brightest minds in investing. But, with 313 million monthly active users, it can be a challenge figuring out who to follow.
To help you get started, we’re sharing some of our favorite people to follow on Twitter. These are tech gurus, successful entrepreneurs, and knowledgeable VCs who stay on top of the latest trends in Silicon Valley—and the world.
Brad Feld (@bfeld)
Brad Feld has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. He co-founded Foundry Group, Mobius Venture Capital, and Techstars as well as founded Intensity Ventures. He was an early investor in Harmonix, Zynga, MakerBot, and Fitbit. Feld shares longer articles on everything from startup perks to the ideal financial reporting tempo for a VC-backed company.
Sam Altman (@sama)
Sam Altman is the President of seed accelerator Y Combinator. He was previously Co-founder and CEO of Loopt, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2005 and acquired by Green Dot in 2012. He speaks bluntly about common startup mistakes and what VCs truly look for when considering making an investment.
Fred Wilson (@fredwilson)
Fred Wilson is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm with investments in Web 2.0 companies such as Etsy, Tumblr, Twitter, Foursquare, Kickstarter, and Indeed. He tweets about the state of the startup world and his experience with up-and-coming technology, such as AppleTV, mobile phone voice input, and checking in on Foursquare.
Dave McClure (@davemcclure)
Dave McClure is the Founding Partner of 500 Startups, an early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator. He was previously Acting Investment Director for Facebook fbFund (a joint venture incubator/accelerator with prominent venture capital firms Founders Fund and Accel Partners). McClure shares his commentary on current events, tech news, and updates from 500 Startups, including Demo Day favorites.
Chris Dixon (@cdixon)
Chris Dixon is General Partner of the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he founded two startups which were acquired by eBay and McAfee, respectively, and cofounded Founder Collective, a seed venture fund. He often tweets to share his blogs on Medium and to detail his experience investing in and building startups.
John Frankel (@john_frankel)
John Frankel is the Founder of ff Venture Capital, a New York-based VC firm that has previously backed companies such as Indiegogo, Parse.ly, Plated, and Klout. With investment experience dating back to 1999 and years of experience in financial management, auditing, and reengineering, he is a valuable source of information on the state of the market, current events, and emerging tech.
Michael Arrington (@arrington)
Michael Arrington, Founder of TechCrunch, is well-versed in the legalities surrounding startups. He worked as a corporate and securities lawyer, advising Idealab, Pixar, Apple, and several startups, investment banks, and venture funds. Understandably, his tweets often cover the potential pitfalls to running a business as well as VC tips.
Eileen Burbidge (@eileentso)
Eileen Burbidge, Partner at Passion Capital, brings her experience in business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, and Apple, among others, to the table through her advisory partnerships with many startup companies. She often tweets to build awareness of upcoming events like seminars and workshops and to comment on startup/VC trends.
Vinod Khosla (@vkhosla)
Vinod Khosla is the Founder of Khosla Ventures, which provides venture assistance and strategic advice to energy and technology startups. Tapping his experience in computer software, programming, and mentoring entrepreneurs – as well as leading companies to IPO or acquisition – Khosla’s tweets often showcase inventors, biotech, and robotics.
Mark Suster (@msuster)
Mark Suster joined VC firm Upfront Ventures after his previous two companies were acquired. He is a prominent blogger in the startup venture capital field and a mentor at Techstars, a seed-stage investment fund. His tweets – and blog – cover such topics as digital content and distribution, AdTech, Consumer Internet, and SaaS businesses as well as valuable advice for startup founders.
Of course, if you aren’t following @MicroVentures, now is the time! We share upcoming webinars and AMAs, updates about our portfolio companies, and information about our current regulation crowdfunding offerings.
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