Following entrepreneurs on Twitter can be great as it can inspire you, help your work on your own projects, and even give you a chance to interact with some of the most famous people in the world of projects, companies and internet creations. However, not all entrepreneurs on this list are famous. Some of them are here because of their lesser known work, my personal obsession with them, and mostly because of their ability to help you grow as an entrepreneur.
Alex Tew (@tewy)
Alex Tew was an average student when he created The One Million Dollar Homepage. The page sold blocks of pixels (minimum: 10px by 10px) for $1 per pixel. With one million pixels, the site earned over $1,000,000 (the last group of pixels were sold for more than $1 per pixel).
His latest creation is Calm, which is a website devoted to helping people meditate and relax, online. Simply put, nobody has an excuse not to just sit back and relax now.
Rand Fishkin (@randfish)
Besides being the founder of SEOMoz (an online authority for SEO and being a webmaster), Rand is known for his connections in the internet world. Mr. Fishkin knows a lot of people and best of all, he can teach us a lot. If founding SEOMoz is not a huge enough testament, perhaps you should just take a look at his most recent tweets. All of them pertain to marketing, business and more. He also shares his personal opinions about current trends, establishments and businesses.
Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee)
If you’ve ever tweeted to a CEO, entrepreneur, market expert, or someone prestigious, then you may have never gotten a reply, or waited a long time for one. You’ll never has this issue. Gary takes time out of his day to reply to his countless followers. He will answer your questions, share links with you, and help you out.
Gary is the CEO of VaynerMedia, and he has a lot of expertise when it comes to running a business and forming ideas that can be put into action.
Entrepreneur.com is a website devoted to news, information and guides for entrepreneurs. I highly recommend following them on Twitter as you can get direct updates regarding their best, and recent content. You should also check out their website. This Twitter page hardly replies, publicly, to followers or gives shoutouts to improve their fan-base. Their feed is truly for entrepreneurs.
Anita Campbell (@smallbiztrends)
Anita will keep you engaged with occasional podcasts, book releases, and discussions that can help your website or small business. It’s important to realize how advice for large companies can be grammatically altered to apply to smaller businesses (sometimes). Well, there’s no need to do this here – Anita specializes in small businesses.
Not all of the links go to content she has written, but all of them are helpful.
Mark Suster (@msuster)
While blogging at Both Sides of the Table, Mark actively tweets and engages with his followers. Mark has been an entrepreneur for years, starting multiple high end companies. After selling Salesforce, Mark became a VC (Venture Capitalist). He knows a lot about selling, buying, and investing in companies. Furthermore, he can help you, your business, and website grow to sizes unimaginable.
Richard Branson (@richardbranson)
He is not only the chairman of Virgin Group. He is an active Twitter-feind and someone who has inside access to one of the most entrepreneurial groups around. Investing in many different niches, Virgin Group is exactly the type of company you want to have on your resume.
Following Richard Branson will give you access to insightful questions, information about Virgin Group, and entrepreneurial advice.
Steve Case (@SteveCase)
Steve Case was a Co-Founder of AOL. While AOL is no longer a huge online destination, it once commanded the internet through email, internet service, software, and instant messaging. Steve posts tons of links, but don’t worry – He’s not that spammy!
Steve is a Chairman of Case Foundation and Revolution. These two companies own and invest in so many companies that you’d spend at least 5 minutes reading through the list. Simply put, Steve’s a guy you want to pay attention to.
Angela Lia Kim, of SavorTheSuccess
Primarily for women, @SavorTheSuccess is full of tweets about entrepreneurship, improving your skills, and growing as an individual in the world of business. Although it is mainly about business, the page is full of inspirational quotes, information and links that can be helpful to anyone.
Sheridan Shed Simove (@ShedSimove)
As a comedian, entrepreneur and author, Sheridan primarily focuses on ideas. In his words (edited a bit though), when you have an idea you can make something great – Yet only if you go through with your idea.
Because he juggles between being a comedian and entrepreneur, Sheridan usually just mixes both in. Here’s one example of his project, Nigerian Google.
Dave Lavinsky (@davelavinsky)
Dave prides himself in being a father, entrepreneur (serial at that), and author. Furthermore, he is the founder of Growthink, which is a company responsible for helping over 500,000 entrepreneurs create a solid plan for their company. While following Dave on Twitter, you can expect tons of links. These links lead to products sometimes, but mainly direct you straight to articles written by industry experts and other entrepreneurs.
Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan)
Chris Brogan, CEO & President of Human Business Works, spends his time working to improve the plans and visions of other entrepreneurs, blogging (at his own website), and tweeting. He knows a ton about marketing, press releases and relationships when it comes to business. If you are trying to figure out how to build your personal network, brand, or online contacts, I recommend following Brogan on Twitter.
John Pointon (@jpointon)
This lad may not be someone to follow if you’re looking for direct tips or ideas. However, John Pointon’s Twitter is followed by countless accountants and entrepreneurs. He consistently tweets links to current events, industry (usually business related) issues, and opinionated articles. This guy has worked hard to provide an outlet for business-minded individuals. Following Pointon will help you meet others, and figure out how you can implement business strategies into your project(s).
Khan Academy (@khanacademy)
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization working to provide free education. While many use them for programming lessons, they also provide detailed sessions for math, science, economics, history, art, and more. The Academy’s Twitter feed is full of useful tools (links to them), and information about their free services. Furthermore, you can expect to see the work of others, which is great for inspiration.
Khan Academy is managed by professionals, geared for entrepreneurs and perfect for people that want to learn.
Jack Dorsey (@jack)
If you’re following just one person on this list, then perhaps you should consider the founder and creator of Twitter. Jack Dorsey founded the social network, and made all of this possible. He frequently tweets links to other sites, articles and information. However, if you like Twitter, then perhaps the most beneficial media is the stuff that comes from Jack.
When including Dorsey, I was a bit hesitant. Some of his links (mostly the recent ones) go to other types of media that are not entrepreneurial or fully informational. However, his most recent tweets include media that is found on other creative websites. In fact, he has recently been tweeting ‘Vine’ links. If you can’t benefit from the specific media he shares, then perhaps you can benefit from the tools that the media is hosted on!
Remember, you may not have heard of many of these people are experts in their fields. If they’re not experts, they have gotten lucky in the markets – Yet they still have a lot to say, meaning there’s a lot you can learn from them.
Being an entrepreneur can be difficult, but it’s a gift that not everyone has. If you want to go further than just having an unused talent, I recommend that you follow all of the users above. None of them have offered me anything to include them in this list.
To see my articles regarding technology, you can view my site – Geekpath. My next article on there will pertain to small-time entrepreneurship.