Top 10 Influential Tech Leaders to Follow This Year

Live and breathe tech? Want to get first-hand news of everything cool and awesome? Time to follow the industry’s top tech influencers who aren’t just the torch bearers of tech today but are also thought leaders who hold immense power to shape the world. It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that one of the most powerful forces today is not politicians and businessmen but the tech guys. The ones who are turning the world into a global village with their innovative social platforms, their gears, and gadgets, their lessons and blogs, their systems and services. It just makes sense to follow these big guys and understand their vision of the world so that you can polish your skills, arm yourself with the latest knowledge and prep yourself for a whole new world.

Ready? Here we go.

1. Elon Musk of SpaceX @elonmusk

“Humanity will go extinct unless it reaches for the stars and colonizes a new planet.”

Oh yeah, this is as obvious as the sun rising in the East. Elon Musk has been making waves with his innovations and contribution to tech. From self-driving cars to capsule trains, from rockets to AI, this guy has his hands in everything. He practically owns the title of the world’s most admirable tech leader. If none of these achievements sound big enough, how about a recent news of him trying to establish a colony on Mars? In a short span of time, this Silicon Valley tycoon has beat the likes of Bill Gates and Tim Cook. His claim to success? Relentless innovation, undeterred focus and well superhuman abilities.

2. Satya Nadella of Microsoft @satyanadella

“Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn.”

The CEO of Microsoft since 2014, Nadella is the man behind the Windows 10 launch, which is considered as the best Microsoft Windows to date. He is one of those rare CEOs who have both technical skills and intellectual business acumen to make a company rise above the ordinary. Microsoft was trying to find its ground amidst fierce competition from Apple and Google, but Nadella’s supervision has brought new dynamics to the company. Fast forward to 2017 and Microsoft is making profits in leaps and bounds.

3. Min-Liang Tan of Razer @minliangtan

“If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from gaming, you’re going the right way if there are obstacles in your way.”

Singaporean based Min-Tiang Tan is the CEO and Co-founder of Razer; a gaming tech company rumored to be worth more than $2billion with its ultra powerful gaming peripherals and laptops. Although the company is facing its ups and downs, Min-Liang Tan enjoys a net worth of $700M, is one of the most powerful voice in the gaming arena with a dedicated follower count of 2.5M. He is #41 on the Forbes List of Singapore’s 50 Richest!

4. Reed Hastings of Netflix @reedhastings

“If the Starbucks secret is a smile when you get your latte… ours is that the Web site adapts to the individual’s taste.”

CEO and co-founder of Netflix, Reed Hastings is the man behind the world’s most popular streaming service. 60M subscribers, critically acclaimed original series and a direct competitor of HBO – Netflix is the success of a man who has who has reinvented the wheel in the world of entertainment. Hastings founded Netflix in 1998 and 19 years later is the world’s ninth largest internet business with a revenue count of nearly 20 billion.

5. Jack Ma of Alibaba

“If Alibaba cannot become a Microsoft or Wal-Mart, I will regret it for the rest of my life. “

This guy has been creating a storm in the e-commerce world with his iconic brand Alibaba, the world’s largest and perhaps most successful online marketplace after Amazon. And what’s truly inspiring about this success story? This man started literally from nothing. He just had an idea that no one took seriously, formulated it into a working brand, nurtured it to become a huge entity and now has taken it to global heights cowering giants like Amazon and Walmart. He is truly an inspiration for anyone who refuses to settle for mediocrity and will fight the world to make their ideas a success.

6. Jeff Bezos of Amazon @JeffBezos

“There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.”

You can’t have a tech influencer list without having the mighty Jeff Bezos in line. This guy shaped a regular mart into a powerhouse and earned himself the top title of the World’s Greatest Leader as well as the most influential. A notoriously intense CEO, a stern taskmaster and a visionary beyond the ordinary, Jeff Bezos is a figure you should follow to understand the world of retail tech.

7. Guy Kawaski Evangelist

“Evangelism is selling a dream.”

This guy is everywhere on Twitterland and social media because he is the most sought after Silicon Valley venture capitalist. He is a powerful tech influencer who was an evangelist for Apple and now for Canva, a graphic design program. He has 1.5 million followers on Twitter and is a powerhouse of knowledge for a novice tech blogger. In fact, most tech bloggers visit Guy Kawaski to get inspiration for their tech blogs.

8. Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media @timoreilly

“What new technology does is create new opportunities to do a job that customers want done.”

If you really want to know what the future holds for tech, or be part of cool tech conferences than Tim O’Reilly is the man to follow. Founder of O’Reilly Media which delivers online learning courses, books and publication material on tech, Tim O’Reilly is the hub of tech knowledge. He has 2M followers on Twitter and posts seriously interesting, mind-broadening information and critique on the future of tech and everything else related to tech.

9. Sundar Pichai of Google @sundarpichai

“Google is all about information. So the notion of using and presenting information in the right point at the right time to users is what, in essence, describes Google.”

Being a CEO of Google (no introduction needed) is itself an enormous challenge that is no easy feat to beat. A gigantic company with thousands of employees and multiple office locations around the globe, Google is often considered the Internet itself. All glory lies with Google. Pichai has been managing the company quite effectively but with its latest step into managing fake news, curbing online terrorism and playing safe with politics has earned him the status of a remarkable leader. Pichai has been a vital figure in making Google into the globally successful corporation that it is today so he is the guy to follow day and night if you are in love with Google.

10. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook

“By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.”

We don’t really need to tell you to follow Mark Zuckerberg right? He is the one that has reshaped the way we communicate. Facebook is now as essential to our routine as brushing our teeth. Keep Facebooking and keep following Mark to know more about AI, the future of social and the effort Facebook is putting in to make the world a better place.

Farah tries to keep up with the fast-paced tech world by writing about it. She covers latest tech news and writes informative pieces to help her readers make informed decisions about their tech preferences.