When you’re swamped with everyday work, it gets hard to keep up with industry news, be on a stakeout for emerging trends, and actively network at the same time. In the vast ocean of social media, you might lose track of what and who to follow in order to stay on top. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered.
Twitter, with its ever-growing user base and 500 million tweets posted per day, is one of the best platforms to help you monitor trends and novelties. But in order to unleash its full informative potential, you first have to follow the right people.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 CTOs you must follow to fill your feed with relevant information and valuable content, diversify your network, and maybe get a laugh or two in the process.
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1. Greg Brockman, Chairman and CTO at OpenAI
Greg Brockman has been the CTO of OpenAI, a company devoted to building safe and beneficial AGI (artificial general intelligence), since 2015.
That’s hardly his first gig as CTO. Before diving into the world of AI, he served as the CTO of Stripe, a software platform for making and receiving payments online.
He is very active on Twitter, and we recommend his profile to anyone interested in Artificial Intelligence.
We've raised $1 billion from Microsoft and will be working together to build next-generation supercomputers, with the goal of building a platform within Azure which will scale to AGI: https://t.co/5tzkVusSRJ— Greg Brockman (@gdb) July 22, 2019
You can also follow Greg’s blog, where he publishes more in-depth articles about his company, OpenAI.
Worth following if you’re interested in: artificial intelligence, robotics, Microsoft
2. Danielle Merfeld, VP and CTO at GE Renewable Energy
Danielle’s main job is bringing innovative solutions to the Renewable Energy sector. She’s also a co-leader of GE’s Women’s network, striving to empower women in the workplace.
Her Twitter activity will definitely keep you up to date with news concerning clean energy.
I’m so proud of this achievement! LM Wind Power demonstrates that their commitment to sustainability contributes to the growth of their business. #GEproud #CleanLM Way to go! @GErenewables https://t.co/3wa2xT82Wk— Danielle Merfeld (@DWMerfeld) February 13, 2019
After you click the Follow button on Twitter, make sure to check out her LinkedIn profile.
Worth following if you’re interested in: renewable energy, climate, women in STEM
3. David Talby, CTO at Pacific AI
David Talby works as the CTO at Pacific AI, an outsourcing company for AI-powered products, services, and teams. The former CTO of Atigeo, he has companies like Amazon and Microsoft in his resume.
David is a true thought leader in the fields of large-scale distributed systems, machine learning, natural language processing, and Agile methods. He delivers talks and publishes a lot of articles in cooperation with O’Reilly.
Follow his Twitter account to get to know what’s new in the world of AI.
Managing #MachineLearning in the enterprise: Lessons from #Finance and #Healthcare. New post with @bigdata and @thinkingkiddohttps://t.co/P8FG6xvbVF#ai #ml #dl #datascience #machinelearning #deeplearning #analytics #healthit— David Talby (@davidtalby) July 15, 2019
Worth following if you’re interested in: artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing
4. David Schwartz, CTO at Ripple
David Schwartz became the CTO at Ripple, where he also works as a Chief Cryptographer, in 2018. That’s not his first time in this position—he previously held it at WebMaster Incorporated for 10 years.
As the technological leader of a company that allows people to send money globally using blockchain, David is an expert in cryptography and cryptocurrency, and he avidly shares his knowledge with the world.
David has a prominent Internet presence. His Twitter remains active at all times and he recently did a Q&A session on Quora, so follow him to make sure you won’t miss the forthcoming contact opportunities.
Public Service Announcement: If you see a Tweet that tells you to send some cryptos somewhere and more will be sent back to you, it's a scam. If it seems to be coming from someone you have reason to trust, it's probably an imposter. If not, pick different people to trust.— David Schwartz (@JoelKatz) January 31, 2018
David also runs a blog, where you can read more of his thoughts and musings.
Worth following if you’re interested in: blockchain, cryptography, cryptocurrencies
5. Yvette Pasqua, CTO at Meetup
Yvette Pasqua serves as the CTO at Meetup, a service for organizing real-life meetings of groups of people sharing similar interests. She manages product, platform, and data engineering.
Her other professional activities include working as an advisor at Chloe Capital, which aims to close the gender gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Yvette avidly shares her knowledge with the outside world and often gives talks. As an experienced manager, she has a lot of expertise in team leading and networking.
Make sure to also follow her on LinkedIn.
Worth following if you’re interested in: data engineering, effective management strategies, networking
6. David Heinemeier Hansson, founder & CTO at Basecamp, creator of Ruby on Rails
Also known as DHH, David is a co-head of Basecamp, a service that helps organize and manage communication in growing businesses.
However, that’s not the end of it. David is a jack of all trades: the creator of Ruby on Rails, New York Times best-selling author (have you heard of “Remote” or “Rework”?), and… an accomplished racing driver!
An influential and widely regarded specialist in multiple fields, David is an active Twitter user and often shares his original articles.
The Economist reviews It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work: "Their book is funny, well-written and iconoclastic and by far the best thing on management published this year" 😍🙏 https://t.co/GRcCdmPiRr— DHH (@dhh) October 4, 2018
Make sure to check out his original site and click Follow on Twitter for a solid portion of knowledge and inspiration.
Worth following if you’re interested in: Ruby on Rails, effective management strategies
7. Mark Russinovich, CTO at Microsoft Azure
Mark Russinovich has been the CTO at Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service, since 2014, but his presence at the company dates back to 2006.
Following Mark will keep you up to date with everything happening at Microsoft.
Learn about what we've been doing to ensure high reliability for Azure services: "Advancing Microsoft Azure reliability" https://t.co/toeR4vN0L6— Mark Russinovich (@markrussinovich) July 15, 2019
Make sure to check out his LinkedIn, too.
Worth following if you’re interested in: Microsoft, cloud computing
8. Shane Wall, CTO at HP and Global Head of HP Labs
Shane Wall has been serving in the role of CTO at HP since 2012, supervising the company’s strategic vision and fueling innovation.
Shane is constantly on the lookout for innovation and effective leadership strategies. Follow his Twitter to find out more about 3D printing, cybersecurity, and drones.
Great leaders come in all forms. Reserved and analytical ones. Outgoing ones. Process-focused ones. The list goes on. No matter what leadership style you identify with, I believe the best leaders all have a high degree of emotional intelligence. https://t.co/hrek7ddVEQ #EQ #EI— Shane Wall (@ShaneWallCTO) July 9, 2019
Worth following if you’re interested in: HP, leadership strategies, 3D printing, cybersecurity
9. Marcus East, member of the Office of the CTO at Google
Marcus East might be new as a CTO at Google, where he works with big clients to help them take full advantage of Google Cloud, but he’s hardly new to the role. He previously served as the CTO at National Geographic and the renowned Comic Relief charity.
Experienced in a broad spectrum of industries, Marcus keeps his Twitter active with a variety of content, including updates from his career, tech scoops, and sports. Make sure to click Follow and accompany him on his newest Google journey!
I’m very excited to announce that I’ve returned to Silicon Valley for a dream role at Google. I’ve joined the Office of the CTO, a team of CTOs (chief technology officers) that works across Google and with some of its biggest clients around the world. #google #cto #octo #gloud pic.twitter.com/rpFa3zqlGs— Marcus East (@marcuseast) July 11, 2019
Worth following if you’re interested in: Google, cloud computing, blockchain
10. Susie Wee, CTO at Cisco DevNet
She’s been holding Chief positions at Cisco’s different departments since 2011, after having spent 14 years working for Hewlett-Packard.
Susie’s Twitter account will allow you to take a glance at the vital moments of her inspiring career.
What a week at #CLUS ! Thank you @ChuckRobbins for supporting and announcing our #DevNet #CiscoCert and #DevNet Automation Exchange news and supporting our #DevNet and #CCIE community! Thank you @MikeAdamsCisco @LearningatCisco and Team #DevNet! Next: family beach time! pic.twitter.com/ROYOADdt7U— susie wee (@susiewee) June 14, 2019
Worth following if you’re interested in: software development, effective networking, UX
This is the end of our list of top 10 CTOs to follow, but only the beginning of your new Twitter journey. As the tech world keeps bursting with innovations and follow-worthy experts keep appearing, you are bound to expand your contact list in no time after you get started.
Is there a CTO we missed whose Twitter presence should not be overlooked? Let us know in the comments and we’ll make sure to expand this list.
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