Twitter can be a super useful tool, giving us access to news, global perspectives and thought leadership from the world’s most notable individuals.
But it’s also a great way to make friends and build community. You can meet like-minded people, learn about what companies are up to and even discover events, right from the comfort of your own screen.
Every year, we share a list of 50 people from Austin’s tech and startup community we think are worth following. This curated list is meant to give you a starting point for discovering great people to follow in our community — by no means is it exhaustive. (If we were to include everyone we love to follow… we’d be exhausted!)
So, without further ado, our 2016 list of 50 people in Austin tech to follow on Twitter:
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Business reporter at Austin Business Journal
Tweets about: Local tech news, usually articles he’s researched and written himself.
Twitter bio: Boston-born Austin Biz Journal reporter covering tech, startups, VC & financing; Northeastern Univ.; truth, justice, Steinbeck & da Sox.
CEO and Co-Founder at Team Chaos, Legit.com
Tweets about: Investing, interactive tech, the local tech economy and its politics
Twitter bio: I turn ideas into reality. See also @legitapp, @teamchaos, @capitalfactory. Check out my new novel: Accidental Gods on Kindle.
CEO at Televero
Tweets about: Investing, interactive tech, the local tech economy and its politics
Twitter bio: Voted most likely to find a loophole. Inventor, Investor, Operator. CEO @televero
Google announces voice activated home device. We can only hope they support this longer than Revolv. https://t.co/Hdnnu6RMS6— Arlo Gilbert (@arlogilbert) May 18, 2016
Co-founder at recruitHER
Tweets about: Diversity and equality in tech
Twitter bio: Co-founder of @recruitHER I Diversity Recruiting & HR Leader I Recruited for: @pandora_music, @ea, @arkanestudios. Louisiana born + proud! #diversityintech
Part 2 of our series on salary negotiation is live! Never negotiated (or don't feel confident when you do)? Read on! https://t.co/30lPRa6Yvr— Ashley Doyal (@ashley_doyal) May 11, 2016
Co-Founder/Senior Producer at Capital Factory studios
Tweets about: Local tech and politics
TX, DC, NYC and now in #ATX makin’ media for startups & entrepreneurs at @CapitalFactory. Hustlin,’ espresso lovin,’ dream MAKER. Got a story? Let’s tell it.
Founder at WP Engine
Tweets about: Web development, weird science
Twitter bio: Keyword, buzzword, half-truth, adjective, hey look at me!
First periscope should be fun! https://t.co/ppfVwGekWO— Jason Cohen (@asmartbear) May 17, 2016
COO at AngelSpan
Tweets about: Tech industry labor issues and politics, investing and occasional comedy
Twitter bio: COO at AngelSpan. Nationally ranked trivia champion. Once won a dance contest.
Staff writer at Austin Inno
Tweets about: Tech news and local news and politics — and especially the overlap of all three.
Twitter bio: Staff Writer @austininno. Adventurist. Guitarist.
D. Keith Casey, Jr.
Director of Product at @ClarifyIO
Tweets about: API design and broader issues in web development and the Austin tech scene
Twitter bio:Director of Product at @ClarifyIO; PHP and API guy, runs @AustinAPI; husband; co-author of http://TheAPIDesignBook.com; Former Twilio evangelist
Executive Director at CTAN
Tweets about: Austin’s startup investment landscape
Twitter bio: Executive Director @CTANAngels. Startup Ecosystem Leader. Public Speaker. Community Volunteer. Love Travel, Triathlon, Cello, Reading, Dogs. Native Austinite.
Co-founder, CPO at Patient IO
Tweets about: Tech, design and healthcare
Twitter bio: Co-founder, CPO of @PatientIO. #designer #technologist #adventurer
Local TNCs are for opportunists – not technologists. No scale, data, capital, talent. It’s only a matter of time. https://t.co/9w4s5RzRnt— Colin Anawaty (@colin) May 17, 2016
Executive Director at CNCF.io
Tweets about: Open source tech
Twitter bio: Interim Executive Director CNCF.io / Open Source Pragmatist / Avid Runner / Bourbon / Always Paying it Forward
Entrepreneur and professor
Tweets about: Tech entrepreneurship and digital media
Twitter bio: Tech entrepreneur. Assist Prof in the Digital Media Mgmt Pgm at St. Edwards Univ., Capital Factory Partner, Kellogg MBA, Ph.D. OKState
CEO, Owner at BuildASign.com
Tweets about: Local tech entrepreneurship and politics
Twitter bio: All progress depends on the unreasonable man. -George Bernard Shaw
Tweets about: UI design
Twitter bio: ui/ux designer, user advocate, @SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards judge, boxer, human to an australian shepherd, disappearer of sugar in Austin, TX
Content Marketer at OneSpot
Tweets about: Content marketing
Twitter bio: Helping marketers personalize content marketing at @OneSpot | @UTAustin Alum | Guitar Player coming off hiatus | Practicing #Millennial | Native Austinite
CEO at ClearBlade
Tweets about: IoT, Austin tech issues, Chicago sports
Twitter bio: CEO @ClearBlade #IoT #ATX #cubs #blackhawks #PurdueAlumn http://www.clearblade.com/
CTO at Upland Software
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship, automation and B2B tech
Twitter bio: CTO @UplandSoftware and GM @FileBound
CEO and President at Convey and BlackLocus
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship, e-commerce and Austin’s tech investment landscape
Twitter bio: @Get_Convey CEO, @BlackLocus Pres, @TrueCar GM, @CapitalFactory Partner, @Techstars Mentor
CRO at eyeQ, Inc.
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship
Twitter bio: Chief Revenue Officer at eyeQ, Inc. - accelerating revenue growth for the best brands in the world through revolutionary in-store personalization technology
I published “A Few Things Less Said About Austin's Prop 1” https://t.co/bAvRucaiZz— Doug Bain (@Growtheorem) May 7, 2016
CEO at WP Engine
Tweets about: Leadership, productivity and diversity in tech
Twitter bio: CEO @wpengine BOD @uwatx @AmplifyAustin @BazaarvoiceFdn @localeur Passionate about working towards equality and opportunity for all people
Relationships take time & they evolve. Advocacy is achieved only after earning credibility, respect & trust. pic.twitter.com/f70y7HSds6— Heather J. Brunner (@heatherjbrunner) May 16, 2016
Senior Software Engineer at Oracle
Tweets about: Software development
Twitter bio: I live in Austin, write @golang, and know stuff about burgers, containers and @docker. Organize @devopsdays, @container_days and @cloud_austin
We really need to be a more tolerant, inviting tech community. Let's keep our egos at the door and focus on problems that really matter.— Karthik Gaekwad (@iteration1) May 5, 2016
Events producer at Techstars
Tweets about: Austin’s tech community and the events that keep it connected
Twitter bio: Events at @Techstars, Producer of @AtxStartupWeek, Trustee at @AtxAwesome. Hip hip hooray! Runs on coffee, tacos, cupcakes.
President and Co-Founder at Social Dynamx (acquired by Lithium in 2012)
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship, sales and women in tech
Twitter bio: President, Co-Founder of Social Dynamx. Passionate about redefining customer support in the age of social media. Acquired by Lithium Technologies, Fall of ’12
A lot of fun being on the Panel, and such a great group! https://t.co/OhP6vVa8gR— janryan (@janryan) May 17, 2016
Director at Oracle Marketing Cloud Events
Tweets about: Networking and leadership in tech
Twitter bio: Director of @OracleMktgCloud Events. Also: hiking kayaks running music food wine art
Head of IT Sales at Spiceworks
Tweets about: Marketing and selling enterprise IT
Twitter bio: Father. Tech Guy. Entrepreneur. Investor. Mentor…Head of IT Sales at Spiceworks.
Great article on the challenges of "chasing consumers" or going after the all mighty enterprise....love that it is t…https://t.co/Z8A28S1Fxh— John Eitel (@Johneitel) May 6, 2016
Founder at Capital Factory
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship, funding tech and related politics
Twitter bio: I help people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs @CapitalFactory @UTAustin @WPEngine @PostUpDigital @Pingboard @TexasTribune @EF_Fellows @AspenInstitute
Investor at Silverton Partners
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship and investing
Twitter bio: Early-stage investor @SilvertonVC: @Sparefoot @WPengine former exec & board member for public & private companies. 34-year Austinite #atx owner of #Pershing
Startups: Return to the ‘Old Normal’ https://t.co/wihccSxO8q— Kip McClanahan (@kipmcc) March 7, 2016
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship and Austin tech’s venture capital landscape
Twitter bio: Venture Capitalist. Serial Entrepreneur. Investor in all things Cognitive. Former General Manager IBM Watson. Auto racing enthusiast.
Good article from MIT Review on why the future is more likely to be "Man+Machine" and not "Man vs Machine" https://t.co/afE6gIpB6H…— Manoj Saxena (@manojsaxena) April 22, 2016
Founder and CEO of Are You Watching This?!
Tweets about: Sports tech, entrepreneurship and Austin meetups.
Twitter bio: Brooklyn-born, Austin-based, MIT dropout.
Mayor of Austin
Tweets about: Local politics, especially hot button issues related to transportation networks and short-term rentals.
Twitter bio: Mayor of Austin, Texas. Involved in using tech to solve the city’s issues.
Co-founder at Capital Factory, SoftMatch
Tweets about: Wide range of issues related to entrepreneurship, leadership, investing, healthcare and social impact in tech
Twitter bio: Price is Executive Director of Technology Innovation at the Dell Medical School, as well as a founding mentor at Capital Factory and co-founder of SoftMatch, which connects enterprises interested in innovation to the highly fragmented global startup ecosystem.
Founder and CEO at Dell
Tweets about: Tech leadership, philanthropy, conferences, Austin’s enterprise tech industry
Twitter bio: Self employed http://Dell.com http://msdf.org http://msdcapital.com http://facebook.com/MichaelSDell Public ’88, Private ’13
Founder at Authors.me
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship and emerging tech in the publishing industry
Co-owner at NRG
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship, emerging tech and its politics
Twitter bio: Co-owner @NRGgg Founder @mocospace Investor @bostonseed @capitalfactory Mentor @techstars
Web developer and founder at Refresh Austin
Tweets about: Web development and Austin tech networking
Twitter bio: Full stack web developer. @RefreshAustin organizer. Woodworker. Husband. Cat lover.
That moment when you see multiple shopify staff members install your app... a takeover is imminent.— robert banh (@robertbanh) May 17, 2016
Co-founder at Bullsonwallstreet.com, Pick24
Tweets about: Tech investing, design and productivity
Twitter bio: Equities trader, entrepreneur (co-founder http://Bullsonwallstreet.com , Pick24, etc.), graphic designer, traveler, techie, Online Project Manager, CSM®, IoT junkie.
CEO at CognitiveScale
Tweets about: Tech leadership, cognitive computing and AI
Twitter bio: Austin tech CEO and Chamber of Commerce advocate for innovation
Chairman, CEO and CMO at Clearhead.me, Mass Relevance and Bazaarvoice
Tweets about: Trends in tech leadership, marketing, data science and politics
Twitter bio: Chairman/cofounder @clearheadme, CEO/founder Mass Relevance, Bazaarvoice founding CMO, Dell exec & bay area startup exec. author, speaker. Based in Austin, TX.
Data Storytelling: The Essential Data Science Skill Everyone Needs https://t.co/TaEZJVzew8— Sam Decker (@samdecker) April 30, 2016
Partner at Techstars
Tweets about: Tech entrepreneurship in Austin
Techstars 2015 impact report. We did a lot in a year! https://t.co/WS99T9eRyT— Jason Seats (@seats) April 15, 2016
Founder at Alder Partners
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship and startup growth
Twitter bio: Founder, @AlderPartners. President, Products @SYPartners. Partner, @CapitalFactory. Mentor, @Techstars. Helping people and companies grow.
The importance of resiliency for leaders https://t.co/XUCc0clZfW— Steve Semelsberger (@semels) May 17, 2016
Marketing at LiveOak Venture Partners
Tweets about: Austin tech’s VC landscape
Twitter bio: What’s the good word? @liveoakvp @TejasClub @Texas4000 @TexasExes
Account Executive at Spiceworks
Tweets about: Enterprise IT
Twitter bio: Connecting tech vendors to an audience of millions of IT buyers Thoughts are my own
Founder & CEO at SandBox Apps, Inc
Tweets about: Mobile commerce, investing, entrepreneurship and tech trends
Twitter bio: Founder & CEO helping retailers ‘get’ mobile using @SandBoxCommerce & @Keystoke. 2015 Austinpreneur of the Yr Awardee. @BoozAllen @Walmart @LockheedMartin alum
CEO at Khorus
Tweets about: Tech leadership and investment
Twitter bio: By CEO & Navy vet Joel Trammell. Author, The CEO Tightrope: http://t.co/j3JRsWZj. @TheKhorus CEO. @ATCouncil Chair Emeritus. @Forbes & @Entrepreneur Contributor
Co-founder and CEO, Student Loan Genius
Tweets about: Education and social impact
Twitter bio: familia first • co-founder/ceo @MySLGenius • ex-poker pro • runner • sports nut • #hustle #dreambig
“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard… https://t.co/P3waSEun9v— Tony Aguilar (@TonyAguilar) May 18, 2016
Founder & CEO at VolunteerSpot
Tweets about: Entrepreneurship, volunteerism and networking
Twitter bio: Mom of an awesome tween and founder of VolunteerSpot.com - we save busy moms time and help get more people volunteering @ schools, Scouts, leagues & nonprofits.
Founder at Honest Dollar and Chaotic Moon. Frequent keynote speaker.
Tweets about: Fintech, Austin tech’s funding landscape and related politics
Twitter bio: Love to @pamelamalunat Father to Brooks + Julian CEO @honestdollar Founder @chaoticmoon IBM Master Inventor 2012 International Genius Grant Recipient
Founder & President at OneSpot
Tweets about: Trends in tech recruiting, content marketing and Austin’s local scene
Twitter bio: Austin, http://OneSpot.com , http://G51.com , online media, fresh food, @8^1
Founder of UnLtd USA
Tweets about: Social impact
Twitter bio: Mountains, breakfast tacos, #socent | Founder @UnLtdUSA | Passionate about #refugees #impinv | Want to learn about #basicincome #AI & forced #migration next
Note that this is a list, not a ranking, arranged alphabetically by username. We excluded organizations, many of which are great to follow on Twitter too. Of course, there are many more techies out there worth following, and we welcome your suggestions here or via Twitter @BuiltInAustin.