50 Austin tech CEOs, founders, designers & devs you should follow on Twitter

Written by Garrett Reim
Published on Jan. 29, 2015
50 Austin tech CEOs, founders, designers & devs you should follow on Twitter

[ibimage==33389==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Joshua McClure

Follow @joshuamcclure //

Real Massive

CEO & founder

Real estate

Twitter profile:

Founder & CEO @RealMassive. ENFJ. I love freedom, #RadicalOpenness #OpenData and #entrepreneurs.

Making it as an entrepreneur is about being ok with not making it as an entrepreneur.

— Joshua McClure (@joshuamcclure) November 23, 2014



[ibimage==33405==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Dan Graham

Follow @maharg //




Twitter profile:

All progress depends on the unreasonable man. -George Bernard Shaw


Don't let a few comments derail a strategic and agreed-upon path of action. Saying you're sorry (or not) on #social: http://t.co/Ubg1oXU4ul

— Dan Graham (@maharg) December 18, 2014



[ibimage==33406==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Bob Metcalfe

Follow @BobMetcalfe //

UT Austin

Professor of Innovation


Twitter profile:

UTAustin Professor of Innovation, Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise, MIT Trustee, NAE. Past: MIT Harvard PARC Stanford 3Com InfoWorld Polaris.


More Gigabit Internet: Google Fiber adds 4 more cities. Austin has it already (but not at our house yet). Hurry! http://t.co/GdYiX8KueD

— Bob Metcalfe (@BobMetcalfe) January 27, 2015



[ibimage==33407==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Amanda McGuckinHager

Follow @shoogie //


Sr. Director of Product Marketing

Digital Marketing

Twitter profile:

Friend, Mom, Co-Worker, Demand Gen/Inbound Marketing (B2B, Tech, Big Data) Start Up Junkie & Lover of Austin, TX


Good design is critical. https://t.co/LsKQ0On0Gm

— Amanda McGuckinHager (@shoogie) October 23, 2014



[ibimage==33408==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Brett Hurt

Follow @bazaarbrett //


Former CEO & co-founder

Ratings & reviews software

Twitter profile:

Hurt Family Investments; Chair @IAmAnEdgecase; Founder @Bazaarvoice and @Coremetrics; Proud father...

Apple just announced $18 billion of profit on revenues of $74.6 billion - the most profit of any company in history for a single quarter

— Brett Hurt (@bazaarbrett) January 27, 2015



[ibimage==33410==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Sam Decker


Follow @samdecker //

Mass Relevance

Former CEO & founder

Social media

Twitter profile:

Former CEO/founder Mass Relevance, Bazaarvoice founding CMO, Dell exec & bay area startup exec. Angel investor...

Why investor updates are really, really important http://t.co/HyTkjgZ6V4

— Sam Decker (@samdecker) January 26, 2015



[ibimage==33411==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Jacqueline Hughes

Follow @JacquelinesLife //

Techstars Austin

Events & community organizer

Tech community

Twitte profile:

Events + Community @Techstars Austin, Founder of @AtxStartupWeek, building @CraftLaunch, Dean @AtxAwesome...

My friends over at @LawnStarter are hiring a Director of Operations here in Austin. Awesome opportunity! http://t.co/wjORGcwhEe

— Jacqueline Hughes (@JacquelinesLife) November 21, 2014



[ibimage==33412==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Claire England

Follow @ClaireEngland //

CTAN Angels

Executive director


Twitter profile:

Executive Director @CTANAngels. Startup Ecosystem Leader. Public Speaker. Community Volunteer. Triathlete. Traveler...

So excited about my new role! RT @ctanangels Let's give warm welcome to CTAN new ED, Claire England! http://t.co/BTkHmhpQAw #Austin #startup

— Claire England (@ClaireEngland) January 6, 2015



[ibimage==33413==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Josh Kerr

Follow @joshkerr //


Startup business development

Tech community

Twitter profile:

Startup BD at Amazon Web Services, Co-founder @Written, angel investor, @CapitalFactory partner, @Techstars mentor, @DEMO god. (Opinions are mine.)

The definitive guide to mistakes startups make when raising money: http://t.co/i6LI4PCyKY

— Josh Kerr (@joshkerr) January 14, 2015



[ibimage==33414==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]JD Weinstein

Follow @jd_weinstein

Capital Factory

Venture associate


Twitter profile:

@CapitalFactory, Previously @UTInnovations Horizon Fund, Burnt-orange blooded, Paddleboarding, Yoga...

Packed house for @protohack Austin @CapitalFactory. Excited to be judging tonight pic.twitter.com/cZ1PFyS19Q

— JD Weinstein (@JD_Weinstein) January 11, 2015



[ibimage==33415==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Paul O'Brien

Follow @seobrien //




Twitter profile:

CMO of @MicroVentures & founder of @Incuvator. Growth Hacker & #Startup Advisor. Father, marketer, angel, founder...

Why Startups Fail - Bosses vs. Founders http://t.co/dAmy2M70rm

— Paul O'Brien (@seobrien) January 24, 2015



[ibimage==33416==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Jeremy Bencken

Follow @bencken //


Co-founder & president

Content marketing

Twitter profile:

Co-Founder & Product Guy @ http://Written.com  | Full-time Texan, part-time Coloradoan | Fly fishing enthusiast.

Know the Difference Between Traffic and Audience? http://t.co/AaV4xioA4T via @bencken @written @thenextweb

— Jeremy Bencken (@bencken) May 27, 2014



[ibimage==33417==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Ben Dyer

Follow @BenJDyer //

Peachtree Software & UT Austin

Founder & Entrepreneur-in-Residence 

Software & tech community

Twitter profile:

Serial and parallel entrepreneur with a Peachy beginning. Interested in digital media, mobile payments...

Not every startup works as planned, some reasons why. Weekly TechDrawl essay: http://t.co/l47mbtEc60 pic.twitter.com/vYfoBEQhnS

— Ben Dyer (@BenJDyer) November 3, 2014



[ibimage==33419==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Evan Baehr

Follow @evanbaehr //

Able Lending


Financial technology

Twitter profile:

Cofounder of @AbleLending, Floodgate / Founders Fund lender to small businesses. Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Facebook, White House alum.

My passion: solve big public problems with private company that delights customers @willydavisjr and I on @FoxNews https://t.co/kx7CzMgItz

— Evan Baehr (@evanbaehr) April 30, 2014



Michael Dell

Follow @MichaelDell //

Dell Inc.

CEO & founder

Desktops & laptops

Twitter profile:

Self employed http://Dell.com  http://msdf.org  http://msdcapital.com... Public '88, Private '13

"Advancing health innovation" by @MichaelDell on @LinkedIn https://t.co/BZJwxYtRxq

— Michael Dell (@MichaelDell) January 27, 2015



[ibimage==33427==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Erica Douglass

Follow @ericabiz //



Digital marketing

Twitter profile:

Speaker; blogger; startup founder & CEO. I write a popular entrepreneurship blog... at http://erica.biz .

[http://t.co/xMWZBrybCt] I'm back! What if you don't have *time* to build a business? http://t.co/EoWoJ1Ffc1

— Erica Douglass (@ericabiz) January 26, 2015



[ibimage==33430==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Hugh Forrest

Follow @Hugh_W_Forrest //



Tech community

Twitter profile:

Director of the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin. Other passions include the Boston Red Sox, reading, exercise ...


The sharing economy explained: Lyft CEO Logan Green to keynote SXSW Interactive on March 16. http://t.co/AYh2AECaf6 #sxsw #sharingeconomy

— Hugh Forrest (@Hugh_W_Forrest) January 27, 2015



[ibimage==33432==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Morgan Linton

Follow @morganlinton //


COO, CTO & co-founder

Big Data

Twitter profile:

co-founder @fashionmetric | previously @sonos | @carnegiemellon alumni


Morgan’s Flippa Five: http://t.co/3qX8v1XvBa, Lift.io, http://t.co/wXfFJvsuvB http://t.co/VO2qOhVIQG #domains @flippa

— Morgan Linton (@morganlinton) January 27, 2015



[ibimage==33434==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Andy Aguiluz

Follow @AndyAguiluz //

Techstars Austin

Program Manager


Twitter profile:


"the founders we've supported and the innovations they have delivered" - @davidcohen on the impact startups can have http://t.co/n5sKs23uq7

— Andy (@AndyAguiluz) April 26, 2014



[ibimage==33437==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Noah Kagan

Follow @noahkagan //


CEO & founder

App deals networks

Twitter profile:



How to attract the best people in the world http://t.co/ToSqxyezUv

— noah kagan (@noahkagan) November 3, 2014



[ibimage==33438==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Charlie Wood

Follow @cwood //


Former CEO & founder

Cloud backup storage

Twitter profile:

Numerous cofounder. Previously founder and CEO of Spanning, acquired by EMC. Interested in the intersection of...

“a determination to navigate the next such shift by finding it first” http://t.co/u9t6PkneUk

— Charlie Wood (@cwood) January 17, 2015



[ibimage==33439==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Robert Gilbreath

Follow @Adomatica //


Vice president of marketing

E-commerce software

Twitter profile:

Significant other - Fixer of broken toys - Contingent Fabricator


39 Predictions for Ecommerce in 2015 http://t.co/4UUkn09MmR

— Robert Gilbreath (@Adomatica) January 5, 2015




Valerie Cason

Follow @CasonDaily //

Austin technology council

Director of sales & marketing

Tech community

Twitter profile:

communicate and boogie. fortunate to work w the best in Austin tech via @atcouncil


"Leaders must have brains, soul & heart"- http://t.co/0fv7YybkLt Proud to be apart @wef shapers in ATX w the most passionate of millennials

— Valerie Cason (@CasonDaily) September 18, 2014



[ibimage==33441==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Rob Taylor

Follow @gorobtaylor //



Shipping software

Twitter profile:

@PivotFreight CEO, @BlackLocus Pres, @CapitalFactory Partner, @techstars Mentor, angel investor, cyclist, company builder...

Good writeup on my friends @capitalfactory @techstars: "The New Rules for Raising Capital in Austin" http://t.co/oQzmbbRieJ

— Rob Taylor (@GoRobTaylor) January 26, 2015



[ibimage==33442==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Joseph Kopser

Follow @JosephKopser //



Transportation app

Twitter profile:

CEO of @RideScout - A mobile App for your phone to show all ride options. Also Defense Energy Security Policy and raising 3 daughters....

Nice, Austin is #1: 7 Top Cities for Startups - Outside of Silicon Valley: http://t.co/jO0k0W2RjF @ATCouncil @CapitalFactory @AdlerForAustin

— Joseph Kopser (@JosephKopser) January 23, 2015




[ibimage==33457==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Josh Baer

Follow @joshuabaer //

Capital Factory

Executive director & founder

Incubator, accelerator & co-working

Twitter profile:

Austinpreneur. I help people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs.


Next week it’s Intro to Fundraising with @gordondaugherty and guest VC @s3ventures http://t.co/k3W3dBzX92 (please retweet)

— Joshua Baer (@JoshuaBaer) January 25, 2015



[ibimage==33458==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Jennifer Leggio

Follow @mediaphyter //

Cisco & Girls in Tech

Senior director & managing director

PR & tech community

Twitter profile:

Raconteur. Hockey lover. Powerhouse. Security Twits herder emeritus. Managing Director, Girls in Tech, Austin...

Spending a quiet day working on the plans for the @GirlsinTech Austin chapter launch. Very excited about this.

— Jennifer Leggio (@mediaphyter) January 18, 2015



[ibimage==33459==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Daina Linton

Follow @dainalinton //


CEO & co-founder


Twitter profile:

Co-Founder & CEO @FashionMetric, big data SaaS for apparel retailers to collect more data about their customers...

Excited about Fashion Metric being featured on Product Hunt, please upvote to show your love! http://t.co/vd3izcNKun

— Daina Linton (@dainalinton) September 3, 2014



[ibimage==33460==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Elyse Holladay

Follow @elyseholladay //



Tech education

Twitter profile:

front-end architect, tech instructor, speaker. talk to me about Sass, refactoring, women in tech, GIFs, makeup, yoga...

"part of our job as developers is to empathize with how other people use our work." @davatron5000 @ATXSass

— elyse (@elyseholladay) January 23, 2015



[ibimage==33461==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Eddie Machaalani

Follow @eddiemachaalani


CEO & co-founder


Twitter profile:

Co-founder & CEO @Bigcommerce. Dad, Spurs fan and Aussie entrepreneur determined to democratize #ecommerce...

“Data solves one of the biggest conundrums: getting the right message to the right consumer” http://t.co/SjemYz9qFc #analytics @Bigcommerce

— Eddie Machaalani (@eddiemachaalani) January 27, 2015



[ibimage==33462==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Mark Collier

Follow @sparkycollier //



Open-source programming

Twitter profile:

OpenStack co-founder, OpenStack Foundation COO, ex Rackspace & Yahoo! Love Austin, BBQ, BBALL, open source for fun...

In 2015 I predict "surge pricing" will be renamed "pricing," right to bear cameras will outweigh arms, and 3D printed drones will scare .gov

— Mark Collier (@sparkycollier) January 1, 2015



[ibimage==33463==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Chris Kerns

Follow @chriskerns //


Director of analytics & research

Social media

Twitter profile:

Analytics & Social Research @Spredfast. I wrote Trendology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) about real-time marketing. I like bourbon. Never tell me the odds.

Trendology selected by Amazon as a Best Business Book of the Month http://t.co/yRMn0E5NmZ #RTM #socialmedia pic.twitter.com/ZvS64pdpe8

— Chris Kerns (@chriskerns) November 1, 2014



[ibimage==33464==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Julie Huls

Follow @juliehuls //

Austin Technology Council


Tech community

Twitter profile:

Innovation Economy evangelist

.@ATCouncil is proud to support Sens. Moran, Warner in the Startup Act http://t.co/9djdKX3QTx via @JerryMoran

— Julie Huls (@juliehuls) January 20, 2015



[ibimage==33465==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Travis Oliphant

Follow @teoliphant //

Continuum Analytics

CEO & co-founder


Twitter profile:

Creator of SciPy; Author of NumPy; Previously Professor in Biomedical Imaging; CEO and co-founder of Continuum Analytics

Great high-level overview of Numba with good examples: http://t.co/GcxewMRjYn. If you use #numpy, you likely need #numba too!

— Travis Oliphant (@teoliphant) January 23, 2015



[ibimage==33466==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]William Hurley

Follow @whurley //

Chaotic Moon Studios



Twitter profile:

Husband to @pamelamalunat. Father to Brooks. CEO @honestdollar. Cofounder @chaoticmoon. Apple Design winner. IBM Master Inventor...

Apple's $178,000,000,000 in CASH could buy @TeslaMotors @SpaceX @Snapchat @Dropbox @Netflix @Airbnb @Uber and @twitter with $20B to spare!!

— whurley ® (@whurley) January 28, 2015



[ibimage==33467==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Hollis Tibbetts

Follow @SoftwareHollis //


Evangelist & software technology director

Software marketing

Twitter profile:

#Software #Marketing executive. Technology & market author/expert: #Data, #Cloud, #SaaS, #Integration, #Innovation...

Oracle Service Cloud gets more social - Oracle has released an update to its Oracle Service Cloud that adds new to... http://t.co/9QjIb7KI8B

— Hollis Tibbetts (@SoftwareHollis) January 29, 2015



[ibimage==33468==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Jason Seats

Follow @seats //

Techstars Austin

Managing director


Twitter profile:

Managing Director at Techstars, Slicehost founder & Rackspace Alumnus


continuing pursuit of doing every version of every possible business, AMZN opens first physical store in NYC http://t.co/lcKWT9PCCk

— Jason Seats (@seats) October 10, 2014



[ibimage==33469==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Erin Lynn Young




Twitter profile:

principal & user experience architect @ Slide UX. information architect. software strategist. reformed marketer.


"When a user becomes familiar with an interface, they often enjoy a feeling of mastery, of power." http://t.co/0KguodLMJ7 via @InVisionApp

— Erin Lynn Young (@erinlynnyoung) January 11, 2015



[ibimage==33470==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Dean Kakridas

Follow @ATX //

International Accelerator

Managing director


Twitter profile:

Managing Director at @IntlAccelerator. Passion for the beautiful game and enabling Work-Life Performance. @SXSW board member....

“The goal is not to fail fast. The goal is to succeed over the long run. They are not the same thing.”

— Dean Kakridas (@ATX) January 25, 2015



[ibimage==33471==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Lisa Pearson

Follow @lpearson //



Ratings & reviews software

Twitter profile:

Bazaarvoice CMO. Mama, media junkie and easily bored insomniac. Twitter, say something funny.


.@Bazaarvoice profile on @NewsHour. Proud of our industry-leading stance on authentic content. #endfakereviews http://t.co/1oHzkoyLKA

— Lisa Pearson (@lpearson) January 20, 2015



[ibimage==33472==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Chris Valentine

Follow @valentinechris //

Adeo InterActive

CEO & founder

Tech events

Twitter profile:

Event Producer (Events and/or Programs include... SXSW Accelerator & Startup Village & V2Venture & Startup Austin...

Security tech has rocketed from the backwaters of geekdom to the front page of the news, says @TGR http://t.co/OQgqRZaVpS via @WSJ

— chris valentine (@valentinechris) January 21, 2015



[ibimage==33473==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Eugene Sepulveda

Follow @eugeneaustin //

Entrepreneurs Foundation



Twitter profile:

disruptive innovation in philanthropy · corp culture anthropology · CEO Entrepreneurs Foundation...

Best Cities 4 Yng Entrprnrs. Austin #7. We can do better. access to funding, networking, mentorship & cost living. - http://t.co/VZd3YgmhUK

— Eugene Sepulveda (@EugeneAustin) November 19, 2014



[ibimage==33474==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Ryan Joy

Follow @atxryan //


Startup & developer evangelist


Twitter profile:

Web dev. Mostly JavaScript. Startup & Dev Evangelist @ Microsoft. Live in Austin, Texas. Organizer of @RefreshAustin...

Microsoft's Project Orleans, a framework for distributed high-scale applications used for Halo 4, is now on GitHub. https://t.co/zDaKzhik6e

— Ryan Joy (@atxryan) January 23, 2015



[ibimage==33475==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Dan Driscoll

Follow @dbdriscoll //


CEO & founder

Sports gear marketplace

Twitter profile:

#nerd at-large, #founder @reQwip, #advisor @Prepify, @UTAustin #Longhorn


“Always buy the coffee” - building a network, one cup at a time https://t.co/1yXIshYLOb #startups #entrepreneurship pic.twitter.com/SAOPExutpg

— Dan Driscoll (@dbdriscoll) January 28, 2015



[ibimage==33479==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Ashley McNamara

Follow @ashleymcnamara //


Lead technical evangelist


Twitter profile:

I am 15% Unicorn, 25% Developer, 70% Sarcastic, 44% Mathematician, and 100% Awesome....

Responsive #GameDesign: Always design for #mobile resolutions first. Good advice from @jessefreeman

— Ashley McNamara (@ashleymcnamara) January 28, 2015



[ibimage==33481==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Mark Milliron

Follow @markmilliron //

Civitas Learning

Cheif learning officer & co-founder


Twitter profile:

Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer, Civitas Learning. Conversations on education, innovation, & more...

Great org 2 benchmark more online learning strategies from US: http://t.co/8BGBKS1eoA #pbsympo2015

— Mark Milliron (@markmilliron) January 28, 2015



[ibimage==33482==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Neelan Choksi

Follow @neelan //

Tasktop Technologies

President & COO


Twitter profile:

Current President of Tasktop, former professional gambler, former CEO of Lexcycle (makers of Stanza)...

Fav quote @TheAmericanCEO yesterday @CapitalFactory Only thing you have control over is ability to fire people and you can only do that once

— Neelan Choksi (@neelan) January 22, 2015



[ibimage==33483==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Adam Hermsdorfer

Follow @AdamHermsdorfer //

BigTuna Interactive

Interactive director & founder

Drupal web development

Twitter profile:

Interactive Marketer with Drupal Development and Optimization Agency BigTuna Interactive.


http://t.co/ZBGI0YhB4b will be packaged in core with Drupal 8. Semantic markup out of the box is a huge innovation in CMS's. #drupalcon #SEO

— AdamHermsdorfer (@AdamHermsdorfer) June 3, 2014



[ibimage==33484==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Gordon Daugherty

Follow @gordondaugherty //


President & COO


Twitter profile:

High tech executive, angel investor and startup mentor


Compensating your first employees when you're a cash poor startup is difficult. Advice here in my newest blog post: http://t.co/2LNEZ2puXW

— Gordon Daugherty (@gordondaugherty) November 9, 2014



[ibimage==33486==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-left]Adam Weinroth

Follow @aweinroth //



Content marketing software

Twitter profile:

Austin tech marketing geek, Proud dad and husband | CMO of @OneSpot | Advisor at @Spredfast @StatusPath

Sharp perspective and wisdom from @bazaarbrett on network effects in a #SaaS and #B2B context. http://t.co/XMr98LPxHy

— Adam Weinroth (@aweinroth) January 15, 2015
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