Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top 10 Tech Investors To Follow On Twitter

Who are you following in Twitter? Once you collect you favorite celebrities, pundits and comedians, it might be time to focus on your business. 

There is a lot to learn from Twitter even in 140 characters. 

Here are the top 10 tech investors you should be following on Twitter.

Ashton Kutcher @aplusk
He's not just a TV star and master of the Punk'd prank, he's also a serious tech investor. As an "Angel Investor" Ashton will pick and choose who he wants to sink money into. He currently has over 14 million followers. It might be hard to get his attention in that crowd but you can certainly keep track of what he's up to.

Richard Branson @richardbranson
As founder of Virgin Airlines, Richard has redefined first class air travel. Thanks to his success he is open to new ventures through his Virgin Investments. He is the very definition of  a risk-taking entrepreneur.

Al Gore @algore
Got a new tech idea that is "green?" You might be able to rope in former Vice President Al Gore who has made a second career in promoting eco-friendly industries. His firm is Generation Investment Management and if you have an idea that is zero carbon footprint rated send him a tweet.

Mark Cuban @mcuban
Each week on "Shark Tank", Mark Cuban shows what an angel investor is all about. Folks with business ideas come to him, pitch their ideas and try to convince him to invest in their companies.  There have been many success stories to come out of the "tank" but that's not the only place he looks for possible investments.

Fred Wilson @fredwilson
His company, Union Square Ventures, is described as a "early stage venture capital firm." This means Fred likes to get in on the ground floor. IT is their primary focus and in the pasts 17 years Union Square Ventures has helped over 40 companies get up and running.

Om Malik @om
Om is a general partner at True Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has around $600 million in funds to play around with. According to Crunch Base, the firm "..maintains a strong founder community and offers innovative educational opportunities to its portfolio, helping entrepreneurs achieve higher levels of success and impact."

Chris Sacca  @sacca
His company, Lowercase Capital, not only offers funds for start-ups and late-stage companies but they also pride themselves on their advisory role. Chris is not someone who is just going to write a check and walk away.

Kevin Rose @kevinrose
Google isn't just a search engine. They've also got money to invest. Among the type of start-ups that Google Ventures invests in are Internet (obviously), software, hardware, clean-tech, bio-tech and health care. Their goal is to invest at least $100 million a year. Not too shabby.

Evan Williams @ev
The Obvious Corporation that Evan is a part of was founded in 2006. Since then it has dedicated itself in helping companies create new cutting edge technologies "which have the power to affect individuals, organizations and society." Since Obvious was behind the creation of Twitter, it stands to reason you should be following Evan.

Guy Kawasaki @GuyKawasaki
When you consider that Apple was started in a garage, it makes sense for this venture capital firm to be so named. Since setting up shop in 2005, Guy has lead his company through many important vestments covering a wide range of tech start-ups.