Top Twitter Handles to Follow for Entrepreneurs and Startups

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Social Media is the quickest and the cheapest way of building your brand presence and Twitter forms an important part of the platter. As a start-up, Twitter gives you instant connect with the best conversations, advice and mentors in the business. The trick, however, is to identify and join the most “influencing” people – companies and forums where conversations can be gainfully used.

We bring to you the most popular Twitter handles that every start-up should follow for updates, opportunities, mentorship, marketing & management, investments, partnerships etc.

Mentors & Startup Celebrities

  • Richard [email protected]
  • Jeff [email protected]
  • Kerry Butters @kesbutters
  • Melinda Emerson – @SmallBizLady
  • Eric Knopf – @ericknopf
  • Gary Vaynerchuk – @garyvee
  • Brian Moran – @brianmoran
  • Guy Kawasaki – @GuyKawasaki
  • Dharmesh Shah – @dharmesh

Money matters: Investors/VC/Angels

  • Rich Miner: @richminer
  • Jason Calacanis: @jason
  • Brad Feld: @bfeld
  • Shervin Pishevar: @shervin
  • Paul Flanagan: @pcflanagan

Networks for Resources, News, Updates

Startup techies India

  • Pankaj Mishra (@pankajontech)
  • Pranesh Prakash (@pranesh_prakash)
  • Nikhil Pahwa (@nixxin)
  • Subrahmanyam KVJ (@SuB8u)
  • Mahendra Palsule (@scepticgeek)

A short introduction for each of these accounts is given below, so you can know them better and understand their relevance for an aspiring entrepreneur.

Richard Branson: @richardbranson

Best known as the founder of Virgin Group, Branson is a popular guide & mentor to start-ups and entrepreneurs across the world. From founding the Student magazine to setting up one of the largest brands on earth, Richard Branson has been there and done it. Under his vision and leadership, Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label.  According to the Forbes 2014 list of billionaires, Branson is the seventh richest citizen of the United Kingdom, with an estimated net worth of US$4.9 billion

Jeff Bullas: @jeffbullas

Top Content Marketing Influencer, Social Media Marketing Strategist & Speaker, Forbes Top 10 Social Media Influencer, Huffington Top 100 Business Twitter Accounts, Jeff Bullas carries stellar endorsement as one of the most influential people on Twitter.

Kerry Butters @kesbutters

Kerry is a prolific technology writer, covering a range of subjects from design & development, SEO & social, to corporate tech & gadgets. Co-author of SitePoint’s Jump Start HTML5, Kerry also heads digital content agency markITwrite and is an all-round geek.

Melinda Emerson – @SmallBizLady 

Emerson has become a go-to voice for small businesses not only as an author. Forbes also ranked Emerson as the Most Influential Woman entrepreneur.

Eric Knopf – @ericknopf

Eric Knopf’s experience as a serial entrepreneur is just one of the reasons why his Twitter account is a must-follow for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Knopf, the co-founder of WebConnex, shares a steady stream of business advice on his Twitter account that helps everyone from small business owners to workers embrace their inner entrepreneur.

Jason Calacanis- @jason

Calacanis has a $10 million angel fund and hosts the largest startup conference in the world. He was a first-round investor in Uber and has invested in ChartBeat, Gowalla, Evernote, and more than 60 other startups.

Rich Miner –@richminer

An Android co-founder, Miner now leads Google Ventures‘ East Coast investment team and has led investments in HubSpot, Stamped, MessageMe, and many others. A mobile industry pioneer, he’s also been growing businesses for more than 25 years.

Brad Feld –@bfeld

A managing director at early investment firm Foundry Group, Feld has been in VC since 1987. He’s also a co-founder of startup accelerator TechStars, which provides mentoring, networking, and $118,000 in seed funding for startups

Shervin Pishevar –@shervin

Alongside his Sherpa Ventures co-founder Scott Stanford, Pishevar has invested in and advised Airbnb, Uber, Tumblr, and others. A super interesting social activist, he helped author a paper that led to the Istanbul Protocol on documenting torture at just 21 years of age.

Paul Flanagan- @pcflanagan

Flanagan is a VC with Boston-based Sigma Prime Ventures, which primarily invests in early-stage SaaS, cloud, mobile, and other technology-enabled services. Having been a VC for two decades, he’s raised more than a billion dollars in financing and has some serious wins under his belt, including taking two companies from startup to IPO with capitalizations of more than $1 billion.

Brian Moran –@brianmoran

Moran has extensive experience both as an entrepreneur and as someone who spent more than 20 years publishing advice for entrepreneurs, mixes his own personal views and experiences along with that of other experts to form a vital resource for entrepreneurs on Twitter.

Dharmesh Shah –@dharmesh

Dharmesh Shah started his first business at the age of 24 and hasn’t looked back since. Today, Shah operates as the co-founder and chief technology officer at HubSpot, his third entrepreneurial effort. For those reasons, Shah’s Twitter account is a very useful resource not only for entrepreneurs operating in the tech space but for all those thinking about starting their own business.

Guy Kawasaki –@GuyKawasaki

Guy Kawasaki’s business success has been well-documented, beginning with his work at Apple and continuing to several other businesses he founded. As such, Kawasaki has been able to blend not only relevant business news but all things interesting into his Twitter account. Those tweets have also gained Kawasaki nearly 1.3 million Twitter followers.

Gary Vaynerchuk –@garyvee

Vaynerchuk was at the forefront of the e-commerce movement starting, an online retailer of wine, beer, and spirits. Since then, Vaynerchuk has grown that and other businesses into successes while becoming an authority on wine. Vaynerchuk’s Twitter feed blends together his views on everything from the New York Jets to his thoughts on business with relevant info for businesses of all sizes.

Small Business Answers –@smallbizanswers

Chances are, if you have a question as a small business owner, @smallbizanswers has the answer. The Twitter account brings together a wealth of information that revolves mainly around giving advice to entrepreneurs.  The account, which is linked to the Small Business Brief website, breaks advice into a number of categories, including entrepreneurship, small business marketing, money, operations and technology.

AMEX Open –@OPENForum

Small business owners looking to keep educated on the latest trends in small business should give the American Express OPEN Forum account a follow. The feed links to interesting information from the OPEN Forum website, which gives businesses a particularly relevant source of tips, advice and help.

StartUp Voir :@StartUpVoir

To catch up on latest updates on StartUps News, Venture Capital, Deals, Angel Investors, StartUpPress Releases,Funding, StartUp Jobs.

Upstart: @upstart

For entrepreneurial college grads, student loans and credit card debt often stand in the way of funding a business. Upstart is an online lending platform that uses data to connect young aspiring startup founders with investors who want to fund them. The company’s Twitter account has nearly 5,000 followers and offers great financial and budgeting advice for student entrepreneurs and business owners.

Entrepreneur –@Entrepreneur

Inspiring, informing and celebrating entrepreneurs since 1973. Advice, insight, profiles and guides for established and aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide. Home of Entrepreneur magazine

Pankaj Mishra : @pankajontech

Pankaj is an editor at India’s Economic Times and former TechCrunch contributor. He regularly tweets about the startup and e-commerce scene in India.

Pranesh Prakash –@pranesh_prakash

Prakash is the policy director at India’s Centre for Internet and Society, an organization to protect consumer and citizen rights on the web. His tweets recently went viral when Airtel proposed plans to charge separately for voice calls in apps like Viber. Get in touch with him for insights on topics like net neutrality.

Indianbizparty: @indianbizparty

Good handle for News, Stories & Networking Platform for Entrepreneurs & Startups.

Nikhil Pahwa : @nixxin

Pahwa – founder of the Medianama tech blog – is very active and tweets on a variety of topics. He’s the one to watch when major tech news breaks.

Subrahmanyam KVJ : @SuB8u

Subrahmanyam is the manager of the Digital Transformation Research Institute at Capgemini Consulting. He was listed as one of the 55 unknown rock stars in tech by Marc Andreessen. His interests lie in digital media, technology, and science.

Mahendra Palsule : @scepticgeek

After 19 years in the domestic tech industry, Palsule joined Techmeme. He also voices his opinions on his blog, Skeptic Geek. Follow him if you want to get a quick rundown of the tech and market news in India.

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4 Responses

  1. Kerry Butters says:

    Hey, thanks for the inclusion 🙂

  2. Following Entrepreneurs is one thing (and a lot to be learned from some of those accounts too), but networking and engagement is what Twitter is really about.

    One of my favourite and most rewarding Twitter activities is participating in Twitter chat hours – there are included in our ever-increasing list.

    Show up. Listen. Engage. Build relationships.

    It’s what Twitter is best at.

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