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 LA'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 LA tech to follow on Twitter:
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What's This MIT Grad Doing Working at a Tire Factory in Compton?: https://t.co/BBit2xkuDB— Luz Rivas (@LuzRivas) May 17, 2016
Voice search on the iPhone:— Christopher Webb (@ChrisChowNow) May 21, 2016
"Hey Siri, open the Google app"
"OK Google, look up...."
"I filed for divorce, and I was fired from Company." Why did I write this?— Cameron Kashani (@CamSKashani) April 20, 2016
ADDED Preface: I’m sharing my story in... https://t.co/ypvdHELVnb
India has never had more than 30m landlines and has roughly 540m cellular subscribers (350m smart phones).— Ƀrock Pierce (@brockpierce) May 17, 2016
Who said insurance was a necessary evil? Lemonade is named a Public Benefit Corporation, committed to social good. https://t.co/5XcxKDwI5G— Peter Diamandis (@PeterDiamandis) May 18, 2016
just searched for "increase text size in chrome". is this what "getting old" looks like?— Clark Landry (@clandry) April 4, 2016
I might consider driving w a life-size doll in my passenger seat so that I can take the carpool lane. Otherwise I'm a very good citizen— Meredith Perry (@meredithperry) March 5, 2016
1/ I don't think most in the market have fully appreciate the fact that @Medium isn't just a CMS, it's a "Social CMS" & 1st to pull this off— Mark Suster (@msuster) May 23, 2016
Just two years ago a drunk driver in Austin plowed down a group of people at SXSW and now they're rejecting ridesharing? Interesting move.— Kyle Hill (@kaleazy) May 8, 2016
The future of ride-share: "I have Uber, Gett, Juno, Lyft..." and his personal phone is a Blackberry. pic.twitter.com/NsuAjB0VrK— Justin Choi (@JustinCie) May 17, 2016
Very unlikely I have any common interests with Coachella lambo guy https://t.co/chFSW03tOW— Tony Knopp (@tonyknopp) April 20, 2016
I love Twitter but trump must stop tweeting. Twitter, Trump's Trusty Weapon, Could Backfirehttps://t.co/xKUDVjp20Z— Richard Rosenblatt (@demandrichard) May 18, 2016
Glad we're on our third fund. Getting frm "Starter Fund" to the next, bigger one has definitely gotten tougher https://t.co/jUjMP6USZQ— Jim Andelman (@jimandelman) May 24, 2016
I just published “Dude, where is my Startup ?” https://t.co/Vaud1CSxxJ— Howard Marks (@howardmarks) May 24, 2016
Game changing products for a real problem https://t.co/kZvxKmvktT— Kerry Bennett (@KerryKB) May 19, 2016
Don't complain about having your idea 'stolen'. Someone thought of it before you and execution is all that matters anyway. Go get customers.— Matt Joseph (@_mattjoseph) May 13, 2016
The doorman at one of LA's most exclusive clubs recognizes me. Now I have free bottle service to myself along with bodyguards... #socialite?— Lucy Guo (@lucy_guo) May 19, 2016
Taking funding is entering into a performance contract— Mike Williams (@Yoroomie) April 26, 2016
I have played a lot of golf in my life and have never received a decent inside stock tip.— Greg Bettinelli (@gregbettinelli) May 20, 2016
Thanks snapchat for your new face swap with an image feature. I'm about to lose all my friends cos I can't stop pretending to be an Olsen.— Natalie Diver (@NatalieDiver) April 28, 2016
I just published “How Unbundling Twitter and Launching Topic-Based Communities Will Win.” https://t.co/TTQNaVKmJC— Eric Willis (@erictwillis) February 17, 2016
Tech Reporter, Los Angeles Business JournalTwitter bio: Tech Reporter for the Los Angeles Business Journal (@LABJnews) Send pitches to: email@example.com Views are my own.
Jim GilliamCEO & founder, NationBuilder
Twitter bio: @NationBuilder Founder and CEO, author of The Internet is My Religion.
It's true...data is useless if you don't have something interesting to say. https://t.co/XChuT4j5LJ— Jim Gilliam (@jgilliam) May 12, 2016
Kathryn CicolettiFounder, Ms. Cheat SheetTwitter bio: Mostly hanging out at @mscheatsheet. I act like I'm chill but I'm not. snapchat oh god: kcicoletti
Old Havana. No idea if these are coming through pic.twitter.com/E3XlOwUKu8— Kathryn Cicoletti (@kcicoletti) May 23, 2016
George MitsopoulosCOO, BroadvoiceTwitter bio: Chief Operating Officer @Broadvoice | @IKANO | @DSLExtreme | @PhonePower | Snapchat: gmitsopoulos
Reagan SirengoManaging Partner/UX Designer, Userbrite/EdmundsTwitter bio: Managing Partner at Userbrite LLC and UX Designer at http://Edmunds.com . We make digital experiences worth experiencing
Well said— Reagan Sirengo (@ReaganSirengo) April 7, 2016
George StrompolosCEO & founder, FullscreenTwitter bio: CEO/Founder of @Fullscreen. Purveyor of youth culture. Fond of curious people. I care about fonts. Good friend IRL.
This is cool, but I swear some people read too many startup blogs etc. and have no connection to reality https://t.co/zIWHS50wd0— George Strompolos (@gstrompolos) May 19, 2016
Brian MullinsCEO & founder, DAQRITwitter bio: Founder and CEO of DAQRI, where everyday I work alongside the most awesome team of people changing the way we interact with technology.
Jonathan EppersCEO, RadPad
Twitter bio: CEO @RadPad. I like to cook too.
Don't stop. Don't even think about stopping until you get there, and don't give much thought to where 'there' is.— Jonathan Eppers (@jonathaneppers) May 4, 2016
Marc HemeonCEO & Founder, Design Inc.
Twitter bio: CEO & Founder of @designinc
Corinne CrockettDirector of Marketing, Thrive MarketTwitter bio: Dir. of Marketing, @THRIVEmkt. Instructor @GA, @SMWLA. @EllevateLA BOD. @UCLA alum.
Ryan PrustPartner, rhubarb studios