50 influential people in LA tech you should follow on Twitter

May 26, 2016

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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Jonathan Badeen

 
Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Tinder 
 
Twitter bio: Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer at @Tinder. I invented the #SwipeRight. Dev, designer & geek who loves iOS, Cocoa, Objective-C, Disney, Pixar, & beef jerky.

Against all probability everybody at @tinder received a @tinder towel the very day before #towelday

— Jonathan Badeen (@badeen) May 24, 2016
 

 

Cody Peterson

 
Startup/VC attorney Gunderson Dettmer 
 
Twitter bio: Startup/VC attorney. @pomonacollege and @northwesternlaw. Interested in communities, tech, education, feminism, equality, sports, fitness, etc.

.@beteramenu launched on Product Hunt. Great idea, co-founded by my former coworker @TheEvanTran, an even better guy https://t.co/o6x9nbfkbw

— Cody Peterson (@codyrpeterson) May 10, 2016

 

 

Susan Jaget

 
CEO, Undisclosed 
 
Twitter bio: Startup junkie. Tech dork. Travel addict. Launched @MySpace. Mad Men by day BatMan by night Entrepreneur 24/7 CEO of life

I'm only as strong as my network. Don't be afraid to ask for what you need and provide value where you can #startup #entrepreneur

— Susan (@SusanJaget) May 16, 2016
 

 

Luz Rivas

 
Founder and Executive Director, DIY Girls 
 
Twitter bio: Engineer | educator | founder of @DIYGirls
 

What's This MIT Grad Doing Working at a Tire Factory in Compton?: https://t.co/BBit2xkuDB

— Luz Rivas (@LuzRivas) May 17, 2016

 

 

Espree Devora

 
Founder, We Are LA Tech 
 
Twitter bio: 'Your intuition is your oracle' | Creator of @WeAreLATech, uniting LA #startups | #2 #Podcast on iTunes N&N + host @womenintechshow | http://wearelatech.com 

"How Brands Can be on #Snapchat Immediately" by @EspreeDevora on @LinkedIn https://t.co/zgd1AkX5Ht feat. @sabasedighi & @dannyberk #startups

— ✎ Espree Devora (@EspreeDevora) May 20, 2016

 

 

Christopher Webb

 
CEO / Co-founder, ChowNow 
 
Twitter bio: Christopher Webb
@ChrisChowNow
CEO / Co-founder of ChowNow

 

Voice search on the iPhone:

"Hey Siri, open the Google app"

"OK Google, look up...."

— Christopher Webb (@ChrisChowNow) May 21, 2016

 

 

Jason Nazar

 
Co-Founder, Docstoc 
 
Twitter bio: Co-Founder, Docstoc (spare time writer for Forbes, WSJ, BI)
 

Thousands of Company Employee Ratings on https://t.co/vCyBCnGM7P thx @meganrosedickey @TechCrunch for the grt piece https://t.co/upHdmKubN4

— Jason Lawrence Nazar (@jasonnazar) May 23, 2016

 

 

Cameron Kashani

 
Cofounder and Partner, CoAccel 
 
Twitter bio: Godmother of #SiliconBeach. Expert Speaker @statedept. 3x founder. Human Acceleration. I spread peace in the form of power. #singlemama #WEarethechange

 

"I filed for divorce, and I was fired from Company." Why did I write this?
ADDED Preface: I’m sharing my story in... https://t.co/ypvdHELVnb

— Cameron Kashani (@CamSKashani) April 20, 2016

 

 

Bill Gross

 
CEO & founder, Idealab 
 
Twitter bio: Founder of Technology Incubator Idealab and 100 companies in last 30 years. Tweeting while on my quest for learning in life and at conferences.
 

.@Idealab company @UberMedia now can connect ad impressions to actual retail store visits: https://t.co/vmgg438Knw pic.twitter.com/JhKCZxLxwT

— Bill Gross (@Bill_Gross) May 20, 2016
 
 

 

Frank Addante

 
CEO & co-founder, The Rubicon Project 
 
Twitter bio: CEO/Founder/Chief Product Architect of @RubiconProject, Columnist for @Inc, Author of http://FounderBlog.com : follow me for entrepreneurial & management advice
 

True Leaders Are Not Heroes. True Leaders Create Heroes @Forbes : https://t.co/qQNWxXz28n

— FrankAddante (@FrankAddante) May 24, 2016

 

 

Lilian Coral

Follow @lcoral

Chief Data Officer, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
 
Twitter bio: Native of Colombia; product of Los Angeles; student of the world. CDO @lamayorsoffice. Advocate 4 social justice, travel, and the NYC Knicks! Tweets are my own.
 

#LAsBest what at theme! #BrighterFuturesLocallyGrown pic.twitter.com/s91Bg42zT6

— Lilian Coral (@lcoral) May 22, 2016

 

 

Brock Pierce

 
Investor, Bitcoin 
 
Twitter bio: Investor in Blockchain enabling technology companies!
 

India has never had more than 30m landlines and has roughly 540m cellular subscribers (350m smart phones).

— Ƀrock Pierce (@brockpierce) May 17, 2016

 

 

Peter Diamandis

 
CEO & chairman, X Prize Foundation
 
Twitter bio: @XPRIZE, @SingularityU, @PlanetaryRsrcs, @HumanLongevity, @BoldCapital & Author of Abundance & BOLD. Passionate about space, Abundance & Longevity.

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

 

 

Greg Cohn

 
CEO & co-founder, Burner 
 
Twitter bio: Co-founder & CEO of @burner.
 

 

The internet of things is for pranks https://t.co/jwJ3SpUkwq

— Greg Cohn (@gregcohn) May 23, 2016

 

 

Clark Landry

 
Managing Partner, Legacy Angel Ventures 
 
Twitter bio: entrepreneur, angel investor, aspiring VC
 

just searched for "increase text size in chrome". is this what "getting old" looks like?

— Clark Landry (@clandry) April 4, 2016

 

 

Meredith Perry

 
CEO & founder, uBeam 
 
Twitter bio: Founder & CEO @uBeam. Power-suckler on the teat of life. Uses a machete to cut through red tape. Instagram: @meredithperry
 

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

 

 

Mark Suster

 
Partner, Upfront Ventures 
 
Twitter bio: 2x entrepreneur. Sold both companies (last to http://salesforce.com ). Now @UpfrontVC looking to invest in passionate entrepreneurs
 

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

 

 

Lauren Rinkey

 
Director, Global Brand Experiences/Adjunct Professor, Nike/USC Marshall School of Business 
 
Twitter bio: Global Director, Brand Experiences @Nike+ | Adjunct Professor @TheLeap1 @USC | All About Good Vibes + Eats + Music + Design + Travel + Innovation + Impact

More gold from @GaryVee: Reframing the Narrative on Entrepreneurship https://t.co/vOseP5PW31

— Lauren Rinkey (@LaurenRinkey) April 26, 2016

 

 

Ismail Elshareef

 
Vice President, Open Platform and Innovation, TicketMaster 
 
Twitter bio: At peace when surfing or on my bike. Love to travel. Engineer. Advisor. Speaker. Surfer. Cyclist. Open Platform at @Ticketmaster. Tweets are my own.
 

Look who came to visit us at @Ticketmaster! Yeah, that's how we roll ;) #kittens #love #kittylove pic.twitter.com/dQwTUhNKMk

— Ismail Elshareef (@ielshareef) May 24, 2016

 

 

Loren Rochelle

Co-founder, Nom. 
 
Twitter bio: Co-Founder @thisisnomdotco. Forbes #30under30. Good Scotch and Donuts are the way to my heart. *Thoughts expressed here are my own.
 

I just backed Secret Sauce: The Ultimate Growth Hacking & Marketing Guide on @Kickstarter https://t.co/UpLFSgR0Yx cc: @vincentdignan <3

— Loren Rochelle (@lorenrochelle) May 10, 2016
 

 

Kyle Hill

 
CEO, HomeHero 
 
Twitter bio: CEO at @HomeHero and previously @Flowtab. Board at @PomonaCollege. Forbes 30/30 in Healthcare. Bona fide aesthete and triathlete. #GoBucks
 

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

 

 

Justin Choi

 
CEO & Founder, Nativo & Cie Games
 
Twitter bio: Founder and CEO: Nativo - Cofounder: Cie Games, Cie Digital Labs
 
 

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

 

 

Amanda MacNaughton

 
Co-Founder/Head of Product Marketing, PromoJam (formerly)/Deluxe Corporation 
 
Twitter bio: Co-Founder of @PromoJam Social Marketing Platform, Head of Product Marketing at @deluxecorp

Twitter Falls Behind in Terms of Mobile Engagement | Statista https://t.co/isPi0xabvR via @StatistaCharts

— Amanda MacNaughton (@AmandaMalia) April 7, 2016

 

 

Jaclyn Johnson

 
Founder, Create Cultivate 
 
Twitter bio: Founder of creatively-driven marketing, influencer + events agency @NosubjectLA & Brains behind @CreateCultivate! #forbes30u30

6 genius, goal-crushing tips from super successful female entrepreneurs via @WellandGoodNYC https://t.co/8mKq2CIidR

— Jaclyn Johnson (@JaclynRJohnson) May 5, 2016

 

 

Tony Knopp

 
Founder & CEO, InviteManager (formerly TicketManager) 
 
Twitter bio: Founder & CEO - @InviteManager via @aegworldwide - @stubhub - @ebay Contributor: @USAToday, @Forbes, @Yahoo!, @INC, @Entrepreneur. Mental Health Supporter

Very unlikely I have any common interests with Coachella lambo guy https://t.co/chFSW03tOW

— Tony Knopp (@tonyknopp) April 20, 2016

 

 

Richard Rosenblatt

 
CEO & founder, WhipClip & Demand Media 
 
Twitter bio: Internet entrepreneur. Let's talk business, social, and whatever is interesting; Now, I'm all about whipclip https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id926084959?mt=8 …

I love Twitter but trump must stop tweeting. Twitter, Trump's Trusty Weapon, Could Backfirehttps://t.co/xKUDVjp20Z

— Richard Rosenblatt (@demandrichard) May 18, 2016

 

 

Jim Andelman

 
Managing partner & co-founder, Rincon Venture Partners 
 
Twitter bio: Co-founder Rincon Venture Partners / decent skier / crappy climber
 

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

 

 

Howard Marks

 
Co-founder & angel investor, Activision & Startengine 
 
Twitter bio: Co-founder @Activision ($35B market cap) & Founder of @startenginela. An Equity #crowdfunding platform based in LA. Investor in 60+ startups. Tweet at me.
 

I just published “Dude, where is my Startup ?” https://t.co/Vaud1CSxxJ

— Howard Marks (@howardmarks) May 24, 2016

 

 

Kerry Bennett

 
Head of Marketing, Upfront Ventures 
 
Twitter bio: Head of Marketing, @upfrontvc. Formerly: @DogVacay, @HauteLook. I never don't believe in brand building.

Game changing products for a real problem https://t.co/kZvxKmvktT

— Kerry Bennett (@KerryKB) May 19, 2016

 

 

Matt Joseph

 
CEO, Locent 
 
Twitter bio: Founder of Locent. Learning by doing.
 
 

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

 

 

Lucy Guo

 
Product Designer, Snapchat
 
Twitter bio: Product Designer @Snapchat. Formerly @Quora @Facebook @EndlessMobile. CMU dropout.

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

 

 

Mike Williams

 
Founder, YoRoomie/Thinkbox.io
 
Twitter bio: Building @Thinkboxmakes (makers of @studiotimeio @yoroomieapp @joinseedly). Past CEO @CodeityHQ (acquired 2015).

Taking funding is entering into a performance contract

— Mike Williams (@Yoroomie) April 26, 2016

 

 

Nanxi Liu

 
CEO, Enplug 
 
Twitter bio: CEO @Enplug, modern digital signage software. Founder of Nanoly Bioscience. Forbes 30 Under 30.
 

My driver in #Milan: "I want #Obama as our president! Our president gets nothing done!" #Italy #Perspective #GrassIsAlwaysGreener

— Nanxi Liu (@nanxi_liu) May 19, 2016

 

 

Tara Roth

 
President, Goldhirsh Foundation 
 
Twitter bio: President @GoldhirshFdn @LA2050 founding team member @GOOD San Francisco Native/Proud Angeleno

Although #knowledgeecon is the future, only 1/4 schools offer comp sci & only 1/5 comp sci college grads are women https://t.co/OlzXz6RbYC

— Tara Roth (@taranellroth) May 20, 2016

 

 

Greg Bettinelli

 
Partner, Upfront Ventures
 
Twitter bio: #LongLA. Partner @UpfrontVC. Advisor FreemanSpogli. Co-founder MuckerLab. Former CMO @HauteLook (now @Nordstrom), @eBay, @StubHub @LiveNation.

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

 

 

Natalie Diver

CEO, Boss Babe 
 
Twitter bio: Explorer | Creator | Entrepreneur... Founder of @omgdetox / CEO at @teambossbabe / Blogger at theKonfidential ❤️ British & Living in Los Angeles.

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

 

 

Eric Willis

 
Co-Founder, Chatmunk 
 
Twitter bio: founder @chatmunk #1 ranked hunter & mod at Product Hunt.

 

I just published “How Unbundling Twitter and Launching Topic-Based Communities Will Win.” https://t.co/TTQNaVKmJC

— Eric Willis (@erictwillis) February 17, 2016

 

 

Michael Heyward

CEO & co-founder, Whisper 
 
Twitter bio: CEO @whisper / Co-Founder @yourvoiceorg
 
 
 

Epic experience @sequoia basecamp this weekend. Thank you @roelofbotha @jimgoetz @schreier @Alfred_Lin pic.twitter.com/35Ia9oH4uU

— Michael Heyward (@michaelheywire) May 15, 2016

 

 

Jonathan Zweig

Founder, Ad Colony/AppOnboard 
 
Twitter bio: Founder of Inc 500 @AdColony - Sold to @Opera now launching @AppOnboardInc in Private Beta
 

UCLA scientists explore using virtual reality for diagnoses, surgeries | Daily Bruin #VR #UCLA @vrlosangeles https://t.co/cyig7Qpu6D

— AdColony Founder (@bruinengineer) April 2, 2016
 

 

 

Garrett Reim

 
Tech Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal 
 
Twitter bio: Tech Reporter for the Los Angeles Business Journal (@LABJnews) Send pitches to: [email protected] Views are my own.

Global Eagle Buys Satellite Communications Firm for $550M https://t.co/jAaswbtIC2 via @LABJTech

— Garrett Reim (@garrettreim) May 11, 2016

 

 

Jim Gilliam

 
CEO & 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 Cicoletti

 
Founder, Ms. Cheat Sheet 
 
Twitter 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 Mitsopoulos

 
COO, Broadvoice 
 
Twitter bio: Chief Operating Officer @Broadvoice | @IKANO | @DSLExtreme | @PhonePower | Snapchat: gmitsopoulos

Silicon Valley CEO shares why he prefers hiring @SantaClaraUniv students versus @Stanford studentshttps://t.co/K14LnyFKDD

— George Mitsopoulos (@gmitsopoulos) May 22, 2016

 

 

Reagan Sirengo

 
Managing Partner/UX Designer, Userbrite/Edmunds 
 
Twitter bio: Managing Partner at Userbrite LLC and UX Designer at http://Edmunds.com . We make digital experiences worth experiencing

Well said
https://t.co/5LbpGDm4P0

— Reagan Sirengo (@ReaganSirengo) April 7, 2016

 

 

George Strompolos

 
CEO & founder, Fullscreen 
 
Twitter 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 Mullins

 
CEO & founder, DAQRI 
 
Twitter bio: Founder and CEO of DAQRI, where everyday I work alongside the most awesome team of people changing the way we interact with technology.

Had fun presenting #augmentedreality at #NSW16! Plus @ZachNelson, I think that helmet really suits you. #DAQRI https://t.co/m4bEqzXqEJ

— Brian Mullins (@mrlaserbeam) May 17, 2016

 

Jonathan Eppers

 
 
CEO, 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 Hemeon

CEO & Founder, Design Inc. 
 

Twitter bio: CEO & Founder of @designinc

 

 

@zachinglis we are tackling a different way for creatives to thrive with @designinc - i think resentment causes burnout, not long hours.

— Marc Hemeon (@hemeon) May 24, 2016
 

 

Corinne Crockett

Director of Marketing, Thrive Market 
 
Twitter bioDir. of Marketing, @THRIVEmkt. Instructor @GA, @SMWLA. @EllevateLA BOD. @UCLA alum.
 

We're on CBS This Morning!! Thrive Market aims to make natural products more affordable https://t.co/By3R2eNxPV @thrivemkt #letsthrive

— Corinne Crockett (@corinnecrockett) May 11, 2016
 

 

Ryan Prust

 
Partner, rhubarb studios 
 

Twitter bio: partner @_rhubarbstudios. hockey coach @LAjrKings. man bun connoisseur.

 

Check out Pershing Square Renew and add your feedback. I just took the SWA | Morphosis survey! https://t.co/PMG4DHXFvJ

— Prust, Ryan (@PrustRyan) May 5, 2016

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