Aaron famously dropped out of college to launch box in 2005, living off instant noodles and Spaghettios as he grew the cash strapped startup. Fast forward 13 years and box is a billion dollar company with over 1000 employees.
Best known for founding reddit and hipmunk, being a best selling author and now focussed on investment through initialized. On a mission to make the world suck less!
Andy is best known for revolutionising the semiconductor industry helping Intel to become the largest manufacture of semiconductors. Time magazine has previously named him man of the year and he's authored two fantastic books, most notably, High output management.
After 10 years of investing on Wall Street in the health care space, Anne witnessed first hand the incentives people were given to treat the sick rather than prevent a disease. This gave her the drive to change the way we think about health care , focussing on prevention rather than treatment, with a genetic testing company, 23andMe.
One of silicon valleys most respected and experienced entrepreneurs. Involved in the early days of Netscape where he met Marc Andreessen and then AOL after Netscape was acquired. To say he's done it all would be a huge understatement. He provides a wealth of advice on running startups and authored one of the must read books for any entrepreneur.
Best known for being the craig in craiglist!
Dave has built a whole bunch of cool products (check out his website) and is best known for his contribution to scripting and content management. He blogged before anyone knew what blogging was and can be found writing a lot on Scripting news
David is probably best known for creating the Ruby on rails framework as well as the co-founder of Basecamp, formerly 37 Signals. A little known fact about him is that he's also driven in the endurance race, 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Best known for starting CDBaby which initially started as a hobby to sell his own music CD's as well as other local bands. Has since released books, TED talks and his personal site is an incredible source of information and advice.
Gina is the go to person to learn about building better networks. She has some fantastic talks on YouTube and has featured on a whole bunch of great podcasts. Currently the co-founder of Mighty networks but is probably best known for co-founding one of the largest online social communities, ning.com alongside Marc Andreessen.
Guy is an author, entrepreneur, investor and speaker with an impressive resume. He's written 13 books Author, create top tools like alltop.com and directly advised companies such as Evernote and Canva.
Jason is best known for founding Basecamp (37 Signals) as well as co-authoring 3 of the best books in the tech space Getting real, Remote: Office not require and Rework. He's a frequent writer on medium too, well worth checking out.
Joel is a prolific entrepreneur, involved in two of the most used projects on the internet for techies, Trello and the Stack exchange network. He's written over 1000 articles on development, business and management providing a wealth of resources.
Julia co-founded Eventbrite in 2006 and is one of the most recognized female leaders in technology. Prior to Evenbrite, Julia started her career on MTV, heavily contributing to the TV show, Jackass.
Kara is a well known technology journalist, previously of the Wall Street Journal before co-founding Recode.net a Silicon valley focussed tech news site covering a wealth of topics with advice from some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in the world.
One of the most interesting people you can read about. Has written a number of best selling books and a knack for accurately predicting the future! He writes shed load of good stuff all over the web and is well worth a listen on every podcast he's ever been on.
Best known for co-founding Digg in 2004 as well as the co-host on the American tv show Screensavers. Kevin was a partner at Google ventures and invested in companies like medium. He also has his own podcast over at kevinrose.com
Lynda is best known for co-founding Lynda.com in 1995 which was eventually acquired by LinkedIn for an estimated $1.5billion in 2015. She is also the author the the very first book on web design, 'Designing Web Graphics'.
Marc has co-founded a whole bunch of products including mosaic, essentially the worlds first web browser and netscape which was eventually acquired by AOL in a $4.2B stock deal! Not to mention he was also a seed investor in Facebook! He's well worth reading up about, especially some of his older articles, some of which are linked below.
In 2014, Marcela co-founded the concierge service that pairs up busy professionals with personal assistants to handle all of their errands like cleaning, washing and similar. Quote a I like from Marcela is "Life is too short not to design for wha you want"
Back in 1999 Martha co-founded lastminute.com which went public in 2000 and was eventually acquired by Sabre holdings (Travelocity) in 2005 for around £600mil. Since then Martha has become a cross bench peer at the house of lords, Chancellor of the Open University and a member of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy. Quite an impressive CV!
Mathilde, originally from Paris, moved her entire startup and 17 people to Silicon Valley after gaining funding from Y Combinator. This gave them the platform to work closer with their US customers and develop into an enterprise shared inbox for teams.
Mena is best known for co-founding Six Apart, the software company behind TypePad and moveable type. Apparently the name 6 Apart was inspired by the fact that her and her ex husband and co-founder were born 6 days apart.
I first came across Nathan Barry when he launched his series of articles called he Web App challenge. These were the start of a product known as ConvertKit which now has an MRR of over $1,000,000! Nathan has shared his journey on his personal blog as well as podcasts, books and at a number of conferences.
Paul Graham is a prolific author, programmer and writer who attracted over 35million views on his personal website in 2015. Along with his wife Jessica Livingston, he co-founded Y-Combinator, a new kind of startup incubator that has directly helped some of the most well name tech companies around today.
Pete founded Mashable when he was just 19! It is now one of the most visited blogs worldwide, providing a wealth of information across the tech industry. Mashable regularly exceeds 40 million views a month and has over 100 employees. Around 2016, Mashable hit problems with profitability and has since been looking to sell the company, most likely for a fraction of the value from just a few years ago.
Best known for founding Treehouse, one of the early online learning platforms for developers. He also ran carsonified who ran events for web developers all over the world. Seems like a super humble characters passionate about making learning accessible and affordable for everyone.
So much to say about Seth. He's an entrepreneur, marketeer, incredible speaker and prolific author, including 18 best selling books. His books, blogs, podcasts and workshops provide an incredible amount of value you absolutely have to check him out.
Possibly one of the most well known on this list. American inventor and co-founder of Apple. He has helped influence the computing industry with his design of the Apple I and Apple II, the first generation of Apple personal computers. He's been involved in a whole bunch of stuff and is always churning out great advice in podcasts, blogs and talks.
Not many people know that the name slack actually stands for "Searchable Log of All Communication and Knowledge". A name Stewart came up with after a late night of thinking. It was just meant to be a code name but can see why it stuck! Stewart is an inspiring person to follow, definitely checkout some of his interviews, he's got some great advice.
Tom is most recently known for co-founding Monzo, the app only bank which dubs itself as the bank for people who don't like banks!
Tony Fadell is dubbed one of the fathers of the ipod with his work on the first generation iPod between 2006 and 2008. After Apple, he founded Nest labs along with another former apple colleague which produced 'smart' thermastats and that were programmable and controlled through your wifi.