Top 65 Women Business Influencers

Top 79 Chief Technology Officers

Featuring the brightest and most innovative Chief Executive Officers today.

Our content team spent an entire month to create the list. We used a metric called True Reach, devised by Klear, to determine on average, how many people view a single post across all social media platforms. While that was our guiding metric, we also included overall influencer rating, total audience size, and engagement score, to paint a full picture of each of our influencers. We hope you find this document useful, and take heed to some of the messages that our influencers have taken to heart themselves.

Top 5 Chief Technology Officers

Bill Gates
1

John Carmack

One man in particular is almost wholly responsible for the boom—a quirky, skinny, programmer extraordinaire named John Carmack. In 1993, Carmack and his peers at id Software revolutionized gaming when they introduced Doom, a state-of-the-art video game with a technology that allowed a player to be a very real part of the action. Suddenly, video games went from cult use to mainstream, and users clamored for more. Carmack and company responded by releasing Quake, Quake II, and Doom 2. In the summer of 2004 the much-anticipated Doom 3 was launched, and within months had sold more than one million copies. Carmack has legions of fans who view him as a coder supreme, but he also has critics who denounce his games because they are perceived as ultra-violent. The techie from Texas, however, cares little about public opinion. He lives and breathes computers and is always looking for the next challenge. As one of his coworkers commented to the Dallas Morning News, “The things that motivate John are the things that put him out on the edge of discovery.” Carmack’s next frontier: Space.

TRUE REACH
165,427
INFLUENCE
93/100
AUDIENCE
829,494
2

Dharmesh Shah

Dharmesh Shah is the founder of HubSpot, a venture-backed software startup. HubSpot offers the industry’s first inbound marketing system for small businesses. The software is available as a hosted service. He was Popular blog for startups with over 25,000 subscribers world-wide.There are 140,000+ members in the OnStartups LinkedIn group: http://linkedin.onstartups.com. He is the founder and CEO of Pyramid Digital Solutions, an enterprise software startup in the financial services sector.Pyramid was acquired by SunGard Business Systems, an $11 billion technology company, in August, 2005. He was also a software developer at FIS.

TRUE REACH
69,191
INFLUENCE
91/100
AUDIENCE
396,322
3

Mike Krieger

Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger started Instagram in mid-2010, and both designed & developed the application. He spent the last few years scaling the Instagram engineering team into a 50+ person organization, now within FB. He has also worked as User Experience Designer and Engineer at Meebo, Inc. There he Prototyped & tested several new products. Later transitioned to designing & developing the internal & external stats and visualization tools for their partners. He also worked as advising fellow at Symbolic system Program and Oral Communications Tutor at Stanford University. He delivered One-on-one sessions with students who have upcoming presentations in their classes, as well as class visits to explain broader points about Oral Communications. Also, through this position and his work at Microsoft, He has been been invited to speak at Oral Communications-centered courses on the art and science of visual aids and effective use of slideware. He has done his education from Stanford University.

TRUE REACH
59,372
INFLUENCE
94/100
AUDIENCE
845,764
4

David Heinemeier Hansson

Mr. David Heinemeier Hansson is a Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Basecamp, LLC. Mr. Hansson has been working with the Net with varying levels of success since 1996 in the fields of game journalism, marketing, project management, design and development. In July 2004, he released the framework Rails (also known as Ruby on Rails). In 2010, Jason Fried and Mr. Hansson wrote REWORK - a new business book. He was born in 1979 in Copenhagen, Denmark. After he graduated from Copenhagen Business School in 2005, he moved to Chicago, USA. He was a partner in 37signals. The company behind Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Writeboard, and Ta-da List. They run a popular weblog at Signal vs Noise. He is also the creator the web-application framework Ruby on Rails. The infrastructure software that they use to build all their applications at 37signals. For the work on Rails, he won Best Hacker of the Year 2005at OSCON from Google and O’Reilly. And in 2006, he accepted the Jolt award of product excellence for Rails 1.0. Similarly, for the work on Rails, he’ve been featured on the cover of LinuxJournal and in the pages of Wired, Business 2.0, Chicago Tribune, and other publications.

TRUE REACH
48,666
INFLUENCE
93/100
AUDIENCE
285,410
5

Werner Vogels

Werner Vogels is an engineer, architect, scientist, programmer, troublemaker, executive, revisionist, investor, mentor, advisor, analyst, academic, sales guy, entrepreneur, data analyst, system administrator, product owner, evangelist, debater, father, musician and biker. And he likes building things that need to get big. Whether that is technology or a business, He is interested how to scale them. He believe in democratizing business creation, simplifying operation and driving innovation by providing a low cost, scalable and reliable infrastructure that can be acquired on-demand with a pay-as-you-go pricing model, and that is available to everyone. He is proud to be involved with Amazon Web Services and that they have been able to help young businesses around the globe get off the ground and that they are helping large enterprises break free from the lock-in of traditional enterprise hardware and software vendors. He don’t deal well with bullshit and incompetence.

TRUE REACH
17,307
INFLUENCE
88/100
AUDIENCE
228,791

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