Between meetings and signing the next million dollar deal, there’s no better place for an entrepreneur to stay relevant and connected than on Twitter. Leaders, entrepreneurs, radio personalities and a kid (think Justin Bieber but younger) are some of the people who I reckon are worth following on Twitter. Proudly South African and guaranteed to make a mark on your timeline:
1. Michael Jordaan – @michaeljordaan
Praised as the Steve Jobs of banking, Michael is the CEO of First National Bank.
2. Mike Sharman – @mikesharman
The hottest thing in digital communication. He is the owner of Retroviral Digital Communications.
3. Vusi Thembekwayo – @VusiSpeaker
Businessman, public speaker and entrepreneur.
4. Elon Musk – @elonmusk
Best known for founding SpaceX and for co-founding Tesla Motors and PayPal. If you need inspiration as a South African entrepreneur, then look no further, this guy is changing the world – literally.
5. Mike Stopforth – @mikestopforth
CEO of Cerebra, social media speaker and business lecturer.
6. Gareth Cliff – @GarethCliff
Opinionated 5FM radio presenter.
7. Michael Eilertsen – @MikeEilertsen
A dynamic and young entrepreneur. CEO of the LIVEOUTLOUD Group.
8. Geoffrey Gordon – @geoffreygordon
Web entrepreneur, technical geek and artist who tweets about social media.
9. Rebecca Enonchong – @africatechie
Rebecca tweets and blogs about technology, start-ups and current affairs in Africa.
10. Grant Nash – @grantnash
Ex radio personality and now entrepreneur. Grant is launching a new project in June. Follow him and stay updated.
11. Rob Stokes – @robstokes
Internet entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Quirk and former Chairman of the Silicon Cape.
12. Erik Kruger – @erickruger
Internet entrepreneur and blogger. Always amazed by the great content he finds and shares.
13. Vinny Lingham – @VinnyLingham
Internet entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Yola Inc. and co-founder of SilconCape.com
14. Adii Pienaar – @adii
Entrepreneur, cofounder of WooThemes, new father and blogger. Speaks and blogs about entrepreneurship, startups and technology.
15. Matthew Buckland – @matthewbuckland
Tech entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Creative Spark, a web consultancy, and technology analysis site Memeburn.
16. Albe Geldenhuys – @AlbeGeldenhuys
USN founder & CEO. I’m always inspired by his tweets.
17. Helen Zille – @helenzille
Leader of South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance and current Premier of the Western Cape.
18. Aki Anastasiou – @AkiAnastasiou
Radio Presenter and tech junky.
19. Nico Baird – @nicobaird
Web entrepreneur, researcher, educator and blogger.
20. Caspar Lee – @caspar_lee
Ok, here’s the kid I was telling you about. 19 years old and from Knysna, this youngster is a vlogger with an international following. 500k followers on Twitter and millions of views on YouTube. As an entrepreneur, I don’t see you retweeting any of his tweets but follow this sassy, delinquent teenager and learn how to dominate social media.
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Ps. I invested in a new business in February. In March we launched, last month we broke even and we are projecting a profit for this month. I’m thinking of doing a blog series on how we did this and how you can too – the A – Z of starting a business in South Africa. Let me know if you would be interested.