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51 Top SaaS CEOs You Should Follow 27 January 2016 | Piotr Koczorowski

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  1. Brian Halligan, Hubspot
  2. Steward Butterfield, Slack
  3. Tod Sacerdoti, BrightRoll
  4. Steli Efti, Close.io
  5. Kayvon Beykpour, Periscope
  6. Tom Górski, SaaSGenius
  7. Joel Gascoigne, Buffer
  8. Eoghan McCabe, Intercom
  9. Peter Reinhardt, Segment.io
  10. Marc Benioff, Salesforce
  11. Leandro Faria, SaaSMetrics
  12. Guy Nirpaz, Totango
  13. Zach Nelson, NetSuite
  14. Frank Slootman, ServiceNow
  15. Jonathan Bush, athenahealth
  16. Steve Singh, Concur
  17. Tarek Sherif, Medidata
  18. Tobias Lütke, Shopify
  19. Aneel Bhusri, Workday
  20. Phil Fernandez, Marketo
  21. Mikkel Svane, Zendesk
  22. Drew Houston, Dropbox
  23. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn
  24. Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian
  25. Phil Libin, Evernote
  26. Chris Wanstrath, GitHub
  27. Daniel Saks, AppDirect
  28. Patrick Salyer, Gigya
  29. Corey Thomas, Rapid7
  30. Sid Banerjee, Clarabridge
  31. Marcin Treder, UXPin
  32. Greg Pietruszynski, Growbots
  33. Brian Kelly, KISSMetrics
  34. Michał Sadowski, Brand24
  35. Rick Perreault, Unbounce
  36. Kamil Rejent, Survicate
  37. Alex Turnbull, GrooveHQ
  38. Richard White, UserVoice
  39. Matthew Bellows, Yesware
  40. Bartosz Mozyrko, UsabilityTools
  41. Paras Chopra, Wingify
  42. Mariusz Cieply, LiveChat
  43. Jan Zając, Sotrender
  44. Suhail Doshi, Mixpanel
  45. Uzi Shmilovici, BaseCRM
  46. Joanna Drabent, Prowly
  47. Nate Bolt, Ethnio
  48. Paul Veuhen, Human.co
  49. Sean Ellis, GrowthHackers
  50. Dan Siroker, Optimizely
  51. Marc Van Agteren, Usabilla

Welcome to People You Should Follow!

The last week of January brings the next part in our series – CEOs of great SaaS startups and companies.

Those people achieved a lot and currently rule the market – they are the best source of insights for all entrepreneurs and CEO-to-be's.  We've focused on experts from the fields of marketing, analytics, tech, healthcare and similar – if this is your niche, you're in for a treat.

If you are aiming high, start following these 51 Top SaaS CEOs You Should Follow.

We prepared a handy list on the left – use it to navigate the list! Remember, this is not a ranking – everyone is equally important.

Brian Halligan

Brian Halligan

CEO at HubSpot

Brian Halligan is co-founder and CEO of HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot, Brian was a venture partner at Longworth Ventures and a VP of sales at Groove Networks, which was later acquired by Microsoft.

He has authored two books, Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead and Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs which he co-wrote with Dharmesh Shah.

   

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Steward Butterfield

Steward Butterfield

Boss at Slack Technologies, Inc.

Entrepreneur, designer & technologist. See the internet at its most significant as a medium for human communication and interaction.

Founded Ludicorp (Latin, roughly, for "body of play") with the mission of creating new possibilities for communication and expression through play. Ended up with Flickr instead, but that worked too :)

   

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Tod Sacerdoti

Tod Sacerdoti

VP, Display & Video Ad Products at Yahoo!​

I was the CEO & Founder of BrightRoll and joined Yahoo! as part of the acquisition. I am now responsible for driving product strategy and execution across a broader set of display and video ad products across all screens. I am still having fun, innovating and driving change.

   

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Steli Efti

Steli Efti

CEO at Close.io

"Steli is CEO and Co-Founder of Close.io (a platform that makes calls, sends emails, and conveniently automatically tracks all activity) and ElasticSales, where he helps thousands of startups succeed in scaling their sales efforts.

He is an alumni of Y Combinator (they helped making companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, 9gag, and more). His company has received funding from Spark Capital, SV Angel, Start Fund, and Omidyar Networks as well as several notable angel investors." – by ChrunchBase

   

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Kayvon Beykpour

Kayvon Beykpour

CEO & Co-founder at Periscope

In era of app fatigue, the breakout success of Periscope, a livestreaming video app launched in March, is rare. Within a week, the app captured a million registered users; in four months, it hit 10 million.

Beykpour, who previously led mobile for ed-tech firm Blackboard, says Periscope is popular because it teleports viewers into the raw, unfiltered action, be it the immediate aftermath of the April earthquake in Nepal, a backstage view of a Taylor Swift concert, or musings of a bored teenager. It didn’t hurt public intrigue that Twitter acquired Periscope for a rumored $100 million before it even launched.

Beykpour, who manages his team of 24 in a separate San Francisco office away from Twitter’s headquarters, says Periscope’s mission hasn’t changed since the deal: “In its most successful carnation, [Periscope] builds empathy and truth.” – by Fortune.com

   

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Tom Górski

Tom Górski

Co-Founder & CEO of SaaSGenius

I am an Entrepreneur, SaaS Growth Expert, and Inbound Marketing Consultant.

I have been named one of top marketing influencers on the Polish web by Whitepress, and called one of the best growth hackers by Medium. To date, my biggest accomplishment is achieving 4500% growth for one of my clients over a three­year period.

My career spans over 12 years of developing and implementing online marketing, SEO and conversion optimization campaigns. To date, I have cooperated with over 150 businesses representing more than 30 industries, including IT, finances, health & fitness, education and construction. I have catered for the needs of businesses of various sizes, including startups, non-profits, and even Fortune 500 companies.

I design creative marketing campaigns aimed at elevating brand awareness, improving customer loyalty and customer retention. My key goal is to drive more traffic and generate more leads, while simultaneously reducing overhead and improving ROI. In 2012, I have generated more than $12 Million dollars for one of the biggest fitness companies through advanced SEO synergized with effective social media campaigns.

Given that some traditional SEO techniques are now becoming redundant, I believe a different approach must be considered. I believe Inbound Marketing is exactly what we need – as a form focused on synergy of many marketing activities, it is bound to bring about positive changes in marketing worldwide. It is therefore my aim to popularize it as widely as possible.

   

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Joel Gascoigne

Joel Gascoigne

Co-founder and CEO of Buffer, AngelPad Alum, Blogger, Speaker, Advisor.

I'm a startup guy & full stack hacker, turned CEO.

Current focus is Buffer, a new way to share great content across social networks. I took the concept from idea to revenue in 7 weeks of evenings and weekends from my bedroom. Now we're a team of 18 and we have 1.2M users sharing over 2M social posts per week.

I also love to advise others and share my experience where it can help. I blog at http://joel.is and regularly meet with startup founders to help with challenges.

   

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Eoghan McCabe

Eoghan McCabe

CEO at  at Intercom

I run Intercom, a technology company headquartered in San Francisco.

We’re building a simple platform for web and mobile businesses to communicate with their customers. Our mission is to make Internet business personal. We have nearly 8,000 paying customers including HootSuite, Yahoo!, Rackspace, New Relic, Shopify, Trunk Club.

Our team is 200+ ex Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Atlassian, Box, Adobe folks. We’ve raised $66M in venture capital from The Social+Capital Partnership, Bessemer Venture Partners, and ICONIQ Capital.

We’re always hiring in product, engineering, marketing, sales, finance, operations, and analytics. Join us!

   

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Peter Reinhardt

Peter Reinhardt

CEO and Co-founder at Segment

At Segment our mission is to make using customer data a joy. Our customer data hub makes it easy for companies to collect all their customer data and send it wherever they need at the flick of a switch.

It gives companies flexibility in the tools they use, and saves them an enormous amount of engineering time, and eliminates time vetting, evaluating and implementing new vendors. We work with companies like LiveNation, TheKnot, Angie's List and Rd.io to make data collection easy and painless. We're The Last Integration You'll Ever Do.

In the past I studied mathematics and aerospace engineering. Among other things, I've written code to run microsatellites and analyze rock chemistry. I would love to go to space some day.

And I love cheese.

   

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Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff

ceo@salesforce.com

Shareholders didn't seem to mind when Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, failed to reach a deal to sell to Microsoft in the spring of 2015. The cloud software firm''s stock price surged 18% from January through mid-September 2015. Benioff still owns more than 5% of the company he cofounded in 1999 (he's helmed it since 2001).

He also owns 13% of fitness tracking company Fitbit, which went public in June 2015. Benioff has also been making headlines for his activism. In the course of 2015, he opposed Indiana's controversial religious freedom law, urged South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from its statehouse and promised to review all Salesforce employees' salaries to ensure equal pay for men and women. He and his wife were early backers of Hillary Clinton, donating $50,000 to the Ready for Hillary PAC in November 2013.

Benioff spent 13 years at Oracle as a protege of Larry Ellison. When he tires of his two Pacific Heights mansions, he escapes to a sprawling estate in Hawaii. He's an angel investor in dozens of tech startups and a prolific philanthropist. – by Forbes

   

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Leandro Faria

Leandro Faria

CEO at Saasmetrics


CEO and Founder of Saasmetrics, a subscription analytics platform that helps company in 35+ countries to grow their businesses by giving valuable insights and keeping track of their business metrics automatically.

Leo is an expert on business development and B2B sales. Strong product and project management on an agile approach. Technical background on web based services, applications and analytics.

Currently shares his knowledge and thoughts on SaaS at: http://blog.saasmetrics.co

Continuously involved on the tech startups scene and communities. Passionate innovator, entrepreneur and startups enthusiast.

Frequent speaker on technology and entrepreneurship events.

   

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Totango

Guy Nirpaz

Totango – CEO and Founder

I'm driven by the possibilities technology offers to improve the way people do business. Currently I'm focused on SaaS and how to help SaaS companies become successful, as I believe cloud computing enables SaaS which enables affordable and improved services for people.

   

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Zach Nelson

Zach Nelson

President and Chief Executive Officer at NetSuite, Inc.

Zach Nelson is an accomplished software industry executive and visionary with more than 20 years of leadership experience. His career began with executive positions in marketing, sales, product development and business strategy at some of the most influential and innovative technology companies, including Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and McAfee.

CEO of NetSuite since 2002, Nelson led the company's successful IPO in 2007 and its rise from startup to a slate of over 6,600 active customers. Under Nelson's leadership, NetSuite has grown substantially year-over-year to become one of the industry's leading cloud computing companies. He was named one of the 10 Visionary CEOs of 2008 by InternetNews.com. Nelson holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University.

   

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Frank Slootman

Frank Slootman

President/CEO, ServiceNow

Frank Slootman joined in May 2011 and currently serves as ServiceNow’s President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director. Prior to this, Slootman served as a partner with Greylock Partners from January 2011 to April 2011, and served as an advisor to EMC Corporation from January 2011 to February 2012. From July 2009 to January 2011, he served as President of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC.

From July 2003 to July 2009, Slootman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Data Domain, Inc., which was acquired by EMC in 2009. Prior to joining Data Domain, Slootman served as an executive at Borland Software Corporation from June 2000 to June 2003. From March 1993 to June 2000, Slootman held consecutive general management positions for two enterprise software divisions of Compuware Corporation. Slootman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the Netherlands School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

   

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Jonathan Bush

Jonathan Bush

CEO and Co-founder at athenahealth

Jonathan Bush is Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of athenahealth, Inc. He co-founded the Company in 1997 and took it public in 2007 in the most successful initial public offering that year. Today, athenahealth remains one of the health care information technology industry's fastest growing companies.

Given his vision for an information infrastructure that makes health care work as it should, Bush is focused on creating a true, win-win marketplace that enables a broad and efficient exchange of health information.

   

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Steve Singh

Steve Singh

CEO at Concur Technologies

Steve Singh is CEO of Concur Technologies, Inc., and a member of the Global Managing Board of SAP SE. He has served as CEO of Concur since 1996 and was named to the  Global Managing Board of SAP SE in January 2015.

Under Steve’s leadership, Concur has become the leader of the multi-billion-dollar market for travel and expense (T&E) management solutions. Steve and Concur have garnered a wide range of recognition, both within the corporate travel industry and throughout the broader technology community. In December 2014 Concur was acquired by SAP, extending the SAP business network with leading cloud-based solutions for innovative and effortless T&E management.

   

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Tarek Sherif

Tarek Sherif

CEO at Medidata Solutions

A founder of Medidata Solutions, Tarek has served as CEO since 2001 and chairman since 2009. Including Medidata’s successful public offering in 2009, Tarek has led Medidata from startup to becoming the leading global provider of cloud-based solutions to the life science industry and one of the largest public technology companies founded in New York City.

Medidata is the global leader in collecting and managing clinical trial data and supports trials in more than 120 countries, while defining the vertical cloud company business model. Medidata’s mission is to power smarter treatments and healthier people.

   

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Tobias Lütke

Tobias Lütke

CEO at Shopify

Tobias Lütke is CEO and co-founder of Shopify, the marquee shopping cart system of the e-commerce industry. As a programmer Tobi has served on the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created many popular open source libraries such as the Typo weblog engine, Liquid and Active Merchant.

   

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Aneel Bhusri

Aneel Bhusri

CEO at Workday

A steady top 20 Midas lister, Aneel Bhusri is an advisory partner at Greylock Partners and the full-time CEO of Workday, a cloud enterprise software firm he cofounded in 2005. After some high profile investment failures during the dot-com era, Bhusri notched big returns at Greylock in 2007 when storage software outfit PolyServe sold to Hewlett-Packard for $200 million, and OutlookSoft was acquired by SAP.

Some of his current investments at Greylock include Cloudera, Domo, Okta, ServiceNow, Zuora, and Pure Storage. Bhusri is the only VC to have cofounded and taken a multi-billion dollar company public while also working as a venture capitalist. Bhusri has been with Greylock since 1999. Workday went public in 2012. Bhusri is also a current Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Bhusri serves on the board of Tipping Point Community, which works to eradicate poverty in the Bay Area, and recently started working with the Harlem Children's Zone. – by Forbes

   

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Phil Fernandez

Phil Fernandez

Chairman & CEO at Marketo, Inc.

30-year Silicon Valley entrepreneur, with a focus on the intersection of technology and marketing, and in interest in high-velocity distribution models.

Co-founder and CEO of Marketo (www.marketo.com). Built the company from zero to one of the top IPOs of 2013 over 7 years. Secret sauce: truly great and innovative product, combined with relentless go-to-market execution.

   

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Mikkel Svane

Mikkel Svane

CEO at Zendesk

Mikkel Svane is the CEO and founder of Zendesk. He has served as CEO and a member of the board of directors since August 2007. He was appointed Chair of the board of directors in January 2014.

He started the company with Morten Primdahl and Alexander Aghassipour to make great customer service available to everyone and create software that people love to use. Today, he leads Zendesk’s global operations and business strategy with those same goals in mind. 

   

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Drew Houston

Drew Houston

CEO at Dropbox

Drew Houston is CEO and Co-Founder of Dropbox, and has led Dropbox's growth from a simple idea to a service used by millions around the world.Before founding Dropbox, Drew received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 2006. He took a quick leave from school to form Accolade, an online SAT prep startup, and also worked as a software engineer at various startups.

After graduating, Drew was endlessly frustrated by carrying USB drives and emailing himself files. In early 2007, he teamed up with fellow MIT student Arash Ferdowsi and the two began working on the project that would eventually become Dropbox.In 2012, Drew was named to MIT Technology Review’s TR35 list honoring the world’s top innovators under 35. He was also included in Fortune’s “40 Under 40. – by ChrunchBase

   

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Jeff Weiner

Jeff Weiner

CEO at LinkedIn

Internet executive with over 20 years of experience, including general management of mid to large size organizations, corporate development, product development, business operations, and strategy.

Currently CEO at LinkedIn, the web's largest and most powerful network of professionals.

Prior to LinkedIn, was an Executive in Residence at Accel Partners and Greylock Partners. Primarily focused on advising the leadership teams of the firm's existing consumer technology portfolio companies while also working closely with the firm’s partners to evaluate new investment opportunities.

Previously served in key leadership roles at Yahoo! for over seven years, most recently as the Executive Vice President of Yahoo!'s Network Division managing Yahoo's consumer web product portfolio, including Yahoo's Front Page, Mail, Search, and Media products.

   

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Mike Cannon-Brookes

Mike Cannon-Brookes

Co-founder/Co-CEO – Atlassian

I'm the co-founder and CEO of Atlassian Software Systems, an innovative, fast growing Australian software company attempting to 'upset' the enterprise software market with high quality, low price offerings.

Our products enable dynamic teams to work together more effectively, and complete knowledge projects efficiently in today's shifting workplace. Project management from two angles – Confluence, our team collaboration tool, from a 'textual' perspective and JIRA, our issue tracker, from a 'task driven' perspective.

I'm also an angel investor in Shoes of Prey, Ninjablocks and Tyro Payments, a Venture Partner at new Australian VC Blackbird Ventures and a mentor/investor at Startmate. 

 

   

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Phil Libin

Phil Libin

Partner at General Catalyst, co-founder and executive chairman of Evernote

Phil Libin is a General Partner at General Catalyst. Previously, he was the CEO of Evernote. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth.

Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world.

Previously, Phil was founder and CEO of Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation in early 2000, where he went on to serve as principal architect and chief technologist for applications. – By ChrunchBase

 

   

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Chris Wanstrath

Chris Wanstrath

CEO at GitHub

You may not have heard of GitHub, but you’ve likely used technology that was birthed, built, or tweaked on its network. The ultra-geeky tech platform is the world’s largest collection of public code and the de facto place where developers now collaborate.

Wanstrath describes it for a layperson as Facebook for tech projects. (“You log in, you’re connected to people, but instead of seeing photos of their baby, you see their code.”) Facebook itself has used GitHub. So have SAP, NASA and the White House. Wanstrath launched GitHub in 2008 with Tom Preston-Werner and P.J. Hyett, mostly as a way to see and tweak each other’s ongoing projects.

Now it has $350 million in funding, a $2 billion valuation, and 11 million active users. (It has also weathered a sexual harassment claim that led Preston-Werner to step down.) Wanstrath, who was the company’s initial CEO and returned to the role in January 2014, aims to “lower the barrier to entry” and make the site more accessible to those just learning how to code. After all, he says, the future of the world is software, and “that’s what GitHub is all about.” – By Fortune.com

   

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Daniel Saks

Daniel Saks

President & Co-CEO at AppDirect

Daniel Saks is the co-founder and co-CEO of AppDirect, the leading cloud marketplace company that is revolutionizing the way businesses find and use cloud-based software and services. Launched in 2009, AppDirect powers the marketplaces of trusted companies around the world, including Comcast, Staples, Deutsche Telekom, Rackspace, and more.

Driven by a passion for helping businesses succeed, Daniel is a strong advocate for cloud-based delivery and frequently advises Fortune 500 executives on SaaS distribution strategies and the cloud space. A recognized expert in cloud technologies, Daniel has spoken at numerous industry conferences, including CeBIT, the Cloud Computing World Forum, and CloudFair. In addition, he has contributed to a range of industry and general interest publications, including Inc., Forbes, Wired, Venture Beat, and the Cloud Computing Journal.

   

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Patrick Salyer

Patrick Salyer

CEO at Gigya

As chief executive officer, Patrick is responsible for Gigya's overall business strategy and day-to-day operations. Patrick previously held the position of Vice President of Strategy and Operations at Gigya, driving product strategy and operations as well as strategic partnerships. He was also instrumental in building and managing Gigya's high-performing sales organization. Patrick has also held positions at Gigya in business development and corporate sales, driving adoption of Gigya’s technology across more than 700 enterprise customers.

Gigya's Customer Identity Management Platform helps companies build better customer relationships by turning unknown site visitors into known, loyal and engaged customers. With Gigya's technology, businesses increase registrations and identify customers across devices, consolidate data into rich customer profiles and provide better service, products and experiences by integrating data into marketing and service applications.

   

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Corey Thomas

Corey Thomas

President & CEO at Rapid7

In addition to being President and CEO, Corey is also a member of the Rapid7 board of directors. He has more than 15 years of experience in leading companies to the next stage of growth and innovation.

His previous positions include VP of Marketing at Parallels, Inc., a virtualization technology company, Group Project Manager of the Microsoft Server and Tools division, launching the worldwide availability of SQL Server 2005 and steering product planning for Microsoft’s data platform, and a consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Corey received a B.E. in electrical engineering and computer science from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

   

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Sid Banerjee

Sid Banerjee

CEO at Clarabridge, Inc.

Founder, CEO, Claraview Inc. – (2001-2008) Founded and built a national Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing/Data Integration services firm that serves government and commercial enterprises. Sold Claraview to Teradata in March 2008.

Specialties: Clarabridge's Content Mining Platform taps into the 'voice of the customer' contained in blogs, surveys, calls, and other sources of customer feedback –creating a 360-degree view of consumers’ needs, emotions and desires.

Clarabridge transforms consumer feedback into business intelligence on products, services, competitors and consumer trends. Our solutions are used to guide marketing strategy, competitive strategy, product quality and deisgn, and customer service initiatives.

   

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Marcin Treder

Marcin Treder

CEO at UXPin

Marcin Treder, UXPin CEO, is a design enthusiast that literally lives for creating the best user experience possible. After years working as a UX Designer and UX Manager he focused on his own start-up, UXPin, which provides tools for UX Designers all over the world.

UXPin is a revolutionary provider of a SaaS design platform that let anyone design stunning User Experience Design of web, mobile and Google Glass apps.

  • 950% YoY growth of monthly recurring revenue
  • Used by thousands companies world wide
  • Backed up by investment of Andreessen/Horowitz, Gil Penchina, IDG Ventures, Mansour Salame & Innovation Nest

Marcin has written for Smashing Magazine, .Net Magazine, DesignModo, and SpeckyBoy, and also enjoyes blogging and tweeting (@uxpin, @marcintreder).

   

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Greg Pietruszynski

Greg Pietruszynski

CEO & founder at Growbots

CEO and co-founder at Growbots – 500 Startups company. Growbots goal is to create A.I. for Sales. Serial entrepreneur, he was running 3 companies in China & Europe before Growbots and developed more than 200 different web/mobile products over last 6 years. Automation freak and growth geek. Advisor at Lean Startup Machine and Founder Institute. Featured on KISSmetrics, Sixteenventures, GrowthHackerTV and more. Always interested in learning more about sales & marketing!

   

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Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly

CEO at KISSMetrics

He began his career at Teradata, analyzing customer data for retail and financial institutions. Then he built analytics tools at Intrepid and PeopleSoft. Later, he was the CEO of Quantivo, one of the first large-scale cloud-based analytics platforms. So he understands what it takes to build an analytics solution that people love.

It gets even better. Brian recently was the CMO of a successful SaaS company. As a result, he fully understands the new demands on marketing to drive more revenue. He knows that buyers have taken control of the process and that you need to understand customers and be data driven to truly optimize marketing. If you don’t know your customers and understand their behavior, you can’t create the right messages that engage them and guide them to conversion.

He understands that insights are the key to optimize marketing. Analytics must show you how to improve, not force you to spend hours sifting through a confusing mix of data hoping to find something relevant. – by KISSMetrics blog

   

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Michal Sadowski

Michał Sadowski

Founder & CEO at Brand24

I am the Founder & CEO at Brand24, a social media monitoring company that provides powerful, easy to use and cost-effective way for hundreds of businesses of all sizes (including H&M, IKEA, Vichy, Intel) to know what people say about brands online.

I am also a public speaker and social media enthusiast. Author of the "Social Media Revolution" bestselling book (in Poland). I am a fan of extreme sports, martial arts, online games and Turkish kebab.

   

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Rick Perreault

Rick Perreault

CEO of Unbounce / Partner / Co-Founder Social Media Digital Marketing Agency / Keynote Speaker

Rick Perreault, CEO and co-founder of Vancouver-based Unbounce

Rick spent the first half of his career in design and marketing where he encountered first-hand the challenge of creating and testing landing pages. Recognizing the need for a product like Unbounce, he made the move from Creative Director to Entrepreneur. Since the company's inception, he's taken Unbounce from an idea to a profitable business with over 75 employees, and two offices across Canada. Rick is an ex-professional musician, an avid gardener, and passionate about helping other startup founders.

   

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Kamil Rejent

Kamil Rejent

biz dev | co-founder w Survicate

Previously a product manager at Samsung, Kamil now is a CEO of Survicate, the fastest way to collect feedback from customers. Survey specific groups of website visitors to understand their needs, expectations, objections. Find out who they are and why they behave as they do.

   

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Alex Turnbull

Alex Turnbull

Founder & CEO, Groove

I’m Alex, the founder of Groove.

I started the company in 2011 after being frustrated by clunky and hard-to-use customer service software. I’ve spent the last four years, along with our distributed team based all over the world, building what I think is the best help desk app on the planet.

We’re on a journey to $500K in monthly revenue. Every Thursday, I publish a new blog post about our journey. The posts share our wins, fails and lessons along the way. I try to be totally transparent, and not hide things that might be embarrassing or sensitive for us, but that could help other entrepreneurs in their own journeys.

Basically, I try to write the blog that I wish existed when I started my first company. Topics I cover often include startup growth, life as a founder, content marketing and more.

Before Groove, I was a co-founder of BantamLive, a social CRM app that was acquired by Constant Contact in 2011.

   

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Richard White

Richard White

Founder, CEO of UserVoice.com

Richard White is a Co-founder and the CEO of UserVoice, where he focuses on making sexy products for un-sexy markets like customer service.

Prior to UserVoice, Richard was the lead designer on Kiko.com, a Y-Combinator-funded Calendaring product that drew praise for its clean design, which was sold on eBay for $258K. After Kiko, Richard founded SlimTimer, simple time tracking for freelancers, where he experimented with name-your-own-price Freemium models.

The common thread throughout all these ventures is Richard’s passion for building wonderfully simple productivity tools with delightful user experiences. He’s proud to say that his works give people more time to waste rather than waste more of their time. Richard’s expertise lies in UI design & UX but in a past life he graduated with BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.

   

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Matthew Bellows

Matthew Bellows

Founder & CEO of Yesware, Inc.

Matthew Bellows is Founder and CEO of Yesware. Yesware serves more than 750,000 salespeople at companies like Acquia, Adroll, Groupon, Salesforce, Twilio, Yelp and Zendesk.

Prior to Yesware, Matthew was the Vice President of Sales at Vivox. Before that, he served as General Manager at Floodgate (acquired by Zynga), as Founder/CEO of WGR Media (acquired by CNET Networks), and as VP Sales and Marketing of Interstep (acquired by Flycast/CMGI).

   

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Bartosz Mozyrko

Bartosz Mozyrko

CEO of UsabilityTools

CEO & UX researcher. Used to be a "product guy".

Over 8 years of experience working in an environment of my passion, in the areas of user research and behavioral analytics. Team player with a passion for people, ideation and product development. An enthusiast of knowledge sharing.

I`m the CEO at UsabilityTools.com, a web platform that helps optimize websites for higher conversion and better user experience. I work with the team to continually improve the product line vision and strategy.

   

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Paras Chopra

Paras Chopra

Founder at Wingify

 Founded Wingify, a startup that makes intelligent, affordable and easy to use tools for helping people make more money from their websites

  • Wingify's first product is Visual Website Optimizer, a hassle-free A/B split testing tool
  • Interests include technology startups, online marketing, web programming and machine learning
  • Completed Bachelor of Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in 2008 with 83% marks and stood 1st in the department
  • Capabilities include web programming, algorithm development, entrepreneurial initiatives and academic research
  • Published 3 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Was selected for numerous international and national fellowships and scholarships during undergraduate studies
  • Developed Kroomsa.com, MyJugaad.in, Precimark.com, Startuplogic.com, AwesomeVocab.com

   

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Mariusz Cieply

Mariusz Cieply

CEO at LiveChat, Inc

Mariusz has been with LiveChat since its founding in 2002 – first as software developer, later as project manager and now as its CEO. Mariusz is LiveChat’s product lead and evangelizer, driving product creation that is changing the face of ecommerce.

He holds an MSc in Computer Science. When he’s not at LiveChat, Mariusz runs marathons, plays tennis, and enjoys his latest passion… wakeboarding.     

   

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Jan Zajac

Jan Zając

Founder, CEO at Sotrender – Social media marketing || Analytics || Startups

I'm CEO and founder, a fast growing social media analytics company.
We help companies and agencies to analyze, report and optimize their communication on major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.).
Our SaaS solution is used by 300 companies in several countries. We are currently working on a mobile app too.

At heart I'm a researcher with Ph. D. in social psychology – I was investigating social relations between bloggers and their readers, applying mixed methods, with social networks analysis, survey research and quasi experiments. I work as Assistant Professor at the Chair of Social Psychology, University of Warsaw, teaching among others Online Research Methods and Psychology of the Internet.

I am also a frequent speaker, trainer and lecturer and I serve as mentor for various startup initiatives. 

   

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Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

Co-founder at Mixpanel, Inc.

In three years, Doshi built Mixpanel into a real-time mobile and web analytics alternative to older firms like Omniture. The Y-Combinator startup has customers including AirBnb, Quora and Jawbone. They analyze around 6.2 billion actions a month for 550+ customers. – by Forbes

   

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Uzi Shmilovici

Uzi Shmilovici

CEO and Founder at Base CRM

For the last 15 years, I've been building products at the intersection of design, technology and business.

We're now building Base – the first Post-PC CRM and are growing exponentially. It's about time to disrupt this industry!

I occasionally write about technology and entrepreneurship for TechCrunch, GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and Forbes.

Prior to Base I co-founded Netcraft – a web agency focused on UX. It is still the leading web agency in Israel, setting new standards in UX and development for the web. Those achievements were recognized when I was named one of the Top-40 Israeli Internet Startup Professionals by TheMarker Magazine. Netcraft was later acquired by a leading Israeli internet company.

   

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Joanna Drabent

Joanna Drabent

CEO & co-founder at Prowly

CEO and co-founder at Prowly – an online platform for PR pros designed to streamline their media relations efforts.

Our company creates unique software by breaking the conventions for building audiences around a brand or company. We are a multi-talented team – offering not just software, but also new processes to support communication activities of companies and brands.

Several hundred professionals already use Prowly, including PR team members of brands such as IKEA, Spotify and National Geographic. Company is part of The European Tech Alliance.

We aspire to be a global company that partners with the leading brands around the world. Offering a set of tools that will enable them to promote their content to the right audience precisely and effeciently. 

   

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Nate Bolt

Nate Bolt

Founder, Ethnio

Running Ethnio. Former design research manager at Facebook and Instagram. Co-wrote Remote Research, droned a library in NY, and made that airplane time lapse a while ago. Mentor at the Orange startup accelerator and mentor for the CCA Design Strategy MBA degree. Was CEO of Bolt | Peters and faculty at the SVA iXD program.

   

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Paul Veugen

Paul Veugen

Co-founder & CEO at Human. Designer, developer and metrics junky. Founder Usabilla.

Loves the intersection of people, technology, data and design. Learning about the Human body. Avid cyclist.

Co-founded Human (http://human.co), where I can use my skills in design, product and people to help people making better decisions about their activity and health. Extreme focus on changing behavior and turning data into action.

Started my first company Usabilla (http://usabilla.com) as single founder in 2009 and built a strong foundation for a fast growing company. In four years I built an outstanding team, products that millions of users use to share feedback, the brand and an effective marketing strategy, and raised capital to scale the company. Left Usabilla in 2013 in the very capable hands of an amazing team to push it to the next level. Usabilla has been growing year over year and currently hosts over 4B feedback buttons a month for (enterprise) customers around the world.

   

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Sean Ellis

Sean Ellis

Founder and CEO of GrowthHackers.com and Qualaroo

Founder and CEO of GrowthHackers.com, the world's largest network of growth experts (PMs of growth, growth engineers, performance marketers, growth analysts…).

Previously early growth leadership at Dropbox, Lookout, Eventbrite, LogMeIn (launch to IPO), Uproar (launch to IPO)

Coined the phrase "growth hacking" which AdAge recently called "the next big thing in marketing" (9/2015).

Quoted in or written for WSJ, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, and TechCrunch. Worldwide speaking requests on growth and marketing (Japan, Malaysia, Australia, UK, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil)

   

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Dan Siroker

Dan Siroker

Co-Founder & CEO of Optimizely

I'm the co-founder & CEO of Optimizely. The original inspiration for Optimizely came from my experience as the director of analytics on the Obama 2008 campaign. Optimizely is the product I wish we had back then to make it easy for anyone to do A/B testing.

Four years later, not only did Obama 2012 and Mitt Romney use our product extensively in the last election cycle but so have over 7,000 other customers including Starbucks, CNN, and Crate&Barrel.

   

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Marc Van Agteren

Marc Van Agteren

CEO at Usabilla – The new standard in user feedback

Usabilla is a fast growing SaaS company that offers website feedback tools to big online players like: Vodafone, Booking.com, Skyscanner, Lufthansa, Phillips, T-Mobile and CNN. By continuously innovating our frameworks and using the highest possible technical solutions, we make sure that we keep ahead of the leading edge of the technology curve and remain the standard in user feedback.

   

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Do you think we've got them all? Is there anyone you’d like to see here? Or do you believe that you should be in the list?

Go the comments section or to the Twitter profile @UsabilityTools and tell us what you think – we’ll gladly make additions!

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Piotr Koczorowski

Written by Piotr Koczorowski

Quirky, funny and energetic young blogger from Poland with a passion for video games, contemporary American literature, chillwave music, and pizza. Between studying Translation Studies at a Polish university, Piotr works at UsabilityTools where he blogs about UX and goes overboard with puns and cultural references. In his free time he dreams of space travel (and pizza.)


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    Thanks Piotr for this amazing piece of content, I’m honoured to be on the list

  • Marcell Gogan

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