This article was written by Ayushi Bhatnagar from 9ightout. She is a 24 YO tech freak who loves putting her hands on the latest gadgets.
“Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” – Steve Jobs.
This one thought, one notion sets the world on a revolution of many breakthroughs and inventions.
Founder of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs became a darling of the tech world, creating products that provide an analytics-driven platform. Similarly, there have been a number of techies in the world that have brought change in the technology sphere.
Every now and then, exciting tech gadgets, experimental start-ups, and fresh ideas are announced. For instance, the self-driving car and augmented reality. So, when it comes to looking forward to some people in the tech industry, who rules the list?
Don’t get confused. Here are some of the most influential people that you must follow for inspiration, dedication, and creativity.
Inspiring Techies You Must Follow
The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. These amazing and sharp techies here are the creative minds that you should pay attention to.
1. Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors
Crashing the tough road with her passion for technology, Barra is ruling the driver’s seat for years now. Proving her mettle over and again, Barra launched Chevrolet Bolt EV, now the top-selling non-luxury pure electric car.
This scintillating techie also has her eyes on a driverless future.
After the acquisition of self-driving tech startup Cruise Automation, General Motors has begun piloting autonomous bolts. Wise decisions and fail-safe strategy of Barra rose 9.2% of company’s revenue.
Also, she is fortifying the company by pulling GM out of weaker international markets. Isn’t she someone to look forward to?
2. Reed Hastings, CEO & Co-founder, Netflix
When Hastings started working on the project Netflix, he didn’t have an office and did not even need the laptop. Since 2008, he is constantly working using just a smartphone, most of the times. The 54-year-old Peace Corps volunteer and former U.S. Marine now runs one of the most-talked companies in the world.
With over 60 million subscribers, Netflix has created its original series including Orange is The New Black and House of Cards. Besides, his idea of binge-watching series later changed to binge-racing. As per binge-racing, the fans complete a new series on the same day it is released. Hence, more viewers, more business. People could now enjoy the party vibes at their home.
Do you see, how just the idea of offering flexibility and control brought a threat to traditional TV concept? This is the power of a great technical mind.
3. Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
Believe it or not, but Microsoft has time and again suffered from a reputation of a follower. When Nadella joined the company, the future didn’t seem promising. Earlier, he was only in charge of the firm’s Cloud and Enterprise division. He had never headed a big company.
However, with the launch of Windows 10, everything changed. For many people, it was the best Windows in years.
The profit of Microsoft shot up to $85.3 billion. Do you think that would have been possible without Nadella’s techie mind and sound leadership?
4. Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube
When Wojcicki took over the video-sharing channel YouTube in 2014, the company’s female percentage stood at 24%, for women who at that time were not considered to have an excellent technical mindset. Now the company’s women presence has increased to 30%.
Apart from being a role model for aspiring women technocrats, Wojcicki has majorly influenced the wide video-sharing platform.
She loves how far the online video sharing platform has come. Besides, she is also using her position to motivate the new-age celebrities. It’s safe to say that she has developed the platform to address issues of violence and racism. Wojcicki is one of the most talented tech-strategists and a wonderful leader.
5. Elon Musk, CEO, Chairman, Co-founder, Tesla Motors; CEO, Founder, SpaceX
A true technocrat is keen on discovering and developing something new and beneficial. Musk fits right in the frame.
Space rockets, electric cars, and residential solar power are some of his projects to bring into notice. Musk is a pro at solar products and also influences the digital payment systems since he co-founded PayPal.
His seemingly impressive portfolio has produced great results. Tesla is now worth over $50 billion and SpaceX has successfully illustrated reusable rocket technology.
Musk’s achievements are a road-map for overachievers. And, it’s convenient to say, he is one of the influential faces of technology.
6. Lei Jun, Xiaomi, Co-founder and CEO
Chinese products and companies are not very much trusted in terms of longevity. However, Lei Jun changed the whole perspective by introducing Xiaomi in the market. The Chinese entrepreneur says that his company has given India priority over its home market China.
The co-founder of the fourth largest smartphone distributor, Lei embarked to prominence by developing high-quality smartphones while keeping the margins low.
In 1999, 2000, and 2002, he was featured on the list of Top 10 IT figures. His future plans include bringing around 200 products in India which are not just smartphones.
7. John Hadl, CEO, Swoop
You may not be familiar with this name but it’s soon going to be on the top. John Hadl, CEO of Swoop has started this tech company for advertising. It is a closed-loop marketplace, increasing direct relationships with publishers and advertisers. Publishers can also monetize their content without wrecking it with thoughtless, pushy advertising.
Hadl mastered the plan of Swoop that ensures the highest-quality traffic for maximum ROI. This new-emerging techie is an example of how to give the ideas a platform.
Do you aspire to be a technocrat? Did these people motivate you? If yes, then follow their lead and make the most of the learnings and technical know-how. Also, let us know if you follow some other techies that are not on the list.