1. CEOs that Twitter:

    – Atlassian: Mike Cannon-Brookes (mcannonbrookes)
    – 2Vouch: Riges Younan (rigesyounan)
    – Linqia: Maria Sipka (mariasipka) – cheating a bit because Maria is an Aussie in Barcelona

    Pollenizer doesn’t have a CEO… or has two… 🙂

  2. Oh not sole-owner CEOs – I think Business Week meant employing people and stuff. Otherwise I’m on the list and so are half of our industry 🙂

  3. Hey Laurel,

    Excellent post, great stuff. There is also a bigger picture of who are the continuous innovators (Proven Innovators) and continuous early adopters (and influencers) that would be cool to list or map. Happy to collaborate sometime on that if you want.

    For this list you could also add –

    Marc Lehmann Saasu.com, ex Deutsche Bank

    Peter Cooper from Cooper Sydney, ex Saasu.com + MacBank (me)
    peterjcooper.com and alturnal.com

    Cheers, Peter.

  4. Hey Laurel
    Good to see some Australian CEO’s Twittering away too 🙂

    I think there’s a few on there I’ll have to start following myself 🙂
    Am thinking perhaps I should come up with a similar list for some UK CEO’s – I’m sure there’s quite a few that twitter 🙂

    If I do come up with that list – do you want me to let you know about it?

  5. Yes, please let me know which UK CEOs Twitter. The only one I can think of, off hand, is @RichardBranson. 🙂

  6. Hi Laurel,

    I tweet and have staff, Tribe Research: @katetribe

    There is also
    Lara Solomon, LaRoo and Mocks: @LaRoo
    Valerie Khoo, Sydney Writers’ Centre, & Business & Careers Institute: @valeriekhoo
    Suzi Dafnis, Australian Businesswomen’s Network: @SuziDafnis
    Catriona Pollard, CP Communications: @catrionapollard

    Kate Tribe’s last blog post..The 3+ / 3- guide

  7. What a great post Laurel.

    I think that social media, and in particular Twitter, is going to become a tool of trade for the go ahead CEOs and companies in 2009 who want to brand themselves.

    Using such tools at Tweetbeep (which seems to be down at the moment) and Twilert, they can be alerted to the mention of their name good or bad. They can thank people for the compliments and put fires out generated by bad comments before they become viral.

    Twitter is an enormous weapon in the PR arsenal of any company and used wisely and with conviction will see many a company increase their sales and also their branding and perception in the marketplace. I for one will be looking for opportunities to work with such companies in showing them how to do this as will many experienced social media people.


    @RicRaftis on Twitter

  8. Hey Laurel,

    Thanks for including me in your list. Yes, I do twitter and while relatively new am getting a lot of learning and benefits both personally and also for my members (of the Australian Businesswomen’s Network – http://www.abn.org.au).

    What I didn’t anticipate is new friendships that are forming from having found like-minded souls that I want to know more about.

    Thanks for playing on the edge and taking us with you.


  9. It is definitely good to see CEO’s out there on Twitter, though by and large they appear to be the CEO’s for start ups or relatively new businesses in the tech space – which is no surprise. I would really like to see more CEO’s from more traditional industries and bigger companies on Twitter. That could be very entertaining!

  10. Finally, after a long campaign my boss at Geekdom @troyrushton has embraced the Twitter-y goodness. I’m so proud! I think he’s been pleasantly surprised at how powerful a tool it can be for talking to likeminded people and sharing his passion.

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