Whether you are looking for innovation inspiration, entrepreneurial advice, or just some new content on your social media feed, check out this list of our Top 10 Innovation Influencers to follow!
Informa Connect has put together this comprehensive list, which ranges from speakers at our very own Front End Innovation conference to other innovators in the field. Each one brings a unique business perspective and a glimpse of their lives to social media. We hope you check out their pages and consider connecting with them (and us) for further innovation content!
Karen Robinovitz: Sloomoo Institute
Karen Robinovitz is the Co-Founder of Sloomoo Institute - an immersive celebration of slime, ASMR, and art in New York City. A portion of Sloomoo’s proceeds go to mental health charities.
Karen herself has an extensive background in innovation and entrepreneurship. She co-founded Digital Brand Architects - the first talent management agency focused on social media influencers - and is considered a pioneer in the digital space / influencer movement. Karen also has experience in journalism and has written three books.
Laura Huang: Edge
Laura Huang is an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and a former assistant professor of management at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She is an entrepreneurship, investment banking, and consulting expert who has won awards for her research and whose work has been published in several academic journals and newspapers.
Laura recently wrote and published Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage about how to find your edge and become successful despite facing obstacles in our lives. Be sure to check out her book as well as her Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for more inspirational and innovative content.
Bre Pettis: Makerbot Industries
Bre Pettis is an entrepreneur, video blogger, and creative artist who is the co-founder and former CEO of MakerBot Industries - a 3-D printer company. He is now the business owner of Bantam Tool, another machinery company, as well as the founder of SkillSchool, Bold Machines, and Bre & Co.. Bre also co-founded Thingiverse and NYCResistor in the past.
Bre is a creative innovator who focuses on making society better and unlocking human potential through infrastructure and machinery. He also co-wrote the Cult of Done Manifesto. Informa Connect has had the pleasure of hosting him as a keynote speaker at our Front End Innovation conferences. Be sure to follow Bre on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn to keep up with his budding projects.
Steve Blank: The Startup Owner's Manual
Steve Blank has taken part in/co-founded eight different Silicon Valley startups. He is an entrepreneurship, marketing, and start-up expert and teacher at Stanford and Columbia University, and has also taught at U.C. Berkeley’s HAAS School of Business in the past. Aside from teaching, he is currently an Advisory Board Member of Applied Materials in California and an Architect Innovator for NIH and NSF. Steve also authored The Startup Owner’s Manual, sharing his expertise and experience with startups.
Informa Connect hosted Steve at FEI, specifically at the LEAN Startup in the Enterprise event. To keep track of his countless impressive roles, connect with him on LinkedIn and follow his latest activities on Twitter.
Jo Ito: Neoteny
Joichi “Joi” Ito is a Japanese entrepreneur and venture capitalist expert who currently runs Neoteny, a venture capital firm. He has previously directed the MIT Media Lab and was also a professor of media arts and sciences there, as well as at Harvard Law School. He has received great recognition for his role as an Internet and technology entrepreneur and is a strategic advisor for many large tech companies.
Don’t miss out on following Joi’s Twitter feed, and check out his LinkedIn to keep up with his innovative activity. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting him at Project World, part of the Boston Innovation Festival.
Brian Laung Aoaeh, CFA: REFASHIOND
Brian Laung Aoaeh is an investment management and internet infrastructure professional who supports the refashioning of supply chains; thus, he is the co-founder and general partner of REFASHIOND Ventures, an emerging venture capital fund built to invest in and champion startups that refashion global supply chains.
Brian has been nicknamed “The NextGen Supply Chain Tech Specialist” and “The Most Connected Man in Supply Chain.” Follow his Twitter and stay connected on LinkedIn to see that he truly lives up to these names!
Joan ‘Jody’ Turner: CultureofFuture.com
Joan is a future insight expert and a breakthrough cultural innovation strategist. She is currently the Global Director of Strategic Insight, Brand Innovation, and Client Development at CultureOf Future.com, providing global insight driving companies in innovation, technology, digital living, diversity and post-pandemic society. She has an expensive background in journalism, marketing, and innovation.
Joan is recognized as one of the first female speakers in future-leaning strategic insight, driving modern practices with companies, agencies, foundations, and other clients. She received the honor of being on the 50 Leading Forbes Top Female Futurist list. Be sure to learn more about her work on LinkedIn and join her following on Twitter!
Alexander Osterwalder: Strategyzer
Dr. Alex Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker on new ventures and business strategies. He is ranked 4ith of the top 50 management thinkers worldwide, holding the Thinkers50 Strategy Award. He has invented numerous renowned business tools trusted by millions of corporations and leading global companies. He is currently the co-founder of Strategyzer and on the side is a speaker, author and advisor at his Osterwalder Strategy Facility.
Jeffrey P. McNulty: New Retail Ethos
Jeffrey P. McNulty is considered a business “hybrid” with 30 years of extensive experience at various global corporations. He is now the founder and CEO of New Retail Ethos, a retail leadership consultancy which helps retailers and businesses navigate through the corporate world. He authored The Ultimate Retail Manual, which provides strategies for retailers to succeed and survive in the modern/digital world. Jeffrey is also a retail consultant with Gerson Lehrman Group.
Pierre Quinn: The Cardell Group
Pierre Quinn is the CEO of The Cardell Group, where he is a keynote speaker on leadership development and executive coaching. He helps inspire emerging leaders to be successful in their fields by teaching communication and leadership principles. Pierre is also an author, with his work focusing on empowering aspiring leaders to identify their strengths and increase effectiveness.