The rapid technological advancements in the past two decades have astonished everyone. Though the beginning of this millennium was predicted to bring with it the most fast-paced lifestyle; we never imagined such exponential growth in this field.
Today, technology is indeed leading our lives in every aspect. Whether it is the education sector, business, or household affairs, we can see the impact of technology everywhere. Especially, the influence of technology on the corporate sector is remarkable.
The Top Technology Leaders of 2017!
2017 has surely been a year during which we have seen the peak of technological progress. This drastic development has also highlighted certain names that are supposed to be ruling the tech world. What special did they do?
They just kept themselves involved in not only grabbing the latest technology but also in developing one for the public. It is merely because of the tireless efforts that they have managed to get themselves listed among the top influential persons in the tech world.
So, here we highlight a few names that are indeed the top technology leaders of 2017. These leaders may or may not own their corporations, but are indeed working to make a difference in the field.
After extensive research, we have gathered the names of these technology leaders from the top biz-tech reports for you. So, you can trust that they are authentic.
1. Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft)
Satya Nadella is a name we have been listening to as a technology leader since 2014 after he was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Microsoft Company succeeding Steve Balmer. His prominent effort which gets him enumerated on top of our list is the launch of Windows 10, the most powerful Windows OS version to date.
The launch of Windows 10 has indeed given a chance to the company of exploring new horizons of success. The most dominant feature of Windows 10 is its compatibility with multiple devices.
Satya Nadella plans to enhance the collaboration of Microsoft’s premium product. He wants it to become something more of a complete service, rather than being a mere operating system.
At this year’s fall, we might see a book from his side (as he announced in 2016), in which he would mention his experience at Microsoft and the shape of technology in the future. If he does so, we may see a book that could serve as a technology leader for the young generation.
2. Joel Gascoigne (Co-Founder and CEO, Buffer)
Buffer is certainly an app widely adopted by digital marketers across the world. This fantastic product was backed by the efforts of Joel Gascoigne.
In his introduction on the official website of Buffer, Joel says that this giant app was developed in his room, which then emerged as one of the most powerful social media tools. His team grew up to manage this huge platform to benefit the customers around the world.
In one of his chat sessions last year, Joel said, ‘My calendar is open to people in the team, and it generally gets quite booked up. I have quick 20-minute sessions to advise on a specific challenge. I also have one-on-ones with several people in the team, and so I usually have one of those each day too.’
His tight schedule was revealed by this statement, as an answer to a question about his weekday routine. His dedication, devotion, hard work backed by a robust team effort is what makes him listed among the top technology entrepreneurs of 2017.
3. Jonathan Ive (CDO, Apple)
During the past few years, we have seen Apple launching some incredibly incredible devices with stunning designs. At first, it was the Apple Watch, and now, the iPhone X.
Jonathan Ive is always inspired by creativity. His work was initially influenced by Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer at Braun. Jonathan Ive, popularly known as Jony Ive, also serves as a Chancellor of the Royal College of Art in London.
Jonathan Ive started at Apple when he was asked to create a design for Apple’s new laptop. His design was approved right away, resulting in his employment at the company.
Since then, he has been actively involved in creating remarkable hardware and software designs for various Apple products. His efforts have made him grow rapidly in the firm. Presently, he is the Chief Design Officer at Apple.
Jonathan Ive is certainly an idol for all those working in the digital design sector. Those who think they cannot grow much in this area, Jony I’ve set an example. His struggle, devotion, diligence, and determination, together with his creativeness, makes him listed among the top inspiring tech entrepreneurs.
4. Travis Kalanick (Co-Founder and Former CEO, Uber)
Travis Kalanick is certainly someone who has revolutionized the technological sector by leveraging its strength to boost the travel industry. Travis is the one behind the idea of developing ‘Uber’, the largest travel business firm working across the world.
Despite being beneficial for the public in general, owing to its quick services, Uber has faced severe criticism as well from the corporate and government sector. Particularly, the flock of cars it has dumped on the roads has notably contributed to increasing traffic worldwide. Every minute, one can see many hundreds of luxurious cars running on the roads that belong to Uber.
Due to a series of scandals at Uber, Travis resigned from the post of CEO on June 21, 2017. Nevertheless, his impact on the technology sector has made him emerge as one of the most prominent technology entrepreneurs of our time.
5. Min-Liang Tan (Co-Founder and CEO, Razer Inc.)
Gaming, which once used to be a recreational activity only, has had a significant impact on the tech industry. Today, gaming itself has emerged as a field needing your attention.
Min-Liang Tan was perhaps aware of the potential of this domain. Hence he devised Razer Inc., a computer hardware company specifically addressing the needs of gamers. In May 2017, he joined THX as the CEO.
Min-Liang Tan has been ruling the tech industry since 2015 as one of the great technology leaders. At first, he made up to the ‘Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in Tech’ by Juniper Research, followed by the ‘The 25 Most Creative People in Tech” by Business Insider’ the same year. In 2016 also, his name was highlighted in various top tech reports. And his charisma has continued to spellbind the industry this year as well.
6. Joe Coleman (Co-Founder and CEO, Contently)
Before coming across his name, I simply had no idea that a mere freelance writer can also grow up as a tech entrepreneur, and can make his name reach the list of top technology entrepreneurs of 2017. Joe Coleman started as a writer. His 15 years of experience make him capable of writing on just anything (I mean an ad, log, or banner, just anything).
Joe Coleman is rightly considered as a serial entrepreneur and one of the most popular technology leaders. He started his first venture at the age of 16. It was an online greeting card website ‘Fungrams.com’. Later on, when he was at college, he established ‘Cashcrate.com’, an online program rewarding its members with prizes for online shopping, or for taking part in quizzes, etc.
It was during his work at CashCrate that he noted content creation as a growing field in the tech industry. He then launched the popular brand ‘Contently’ that made him emerge as a digital marketer.
7. Jack Ma (Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba)
In the last couple of years, Jack has been an inspiration to the people particularly in China, and generally around the world. He is listed among the richest individuals in China and Asia. This year, Jack Ma was listed 2nd on the Fortune’s list of ‘World’s 50 Greatest Technology Leaders’.
Born in China, the initial years of Jack’s life had been tough for him. He had to struggle during his studies and then faced the same situation in his professional career too. Then, in 1999, Jack Ma, together with a few colleagues, established ‘Alibaba Online’. It was evolved into ‘Alibaba’ comprising of various subsidiary units.
From the day it was founded, Alibaba has gained huge success in the e-Commerce sector, generating millions of revenue each year. The companies huge success is undoubtedly owed to the efforts of Jack Ma, making him emerge as one of the top technology entrepreneurs.
8. Travis Wright (CoFounder & Chief Marketing Technologist, CCP.Digital)
Travis Wright is famous as a marketing technology consultant, technology journalist, marketing keynote speaker, podcast host, a data analytics nerd, an entrepreneur, and most prominently, a standup comic (well, no jokes, this is what he proudly says of himself).
Travis has been actively working in the field of online marketing. Previously, he served as a social media strategist for the famous Norton brand by Symantec.
He then founded CCP.Digital as an online digital marketing service having its customers all across the globe. His intelligence, diligence, and wittiness attract people towards him.
To benefit others from his experience, ‘Digital Sense’, comes from him as a guide for the young businessmen. In his book, he has described the significance of digital marketing for the business industry, marketing technology, and customer experience.
9. Elon Musk (Founder SpaceX; Co-Founder Tesla)
Also, he is the Founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX, which is typically dealing with aerospace and space transport. Apart from these two tech giant firms, he is also associated with many other companies, holding key positions there. This array of active technological associations makes him listed as the 80th richest person in the world. Whereas, in December 2016, he was ranked in the 21st position by Forbes in the list of most influential people in the world!
Stating his vast contributions in the field is nearly impossible for us. He has been doing so many things at a time that it is quite challenging to mention them all here. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure; he truly deserves to be counted among the top tech entrepreneurs of 2017!
10. Landon Ray (Founder, Ontraport)
Ontraport is a leading online marketing, sales, and business automation platform devised to assist small businesses and rising entrepreneurs. It is an award-winning brand that has been listed by Forbes among the most promising companies in America.
All the successful ventures of this product are without a doubt credited to Landon Ray. It is because of his dedicated efforts that the firm managed to grow exponentially in a short time.
Landon is not only concerned with the growth of Ontraport. Rather, he is equally focused on providing benefits to his coworkers. His mission is to encourage the newcomers in the business industry, providing the best possible to assist them.
Undeniably, he’s been a source of inspiration for the budding entrepreneurs in the technology, as well as the corporate sector.
11. Jeff Bezos (Founder and CEO, Amazon)
Jeffery Preston Bezos, popularly known as Jeff Bezos, is the mastermind behind the e-commerce giant Amazon.com. He is a typical retail entrepreneur, who is also active as an investor, a computer technologist, and a philanthropist.
The idea to establish Amazon came up to his mind in 1994 while he was traveling from New York to Seattle. The company initiated in his garage. But, as time passed, his efforts made Amazon emerge as one of the leading online shopping platforms in the world. He succeeded to develop Amazon rapidly by making use of his ‘growth over profit’ strategy. Today, we can see his efforts giving fruitful results.
The main reason behind Jeff’s success is his timely grip on leveraging the power of technology for business. Hence he is rightly listed as one of the top tech entrepreneurs.
12. Reed Hastings (CoFounder and CEO, Netflix)
How can one forget about that famed entertainment company that has revolutionized the media industry! Is there anyone who hasn’t heard about Netflix? This leading firm was started by another top tech entrepreneur, Reed Hastings.
Hastings is a tech-freak American businessman, whose craze for technology, together with his innovative thinking, made him create Netflix. He can rightly be considered as a serial entrepreneur by looking at his enormous contributions to the business industry.
In 1991, he quit his job and launched his firm ‘Pure Software’, which was meant for software troubleshooting. Though his business gained huge success, it was difficult for an engineer like him to serve as a CEO for a giant company.
Hence he withdrew himself from his position of CEO to think about his next move. Then, in 1997, he developed Netflix together with Marc Randolph as a movie rental-by-mail company.
His thirst for technology made his company achieve huge success. In 2011, he joined the board of directors of Facebook as well. Hastings was also an integral part of the board of Microsoft from 2007 to 2012.
Besides being involved in technological ventures, he is happy to work as a philanthropist as well.
If we take a look at the famous technology leaders of the world, we can see many others as well as being actively involved in various technological ventures.
Nevertheless, the 12 personalities briefly mentioned above are certainly those who deserve to be the top leaders in the technology space. All these personalities are truly a source of inspiration and motivation for everyone.
When you feel you are a failure in your struggle, just take a look at the lives of these leaders to get yourself encouraged. All of these give us the same message – hard work pays it off!