When technology leaders come to mind, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos are usually names cited for their outstanding contribution to technology. Connecting billions, revolutionising computers, and smartphones, and providing goods to people around the world. However, if you’re interested in other technology though leaders who have plenty of sway for their inventions, read on to discover the top tech people to keep your eye on.

  1. Marc Benioff

Ausvegas App – It’s pretty hard to single out one person who has been a software champion, especially when it comes to making software usable as a service for multitudes of companies and individuals – in fact, he’s credited with driving IT to where it is today. Benioff has done this as a founder of Salesforce and as a main thought leader in the software as a service (SaaS) movement.

He has taken CRM software and made it far more than just a customer management tool, it’s become a standard practice operating system for businesses around the globe.  His recent quote, that social media is the best driving force for sales, has resonated with professionals and his influence is only growing. He’s bound to do plenty more in the years to come and is a good thought leader to follow for current technology trends.

  1. Stewart Butterfield

Better known as the creator of Slack, Stewart Butterfield has become a driving force in the world of technology when his messaging app, aimed at businesses, really took off during the start of the Pandemic – though he’s been a tech leader for the last decade.

He’s taken it further and crafted Slack into one of the most user-friendly options out there for remote workforces to be able to stay in touch with each other. He’s always looking for ways to improve the services his companies offer (he also co-founded Flickr), and he’s known for honing his work to perfect the ongoing process of things.

  1. Reed Hastings

The co-founder of Netflix, Reed Hastings has been a mainstay resource in shaping how customers consume content. From humble beginnings by creating DVD vending-machines, to creating a service which delivers streaming content into people’s homes and allows them to choose what they want to watch, Hastings has crafted content curation into a fine art. He’s constantly evolving the offerings available which ensures he’s secured a place in the current list, since Netflix remains the most consumed content provider around the world.

  1. Satoshi Nakamoto

Despite knowing the name of the person – or group – who developed blockchain 2008, no one has confirmed the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto yet. However, Blockchain technology has taken off in leaps and bounds and is one of the most relevant technologies around this year. From Bitcoin and Ethereum to other rising cryptocurrencies, this new way of payment is disrupting the banking and financial sectors around the world.

The revelation this year that Nakamoto was working on integrating zk-snarks into Bitcoin has surprised many, and if it can happen, it may change the landscape even more. So keep your eye out for that happening sometime soon, according to Zcash founder Zooko Wilcox.

  1. Elon Musk

From new-age cars to space-age travel, Elon Musk is a technology leader with a snarky sense of humour. He’s relevant, relentless, and constantly on the move as a technology visionary. In fact, we’re certain his inventions will be impacting generations to come, here on earth, and maybe even on Mars.

Last modified: October 5, 2021