30 of Australia's biggest tech influencers on Twitter

Stripe Australia boss Susan Wu

Twitter has evolved into the tech community’s homepage where they figure out what’s going on in the industry.

But there are a few people in the sector whose opinions and reading lists drive news, conversations and trends.

Australian tech news and commentary has ramped up over the past year, especially with companies like Xero, Invoice2Go and Campaign Monitor landing big international funding rounds and pushing international expansion plans.

The Australian government is also in the midst of changing legislation and introducing policies to bolster the sector, so there’s a lot of activity.

To help you figure out who to follow, we’ve pulled together this list of 30 people who really enrich Twitter with their tech content and views. You can follow them all here.

We’ll update it in future so hit us up with your suggestions @BusInsiderAU.

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes @mcannonbrookes

With almost 7,500 followers, Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes is a great person to follow to stay on top of the tech sector. He reads widely, shares his opinions openly and often engages with other tech leaders so you can get an insight into their world.

RedBalloon founding director and Shark Tank judge Naomi Simson @NaomiSimson

Since founding RedBalloon, Naomi Simson has established a formidable career in tech and is a Shark Tank judge on the Channel Ten series. She uses her Twitter to dish out advice to other entrepreneurs launching their career.

Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar @scottfarkas

Definitely the quieter of the two Atlassian co-founders, Farquhar doesn't say a lot on Twitter. He's sent just 384 tweets since 2008. But with his clout in the industry, when he does talk, people take notice.

Xero CEO Rod Drury @roddrury

The Xero boss is prolific on Twitter. He has more than 20,300 followers and has sent 15,200 tweets in the past five years. Drury often provides some hilarious insights into his nomadic and adventurous entrepreneurial lifestyle. He also often tweets about the latest gadgets he's bought and of course about his baby, Xero. He's a Kiwi, but with Xero listed on the ASX and Australia being one of its core markets, he makes the list.

Shark Tank judge Steve Baxter @sbxr

A vocal and accomplished member of Australia's tech sector, Steve Baxter tweets about innovation, startups and company growth. He was a founder at Pipe Networks, has worked for Google in the Valley and is now a judge on Australia's version of Shark Tank. Baxter is a straight-talking investor and as a member of startup advocacy group StartupAUS, he's an avid supporter of the country's tech sector.

Startup advisor Alan Jones @bigyahu

The BlueChilli, Startmate and Blackbird advisor is known around town for his thoughtful insights on tech. He's an epic communicator, level headed and loves a good obstacle race. Jones tweets about Australia's startup community, his favourite beach Newport, and anything else that sparks his interest.

Campaign Monitor co-founder Dave Greiner @davegreiner

A co-founder of one of Australia's best tech exports Campaign Monitor, Greiner (right in the photo above next to co-founder Ben Richardson) isn't prolific, preferring a low key, private approach to building his tech company. But it's his success with co-founder Ben Richardson which makes him an influential figure in Australia's tech world.

Square Peg Capital entrepreneur and investor Paul Bassat @PaulBassat

After co-founding SEEK in 1997, Paul Bassat went on to be part of venture firm Square Peg Capital and now invests in and mentors Australia's tech community. Based out of Melbourne, the entrepreneur is well connected, has had a stellar career and is deeply entrenched in Australia's tech world.

Head engineer at Google Australia Alan Noble @scruzin

A founding member of startup advocacy group StartupAus, the Google engineer has been one of the key players fighting for better support for the nation's tech startup community. In 1996 Noble co-founded NetMind, which developed the Internet's first change detection service. It was acquired by Intellisync (now part of Nokia) in 2000. He tweets about engineering, innovation and most things startups.

99designs founding investor Leni Mayo @lenidot

The founding investor of 99designs, Mayo started Angel investing about 15 years ago. He's now a big part of Startup Victoria and takes a global approach to driving Australia's tech scene.

Adventure capital founder Stuart B Richardson @StuAC

As the founder of Adventure Capital and co-founder of one of Melbourne's hottest co-working spots York Butter Factory, Richardson is a mentor to many of Australia's entrepreneurs, helping them establish their tech startups.

Blackbird Ventures co-founder and Startmate creator Niki Scevak @nikiscevak

Niki Scevak (left in the photo above, with Blackbird co-founders Rick Baker and Bill Bartee) is one hell of a smart guy. He knows how to communicate his point, he's insightful and incredibly well-connected. A co-founder of Blackbird Ventures (one of the country's top tech VC firms), Scevak and his team have attracted some of the nation's top entrepreneurs, including Dave Greiner and Mike Cannon-Brookes, to invest in his fund.

Co-founder and partner of Airtree Ventures Craig Blair @craigRblair

Co-founder and partner of Airtree Ventures, a $60 million fund, Blair has a solid investment past. He was actually one of the guys at Netus who invested in Business Insider's Australian publisher, Allure. One of his strengths is uncovering deals so he's well versed on what's new and exciting in Australia's tech world.

Tyro boss Jost Stollmann @joststollmann

While Jost Stollmann hasn't got the big followings other members on this list do, with the explosion of fintech and the impact innovation in this area can -- and is -- having on the incumbents, he's one to watch.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull @TurnbullMalcolm

Malcolm Turnbull is a politician with deep experience in the technology world and is openly working to boost government support for startups. He regularly tweets about what's happening in the sector and appears at many industry events.

Kogan founder Ruslan Kogan @ruslankogan

Ruslan Kogan is your classic entrepreneur. He's got the rags to riches story and has built an online empire. On Twitter, while he spends a lot of air time promoting his retail site, he does throw out a few one-liners about Australia's business.

Pollenizer boss Phil Morle @philmorle

Phil Morle co-founded Pollenizer in 2008 to help build startups. The group has taken a few twists and turns along the way and now does a lot of work implementing the lean, fast ways which come naturally to startups, into big corporates. Morle provides a fair amount of insight into how startup science can work in big business.

Muru-D entrepreneur in residence Mick Liubinskas @liubinskas

A technology entrepreneur and advisor, Mick Liubinskas co-founded Pollenizer and works closely with the startups at Telstra's accelerator Muru-D. He was one of the guys who accidentally founded Silicon Beach drinks and is a well respected member of Australia's tech community. He's a big Instagrammer, so a bunch of his tweets are photos of what's going on around him.

StartSoc and iCentral founder Pete Cooper @pc0

Specialising in financial technology, Pete Cooper is an experienced entrepreneur and investor. He's also a very talented community building, launching SydStart a few years ago, he's now working on a co-working hub in Sydney called iCentral and runs StartSoc. Cooper is a well connected and respected member of the Australian tech scene and his views are highly rated by some of the best in the sector.

Founder and CEO of BridgeLane, Tank Stream Labs and BrickX Markus Kahlbetzer @mkahlbetzer

The founding member of Tank Stream Ventures, Kahlbetzer is a big investor in the Australian tech scene. He tweets about investment, startups and local policy.

Bigcommerce co-founder and CEO Eddie Machaalani @eddiemachaalani

After launching Bigcommerce back in 2009 with his co-founder Mitchell Harper, Eddie Machaalani has managed to raise big chunks of capital and jump from Australia to expand into the US. He's a role model for other entrepreneurs, showing just what can be achieved in Australia's tech scene. Machaalani tweets about e-commerce trends and the growth of his own startup.

Fishburners GM Murray Hurps @Murray

Fishburners GM Murray Hurps has put in the hard yards building relationships all about town to put his Sydney co-working space on the startup and investor map. He's a big supporter of boosting the number of female founders and dedicates a big chunk of his time to quantifying the nation's startup sector with the Startup Muster report.

Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie @matt_barrie

Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie is a recent addition to Twitter but he's more of a retweeter. On other platforms like Linkedin he's direct, outspoken and driven. We've included him on this list because the content he shares is usually worth a look, and if he starts to voice his opinion on Twitter, no doubt a few debates will be launched.

Australian country head at LanzaTech Nicole Williamson @NicoleWill100

A startup consultant, to say Nicole Williamson is across Australia's tech scene would be one of the understatements of the year. Williamson is a prolific Australian tech commentator and a gun advocate improving the status of Australia's female tech pros.

BlueChilli founder Seb Eckersley-Maslin @sebeckmas

Founder of one of the fastest growing incubators in the country, Seb Eckersley-Maslin has some audacious goals for the nation's tech sector which he and his BlueChilli team are madly working towards. He's opinionated about how Australia's startup ecosystem should evolve and isn't scared of jumping into the middle of a heated political debate. He tweets all things startups, tech, growth and digital trends.

Stripe Australia boss Susan Wu @SW

Susan Wu is the head of Stripe in Australia. An investor who has been around the startup block a few times, Wu recently moved from the Valley to Melbourne to take on the job at the payments company. She tweets about diversity in tech, startups and growth. She's also taken on a few big speaking gigs in the local ecosystem including Blackbird's Sunrise event last month.

Entrepreneur Simon Hackett @simonhackett

Since founding and selling broadband company Internode, Simon Hackett has continued his work on developing and investing in internet-based solutions. He's also a big Tesla fan so his feed is littered with anecdotes about the cars, batteries and renewable energy solutions.

Tank Stream Ventures managing partner Rui Rodrigues @HeadWithWings

A respected investor in Australia's tech scene, Rui Rodrigues is well versed in what's going on in tech around the world and he tweets it all regularly.

Digital strategist Gavin Heaton @servantofchaos

Gavin Heaton is a digital marketing strategist who works with both startups and corporates. He tweets about digital trends, marketing and the impact of disruptive technology.

Muru-D co-founder Annie Parker @annie_parker

A co-founder of Telstra's Muru-D startup accelerator, Annie Parker has become a key figure in Australia's tech startup scene. She's also passionate about teaching kids how to code and is Chair of Code Club Australia. Parker sends out lively tweets about what's happening around the country in startups and even throws out a few inspirational quotes of the day.

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