The Most Impressive People to Follow on LinkedIn in the US

Bill Gates – Co-founder of the revolution of personal computer systems

Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest computer software company. Before going on philanthropic endeavors through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he also founded many companies, including a holding business, energy business, and entertainment business. His latest book is, How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.

Arianna Huffington – Best-selling author, founder, and CEO at Thrive Global

Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, a wellness technology company. She is also the founder of The Huffington Post and is an international best-selling author of health & lifestyle books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Originally from Greece, Arianna moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.

Satya Nadella – CEO of Microsoft

Satya Nadella has been the CEO of Microsoft since 2014 and tripled its stock price in 4 years. Having developed cloud-based services for Microsoft, increasing the company’s revenues by over $4 billion in 2 years, he was named Barron’s World 30 Best CEOs and person of the year 2019 by Financial Times. When he first arrived in the US from India, Satya studied at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and then got his MBA at the University of Chicago. He started his business career at Sun Microsystems before joining Microsoft in 1992 (the year I moved to Thailand)

Tony Robbins – From school janitor to most well-known speaker

Tony Robbins is one of the world’s most famous inspirational speakers, international best-selling authors, and entrepreneurs. As a life coach, Robbins specializes in self-awareness, improvement, and overcoming fear. Holding over 50 private companies, Robbins reported a net worth of $600 million. His first books came out in the 80s and 90s and provided tons of motivation for me and others like me. Some of his earliest books were: Unlimited Power, Notes from a Friend, Awaken the Giant Within, Giant Steps, and Unleash the Power Within.

Simon Sinek – Public speaker on leadership and best-selling author

Simon Sinek is a motivational speaker and the author of Start With Why, an international best-selling book. Sinek has specialized in coaching entrepreneurs to improve leadership and transform their organizations. His WHY concepts in TED talks have had over 37 million views. He is also the author of Leaders Eat Last, Together Is Better, Find Your Why, and The Infinite Game.

Gary Vaynerchuk – Entrepreneur, author, speaker, and social media influencer

Gary Vaynerchuk is a co-founder of the restaurant reservation software company Resy and Empathy. He is now more famed for his digital marketing and social media work as the chairman of VaynerX, a communications company based in New York. He is also the CEO of VaynerX’s subsidiary VaynerMedia. He is also a 5-Time NYT Bestselling Author. Some of his books are Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success, Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World, and Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion.

Liz Ryan – American business growth leader, author, and inspirational speaker

Liz Ryan is the CEO and co-founder of Human Workplace, a publishing, coaching, and consulting firm. Ryan writes for more than 30 million readers. However, she is mainly known for her work in Human Resources management and innovation with her team teaching courses from Team Mojo™ and Put a Human Voice in your Business™ as well as Interviewing with a Human Voice™. She is the host of The Truth about Work Podcast with Liz Ryan! Her

books include: REINVENTION ROADMAP: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve (2016), RIGHTEOUS RECRUITING: Essays on Reinventing Talent Acquisition for People (2020), and RED-BLOODED HR: Essays on Human Resources as a Force for Good (2020).

Gretchen Rubin – American author, blogger, and speaker

Gretchen Rubin is a writer on habits, happiness, and human nature. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Better Than Before, Happier at Home, and The Happiness Project. On her daily blog, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness. Her podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin won the 2016 Academy of Podcasters Award for best health and fitness podcast. She developed the “Four Tendencies” personality framework which divides people into Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels.

Sallie Krawcheck –American business leader, financial advisor, and Wall Street icon

Sallie L. Krawcheck, the most powerful woman on Wall Street, is the former head of Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management Division. She is now the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital financial advisory firm for women launched in 2016. She started her career as an equity analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, eventually becoming Director of Research and then chairman and CEO of sell-side research firm Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. She later moved to be CEO of Citigroup’s Smith Barney. After that, she was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup Inc. (I remember her as CFO during my stint as Head of Research at Citigroup in Thailand) and eventually became CEO of Citi’s wealth management business.

Jessica Alba – American actress and businesswoman

Jessica Alba is an actress turned entrepreneur who cofounded the Nontoxic-Household-Goods startup The Honest Company in 2011. She rose to fame in 2000, starring in the sci-fi television series Dark Angel and received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.

Tim Ferris – America’s master learner

Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People.” He is an angel investor/advisor and author of five #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers. I bought The 4-Hour Workweek, when it first came out but wasn’t inspired. About six months later I picked it up and started implementing what he taught. Since then, I have spent more than half a million dollars on outsourcing from the site that he talked about in that book. His The Tim Ferriss Show podcast was the first business-interview podcast to pass 100M downloads. Tim started his business life by co-founding BrainQUICKEN LLC, a neurological and sports nutrition development firm that he sold to a private equity firm. His other books are The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef, Tools of Titans, and Tribe of Mentors. And he is a relentless blogger at Tim dot blog.

Marshall Goldsmith – American executive leadership coach and author

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the only two-time winner of the Thinkers 50 Award for #1 Leadership Thinker in the World. He is the author or editor of 36 books, including three New York Times bestsellers, that have sold over 2.5 million copies and been listed bestsellers in 12 countries. Three noted books are The Earned Life, Triggers, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. He is also ranked as one of the five most-respected executive coaches by Forbes, one of the top ten executive educators by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the 15 Greatest Business Thinkers in the World by The Times.

Indra Nooyi – Indian-American business executive and former CEO of PepsiCo

Indra Nooyi was instrumental in the lucrative restructuring and diversification of soft-drink manufacturer PepsiCo, Inc.’s brands. She was a former chair and chief executive officer of PepsiCo. She got an MBA from Yale before becoming one of corporate America’s few female CEOs in 2006. She is the author of the book, Indra’s Memoir, which is a New York Times bestseller offering insight from one of the world’s most-admired business leaders.

Katya Andresen – Chief Digital & Analytics Officer at Cigna

Katya Andresen was the Senior Vice President of Card Customer Experience at Capital One, a Fortune 500 company serving more than 65 million customer accounts worldwide. Katya has trained thousands of organizations in effective marketing and online engagement, having won national and international awards. She is the author of Robin Hood Marketing: Stealing Corporate Savvy to Sell Just Causes.

James Altucher – Hedge-fund manager, author, entrepreneur and angel investor

James Altucher is an entrepreneur and angel investor who has founded or co-founded over 20 companies. He has achieved the rank of a chess master and is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book “Choose Yourself.” He is a frequent contributor to publications including The Financial Times,, TechCrunch, Seeking Alpha, Thought Catalog, and The Huffington Post.

Oprah Winfrey – Talk show host, TV producer, actress, author, and philanthropist

Oprah Winfrey is the host of the daily talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, one of the most popular in the genre, making her one of the wealthiest and most influential women in the United States. In addition, she engaged in various philanthropic activities and created Oprah’s Angel Network, which sponsors charitable initiatives worldwide. She also campaigns against child abuse and has achieved many honors and awards.

John Maxwell – American author, speaker, and leadership expert

John Maxwell was a pastor of a small church in Ohio before turning into a leadership expert and a No.1 New York Times bestselling author, with over 24 million copies sold in over 50 languages. In 2014, he was identified as the #1 leader in Business by The American Management Association and the most influential leadership expert globally by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He has trained over 6 million leaders through programs such as The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation.

David Sable – Author, entrepreneur, social activist, storyteller and coach

David Sable is one of the most recognized names in the creative industry. He is the former global CEO of Young & Rubicam, one of the world’s leading global marketing communications companies. He is the thought leader at WPP and specializes in content expansion. David was named one of the Top 10 Most Generous Marketing Geniuses by Fast Company and is a board member of Special Olympics, UNICEF, and American Eagle Outfitters.

Hunter Walk – Partner at Homebrew, venture capitalist, angel investor and advisor

Hunter Walk is a partner at Homebrew VC, a seed-stage investment fund based in San Francisco, and the founding member of Second Life, an online multimedia platform. Hunter has led the consumer product management at YouTube and worked at Google.

Beth Comstock – Advisor, author and board director

Beth Comstock is a former vice-chair of General Electric. She oversaw GE’s business innovations to accelerate new growth, develop digital and clean-energy futures, seed new businesses, and enhance the brand value. In addition, she was involved with the early development of as President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal. Here book, Imagine It Forward, is about summoning courage and creativity in the face of change.

Ilya Pozin – Entrepreneur, writer and investor

Ilya Pozin is the founder of Pluto TV, Open Me and Coplex. In 2012, he was named a ‘30 Under 30 Entrepreneur’ by Inc. Magazine and in 2013, he was named one of 100 Top Influencers by LinkedIn. He founded his first company, Coplex, at the age of 17, which is a multi-million-dollar interactive agency. Ilya founded Open Me, a consumer-focused social greeting and gifting company, after stepping down as CEO of Coplex. In 2013, he cofounded Pluto TV, an OTT television platform.

Jill Schlesinger – CBS News business analyst and, host of “Jill on Money/Eye on Money”​

Jill Schlesinger is the Emmy and Gracie Award-Winning Business Analyst for CBS News. She simply explains complicated economic news for everyday viewers and listeners. She appears on CBS radio and television stations covering economics, markets, investing and many more. She is the author of the book ‘The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money: Thirteen Ways To Right Your Financial Wrongs’, published in 2019.

Dave Kerpen – Serial entrepreneur and global keynote speaker

Dave Kerpen is the co-founder and co-CEO of Apprentice, a platform that connects entrepreneurs with the brightest college students. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Remembering.Live / Celebrating. Live, which provides memorial services and corporate celebrations. He is the NY Times best-selling author with four books so far, two being, The Art of People and Likeable Social Media. He was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 10 up-and-coming leaders.

Jeff Selingo – Best-selling author, college admissions, and early career expert

Jeff Selingo is a New York Times bestselling author of three books. He has written about higher education for more than two decades. He is a special advisor for innovation and a professor at Arizona State University. He is the author of Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. He worked at The Chronicle in a variety of reporting and editing roles.

Clara Shih – CEO and Co-founder of Hearsay Social

Clara Shih is the CEO and founder of Hearsay Social, which is a social media marketing management platform whose predictive analytics technology helps salespeople reach out to clients at the right time with the right message. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She was also named as “40 Under 40” by Fortune and Advertising Age.

Rita King – Co-Director and EVP at Science House

Rita J. King is the Executive Vice President for Business Development at Science House and co-founder of Model Meetings. She is an author, and her work has been published in Fast Company Inc. and Entrepreneur. Rita served as a futurist at the Science and Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institute for Aerospace. In addition, she has worked and advised Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

Henry Blodget – CEO and Editor of Business Insider

Henry Blodget is an American businessman, investor, journalist, and CEO of Business Insider. He is notable for his former career as an equity research analyst. He was a senior Internet analyst for CIBC Oppenheimer and the head of the global Internet research team at Merrill Lynch during the Dot-Com Era. Due to his violations of securities laws and subsequent civil trial conviction, Blodget was permanently banned from involvement in the securities industry.

Jeff Immelt – Venture Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Jeffrey Robert Immelt previously served as the CEO of General Electric and GE’s Medical Systems division. He is currently working as a venture partner at New Enterprise Associates. Being a huge football fan, Jeffrey announced a GE investment of $40 million to develop diagnostic equipment for head trauma injuries and GE’s participation in a separate $20 million effort to create safer helmets and other equipment. He was also a top candidate to become CEO of Uber.

Lisa Gates – Leadership + Career story sleuth 

Lisa Gates is a consultant and professional coach who works with high-potential women to design and negotiate robust livelihoods. She also designs training that helps businesses and organizations empower women through negotiation, conflict resolution, and coaching techniques to manage and develop people in the workplace. She has been a frequent contributor to Forbes Woman, and her work with She Negotiates has been featured on NPR and CNN, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and online magazines such as Huffington Post and Daily Worth.

Grant Cardone – CEO Cardone Capital, known for his 10x Growth conference

Grant Cardone is an American entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, real estate investor, and sales coach. He is known for launching the 10X Growth Conference, the world’s largest business and entrepreneur conference. He is the author of many books, including The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure, Sell to Survive, and The Millionaire Booklet: How to Get Super Rich. He was named the number one sales trainer in the world by Forbes.

Cory Warfield – ‘Professional Metaverse’ co-founder

Cory Warfield is an American entrepreneur, influencer, speaker, and LinkedIn Kingmaker. He has advised businesses growing into metaverse with Coryconnects, entrepreneur in residence of Founder Institution, and served as global general manager at Inf4mation. Additionally, he uses his knowledge of data, gaining over 400,000 followers on LinkedIn with over 100 million views.

Nancy Lublin – Start-up brand and organization innovator

Nancy Lublin is the founder, co-founder, and CEO of many non-profit global organizations: Crisis Text Line, Dress for Success, and Do Something. Lublin was ranked as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune and 20 Women Changing the World by Marie Claire in 2014. Under her management, Do Something became one of the largest youth organizations globally, with more than 6 million members.

Brian Solis – One of the 21st-century business world’s leading thinkers

Brian Solis is an innovation evangelist, digital analyst, best-selling author, and international keynote speaker. His latest best-selling books include Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life. With over 20 years of studying disruptive technologies and innovation, Solis was ranked as one of the Top 10 people to know in Silicon Valley by Huffington Post, 25 Keynote speakers you need to know by Inc, and blogger of the year by PRNews.

Hannah Morgan – A Top Voice in Job Search and Career on LinkedIn

Hannah Morgan is the founder of Career sherpa, a job search website, an author, speaker, and job search strategist. She was ranked in Linkedin Top Voices in Job search and career, helping people with the strategies and tools to market themselves by sharing them on social media. Morgan is also the speaker and trainer for career search strategies.

Jennifer Hyman – Women Power, co-founder, and CEO of Rent the Runway

Jennifer Hyman is the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, a clothing-rental company. Time Magazine recognized her as one of the 100 most influential people globally, the 12th most disruptive name in the business by Forbes, and many more. Since 2009, her company has gained over $525 million in capital and IPO’ed on Nasdaq in 2021, with over 11 million members.

Chip Bergh – Levi Strauss, classic clothing brand’s CEO

Chip Bergh is the president and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co and an ex-management leader of various global corporations. He was brand manager for Procter and Gamble, has served as a lead independent director of HP Inc, and led Gillette Fusion to over 80 markets outside the country. Chip was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2019.

Daniel Pink – Author of 5 New York Times Bestselling Books

Daniel Pink is the author of 5x New York Times bestselling books in business, productivity, creativity, and behavior. His books have been translated into 42 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Some of his books include The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, and To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.

Marcelo Claure – President, CEO, and shareholder in Claure Capital

Marcelo Claure is the chairman and CEO of Claure Capital, a billion-dollar investment firm. Claure was the CEO and COO of SoftBank Group, where he led the best financial results in its history. He specializes in turning around companies and mergers and acquisitions.

Ben Horowitz – Co-founder, general partner of Andreesen Horowitz

Ben Horowitz is the co-founder and general partner of venture capital firm Andreesen Horowitz. He co-founded Opsware, which was sold to HP for $1.6 billion. Horowitz is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books: “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” and “What You Do Is Who You Are”.

Alison Doyle – Job search, career expert, and founder of CareerToolBelt

Alison Doyle is a career search and recruitment expert in human resources for The Balance Careers. She is the founder of, a platform for job search and career advice. Doyle is the author of “Alison Doyle’s Job Search Guidebook” and a columnist for the New York Times, Forbes, BBC, CNN, and many more. was ranked a top 100 website for your career by Forbes.

Lewis Howes – Former sports professional to lifestyle entrepreneur and coach

Lewis Howes was ranked as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in American Under 30 by The White House. He is an entrepreneur, business consultant, bestselling author, and keynote speaker. As a former professional football player, Howes began to give inspiration to others as a life coach. He has hosted the top 100 iTunes podcast, The School of Greatness, with over 1,000 episodes and 300 million downloads.

Jim Clifton – Author, CEO, and head of global companies Gallup

Jim Clifton is the chairman and CEO of Gallup, global public opinion research and advanced analytics. Clifton created the Gallup Path, an economic model used in performance management systems in over 500 international companies. Under his management, Clifton led Gallup to operate in over 20 countries. He is also the author and co-author of bestselling books, It’s the Manager, The Coming Jobs War, and Born to Build.

Brian Tracy – The Genius Author

Brian Tracy is a keynote speaker and seminar leader who has helped many billion-dollar companies with strategic planning and organizational development. He has consulted more than 5 million people from more than 75 countries and has produced hundreds of audio and video courses for professionals with successful careers in sales and marketing, investments, real estate development, etc. He is also the author of 80 books that have been translated into languages all over the globe.

Philippe Borries – Entrepreneur of the Year who led Refinery29 to become a global media brand

Philippe Borries is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Refinery29, leading the company to become a global media brand. Philippe was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Philippe led Refinery29 to be acquired by Vice Media Group in 2019. He is now an Entrepreneur-in-Residence leading Lonely Planet at Red Ventures.

Ramon Laguarta – CEO of PepsiCo

As a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PepsiCo, a global beverage company, Ramon Laguarta leads 23 brands under PepsiCo. Since 2018, Ramon has positioned the company to be Faster, Stronger, and Better to achieve his new corporate mission to Create More Smiles with Every Sip and Every Bite. Before being a leading part of PepsiCo, he worked in international roles in Chupa Chups, another leading global brand initially from Spain.

Scott Belsky – CPO of Adobe and executive vice president of Creative Cloud

Scott Belsky currently serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President of Creative Cloud. Scott is a co-founder of Behance, acquired by Adobe later in 2012 and was an advisor and investor in Pinterest, Uber, Sweetgreen, Carta, Cheddar, Flexport, Airtable, OpenSea, Ramp, Ro, and Periscope (part of Twitter), etc. He is also the author of the international bestselling books Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle.

Ndubuisi Ekekwe – Engineering professor and tech and innovation entrepreneur

Ndubuisi Ekekwe is an engineering professor, entrepreneur, and blogger. He is the founder of Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics company. He was named one of 60 Nigerians in 60 years, making Nigerian lives matter by The Guardian, Technology connoisseur of the year from Nation Builders Achievers Award, and many more. Ekekwe is also a regular blogger at Harvard Business Review, specializing in technology management and competitiveness. His work on Nanotechnology and Microelectronics received the Book of the Year Award by IGI Global.

Matt Higgins – NYC’s youngest press secretary of all time

Matt Higgins is the CEO and co-founder of RSE Ventures, a company focused on lifestyle, entertainment, sports, marketing, media, and technology. Rags to riches, Higgins dropped out of high school to fully support himself throughout college. After getting his law degree, Higgins’ career snowballed after he helped in managing the global press response to 9/11, being New York City’s youngest press secretary of all time. His career highlight was when he was a guest shark on the popular TV show Shark Tank. Today, Higgins is an executive fellow at Harvard, where he continues to expand and develop his knowledge as an executive.

Kenneth Blanchard – One of the top 25 Bestselling Authors on Amazon

Kenneth Blanchard is an author known for one of his bestselling book One Minute Manager, which teaches effective management techniques. He is the Chief Spiritual Officer and founder of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international training and consulting firm. One of Blanchard’s career highlights was his induction into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.

Blake Mycoskie – Entrepreneur, author, and the founder of TOMS

Blake Mycoskie is the founder, CEO of TOMS shoes, and co-founder of Madefor. As a philanthropist, Blake created a one-for-one business model where every shoe sold; one shoe will be donated. He was awarded Next Generation Award from Harvard’s School of Public Health and the Lion Heart Award by Cannes Lion. He is also the author of Start Something That Matters, No. 1 New York Times best-selling in the advice category.

Ryan Holiday – Founder of Brass Check, bestselling author, and PR strategist

Ryan Holiday is the writer, media strategist, and host of The Daily Stoic podcast. He has authored 10 books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, and Conspiracy, which have sold more than 3 million copies in 30 languages worldwide. Ryan is also the founder and partner of Brass Check, a creative advisory firm that advises Google, TEASER, and Complex.

Stephanie Ruhle – NBC and MSNBC news host and business analyst

Stephanie Ruhle is the senior business analyst at NBC and anchors many NBC News and MSNBC platforms, including The 11th Hour and MSNBC Live with Ruhle. Ruhle has interviewed many famous names in politics, business, entertainment, and sports, including Donald Trump, Kanye West, and Michael Bloomberg. Along with her co-worker, Stephanie was the first reporter to break the story of the London Whale in 2012. She also founded Corporate Investment Bank Women’s Network and co-chaired Women on Wall Street.

Andrew Ross Sorkin – NYT Journalist, bestseller book author, and film producer

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a financial columnist for the New York Times and the founder of DealBook, an online daily financial report. He is also the co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box, a television news program. Sorkin has written the best business book, Too Big to Fail, awarded by Gerald Loeb. He also co-produced Billions, a TV series by Showtime.

Jason Fried – The inventor of Twitch and Airbnb’s platform

Jason Fried is a columnist at Inc. magazine, co-founder, and CEO of Basecamp, a web software development company. His company invented Ruby on Rails, an app platform for many big names such as Twitch, Airbnb, Kickstarter, etc., with millions of users. Fried is also the co-author of 2x New York Times bestseller, Rework and Remote.

Dara Treseder – Chief marketing officer at Peloton, speaker, and lecturer

Dara Treseder is the global head of marketing and communication at Peloton, the world’s largest interactive fitness platform. She is also a keynote speaker, lecturer, and advisor on marketing, innovation, and growth in several conferences hosted by Cannes Lions, Harvard, Stanford, and London School of Economics. Dara was recognized as one of the most influential chief marketing officers globally by Forbes, Silicon Valley’s top 40 leaders under 40, Top 25 most innovative chief marketing officers by Business Insider, and many more.

Hubert Joly – Ex-CEO of Best Buy and bestselling author

Hubert Joly is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and BestBuy’s former chairman and CEO. Joly is also a member of the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson and Ralph Lauren. He has been recognized as one of the top 100 CEOs globally by Harvard Business Review, top 30 CEOs by Barron’s, and top 10 CEOs in the US by Glassdoor. Joly is the author of the bestselling book named The Heart of Business

Parth Detroja – Product manager at Facebook, keynote speaker, and bestselling author

Parth Detroja is a product manager at Facebook, speaker, and technology influencer. He is the 2x bestselling author of Amazon’s bestseller books Swipe to Unlock and Bubble or Revolution showing his interests in technology and blockchain. Also, he has held several conferences and been a speaker on leading technology, product management and blockchain, and business strategies.

Houston Golden – Co-founder of Badass Marketers & Founder

Houston Golden is the co-founder of BAMF Media, a growth marketing agency. He is known for marketing on Linkedin and is a mastermind for Linkedin influencers. He has been working with some of Linkedin’s top influencers and entrepreneurs, such as Russell Brunson, Prince Ea, Mark Manson, etc. He was recognized as one of the top 12 Innovators by Forbes. Golden is also the author of The Linkedin Bible.

Justin Wu – Founder of DCENTRAL Miami, one of the largest future of finance & NFTS

Justin Wu is the founder of DCENTRAL Conference, the largest iteration of the World Wide Web-based on blockchain technology, also called Web3. Based on his experience since 2015 in the Web3 industry, he has built communities & growth marketers, events, and marketing alongside Polygon, Immutable, Airswap, and many more.

Alejandro Cremades – Founder & CEO of Rock the Post, author on entrepreneurship

Alejandro Cremades is the founder of Rock the Post, a business crowdfunding platform, co-founder of Panthera Advisors, an investment bank, and the author of The Art of Startup Fundraising,’ entrepreneurs’ best books in 2016 and was ranked no.1 on Vanity Fair’s 30 under 30. He is also a Forbes column writer and active speaker for podcasts and university guests.

Dr. Ganapathi Pulipaka – CEO of SAP,  tech lead for DeepSingularity, bestselling author

Dr. Ganapathi Pulipaka is the CEO, Chief data scientist, SAP technical lead at DeepSingularity, a data consulting company, and author of the No.1 Amazon bestseller book, Big Data Appliances. Pulipaka is an expert in computer science and data analytics who has worked with over 27 corporations over the past 21 years and 100+ SAP projects.

John Spence – Top 50 small business experts in America

John Spence is a CEO, business strategist, author, and speaker. He was ranked in the top 100 small business influencers, top 50 small business experts in America, top 100 global list thought leaders, Richard Branson, and among America’s top leaders and Jeff Bezos.

Kent Gustavson – CEO, founder, business advisor, award-winning author, musician

Kent Gustavson is a business advisor, writer, entrepreneur, and musician. He is the founder of Blooming Twig, an independent book publisher, and an author of award-winning books. Through his experiences as a business strategist, music composition, and speaker, he gained over 100 million views and 100,000 followers on his social media platforms.

Danielle Bernstein – CEO, founder, and fashion designer of WeWoreWhat

Danielle Bernstein is the founder of WeWoreWhat, an American clothing brand and blog. Growing her fashion blogs as a sophomore in school, she has over 2.8 million followers on Instagram and a net worth of over $2.5 million as an entrepreneur and collaboration with many global brands.

Scott Galloway – Author, N.Y.U professor, and business guru

Scott Galloway is the author of The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. After his first book in 2017, he successfully published two more books in 2019 and 2020. He is the founder of L2; a research firm focused on brand management and digital marketing. He is also a Clinical Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business, where he teaches brand strategy and digital marketing.

Brandon Bornancin – Internet’s favorite salesperson

Brandon Bornancin is a sales genius, serial entrepreneur, author, and the CEO and founder of, one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies in the US. He helps 100,000 (and counting) companies flood their calendars and generate millions in sales using artificial intelligence to find anyone’s emails and phone numbers.

Brandon Bornancin’s MWIE Episode

Donald Cohen – LinkedIn Expert Marketer, trainer, speaker, and podcaster

Donald Cohen is the founder of He is collaboratively empowering LinkedIn proficiency, performance, and success. He was a two-time Internet Retailer Of The Year, a two-time Top 50 Website Of The Year, and a three-time INC 500 CEO. He was also the top Amazon and Walmart Marketplace partner, generating $200,000,000 in sales, beginning with $4 on e-Bay.

Donald Cohen’s MWIE Episode

David Alto – Resume, interview, and LinkedIn guru

David Alto is the owner and founder of AltoAdvance, an individual coaching, and business consultancy company. His company provides resumes, LinkedIn, and interview coaching. He specializes in empowering and promoting the talents and experiences of those looking to accomplish their career goals and excel in their profession. In 2021, he published his book, “The Fear of Confidence.”

Judi Fox – LinkedIn expert and leading networking coach

Judi Fox started her career as a chemical engineer in 1999. But when the 2008 economic crisis hit, she realized the importance of networking on LinkedIn which led her to successfully launch her own Environmental Consulting business and her LinkedIn Job Search Coaching and Resume business. In 2018, 4 years after she decided to go back into a full-time corporate position when a family crisis hit, she launched the “LinkedIn Business Accelerator” strategy which helps you network effectively on LinkedIn.

Michael Bungay Stanier – Author of “The Coaching Habit” and “How to Begin”

Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of seven books which between them have sold over a million copies. He’s best known for The Coaching Habit, the best-selling coaching book of the century and already recognized as a classic. His new book, How to Begin, helps people be more ambitious for themselves and for the world. Michael was a Rhodes Scholar and plays the ukulele badly. He’s Australian, and lives in Toronto, Canada.

Ram Charan – The most influential consultant

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author, and speaker who has spent the past 40 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. Fortune magazine has called him “the most influential consultant alive.” He shares his business insights through writing and teaching. He has written over 30 books that have sold more than 4 million copies in more than a dozen languages.

Dorie Clark – Self-reinvention expert

Dorie Clark is a strategy consultant, executive coach, and keynote speaker (with deep experience in virtual presentations) who has worked with clients including Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Fidelity, Yale University, the IMF, and the World Bank. She’s the author of several books, including the WSJ bestseller “The Long Game” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2021), as well as “Entrepreneurial You,” which was named “one of the most important business books of the year” by Inc. magazine and one of the Top 5 Books of the Year by Forbes. She also wrote “Reinventing You” and “Stand Out,” which Inc. magazine declared the #1 Leadership Book of the Year and Forbes named one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year.

Jim Clifton – The original and futuristic thinker

Jim Clifton is the Chairman of Gallup, a global analytics and advisory firm. He is the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes the linkages between human nature in the workplace, customer engagement, and business outcomes. Another of his innovations, the Gallup World Poll, gives the world’s 7 billion citizens a voice on virtually all key global issues. Jim authored several books, including Wellbeing at Work, It’s the Manager, Born to Build, and The Coming Jobs War.

Gautam Baid – Stellar fund manager and author

Gautam Baid is the Fund Manager and Managing Partner at Stellar Wealth Partners India Fund, a Delaware-based investment partnership modeled after the original Buffett Partnership fee structure. He is the Founder of Stellar Wealth Partners Private Limited, a SEBI-registered Research Analyst firm that offers stock ideas on the small case platform for investors in the Indian stock market. He is also the author of The Joys of Compounding: The Passionate Pursuit of Lifelong Learning.

Jeb Blount – Author, speaker, and sales acceleration specialist

Jeb Blount is an internationally renowned speaker who helps companies improve their sales- fast. He trains tens of thousands through his global company, Sales Gravy, and is the host of the world’s #1 downloaded Sales podcast. He is also a bestselling author of 13 books and among the world’s most respected thought leaders on sales, leadership, and customer experience.

Anthony Iannarino – Master in elite sales

Anthony Iannarino is a highly respected international speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and sales leader specializing in complex business-to-business (B2B) sales. He is also a founder and managing partner of two closely held, family-owned businesses in the staffing industry, leading both entities in strategic planning while growing sales. Anthony is best known for his work at The Sales Blog, which has helped him gain recognition as a top thought leader in sales strategy. He is also the designer of Level 4 Value Creation™ and Building Consensus, methodologies that help sales organizations achieve transformational, breakthrough results.

Mark Hunter – The Sales Hunter

Mark Hunter helps individuals and companies identify better prospects and build more profitable customer relationships. He is an award-winning sales blogger and in-demand speaker, and his clients include Samsung, Coca-Cola, American Express, and Sony. He is the author of High-Profit Selling.

Donald C. Kelly – The Chief Sales Evangelist

Donald C. Kelly is the founder of The Sales Evangelist. He oversees business development strategies for small to mid-size organizations. He also conducts workshops and keynote presentations, designs sales processes, offers sales team training, and coaches sales individuals and executives. In addition, he is the host of The Sales Evangelist podcast, which can be heard in over 155 countries.

Annie Duke – Speaker, author, and a student of decision science

Annie Duke is an author, speaker, and consultant in decision-making and Special Partner focused on Decision Science at First Round Capital Partners, a seed-stage venture fund. Her latest book, Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away, is set to be released this October 4, 2022. Her previous book, Thinking in Bets, is a national bestseller.

Ray Dalio – A global macro investor, author and active philanthropist

A global macro investor for more than 50 years, Ray Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates out of his two-bedroom apartment in NYC and ran it for most of its 47 years, building it into the largest hedge fund in the world. Ray remains an investor and mentor at Bridgewater and serves on its board. He is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Principles: Life and Work, Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order, and Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises.

Marcelo Claure – Bolivian tech entrepreneur, investor and football enthusiast

Marcelo Claure is an entrepreneur and investor who has founded and led some of the world’s most iconic businesses. He is currently the Founder & CEO of Claure Capital, a newly founded multi-billion-dollar global investment firm focused on public and private companies in technology, media, telecommunications, crypto, sports, real estate, and other high growth sectors.

Joel Peterson – Stanford professor, author and businessman

Joel Peterson is the chairman of JetBlue Airways and the founding partner of Peterson Partners, a Salt Lake City-based investment management firm. He currently teaches Entrepreneurial Management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Joel is the author of The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds that Make a Business Great.

Max Levchin – PayPal co-founder and Affirm CEO

Max Levchin founded or co-founded the companies, HVF, and Affirm. In 1998, he co-founded the company that eventually became PayPal. He was also an early investor in Yelp and was the Chairman for 11 years.

J.T. O’Donnell – Job creator and career mentor

J.T. O’Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching.

Diana Olick – CNBC Senior Climate and Real Estate Correspondent

Diana Olick is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, currently serving as CNBC’s senior climate and real estate correspondent. She also contributes her climate and real estate expertise to NBC News NOW, MSNBC, NBC’s “Today,” and “NBC Nightly News.” She is a regular guest speaker and does guest segments on NPR and C-SPAN. Her work on won the Gracie Award for “Outstanding Blog” in 2015.

Michael Fertik – Father of online reputation management

Michael Fertik is the managing director and founder of Heroic Ventures and the executive chairman and founder of He has also been the founder and CEO of, WaveShift, and Sightglass Vision, among others. A futurist with more than ten patents, Michael is credited with pioneering the field of online reputation management (ORM) and is lauded as the world’s leading cyberthinker in digital privacy and reputation.

Whitney Johnson – Top management thinker and Top Voice on LinkedIn

Whitney Johnson is the CEO of the tech-enabled talent development company Disruption Advisors, an Inc. 5000 2020 honoree and one of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Thinkers50 ranked her as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world in 2021, and in 2020 she was a Top Voice on LinkedIn, with 1.8 million followers.

Ankur Warikoo – Author of Do Epic Shit

Ankur Warikoo is a serial entrepreneur, a bestselling author, an online educator, a content creator, and the founder of Nearbuy. In 2021, he published his first book – Do Epic Shit, and hit #1 in India on the Nielsen bestsellers list.

Steve Anderson – International best-selling author of The Bezos Letters

Steve Anderson is an expert in strategic risk and business growth. Drawing on decades of experience in the insurance industry, he wrote The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon, which has become a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller. With hundreds of thousands of followers, Steve has been handpicked by LinkedIn as one of the world’s most influential thought leaders.

Jeff DeGraff – Dean of Innovation, author, and thought leader

Jeff DeGraff is an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, a top innovation speaker, a business professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a bestselling author. He earned his nickname, the “Dean of Innovation,” while working as an executive for Domino’s Pizza in his youth. He accelerated Domino’s growth from a regional success story to an international franchise phenomenon. He wrote several books on how teams innovate, the most recent being The Innovation Code: The Creative Power of Constructive Conflict.

Isabelle Kocher de Leyritz – Strategic thinker, financial engineer, and business structuring expert

Isabelle Kocher de Leyritz is the former CEO of ENGIE and is currently the president of the Talks of Excellence. She is also a Member of Corps des Mines and Manager for Sequaris SNC and on the board of 7 other companies. In the past, Isabelle occupied the position of Chief Executive Officer & Director at ENGIE SA and Vice Chairman of Electrabel SA (a subsidiary of ENGIE SA), Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Eau et Force SA, and Chief Executive Officer at Lyonnaise des Eaux SA.

Frida Polli – Neuroscientist, turned startup founder

Frida Polli is the co-founder and CEO of pymetrics (now Harver), a company using neuroscience and AI to improve the efficiency and diversity of hiring. With global clients, including Unilever and Accenture, pymetrics has matched hundreds of thousands of people with their ideal jobs while removing bias from the hiring process. Previously, Frida was a neuroscientist at Harvard and MIT, where her work on cognitive and emotional brain function won numerous awards from the NIH, Harvard, MIT, and private philanthropies.

Phil Libin – Former CEO of Evernote, now co-founder and CEO at mmhmm

Phil Libin served as CEO of the Silicon Valley-based software company Evernote from 2007 to 2015, then became Executive Chairman of Evernote’s board. In September 2015, Libin joined General Catalyst Partners as its fourth general partner in Silicon Valley. In September 2016, Libin stepped down as Executive Chairman of Evernote’s board of directors to focus on his role at General Catalyst Partners. Currently, Libin runs the Startup “mmhmm” and the startup studio All Turtles.

Larry Swedroe – The author of The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You’ll Ever Need

Larry Swedroe is the head of financial and economic research at Buckingham Wealth Partners. He was among the first authors to publish a book that explained the science of investing in layman’s terms, “The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You’ll Ever Need.” He has authored or co-authored 18 books.

Larry Swedroe’s MWIE Episode

Jason Hsu – The forefront and a recognized thought leader of the smart beta revolution

Jason Hsu is the founder, chairman, and CIO of Rayliant Global Advisors (RGA), a global investment management group with over US$15+ billion in assets managed using its strategies as of June 30, 2022. He is also co-founded Research Affiliates, a smart beta and asset allocation leader with over US$143 billion in assets managed using its strategies.

Jason Hsu’s MWIE Episode

Howard Lindzon – Author and a believer of investing for profit and joy

In 2008 Howard Lindzon co-founded StockTwits, and now Chairman after 5 years as CEO. StockTwits was recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by Fast Company and one of the “50 best websites” by Time. He’s also an author of four books.

Divya Narendra – Classmates with Zuckerberg and co-founder with the Winklevoss Twins

Divya Narendra is the CEO and co-founder of SumZero. Before founding SumZero, he was an Associate at Sowood Capital Management, a $3.5B multi-strat hedge fund located in Boston, MA. At Sowood, Divya analyzed investment opportunities across the capital structure. Prior to this, he was an analyst in the M&A Group at Credit Suisse in NYC.

Anthony Zhang – Expert in wine investment

Anthony Zhang founder and CEO of Vinovest, a platform for investing in a managed portfolio of fine wines. He built his first company at 18, eventually growing operations to 22 markets and employing over 1,500. He loves to build and grow teams and foster a rapid-testing, data-centric culture of execution.

Vikram Mansharamani – One of the greatest independent thinkers of our time

Vikram Mansharamani is a global trend-watcher who shows people how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities. He has been honored by LinkedIn as their one of their Top Voices and Worth magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance. He is the author of “THINK FOR YOURSELF: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence” as well as “BOOMBUSTOLOGY: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst.”  Vikram is currently a lecturer at Harvard University, where he teaches students to use multiple perspectives in making tough decisions.

Rex Salisbury – A fintech super-connector

Rex Salisbury is the founder and general partner at Cambrian Ventures, a pre-seed & seed focused fintech fund. He previously was a Partner at A16Z, where he helped launch the fintech vertical. He has over a decade of experience working in finance & fintech primarily as a software engineer before becoming a venture capitalist.

Bob Elliott – CEO and CIO of Unlimited

Bob Elliott is the co-founder and CEO of Unlimited, which uses machine learning to create diversified index replication ETFs of 2&20 strategies like hedge funds, VC and PE. Prior to founding Unlimited, he served on the Investment Committee at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund.

Jesse Felder – Publisher of The Felder Report and podcast host

After starting his career at Bear Stearns and then co-founding a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund firm, Jesse Felder left Wall Street to focus his energies on research and writing. Today he publishes The Felder Report and hosts the Superinvestors podcast.

Jesse Felder’s MWIE Episode

Vincent Deluard – Global macro strategist with a strong international background

Vincent Deluard is the global macro strategist for StoneX Group Inc., where he authors weekly commentary on global macro topics and advises pension funds on asset allocation. He served as Europe strategist for Ned Davis Research and was executive vice president for TrimTabs Investment. Vincent is frequently quoted in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Barron’s and is regularly on Bloomberg TV and CNBC.

Vincent Deluard’s MWIE Episode

Michael Howell – Father of quantitative liquidity research methodology

Michael Howell is CEO of CrossBorder Capital, a London-based FCA registered, independent research and investment company that he founded in 1996. He brings 40 years finance experience and is a regular international conference speaker, a media and social media commentator and author.

Nick Maggiulli – Experienced data scientist and author

Nick Maggiulli is the Chief Operating Officer and Data Scientist at Ritholtz Wealth Management, where he oversees operations across the firm and provides insights on business intelligence. He is also the author of, a blog focused on the intersection of data and personal finance. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and The Los Angeles Times.

Nick Maggiulli’s MWIE Episode

Jim O’Shaughnessy – Investor and accelerator of creative endeavors

Jim O’Shaughnessy is the Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of O’Shaughnessy Asset Management (OSAM). He is the author of four books on investing, and his book What Works on Wall Street is a BusinessWeek and New York Times Business bestseller.

Jim O’Shaughnessy’s MWIE episode

Michelle Finneran Dennedy – The “Privacy Jedi”

Michelle Finneran Dennedy is the co-founder of Privacy Code and co-author of The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about her new startup, her path from studying psychology to becoming the first chief privacy officer at Sun and Cisco, and what everyone gets wrong about privacy.

Neville Medhora – Digital strategist and SEO expert      

Neville Medhora has been starting businesses and side projects since high school and has learned a bunch about what works and what doesn’t work. Advisor to numerous software companies and teach of copywriting at and “Neville Medhora” across all socials.

Dave Nadig – ETF and mutual fund industry veteran

Dave Nadig is CEO of Previously, he was director of ETFs at FactSet Research Systems. Before that, as managing director at BGI, he helped design some of the first ETFs. As co-founder of Cerulli Associates, Nadig conducted some of the earliest research on fee-only financial advisors and the rise of indexing.

Axel Merk – Expert on macro trends, sought-after speaker and author

Axel Merk the President and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments, manager of the Merk Funds. Founder of the firm bearing his name, Merk is an expert on macro trends.

Jason Calacanis – Visionary leader, angel investor and author

Jason Calacanis is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, podcaster, and writer. He is the founder and CEO of and Launch. He previously worked at Weblogs as a co-founder and CEO.

Phil Nadel – Serial entrepreneur and co-host of “The Pitch”

Phil Nadel is a serial entrepreneur, a published author, frequent conference speaker, and one of the co-hosts of “The Pitch” podcast. He is now the Managing Director of Forefront Venture Partners, which manages a dedicated fund and one of the largest and most active AngelList syndicates.

Edward Yardeni – The “Wall Street Seer”

Edward Yardeni is the President of Yardeni Research, Inc., providing global investment strategy and asset allocation analyses and recommendations to many of the world’s top institutional investors. He is also the author of “Predicting the Markets: A Professional Autobiography.”

Matthew Hougan – The ETF expert

Matthew Hougan is the Global Head of Research and Development at Bitwise Asset Management Inc., creator of the world’s first cryptocurrency index fund. He was previously CEO of Inside ETFs, the world’s leading ETF education company, and before that, CEO of which was the world’s first institutionally oriented, ETF-specific ratings and analytics service.

Fabrice Grinda – Leading internet entrepreneur and super angel

Fabrice Grinda is the Founding Partner of FJ Labs, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on online marketplaces and network effects startups. As an internet entrepreneur and investor, he has successfully transposed, adapted and invested in business ideas between the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Aswath Damodaran – Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at NYU

Aswath Damodaran holds the Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education and is Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. He is also an author of several highly regarded and widely-used academic texts on Valuation, Corporate Finance, and Investment Management.

Sanchal Ranjan – India’s home rental utilization and experience master

Sanchal Ranjan is co-founder and CEO of ZiffyHomes, one of the leading real time online platforms for rental accommodation in India. He is also the co-Founder and Product Specialist of Analog. He previously worked at Deloitte as a Consultant.

Kevin Chemidlin – Podcast growth and monetization guru

Kevin Chemidlin was a podcaster who hit the wall in 2019 – audience growth stopped, he was burnt out, and he couldn’t figure out how to monetize. So, he did something crazy: he shut his show down completely and spent 3 months studying the best podcasts in the game. He came back, implemented what he learned, and then took his podcast past 100,000 listeners and $100,000 monetized.

Ham Serunjogi – CEO of Chipper Cash

Ham Serunjogi is co-founder and CEO of Chipper Cash, a fintech startup that enables free and instant cross border peer-to-peer money transfers as well as solutions for businesses and merchant payment processing.

Carl Chang – Tennis coach turned pizzeria founder

Carl Chang is founder and CEO of Kairos Investment Management. He is also the co-founder of the pizza chain Pieology, and is active in real estate investment businesses. He is the older brother and former coach of tennis star Michael Chang.

Wesley Gray – The ETF Architect

Wesley Gray is the founder and CEO of Alpha Architect, a quantitative asset management firm. Dr. Gray’s interest in bridging the research gap between academia and industry led him to found Alpha Architect, an asset management firm dedicated to an impact mission of empowering investors through education. He is a contributor to multiple industry publications and regularly speaks to professional investor groups across the country. Wes has published multiple academic papers and four books.

Scott Lynn – Master of artwork investing

Scott Lynn is the founder and CEO of Masterworks, the first company to allow investors to buy shares representing ownership of great masterpieces by artists like Warhol, Monet, and more.

Michael Gayed – Publisher of The Lead-Lag Report

Michael Gayed is a Portfolio Manager at Toroso Investments, an investment management company specializing in ETF focused research, investment strategies and services designed for financial advisors, RIAs, family offices and investment managers. He is the co-author of four award-winning research papers on market anomalies and investing.

Aaron Fu – Africa’s champion entrepreneur

Aaron Fu is a partner at emerging market inclusive tech focused Catalyst Fund, is a founding partner in Africa focused founder backed pre-seed fund Sherpa Ventures. He also co-founded Venture for Africa, a fellowship for talent on the continent and beyond to gain experience and build careers with early-stage African startups.

Dan Morehead – Crypto firm founder and leader of digital currencies

Dan Morehead is founder and CEO of Pantera Capital, an investment firm focused exclusively on Bitcoin, other digital currencies, and companies utilizing blockchain technology. The firm was founded in 2003 with a focus on global macro hedge fund investments. He has more than 25 years of experience in managing global macro funds, macro trading, and investment advisory services.

Frank Holmes – Renowned global investor and mining fund manager

Frank Holmes is the CEO of U.S. Global Investors, an investment manager with both ETFs and mutual funds, and HIVE Blockchain, the world’s very first publicly traded company involved in the mining of cryptocurrencies. He is a much-sought-after keynote speaker at national and international investment conferences. He is also a regular commentator on the financial television networks CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business, and has been profiled by Fortune, Barron’s, The Financial Times and other publications.

Sheel Mohnot – Exceptional investor, mentor and company builder

Sheel Mohnot is the co-founder of Better Tomorrow Ventures, a $75m fund that leads pre-seed and seed rounds in fintech companies globally. Sheel is also on the investment committee for the Catalyst Fund, an initiative to support entrepreneurs building financial solutions for the underserved in India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Zach Coelius – The Unicorn Whisperer

Zach Coelius is the Managing Partner at Coelius Capital. He is a four-time entrepreneur, but now that he has sold his last company, he shifted from full-time angel investing to become a VC investor.

Mike Dudas – Stellar growth executive turned crypto VC

Mike Dudas is the founder and General Partner of 6th Man Ventures, a VC firm focused on investing in Web3 and the metaverse. He recently helped launch LinksDAO, which raised over $10 million in less than 48 hours and is creating the modern golf & leisure club. Previously, he worked at Disney, Google, and Venmo with growth and business development.

Peter Zeihan – Leading geopolitical strategist

Peter Zeihan is an expert in geopolitics, the study of how place impacts financial, economic, cultural, political and military developments. His newest book is The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization.

Eric Balchunas – ETF analyst, funds product specialist and author

Eric Balchunas is a Senior ETF Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, where he leads the ETF and passive fund research and contributes to Bloomberg Opinion. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences, as well as the co-creator of the Bloomberg podcast Trillions and Bloomberg TV’s ETF IQ. Eric is author of The Institutional ETF Toolbox and The Bogle Effect.

Cormac Kinney – Inventor of the only regulator-approved diamond commodity

Cormac Kinney is the founder and CEO of Diamond Standard, a regulator-approved fungible diamond commodity. He is a software developer and entrepreneur, with innovations cited by others in nearly 4,000 patents. He is also a founder of 6 startups, with 4 acquired by public companies or investment funds.

Lance Roberts – Strategist, economist and lead editor of the Real Investment Report

Lance Roberts is the Chief Investment Strategist and Economist of RIA Advisors. He is also the Chief Editor of the Real Investment Report, a weekly subscriber-based newsletter that is distributed globally. Having been in the investing world for more than 25 years, from private banking and investment management to private and venture capital, Lance has pretty much “been there and done that” at one point or another. His commonsense approach, clear explanations and “real world” experience has appealed to audiences for almost two decades.

James Bianco – Macro, fixed-income and economic analyst

James Bianco is President of Bianco Research, L.L.C., an Arbor Research & Trading, LLC affiliate. Since November 1990, he has been producing fixed income commentaries, which enjoy a circulation of portfolio managers and traders numbering into the several hundred. Prior to joining Arbor and Bianco Research, Jim spent five years in New York City with several prominent investment banking firms. He was a Market Strategist in equity and fixed income research at UBS Securities, and an Equity Technical Analyst at First Boston and Shearson Lehman Brothers. He is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and a member of the Chartered Market Technicians Association (CMT Association), where he previously served as a national Vice President, chairing the CMT Association’s 1996 annual seminar.

Cory Klippsten – Bitcoiner, innovative consultant and renowned entrepreneur

Cory Klippsten is the CEO of Bitcoin financial services firm He is a partner in Bitcoiner Ventures and El Zonte Capital, serves as an advisor to The Bitcoin Venture Fund, and as an angel has funded more than 50 early-stage tech companies. Before startups, Klippsten worked for Google, McKinsey, Microsoft and Morgan Stanley, and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Ken McElroy – Author, champion and advocate for estate investors

Ken McElroy is the author of the best-selling books The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing, The Advanced Guide to Real Estate Investing, The ABC’s of Property Management, and most recently his book on entrepreneurship: The Sleeping Giant, where he shares his real-life examples and ideology of how to be successful in business and in life. As the Real Estate Advisor to Robert Kiyosaki of The Rich Dad Company, Ken is also a chapter contributor in the newly released Rich Dad book, More Important Than Money: An Entrepreneur’s Team. For over two decades, Ken McElroy has experienced massive success in the real estate world-from investment analysis and property management to acquisitions and property development. With over $3 Billion investment dollars in real estate, Ken offers a unique perspective on how to get the biggest return on investments.

Viktor Shvets – Author, global strategist and experienced investment banker

Viktor Shvets is the author of The Great Rupture: Three Empires, Four Turning Points, and the Future of Humanity. He is the managing director and the head of the Asia-Pacific and global strategy at Macquarie Group. Over nearly 40 years as an investment banker, he has been a highly rated analyst across various disciplines, head of research and is now recognized as one of the more innovative global market strategists, working on the intersection between finance, technology, politics, and history. He is a prolific writer on key global trends and is a frequent commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg, and other media outlets.

Lawrence McDonald – Author, CNBC contributor, and political risk expert

In 2010 Lawrence McDonald founded an investment research firm which publishes The Bear Traps Report, a weekly independent investment research publication focusing on global political and systemic risk with actionable trade ideas. He is the author of “A Colossal Failure of Common Sense”, which is ranked by the CFA Institute in the “Top 20” Books All-Time in Finance. He makes weekly appearances on CNBC as a contributor focused on political and economic risk and opportunities.

Stephanie Kelton – Author, professor and one of the top women in finance

Stephanie Kelton is a professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University and a Senior Fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research. She is a leading expert on Modern Monetary Theory and a former Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (Democratic staff). She was named by POLITICO (2016) as one of the 50 people most influencing the policy debate in America, as one of the 50 people who defined 2019 by Bloomberg Businessweek, as one of Barron’s top 100 Women in Finance (2020 & 2021), and by Prospect Magazine (2020) as one of the World’s Top 50 Thinkers. She is a regular commentator on national radio and broadcast television. Her book, The Deficit Myth, became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Grant Williams – Author, visionary and the podcast host of The Grant Williams Podcast

Grant Williams is widely respected as a visionary in the financial industry with a career spanning 35 years as an investor, advisor, writer, and interviewer. In 2020, he stoked the fire of his passion for interviewing brilliant people by launching The Grant Williams Podcast in various forms, including The End Game, The Super Terrific Happy Hour, and The Narrative Game. Grant has been guiding people around the fringes of finance with his regular newsletter, Things That Make You Go Hmmm…, a publication which, from humble beginnings as a daily note to a few friends and colleagues, has grown into one of the most widely read financial publications in the world.

Ben Hunt – Author of Epsilon Theory

Ben Hunt is the creator of Epsilon Theory and inspiration behind Second Foundation Partners, which he co-founded with Rusty Guinn in June 2018. As Chief Investment Officer, Ben bears primary responsibility for determining the Company’s investment views and positioning of model portfolios. He is also the primary author of materials distributed through Epsilon Theory.

Peter McCullough – Leader in the medical response to COVID-19 in the US

Peter McCullough is an internist, cardiologist, and epidemiologist managing the cardiovascular complications of both the viral infection and the injuries developing after the COVID-19 vaccine in Dallas. Since the outset of the pandemic, Dr. McCullough has been a leader in the medical response to the COVID-19 disaster and has published “Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection,” the first synthesis of sequenced multidrug treatment of ambulatory patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the American Journal of Medicine and subsequently updated in Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine.

William D. Cohan – Author of The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Freres & Co.

William D. Cohan is a former senior Wall Street M&A investment banker for 17 years at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorganChase. He is the New York Times bestselling author of three non-fiction narratives about Wall Street: Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street and, The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co., the winner of the 2007 FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

Amy Wu – Dynamic investor and leading crypto gaming expert

Amy Wu has enjoyed being on both sides of the table as investor and operator, joining Lightspeed in 2019 as an early member of the growth team to lead the reinvestment platform and invest in growth-stage consumer and enterprise businesses. Prior to Lightspeed, Amy was an executive for several years, most recently at Discovery Inc., a global media company with 17 TV networks in 220 countries, and at NewsCred, a growth-stage marketing software company based in NYC, after starting her career at Insight Venture Partners.

Jurrien Timmer – Asset allocation expert and global macro strategist

Jurrien Timmer is the director of Global Macro at Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions, and financial intermediaries. Jurrien has been at Fidelity for 22 years and has more than 30 years of experience in the industry.

Fred Thiel – Deep technology industry and transformational value creation expert

Fred Thiel is the CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings, a digital asset technology company that mines cryptocurrencies with a focus on the blockchain ecosystem and the generation of digital assets. He is a respected expert and frequent speaker on FinTech, digital assets, Blockchain, bitcoin, crypto mining, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, venture capital, private equity and the digital transformations of companies and industries, providing deep technology industry expertise and strategic advice on transformational value creation – the process of generating growth and shareholder value.

John List – Economist, author and distinguished professor

Professor John A. List is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on combining field experiments with economic theory to deepen our understanding of the economic science. In the early 1990s, John pioneered field experiments as a methodology for testing behavioral theories and learning about behavioral principles that are shared across different domains. He co-authored the international best seller, The Why Axis, in 2013.

Raghuram Rajan – Indian economist, finance professor and author

Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth. He was the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India between September 2013 and September 2016. Between 2003 and 2006, Dr. Rajan was the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. The books he has written include The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind, I Do What I Do: On Reform, Rhetoric, and Resolve, and Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy, for which he was awarded the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs prize for best business book in 2010.

Daniel Goleman – Author of Emotional Intellgience

Daniel Goleman is the author of the best-selling Emotional Intelligence, as well as many other works in emotional and social intelligence, leadership, and education. He is also a psychologist, former science journalist for the New York Times, and co-director of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. He lectures frequently to professional audiences.

Ian Cassel – Full-time microcap investor and founder of MicroCapClub

Ian Cassel is a full-time microcap investor and CIO of Intelligent Fanatics Capital Management. He is the founder of and co-founder of the Ian started investing as a teenager and learned from losing his money over and over again. Ian’s belief is the key to outsized returns is finding great companies early because all great companies started as small companies.

Alex Lieberman – America’s business barista and podcast host

Alex Lieberman is the cofounder of Morning Brew, a daily email with news regarding business, world economics, current events, and more. He is also a host of the daily journal-style podcast, Founder’s Journal. In 2019, Lieberman was on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list at 25 years old with Morning Brew co-founder, Austin Rief.

Brian Lee – Revolutionary CEO and sports collector

Brian Lee is the co-founder and Managing Director of BAM Ventures and has served in this capacity since 2015. He currently serves as Founder and CEO of Arena Club, focused on sports collectibles. He also serves as a board member at the Lowell Milken Institute of Business Law and Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles and serves on the board of Brentwood School.

Bill George – Best-selling author and executive fellow at at Harvard Business School

Bill George is an executive fellow at Harvard Business School, where he was a Professor of Management Practice and Senior Fellow teaching leadership from 2004-2022. He is the author of True North: Emerging Leader Edition, True North Fieldbook: Emerging Leader Edition, Discover Your True North, The Discover Your True North Fieldbook, Authentic Leadership, True North and Finding Your True North, 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis and True North Groups.

About the show & host, Andrew Stotz

Welcome to My Worst Investment Ever podcast hosted by Your Worst Podcast Host, Andrew Stotz, where you will hear stories of loss to keep you winning. In our community, we know that to win in investing you must take the risk, but to win big, you’ve got to reduce it.

Your Worst Podcast Host, Andrew Stotz, Ph.D., CFA, is also the CEO of A. Stotz Investment Research and A. Stotz Academy, which helps people create, grow, measure, and protect their wealth.

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