Li was the first to really popularize the phrase "passion economy" while she was working as a venture capitalist for a16z, in her seminal essay of the same name. She's since left the firm and seems to be investing a lot of her time into the creative space. She co-hosts a podcast about creators called Means of Creation. She launched her own venture capital firm, Atelier, in 2021.
Well-dressed scientist studying AI and self-driving cars at MIT. Hosts a popular podcast on YouTube.
Reporter covering creators, internet culture, and trends for The New York Times.
Author of Daring Fireball, perhaps the single most prominent voice in Apple punditry. Gruber was a pioneer of the blogging era and has been making a living from his one-man blog since the 2000's. John also is the creator of the popular writing syntax Markdown.
Silicon Valley investor, prolific board member who has been involved with major companies including Facebook, HP, eBay, and more. He also played a major role in the early internet as co-founder Netscape, one of the original web browsers. (aka 'Pmarca' for his Twitter handle)
Head of influencer partnerships at SeatGeek. Ian runs a talk show called The Business Side, where he speaks to creators about the business of creativity.
Co-founder of Kickstarter, and founder of Bento Society, a decision-making process. Yancey writes The Ideaspace, a newsletter "exploring the frontiers of value and self-interest."
Author of The Flywheel, a newsletter about how businesses create virtuous cycles of growth and profit.
Part of the Shopify money team, writer of popular newsletter about crypto, media, and innovation.
Venture investor and prolific writer on business, strategy, and the potential for the metaverse to impact digital life.
Previously lead the Facebook team that built the News Feed. Adam became the head of Instagram when the original founders of IG departed in 2018.
Doctor turned productivity YouTuber. Ali's come up is one of the most inspiring stories of 2020 creators.
Gen Z enthusiast who posts observations on trends and memes Twitter.
Andrew is that delightfully aware New Yorker you've always wanted to hang out with.
A strong and prolific voice in the finance space, publishing to Substack, Twitter, podcasts, and YouTube. Big bitcoin believer.
Co-founder of the Morning Brew, Austin helped launch the Brew while he was still in college.
Co-founder and co-CEO of Robinhood, Stanford alumni.
Founding EIC of BuzzFeed News, left in 2020 to become to New York Times media columnist, a role previously held by legendary journalist David Carr.
Founder of Postlight, a web design agency. Once wrote an entire edition of Bloomberg Business week dedicated to code.
Former design ethicist at Google, Tristan became well known for his thoughts on ethics of applications like Google Search and Facebook. His work around the idea of "time well spent" was the basis for the Screen Time features that are now built-in to iOS and Android.
Co-founder and co-CEO of Robinhood, Stanford alumni.
Apple pundit and tech YouTuber. Founded his own video streaming service.
Lifestyle YouTuber who runs a fascinating series where she experiments with different methods to make money using the internet.
Rhymes with peachy. Sara is a YouTuber and podcaster focused on creativity and tech tools that make it happen.
Created a daily web show that lasted for one year, from 17 March 2006 to 17 March 2007, inspired Hank and John Green. Architected the original video machine for BuzzFeed. Currently has a good YouTube show about animals.
Writer for OneZero, the Medium tech publication.
Founder and CEO of Shopify.
Duncan Cock Foster
Founder and original CEO of Paypal, the first investor in Facebook. Also co-founded Palantir.
Griffin Cock Foster
Author and pocaster known for collecting and analyzing world-class performers. Best known for his book The Four Hour Work Week and his eponymous podcast with more than half a billion downloads.
Jacob Cohen Donnelly
Jaron was the guy who made the phrase "virtual reality" a thing. He's been involved in the web and internet since the early days and truly has a unique mind. He's a proflic musician and has no social media accounts. You might've seen him in the Social Dilemma documentary.
Mark has been a prolific Apple reporter since he was a sophomore in high school. He got his start breaking news at 9to5Mac, where he rose up the ranks to become a senior editor while he was still in college. Mark left 9to5 when he was 22 to take a job covering technology for Bloomberg news.
VP of Commercial at the Washington Post, Jarrod is also the former CEO of Po.et, a blockchain focused on decentralized media.
Stand up comic and Clubhouse celebrity.
Founder of The Information, a paywalled tech newspaper scoop machine. Jessica used to work for The Wall Street Journal before she struck out on her own.
Founder of BuzzFeed, and prior to that co-founder of the Huffington Post with Ariana Huffington.
Sam has been on the cutting edge of tech and media for over a decade. He worked as a writer for Engadget, then became the social media manager and an on-camera personality for The Verge and Mashable before starting his own YouTube channel, where he's become an authority on electric rideables like skateboards and bikes.
"Gen Z whisperer" and founder of ZebraIQ, publisher of a Gen Z trends report.
Polina Marinova Pompliano
Legendary technology reporter and pundit, founder of All Things Digital at the WSJ and then Re/code (which was acquired by Vox Media). In the early 2000's, Kara and her now-retired partner Walt Mossberg interviewed Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the same time. Now she has a NYT column and podcast.
CEO of Party Round, a mysterious new startup out of LA.
Co-founder of Plausible Analytics.
Francesco Di Lorenzo