The 20 Most Important Influencers You Need to Follow in 2019

We believe you should be aware of what these 20 influencers are up to in 2019.

From cloud development to artificial intelligence to cultural leaders, these influencers are people to keep an eye on in 2019. The following list is in no particular order, we believe you should be aware of what these 20 influencers are up to in 2019, they might just change the world.

  1. Amber Case – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Amber Case is a student of human and AI interaction, specifically looking at the way AI is changing how we approach the world. Case is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Future and previously spent two years as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Case is also an accomplished author and has given a TED Talk, “We are all cyborgs now,” which received over a million views. She was listed in Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 and is one of the most influential women in technology.
  2. Julia Evans – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Julia Evans is a software developer and speaker living in Montreal while working on infrastructure at Stripe. Evans’ philosophy about programming is, “deeply understanding the underlying systems you use is essential if you want to do technically innovative work and be able to solve hard problems.” She runs a blog dedicated to being delighted about programming, showing how hard and scary topics are actually accessible, interesting, and fun, and asking questions and getting better every day.
  3. Janelle Shane – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Janelle Shane sees what she does as “the intersection between art and science.” Shane currently works as a research scientist in industry and has been working with neural networks in her spare time, training them to write unintentional humor while struggling to imitate human datasets.
  4. Liz Fong-Jones – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Liz Fong-Jones is a self-proclaimed developer advocate and professional site reliability engineer (SRE) with over 14 years of experience. Based out of Brooklyn, NYC, and San Francisco, she has worked across 8 different teams spanning the stack from Google Flights to Cloud Bigtable.
  5. Ryn Daniels – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Ryn Daniels is a staff infrastructure operations engineer at Travis CI who got their start in programming with TI-80 calculators back when GeoCities was still cool. These days, Daniels has opinions on things like monitoring, on-call usability, and effective devops. Before escaping to the world of operations, Daniels spent a few years doing R&D and systems engineering in the corporate world.
  6. Bridget Kromhout – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Kromhout’s CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, she traded being on call for being on a plane. A frequent speaker and program committee member for tech conferences, she leads the DevOpsDays organization globally and the DevOps community at home in Minneapolis.
  7. Mina Markham – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Mina Markham is a front-end architect with a passion for the web, sass, social media, and typography. Markham lives in Brooklyn, New York and has a passion for design, both web and physical.
  8. Kimberly Bryant – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code and recipient of many honors including the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award. Bryant is a nationally recognized leader in introducing and creating opportunities for women and girls in the field of technology.
  9. Hilary Mason – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Hilary Mason is the founder of Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company. Previously, Mason was the chief scientist at bitly and co-founded HackNY. Mason thrives in the chance to advise companies on data strategy and believes that technology should “give us superpowers.”
  10. Sara J. Chipps – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Sara Chipps is a Java developer based in New York, New York, has been a key player in the growth of the software industry. Formerly, Chipps was CTO of Flatiron School and is now the CEO of Jewelbots. In Q1 2019, Jewelbots will be releasing their brand new science craft kits and are excited about reaching and teaching the youth in new engaging and exciting ways.
  11. Jeff Atwood – Website. Twitter.
    Jeff Atwood is a Berkeley, California based software developer who has been in the industry since Microsoft BASIC was the next big thing. Atwood believes that while computers are fascinating machines, they’re mostly a reflection of the people using them.
  12. Gwen Shapira – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Gwen Shapira works in Cupertino, California as a DBA for the Software as a Service division of a very large tech company. Though Shapira has a passion for database technology, she also enjoys cycling, mountain biking, hiking, singing, reading, and visiting beautiful places in California.
  13. David Smith – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    David Smith is the R Community Lead at Microsoft. Smith has spent time researching statistical methodology and also oversaw the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products. He is the co-author of An Introduction to R and a member of the board of the R Consortium.
  14. Mike Reinhold – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Mark Reinhold is the Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle where he works on the Java SE Platform, OpenJDK, and related projects. Prior to working at Oracle, Reinhold worked on similar projects at Sun Microsystems and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT.
  15. Brendan Burns – Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Brendan Burns is the co-founder of Kubernetes and a distinguished engineer at Microsoft living in Seattle, Washington. Previously Burns worked at Google as the lead engineer on Kubernetes and was also technical lead and manager for the other APIs in the Google cloud platform.
  16. Jason Brownlee – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Jason Brownlee, Ph.D. is a machine learning specialist who teaches developers how to get results with modern machine learning and deep learning methods via hands-on tutorials.
  17. Chris Richardson – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Chris Richardson is an experienced hands-on architect, author of POJOs in Action and Microservices patterns, and the creator of the original CloudFoundry.com. He has helped numerous clients around the world adopt the microservices architecture.
  18. Brendan Gregg – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Brendan Gregg is an industry expert in computing performance and cloud computing. He is a senior performance architect at Netflix, where he does performance design, evaluation, analysis, and tuning. He is the author of Systems Performance published by Prentice Hall and received the USENIX LISA Award for Outstanding Achievement in System Administration.
  19. Chris Aniszczyk – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Chris Aniszczyk is an open source executive and engineer by trade with a passion for building a better world through open collaboration. He is currently a Vice President at the Linux Foundation focused on developer relations and running the Open Container Initiative.
  20. Andreas M. Antonopoulos – Website. Twitter. LinkedIn.
    Andreas Antonopoulos is a best-selling author, speaker, educator, and one of the world’s foremost bitcoin and open blockchain experts. He is known for delivering electric talks that combine economics, psychology, and technology.

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