The 100 Most-Wanted Speakers at Tech Conferences

Posted by Stephanie Brenner

Mar 12, 2014 10:36:00 AM


Disclaimer: This is an impartial list based on data compiled from tech conferences. It does not in any way represent the views espoused by Bizzabo as a company or as individuals. Needless to say that we hope to see more women and minorities play a major role in the tech industry in general and as event speakers in particular.

At Bizzabo, we live and breathe conferences. We know it is always a challenge to find great speakers, so we came up with a list of the most wanted speakers at tech conferences (we promise to list speakers at other industries in the near future). How did we come up with this list? We dug into our database of more than 3,000 conferences (including hundreds of tech events), compared our speaker popularity metrics with social media insights and search engine results (number of followers, number of appearances in search results) and of course - asked event organizers for their dream team of speakers. Some names might be surprising! Enjoy!



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1. Tim Cook @tim_cook

CEO, Apple


2. Jeff Weiner @jeffweiner

CEO, Linkedin

3. Mark Zuckerberg @finkd

Founder & CEO, Facebook


4. Tony Hawk @TonyHawk

Professional Skateboarder

5. Satya Nadella @microsoft

Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft


6. Richard Branson @richardbranson

Founder, Virgin Group


7. Elon Musk @elonmusk

Founder, Space X & Paypal


8. Eric Schmidt @ericschmidt

Executive Chairman, Google



9. Marc Andreesen @pmarca_blog

Co-Founder, Andreessen Horowitz


10. Kevin Rose @kevinrose

General Partner, Google Ventures


11. Marissa Mayer @marissamayer

CEO of Yahoo!


12. Peter Thiel @peterthiel

Entrepreneur and Investor, Paypal

13. Mark Cuban @mcuban

Serial Entrepreneur

14. Matt Mullenweg @photomatt

Founder, Wordpress

15. David Karp @davidkarp

Entrepreneur & Web Developer, Tumblr

16. Mark Suster @upfrontvc

Entrepreneur & Investor, Upfront Ventures

17. Dick Costolo @dickc

CEO, Twitter


18. Ben Horowitz @bhorowitz

Co-Founder, Andreesen Horowitz


19. Sheryl Sandberg @sherylsandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook


20. Brian Solis @briansolis

Principal, Altimeter Group


21. Eric Ries @ericries

Founder, Lean Startup methodology

22. Mark Benioff @Benioff

Founder & CEO, Salesforce


23. Reid Hoffman @reidhoffman

Co-founder, LinkedIn


24. Jack Dorsey @jack

Co-Founder, Twitter


25. Steve Blank @sgblank

Serial-Entrepreneur, Lean Startup Movement


26.Kara Swisher @karaswisher

Co-Executive Editor, Re/Code

27. Meg Whitman @megwhitman

CEO, Hewlett-Packard

28. Ashton Kutcher @aplusk

Tech Investory & Co-Founder, Katalust



29. Jeremiah Owyang @jowyang

Chief Catalyst & Founder, Crowd Companies


30. Paul Graham @paulg

Co-founder, Y Combinator

31. Michael Acton Smith @acton

Founder & Creative Director, Mind Candy

32. Dave McClure @davemcclure

Founder, 500startups


33. Charles Huang @greenthrottle

VP, Blackstone

34. Robert Scoble @scobleizer

Blogger, Technical Evangelist, and Author


35. Gary Vaynerchuk @garyvee

CEO, Vaynermedia

36. Tim Armstrong @aol


37. John Donahoe @Donahoe_John

CEO, Ebay Inc.

38. Sarah Lacy @sarahcuda

Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief,

39. Jonah Peretti @peretti

Founder & CEO, Buzzfeed

40. Yves Behar @yvesbehar

Founder Chief Designer fuseproject

41. Dennis Crowley @dens

Co-founder, foursquare

42. Geoff Keighley @geoffkeighley

TV Host & Journalist

43. David Carr* @carr2n

Journalist, New York Times

*This list was compiled before Mr. Carr's passing, but his powerful impact on the world of journalism and media remains. 


44. David Sacks @DavidSacks

Founder, Yammer

45. Drew Houston

Founder & CEO, Dropbox @drewhouston


46. Tony Conrad @tonysphere

Co-Founder, & Sphere

47. Mike Butcher @mikebutcher

Editor-at-Large, TechCrunch

48. John Smedley @j_smedley

President, Sony Online Entertainment

49. Ryan Holmes @Hootsuite

Founder-CEO, Hootsuite

50. Aaron Levie @levie

CEO, Box


51. Pat Gelsinger @VMware           

Chief Executive Officer of VMware


52. Werner Vogels @Werner

CTO, Amazon

53. Alexia Tsotsis @alexia

Co-Editor, TechCrunch

54. Martin Bryant @MartinSFP

Editor- in -Chief, Next Web

55. Patrick Lee @rottendoubt

Co-Founder & Former CEO , Rotten Tomatoes

56. Niklas Zennstrom @atomicoventures

Entrepreneur, Skype & Kazaa


57. Michael Sippey @sippey

Advisor, Twitter

58. Jeremy Stoppleman @jeremys

CEO, Yelp


 59. Julie Uhrman @juhrman

Founder, OUYA


60. Padmasree Warrior @Padmasree

CTO, Cisco


61. David Rowan @iRowan

Editor, Wired


62. Scott Belsky @scottbelsky

VP of Products, Adobe

63.  Naval Ravikant @naval

Co-Founder, AngeList


64. Michael Jackson @overdrev

Co-founder and CEO of Mangrove


65. Adam Braun @adambraun

Founder, Pencils of Promise 

66. Matthew Prince @eastdakota

Co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare

67. Shervin Pishevar @sherpa

Co-Founder & CEO of Sherpa Global

68. Gina Bianchini @ginab

Founder & CEO, Mightybell

69. Jeff Clavier @jeff

Founder, SofTech VC


70. Chamath Palihapitiya @chamath

Venture Capitalist, Playdom & Bumptop

71. Adeo Ressi @adeoressi

Founder & CEO of The Founder Institute

72. Ben Rooney @benjrooney

Co-Editor in Chief, Informilo

73. Bing Gordon @bingfish

General Partner, KPCB

74. Caroline Hyde @CarolineHydeTV

Reporter, BloombergTV


75. Ashwin Navin @ashwinnavin

Co-Founder & CEO, Samba TV


76. Jon Oringer @jonoringer

Founder & CEO, Shutterstock

 77. Christy Wyatt @christywyatt

President & CEO, Good Technology


78. Sam Shank @samshank

Entrepreneur and Investor, Hotel Tonight

79. Keith Teare @Kteare

Entrepreneur & Founder,

80. Patrick Collison @patrickc

Co-Founder & CEO, Stripe

81. Cyan Banister @cyantist



82. Porter Gale @portergale

Author, Your Network Is Your Net Worth

83. Brendan Iribe @brendaniribe

CEO, Oculus   

84. Jennifer Hyman @Jenn_RTR

Co-Founder & CEO, Rent The Runway


85. Jay Bregman @jaybregman

Founder & CEO, Hailo


86. Katia Beauchamp @katiawb

Co-Founder & CEO, Birchbox


87. Peter Fredell @seamless

CEO, Seamless

88. Peter Arvai @Peterarvai

Founder & CEO, Prezi

89. Joshua Reeves @joshuareeves

Co-Founder & CEO, ZenPayroll

90. Jeffrey Lu @Jiffylu

CEO and co-founder of Daily Aisle

91. Gentry Underwood @gentry

Co- Founder & CEO , Mailbox (Now Dropbos)

92. Jimmy Maymann @maymann

CEO, Huffington Post

93. Mikkel Svane @mikkelsvane

CEO of Zendesk

94. Glenn Fogel @glennfogel

Head of Worldwide Strategy and Planning, The Priceline Group

95. Vijay Sankaran @vijaysankaran

Chief Technology Director, Ford


96. Stephen Master @stephenmaster13

SVP - Global Head of Sports Practice, The Nielsen Company


97. Lew Cirne @sweetlew

Chief Data Nerd, New Relic

 98. Adrian Cockcroft @adrianco

Technology Fellow, Battery Ventures


99. Kristian Segerstrale @ksegerstrale

Co-Founder, Playfish


100. Kate Matsudaira @Katemats

Founder, Popforms

Well, there you have it - 100 of the most wanted speakers in the tech industry! Adding any of these tech pros to your roster is sure to spice up any conference.  We may have missed some awesome speakers, so feel free to leave a suggestion in a comment below. For more tips and tricks on conferences, networking and speakers - you're welcome to

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