Los Angeles Tech Scene: Top 10 LA Tech & Twitter Voices People

Los Angeles Tech Scene: Top 10 LA Tech & Twitter Voices

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Though the Bay Area is the first California destination most people associate with the tech industry, Los Angeles is an up-and-comer in the field, with a lot of exciting ideas and companies coming out of the Southland. In social media, terms, LA clearly has a certain set of voices that rise above the rest. These are the top 10 most powerful, influential and well-connected tech and Twitter personalities in LA. Because Silicon Valley is great and all. But, thanks in large part to these particular people, the LA tech scene is quickly catching up - and with much better weather to boot. [And let's stop calling it "Silicon Beach," folks. There are many many great tech companies in LA that aren't located in Santa Monica. Like Ranker!]
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    Drew Olanoff

    Drew Olanoff is the former Director of Community for textPlus and current director of community management for Get Satisfaction, with 15,000 followers on his Twitter account @thatdrew .

    Olanoff is most famous for turning his personal battle with cancer into a massive social media campaign that raised money and awareness for cancer research and charities, including Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Livestrong . In a well known publicity drive, he auctioned off his old Twitter username @Drew to comedian Drew Carey, netting a million dollars for the charity.

    Today, Drew Olanoff continues to be a social media celebrity, with speaking engagements, interviews and - of course - his day job at Get Satisfaction. And, even though he is in remission, people continue to #BlameDrewsCancer, just as he continues to raise awareness about the disease and the many efforts to stop it.

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    Mark Horvath

    Mark Horvath was homeless in Hollywood a little over a decade ago. Now, he runs invisiblepeople.tv , a multi-platform social media and web-based effort to bring attention, awareness and aid to homeless people around the country.

    Horvath is as well known for his hands-on approach to helping people as he is for capturing engaging, affecting interviews and broadcasting them to an audience that includes 9,180 followers on his Twitter account @HardlyNormal .

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    Sean Percival

    Founders of the discontinued LA tech and social media mainstay LaLaWag , Sean Percival and his wife Laurie Percival are the quintessential LA tech power couple.

    Percival is a former VP at Myspace, and has been personally involved in most of the major moments in the LA tech scene. He's a web developer and a web personality, with a unique and comprehensive take on the entire local tech world. And, of course, with over 12,000 Twitter followers, he's clearly an influencer to boot.

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    From Mahalo to LAUNCH to This Week In , Jason Calacanis is one of the most prolific entrepreneurs in the LA tech scene. He's bluntly honest, sometimes to the point of being controversial, but he's always intelligent, ahead of the curve and well-spoken.

    With over 100,000 followers on his @Jason Twitter account, Calacanis remains clearly a vibrant voice in the local tech scene, not to mention a bit of a startup guru.

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    Mark Frauenfelder started as an editor at Wired back in 1993. Now, he's a co-editor at Boing Boing and the editor in chief of MAKE magazine. As a blogger, editor and illustrator, he's got his hands in all manner of media.

    Based in Studio City, Frauenfelder has over 16,000 followers on his Twitter account @Frauenfelder , who hang on his every word about everything from AP Style to new advances in auto-tune apps for the family dog.

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