Like Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn once famously said, “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” We are in a fast-moving world in which perfect products delivered past deadline can be deadly. A solution has to be “a good-enough product” delivered on-time.
Products can be fixed as long as you have cash flowing, and bugs are forgiven, but a delayed product… people may doubt your ability in the future. Everybody knows that the first generation of Microsoft, Apple, Sony, or BlackBerry products is going to be buggy. Here are just a few examples to give you some ideas: Window’s Vista, Sony Betamax, Neflix’s Qwickster, BlackBerry Playbook, Toshiba’s HD DVD, Microsoft WebTV, Chevy Chase’s talk show, and Bette Midler’s comedy Bette.
Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, believed that nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent;Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. We have compiled a list of the Influential People in Finance for you to follow.
Most Influential People in Finance to Follow on Twitter
1. Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. You can follow Warren Buffett on Twitter @WarrenBuffett.
2. Joe Lavorgna, Managing Director and Chief U.S. Economist at Deutsche Bank. He joined Deutsche Bank in 1997 from Lehman Brothers, where he was a vice president in the Fixed Income Division. You can follow him on Twitter @Lavorgnanomics.
3. Carl Icahn, Billionaire investor/ chairman of Icahn Enterprises. You can follow him on Twitter @carl_c_icahn.
4. David Einhorn, Hedge-fund manager and founder, CEO ofGreenlight Capital Re Ltd. You can follow him on Twitter @davidein.
5. David Schawel, Fixed income portfolio manager, ffers sharp insights into interest rates, inflation, and monetary policy. You can follow him on Twitter @davidschawel.
6. Paul Kedrosky, an investor, speaker, writer, media guy, and entrepreneur, contributing editor for Bloomberg, and the editor of Infectious Greed. You can follow him on Twitter @pkedrosky.
7. Tom keene at bloomberg surveillance. You can follow Tom keene on Twitter @tomkeene.
8. Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of 85 Broads, she is one of the most powerful woman voice on Wall Street, tweets about banks, regulation, women and UNC basketball. You can follow Sallie Krawcheck on Twitter @SallieKrawcheck.
9. Barry Ritholtz, Author, columnist, stock analyst, and frequent Bloomberg guest, has been observing capital markets with a critical eye for 20 years. You can follow him on Twitter @ritholtz.
10. Sebastien Galy, Senior FX Strategist at Societe Generale. You can follow Sebastien Galy on Twitter @sebastiengaly.
11. Eric Hunsader, Founded Nanex, LLC, a high-performance ticker plant that brings the whole market to your workstation or desktop computer. NxCore excels in delivering and databasing all the quotes and trades transmitted by the exchanges, even in the hyper-active U.S. Option market (OPRA) which now transmits over 4,500,000 quotes per second, and 8 billion quotes per trading day. You can follow him on Twitter @nanexllc.
12. Eddy Elfenbein, Uber-finance blogger. You can follow him on Twitter @eddyelfenbein.
13. Peter Tchir, Founder of TF Market Advisors, Peter has traded over $1 trillion of fixed income products during his career, including complex structured transactions, bonds, loans, CDS and index products. Peter was previously a portfolio manager at KLS Diversified where he employed a strategy that included single name credit positions and macro trades while actively taking advantage of short term mispricings of securities and indices. He was a founding board member of the CDX suite of indices and started and headed the credit derivatives index businesses at UBS and then RBS. You can follow him on Twitter @TFMkts.
14. Pawel Morski, Veteran fund manager. You can follow Pawel Morski on Twitter @Pawelmorski.
15. Howard Lindzon, Co-founder of StockTwits. You can follow Howard Lindzon on Twitter @howardlindzon.
16. Neil Barofsky, Former TARP Inspector General, author, professor. You can follow Neil Barofsky on Twitter @neilbarofsky.
17. Katie Martin, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal. You can follow Katie Martin on Twitter @katie_martin_FX.
18. Stephanie Ruhle, an anchor for Bloomberg Television, based in New York. She serves as co-host of “Market Makers,” airing from 10-12pm ET. Ruhle regularly interviews industry titans such as Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, hedge fund managers Stanley Druckenmiller and David Tepper, NBA star Kobe Bryant, former Vice President Al Gore and music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs. You can follow Stephanie Ruhle on Twitter @SRuhle.
19. Steve Randy Waldman, Private investor, writes the Interfluidity blog, which provides commentary on macroeconomic developments, hedge funds and financial markets. You can follow him on Twitter @interfluidity.
20. Kate Kelly, CNBC Reporter, joined CNBC in May 2010 as a reporter focusing on hedge funds and Wall Street. She appears during CNBC’s business day programming and contributes to CNBC.com. You can follow her on Twitter @KateKellyCNBC.
21. John Hempton, Hedge fund manager, has great insight on what businesses work, what businesses don’t, and how the market and its actors will get it wrong. You can follow him on Twitter @John_Hempton.
22. Ben White, POLITICO’s chief economic correspondent and author of the “Morning Money” column covering the nexus of finance and public policy. Prior to joining POLITICO in the fall of 2009, Mr. White served as a Wall Street reporter for The New York Times, where he shared a Society of Business Editors and Writers award for breaking news coverage of the financial crisis. You can follow Ben White on Twitter @morningmoneyben.
23. Chris Adams, Markets Editor for the Financial Times.. You can follow Chris Adams on Twitter @chrisadamsmkts.
24. John Carney covers Wall Street and finance for CNBC.com, where he runs NetNet, the go-to blog to get the low-down and the high jinks of Wall Street. You can follow John Carney on Twitter @carney.
25. Kit Juckes, Head of FX Strategy at Societe Generale. Kit Juckes joined Societe Generale in 2010 as Global head of Currency Research, from the ECU Group, a London based currency management boutique where he was the Chief Economist. Kit has spent over 25 years as a strategist and economist covering bond, credit and currency markets in London, Frankfurt and Greenwich, Connecticut. You can follow Kit Juckes on Twitter @kitjuckes.
26. Anupreeta Das, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal. You can follow Anupreeta Das on Twitter @PreetaTweets.
27. Matt Levine, a Bloomberg View columnist writing about Wall Street and the financial world. Levine was previously an editor of Dealbreaker. You can follow him on Twitter @matt_levine.
28. Cardiff Garcia, Alphaville writer for the Financial Times. Before joining Alphaville he spent a little more than two years as a reporter at Dow Jones Financial News covering investment banking, asset management, and private equity. You can follow Cardiff Garcia on Twitter @chrisadamsmkts.
29. Eric Platt, FastFT Reporter for the Financial Times.. You can follow Eric Platt on Twitter @EricGPlatt.
30. Diana Olick serves as CNBC’s real estate correspondent as well as the editor of the Realty Check section on CNBC.com. You can follow Diana Olick on Twitter @diana_olick.
31. Scott Wapner, Host, “Fast Money Halftime Report” He has reported live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq MarketSite, covering the real-time action of the global financial markets. Wapner was reporting live from the New York Stock Exchange during the May 2010 “flash crash.” You can follow her on Twitter @ScottWapnerCNBC.
32. Phil Pearlman, Former Executive editor of StockTwits, Interactive Edtior at Yahoo Finance. You can follow Phil Pearlman on Twitter @ppearlman.
33. Kate Mackenzie, Asia correspondent for Financial Times’ Alphaville. You can follow Kate Mackenzie on Twitter @kmac.
34. Tracy Alloway, US financial correspondent for Financial Times. You can follow Tracy Alloway on Twitter @tracyalloway.
35. David Keohane, Alphaville reporter for the Financial Times. You can follow David Keohane on Twitter @DavidKeo.
36. Carl Quintanilla, an Emmy Award-winning reporter and one of the principal anchors of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. You can follow Carl Quintanilla on Twitter @carlquintanilla.
37. Dan McCrum, Alphaville reporter for the Financial Times. You can follow Dan McCrum on Twitter @FD.
38. Aaron Lucchetti, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal. You can follow Aaron Lucchetti on Twitter @AaronLucchetti.
39. Matthew C. Klein, writes for Bloomberg View about the economy and financial markets. He previously wrote for the Economist magazine and its economics blog, Free Exchange. You can follow him on Twitter @M_C_Klein.
40. Matthew Vincent, Financial Times deputy companies editor. You can follow Matthew Vincent on Twitter @MPJVincent.
41. Joseph Cotterill, FT Alphaville reporter. You can follow Joseph Cotterill on Twitter @jsphctrl.
42. John McDermott, reporter for the Financial Times. He was formerly the executive comment editor in London and before that a writer for FT Alphaville in New York. Prior to joining the FT, he was a policy adviser in the Downing Street Policy Unit. You can follow John McDermott on Twitter @johnpmcdermott.
43. David Faber, An award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author, David Faber is a co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” (M-F: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ET) and an anchor and co-producer of CNBC’s acclaimed original documentaries and long-form programming. You can follow David Faber on Twitter @davidfaber.
44. Bond Vigilantes, M&G’s retail bond team, their tweets are usually incredibly detailed, monitoring of the European bond market. You can follow him on Twitter @bondvigilantes.
45. Eamon Javers joined CNBC in June 2010 as a Washington reporter based at the bureau in the nation’s capital. He appears on CNBC’s business day programming. You can follow Eamon Javers on Twitter @EamonJavers.
46. Izabella Kaminska, FT Alphaville reporter for Financial Times. You can follow Izabella Kaminska on Twitter @izakaminska.
47. Neil Hume, FT Commodities editor – former Australia correspondent – former FT Alphaville editor. You can follow Neil Hume on Twitter @humenm.
48. Michael Moore Wall Street Reporter at Bloomberg News. You can follow him on Twitter @MooreMichaelJ.
49. Javier Blas, Africa editor at the Financial Times. You can follow Javier Blas on Twitter @JavierBlas2.
50. Dawn Kopecki, Reporter at Bloomberg News. You can follow Dawn Kopecki on Twitter @Dawn_Kopecki.
51. Ben McLannahan, Tokyo editor at the Financial Times. You can follow Ben McLannahan on Twitter @bmclannahan.
52. Yalman Onara Writer / Reporter at Bloomberg News. You can follow him on Twitter @Yalman_BN.
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