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Top 10 Thought Leaders’ Blogs

This is version 2.0 of my Top 10 CEO Blogs post. While creating this, I decided to remedy the twin problems of nomenclature and improper ranking that I faced with the previous listing. So I’ve changed the name to Top 10 Thought Leaders’ Blogs and have also decided to rank them all via Technorati. What resulted was an aggregation of the most popular and influential thought leaders’ blogs in the blogosphere.

* Source: CEO Blogs List | New PR Wiki
* Ranked with Technorati rankings
* Total of 150 blogs from USA
* Number of Inactive CEO blogs: 28%

Here are the Top 10 Thought Leaders’ blogs:

#10: Craig Newmark | Founder, (blog)

Trivia: Newmark is a vocal advocate of keeping the Internet free. He has donated $10,000 to a non-profit group, NewAssignment.Net, which plans to combine the work of amateurs and professionals to produce investigative stories on the Internet.

#9: Richard Edelman | President, Edelman PR (blog)

Trivia: Richard won the Silver Anvil, the highest award in the public relations industry, in 1981. He was named ‘Best Manager of the Year’ by Inside PR magazine in 1995. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum.

#8: Adam Kalsey | former CTO, Pheedo (blog)

Trivia: As CTO/Founder of Pheedo, software for managing and tracking advertising campaigns in blogs and RSS feeds, Kalsey was responsible for all product development from engineering, to product management, to operations.

#7: Jeff Clavier | Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC (blog)

Trivia: Jeff has spent over sixteen years in the software market, as an entrepreneur, a senior executive and a venture capitalist. Born in France, in the great city of Tours (in the Loire Valley, he relocated to Palo Alto in 2000.

#6: Bob Lutz | Vice Chairman, GM (blog)

Trivia: A former aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, Lutz authored the management and leadership book, Guts, which the dust jacket describes as “a maverick’s primer on the business philosophy that revolutionized Chrysler”.

#5: Brad Feld | Managing Director at Mobius Venture Capital (blog)

Trivia: Brad loves to read, is an avid marathoner, believes computers are his friend, is happily married to an amazing person, and has two gigantic golden retrievers (Denali and Kenai).

#4: Jonathan Schwartz | President and CEO, Sun Microsystems (blog)

Trivia: He spent freshman year of college at Carnegie Mellon University and then transferred to Wesleyan University, where he studied Economics and Mathematics. Schwartz started his career in at McKinsey & Company in New York City.

#3: David Sifry | Founder and CEO of Technorati (blog)

Trivia: Sifry previously cofounded Sputnik, a wifi gateway company, and Linuxcare. He has been a founding member of the board Linux International, and a technical advisor to the National Cybercrime Training Partnership for law enforcement.

#2: Mark Cuban | Chairman of HDNet (blog)

Trivia: While in school, Mark held a variety of jobs, including bartending, giving disco dancing lessons, and party promotion. Cuban’s first step in the business world was as a salesman. Cuban is an outspoken admirer of objectivist philosophy and author/philosophist Ayn Rand.

#1: Jeff Jarvis | President and Creative Director of (blog)

Trivia: He is the former television critic for TV Guide and People magazine, creator of Entertainment Weekly, Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News, and a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner.

(Trivia Source: Wikipedia and respective blogs)

Filed under: Business Blogging, Miscellaneous

8 Responses

  1. Adam Kalsey says:

    Wow. Thanks for including me on this list. That’s some fairly stellar company to be listed with. Not sure I’m worthy, but thank you.


  2. Kevin Burton says:

    Shoot…… I must have not made the list because I’m #11

    I demand a recount!


  3. Mario Sundar says:

    Hi Adam,

    Well, you’ve definitely earned it with your blog ranking.

    Keep up the great blogging!



  4. Mario Sundar says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Long time, No Hear. Hope to see ya at future events in the Bay Area.

    Well, you didn’t make it to this list because you weren’t on the NewPRWiki’s listing of Corporate Blogs. Hope to see you soon on the Top 10 listings.

    Congratulations, on making it to TIME Magazine’s 50 Coolest Websites:,8599,1222574,00.html!

    Now, that’s really cool.



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  6. Jeff Clavier says:

    Thanks for the inclusion. Very flattering especially given that I have pretty much absent from the blogosphere for a few weeks now.


  7. Mario Sundar says:

    Hi Jeff,

    You’re welcome. That’s some pretty awesome company you keep.

    Basically, I pulled all the CEO blogs from the newPRWiki and then ranked it per Technorati. So you basically earned your ranking via Technorati.

    I look forward to hearing you speak on current topics.



  8. davidvogt says:

    Your article is very informative and helped me further.

    Thanks, David


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