These 5 professional Linkedin connections are some of the most influential people within my global network.

1. Jason McCabe Calacanis hosts "This Week In Startups", part of LAUNCH Media and is the founder and CEO of

Previously, he was an "Entrepreneur in Action" at Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firm, a position he held since December 2006.

Calacanis co-founded and was the CEO of Weblogs, Inc., a network of popular weblogs that was sold to AOL in November 2005. Upon joining AOL, he was appointed senior vice president. In addition, he was named general manager of AOL's Netscape and was responsible for the July 2006 relaunch of the iconic browser as a social bookmarking news site.

Prior to forming Weblogs Inc., Calacanis was the founder of Rising Tide Studios, a media company that published the magazines Silicon Alley Reporter and Digital Coast Reporter. The flagship publication later became Venture Reporter, a venture capital database, and was sold to Dow Jones.

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2. Laura I. Gómez has worked in Silicon Valley in companies like Google (YouTube), SearchRev (acquired by AKQA) and most recently, Twitter. 

She joined Twitter in 2009, where she was the Latina and among the founding members of the international team member. She started solely responsible for the expansion of Twitter en español then moved on to lead international product and localization of Twitter into nearly 50 languages.

Prior to leaving Twitter, Laura reported directly to the VP of International and Growth Product and managed a diverse team of product managers, project managers, language specialists, and support agents responsible for the majority of international initiatives such support, content, communications, market development and marketing.

Laura was key in the implementation of unique community localization agile management of Twitter products: web, monetization, marketing microsites, product marketing materials, native clients, mobile web and SMS 

Laura has appeared in dozens of publications as Harper's Bazaar Spain, GQ México, Gente México, La Nación, El Mercurio, Chile, El Universal México, El País in Spain and the book "Lost in Translation."

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3. Adam Stotsky is President, Esquire Network and General Manager, E! Entertainment. As President of Esquire Network, Stotsky is responsible for oversight of all facets of the entertainment and lifestyle network, including programming, development, production, marketing, communications, research and digital.  Since its debut in September 2013, he has led an aggressive original programming pipeline that has resulted in consistent growth for Esquire Network. Stotsky was named General Manager, E! Entertainment, in September 2014. In his expanded role, Stotsky oversees the day-to-day operations of the network, including news, digital, marketing, communications, research and acquisitions. Stotsky reports to Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Previously, Stotsky was General Manager of G4 and President of Marketing for NBC Entertainment. At NBC, Stotsky led strategy, branding, creative, paid media, digital/social media and partnership marketing initiatives for NBC’s daytime, primetime and late night day-parts. Stotsky also led NBC’s strategic brand repositioning, resulting in the launch of “NBC: More Colorful” in Fall 2009.

4. William Sears

Senior Manager, Digital Marketing & Optimization

The Walt Disney Company [Disney Interactive]

leads a multi-channel Digital Marketing team driving growth across multiple Disney Interactive properties including web sites, online games, console games, mobile games & apps. We grow user acquisition, retention, and yield using an arsenal of marketing methods including organic search (SEO), paid search (SEM), eMail marketing (CRM), social media (both earned and paid, across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, and other emerging platforms). Additionally, our team manages app store optimization (ASO) for our mobile titles for the Apple App Store (iPhone / iPad), Google Play (Android), Microsoft Store (Windows Mobile), and Amazon Kindle Stores, both domestically and internationally.

5. Steve Johnson Chief Revenue Officer @ HootSuite

As Chief Revenue Officer he is responsible for HootSuite's company revenue and customer success; from freemium upgrades, online Pro revenue, enterprise product revenue from our Corporate & Strategic teams, partners, business development, to HootSuite University, Customer Success, and Customer Support globally. His team is rapidly growing and we have over 700 employees, offices in Vancouver, Boston, San Francisco, London, Paris, Singapore, Bucharest, Sydney and representation in EMEA, LATAM Asia Pacific and other areas. HootSuite currently have over 10M users and had over 300% revenue growth in 2012. In August 2013, HootSuite announced a series B raise of $165M, the largest software raise in Canadian history to help us accelerate our global growth and another $60M announced in October 2014. 

HootSuite is a web and mobile social relationship management system that helps individuals and organizations spread messages, monitor conversations and track results across multiple networks including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. Users are currently sending over 3M messages per day through HootSuite and the solution is used by individuals, SMB's, Small & Medium Businesses and Enterprise Corporate Accounts.

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