The online marketplace industry is still very young. It is constantly changing and evolving—and as a result, being a part of it is very exciting. Business models, market opportunities, the funding landscape, payment systems, and many other parts of this ecosystem are in a continuous state of flux. In order to remain on top of things, it is a good idea to follow the people who are shaping and analyzing the industry.
We have gathered three lists of people to follow along with their active platforms. These lists are, of course, subjective and by no means complete. Many of these people inspired us while we wrote the Marketplace guide and other articles for the Marketplace Academy. Each list represents a perspective on the industry:
This is the third list, with marketplace founders who remain CEOs of their successful marketplace businesses. You should probably also visit our earlier list of important marketplace investors, and the most important marketplace thought leaders. So bookmark, follow, add to your feed, or do whatever you deem necessary to stay in the loop with these people. We have collected all the ones mentioned here in one Twitter-list.
Marketplace Founder and CEOs
A lot can also be learned by looking at the day-to-day “field work” of marketplace entrepreneurs, especially those who remain CEOs as their companies take off. Many of them share their experiences and insights publicly. Below are ten of our favorites.
Debbie Wosskow – Twitter
Founder and CEO of Love Home Swap, the world’s biggest home swap club. She is also the chairman of SEUK, the trade body for the UK sharing economy. She recently founded AllBright, an funding platform for the UK’s best female-led businesses.
Paulin Dementhon – Twitter
Founder and CEO of Drivy, a car rental marketplace.
Of course, don’t forget to follow @Sharetribe on Twitter, where we share the best marketplace-related articles on a daily basis. By signing up for the Marketplace Academy mailing list, you’ll also get notified of new content targeted at helping marketplace entrepreneurs succeed with their business.
If you feel that a crucial marketplace founder & CEO is missing from our list, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be sure to add them to our next edition of the list.