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The 44 best people in UK tech to follow on Twitter


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There are hundreds of people tweeting about tech in the UK. How do you figure out who to follow?

Well, we did the hard work for you an rounded up some of the UK’s most interesting Twitter users for tech news and analysis.

We’ve sorted Twitter users according to how much they tweet, how much they engage with other users, and how useful their tweets are.

Additional reporting by Shona Ghosh, Sam Shead, and Rob Price.

44. Samantha Payne from Open Bionics

Handle: @sighsam

Occupation: Cofounder of Open Bionics.

Why: Samantha Payne is cofounder of OpenBionics, a startup building 3D-printed prosthetics, and her Twitter feed is full of the latest science and health-tech news.

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43. Fred Destin from Accel Partners

Handle: @fdestin

Occupation: General partner at Accel Partners.

Why: Destin is a well-known technology investor in London working for Accel Partners. He shares insights on the tech world.

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42. Kiki Loizou from The Sunday Times

Handle: @KikiLoizou

Occupation: Small business editor at The Sunday Times.

Why: Loizou reports on startups and small businesses for The Sunday Times, and she tweets out her profiles, news, and interviews.

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40. Dan Grech

Handle: @dangrech

Occupation: Marketing consultant.

Why: Grech shares news and views on everything from email marketing, ads, and fashion startups.

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39. Lynsey Barber from City A.M.

Handle: @lynseybarber

Occupation: Technology editor at City A.M.

Why: Barber is a good person to follow if you want to hear about fintech, blockchain, and how not to do PR. She’s quick to break major news stories and sometimes fairly witty too, often using gifs and emojis to improve her tweets.

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38. David Haywood Smith from SportPursuit

Handle: @DHS

Occupation: Developer at SportPursuit.

Why: David isn’t a CEO or a VC, but he regularly shares tech news, and weighs in on crowdfunding projects. He also responds to people tweeting at him who think he’s the US Department of Homeland Security.

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37. Sarah Wood from Unruly

Handle: @sarahfwood

Occupation: Cofounder and CEO of Unruly.

Why: Wood is the CEO of Unruly, the video ad tech company acquired by News Corp in September. Wood shares updates from what may well be one of London’s hottest ad tech businesses, as well as dispatches from high-profile events.

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36. Matt Brian from Engadget

Handle: @m4tt

Occupation: Editor of Engadget UK.

Why: Engadget’s UK editor Matt Brian shares highlights of his site’s tech coverage.

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35. Rodolfo Rosini from Weave.ai

Handle: @rodolfor

Occupation: Cofounder of Weave.ai.

Why: Rosini is the founder of an artificial intelligence startup in London, and he tweets about the interesting world of AI and posts insights about the startup world.

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34. Dr Sue Black

Handle: @Dr_Black

Occupation: Government advisor and author.

Why: Black has been almost single-handedly responsible for saving Bletchley Park, the World War Two codebreaking site and an area of huge importance in British computing history. She is the defining voice on women in tech in the UK.

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33. Neil Murray from The Nordic Web

Handle: @neilswmurray

Occupation: Founding editor at The Nordic Web.

Why: Neil Murray is an authoritative voice on European technology, specialising in Nordic startups.

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32. Bruce Daisley from Twitter

Handle: @brucedaisley

Occupation: Vice president of Europe at Twitter.

Why: Daisley is one of Twitter’s most senior employees in Europe, and his tweets are all about either tech or music.

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31. Harry Briggs from BGF Ventures

Handle: @H4ryB

Occupation: Partner at BGF Ventures.

Why: Venture capital investor Briggs can often be found tweeting about up and coming tech startups in the UK, as well as matters close to his heart, such as diversity in the workforce and how Brexit is going to impact the UK tech sector.

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30. Tom Cheshire from Sky News

Handle: @chesh

Occupation: Technology correspondent at Sky News.

Why: Cheshire is a TV presenter who makes technology engaging for a broad audience. He wades into complex subjects like the so-called snooper’s charter with analysis, and also tweets updates from filming for Sky News.

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29. Sarah Drinkwater from Google

Handle: @sarahdrinkwater

Occupation: Head of Google Campus London.

Why: Working at Google, Drinkwater obviously has a passion for tech. But her diverse Twitter feed shows that her passions go well beyond the tech industry, highlighting her interests in architecture, design, and fashion.

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28. Bryce Keane from Atomico

Handle: @Bryce_Keane

Occupation: Head of comms at Atomico

Why: Keane was one of the original “3beards” — a group of people in London’s growing technology sector who held events and promoted entrepreneurs. He’s now working at VC firm Atomico, and he shares news and updates from the company, as well as general technology updates.

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27. Jerry Daykin from Carat

Handle: @jdaykin

Occupation: Global digital partner at Carat.

Why: Daykin’s Twitter profile is an eclectic mix of news on technology, media, and politics.

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26. Charles Arthur

Handle: @charlesarthur

Occupation: Freelance journalist.

Why: Arthur is good at looking at smartphone sales figures to figure out what’s really going on at the big tech companies.

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25. Martha Lane Fox from Doteveryone

Handle: @Marthalanefox

Occupation: Doteveryone founder and Twitter board member.

Why: British entrepeneur Martha Lane Fox is best known for cofounding Lastminute.com. Now she’s on the board of Twitter and has founded Doteveryone, an organisation that wants to make the internet inclusive, and also wants the UK to play a larger role in the technology world. Her tweets are a collection of interesting insights on the technology world.

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24. Nic Fildes from The Financial Times

Handle: @NicFildes

Occupation: Telecoms correspondent at The Financial Times.

Why: The Financial Times’ telecoms correspondent Nic Fildes tweets about two big subjects: Telecoms and rock music.

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23. Natasha Lomas from TechCrunch

Handle: @riptari

Occupation: Reporter at TechCrunch.

Why: TechCrunch is best-known for its obsessive focus on startups and venture capital, but reporter Natasha Lomas’ coverage instead centres around tech policy in the UK and Europe.

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22. Arjun Kharpal from CNBC

Handle: @ArjunKharpal

Occupation: Technology correspondent at CNBC.

Why: CNBC correspondent Arjun Kharpal heads to pretty much every technology event in London, and he shares tech news and views (when he’s not too busy on Snapchat).

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21. Nicole Kobie

Handle: @njkobie

Occupation: Freelance writer.

Why: Kobie is a smart, cynical freelance tech journalist who recently shot to viral fame with a Teen Vogue article about encryption. Edward Snowden’s a fan of her work, and no doubt he loves her nerdy tweets about trains too.

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20. Mark Scott from The New York Times

Handle: @markscott82

Occupation: European technology correspondent at The New York Times.

Why: Scott tweets out breaking technology news as well as analysis of what’s happening.

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19. Pam Cowburn from the Open Rights Group

Handle: @pamcowburn

Occupation: Communications director at the Open Rights Group.

Why: Pam Cowburn, the communications director for Open Rights Group (Britain’s answer to the EFF), is a must-follow for those interested in policy and privacy. With the encryption debate rearing its head in Britain, the issues are more important than ever.

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18. Stevie Buckley

Handle: @StevieBuckley

Occupation: Head of talent at StreetTeam.

Why: Buckley is a technology recruiter in London who has worked with some of the capital’s most interesting companies. He shares thoughts about the world of HR, job interviews, and the London startup scene.

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17. Tess Alps from Thinkbox

Handle: @tessalps

Occupation: Chair of Thinkbox.

Why: Alps is a good follow for insights on the world of television and technology.

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16. Mustafa Suleyman from DeepMind

Handle: @mustafasuleymn

Occupation: Cofounder of DeepMind.

Why: DeepMind cofounder Mustafa Suleyman is one of the public faces of the company, and he shares insights from Alphabet’s artificial intelligence company, and more general updates from the AI world.

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15. Leigh Alexander

Handle: @leighalexander

Occupation: Freelance journalist.

Why: Alexander has segued from being an excellent and opinionated gaming journalist into covering wider tech culture. She’s hugely switched on and will often decimate her trolls publicly. It’s also fun to watch her navigate British culture as an American.

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14. Hussein Kanji from Hoxton Ventures

Handle: @hkanji

Occupation: Founding partner at Hoxton Ventures.

Why: Kanji is one of the smartest VCs in London who is constantly plugged into tech news and shares the latest articles and analysis. He’s also a good source of restaurant recommendations.

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12. Madhumita Murgia from The Financial Times

Handle: @madhumita29

Occupation: European technology correspondent at The Financial Times.

Why: Murgia’s tweets sparingly compared to many other tech journalists but when she does it’s usually on the money. As the European tech correspondent of one of the world’s best known newspapers, Murgia often tweets exclusive FT news, as well as interviews with top CEOs.

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11. Nando de Freitas from the University of Oxford and DeepMind

Handle: @NandoDF

Occupation: Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and senior staff research scientist at DeepMind.

Why: Artificial intelligence is fast becoming one of the most exciting fields in technology, and Nando de Freitas is at the forefront of it.

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10. Jessica Davies from Digiday

Handle: @Jessdaviesmk

Occupation: UK editor at Digiday.

Why: Want to keep up with the world of publishing and digital media? Davies has got you covered. She shares stories about the media industry as well as on the ground reports from events.

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9. Ian Betteridge from Alphr

Handle: @ianbetteridge

Occupation: Editorial director of Alphr.

Why: Betteridge, who runs technology site Alphr, shares content from his site and general tech news.

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8. Ingrid Lunden from TechCrunch

Handle: @ingridlunden

Occupation: News editor at TechCrunch.

Why: As a longtime TechCrunch correspondent, Lunden is one of the most knowledgeable tech reporters in the UK and a veritable scoop machine. She’s particularly strong on finance, with a record of scoops on secret acquisitions and funding rounds.

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7. Rory Cellan-Jones from BBC News

Handle: @ruskin147

Occupation: Technology correspondent at the BBC.

Why: The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones is an authoritative voice in the tech world. He has two Twitter accounts you can follow: his work account: @bbcrorycj, and there’s also his personal account: @ruskin147.

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6. Vicki Turk from New Scientist

Handle: @VickiTurk

Occupation: Technology editor at the New Scientist.

Why: Turk’s Twitter feed is good brain food, swapping the usual tech fodder of gadgets and Uber scandals for baby octopuses and Philip K. Dick robots. She mixes up her science-savvy tweets with some righteous feminism too.

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5. Alex Hern from The Guardian

Hern (left) at Business Insider’s Tech 100 party.Heather Shuker

Handle: @alexhern

Occupation: Technology features writer at The Guardian.

Why: Hern shares his humorous takes on technology news, as well as musings about everything from comic books to video games.

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4. Eileen Burbidge from Passion Capital

Handle: @eileentso

Occupation: Partner at Passion Capital.

Why: Burbidge shares photos and thoughts from her various roles as the Mayor of London’s fintech ambassador, the chair of Tech City UK, and also from her Passion Capital investments. It’s a good way to keep track of how the government interacts with the country’s tech sector.

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3. Theo Bertram from Google

Handle: @theobertram

Occupation: Policy strategy, EMEA at ‎Google.

Why: Bertram used to be a Downing Street advisor to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, but now he’s working at Google. He’s an interesting voice on the intersection of technology and politics, and he regularly shares entertaining anecdotes from his time on Downing Street.

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2. Steve O’Hear from TechCrunch

Handle: @sohear

Occupation: Journalist at TechCrunch.

Why: O’Hear is a veteran technology journalist and entrepreneur who closely covers Europe’s technology scene, sharing news on funding, personnel moves, and more. He’s also an entertaining personality on Twitter.

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1. Ben Wood from CCS Insight

Handle: @benwood

Occupation: Mobile/wireless industry analyst at CCS Insight.

Why: Can’t make it to a technology conference or press event? Don’t worry, Ben Wood is probably there and sharing lots of photos and news.

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