#FollowFriday: Four young Canadian entrepreneurs we're following - and why you should follow them too

by Knowlton Thomas

You may have noticed some turbulence on our @Techvibes Twitter account over the past couple of weeks. That's because we decided to rethink who we follow and why. We decided that we want to follow the people and companies that make the Techvibes clock tick. From venture capitalists flowing funds into the startups of tomorrow, to entrepreneurs making things happen across the country - our finger must be on the pulse of Canada's tech community, and this means refocusing our Twitter account.

Ignited by this new idea, we're implementing a new weekly series. Essentially, it's our spin on Twitter's classic #FollowFriday trend. Every Friday, we're going to identify four Twitter accounts we're following, themed together by region, profession, or otherwise. Then we're going to let you know about them - what they do and why you should follow them too.

This week is our inaugural Follow Friday Four, and we've selected four young, Canadian entrepreneurs who have all moved to Silicon Valley: Brian Wong, Shaheorse Charania, Rahim Fazal, and Dan Martell.

1. Brian Wong | @Brian_Wong

About: A very young but already successful entrepreneur; founder of Kiip.

Why you should follow them: At the ripe young age of 19, Brian has founded  and , the former of which received funding, making Brian one of the youngest entrepreneurs to ever open a VC's wallet. Former employee of Digg.

2. Shaherose Charania | @Shaherose

About: CEO and Founder of , an advisor for , and a mentor at .

Why you should follow them: Shaherose's storied career is sprinkled liberally with success. Her expansive library of milestones and achievements promoting women in the technology space will only propel her to further future success.

3. Rahim Fazal | @RahimTheDream

About: CEO and co-founder of involver, and public speaker.

Why you should follow them: Rahim quietly created an online business while still in high school, negotiated its sale during his senior year, and then spent two years building a second company and taking it public. Passion and still in his 20s, the sky is the limit for Rahim.

4. Dan Martell | @DanMartell

About: New Brunswick entrepreneur, co-founder of Flowtown.com.

Why you should follow them: Passionate and unrelenting, this award-winning entrepreneur made it big out of a small town with multiple successful startups and now invests in other startups. At barely past 30 years old, Dan is apt to have many big years ahead of him.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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