The Friday Five is a list of five things worth knowing about.
This week, it's people from the Boston innovation economy who are worth following on Twitter. The list includes people from tech and biotech, entrepreneurs, investors, and social media experts.
- @ToddDOwl: Todd Dagres is founder of Spark Capital, a venture capital firm in Boston. His Twitter stream offers perspective on tech issues like the rivalry between Google and Apple, plus thoughts on the Red Sox and rock-and-roll. Also, off-hand quips like "What does PETA say about Whack the Mole?"
- @Pistachio: Laura Fitton (pictured at right) is a speaker and consultant on social media issues, and also founder of the new start-up oneforty. She's also author of the book "Twitter for Dummies," and has 35,000+ followers on Twitter. Tweets range from reflections on motherhood to pledges to do more surfing (the kind that involves water) to a presentation about negotiation: "Negotiation takeaways: ask for the moon+stars, then shut up. Give little info. Don't introduce emotion. Have a good poker face."
- @Michael_Gilman: One of the few executive Twitterers from the realm of Boston biotech. Gilman is founder and CEO of Stromedix, and former SVP of research at Biogen Idec. Crams a lot of thought, and interesting links, into 140 characters: "Need more evidence of what's wrong with our health care system? Donating a kidney gives you a 'preexisting condition.' http://ow.ly/hbTt"
- @leaddog99: John Landry is a former CTO at Lotus and tech advisor to IBM's chief executive, now an angel investor, entrepreneur, and raconteur. Likely to tweet about the first music video made with an iPhone video camera, the IPO of one of his investments, or a Dean Kamen keynote speech.
- @BobMetcalfe is the founder of 3Com Corp., inventor of Ethernet, and now an investor at Polaris Venture Partners focusing on tech and cleantech. Tweets sometimes focus on Metcalfe's bike riding up and down the coast of Maine -- but also take you to Facebook HQ and a scientific conclave at Google.
There are lots more folks from the Boston/Massachusetts/New England innovation economy who are worth following, of course. (I follow just over 100 people, most of them in the region.) Who's tops on your Twitter list? Add 'em in the comments...