For those of you who don’t know, today is international Community Manager Appreciation Day. That means we’re celebrating the hard work of community builders around the world and the movements they’re building.
This day began in 2010 after an initiation by Jeremiah Owyang, who has since proclaimed community builders to be the most powerful group on the Internet.
Last year, Sarah Judd Welch put together a great overview of the history of community as it has been studied in the modern world, which you can check out right here.
A few weeks ago, we turned to our very own community of community builders, and we asked the CMX community who they look up to when building communities. We’ve put that list together here so you know exactly who to follow for inspiration.
Check out the post on the CMX Hub Facebook group to see the full comments and all the love our community shared for some of our fellow members.
And make sure to check out our #CMGRHangout Google Hangout tonight at 5PM PST and all the other amazing hangouts happening ALL day today right here.
These are founders who build communities around their products or whose products are communities themselves. These founders work day in and day out to build movements, and they’re showing others the way.
Founder and CEO, Quiip
Startup Weekend Founder, Up Global
Director of Online Community & Customer Experience at Autodesk
CEO & Founder, ALYND
Founder & CEO, Mightybell
CEO, Tatu Digital Media
Co-Founder, EVP, Chief Community Officer, LiveWorld Inc
Relationship Economy eXpedition (REX), Founder
Founder, Router Ventures, Silicon Prairie News
Laura Jane Fitton
Founder, One Forty
Co-Founder & Advisor, CMX Media
Rachel Happe McEnroe
Founder, Community Roundtable
CEO, Qualaroo & GrowthHackers
CEO and Founder, Synthexis
Founder & Trust Builder, Primeloop
Startup Community Builders
Building startup community is hard work. The entire ecosystem from founders to developers to VCs must be built and engaged on a regular basis. These are the premier builders in this space.
Vp of Operations, Partender
Director of Community, Spark Capital
Platform Manager, First Round Capital
Program Director, YEC
Mentors and Leaders
These are community builders who’ve been at it years, who are constantly building next-level communities and trying new strategies, and who inspire us on a daily basis. They’ve got experience under their belts, and they often share that experience with others both on and offline. We’re proud to call many of these community builders members of our community.
Director of Community & Customer Success, Automatic
Ash McGregor Dey
Building Kifi (previously at Indiegogo)
Director, Social Media & Community, Autodesk
Senior Manager, Lyft
Director of Community Development, Feverbee
Community Manager Team Lead, Lyft
VP Account Services
Social Media Strategist, URS Corporation
Sr. Director of Community, Salesforce
Global Community Lead, Atlassian
Senior Community Manager,CreativeLive
Chief Community Officer, Lithium
Global Community Manager, Lithium
Customer Success Manager, Sparkcentral
Global Community Relations, Sony
VP of Digital, Cisco
Phoebe Shin Venkat
Director of Communication Engagement, Salesforce
Community Manager, Edutopia
Community Director, Undead Labs
Head of Community, Feverbee
Tech Support Community Manager, PTC
Advisors and Consultants
These are some of our community’s go-to’s for community advice and consulting, having been in the community space for years past. Many of these community consultants and advisors write about what they’ve learned along their paths (as in the group below), which provides us with a great resource for building our own communities.
Strategy Consultant, Lithium
Independent Management Consulting, Wenger-Trayner
F. Randall Farmer
Social Media Product Design Advisor and Consultant, Peerlyst
Principal, The Communal Group
Community Building Consultant, CommunitySpark
Community Development Consultant, RME Consulting
Co-founder & Online Community Consultant, Communal
Leader of Social & Communities Practice within Digital Change, PwC
CEO and Chief Digital Officer, Leader Networks
Community Builders Who Write About Community
Talk about meta. These are the builders who write about the work that they do and observe others do. Not only are these folks leaders in the industry, but they’re building up other leaders as well and sharing best practices.