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Top 50 Tech Twitter Influencers in Belgium

The Belgian tech journal DataNews has just published their yearly ranking of the 2014 top Twitter tech influencers in the country (here are the rankings for 2013, 2012, 2011 ). This year they have moved away from Klout to rank the influencers and have started using the ranking made by the Belgian startup Tribalytics, created by the betacoworker Mehdi El Fadil how has been recently joined by Aleyda Solis.

Ranking

User Name

Name

Followers

1

bnox

Clo Willaerts

22,000

2

netlash

Bart De Waele

14,000

3

StevenVBe

Steven Van Belleghem

23,600

4

robinwauters

Robin Wauters

35,000

5

jcaudron

Jo Caudron

11,700

6

Mateusz

Mateusz Kukulka

6,875

7

dannydevriendt

Danny Devriendt

37,700

8

hanssmellinckx

hanssmellinckx

25,900

9

lamazone

Sofie Verhalle

7,267

10

AlainGerlache

Alain Gerlache

18,500

11

hinssen

Peter Hinssen

13,500

12

Joke

Joke De Nul

7,684

13

ramonsuarez

Ramon Suarez

5,441

14

fonsvandyck

fons van dyck

7,817

15

janseurinck

Jan Seurinck

6,634

16

davanac

Damien Van Achter

11,500

17

ransbottyn

Cain Ransbottyn

86,800

18

duvandre

André Robert Duval

6,444

19

NeelieKroesEU

Neelie Kroes

98,200

20

palmaerts

Tom Palmaerts

7,122

21

kodel

Koen Delvaux

5,082

22

conversionation

J-P De Clerck

16,100

23

issuus

Elke De Vilder

5,511

24

Polledemaagt

Polle de Maagt

9,449

25

BartBecks

Bart Becks

6,039

26

eprenen

Eric Prenen

3,324

27

AlanSee

Alan See

68,800

28

Coolz0r

Miel Van Opstal

42,800

29

Joeri_InSites

Joeri Van den Bergh

6,362

30

Folke

Folke Lemaitre

3,182

31

kristofnizet

Kristof Nizet

3,875

32

leoexter

Leo Exter

3,021

33

nickdemey

Nick De Mey

6,191

34

marketingyudai

Matthieu Van Den Bogaert

4,356

35

ibert

Bert Van Wassenhove

3,859

36

vpieters

Veerle Pieters

195,000

37

tijs

Tijs Vrolix

3,857

38

imkedielen

Helena Van Eykeren

3,685

39

bartblaze

Bart

2,671

40

Adgenius

Rob van Alphen

4,472

41

zofie

Sophie De brabander

3,558

42

minorissues

Steven Verbruggen

3,378

43

flexyflow

Florence Manente

4,741

44

crossthebreeze

Kris Hoet

4,148

45

fdgraeve

Frank De Graeve

3,644

46

Evelinesmet

Eveline Smet

4,780

47

BVLG

Bruno Peeters

3,089

48

seynaeve

Edouard Seynaeve

4,334

49

Vromant

Gerrit Vromant

3,020

50

lvb

Luc Van Braekel

3,820

I’m happy to be in the list together with other Betacowork Coworking Brussels members like @bnox, @robinwauters, @leoexter; former member @flexyflow; and guests to our events like @neeliekroeseu and @bartbecks.

Tribalytics is a tool for marketers that want to find the top twitter influencers in the different topics and segments that they tweet about. To give you an idea, this is what the report looks like for my Twitter account @ramonsuarez:

Twitter-communities-report-Tribalytics-ramonsuarez-2014-04-04 14-28-56

Tribalytics also offers a competitive insights report to see how you fare compared to your main competitors.

If you are curious about your own followers, you can request free access to Tribalytics.

Startups.be the one stop shop for Belgian startups looking for support

Startups.be logo

If you follow me on Twitter or any other social media account, I’m one of the founders and board members of Startups.be. It is an initiative I’ve been involved in for over a year, but only recently have we created the non profit organization. (Yes, I know it is hard to follow up on all the things I do, but you can always check my LinkedIn to have an idea.)

The purpose of Startups.be is twofold:

  • To help tech starters in Belgium to find help according to their needs, stage of growth and geographic location. It will be the one stop shop to find help and be redirected toward the right organizations.
  • To bring together all the entities that are working to help tech entrepreneurs in the country. There’s already 40 and we are working on bringing more people in.

The role of Startups.be is that of a facilitator, not a substitute.

We are currently working on the website, but you can already signup with your startup to be included in the online directory of Belgian startups and to access more services as they are implemented.

My colleague and driving force behind Startups.be, Karen Boers, was recently interviewed in Trends Tendances to present the project:

Both the Betagroup and Betacowork are members of Startups.be, and so are westartup, idealabs, Webmission, iMinds, ABE, AWT, and many others. The list is growing, and as you can see there are a lot of different sizes, types of organizations, private & public… Some, don’t even exist as an organization! If you want to join, just get in touch with Karen.

The board of directors is composed of entrepreneurs from the three regions: Peter Hinssen, Alain Heureux, Antoine Perdaens, Jurgen Ingels, Sylvie Irzi, and myself. Karen Boers is the Managing Director.

I was driven to the very first meeting of the project by Leo Exter, one of the main pillars of tech entrepreneurship in Belgium,  founder of westartup.eu, and my partner in bringing Startup Weekend to Brussels.

What I’ve liked from the begining is the willingness to work together, to overcome the regional compartmentalization of the country.

Some of the first actions where the Startups.be day, with a lot of organizations giving workshops and value to the starters, and the stand at LeWeb. Both were awesome :)

We are currently working on organizing the next events, so keep an eye on the Startups.be calendar.

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Le co-working, une nouvelle vision de l???entreprise [Podcast]

Le co-working, une nouvelle vision de l???entreprise

Le Co-Working, c???est selon la d??finition de Wikip??dia, un type d???organisation qui regroupe deux notions : un espace de travail partag?? et un r??seau qui encourage l?????change et l???ouverture.

En soi, l???id??e n???est pas neuve. Dans le pass??, les artistes, les ??crivains, les intellectuels se sont souvent regroup??s par quartier. Ca ne signifie pas qu???ils travaillaient ensemble. Chacun d??veloppait son ??uvre avec sa vision, son talent, son originalit??. Mais la proximit?? et la convivialit?? facilitaient les ??changes et stimulaient la cr??ativit?? et la r??flexion prospective. Bref, et ??a semble toujours un peu paradoxal, un r??seau d???individualit??s.

Les cr??ateurs d???aujourd???hui, on les trouve aussi dans les nouvelles technologies de l???information. Ce sont souvent de jeunes adultes qui assument pleinement leur ambition et leur envie de r??ussite personnelle. Mais ils l???inscrivent dans un projet global qui se veut utile socialement autant que rentable. Et avec une grande sensibilit?? pour le d??veloppement durable. Ils sont d???ici, mais leur t??te est souvent en Californie. Leur horizon, c???est le village mondial connect??. Et s???ils n???ont pas beaucoup de moyens, ils d??bordent d???id??es. Et quand ils se plantent, ils red??marrent ensuite. Leur ma??tre-mot : innover.

D???o?? l???utilit?? de leur faciliter l???acc??s ?? des espaces de travail stimulants. Un lieu adapt?? leur permet de ne pas devoir tout le temps travailler dans des endroits peu motivants. Et m??me s???ils ne sont pas du genre ?? bosser m??caniquement de 9 ?? 17h, leur regroupement favorise le r??seautage de diff??rentes comp??tences li??es aux TIC et au web. Mais ce n???est pas qu???une juxtaposition. Un animateur prend en charge la dynamisation du lieu.

De tels espaces se sont d??velopp??s ces derni??res ann??es, notamment en R??gion Bruxelloise avec le Betagroup Co-Working Space sur le site de l???Arsenal ?? Etterbeek. Et La Wallonie se lance aussi dans cette aventure. C???est crucial pour le d??veloppement ??conomique dans des secteurs cl??. Dans le cadre du projet Creative Wallonia, le ministre Jean-Claude Marcourt vient d???annoncer le lancement d???un appel ?? projets de co-working. Un jury ind??pendant devra s??lectionner ceux qui vont b??n??ficier d???une aide de d??part. Tous les renseignements sont sur le site de l???Agence Wallonne des T??l??communications.

Au moment o?? un an apr??s les ??lections, le monde politique parait plus englu?? que jamais dans les d??bats identitaires ou socio-??conomiques h??rit??s du pass??, il n???est sans doute pas inutile de souligner que de nouvelles g??n??rations d???entrepreneurs tentent de relever les d??fis du 21e si??cle en privil??giant ?? la fois l???initiative et la collaboration.

Photos: Betagroup co-working space

10.06.11 Retrouvez #mediaTIC dans Matin Premi??re du lundi au vendredi ?? 08:30 #Matin1

What pushed Jean and Ramon to open the Betagroup Coworking Brussels (Betacowork)

May 26, 2011

Interview with Ramon Suarez Betagroup coworking Brussels

Summary of the interview with Ramon Suarez co-founder of the Betagroup coworking space Brussels

In this first part of the interview with Ramon Suarez (@ramonsuarez), co-founder with Jean Derely (@jeanderely) of the Betagroup Coworking Brussels. Ramon speaks about the genesis of the idea and how Jean and himself decided to launch a coworking place at Brussels. Ramon and Jean are both freelancers and they were looking for a place were they could work with other people. That’s how by trying to fulfill their need they decided to launch a coworking place at Brussels.

The coworking space offers an open space where freelancers and entrepreneurs in the Internet, technology & mobile industries get together to work, sharing, innovating and inspiring their peers. Besides providing a working environment, the BetaGroup coworking space hosts a range of workshops, seminars, conferences, and meetings. The Betagroup coworking place is located at ICAB at Brussels

About Ramon Suarez

Ramon is a new media business and marketing consultant, blogger, Internet & Twitter addict. Besides being one of the founding partner of the Betagroup coworking space in Brussels, he has been an active promoter of the Webmission and he has become a BetaGroup adviser. 

part one of a series of skype Interviews by Fred Ooms on his twisted business minds blog.

Thanks Fred!

Come to the Presentation of the French Translation of Steve Blank’s The Four Steps to the Epiphany – Coworking Brussels – Bruxelles Coworking – Brussel BetaGroup Betacowork

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The Betagroup Coworking Brussels is proud to host the worlwide premiere of the brand new translation in French of the Lean Startup and Customer Development bible: The Four Steps to the Epiphany, now also known as Les 4 ??tapes vers l’??piphanie.  

When Antoine Bruyns contacted us, we knew instantly that we had to do it. He’s an example of the kind of entrepreneurial individual that makes things happen: he contacted Steve Blank and offered to do the translation. Then, he has spent a lot of hours after his job to help with the promotion of this concepts in French. 

Don’t let the title misslead you, this book synthesizes the basic steps to bring a product to market, nothing to do with religion.

I, Ramon, have a lot of interest in everything Lean Startup  and Customer Development, and so do a lot of the entrepreneurial minds around the Betagroup. This is the perfect opportunity for the CustDev & Lean Startup communities to get together in Brussels

The presentation will be followed by the glorious drinks and chips that fit so well the Betagroup events. 
Buy the book! Achetez Les 4 ??tapes vers l’??piphanie !
PS: on the 23 we will be hosting the livecast of the 2011 Startup Lessons Learned, with Eric Ries, Steve Blank and many more.

Startup Lessons Learned Livecast at the Betagroup Coworking: May 23

StartupLessons Learned 2011 is the sequel to last year’s inaugural event, whichbrought together nearly 400 entrepreneurs and executives interested in buildingand supporting lean startups.  The goal for this event is to givepractitioners and students of the lean startup methodology the opportunity tohear insights from leaders in embracing and deploying the core principles of thelean startup methodology. The day-long event will feature a mix of panels andtalks focused on the key challenges and issues that technical and market-facingpeople at startups need to understand in order to succeed in buildingsuccessful lean startups.

ConfirmedSpeakers Include:
Eric Ries, The Lean Startup (@ericries)
Brad Smith, President and CEO, Intuit (@IntuitInc)
Mitch Kapor (@mkapor)
Steve Blank (@sgblank)
Suneel Gupta, VP Product, Groupon (@guptathink)
Drew Houston, Co-Founder and CEO, Dropbox (@drewhouston)
Clara Shih, Founder and CEO, Hearsay Social (@clarashih)
Janice Fraser, Lean User Experience Residency (@clevergirl)
Manuel Rosso, Founder, Food on the Table (@manuelrosso)
Dave Binetti, Founder and CEO, Votizen (@dbinetti)
Pascal-Louis Perez, VP Engineering and CTO, Wealthfront (@pascallouis)
Tim McCoy, Dir, Integrated Product Development, Cooper (@seriouslynow)
Jeff Gothelf, Dir of User Experience, TheLadders.com (@jboogie)
Josh Seiden, Program Dir, LUXr NYC (@jseiden)
Zach Larson, Entrepreneur/Former CPO, SideReel (@zachlarson)

Signup and enjoy the Lean Startup and Customer Development networking.