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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.

Thank you Jean !

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Yesterday was a bitter-sweet night for all of us. On one part we had the first demo day of the Betagroup, with almost 1200 signups and over 700 attendees. The place was packed and the startups doing the demos where very busy pitching.

At the same time Leo Exter was running a Betainvest event upstairs, with 30 investors an 10 startups pitching for funds.

And then Jean dropped the bomb

Jean Derely got on an improvised stage to thank the sponsors and go through all the things that have happened in the last 4 years, and then proceeded to drop the bomb: Jean will no longer run the Betagroup.

I cannot say it was a surprise for me or the other members of the Betagroup team (we had been working on his decision for about a month), but it was still a sad moment for me.

The impact of Jean Derely and the Betagroup

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Without Jean and the Betagroup I would have never become who I am in Brussels and the startup ecosystem. I don’t think I would even be the same person, nor have reached my current level of happiness. If I’ve ended up organizing so many events and opening a coworking space in Brussels it is part thanks to Jean, to his motivation and to the vibe he’s managed to transmit. He’s sparked the will to organize things and to make them happen in a lot of us; he’s promoted and helped numerous events and groups to get going, to launch and to do what they love; he’s shown the example to follow, doing what we love, working hard, making it happen.

Jean is the heart and soul of our tech startup ecosystem. He’s not the only one that has created or is running events to promote tech entrepreneurship in Belgium, but he’s had the biggest impact of all. Jean has always focused on bringing value to the startups and obsessed about making things happen, with his own money and with his work to raise funding for the Betagroup, to provide for all those free events for entrepreneurs and professionals.

I still remember when I discovered the Betagroup and before attended my first event (number 3 of 37 so far, without counting all the seminars, workshops and conferences) I contacted Juanito who was running a Hispanic social network in the USA and had moved back to Belgium. He wanted to have an American style event to shake things a little and meet other like minded people. With the help of some of his friends he started setting up a dinner to discuss it and then moved to the ULB to host a growing community. I think that back then we were 80 or so, but for the next event it was already 100 and it has kept on growing. Today there are over 5500 people in our community of tech startup lovers. Thanks to Jean we are changing the world, starting with Brussels.

Why Jean is stepping down

The Betagroup has always strived to help startups grow, and one of its successes is Woorank, Jean’s own startup. In the last two years Boris Demaria and have grown Woorank into a profitable business, without external capital and to a 13 person strong team. He’s managed to turn his own dream into a reality. Woorank is growing fast and Jean needs to concentrate on this opportunity. 

What changes for you

Nothing.

The Betagroup will continue on operating just like it does now. I’ve taken over most of Jean’s role running the Betagroup and will be working with two great people that have already proven their value, namely Julie Foulon and Leo Exter

Julie will continue organizing the big events of the Betagroups, our pitch slams and demo days.

Leo will continue running the Betainvest, our investor club where we try to help investors and startups meet each other and heat up the market.

I will continue running the coworking space and will be more involved in the running of the Betagroup together with the other founders of the non-profit: Olivier Belenger and Julien Meganck

Jean has made sure that his parting did not hinder the Betagroup.

What you should do

Send Jean a message, by email, Twitter, blog, sms, through the Betagroup’s contact form, by post, in person when you see him… No matter how, but tell him about the positive impact he’s had on you, your company, your community. Thank him for this 4 years of hard work and support. It is the least we can do.

Organize your own event or join the organization of an existing event. We build the ecosystem together. The more you participate the better, bigger and useful it gets. Let’s make sure that no matter who moves along with life the ecosystem keeps on growing and growing faster all the time.

Thank you Jean !

With all my heart.