Work Hard and Dream Big: 5 Inspiring Entrepreneurs You Should Follow on Twitter

Here are some of the business owners we love to follow on Twitter. We bet you'll find them inspiring, too.

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By Kim Lachance Shandrow

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What if you could tap into the minds of today's top business brainiacs, to find out what they're thinking about right now? Why are they so successful? What are they doing that maybe you should do, too?

You can, of course, on Twitter. Think of the social platform as your perpetual spoonful of wisdom -- direct from some of the biggest, most influential power players in business.

Just about 5 million 140-character tweets gush from the real-time sounding board every day, according to Twitter's Securities and Exchange Commission IPO filing. With such a massive soup of tweets constantly boiling over, it can be a chore for busy entrepreneurs to know which users to follow. We've narrowed them down for you.

Here are five brilliant entrepreneurs and influencers to follow in 2014:

1. @BarbaraCorcoran
Followers: 112,211

You probably know celebrity real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran from ABC's Shark Tank. The New Jersey native, who says she scored straight Ds in high school and college, and had 20 jobs by the time she was 23, used a modest $1,000 business loan to launch The Corcoran Group. It's now a multi-million dollar company.

Corcoran tweets sage business advice daily, sharing tips on how to pitch and grow a business like a pro, how to out-brand your competition and more.

Sample tweet:

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2. @davidcohen
Followers: 60,042

David Cohen is the founder and chief executive of TechStars, a Boulder, Colo.-based seed stage investment program for internet startups. In addition to sharing his keen, sometimes pointed insights about startups, apps and software, Cohen tweets motivating quotes, investment tips and pics from his business trips and speaking engagements. The self-proclaimed "geeky ex-hacker" shares inspirational tweets from others, too.

Sample tweet:

3. @jack
Followers: 2,515,661

Jack Dorsey is one of the three original brains behind Twitter. He's also the chief executive of Square, Inc., the maker of a little gadget that makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to accept debit and credit payments from their tablets and smartphones.

The billionaire tweets about what fuels his business endeavors, charitable causes, tech innovators and, of course, all things Square. He often sprinkles in behind-the-scenes photos and his own personal Vine videos.

Sample tweet:

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4. @tferriss

Followers: 461,357

Tim Ferriss, author of best-selling The 4-Hour Work Week (Harmony, 2009), is a New York-based entrepreneur and startup angel investor. The Princeton graduate tweets almost compulsively, sometimes dozens of times in a single day.

Expect several investment tips, sale-closing tactics, encouraging quotes from billionaire business barons and funny observational gems. Ferriss also often asks people to tweet their questions to him, which he personally answers. Shoot him a Q and see what he says.

Sample tweet:

5. @tonyhsieh
Followers: 2,827,755

Tony Hsieh is the chief executive of, the popular online shoe and clothing store. The Harvard grad and author of Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose (Business Plus, 2013) tweets uplifting quotes, links to emails he has sent to Zappos employees and links to articles about how to make the office a more fun, collaborative place to work. Oh, and who could forget his tongue-in-cheek response to Kanye West's claim that Zappos sells "sh-t products"?

Sample tweet:

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Kim Lachance Shandrow

Former West Coast Editor

Kim Lachance Shandrow is the former West Coast editor at Previously, she was a commerce columnist at Los Angeles CityBeat, a news producer at MSNBC and KNBC in Los Angeles and a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times. She has also written for Government Technology magazine, LA Yoga magazine, the Lowell Sun newspaper,, and the former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Coop. Follow her on Twitter at @Lashandrow. You can also follow her on Facebook here

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