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Growth marketing experts to follow in 2023 (bios, links & more)

Article originally published in October 2019 by Stuart Brameld. Most recent update in February 2023.

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Want to learn from the world’s best growth marketing experts? Below is our list of the most influential and best growth marketing professionals to follow in order to stay informed about new growth marketing trends and tactics.

Each summary includes a bio, links to Twitter, LinkedIn, personal blog, published books, well-known articles, famous quotes, newsletters, podcasts and much more.

We have also included our complete Airtable database of growth marketing experts towards the bottom of this article.

Growth Marketing Experts

Sean Ellis

Sean is often referred to as “the father of the growth marketing movement” and one of the first growth marketing experts. He coined the term “growth hacking” and was the first marketer at Dropbox. He applied the principles of growth hacking in the early days at Dropbox, Eventbrite, LogMeIn, and Lookout (all worth billions today).

Along with Morgan Brown (below), Sean is a co-author of the acclaimed growth marketing book Hacking Growth. Sean is the founder of GrowthHackers.com and his website is at https://www.seanellis.me/. He blogs on Medium at https://medium.com/@SeanEllis and regularly posts on Twitter @SeanEllis. Sean recently started The Breakout Growth Podcast.

Morgan Brown

Morgan is currently the Product Lead at Facebook, he is a marketing veteran and co-founder of the popular growthhackers.com website (with Sean Ellis, above).

His book Hacking Growth (co-authored with Sean above) explains one of the hottest business methodologies in Silicon Valley and beyond. The methodology drove the rapid growth of start-ups like Uber, Facebook, Airbnb, Dropbox, Yelp, LinkedIn, Pinterest and more.

Morgan’s website and blog are at http://morganbrown.co/, though he is more active on Twitter at @morganb.

Andrew Chen

One of the world’s best known growth marketing experts, Andrew Chen famously led the “Rider Growth” team at Uber (https://get.uber.com/rider-growth/) at a time when Uber was spending around $1billion on its growth efforts annually. He now advises companies like Dropbox, AngelList, Front and Gusto in his role as a partner at the world-famous venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Andrew blogs at https://andrewchen.co/ where he has famously written over 650 essays on growth including the infamous piece Growth Hacker is the new VP of Marketing.

Brian Balfour

Brian Balfour is perhaps most famous for his role as Vice President of Growth at HubSpot. He now runs arguably one of the most well-respected growth training programs at https://www.reforge.com/, training many future growth marketing experts.

Brian’s personal website at https://brianbalfour.com/essays contains all of his essays on customer acquisition and growth as well as his course on Building A Growth Machine.

One of Brian’s most popular talks is from 2014 at 500 Startups: The Scientific Method: How to Design & Track Viral Growth Experiments.

Casey Winters

Casey Winters was the first growth marketer at Grubhub and helped grow the company from 3 cities to over 1000. He went on to build the growth product team at Pinterest, growing active users from 40 million to over 200 million.

Casey is particularly well-known for his knowledge of scalable SEO strategies. He is currently the Chief Product Officer at Eventbrite. Casey blogs on his personal website at https://caseyaccidental.com/.

Mayur Gupta

Mayur Gupta is currently the CMO at Freshly and was previously the VP Growth for Spotify.

His superb blog can be found at http://inspiremartech.com/blog and his Twitter account is @inspiremartech. His keynote from Accelerate 2019 on Building an always-on marketing growth engine is below.

Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang currently leads the growth team at Pinterest where he has a target of 300 million monthly active users. He is also an Angel Investor in early-stage tech startups.

Jeff writes frequently on his personal website at https://www.growthengblog.com/ and is active on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JeffChang30.

Kieran Flanagan

Kieran Flanagan is Vice President of Marketing & Growth at HubSpot. He was previously focused on growth at companies like Salesforce.com and Marketo.

He is perhaps best known for co-hosting the GrowthTLDR podcast https://www.kieranflanagan.io/podcasts/ along with Scott Tousley (below), highly recommended for growth marketing professionals.

Keiran’s website is https://www.kieranflanagan.io/ and he is on Twitter @searchbrat.

Scott Tousley

Scott is the Senior Team Lead for User Acquisition at HubSpot. He has written marketing essays published on Business Insider, Buffer, Reforge, GrowthHackers, HubSpot, and others.

His personal website is at https://scotttousley.com/ and he posts on Twitter @sjtousley.

He co-hosts the excellent GrowthTLDR podcast along with Kieran Flanagan (above) at https://www.kieranflanagan.io/podcasts/.

David Ly Khim

David is a growth marketing expert, consultant, speaker and writer. He has worked with the likes of Buffer, WeWork, Boston University, Mens Health and is currently a senior growth marketer at Hubspot.

David writes at https://davidlykhim.com/ where he published his in-depth article on HubSpot’s Growth Process. He is @davidlykhim on Twitter.

Julian Shapiro

Julian is the founder of BellCurve.com. Bellcurve trains businesses in advanced growth and helps businesses hire senior growth marketers and find vetted growth agencies. Most recently Julian founded Demand Curve, a Y Combinator-funded training program teaching companies and individuals to become expert marketers.

Julian writes regularly at Julian.com, his writing includes a number of popular guides such as the Growth Marketing guide. He is @Julian on Twitter.

Andy Johns

Andy Johns is currently a partner at Unusual Ventures. Previously he held a variety of roles spanning Growth, Product, and Executive Leadership at Facebook, Twitter, Quora and Wealthfront.

Andy writes at https://andyjohns.co/ and is on Twitter @ibringtraffic.

John Egan

John Egan is the Head of Growth Engineering at Pinterest which consists of over 100 engineers. He was previously the Engineering Lead for the growth team at Shopkick.

John writes at http://jwegan.com/ and is on Twitter @jwegan.

Rupert Brennink

Rupert is a Growth Marketer at GoCardless and co-founded Dribble, a venture-backed startup based in London.

He writes about Growth, Strategy and User Acquisition at https://brightfund.co/essays/ and is @rupertbrennink on Twitter.

Nolan Clemmons

Nolan Clemmons is a Dallas-based growth marketer and blogger and works at the intersection of lead generation and digital marketing. He runs a Dallas growth marketing consultancy and is the author of the acclaimed B2B Sales Stack found on his website at https://clemmons.io.

Nolan is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/clemmons_io/.


Tom Hunt is the man behind SaaSHacker, a superb resource for growth marketers at https://saashacker.co/blog/. Subscribe to receive a detailed SaaS marketing case study in your inbox every week.

David Arnoux

David is the CEO & founder of Growth Tribe, Europe’s first Growth Academy based in Amsterdam. Growth Tribe has trained over 10,000 people in growth and transformation. David is an expert on growth hacking, technical marketing and acquisition funnel optimisation.

David is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/darnocks

Pedro Clivati

Pedro is the Head of Growth at https://growthhackers.com, the largest online community of growth professionals on the web. He can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/pedroclivati/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/pedroclivati.

The complete list of growth marketing experts