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Jay Adelson is CEO of Digg, guiding all aspects of the company’s development, growth and management. Under his leadership, Digg has grown to 26 million visitors per month, and is now considered one of the top socially focused Web sites.
Adelson is also chairman of the board of the Internet Television Network Revision3, where he provides strategic direction to the company.
Prior to Digg, Adelson founded Equinix, Inc (Nasdaq: EQIX), a leader in the data center and Internet infrastructure space. Equinix operates Internet data centers where more than 200 network service providers and hundreds of enterprises and content companies, including nine of the top ten Web properties, locate their Internet operations.
Adelson was also a co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation’s highly regarded Palo... Read More.
Steve Adler became editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek on April 1, 2005.
Mr. Adler began his journalistic career as a reporter for the Tampa Times and the Tallahassee Democrat. In 1983, he joined The American Lawyer and later became editor of the magazine and editorial director of the American Lawyer Newspapers group, a chain of local dailies and weeklies.
In 1988, Mr. Adler joined the Wall Street Journal as legal editor. He was appointed to the Journal’s page-one staff as special projects editor in 1994, and was named deputy page-one editor in 1997. Between 1995 and 1999, he directed reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes, for articles on the tobacco industry (1995), the new AIDS treatments (1996), and military spending (1999).
Mr. Adler became assistant... Read More.
Dion Almaer is the co-founder of Ajaxian.com, the leading source of the Ajax community. Dion is part of the Google Developer Programs group, which enables him to work with developer facing technology. Dion has been writing rich web applications from the beginning, and is a columnist on Enterprise Java topics at openxource.com, onjava.com, TheServerSide.com, and of course his blog at almaer.com/blog. He enjoys writing, and speaking at events such as JavaOne, JavaPolis, TheServerSide Symposium, and the No Fluff Just Stuff symposium tour. He also participates on the Java Community Process expert groups, and the open source community as a whole.
Ken Anderson is at Intel Research where he conducts ethnographic resarch of human culturese and social practices to inform corporate strategy and technology development. His specialties are in globalization, identity, and urban studies. His work focuses on mobilities, time, transnationals in and between urban environments.
David has over 14 years experience in the communications industry with the majority of his time spent in digital marketing and experience design. An active thought leader in the industry, David authors the popular Logic + Emotion blog currently ranked in the top 25 of the “Power 150” as listed by Advertising Age. David’s writing and visual thinking has been cited by respected sources such as by Forrester, Crain’s and landed him in BusinessWeek on several occasions including their “Best of 2006”. David leads an interdisciplinary group of designers, writers and content strategists for the Chicago office of Critical Mass, a marketing agency focused on creating extraordinary experiences. Aside from his presence on the Web, David is known as an evangelist for customer-centric strategies and... Read More.
Douglas Atkin, has been an investor, founder and senior executive in the financial technology industry for over 20 years. Doug was CEO of Instinet where he led the company’s successful IPO; Majestic Research—a leading data-based independent research firm; and a Co-founder of Efficient Frontiers, a consulting firm specializing in trading technology, regulation and market-structure. Doug is now the Managing Partner of the Financial Technology Investors Fund. Doug was selected one of the Top New Yorkers by New York magazine for his leading role in redefining the financial marketplace and Institutional Investor twice profiled Doug as one of the top 20 individuals making the greatest impact on e-finance. In addition, he sits on the Board of WR Hambrecht, Majestic Research, Peracon and the Lauri... Read More.
I’m the author of The Making of Second Life (HarperCollins), online games editor at GigaOM.com, and write about Second Life on my own blog, New World Notes (nwn.blogs.com).
As Vice President, Internet Growth Group at Best Buy Co., Inc., a global retailer of technology and entertainment products and services, Michele Azar currently leads newly formed growth businesses in emerging channels: Open API, Community, and Mobile Web. Throughout her 11 year career at Best Buy, she has held P&L responsibility for Computer Peripherals and Hardware business units and played key leadership roles in 3 large scale transformations. In 2007, Azar moved to the web division to lead Enterprise 2.0 Strategy and rollout of new growth opportunities beyond existing channels. Azar keynotes across the globe on how Best Buy empowers employees to innovate, serve customers, and capture new growth. Company as Wiki: Modern Times to Open Times talk features true stories of what happens... Read More.
An information junkie fascinated by trends in information delivery and helping companies and users achieve successful information delivery and search strategies including collaboration with social software and other web 2.0 applications, Daniela is part of the Client Solutions group within the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group based in San Francisco. She works with large corporations in deploying information strategies through various parts of the enterprise and has worked with many Fortune 500 clients in the High Tech, Consumer Products, Consulting, Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical and Financial industries as well as many B2C customers.
As a co-founder of the DataPortability Project, she has worked on evangelizing data portability principles for users, vendors and developers.
Currently Business Development Manager for Synaptica a Vocabulary and Metadata Management Solution at... Read More.
Jim co-founded Turn in 2005, bringing his extensive experience in online advertising and search to create a next generation market for online advertising. Most recently, Jim was President of Overture Search, a division of Overture Services, Inc. He joined Overture via its acquisition of AltaVista Company, where he was President and CEO. In this role, he led the company’s highly successful turnaround and sale to Overture. Jim was also President of MyFamily.com, the parent company of Ancestry.com, and President and CEO of ThirdAge Media, which was acquired by MyFamily.com. Prior to that, Jim was President and CEO of Infogrammes North America, a leading global publisher of video games and entertainment software. For five years, he was also Chairman, President and CEO... Read More.
Alex Barnett joined Bungee Labs with more than 15 years experience working in the web development industry. Prior to Bungee Labs, Alex spent five years at Microsoft Corp, most recently as the Community Program Manager for the Data Programmability team in Redmond, WA. Alex joined Microsoft in 2002 in the United Kingdom as Online Customer Experience Manager. Alex moved to the United States in 2005 to become the International Program Manager for MSDN and TechNet, where he was responsible for driving the globalization strategy. Prior to Microsoft, Alex worked for seven years at Bluewave, an online marketing, web design and development agency, as Sales and Marketing Director and COO. After the successful sale of Bluewave to Maersk Data/IBM, Alex joined Microsoft. Prior to... Read More.
Andrew Baron is the creator and founder of the popular daily video show, Rocketboom. After receiving a BA in Philosophy from Bates College, Baron graduated with an MFA in Design and Technology in 2003 from Parsons in New York City, where he went on to teach graduate and undergraduate courses. He was teaching at Parsons and MIT when the notion of Rocketboom came to him in 2004. Although he has little interest in television (and has not owned a TV set during the past decade), Baron has always been inspired by the implications of the democratization of media.
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Drew Bartkiewicz, Vice President of Technology and New Media Markets, The Hartford
Drew has 18 years in the Software and Social Marketing field with companies such as BroadVision, Salesforce.com, and United Technologies.
Drew has written and lectured extensively on Internet and technology business trends over the past decade. He was a participating author in the Brookings Institution book on technology and economics, Unseen Wealth (published in 2001). He is currently a member the American National Standards Institute’s Committee on Assessing Technology and Privacy Risks within the US Economy and has also worked extensively with Europe’s OECD.
During the Web 1.0 and Personalization decade of the Internet, Drew worked extensively with the following organizations’ e-commerce initiatives: GE Capital, Home Depot, UBS, Barclays, Walmart, Bank... Read More.
Lane Becker is co-founder and president of Satisfaction Unlimited, a web startup developing tools to foster new methods of communication and collaboration between companies and their customers.
Previously, Lane was co-founder of Adaptive Path, a user experience strategy, research, and design consultancy, known for, among other things, coining the technology terms “blog” and “ajax.” While with Adaptive Path, Lane ran the consulting business and, as the creator of the New Ventures program, developed strategic partnerships with early-stage startup companies to provide them with long-term support for their product ideation, design, and launch strategies.
An internationally recognized ethnographer, Genevieve Bell has developed product shaping insights into consumers world-wide and is bringing a research driven, end-user focus to Intel. Her influence has been recognized with the award of Intel’s highest honor: an individual Intel Achievement Award. She is a Senior Principal Engineer and the Director of User Experience within Intel’s Digital Home Group and manages an inter-disciplinary team of social scientists, designers and human factors engineers. She and her team strive to stay ahead of Intel’s technology roadmap, using insights gained for in-depth ethnographic and design research to help drive innovations in and around Intel platforms, creating technology that responds to human needs, desires and aspirations. Bell is particularly interested in issues of cultural difference as they are expressed around... Read More.
Henry Blodget is the CEO of Silicon Alley Insider, Inc., an online business media company based in New York. Prior to founding SAI in May, 2007, Henry was CEO of Cherry Hill Research, an Internet research and consulting firm.
From 1994-2001, Henry was an investment banker at Prudential Securities and an equity analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. and Merrill Lynch. As a Managing Director at Merrill, he ran the firm’s global Internet research practice and was the top-ranked Internet analyst on Wall Street.
Blodget’s first book, The Wall Street Self-Defense Manual: A Consumer’s Guide to Intelligent Investing, was published in January 2007.
With over 15 years as an Experience Designer, Conor is responsible for the creative discipline in Organic’s New York office for clients such as Bank of America, Related Companies, Ethan Allen, and Equinox Fitness.
Conor joined Organic from Razorfish, where he was a Creative Director since 2001 in London and New York, working with brands including Conde Nast, Taj Hotels, Ford Motor Company, HBO, and Nielsen Media, and on the redesign of the New York Times website. Sure there were others, but he wasn’t that impressed with them. A native of Ireland, he has been trapped in NYC since his escape from London where he worked in the music industry for the Universal Music Group. Thus he enjoys a Guinness and plays a... Read More.
Nathan Buggia is the Lead Program Manager for the Live Search Webmaster Center, Microsoft’s suite of tools for Search Marketing professionals who want to obtain better results from Live Search. His responsibilities include owning the product for all of the Webmaster Tools and acting as the internal advocate for Search Marketing within Live Search.
Prior to working on Search, Buggia spent five years in the Server and Tools Building Solutions division as the Business Manager for the Core Infrastructure Solutions group. In this role, he built end to end solutions for IT and enterprise customers.
Before joining Microsoft, Buggia was a freelance worker in the IT industry, where he built websites professionally for ten years. He graduated from Wheaton College in Boston with a degree... Read More.
John A. Byrne is the executive editor and editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek.com. In this role, Mr. Byrne is responsible for the editorial operations of BusinessWeek.com and will guide the further integration and collaboration between the print and online editorial staffs. Prior to this, he was the executive editor for the print publication since 2005 Previously, Mr. Byrne was editor-in-chief of Fast Company magazine. He joined Fast Company in April 2003, succeeding founding editors Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, where he worked to reinvent the business magazine. Before joining Fast Company, he worked for BusinessWeek for nearly 18 years, most recently holding the position of Senior Writer and authoring a record 57 cover stories for the magazine. His articles have explored the fairness of executive pay, the... Read More.
After several years in corporate America, Mike started Tree House in 2004 because of an apparent lack of “partnering” between client and vendor. His background includes a unique mix of traditional technology management and strategic planning for creative business units. He blends this history with a business philosophy centered on technological excellence and long-term, close client relationships.
Tony has over a decade of new media experience, contributing as a designer, developer, product manager, or producer at everything from failed startups to Fortune 500 companies. As VP of Digital Content and Programming at Vh1, he leads the diverse team of TV and Film Producers, Digital Programmers, Writers and Editors that are responsible for the content strategy of vh1.com and the recently launched scandalist.com. He also occasionally blogs about American Idol. When Tony isn’t working, he enjoys playing World of Warcraft.
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David founded WebPartz Inc. which was acquired by iUpload in March of 2003. Prior to forming WebPartz, he spent 11 years at Microsoft where he had held various positions including Manager of Internet Strategy, Marketing Manager Knowledge Management, Content Management, and eCommerce products. In each of these roles he worked closely with large corporations rolling out the Microsoft platform and developing a business strategy. His last role was as Internet Strategy Manager where he oversaw sections of microsoft.com and Microsoft Canada’s Intranet.
Amy is the Tech/Marketing Convergence Manager at Tree House Interactive Agency. In this role she combines her years of front-end web development with a mind for marketing and user experience to create client solutions. Though she wears many hats, her top interest areas are ideation, user experience, finding new opportunities for value on the internet, and a fascination with connecting the dots between general market trends and internet technologies. She holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Kenyatta Cheese researches and fosters media culture and technology. He is probably best known for co-creating the web series and internet meme database Know Your Meme, often cited as the go to resource for understanding web culture. Kenyatta is often called upon to comment on the state and meaning of internet culture by the likes of NPR, MSNBC, The New York Times, and the parents of close friends. In previous iterations he has worked with the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and the online television network Rocketboom.
Wendy is a developer, author, speaker, and trainer. She co-edited Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) – the basis for web accessibility policy in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, and the United States.
Wendy worked for the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative from 1999 to 2006. Her quest to make the world more accessible began in 1992 as a statistics tutor to a student who is blind. Since 1995, she has been making technology accessible using the principles of universal design. Having slept, breathed, and eaten content guidelines for over a decade, it’s no wonder that Wendy shares three initials with WCAG and was introduced as “Web Content” by accident at a conference.
Paul H.P. Christen is the chief technology officer for Eluma, a Tewksbury, Mass.-based software company that is focused on solving the problem of information overload. Paul has more than twenty years of networking experience. Prior to Eluma, Paul served as the Chief Architect for Mirror Image Internet, where he set the overall technical direction for their Internet products. Previously, he was the Director of Operations for a large New England ISP where he was responsible for network planning and deployment, as well as selecting and implementing new technologies.
Dr. Bobbie Cochrane is the Technology Architect for IBM Software Group’s Information Management Advanced Technologies, championing new innovations, such as the impact of Web 2.0, for information access and delivery. She is a leader in delivering advanced query technology from IBM Almaden Research to IBM’s Database products, including pureXML, materialized views, triggers and constraints. Dr. Cochrane has authored several journal articles and many papers in leading database conferences, and played a major role in the definition of the SQL3 standard for triggers, constraints, and cubes.
Kendall Collins, senior vice president of Force.com marketing at salesforce.com, has been developing enterprise customer strategies for over twelve years, primarily through enterprise applications and technology focused on customer relationship management (CRM), software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service. In his current role at salesforce.com, Collins is responsible for Force.com marketing including positioning and messaging, strategic events, industry relations, Web marketing, demand generation, and marketing communications.
Previously, Collins held various management positions in product management, marketing, operations, and sales, leading teams at Siebel Systems, Oracle Corporation, A.T. Kearney, and Procter & Gamble.
He holds degrees in finance and Asian studies from the University of Virginia.
Alistair is a principal at analyst firm Bitcurrent, and a frequent contributor to the GigaOm family of sites. Prior to Bitcurrent, Alistair co-foundedCoradiant, a leader in online user monitoring, as well as research firm Networkshop. He has held product management positions with 3Com Corporation, Primary Access, and Eicon Technology.
Alistair has coordinated and spoken at a wide range of industry events, including Interop, Structure, Web2Expo and Unconference. He is the author of numerous articles on Internet performance and security, and co-author of Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Applications from Prentice-Hall.
Steve Cumings leads an HP team focused on data center infrastructures and large-scale IT technologies. His responsibilities include defining portfolios for future data center products, delivering the new HP POD data center container, a powerful new form factor to deploy IT resources, as well as the HP Dynamic Smart Cooling product for drastically reducing customer data center power costs – both expanding HP’s overall capabilities in the data center.
In ten years with HP Steve has led multiple product and business activities for ISS, including most recently managing the options attach business for HP’s Industry Standard Server division. Prior to this he managed the ISS / AMD business, delivering HP’s Opteron-based ProLiant portfolio; directed business strategy and technology planning for the... Read More.
Liz Danzico is equal parts information architect, usability analyst, and editor. With nearly ten years of experience as a user experience professional, she makes information useful, usable, and delightful for websites of all shapes and sizes. Liz has organized information for sites across a variety of industries, including retail, publishing, media and entertainment, nonprofit, and financial services. Today, Liz spends her days in Brooklyn where she organizes information of all shapes and sizes. She is forthcoming Chair of the new MFA in Interaction Design Program, starting in Fall 2009 at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She does independent consulting in New York and is user experience consultant for Happy Cog, editor for Rosenfeld Media, a publisher of user experience books, editor-in-chief... Read More.
His background is in Information Architect. His work on Microsoft’s intranet MSW won recognition from the Nielsen Norman Group as one of the years best intranets for 2007.
Kellan works as a Hackr on Flickr’s pioneering approaches to engineering the social. He co-authored the OAuth 1.0 Core specification as the first step towards organizing a mass data jail break, and radical decentralization.
Christopher Fahey is a founding partner and the interaction design practice lead at Behavior (http://www.behaviordesign.com), an award- winning New York web design consultancy focused on building compelling and elegant user experiences for business and culture. He also blogs about design, technology, culture, and whatever else he’s interested in at http://www.graphpaper.com.
At Behavior, Chris has led the user experience design strategies for clients and projects in many industries, including HBO, BusinessWeek, The Smithsonian Institution, McGraw-Hill, JPMorgan Chase, XM Satellite Radio, The National Geographic Channel, AARP, the AIGA, and The Onion. In his 14+ years as a professional interaction designer and manager, Chris’s projects have covered everything from business-critical web applications to sci-fi adventure games and artificial intelligence chatbots.
Chris is an active speaker... Read More.
Shana Fisher is the Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategy at IAC. Ms. Fisher oversees all aspects of strategy and certain specific areas of M&A activity. She also oversees IAC’s effects with Instant Action, the company’s soon-to-be launched online gaming site. From December 2003 to January 2005 Ms. Fisher served as IAC’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, and prior to that as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for IAC.
Previously, Ms. Fisher served as Vice President and Director, Media and Technology Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance for Allen & Company, LLC. In this capacity she led principle investments and advised publicly traded technology firms, private telecommunications firms and media companies. Prior to Allen &... Read More.
Jefferson Fletcher is a Senior Product Manager working on Internet Explorer at Microsoft. Since joining Microsoft in 1996, Jefferson has spent the bulk of his career in engineering and helped to deliver end-user features in multiple versions of Windows and Internet Explorer. A Seattle native, he left life as a poor Poli Sci major at the University of Washington 12 years ago because earning some extra cash as a software tester sounded like a good idea. (He has yet to find his way back…)
Novelist, radio commentator, editor. Working on feature about technology and publishing for Harper’s Magazine.
Charles Forman is founder of iminlikewithyou, a platform for social entertainment. iminlikewithyou produces realtime, multiplayer, addicting, social games and activities. At iminlikewithyou, the focus really isn’t on the game itself; it’s on the social interactions around the games. iminlikewithyou borrows from the Korean item-based business model: the games and activities are completely free to play – however, action-based items may be purchased for competitive advantage within the games.
Brady Forrest is Chair for O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 and Emerging Technology conferences. Additionally, he co-Chairs Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Berlin and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
Jason Fried is the co-founder and President of 37signals, a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary. 37signals’ products do less than the competition – intentionally. Jason believes there’s real value and beauty in the basics. Elegance, respect for people’s desire to simply get stuff done, and honest ease of use are the hallmarks of 37signals products. 37signals products, used by over 2,000,000 world wide, include Basecamp, Backpack, Highrise, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard. Their latest book, Getting Real, has been called the Bible of Web 2.0. Ruby on Rails, another 37signals creation, is the underlying technology driving thousands web apps.
Alina Fu is the Product Manager for Social Computing on the SharePoint product team. Alina’s primary responsibility is to develop the strategy and execution plan around social computing for the different SharePoint product cycles. Her efforts are currently focused primarily on the Information Workers (i.e. end users) and TDM/BDM audiences. She also develops the core content for social computing, works extensively with customers, and manages the SharePoint presence at all the major social computing industry events.
Lorien is a lawyer and entrepreneur who has successfully started and exited from two Internet technology companies. In 1994, at the age of 24, Lorien abandoned a career in law to join his brother Matt at Interlog Internet Services Inc. Interlog never required outside VC investment as cash flow from operations completely financed the company. The company was later acquired in an all cash transaction.
After taking time off, Lorien then spent a year as the first employee and General Manager of Micron Electronics’ web hosting division. Through a series of acquisitions he built the company’s managed hosting services businesses into one of the largest players in the market. Then in April 2000, with venture capital backing from Micron, Lorien co-founded with Matt BOAW... Read More.
Short Bio Lukasz Gadowski: Lukasz (born 1977 in Prudnik, Poland) studied computer science and business in Paderborn, the University of Mannheim, the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL)and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. He received his degree in business management from the HHL in 2003. Lukasz started launching companies 1999 in his second semester (OPM Consulting GmbH, bCode GbR), without particular success. Following these early ventures, he started gaining more experience through internships (Mundwerk AG, Procter & Gamble, Infineon) and work as an independent consultant (Cosmic Art, Siemens Business Service, and more). Lukasz founded Spreadshirt in 2002 while still in school. Started without external financing, the company currently has about 300 employees, with main offices in Leipzig and offices throughout Europe... Read More.
Michael is one of the founders of Aviary, a suite of collaborative web based design tools. In his day to day he works on strategic business development, expanding Aviary’s footprint and product offerings.
He is driven by a passion to help others do what they love and currently sits on the advisory board for Web 2.0 Expo New York, helped organize Barcamp New York and is actively involved with the NYC-based tech community group NextNY.
When he is not traveling on the information super highways or actual highways he enjoys taking pictures and wearing many hats.
Scott Gerard is a senior consultant for his group’s multi-platform efforts including cloud computing and virtualization technologies, and he has been involved with IBM’s BlueCloud effort since its beginnings.
Eileen Gittins has been at the intersection of the Internet, consumer and enterprise software, search, and digital photography throughout the course of her 20+ year career. A passionate advocate for enabling technologies that offer new ways to do valuable things, Ms. Gittins is now pioneering democratizing and reinventing publishing for the rest of us with Blurb.
Ms. Gittins has served as CEO of several pre-IPO venture-backed companies in Silicon Valley, including Personify—an ecommerce data mining and analytics company, and Verb – a context-based search engine company. Personify and Verb were acquired by Accrue and Attenza respectively. At Qbiquity, a viral marketing platform company, Ms. Gittins served as Board Chairman and interim CEO; Ms. Gittins was instrumental in negotiating the merger of Qbiquity into... Read More.
Francois Gossieaux is a co-founder and partner at Beeline Labs, a marketing Innovation firm and President of Corante, a social media publishing company. Prior to Beeline Labs and Corante he was consulting on marketing and social media, involved with BlogBridge, and the founder of Synopia, Inc., a product innovation focused software startup. Before that he spent 5 years leading marketing, product management and strategy at eRoom Technology, a collaboration software company which was sold to Documentum in 2002. Francois has a long history with online and marketing – having implemented an Intranet for a large multinational in the early 90’s; and being the organizer of the first large scale virtual event – InterAct’96 – with Time Magazine and Infoworld. He has used blogs for grassroots... Read More.
Co-founder of RedMonk, the first open source analyst company. Work with firms like Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, and Sun, helping them to understand how the IT world is changing and how they should respond.
I live and work in London with my wife and son. I travel too much. I could live in a mud hut and only eat raw vegetables and still have the carbon footprint of a small town.
Irene Greif heads the Collaborative User Experience Group (CUE), a team of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) researchers located in Cambridge, MA. The group has historically worked most closely with Lotus product teams on collaboration software. Irene also directs the Lotus Product Design Group (PDG) at Lotus and has developed a strategic design practice that spans both CUE and PDG.
Irene is a former faculty member of Computer Science at University of Washington and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She headed a research group in the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science which developed shared calendar, coauthoring, and real-time collaboration systems. She is a fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Association of Computing Machinery... Read More.
Jason Grigsby is co-founder and web strategist for Cloud Four (http://www.cloudfour.com). Jason has been online since the 5th grade. at one point he could whistle at the exact pitch of a 1200 baud modem so that it would stop squelching when the phone rang. It was either develop this skill or his mother would ungraciously unplug the computer.
Jason built his first web page in 1995. He has spent the last 11 years building web sites professionally before being bitten by the mobile bug prompting him to throw caution to the wind and start a new company focused on mobile and web development. He blogs both at http://cloudfour.com/blog and his personal site http://userfirstweb.com/.
Kristina Halvorson is the founder and president of Brain Traffic, a content strategy, information architecture, and web writing agency.
Since 1997, Kristina has led content strategy and web writing projects for over 100 web sites and several Fortune 500 companies. She is a passionate advocate for content strategy, the “hidden discipline” that lives between information architecture, web writing, and the build process.
In 2006-2007, Kristina served as president of the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA), one of the country’s leading IMAs with nearly 1,000 active members. In 2002, she co-founded the annual MIMA Summit, which is today widely regarded as the premier regional interactive conference in the nation.
Paul Hammond is a web developer, product manager and father. He has been building websites for as long as he can remember, and now leads a team of hardworking supernerds at Flickr. Before that he was part of the Yahoo Brickhouse team, and previously led technical project management at BBC Radio and Music interactive.
Tim Hanlon is Executive Vice President/Ventures for Denuo, the futures consulting practice of advertising agency holding company Publicis Groupe, S.A. He is chiefly responsible for the solicitation, negotiation and oversight of the unit’s strategic partnership and equity investment activity—focused exclusively on paradigm-changing “new media” platforms and technologies. His current role is an outgrowth of his previous work as head of Publicis Groupe Media (PGM) Ventures, and includes formal advisory and directorial positions with over three dozen start-up companies.
Prior to founding the PGM Ventures practice, Hanlon was Senior Vice President/Director, Emerging Contacts for Starcom MediaVest Group, a global media services network of Publicis Groupe Media and parent holding company Publicis Groupe, S.A. He was chiefly responsible for all US client activity and agency initiatives... Read More.
Mark Heid is a Senior Strategy Consultant for the Information Management Division at IBM. He has responsibility for the Information Management elements of IBM’s Web 2.0 Strategy, including the “Info 2.0” initiative and Mashup Starter Kit technology preview.
Previously, Mark was responsible for worldwide business strategy & product portfolio management for the industry-leading WebSphere Application Infrastructure Business Unit. Key product responsibilities included: WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Extended Deployment, Open Source run-times and Web 2.0.
Mark has 20 years of experience in product development, product management, marketing and commissioned sales. He joined WebSphere in March ’02. Prior to that, he was with Hewlett Packard, Apple Computer and several start-ups.
Mark holds a BS degree in computer science from Northwestern University and an MBA... Read More.
David Heinemeier Hansson is the creator of Ruby on Rails and a partner at 37signals.
Cal Henderson has been a web applications developer for far too long and should really start looking for a serious job. Originally from London, he currently works at Yahoo! Inc. as the architect and development lead for Flickr. He formed part of the original Flickr team at Ludicorp in Vancouver, Canada. Before Flickr, he was the technical director of Special Web Projects at Emap, a UK media company. Outside of Flickr, he contributes to several open source projects and writes occasional articles about web application development and security.
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized business strategist and enterprise architect who works hands-on with clients in the Fortune 500, federal government, and Internet startup community.
Dion helps lead the industry by evolving the thinking for next-generation businesses in various social media including ZDNet’s influential Enterprise Web 2.0 Blog and the Web 2.0 Blog. He is extensively published in leading industry periodicals and journals including the Microsoft Architecture Journal, AjaxWorld Magazine, SOA/Web Services Journal, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Social Computing Journal. His thought leading work has been covered in BusinessWeek, CNET News, Wired Magazine, CIO Magazine, and other well-known news outlets.
In addition to helping organizations deliver large-scale Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 solutions as a Senior Vice President at... Read More.
Jason Hoffman is the CTO and founder of Joyent and previously founded TextDrive Inc and Strongspace LLC. Jason has a BS and MS from UCLA, a PhD from UCSD and has backgrounds in cancer biology, bioinformatics, grid computing and collaborative applications.
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of eleven books. She is also co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program.
In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.
In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
Ben is a former journalist turned dot com entrepreneur who has a knack for nailing the zeitgeist. He has been credited with bringing Internet memes to the mainstream and popularizing Internet culture. The success of his business is attributed to his knowledge of memes, viral content, and crowd sourcing. Ben graduated with a BSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Alex Iskold is a Founder/CEO of AdaptiveBlue, a company focused on pragmatic semantic technologies. Alex is also a feature writer for one of the top technology blogs – Read/WriteWeb. He frequently speaks at technology conferences about semantic web, widgets, social networks and other modern technologies.
Jonas Jacobi is co-founder and chief executive officer of Kaazing Corporation. Before co-founding Kaazing Jonas worked as VP of Product Management responsible for the product management and marketing strategy for Brane Corporation, a startup company in Silicon Valley. A native of Sweden, Mr. Jacobi has worked in the software industry for more than sixteen years. Prior to his appointment as vice president for Brane, he worked 8 years for Oracle as a Java EE and open source Evangelist, and product manager responsible for the product management of JavaServer Faces, Oracle ADF Faces, and Oracle ADF Faces Rich Client in the Oracle JDeveloper team. As CEO of Kaazing Corporation, Jonas sets the company’s business and product strategy and oversees all aspects of Kaazing’s... Read More.
JEFF JARVIS blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor of Daylife, a news startup. He writes a new media column for The Guardian. He consults for media companies. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today. He says he... Read More.
Server Chick (Oh snap) Sandy majored in Computer Science at Stanford and after graduation, went on to work for Xilinx in San Jose for a couple of years. She climbs and plays ultimate frisbee a couple times a week, and loves a good nap.
Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of five books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience, including the New York Times Notable Book The Ghost Map and Everything Bad Is Good For You, one of the most talked about books of 2005. He is also the co-creator of three influential web sites: FEED, Plastic.com, and most recently, the hyperlocal community site outside.in.Steven is a contributing editor for Wired magazine and a Distinguished Writer In Residence at the New York University Department of Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three sons, and blogs at stevenberlinjohnson.com.
“Oliver Jung is a serial entrepreneur and private venture capital investor. He specializes in private equity investments in seed and early-stage Internet and mobile companies including investments in Adconion Media Group, e-Puls.pl, Imagekind.com, Xing.com, Smava.de, StudiVZ Ltd. (sold to Holtzbrinck), Webnews.de, Netmoms.de, Nimbuzz.com, Private Sale GmbH, Adscale.de, be2.com, seatwave.com, and Lokalisten GmbH. Mr. Jung studied Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe. He subsequently founded entory AG, an IT and internet consulting company, which was sold to the German Stock Exchange (Deutsche Börse) in 2001. Subsequent to the sale of entory AG, Mr. Jung served on the Board of Deutsche Börse Systems. He is also a founder and chairman of exxeta GmbH, an internet and IT consulting company operating throughout Germany and in Switzerland.”
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Brian Jurutka, Vice President, comScore, Inc. As Director of Marketing Solutions at comScore Networks, Mr. Jurutka is responsible for helping clients better understand the online activity of US consumers to inform marketing, product development and competitive intelligence efforts.
Previously, Mr. Jurutka was with Capital One’s Direct Banking organization where he helped expand Capital One’s online marketing in addition to overseeing various strategic partnerships. Prior to Capital One Savings, he served in Capital One’s credit card group, managing multi-channel credit card acquisition and account management campaigns. Mr. Jurutka holds an M.B.A from Brenau University and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy in aerospace engineering.
Max is a renowned expert, evangelist and student of interactive marketing, with an extraordinary track record of defining and building the reputations of early-stage companies. Prior to joining Clickable, Max spent over three years at Nielsen BuzzMetrics , most recently as Vice President of Marketing, where he helped grow the business from a startup into the global measurement standard in online consumer-generated media. Prior to Nielsen, he helped develop some of the most influential brands in Web analytics, including comScore Media Metrix and Hitwise. He frequently lectures to industry organizations and educational groups, such as the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association, the Advertising Research Foundation, The Marketing Sciences Institute, ad:tech, OMMA and Columbia University. He pens a widely-read blog about marketing, media and life called AttentionMax.com... Read More.
Avinash Kaushik is the author of the recently published book Web Analytics: An Hour A Day (http://www.snipurl.com/wahour). He is also the Analytics Evangelist for Google.
As a thought leader Avinash puts a common sense framework around the often frenetic world of web research and analytics, and combines that with this philosophy that investing in talented Analysts is the key to long term success. He is also a staunch advocate of listening to the consumer, and is committed to helping organizations unlock the value of web data.
He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the US and Europe, such as eMetrics, Ad-Tech, iCitizen, and SES.
You’ll find Avinash’s web analytics blog, Occam’s Razor at http://www.kaushik.net/avinash
Michael J. Kelly is a digital media advisor and investor. He is a founder and advisor at Clearmeadow Partners and a senior advisor at Veronis, Suhler Stevenson. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Eyeblaster, Contextweb and Americantowns.com. Mr. Kelly was the President of AOL Media Networks from February 2004 until October 2007, responsible for AOL’s global advertising business, including revenues, product and platform development, and media strategy for all of AOL’s properties, as well as its Advertising.com network. Kelly created Media Networks as a separate division of AOL in early 2004. Under his leadership revenues grew from $600 million in 2003 to over $2.2 Billion in just 3 years. Also notable during Mr. Kelly’s tenure was the acquisition... Read More.
Lois Kelly, author of the award-winning business book “Beyond Buzz,” is a partner in Beeline Labs, helping organizations to operationalize marketing 2.0. Clients include Intuit, Sun Microsystems, Dunkin’ Donuts, University of Massachusetts, Fast.
Currently the Director of Business Development for AdaptiveBlue – a semantic, contextual browsing company – Fraser has spent his entire career commercializing emerging technologies.
Previously to joining AdaptiveBlue, Fraser was a member of Trivaris, a Commercialization Capital firm specializing in bringing new technology to market. Through their work with DARPA, the US and Canadian Governments, and leading research Universities, Trivaris has become a respected leader in the commercialization of new technology.
Fraser has spoken at the DowJones VentureOne Summit and other tech conferences across North America.
AdaptiveBlue is the leading contextual browsing company. Utilizing Semantics and Personalization the company is introducing a new way to experience the web, enabling users to shortcut search.
David is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on online product development and Internet advertising and marketing. Prior to co-founding Clickable, David co-founded SmartRay Network, a mobile advertising delivery pioneer. SmartRay’s ad-enabled alerting agents and data-feed management platform was acquired by LifeMinders . Previously, David helped lead corporate development at THINK New Ideas, a publicly traded e-business and interactive advertising firm. He helped grow THINK to more than 500 employees through seven acquisitions in 24 months. Prior to THINK, Kidder founded Net-X, a web authoring and Internet advertising services company, acquired by Target Vision. Kidder is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and was a recipient of ID Magazine’s International Design Award. He is also the creator and co-author of... Read More.
Aaron Kim is an Emerging Technologies Evangelist with IBM Global Business Services. He co-chairs the IBM Web 2.0 for Business community, with over 1,000 members worldwide, and has been a speaker at several conferences and client events on the topics of Enterprise Web 2.0 and Social Computing.
In his current role, Aaron has been active with clients and client teams in Canada, US, Spain, UK, Switzerland, Turkey and South Africa, acting as a catalyst to bring Web 2.0 to the enterprise, and routinely provides consulting advice to executives and decision makers in industries as diverse as banking, insurance, telecommunications, government, and media.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and an MBA degree from the... Read More.
Karin Klein currently serves as a Vice President at Softbank Capital where she puts over a decade of venture capital and operating experience to work by sourcing new investment opportunities for the fund and working closely with portfolio companies to help them build their businesses. Karin oversees the firm’s review of new investments and provides post-investment assistance to portfolio companies and their management teams, with a particular focus on business development.
Prior to Softbank, Karin worked with Michael Milken at two of his investment funds – MC Group and Knowledge Universe – where she conducted strategic reviews of new investments in the media, education and technology sectors and worked closely with management teams to develop and implement operating and growth plans.
Karin first developed her... Read More.
Pete is the Product Manager on the Google App Engine Team. He joined Google in 2006, and has also spent time working on Google’s advertising products.
Pete holds a masters in theoretical computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University.
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Kirk is a veteran of Enterprise Software, having being involved in the very first instances of the internet and enterprise applications. Kirk has extensive experience marketing, selling and delivering enterprise solutions to organizations, world wide. Previous to Apttus, Kirk held the role of Executive Vice President of Worldwide Markets with I-many, where he managed Sales, Marketing, Business development and International.
Previously, was Chief Executive Officer of Nextance, a privately-held contract management solutions provider and earlier in his career, he was the Senior Vice President at Corio through its initial public offering where he pioneered the whole concept of ASP before it became mainstream. He also served as Vice President of Solutions Marketing at Oracle and Vice President of Industry Solutions at... Read More.
As a digital strategist I combine my background in Information Architecture, Usability, User Advocacy, interaction design, marketing and software development which I feel helps me best understand how to solve problems that reach across many capabilities. Understanding what people want and need is the most important first step.
Designing a user experience involves assembling the elements in such a way as to facilitate user interaction with functionality.
My mission is to create engaging emotional experiences.
Michael is founder/CEO at Buddy Media, a New York City-based startup that develops and markets applications on leading social networks, and currently has more than 8 million users on Facebook. Buddy Media helps large media companies and brand marketers leverage the social networks, and current clients include People Magazine, Real Simple, InStyle, Priceline, Anheuser Busch and other leading brands.
Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four successful internet-based media companies and has a passion for creating, managing and growing companies. Before Buddy Media Michael founded GolfServ, the parent company of GOLF.com, purchased by Time Warner’s Time Inc. division in January 2006 for $24 million. Michael led GolfServ from a start-up to a multi-million dollar profitable golf media company, delivering millions of golfers... Read More.
Pete LePage is a Senior Product Manager working on Internet Explorer at Microsoft. Pete started using and developing on the web in the mid-90’s creating his first website on GeoCities. Since then, Pete has moved on to bigger and better things. For the last two years, he’s been working with the IE. Before his role in Product Management, Pete was a tester on Visual Studio’s web design components.
With over six years at Microsoft, LePage has been designing websites since his early days in high school, evolving from the tags and GeoCities to properly styled CSS, managed hosting websites. Prior to joining the product management team, LePage was a tester on Microsoft’s Visual Web Developer where he steered much of the web design experience.... Read More.
Oren is a Senior Technology Marketing Manager in Nokia’s Devices organization, responsible for promoting application and service innovation on Nokia’s devices and platforms. Oren joined Nokia in 2001, and held a variety of positions in product management, software development, and standardization. Before joining Nokia, Oren worked for over 10 years as a software engineer and architect, gaining experience in wide range of areas including 3D graphics, machine translation, Web application development and database design. Oren earned an M.S. degree in software engineering from Northeastern University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Barry Libert is the Chairman of Mzinga (Swahili for “beehive”), a leading provider of business social media solutions to drive growth, innovation and learning. As the founder and CEO of one of Mzinga’s predecessor companies, Shared Insights, Libert was one of the first in the industry to recognize and promote the value of communities and Web 2.0 technologies in enabling enterprises to communicate and collaborate to make better decisions based on the experience of peers, experts and leading industry vendors. Libert’s previous experience includes positions with Arthur Andersen, John Hancock and McKinsey & Company. The co-author of “We Are Smarter Than Me,” he has written extensively on the value of information and relationships; his articles have appeared in Newsweek, Smart Money, Barron’s, The Wall... Read More.
Joe brings to Eluma more than two decades of sales and marketing experience with enterprise software companies. He served as vice president of marketing for a number of enterprise and internet software companies. Prior to that, Joe held a variety of sales and marketing management positions at PTC, where he helped grow revenue from $10M to over $1B during his 11 year tenure. Joe holds a B.S from University of Vermont and an M.S. from Boston University.
Jim Louderback joined Revision3 as the CEO in July 2007. Louderback has spent 16 years in various media and technology management roles, including leading editorial and lab efforts for PC Week, and being on the launch team for ZDTV/TechTV. He most recently served as senior vice president and editorial director for Ziff Davis Media’s Consumer group, along with being Editor-in-Chief of PC magazine.
Tristan Louis is an Internet veteran, having worked in the Internet industry since 1993. Throughout the years, Mr. Louis has been known as the founder of Internet.com, a co-founder of Earthweb’s developer.com, the interim CTO for Boo.com, and has held many other roles at start-ups during the first dotcom boom.
A journalist by trade, Mr. Louis has written extensively about the Internet, first in industry publications like Internet World, Business 2.0, the Silicon Alley Reporter, and on his popular weblog, TNL.net. Many of the pieces he’s written on his blog have led to interviews in mainstream media both in print (Business Week, the New York Times, the Financial Times, etc…) and broadcast (the BBC, NPR, CBC, etc…) and to speaking engagements... Read More.
With a diverse background as both a technical executive and an internationally known leader in open source software, Geir comes to us from Joost, where he led software development and had responsibility for platform architecture, implementation and delivery. Prior to Joost, he held positions as Director of Middleware Architecture and Open Source Technology at Intel, and Vice President of Products and Strategy at Gluecode, an open source application server startup that was acquired by IBM. He was VP, Engineering and Chief Architect of Adeptra, an innovating communications service provider, and as CTO, guided technology FitLinxx during it’s rapid growth years. Geir began his commercial career as an architectural and product lead at Bloomberg Financial Markets where he developed the company’s real-time, multi-platform financial... Read More.
Romi Mahajan is Chief Marketing Officer of Ascentium Corporation. Before joining Ascentium, he spent 7+ years at Microsoft where his last role was as Director of Technical Audience and Platform Marketing. Romi is widely published in the areas of technology, politics, economics, and sociology.
Mikel is co-Founder of Mapufacture, and specializes in Open Geospatial and Wiki technologies. He’s been active in the standardization of GeoRSS and in the OpenStreetMap collaborative mapping project, and several open source projects. He’s developed two of the first Wikis in use at the UN. Previously, Mikel worked as senior developer of My Yahoo! and researched evolutionary models of ecosystems for an MSc at the University of Sussex.
Bryan Mason is the COO of Adaptive Path. Bryan is responsible for managing Adaptive Path’s business operations.
Bryan has over ten years of organizational management experience, including work in special event production, political campaign management and not-for-profit arts administration. His special events clients include the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, The White House (Office of Scheduling and Advance), CMP Media Inc. (WEB2000, WEB2001, etc), and Lincoln Center Theater. His political work includes the campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate and for President, New York Attorney General candidate Evan Davis, the 1996 Clinton/Gore campaign and many county and city elections. Bryan spent several years in New York City, working on-, off-, and no-where-near-Broadway. He managed Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab, was the... Read More.
Matt May Accessibility Engineer, Engineering Technology Group Adobe Systems Incorporated
Matt May is a developer, technologist, and accessibility advocate who is responsible for working internally and externally with Adobe product teams and customers to address accessibility in Adobe products, ensure interoperability with assistive technologies, and make customers aware of the many accessibility features that already exist in Adobe products.
Prior to joining Adobe, May worked for W3C/WAI on many of the core standards in web accessibility, led the Web Standards Project’s Accessibility Task Force, helped to architect one of the first online grocery sites, HomeGrocer.com, and co-founded Blue Flavor, a respected web and mobile design consultancy. He is a member of the W3C/WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and co-edited the first... Read More.
For over a year, the true identity of Fake Steve Jobs was the Internet’s best-kept secret. The business world and Silicon Valley were buzzing with speculation and rumour, even parlour games: who, exactly, was behind “The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs,” the scathingly hilarious, deceptively insightful, and wildly popular blog “written” by Apple’s genius CEO?
In grand style, The New York Times finally outed Fake Steve Jobs: it’s Daniel Lyons, who was then a popular tech columnist at Forbes who has since moved up to Newsweek. At his blog, fakesteve.blogspot.com, Lyons has captured the Zeitgeist, from perhaps the one place it is clearest—the point of view of Steve Jobs. In the tradition of Jonathan Swift and The Onion, he uses a pitch-perfect satirical style... Read More.
He is the CEO and co-founder of 10gen, and was CTO of DoubleClick. 10gen is making waves with an open source software stack that is analogous to Google’s AppEngine that is purpose built to run in a cloud environment.
Richard is utterly convinced that design can change the world.
Since graduating in 2000 he has worked in a range of creative businesses in an attempt to prove this, from start-ups to global organizations, before founding MOO in August 2004. Prior to this, Richard was a senior strategist at Imagination, the world’s largest independent design company, where he was responsible for innovation and strategy for some of the world’s leading brands. His past companies also include sorted.com and the BBC and he has had his thoughts on design and innovation published in books, magazines and the web.
MOO is a global online stationer, selling a range of customizable print products to customers in over 150 countries. Their partnerships and integrations with some... Read More.
Avi Muchnick is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in creating artistic communities online. While attending law school in 2002, he founded Worth1000.com, a website for digital artists to participate in daily “Photoshop contests” that has more than half a million members. He most recently co-founded Aviary, a suite of collaborative design applications based in the browser.
Garrett has been designing and developing for the web for over nine years. Throughout his career, he has placed an emphasis on building efficient and elegant web applications with a focus on user experience. Garrett wrote and released xPad, an OS X application praised for its ease of use and SimpleLog, a Ruby on Rails weblogging application, which helps users focus on writing through an efficiently designed interface that eliminates clutter.
Garrett studied film in college and, in addition to web development, he continues to write and direct short films. He also hosts a sketch comedy show and occasionally performs improvisational comedy in NYC.
Ramez Naam believes in the power of technology and effective social and economic structures to amplify humam abilities.
He is the author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, which outlines the coming wave of mind and body enhancing technology and argues that we should embrace it.
In addition to his writing on biotechnology and human enhancement, Naam works at Microsoft, where he serves as Group Program Manager for Windows Live Search. He views his job as another vehicle to help raise global intelligence.
Dawn Nafus is an anthropologist at Intel, where she conducts social science research to inspire new products and strategies. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Cambridge University, and was previously a research fellow at University of Essex. She has published widely on communication technology and society in academic journals, and worked with both public policy makers and industry leaders on issues such as widening participation in open source communities, and knowledge transfer policies for local economic development. Her recent work has focused on how patterns of mobility and their social meanings affect technology usage. She is also working on an interdisciplinary project combining statistical modeling and social theory to explain cases of accelerated adoption rates at the national level. Her areas of regional expertise... Read More.
Sarah B. Nelson brings a unique blend of creative vision and technical expertise to her work. Her research-focused approach to interaction design has produced successful results for her clients.
Before joining Adaptive Path, Sarah managed the creative team and developed the user experience practice at POP, an interactive design firm in Seattle, Washington.
Her past clients and employers include Federal Home Loan Bank, Home Street Bank, AOL Mobile, MyRide.com, PayCycle, The Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Victorian and Albert Museum, Vanguard Financial.
A classically trained violinist, Sarah graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and received a Bachelors of Art from Oberlin College in visual arts and electronic music. While completing her Masters at the Institute of Design in Chicago, Sarah focused her studies on... Read More.
In August of 2007, Charlie founded Path 101, a NYC-based startup company focused on career discovery on the web. The company is the culmination of over 7 years of efforts in the career education space starting and running mentoring programs, internship programs, and recently teaching as an adjunct at Fordham University.
Charlie is also the founder of nextNY, a grassroots a participant-driven organization of almost 1,000 up and coming digital media and technology professionals in NYC—the largest in the area.
Previously, as the Director of Consumer Products for Oddcast, he helped launch the company’s first direct to consumer avatar platform, Voki. He was responsible Voki’s product vision, functional specifications, and initial business and marketing strategy.
His initial entrance into the NYC technology... Read More.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly Media also publishes online through the O’Reilly Network and hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, and the Web 2.0 Conference. Tim’s blog, the O’Reilly Radar “watches the alpha geeks” to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is on the boards of MySQL, CollabNet, Safari Books Online, Wesabe, and ValuesOfN, and is a partner in O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.
Dan Olsen is a Web 2.0 entrepreneur and consultant with over 16 years of high-tech experience. At Intuit, Dan led Quicken product management and launched an online brokerage. He also led product management at Friendster. Dan’s areas of expertise are product management/development, UI design, marketing, and measuring /optimizing key metrics.
Dan started Olsen Solutions LLC in 2005 and has consulted to many start-ups including Box.net, YouSendIt, MoodLogic, Xing (formerly OpenBC), Epocrates, Angie’s List, and Attensa. Dan is also founder and CEO of YourVersion.com, an early stage Web 2.0 start-up. He has a BSEE from Northwestern, a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from Stanford.
Jennifer Pahlka runs the Web 2.0 events for TechWeb, formerly CMP and formerly MediaLive Intl. Previously she chaired Enterprise 2.0 for MediaLive, and before that was the director of the Game Group at CMP. During her tenure in the games business, she oversaw the dramatic growth of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) from 1995 to 2003 and launched a number of notable programs, including the Independent Games Festival, known as the Sundance of the game industry, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Her roles included publisher of Game Developer magazine and Gamasutra.com, the premiere web site for game developers, and executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), an independent non-profit association serving game developers around the world. She has served on... Read More.
Ali Partovi, CEO of iLike
iLike is the Web’s leading social music discovery service and the dominant music application on Facebook, Orkut, hi5 and Bebo (the leading social networks in Latin America and the UK).
With over 27 million registered users, iLike helps people share music recommendations, playlists, and personalized concert alerts. The iLike Sidebar (www.iLike.com/download) for iTunes and Windows Media Player suggests new music, creates automatic playlists, and connects people through music. iLike offers musicians and labels a Universal Artist Dashboard (www.iLike.com/forartists) from which to reach fans and manage their presence across multiple channels: Facebook, iLike.com, Bebo, hi5, Orkut, iLike Sidebar plugins for iTunes and Windows Media Player, and the iLike iPhone application. By leveraging iLike’s “artist-fan graph,” a vast database of connections... Read More.
Hadi Partovi, CEO of iLike
iLike is the Web’s leading social music discovery service and the dominant music application on Facebook, Orkut, hi5 and Bebo (the leading social networks in Latin America and the UK).
Hadi Partovi established himself as a talented leader during the browser wars: he was Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer. After the release of IE 5.0, Hadi co-founded Tellme Networks and spearheaded the company’s shift from consumer services to enterprise call-center automation and delivering directory and customer-care services for AT&T, FedEx, E*TRADE, and more. Tellme Networks was later acquired by Microsoft (for a reported $800 million). Before joining iLike, Hadi was General Manager of MSN.com, where he delivered 30% annual growth and incubated Start.com (now Live.com). Hadi... Read More.
Neil Patel is the director of marketing at ACS, a SEO and social media marketing company in Orange County California. At ACS Neil helped large companies like AOL, General Motors, HP, Samsung, and Viacom, as well as startups such as BuddyTV, Dogster, Flixster, WetPaint, and Zimbra grow through Internet marketing.
Jonah Peretti has spent the last six years creating viral hits, tracking online social behavior, and building technology to amplify buzz. He has been called a “viral marketing hotdog” by the New York Times, “the poster boy of guerilla media” by AlterNet, and was selected by Men’s Vogue as one of 13 American Visionaries. Peretti is currently developing a new platform called BuzzFeed designed to help good things win the online popularity contest.
Peretti co-founded HuffingtonPost.com and has consulted for Sony Pictures, Proctor & Gamble, and other leading brands. Peretti’s viral media experiments include the Nike sweatshop email, BlackPeopleLoveUs.com, the New York City Rejection Line, and FundRace.org. These projects started small but spread through word-of-mouth to millions, illustrating the practical application of 6-degrees of separation... Read More.
Bre Pettis produces the show “Weekend Projects,” which is released weekly as a video podcast for Make: Magazine. For his show, Bre makes something every week, and then makes a video teaching viewers how to make it too. In his recent past, he’s been a schoolteacher, a multi-artist, and a puppeteer. Bre is passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY.
Joshua Porter is the co-founder of Performable, makers of the world’s easiest analytics and testing software for marketers and web site owners. He is also the author of Designing for the Social Web.
Andrew Rasiej is a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Personal Democracy Forum , an annual conference and community website about the intersection of politics and technology. He is also the co-founder of techPresident, an award winning group blog that covers how the 2008 presidential candidates are using the web, and how content generated by voters is affecting the campaign. He has served as an advisor to Senators and Congressman and political candidates on the use of Information Technology for campaign and policy purposes since 1999. Among those he has worked with are Senator Barack Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Tom Daschle, Congressman Dick Gephardt, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In 2001, he addressed the United States Senate Democratic... Read More.
Adeo Ressi is The Founding Member of TheFunded.com, an online resource for CEO’s to research, rate, and review venture funds worldwide. Adeo serves on the Board of the X PRIZE Foundation, a non-profit chartered to inspire human achievements through competition, joining a recognized group of Trustees that includes Larry Paige, Craig Ventor, Elon Musk, and Dean Kamen, among others. Mr. Ressi is a serial entrepreneur, focused on launching companies in new markets. Over the course of his career, Adeo was an early pioneer in the growth of the World Wide Web, an advocate for the burgeoning private space exploration industry, and a champion of casual games and related entertainment. Mr. Ressi’s affable and honest business style has helped him to build and grow... Read More.
David Rose, Principal of Rose Tech Ventures & Chairman of the New York Angels David S. Rose is an entrepreneurial executive and investor with extensive experience in high technology and communications, angel investments, finance and government. He was named by Inc. magazine to the 1998 Inc 500 list as CEO of one of the fastest growing private companies in America. Red Herring magazine has described him as “a patriarch of New York’s Silicon Alley” and Crain’s New York Business named him one of the City’s 25 most influential technology executives.
With over 10 years consulting to businesses on digital strategy and execution, Josh comes with a deep background in online marketing and communications; utilizing emerging social media technologies (community, blogging, virtual worlds and WOM) to deliver highly successful, sustainable marketing strategies.
For the past four years Josh has been focused on applying Web 2.0 principles to deliver competitive advantage to Global 2000 clients (from business model development to customer engagement and communication strategies).
Mr. Ross has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and has spoken at conferences related to technology and digital strategy around the world. Past clients include Washington Mutual, Accenture, Best Buy, Autodesk, and Polycom.
Joshua holds a degree with honors in Chinese Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz... Read More.
Kevin P. Ryan, one of Silicon Alley’s most well known Internet entrepreneurs, has started six New York-based businesses – Alley Insider, Gilt Groupe, Music Nation, Panther Express, ShopWiki and 10gen – in the past three years. He presently serves as chairman and CEO of AlleyCorp, which oversees each of the six companies.
Prior to AlleyCorp, Kevin was first president then later became CEO of DoubleClick. There, he was instrumental in building the company from a 20-person startup to a global leader with over 1500 employees. Silicon Alley Reporter voted DoubleClick “New York Company of the Year” and Kevin was named one of the “50 Most Influential Business People” by Crain’s New York Business.
Aside from his professional responsibilities, Kevin serves on the boards... Read More.
Chris Saad is the Co-founder and CEO of Faraday Media and the Co-Founder and Chairperson of the DataPortability Project.
Faraday Media is at the epicenter of the Attention Ecosystem. It has created the standards, initiatives, technologies, platforms and products that help participants experience a personally relevant Internet.
The DataPortability project’s mission is to consult on, design, educate, and advocate interoperable DataPortability for users, developers and vendors.
Dan Saffer is an experience design director for Adaptive Path. Millions of people worldwide use the products he’s designed every day. An international speaker and author, his writing on design has appeared in BusinessWeek and many online publications, while his acclaimed book Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices has been called “a bookshelf must-have for anyone thinking of creating new designs” and has been translated into several languages. His new book Interactive Gestures: Designing Gestural Interfaces will be published by O’Reilly in Fall 2008.
Dan is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). He received his Master of Design in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Joshua Schachter started del.icio.us as a hobby in 2003 and ignited the whole tagging phenomenon. He began to work on it full-time with the founding of del.icio.us inc in March, 2005. Before that, Joshua worked in financial services in NYC for ten years, including most recently with Morgan Stanley. Joshua has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
An Internet-industry veteran and innovator, Deborah passionately believes in the power of technology to connect people, communities and business. She currently advises both start-ups and the Fortune 50 on the impact of social software on business strategy & customer relationships. She is also currently Procter & Gamble’s Strategic Adviser for Social Media and is developing a P&G Social Media Innovation Lab designed to actively explore and gain insights on the impact of the social web on business.
Previously, Deborah was Marketing Director at Six Apart, ran her own marketing consultancy firm, was a management consultant at AnswerThink and spent five years at Citibank where she developed many of the global bank’s first internet initiatives. One of her proudest accomplishments was launching the Downtown Info Center,... Read More.
Toby Segaran is the author of the O’Reilly title, “Programming Collective Intelligence”, Amazon’s top-selling AI book, and the Data Magnate at Metaweb Technologies. Prior to Metaweb he founded and sold a biotechnology software company. He loves applying data-mining algorithms to everything ranging from pharmaceutical trials to the Technorati Top 100.
Timothy Shey is Director of Channels and Programming at the YouTube Next Lab, a a new team that focused on supercharging creator and channel development on YouTube and incubating new ideas that can be shared with the broader community. Prior to YouTube, Tim was Next New Networks’ President and Co-Founder, and led the company’s creative and platform strategy from its beginnings in late 2006 to its acquisition by YouTube in March 2011. As Next New Networks’ first head of programming and creative development, he assembled the most diverse and successful portfolio of original video entertainment programming on the Internet, including hit networks ThreadBanger, Indy Mogul, Fast Lane Daily, Barely Political, $99 Music Videos, and Ultra Kawaii. Next New Networks programming has racked up over 1.5... Read More.
Mr. Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and wireless networks that provide alternatives to the wired client/server infrastructure that characterizes the Web. Current clients include Nokia, GBN, the Library of Congress, the Highlands Forum, the Markle Foundation, and the BBC.
In addition to his consulting work, Mr. Shirky is an adjunct professor in NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he teaches courses on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology—how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. His current course, Social Weather, examines the cues we use to understand group dynamics in... Read More.
Rolf Skyberg is the team lead for Disruptive Innovation and Platform Evangelism at eBay Inc., helping to identify and develop innovative methods to improve on and off-platform business and buyer experiences. In his 3 years at eBay, he has the opportunity to contribute in a number of ways, from performing quality assurance to working as a part of eBay Research Lab. He has also filed patents around delivery confirmation, social commerce, fraud reporting and new commerce models.
Rolf has been a featured speaker at the Web 2.0 EXPO, OSCON, Emerce e.day, and IBM Research Labs. Rolf has a BS in Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis with additional studies in System Science. He has worked in technology since before the first dot.com bust and... Read More.
Joseph Smarr is Chief Platform Architect at Plaxo. He is currently leading Plaxo’s “Open Social Web” initiative to put users back in control of who they know when using socially-enabled sites by using open data-sharing standards. An active participant in the Web 2.0 community, Joseph has built web applications for many years, including Plaxo’s online address book, web widgets, and was architect and lead developer of the Plaxo 3.0 rich AJAX address book, calendar, and sync tool. Joseph has a BS and MS from Stanford University in Artificial Intelligence.
Ric Smith is responsible for Kaazing’s business and product strategy. Prior to joining Kaazing, Ric Smith was Principal Product Manager for Oracle Application Development Tools. In his role as Principal Product Manager he was responsible for the evangelism and product direction of Oracle ADF Faces Rich Client as well as Oracle’s AJAX and Java EE Web Tier offerings.
Prior to joining the application server team, Ric Smith worked for Oracle’s consulting business as a Principal Consultant, specializing in Java EE and AJAX development. In addition, Ric is a frequent speaker at Oracle events and has written articles featured in industry publications such as Java Developer’s Journal and AJAX World Magazine.
He was also a representative to the OpenAjax Alliance and a... Read More.
Chris is Lead Search Strategist for Netconcepts, working primarily upon support and development of their GravityStream product – a “near turn-key SEO application” which helps businesses with non-optimal, dynamic sites to turn optimized nearly overnight.
Chris was previously Head of Technology & Development for Idearc (Idearc was recently spun off from Verizon) SuperPages.com where he worked for over a decade. His projects there included research and development, local search technology advancement, and design of numerous applications and interfaces including Map-Based Search, Campus Area Yellow Pages, weather forecasting systems, E-Cards, XML APIs, RSS feeds, Wireless applications, and more. He was awarded a number of individual and team awards by the corporation, and his was cited for increasing the overall revenue of Superpages. Chris... Read More.
Brian Solis, a globally recognized expert on Web 2.0, Social Media, and the new technology landscape, is Principal of FutureWorks, an award-winning PR and New Media agency in Silicon Valley and San Francisco with a client base ranging from emerging Internet start-ups and consumer electronics companies, to web apps, enterprise solutions and “blue chip” corporations. He has been instrumental in launching and defining the success for hundreds of companies in the Web 2.0 landscape.
Solis actively contributes his thoughts and experiences on Web 2.0 through speaking appearances, articles and essays. To stay connected to the community and help spotlight its evolution, Solis runs a popular Web 2.0 industry blog, bub.blicio.us
Solis, who is ranked in the Ad Age Power 150 leading marketing blogger index, also... Read More.
Doug Solomon leads technology strategy efforts at IDEO, working with clients to effectively leverage technologies that create both business and social value. With more than twenty-five years of leadership experience in the information technology industry, Doug has a particular interest and experience in collaborative technologies that enable greater community engagement and participation. Prior to IDEO, Doug was Vice President of Investments at Omidyar Network, helping pioneer a new approach to socially impactful investing. He was also Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Strategy Officer at both Apple and Palm, in addition to holding leadership roles at Interval Research and several technology startups. Doug began his career by applying marketing and other business concepts to public health programs in Asia, where he... Read More.
Stephan is the founder and president of Netconcepts, a web agency that specializes in search engine optimized e-commerce, as well as email marketing through its GravityMail division. Clients include Discovery Channel, REI, Home Shopping Network, AOL, and SuperPages.com, to name a few.
Stephan is a frequent speaker at Internet conferences around the globe (including Berlin, London, Toronto, Santiago, Auckland, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and places in between) for organizations such as the DMA, the AMA, Shop.org, SMX, JupiterMedia/IncisiveMedia (Search Engine Strategies), Internet World, IQPC and IIR.
Stephan is a Senior Contributor to MarketingProfs, a Senior Contributor to Practical Ecommerce and a monthly columnist for Search Engine Land. He has contributed to DM News, Multichannel Merchant, Catalog Success, Catalog Age, and others. Stephan... Read More.
As a General Manager and the leader of Avenue A | Razorfish’s Northeast region, Pete applies his experience as a business strategist and interactive marketing consultant to develop effective strategies for understanding and influencing consumer behaviors. He has led a wide variety of projects in the areas of strategic planning, digital marketing, and web site development. Pete has been fortunate to work with some of the world’s most loved brands, including Eastman Kodak Company, Viacom, Conde Nast, The New York Times, Nielsen Media Research, BMG and Bertelsmann, Daimler Chrysler, and Microsoft.
Pete has consulted on business and marketing issues for fifteen years, eleven of those spent specifically on Internet strategy and implementation. Prior to joining Avenue A | Razorfish, Pete held a variety of... Read More.
CHAD STOLLER As the Executive Director of Emerging Platforms Chad Stoller leads Organic’s strategy for new communication platforms, including social networking, mobile, gaming, meta-verses, geo-data applications, and location-based services He also leads Organic’s Experience Lab initiative where clients learn first-hand about their customer’s media, technology, and content consumption patterns. Chad began at Arnell Group in 1993 as a media planner and developer for fashion brands including Ray-Ban, Banana Republic, Donna Karan, and Samsung. In 1997, he co-founded Surge Interactive, the interactive branding division of Arnell Group. At Surge, Chad led interactive brand strategies for Universal Music Group, Tommy Hilfiger, Progressive Auto Insurance, Clear Channel, Rockport, Cuervo, and Playboy.com. Chad returned to Arnell Group in 2001 in the newly created role of Director, Communication Solutions... Read More.
Joe Stump has over ten years experience in web and software development. As Lead Architect for Digg.com, Joe is responsible for the quality of code produced for the site. He is the decision maker for coding standards and works to identify, recommend and select the right technologies for Digg.
Prior to working at Digg, he was the Director of IT at eNotes.com where he was the architect for a content management system capable of handling content from numerous sources and providers including simple database records, XML/XSLT and PDF documents. Prior to that he was a Web Developer/Systems Administrator for Care2.com, Inc.
Joe has authored pieces for O’Reilly’s ONLAMP.com and has spoken at FOWA, SXSW, MySQL Conference and PHP-Con, to name... Read More.
Maria Thomas is Chief Operating Officer of Etsy, an online marketplace focusing on handmade items. Maria joined Etsy in May 2008 and is responsible for helping the company scale its operations and expand its presence globally. Prior to Etsy, Maria was for six and a half years Senior Vice President and General Manager of NPR Digital Media, where she built and managed NPR’s online, podcasting, and mobile operations. She was also instrumental in launching NPR Music, a music discovery destination.
Maria began managing Internet-based businesses at Amazon.com. She played a key role in the launch and management of Amazon.com’s camera and photo store, including helping to forge its partnership with Ofoto, a company engaged in the online photo services business.... Read More.
David Thorpe is the Global Director of Innovation at Ogilvy where he helps the agency and its clients navigate the shifting media landscape. As Global Lead for Strategy & Insights at Young & Rubicam Brands he worked with Microsoft and established a practice for the nascent art of social media. At The New Yorker David was charged with bringing the magazine into the digital age, creating new footholds and revenue streams by leveraging content across a variety of media in new editorial ventures. He previously held a similar position at Random House and some time before that could be found tinkering with machines at art college in London.
David serves on the advisory board for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund and the Carnegie Mellon... Read More.
Chris Tolles is the CEO of Topix.com, the largest news community on the Web.
Chris came to Topix from Spoke Software, a business social networking company, where he was a co-founder and VP of marketing. Before Spoke, Chris was a Director of Marketing at AOL/Netscape for AOL Music, Netscape Search and Directory Products. Chris was a co-founder and VP of Marketing at NewHoo, and led the sale of the company to Netscape. After the acquisition, NewHoo was relaunched as the Open Directory Project at Netscape and became the world’s largest human edited directory of the web, and is still used by companies like Google, Alexa and AOL. Previous to NewHoo, Chris held a variety of sales, marketing and management positions at... Read More.
Paolo Tosolini is a New Media Business Manager at Microsoft responsible for a new internal corporate intiative called Academy Mobile (description – video). Funded by the Microsoft Enterprise & Partner Group, Academy Mobile is a social media platform available to all Microsoft employees to share knowledge and best practices using podcasts. Prior to this role, Paolo worked in several other groups at Microsoft, including MSN and Office, where he managed the Office 2007 partner early adoption program that resulted in more than 500 partner solutions developed at launch. Paolo is also co-author with his wife Francesca of a blog, podcast and e-Book called Italy From The Inside, where they share travel and cultural tips about Italy using new media.
Mark Trang is Director of ISV Marketing at salesforce.com. He is responsible for helping developers, entrepreneurs and ISVs build on-demand applications on the Force.com Platform and go-to-market via the AppExchange. Prior to salesforce.com, Mark co-founded CogentWare, an on-demand business intelligence startup, serving as VP of Product Management. Previously, he was a founding employee and marketing executive at SupplyAccess, a venture-backed supply chain software company, and began his career at Deloitte Consulting where he implemented enterprise software technologies at Fortune 500 companies. Mark graduated as a Regents Scholar with a B.A. in political science from UCLA and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Andrew is co-Founder of Mapufacture, where he works developing open-standards and building tools to make it easy for people to create customized maps using complex geospatial tools. He also actively participates in the open-source community and develops several mapping tools such as Mapstraction and GeoPress.
Prior to starting Mapufacture, Andrew developed high-fidelity realtime vehicle simulation software at Realtime Technologies and designed spacecraft algorithms and sensor systems at EADS Astrium.
Andrew wrote the O’Reilly shortcut “Introduction to Neogeography” and “Trends in Where2.0” business report in Spring 2008. He is also published in MacTech and Make magazine on his home-automation hacking.
Gentry is leading the Knowledge Sharing project at IDEO. Gentry is a human factors specialist with a background in visual ethnography, psychology, and interaction design. Trained at Stanford, Santa Clara University, and the Peabody School at Vanderbilt, Gentry brings a diverse body of knowledge and experience to his field work.
Prior to IDEO, Gentry had worked as an interaction designer for Reactivity, Inc, London Road Design, and as a private contractor. He worked as an adult, family, child, and school counselor in the San Francisco Bay area, and has made two short documentary films, one of which aired on the nationally syndicated show Democracy Now.
Gentry relies on his counseling experience when in the field to get to the heart of the “why”... Read More.
Ojan is an engineer on Google Chrome with a focus on web development and compatibility. He co-founded Google Page Creator and has worked on a number of Google web applications such as Gmail and Google Docs.
Ricky Van Veen is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the world’s most popular humor website CollegeHumor.com, which reaches seven million young people monthly. He founded the site in 1999 while a freshman at Wake Forest University.
He is a co-author of CollegeHumor’s Guide To College, published by Penguin and is currently producing a CollegeHumor branded comedy for Paramount Pictures and a television show for MTV.
In August 2006 he sold his company Connected Ventures (which by then comprised additional websites and an apparel business) to Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp.
Today Connected Ventures operates out of its Union Square offices with over fifty-five full-time employees. Ricky continues to oversee the editorial content on CollegeHumor as well as the site’s highly successful original video initiatives. He... Read More.
Thomas Vander Wal is a popular speaker on tagging/folksonomy, social web, and web applications around well structured information. He is often recognized as the person who coined the term ‘folksonomy’ in 2004, as well as some of his other terms: Personal InfoCloud, Local InfoCloud, Come to Me Web, digital model of attraction etc. Thomas is Principal, and Senior Consultant at InfoCloud Solutions, a social web consulting firm. Thomas has been working professionally on the web since 1995 (with professional IT background beginning in 1988) and has breadth and depth across many roles and disciplines around web design, social web development & research and general web development.
As a Web Services Evangelist at Amazon, Jinesh Varia helps developers take advantage of disruptive technologies that are going to change the way we think about computer applications, and the way businesses compete in the new web world. Jinesh has spoken at more than 50 conferences/UserGroups. He is focused on furthering awareness of web services and often helps developers on 1:1 basis in implementing their own ideas using Amazon’s innovative services.
Jinesh has over 7 years experience in XML and Web services and has worked with standards-based working groups in XBRL. Prior to joining Amazon as an evangelist, he held several positions in UBmatrix including Solutions Architect, Enterprise Team Lead and Software engineer, working on various financial services projects including Call Modernization Project... Read More.
Gary Vaynerchuk has captured national attention as a businessman and Internet celebrity. Gary’s fame can be attributed to his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business building.
At a very young age, Gary took over the family business, a liquor store in New Jersey. Over a period of 6 years Gary and his father Sasha rebranded the business as Wine Library and transformed it from a local store doing roughly $4 million in sales annually to a $50 million national industry leader. The development of the Wine Library juggernaut reached its zenith on August 25, 2006 when Gary was featured with a caricature in the top left corner of the Wall Street Journal, a lifelong goal of Gary’s that he achieved before the age... Read More.
Srikanth Venkataseshu (Srik) is a Worldwide solution marketing manager for HP’s StorageWorks NAS division in Colorado. He is responsible for the solution development and marketing of HP’s massively scalable and innovative solutions focused towards the digital media industry. Srik joined HP StorageWorks in 2000 as an engineer and was part of the core team responsible for building Microsoft-based storage solutions. In 2005, Srik moved over to HP’s StorageWorks NAS division as a research and development engineer to work on HP’s PolyServe Clustered File system technology. Srik received a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication from Bangalore University in India. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Stanford University.
Before joining RightScale Inc., Thorsten was Chief Architect at Expertcity.com and Citrix Online, makers of GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToAssist. He was responsible for the overall architecture of these online services and also managed the 24/7 datacenter operations which allowed him to acquire deep knowledge in deploying and running secure scalable online services. Thorsten received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and was a professor of computer science at Cornell University.
Rick Webb is a co-founder and the COO of The Barbarian Group LLC, an interactive marketing and technology firm. Since its founding in 2001, Rick has been instrumental in building the company from four dirty nerds working out of partner Benjamin’s apartment to a multi-city, internationally-recognized interactive creative and technology boutique. In addition to being one of the creative shepherds of the company, Rick has primarily been responsible for developing the celebrated “secret-sauce” of TBG: its consistent ability to deliver uncompromising creative work, and indisputedly brilliant interactive marketing, over and over, even as the company grows. AsCOO, Rick oversees the integration of the Creative, Technical, Software, and R&D divisions of the company, and as a partner, he acts as a new business... Read More.
Albert combines over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience with an in-depth technology background. He has founded, or co-founded five companies, including a management consulting firm (in Germany), a hosted data analytics company, a technology subsidiary for Telebanc (now E*Tradebank), an early stage investment firm, and most recently (with his wife), DailyLit, a service for reading books by email or RSS. Albert also served as the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo. His technology background goes back to winning the German national computer science competition at age 18. Albert graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT. He has managed technology projects for organizations as diverse as Tacoda... Read More.
Nate Westheimer is the Entrepreneur in Residence at Rose Tech Ventures – New York City’s leader in early stage investing. Formerly, Nate founded BricaBox.com (a next generation wiki platform) and served at the Technology Strategist for National Public Media. Nate blogs at innonate.com and guest writes for Silicon Alley Insider, among other outlets.
Over a decade of working on the web as both a designer and developer has given Jackson crucial background to bring to his role as User Experience Strategist, in which he helps both start-ups and traditional businesses create engaging and pleasurable experiences for their users online. Jackson has worked with a diverse set of clients, ranging from WalMart and Microsoft to the pending re-launch of Odeo.com to the Government of Canada to non-profits like the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Jackson is a regular speaker on topics relating to user experience and design process both locally and abroad and, as lead organizer of Refresh DC, the DC Talks Series, and BarCampDC, is one of the leading cultivators of the booming Washington web community. Jackson earned an... Read More.
Fred Wilson began his career in venture capital in 1987. He has focused exclusively on information technology investments for the past 17 years. From 1987 to 1996, Fred was first an Associate and then a General Partner at Euclid Partners, a New York based, early stage, venture capital firm founded in 1970. At Euclid Partners, Fred was responsible for a number of investments, including Freeloader, Multex, PowerCenter Systems and UCA&L. In 1996, Fred co-founded Flatiron Partners. While at Flatiron, Fred was responsible for 14 investments including, ITXC, Patagon, Starmedia, TheStreet.com and Yoyodyne. Fred currently serves on the boards of Alacra, Comscore, iBiquity, Return Path, Instant Information and Tacoda Systems. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA... Read More.
Chris Wilson is the Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft, as well as co-chair of the W3C’s HTML Working Group. Chris began working on web browsers in 1993 when he co-authored the original Windows version of NCSA Mosaic, the first mass-market WWW browser. After leaving NCSA in 1994 and spending a year working on the web browser for SPRY, Inc., he joined Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team as a developer in 1995.
In the course of a decade on the IE team, Chris has participated in many standards working groups, in particular helping develop standards for Cascading Style Sheets, HTML, the Document Object Model and XSL through the W3C working groups. He also developed... Read More.
Dave Wolf is Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Whether traveling around the world driving strategy and developing new business for the company or on the stump stateside talking to press, analysts and conferences, Dave delivers Cynergy’s user experience thought-leadership far-and-wide.
In earlier lives, he held engineering and marketing management positions at Microsoft and Sybase, where he was responsible for enterprise software development and strategy. Officially based in Cynergy’s Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, DC he is on the road more than he is in the District, espousing Cynergy’s passion for devising incredible new ways for all of us to experience and interact with software. You can reach Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Wright is an information architect for The New York Times and the author of Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages. He has previously led user experience initiatives for Yahoo!, Macromedia, The Long Now Foundation, IBM, Microsoft, Harvard University, and the Internet Archive, among others. He writes regularl
Alex Wright is a writer and information architect for The New York Times and the author of Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages. He has led user experience initiatives for Yahoo!, Macromedia, The Long Now Foundation, IBM, Microsoft, Harvard University and others. He maintains a personal Web site at http://www.alexwright.org/
Since 2006 John Yesko has been a User Experience Lead at Roundarch, where he strategizes and designs large-scale websites. His projects have included consumer product / eCommerce, government, and financial services websites.
Previously, John was the User Experience Group Manager at Fry, Inc. In that capacity, he led the user experience / information architecture efforts for several prominent eCommerce websites. His clients included Eddie Bauer, Spiegel, and Dow Corning.
In addition to information architecture, John’s experience includes usability testing, interface design, illustration, and creative direction. He has designed Web and CD-ROM solutions for companies such as Kodak, Eli Lilly, Sierra Club, Caterpillar, and Accenture.
John earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois.
Jeffrey Zeldman was one of the first designers, bloggers, and independent publishers on the web, and one of the first web design teachers. In 1998, he co-founded—and from 1999 to 2002 he directed —The Web Standards Project, a grassroots coalition that helped bring standards to our browsers. He writes Jeffrey Zeldman’s Daily Report [zeldman.com] and publishes A List Apart Magazine “for people who make websites” [alistapart.com]; has written two books (notably the foundational web standards text, Designing With Web Standards, now in its 2nd Edition); co-founded the web design conference An Event Apart and founded and is executive creative director of Happy Cog™ [happycog.com], an agency of web design and user experience specialists.