We continue to add new speakers to the line-up. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the Web 2.0 Expo program.
Nora Abousteit is a “rare leader who can pull together technology, publishing, and fashion, and inspire people” (Fast Company). With a love for interaction and innovative technology, Nora reinvented an old sewing magazine into the DIY fashion community BurdaStyle.com, now an icon in the sewing community.
Nora started her career at German power-publisher Hubert Burda Media and is part of the founding team of the DLD (Digital Life Design) conference.
She has been invited to share her experience at Picnic, FOO (Friends of O’Reilly Media) East, Parsons School of Design, Stream, the World Economic Forum Media Summit, and NY Forum.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, BusinessWeek, Women’s Wear Daily, and Fast Company.
Nora grew up in Germany,... Read More.
Ingrid Alongi is the co-founder and CEO of Quick Left, a progressive web development firm in Boulder, Colo. Ingrid started her career as a Web applications developer while finishing up grad school in the late 1990s. The first half of her career was in the Interactive Agency space, where she focused on integrated marketing solutions, analytics, search engine marketing, email marketing and strategic planning for consumer facing web sites. In addition to her work as an engineer, she emerged as a positive leader and began to focus on running a team and the web development process as a whole, where she eventually became Director of Technology at Red Door Interactive in San Diego.
In 2007, Ingrid returned to her hometown of Boulder, Colorado, where... Read More.
Sumit Amar is Senior Research Developer in Microsoft Corp. He is responsible for incubation in Microsoft Bing user interface development. He has 10 years of experience in software development, and he has been with Microsoft since 2004. He started programming for fun in 1993 in BASIC language. In the past, Sumit worked in C, Perl, and Java, in addition to .NET development. His interest areas are Web UI development, semantic web representations, UI automation, and analysis of Web users’ expectations. Sumit has a Bachelors degree with dual major in Computer Science and Business, and an MBA in information technology and systems. He is a PhD student specializing in Computer Information Systems.
Sumit has been an active speaker for Microsoft Engineering Excellence series within... Read More.
J. Chris Anderson is cofounder of Couchbase, an Apache CouchDB committer, and co-author of the O’Reilly book CouchDB: The Definitive Guide. At Couchbase he is Chief Architect of Mobile. Chris is obsessed with bending the physics of the web, and giving control back to users.
I am a Principal at First Round Capital, Worked at AND 1 from “day 2″ and founded a fitness video game company.
Before joining First Round Capital, Phin founded ResponDesign, an independent videogame company that developed and published Yourself!Fitness, the first fitness game for Xbox and PlayStation2. While managing the marketing and distribution of Yourself!Fitness from 2003-2006, Phin secured retail partnerships with Nordstrom and Best Buy as well as promotional partnerships with Proctor & Gamble and McDonald’s. One of the earliest employees at AND 1 Basketball, Phin spent six years helping to grow the company from revenues of $15 million to over $225 million. While at AND 1 Phin led product direction, managed relationships with national retail accounts and created the initial... Read More.
Bill Baxter is a Software Engineer at Google, working on Google’s MapsGL in the Seattle office. Bill joined Google in March of this year. Prior to joining Google, Bill worked on various computer graphics research projects at Microsoft Research in Redmond, and at the animation company OLM Digital in Tokyo. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where his dissertation concerned the use of physically based simulation to make digital painting more realistic. Bill has been using OpenGL since 1998, and is very excited that WebGL is now bringing the power of OpenGL to the web. Slides from WebGL session: http://goo.gl/PhK54
Artur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the VP of Engineering and Operations at Wikia. He provides the technical backbone necessary for Wikia’s mission to compile and index the world’s knowledge. He is also an enthusiastic apologist for federated identity and a board member of the OpenID Foundation. In past lives, he’s built high volume financial trading systems, re-implemented Perl 5’s threading system, wrote djabberd, managed LiveJournal’s engineering team, and served as operations architect at Six Apart. His current interests extend to encompass semantic search, large scale infrastructure, open source development, federated instant messaging, neurotransmitters, and the future of cyborgs.
Shelley is the Chief of Technology at the Brooklyn Museum where she works to further the Museum’s community-oriented mission through projects including free public wireless access, web-enabled comment books, initiatives for mobile devices and putting the Brooklyn Museum collection online. She is the initiator and community manager of the Museum’s initiatives on the social web, she organized Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition and Split Second: Indian Paintings. In 2010, Shelley was named one of the 40 Under 40 in Crain’s New York Business and her work has been featured in the New York Times.
Margot Bloomstein, @mbloomstein on Twitter, is the principal of Appropriate, Inc., an independent brand and content strategy consultancy based in Boston. She partners with retailers, universities, and other organizations to help them engage their target audiences and project key messages with consistency and clarity through both traditional and social media.
A participant in the inaugural Content Strategy Consortium, Margot speaks internationally on the evolution of content strategy within interactive agencies; recent engagements include SXSW, Web Content, Web 2.0, Gilbane, and more intimate regional events across the country. Margot also contributes to the growing content strategy community by helping to organize the Content Strategy New England meetup group.
Nate is the co-founder and president of Bolt | Peters, co-author of Remote Research, designer of Ethnio, and animator of dinosaurs explaining information architecture.
After creating and directing the User Experience department at Clear Ink in 1999, which included the construction of Natural Environment and Remote Observation laboratories, Nate began working with the team at B|P to conduct hundreds of UX research and design projects for Sony, Oracle, HP, Greenpeace, Electronic Arts, and others.
Nate speaks regularly in academic and commercial settings – SXSW, UX London, CHI, UX Week, U.C. Berkeley, and the Urbal Libraries Council where he gave a keynote on the future of library user experience. Working with faculty at the University of California, San Diego, he created a dee titled... Read More.
Sean Bonner is a Los Angeles based entrepreneur, journalist, activist and enthusiast. Bonner has co-founded hackerspaces and blog networks, an art gallery, design firm and record label. He is a board member of Coffee Common, works closely with Neoteny Labs in Singapore and Tokyo and has been a regular contributor to BoingBoing. He’s one of the co founders of Safecast
Zach Brand is the Senior Director of Technical Strategy and Operation at NPR. In this position he oversees all of NPR’s Digital Media technical efforts, which include the NPR.org website, the NPR mobile site, the RSS feed, NPR’s Application Program Interface (API), NPR podcasts, and online services for stations.
Since Brand joined NPR in October 2007, he has focused on developing extensible and reusable architectures for tools and content. Brand played a critical role with the team that developed and launched NPR’s API, which provides a structured way for other computer applications to get NPR stories in a predictable, flexible and powerful way. He was instrumental in the production of the various iPhone, iPad,... Read More.
Bob at a very early age learned the meaning of “keep it simple, stupid” and how good debugging skills will get you farther faster. Given a broken snowmobile by his uncle, he set out on a mission to get it running. After spending countless hours rebuilding the engine, making endless trips to the parts store and wasting a bunch of money to get the snowmobile running. He discovered the problem all along was simply a hole in the gas tank, and that a $2 tube of epoxy would have fixed the problem in less than an hour. See how that lesson learned has guided his career to Yottaa.
Evan co-founded Synteractive in 2003 and in his role as Chairman and CEO, he is responsible for all aspects of corporate direction and strategy.
Evan launched his dynamic, entrepreneurial career in 1996 by founding netDecide, the leading provider of enterprise wealth management solutions to top tier financial service firms such as Bank of America and Ernst & Young. Under his leadership, netDecide won numerous analyst recommendations and accolades, including the Investor’s Choice Award by the Financial Services Outlook Conference in 2001. The company was sold to Informa Investment Solutions in 2003, at which time it was profitable with over $11 million in annual revenue.
Prior to Synteractive, Evan served as Director of Strategy for Oakwood Global Finance, a London-based global financial services firm focusing... Read More.
As BlogHer’s COO, Elisa Camahort Page leads events, marketing, public relations and research for BlogHer, while working to ensure that all company operations deliver to plan.
Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Elisa ran a marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, that was among the first to integrate corporate marketing strategies into the social media environment. Worker Bees followed a successful career as in the cable broadband sector. Her most recent corporate position was Senior Director of Product Marketing at Terayon Communication Systems.
Elisa is a frequent public speaker, bringing research data about women and online communities to life in recent keynote sessions at MediaBistro Circus, Fem 2.0, New Comm Forum, BlogPaws and WOMMA Marketing Summit.
Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications... Read More.
Jessica Faye Carter is president of Heta Corporation, a consulting firm. In this role, she advises organizations on issues related to cultural and gender diversity, and on engaging these demographics with social technology.
Jessica is the author of an upcoming article, The Coming Wave—Exploring Women, Innovation, and Social Technology and is a guest writer for Mashable. Her work has been cited in the Associated Press, Working Mother Magazine, and Essence, and she has appeared on PBS and TVO.
Jessica recently founded Toour, a social travel application where users create and share tours of their favorite places around the world.
Jessica speaks frequently at conferences and corporate events on topics related to social technology, women, and diverse consumers and employees. Her previous... Read More.
Nolan Caudill is a backend engineer at Flickr, the world’s best photo sharing website. At Flickr, he works on building new user-facing features as well as behind-the-scenes infrastructure work and keeping a very big site running smoothly.
He comes to San Francisco from North Carolina where he worked at a busy local news organization as a web engineer and then leading software development at a small web agency.
Tantek Çelik is a well known open web standards advocate and innovator. He is a founder and community leader of GMPG and microformats.org, participates in the World Wide Consortium (W3C) CSS and HTML Working Groups, and works with numerous clients, such as Mozilla and Revision3, on web standards leadership and HTML5 upgrades. He is the author of HTML5 Now: A Step-By-Step Tutorial for Getting Started Today (New Riders: 2010).
Previously he was Chief Technologist at Technorati, where he led the design and development of new standards and technologies and before that he was a representative to the W3C for Microsoft, where he also helped lead the development of the award-winning Internet Explorer for Macintosh. Tantek lives... Read More.
Andre Charland is the co-founder and CEO at Nitobi Software Inc, creators of PhoneGap. He’s been at the forefront of web software development for almost a decade and has spent the last few years focused on mobile apps, websites and businesses. Andre is an advocate for usability and user experience and speaks regularly about how to keep users engaged and active on web and mobile apps. He has presented on the Adobe On AIR Tour throughout the US and Europe and has been a speaker at the Web 2.0 Expo, Adobe MAX, JavaOne and Deploy. Andre is the co-author of “Enterprise Ajax”, published by Prentice Hall and is a mentor for 500 Startups. Andre blogs at http://blogs.nitobi.com/andre and is on on Twitter... Read More.
Dorie Clark is a consultant specializing in helping clients increase sales, enhance brand reputation, and move policy issues forward. She has worked with clients including Google, Yale University, the National Park Service, and the Ford Foundation. Previously, she served as the New Hampshire Communications Director for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, and was the Press Secretary for former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s campaign for Massachusetts governor. She blogs regularly on business and marketing topics for the Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, BNET (a division of CBS Interactive), and MassINC, a nonpartisan think tank.
Clark was a staff writer for the Boston Phoenix, covering local politics and policy and winning two New England Press Association awards. She was also a regular contributor to... Read More.
Josh Clark is a designer specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He’s the author of Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps and Best iPhone Apps, and he’s a regular speaker at international design conferences including SXSW, Webstock, Future of Web Design, and many others. Josh’s outfit Global Moxie offers consulting services and workshops to help media companies, design agencies, and creative companies build tapworthy mobile apps and effective websites.
Before the interwebs swallowed him up, Josh worked on a slew of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular... Read More.
Cliff is a recognized authority in ecommerce and has helped pioneer the industry. He served as senior vice president for ATG, one of the world’s leading enterprise ecommerce software platform providers before its acquisition by Oracle, and also co-founded iCOMS, the first independent commerce service provider. Cliff has also served as the head of marketing for Lotus Notes before its acquisition by IBM, and as the vice president and service director for Gartner’s largest software practice. Throughout his career he has helped dozens of the world’s best-known brands increase their online revenue and create a tighter community with their customers. At Elastic Path, he is responsible for developing and executing overall business strategy and serves as the general manager for its ecommerce consulting... Read More.
Adam Connor has spent nearly a decade in the User Experience Design world.
As a Senior Experience Designer with Mad*Pow in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Adam combines his interaction design experience with his background in Computer Science, Film and Visual Design to create effective, efficient, and easy-to-use applications, websites, and interactive media.
When not working, Adam is likely to be found spending time with his family, collecting toys, drawing in his sketchpad or playing with a pile of Lego.
Tony is a founder of about.me which was acquired by AOL in December 2010. In this role, he provides oversight of the development of the product and it’s integration with other AOL properties. Prior to about.me, Tony co-founded Sphere (acquired by AOL in 2008) with Toni Schneider. Tony is also a founding member & Venture Partner at True Ventures.
Early in his career, Tony spent nine years abroad, working in India, France, and Indonesia with Groupe Danone, focusing on brand extension opportunities through mergers and acquisitions in Southeast Asia. He then joined VSP as a general partner where he led consumer-tech and marketing software and services investments in Oddpost (acquired by Yahoo!), Iconoculture (acquired by Corporate Executive Board), MusicNow (acquired by... Read More.
Evan is Co-Founder and CTO of Twilio. Twilio provides a web standards-based API for businesses to build scalable, reliable communications applications that make and receive phone calls and send and receive SMS messages. Evan was recently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in network security and distributed systems at the University of Michigan where he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science.
In her 3 years at Arc90, Jen Epting has worked as a user-experience designer, project manager and content guardian. She studied literature and writing at college and holds a Master’s degree in French Literature. In her spare time, she writes.
Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, technologist and writer acknolwedged as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker for having started his site Dashes.com in 1999 as one of the earliest and most influential blogs on the Internet. Today his work focuses on applying the pioneering techniques and technologies of the startup world in order to transform major institutions in government, media and culture. To achieve these goals, Dash founding Expert Labs in 2009 to enable citizens to connect with government policy makers through social networks, and co-founded Activate in 2009 to help the world’s major media and technology companies reinvent their business strategies. In addition, Dash is an active advisor to many of the most prominent technology startups and non-profit organizations.
Dash is a member... Read More.
Patrick Davison is from Atlanta, Georgia but lives in Brooklyn, New York where he is pursuing a PhD in media studies from the Media, Culture, and Communication department of NYU. He makes performance work as WhatWeKnowSoFar, writes and performs MemeFactory, and does research with the Web Ecology Project. He has spoken at ROFLcon, Ignite New York, Yale, NYU, and Social Media Week (Sao Paulo).
Amy is a Taxonomist at Gilt.com where she introduced the concept of user-facing taxonomies, and creates, manages, and maintains the taxonomies for Gilt.com, Gilt Taste, and Park & Bond.
Prior to the gig at Gilt, Amy was a taxonomist at Etsy.com and an archives and research librarian at National Public Radio in Washington DC. She has a Masters in Library & Information Science from Drexel University.
Danilo Diaz, aka Dani, is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft’s Mid-Atlantic State district. In this role, he helps developers understand Microsoft’s product offerings and strategy. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked at Perficient Philadelphia where he helped establish their Mobility Practice. Dani has over 8 years of experience in the IT industry. His ability to identify and utilize the right blend of technologies to solve business needs has been an asset on all projects he has worked on. Dani’s first .Net project was a web-based eLearning application which was built on ASP.Net 1.0 beta 2. As a consultant he has served the roles of system architect, technical lead, developer and mentor on various large and small projects. He has worked on SOA based... Read More.
Chad Dickerson is CTO at Etsy, the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace, based in Brooklyn, NY. As of January 2011, Etsy had over 6.9 million registered members and over 400,000 active sellers with 7.7 million listings in the marketplace. Etsy is a continuous deployment shop, deploying over 25 times per day across a team of 60 engineers, operating in a spirit of dev/ops cooperation and transparency across the team. Chad blogs at Code as Craft (the Etsy engineering blog) and his own blog. You can follow him on Twitter.
Prior to Etsy, Chad was at Yahoo!, where he led the Yahoo! Developer Network, Advanced Products, and Brickhouse groups. Chad started the Hack Day program at Yahoo in 2005. Before that, Chad... Read More.
Nick Disabato – who goes by nickd on the internet and elsewhere – is an interaction designer from Chicago. Currently he’s most noted for crowdfunding, writing, and self-publishing Cadence & Slang, a small book about his field.
He’s spoken about user experience issues at conferences and meetups like SxSW and Refresh Chicago, and is active in his local design community. He loves writing and talking about design issues, and currently works at a UX-focused consultancy.
In his spare time, Nick rides his bike, and he likes craft beer a lot. He tweets at @nickd.
Hannah Donovan is a Canadian interaction designer living in London. She led design at Last.fm for five years, and before that worked agency-side designing digital campaigns. Since leaving Last.fm this spring, Hannah’s become an independent product designer focused on ways to make music better on the web. When she’s not busy with new work, Hannah contributes to spacelog.org and plays cello with a real orchestra as well as a comedy orchestra.
Ted Drake, a member of the Yahoo! Accessibility Lab, has helped build various Yahoo! products over the past five years. He has also spoken about accessibility and engineering at conferences around the world.
R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations including Toni Dove, Matthew Ritchie, Todd Reynolds, Michael Joaquin Grey, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Maya Lin, Bang on a Can, Engine27, Harvestworks, and LEMUR, and was the director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 2007 season.
Stemming from his investigations of “time-lapse phonography,” his recent work is a sonic and encyclopedic relative to time-lapse photography. Just as a long camera exposure fuses motion... Read More.
Nate Ebrahimoon manages the Yahoo! Accessibility social streams. All three of these services were born into Nate’s arms, and in one year have become the premier source of content around the experience of living life with a disability. Nate is focused on breaking the separation between the disabled and non disabled through the use of social media.
Brendan is responsible for architecture and the technical direction of Mozilla. He is charged with authorizing module owners, owning architectural issues of the source base and writing the roadmap that outlines the direction of the Mozilla project.
Mona Elesseily is the VP of Online Marketing Strategy at Page Zero Media where she focuses on paid search strategy and conversion improvement. In her career, she has significantly improved campaign performance for brands such as Capital One, Cathay Pacific, CareerBuilder.com and The Jimmy Pattison Group to name a few. She regularly speaks at Canadian, US and international online marketing events on paid search, landing page optimization, ad copy creation and integrated online marketing strategy. Mona has written two books on Yahoo!, is a columnist for Search Engine Land and also writes for other publications including IMedia Connection, the American Marketing Association and the Yahoo! Search blog. Her industry knowledge is regularly sought after by the business community, including Wall Street analysts; and she’s frequently... Read More.
Ben Elowitz is a media executive and thought leader on the subject of next-generation digital media publishing. He is the author of Digital Quarters, a blog about the future of digital media and the steps the publishing industry must take to become profitable. He also writes Media Success, a bold and forthright newsletter for digital media thought leaders. His work has been featured on CNNMoney, TechCrunch, All Things D, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Fortune, TIME, paidContent, and CNBC.com, among others.
Elowitz offers fresh, thoughtful and often provocative insights on the digital publishing industry from an executive and consumer perspective, covering a range of sectors and industries including business, media, technology, marketing, and advertising. He provides well-researched analysis of emerging and long-term trends, as... Read More.
John Engates joined Rackspace in August of 2000 and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer. Engates has worked in several areas of Rackspace including Operations, Professional Services and Customer Care. Most recently, Engates has been responsible for managing the ongoing development of Rackspace’s Intensive segment. Engates was one of the leading forces behind Rackspace’s Microsoft Gold Certification.
Prior to joining Rackspace, Engates was a founder of Internet Direct, one of the oldest and largest Internet service providers in Texas.
Engates is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting.
Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst at Altimeter Group, where she works with global companies to develop both social data intelligence strategies that support their business objectives. Susan has a diverse background in marketing and strategic planning within both corporations and agencies. She’s a frequent speaker on social media and analytics and has been extensively quoted in outlets including Fast Company, BBC, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Find her on Twitter at @setlinger and at her blog, Thought Experiments, at susanetlinger.com.
Cindy Finnecy is Vice President, Industry Marketing, IBM North America. She leads the development of management of integrated industry marketing plans with a focus on driving IBM market leadership in North America.
She joined IBM in 1983 as a college intern and as a permanent employee in 1984. From 1984 through 1990, Cindy held both line and staff positions in field sales with a focus on the Legal Industry vertical.
From 1991 to 1994, Cindy held various sales management and staff positions including unit manager for the finance industry, Executive Assistant to the General Manager of Product Marketing, and Business Unit Executive for Midrange Servers. During this time, Cindy gained experience in outsourcing with her leadership on the award to IBM... Read More.
Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco 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.
Vanessa Fox, called a “cyberspace visionary” by Seattle Business Monthly, is an expert in understanding customer acquisition from organic search. She shares her perspective on how this impacts marketing and user experience and how all business silos (including developers and marketers) can work together towards greater search visibility at ninebyblue.com
She’s also an entrepreneur-in-residence with Ignition Partners and Features Editor at Search Engine Land. She previously created Google’s Webmaster Central, which provides both tools and community to help website owners improve their sites to gain more customers from search. Her book, Marketing in the Age of Google, provides a blueprint for incorporating search strategy into organizations of all levels.
My name is Yale Fox, and I genuinely love music more than many people will ever be able to understand. For nearly a decade, virtually every aspect of my life has revolved around it’s study and more recently how it affects human behavior, particularly within nightclub culture.
Back at school, I was given permission to transform a nightclub into an observation station. Unlike my studies in Hawaii, this time I was studying the effects of music on people.
The effects of music on people are hard to gauge, so I used real-time bar sales as the discerning variable to measure reactions to songs. If you play a hit song, people rush the dance floor and don’t drink as much. I figured out how to vibe... Read More.
Margaret Francis is the acting Product Manager for CoTweet at ExactTarget and the former Vice President of Product at Lithium Technologies/Scout Labs, where she led development of the social media insight and analytics platform. As former Director of Strategy at Razorfish, Ms. Francis developed marketing and technology strategies for Fortune 500 companies and led cross-functional teams to deliver cutting edge web sites and digital marketing programs. Ms Francis’ clients have included major brands such as Netflix, Coca-Cola, Visa, Nike, Apple, Citibank and Disney. She is a graduate of Yale University and SFAI and a frequent speaker on the topic of social media metrics and their integration into marketing program measurement.
A self-described, “usability fanatic,” Anthony Franco, president of Denver-based EffectiveUI, co-founded his company in 2005 under the core belief that people deserve better software. Anthony has served as a presenter and panelist at many industry trade shows and conferences, including Adobe MAX, Web 2.0 Expo, Microsoft MIX, AJAXWorld Conference & Expo and AlwaysOn Media. Anthony has also written and contributed to several industry white papers, Forrester research reports and articles, and contributed to “Effective UI: The Art of Building Great User Experience in Software,” a book published by O’Reilly Media.
Ben Fried is Google’s Chief Information Officer, overseeing the company’s global technology systems. His extensive hands-on experience in technology includes stints as a dBASE II programmer, front-line support manager, Macintosh developer, Windows 1.0 programmer, and Unix systems programmer. Prior to joining Google, he spent more than 13 years in Morgan Stanley’s technology department, where he rose to the level of Managing Director. During his time there, he led teams responsible for software development technology, web and electronic commerce technologies and operations, and technologies for knowledge workers. Ben is a graduate of Columbia University.
Eric Friedman is Director of Business Development at Foursquare. Eric was formerly at Union Square Ventures, a VC firm focussed on early stage web services and technology companies. He also spent three years working at Reprise Media, a full service SEM, SEO, and social media agency startup that was acquired by IPG in 2007. Prior to that Eric spent time at Grey Advertising working at Mediacom and Beyond Interactive with clients within both divisions. Eric has combined his entrepreneurial interests and experience in product management, finance, marketing, and account management in his work. Eric has a BBA from George Washington University.
Christina Gagnier leads the Intellectual Property, Internet & Technology practice at Gagnier Margossian LLP. A member of the State Bar of California, Gagnier has been active in the field of intellectual property since 2002. Gagnier serves as the Chief Executive Officer of REALPOLITECH, a digital public relations and web strategy consultancy.
Gagnier consults technology firms on policy issues ranging from patent law reform to communications issues, such as Network Neutrality. Gagnier’s primary research concerns issues of cyber rights and the intersection of on and offline action. Her most recent public publication, Running Cases Through a Merck Sieve: Biopharmaceutical Research in the Wake of Merck v. Integra, discusses the legal and political impacts of the 2005 Supreme Court decision and the reaction of the... Read More.
Cindy Gallop’s background is brandbuilding, marketing and advertising - she started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year. She is the founder and CEO of www.IfWeRanTheWorld.com, a web meets world platform designed to turn good intentions into action one microaction at a time, which launched in beta with a demo at TED 2010, and of www.makelovenotporn.com, launched at TED 2009. She acts as board advisor to a number of tech startups and consults, describing her consultancy approach as ‘I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.’ She has a reputation as a compelling and inspirational speaker at conferences and... Read More.
As President of the Applications and Commerce Group and head of AOL’s Silicon Valley operations, Brad Garlinghouse leads the charge around AOL’s renewed focus on innovation and most importantly, the consumer. This includes the company’s efforts to expand the global reach of its communications products such as AOL Mail and AIM as well as reinvigorate the company’s mobile and social strategy and its legacy client and toolbar products.
Brad also leads a newly created Commerce Group that will focus on developing new commerce opportunities and initiatives across all of AOL’s sites. In addition to Brad’s responsibilities for growing AOL’s Consumer Applications business, he is the West Coast lead for AOL Ventures, the company’s venture capital arm.
Brad believes... Read More.
Andres Glusman is responsible for customer development at Meetup. As Vice President of Strategy & Community, Andres focuses on understanding how people use Meetup, the challenges they face and opportunities for growth. Andres leads teams in analytics, usability and community development. His career spans from Boeing to Yahoo. He has a background in Economics/Psychology and an MBA from Wharton. Andres is also one of the Organizers of the NYC Lean Startup Meetup.
Adam Goldstein is the co-founder and CEO of Hipmunk, a travel search site based in San Francisco. He was a co-founder of BookTour with Chris Anderson. He was the youngest author ever at O’Reilly, writing AppleScript: The Missing Manual at 16. He graduated from MIT in 2010 with degrees in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, and was North American Debating Champion in 2010.
Digital metrics evangelist, recovering newspaper reporter, cyclist and want-to-be surfer. I’ve been measuring digital since 1996. I’ve had a web metrics title since 2006, but measurement has been critical to all I’ve done in digital as an AOL partner and at Gannett, USATODAY, NPR and now AARP. As a reporter, I wrote for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, the Austin American Statesman and the San Antonio Light.
Jared Goralnick is Founder and CEO of AwayFind.com, a web application that addresses email interruptions. He recently sold his technology productivity training company, SET Consulting, that worked with organizations like NTT, HP, NIST, and the FBI. He is also the EVP of the Information Overload Research Group, a Founder of Inbox Love and Ignite DC, the Founder of Bootstrap Maryland, and a Mentor at Founder Institute and 500 Startups.
You can find Jared blogging/tweeting online at Technotheory.com/@technotheory, and he’s also written for sites like Lifehacker and WebWorkerDaily. He received a software engineering degree at 17 and Bachelor’s in Philosophy with honors from University of Maryland at 20. When he’s not addressing (or suffering from) information overload on his blog... Read More.
Nick is a technologist & entrepreneur focused on the intersection of the web and urban, social, and civic systems. For the past 10 years, he has developed products and grown businesses that help cities work better.
Nick currently works with two organizations that are building civic technologies on an international scale, and are working to lay a foundation for a new generation of civic entrepreneurs. In 2010, Nick co-founded Civic Commons, a new nonprofit initiative that helps governments collaborate around technology development projects. Since 2006, Nick led new product and business development at OpenPlans, building enterprise open source software for cities. He is also an advisor to Code for America and a visiting researcher at the MIT Media Lab. He is a graduate of... Read More.
Prerna is CEO of Khush, a company that develops intelligent music apps. Khush’s first product, LaDiDa, is a Top 10 music iPhone app that helps bad singers make music. LaDiDa’s demo videos have received over 100 million views on YouTube.
Prerna studied Economics and Computer Science at Stanford University and worked on marketing strategy at Monitor Group and early-stage deal sourcing at Summit Partners before making the move to entrepreneurship. Her favorite instrument is her voice.
Ro is responsible for business development, strategy and commercial products at Disqus.
Prior to Disqus, Ro held various such roles with Disney, Tribune Interactive, TechnoServe, ABC News Digital, Wall Street Journal, Marakon Associates and Live365.com.
Ro lives in New York, but has held onto his 415 cell number through the years.
Current SVP, Platform Sales at Outbrain Advisor at Hour.ly Presently: SVP at Outbrain, Advisor at Zemanta
Prior: CEO at Surphace (an AOL Company), Business Development / Product Mgmt at Answers Corp
Presently: General Manager at Chartbeat.com, Chief Troublemaker at Betaworks
Prior: General Manager at Twitterfeed, Chief Strategy Officer at SDC Hawaii LLC, Director/Owner at Katabatic Expeditions Ltd
entrepreneur. Founding partner at General Assembly, an urban campus for entrepreneurs in Manhattan along with Adam Pritzker, Matthew Brimer and Jake Schwartz. I’ve started a number of companies, including Free Awesome, PickTeams, Aloysius Properties, LabApp, and PayoutHub. The latter was sold to Strategic Design Network in January 2010. I’m always working on new stuff.
gamer. I run the New York Gaming Meetup. In industry-speak, I’m a stereotypical Slow Strategy Gamer. Europa Universalis II is one of the best games ever made.
yalie. I graduated from Yale in 2008 with a BS in molecular biology. I was a founder of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and am still heavily involved with Yale Entrepreneurs and Investors.
teller. People say I have good stories. Ask me to tell you... Read More.
Vicky is the voice and team leader behind @PRNewswire. She also manages other Twitter properties and strategies for the company. Vicky is fascinated by and regularly speaks and writes about how professionals adapt to and leverage the digital social layer that is quickly blanketing human existence.
Vicky leads PR Newswire’s Audience Development team, which focuses on increasing the visibility of PR Newswire customer content. The team also is responsible for growing the use of PR Newswire’s industry-leading distribution networks and platforms, including PR Newswire for Journalists and ProfNet.
Mary Haskett is a co-founder and CEO of Tactical Information Systems (TIS), a company developing a unique approach to biometric matching as an Internet cloud-based service, allowing the use of this technology in a wide variety of new consumer applications. She drives the business strategy and marketing direction, as well as manages the day-to-day operations of the business. Tactical Information Systems is her third venture.
In 1998, Ms. Haskett founded HCI Training, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based training development company she ran profitably until it was acquired by Ideal Innovations, Inc. in 2007. HCI Training was also bootstrapped and growth was funded through revenue.
After the acquisition by Ideal Innovations in 2007, Ms. Haskett was asked to stay on as the Vice President... Read More.
Ryan Hefner is an Engineer at Vimeo, where he heads up the company’s Flash Development Team. He’s currently the lead designer/developer of Couch Mode, Vimeo’s web-based TV optimized viewing experience (originally launched on GoogleTV, now accessible on all browsers).
In addition to Vimeo, Ryan started Rock Kick Co., an independent design and research company, in early 2011. The first project being launched under the brand is Listly (http://listly.it), a personal wish list service that makes it easy to share the things you want with the people you love.
Before Vimeo, Ryan was a Senior Interactive Developer at Fantasy Interactive (Fi), a Stockholm and New York-based firm, where his main focuses were user experience design/information architecture and interactive development. He worked with clients like DirecTV, EA... Read More.
As a FireHost Senior Security Engineer, Chris Hinkley is responsible for the security devices and develops policies and procedures to secure thousands of customer servers and websites. Mr. Hinkley has been with FireHost since the company’s inception and was previously a Web developer for TargetScope, an interactive marketing and web development company. In that role he created everything from simple website animations to complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest technology and development frameworks. Mr. Hinkley quickly transitioned from his role at TargetScope to FireHost where he’s held a number of security and technology related roles including security engineer, lead engineer and manager. In these roles within the organization, he’s serviced hundreds of customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and overseen the security of... Read More.
Oliver is responsible for the technology and user experience that power DonorsChoose.org’s unique philanthropic marketplace. Prior to joining the team, Oliver managed product engineering projects for Microsoft’s new Internet search engine, now called Bing. He also helped start Microsoft Live Labs, an applied research laboratory for Internet technologies. Oliver joined Microsoft when the Windows division acquired EQuill, a venture-backed startup that he co-founded and led for three years as CEO. He is the co-inventor of 11 issued U.S. patents related to Internet search technologies. Oliver earned a Computer Science degree from Brown University and spent the first 13 years of his academic career attending New York City public schools.
Kate Huyett is the National Marketing Manager for HowAboutWe.com, where she applies the data-driven decision making processes she learned while working in finance for 5 years. She is passionate about the interaction between online and offline behaviors in urban areas, which she first studied at Dartmouth as a geography major.
Aaron is a user experience/interaction designer for IGN Entertainment in Costa Mesa California, where it is always right around 70 degrees and sunny.
Aaron has a background in visual design and has been handcrafting pixels since 1998. Overtime Aaron grew increasingly interested in the overall experiences that users were having with the sites and applications that he was working on. He now focuses on creating well-rounded experiences and trying to save the world one user at a time. He shares his thoughts and experiences along the way on his blog www.thisisaaronslife.com.
Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom, Ito is board chair (and former CEO) of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of the Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS, and Global Voices. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage, and helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early investor in more than 40 companies, including Flickr, Six Apart, Last.fm, Kongregate, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Ito’s honors include TIME magazine’s “Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as... Read More.
Denise R. Jacobs is a web industry veteran with over 14 years of experience, ranging from software localization project management, enterprise website implementation, and web design/development technical training. Currently, she is finally doing what she likes best: being an Author, Speaker, Web Designer, and Consultant. Denise wrote The CSS Detective Guide and is a contributing author to Interact with Web Standards: A holistic approach to Web Design. Denise is passionate about teaching novices about the web and giving people the knowledge, tools, resources to feel more empowered around their websites through consulting, writing books and articles, leading workshops and trainings, and presenting at conferences. Denise also develops curricula for the Web Standards Project Education Task Force (WaSP InterAct), and is a member of the... Read More.
Ms. Jaques is responsible for Visa Inc.’s Global Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions Activities. The Corporate Development and M&A group leads Visa’s engagement in a range of transactions from strategic investments through joint ventures and acquisitions. Since founding the group, Ms. Jaques has led Visa’s $2 billion acquisition of CyberSource in the ecommerce segment and its acquisition of PlaySpan in the digital commerce space, as well as the company’s two joint ventures in India. In addition, she led the formation of the Syncada joint venture in the commercial payments space as well as the divestiture of key business stakes in Brazil with aggregate value in excess of $1 billion. Ms. Jaques is an active speaker at industry and educational forums including the Thomson Reuters... Read More.
Drew Jenkins is the Director of Channel Sales for SoftLayer Technologies, a provider of on-demand cloud, managed, and dedicated hosting services, based in Dallas, TX. With over 26,000 customers running on approximately 85,000 servers, SoftLayer is the world’s largest privately-held hosting company.
Drew is responsible for SoftLayer’s worldwide channel strategy, which includes revenue production and program development, as well as the recruiting, training, and management of partners in the U.S., EMEA, and APAC. Prior to joining SoftLayer, Drew was a regional manager in the channel sales organization at Rackspace Hosting. Other channel sales experience includes Winternals Software, where he started the channel sales team and grew that business until Winternals was acquired by Microsoft in 2006. Drew also spent a few years at... Read More.
Dina Kaplan is a co-founder of blip.tv and VP of Marketing and Public Relations. Dina oversees marketing for the company, including public relations, brand development and strategy and consumer outreach. Blip.tv is the place for the best original series on the Web. Blip.tv’s mission is to help people to discover the best in original series and to help series producers make a sustainable living.
Before blip.tv, Dina was an Emmy-award winning television news reporter, mostly for local NBC stations. Prior to reporting, Dina worked as an associate producer for MTV News and at the White House as Director of Research for the Office of the White House Counsel.
Dina is a judge for the Webby Awards, a member of the Producers Guild of... Read More.
Sundeep Kapur has been assisting organizations with their converged channel marketing strategies since 1990. From direct marketing to digital to converged, he is a passionate teacher who works with businesses across multiple industries, helping them to enable technology and services to brand, and personalize and speak to consumers more effectively.
He is an industry-recognized expert who has delivered keynotes, run panels, and delivered “relevant, inspirational, and outstanding” education for organizations around the world.
Sundeep is also an avid user of social media, having leveraged words, pictures, and video into a conversational digital book. His daily dose of best practices can be found at EmailYogi.com, where he has more than 1,200 articles on best practices. He authors a column on Social Integration for ClickZ. He has... Read More.
Lisa Kavanaugh is Chief Product & Technology Officer at Ask.com, responsible for all aspects of product development, management and strategy for Ask.com. Her technology responsibilities also include the global development of both web and mobile applications that support Ask.com’s search-based Q&A product suite. With more than a decade of experience building and leading large engineering and product development teams, Kavanaugh has spearheaded the launch of multiple Ask.com vertical products and custom solutions for strategic partners – all the while serving as a very visible driver of positive change within the company. Known for spotting tech talent and infusing new ideas and processes (such as Scrum-based development) into Ask.com’s tech organization, Kavanaugh previously oversaw technology at Ask.com’s partner network, building the engineering team from scratch and... Read More.
Alex is the CTO afor Tactical Information Systems (TIS). TIS is building a cloud-based platform for biometric matching, to allow for the rapid development of a wide variety of consumer biometric applications. Our first product is WanderID, a web-based solution using face matching to identify people with cognitive disabilities who cannot identify themselves.
Alex was an Air Force officer for 12 years, primarily working in R&D. In the past 5 years, he developed numerous biometric applications deployed in the Middle East, and traveled extensively to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Jordan.
Peter Kim is Managing Director, North America at Dachis Group, a Social Business Design firm. He is a leading thinker and analyst on social business, which he discusses in his blog at www.beingpeterkim.com. He has been quoted in the press by media outlets including CNN, CNBC, NPR, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Peter was previously an analyst at Forrester Research, focusing on the intersection of social technology and marketing strategy. Earlier, he managed international marketing operations, e-commerce, and digital marketing at PUMA AG. Peter is a graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School and the University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Kirsch is a brooklyn-based writer and the Product Manager at The Onion. He is the writer/creator of the Webby-honored comedy series, “duder” and an inaugural member of the Writer’s Guild digital media caucus.
Karin Klein currently focuses on business development and corporate development at Bloomberg L.P. She puts over fifteen years of operating and venture capital experience to work by assessing acquisition opportunities, crafting strategy and forming new partnerships for Bloomberg.
Before joining Bloomberg, Karin was a Vice President at Softbank where she sourced new investment opportunities and worked closely with portfolio companies to help them build their businesses. Karin oversaw the firm’s review of new investments and provided post-investment assistance to portfolio companies and their management teams, with a particular focus on business development.
Prior to Softbank, Karin worked with the MC Group and Knowledge Universe, where she conducted strategic reviews of new investments in the media, education and technology sectors and partnered with management teams to... Read More.
Mo Koyfman is a Principal at Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm focused on disruptive investments in the media and technology industries. Prior to joining Spark, Mr. Koyfman spent six years at IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) in a variety of strategic, transactional and operational roles. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Connected Ventures, parent of CollegeHumor.com, BustedTees.com and Vimeo.com, and previously held the roles of Vice President of Programming and Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Koyfman began his career as an investment banker at Bear Stearns where he focused on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. Mr. Koyfman joined Bear Stearns after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.... Read More.
Leon Kulikowski is a senior instructor for web technologies and Web Projects Manager at Impacta Tecnologia. Having more than ten years working as web developer, he has extensive experience training professionals and management of web sites. He is also consultant for Adobe Brazil (acting mainly as speaker) and manager of Adobe User Group Dreamweaver Brasil.
Michael Lascarides is Senior Manager for Web Initiatives for the New York Public Library. Prior to joining the New York Public Library in 2008, he worked as a web programmer, designer and information architect for a wide variety of commercial clients. He teaches in the MFA Computer Art department at the School of Visual Arts and holds a B.S. in Information Systems Management from New York University.
Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four successful internet-based media companies. He has a passion for creating, managing and growing companies from the ground up.
Michael’s first foray into entrepreneurship came with the founding of University Wire, an Associated Press-like network of more than 700 student-run newspapers, now owned by CBS corp. He next founded GOLF.com, leading it from a start-up to a multi-million dollar profitable golf media company, which was purchased by Time Warner’s Time Inc. in January 2006. In February 2007 he started Lazerow Consulting, which helps finance, launch, manage and grow internet-based media businesses.
Michael is currently the chairman and CEO of Buddy Media, Inc., a New York-based company whose Facebook management system is used by global... Read More.
Julia Lee is Senior Director of Engineering at Yahoo! She has been at Yahoo! for 8 years, beginning as a software engineer and moving into management. She currently manages the engineering teams for Mail, Calendar, and Notepad. She has received the Yahoo You Rock Team Award in 2007, the Yahoo! Mail Engineering Excellence Award in 2008, and the Yahoo You Rock Technical Excellence Award in 2010 for Ad Security. Prior to Yahoo!, she founded a couple of VoIP and software consulting startups. Lee holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering specializing in Computer Architecture and a Master’s in Computer Science specializing in Databases, both from Stanford University.
Johnny Lee has a PhD. in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University exploring a wide range of technologies to enhance the way we interact with computing devices. As a researcher in Microsoft’s Applied Sciences, he became a core contributor to the development of Xbox Kinect, a controller-free motion gaming device, which sold over 8 million units in the first 60 days. His videos demonstrating how to create low-cost interactive whiteboards and 3D displays using a Nintendo Wii remote have accumulated over 15 million views on YouTube, and his talk at TED also remains one of thier most viewed. In 2008, Lee received recognition by MIT’s TR35.
Pete joined Google in 2011 as a Developer Advocate working on the Chrome Web Store team and the open web platform. He’s been designing websites since his early days in high school, evolving from overlapping , and tags on GeoCities to properly styled CSS, managed hosted websites. Pete works with the web developer community to build awesome new web applications using open web technologies like HTML5 and CSS3.
He can often be found traveling the world with his friends, seeing both exotic and ordinary sites, or in a black and white dark room printing something he shot with a film camera! He has studied and taught at the prestigious Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle where he completed his Thesis in Fine Art... Read More.
As a technology reporter at Bloomberg, Ari Levy has covered networking, Internet and mobility while following deals and dealmakers in private equity and venture capital. He joined Bloomberg in 2003 as a stock market reporter in New York and moved to San Francisco in 2006 to write about Silicon Valley. He is also a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Ari has a master’s degree in business journalism from Baruch College in New York.
Tristan Louis is an Internet veteran with more than 17 years of internet experience. His new startup, Keepskor, will launch its first product in the first quarter of 2011.
Eric Ludwig is the Senior Director of Online Marketing at Rosetta Stone. Before joining Rosetta Stone, Ludwig was President & COO of Peekyou.com, a People Search start-up based in NYC. Prior to that, he led AOL’s Search Engine Marketing (SEM) program, where he managed one of the largest PPC budgets in the world. Since 2007, he’s leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in Search and Social spend to drive growth and engagement at AOL sites like MapQuest, Moviefone, and AOL News. Ludwig also led AOL’s Renewal and Payment Marketing team, a $200 million P&L tasked with retaining AOL’s most-at-risk customers. Early in his career he worked in research and product management at NASA’s NTTC and... Read More.
Adele McAlear is an early adopter of social media with over 25 years marketing experience. She is currently the Director of Operations for Measurement and Analytics for Edelman Digital in Montreal, Canada. Previously, Adele spent 4 years as a consultant focused on helping businesses integrate social media into their marketing mix. She was named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Social Media in Canada and her expertise has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and in other prominent media. Adele McAlear speaks regularly at conferences about marketing, social media and digital legacy and is a marketing mentor at Montreal-based startup accelerator, FounderFuel. Since 2008, her blog Marketing Monster (http://adelemcalear.com) examines developments in social media and how they... Read More.
Brian McClendon built computer graphics software and hardware at Silicon Graphics before co-founding Keyhole in 2000. Keyhole was purchased by Google in 2004, now known as Google Earth. Brian is currently a Google Vice President of Engineering, responsible for geo-products including Google Maps, Google Earth, Streetview, and Sketchup.
Sarah Milstein is TechWeb’s General Manager and Co-Chair for Web 2.0 Expo; she is also coauthor with Tim O’Reilly of The Twitter Book. Previously, she was on the senior editorial staff at O’Reilly Media, where she founded the Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) and led development of the Missing Manuals, a best-selling series of computer books for non-geeks. Before joining O’Reilly in 2003, Sarah was a freelance writer and editor, and a regular contributor to The New York Times. She was also the CSA program founder for Just Food, a local-food-and-farms non-profit, and co-founder of Two Tomatoes Records, a label that distributes and promotes the work of children’s musician Laurie Berkner.
Angela Montefinise is NYPL’s Public Relations and Marketing Director. Before joining the Library, she spent a decade as a reporter and editor in the New York media. At NYPL, she has tripled press mentions, launched a highly successful Tumblr blog, increased the Library’s social media presence, and authored numerous articles for NYPL’s blog channel in the Huffington Post. She also helped lead two successful advocacy campaigns to fight city budget cuts — one of which netted a PR News Nonprofit PR Award for best advocacy campaign — and played a key role in the public celebration of the Centennial of the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
Avi Muchnick is an artist, author and serial entrepreneur based in NYC with a background in business, law, design and programming. His personal mission is to empower others to make the world a better-looking place.
Avi holds a JD from Cardozo School of Law (2004) which he has happily never used a day in his life and a Bachelor’s degree from Queens College (2001), where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the campus newspaper .
MIT’s Technology Review named him one of the Top 35 innovators under 35 (2010).
Awards... Read More.
Katherine “Kat” Nelson-Reid, President of RedKatalyst Consulting, has a multifaceted background built over the course of her career that’s given her the ability to be placed in virtually any segment of a business and manage it with skill and proficiency.
She has a solid business consulting acumen that she’s applied to building the operational side of many of her past employers company’s as well as several hundred startups while managing her own consulting firm. While her background is entrenched in finance, operations and process development, she’s achieved multimodality in sales, marketing, and business development. This skill has allowed Kat to grow and scale dozen’s of businesses to the point of succession or acquisition over the last ten years.
While at Obtiva (aquired by Groupon August... Read More.
Johannes Neuer, a 10-year veteran in online marketing and new media, manages corporate eCommunications and social media programs at The New York Public Library. Prior to joining the Library in 2009, Johannes worked for regional and national non-profits as well as SMEs and global players in the electronics and software sector. Recent awards include MarketingSherpa’s 2010 Viral and Social Marketing Hall of Fame and a PR News 2010 Nonprofit Award for Use of Twitter. A frequent speaker, he has appeared at the MarketingSherpa’s 2011 Email Summit, Social Media Week, and Social Media Weekend at Columbia University. Johannes holds a Master of Music in double bass performance and a Master of Science in e-Media.
Charlie is a Principal at First Round Capital, working on very early stage investments in the New York City area. He founded New York’s largest independent innovation community group, nextNY, and was voted one of the 100 Most Influential People in New York Technology the last three consecutive years by Alley Insider.
Charlie was the Co-Founder & CEO of Path 101, an innovative startup in the career guidance and recruiting space, which raised half a million dollars and was a Business Insider Startup 2009 Finalist.
Before founding Path 101, he spent a year as the Director of Consumer Products at Oddcast, which he joined after two years at Union Square Ventures. There, he was part of the original investment team, along with... Read More.
Henrik leads the Visual Design team at Hot Studio. His team is responsible for creating intuitive and visually compelling experiences perfectly suited to clients’ brands. Within Hot Studio’s collaborative process, the visual designers’ activities range from brand strategy workshops, to design exploration, to rich media animations.
For over a decade Henrik has designed an some of the most innovative online experiences and internationally distinguished brand identities. Throughout his five years as Creative Director, Henrik has spearheaded the efforts for Gap Inc., Charles Schwab, Leapfrog Schoolhouse, Nike, Cisco, Architecture for Humanity, AIGA, and Salesforce.com. Henrik’s goal: to design experiences that are both usable and beautiful.
Prior to joining Hot Studio, Henrik was the Creative Director with the design and technology firm Sapient, where he designed... Read More.
Formally I am a Interaction designer and developer, but I like to see myself more as a user experience craftsman. I’ve had the opportunity to build web sites, portals and applications for a high-profile clients from Porsche, MTV and Nintendo, to EA and CNN.
Abe Pachikara is U.S. Cloud Computing Developer Evangelism & Adoption Lead at Microsoft, where he reaches millions of developers and decision makers, gets them up to speed and esctatic about the enterprise-grade cloud computing solution offered by Microsoft (“Windows Azure Platform”), and helps them try it out!
Adrian D. Parker is Social Media Director at RadioShack Corporation where he oversees the multi-channel experience to increase consideration, purchase, loyalty and advocacy. He launched RadioShack’s social media practice in 2010 and manages a team that develops enterprise-wide solutions across product marketing, customer care, media relations, e-commerce and human resources. An award-winning brand strategist, Parker has 10 years of agency and client side expertise managing advertising, PR, web, CRM and international campaigns in specialty retail. He started his career at Footaction USA and Foot Locker where he rose to increasing levels of responsibility, including advertising, online marketing and brand development. Parker also served as Director of Marketing for Liz Claiborne’s retail division in New York City. In 2007 he founded The Parker Marketing... Read More.
Evan is a software engineer on Google Maps. Evan joined Google in 2004 and worked on the Ads team for 2 years before joining the Google Maps team in 2006. Since then Evan has worked on Street View, the integration of the Google Earth plugin into maps.google.com, web app performance, and a mobile version of maps.google.com.
Evan has a bachelors and masters in computer science with a focus in computer graphics from Stanford University.
Melissa Parris is a Forrester Research analyst serving Interactive Marketing Professionals. She is a leading expert in mobile marketing, social marketing, and communities. Before joining Forrester, Melissa was the director of community strategy at Time Inc. Lifestyle Digital group, where she was responsible for community and social media initiatives across the network’s 10 titles, which include Real Simple, Southern Living, and Cooking Light. Prior to joining Time in 2007, Melissa was part of Crayon, a conversational marketing consultancy, where she managed social media projects for brands like Coca-Cola and American Airlines. Previously, Melissa held senior product and community roles at Meetup, the world’s largest network of local groups, and Bolt.com, a community of more than 10 million teenagers and young adults.
DJ is the “Data Scientist in Residence” at Greylock Partners.
Previously he was the Chief Product Officer for Color and the Chief Scientist at the LinkedIn Corporation, leading the Analytics and Data Teams. Some of the products shipped include, People You May Know, Who’s Viewed My Profile, Talent Match, Skills, and Career Explorer.
He has held roles at Skype, PayPal, and eBay. As was a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland, he helped start a major research initiative on numerical weather prediction. As an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow for the Department of Defense, Dr. Patil directed new efforts to leverage social network analysis and the melding of computational and social sciences to anticipate emerging threats to the US. He... Read More.
James is a technologist, writer, developer & practitioner who has been working with the mobile web for over a decade. He is Senior Director of Developer Relations at Sencha. Previously he was the CTO at dotMobi and has a background in mobile startups, telecoms infrastructure and management consultancy. He speaks extensively on the topic of mobile web development, and has written books for both Wiley and Wrox.
James led the development of mobiForge, DeviceAtlas and ready.mobi, and is the creator of tinySrc, the WordPress Mobile Pack, WhitherApps, modernizr-server and confess.js.
Carlota Perez. British-Venezuelan researcher, lecturer and international consultant, specialized in the social and economic impact of technical change and on how it changes opportunities for growth, development and competitiveness. In her acclaimed book Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages she presented a theory of the role of finance in the creative destruction process brought about by technical change that has helped understand the boom and bust episodes of the last two decades. She is Professor of Technology and Development at the Technological University of Tallinn, Estonia, Research Associate at CFAP/CERF, Cambridge Finance, Judge Business School and Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Economics, both at Cambridge University, U.K. and Honorary Professor at SPRU, Science and Technology Policy... Read More.
Seth W. Pinsky was appointed President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in February 2008, seven months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers ushered in one of the most significant economic downturns in generations. Seth has worked to meet the challenge presented by the crisis by re-evaluating the agency’s strategy for expanding the City’s economy and redoubling existing efforts to position the City as the international center for innovation in the 21st century.
NYCEDC’s agenda includes an aggressive slate of programs aimed at diversifying the City’s economy, helping legacy industries transition to 21st Century business models, and expanding entrepreneurship to ensure that the City is well-represented in the fields of tomorrow. The more than 60 programs... Read More.
Ben is a reporter born and raised in Brooklyn. He writes about the intersection of culture and technology as the founding editor of Betabeat, part of the New York Observer.
Casey Pugh is an Emmy-winning technologist immersed in the online video industry. He was one of the original Vimeo developers and then moved onto Boxee. In 2009 he created StarWarsUncut.com, a crowdsourced remake of “Star Wars: A New Hope,” which became the first site for a broadband-only production to win an Emmy. His new startup is VHX.tv, a website for watching and curating videos with friends.
Product Manager at foursquare; former Product Manager of Blogger at Google.
Ruben Quinones is the Director of New Media
Path Interactive, and an Adjunct NYU, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Marketing and Public Relations Studies Program. Teaching “Examining Social Media Networks for Brand Value” a core course in the Digital Media Marketing Certificate Program.
In his strategic role, Ruben provides forward thinking leadership for the company’s social media marketing processes and is also responsible for business development, consulting, and key project management for client Paid Search, Search Engine Optimization and Social marketing campaigns.
A seasoned digital marketing professional, prior to joining Path Interactive, Ruben’s related experience includes founding and marketing a one of the Internet’s first vertical search directories, directed at property managers, and was an advertising internet consultant for Verizon Media Services... Read More.
Sam Ramji is Vice President of Strategy at Apigee, a provider of API products and services. He brings over 15 years of industry experience in enterprise software, product development, and open source strategy. Prior to Apigee, Ramji led open source strategy across Microsoft. He was a founding member of the AquaLogic product team and has built large-scale enterprise and Web-scale applications, leading the Ofoto engineering team through its acquisition by Kodak. Other experience includes hands-on development of client, client-server and distributed applications on Unix, Windows and Macintosh at companies ranging from Broderbund to Fair Isaac. Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California at San Diego, and is a member of the Institute for Generative Leadership.
Alois Reitbauer works as a technology strategist and evangelist for dynaTrace software. He specializes in architecture and performance related topics in the Java and Web 2.0 space. Alois has over a decade of experience as architect and developer. He is a frequent speaker at technology conferences on performance and architecture related topics and regularly publishes at blog.dynatrace.com
Adria Richards is an organic technology consultant who helps companies maximize productivity and revenue by teaching them how to streamline their workflow using technology. An industry veteran, Adria’s passion for cutting-edge technologies has led her to partner with some of the largest companies in the business. Since launching her consulting firm in 2006, Adria has been recognized as a trusted voice in her field and has been called on by several media outlets such as The Rachel Maddow Show, NPR, Computerworld, The Associate Press, Inc.com, Black Enterprise and The Pioneer Press. Adria’s mission — to make technology accessible — has kept her in demand as a speaker at blogging and technology conferences across the country. She has spoken at SXSW, Blogworld, BlogHer, Blogalicous,... Read More.
Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Lean Startup” and the popular entrepreneurship blog Startup Lessons Learned.
He co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2009, he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. He is currently serving as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and a Fellow for IDEO, the design consulting firm.
His Lean Startup methodology has been written about in the New York Times,... Read More.
Blake Robinson is a digital analyst and technologist focused on startups, emerging technologies and new media. While working with Attention and MWW Group, he quantified digital initiatives for brands ranging from Avon to Samsung. You can find him on Twitter @Blake and Google+ at @Blake and http://Blakepl.us
Ted Roden is the Founder of Fancy Hands, a personal assistant service. He’s the author of O’Reilly’s “Building the Realtime User Experience.” Previously he was a creative technologist in the Research and Development Group at the New York Times, a senior developer at Vimeo.com and even spent some time working on news.me at bit.ly/betaworks
Lou Rosenfeld is an independent information architecture consultant for Fortune 500 corporations and other large organizations, and founder and publisher of Rosenfeld Media, a publishing house focused on user experience books. He has been instrumental in helping establish the fields of information architecture and user experience, and in articulating the role and value of librarianship within those fields. Lou is co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (O’Reilly; 3rd edition 2006) and the forthcoming Search Analytics for your Site, co-founder of the Information Architecture Institute, and a former columnist for Internet World, CIO, and Web Review. He blogs regularly and tweets (@louisrosenfeld) even more so.
Joshua Michéle Ross is SVP and Director, Digital Strategy for Europe with Fleishman Hillard, a global communications firm. Josh is focused on how technologies enable social transformation, innovation and opportunity within business. Prior to FH, Josh was Vice President with O’Reilly Media where he delivered strategic consulting, speaking engagements and hands-on innovation labs to help companies get to the future first.
Joshua has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and a regular speaker at conferences related to technology and digital strategy. He is a regular columnist on Forbes.com and blogger on O’Reilly Radar, and has appeared on NBC and CBS Evening News as a commentator on the impact social technologies are having on business. His writings have also appeared on... Read More.
Michael Salamon is lead experience architect at EffectiveUI, an award-winning and recognized leader in the design and development of custom desktop, mobile and rich Internet applications.
With more than 20 years’ experience, Michael’s work spans print, Web, mobile, interactive, motion, illustration and animation. With a thorough history in the printing industry, Michael made the move to the Web with the rest of the chunky-black-glasses crowd and helped define interaction methods still used today. His clients have ranged from huge multi-national companies to modest one-person shops, including: Qwest, Quark, Intuit, Cendant (CheapTickets), JCPenney, Home Depot, Cabela’s, Dish Network, Staz, Ci-Ci’s Pizza and Northrop Grumman. He is an adjunct professor for the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver.
Ben Saren is Vice President of Marketing at Litle & Co., a ten year old e-commerce payments processing and intelligence company in Lowell, MA. Prior to joining Litle, Ben was founder and CEO of CitySquares.com, the pioneer in hyper-local search, with the backing of several of the world’s most recognized investors.
Saren has been covered everywhere from industry blogs to The Wall Street Journal. He’s a frequent speaker on innovation, marketing, e-commerce, and entrepreneurship at industry conferences around the US and at Boston area colleges and universities. Ben resides in Boston with his wife and is a lifelong Red Sox fan. Find him on twitter @bsaren.
Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger and is also co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.
As head of AOL’s AIM team, Jason oversees the growth and development of the AIM suite of products. Under his leadership, the team most recently launched a new offering, AIM AV, which enables users to instantly launch a video chat with up to four people without the need to download anything or sign-up for a service.
Jason joined AOL in September 2010 after the company acquired Thing Labs (makers of Brizzly), which he founded in 2007. Prior to Thing Labs, Jason worked with Blogger which was acquired by Google in 2003. While at Google, Shellen started the Google Reader project and became the founding product manager.
After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s College of California, Shellen... Read More.
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.
Elena Silenok, MS is a Founder & CEO of Clothia, a fashion technology platform. Clothia is a pre-launch Internet startup that is productizing motion detection and augmented reality technology developed in St. Petersburg, Russia. Clothia users can virtually try on clothes using augmented reality via their webcam, mix-n-match items to create outfits, and share their looks with friends. Elena is a guest lecturer at Columbia University and General Assembly. She is also a contributing writer to Business Insider and a root member of NYhacker. Elena has been recently featured by BetaBeat as one of the “25 Women Driving New York’s Tech Scene.” Elena holds a MS in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego, where she focused on Network Security. Elena has also... Read More.
Rachel Sklar is a writer and social entrepreneur based in New York. She is the co-founder of Change The Ratio, which increases visibility and opportunity for women in tech. A former lawyer who writes about media, politics, culture & technology, she is the Editor-at-Large at Mediaite.com and was a founding editor at both Mediaite and the Huffington Post. Her writing has appeared in major outlets like the New York Times, Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and she speaks widely at conferences, on panels and on TV. Rachel is a TechStars mentor and an advisor to several startups, including Hashable, SBNation, Siftee, Kapost, Lover.ly, The Daily Muse & Honestly Now. She was named to the Silicon Alley Insider 100 in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and may... Read More.
Scott Smith is the Senior Director of IT Publishing Solutions at Time Inc., where he leads (and takes most of the credit for) a twenty-person team that helps develop and integrate software across the enterprise. Last year, Time Inc. collaborated with WoodWing Software to launch the TIME Magazine iOS application on the same day as the first Apple iPad was released, and has since rolled out multiple magazine applications for the various tablets, resulting in hundreds of thousands of downloads over the past year and a half. Not surprisingly, Scott takes most of the credit for that work too.
Kyle Soucy is the founding principal of Usable Interface (www.usableinterface.com), an independent consulting company specializing in product usability and user-centered design. Her clients have ranged in industries from pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer to publishing powerhouses like McGraw-Hill. She has created intuitive interfaces for a variety of different products, everything from web sites to touch screen devices.
Kyle is the Founder and Past President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association (NH UPA), she has served as the Chair of PhillyCHI, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI), and she was the local UXnet Ambassador for New Hampshire. She is very passionate about the continued growth of the usability and user... Read More.
Stephan Spencer is an author of The Art of SEO published in October 2009 by O’Reilly and co-authored by Eric Enge, Rand Fishkin and Jessie Stricchiola.
Stephan is the founder of Netconcepts. Netconcepts started out as a web design and marketing agency, but over time morphed into a leading SEO firm. Stephan, and Netconcepts, had been heavy into the science of SEO since 1999.
Netconcepts was acquired in January 2010 by paid and organic search software/services agency Covario. Covario is one of those rare companies to have made it onto the Inc 500 list two years in a row—in 2009 and now again in 2010.
Stephan is the inventor of the automated pay-for-performance natural search technology platform GravityStream, now re-branded as Organic... Read More.
Jon Steinberg is the President of BuzzFeed in NYC. He was previously Strategic Partner Development Manager on Google’s SMB (Small Medium Business) Partnerships team. Prior to Google, Jon was the Director of Business Development at Majestic Research and the founder of iBuilding, a commercial real estate software company backed by Tishman Speyer Properties, Benchmark Capital, and 12 Entrepreneuring. He is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He lives with his wife and two little kids on the Upper East Side
Rachel Sterne is Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, where she focuses on improving the way that City government engages New Yorkers through technology. Her first task in the role was the development of a “Road Map for the Digital City,” a comprehensive plan to realize New York City’s digital potential through enhanced Access, Open Government, Engagement, and Industry. Prior to this role, Rachel was Founder and CEO of GroundReport, a citizen journalism platform that empowers reporters to publish original, intelligent reporting to an international audience. She founded GroundReport in 2006 with the mission to democratize the media and help the world share its stories. Rachel is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, and previously worked as a digital... Read More.
Lisa Sullivan-Cross is VP, Marketing and Business Development and GM, Mobile at Dictionary.com running all marketing programs and partner relationships for Dictionary.com’s web and mobile audience of over 60 million users.
Lisa has 17 years marketing and business development experience and a track record building successful online businesses and divisions. As VP, Online for e5 Global Media, she ran digital operations including marketing and product development for Hollywood Reporter and Adweek. Prior to this, she started the e-commerce division at Lucasfilm and managed revenue generating initiatives and strategic partnership development for StarWars.com. She has also held roles as Director, E-Commerce at Warner Bros. and Director of Marketing at Evite.
Wayne Sutton is an entrepreneur, advisor and technology journalist. Wayne helps individuals, startups and businesses succeed in understanding how to communicate on the social web via web development, user experience, brand strategy and marketing (Mobile and Social). With 10 plus years of experience in internet technology, he has provided counsel to business leaders ranging from founders of small startups and representatives of nonprofit organizations to CEOs of large and small corporations. Wayne has been featured on CNN.com, BBC, BlackEnterprise.com, Web Pro News, The Atlanta Post and various media outlets. His blog SocialWayne.com has been ranked one of the 50 best technology and social media blogs in the world by Evan Carmichael and Simply Zesty. Recently Wayne co-founded NewMe Accelerator, the first minority led... Read More.
Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for The Onion. He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science’s Future Of on Discovery Science and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him “someone I need to know.” Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC. He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black. His first book, How To Be Black, will be published in February 2012 by Harper Collins.
Hao Truong is the VP of Engineering at Foodzie, an online marketplace for foodies. She’s a self-proclaimed geek girl with a passion for food. At foodzie.com, Hao helps build the best place for others like her to indulge in all things delicious. Prior to joining Foodzie a year ago, Hao was Director of Engineering for Yahoo! for almost a decade. Hao holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ben Vershbow is the Manager of NYPL Labs, an experimental unit developing new ideas and tools in the digital humanities. Before coming to the Library in 2008, he was Editorial Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, a small Brooklyn-based think tank exploring the future of reading, writing and publishing.
Galileo Vieira is a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft.
Alexa von Tobel is the founder and CEO of LearnVest.com, one of the leading independent personal finance websites for women. Alexa came up with the idea for LearnVest in 2006, during her senior year at Harvard when she realized she, and most of her peers, had never had any formal education about how to effectively manage their finances. Alexa searched for reliable financial guidance and consistently came up overwhelmed or disappointed. Thus, the LearnVest mission was born – to make trusted personal financial information accessible to millions of women. Originally from Florida, Alexa received an A.B. in Psychology at Harvard College. Upon graduation, she worked as a trader at Morgan Stanley on their Proprietary Trading Desk before leaving to be the Head of Business... Read More.
Neil works on the storage and infrastructure layers at Flickr, where he has spent the past 3 years building, scaling, maintaining and sometimes breaking the plumbing that makes the world’s largest kitten photo repository a reality. Before that he dabbled in GIS, worked in the financial sector and somehow spent 2 years in a biology lab helping to map the salmon genome.
Duncan Watts is a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directs the Human Social Dynamics group. Prior to joining Yahoo!, he was a full professor of Sociology at Columbia University, where he taught from 2000-2007. He has also served on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and Nuffield College, Oxford.
His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review. He is also the author of Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003) and Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 1999).
He holds a B.Sc. in Physics... Read More.
Coach’s favorite activity is to explain Yottaa to people and what yottaa-scale computing means. His favorite word is “yottaarific”. Besides Yottaa, Coach is also Chairman of Nexaweb Technologies , a Boston based company he founded in 2000 that pioneered Rich Internet Applications and enterprise web 2.0. He raised over $20MM venture capital for Nexaweb, built a global team, grew the revenue from zero to multi-million dollar and achieved over 7,000 global deployments of Nexaweb Platform. At Nexaweb, he served a variety of roles including CEO, VP Engineering, CTO and marketing from 2000 to 2008. Before Nexaweb, Coach designed software for managing storage networks at EMC Corporation. Coach is a frequent speaker on technology, industry trends and startup ecosystem. He also serves on... Read More.
Joanne has had several careers starting out as a buyer at Macys to running a company in the rag trade eventually leading to spearheading sales for a start-up magazine/e-zine/events company called Silicon Alley Reporter. On to the non-profit world where she chaired MOUSE (Making Opportunities in Upgrading Schools in Education) an organization focused on technology in inner-city schools. She has sat on a number of profit and non-profit boards and has been involved with a variety of real estate transactions from beginning to end.
Joanne has been blogging since 1994 under the name Gotham Gal. She is involved with the start-up community as an angel investor and adviser. She has been a champion of women in tech by starting and co-chairing the Women’s Entrepreneurial... Read More.
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.
Luke is currently Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Bagcheck Inc. Prior to this, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Benchmark Capital and the Chief Design Architect (VP) at Yahoo! Inc. where he worked on product alignment and forward-looking integrated customer experiences on the Web, mobile, TV, and beyond.
Luke is the author of two popular Web design books (Web Form Design & Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability) and many articles about digital product design and strategy. He is also a consistently top-rated speaker at conferences and companies around the world, and a co-founder and former Board member of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA).
Previously, Luke was the Lead User Interface Designer of eBay Inc.’s platform team, where he led the... Read More.
Dennis Yu is CEO of BlitzLocal, a software company building Facebook dashboards for major brands and retail companies.
Prior to BlitzLocal, Dennis spent 4 years at Yahoo! doing analytics and Pay-Per-Click advertising, as well as 3 years at American Airlines performing internet marketing. He has degrees in Finance and Economics from Southern Methodist University and the London School of Economics. He has spoken at Search Marketing Expo, Search Engine Strategies, Web 2.0, The American Marketing Association, PubCon, Conversational Commerce Conference, Pacific Conferences, HostingCon, Affiliate Summit, Affiliate Convention, UltraLight Startups, MIVA Merchant, and other venues. Yu has also counselled the Federal Trade Commission on privacy issues for social networks.
Todd Zaki Warfel is a Principal Design Researcher and founder of Messagefirst, a Philadelphia-based design research consulting firm, where he blends research and design to evolve products in innovate and beautiful ways. Todd is a dynamic speaker and storyteller by nature. He’s rarely short on details. He is an active member in a number of industry communities and organizations, including the Information Architecture Institute, IxDA, and UPA.
Todd’s clients have included Albertsons, AT&T Wireless, Bankrate, Bank of America, Citibank, Comcast, Cornell University, IntraLinks, The Hartford, LA Times, Motorla, Palm, and SBC.
Todd currently lives in Philadelphia and blogs at toddwarfel.com. His upcoming book ‘Practical Prototyping’ will take a hands-on approach, enabling you to develop prototypes with minimal muss and fuss. The... Read More.
Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking (Berrett-Koehler, June 2010). She is a consultant to key progressive media organizations including AlterNet and Jim Hightower, and hosts TechGrrl Tips on GRITtv with Laura Flanders. Zandt specializes in social media, and is a leading expert in women and technology.
In January 2009, Deanna was chosen as a fellow for the Progressive Women’s Voices program at the Women’s Media Center. She also serves as a technology advisor to a number of organizations, including Feministing, The Girls & Boys Projects and Women Action & The Media, and is on the board of the Applied Research Center,... Read More.