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Stephanie has more than 13 years of experience in the industry. She started her career with iVillage and has taken prominent sales, marketing and business development roles with Internet powerhouses including Barnes & Noble.com, Register.com, SpaFinder, Foxtons and Commerce360. She is an expert in online marketing and social media, an industry speaker for trade show and panel discussions, and has been quoted in major publications such as Crain’s Business News, Realtor Magazine, Revenue and ClickZ. She also runs Affiliate Karma, an agency of outsourced program managers.
Her blog is: www.internetgeekgirl.com.
Brian Aker is the Director of Technology for MySQL. At MySQL he helps set direction for technology and looks for opportunies to harness and shape the MySQL database for efforts in Web, OEM, and Telephony. In his copious amounts of free time he works on Apache and Perl modules, and hacks on the Asterisk Telephony System (hence never has a working home phone number). In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The Virtual Hospital, Splunk, and Slashdot. He lives in Seattle with his dog Rosalynd.
Since the late 90s, Katrina has led information architecture, user research, and content strategy efforts on projects ranging from online magazines to Flash demos to applications for enrolling new health care members. Her work includes projects for InformationWeek, Sun Microsystems, Charles Schwab, Blue Shield of California, Architecture for Humanity, the United Methodist Church, Gap Inc., LeapFrog SchoolHouse, and Adobe. In 2003 she was hired to build and lead a new user experience team at Hot Studio, an award-winning design firm based in San Francisco. Today she leads Hot’s group of about ten user experience architects.
Before her foray into the Internet, Katrina worked as a freelance writer and editor for several newspapers and magazines in Hawaii and California, and as an associate producer for an... Read More.
John Allspaw is Etsy’s chief technology officer (CTO), leading the Product Engineering, Infrastructure, and Operations teams. Previously, he was the SVP of Infrastructure and Operations at Etsy. For over 17 years, he has worked in system operations in the biotech, government, and online media industries.
John began his career running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government. In 1997, he made the leap to the web, building the technical infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster and Flickr. John is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning and Web Operations: Keeping the Data on Time, both published by O’Reilly Media. He holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MSC from Lund University.
Dion Almaer is a technologist who loves to code and build. He and his long time partner-in-crime Ben Galbraith recently brought their team to Walmart to power the mobile engineering efforts. He enjoys sharing his passion for software production across various communities, including a new property called FunctionSource.com.
Dion has been writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog.
He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter.
Jessica is Director of Platform and Business Development at Bebo. She leads the platform strategy and community at Bebo as well as multiple business development efforts. Prior to Bebo Jessica worked in business development at Hands-On Mobile. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ori Amiga is the Principal Group Program Manager of the Live Developer Platform team responsible for driving the developer platform efforts across the Live Platform Services (LPS) group including Microsoft’s new Live Mesh offering. He joined Microsoft in 1999 as a Program Manager in the Enterprise Server division. In 2002 he transferred to the Mobile and Embedded Devices division, and drove the development platform offering for Windows Mobile. In 2004 he continued his efforts driving the mobile platform as the Group Program Manager for the Visual Studio for Devices team in the Developer Division. Most recently, Ori was the Group Program Manager for the Visual Studio Tools Platform team, managing tactical and strategic planning and execution of the product team driving the Visual Studio... Read More.
Marc Andreessen is one of the most successful entrepreneurs (called a Silicon Valley “whiz kid” ), startup coach, blogger, investor, and a multi-millionaire software engineer best known as co-author of Mosaic, the first widely-used web browser, and co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation. He was the chair of Opsware, a software company he founded originally as Loudcloud, when it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. He is also a cofounder of Ning, a company which provides a platform for social-networking websites.
Edwin Aoki is a Technology Fellow at AOL. Holding a joint degree in Computer
Science and Sociology from Harvard College, Edwin believes strongly in the
ability of technology to bring people closer together and to make our lives
easier. He’s worked at Apple Computer, Go Corporation, and Intuit before joining
Netscape Communications in 1996.
Daniel K. Appelquist is a senior technology strategist at Vodafone Group, where he works on Web and Internet projects and industry activities. He helped to create dotMobi and the W3C Mobile Web Initiative, where he chairs the Mobile Web Best Practices working group. He is also the founder of Mobile Monday London and the Mobile 2.0 conferences, and has spoken on the mobile Web at numerous conferences and events, including Web 2.0 Summit, South by Southwest Interactive, Future of Web Apps, Ajax World and Le Web 3.
CEO and Co-Founder
Dan is the founder of JobScore and a subject matter expert in staffing technology startups, having filled pretty much every position except CEO from employee 1 to 100 in early stage technology ventures. Dan spent seven years with OTEC, the recruiting firm that spun off Hotjobs.com. Dan co-founded OTEC’s Silicon Valley search practice, training a team of recruiters and placing personnel at early stage enterprise software, internet services, media and content companies. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Over 20 years of experience in telecom, Internet, and wireless in proudct management, sales and marketing areas. At Tele Atlas responsible for developer programs working with wireless and Internet partners as well as LBS developers. Manage Tele Atlas LBS Innovator Series programs and contests.
Rob Bagby is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. Rob works with customers, as well as delivers presentations at numerous regional and national conferences, to illustrate how to take advantage of Microsoft’s developer technologies to deliver performant and secure applications faster. Rob bases his discussions on over 10 years of consulting experience, along with a Masters Degree in International Business from Thunderbird. You can read Rob’s blog here.
Mitchell Baker, Chairman, Mozilla Foundation
As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser and other Mozilla products.
Baker was born and raised in Berkeley, California, receiving her BA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and her JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law. Her law career included working for Sun Microsystems and Netscape. She has also sat on the board of the Open Source Applications Foundation.
Baker has been the general manager of the Mozilla project since 1999, helping shape the license under which Netscape’s source code was released. In 2003, she became president and founder... Read More.
Aristotle “Ari” Balogh is currently Chief Technology Officer at Yahoo!. He is responsible for company-wide product development which includes optimizing resources, speeding innovation, and ensuring the quality of Yahoo!‘s products and services. He is focused on establishing a common architecture and building blocks to drive development aligned with corporate strategy and on improving the overall effectiveness of Yahoo!’s engineering efforts. All of Yahoo!’s engineering functions, including technical operations, infrastructure, and internal IT support groups, report into Balogh.
Prior to Yahoo!, Balogh was Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Global Product Design for VeriSign, Inc., where he led all internal and external technology functions. During his nearly ten years at VeriSign, he held numerous technology leadership positions that focused on aligning technical execution... Read More.
Cam Balzer is an online marketing strategy expert with a proven track record of driving results and delivering innovation in the search engine marketing arena. Cam’s expertise is based on more than a decade of experience across all online marketing channels. Cam is currently vice president of emerging media for DoubleClick Performics, the performance marketing division of DoubleClick.
At DoubleClick Performics, Cam evaluates and researches the evolution of consumers’ interactions with the online channel and the opportunities created for marketers. He is responsible for identifying and cultivating new trends in online marketing, creating new approaches and metrics in search, affiliate and emerging performance marketing channels.
As an industry thought-leader, Cam is a frequent speaker on search and online marketing strategy at conferences including Search Engine Strategies (
Alex Bard is the President & CEO at goowy media, where he is responsible for the corporate vision, product strategy, and marketing/business development initiatives. Currently, he also works inside AOL’s product group helping guide the vision and strategy for AOL’s Widget initiatives. Previously, Alex was part of the founding team of two other Internet communication companies including eAssist Global Solutions and eShare Technologies. Alex holds a BA in Finance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Kevin Barenblat is co-founder and CEO of [context], a social marketing technology and services company that partners with brands such as Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Samsung, and Paramount Pictures for custom viral application design and development, social marketing strategy, social ad media buys, and ad optimization. Prior to founding [context] Kevin held product marketing, business development, and strategic advising positions at WideRay, Verizon Wireless, Adventureseek, and The Boston Consulting Group. Kevin has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
John Battelle is an entrepreneur, journalist, professor, and author. Currently founder and chairman of Federated Media Publishing, he is also a founder and executive producer of conferences in the media, technology, communications, and entertainment industries and “band manager” with BoingBoing.net. Previously, Battelle was founder, chairman, and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI), publisher of The Industry Standard and TheStandard.com. Prior to founding The Standard, Battelle was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures. He is the author of The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture" (Portfolio, 2005).
Russell Beattie has 20 years of experience working as a developer, strategist and entrepreneur with a focus on web and mobility. As Technical Evangelist for the HTML5 Platform at Amazon’s Lab126, Russell helps promote development of web apps for Amazon Fire devices.
Lane Becker is co-founder and president of Satisfaction Unlimited, a web startup developing tools to foster new methods of communication and collaboration between companies and their customers.
Previously, Lane was co-founder of Adaptive Path, a user experience strategy, research, and design consultancy, known for, among other things, coining the technology terms “blog” and “ajax.” While with Adaptive Path, Lane ran the consulting business and, as the creator of the New Ventures program, developed strategic partnerships with early-stage startup companies to provide them with long-term support for their product ideation, design, and launch strategies.
In his role as Chief Scientist, Ben is leading the charge to build Zumobi for every phone you have…or will have! Ben brings a decade’s experience building innovative mobile user interfaces to Zumobi. Ben, who holds three degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New York University, is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also is past Director at the University’s Human Computer Interaction Lab at the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Ben’s research and patents concentrate in the areas of mobile computing, human-computer interaction, computer vision, robotics, information visualization, digital libraries and electronic voting. Ben has published more than 100 articles in conferences, journals and magazines and recently authored a book entitled, “The Craft of Information Visualization.”... Read More.
Gavin designs social software for the Nature Publishing Group. He has worked in web product development since the mid-90s. Large scale web applications covering identity management, on-demand media and social software have been the main focus of his work.
Gavin lives in London with his wife and son. He writes on nascent for Nature and on take one onion. His personal website is gavinbell.com.
Gary Benitt is currently a Senior Technical Director at AOL. Prior to AOL’s acquisition of Goowy Media, Gary was Goowy’s COO, responsible for the day to day operations of the company, with a focus on the business and technology aspects of the business. Previously Gary co-founded eAssist Global Solutions where he held the positions of VP of Client Operations and Support and VP of Technology. In these roles, Gary managed client implementations and development of eAssist’s award winning contact center products, respectively.
Gary was responsible for launching the first version of the product in an ASP environment in under four months and then releasing the productized software model. Gary holds B.S. degrees in Finance and Information Systems from NYU’s Stern School of... Read More.
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.
In his 25 year career running and counseling companies, Robert has served as CEO and President and provided strategic management, banking and legal services to a variety of ventures with a focus in the broadcasting, marketing, advertising and software industries. Robert speaks and writes often on the need for greater accountability in marketing and the means of maximizing returns from online advertising.
Beriker is the CEO of Efficient Frontier, one of the industry’s first pay-per-click search engine marketing solutions, Beriker is an expert in search marketing and is often called upon to speak at industry events. In the past year, Beriker has presented at the Search Engine Strategies Conference and Expo, as well as Commission Junction University, the premier pay-for-performance industry event for publishers and advertisers.
Before joining Efficient Frontier, Beriker held Vice President, Senior Vice President and General Manager positions at ValueClick, one of the world’s largest providers of online marketing services through its ValueClick Media, Mediaplex, Commission Junction, and Pricerunner brands. At ValueClick, Beriker led the company’s search marketing initiatives, including its pay-per-click search platform, Search123, and its full-service search engine marketing services offering,... Read More.
Scott Berkun is an author, public speaker and consultant. He wrote the bestsellers Making things happen (formerly titled The art of project management) and The Myths of Innovation for O’Reilly, teaches creative thinking at the University of Washington, and writes on management, creative thinking and design at www.scottberkun.com.
Josh, a vice president at Forrester, is one of Forrester’s most senior and most frequently quoted research analysts.
Josh joined Forrester in 1995. In 1996, he created the Technographics segmentation, a classification of consumers according to how they approach technology. Forrester has used this segmentation as the basis of its consumer research offering, also called Technographics, since 1997.
Josh is best known for his analysis of television. In an interview for 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace identified Josh as “the top TV industry analyst at Forrester Research, the authority on where TV is going.” He led Forrester’s analysis of technology change created by devices like digital video recorders, HDTV, and online video. Josh advises senior figures in the media and electronics industry and chaired Forrester’s... Read More.
Lauren Bigelow, General Manger & SVP Marketing of WeeWorld Inc., has more than 20 years of experience leading pioneering interactive media companies that push online content, self-expression and marketing to the next level. From mobile and Web-based models, to virtual worlds and social networking communities, Lauren has a proven track record in emerging technology and currently leads WeeWorld’s North American growth strategy, as well as product management and marketing worldwide. Lauren has held executive positions at emerging technology companies such as Lycos, AltaVista, Mobot ( mobile picture recognition) , and SkyGo ( mobile advertising now part of Enpocket). Honored as one of the “Top 25 Most Wired Women in Boston,” Lauren regularly provides insight at industry events.
René Bonvanie brings nearly 25 years of executive management and marketing experience in the enterprise software industry to Serena. At Serena, Mr. Bonvanie’s responsibilities include developing business and marketing strategies to consolidate Serena’s position as the leader in application lifecycle management (ALM) and capitalize on future trends in application development, such as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Web services, and Software-as-a-Service. He also leads Serena’s efforts to develop partner relationships and go-to-market activities for new products and services.
Before joining Serena, Mr. Bonvanie served as SVP and GM of AppExchange and Developer Relations at salesforce.com. Prior to that, Mr. Bonvanie served as senior vice president of global marketing at SAP, chief marketing officer at Business Objects, senior vice president of worldwide... Read More.
The /Messengers is not a band, although it sounds like one. It’s just is the name I dreamed up for my consulting business back in 2007.
I am best known these days for my writing (and the thinking behind it, I hope) at /Message, hence the /Messengers. I am obsessed with social tools, and their impact on business, media, and society. I coined the term “social tools” in 1999, the same year I started blogging, and I haven’t looked back since.
My work is principally oriented toward the theory and practice of social web application design and development, as well as related product strategy (like the activities formerly known as marketing).
I am often asked to bring in other consultants or organizations, which I do... Read More.
A seven-time Hugo and one-time Nebula Award loser, Kent Brewster is pretty sure that the Internet is his generation’s revenge for not being allowed to go to the Moon. When not building prototypes for Yahoo, he blogs at Brewster’s Field Guide to Web 2.666.
Mr. Brooks is an attorney with more than 30 years of legal and business experience, primarily in high-tech industries. In addition to years of private law practice in California and Washington, D.C., he has been a senior executive in companies that raised more than $100 million in venture capital investment and has acted as lead counsel or the senior executive in more than 100 closed M&A transactions. Mr. Brooks served as the senior legal advisor for MicroAge, Computerland, and USWeb, co-founded Centegy Corp, and also served as COO of Unicess Networks and SVP Business Development of Wine.com (formerly Virtual Vineyards). He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the University of Maryland School of Law.
Russell is one of the leading experts on mobile marketing, having overseen nearly 3,000 campaigns since 2000. MobHappy, his blog about mobile technology and mobile marketing, is one of the most popular on the web focusing on this area. Before specializing in mobile, he spent over 15 years working in marketing, including advising leading brands such as Coca-Cola, Diageo, Texaco and Mars. In 2000, he was recruited to be Director of Marketing of mobile marketing start up, ZagMe, one of the leading pioneers in mobile advertising. Russell learned about AdMob soon after the launch and joined as the first employee, with the remit of launching AdMob into the EMEA market.
Russell is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of The Mobile Marketing Association for
Nathan Buggia is the lead program manager for the Live Search Webmaster Center, Microsoft’s suite of tools designed to help search marketing professionals get better results from Live Search. Buggia has overall responsibility for all the Webmaster Center tools as well as external and internal evangelism for search engine optimization.
Previously, Buggia spent six years in Microsoft’s Server and Tools division, most recently as business manager for the Solution Accelerator Group. The division builds end-to-end solutions for IT and enterprise customers in Security, Management, Systems Architecture and Interoperability.
Nathan has been working in various aspects of web technology since his first web dev job in 1997, doing PERL and CGI. Since then he has worked in Java, C++/CGI, ASP.Net, Systems Administration,... Read More.
Elisa Camahort is a co-founder and COO of BlogHer, managing its events, marketing and corporate operations. A marketing executive with 17 years of experience in Silicon Valley, Elisa left her life in high tech product management to go online and join the social media world, and to help companies go there too.
She co-founded BlogHer as a labor of love in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and in two short years BlogHer has grown to be the number-one guide to and source for blogs by women. BlogHer serves its mission of creating opportunities for education, exposure, community and economic empowerment with its web community, sold-out conferences and advertising network that now features nearly 1,000 network members.
Elisa Camahort was at the... Read More.
David Campbell is a Microsoft Technical Fellow whose present role is Vice President of Product Development for the SQL Server product suite.
David graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from Clarkson University in 1984 and began working on robotic workcells for Sanders Associates – later a division of Lockheed Corporation. In 1990 he joined Digital Equipment Corporation where he worked on their Codasyl database product DEC DBMS as well as their relational database product; Rdb.
Upon joining Microsoft in 1994, David was a developer and architect on the SQL Server Storage Engine team that was principally responsible for rewriting the core engine of SQL Server for SQL Server Version 7.0.
At Microsoft, he has held numerous... Read More.
David founded WebPartz Inc. which was acquired by iUpload in March of 2003. Prior to forming WebPartz, he spent 11 years at Microsoft where he had held various positions including Manager of Internet Strategy, Marketing Manager Knowledge Management, Content Management, and eCommerce products. In each of these roles he worked closely with large corporations rolling out the Microsoft platform and developing a business strategy. His last role was as Internet Strategy Manager where he oversaw sections of microsoft.com and Microsoft Canada’s Intranet.
Dan Catt, Senior Engineer for Flickr, has been interested in maps since the mid nineties, when he worked on a number of Kiosks and CD-ROMS for the National Parks of England and Wales. Mapping was put on the back burner for being too expensive in the UK, until Google launched their UK maps data early in 2005. Geobloggers.com was created with the aim of letting people share walks and experiences by placing Flickr photos onto the map using geotagging. Daniel created the first geotagged photo in March of 2005, by the end of the year there were over 100,000 geotagged images. He has worked with both pre and post official API Google Maps, Virtual Earth and pre beta Yahoo Maps, and can generally... Read More.
As the Director of Community at Flickr, Heather Champ oversees member
activities for one of the world’s largest and most popular photo sharing
communities. She joined the Flickr team in May 2005 and has seen the
community grow to more than 23 million members who have shared more than
2 billion photos.
Heather is very much enamored with personal publishing on the Web,
having launched her first home page in 1994 while working at the School
of Architecture, Princeton University. She is an award-winning Web
designer with more than ten years of experience maintaining her own
site, hchamp.com, as well as the Mirror Project. Prior to joining
Yahoo!, Heather also co-founded JPG Magazine with her... Read More.
More on his blog at http://wordpress.chanezon.com/
Patrick is French, so he takes long vacations in the summer and likes to drink red wine with baguettes and stinky cheese while wearing a beret. Apart from programming and reading books his main interest in life is spending time with his wife and 3... Read More.
Christopher D. Chapman (also known as m3mnoch) is an Entrepreneur, Technologist and utter Video Game Snob.
Founder of a Facebook application company, working to rapidly develop viral applications on the Ruby on Rails platform. Previously a Product Manager at Veoh.com and a Developer at Powerset
Rogelio (Ro) Choy is vice president of Business Development for RockYou. He is responsible for recruiting and managing partner relations. Before joining the RockYou executive team, Ro managed eBay’s online parts business as a Director at eBay Motors and also was responsible for managing Market Development at eBay, including operation of eBay’s U.S. wireless efforts. Prior to eBay, Ro co-founded Cima Systems, a leading VOIP software provider for auto dealers. Ro earned his MBA from Stanford University School of Business.
Based in Palo Alto, California, Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. Since 2004, Jeff has invested in more than 20 consumer Internet companies developing new concepts (such as social media) or revisiting “old” ideas with a new set of economics and technologies. In 2007, Jeff was recognized as one of the 13 “Web 2.0 King Makers” by Business 2.0, and is often noted for his investments in categories such as “passion-centric communities,” or for having already sold five of his companies in the past two years through successful M&As. Jeff’s 19 years of operational, entrepreneurial and venture capital experience enable him to add relevant perspective and value... Read More.
Tom Coates works for Yahoo! Brickhouse where he develops new concepts in social software, future media and the web of data. His most recent project is Fire Eagle – a new location-brokerage system designed to make it possible for everything on the network to become location-aware.
He’s worked for many of the UK’s most prominent companies including Time Out, UpMyStreet and the BBC where he ran a small near-term R&D team exploring media navigation, annotation and distribution.
A regular speaker at conferences, Tom also writes extensively at plasticbag.org and runs the experimental online community barbelith.com.
Blaine Cook is the Architect at Twitter. He is currently building and maintaining Twitter’s Jabber-based real-time backend infrastructure that tracks and distributes millions of updates every day to users on the Web, instant messaging, and SMS.
Lauren Cooney joined the Information Management CTO Office in January 2007, focusing on strategy and community evangelism around Web 2.0 and open source technologies and products. Prior to that, Cooney worked on Apache Geronimo as the IBM lead for building community and programs. Before coming to IBM in 2005, she ran dev2dev and led developer marketing and community at BEA Systems Inc., where she started the BEA dev2dev User Group Program, Technical Evangelist program, spearheaded the O’Reilly/dev2dev partnership and led several other successful community and technical initiatives.
Claude Courbois is Associate Vice President for Data Product Research and
Development at the NASDAQ OMX Group. He is responsible for developing innovative
market data products designed to increase profits for investors and market
participants. An online collection of the data tools is available at the NASDAQ
DataStore, which can be accessed at www.data.nasdaq.com.
Mr. Courbois has been with NASDAQ OMX since 2000, and previously held positions
as Director of Financial and Market Analysis for the company’s Data Products division
and as Economist in its Economic Research department.
Before arriving at NASDAQ OMX, he worked at the International Food Policy
Research Institute as a... Read More.
Alistair is a principal at analyst firm Bitcurrent, and a frequent contributor to the GigaOm family of sites. Prior to Bitcurrent, Alistair co-founded Coradiant, a leader in online user monitoring, as well as research firm Networkshop. He has held product management positions with 3Com Corporation, Primary Access, and Eicon Technology.
Alistair has coordinated and spoken at a wide range of industry events, including Interop, Structure, Web2Expo and Unconference. He is the author of numerous articles on Internet performance and security, and co-author of Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Applications from Prentice-Hall.
Robert Currie has more than 15 years of experience leading early-stage tech companies in Silicon Valley including TiVo-acquired Strangeberry, a company whose technology enables TiVo to provide unique content to its set-top boxes.
Rob’s experience covers a range of markets including consumer products, enterprise and digital-media production. Prior to his role at Strangeberry, Rob co-founded wireless mobile software company Airgomo where he led product development for emerging 2.5G mobile technologies. He previously served as Marimba’s vice president of engineering and Digidesign/Avid’s vice president of software engineering, each from early stage through IPO.
Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from the University of Chicago. He is also a member of... Read More.
Matt Cutts joined Google as a software engineer
in January 2000 and currently heads up the
Webspam team and wrote SafeSearch, which is
Google’s family filter. In addition to his experience
at Google, Cutts held a top-secret clearance while working for the
Department of Defense, and also worked at a game engine company.
He claims that Google is the most fun by far.
Marc Davis is Social Media Guru at Yahoo! Inc. His work focuses on creating the technology and applications that will enable daily media consumers to become daily media producers. His research encompasses the theory, design, and development of digital media systems that leverage contextual metadata and the power of community to enable people around the world to produce, share, and remix media.
Marc Davis earned his B.A. in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, his M.A. in Literary Theory and Philosophy at the University of Konstanz in Germany, and his Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory. From 1993 to 1998 at Interval Research Corporation, he led research and development teams in creating patented automatic media production... Read More.
Michiel de Boer, PhD, is director of product development at Zecco.com, the online trading and investment community. He has extensive experience with new business development and entrepreneurial processes at both established and start-up firms. During the first digital wave in the 1990s, he conducted his doctoral research at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam into the impact of multimedia on the publishing industry. During the turbulent times of digitalization impacting the photo imaging industry, he was managing director at the Technotape Group, a multi-national supplier to this industry. In between, he has acted as consultant with Gemini Consulting as well as independently to a wide variety of industries and companies dealing with strategic change.
At TripIt, Andy’s job is to keep the site running as smoothly as a perfect vacation. A dedicated do-it-yourself (DIY) travel planner, Andy packs his vacations full of sightseeing, eating and just hanging out: “For me, traveling is all about doing it like the locals and getting a flavor of what daily life is like in a given place.”
Andy came to TripIt with more than 13 years of software development and operations experience. Prior to joining TripIt, Andy was director of Suites Engineering at Opsware, Inc. (formerly Loudcloud) and was responsible for the engineering strategy for product suite integration. Before Opsware, Andy was chief technology officer for the real estate portal CityRealty.com and founder and chief engineer for the Internet consulting firm Mediabridge... Read More.
As group manager for the Automated Service Agent group at Microsoft, Clinton Dickey leads the team is responsible for shaping and delivering the ASA product and its business. In this capacity, Dickey works closely with customers and partners to help define the product to help resolve customer care issues and enhance their customer service experience.
Dickey joined Microsoft in 2001 working in various roles within the Communications Sector, including playing a role in the acquisition of Colloquis in October, 2006.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Dickey was a product manager for the first digital simultaneous voice and data modem at Prometheus. Previously, he worked for Inter-Tel, Inc., where he was a product manager for the first digital VoIP gateway.
Dickey holds an M.B.A. from Portland... Read More.
Matt Domo is the General Manager for Amazon SimpleDB at Amazon Web Services where he sets the business and technical product strategy for Amazon SimpleDB. Matt also helps drive product and technical alignment with the other the utility computing components of the Amazon Web Services platform.
Matt joined Amazon in 2005 as Director of Enterprise Commerce Services where he lead the engineering efforts for Enterprise multi-channel technology solutions. Prior to Amazon, Matt worked at Microsoft Corporation in senior engineering positions on the SQL Server, bCentral, and Speech Server product development teams.
Bob Duffy is a former VP of Technical Services for Onsite Broadband and Phatpipe having established their online ecommerce strategies in the dot com era. Bob joined Intel in 2005 managing the online small business strategies. In 2006 Bob established a community marketing strategy for Intel and launched Open Port, Intel’s first end user community in August of 2007. Bob is now the Social Media Operations Managers at Intel working to evangalize new strategies and guidelines for further adoption of social media at Intel
Paul was part of the executive team at MongoMusic, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2000. Paul held group management positions at MSN Entertainment over product management, quality management, operations, and business management. Paul left Microsoft as the Group Product Manager of MSN Entertainment. Before MongoMusic and Microsoft, Paul was a developer at Hewlett Packard. Paul hails from San Luis Obispo, and graduated from California Polytechnic University.
Sam Ee is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering Mathematics. Before becoming a full time graphics designer Sam specialized in .NET C# programming. He began his career at MIVA as an intern nearly ten years ago, designing and programming cursors and icons. Over the years he has accelerated in his career and from developing fast prototypes of websites to test their marketability to creating screensavers for screensavers.com, a MIVA Direct property. Today Sam Ee is the art manager and principle designer for MIVA Direct.
Eric Eldon is a reporter with VentureBeat, a news blog that covers startup companies and investing in Silicon Valley. He also is the co-founder of Writewith, a startup that provides software for news organizations.
Rooly has more than nine years of executive experience in Internet marketing and advertising, with a focus on product development. Previously, he served on the board of Metacafe, and held positions as a GM at SmartShopper and as VP of Products & Marketing at Hotbar.com. Rooly holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Pratt Institute in New York City.
Kellan Elliott-McCrea works on Flickr hacking on technological solutions to social problems.
Colin combines machine learning and semantic analysis into a deadly one-two punch against information entropy and noisy data. The results of his efforts appear as millions of facts in Freebase.
Prior to joining Metaweb, Colin helped users organize their world through his work on the IRIS semantic desktop project at SRI.
Currently the Executive Vice President Business Solutions and a Managing Partner for Hinchcliffe & Company, a 2.0 strategy services firm focused on Fortune 500 and early-stage web/enterprise 2.0 solution companies. Active board member and advisor to several web-based startup and early-stage companies, providing strategic and operational guidance.
Most recently, an EVP and General Manager of Corporate Solutions for O’Reilly Media, Inc., a prominent technology publishing and events production company. Prior to O’Reilly, served as Sr. Executive and COO with MarketLive, Inc., a leading enterprise ecommerce software and solution provider. Before joining MarketLive, held senior management roles in the business consulting industry.
Scott Fegette is the Technical Product Manager for Dreamweaver at Adobe. Before joining the Dreamweaver team, he was both a Flash Video evangelist and an engineering manager on the Macromedia web team responsible for building the site infrastructure, services and architecture that delivers Adobe.com to this day.
Before joining Macromedia in 2000, Scott spent 6 years building his skills at web design and development from it’s very beginning as the director of online services for former Santa Barbara-based software developers MetaCreations- contributing both global site design and server-side framework code, and managing a team of 8 designers and developers to support the site.
Aside from speaking worldwide on web development and standards, video production and online communities, Scott’s also a professional musician and independent photographer/videographer... Read More.
Konrad co-founded Quantcast to improve the reach and effectiveness of online advertising through open data and scalable computing. He has 12 years of experience in high volume transactional analytics and measurement, pattern recognition and fraud detection. Previously, Konrad co-founded Searchspace (now Fortent) the leading provider of terrorist financing detection and anti-money laundering software to the world’s financial services industry. Earlier, Konrad was a Research Fellow in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at University College London, from which he holds a BSc in Computer Science.
Scott Fleckenstein has been developing web application professionally for seven years, most recently constructing getsatisfaction.com from the ground up.
Brian Fling has been a leader in the field of mobile experience for over five years. He has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to help design and develop their mobile experiences. Brian is a frequent speaker and author on the issues on mobile design, the mobile web and mobile user experience. He authored the dotMobi Mobile Web Developers Guide (dev.mobi), the first free publication to cover mobile web design and development from start to finish. Brian also runs one of the largest online communities focused on mobile design (mobiledesign.org).
Lyle Fong is the CEO & Co-Founder of Lithium Technologies, a leading on-demand provider of enterprise communities, including discussion forums, social networking, and blogs. Lithium powers some of the largest communities in the world for some of the largest companies in the world, including Dell, AT&T, Sony, Symantec and others.
Prior to starting Lithium Technologies, Lyle co-founded GX Media, where he was the CTO. He drove the development of Gamers.com, which was rated the #1 independent gaming portal by Nielsen NetRatings. Lyle was instrumental in raising a total of $15M in funding led by CMGI, negotiating multi-million dollar technology licensing deals with Dell, Sony, AltaVista, and Ziff-Davis, and spearheading the spin-off of Lithium Technologies. Lyle was also the driving force behind the... Read More.
Dawn Foster is a PhD student at the University of Greenwich in London after spending the past 20 years working at companies like Puppet Labs, Intel, Jive Software, and more. She has experience in business and technology with expertise in community building, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate about bringing people together through a combination of online communities and real-world events along with analyzing the data associated with participation in developer and open source communities. She has spoken at dozens of industry events, including many Linux Foundation events, OSCON, SXSW, and more.
Vanessa Fox, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Ignition, is a noted technology blogger who has been cited in publications such as USA Today and the London Times. She’s been building websites since 1995 and has been involved with product strategy in a number of industries including telecom, retail, and wireless. A Google alumnus, she created Google’s Webmaster Central, designed to help site owners improve their web sites and gain more visitors from search. Vanessa writes for a variety of publications, particularly as Features Editor for SearchEngineLand.com, hosts a weekly show on webmasterradio.fm, and consults with clients on building online communities and on internet marketing. Read her observerations on the web 2.0 world at vanessafoxnude.com.
David Friedberg currently serves as the CEO of The Climate Corporation, having founded the company in 2006. Prior to founding The Climate Corporation, David was with Google, where he joined as one of the founding members of the company’s Corprate Development team. David managed a number of strategic projects for Google, including identifying and leading several of Google’s largest acquisitions. David also served as a Business Product Manager for AdWords – Google’s primary revenue source. Prior to Google, David spent several years working in private equity and investment banking. He has invested in and advised dozens of companies in the technology industry. Earlier, David worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he led several projects as a mathematical programmer. David received his BA... Read More.
Liz Gannes is Editor of NewTeeVee, launched in December 2006 as a dedicated outlet for the online video industry coverage. She is also a staff writer at GigaOM.com.
Liz has built NewTeeVee to be the must-read chronicle of the web video revolution, developing a community of readers for events such as the NewTeeVee Pier Screenings and now NewTeeVee Live. She speaks often about video at conferences such as Web 2.0, the Web Video Summit, and Streaming Media West. Prior to GigaOM, she wrote for the Red Herring.
Jim Gargan, Vice President, Business Line Executive, Modular Systems, leads marketing and product strategy and execution for the IBM’s multi-billion-dollar x86 business — the fastest growing x86 business in the world. Jim also serves as executive sponsor of “Express Seller,” an IBM initiative to advance productivity and profitability of Business Partners.
Jim brings extensive experience in branding, strategy, product marketing and operations to his current role as brand leader. Earlier in his IBM career, he was instrumental in creating and launching IBM’s x86 systems, particularly as chief marketing strategist for X-Architecture, the blueprint for IBM innovation and differentiation in the otherwise commoditized x86 market. He has more recently served as Vice President, Operations, System x, where he led an analysis and transformation... Read More.
Jeff Garon brings more than 25 years of senior financial, strategic
and operating expertise to Etelos. Most recently, Jeff was Managing
Director of Investment Banking responsible for West Coast activities
at Kaufman Bros., L.P. (KBRO). Prior to KBRO he served as VP/CFO of
Tripath Technology, Inc.; as CFO/VP of Finance and Administration and
Secretary of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.; as President of the
Garon Financial Group, Inc., a Silicon Valley venture capital and
venture consulting firm; and as VP/CFO of Monster Cable Products, Inc.
Prior, he held various senior positions with Visual Edge Technology,
Inc., Oracle Corporation, Ashton-Tate Corporation and Teledyne
Kevin is the technical lead for the Google App Engine project. He joined Google in 2004 and spent a number of years in Google’s systems infrastructure group working on the cluster management systems that underly Google’s products and services. Kevin is also the creator of Google Suggest, a product which provides interactive search suggestions as users type.
Prior to joining Google, Kevin worked with the Advanced Internet Technology group at IBM, where he focused on developer tools.
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University, both of which were awarded with distinction.
Maria Giudice is the CEO and Founder of Hot Studio, Inc., a San Francisco-based, human-centered design studio dedicated to making the complex beautifully clear. Maria is considered a pioneer in the field of information architecture and was prominently featured in the 1996 book Information Architects by Richard Saul Wurman. In 2002, she was included in the book 1000 Most Creative Individuals in the USA. Maria has coauthored two best-selling books about web design: Web Design Essentials and Elements of Web Design. Since 1997 Maria has lead Hot Studio’s team of individuals dedicated to creating design systems that are both beautiful and highly functional. Maria has more than 20 years of experience working with and mentoring people from many different disciplines. Maria holds a... Read More.
Mark Goldenson, CEO, has eight years of experience in launching internet services. Mark was a product manager at PayPal where he managed high-volume user flows such as registration and PayPal’s in-house CRM for 1,300 service agents. Mark previously co-founded and was COO of Woosh, a startup that created back-end integrated storefronts for small businesses. Woosh was a finalist in the 1998 Stanford E-Challenge and raised $21 million in funding.
Mark also co-founded the Stanford Bazaar, a local online marketplace acquired by Stanford, and founded the Stanford Squash Team, home to national champion Lily Lorentzen and world champion coach Mark Talbott. Mark also founded a Stanford philosophy club and researched brain imaging of lucid dreams for four years in the Stanford Psychophysiology... Read More.
Nick Gonzalez runs Developer Relations for the social ad network SocialMedia Networks. SocialMedia helps advertisers reach social networking users, and helps developers monetize their applications on social networks.
Prior to SocialMedia, Nick was the second employee and analyst/writer for TechCrunch.com, the largest blog reporting on the rapidly evolving internet industry. He also writes from time to time on his personal blog RunningWithFoxes.com, consults for startups, and is a regular speaker on social media at events and companies.
Kelly is the principal and founder of gotomedia, a San Francisco-based strategic consultancy specializing in user experience, research and interaction design. As a design ethnographer, Kelly continues to seek new methods of applying research-oriented design to interfaces, products, and mobile devices for clients such as Adobe, Apple, Macromedia, Veritas, and Bearing Point. With over 16 years of experience in the industry, Kelly has worked as a strategist and consultant for companies such as Verizon Wireless, Warner Bros. Online, the Blue Cross, Genentech and Wells Fargo. Kelly is a sought after international lecturer on the topics of branding, user experience, usability and design ethnography. Her book, Web Redesign: Workflow that Works is currently a best seller in the technology industry and has quickly become a... Read More.
Scott Green leads Google’s Boulder, Colo., engineering office. Google acquired @Last Software (SketchUp) in March of 2006. At that time, Scott was the VP of engineering. Scott joined the SketchUp team in October of 2003. Prior to joining Google, Scott was the director of technical operations at ReturnPath. Earlier, he was the director of engineering at E-mail Publishing / MessageMedia, which was purchased by DoubleClick. Scott graduated from Iowa State University in 1982 with
a BS in mechanical engineering.
Saar is a partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV), with over 10 years experience working with entrepreneurs as a founder, investor and advisor. Prior to joining CRV, Saar was a co-founder of Brightroll, the world’s leading Internet video advertising network. Saar has also been an angel investor and advisor to numerous companies including RockYou, Admob, Flixster, Xobni, Lotus Vodka, and Voicestar (acquired by Marchex, NASDAQ: MCHX).
Prior to Brightroll, Saar was VP of online customer acquisition at Adteractive, an online performance-based marketing company and one of the largest buyers of online media. Saar started his career in investment banking and venture capital at Lehman Brothers. He graduated phi beta kappa with a biochemistry degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an... Read More.
Erika Hall is the cofounder and director of strategy at Mule Design Studio in San Francisco, where she leads the research and information design practices. She is a natural problem solver with 20 years of experience in interactive strategy, technology, and design across a wide variety of industries. Recent clients include the Audubon Society, the Seattle Times, and the San Francisco Opera. She is also the author of Just Enough Research from A Book Apart.
Justin Hall creates and explores simulation in online media. He created one of the early extensive home pages, “Justin’s Links from the Underground” in January 1994. In 2004, the New York Times Magazine referred to him as “the founding father of personal bloggers.” In May 2007, Hall graduated with an MFA from the Interactive Media Division at the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts. His professional experience includes grunt work and strategy at HotWired, electric minds, ZDTV, Gamers.com, Nokia’s TheFeature.com and the Creative Artists Agency.
Today, Hall is CEO of GameLayers, a small game design company building playful experiences in your web browser.
John Ham is founder of Ustream.TV, a platform that enables anyone with a camera and an Internet connection to broadcast live interactive video to a global audience. Prior to founding Ustream, Mr. Ham served as the aide-de-camp to the 19TSC Commanding General in South Korea. Mr. Ham also completed five years of active duty in the United States Army, serving in various capacities around the world. Mr. Ham is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds dual degrees in engineering and business.
Identity Woman, Kaliya Hamlin, is a catalytic leader in the field of user-centric identity. She is a Steward of the recently formed Identity Commons aiming to address both tech and non-tech issues around identity. In the last four years, she has helped grow a thriving technical community around the topic and founded Internet Identity Workshop with Phil Windley and Doc Searls (our 6th coming up in may). She specializes in face-to-face interactive methods for community building that have been successful in supporting the collaboration of Liberty Alliance, MSFT, and light weight identity efforts.
Sam Harrelson is an online (primarily affiliate) marketing consultant. Sam is based out of the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. With a wide academic background including studies in Ancient Near Eastern Archaelogy, String Theory and Divinity School, Sam views the online marketing world through a wide lens and focuses on the industry’s ability to reach individuals, form communities and create social networks.
San Francisco Interior Designer.
Becky is a designer writer actor crafter monologist and maker. She resides in Southern California.
She writes a lot. She reads aloud a lot. And she makes stuff up all the time.
Rob joined First Round Capital in 2006. Rob came to First Round Capital from Omidyar Network where he was their first venture investor. He led most of Omidyar Network’s initial venture capital deals and later built and ran the technology investing group.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network in 2004, Rob was at Palm where he started up their corporate venture fund. While in that role he also managed the strategy effort around Palm OS that led to the spinout of PalmSource. Rob started at Palm as product manager for the initial device-independent releases of Palm OS. During this
time, Rob was responsible for the versions of Palm OS on dozens of devices including the initial Treo products.
Rob previously spearheaded complex, system-level product... Read More.
Steven Heintz is the senior product manager for a new product at Adobe codenamed “Thermo”.
Erik grew up the son of linguistic missionaries in Africa, bouncing back and forth between Sudan and Kenya until he left to the US for college. He is now an independent strategy consultant who writes about high- and low-tech change in Africa at AfriGadget and White African.
Tony Hillerson is a Software Architect for EffectiveUI. He graduated from Ambassador University with a BA in MIS. On any given day he may be working with Flex, Java, Rails, Maven, Ant, Ruby, or shell scripts. Tony has contributed to and developed on many community projects, such as RubyAMF. He’s written whitepapers, including one on Flex and Live Cycle Data Services, and is currently co-authoring a book on Flex and Rails. This year Tony has spoken at 360|Flex and Adobe MAX, as well as local user groups.
Tony is interested in all levels of usability and experience design, from the database to the server to the glass.
In his free time Tony enjoys playing the bass, playing World of Warcraft, making electronic music,... Read More.
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized business strategist and enterprise architect who works hands-on with clients in the Fortune 500, federal government, and Internet startup community.
Dion helps lead the industry by evolving the thinking for next-generation businesses in various social media including ZDNet’s influential Enterprise Web 2.0 Blog and the Web 2.0 Blog. He is extensively published in leading industry periodicals and journals including the Microsoft Architecture Journal, AjaxWorld Magazine, SOA/Web Services Journal, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Social Computing Journal. His thought leading work has been covered in BusinessWeek, CNET News, Wired Magazine, CIO Magazine, and other well-known news outlets.
In addition to helping organizations deliver large-scale Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 solutions as a Senior Vice President at... Read More.
David joined August Capital in 2000. He invests broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on enterprise application and infrastructure software and consumer facing software and services. Prior to joining August Capital, David was an intellectual property and corporate attorney at Venture Law Group, Cravath Swaine & Moore, and Perkins Coie LLP. In his legal practice, David represented high tech startups in all aspects of their formation, financing and operations, including Yahoo!, When.com (AOL), Sonique (Terra Lycos), Pure Payments (Excite@Home), BuyDirect (Beyond.com) and Ofoto (Kodak).
David has an eclectic technology background. At Stanford, he studied and taught the impact of technology on music, earning a degree in Computer Music. At Cambridge, England, he explored the power of technology in tracking and combating... Read More.
Bryan is the Director of Product Marketing at Acquia. Prior to Acquia, Bryan managed product and outbound marketing at EMC for Documentum’s collaboration, document management and search technologies. Prior to EMC, Bryan worked in product marketing and product management in the collaboration technology space, after brewing beer professionally for seven years. Bryan lives in the Boston area and is an ardent Red Sox fan, he earned his MBA at Harvard.
Tara is the cofounder and CEO of Buyosphere.com, author of The Whuffie Factor, (published in 8 languages) and public speaker who explains how the social web is changing the customer/business relationship. She also spends an inordinate amount of time on social networks.
Erin Hunter spearheads the Media Industry Solutions group at comScore Networks, overseeing the provision comScore’s analytical and consulting solutions for key clients. She is a seasoned industry analyst, with a background in marketing, marketing research, statistical modeling, and media consulting.
Prior to joining comScore, Ms. Hunter spent more than eight years at Marketing Management Analytics (formerly Media Marketing Assessment), a media consultancy in Westport, Connecticut where she used MMA’s proprietary regression-based methodology to quantify the return to clients on investment in traditional marketing vehicles. Ms. Hunter had responsibility for engaging and growing relationships with numerous blue chip clients, including Clorox, RadioShack, Procter & Gamble, Nestlé Purina Pet Care, and many others. As Senior Vice President, Ms. Hunter led a landmark effort between MMA, Information... Read More.
Allen Hurff is the Senior Vice President of Engineering. He has worked at the world’s most popular social networking and lifestyle portal since it was a privately owned start-up. In his position, Allen oversees the engineering and the overall development direction of MySpace as it matures into a company with global reach.
Allen joined MySpace in March 2005 with only 12 developers still located in Santa Monica, California. Allen has grown the engineering and quality assurance organization to over 250 employees now located in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, London, and Australia.
Before MySpace, Allen worked at TRW, Unisys, AltaVista, Shopping.com, Experian, and private consulting. Hurff continues to be a key influential player in the ongoing success and growth of MySpace.
Murtaza Hussain is the co-founder and CEO of Peanut Labs, a leading provider of advanced market research services. Peanut Labs provides unparalleled access to the Gen-Y audience – with a sampling methodology integrated into 70+ online communities including MySpace, Facebook, and Google Open Social.
Murtaza has been heavily involved in social media, and is an expert in building online communities. He possesses a deep knowledge of Web 2.0 and ways to utilize social networks and the social graph to execute innovative business ideas and applications.
Murtaza is regularly approached to share his expertise at leading industry events, such as the Facebook Developer’s Conference, Widget Summit 2007, SNAP Summit, and Community Next. Additionally, Murtaza’s expertise is often sought by the media, and has been... Read More.
Dedicated to building stellar communications companies, Maha Ibrahim brings deep operational experience in the telecom industry to Canaan. Maha Ibrahim joined Canaan’s Menlo Park office in March 2000 and focuses on digital media, networking and wireless investments. Known in the industry for her sharp business acumen and focused approach to investing, Maha has worked with some of the nation’s smartest entrepreneurs to build innovative companies from the ground up. A thought leader with deep insight into which business models will disrupt the status quo and propel companies to market dominance, Maha is a frequent speaker at digital media and venture conferences.
At Canaan, Maha helped to negotiate and manage a partnership between Tacit Networks and Brocade, and established Canaan as the first investor in Mino... Read More.
Shankar Iyer brings more than 15 years of industry experience to his current role as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for WebEX Communications’ WebEX Connect platform. In this position, Mr. Iyer is responsible for the creation of collaborative WebEx Connect applications, and management of the WebEx Connect partner ecosystem.
Prior to joining WebEx, Mr. Iyer was the Executive Vice President of Strategy, Marketing, and Products for GemStone Systems. He also founded and managed the technology and strategy consulting firm, Orcheid, and was Vice President of Products and Strategy at Tibco Software.
Mr. Iyer began his career at Adobe Systems, where he held senior marketing, engineering management, and architecture positions.
Shankar Iyer holds a master of business administration degree with honors from... Read More.
A twelve year system operations veteran, Adam is a Founder and Sr. Partner in HJK Solutions. HJK helps startups build stable, scaleable, and repeatable infrastructures utilizing open-source tools.
Daniel James is co-founder and CEO of Three Rings, pioneer of casual MMOs and the virtual goods and currency model in the US with Puzzle Pirates.
Three Rings is presently launching Whirled, a flash-based social virtual world for player created content and multi-player games. Daniel has a long history of innovation in online games dating back to his first encounter with Essex MUD in 1982 and the commercial text MUD Avalon, one of the first content services to charge money on the internet circa 1994.
Dr. Anant Jhingran is VP of Data & Analytics at Apigee, helping drive that business. Previously, he was an IBM Fellow, VP and CTO for IBM’s Information Management Division. In that role, he was deeply involved in the IBM’s middleware in the cloud (including co-chairmanship of IBM’s Cloud Computing Architecture Board), and for the technical strategy of products and solutions in databases, content management, business intelligence and information integration. Prior to that job, Dr. Jhingran lead the IBM team designing and building solutions to meet the requirements of business analytics on structured and unstructured data. He has also been the director of Computer Science at the IBM Almaden Research Center and before that, senior manager for e-Commerce and data management at... Read More.
Jeremiah Johnston, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Sedo.com
Jeremiah Johnston began his career with Sedo in 2004 as General Counsel, helping the company keep a step ahead of the domain industry’s ever-changing legal landscape. Now serving in the joint role of General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, Johnston oversees a variety of responsibilities for Sedo and helps lead its push into the North American market. Johnston represents Sedo as a founding member of the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) and sits on the Board of Directors in the role of association President, helping to shape the future of domain names in the political space.
With more than nine years of experience leading Internet-related companies and an academic background that focused on global intellectual property,... Read More.
Matt Jones is interaction design director at Google Creative Lab in New York. He has been designing digital products and services since 1995.
Creative director for the launch of BBC News Online, he co-founded and designed Dopplr.com in 2007, a service for frequent travelers since bought by Nokia. Between 2003 and 2005, he worked at Nokia on areas as diverse as tangible and physical interfaces and the human experience of play.
Between 2009 and 2012 he was a principal at BERG, a design and invention company in London that has had projects exhibited in MoMA and products featured in Financial Times, Fast Company, Wired and Marvel Comics.
He studied architecture, and has been writing for fifteen years about interaction design at http://www.magicalnihilism.com, and... Read More.
Kingsley Jegan Joseph is a web strategist at salesforce.com and creator of the IdeaExchange. The recent winner of Forrester’s Groundswell Awards for excellence in business uses of social technologies, IdeaExchange has changed the face of product development by giving the salesforce.com community a voice in shaping future product releases through an ongoing, live public debate. With the goal of harnessing the power of community to drive business innovation, members of the salesforce.com community submit, vote, and comment on everything from new product features and branding to company strategy.
Mr. Jung focuses on investments in internet and media. He has been a venture investor for over 5 years, previously as part of the venture team JPMorgan Partners since 2003. Prior to JPMorgan Partners, he served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at the Exigen Group, an enterprise software and services company. Mike also served as Vice President of Strategic Corporate Development at Ask Jeeves, leading the company’s mergers and acquisitions and strategic partnership efforts. He also advised a variety of high technology companies as an investment banker with BancBoston Robertson Stephens and an attorney with Gunderson Dettmer.
He holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of... Read More.
Dr. Kedrosky is a venture capitalist, media personality, and entrepreneur. He is a sought-after speaker; an analyst for CNBC television; a columnist for TheStreet/RealMoney; the editor of Infectious Greed, one of the best known business blogs on the Internet; and he is frequently quoted in major publications around the world.
Most recently he has been the Executive Director of the William J. von Liebig Center in San Diego, California. Using an innovative seed capital program, the Center catalyzes the commercialization of technologies from the internationally-ranked University of California, San Diego.
He is a venture partner with Ventures West, Canada’s largest institutional venture capital firm. In that capacity his interests include consumer technologies, media, semiconductors, and life sciences. He is currently on the board of... Read More.
Christopher Keene is Vice President for Cloud Computing Solutions at VMware. At VMware, he is responsible for delivering architectures and vertical solutions that drive enterprise adoption of cloud computing and big data.
Previously, he was CEO of WaveMaker Software, an open source cloud development platform backed by a 20,000-strong developer community. Before that, he was the founder and CEO of NASDAQ-listed Persistence Software, the company that patented real-time, distributed data management.
Chris created the first Electronic Medical Records application for the PC – Medaid – in 1981. He has also held management positions at McKinsey & Company and Hewlett Packard.
Chris is a passionate entrepreneur who has founded four companies and taught MBA programs as an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship... Read More.
Brett Keintz spent the first eighteen years of his life in Madison, WI and most of the last seven years in Boston, MA. He began his career at Deloitte Consulting where he advised clients in Telecom, Medical Technologies, and Media. He later researched music piracy and digital media in Madrid as a Fulbright Scholar. His research was accepted for publication by the Society for Economic Research and Copyright Issues (SERCI) and he has also published articles on VoIP, podcasting, and p2p networks. Brett is currently a 2nd-year MBA student at Stanford and co-founder of 750 Industries, a startup providing viral media distribution solutions that gives content owners and advertisers quick and effective access to millions of consumers. He holds a BS in Finance... Read More.
Niall Kennedy is an independent consultant in San Francisco specializing in syndication, search, and community-driven media. Niall is the producer of Widget Summit, an annual conference on widget syndication. Niall formerly created syndicated experiences at blog search site Technorati.com and was syndication product lead in Microsoft’s Windows Live Platform group. He has designed and maintained feed services for the past 7 years in shopping search, investment search, and blog search verticals.
Jimmy is Executive Vice President of Nexon Corp, and Head of Nexon’s Portal (www.nexon.com) and Web Services. Nexon is one of the most successful online gaming provider, with games such as Maple Story and Kart Rider. Nexon services its games across 60 countries to an audience of 300 million. Jimmy is also the President of Innotive, where Nexon is a major shareholder. Innotive mixes passion, creativity and technology to create new interactive user experiences and innovative presentation solutions. Innotive’s client lists include BMW, Infiniti, Nike Golf, Dentsu, Korea Telecom and other leading worldwide companies. Jimmy received his B.S. in Engineering from Northwestern University, and also a M.S. in Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Jimmy also attended Stanford University’s... Read More.
Taewoo Danny Kim is the global marketing manager for Openmaru, located in Korea. He’s in charge of establishing the strategic goals for global marketing of Openmaru’s products, such as Springnote and Lemonpen, and sets out the directions for communicating the same product across different cultures, regions, and languages. One of Danny’s main responsibilities is to build a unified framework for various online and offline marketing activities for Openmaru.
Danny is also one of the leading IT/Web 2.0 bloggers in Korea behind the TechnoKimchi blog and the very first full-time blogger in Korea. His passion is about informing the rest of the world about the “cool digital things” happening in Asia. He’s been featured on CNN as the representative on the Korean digital industry and... Read More.
I am a lead writer at ReadWriteWeb.com, one of the leading blogs covering new web applications. Prior to RWW I was a lead writer at TechCrunch.
Danny Kolke is an industry leader in the areas of software as a service and Web-based applications. As Founder and CTO of Etelos, Inc., the makers of the Etelos Application Server and the Etelos Ecosystem, Danny regularly consults with the Fortune 500 on browser-based solutions as well as hundreds of developers building and distributing Web-based software solutions as a service.
Danny has also developed several popular applications, including Etelos CRM for Google Apps, Netvibes, Pageflakes, Windows Live and the iPhone, Etelos Projects for Google Apps and has helped guide the development of the Etelos Application Server, which is in its sixth version. Danny is also the co-inventor of the English Application Scripting Engine, also known as EASE.
Tariq Krim is the Founder and CEO of Netvibes. He created one of the first online messaging systems in France while attending elementary school. Prior to Netvibes Tariq founded popular French blog GenerationMP3. He is consistently recognized as one of the most influential people in the European web space. He was the exclusive overseas correspondent in Silicon Valley for the French newspaper La Tribune during the .com bubble.
Chris Larsen is CEO and Co-Founder of Prosper, America’s largest people-to-people lending marketplace with over 670,000 members and $135 million in funded loans. Prosper is a continuation of Larsen’s commitment to leveraging the Internet to make consumer lending more efficient, transparent, and trustworthy. Prior to Prosper, Larsen co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of E-LOAN. Under his leadership, E-LOAN became the first company to provide consumers with access to their credit scores, and played a critical role in the passage of the strongest consumer financial privacy protection law in the nation. Mr. Larsen holds an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University and a B.S. degree from San Francisco State University, where he was named the 2004 Alumnus of the Year.
Loïc Le Meur is a serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco. Loïc co-founded the #1 European tech event LeWeb. Each year in Paris, LeWeb brings together in Paris 3,500 entrepreneurs, brands, geeks, investors and press from 76 countries. According to The Economist, “LeWeb is where revolutionaries gather to plot the future”. LeWeb launched in London in addition to Paris and acquired by Reed Exhibitions in 2012.
Previously, Loïc successfully started and sold four companies. Hootsuite acquired his social networking app Seesmic, he also founded one of the first blogging service in Europe, Ublog, acquired by Six Apart now Say Media, a web hosting company Rapidsite France acquired by France Telecom and a web agency B2L acquired by BBDO (Omnicom group).
Loïc is an active... Read More.
In addition to a 20-year career in commercial film and television as a writer/producer/director, George LeBrun has founded two companies, Lightstorm Media and VOX4, that offer consulting and licensing services to the some of the most influential media companies in the world, including Disney/The Jim Henson Company, Universal Music Group, NASCAR drivers, and many more. He has also held CEO and top-level management positions at Performance Monitor LLC, Business Development for Digital Standard LLC, and IPNetwork.com in corporate strategy, marketing, market research, and the licensing of intellectual property for companies such as HP, IBM, Oracle, Miramax TV, and Turner Broadcasting.
Prior to joining O’Reilly Media, George was the founder and CEO of Rule 13, a consulting company that helps... Read More.
Max is the visionary behind Slide, the largest social software company in the world. He is also renowned as the co-founder of PayPal, an expert in combating online fraud and one of the hardest working entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Before starting Slide, he incubated several other start-ups, including Yelp, where he currently sits as Chairman of the Board. Max started PayPal in 1998, immediately after graduating from college, and sold it four years later to eBay for more than $1.5 billion at the age of 26. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), Max moved to Chicago at the age of 16 and later received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Max sits... Read More.
Marc Levin is a seasoned marketing professional with roots in the agency world and experience driving customer acquisition for brands such as: Disney, Sony, Yahoo! and ESPN. He has most recently shifted his focus to sales and marketing for CNN’s digital division for the Western United States region.
Alan is the product manager and creator of eBay Desktop. He has worked at eBay for four years as a product manager, technical evangelist, and technical writer. Alan is a regular on the conference circuit, and speaks frequently about rich desktop applications and web services.
Charlene Li is an analyst at Forrester Research and a driving force behind Forrester’s Social Computing and Web 2.0 research. She examines how companies can use technologies like blogs, social networking, RSS, tagging, and widgets for marketing purposes.
David is the CEO and Co-Founder of TradeVibes. Prior to TradeVibes, David
was the Sr. Director of Product Management at PayPal. During his five plus
year tenure, he managed a number of teams, including the Global Risk and
Operations team and the Auctions Team, in charge of integrating PayPal into
the eBay platform. Prior to PayPal, David held various consulting,
marketing, and product roles at AOL, Netscape, eBay, and Kiva, as an
independent consultant and a Consultant for Mercer Management Consulting
(now Oliver Wyman). He also advised and invested in a number of Internet
startups including Edvert and Paybl.
David holds a MBA from the Graduate School of Business from Stanford and a
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Jeremy Liew is a General Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, an early stage, tech focused Venture Capital Firm. At Lightspeed, Jeremy invests primarily in the internet and mobile sectors, with a particular interest in social media, gaming, commerce, and methods for increasing monetization. He joined Lightspeed in early 2006. He has led Lightspeed’s investments in Rock You, Flixster, Tippit, Mercantila and Streetfire.net.
Previously, Jeremy was with AOL, first as SVP of Corporate Development and Chief of Staff to the CEO, and then as General Manager of Netscape.
Jeremy joined AOL from InterActiveCorp (originally USA Networks) where he was VP of Strategic Planning. While there, he was responsible for acquisitions, divestitures and investments in TV Networks, consumer internet companies and online... Read More.
Eric has been an active member of the mobile community since 1999, when he began writing for PDA Dash. He has written for a variety of well known sites about the cellular and consumer electronics industries. In addition Eric has spent stints studying and consulting on how mobile technology changes culture and how cultures adopt to mobile technology.
Holly is in charge of product design and founding member of Watercooler, a creator of sports and television entertainment applications within Facebook and other social networks for millions of fans. At Watercooler, she strives to integrate marketing as part of a holistic product experience. Prior to Watercooler, she was a Lead Designer at AOL in the Community Product Line. Holly holds a Masters from UC Berkeley in Information Management and a B.A. from UCLA in Communications.
Angus Logan is a Senior Technical Product Manager in the Windows Live Platform team in Redmond. Angus’s team is responsible for all technical marketing content ranging from conference presentations (MIX, TechEd) to online samples (Windows Live Quick Apps). Prior to being on the Windows Live Platform team, Angus was a Portals Technology Specialist with Microsoft Australia. Prior to that, Angus worked for several Microsoft partners, was an MVP, and co-authored a book on Microsoft Content Management Server. You can read Angus’s blog here.
Lori MacVittie is responsible for outbound marketing, education, and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise.
Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. Her most recent area of focus included SOA-related products and architectures. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of... Read More.
FFernando Madeira is the CEO of Terra Latin America, the largest internet company in the region, presents in 18 countries, including the United States, with 1,400 employees. Terra has approximately 60 million unique visitors per month and 8 million unique users on Terra TV, with an average of 55 million videos watched monthly. Since 1999, Terra is part of Group Telefónica, one of the largest open capital telecommunications companies in the world.
Madeira was at the head of practically all essential Terra areas since 1989, when the company operation started in Brazil. He was Marketing director when the brand was being launched; he was Access director when it wasn’t yet considered a commodity, and right before he took over his current position as General... Read More.
Evan Mager is a senior strategist in the planning group at AKQA San Francisco, where he helps brands like Target, Xbox, and Visa navigate the strange seas of the digital world. In this role he is gets to think about everything from web development and emerging media to consumer insight and messaging strategy. Some of Evan’s recent proud moments include involvement with the Halo 3 website and ARG, Target’s Facebook group, and Visa’s Business Breakthrough website.
Prior to AKQA, Evan was with AMP Insights, a young adult research agency in Boston. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Harvard University, and has a weakness for such old-school media as comic books and live local music.
Kathy Mandelstein has over 20 years of professional experience in the areas of web development, marketing, sales, advertising, management, and corporate communications. She is currently responsible for Worldwide Marketing Programs for the IBM Rational Brand which includes web, marketing campaigns, event planning, advertising and working hand-in-hand with the sales teams and channel teams to deliver results for the Rational brand.
Recently, Kathy led the public launch of the IBM Jazz Technology Platform which leverages many of the Web 2.0 capabilities that will enable development teams to collaborate and be more productive in a truly open way. Jazz.net is the first open commercial development project from IBM. Mandelstein also leads the worldwide IBM marketing program, Effective Software Delivery, focused on technical professionals... Read More.
Sam leads Kiva’s engineering team and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and ongoing development of the website. He comes to Kiva with almost 10 years of experience working with over a half-dozen technology startups, ranging from self-service kiosks and enterprise systems integration to digital tickets and online video sharing. Sam has traveled extensively through Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America. Sam graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Mr. Marcus is the founder and President of Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc. (AM+A). A graduate in physics from Princeton University and in graphic design from Yale University, in 1967 he became the world’s first graphic designer to be involved fulltime in computer graphics. In the 1970s he programmed a prototype desktop publishing page layout application for the Picturephone™ at AT&T Bell Labs, programmed virtual reality spaces while a faculty member at Princeton University, and directed an international team of visual communicators as a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. In the early 1980s he was a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, founded AM+A, and began research as a Co-Principal Investigator of a project funded by the US Department of... Read More.
Bryan Mason is a co-fonder and President of Typekit, a service ofr using amazing typography on the web.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors at Adaptive Path, the leading user experience design firm.
Bryan has over ten years of organizational management experience, including work in special event production, political campaign management and not-for-profit arts administration. His special events clients include the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, The White House (Office of Scheduling and Advance), CMP Media Inc. (WEB2000, WEB2001, etc), and Lincoln Center Theater. His political work includes the campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate and for President, New York Attorney General candidate Evan Davis, the 1996 Clinton/Gore campaign and many county and city elections. Bryan spent several years... Read More.
Tim Mason is the Firefox developer at Wesabe
Dave McClure has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for almost twenty years as a software developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor, angel investor, blogger, & internet marketing nerd. He is an advisor or investor for Mint, Mashery, Simply Hired, TeachStreet, Oortle, KissMetrics, SlideShare, Eventvue, RichRelevance, HealthUnity, & Canopy Financial.
Dave is the conference chair for Graphing Social Patterns, and a co-chair for Web 2.0 Expo, and has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University for the nation’s first-ever course on building Facebook Apps. Dave is a board member for microfinance accelerator Unitus, advisor to microfinance lender Kiva.org, and a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network.
Previously, Dave launched and ran marketing for job search engine Simply Hired, and was Director of Marketing... Read More.
Gregg is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM Modular Systems Development. He is responsible for technology leadership of Modular systems which include IBM rack servers and low-end storage for Systems i, Systems p, and Systems x.
Gregg is also an IBM Distinguished Engineer with over 23 Years experience with IBM. He has a Bachelors degree in Physics and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. He has extensive experience in server architecture, systems performance, systems design and customer requirements.
He is chair of the Technology Portfolio Review Board which does regular reviews of product technology strategy and direction.
Susan Mernit is co-founder of People’s
Software Company, a TechStars 2008
incubator company, and the Program
Evangelist/Consultant for the 2008-09 Knight News Challenge, awarding
$5MM to support innovative local projects that expand online news and
community discourse. Passionate about women’s issues and women
entrepreneurs, she recently led a guerilla action to mentor women
applying to ycombinator, an early stage tech incubator.
She is a
BlogHer contributing editor on Sex & Relationships, a former exec at
Yahoo, AOL, Netscape and Advance Internet, and a dedicated blogger and
long time media/social media consultant.
Michal Migurski is a technology director and partner in San Francisco
design firm Stamen. Michal architects the technical aspects of
Stamen’s work, moving comfortably from active participation in the
visual design process, designing database schemas and API’s, to
creating the dynamic applications and visualizations Stamen is known
for. Michal has participated in projects for clients including BMW,
MoveOn.org, Digg.com, Yahoo!, The Exploratorium, and numerous others.
Michal’s API-specific work has included URL and format design for Digg
and Pownce RESTful services and purpose-built API’s for a variety of
research and commercial projects.
General Manager of Live Mesh product at Microsoft. Previously, General Manager of Live Meeting and BizTalk Server.
Lou Moore is the Director of Engineering for hi5, a leading international social network and top ten website globally. Lou joined hi5 in 2005 as the company’s second engineer, and is currently leading the development of hi5’s new platform. In his product engineering work, Lou enjoys developing social Web applications that are both highly scalable and usable.
Prior to hi5, Lou was a software engineer at Scient, Walmart.com and Nextag.com. Originally from Wisconsin, he holds a BS in computer engineering from Northwestern University.
Dave Morin is the Senior Platform Manager at Facebook, where he is responsible for platform strategy and the Facebook developer community. Prior to Facebook, Morin held multiple positions at Apple including Manager, Creation & Collaboration and Worldwide Manager of Student Marketing. Previously he founded two technology companies; Viadi, a web technology and marketing company and DM Design Studios, a design consultancy. Dave has served on the advisory boards of several Silicon Valley startups, and his focus on innovation, vision, and technology strategy has involved extensive interaction with the global market at large.Morin received a BS in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and currently lives in San Francisco, California.
Clayton Morlock has been writing and maintaining geospatial, scientific and engineering applications for over 25 years. He has been working with map and location based web pages for the last 7 of his eight years with Tele Atlas. He has won several industry awards for his mapping web applications including the first ESRI arcIMS Challenge. During the last two years his work has expanded into mobile applications both web based and imbedded. Clayton holds both a BS and MS in Engineering.
Matt Mullenweg blogs at ma.tt. He is best known as the founding developer of WordPress, the blogging software he guided from a handful of users to the most widely used open source blog tool. In late 2005 he left CNET to found Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, Akismet.com, and Gravatar. In his spare time he enjoys taking photographs and playing jazz.
Thor Muller is CEO & Co-founder of Satisfaction, a startup delivering “people-powered customer service for absolutely everything.” He is also the co-founder and former Managing Director of Rubyred Labs, a San Francisco-based web apps firm. Since its founding in 2005, Rubyred has developed social software for a range of startups and leading portals.
Prior to Rubyred, Thor was a first generation Web entrepreneur, creating Web success stories for companies such as Yahoo, Dell, Bank of America, Intel, Virgin Records, Fujitsu, Discovery Channel, and Sony. In 1995, he started and ran one of the early Web development boutiques, Prophet Communications, later acquired by Frog Design where he served as VP Digital Media. He subsequently founded Trapezo, a venture-funded company that made Web software for syndicating... Read More.
Rebecca Murtagh is a consummate marketing professional and entrepreneur. Having influenced E-business strategy, website and internet marketing since the mid 1990’s, Rebecca has developed a reputation for identifying emerging trends and developing effective methodologies in search engine optimization, search engine marketing, social media marketing, social media optimization, internet, and integrated marketing.
Recognized as an expert in her field, Rebecca was first invited to speak at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco in 2008, in addition to being invited to speak at numerous international, national and regional conventions, conferences, seminars and lectures throughout North America about Internet, E-Business and Search Engine related Marketing topics for over 11 years.
Rebecca has been invited to return as an expert judge for the Web Marketing Association... Read More.
Rekha Murthy is an interaction designer and content producer whose experience spans mobile, Web, and radio. Most recently, she was a product manager and user experience designer for location-aware mobile applications. Rekha’s user-centered research and design work is informed by her experience as a producer at NPR’s “All Things Considered”, and her work with Web startups during the mid-1990s.
Rekha has a Masters from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program, where her research focused on street media, urban annotation practices, and the supporting digital technologies. Learn more at her Web site.
John Musser is the founder of ProgrammableWeb.com, the leading online resource for mashups, APIs and the web as platform. During his 20-year career in software development he has shipped six award-winning software products in three industries working with companies including Electronic Arts, Credit Suisse, MTV and Bell Labs. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Washington, and has written for a variety of technology publications on software development, most recently as author of “Web 2.0: Principles and Best Practices” published by O’Reilly Media.
I have spent the first 10 years focused on solving problems through products. I have dedicated my career towards leveraging my broad experience and problem-solving skills to dissect industries, define a problem space and innovate a product solution. So far, I have introduced solutions for the content management, e-mail, market research verticals.
Since 2003, I have solely focused my attentions to the social dimension of product creation. I am widely recognized as a thought leader in the field, a contributor to the founding concepts of the expanding social web, and have utilized my insights to develop solutions for the online dating, identity, conference and social media industries.
Since 2006, I have worked, as a principal at Blue Whale Labs to bring business ideas and product... Read More.
Rafe Needleman is editor of CNET Webware.com, a site covering Web-based products and startups. Rafe has been a technology editor and writer since 1988. Previously, Rafe wrote Catch of the Day for Red Herring. He has written for Business 2.0, Always On, and Release 1.0. He has also edited several publications, including Byte Magazine, where he was editor in chief.
Sarah has nearly 15 years of experience in interactive media, designing kiosks, mobile, and online experiences for clients in a variety of industries. She has a particular passion for practice development, conducting research into methods for improving collaboration, supporting creativity, and encouraging innovation. Sarah brings a unique blend of creative vision and technical expertise to her work. Her research-focused approach to interaction design has produced successful results for her clients.
Prior to joining Hot Studio, Sarah was a Design Strategist at Adaptive Path. She developed experience strategies for clients like Flickr, PayCycle, Vanguard Financial, and Skype. Before joining Adaptive Path, Sarah managed the creative team and developed the user experience practice at POP, an interactive design firm in Seattle, Washington.
Her past... Read More.
Annalee Newitz is a writer who covers the social impact of technology and science. She contributes to Wired, Popular Science, and New Scientist, and writes the syndicated column Techsploitation. She is co-editor of the book She’s Such a Geek, a former policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and currently president of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.
As Senior Technical Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Duane Nickull is responsible for Adobe’s messaging around Enterprise Architecture in the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services spaces plus Web 2.0. Previously Mr. Nickull co-founded Yellow Dragon Software Corporation, a privately held developer of XML messaging and metadata management software, acquired by Adobe in 2003. He previously served as CTO and President of XML Global Technologies, a publicly traded company acquired by Xenos Group in early 2003 where he co-architected several key technologies including XTRACT, an intelligence gathering and Bayesian theorem inference engine to flag persons of interest to law enforcement officials and recover stolen property.
Mr. Nickull has been called Mr. SOA by his peers during introductions to speak... Read More.
Stephen is a Principal Analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, and addresses the full spectrum of infrastructure software from development to deployment, including operating systems, application languages and platforms, and database technologies, with a special focus on open source.
Before setting up RedMonk, Stephen assisted in building out the Enterprise Content Management and Enterprise Portal knowledge set at Illuminata by drawing on his real world expertise in implementing such products for leading systems integrators. Prior to joining Illuminata, Stephen served in various senior capacities with large systems integration firms like Keane and boutique consultancies like Blue Hammock.
Regularly cited in publications such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and a popular speaker and moderator on the conference circuit,... Read More.
Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand... Read More.
Trisha Okubo is a Disruptive Innovator at eBay, where she works at the intersection of eCommerce and social networking. Her interests include design—-and designing social retail spaces online. Trisha has a BS and MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, with additional studies in Fashion Design.
Dan Olsen is a Web 2.0 entrepreneur and consultant with over 16 years of high-tech experience. At Intuit, Dan led Quicken product management and launched an online brokerage. He also led product management at Friendster. Dan’s areas of expertise are product management/development, UI design, marketing, and measuring/optimizing key metrics. Dan started Olsen Solutions LLC in 2005 and has consulted to many start-ups including Box.net, YouSendIt, MoodLogic, Xing (formerly OpenBC), Epocrates, Angie’s List, and Attensa. Dan is founder and CEO of YourVersion, an early stage Web 2.0 start-up. He has a BSEE from Northwestern, a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from Stanford.
Jeremiah Owyang is a well known web strategy and media expert and is sought out by both Fortune 1000 and startup companies. He is currently Senior Analyst at Forrester Research focused on Social Computing. In this role he covers social networks, and broke news about Facebook’s recent Social Ads product. He also writes a daily blog Web Strategy by Jeremiah and speaks at Technology, PR, and Marketing conferences about web and media strategy.
Before Forrester, Jeremiah’s was responsible for the corporate evangelism at PodTech.net, and previously was leading the strategy and development of corporate web programs at Hitachi Data Systems, Exodus Communications, Cable and Wireless, and World Savings (now Wachovia). Jeremiah Owyang holds a Bachelors in in Marketing from San Francisco State University.
Rajat Paharia is the founder and CEO of Bunchball. An entrepreneur at heart, Rajat’s skill set combines a unique understanding of technology and design that stems from a four year career at design firm IDEO where he was co-director of the Software Experiences Practice. While there he worked with clients including AT&T Wireless, Avaya, Microsoft, McDonald’s, HP and Philips. Before IDEO, Rajat worked at Philips Consumer Electronics, IBM Research and ViewStar. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, with a focus on Human Computer Interaction, and an undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley.
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for
America, which is dedicated to the idea that government can work for
the people, by the people, in the 21st century. She is an Ashoka
fellow, and received the Internet and Society Award from the Oxford
Internet Institute in 2012. Government Technology named her one of
2011’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation and the
Huffington Post named her the top Game Changer in Business and
Technology the same year. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a
Better Government, and is a frequent speaker. Previously, she ran the
Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly
Chris Palmer is a senior security consultant with iSEC Partners, a strategic digital security company. Prior to iSEC, Chris worked for the Electronic Frontier Foundation where he provided technical management and analysis of several key EFF projects and provided technical advice to EFF (and other) lawyers. Prior to the EFF, Chris built web applications.
Joyce Park is co-founder and CTO of Renkoo, creators of the Booze Mail and Haikoo Zoo Facebook applications. Prior to Renkoo, Joyce was a member of the software engineering teams at Epinions, KnowNow, and Friendster. She is also active in the open source community, as a leader of the mod-pubsub project, founding member of Dojo Toolkit, and longtime PHP developer. Joyce studied history at the University of Chicago.
As the Online Community Manager for PCWorld.com and Macworld.com, Kellie Parker is responsible for setting the community-building strategies, managing the relationships with community software vendors, and interacting with the community members on both sites. She also manages all member created content on both sites, including blogs and blog comments, product reviews, and wiki knowledge base. She is responsible for all interactive features of both sites, including polls and user contests. She manages the PC World “Letters to the Editor” inbox and edits the “PCW Forum” section of PC World magazine each month. In addition, she writes a community-focused column on PC World, writes an IDG-internal blog focused on community and social networking, and contributes to the Today @ PC World blog on social networking... Read More.
Aaron is both the visionary and technical mind behind Mint, the first free, automatic and secure way to manage and save money online. He designed Mint to meet his own needs and those of people like him who value the immediacy of the Web, simplicity and their free time. With 10 patents filed or pending, Aaron brings strong innovation skills to Mint. Prior to founding Mint, Aaron was an architect and technical lead for the San Jose division of Nascentric. Before Nascentric, Aaron worked for IBM and founded two web development and online marketing companies: PWeb and International. Aaron holds an MSEE from Princeton University and a BS in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering from Duke University.
Alex Payne is an engineer at Twitter, a social network of individuals
sharing short status updates via the web, SMS, IM, and an extremely
popular API. Since taking on the support and development of Twitter’s
API, the service has grown to hundreds of millions of requests per
day. Alex’s background is in web application development and
information security, and his code has powered mission-critical
operations, political campaigns, and non-profit initiatives. Alex
lives and works in San Francisco.
Jonah Peretti is known for creating viral hits, tracking online social behavior, and building technology to amplify buzz. He is a co-founder of The Huffington Post and more recently created BuzzFeed, a viral network that currently has 150 million users with over 7 million unique visitors a month. He has been called a “viral marketing hotdog” by the New York Times, “the poster boy of guerilla media” by AlterNet, and a “computer-whiz” by The New Yorker. This past October, Fast Company Magazine named Jonah one of the New Faces of Social Media.
Peretti is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab and has taught at NYU and the Parsons School of Design. His work has been covered by Time, the Economist, Fortune, and... Read More.
Lisa Picarille is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Revenue Magazine, The Performance Marketing Standard. She is responsible for developing all editorial content for the print magazine and the website (www.RevenueToday.com). In addition to setting the editorial tone for the publication, Lisa overseas production, sales and distribution of Revenue Magazine. She also co-hosts the popular Affiliate Thing podcast with Affiliate Summit co-founder Shawn Collins. She is also a regular member on the GeekCast podcast. Lisa is a veteran journalist who began her career more than 20 years ago as a professional sports writer in Boston and has also headed the news departments of major high tech news organizations including Wired.com, TechWeb.com, TechTV.com and CRN.com. Her work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, CRM Magazine,... Read More.
Weighing in at 150 lbs is Mark Pincus, frenetic visionary of Zynga. His DNA is one strand entrepreneur and one strand competitive gamer. Mark founded Tribe.net (www.tribe.net), one of the first social networks in 2003. Prior to Tribe, he was the founder and CEO of SupportSoft (Nasdaq: SPRT), the world’s leading provider of support automation software. Prior to SupportSoft, Mark co-founded Freeloader, the first consumer push information service.
Shervin Pishevar is president of Social Gaming Network (socialgn.com). Mr. Pishevar was an advisor for Webs.com at its early founding stages and joined as its president and board member when there were only 3 full time employees. He is responsible for leading overall strategy, business development, alliances, mergers and acquisitions and played a pivotal role in helping raise Webs.coms’ Series A funding of $11 million Series A from Columbia Capital and Novak Biddle.
Mr. Pishevar founded his first company, WebOS (myWebOS) in 1997 – when he was 23 years old – and raised more than $10 million for that venture. WebOS created the world’s first distributed operating system, that heralded the dawn of a new era in advanced on demand Windows-like web applications complete with... Read More.
Gregg Pollack works at Envy Labs, where he produces a podcast, creates educational screencasts, and develops websites with Rails. He also runs the Ruby Hero Awards, organizes the Orlando Ruby Users Group, and is also sometimes known as the Ruby on Rails guy in the “Rails vs” commercials or the “C” in MVC.
Gina Poole is Vice President of Social Software Programs & Enablement, and SWG Web Marketing & Sales. She has worldwide responsibility for creating and optimizing programs that use IBM social software offerings and technologies to drive innovation and collaboration. She is charged with establishing SWG as the showcase for the benefits of social computing. In addition, Gina is responsible for IBM Software web marketing and online sales. She leads a worldwide team to deliver IBM’s software web presence, web marketing tactics including social media marketing, and web-based sales channels.
In her previous role, she was Vice President, Innovation and University Relations for IBM. She had worldwide responsibility for developing and executing internal programs that drive IBM’s strategic imperative for innovation... Read More.
Lenn Pryor joined Nokia in November 2007 as Vice President, Product Marketing for the Services and Software division at Nokia.
Lenn comes to Nokia with 13 years of Internet, desktop software, and mobile marketing and product development experience. Previously, Lenn held leadership roles at industry leadering companies such as Microsoft, Skype, and eBay.
Most recently Lenn led eBay’s global mobile product management, engineering, and operations in San Jose, CA. Lenn joined eBay from London, UK after the company’s acquisition of Skype. As an early member of the Skype team Lenn worked in a variety of roles, but was best known for his work leading the company’s platform strategy and developer and partner programs.
During Lenn’s eight years with Microsoft, he worked in a variety of... Read More.
Hooman is the founder & CEO of Clearspring Technologies, the leading provider of online widget syndication services. At Clearspring, he is actively involved in shaping product and marketing initiatives. He was recently named one of Tech’s Best Entrepreneurs in BusinessWeek and was nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Hooman is a frequently requested speaker in the areas of social networks, syndication, and digital media. When he is not busy building a better web, you can find him writing his blog Widgify. Radfar graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Economics and Computer Science. He holds an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University where he researched Social Networking Theory.
Raghu Raghavan founded Act-On Software with the aim of creating a Web 2.0
service for engaging with visitors, prospects and customers. His ideas got
the attention of Cisco, which decided to invest in the company. Before this,
he was one the two founders of Responsys, Inc., the top-rated (Gartner,
Forrester) e-mail marketing service. Raghu has a PhD from the University of
Minnesota in Minneapolis, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute
of Technology (IIT) in Bombay, India
Naval is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com) and Vast.com. He is an active Angel investor, and has invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo.
David Recordon is Open Platforms Tech Lead for Six Apart, the largest independent blogging company in the world. Recordon has played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of key social media technologies such as OpenID. In 2005, Recordon collaborated with Brad Fitzpatrick in the original development of OpenID, which has since become the most popular decentralized single-sign-on protocol in the history of the web. During a year and a half at VeriSign, Recordon played an active role in refining and evangelizing OpenID, bringing it from an experimental technology to one that’s been endorsed by major companies ranging from AOL to Microsoft, and implemented for over 120 million identities on the web. Recordon’s history with open source software and open standards stretches back... Read More.
Rheingold has been building web apps since 1996 and has spent the last 5 years figuring out how to actually make a business out of doing it. In 2001 he started the web services company OneMatchFire.com and in 2004 started Dogster.com and Catster.com which have become the definitive online communities for pet lovers. What once started as night and weekend projects have turned into a 3 year old, 14 person, profitable mini-network of passion-centric communities. Since then Rheingold has spoken about DIY web development, nurturing community, and making big things happen on micro-budgets.
Randy Rieland has been with Discovery.com since it was created by Discovery Communications in May, 1995. Discovery.com includes the websites for all of the Discovery Communications networks, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel and Discovery Health, plus the company’s various digital networks, including Discovery Kids, Science and Discovery Civilization. The website, which builds almost all of its network-related content in-house, typically generates about 3 million page views a day, with a daily average of more than 300,000 visitors. Prior to moving to Discovery in 1995, he had been a print journalist for almost 25 years, serving as senior editor for The Washingtonian Magazine and editor of Pittsburgh Magazine. Early in his career he was a reporter and columnist for the Baltimore Sun... Read More.
• David Rivas is current Vice President of Technology Management for S60 Software in Nokia’s Device business. In this role David must drive the competitiveness of S60 software which powers Nokia’s most advanced and profitable devices, with organizational responsibilities for Product Management, Strategy, Business Development, Partner Management, Architecture Management, Standards and Open Source Software, and Innovation Management.
• David joined Nokia in August 2007 as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Software Platforms.
• Prior to joining Nokia, David has held various management and technical positions including CTO of startup a la Mobile, as well as spending almost 12 years at Sun Microsystems. When David left Sun he was CTO of the software client services business. In that role David worked... Read More.
Jesse Robbins is passionate about Operations, Distributed Systems, Fault-Tolerance, and Resilient Design. He currently advises startups and writes for O’Reilly Radar. He previously worked at Amazon.com where his title was “Master of Disaster” and where he was responsible for Website Availability. Jesse is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT and Emergency Manager, and led a task force deployed in Operation Hurricane Katrina.
With over 10 years consulting to businesses on digital strategy and execution, Josh comes with a deep background in online marketing and communications; utilizing emerging social media technologies (community, blogging, virtual worlds and WOM) to deliver highly successful, sustainable marketing strategies.
For the past four years Josh has been focused on applying Web 2.0 principles to deliver competitive advantage to Global 2000 clients (from business model development to customer engagement and communication strategies).
Mr. Ross has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and has spoken at conferences related to technology and digital strategy around the world. Past clients include Washington Mutual, Accenture, Best Buy, Autodesk, and Polycom.
Joshua holds a degree with honors in Chinese Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz... Read More.
hello i’m muhammad saleem and i head up the social media marketing division for advantage consulting services (ACS).
i finished my a.b. degree in economics along with a minor in slavic languages and literature (with a focus on russian) from the university of chicago in june, ‘07. i spend most of my free time on various social bookmarking and networking sites, and writing about social media and socially driven content.
i started my writing career with the mu life, covering social media. in the past i have written for the blog herald and 901 am. more recently i have written regular guest posts for copyblogger, searchengineland, readwriteweb, problogger, and techcrunch, centernetwork, pickthebrain, and bloggingexperiment.
i have also contributed to newassignment.net, which is an ongoing... Read More.
Neal is currently Chief Architect of Platforms at Yahoo! As a technologist, his research and development efforts include data indexing, techniques for the management of semistructured data, Grid computing, and data streams. He has published numerous articles and scientific papers in major international conferences. Neal is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wyoming with BS and MS degrees in Computer Science. He also holds an MS and Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University. Neal was also a CIA Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Neal clearly liked school.
Prior to co-founding VideoEgg in November 2004, Matt was a managing member and chief operating officer of MediaLiquid, a production company founded by Sanchez, Kevin Sladek and Dave Lerman that focused on helping non-profits develop cost-effective public service announcements by. He began his entrepreneurial career in high school when he founded a computer consulting group. Sanchez holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale University.
John SanGiovanni has more than eight years of experience as a wireless strategist and mobile user interface designer. He is to blame for Zumobi’s obsession with design and to-the-nanosecond interest in technical and cultural trends. Before Zumobi, John was Technical Evangelist and Program Manager for Microsoft Research, where he managed external academic research funding in the areas of mobile technologies and user interfaces. In this role, he filed several patents concerning information visualization, hardware interfaces and interaction techniques for next-generation mobile devices, some of which provide the foundation for Zumobi’s core user experience. Before joining Microsoft, John worked on the Advanced Technology Learning Solutions team at PPI/Knowledge Universe and worked in Studio Entertainment for the Walt Disney Company. John has a Bachelor of Science... Read More.
Ryan is currently the Director of Platform at Twitter where he works with developers building myriad of experiences on top of 140 characters. Prior to Twitter, he was the Director of Consumer Products at Skyhook Wireless where he led product initiatives that leveraged the WPS platform in consumer applications and experiences. Ryan was also one of the founding members of the W3C Geolocation API Working Group. He is an avid fan of hockey and wine.
Garrick Schmitt is Vice President of User Experience at Avenue A | Razorfish. Over the past eight years, he has helped a range of Fortune 500 clients and industry leaders envision and deliver breakthrough customer experiences across multiple platforms.
Most recently, Garrick has focused on emerging media, publishing and eCommerce. He has lead the design and development of several user-generated video products, a broadcast network, a mobile service and redesigned several specialty retailers.
In addition, he leads an in-house innovation team at Avenue A | Razorfish that is focused on next-generation consumer applications and technologies — including social media, viral messaging, mobile applications, interactive advertising and IPTV. He recently authored Avenue A | Razorfish’s Digital Design Outlook http://www.avenuea-razorfish.com/reports/RegDDO2007.html, as well as writing and editing... Read More.
Jonathan Schwartz is chief executive officer and president of Sun Microsystems, and a member of Sun’s board of directors. He became Sun’s CEO in 2006, succeeding the Company’s co-founder and current chairman of the board, Scott McNealy.
Schwartz was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 2004, and managed all operational functions at Sun – from product development and marketing, to global sales and service. An inveterate communicator, Schwartz has led Sun’s drive to engage the marketplace, and redefine corporate transparency.
A leader behind many of Sun’s open source and standard setting initiatives, Jonathan’s been an outspoken advocate for the network as a utility with more than just value for the computing industry – but as a tool for driving economic, social and... Read More.
Toby Segaran is the author of the O’Reilly title, “Programming Collective Intelligence”, Amazon’s top-selling AI book, and the Data Magnate at Metaweb Technologies. Prior to Metaweb he founded and sold a biotechnology software company. He loves applying data-mining algorithms to everything ranging from pharmaceutical trials to the Technorati Top 100.
A former Criminal Barrister (trial attorney), who has previously worked under endorsement from the UN and H. H. the Dalai Lama, Ankur Shah has utilised his knowledge of social interaction and brought it online. Under the brand name Techlightenment, they have created some of the most talked about Facebook applications on the web, from the Bob Dylan application to Socialistics.
Ankur is now involved in bringing this understanding of human interaction and the consequences of the data revolution to consumers.
Hiten Shah graduated from UC Berkeley in 2003. Since then he has been engulfed in the Internet marketing world. He first started off with offering SEO and SEM services by co-founding Advantage Consulting Services and helping to write ACS’s company blog, Pronet Advertising. Soon after he saw the need for better Internet marketing tools and started creating web applications including Crazy Egg, Siteblimp, and Serph. More recently along with his partners at ACS, he has been focusing on providing Social Media Marketing solutions for companies of all sizes.
Ofer Shaked is Chief Architect for Current TV, heading up Current’s new online product offerings. Prior to joining Current TV, Shaked headed up the Social Search business for Yahoo! and started Yahoo! Answers, taking it from concept to a global service currently used by nearly 100 million users in 20 countries – one of the largest and fastest growing social systems online.
Shaked joined Yahoo! through the acquisition of FareChase – a company he co-founded and where he served as Chief Technical Officer. FareChase is now the engine behind Yahoo! Travel Search. Before starting FareChase, Shaked managed a technology group for Tecnomatix Technologies (now part of Siemens), an innovator developing software for manufacturing planning, employing 3D human and robotic simulation. Shaked managed mission critical, international... Read More.
Jia Shen – CTO and Founder
Jia is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of RockYou, and has focused extensively on graphic design and usability throughout his professional web development career spanning over 10 years. Prior to RockYou, Jia has held management roles leading the user interface and technical solutions teams at Open Harbor, and managing the majority of engineering at Iconix. Jia started working on scalable consumer applications at shopping tools internet provider Bluedog, a Stanford based startup, and was part of the original team at Bell Laboratories which developed the VoiceXML format into the W3C standard. In addition, Jia’s experience has spanned enterprise sales and professional services functions, as he closed transactions and integrated with large multi-national corporation customers like Mitsubishi, Tyco,... Read More.
During business hours, Craig Sherman lives in gaiaonline.com, the leading teen hangout on the web. Craig leads the company’s strategic planning, management, and technology development. Prior to joining Gaia Online, Craig served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. Craig was also COO of MyFamily.com (ancestry.com), where he helped grow the company from $23 million to $150 million in sales and transform it from an advertising-based site to a highly profitable consumer subscription business. Before this, Craig held senior positions at American International Group, where he ran all marketing and internet sites for AIG in Japan and Korea. Previous to AIG, Craig was CEO of Cendant Japan, a joint venture founded by Cendant and Mitsubishi Corporation. Craig currently holds director or... Read More.
Clara Shih is the creator of Faceforce, the first social graph app for the enterprise. She also heads product marketing and product management for AppExchange, salesforce.com’s community and marketplace for on-demand business applications.
Mr. Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and wireless networks that provide alternatives to the wired client/server infrastructure that characterizes the Web. Current clients include Nokia, GBN, the Library of Congress, the Highlands Forum, the Markle Foundation, and the BBC.
In addition to his consulting work, Mr. Shirky is an adjunct professor in NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he teaches courses on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology — how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. His current course, Social Weather, examines the cues we use to understand group... Read More.
My name is JP and I have been living here in the California for almost 6 years now. I was born and raised in Manila where I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management & Entrepreneurship. In my pursuit of furthering my career, I decided to pack up my bags and move here to the United States.
Ganesh Sivaraman heads the global marketing of Web Technologies & Applications for S60 and has been instrumental in creating the excitement & awareness of the highly-acclaimed Web Browser & Web Runtime for S60. Prior to joining S60 marketing team, Ganesh was in charge of product management of S60 Rich Call and had the global responsibility for product creation, management and strategic direction. He also represented Nokia as the lead delegate in mobile standardization bodies, such as SyncML and Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), as co-chairman in SyncML and vice-chairman in OMA Data Synchronization groups. Ganesh has been with Nokia since 2000 and has a master’s in science degree in Electronics.
Joseph Smarr is Chief Platform Architect at Plaxo. He is currently leading Plaxo’s “Open Social Web” initiative to put users back in control of who they know when using socially-enabled sites by using open data-sharing standards. An active participant in the Web 2.0 community, Joseph has built web applications for many years, including Plaxo’s online address book, web widgets, and was architect and lead developer of the Plaxo 3.0 rich AJAX address book, calendar, and sync tool. Joseph has a BS and MS from Stanford University in Artificial Intelligence.
Joseph Smarr is Chief Platform Architect at Plaxo. He is currently
leading Plaxo’s “Open Social Web” initiative to put users back in
control of who they know when using socially-enabled sites by using open
data-sharing standards. An active participant in the Web 2.0 community,
Joseph has built web applications for many years, including Plaxo’s
online address book, web widgets, and was architect and lead developer
of the Plaxo 3.0 rich AJAX address book, calendar, and sync tool. Joseph
has a BS and MS from Stanford University in Artificial Intelligence.
Justin Smith is the editor of Inside Facebook, the first Facebook-focused blog, covering Facebook and the Facebook Platform for developers and marketers. Justin is also the Product Manager at Watercooler, a developer of sports and television entertainment social applications across Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, and Friendster. Millions of people have joined Watercooler’s applications since their launch. Justin has a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University.
Rod Smith is an IBM fellow and Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a group of highly technical innovators who are developing solutions to help businesses realize the value of Web 2.0 to the enterprise. In his many years in the industry Rod has moved IBM – and the IT community – to a rapid adoption of technologies such as Web services, XML, Linux, J2EE, and various wireless standards. As an IBM Fellow, Rod is helping lead IBM’s strategic planning around Web 2.0 technologies and practices, with a focus on how these technologies can bring real business value to IBM’s customers.
Brian Solis is globally recognized as one of the original and most
prominent thought leaders in social media. A digital analyst and
visionary, Solis has influenced the effects of new media on the
convergence of marketing, communications, and traditional media. He is
Principal of FutureWorks, an award-winning New Media agency in Silicon
Valley, and has led interactive and social programs for Fortune 500
companies, notable celebrities, and Web 2.0 startups. Brian’s blog is
ranked among the world’s business and marketing elite. For more
information, visit briansolis.com.
As President and COO of OpSource, Mr. Solnik heads the operations of the business including sales, marketing, product management, and technical operations. Prior to OpSource, Mr. Solnik was Chief Development Officer of New Edge Networks until the sale of that company to EarthLink, a $1+ billion Internet company based in Atlanta, GA. Before joining New Edge Networks, Mr. Solnik was president of AT&T’s consumer Internet company, AT&T WorldNet, in New Jersey. He was also vice president for consumer strategic marketing for AT&T and headed a portfolio of growth businesses including AT&T CallVantage. Prior to AT&T, Mr. Solnik held senior executive positions in business development and strategy for NorthPoint Communications and SBC Communications in California. He was also interim CEO of a European... Read More.
Steve works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His book High Performance Web Sites explains his best practices for performance along with the research and real-world results behind them. Steve is the creator of YSlow, the performance analysis extension to Firebug. He is also co-chair of Velocity 2008, the first web performance conference sponsored by O’Reilly. He frequently speaks at such conferences as OSCON, Rich Web Experience, Web 2.0 Expo, and The Ajax Experience.
Steve previously worked at Yahoo! as the Chief Performance Yahoo!, where he blogged about web performance on Yahoo! Developer Network. He was named a Yahoo! Superstar. Steve worked on many of the platforms and products within the company, including running the development team for My Yahoo!. Prior... Read More.
Stephan is the founder and president of Netconcepts, a web agency that specializes in search engine optimized e-commerce, as well as email marketing through its GravityMail division. Clients include Discovery Channel, REI, Home Shopping Network, AOL, and SuperPages.com, to name a few.
Stephan is a frequent speaker at Internet conferences around the globe (including Berlin, London, Toronto, Santiago, Auckland, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and places in between) for organizations such as the DMA, the AMA, Shop.org, SMX, JupiterMedia/IncisiveMedia (Search Engine Strategies), Internet World, IQPC and IIR.
Stephan is a Senior Contributor to MarketingProfs, a Senior Contributor to Practical Ecommerce and a monthly columnist for Search Engine Land. He has contributed to DM News, Multichannel Merchant, Catalog Success, Catalog Age, and others. Stephan... Read More.
Emanuela Spreafico graduated in Informatics with a Master in Software Engineering.
Emanuela is in Reply since 2002, she matured experience following Finance projects, has focalized her work on basic themes such as document management and has been responsible of Reply’s platform of knowledge management.
Expert in 2.0 technologies, since 2007 she is in charge of the planning and the handling of TamTamy, an Enterprise Social Network Platform based on the concepts of Web 2.0 developed by Reply, and of the concerning problems associated to the new models of communication that have effects on the actual organizational business models.
Emanuela has participated as a speaker also to the recent “Web 2.0 Expo 2008” at San Francisco.
GENERAL MANAGER OF FLICKR AT YAHOO! INC.
Kakul Srivastava is the General Manager of Product Management of Flickr at Yahoo!. Kakul oversees the product and business operations for one of the world’s largest and most popular photo sharing communities with 30 million members who have shared more than 2.5 billion photos. She has been part of the Flickr team since the company’s acquisition by Yahoo! in the spring of 2005, helping Flickr grow its membership more than 70 times larger during that span. It is now ranked among the top photo sites globally and is available in eight languages.
Prior to joining Yahoo!, Kakul helped build Adobe’s consumer digital imaging business where she was a... Read More.
Andy is the co-founder and VP of Products at Oortle, and has been a serial entrepreneur and advisor in the software and Internet industries. Before Oortle, Andy was the VP of Development and a founding team member of Mozes, a VC-backed mobile marketing company. Previously, Andy co-founded Stata Labs, a software company later acquired by Yahoo!, which launched Bloomba, the first desktop search-based email program, and SAproxy Pro, the anti-spam software ranked #1 by Consumer Reports in 2003. In 1999 Andy co-founded DealMaven, a quantitative analysis software company, which was acquired by FactSet. Before he began starting companies, Andy was a technical consultant with Oracle. He received his MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated Magna... Read More.
Peter Stahl is Lead User Experience Designer at eBay, where he focuses on design patterns, interaction design, and holistic site experience. He led the recent, groundbreaking interaction audit of the site, and is applying that work to implement a coherent “feel” for the user experience. He leads the notorious Pattern OPtimization Squad (POPS) that reviews design patterns, and is also impresario of eBay’s Polynesian-themed Page Parsing Parties, where designs are deconstructed into their constituent components.
Peter’s earlier work at Netscape/AOL included AOL Radio, and his designs for PlaceWare online conferencing can be seen in Microsoft Office Live Meeting. He has also created experiences for application management at Business Signatures, interactive television at SGI and PowerTV, and tablet computers at GO Corp.... Read More.
Reuben Steiger is the CEO of Millions of Us, a company dedicated to helping businesses understand and harness the power of virtual worlds and online communities.
Prior to founding Millions of Us, Steiger was the Evangelist for Linden Lab, creators of the 3-D virtual world Second Life. In that role he was responsible for business development efforts and bringing the first wave of corporations and commercial developers into Second Life.
Until 2002, he was Chief Development Officer at OVEN Digital, where he helped build that company into the world’s largest privately-owned Internet consultancy with 11 offices and 350 employees worldwide.
Steiger holds a BA in English Literature from Brown University and lives in Marin County with his wife and two young children.
RIA Evangelist for Adobe
Biography coming soon.
While developing an Internet laboratory for studying economic equilibria, Jamie started one of the first ISPs in San Francisco so he could get a better connection at home.
He finally got a real job as CTO at DETERMINE Software (now a part of Selectica) helping create order in the unstructured world of Enterprise contract management.
He is now helping to organize the world’s structured information at Metaweb where he oversees data operations.
Rik Temmink manages product management for Tele Atlas’ Content Products group and is responsible for the company’s global Content strategy. He joined Tele Atlas in 2005 from his role as Group Business Development Manager of Microsoft’s Mapping Business Unit. He joined Microsoft in 2000 following the acquisition of Visio Corporation where he held a variety of positions in Europe and the U.S. over a 6-year period.
Rik, a Dutch national, has a master’s degree in linguistics and marketing from the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is married with two children and lives in the UK.
Sanjay Uppal is Vice President of Product Marketing for Citrix’s Application Networking Group. He is responsible for all aspects of product marketing including building awareness and sales preference for Citrix NetScaler, WANScaler and Access Gateway product lines, defining product strategy, creating positioning, pricing and driving product content.
Sanjay joined Citrix in mid 2007 through the acquisition of Caymas where he was President and CEO. He has eighteen years of experience in bringing innovative networking products to market and growing successful business organizations. Prior to Caymas, Sanjay was Vice President at Webvan Inc. Webvan was the first large-scale online retailer with last mile delivery, and Sanjay engineered and deployed the technology infrastructure, including extending the marketing of the shopping experience to mobile appliances.... Read More.
I founded OTIVO in 1997. OTIVO is a business-to-business services company that provides quality assurance (QA) testing, accessibility audits, usability testing, and usability research for Web sites, Web-based applications, wireless devices, handheld gaming devices, and other gadgets. OTIVO develops test plans, tests Web sites or web-based applications or gadgets for user interface issues, accessibility issues, Web browser issues, functionality and other bugs and errors, and manages the testing and bugs from start to finish.
Matt is currently Director of Community Management for Yahoo’s Community and Communications Group – supporting products such as Groups, Messenger, Mail, Bix, 360, and Mash. Matt’s team is responsible for community input/advisory panels, product blogs, community events, and engagement programs.
Prior to joining Yahoo!, Matt spent 8 years working for eBay. While at eBay, Matt spent 3 years managing several components of eBay’s Community Managment team – input programs, events, and forums
Jacob West manages Fortify Software’s Security Research Group, which is responsible for building security knowledge into Fortify’s products. Jacob brings expertise in numerous programming languages, frameworks and styles together with knowledge about how real-world systems can fail. In addition, he recently co-authored a book, “Secure Programming with Static Analysis,” which was published in June 2007. Before joining Fortify, Jacob worked with Professor David Wagner, at the University of California at Berkeley, to develop MOPS (MOdel Checking Programs for Security properties), a static analysis tool used to discover security vulnerabilities in C programs. When he is away from the keyboard, Jacob spends time speaking at conferences and working with customers to advance their understanding of software security.
William is a Senior Engineer at the Yahoo! Media Innovation Group where he is responsible for developing social media applications that delight and inspire. He has co-authored research papers on audio content similarity analysis for ISMIR and ACM Multimedia. His most recent work has been focused on building OpenSocial applications which empower users to discover and share the open media web.
Prior to joining Yahoo! in 2005, William spent 5 years as a Technical Consultant developing enterprise portal applications across the US and Europe for clients such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chevron and Seagate Technology. William holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from McGill University and studied Entrepreneurship at the London School... Read More.
I am a Technical Yahoo!/symfony Evangelist within the Social Search Group at
Yahoo! I am also a contributing developer on the symfony project. Before
working on the symfony project, I was the lead developer at The Web Freaks,
developing and contributing to sites like phpfreaks.com, ajaxfreaks.com,
linuxforum.com, apachefreaks.com, and mysqlfreaks.com.
Todd Wilkens works for Adaptive Path. He is one of the authors of Subject To Change: Creating Great Products and Services for an Uncertain World (2008) from O’Reilly. He speaks and teaches regularly on research and design.
Carnet Williams has over a decade of experience in the high-tech field with a recent emphasis on Internet applications. He is c00founder and CEO of Sprout, a Web service that allows anyone to quickly and easily build sophisticated rich media content. Mr. Williams was associate dean of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer at the Stanford Law School. He was also the director of Invasive Species and World Trade at The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii and academic technology strategic plan consultant for Punahou School. His entrepreneurial activities include serving as Director of Business Development at TurboLinx, a Linux OS and enterprise solutions startup in California and co-founder of NetCorps, a nonprofit technology assistance organization in Oregon.
Mr. Williams is a graduate of the University... Read More.
At Hot Studio, Inc., Josh Damon Williams is a Director of Product Strategy and he works with clients to make cool things. As a local leader for IxDA in San Francisco, he brings some of the best thinkers in interaction design to the design community in order to talk about cool things.
Since the late 20th century, he’s designed and developed for a wide variety of digital products and platforms, contributing to the vision, design, and implementation of projects at strategic and tactical levels. His work includes projects for LeapFrog, Hotwire.com, The World Heritage Alliance (a partnership between the UN Foundation and Expedia, Inc.), eBay.com, Cisco Systems, Warner Music Group, and Architecture for Humanity.
Prior to rediscovering San Francisco, Josh studied film in Los... Read More.
Dave Wolf is Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Whether traveling around the world driving strategy and developing new business for the company or on the stump stateside talking to press, analysts and conferences, Dave delivers Cynergy’s user experience thought-leadership far-and-wide.
In earlier lives, he held engineering and marketing management positions at Microsoft and Sybase, where he was responsible for enterprise software development and strategy. Officially based in Cynergy’s Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, DC he is on the road more than he is in the District, espousing Cynergy’s passion for devising incredible new ways for all of us to experience and interact with software. You can reach Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan joined Charles River Ventures with 12 years of operating experience working with early stage technology ventures. Susan is a member and former CMO of the Apache Software Foundation, one of the world’s most influential open source software organizations. Susan’s roots in the open source community stems from her long-abiding interest in how technology catalyzes social and economic change. She began her career as the chief architect of an early massively multiplayer online game and has remained active in online gaming. She was the Executive Producer of GXMod, a widely popular, award winning Quake 2 enhancement. Susan also contributed to components of the open source Nebula 3D graphics and game engine. She remains active in online gaming and social entertainment and was a coproducer... Read More.
Geoffrey Y. Yang is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures, a $2 billion family of early-stage venture capital funds. In addition to Redpoint, Geoff is a general partner with Institutional Venture Partners (also a $2 billion family of early-stage venture capital funds), a firm he joined in 1987.
Geoff emphasizes investments in consumer media and infrastructure. His media and advertising investments include Ask Jeeves, Efficient Frontier, Excite, Gaia Online, MySpace, Oodle and TiVo. His networking investments include BigBand, Calix, Foundry Networks, Juniper Networks, MMC Networks and Wellfleet.
Geoff was formerly Director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Director and President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC). In addition, Geoff has served on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee... Read More.
Gabe Zichermann developed the concept for rmbr in early 2007 after realizing that he had stopped enjoying the process of dealing with his friends’ online photos, and that a game-centric approach might fix the problem. Gabe is a ten-year games industry veteran, having previously worked for CMP Media on the Game Developers Conference, Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, as well as helping to launch and guide Trymedia Systems from start to sale as its head of Strategy and Marketing. Prior to joining the games industry, Zichermann held roles with Cisco, CheckPoint Software and Nortel/Bay Networks. Now residing in New York City, Gabe frequently muses about why the city that has everything can’t make a good burrito.
Jonathan Zittrain holds the Chair in Internet
Governance and Regulation at Oxford University
and is a principal of the Oxford Internet
Institute. He is also the Jack N. and Lillian R.
Berkman Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial
Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, where he
co-founded Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center
for Internet & Society in 1996. With students, he
began Chilling Effects, a web site that tracks and archives
legal threats made to Internet content producers.
Google now sends its users to Chilling Effects
when it has altered its search results at the behest of national governments.
His research interests include battles for
control of digital property and content,
cryptography, electronic privacy,... Read More.