Web 2.0 Expo SF Speakers

We continue to add new speakers to the line-up. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the Web 2.0 Expo program.

Jennifer Lynn Aaker
Jennifer Lynn Aaker (Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business), @aaker

A social psychologist and marketer, Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Her research spans time, money and happiness. She focuses on questions such as: What actually makes people happy, as opposed to what they think make them happy? How do small acts create significant change, and how can those effects be fueled by social media? She is widely published in the leading scholarly journals in psychology and marketing, and her work has been featured in a variety of media including The Economist, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Forbes, CBS MoneyWatch, NPR, Science, Inc, and Cosmopolitan.

A sought-after teacher in the field of marketing, Professor Aaker teaches in many... Read More.

Paul Adams
Paul Adams (Facebook), @padday

Paul works at Facebook, where he conducts research to inform advertising strategy and the design and development of future products. He is recognized as a leading thinker on designing social interactions, and spent the past four years leading user research for Google’s social web projects including Gmail, Mobile and YouTube.
Before Google, Paul worked as a User Experience Consultant at Flow, leading research and design projects for clients including the BBC, The Guardian, Vodafone, UK Government and Betfair. Before Flow, he worked as an Industrial Designer, designing electronic appliances at Dyson and car interiors at Faurecia. Paul holds a first class Master of Science and a Bachelor of Design. He writes a popular blog at ThinkOutsideIn.com.

Stephanie Agresta
Stephanie Agresta (Weber Shandwick)

A pacesetter in digital media for nearly 15 years, Stephanie Agresta is EVP, Managing Director of Social Media for the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick, where she focuses on social media strategy and partnerships in addition to consulting with key accounts.

In the course of her career, Stephanie has been instrumental to developing digital media initiatives for major brands such as Microsoft, Windows Phone, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard and P&G.

Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Stephanie served as EVP, Digital Strategy and Social Media for Porter Novelli. Her accomplishments in this role included leading the effort to become Digital Agency of Record for Bel Brands. She also secured AOR relationships with Blog World and New Media Expo, as well as partnerships with... Read More.

Brian Aker

Brian has spent his life working on the details of how to build and scale out
systems. He is currently working on a new MicroKernel designed MySQL
called Drizzle and is building the plumbing required for a new generation of
large scale computer deployment. He also spends time working on Apache
Modules, Memcached, and Gearman.

In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The VirtualHospital, Splunk, MySQL, Slashdot, and was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. He calls Seattle his home since that is where his dog Rosalynd is.

Reza Alizadeh (Microsoft)

Reza Alizadeh is an Architect Evangelist at Microsoft. He helps partners pursuing mobile strategies to successfully adopt the WP7 platform.

Shawn Allen
Shawn Allen (Stamen Design), @shawnbot

Shawn is a partner and design director at Stamen, a San Francisco studio specializing in data visualization and mapping.

As Design Director, he takes an active role in both the design of interactive information interfaces and the development of the underlying technologies that drive them. Since 2000 he has created numerous tools on the web for discovering real-time and historical data from transportation systems, social networks, live cultural and sporting events, public advocacy organizations, and the news media.

Shawn also advocates for open data and consults journalists, policymakers, and the public sector on strategies for making digital information relevant, accessible, and desirable.

Dion Almaer
Dion Almaer (Set Direction), @dalmaer

Dion Almaer is the founder of a brand new company named Set Direction where he has the pleasure of working with Ben Galbraith. The pair co-founded Ajaxian.com together and they are now focused on helping developers deliver fantastic experiences and working to set the direction of the software industry as a whole.

Dion has been a technologist and a developer 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 at almaer.com/blog.

He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter @dalmaer.

Cindy Alvarez (KISSmetrics), @cindyalvarez

Bringing the power of product management and user experience to startups.

Currently at KISSmetrics working on 2 products – KISSmetrics (understand and optimize your conversion funnel) and KISSinsights (get instant, targeted customer feedback).

I blog about product management and customer development at http://www.cindyalvarez.com

Stephen Anderson

Stephen P. Anderson is a speaker and consultant based out of Dallas, Texas. He spends unhealthy amounts of time thinking about design, psychology and leading intrapreneurial teams— topics he frequently speaks about at national and international events.

Stephen recently published the Mental Notes card deck (www.getmentalnotes.com), a tool to help businesses use psychology to design better experiences. And, he’s currently writing a book on “Seductive Interactions” that will explore this topic of psychology and design in more detail; he also teaches a workshop on this same subject.

Prior to venturing out on his own, Stephen spent more than a decade building and leading teams of information architects, interaction designers and UI developers. He’s designed Web applications for businesses such as Nokia, Frito-Lay, Sabre Travel Network,... Read More.

Thiru Arunachalam

Thiru spends most of his time at Peel dreaming how to use technology to make people’s lives simpler. Before Peel, he was a management consultant at Booz & Co. (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton) building innovation and go- to-market strategy for consumer brands. Prior to that he was a product manager and an engineer building software products for Apple & HP. When he is not creating something cool with the peelers, he loves exploring food, fashion and culture. Thiru holds a BS in Engineering and an MBA from Wharton Business School.

Mari Baker
Mari Baker (PlayFirst, Inc.), @PlayFirst

Mari Baker is president and CEO of PlayFirst, Inc. PlayFirst’s mission
is to deliver delightful play to everybody, every day. Over 550
million people have played PlayFirst’s hit franchise, Diner Dash.

Prior to PlayFirst, Mari was CEO of Navigenics, a company she helped
incubate while an executive-in-residence at the venture capital firm,
Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers. Previously, as president and CEO
of BabyCenter, an online site for moms, Mari drove market leading
growth and managed the eventual acquisition by Johnson & Johnson. Mari
established herself as a premier consumer marketer at Intuit where she
built Quicken into the world’s most popular personal finance software.
Mari currently serves as an emeritus trustee of... Read More.

Osama Bedier

Osama Bedier was vice president of platform, mobile and new ventures at PayPal. He oversaw PayPal X, PayPal’s open global payments platform that allows independent and enterprise developers to build new and innovative payment applications for a wide variety of online and mobile applications.

During his seven-year career with PayPal and eBay, Bedier has held numerous engineering and product development management responsibilities. Most recently, he was vice president of product development for all consumer- and merchant-facing products. Previously, he led product development for PayPal’s merchant services business, where he oversaw the rollout of PayPal’s suite of products that serve businesses off of eBay, as well as PayPal’s international product development. Bedier began his career at eBay where he worked on the re-architecture of eBay’s next... Read More.

Buster Benson
Buster Benson (Health Month), @busterbenson

CEO/Founder of Health Month. Previously co-founder of Robot Co-op (43things.com), and McLeod Residence (tech art gallery and bar in Seattle). Also creator of the Locavore iPhone app and 750words.com.

Artur Bergman
Artur Bergman (Wikia/Fastly), @crucially

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.

Scott Blackburn (Thuzi)

Scott is the founder and CEO of Thuzi, a social media marketing and technology company. Thuzi is a Facebook Preferred Developer providing social media monetization solutions to many of the world’s leading brands. Scott will describe Thuzi’s leverage of cloud computing for social commerce, viral marketing engagements, consumer insights and platform development on Facebook.

thu-zi [thoo-zee] from enthusiasm – a focus of the mind on an interest or pursuit.

Jeff Bonforte

Jeff Bonforte is the CEO of Xobni. He’s worked in email, voice and messaging for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Xobni in 2008, Bonforte was VP of Social Search at Yahoo!, where he ran Yahoo! Answers and Delicious. Jeff also ran Yahoo! Messenger and oversaw its move from #2 to #1 IM client in the US. Before Yahoo!, Jeff was President and Founder of Gizmo5, an innovator in VoIP that was purchased by Google in 2008. In 1997 Jeff founded and was the CEO of i-drive, the largest online storage tool of the time, with over 10mm monthly unique visitors.

Jeff earned his BA in Classical Civilizations He lives in San Francisco with his wife, son and dog.

Jeremy Britton is Partner at ZURB, a 10-year old design consultancy with 75 start-ups under its belt. He acts as Design Lead and Strategist with the team. Setting up problems that people care about and then solving them in ways that work for businesses and delight customers are his focus at ZURB. He still loves to draw pictures, which comes in very handy at these tasks.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, he graduated from the hilltop forest known as UC Santa Cruz (Banana Slugs!) with a degree in Fine Art and an emphasis on digital media and electronics. His background in theatrical set design led him to create some pretty far out art installations during this period and his stint as a... Read More.

Mark Brown
Mark Brown (Microsoft)

Mark Brown is a Senior Product Manager with Microsoft.

Tom Carden
Tom Carden (Bloom)

Tom creates dynamic and interactive graphics, maps, and data visualizations for the web. At Stamen Design he created innovative software for clients like Microsoft, MSNBC, Trulia, and the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. Previously, wrote passenger flow simulation software for YRM, a London-based architectural studio. He was an active and early participant in the Processing and OpenStreetMap communities and has spoken at conferences including South by Southwest, UX Week, ETech, and Where 2.0. He holds a B.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence with Mathematics from the University of Leeds and an M.Sc. in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation from University College London.

Matthew  Carlson
Matthew Carlson (Hot Studio Inc)

As the Principal of Experience Strategy & Design, Matthew works with clients to create compelling brands, products and services that integrate customer insights with breakthrough technology.

Matthew brings 15 years of experience in branding, interactive and experience design to his role at Hot Studio. Throughout his career his focus has been on mapping customer journeys and envisioning ideal experiences. At Hot Studio he explores how well-crafted experiences can activate the relationship between companies and their customers.

Prior to joining Hot Studio, Matthew was Principal, Brand Experience at Continuum, a global innovation consultancy. At Continuum Matthew worked on Experience Strategies for a diverse range of clients such as Harvard Business Review, Sprint Nextel, CVS/Pharmacy, Pfizer, The Center for Creative Leadership, Sunbeam and InterContinental Hotels. He’s... Read More.

Tantek Çelik
Tantek Çelik (tantek.com), @t

Tantek Çelik is a well known open web standards advocate and innovator. He is a founder and community leader of GMPG and microformats.org, participates in the World Wide Consortium (W3C) CSS and HTML Working Groups, and works with numerous clients, such as Mozilla and Revision3, on web standards leadership and HTML5 upgrades. He is the author of HTML5 Now: A Step-By-Step Tutorial for Getting Started Today (New Riders: 2010).

Previously he was Chief Technologist at Technorati, where he led the design and development of new standards and technologies and before that he was a representative to the W3C for Microsoft, where he also helped lead the development of the award-winning Internet Explorer for Macintosh. Tantek lives in San Francisco,... Read More.

Kenyatta Cheese

Kenyatta Cheese researches and fosters media culture and technology. He is probably best known for co-creating the web series and internet meme database Know Your Meme, often cited as the go to resource for understanding web culture. Kenyatta is often called upon to comment on the state and meaning of internet culture by the likes of NPR, MSNBC, The New York Times, and the parents of close friends. In previous iterations he has worked with the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and the online television network Rocketboom.

Jennifer Chin
Jennifer Chin (LaunchBit)

Jennifer is a graphic and web designer, who in the last 15 years has developed graphics and frontend user interfaces for other startups, athletes, universities, orchestras, and of course for Shiny Orb and DressMob.

Jennifer holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard and a Ph.D from MIT in Materials Science where she held the National Science Foundation fellowship and the Bell Labs fellowship.

Dorie Clark
Dorie Clark (Clark Strategic Communications), @dorieclark

Dorie Clark is a consultant specializing in helping clients increase sales, enhance brand reputation, and move policy issues forward. She has worked with clients including Google, Yale University, the National Park Service, and the Ford Foundation. Previously, she served as the New Hampshire Communications Director for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, and was the Press Secretary for former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s campaign for Massachusetts governor.

Clark was a staff writer for the Boston Phoenix, covering local politics and policy and winning two New England Press Association awards. She was also a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, and Commonwealth magazine. She is the former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, a successful nonprofit environmental advocacy group.

Clark has taught campaign management,... Read More.

Melissa Clark
Melissa Clark (Siteworx, Inc.), @melissaclark

Melissa Clark is the Vice President of Project Management at Siteworx, an interactive agency specializing in mobile Website design and development. Her personal expertise encompasses Web consulting, Web solution development, mobile consulting, mobile solution development, business analysis and consulting, program and project management, business development, contract negotiation, and account management. Ms. Clark joined Siteworx in 2005. She holds a B.A. from the University of Central Florida.

Bryan Connally
Bryan Connally (Parallel Path)

Bryan Connally is an experienced Search Engine Marketer with extensive expertise across a wide variety of verticals, especially b2b tech and online retail.
Bryan joined Parallel Path in March of 2008 and has since managed a variety of initiatives for Parallel Path’s clients including: Paid Search Advertising, Search Engine Optimization, Affiliate Marketing, Remarketing, and Analytics. This diverse background enables Mr. Connally to select from a variety of channels and technologies to ensure that clients are provided with the best mix of solutions for meeting their business goals. His most recent focus is on developing and implementing foundational SEO strategies that help clients to rank well over the long term even as their businesses continue to scale.

Mr. Connally earned degrees in Finance and... Read More.

Mark Cook
Mark Cook (Kodak Gallery), @mcookk

Mark is the VP of Products at Kodak Gallery. A consumer internet service and consumer electronics veteran, Mark led the development of the worlds first wifi camera, directed Marketing and product activities for Kodak Picture Network and at the online photo pioneer PhotoNet.

Lauren Cooney
Lauren Cooney (Juniper Networks), @lcooney

Lauren Cooney has over ten years of experience with digital & social media marketing, product management, technical marketing, and building development communities. She has led strategy, social media & digital efforts, as well as product management and marketing in various roles in enterprise software companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and currently, Juniper Networks as their Director of Developer Evangelism. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Web 2.0 Expo.

Cooney has extensive experience with product launches and GTM plans, as well as driving both technical and business users to technologies, platforms, and products. She has worked with Java, PHP, Ruby, and .NET developers on several products from alpha to GA stages. From bootstrapping marketing plans to executing on large... Read More.

Kandice Cota
Kandice Cota (gotomedia & IPFranchise), @kandicota

Kandice has been defining corporate strategy, product design and brand culture for the world’s top companies including Intel, CBS, Paramount, Samsung and numerous startups. She has been a VC, serial entrepreneur, producer and designer in the industries of tech, entertainment, gaming, travel and fashion and has worked on both sides of the deal table for Intel, Paramount, Macy’s and Universal. As a consummate market researcher and startup strategist, with a keen knowledge of make to buy branding, Kandice’s technical, business and creative talents have positioned her to oversee the production of web, film, video game, mobile app and software projects. Cota was a pioneer of interactive programming and peer to peer programming. Kandice co-hosts the show Kandi & Josh: Gamechangers and has spoken... Read More.

Rebekah previously worked at the arcade in the mall where she was quickly promoted to cashier. Many years later she was a Product Design Lead at Facebook, building and designing interfaces as well as overseeing the Product Design, Communication Design & User Experience teams.

Douglas Crockford
Douglas Crockford (Yahoo! Inc.)

Douglas Crockford is an Architect at Yahoo! Inc. He discovered JSON while he was CTO of State Software. Previously, Doug was Founder and CEO of Electric Communities, Director of New Media at Paramount, Director of Technology at Lucasfilm Ltd., and a Researcher at Atari, Inc.

Christian Crumlish

Christian Crumlish is a writer, information architect, and digital designer.

He is a consumer experience evangelist at AOL, an advisor to and director emeritus of the Information Architecture Institute, and co-chair of the monthly BayCHI program. He was the curator of the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library for several years.

He is the author of the bestselling The Internet for Busy People, and The Power of Many, and co-author most recently of Designing Social Interfaces with Erin Malone. He has spoken about social patterns at BarCamp Block, BayCHI, South by Southwest, the IA Summit, Ignite, Web 2.0 Expo, PLoP, IDEA, Web Directions, the Web App Masters Tour, and WebVisions.

Christian has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Princeton.... Read More.

Jon Dahl
Jon Dahl (Zencoder), @jondahl

Co-founder of Zencoder, a Y Combinator-backed startup that provides awesome video encoding as a service in the cloud. Before Zencoder, Jon ran a Rails dev shop, blogged at http://railspikes.com, wrote a Master’s thesis on contemporary philosophy, and founded Tumblon, a web-based startup for parents of young children.

Patrick Davison
Patrick Davison (WhatWeKnowSoFar/MemeFactory), @patrickdavison

Patrick Davison is from Atlanta, Georgia but lives in Brooklyn, New York where he is pursuing a PhD in media studies from the Media, Culture, and Communication department of NYU. He makes performance work as WhatWeKnowSoFar, writes and performs MemeFactory, and does research with the Web Ecology Project. He has spoken at ROFLcon, Ignite New York, Yale, NYU, and Social Media Week (Sao Paulo).

Alfonso de la Nuez
Alfonso de la Nuez (UserZoom, Inc.), @userzoom

Alfonso de la Nuez is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at UserZoom, Inc.. He holds a BA in International Business from San José State University, where he enjoyed a full schollarship and played NCAA Varsity Basketball.

Alfonso’s professional career has always been associated with computers and the Internet. He has 15-years experience in the Internet and Usability business. Prior to starting UserZoom, he worked for Dell Computers, Icon Medialab (pioneer Web Design and Development agencies from Sweden) and Proxicom.

As Worldwide Head of Sales and Marketing, he travels quite a bit. He’s now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He teaches usability and user-centered design in various universities and academic institutes and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Alfonso also co-founded Xperience... Read More.

Rudy De Waele
Rudy De Waele (mTrends)

In the last 10 years, Rudy has been a central figure in the development of the mobile ecosystem as we know it today. Capturing mobile trends with his influential blog m-trends.org, Rudy is a key networker in mobile, a strategic advisor and a business angel.

Rudy also organizes Mobile 2.0 Europe and is part of the Mobile 2.0 Silicon Valley Organizing Committee. He is the founder of MobileMonday Barcelona and Madrid, and organizes the yearly Mobile Premier Awards. Recently with dotopen.com he launched the AppCircus, a unique global traveling showcase of the most creative and innovative apps presented by their creators during some of the most influential international events in mobile/web.

In 2010, he curated Mobile Trends 2020, a collaborative outlook including some of the... Read More.

Josh Dreller
Josh Dreller (Fuor Digital)

Josh Dreller joined Fuor Digital in June 2007. He is responsible for guiding the organization’s technology investments and the leadership and management of Fuor’s search engine marketing services. As a media technologist fluent in the use of leading industry systems, Josh stays abreast of cutting edge digital marketing and measurement tools to maximize the effect of digital media on client goals. He has achieved platform certification from Google Adwords, AdGooroo, Google Analytics, and Microsoft adCenter.

Josh co-chairs the Standards Committee for the Web Analytics Association, a collaborative effort between WAA members, vendors, agencies, practitioners and thought leaders to provide standard definitions and promote consistency of the most widely used terms across the analytics industry. Josh also contributes regularly for iMedia Connection and SearchEngineLand.com and... Read More.

Nancy Duarte
Nancy Duarte (Duarte Design)

Since 1988, Nancy Duarte’s firm has created over a quarter of a million presentations. As one of the largest woman-owned businesses in Silicon Valley, her experience working with global companies and thought leaders has influenced the perception of some of the world’s most valuable brands and many of humanity’s common causes: Apple, Cisco, Food Network, Facebook, GE, Google, Al Gore, HP, Nokia, TED, Twitter, and World Bank.

Fascinated by presentations as the most powerful persuasive medium, she determined to crack the code on why some presentations are riveting and others are unbearable, in Fall 2010 she released Resonate-Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences which identifies hidden story structures inherent in great communication. In 2008 she authored the award-winning book slide:ology-The Art and Science of... Read More.

Brendan Eich
Brendan Eich (Mozilla)

Brendan is responsible for architecture and the technical
direction of Mozilla. He is charged with authorizing module owners,
owning architectural issues of the source base and writing the roadmap
that outlines the direction of the Mozilla project.

Brendan created JavaScript, did the work through Navigator 4.0,
and helped carry it through international standardization. Before
Netscape, he wrote operating system and network code for SGI; and at
MicroUnity, wrote micro-kernel and DSP code, and did the first MIPS
R4K port of gcc, the GNU C compiler.

Diann Eisnor

Di-Ann Eisnor | VP Community Geographer

Di-Ann lives in Palo Alto, by way of Portland, OR, Boston, New York City, and Amsterdam. Since moving to the Northwest, she has pressed apples, canned pickles and peppers (incorrectly), pressed wine, increased werewolf play and raised chickens. Di-Ann is a neo-geography pioneer, employing all means to increase the world’s citizen mappers. In addition to being active in a few non-profits and showing her psychogeography-inspired art in the US and Europe, her entrepreneurial passions lie with community development, urban exploration, community cartography and social mapping – in fact, she believes social mapping to be a critical tool for cultural diplomacy.

Gil Elbaz
Gil Elbaz (Factual), @gilelbaz

Gil Elbaz is the founder of Factual, a new information-sharing startup. He is also the co-founder of Applied Semantics (ASI), a new language that helped greate Google’s Adsense.

ASI helped to define and build new addressable markets with its AdSense platform and other contextual advertising products. The company formed important partnerships with key players in both internet and content spaces such as Overture (now Yahoo), Verisign, and USA Today, effectively paving the way for markets which are today measured in the billions in annual revenue. Google acquired ASI in 2003, and first-round investors reaped more than 100x return on their investment. Elbaz was appointed Engineering Director for Google Santa Monica where he focused on building up the local office, and continued... Read More.

Mona Elesseily
Mona Elesseily (Page Zero Media), @webmona

Mona Elesseily is the VP of Online Marketing Strategy at Page Zero Media where she focuses on paid search strategy and conversion improvement. In her career, she has significantly improved campaign performance for brands such as Capital One, Cathay Pacific, CareerBuilder.com and The Jimmy Pattison Group to name a few. She regularly speaks at Canadian, US and international online marketing events on paid search, landing page optimization, ad copy creation and integrated online marketing strategy. Mona has written two books on Yahoo!, is a columnist for Search Engine Land and also writes for other publications including IMedia Connection, the American Marketing Association and the Yahoo! Search blog. Her industry knowledge is regularly sought after by the business community, including Wall Street analysts; and she’s frequently... Read More.

Josh Elman
Josh Elman (Twitter), @joshelman

Josh Elman is a Product Lead at Twitter where he focuses on new products and initiatives to get everyone to become lifelong Twitter users. Previously, Josh was at Facebook, where he focused on new initiatives and programs for developers on Facebook Platform including launching Facebook Connect. Prior to that, Josh was Head of Product Management at Zazzle, the first product manager at LinkedIn, and lead the development and product teams for RealPlayer at RealNetworks. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in symbolic systems from Stanford University.

Madhava  Enros

As Mozilla’s resident designer at small, Madhava Enros spearheads the design effort to adapt Firefox’s user-experience to mobile devices. With more than 10 years in interaction design, Madhava has helped design everything from IBM’s database configuration tools to the Firefox Add-ons manager. He is a frequent speaker on issues of mobile interface and interaction design, particularly around the unique challenges of building for the mobile Web. Madhava earned his degree in cognitive human factors engineering at the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto where he is an influential member of the city’s Indo-Finno-Franco-Canadian community.

Rabble Evan Henshaw-Plath

Rabble is the founder of Cubox SA, a rails development shop in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has extensive experience doing ruby on rails development and generally causing a ruckus. He was the architect for Odeo.com and Yahoo! Fire Eagle location broker platform.

Sandra Fathi
Sandra Fathi (Affect Strategies), @sandrafathi

Sandra has spent the past 15 years helping technology companies achieve their communications goals. A celebrated speaker and active contributor to PR industry publications, Sandra’s genius is turning emerging communications tools into practical, useful strategies for clients with tangible ROI.

Prior to founding Affect Strategies in 2002, Sandra led corporate communications and investor relations for RADVISION, a provider of video conferencing infrastructure products. Earlier in her career, she was on the technology team at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, where she specialized in the networking, telecommunications, computer hardware, software and Internet business verticals. While at Edelman, some of Sandra’s clients included Ericsson, EDS and Microsoft.

Sandra joined Edelman from Nokia, where she led marketing teams in the company’s multimedia display products division. She... Read More.

Timothy Ferriss
Timothy Ferriss (The 4-hour Workweek)

Timothy Ferriss (www.fourhourblog.com), nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007” and Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know in 2011,” is an angel investor (StumbleUpon, Facebook, Digg, Twitter, etc.) and author of the new #1 New York Times bestseller, The 4-Hour Body. He is also author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been sold into 35 languages.

Newsweek has called Tim “the world’s best guinea pig,” which he takes a compliment.

He is also an active education reformer and has architected experimental social media campaigns such as LitLiberation to out-fundraise traditional media figures like Stephen Colbert 3-to-1 at zero cost, building schools overseas and financing... Read More.

Andrew Filev (Wrike.com)

Since 2001, Andrew Filev has been managing software teams in a global environment. His technical expertise and his management vision are reflected in online and offline articles that have had hundreds of thousands of readers. His ideas on new trends in project management are published in his blog http://www.wrike.com/projectmanagement.htm. Andrew has given speeches on new trends in project management and deployment of the next-generation, Web-based applications on deferent events, including the PMI Silicon Valley Tools and Techniques Forum and the Office 2.0 Conference (Project Management panel).

Andrew’s innovative ideas and passion to improve project management tools are applied in Wrike, a leading online project management solution. Andrew now leads the company as a founder and CEO.

Andrew graduated from St. Petersburg State University... Read More.

Aaron Forth
Aaron Forth (Intuit ), @aforth

Aaron brings more than 10 years’ of product development and product management experience to Mint. Prior to joining Mint, Aaron held several leadership positions at eBay and Half.com (acquired by eBay Inc.). Most recently, as Director of Advertising, Aaron was responsible for product strategy, design and product development. Aaron has a background in multivariate testing used to drive analytically based decisions around product design, improved user experience and strategic partnerships. Prior to working in advertising, Aaron managed Internet marketing and product management teams, focused on search engine marketing, search engine optimization and affiliate marketing. Aaron’s career in software was established at Kana Communications, Inc., a CRM software start-up. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from University of California, Berkeley.

Margaret Francis
Margaret Francis (Exact Target/ CoTweet)

Margaret Francis is the acting Product Manager for CoTweet at ExactTarget and the former Vice President of Product at Lithium Technologies/Scout Labs, where she led development of the social media insight and analytics platform. As former Director of Strategy at Razorfish, Ms. Francis developed marketing and technology strategies for Fortune 500 companies and led cross-functional teams to deliver cutting edge web sites and digital marketing programs. Ms Francis’ clients have included major brands such as Netflix, Coca-Cola, Visa, Nike, Apple, Citibank and Disney. She is a graduate of Yale University and SFAI and a frequent speaker on the topic of social media metrics and their integration into marketing program measurement.

Joel Franusic (Microsoft), @jf

Joel Franusic is a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft. He’s working on making it easier for startups to work with Microsoft.

Janice Fraser
Janice Fraser (LUXr)

Janice is an entrepreneur, designer, and advisor to early stage companies. She has raised capital, founded both successful and failed startups, and consulted to both large enterprises & tiny startups. Along the way Janice has learned a lot about what makes some teams thrive and others wither. At LUXr she’s answering the question, “How can regular, smart people do predictably good user experience work in an agile or Lean Startup™ environment?” She believes the answer lies in the operating practices and behaviors of the team. Janice is a guest lecturer at Haas, Stanford, Northwestern, CCA and the Presidio Graduate School of Management. Prior to starting LUXr, Janice was a founding partner of Adaptive Path and served as the company’s first CEO.

Shay Frendt
Shay Frendt (Relevance, Inc.), @shayfrendt

Shay Frendt brings a passion for both business and technology to the mix, having worked in the startup space as a designer, in international marketing as a translator, in the corporate world as a public sector tax consultant, and now as a developer and project manager here at Relevance. He hails from Atlanta, plays the drums, can be found snowboarding in the Winter, scuba diving in the Summer, and coding at all other times.

Ben Galbraith
Ben Galbraith (Walmart.com), @bgalbs

Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic “Ben and Dion” duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now running mobile architecture and engineering at Walmart.com after being acquired along with their start-up team in early 2011. Ben’s been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he’s written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold three companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and Software Architect positions in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and six children.

Eva  Galperin
Eva Galperin (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

A lifelong geek, Eva misspent her youth working as a Systems Administrator all over Silicon Valley. Since then, she has seen the error of her ways and earned degrees in Political Science and International Relations from SFSU. She comes to EFF from the US-China Policy Institute, where she researched Chinese energy policy, helped to organize conferences, and attempted to make use of her rudimentary Mandarin skills. Her interests include aerials, rock climbing, opera, and not being paged at 3 o’clock in the morning because the mail server is down.

Liz Gannes
Liz Gannes (All Things D), @lizgannes

Liz Gannes has been a Silicon Valley-based business technology reporter since 2004, where she started her career as a reporter at Red Herring. She was the second employee at the technology blog network GigaOM, where she covered the rise of the social Web.

As part of GigaOM, in 2006, Ms. Gannes founded NewTeeVee, a site that became the preeminent source for news and analysis about Internet video and ultimately the intersection of entertainment and technology.

She graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in linguistics.

Hjalmar Gislason

Hjalmar is a serial entrepreneur, founder of three startups in the gaming, mobile and web sectors since 1996. Prior to launching DataMarket, Hjalmar worked on new media and business development for companies in the Skipti Group (owners of Iceland Telecom) after their acquisition of his search startup – Spurl. DataMarket is based largely on his vision of the need for a global exchange for structured data.

Maria Giudice (Hot Studio, Inc. )

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.

Dane Glasgow
Dane Glasgow (eBay, Inc.), @eBay

Dane Glasgow serves as vice president, global product management for eBay Marketplaces, and brings more than 15 years of experience leading product design and development, innovation in search technology, and management to the world’s largest online marketplace. In his role, Dane focuses on delivering a compelling shopping experience globally for both buyers and sellers – from eBay’s homepage and search experience, to tailored verticals in the Fashion and Electronics categories, to an end-to-end selling experience. Working closely with eBay’s North American and European business teams, Dane and his worldwide team of product managers, designers, and data managers aim to surface the best deals, drive increased business conversion and grow customer satisfaction across more than 94 million active users and $62 billion in gross merchandize volume... Read More.

Adam Goldstein

Adam Goldstein was a co-founder of BookTour with Chris Anderson. He was the youngest author ever at O’Reilly, writing AppleScript: The Missing Manual at 16. He graduated from MIT in 2010 with degrees in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, and was North American Debating Champion in 2010. Adam lives in San Francisco, and is co-founder and CEO of the travel search site Hipmunk.

Kelly Goto
Kelly Goto (gotomedia, LLC), @go2girl

As an evangelist for design ethnography, Kelly Goto is dedicated to understanding how real people integrate products and services into their daily lives.Goto is a sought-after international keynote lecturer and author on the topics of web and mobile strategies, usability, and design ethnography. Her book, Web Redesign 2.0: Workflow that Works has been translated into 14 languages and is an established standard for workflow methodologies and user-centered design principles worldwide.

Kelly is principal of gotomedia, LLC, a global leader in research-driven, people-friendly interface design for web, mobile and product solutions for clients including Seiko Epson Japan, Adobe, VeriSign, Nokia, WebEx and CNET. For the past 20 years, she has worked in the digital media industry launching brands and initiatives for Toyota, Paramount, Infiniti,... Read More.

Cameron Gray
Cameron Gray (Mindflash)

Cameron Gray joined Mindflash in 2008 and manages development of the company’s flagship product. As the co-founder of Strangeloop Networks, he authored and co-authored multiple pending web application acceleration software patents. From 2002-2007 Cameron served as the Director of Software Development at RealtyTrac. He earned his BA from Wheaton College in 1999.

Susan Gregg Koger

Susan Gregg Koger is the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of ModCloth,
an online retailer selling independent designer fashion and decor with a
highly engaged following of millions of female shoppers. Susan started
ModCloth when she was just 17, taking her love of thrifting to start an
online business. ModCloth was operated out of dorm rooms and basements for
four years, and after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006,
Susan and husband/co-founder Eric Koger, made the decision to expand and
sell vintage-inspired clothing from talented indie designers all over the
world. Today ModCloth has grown into a thriving business of over 250
employees, and the company has since gained attention for its dedication to
... Read More.

Victoria Harres

Vicky is the voice and team leader behind @PRNewswire. She also manages other Twitter properties and strategies for the company. Vicky is fascinated by and regularly speaks and writes about how professionals adapt to and leverage the digital social layer that is quickly blanketing human existence.

Vicky leads PR Newswire’s Audience Development team, which focuses on increasing the visibility of PR Newswire customer content. The team also is responsible for growing the use of PR Newswire’s industry-leading distribution networks and platforms, including PR Newswire for Journalists and ProfNet.

Michael Hart
Michael Hart (Netflix)

Michael Hart is the engineering director at Netflix making the service more social. He also led the team that created the Netflix API, which today supports over a hundred Netflix-branded applications on game consoles, TV and mobile devices.

Prior to Netflix, Michael was a product unit manager with Microsoft and an architect with Accenture. Throughout his career, his focus has been on accelerating the pace of innovation in service businesses with supercharged service and software platforms.

Alexander Hasha (Bundle.com), @alexhasha

Alexander Hasha is the lead Data Scientist at Bundle.com, the definitive source for information on how people spend, save, and invest their money. With his team he converts data from diverse sources, including Citigroup, the US Department of Labor, and other third parties, into unique insights available nowhere else.

Prior to joining Bundle, Alex worked in analytic modeling at Citigroup in the company’s mortgage division, where he also wrote articles for publication. He is a graduate of M.I.T. and earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from NYU’s Courant Institute. He also holds an advanced certificate in mathematics from Cambridge University

Steve Heffernan
Steve Heffernan (Brightcove, Video.js), @heff

Steve Heffernan is the creator of Video.js, an open source web video player in use on over 100,000 websites and with over 1 billion views per month. Steve was previously co-founder of Zencoder, a cloud video encoding service that was acquired by Brightcove. As part of Brightcove, Steve now works full-time managing the Video.js project and community.

Christine Herron
Christine Herron (Intel Capital)

Christine Herron is a Director with Intel Capital and a Venture Advisor at 500 Startups. Previously, Christine was a Principal with First Round Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm, and a Director at Omidyar Network, where she developed the Media practice strategy. Prior to Omidyar Network, Christine held operational roles with Mission Research, NetObjects, and Microsoft, and was the founder and CEO of Mercury2. She started as an investor with Geocapital Partners, where she funded early Internet and network infrastructure businesses including Netcom and AXON Networks. Christine earned degrees from both Stanford University and Columbia University.

Reid Hoffman
Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), @quixotic

Reid Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock, and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn.

Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. His areas of focus include consumer Internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. Reid likes to work with products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects.

An accomplished entrepreneur, executive and angel investor, Hoffman has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive growth.

Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in... Read More.

Ben Horowitz
Ben Horowitz (Andreessen Horowitz), @bhorowitz

Ben Horowitz is a co-founder and general partner of the venture capital fund, Andreessen Horowitz. Andreessen Horowitz raised its second fund of $650M in November 2010, quickly following the first fund in July 2010 of $300M. Some of its portfolio companies include Foursquare, Skype, Rockmelt and Zynga. Ben pens his own blog, Ben’s Blog where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company.

Horowitz was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw... Read More.

Steve Huffman
Steve Huffman (Hipmunk)

Steve Huffman co-founded the social news site reddit.com in 2005 with
his college roommate. reddit.com has grown into the largest social
news site and one of the largest communities on the Internet. In 2010,
he co-founded Hipmunk, a travel meta-search site trying to take the
agony out of searching for plane tickets online. As lead engineer at
both these companies, he’s had many technologies adventures and hopes
to share his experiences.

Tom Hughes-Croucher

Tom Hughes-Croucher is the CTO at Change.org The world’s largest petition platform. Tom loves helping people Change the world every single day.

Previously he founded Jetpacks for Dinosaurs, a consultancy that helped make their clients’ (Walmart, Nexenta, MySpace, Comcast, NY Times, etc) internet applications really fast.
Tom is the co-author of the O’Reilly book “Up and Running with Node.js”.

Tom has also worked at Joyent on the Node.js team, at Yahoo! and a range of other startups. Tom is an O’Reilly author with his book “Node.js Up and Running”.

Tom has contributed to a number of Web standards for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the British Standards Institute (BSI). He has worked with some of the world’s leading brands including... Read More.

Chris Hulls
Chris Hulls (Life360)

Chris Hulls is the co-founder and CEO of Life360. Chris’ leadership and vision regarding family safety has driven Life360’s success as the company now has over 1 million families using their mobile and web products. He has the insight and business sense to understand that growing technology trends – the influence of smartphones; the power of location-based services – allow safety services to be provided more affordably and effectively. Chris has been featured on national media such as Fox News Channel and CNN. He holds a B.S. from the University of California Berkeley, and previously served in the U.S. Air Force.

Daniel Jacobson

Daniel Jacobson is the Director of Engineering for the API at Netflix, responsible for delivering Netflix content to hundreds of devices. Prior to Netflix, he was Director of Application Development at NPR, leading the development of NPR’s custom content management system. He also created NPR’s API which became the distribution channel for getting NPR content to mobile platforms, member station sites throughout the country as well as to the public developer community. Daniel also co-authored the O’Reilly book, “APIs: A Strategy Guide.”

Lynne d Johnson
Lynne d Johnson (Advertising Research Foundation), @lynneluvah

Lynne d Johnson is a social and emerging media practitioner and thinker who’s worked with agencies, brands, organizations, and media companies on developing engaging content and community experiences for consumers on both online and mobile platforms. She’s worked with R/GA, the Advertising Research Foundation, Fast Company, Vibe, Spin, BlackPlanet, and many others in this capacity for over 11 years. Her current work focuses on developing social media strategies for brands, as well as helping them utilize social media as a consumer insights tool.

A widely published author and blogger, Lynne wrote the foreward for Tactical Transparency: How Leaders Can Leverage Social Media to Maximize Value and Build their Brand, by Shel Holtz and John C. Havens (Wiley, 2008) and was the technical editor for Google... Read More.

Bryan Johnson
Bryan Johnson (Braintree)

Bryan Johnson is the founder and CEO of Braintree, a Web 2.0 payments company. Bootstrapped, profitable, and growing faster than ever anticipated, Braintree has become the gold standard for online payment services. Today, they power some of the world’s most exciting technology companies, including LivingSocial, 37signals, Github, Animoto and Airbnb. As one publication puts it, “Braintree’s customer list reads like the front page of TechCrunch.”

Bryan attributes much of Braintree’s success to embracing what he calls “The Chaotic Workplace”, a flexible, spontaneous, and tight-knit work environment with few rules aside from the guiding principle that everyone must be exceptional at their job. He notes that, for a company of Braintree’s size, management is an “unnecessary tax.” Remote-controlled helicopters and laser tag, on the other... Read More.

Lisa Katayama
Lisa Katayama (TokyoMango), @tokyomango

Lisa Katayama is a San Francisco-based journalist who writes about Japanese culture, technology, and entrepreneurship for Wired, Popular Science, Fast Company, and The New York Times Magazine. She is also a producer for PRI’s Studio360 radio show, the author of a book called Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan, and a correspondent for Boing Boing, one of Time Magazine’s five most essential blogs of 2010. She’s spoken about Japanese web culture to the BBC, CNN, ABC, Martha Stewart Radio, and at venues like O’Reilly’s ETech conference and the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. Her personal web site, TokyoMango, was a runner up for the Weblog Awards in 2009. When she’s not working, she rock climbs, does triathlons, and plays the... Read More.

Kuldeep Kelkar (Paypal)

Kuldeep is a customer experience leader with proven track record of providing actionable insights for over a decade, to drive real product improvements. He is a metrics driven leader who understands the unique value that rich qualitative research can provide. Strong believer in triangulating voice of customer, globally, utilizing multiple data sources & research methods.

Kuldeep Kelkar is currently Head of Global Experience Research at PayPal, in San Jose, CA. In this current role he manages a team of highly talented researchers to support all business units & regions at PayPal. During the last decade Kuldeep has worked as a designer & researcher and holds a Masters degree in Human Computer Interaction from Clemson University.

Kevin Kelly

For 25 years Kevin Kelly has been a participant in, and reporter on, the culture of technology. Based in his studio in Pacifica, California, he immerses himself in the long-term trends and social consequences of technology. Kevin Kelly is currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He helped launch Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor until January 1999. During Kelly’s tenure as editor at Wired, the magazine won two National Magazine Awards (the industry’s equivalent of two Oscars). He is currently editor and publisher of the popular Cool Tools, True Film, and Street Use websites. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with... Read More.

Amy Jo Kim
Amy Jo Kim (ShuffleBrain), @amyjokim

Amy Jo Kim is an internationally recognized expert in online social architecture. She has designed social architecture for Electronic Arts/Maxis/Origin, Digital Chocolate, MTV/Harmonix, eBay, There.com, Yahoo!, and others. Her influential book Community Building on the Web (published 2000), translated into 7 languages, is required reading in universities and game companies around the world. She has a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from University of Washington, and a BA in Experimental Psychology from UCSD.

Danny Kim (FullArmor Corp.), @dannykim

Danny Kim is a 20+ year veteran of programming and taking to market the latest technologies and innovations from Unix distributed computing to Windows server and client security and as an early adopter of cloud computing infrastructures. As the CTO and a founding member of FullArmor Corp, Danny is a recognized industry expert on Security, Directory based services, Datacenter automation, and Cloud based computing. Kim has helped more than 30 Fortune 100 companies, including Bank of America, Boeing, and Wal-Mart, design and deploy their security policies, Datacenter automation, and Cloud based infrastructures. He has also architected and developed several leading Windows policy management and virtualization products which have been licensed by Microsoft, NetIQ, Citrix, HP, Sony, Toshiba and others. Danny’s current passion is working... Read More.

Phil Kim (Bundle.com), @philatwork

Phil is CTO of Bundle, a NYC-based personal finance startup that uses data to help consumers make smarter financial decisions. He has been working with web technology for over ten years, including digital initiatives for Razorfish, Major League Baseball, Thomson Reuters, and Google. He has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Justin Kistner leads the development of Webtrends Facebook Analytics and is the public face for Webtrends’ social media initiatives. Kistner joined Webtrends from Voce Communications, where he helped architect social strategy for clients such as Intel and Oracle. He previously spent time as a Social Engagement Coordinator at Jive Software, and was the owner of Metafluence, Inc. – an independent web presence consultancy.

In addition to his role at Webtrends, Kistner organizes Beer and Blog – a blogging meet up hosted in 18 cities from Portland to Tokyo. Kistner also holds a bachelor degree in advertising from the University of Oregon.

Laura Klein
Laura Klein (Users Know), @lauraklein

Laura has been working in Silicon Valley for over 15 years in both
engineering and user experience roles. She currently consults with
lean startups and other small companies to help them connect with
their customers and build better products.

Before Users Know, Laura was a Design Director at Sliced Bread Design,
where she worked with companies of all sizes, including Plantronics,
Intuit, Adobe, and Yummly. She has also worked as both a senior
interaction designer and software engineer at several successful
startups, including IMVU, Onlink Technologies, and Junglee. She
frequently blogs about design, usability, metrics, and product
management at Users Know.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University.

Thomas Knoll

Community Architect, Community Cultivator, and Customer development at brands including Zappos, UserVoice, and Seesmic.

While he has a technical background, he prefers to speak in gardening and architecture metaphors. He is inspired by storytelling, psychology, evangelism, architectural theory, social economics, game mechanics, cultural anthropology, compassion, and ants.

He was studying to become a missionary, but left that path because he grew tired of the business of religion. Now, he helps businesses convert customers into communities of evangelists.

Oh, and he loves his internet friends, and falls in love with almost everyone he meets.

Akshay Kothari
Akshay Kothari (Pulse News)

Akshay is the co-founder of Pulse News, a beautiful mobile application that makes news reading fun and engaging. Previously, he was a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He calls himself a “fake EE” since he spent most of his time taking computer science and design courses. A year ago, Akshay and his co-founder, Ankit, designed and developed the Pulse News app in 6 weeks. They dreamed of selling a few hundred copies of Pulse to recover the cost of their brand new iPad. Today, their dreams have gotten much bigger as they hope to revolutionize the way people read news on mobile devices.

Micki Krimmel
Micki Krimmel (Sugar Packet, Inc.), @Mickipedia

Micki Krimmel is the founder of NeighborGoods.net, a community where you can save and earn money by sharing stuff with your neighbors. Why buy when you can borrow?

Micki has been building online communities for almost a decade. She founded the interactive department at Participant Media, where she created the company’s first online community and led the social media efforts for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. She also ran the community department at Revver.com and has provided product and social media consulting for numerous startups and media companies.

Micki is a long time contributor to Worldchanging.com and co-authored the award winning book, Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century. She also blogs for The Huffington Post, Shareable.net, and Mickipedia.com. Her videoblogs have been viewed... Read More.

Bala Krishnan
Bala Krishnan (Peel)

Bala is a seasoned technology professional specializing in computer software algorithms and massively scalable and parallel computing systems. Before co-founding Peel, Bala was part of the advanced technology group at Magma Design Automation, where he worked on the company’s flagship Place and Route tools.

Bala co-founded Peel along with Thiru, and he leads the technology and product visions for the company.

Erica Kuhl
Erica Kuhl (salesforce.com)

Erica Kuhl is the Community & Social Media Manager at salesforce.com
where she is the voice and brand ambassador for the Salesforce
community. In Erica’s 8+ year tenure at salesforce.com she has had
the customer as the focal point in all her roles including Education
Manager, Customer Marketing Manager, and now Community Manager. She
spearheaded the company’s Social Media Policy and training program and
spends much of her time engaging and nurturing her wildly passionate
community members on various channels including discussion boards,
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs. She has been instrumental in
brining the entire salesforce.com Community onto the Salesforce
platform, keeping the Community in step with salesforce.com’s Social
CRM strategy.

Ashwani heads up the Smart Platforms business for InMobi and is responsible for product and business strategy across smartphones and tablets. He brings deep experience and expertise in working with mobile app developers and the ecosystem overall to the role with InMobi.

Previously, Ashwani co-founded AppLoop, one of the first mobile app analytics companies in Silicon Valley. Prior to his entrepreneurial adventure with AppLoop, he led the real-time business analytics business at Oracle and helped it become one of the fastest growing businesses within the company. Ashwani started his career as software engineer and built his expertise around digital media and analytics in Product Management and Business strategy roles. Ashwani holds a Bachelor degree from IIT, Kanpur and a Masters degree from MIT.Read More.

Manu Kumar
Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures)

Manu is the founder and Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures. Manu previously founded, grew and sold two successful ventures. He was the Founder, President and CEO of SneakerLabs, Inc. – a company which developed software and services for web-based customer interaction. After the successful acquisition of SneakerLabs (March 2000), Manu served as the Vice-President of Interactive Technologies for E.piphany. He then served as the Chairman and CEO of iMeet, Inc. – a provider of web-conferencing services. Manu completed his Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was inducted in to the Electrical Engineering Honor Society – Eta Kappa Nu, the National Engineering Honor Society – Tau Beta Pi and the honor society of Phi Kappa... Read More.

Mike Kuniavsky
Mike Kuniavsky (ThingM Corporation)

He is a cofounder of Crowdlight, a new networking entertainment startup, ThingM, a ubiquitous computing hardware design, development and manufacturing company. Previously he was a founding partner of Adaptive Path, a San Francisco design consultantcy and Wired Digital’s User Experience lab. ‘Observing the User Experience,’ His book on user research methods, has been continuously in print since 2003 and is used by people around the world who want to understand the relationship between people and products. Reviewers have said that his 2010 book, ‘Smart Things: ubiquitous computing user experience design’ will ’change user experience practice forever.

Photo credit: Ben Cerveny

Paul Lathrop
Paul Lathrop (SimpleGeo, Inc.)

Paul is the Operations team lead at SimpleGeo where he works to build and maintain fully automated and fault-tolerant systems to support the company’s location platform. Before joining SimpleGeo, Paul brought systems automation to Digg, building out configuration management for 500+ servers. Since joining SimpleGeo, Paul has been focused on systems automation and integration while trying to maintain stability in the face of rapid growth and obscure Linux kernel bugs. In his off time, Paul enjoys tinkering with new technologies, playing tabletop RPGs, and chasing his toddler around the house.

Jess Lee
Jess Lee (Polyvore), @jesskah

Jess is the co-founder and vice president of product management of Polyvore (www.polyvore.com), a social shopping platform. At Polyvore, she is responsible for product vision and user experience, but has done a little bit of everything from writing code to selling ads to washing dishes. Prior to Polyvore, Jess worked at Google for 4 years, where she was the product manager for Google Maps and worked on features like My Maps, draggable driving directions and the Maps API. Jess has a degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, loves drawing, and owns over a thousand comic books.

Aaron Levie
Aaron Levie (Box.net)

Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box.net, a leading provider of tools for managing and sharing data online. Founded as a college business project with a vision giving people instant access to their information, anywhere, Box.net was launched from Aaron’s dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO, Dylan Smith. Aaron is originally from Mercer Island, WA, and studied entrepreneurship for two and a half years at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. At Box, Aaron is currently responsible for product and platform strategy and design. In 2006, after raising an “A” round of venture capital from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Aaron moved the company to Palo Alto.

Josh Levine
Josh Levine (Great Monday), @akajoshlevine

For over ten years Josh has helped global brands engage consumers and empower employees through design, strategy, and marketing programs. He applies a cross-disciplinary expertise in visual communication, user experience, and strategic services to create long-term growth. Today his consultancy Great Monday helps clients and agencies build meaningful brands by designing tools and programs that promote behavior change. He regularly speaks, writes, and leads workshops on brand and business and co-hosts the show Kandi & Josh: Gamechangers.

Previous clients include HP, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Herman Miller, Patagonia, Barclays, Yahoo, Sun Microsystems, and Dwell magazine. Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University, and a degree in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University.

Clay Loveless
Clay Loveless (Mashery), @claylo

Mashery co-founder and Chief Architect Clay Loveless has been programming online applications since 1995. As Senior Software Engineer at Feedster, he played a key role in API and application development for Feedster partners. Prior to his work at Feedster, Clay served as Vice President of Technology for Eruptor Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based entertainment production company.

Clay also led the enterprise web application consulting firm Killersoft, and in the early days of the Web, he developed frontend code for America Online. He has written numerous articles devoted to PHP development, and was responsible for four chapters in the PHP Cookbook, 2nd Edition (2006) from O’Reilly. Clay holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin Division.

Jennifer Maer (IDEO)

Jenn offers brand strategy, storytelling, and project leadership to a diverse group of IDEO clients, including Marriott, Nike, Mattel, ConAgra, and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Earlier in her career, Jenn worked as an agency account planner—conducting qualitative consumer research — as well as a copywriter. She’s helped tell the stories of clients like HP, Oregon Chai, Microsoft, Michelin, PeopleSoft, Red Envelope, Snapple, and more.

Most recently, Jenn was an Associate Creative Director at MRM Worldwide, the interactive arm of McCann Erickson. Her writing has been recognized by The One Show, Clios, John Caples International Awards, and the Bay Area Addys.

BA, Women’s Studies, Smith College. Special focus Literature and Anthropology

Jennifer Magnolfi
Jennifer Magnolfi (Herman Miller), @magnolfi

Jennifer Magnolfi’s work at the front end of Herman Miller Research & Development explores the effects of programmability as a driver for future business development and innovation. During the past five years, she has lead work in an R&D initiative called Programmable Environments, comprising new product concepts, technology integration architecture, building engineering systems in sites, and the development of strategic corporate partnerships and alliances. Some of her built projects include the Microsoft Envisioning Lab in Redmond, and the Georgia Tech main Campus Library.

Jennifer is the co-author of “Always Building: the Programmable Environment”, a design manifesto published by the Herman Miller. The book articulates the core design principles guiding an exploration of intelligent future environments. In previous roles, Jennifer served as an instructor at the... Read More.

Jessica Mah
Jessica Mah (inDinero.com), @jessicamah

As the founder and software architect of inDinero, Jessica drives the development of inDinero’s product strategy, software development, and design efforts. She designed inDinero for the typical small business owner, knowing that its usefulness and simplicity would change the way business owners look at money. Founders Jessica Mah and Andy Su built the core product over the Summer of 2009, and the company has since won funding from UC Berkeley’s Center of Entrepreneurship and early stage investment firm YCombinator.

In her early life, Jessica was the founder and technical lead behind internshipIN.com, which helped match students with internships. She’s been programming since age 9, building businesses since age 12, and finished high school at age 15. Jessica holds degrees from Simon’s Rock the Early College,... Read More.

Erin Malone
Erin Malone (Tangible UX), @emalone

Erin Malone, Principal with Tangible ux, a user experience design firm, has over 20 years of experience leading design teams and developing social experiences for web and software. Prior to Tangible, she spent 4+ years at Yahoo! leading the Platform User Experience Design team where they were responsible for Community products and platforms, for helping develop the Yahoo! Open Strategy, including its social offerings, building the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library and for providing design expertise to the popular YUI (Yahoo! User Interface Library). Additionally, she led the redesign of the Yahoo! Developer Network, oversaw the redesign of Yahoo!’s registration system, and worked on cross-company initiatives. Before Yahoo!, she was a Design Director at AOL responsible for community applications, Creative Director at AltaVista and... Read More.

Michael Malone
Michael Malone (SimpleGeo), @mjmalone

Mike Malone is lead architect at SimpleGeo, where he works on building and integrating scalable systems that power the company’s location platform. Since joining SimpleGeo, Mike has been working to ensure operational continuity in the face of rapid growth, partial system failures, and traffic bursts. Before joining SimpleGeo, Mike helped build the microblogging web site Pownce, where he learned a lot about the technical and social difficulties of scaling an online community. After Pownce’s acquisition by Six Apart in 2008, Mike worked on the TypePad platform team, where he gained a great deal of experience building RESTful web services. In his spare time Mike enjoys tinkering with new technologies. When he’s not on the computer, you can probably find him hanging out with his girlfriend,... Read More.

Kendra Markle
Kendra Markle (Stanford Prevention Research Center), @kendramarkle

As an entrepreneur and founder/CEO of AlterActions.org, Kendra builds persuasive technology tools for healthy behavior change. Her tools combine the latest research in neuroscience and the psychology of persuasion with mobile and social technology to help and influence people to change their behavior for the better. Her techniques produce lasting changes in lifestyle in people struggling with obesity, anxiety, chronic conditions and emotional health issues.

Kendra’s background includes bio-medical engineering degrees from MIT, 6 years at Kaiser Permanente working with clinical care teams on technology tools for patients and ongoing research with the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab on innovative ways to use mobile and social media to improve health outcomes.

A popular and dynamic industry conference speaker, she’s presented at Persuasive, Mobile Health,... Read More.

Kevin Marks
Kevin Marks (TummelVision.tv)

Kevin Marks is a host and co-founder of TummelVision.tv. Over the last 20 years he’s moved between giant companies and founding startups – BBC, The UK MultiMedia Corporation, Apple QuickTime, Technorati, Google, BT. The common thread has been working out how people, computers and media can complement each other, and solving the engineering and social problems where they meet. He is one of the driving forces behind microformats.org, activitystrea.ms and portablecontacts.net. He is an advisor to the Open Rights Group. He wants you to remember that URLs are people too, and his URL is http://epeus.blogspot.com.

Nancy Marzouk
Nancy Marzouk (Netmining)

Nancy Marzouk is VP of Strategic Partnerships at Netmining, a global provider of audience targeting solutions. For more than a decade, Marzouk has been recognized as a thought leader in Internet marketing. As a sales and marketing expert, her strategy and tactics have helped many digital companies grow into major acquisition targets.

Marzouk joined Netmining from online targeting platform [x+1], where she oversaw all agency and client direct sales initiatives and accelerated growth and development of the National sales organization. Prior to [x+1], she served as Senior Director at DRIVEpm – a role in which she led all business expansion and guided the company to become one of Microsoft’s most successful acquisitions. Marzouk has also held senior-level positions at several other Internet firms, including Read More.

Rob Mauceri
Rob Mauceri (Microsoft)

Rob Mauceri is the group program manager for Windows Internet Explorer and led the team responsible for the recently released IE9. For the last 15 years Rob worked on Microsoft’s web services, platform, and tools across Office and Windows. Before coming to Microsoft, Rob was a developer at Vermeer Technologies, creator of FrontPage, and The MathWorks where he helped create the first Windows version of MATLAB and SIMULINK.

Ross Mayfield
Ross Mayfield (SlideShare, Inc.), @ross

Ross Mayfield is the Vice President of Business Development at SlideShare, developing strategic partnerships and helping organizations engage with the world’s largest professional sharing community. He has been an advisor to SlideShare since its founding. He is also currently Chairman & Co-founder of Socialtext, the Enterprise Social Software pioneer, and was the founding CEO. Previously, Mayfield Co-founded and served as President of RateXchange, a publicly traded B2B commodity exchange for telecommunications. He served as VP of Marketing for a Fujitsu spinout and Marketing Director of the largest privately held telecommunications group in Eastern Europe, founded an ISP, and a web-design company. Mayfield is a former advisor to the Office of the President of Estonia and began his career in the non-profit sector. He... Read More.

Natalie Mccullough
Natalie Mccullough (ServiceSource)

Natalie McCullough, Executive Vice President of Marketing
Natalie McCullough leads Go-To-Market activities for ServiceSource. In this role, she manages Corporate and Solution Marketing, Solution Design and Sales Operations. Natalie and her team work with clients and prospects to benchmark their service businesses to industry best practice and develop tailored solutions that maximize client financial and strategic goals. Natalie came to ServiceSource in 2006 as Vice President of Strategy to drive development of a long term strategy for ServiceSource’s growth.

Prior to ServiceSource, Natalie was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company. Her experience at McKinsey includes over 25 client engagements, focusing on corporate and business unit growth strategy, organizational restructuring and development, and go-to-market and brand strategy. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree... Read More.

Dharmesh Mehta
Dharmesh Mehta (Microsoft Corporation)

As director of product management for the Windows Live business at Microsoft Corp., Dharmesh Mehta is responsible for driving business and product strategy, marketing, business development and evangelism for Windows Live, a suite of free software and services that help people communicate, share and keep their lives in sync.

Dharmesh and his team are chartered with the goal of leading Windows Live as the world’s most engaged community of people across the PC, web and mobile phone. They drive the worldwide business strategy and the Windows Live value proposition including Hotmail, Messenger and Windows Live Essentials. They are also responsible for building lasting partnerships with network operators, PC manufacturers and leading web companies.

Dharmesh has worked at Microsoft since 2005 in a variety of product... Read More.

David  Messenger
David Messenger (American Express)

David Messenger is the executive vice president and head of American Express’ new Online and Mobile business unit. In this capacity, Messenger is responsible for developing new online and mobile payment capabilities and associated services and applications, with an emphasis on creating strategic digital partnerships. Additionally, the role comprises all online and mobile marketing, business development, customer care and CRM functions.

Prior to joining American Express, Messenger worked at Virgin Mobile USA as chief administrative and corporate development officer where he was responsible for corporate development, corporate strategy, technology, operating platforms, customer care, customer base management, and customer experience.

Previously, he served as senior vice president for Take-Two Interactive Inc. in New York City. Before that, Messenger was a principal at Towers Perrin,... Read More.

Peter Meyers

Author and digital book producer. I write about and help companies create reader-friendly digital books. I specialize in the “reading experience” and content design. Author of “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books & the Reading Experience” and “Best iPad Apps” (both O’Reilly).

I co-founded one of the first multimedia textbook publishers (Digital Learning Interactive, sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning). I’ve also written extensively about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. Some of my favorite pieces include a profile of Norwegian programmers who used pigeons to transmit information between computers http://bit.ly/bXtkAi, the evangelism of Edward Tufte’s information design seminars http://bit.ly/cwPvvJ, and one... Read More.

David Michaels
David Michaels (Intuit)

David Michaels is a 14-year veteran of Silicon Valley startups and an expert in designing and building secure, distributed systems capable of Internet scale. David was the first VP at Mint.com and the chief architect behind Mint’s security and scalability. Mint, the web’s largest free personal finance application, was acquired by Intuit for $170 million in November 2009. David enjoys the challenges and exhilaration of early-stage companies, having been among the first employees at seven venture-backed startups since 1996: starting with GeoCities where he built one of the first ad servers on the net. GeoCities became the third most popular destination on the web and was ultimately acquired by Yahoo for $5 billion. David implemented performance and scalability features for NetDynamics, the first Java-based application... Read More.

Adam Mosseri (Facebook), @mosseri
Duane Nickull
Duane Nickull (Adobe Systems)

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.

Dan Olsen
Dan Olsen (YourVersion, Inc.), @danolsen

“Dan Olsen <img src=‘http://www.linkedin.com/img/icon/icon_acct_15x15.gif’”:http://www.linkedin.com/in/danolsen98/ is CEO and Founder of YourVersion, a real-time discovery engine startup. Dan is a Web 2.0 entrepreneur and consultant with 19 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 founded YourVersion in 2007 to build “Pandora for your real-time web content”: a real-time discovery engine that discovers the latest relevant web content tailored to your specific interests across news, blogs, Twitter, and videos. YourVersion also offers a free iPhone app so you can stay on top of your interests on the go. YourVersion launched at the... Read More.

Rick Olson
Rick Olson (GitHub)

Rick is a Ruby developer at @github. He’s also developed several APIs for @entp.

Kim Oslob (UserZoom, Inc.)

Kim has worked in the field of User Experience Research for over 10 years. She has extensive experience with both qualitative and quantitative UX Research through her work at Claris (now Filemaker), Macromedia (now Adobe) and Visto Corp (now Good). Kim has been a presenter at several conferences, including UPA, written an article for the User Experience Magazine, been a guest speaker at the STC-Usability Sig, and an invited speaker for UC Berkeley’s Tech Writers Usability course. Kim is skilled at developing and managing usability research plans from concept through roll-out. Since joining UserZoom 3 years ago, she’s worked closely with high profile clients to design and implement top notch research, and helped define UserZoom product strategy.

RJ Owen
RJ Owen (EffectiveUI)

RJ Owen is a Senior Developer specializing in user interface development. Coming from a highly diverse technological background, RJ has worked in application technologies like C++ and Java, as well as web technologies like HTML and PHP. RJ has acted as lead developer for many key EffectiveUI clients
including Discovery, Random House and Adobe. Recently, RJ co-authored the O’Reilly shortcut “Flex 3: Early Evaluator” and has been giving training sessions on Flex and using Flex Builder. RJ has a BS in Physics and Computer Science and lives in Denver with his wife Marty.

Abe Pachikara

Abe Pachikara is passionate about the cloud computing shift underway. In this role, he is an active supporter of the (still embryonic) cloud discussion in the broader community by luminaries like Dave Nielsen of CloudCamp. He also equips Microsoft’s field evangelists so they can reach and enable legions of developers to learn more about the Windows Azure Platform (via training kits, screencasts and other assets) and try it out for themselves. Outside of work Abe is an avid amateur photographer with some of his work at occasionalinsights.blogspot.com. Twitter: @abepachikara LinkedIn: Abe Pachikara.

Jennifer Pahlka
Jennifer Pahlka (Code for America), @pahlkadot

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’ReillyRead More.

Mikhail Panchenko
Mikhail Panchenko (Opsmatic, Inc), @mihasya

Mike is the CTO of Opsmatic. He works with his team on building a reliable service for making the daily lives of frontline operators and engineers better.

Before that, he worked on distributed storage at Urban Airship (by way of SimpleGeo). His job entailed figuring out how to store and query large amounts of data in a horizontally scalable data store, while ensuring that the system ran smooth as butter and was easy to operate.

Before that, he spent 3 years at Yahoo! performing a variet of roles. Initially hired to the Ops Tools team to work on infrastructure projects such as DNS automation, he then went on to spread his time around on automating abuse/spam prevention, rebuilding the offline batch processing system,... Read More.

Aaron Patzer
Aaron Patzer (Mint.com)

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.

Jonah Peretti
Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed), @peretti

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.

Purin Phanichphant

Though at different times, he’s masqueraded as a Hollywood star, a part-time prince, and a buddhist monk, Purin has always been a designer at heart. Drawing inspiration from his native Thailand, where fun, play, and lightheartedness are a way of life, and his fetish for buttons, knobs, and displays, Purin has designed a number of playful and interactive creations. His most recent work includes a six-foot-tall land-glider dubbed the Death Wheel 3000dx, an interface for human-computer sex, a wall covered with all the tap lights in the Bay Area, and a machine that churns out authentic Thai food with the push of a button.

Cass Phillipps (Webwallflower Events), @webwallflower

I am an event producer for the Bay Area Startup Community, having managed shows including SF MusicTech Summit, Inside Social Apps, Unleashed Conference, SF Beta, and Finance4Founders.

I am also the creator and executive producer of FailCon, a one day summit focussed on helping startup founders identify, prepare for, and learn from the most common mistakes made. This year’s event attracted over 450 people, and will probably be traveling to New York, Paris, and Montreal next year.

James Phillips (Membase, Inc.), @jamesmphillips

A twenty-five year veteran of the software industry, James Phillips started his career writing software for the Apple II and TRS-80 microcomputer platforms. In 1984, at age 17, he co-founded his first software company, Fifth Generation Systems, which was acquired by Symantec in 1993 forming the foundation of Symantec’s PC backup software business. Most recently, James was co-founder and CEO of Akimbi Systems, a venture-backed software company acquired by VMware in 2006. Book-ended by these entrepreneurial successes, James has held executive leadership roles in software engineering, product management, marketing and corporate development at large public companies including Intel, Synopsys and Intuit and with venture-backed software startups including Central Point Software (acquired by Symantec), Ensim and Actional Corporation (acquired by Progress Software). Additionally, James... Read More.

Rosalind W. Picard
Rosalind W. Picard (MIT Media Lab and Affectiva, Inc.), @rosalindpicard

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratory, co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, the largest industrial sponsorship organization at the lab, and leader of the new and growing Autism & Communication Technology Initiative at MIT. She is co-founder, chief scientist and chairman of Affectiva, Inc., making technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

Picard holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and master’s and doctorate degrees, both in electrical engineering and computer science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to completing her doctorate at MIT, she was a Member... Read More.

Alex Polvi (Cloudkick)

Alex is co-founder of Cloudkick and director of product at Rackspace. Cloudkick, recently acquired by Rackspace in December, was a Y Combinator funded startup and one of Robert Scoble’s 2010 startups to watch. In addition to advising startups, Alex is a lead contributor to libcloud, an open source library for developers to build portable cloud applications. Previously, he has worked on many free/open infrastructure projects for the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and the Oregon State Open Source Lab. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Oregon State University.

Scott Porad
Scott Porad (Pet Holdings, Inc), @scottporad

Scott Porad is the Cheezburger Technology Officer of Pet Holdings, Inc., the company behind I Can Has Cheezburger? and Failblog.org. The Cheezburger Network is a collection of web sites where everyday millions of people share moments of joy through the humor and wonder of LOL.

Previously, Scott focused on e-commerce and online retailing at drugstore.com, and online media and content management systems for ESPN.com at Paul Allen’s Starwave. He writes about his experiences working with the Internet at http://scottporad.com.

Tom Preston-Werner

Tom Preston-Werner is a cofounder and chief executive officer of
GitHub, a web site that makes it easy for users to collaborate on
software projects and share code. This site has attracted a community
of more than 3.5 million developers and strives to lower the barriers
of collaboration by building powerful features into its products,
making it easier for users to contribute and write better code,
faster.

Preston-Werner also invented the Gravatar, a globally recognized image
that follows its user around the internet to help identify posting on
blogs, web forums, or other internet activities. He sold Gravatar in
2007.

He lives and works in San Francisco. The weather there is strange, but
he loves... Read More.

Ruben Quinones
Ruben Quinones (Path Interactive), @rubenq

Ruben Quinones is the Director of New Media @ Path Interactive, and an Adjunct instructor @ NYU, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Marketing and Public Relations Studies Program. Teaching “Examining Social Media Networks for Brand Value” a core course in the Digital Media Marketing Certificate Program.

In his strategic role, Ruben provides forward thinking leadership for the company’s social media marketing processes and is also responsible for business development, consulting, and key project management for client Paid Search, Search Engine Optimization and Social marketing campaigns.

A seasoned online marketing professional, prior to joining Path Interactive, Ruben’s related experience includes founding and marketing a one of the Internet’s first vertical search directories, directed at property managers, and was an advertising internet consultant for Verizon... Read More.

Daniel Rabinovich

Daniel Rabinovich is a Vice President and Head of Product Development at MercadoLibre. He has been with the company in different capacities related to product development for over 10 years since joining in March of 2000. He currently oversees all product development and software engineering efforts at MercadoLibre.

Prior to working at MercadoLibre, Daniel served as a Staff Developer at PeopleSoft.

He holds a BSc in Information Systems from the University of Buenos Aires and a Masters in Technology Management from Universidad de San Andres, Argentina.

Daniel Raffel

Daniel Raffel is CEO and co-founder of Heavy Bits. He is actively developing a new mobile service.

Before founding Heavy Bits he worked at Yahoo where he served as the Product Manager that helped create Pipes, a web based composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web. During his tenure at Yahoo, Daniel contributed to launching Yahoo Messengers VoIP product. He also lead the effort to add 3rd party authentication across the entire Yahoo network.

In another life, Daniel co-founded two record labels Lucky Kitchen and Apartment B. He has performed live under various aliases at venues around the world and has released recordings on over a dozen labels. In yet another life, Daniel’s passion for... Read More.

Sam Ramji
Sam Ramji (Apigee), @sramji

Sam Ramji brings over 15 years of industry experience in enterprise software, product development, and open source strategy. Prior to Apigee, Ramji led open source strategy across Microsoft. He was a founding member of the AquaLogic product team and has built large-scale enterprise and Web-scale applications, leading the Ofoto engineering team through its acquisition by Kodak. Other experience includes hands-on development of client, client-server and distributed applications on Unix, Windows and Macintosh at companies ranging from Broderbund to Fair Isaac. Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California at San Diego, and is a member of the Institute for Generative Leadership.

Alex Rampell
Alex Rampell (TrialPay), @trialpay

Alex Rampell is the co-founder and CEO of TrialPay, where he is responsible for general management and building corporate infrastructure. Prior to TrialPay, Alex co-founded FraudEliminator, the first consumer anti-phishing company, which merged into SiteAdvisor and was acquired by McAfee in April 2006. Alex began his career writing and selling consumer software on bulletin board systems and the nascent Internet. His first successful company gained hundreds of thousands of paying consumers worldwide and had products featured in Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, “Today,” CNBC and BusinessWeek. He holds an AB in Applied Math and Computer Science, cum laude, from Harvard University.

Spencer Rascoff

Spencer Rascoff is the Chief Executive Officer at Zillow.com. Spencer joined the company as one of its founding employees in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Marketing and served as its Chief Operating Officer from October 2008 through his promotion to CEO in September 2010. Spencer regularly appears on national broadcast outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg Television, and Fox News to discuss real estate data and housing trends. Prior to joining Zillow.com, Spencer was Vice President of Lodging for Expedia. In 1999, Spencer co-founded Hotwire.com, a leading Internet travel company, and ran several product lines there before it was acquired by Interactive Corp (parent company of Expedia) in 2003. Before his consumer web career, Spencer was in investment banking and... Read More.

Naval Ravikant
Naval Ravikant (AngelList), @naval

Naval Ravikant is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Hit Forge, an angel fund for social media startups. He is also currently the Chairman of Vast.com and a Director at Mercantila, Qubescape, and Hive7. Previously, he has co-founded Chainn Inc. (a large Facebook economy developer), Epinions (acquired by Ebay as part of Shopping.com) and Genoa Corporation (acquired by Finisar). He is an investor in SocialMedia Inc., Twitter, WeGame, and many others. He also advised XFire (sold to Viacom) and Bix (Sold to Yahoo!) His personal blog is at Startupboy.com, and he is also a co-author of Venturehacks.com.

Matt Reider (Engine Yard)

Matt has been working in the web development sapce since the web’s inception in the mid 1990’s. He was master instructor for Adobe’s ColdFusion product, and taught classes in Java Performance Tuning from 2005. He is now a card carrying member of the Ruby on Rails community, and in charge of Engine Yard’s training and professional services teams.

Tim Roberts (Fitbit )

Tim is the VP, Interactive at Fitbit, responsible for the digital experience that works with the hardware. Previously Tim has been a founding member of such projects as Infectious, Twitter, Odeo and Bigstep. He has also made some good looking products at places such as Yahoo!, Netscape and Organic Online.

Ania Rodriguez (Keylime Interactive)

Ania Rodriguez is a the founder and CEO of Key Lime Interactive, the leading customer experience research firm who in 2010 conducted research for over 25 Fortune 500 clients. Key Lime Interactive specializes in unmoderated research, as well as eye tracking user research for both web and mobile/tablets. Ania personally has 13 years of experience consulting to C-level executives on the topics of UI Design, Usability and Online Marketing. She began her career at United Technologies, then spent 8 years at IBM Global Services, followed by a few years at Keynote Systems before founding Key LIme Interactive over 2 years ago. Ania holds a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon and her M.S. from University of Miami in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Human... Read More.

Elspeth Rountree

Listed as a “2009 Silicon Alley Insider 100” and one of the “25 Need-To-Know Bloggers” by Mediaite.com, Elspeth “Ellie” Rountree has appeared as an internet culture expert on major media channels including NBC, FOX, hosted her own show in conjunction with Conde Nast, and has written for the Saving Grace series blog on TNT. She has also recently been cited in the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post regarding internet culture. She was also a writer, senior producer, host, and co-creator of both highly successful Rocketboom Tech and Know Your Meme series.

Prior to working at Rocketboom and starting her current freelance consulting career, Rountree graduated with a BS in Cinema and Photography from the Roy H. Park School of Communications... Read More.

Mike Rugnetta (What We Know So Far / MemeFactory), @mikerugnetta

Mike Rugnetta is a composer and programmer. He is co-founder and co-director of the Brooklyn based performance group What We Know So Far which produces past-paced works about information, media and technology culture.

Alex Russell
Alex Russell (Google)

Alex serves on the Board of the Dojo Foundation and OSAF. He helped develop and lead the team that built the Dojo Toolkit, the JavaScript toolkit that organizations turn to when performance, accessibility, and internationalization concerns finally come home to roost.

He currently works at Google on Chrome, a Webkit-based browser that is helping the web evolve faster.

David Sacks
David Sacks (Yammer, Inc.)

David is the Founder and CEO of Yammer, Inc. He has been involved in the internet space for ten years as an entrepreneur, executive and investor, starting with PayPal in 1999. David was PayPal’s Chief Operating Officer and product leader, taking the company from startup to IPO and eventual sale to eBay for $1.5 billion. Subsequently, he founded Geni.com, which is creating a family tree of the whole world, enabling millions of family members to connect, share, and preserve their lives. He also produced and financed the movie “Thank You For Smoking”. He has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Dom Sagolla
Dom Sagolla (iPhoneDevCamp)

Dom Sagolla is co-founder and host of iPhoneDevCamp. He has been programming on the Apple platform since the tender age of five, working in research and development at HP Laboratories, the MIT Media Lab and now Adobe Labs. Dom has worked at such startups as Macromedia, Odeo, and Dom.net, and has helped ship applications such as Dreamweaver and the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as the Internet’s Twitter. Dom is the founder of DollarApp, developing games, utilities, and toys for iPhone in San Francisco.

Michael Salamon
Michael Salamon (EffectiveUI)

Michael Salamon is lead experience architect at EffectiveUI, an award-winning and recognized leader in the design and development of custom desktop, mobile and rich Internet applications.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Michael’s work spans print, Web, mobile, interactive, motion, illustration and animation. With a thorough history in the printing industry, Michael made the move to the Web with the rest of the chunky-black-glasses crowd and helped define interaction methods still used today. His clients have ranged from huge multi-national companies to modest one-person shops, including: Qwest, Quark, Intuit, Cendant (CheapTickets), JCPenney, Home Depot, Cabela’s, Dish Network, Staz, Ci-Ci’s Pizza and Northrop Grumman. He is an adjunct professor for the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver.

Heather Schlegel
Heather Schlegel (heathervescent), @heathervescent

Heather Schlegel is an independent researcher exploring alternative currencies and transactions; specifically how information technology is changing the physical and cultural way we borrow and lend. She is completing a Master’s of Technology in Strategic Foresight at the University of Houston’s Futures Program. Additional research projects include the impact of technology on identity creation and positive wildcards.

Prior to her futures research, Schlegel helped build and launch over 50 Internet products in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. Schlegel is primarily known by her online moniker, heathervescent, where she explores the intersection of technology, culture and identity. Follow on Twitter @heathervescent.

John Schoofs
John Schoofs (Parallel Path)

John Schoofs joined Parallel Path in December of 2010 and while he is a recent addition to the team, he is not new to Web Analytics. Prior to his employment with Parallel Path, John has helped organizations implement Web Analytics platforms such as Omniture Site Catalyst and Google Analytics. John is known for a data driven approach to helping organizations understand what is happening within their website and what they can do to improve it.

Mr. Schoofs’ background is concentrated within the home decor industry with employment at Bellacor.com and Murals Your Way. During his tenure at Bellacor.com he helped the organization migrate from a homegrown database-driven analytics solution over to Omniture Site Catalyst and establish reporting metrics. His work helped the organization broaden... Read More.

Deborah Schultz
Deborah Schultz (TummelVision.tv)

Deb is an Internet industry veteran and open-web advocate who merges expertise in design, technology and innovation to bring fresh approaches to business. She is widely recognized for her understanding of the social web and its impact on society, culture and business. Her current work focuses on open-innovation, real-world experimentation and the new human dynamics required to succeed in a hyper-connected world. Deb is founder and co-host of Tummelvision.tv and a Senior Fellow with the Altimeter Group. She consults and advises Fortune 50s, startups and VC’s and serves on Procter & Gamble’s Digital Advisory Board.

One of her proudest accomplishments was launching the Downtown Info Center, a community center & online hub to revitalize her hometown of New York after the attacks of September 11th.... Read More.

Robert Scoble (Rackspace), @Scobleizer

Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger and is also co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.

Robert Scoble
Robert Scoble (Rackspace), @scobleizer

Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger and is also co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.

Dan Shapiro
Dan Shapiro (Sparkbuy Inc.), @danshapiro

Dan Shapiro is the founder and CEO of Sparkbuy Inc, a comparison shopping website. Sparkbuy offers unprecedented depth and accuracy of information through a simple and innovative user interface.

Previously, Shapiro was founder and CEO of Ontela, a pioneering mobile imaging company, where he was named CEO of the Year by MobileBeat. Ontela was frequently recognized including the Dow Jones Top 10 in Wireless list, receiving the CTIA award for Best Social Networking Application, and being named Breakthrough Startup of the Year by the WTIA. Ontela merged with Photobucket in December of 2009 where Shapiro now holds a seat on the Board of Directors.

Prior to founding Ontela, Shapiro managed development of the RealArcade service at RealNetworks, enabling thousands of... Read More.

Michael Sharon
Michael Sharon (Facebook)

Michael Sharon is a product manager at Facebook working on location, local and mobile products. Prior to Facebook, Michael was an adjunct professor at New York University and the co-founder and CTO of Socialight, where he led the development of their social location platform. Michael holds a master’s in interactive telecommunications from New York University and a bachelor’s in English and law from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Jaidev Shergill
Jaidev Shergill (Bundle.com), @jshergill

Founder and CEO of Bundle.com. Bundle is a Socially Informed Money Management company allowing users to see how others like them make financial decisions. Prior to Bundle, Jaidev held several roles at Citigroup and was most recently the President of Citi Ventures. Jaidev was also EVP of Growth Venture and Innovation and a VP in the North America Retail Bank.

Mark Silva
Mark Silva (Real Branding), @marksilva

Mark Silva founded Real Branding in 1994 to pioneer the emerging field of digital communications for brands. He serves as senior consultant and agency sponsor for many of Real Branding’s long-term clients as well as emerging interests. Silva brings over 20 years of traditional and online advertising experience directing strategic planning, account and creative teams with his passionate, visionary approach to integrated communications.

At Real Branding Silva has lead online brand strategy for blue-chip companies including AOL, ABC, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Corona, Diageo, Disney, HBO, Scottish & Newcastle, Unilever and Warner Bros. Before founding the agency, Silva drove strategic planning, creative direction and new business development at high-tech and recruitment advertising agencies including FCB, TarGet, and Omnicom/Bernard Hodes. He was instrumental in... Read More.

Raj Singh (Skyfire)

Raj Singh is a mobile industry veteran having worked in all aspects of mobile over the past 12 years. Currently, Raj is an EIR at SRI working on new applications of natural language in mobile. Most recently, Raj was the founding Vice President of Business Development for Skyfire, a mobile browser that supports full Flash rendering. Previously, Raj was consulting with Dell Mobile assisting them with their global SMS and WAP strategy. Prior to Dell, Raj co-founded venture-funded Veeker, NBC’s mobile video citizen journalism service and ToneThis, CNET’s top downloaded ringtone creation product.

Raj has also worked in product management, engineering, strategy and consulting roles for Kodak Mobile, Cellmania, MobiTV, PlayPhone, Tellme, Samsung, Turk Telekom, IGT, Hungama Mobile, Vlingo and... Read More.

Rashmi Sinha
Rashmi Sinha (SlideShare, Inc.)

Rashmi Sinha is cofounder and CEO for SlideShare, the world’s largest professional sharing site. SlideShare is growing rapidly (more than 28 million monthly uniques) letting everyone from marketers, speakers and educators share and connect with others.

Before SlideShare, Rashmi cofounded another startup – MindCanvas – a gamelike survey platform. Rashmi has a PhD from Brown University and
has experience working with search engines and recommender systems at UC Berkeley. She is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Web
2.0 Expo and Future of Web Apps. She writes a blog at rashmisinha.com about running a startup and social software.

Rich  Skrenta
Rich Skrenta (Blekko)

Rich Skrenta, CEO Rich is a seasoned technology executive with nearly two decades of industry experience. Most recently he was founder and CEO of Topix, the leading online news community. Prior to Topix, Rich headed up engineering for a variety of products within AOL, including AOL Shopping, AOL Music and Netscape Search. Prior to AOL, Rich was the co-founder and CEO of NewHoo, which was acquired by Netscape and renamed the Open Directory Project. The ODP is the world’s largest human edited directory of the web and used by Google, Yahoo, AOL and many other companies. Rich was an engineering manager at Sun Microsystems prior to NewHoo and has also had development roles at Unix Systems... Read More.

Paul Slaats
Paul Slaats (Thuzi)

Paul has over 20 years of experience and a very successful track record as an operating executive and venture capital investor. His background includes senior management roles in the software industry in addition to his experience in developing, structuring and managing venture and private equity investments.

Until October 2010, Paul served as Managing Director at Internet Capital Group having joined ICG as its third employee shortly after it was founded in 1996. He led investments in twelve early-stage technology companies and led or participated in over 30 additional merger, acquisition, and investment transactions. His industry expertise includes Internet software, software as a service, online marketing, technology-enabled business process outsourcing and cloud computing infrastructure.

Prior to ICG, Paul was an Associate at Safeguard Scientifics,... Read More.

Andy Smith
Andy Smith (Vonavona Ventures), @kabbenbock

An experienced tech marketer, Andy Smith is a Principal of Vonavona Ventures where he advises and bootstraps technical and social ventures with guidance in marketing, customer strategy and operations. Over the past 20 years, he has served as an executive in the high tech industry leading teams at Dolby Labs, BIGWORDS, LiquidWit, Intel, Analysis Group, Polaroid, Integral Inc. and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

As a guest lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Andy speaks on social technology, engineering virality, and brand building, with a focus on applying technology to address real problems. He is a contributor to GOOD Magazine, where he writes on businesses that embrace and integrate a social mission. He has also spoken at World 50, Marketing Week, Intel, TechCore and Interbrand, and... Read More.

Paul Smith
Paul Smith (mPulse Media)

Paul Smith is founder of mPulse Media in San Francisco. mPulse runs Social TV programs on mobile devices with MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, NBC Bravo, CBS CW, and others. Advertisers, such as Sprint, use mPulse to show mobile ads synchronized with TV commercials to extend engagement and drive local direct response. Prior to mPulse, Paul founded and sold other web start-ups, was Director of Technology at a top interactive agency acquired by Omnicom, and developed educational software. He has spoken multiple times at SXSW, CTIA (annual mobile conference), and many other conferences.

Derek Smith
Derek Smith (SimpleGeo)

Derek Smith is a recent graduate from Loyola Marymount Univiersity. With early guidance from a few CS professors, he began his Senior year with the iPhone SDK. As a student developer he earned a WWDC Student Scholarship. After college, Derek began working as an iPhone Dev consultant which lead him to his current position at SimpleGeo. At SimpleGeo, Derek was given the opportunity to explore different implementations for providing an augmented reality environment for the iPhone.

Janine Soika
Janine Soika (Verio Inc.)

Janine Soika has over 18 years experience in Strategic and Business-to-Business Marketing, with over 10 years experience within Channel Marketing. Ms Soika has held numerous senior leadership Marketing positions within fortune 500 companies including IBM, Dow Jones Company, AXA Equitable, Wells Fargo Bank, and Arrow Electronics, as well as smaller organizations including Abacus – An Epsilon Company, and start up organizations. Most recently Ms. Soika was running and managing her own Marketing Consulting business called Marketing Strategies prior to joining Verio as the Marketing Leader for their Channel Partner Programs. As the Marketing Leader of Verio’s Channel Programs Ms. Soika manages all marketing responsibilities for growing and expanding Verio’s Partner Channel programs. Some of her most recent accomplishments in this new role include... Read More.

Steve Souders

Steve Souders works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His books High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites explain his best practices for performance along with the research and real-world results behind them. Steve is the creator of YSlow, Cuzillion, and SpriteMe. He is co-chair of Velocity and co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H High Performance Web Sites at Stanford, and frequently speaks at conferences including OSCON, The Ajax Experience, SXSW, and Web 2.0 Expo.

Stephan Spencer
Stephan Spencer (The Art of SEO), @sspencer

Stephan Spencer is an author of The Art of SEO published in October 2009 by O’Reilly and co-authored by Eric Enge, Rand Fishkin and Jessie Stricchiola.

Stephan is the founder of Netconcepts. Netconcepts started out as a web design and marketing agency, but over time morphed into a leading SEO firm. Stephan, and Netconcepts, had been heavy into the science of SEO since 1999.

Netconcepts was acquired in January 2010 by paid and organic search software/services agency Covario. Covario is one of those rare companies to have made it onto the Inc 500 list two years in a row — in 2009 and now again in 2010.

Stephan is the inventor of the automated pay-for-performance natural search technology platform GravityStream, now re-branded... Read More.

Adam Stanley
Adam Stanley (Research In Motion), @n_adam_stanley

Adam Stanley is an Application Development Consultant at Research In Motion. As a member of the Developer Relations Team, Adam supports the efforts of the public BlackBerry developer community, as well as Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), who specialize in producing applications based on web technologies. Adam’s development background consists of a degree in Computer Science and work in web development for both the insurance and technical support industries. Adam is very excited about RIM’s adoption of the powerful WebKit browser rendering engine as well as the recent announcement to make the BlackBerry WebWorks Application Platform an Open Source project. Both of these initiatives offer web developers better opportunities to leverage the full capabilities of community-driven JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery. Adam looks forward to participating... Read More.

Jonathan Stark
Jonathan Stark (Jonathan Stark Consulting), @jonathanstark

Jonathan Stark is a mobile application consultant who the Wall Street Journal has called an expert on publishing desktop data to the web. He is the author of Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, both of which are available from O’Reilly.

Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @jonathanstark.

Samantha Starmer
Samantha Starmer (REI, Recreational Equipment, Inc.), @samanthastarmer

Over the last 12 years, Samantha Starmer has worked on a wide variety of experience and information architecture projects and strategy. She started her career in the early days of Amazon.com, enjoying a year long stint in Slough to launch Amazon.co.uk, and later developed experiences for Amazon’s checkout functionality and the third party selling platform. She also honed her start-up skills at SchemaLogic, and her business strategy skills while at Microsoft.

Samantha is currently a senior manager at REI, creating and leading teams for experience, interaction design, information architecture, and customer experience research and analytics. Her most recent focus has been evangelizing and creating holistic customer experiences across channels, time, and devices.

Samantha regularly teaches at the University of Washington’s Information School, where she... Read More.

Scott Stevens
Scott Stevens (Tall Chair, Inc.)

Scott Stevens is the Founder and Creative Director of Tall Chair, Inc. Scott comes to mobile development from a background of game design and animation. Together with a talented team of stalwart professionals, Scott and his company Tall Chair have created a suite of custom tools called The Active Reader. With The Active Reader, the creation of interactive books is now easier than ever before.

Scott wants to encourage the world to go beyond recreating an existing experience on a new device, and empower users to create an entirely new type of experience all together.

Scott’s shipped titles include: Operation Ajax, Art Producer for Sony Playstation Home, Aurora Feint, Earth Eternal; Designer of Cowboys vs Zombies and Warner Brother’s Sherlock Holmes Mysteries. He has also... Read More.

Tony Stubblebine

Tony is the Founder and CEO of Social Workshop, best known for CrowdVine and soon to be known for Yak.ms and Hubnik.

Tony was part of the launch team for Wesabe, was the director of engineering at Odeo, and lead engineer for O’Reilly Media. In his spare time he runs the @iheartquotes Twitter account and collects royalty checks for Regular Expression Pocket Reference.

Nicole Sullivan
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella), @stubbornella

Nicole is an evangelist, front-end performance consultant, CSS Ninja, and author. She started the Object-Oriented CSS open source project, which answers the question: how do you scale CSS for millions of visitors or thousands of pages? She also consulted with the W3C for their beta redesign, and is the co-creator of Smush.it, an image optimization service in the cloud. She is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for large commercial websites.

She co-authored Even Faster Websites and blogs at stubbornella.org.

Lawrence Swiader
Lawrence Swiader (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy), @lawrenceswiader

Lawrence Swiader has over 20 years of experience in the areas of media, digital media, and instructional design. In his role as the Director of Digital Media at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, he oversees all aspects of the National Campaign’s digital presence to help reduce unplanned pregnancy among teens and young adults. Responsible values and behavior by both males and females are supported through innovative use of messages delivered through social media, games, video, mobile devices, and the Web. Critical to delivering effective content is an understanding of the target audiences and their attitudes and behaviors.

Lawrence has overseen many discussion sessions on the sensitive topic of sexual health and digital media habits with teen and young adult populations. In... Read More.

Kevin Systrom
Kevin Systrom (Instagram)

Kevin is CEO of Burbn, inc. – the company that makes the popular iPhone app Instagram. Originally from Boston, Kevin moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford to study Finance and Decision Analysis. Very quickly, he got wrapped up in the world of entrepreneurship and landed a gig at Odeo as an intern working with Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey. After a two year stint of working at Google on the Gmail team and Corporate Development, Kevin worked at Nextstop which was purchased by Facebook. Kevin then decided to take the plunge and start Burbn, inc. with a focus on creating a new way of communicating and sharing in the real world. Their first product, Instagram was an instant hit – shooting to... Read More.

Paul Tarjan
Paul Tarjan (Facebook)

Paul Tarjan is a Web Hacker at Facebook. He is a big proponent of open
web standards with his work on the Open Graph Protocol, OAuth2,
microformats, etc. Previously, Paul worked for Yahoo! co-founding Search
Monkey – one of the first major changes to the search result page in 9
years. He has a Master’s degree from Stanford and two bachelors degrees in
Pure Math and Computer Science. You’ll often see him riding a ripstick or
unicycle while juggling.

Frederick Townes (Mashable.com)

Frederick Townes is the Chief Technical Officer of Mashable.com, one of the top 3 blogs worldwide. As designer, search / social media marketer and WordPress consultant Frederick’s projects are typically based on WordPress. One of his largest contributions to the WordPress community was his performance plugin W3 Total Cache.

Victor Tsaran (Yahoo! Inc.)

Victor Tsaran, currently the Senior Accessibility Program Manager at Yahoo!, has fifteen years of experience in the field of accessibility. He helps to drive various accessibility-related initiatives at Yahoo!, such as the Yahoo! Accessibility Labs, educates designers and developers about access technology and how to code/test for it, and evangelizes accessibility and best web development practices inside and outside of the company
In 1995 Victor co-founded one of the first computer centers for the blind in Ukraine. He later taught computers to visually impaired students in South Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and worked with several international organizations to advance computer literacy and understanding of accessibility among educators in developing countries.
Victor participates in various accessibility-related open source projects to enable... Read More.

Russ Unger
Russ Unger (Happy Cog), @russu

Russ Unger is a User Experience Director for Happy Cog, a web design firm in New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco. He is co-author of the book “A Project Guide to UX Design” for Peachpit Press (Voices That Matter) and is co-authoring a book on guerrilla research methods with Todd Zaki Warfel due out in 2011.

Sanjay Vakil
Sanjay Vakil (TripAdvisor), @TripAdvisor

Sanjay heads the social team for TripAdvisor. He oversees the company’s Facebook applications and the Facebook Connected elements of the core site, including the “Instant Personalization” effort. Before joining TripAdvisor in October 2009, Sanjay founded several startup companies, including LuckyCal, a predictive calendar tool, and PatientKeeper. At PatientKeeper, Sanjay helped to raise the first $51 million of funding and built their handheld application and multiple generations of the server side platform and its associated integrations, making medical information securely available on the web. He is coauthor of multiple patents filed during his tenure. Sanjay holds S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T.

Katie Van Domelen
Katie Van Domelen (CoTweet)

A San Jose native, Katie attended Arizona State in Tempe, AZ. After graduating rom ASU’s W.P Carey School of Business in 2008 with a degree in Marketing, she worked for local digital agencies Sitewire and Off Madison Ave/Mighty Interactive, as a Social Media Manager. Her main responsibilities were to develop and implement social media programs with clients like Sears, Darden (Red Lobster, Olive Garden) Gulf States Toyota and ABC15. In 2010 she moved back to the Bay Area to join ExactTarget/CoTweet as a Social Media Marketing Consultant. Now she works on enabling clients from all business verticals to use social media management systems to optimize their social media efforts. She also works with clients to create actionable, tactical plans for engaging in social media. Being... Read More.

Hal Varian
Hal Varian (Google), @Google

Hal R. Varian is the Chief Economist at Google. He started in May 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.

He also holds academic appointments at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management.

He received his SB degree from MIT in 1969 and his MA in mathematics and Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1973. He has also taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world.

Dr. Varian is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was Co-Editor of the American Economic Review... Read More.

Greg Veen
Greg Veen (Typekit), @gregveen

I’m a co-founder of Typekit, where I’m working to enable beautiful and effective typography on the web. I specialize in product design and front-end web development.

Earlier, I developed Measure Map, a blog analytics application acquired by Google in 2006. While at Google, I redesigned Google Analytics and designed and developed new features in Gmail and other apps.

Even earlier, I led a front-end development team at Tickle Inc, building a suite of social media products acquired by Monster in 2004.

I’ve consulted for Twitter, Adaptive Path, Mule Design Studio, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Jon Walton (City and County of San Francisco)

Jon Walton has the honor of serving as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City & County of San Francisco, a role that carries the additional title of Chairman of the Committee on Information Technology (COIT).

As CIO, Mr. Walton oversees the delivery of technology services to the citizens of San Francisco and internal support to 23,000 City employees. Under Mr. Walton’s leadership the Department of Technology provides enterprise email, network, security, public safety radio, data center, virtualization, telecommunications, web, government television, customer support, and social media. As Chairman of COIT, Mr. Walton is responsible for citywide Information and Communications Technology strategy plan, multi-year fiscal planning, enterprise wide performance oversight, and citywide technology enterprise architecture.

Prior to working for the... Read More.

Andreas Weigend
Andreas Weigend (Stanford University)

Dr. Andreas Weigend studies the ongoing revolution in social data. He directs the Social Data Lab and teaches at Stanford University. Previously, as the chief scientist of Amazon.com, he focused on building the customer-centric and measurement-focused culture that has been central to Amazon’s success.

Andreas works with innovative startups and global companies alike, helping them understand and leverage the irreversible changes in how consumers express themselves, make purchasing and lifestyle decisions, and relate to each other. His goal is to guide his clients through the evolving landscape of consumer behavior and unprecedented data to identify new business opportunities.

Through corporate seminars, brainstorming sessions, workshops, and individual mentoring, he works with clients to define relevant metrics, design experiments, build predictive models, and invent incentives... Read More.

Jamie Wilkinson
Jamie Wilkinson (VHX/Internet Famous), @jamiew

Jamie Wilkinson is an Emmy Award-winning software developer & Internet culture researcher. His work focuses around open-source, pop culture and the propagation of information & ideas online. He is co-creator of the Know Your Meme video series & Internet meme database, selected as one of TIME Magazine’s Top 50 websites of 2009, and part of the team behind Star Wars Uncut, a crowdsourced recreation of Star Wars that was awarded an Emmy for Interactive Media in 2010. Wilkinson is also a founding member of the Free Art & Technology (FAT) Lab, an open-source research & development group. Previously Wilkinson taught the Internet Famous class in Parsons graduate design & technology program, in which students’ grades depend on how much... Read More.

Ann Winblad
Ann Winblad (Hummer Winblad Venture Partners )

Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Hummer Winblad Venture Partners (www.humwin.com) is a leading venture capital firm focused exclusively on software investing and manages over $1 billion in cumulative capital. Since Hummer Winblad Venture Partners’ inception in 1989 the firm has launched over 100 new software companies.

Ann has over 30 years of experience in the software industry as a successful software entrepreneur, strategy advisor, technical author and venture capitalist. Her background and experience have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications. Ann has a BA in Mathematics and in Business Administration. She has an MA in Education with a focus in International Economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also... Read More.

Gary Wolf
Gary Wolf (Wired), @agaricus

Gary Wolf is a contributing editor at Wired magazine, where he writes regularly about the culture of science and technology. He is also the co-founder, with Wired magazine colleague Kevin Kelly, of The Quantified Self, a blog about “self-knowledge through numbers.”

His work has appeared The Best American Science Writing (2009) and in The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2009). In 2010, he was awarded the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism prize. In 2005-2006 he was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

He is the author of two books: Dumb Money: Adventures of a Day Trader (with Joey Anuff, 2000); and, Wired – A Romance (2003)

Jen Mei Wu (Blazing Cloud)

Jen-Mei has more than a decade years of experience across various aspects of software development. She’s worked for companies both large and small, in capacities including programmer, manager, QA engineer, and analyst. She’s been programming with Ruby since 2002, and with Ruby on Rails since 2005.

Elizabeth Yin
Elizabeth Yin (LaunchBit), @launchbit

Elizabeth is an internet marketer and backend programmer, who in the last five years has done marketing for startups and was a marketing manager at Google.

Prior to becoming a marketer, Elizabeth wrote backend code for startups during the rise and fall of the dot com era.

Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Dennis Yu
Dennis Yu (BlitzLocal), @dennisyu

Dennis Yu is CEO of BlitzLocal, which does local advertising for professional service firms and franchised companies.

Prior to BlitzLocal, Dennis spent 4 years at Yahoo! doing analytics and Pay-Per-Click advertising, as well as 3 years at American Airlines performing internet marketing. He has degrees in Finance and Economics from Southern Methodist University and the London School of Economics.

Raven Zachary
Raven Zachary (Small Society)

Raven Zachary is President of Small Society, working with big brands, established companies, investors, and startups on iOS strategy and product development for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Raven directed the Obama ’08 for iPhone application for the Obama Campaign in 2008, and has worked with companies such as Whole Foods Market, Zipcar, Amazon, and The Democratic Party on iOS application initiatives. He is the founder of iOSDevCamp, an not-for-profit iOS developer conference. Raven is regularly quoted by the press about the iOS market and is a frequent conference speaker on the topic.

Nicholas Zakas

Nicholas is principal front-end engineer for the Yahoo! homepage and a contributor to the Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) library. He is also a publisher author, having written Professional JavaScript for Web Developers and High Performance JavaScript, among others. Nicholas is passionate about the web and regularly speaks on issues such as performance, maintainability, and accessibility.

TJ Zark
TJ Zark (955 Dreams), @tjzark

Most recently responsible for design on the iPad app, the History of Jazz, T.J. Zark has been immersed in creating profound user experiences on technology platforms. She has brought her experience to projects and products that inspire and challenge people to expand and grow, using technology as a path of self discovery. Zark is facilie in guiding a project through the deveolpment process as a thought leader in conception, UX design, production, branding and deployment. Clients have included Coca-Cola, The Gates Foundation, Microsoft, McDonalds, AIG, US Department of Education, US Department of Defense, Capital One and 955 Dreams.

“I strive to ensure every project will be built on the proper mixture of objectives, investigation, user needs, UX design, technology decisions, attention to detail, and... Read More.

Gabe Zichermann
Gabe Zichermann (Gamification.Co & Gamification Summit), @gzicherm

Gabe Zicherman is an author, highly rated public speaker, entrepreneur and chair of the Gamification Summit. His most recent book, Game-Based Marketing (Wiley, 4/2010) has achieved critical and industry acclaim for its detailed look at innovators who blend the power of games with brand strategy. His next book on game mechanics is a detailed technical look at architecture and implementation. A resident of NYC, Gabe is a board member of StartOut.org, advisor to a number of startups and Facilitator for the NYC chapter of the Founder Institute.

Jim Zimmerman
Jim Zimmerman (Thuzi.com)

Jim Zimmerman is the CTO of Thuzi.com. He has worked with several online web startups for the last 14 years. He specializes in scalable web application development using jQuery, ASP.NET MVC, C#, PHP, along with the Facebook API. (He began his Web development efforts with PERL and JavaScript.) He also specializes in SEO for clients using organic search, social optimization, and online marketing strategies.

Thuzi is a Facebook Preferred Partner, and Jim is a Windows Azure MVP. Jim is a contributing member of several open source projects including the Facebook C# SDK, Windows Azure Toolkit, PHP Azure Toolkit, Ajax Control Toolkit, and SubSonic 3. He speaks on various web related topics including Azure, Ajax,... Read More.

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