John Battelle, 45, is an entrepreneur, journalist, professor, and author who has founded or co-founded scores of online, conference, magazine, and other media businesses.
In addition to his work at Federated Media, one of the largest media companies on the Internet, Battelle continues to serve as the Executive Producer and Program Chair of the Web 2 Summit, as well as a partner with BoingBoing.net. Battelle also maintains Searchblog, an ongoing analysis site that covers the intersection of media, technology, and culture at www.battellemedia.com.
Previously, Battelle occupied the Bloomberg chair in Business Journalism for the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was Chairman and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI), publisher of The Industry Standard and TheStandard.com. Prior to that, he was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures.
In 2005 Battelle authored The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture (Penguin/Portfolio), an international bestseller published in more than 25 languages. He is at work on his second book, with the working title What We Hath Wrought: A History of the Internet’s Next 30 Years. He is an expert in the field of media and technology, and has appeared on many national and international news channels such as CBS, BBC, CNN, PBS, Discovery, CNBC, and dozens more.
Battelle was a founding Board member of the Online Publishers Association and currently sits on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. He sits on various startup advisory boards and served for nearly a decade on the Board of his children’s school.
Battelle’s honors and awards include: “Global Leader for Tomorrow” and “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; finalist rank in the “Entrepreneur of the Year” competition by Ernst & Young; “Innovator – One of Ten Best Marketers in the Business”by Advertising Age; and one of the “Most Important People on The Web” by PCWorld. Battelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chris DeWolfe is the co-founder and chief executive officer of MySpace.com, the leading online lifestyle portal. DeWolfe, alongside co-founder and president, Tom Anderson, created a new platform for a generation to communicate and discover culture based around the self expression and connectivity of the site’s 110 million active users.
As MySpace’s CEO, DeWolfe is responsible for all aspects of the site’s strategic vision and the execution of its global business initiatives. Under his watch, MySpace has redefined the concept of online social networking, while transforming itself into the world’s most comprehensive lifestyle, communication, and entertainment portal. Along the way, DeWolfe has led strategic initiatives that have extended the site’s reach into a number of vertical categories – such as online video (MySpaceTV), politics (MySpace Impact), news, music and film – and at present a total of 29 international markets.
Under DeWolfe’s leadership, MySpace has grown exponentially since its launch in 2004, with an average of 300,000 new users signing up daily. By integrating Web profiles, blogs, classified listings, entertainment content, photo galleries and user forums, MySpace has created a community where users can do everything from plan their weekends to connect up with friends to discover new music. More than 70 million people in the U.S. visit the site each month, creating a user composition that includes politicians, bands, filmmakers, comedians, photographers, and people wanting to communicate with friends and plan their social lives.
MySpace’s international network includes localized community sites in the U.S., France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Latin America, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Brazil, India, Korea, and the United Kingdom.
DeWolfe has B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Southern California, where he had dual concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurial studies. DeWolfe serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and lives in Los Angeles.
Edgar Bronfman, Jr. is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Music Group, one of the world’s major music companies and home to a collection of some of the best-known record labels in the music industry. Warner Music Group also includes Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire operating through 37 affiliates and numerous licensees in more than 50 countries, and Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world’s leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.
Mr. Bronfman also serves as general partner at Accretive, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in the business process outsourcing area. Before joining Warner Music Group, Mr. Bronfman served as Chairman and CEO of Lexa Partners LLC, a management venture capital group based in New York City. Mr. Bronfman was appointed Executive Vice Chairman of Vivendi Universal in December 2000. He resigned from his position as an officer and executive of Vivendi Universal on March 31, 2002, and resigned as Vice Chairman of Vivendi Universal’s Board of Directors on December 2, 2003.
Prior to the December 2000 formation of Vivendi Universal, Mr. Bronfman was President and CEO of The Seagram Company Ltd., a post he held since June 1994. During his tenure as the CEO of Seagram, he consummated 85 billion dollars in transactions and transformed the company into one of the world’s leading media and communications companies. He was the chief architect behind the leadership positions achieved by Universal’s entertainment business in music, film and recreation.
From 1989 until June 1994, Mr. Bronfman served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Seagram. Between 1982 and 1989, he held a series of senior executive positions for The Seagram Company Ltd. in the U.S. and in Europe.
Mr. Bronfman serves on the board of InterActiveCorp. He is Chairman of the Board of Endeavor Global, a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to international development. Mr. Bronfman also serves on the boards of New York University Elaine A. and Kenneth G. Langone Medical Center; The Collegiate School; and the Board of Governors of The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of JPMorgan’s National Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Bronfman is married and resides in New York City. He has seven children.
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