The initial lineup of influential senior-level executives, entrepreneurial innovators, technologists, financiers, analysts and pundits for 2008 is below. Please check back regularly to see the latest additions to the Web 2.0 Summit program.
Shai Agassi is the founder and chief executive of Better Place, a company focused on one of this century’s biggest challenges – building a scalable and sustainable personal transportation system that ends oil dependence. He works directly with government leaders, auto manufacturers, energy companies and others to make his vision of zero-emission electric vehicles powered by renewable energy a reality in countries around the world.
This vision was inspired by a profound question posed at the World Economic Forum in 2005, “How do you make the world a better place by 2020?” With a passion for tackling large-scale challenges, Agassi sought to answer this question by creating a pragmatic plan to free cars from oil, reduce harmful emissions, and usher in an era of sustainable... Read More.
Mr. Albinson is a co-founder and Managing Director of Panorama where he focuses primarily on internet technology investments. Mr. Albinson was also a General Partner at JP Morgan Partners running the technology venture capital practice. Prior to JP Morgan Partners, Mr. Albinson helped grow four start ups most recently as Chief Strategy Officer for Digital Island, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISLD; acquired by Cable & Wireless, Inc. in 2001). Previously, Mr. Albinson held corporate development roles at Newbridge Networks, Inc. where he was involved in a $217 million corporate venture fund, which invested in 27 companies, including Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:JNPR), Cambrian Systems Corporation (acquired by Nortel Corporation), Abatis Systems Corporation (acquired by Redback Networks Inc.), Fastlane Technologies Inc. (acquired by Quest Software, Inc.), BNI Systems (acquired... Read More.
April Allderdice is the co-founder and CEO of MicroEnergy Credits. MicroEnergy Credits provides the missing link connecting the carbon markets and the growing microfinance market in developing countries. Using internet and mobile phone technology MicroEnergy Credits aggregates carbon offsets from the clients of Microfinance Institutions and sells them to the carbon markets, enabling better and cleaner energy choices for the market at the bottom of the pyramid. MicroEnergy Credits won the 2008 Global Social Venture Competition for a business model that is “Game Changing” for the poorest. April is an alumni of McKinsey and Company, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Columbia Business School and Wesleyan University. She was also a founding member of Grameen Shakti, the renewable energy business of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh,... Read More.
Ori Amiga is the Principal Group Program Manager of the Live Developer Platform team responsible for driving the developer platform efforts across the Live Platform Services (LPS) group including Microsoft’s new Live Mesh offering. He joined Microsoft in 1999 as a Program Manager in the Enterprise Server division. In 2002 he transferred to the Mobile and Embedded Devices division, and drove the development platform offering for Windows Mobile. In 2004 he continued his efforts driving the mobile platform as the Group Program Manager for the Visual Studio for Devices team in the Developer Division. Most recently, Ori was the Group Program Manager for the Visual Studio Tools Platform team, managing tactical and strategic planning and execution of the product team driving the Visual Studio 2005... Read More.
If scripted by Hollywood, the story would be dismissed as trite melodrama: A deadly disease strikes a promising athlete. Despite desperately thin odds, he manages not only to beat the affliction but also to return to the sport and win its top prize. Unbelievable, except it’s true.
But the story doesn’t end on the finish line at the Tour de France. His experience made him a part of a cancer community, and motivated him to unleash the same passion and drive he does in bike races to the fight against cancer. Since he made history in 1999, he has won the tour six more times, and has become one of the most recognizable and admired people of this era.
The Early Years
Lance’s sporting... Read More.
A few people have asked me to post a little more information about myself. If you want to see my corporate bio, check out my LinkedIn profile. You can also check out my Flickr pictures (includes both business and personal pictures).
I grew up in California and Surrey, England. I started college at U.C. Berkeley, and transferred to Claremont McKenna, a tiny college located near Los Angeles, after my freshman year. I majored in economics. I went straight from college to law school at Stanford in 1992, and graduated in 1995.
I spent a few years as a corporate attorney at O’Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini, working exclusively with technology companies. My clients included idealab, Netscape, Pixar, Apple and a bunch of... Read More.
As Group Account Director, Craig is the champion of thought leadership and overall owner of the client relationship for the McDonald’s US business at OMD.
Prior to his current position, Craig was Digital Director on the McDonald’s business in 2006 and 2007. In this role, Craig lead the development and execution of the national digital/emerging media strategy which generated both strong brand results as well as numerous industry awards.
Prior to OMD, Craig held positions within interactive marketing since its inception in the mid 1990’s, playing key Account, Media and Strategy roles at Modem Media, Digitas, and Arc Worldwide leading online marketing strategy and program development for such clients as Intel, Michelin, Washington Mutual, the U.S. Army and Allstate.
A frequent speaker and... Read More.
Ken Auletta has written Annals of Communications columns and profiles for The New Yorker magazine since 1992. He is the author of ten books, including four national bestsellers. Auletta was among the first to popularize the so-called information superhighway with his February, 1993, profile of Barry Diller’s search for something new. He has profiled the leading figures and companies of the Information Age, including Google, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, AOL Time Warner, John Malone, Harvey Weinstein, and the New York Times; he has dissected media meteors that fell to earth like “push” technology and inter-active TV, probed media violence, the PAC giving of communication giants, the fat lecture fees earned by journalist/pundits, and explored what “synergy” may mean to journalism.
Auletta grew up... Read More.
Andrew Baron is the creator and founder of the popular daily video show, Rocketboom. After receiving a BA in Philosophy from Bates College, Baron graduated with an MFA in Design and Technology in 2003 from Parsons in New York City, where he went on to teach graduate and undergraduate courses. He was teaching at Parsons and MIT when the notion of Rocketboom came to him in 2004. Although he has little interest in television (and has not owned a TV set during the past decade), Baron has always been inspired by the implications of the democratization of media.
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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... Read More.
Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Benioff is regarded as the leader of what he has termed “The End of Software,” the now-proven belief that multi-tenant, on-demand applications democratize information by delivering immediate benefits at reduced risks and costs.
Under Benioff’s direction, salesforce.com has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly traded company that is the market and technology leader in on-demand business services. For its revolutionary approach, salesforce.com has been lauded as one of BusinessWeek’s Top 100 Most Innovative Companies, named No. 7 on The Wired 40, and selected for the past two years as a Top... Read More.
Kelly is the COO of MightyQuiz, a Y Combinator and SKT Ventures backed start-up. MightyQuiz is a user-generated trivia game. Users answer questions on their favorite topics, share their knowledge by writing questions, and socialize around common interests. MightyQuiz is accessible on any device, can be ported to any language, and can be embedded into an existing website or social networking profile.
Prior to joining MightyQuiz, Kelly worked for Bloomingdale’s Direct in New York City where she contributed to the redesign of the Bloomingdale’s by Mail website which resulted in a nearly 100% increase in site activity. Following Bloomingdale’s, she spent three years working in sales and business development at Mutual of Omaha. Kelly graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in History and... Read More.
Dr. Larry Brilliant is the Executive Director of Google.org. In this role, Larry works with the company’s co-founders to define the mission and strategic goals of Google’s philanthropic efforts. Google.org, the umbrella organization for these efforts, includes the Google Foundation as well as Google Grants (the AdWords giving program) and the company’s major initiatives aimed at reducing global poverty, improving the health of the least advantaged in the world, and working to halt or even reverse the effects of the climate crisis.
Larry is an M.D. and M.P.H., board-certified in preventive medicine and public health. He is a founder and director of The Seva Foundation, which works in dozens of countries around the world, primarily to eliminate preventable and curable blindness. He serves as... Read More.
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... Read More.
Cathy has spent more than two decades working in and around media and communications. It began in 1982 with a job ripping wire copy and went on to encompass reporting, writing, editing, broadcast management, as well as media training and strategy development.
Cathy’s currently leading the charge on business development for Seesmic, the fifth company of French entrepreneur Loic Le Meur. Started in September 2007, Seesmic is a platform that enables threaded conversations online using video as the conduit.
Prior to Seesmic, Cathy worked with Guidewire Group – a global analyst firm focused wholly on emerging markets and technologies. During that time, Cathy produced and hosted “I of Innovation” a weekly talk show providing a unique perspective an insight to the processes and people behind... Read More.
Marc Canter is CEO of Broadband Mechanics, a company which is “bringing social to software”. Marc’s background is that he started a company called MacroMind – which became Macromedia – so he’s been in the software business for 23 years – and counting.
Marc’s focus has been on open standards and the burgeoning world of open social networking. Panels, speeches, lectures, rants and embarrassing questions are his techniques to bring these issues up in public – around the world. A recent DataSharingSummit brought together many of the players in this world – organized by Marc.
Broadband Mechanics’ open platform – PeopleAggregator – is a white label solution available in source code or SaaS models.
Patrick joined NEA in 2004 and became Partner in 2007. Patrick focuses on consumer, Internet and mobile investments across stage. He is a director of Loopt, Realtime Worlds, and GoodGuide, co-led NEA’s investment in 23andMe, and is actively involved with Nurien, Xoom and the firm’s venture growth activities. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick helped to grow ZEFER, an Internet services firm (acquired by NEC) to more than $100 million in annual revenues and more than 700 people across six global offices. Prior to ZEFER, Patrick was with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in hardware, software, and services companies. Patrick received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor... Read More.
Based in Palo Alto, California, Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. Since 2004, Jeff has invested in more than 70 consumer Internet companies in areas like social media, communities, search, gaming or consumer infrastructure, almost exclusively in Silicon Valley. With over 20 years of operational, entrepreneurial and venture capital experience, Jeff is able to add relevant perspective and value to his companies as they grow from inception to maturity, and hopefully, success.
Tom Conrad leads the Pandora product organization, which includes product management, user interface design, software development, and network operations. Over the years, Tom has led numerous engineering and product design teams across a wide range of applications – from operating systems and enterprise software to video games and consumer web sites. Before joining Pandora, Tom was the Vice President of Engineering at Kenamea, Inc. where he led the teams responsible for the design and development of an award-winning Internet-scale messaging system. Tom previously was the Technical Director for the successful video game series “You Don’t Know Jack.”
Past experience also includes engineering management positions at Berkeley Systems, Relevance Technologies, Documentum, Pets.com, and Kenamea. Tom began his career at Apple Computer developing user interface elements... Read More.
Ronald Conway has been an active angel investor for over 15 years. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005) whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail. He was recently awarded Best Angel at The 2009 TechCrunch Crunchies Awards. He was was named #6 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top “deal-makers” in 2008 and is actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. Ron was with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions (1973-1979), Altos Computer Systems as a co-founder, President and CEO (1979-1990) and took Altos public on Nasdaq in 1982 and served as CEO of Personal Training Systems (PTS) (1991-1995). PTS was acquired by SmartForce/SkillSoft (Nasdaq SKIL). Ron has served/serves... Read More.
Matt Cutts joined Google as a Software Engineer in January 2000. Before Google, he was working on his Ph.D. in computer graphics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has an M.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and B.S. degrees in both mathematics and computer science from the University of Kentucky.
Matt wrote SafeSearch, which is Google’s family filter. In addition to his experience at Google, Matt held a top-secret clearance while working for the Department of Defense, and he’s also worked at a game engine company. He claims that Google is the most fun by far.
Matt currently heads up the Webspam team for Google. Matt talks about webmaster-related issues on his blog.
Ralph de la Vega, CEO-AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, was named to his current role in September 2008. Today, he leads all consumer marketing, sales, content and converged services, customer care and operations for wireless and wired.
Previously, he served as President and CEO-AT&T Mobility where he was responsible for all of AT&T’s wireless business since October 2007.
Prior to that, he served as group president-Regional Telecommunications and Entertainment, with responsibility for overall leadership in regional wired, including consumer, regional business sales and network. He was appointed to that post in January 2007, after the close of the AT&T-BellSouth merger, which consolidated ownership of Cingular.
From 2004-2006, de la Vega served as chief operating officer of Cingular Wireless, with responsibility for technology planning,... Read More.
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... Read More.
John Doerr joined Intel in 1974 just as they invented the famous “8080” 8 bit microprocessor. At Intel he held various engineering, marketing and management assignments, and was one of their top-ranked sales executives.
In 1980 he joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and sponsored a series of investments including Compaq, Cypress, Intuit, Netscape, Lotus, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, S3, Sun Microsystems, Amazon.com, Symantec and Google. He was the founding CEO of Silicon Compilers.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Amazon.com, Move.com, and Google. The privately-held company boards include Zazzle, Miasole, Bloom Energy, and Spatial Photonics. He holds patents for computer memory devices he invented as a design engineer at Monsanto. John’s interests include the Internet, green/clean technology, biotechnology, genomics and improving K-12... Read More.
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.
Bill Dudney is a software developer and entrepreneur currently building software for the iPhone. Bill started his computing career on a NeXT cube with a magneto-optical drive running NeXTStep 0.9. Over the years, Bill migrated into the Java world, where he worked on building cool enterprise software. But he never forgot his roots, and how much fun it was to write software that did cool things for normal people. Bill’s current projects include two books, ‘Core Animation, for OSX and the iPhone’ and ‘iPhone SDK Development’ and 3 casual games on the Apple App Store. You can follow him on his blog at bill.dudney.net or on twitter.com/bdudney.
Chas Edwards is Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer for Federated Media Publishing (FM), a network of leading independent websites and podcasts such as Digg, Boing Boing, Ars Technica, TechCrunch, Dooce, AutoSpies, PROTRADE, Sportsblog Nation and Ask A Ninja.
Previously, Chas was vice president of sales and marketing for CNET Networks’s B2B Portfolio, managing the team representing News.com, ZDNet and TechRepublic to business-to-business marketers. Chas also served posts as VP for CNET’s broadband & webcasting unit and as VP of business development for mySimon, CNET Networks’s comparison-shopping portal. Prior to joining CNET Networks, Chas was the National Sales Manager for TechTV, a 24-hour cable TV channel and Web site dedicated to computing and the Internet.
Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
Dave Girouard manages Google’s growing enterprise business worldwide. He leads a team responsible for sales, marketing, product development and customer support. Prior to joining Google, Dave was senior vice president of marketing and business development at Virage, a provider of multimedia search and content management software. Dave also founded and developed Virage’s application services business. He came to Virage from the worldwide product marketing organization at Apple, where he spent several years in product management. Prior to that, Dave was an associate in Booz Allen & Hamilton’s Information Technology practice in San Francisco. He started his career in enterprise systems development and integration in the Boston office of Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting).
Dave graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in Engineering Sciences and a... Read More.
Shenly Glenn is a Managing Director at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center, a leading clinical research group that studies dementia and its precursors. Shenly incorporates emerging technologies in the advancement of scientific research and shares key neurological findings with the public.
She is also the founder of Neurovue, Inc. – an online, automated neurological assessment company. Shenly was a technology strategy consultant at Sapient, Corp. She graduated from Stanford University.
Michael Goguen is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital focusing on cleantech, semiconductor and systems investments. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1996, Michael spent 10 years in various engineering, research, and product management roles at DEC, SynOptics and Centillion, and was a director of Engineering at Bay Networks (NT). Michael was also a Technical Chairman of the ATM Forum. Michael has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and executive chairman of Current, an Emmy Award-winning, independently owned media company that combines its television and interactive platforms to create programming for a young adult audience.
He is also chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection, a non-partisan, non-profit organization devoted to mobilizing global support for urgent and sustainable solutions for the climate crisis.
Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a London-based firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing; and recently became a partner in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which has formed a strategic alliance with Generation to focus on solutions to the climate crisis. In addition, Gore serves on the board of directors of... Read More.
Paul Graham is the author of On Lisp, Ansi Common Lisp, and Hackers & Painters; was co-founder of Viaweb (now Yahoo Store); discovered a simple Bayesian spam filter that inspired many present filters; and is one of the partners in Y Combinator. He has a PhD in computer science from Harvard and studied painting at RISD and the Accademia in Florence.
Dr. Saul Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is the co-founder of numerous companies including: Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables.com, HowToons and Makani Power. Saul has been awarded numerous awards for invention including the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventor’s award, and the Lemelson-MIT Student prize. A large focus of Saul’s research efforts are in minimum and constrained energy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques and other applications. Saul holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, and energy production. Saul co-authors children’s comic books called “HowToons” about building your own science and engineering gadgets with Nick Dragotta and Joost Bonsen. Saul... Read More.
Vic joined Google in 2007 as a Vice President of Engineering, responsible for developer evangelism and open source programs. He also oversees applications development. Previously, Vic spent 15 years at Microsoft, where he worked on a variety of products and operating systems, including Windows 3.0, NT, Windows XP, and Vista. He was recognized by MIT as a “Young Innovator under 35” for his work in sparking the Microsoft’s change from Win32 to the .NET programming model.
Most recently, Vic was General Manager of Microsoft’s developer outreach efforts worldwide, including evangelism and strategy for products like Windows Vista, Visual Studio, Microsoft Office, Microsoft CRM, and Windows Mobile.
Vic holds two patents in the area of distributed computing and identity-based access to cloud resources.
Kevin Hale is the Co-founder of Infinity Box Inc, a Y Combinator seeded company. He is responsible for safe guarding and designing the user experience of their online HTML form builder, Wufoo. Kevin writes about interface design issues for the web development blog, Particletree and served as Editor-in-Chief of the web development magazine, Treehouse. As a child, Kevin was the kid in class who who ate a box of crayons for a dollar.
When Publicis Groupe launched VivaKi in June of 2008, it tapped Curt Hecht to be President of the VivaKi Nerve Center, a hub of new media companies and capabilities that deliver the tools and resources clients need to reach consumers in the digital world. The Nerve Center encompasses such capabilities as ad serving and analytics, performance media tools (search, direct, CRM), mobile integration and new ventures and partnerships.
In his role, Curt is entirely focused on developing the next generation of technical platforms to allow Publicis and their clients to migrate from analog media processes, and scale their digital marketing efforts as both media channel and consumer become digital. He will also be the Groupe’s primary liaison to digital media companies such as Facebook,... Read More.
John Heilemann writes “The Power Grid” column for New York magazine, as well as longer features. An award-winning journalist and author, he has covered politics, business, and their intersection for nearly two decades, in America and abroad. His recent cover stories for New York have included “Obama Is From Mars, Wall Street Is From Venus,” a look at the dysfunctional relationship between Obama and Wall Street and the push for financial reform; “Obama Lost, Obama Found,” an assessment of the president’s first year in the Oval Office; and “Inside Obama’s Economic Brain Trust,” on the White House’s efforts to rescue the American economy from ruin.
Heilemann’s book about the 2008 presidential election, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of... Read More.
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.
Penny joined FirstRain in 2004 with the mission to solve the qualitative information overload problem of the institutional investor. She has developed FirstRain as the leading search-driven research provider to the financial services market.
Prior to FirstRain, Penny was Chairman and CEO of Simplex Solutions where she led the company to an IPO and through the sale to Cadence Design Systems. She continued at Cadence as Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of a major division. An executive at Synopsys, Penny started her career as an R&D engineer with Texas Instruments then Daisy Systems.
Penny serves on the boards of FirstRain, Rambus, the Anita Borg Institute, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and CCPY (California Community Partners for Youth). Penny speaks on entrepreneurship, career... Read More.
Jonathan Hochman is the founder of Hochman Consultants where he has 20 years experience as a business development, marketing and technology consultant. He is also the chairman of SEMNE, an association of professional search marketers in New England. In 1990 Hochman received two degrees in Computer Science from Yale. Hochman’s credentials include Qualified Google Advertising Professional, Yahoo Search Marketing Ambassador, and Microsoft adExcellence Member. He has spoken at the Web 2.0 Summit, Search Marketing Expo (SMX) and Search Engine Strategies (SES) conferences. He writes for Search Engine Land, Search Marketing Standard, and Internet Evolution.
Marc Hodosh is President of TED MED, a conference he is re-launching in the fall of 2009, in partnership with TED founder, Richard Wurman.
Previously Marc led the Archon X PRIZE for Genomics a $10 million competition to inspire rapid and cost effective genome sequencing technology; which followed the highly successful $10 million Ansari Space X PRIZE.
He has been a consultant to inventor Dean Kamen at DEKA Research & Development and is also Chairman of Dean’s FIRST Robotics competition in Boston, inspiring thousands of high school students to pursue careers in science & technology.
Additionally, Marc founded and sold, ID One, which specialized in facial recognition technology for the U.S. military and intelligence communities. Just prior, he... Read More.
Mike is GM of Intel’s Partner Marketing Group, managing the strategy, structure and customer engagements of the Intel Inside co-op marketing program worldwide. Prior to that, he managed co-marketing with WiFi ecosystem partners during the evolution of Intel Centrino Mobile Technology. He has also held roles as Andy Grove’s Technical Assistant, in Product Marketing, New Media Programs and Business Development and was an Engineer on the original Pentium processor. Mike holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Drew is the cofounder and CEO of Dropbox, the easiest way to store and share files online. Dropbox lets you get to your important files from any of your computers or the web. The company launched at the TechCrunch50 conference in 2008 and is backed by Sequoia Capital and Y Combinator.
Drew was named one of the top “Twentysomething Entrepreneurs” by BusinessWeek in April 2008. Before founding Dropbox, he was a lead software engineer at Bit9, a venture-backed network security company, cofounded a profitable online SAT prep company called Accolade, and held engineering roles in various startups since the age of 14. He received his S.B. in computer science from MIT.
Tony originally got involved with Zappos as an advisor and investor in 1999, about 2 months after the company was founded. Over time, Tony ended up spending more and more time with the company because it was both the most fun and the most promising out of all the companies that he was involved with. He eventually joined Zappos full time in 2000. Under his leadership, Zappos has grown gross merchandise sales from $1.6M in 2000 to $840M in 2007 by focusing relentlessly on customer service.
Tony focuses on continuing to grow the business at a rapid pace while maintaining the culture and feel of a small company. Prior to joining Zappos, Tony co-founded Venture Frogs with Alfred Lin. Venture Frogs is an incubator and... Read More.
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of twelve books. She is also co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program, and is a frequent guest on television shows such as Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, Larry King Live, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2008, she was named Media Person of the Year by... Read More.
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.
Joel Hyatt, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Current, has twice before turned ideas into successful ventures, both times against significant odds. He took on the legal establishment with Hyatt Legal Services, which provided low-cost services to middle and lower-income families and grew to serve over three million clients. His Hyatt Legal Plans became America’s largest provider of employer-sponsored group legal plans. Hyatt Legal Plans was acquired by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1997.
Hyatt also served on the faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where his courses on entrepreneurship were among the most popular at the school.
American Lawyer magazine identified Hyatt as one of the nation’s ten most influential attorneys in the 80s for his efforts in making the legal system... Read More.
Rajesh Jain did his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1988, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York in 1989. He worked at NYNEX Science and Technology for 2 years before returning to India in 1992.
Rajesh launched IndiaWorld in 1995. From its pioneering start, IndiaWorld has grown to be one of the largest collection of India-centric websites, comprising Samachar, Khel, Khoj and Bawarchi. IndiaWorld was acquired by Satyam Infoway in November 1999 for US$ 100 million in one of Asia’s largest Internet deals.
Rajesh’s current work and investments are focused around mobile data services, thin clients and mobiles as “teleputers”, service-based computing, multimedia/broadband/wireless world, two-way web, with emerging markets like India as... Read More.
Co-editor, Boing Boing; general manager and host, Boing Boing tv.
David joined Friendster in December 2006 with more than 19 years experience in marketing, business development, and product and business strategy. Prior to joining Friendster, David held several marketing and general management roles at eBay Inc, including roles focused on scaling the number of active members of the eBay community. David was also the director of eBay’s media and entertainment businesses in the United States. Prior to eBay, David was the Vice President of Business Development at Blue Wireless and an associate partner at the management and technology consulting firm of Arthur D. Little. David holds a B.A. from Stanford University in Quantitative Economics With Honors & Distinction, 1990.
Based in San Jose, California, Guido Jouret is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Cisco’s Emerging Technology Group (ETG), which is responsible for incubating Cisco’s future billion-dollar businesses. In this role, he evaluates new product and market opportunities, ensures architectural tie-in between the emerging technologies and Cisco’s core products, and is responsible for developing and communicating Cisco’s thought leadership on new technologies.
Amit Kapur is the CEO of Gravity, a technology company that is building the internet’s Interest Graph to enable consumers with highly personalized web experiences. Gravity’s Interest Graph is an online representation of individuals’ real-world interests derived from public conversation, sharing, and profile data on the social web.
Amit was formerly the COO of MySpace, where he led operations, business development, and strategic partnerships for the company. He was an early MySpace employee, helping build and run MySpace Music and MySpace Mobile from the ground up. During his time as COO, MySpace rose to 125 million users worldwide and garnered a profit of nearly a billion dollars in revenue as part of Fox Interactive Media.
Prior To MySpace, Amit studied Mechanical Engineering... Read More.
Guy Kawasaki is a founding partner and entrepreneur-in-residence at Garage Technology Ventures. He is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. Guy is the author of nine books including Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Dr. Kedrosky is a venture capitalist, media personality, and entrepreneur. He is a sought-after speaker; an analyst for CNBC television; a columnist for TheStreet/RealMoney; the editor of Infectious Greed, one of the best known business blogs on the Internet; and he is frequently quoted in major publications around the world.
Most recently he has been the Executive Director of the William J. von Liebig Center in San Diego, California. Using an innovative seed capital program, the Center catalyzes the commercialization of technologies from the internationally-ranked University of California, San Diego.
He is a venture partner with Ventures West, Canada’s largest institutional venture capital firm. In that capacity his interests include consumer technologies, media, semiconductors, and life sciences. He is currently on the board of... Read More.
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.
Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. Mr. Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, assisting entrepreneurs and helping them build technology based businesses. Mr. Khosla is driven by the desire to make positive impact through scaling alternative energy, achieving petroleum independence, and promoting a pragmatic approach to the environment. He is also passionate about Social Entrepreneurship. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from... Read More.
Chris Kibarian is the president and general manager of FindLaw, a division of Thomson Reuters and the leading provider of free online information for consumers and for Internet marketing services for attorneys.
As president and general manager since March 2007, his role is to keep all of FindLaw’s specialized expertise – from technology and sales to customer operations and product development – focused on innovation, strategy and delivering value to customers.
His strategy for success is simple: provide superior value to FindLaw.com users and to law firm clients. He brings practical, hands-on business expertise needed to drive FindLaw’s continued growth in a dynamic market environment. He specializes in growth strategy, business development, acquisitions, divestitures, transaction origination and negotiation, valuation, post-merger integration, corporate development and strategic... Read More.
Aldas sits on the management board of Forticom Group that operates and develops the dominant online social networking sites in the Baltics, Poland and Russian Federation with a combined total of 35 million active users. He is also the managing director at Forticom subsidiary in Lithuania in charge of one.lt, the largest Lithuanian social networking site.
Prior to joining Forticom in February 2007, Aldas held the CEO position at Metasite Business Solutions, a management consulting and technology solutions firm serving financial institutions, telecommunications operators and energy companies in the Baltics, Russian Federation and the Great Britain.
Aldas loves delivering guest lectures and seminars at business schools, industry conferences and other places where interesting people tend to converge. He also enjoys having vacations in really... Read More.
Never one to dwell in the comfort of status quo, Jack Klues has been observing the explosion of digital media and clocking the incredible speed of change in the marketing industry his entire, 30-year career. As the consumer contact environment has shape-shifted in the past decade, Jack has reinvented and expanded his media companies to help clients build connections to people in an increasingly complex world.
In June of 2008 he helped Publicis Groupe launch a new 20th century communications operation called VivaKi, a catalytic community of people, companies and capabilities aggressively delivering the tools, talent and touchpoints marketers need to reach consumers in a digital world.
Along with David Kenny, Jack is managing partner of VivaKi, an organization that leverages the scale of the... Read More.
Dave Knox, a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, is a leader in branding, digital innovation and youth marketing. Currently he serves as P&G’s Corporate Marketing Brand Manager for Digital Marketing, charged with driving P&G’s Digital Marketing capability. Additionally, he is co-founder of P&G’s Teen & Youth Expert Network and the author of the marketing and branding blog, HardKnoxLife.com. He has spoken frequently on the topics of youth marketing and digital branding, including appearances at the 2008 IEG Sponsorship Conference and Brand Week’s ’06 & ’07 What Teens Want Conferences
Previously as a Brand Manager on P&G’s Wal-Mart Customer Team for Personal Health Care and Feminine Care, Dave oversaw a $900MM+ portfolio of brands including Prilosec OTC, Vicks, Always and Tampax. Before moving... Read More.
Josh has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization. He currently is Managing Partner of First Round Capital, a seed-stage venture fund focused on technology investments.
In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Josh founded Half.com in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000—and Josh remained with eBay for three years, running the Half.com business unit and growing eBay’s Media marketplace to almost half a billion dollars... Read More.
Prior to founding Yoics, Ryo was CEO of iReady from its founding to sale to NVIDIA. iReady was the world leader in hardware TCP/IP, and its technology was used in thousands of different products to connect to the internet. Previously, Ryo was VP of marketing and business development for Kleer Semiconductor, Chairman of Rapid, an industry consortium focused on intellectual property reuse in the semiconductor industry and a core member of the team spinning out a ubiquitous computing start up from Xerox Parc. Ryo’s also held various marketing management positions at Media Vision and Everex. Ryo holds four US patents in the areas of multimedia and networking, and was awarded a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University.... Read More.
Dr. Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist with over 20 years of innovative biomedical research and clinical experience. He is an NIH funded faculty member with the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and is on clinical faculty with the UCSF pediatric bone marrow transplantation service.
Daniel has extensive research experience focused on stem cell biology and immunology. In early research experience at the National Institutes of Health, he was the first to propose and demonstrate proof of concept for a monoclonal antibody based therapy for allergic disease, an approach later translated to a novel humanized antibody therapeutic by Genentech (Xolair). As a Howard Hughes research fellow at Stanford he discovered a novel population of developing human T-cells,... Read More.
Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school’s Center for Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Lessig represented web site operator Eric Eldred in the ground-breaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. He has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries, for arguing “against interpretations of copyright that could... Read More.
Max is the CEO and visionary behind Slide, the largest developer of social applications such as SuperPoke!, Top Friends, FunSpace and Slideshows, used by more than 170 million people worldwide. Max is also renowned as the co-founder of PayPal, an expert in combating online fraud and one of the hardest working entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Before starting Slide, he incubated several other start-ups, including Yelp, where he is currently Chairman of the Board. Max started PayPal in 1998, took the company public in 2002 and then sold it to eBay for more than $1.5 billion at the age of 26. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), Max moved to Chicago at the age of 16 and later received his Bachelor... Read More.
Adrian Ludwig is a Group Manager in the Platform and Developer Business Unit at Adobe – his efforts are focused on expanding the reach and use of the Adobe Flash Platform. Most recently, he led the marketing team for the 1.0 launch of the newest member of the Adobe Flash Platform, Adobe AIR.
Previously in his career, Adrian established the secure software engineering programs for Adobe and Macromedia, managing the Adobe Secure Software Engineering team, which provides security specific engineering and QA resources coordinated with product development teams. He also had extensive experience as a software security consultant and worked at the US Department of Defense.
As chief technology officer and senior vice president, Experience & Technology Organization, Kevin Lynch oversees Adobe’s experience design and core technology across business units. This role includes driving Adobe’s technology platform for designers and developers across desktops and devices, including Adobe® Flash® Player, Portable Document Format (PDF), Adobe Flex® and Adobe AIR™, the cross-operating system application runtime that bridges the computing power and data capabilities of the desktop with the real-time dynamic capabilities of the web. He also oversees Adobe’s developer relations program, including the integration of customers and partners in the development process through Adobe Labs and customer advisory councils.
Prior to being named CTO in 2008, Lynch served as senior vice president and chief software architect for Adobe’s Platform Business Unit.... Read More.
Jack Ma is the chairman and non-executive director of Alibaba.com. He is the lead founder of Alibaba Group and has been the chairman and chief executive officer of Alibaba Group since its inception in 1999. Jack is responsible for the overall strategy and focus of Alibaba Group and our company.
Jack is a pioneer in the Chinese Internet industry, founding China Pages, one of the first Internet-based directories in China, in 1995. From 1998 to 1999, Jack headed an information technology company established by the China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC), a department of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC).
Jack currently serves on the board of SOFTBANK CORP., a leading digital information company that is publicly traded on the Tokyo... Read More.
Rebecca MacKinnon is co-founder of Global Voices, a global bloggers’ network. A veteran journalist, blogger, and China expert, she is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Center where she teaches online journalism and conducts research on the Chinese Internet, free expression and corporate responsibility. She also serves as Public Lead for Creative Commons Hong Kong. Before moving to Hong Kong MacKinnon was a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked for CNN in Northeast Asia for over a decade, serving as CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 1998-2001 and as CNN’s Tokyo Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 2001-03. Her blog is... Read More.
Isaac Mao is a blogger, entrepreneur and social media researcher in China. He is the co-founder of CNBlog.org, and Social Brain Foundation which supports a pool of grassroots initiatives in China including Chinese Blogger Conference, Creative Commons, Wikipedia, OpenID, Open Education, Digital Nomads, Memedia and Tor Project, etc. His research interests include Sharism, Social Media and Collective Intelligence, etc. He is also research fellow in Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law Schoool.
Paul Maritz joined VMware in July 2008 as President and CEO. Prior to joining VMware, he was President of EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division after the company acquired Pi in February 2008 where he was the founder and CEO. Before founding Pi, he spent 14 years working at Microsoft, where he served as a member of the five-person Executive Committee that managed the overall company. As Vice President of the Platform Strategy and Developer Group, among other roles, he oversaw the development and marketing of System Software Products (including Windows 95, Windows NT, and Windows 2000), Development Tools (Visual Studio) and Database Products (SQL Server) and the complete Office and Exchange Product Lines. Prior to Microsoft, he spent five years working... Read More.
David Marks is co-founder and CTO of Loomia and leads the company’s strategic and technical vision. David has led technical teams and developed strategic software solutions for over 12 years.
From 2000-2002, David was a founding member, architect, and product manager for Modulant Solutions, a pioneering semantics-based technology provider that was one of the first companies to use semantic approaches to address the issues of information interoperability.
Prior to Modulant, David was a principal engineer at Modem Media (acquired by Digitas/Publicis), an interactive agency. While there, he architected and implemented web-application solutions for a number of Fortune 1000 companies, including Visa, Miramax Films, and American Century Investments. Prior to Vivid Studios, he served as an application engineer for GoodCompany.com, a next-generation dating service, where... Read More.
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.... Read More.
Carol is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and has 20 years of healthcare experience. Carol is currently Humana’s VP of R&D where she’s pioneered the use of novel techniques in prediction and computational health intelligence to predict health severity, disease progression and consumer health behavior. She also leads Humana’s Health Service Research Center, focused on health services research, the psychology of health behavior change, pharmacovigilance, and personalized medicine research.
It’s boring putting “insurance” as my area of expertise. I’m interested in anything remotely related to health and anything that’s weird and cool with data and analytics. This includes everything from ubiquitous computing, distributed intelligence, personal health & sensor technologies, you name it.
I’m also interested in self-organizing systems, the self-organization, co-creation and emergence... Read More.
Dave McClure has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for almost twenty years as a software developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor, angel investor, blogger, & internet marketing nerd. He is an advisor or investor for Mint, Mashery, Simply Hired, TeachStreet, Oortle, CrazyEgg, SlideShare, Eventvue, RichRelevance, HealthUnity, & Canopy Financial.
Dave is the conference chair for Startonomics.com, and runs a monthly dinner series for entrepreneurs called Startup2Startup.com. He has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University for the nation’s first-ever course on building Facebook Apps. Dave is a board member for microfinance accelerator Unitus, advisor to microfinance lender Kiva.org, and a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network.
From 2005 to 2006, Dave launched and ran marketing for job search engine Simply... Read More.
Mary Meeker is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and served as a managing director and research analyst at Morgan Stanley from 1991 to 2010. Since beginning her career as a securities analyst in 1986, Mary has focused on emerging technology trends and companies. Mary is co-author of the industry-defining books, The Internet Report (1995) and The Internet Advertising Report (1996), and co-author of The Internet Retailing Report (1997), The Online Classified Advertising Report: It’s About Search / Find / Obtain (SFO) (2002), The China Internet Report (2004), The Mobile Internet Report (2009), USA Inc., a non-partisan report that looks at the U.S. government (and its financials) from a business perspective (2011), and The Technology IPO Yearbook. Her reports are... Read More.
Rich has been developing innovative communications and interface-intensive applications for more than 20 years. He is currently group manager of mobile platforms for Google, helping to build the Android platform. Rich has been with Google since the company’s acquisition of Android, a mobile software platforms company he co-founded.
Prior to Android, Rich was vice president of advanced services at Orange, where he headed the group’s R&D activities in North America. He came to Orange through the acquisition of another company he co-founded, Wildfire, which made a voice-based personal assistant product that was sold to fixed and wireless carriers. Rich held various positions at Wildfire, including CTO and MD for Europe.
Rich received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell,... Read More.
Ted Morgan co-founded Skyhook Wireless in 2003 to capitalize on the increasing demand for location-based services. Prior to founding Skyhook, Mr. Morgan was the VP of Marketing for edocs Inc., a provider of customer self-service solutions that was sold to Siebel Systems in January 2005 and worked in Product Management for Open Market, one of the early leaders of the e-commerce revolution. Prior to the technology industry, he spent four years in financial services. Mr. Morgan holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Joanna Mountain is a Senior Director of Research at 23andMe, Inc. of Mountain View, California, a company that provides consumers with access to personal genetic information. Dr. Mountain is also a consulting faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University where she has specialized in the study of human evolutionary genetics. Dr. Mountain received her Ph.D. degree in Genetics from Stanford University having completed a B.S. degree through Stanford’s Mathematical Sciences program. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Mountain conducted postdoctoral research on human population genetics within the Integrative Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Broadly speaking, Dr. Mountain’s areas of interest include: phenotype and the interactions among genotype, environment, and culture; the extent to which genetic data can reveal details... Read More.
Matt Murphy is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; he joined in 1999. Matt manages the iFund at KPCB, a collaborative initiative with Apple and the iPhone platform, which focuses on defining applications for the mobile internet. Matt holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Elon Musk has been the primary funding source for Tesla Motors, from when Tesla Motors was just three people and a business plan to present day, having led the Series A, Series B and co-led the Series C. Electric vehicles have long been one of his primary interests, stemming from his days in the early nineties working on high energy density capacitor technology in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Musk is known for co-founding PayPal and Zip2 and founding SpaceX. The latter company is in the business of developing and launching the world’s most advanced rockets for satellite and later human transportation. As Chairman of the Board of Tesla Motors, he helps develop the company’s business and product strategy, and assists with knowledge of composite and metallic... Read More.
Gavin Newsom, 40, is the youngest San Francisco mayor in over a century. Newsom, the son of William and Tessa Newsom, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Santa Clara University on a partial baseball scholarship, graduating in 1989 with a B.A. in political science.
After college, Newsom sold orthotics and worked as an assistant at a real estate firm. In 1991, Newsom recruited investors and founded PlumpJack, a wine shop, which he grew into a thriving enterprise of 15 businesses including wineries, restaurants, and hotels.
In 1996, Newsom was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to the city’s parking and traffic commission. Soon he was elected president of the commission. In 1997, Brown appointed him to the city’s board of... Read More.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. His original business plan was “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.
Paul S. Otellini is president and chief executive officer of Intel Corporation. He became the company’s fifth CEO on May 18, 2005, succeeding Craig R. Barrett. Otellini previously had served as Intel’s president and chief operating officer, positions he held since 2002, the same year he was elected to Intel’s board of directors.
Since joining Intel in 1974, Otellini has managed several Intel businesses, including the company’s PC and server microprocessor division and the global sales and marketing organization.
In 2002, Otellini was elected to Intel’s board of directors and promoted to president and chief operating officer. He was named CEO in May 2005, a role in which he’s focused on driving the company’s growth and mission to deliver innovative, energy-efficient products. Under... Read More.
Director, Marketing, Content and Application Service Providers, Juniper Networks
For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture.
Pollan is the author, most recently, of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. His previous book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award for best food writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Pollan’s previous book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, was also a New York Times bestseller,... Read More.
James Powell is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Thomson Reuters and member of the Thomson Reuters Executive Committee.
Mr. Powell oversees the company’s technology initiatives and strategy, including the application of newly emerging technologies to advance the development and delivery of intelligent information. He also provides leadership to the divisional and business unit technology professionals as Chairman of the Global Technology Executive Committee. This work involves promoting best practices across the company in areas such as search, datamining, databasing, digital platforms and data center design.
Previously he was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Markets Division of Thomson Reuters. In his 14 years at Reuters, Mr. Powell held a number of senior leadership positions including CTO for Enterprise; CTO and... Read More.
David has worked as a broadcast television producer, technology writer and journalist since 1999 for ZDTV, TechTV and G4 Media. He is a seasoned veteran of television production with several hundred hours of daily live production and many dozens of documentary and field productions under his belt in the roles of producer, writer, director, and talent. He has been heavily involved in computers and technology since becoming SysOp of his own computer BBS in 1989 and subsequently as a network administrator for the software company, Bowne Litigation Solutions. After joining Revision3, David quickly took over the day to day operations, managing business opportunities, developing new programming, and successfully building and executing a working business model for the emerging medium of Internet VOD... Read More.
Danny is a partner in the London office of Index Ventures. His investment interests include internet infrastructure software and services. He sits on the boards of FON, Oanda, Sky (BSKY), Stardoll, Spotrunner, viagogo and Zend and was previously on the boards of Last.fm (CBS), MySQL (Sun) and Skype (eBay).
Jesse Robbins is Cofounder & Chief Community Officer of Opscode, the leader in Cloud Infrastructure Automation, and served as the company’s founding CEO. Robbins is a widely recognized expert in Infrastructure, Web Operations, and Emergency Management.
Opscode makes Chef , the powerful open source tool used by tens of thousands of developers & systems administrators to automate, manage and scale infrastructure of any size and complexity.
Robbins served as founding chair of the Velocity Web Performance & Operations Conference and contributes to the O’Reilly Radar . Prior to co-founding Opscode, he worked at Amazon.com with a title of “Master of Disaster” where he was responsible for Website Availability for every property bearing the Amazon brand.
Robbins is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT... Read More.
Shane Robison is responsible for shaping HP’s overall corporate strategy and technology agenda, and oversees the company’s corporate marketing function. He steers the company’s $3.6 billion research and development investment and fosters the development of the company’s global technical community. All of the company’s senior chief technology officers and the director of HP Labs report into him.
Robison also leads the company’s strategy and corporate development efforts, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, intellectual property licensing, venture capital community and partnerships. He was one of four principal architects of HP’s merger with Compaq Computer Corp., and, in 2004, InfoWorld declared Robison one of the world’s 25 most influential chief technology officers. Robison also has responsibility for worldwide corporate marketing activities, including external and internal communications, brand marketing,... Read More.
A seasoned coder and proud holder of the “biggest hair CTO in technology” title, Johann met Loic when Seesmic was still merely 2 pages of notes in a Moleskine. Always thrilled by a challenge, Johann joined with Loic to lead the company’s technology development, fascinated by tackling the adventure building a huge idea from scratch.
Sometimes better known as “the CTO who never sleeps”, Johann loves to think out-of-the box, is well-versed in domains like semantic web, distributed systems, and messaging systems. On a higher level, aestheticism in computing is what most interests Johann – from architecture design to interface metaphors.
Johann also truly embraces the concept of social media as a powerful way to build the best development team. Taking full advantage... Read More.
Fabio and the Elance team are building the number one online workplace where businesses connect with qualified professionals to get work done.
Prior to Elance, Fabio worked in the United States and Europe at CapGemini. In the US, Fabio launched CapGemini’s e-business division, led its Strategic Consulting practice, and was COO of Gemini Consulting. In Europe, Fabio headed Gemini Consulting’s Analysis & Design business and was CEO of the Italian subsidiary.
Fabio received a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University.
Kevin Rose is the founder and chief architect of Digg. He oversees all aspects of the management and development of the Web site. Under his leadership, Digg has grown to more than 30 million unique visitors per month and has been included in TIME Magazine’s “50 Best Websites” list every year since 2006.
Kevin started Digg in September 2004 as a personal project. His initial idea was to conduct a social experiment in how masses of users could control and promote news and other content on the Web, without external editorial control. After a very short time, he realized the power of his idea, as Digg was becoming a resource for breaking news stories and developed a strong user following.
Kevin is also a... Read More.
Richard co-founded Demand Media in May 2006, and currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. With an intense focus on the consumer, and recognized as a champion for innovation in the media industry, he passionately leads Demand Media in its mission to publish what the world wants to know and share. Richard holds a unique vision for the future of online media and was featured in Fortune’s “The 50 Smartest People in Tech” as runner-up for “Smartest CEO” behind Apple’s Steve Jobs.
Prior to founding Demand Media, Richard built, operated and sold several high-profile Internet media companies. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Intermix Media, Inc., and Chairman of Myspace.com. He joined Intermix in March 2004, and led a successful... Read More.
Elliot Schrage is the Vice President of Communications, Public Policy and Platform Marketing at Facebook, where he is responsible for developing and coordinating key messages about products, corporate business and partnerships. He also oversees the company’s public policy strategy worldwide. Elliot joined Facebook from Google, where he was the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. He helped broaden and coordinate the company’s messaging from a focus on product PR to include all aspects of corporate, financial, policy, philanthropic and internal communications. Prior to Google, Elliot was the Bernard L. Schwarz Senior Fellow in business and foreign policy at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier in his career, Elliot served as the Senior Vice President of Global Affairs for Gap Inc. and an... Read More.
He is the founder and CEO of Pramana. Mr. Sehgal has over 12 years of executive management and entrepreneurial experience in enterprise software, system sales, marketing and operations. Prior to Pramana, Mr. Sehgal founded or co-founded three companies, AMI, (sold to LSI Logic for over $220M), iVivity, and Scentric, all category-leading companies in their respective markets. He has led business critical efforts in a startup environment, including building a successful sales organization, raising venture and strategic funding, product development and launch, establishing and managing partner relationships, and overseeing company acquisition
Edward Shenderovich is currently the Managing Director of Kite Ventures, a Moscow-based early stage venture fund. Prior to this, he was one of the founding executives and Head of Strategic Development at SUP, a Moscow-based online media company, which runs LiveJournal.com, Gazeta.ru, and other leading Russian media brands. Prior to joining SUP, Edward was the CEO of Quantum Art, a content management software company, which he co-founded. Before Quantum Art, Edward worked at Silicon Valley Bank as the Industry Analyst in Communications and Online Services.
Edward is a fellow and a professor of business modeling at Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy, and a board member of Ixtens, an online commerce integrator closely affiliated with Amazon.com. Edward graduated from University of... Read More.
Beerud is the co-founder and President of Webaroo, which operates the largest and fastest-growing mobile media service in India, called SMS GupShup that enables millions of mobile users to form communities, send and receive group messages, send greetings, run blogs, publish content and more, simply using mobile text messages. Previously, Beerud founded Elance, the leading online services marketplace. Beerud graduated with an MS from MIT, a B.Tech. (with silver medal) from IIT Mumbai, and is charter member of TiE Silicon Valley.
Timothy Shey is Director of Channels and Programming at the YouTube Next Lab, a a new team that focused on supercharging creator and channel development on YouTube and incubating new ideas that can be shared with the broader community. Prior to YouTube, Tim was Next New Networks’ President and Co-Founder, and led the company’s creative and platform strategy from its beginnings in late 2006 to its acquisition by YouTube in March 2011. As Next New Networks’ first head of programming and creative development, he assembled the most diverse and successful portfolio of original video entertainment programming on the Internet, including hit networks ThreadBanger, Indy Mogul, Fast Lane Daily, Barely Political, $99 Music Videos, and Ultra Kawaii. Next New Networks programming has racked up over 1.5... Read More.
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.
Mr. Skibiski is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sense Networks. He is responsible for the company’s overall strategic vision in the financial and consumer services markets.
Prior to co-founding Sense Networks, Skibiski served as Principal Architect of the Business Development group at BackWeb Technologies (NASD: BWEB), a mobile infrastructure software company. As one of the first employees, he spent seven years working in the US, Germany and Israel, most recently as a member of the company’s Executive Board.
Previously, he was the Director of BackWeb’s relationship with SAP, the company’s largest source of revenue. Skibiski also acted as the chief software architect for integrations with IBM, Microsoft, and SAP, and was responsible for designing software solutions and leading the development... Read More.
Robin Sloan is the new media strategist at Current, a participatory media company co-founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt. Current produces news by collaborating with its audience; it runs a cable and satellite TV network, available in 56 million homes around the world, and a social news site, current.com.
Before Current, Robin worked at the Poynter Institute, a journalism school and think tank in St. Petersburg, Florida. There, he co-produced EPIC 2014, a viral video view of the future of media. Before Poynter, he graduated from Michigan State, where he majored in economics and minored in wasting time on the internet.
Rod Smith is an IBM fellow and Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a group of highly technical innovators who are developing solutions to help organizations realize the value of big data. His early advocacy in the industry has played an important role in the adoption of technologies such as J2EE, Linux, Web services, XML, rich Internet applications, and various wireless standards.
As an IBM Fellow, Rod is helping lead IBM’s efforts around big data analytics and the application of IBM Watson like technologies to business solutions, helping companies make better decisions more quickly for improved business outcomes. His early identification of emerging technologies has led to a sustained record of achievement... Read More.
Prior to his current position as the Department of the Army CIO/G6, he was the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).
Upon his graduation from the United States Military Academy, Lieutenant General Sorenson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery, serving in tactical units at III Corps Artillery and in Germany. Following his transfer into the Military Intelligence Corps, he served as the Division Artillery Intelligence Officer and completed several assignments at the division staff and operational level.
He has over 20 years of acquisition experience as a certified U.S. Army Material Acquisition Manager. His acquisition assignments include: Director, Program Control (Joint Tactical Fusion Program Office); Course Director for the... Read More.
Jonah Stein is the founder of Its The ROI, a San Francisco Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing company. In 2007, he coined the term Virtual Blight to help web publishers understand the impact of Spam, scammers and other parasitic marketers on the value of web properties.
Jonah has been responsible for planning, designing and executing the web vision of companies ranging from venture funded start ups to Fortune 500 companies. Through two business cycles of venture capitalists pouring money like chum into the feeding frenzy, he has focused on creating functional web businesses with measurable ROI. Its The ROI currently assists companies with all aspects of Search Engine Marketing and Jonah serves on the advisory boards of several start... Read More.
Erik leads MDV’s cleantech investment team and appies his expertise in solar, biofuels, energy storage, industrial biotech and clean coal. His board seats include: Catilin, Energy Innovations, Gordon Murray Design, Nanosolar, OPX Biotechnology, Recurrent Energy and ZeaChem. Erik serves on the advisory boards of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Stanford’s BASES, NVCA Cleantech Council, and Cleantech Venture Network. Erik earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and doctoral and master’s degrees from Stanford.
Dr. Bob Sutor, IBM’s vice president of open source and standards, sits at the intersection between open standards, open source and the role of intellectual property in open computing. He was very active in establishing HTML and XML as the basis and lingua franca of the World Wide Web, as well as establishing Web services standards. More recently, he has been very active in promoting open formats such as OpenDocument Format, interoperability between virtual worlds in Web 3.0, and ensuring that intellectual property does not interfere with the development and adoption of open software standards.
A 25-year veteran of IBM, Sutor has spent the majority of his time contributing to IBM Research efforts, specializing in symbolic mathematical computation and... Read More.
Garry Tan is a cofounder at Posterous, a Y Combinator-funded company that was founded and launched in June of 2008. Posterous.com is the easiest way to publish anything (text, photos, music, video, and documents of all kinds) to the web using email. Garry loves building online communities, hacking Rails, and all things design / user experience.
Garry was previously a founding team engineer for the hedge fund analytics platform at Palantir Technologies, a program manager for Windows Mobile, and built ecommerce sites during Web 1.0 as a software engineer for Sapient and Adjacency New Media. He met his cofounder Sachin Agarwal while studying Computer Systems Engineering at Stanford, where he graduated in 2003.
Todor leads Omidyar Network’s Financial Capital function, overseeing the process for making, managing, and evaluating investments. In addition, he leads the Consumer Internet & Mobile investment area, making investments that encourage people to express themselves, connect to others with shared interests, and take action on what matters to them. His portfolio includes Digg, Linden Lab, and Metaweb, among others. Todor serves as a board member for Common Sense Media and Meetup, a board advisor for O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, and a board observer for Federated Media Publishing and Socialtext.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Todor advised the founding team of LiveOps, a leader in the on-demand and virtual call center space, on a range of strategy and fundraising issues. At Tellme Networks, he developed and led... Read More.
Iain Thomson is the US Editor of vnunet.com, the international technology news portal. He has spent the last 15 years writing about technology, including stints as the Technology Editor for PC Magazine, Reviews Editor of PC Advisor and Editor of Aviation Informatics. Originally from Derbyshire, England he has recently moved to San Francisco to cover Silicon Valley.
David Treadwell is corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Live Platform Services, a group that’s defining and implementing the next generation of platform services that all Microsoft service-enabled applications and sites will use. These services include unified identity and directory, data synchronization, transport and presence, among others.
A recognized platform innovator, Treadwell most recently helped to start the company’s Windows Live Core effort (Live Mesh), an incubation project that’s now a key component of the company’s services platform that will allow the creation of compelling applications by making deep use of network-based information.
Previously, Treadwell ran the .NET Developer Platform team responsible for Microsoft’s managed developer platform, which included the .NET Framework, ASP.NET and other technologies. Prior to his work on .NET, Treadwell was a... Read More.
Joe Trippi worked on his first presidential campaign for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1980. His work in presidential politics continued with the campaigns of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Richard Gephardt, Howard Dean and, most recently, John Edwards. He heads up Trippi and Associates a multimedia consulting firm. Trippi appears regularly on CBS as an election analyst and commentator. He is the author of, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet and the Overthrow of Everything. The father of three, he lives with his wife, Kathleen, on the eastern shore of Maryland.
Jeff is a co-founder of Poll Everywhere, a Y Combinator startup that enables mobile participation in live events. Poll Everywhere is a low-cost Audience Response System. It allows presenters to create slides that their audience can interact with in real time using text messages or mobile web browsers.
Jeff spent four years as a technology consultant with Deloitte Consulting, and was the CIO of a Guatemalan school district for one year. He is currently on leave from the MIT Sloan MBA program. He enjoys flying small planes and skiing.
Padmasree Warrior is Cisco Systems’ Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, she is responsible for helping drive the company’s technological innovations and strategy, and works closely with its senior executive team and board of directors to align these efforts with Cisco’s corporate goals. As an evangelist for what’s possible, she pushes the organization to stretch beyond its current capabilities – not just in technology, but also in its strategic partnerships and new business models.
Warrior joined Cisco in 2007. Prior to that, she was the CTO at Motorola, where she led a team of 26,000 engineers and directed Motorola Labs, with an annual R&D budget of $3.7 billion. Over the course of her 23 years at that company, she served in a broad range... Read More.
Benjamin Wegg-Prosser is Director of Corporate Development for SUP, a leading online Russian media company which he helped launch. SUP owns the most popular news, sports and user-generated content sites in Russia reaching 38% of the monthly audience and extending to 52% through its own ad network.
His career has ranged from offline and online publishing to politics. He held several positions at The Guardian newspaper in Britain where he launched a number of web projects before working across the printed and online edition. He was also Director of the Strategic Communications Unit at No. 10 Downing Street from 2005 to 2007, a post he left when Tony Blair stood down as the British Prime Minister.
During his time in Downing Street he... Read More.
Evan Williams is an American entrepreneur who has co-founded two of the biggest services on the Internet—Blogger, which he ran for four years before selling to Google in 2003, and Twitter, where he was CEO for two years and now serves on the board of directors. Most recently, he launched Medium, a new publishing platform, currently in private beta.
Evan is currently CEO of The Obvious Corporation, which supports world-positive ideas and technologies through building, investing, and advising. Obvious spun out Twitter, Inc. in 2007 and has recently helped companies such as Beyond Meat, Branch, Karma, Lift, and Neighborland.
Evan was raised on a farm in rural Nebraska and has been recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneurs of the Decade, one of... Read More.
Carnet is co-founder and CEO of Sprout, a rich interactive content authoring platform for building and publishing Flash widgets, social ads, or any Flash files without programming. Prior to Sprout, Carnet built and sold several Facebook applications, founded ChipIn a widget fundraising service, was a professional snowboarder, and ran International Trade Policy for The Nature Conservancy. Carnet has over a decade of experience in the high-tech and internet industries and was the Director of Business Development at TurboLinx, a Linux OS and enterprise solutions startup, and co-founded NetCorps, a nonprofit technology assistance organization in Oregon. Carnet graduated from the University of Berkeley and has a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. Mr. Williams was associate dean of Information Systems and... Read More.
Tony Wright is the co-founder and CEO of RescueTime. He founded the company in September of 2007 with a vision to allow individuals and businesses to understand how they spend their time and to help them spend it more effectively. Tony recently completed a 3 month stint at YCombinator (a startup incubation program) and has led the company to 7% week over week growth with an offering for both businesses and individuals. Prior to RescueTime, Tony founded a web startup in the recruiting space, which was acquired by Jobster.com in 2006. Tony served as Director of Product Development at Jobster for 1 year. Tony holds a B.S. in Psychology from Washington College.
Jerry Yang, a Taiwanese native raised in San Jose, Calif., co-created the Yahoo! Internet navigational guide in April 1994 with David Filo and co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in April 1995. He was appointed chief executive officer of the company in June 2007. Mr. Yang, a leading force in the Internet media industry, has been instrumental in building Yahoo! into the world’s most highly trafficked Web site and one of the world’s most recognized brands. Since the company’s founding, Mr. Yang has been a key member of the executive management team. His focus at Yahoo! over the years has included corporate strategy, Yahoo!’s technology vision, strategic business partnerships and international joint ventures, and recruiting key talent. In addition to serving on the Yahoo! Board of Directors, Mr.... Read More.
Raven Zachary helps people create, develop, and launch iPhone products and services. He also is a Contributing Analyst with The 451 Group. Raven is the founder of iPhoneDevCamp, a not-for-proﬁt iPhone developer conference. He is currently advising a number of companies on iPhone strategy and product development. He is regularly quoted by the press about the iPhone and is a frequent conference speaker on the topic. Raven’s iPhone pursuits can be viewed at www.raven.me and he can be followed on Twitter.
Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of Facebook, which he founded in 2004. Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, families and coworkers. Mark is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the design of Facebook’s service and development of its core technology and infrastructure. Mark attended Harvard University and studied computer science before moving the company to Palo Alto, California.
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