The initial lineup of influential senior-level executives, entrepreneurial innovators, technologists, financiers, analysts and pundits for 2009 is below. Please check back regularly to see the latest additions to the Web 2.0 Summit program.
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AOL, Tim Armstrong is responsible for setting strategy and overseeing the businesses and day-to-day operations of this global Web company. AOL operates some of the Internet’s most popular products and destinations, runs one of the country’s largest Internet access businesses and provides a full set of advertising solutions.
Armstrong joined AOL in March 2009 from Google, where he served as President of The Americas Operations, overseeing Google’s North American and Latin American advertising sales, marketing and operations teams. In this capacity, Armstrong worked with some of the world’s most widely recognized brands and advertising agencies. His tenure at Google covered the scaled launch of Google’s advertising efforts as well as defining many of the operating... Read More.
With more than 20 years experience in the networking industry, Mike brings a practical understanding of how technology can solve business problems to his position as Vice President of Product Marketing at Juniper Networks, where he leads the go-to-market efforts for the Ethernet Platforms Business Group. Mike joined Juniper from Peribit Networks where, as Vice President of Corporate Marketing, he led the company’s corporate communications, product and channel marketing, Web and e-marketing, and lead-generation programs. Peribit was acquired by Juniper in July 2005.
Prior to Peribit, Mike was Vice President of Marketing at Trapeze Networks, a wireless network infrastructure manufacturer. He also served as Director of Product Management at storage networking firm Rhapsody Networks, which was acquired by Brocade Communications in 2002.
Before joining Rhapsody,... Read More.
Carol Bartz is the chief executive officer and a director of Yahoo!. Previously, Bartz served as executive chairman of the board of Autodesk, Inc. In April, 2006, she stepped down as chairman, president and CEO of Autodesk after 14 years with the company. During her tenure, the company diversified its product line and grew revenues from $285 million to $1.523 billion in FY06.
Bartz previously held positions at Sun Microsystems, most recently serving as vice president of worldwide field operations and an executive officer of the company. Before joining Sun, she held product line and sales management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and 3M Corporation.
Bartz holds an honors degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin. She was granted an honorary... Read More.
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.
A graduate of Oxford University, England, in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.
He is the 3COM Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he also heads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG). He is also a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK.... Read More.
Sharon is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer at Path Intelligence. She is responsible for strategy and product development and has assisted Path Intelligence to develop their two flagship products FootPath and QPath.
Sharon is originally from New Zealand but completed her MBA at MIT where she became exposed to the idea of ‘reality mining’. Sharon and her co-founders saw the potential in marrying the techniques being developed in the reality mining space with the innovations and flexibility of another great MIT idea, software defined radio on off-the-shelf hardware.
Path Intelligence today utilise open-source software defined radio to detect RF signals from GSM phones, sensing and collecting anonymous data across all networks but without relying on the mobile networks to... Read More.
Marge Breya is executive vice president and general manager of the Intelligence Platform Group (IPG) at SAP BusinessObjects and of the NetWeaver Solution Management organization at SAP AG. Breya brings more than 25 years of experience as a technology visionary to SAP. In her current role, Breya oversees responsibility for determining the roadmap and GTM strategy for SAP’s business intelligence (BI) and enterprise information management (EIM) solutions as well as the SAP NetWeaver platform.
Previously, Breya was at Business Objects SA, where she was general manager for the company’s primary product-line businesses: core BI, EIM and midmarket solutions. She also served as Business Objects’ chief marketing officer (CMO) where she was responsible for developing the company’s vision and... Read More.
As a mother of four children with a hectic work schedule, Brooke Burke is the quintessential Modern Mom. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Brooke has had a distinguished career as a television host, TV personality, and entrepreneur. Brooke recently won ABC’s Dancing With The Stars in front of an estimated audience of 20 million people. She is also recognized worldwide for her roles as the host of E! Wild On, and the CBS hit show RockStar. She has been equally successful as an entrepreneur, having launched a vibrant e-commerce business, Baboosh Baby, which features her popular product known as Tauts, a belly wrap for new moms. Brooke grew Baboosh Baby to a multi-million dollar business and it will become an important ingredient... Read More.
Liam Casey is the Founder and CEO of PCH International, a manufacturing services company in China. Liam was born in Cork, Ireland where PCH International was founded in 1996. PCH International is a world class supply chain management company. Its customers are mainly multi-nationals based in North America, including the who’s who of Silicon Valley, for whom the company provides a gateway to China. Among its clients are three of the top five personal computer companies, and three of the top five consumer electronics companies.
PCH is based in Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, the heart of China’s ‘Factory to the World’, and employs 800 people in Ireland, China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, the USA, Brazil, the UK and... Read More.
Aneesh Chopra is the former U.S. Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an “open innovation” strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration – opening data to transform health, energy and education markets, convening tech leaders to develop consensus standards, and sponsoring prizes, challenges and competitions to tap into entrepreneurial problem solvers.
Chopra previously served as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology and has returned as a Senior Advisor with The Advisory Board Company, a global research, consulting, and technology firm helping hospital executives to better serve patients, where he previously served as Managing Director. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in... Read More.
Dennis Crowley is the Co-founder and CEO of foursquare. Previously, Dennis founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services in the U.S., which was acquired by Google in 2005. He has been named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT’s Technology Review magazine (2005) and has won the “Fast Money” bonus round in the TV game show Family Feud (2009). His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time Magazine and Newsweek. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
Dennis holds a master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Guy who likes to have fun starting and running businesses and taking out his aggression at basketball games.
Mark Drummond is the CEO of Wowd, a new real-time search company that provides tools to help people find and discover popular content across the web. Drummond has a noted ability to humanize even the deepest and most complex technologies. With proven expertise in management, strategy, product development and business development, Drummond most recently served as the Executive Director of Ventures and Licensing at SRI International. His career experience spans from R&D for Mars Surface Operations for NASA (Ames & JPL) to building three startups—TYECIN Systems (sold to Manugistics), Timedance (sold to TimeBridge), and Enviz (sold to Keynote Systems).
Drummond earned a B.Sc. in Computing Science from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D in Computing Science (AI) at the... Read More.
Di-Ann lives in Palo Alto, by way of Portland, OR, Boston, NYC and Amsterdam. Di-Ann is a neogeography pioneer and serial entrepreneur employing all means to increase the world’s citizen mappers. Di-Ann functions as both Chairman of Platial , The People’s Atlas, and as VP Community Geographer at Waze . Waze is free crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic. Started in Israel and well past critical mass, Waze now has top quality map, navigation and traffic data in the country. Di-Ann is setting up US operations and crafting the cartography of “live mapping”.
Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at the new Cornell Tech campus in New York City and a Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is co-founder of the non-profit startup, Open mHealth. She was previously on faculty at UCLA and Founding Director of the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS).
Estrin is a pioneer in networked sensing, which uses mobile and wireless systems to collect and analyze real time data about the physical world and the people who occupy it. Estrin’s current focus is on mobile health (mhealth), leveraging the programmability, proximity, and pervasiveness of mobile devices and the cloud for health management. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences... Read More.
A self-made woman, Carly Fiorina began her business career as a secretary and rose through the ranks of corporate America to become the first, and to date, the only woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. Serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) from 1999 to 2005, she led the reinvention of the legendary company, successfully steering it through the dot-com bust and the worst technology recession in 25 years. During her tenure, HP’s revenues doubled, from $44 billion to $88 billion, with improved profitability in every product category.
A proven leader, her pursuit of the controversial merger with Compaq Computer, now acknowledged to be the most successful merger in high-tech history, positioned HP to become the first $100 billion... Read More.
Dan Fletcher is an Associate Professor in the Bioengineering Department and Biophysics Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where his research focuses on the development of biomedical devices and the study of cell movements in health and disease. Dr. Fletcher received a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His research has received an NSF CAREER Award, a National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Award, multiple patents, and was named “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science magazine. Dr. Fletcher is also Deputy... Read More.
Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
Austan Goolsbee is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. Goolsbee is also serving as staff director and chief economist on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Goolsbee was the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was an economic adviser to Barack Obama’s 2004 Senate race before becoming a senior economic adviser to Senator Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign.
He is a member of the panel of Economic Advisers to the Congressional Budget Office, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He is a Senior Economist to the Democratic Leadership Council and the Progressive Policy Institute. He is also a frequent contributor to... Read More.
Josh Green conceived of the Panjiva solution in 2005 after seeing first-hand just how difficult it is to find good overseas suppliers. Josh is a veteran of The Boston Consulting Group and has masters degrees from Harvard’s JFK School of Government and Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.
Founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and new media, Peter Guber is among the most successful executives in the entertainment and communications industries. Films he personally produced or executive produced, including “Rain Man,” “Batman,” “The Color Purple,” “Midnight Express,” “Gorillas In The Mist,” “The Witches of Eastwick,” “Missing,” and “Flashdance,” have earned more than three billion dollars worldwide and garnered more than fifty Academy Award nominations.
Peter Guber is a sought after speaker at global events. Tapped for his wisdom and expertise, he currently appears as an analyst on numerous network and cable shows and has been a co-host for the last six years on AMC’s TV show, Shootout. Guber is a noted author and... Read More.
John Hagel III has nearly 30 years experience as a management consultant, author, speaker and entrepreneur, and has helped companies improve their performance by effectively applying information technology to reshape business strategies. John currently serves as co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for the Edge, which conducts original research and develops substantive points of view for new corporate growth.
Before joining Deloitte, John was an independent consultant and writer. Prior to that, he held significant positions at leading consulting firms and companies. From 1984 to 2000, he was a principal at McKinsey & Co., where he was a leader of the Strategy Practice. In addition, he founded and led McKinsey’s Electronic Commerce Practice from 1993 to 2000. John has also served as... Read More.
Michael Halbherr Vice President, Ovi Product Development Nokia
Michael leads the Ovi Product Development unit as part of Nokia’s Services business. In this role, Michael is responsible for the integration of all core services under the Ovi brand, including product development, marketing, road mapping, and deployment efforts.
Before joining Nokia in 2006, Michael worked for the Boston Consulting Group and at europatweb, the Internet investment vehicle of Groupe Arnault, overseeing all technology investments, including gate5. After that, Michael headed gate5 AG, the former leading supplier of mapping, routing and navigation software and services, for five years.
Since the acquisition of gate5 by Nokia, Michael has been heading the location based experiences at Nokia, and, most recently, the Ovi Product Development unit.
Michael holds a PhD... Read More.
Hale joined Linden Lab as Chief Product Officer in September 2008, bringing over 15 years of experience in product development, marketing and management. Having most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Knowledge Worker Business Unit at Adobe Systems, Hale now drives the product strategy for Second Life to support and further develop the inworld economy which is projected at more than US$450 million in user-to-user transaction in 2009.
Prior to Linden Lab, Hale was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) at Redpoint Ventures, investigating the intersections of gaming, virtual goods and virtual worlds, online communications, community and social networking. At Adobe, Hale led the collaboration and Software as a Service (SaaS) agendas, driving the strategy for businesses such as Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Connect... Read More.
Rolf Herken is the CEO and CTO of mental images GmbH, the company he had founded in 1986. mental images is the recognized international leader in providing component and platform software for the creation, manipulation and visualization of 3D content. He drives the company’s innovative technologies and products with primary responsibility for Research, Development, Technology Strategy and for the Company’s OEM strategy and business. In 1999 he founded the company incremental images, Inc. in San Francisco to develop the technology that is now known under the product name RealityServer. The company was later acquired by mental images GmbH. In November 2007 he sold mental images GmbH to NVIDIA Corporation. Since then mental images is a wholly owned subsidiary of NVIDIA.... Read More.
Eric Hippeau is the Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post, a leading news and opinion site which in four years has become an influential media brand – “The Internet Newspaper.” Hippeau joined HuffPost in June 2009.
Prior to joining HuffPost, Hippeau was managing partner at Softbank Capital, a New York and Boston-based venture capital fund specializing in early stage investments in technology and digital media. Hippeau joined Softbank Capital in 2000 from Ziff-Davis, Inc., where he was Chairman and CEO. During his career at Ziff-Davis, Hippeau was early to recognize the growth potential of online media. Under his stewardship, ZDNet became one of the few successful examples of a strong online business model evolving from traditional magazine content, and he was instrumental... Read More.
Jeffrey R. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he has held since September 7, 2001.
Mr. Immelt has held several global leadership positions since coming to GE in 1982, including roles in GE’s Plastics, Appliance, and Medical businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. A couple years later, in 2000, Mr. Immelt was appointed president and chief executive officer.
Mr. Immelt has been named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s, and since he began serving as chief executive officer, GE has been named “America’s Most Admired Company” in a poll conducted by Fortune magazine and one of “The World’s Most Respected Companies” in polls by Barron’s and the... Read More.
Kevin Johnson joined Juniper Networks in September of 2008 as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board. Prior to joining Juniper, Mr. Johnson served for 16 years in various leadership roles at Microsoft. In 2005, he was named President of the Platforms and Services Division with responsibility for the Server & Tools, Windows, and Online Services Business Groups. Under his leadership, Microsoft’s largest division achieved record-breaking results with more than $20 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2008. Prior to that role, he served as Group Vice President of Microsoft’s worldwide sales, marketing and services organization where he led the company’s global field organization of more than 30,000 employees and also oversaw corporate operations and IT functions in support of Microsoft’s global business.... Read More.
Aaron Koblin is an Artist|Designer|Researcher focused on creating and visualizing human systems. Currently part of Google’s Creative Lab in San Francisco, California, Aaron creates software and architectures to transform social and infrastructural data into rich digital expression. Koblin’s work has been shown internationally and is part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
As president of Microsoft’s Online Services Division (OSD), Dr. Qi Lu leads the company’s search and online advertising efforts and also oversees all of its online information and communications services. Dr. Lu oversees the OSD Research & Development team which has responsibility for the evolution of Microsoft’s search, portal and advertising services; the Online Audience Business Group; and the Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Business Group. Dr. Lu reports to Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Lu spent 10 years as a Yahoo! senior executive. His roles included serving as the executive vice president of engineering for the company’s Search and Advertising Technology Group where he oversaw the development of Yahoo!’s Web search and monetization platforms and vice president of... Read More.
Marissa leads Google’s efforts on search products – web search, images, news, books, products, maps, – and other consumer-facing initiatives such as iGoogle, Google Earth, Google Chrome, and more. Her contributions have included designing and developing Google’s search interface, internationalizing the site to over 100 languages, and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. Google’s first female engineer, Marissa joined in 1999 and led the user interface and web server teams at that time.
Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford University, where she earned both her B.S. in Symbolic Systems and her M.S. in Computer Science. Stanford has recognized... Read More.
Starting January 1, 2008, Mary T. McDowell is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer leading the newly established Corporate Development Office. Mary is responsible for optimizing Nokia’s strategic capabilities and growth potential and managing key operational functions. In the capacity of enabling Nokia’s future, she oversees Corporate Strategy, Nokia Research Center, Corporate Business Development, and Solutions Portfolio Management. She also oversees Forum Nokia and Developer Community, Nokia IT, and Compatibility and Industry Collaboration, which are focused on managing operational elements of the integrated company. Mary is also a member of the Nokia Group Executive Board, a position held since 2004. She is a frequent public speaker on topics including mobile and Internet industry convergence, open ecosystems, strategy leadership, and consumer centricity.
Mary joined Nokia... Read More.
Erin McKean is co-founder and CEO of Wordnik, a fun and new way for people to learn about and discover words. Erin was most recently editor in chief for American Dictionaries at Oxford University Press. She is the editor of the irregularly-published recreational-linguistics journal VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly, and the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words and That’s Amore (also about words). Previously, she was the editorial manager for the Thorndike-Barnhart Dictionaries at ScottForesman, a Pearson company.
She has served on the board of the Dictionary Society of North America and on the editorial board for its journal, Dictionaries, as well as on the editorial board for the journal of the American Dialect... 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.
Jon Miller is Chief Digital Officer, and Chairman and CEO, Digital Media Group for News Corporation, a role in which he drives the Company’s overall digital strategy in conjunction with various operational heads, while also directly overseeing all of News Corp.’s standalone digital businesses.
Prior to News Corporation, Jon was a founding partner of Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm focusing on digital media and the consumer Internet space.
Previously, Miller was Chairman and CEO of AOL from 2002 to 2006.
Earlier in his career, Jon was CEO and President of USA Information and Services—now IACI and Expedia—and also served as Managing Director of Nickelodeon International, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks.
From 1987-1993, Miller was Vice... Read More.
Jacquelyn Ford Morie is currently a Senior Researcher at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), working in the fields of immersive and mobile technologies with a focus on their convergence. Before ICT, she spent six years in the animation and effects industry at Disney Feature Animation, Blue Sky|VIFX and the award winning Rhythm & Hues, creating specialized training programs for both traditional and digital aspects of production. From 1990 to 1994, Morie worked as an artist, researcher and educator at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her Virtual Reality work at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training involved creating scenarios and environments designed to evoke emotional responses from their participants. In addition, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor for
Shantanu Narayen is president and chief executive officer of Adobe, one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies. Narayen’s leadership, technology insight and operational expertise have strengthened Adobe’s culture of innovation, expanded the company into new markets, and extended its product portfolio and global reach. In 2005, Narayen co-led the $3.4 billion acquisition of Macromedia, expanding Adobe’s software platform and solutions, and strengthening the company’s presence in key markets ranging from enterprises and vertical industries to mobile devices and multimedia publishing.
Prior to his appointment as CEO in December of 2007, Narayen was Adobe’s president and COO, responsible for the company’s day-to-day global operations, product research and development, marketing and corporate development. Previously, he held key product research and development positions... 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.
Sean Parker co-founded four category defining Internet companies by the age of 28 – Napster, Plaxo, Facebook and the Causes application on Facebook – transforming the way people across the world interact and share information. He is currently the Chairman of Causes and a Managing Partner at Founder’s Fund, a venture capital firm based in San Francisco.
Together with Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz, Sean co-founded Facebook in June 2004. Sean served as the company’s first president, securing financing, assembling a world-class management team and spearheading the design of the site’s transformational “news feed,” ”share,” and “photos” features.
Sean recently established his fourth company, “Causes on Facebook,” where in the role of Chairman, he oversees the company’s mission to harness the power of emerging communication... Read More.
BRE PETTIS is a founder of Makerbot, a company that produces robots that make things. Bre is also a founder of NYCResistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn. Besides being a TV host and Video Podcast producer, he’s created new media for Etsy.com, hosted Make: Magazine’s Weekend Projects podcast, and has been a schoolteacher, artist, and puppeteer. Bre is passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY.
Sundar joined Google in 2004 and is currently a vice president of product management. He leads the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s search and consumer products, including iGoogle, Google Toolbar, Google Chrome, Desktop Search and Gadgets, Google Pack, and Gears.
Sundar brings more than 12 years of experience developing high-tech consumer and enterprise products. Before joining Google, he held various engineering and product management positions at Applied Materials, and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company for a variety of software and semiconductor clients.
Sundar received a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology and was awarded an Institute Silver Medal. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was... Read More.
Mark Pincus is a leading Internet entrepreneur, having founded and established four successful companies.
In January 2007, Mark founded Zynga and has grown the company to become the leading social games provider with over 235 million monthly active users playing its games. Mark has created a team of more than 700 employees including senior executives from EA, Yahoo! and others to create such hits as FarmVille, Café World, Zynga Poker, FishVille, Mafia Wars, PetVille and YoVille. In October 2009, Mark started Zynga.org which is committed to transforming the world through virtual social goods. Zynga.org has raised more than $3 million for several international nonprofits.
Prior to Zynga, in 2003, Mark founded Tribe Networks (tribe.net), one of the first online communities and social networking sites, which... Read More.
Safa Rashtchy is a pioneer in exploring and covering technology and media investment opportunities in international markets, in particular in China and India where he has established a formidable network and strong following, as well as a participating as a keynote speaker at globally-recognized marquee events.
Mr. Rashtchy, an expert in online media and technology, retired as a managing director from financial services leader Piper Jaffray and Company, where he led expansion efforts in Internet media and marketing with a specific focus on online media and search technologies in U.S and China .
Mr. Rashtchy has written extensively on Internet media and technology, online advertising, Internet search and the Chinese Internet market. In 2007, he and associates at Piper published the groundbreaking report, “The User... Read More.
Brian L. Roberts is Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. Under his leadership, Comcast has grown into a Fortune 100 company with $34.3 billion in revenues, 24.2 million customers and 100,000 employees. Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, and ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net. The Company also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectator, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
Mr. Roberts... 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.
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.
Dan Rosensweig currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Guitar Hero, the business unit which develops the blockbuster Guitar Hero® franchise. In this role, Mr. Rosensweig oversees Guitar Hero’s global operations including game development, hardware manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and marketing.
Mr. Rosensweig brings significant experience to Activision having served as Chief Operating Officer of Yahoo! from 2002 through 2006, where he oversaw the company’s worldwide operations including its product development, marketing, and advertising sales and the development and introduction of inventive new Internet advertising formats.
Prior to Yahoo!, Mr. Rosensweig spent 18 years at Ziff Davis, most recently serving as President where he was responsible for the global operations of the company and the successful merger of ZDNet and CNET. He... Read More.
Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. She oversees the firm’s business operations including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she built and managed the online sales channels for advertising and publishing and operations for consumer products worldwide. She was also instrumental in launching Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm. Before Google, Sheryl served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton where she helped lead the Treasury’s work on forgiving debt in the developing world. Earlier, she was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and an economist with the World Bank. Sheryl received a B.A. summa cum laude... Read More.
Steve Schneider is the Senior Program Director of WestEd’s Mathematics, Science, and Technology Program and serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) of the $12.2 million National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL), the California K-12 Mathematics Implementation Study, the National Assessment Governing Board’s (NAGB) 2009 NAEP science framework development project and the 2012 NAEP Technological Literacy framework project, and is the Principal Investigator of three efficacy studies of educational interventions.
He was also the Co-PI/Project Director for the development the AYA (High School) Science teacher assessment for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and a lead evaluator of numerous large-scale evaluation efforts for NSF and the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Schneider has served... Read More.
Mike Schroepfer is the Vice President of Engineering at Facebook. Mike is responsible for harnessing the engineering organization’s culture of speed, creativity and exploration to build products, services and infrastructure that support the company’s users, developers and partners around the world. Before coming to Facebook, Mike was the Vice President of Engineering at Mozilla Corporation, where he led the global, collaborative, open and participatory product development process behind Mozilla’s popular software, such as the Firefox web browser. Mike was formerly a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems where he was the Chief Technology Officer for the data center automation division (“N1”). He was also the founder, Chief Architect and Director of Engineering at CenterRun, which was acquired by Sun. Mike worked with several startups at the... Read More.
In 1992, Dr. Walter Scott founded DigitalGlobe (then WorldView Imaging) where he served as chairman of the board until 1995 when he became the company’s CTO. Under Dr. Scott’s guidance, DigitalGlobe was the first company ever to receive a high-resolution commercial remote sensing license from the U.S. Government. As CTO, Dr. Scott currently oversees technical operation for DigitalGlobe’s sub-meter commercial imaging satellite system. He currently leads the team that is executing the company’s WorldView program, building DigitalGlobe’s next generation satellite and ground processing system.
Walter has more than 25 years of experience in sophisticated space, defense, computing and remote sensing programs. Before founding DigitalGlobe in 1992, Walter worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he served as assistant associate director of... Read More.
Carl Shapiro is the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy at the Haas School of Business, and Professor of Economics in the Economics Department, at the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at M.I.T. in 1981, taught at Princeton University during the 1980s, and has been on the Berkeley faculty since 1990. From 1998 to 2008, Shapiro served as Director of the Institute of Business and Economic Research at UC Berkeley. He has been Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among other honors.
Professor Shapiro is currently on leave, serving as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of... Read More.
Scott Thompson is president of PayPal with overall responsibility for growing the global leader in online payments. Succeeding Rajiv Dutta in 2008, Scott previously served as PayPal’s senior vice president and chief technology officer where he oversaw information technology, product development, and architecture for PayPal.
Prior to PayPal, Scott worked for Inovant, a subsidiary of Visa formed to oversee global technology for the organization. As executive vice president of technology solutions at Inovant, he was responsible for all development, support and maintenance of Visa’s global payment system.
Scott was also chief information officer of Barclays Global Investors, where he implemented a new strategic technology platform and global infrastructure. In addition, he has worked with Coopers and Lybrand, delivering information technology solutions to leading financial services... Read More.
Robert Thomson is the editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. As the senior news executive at Dow Jones, Mr. Thomson directs the news operations of the Journal, WSJ.com, MarketWatch.com and Dow Jones Newswires.
Before joining Dow Jones in December 2007, Mr. Thomson was editor of The Times of London where he presided over a significant expansion of its readership in print and on the Web – the audience of the Times Online grew from less than 1 million monthly to almost 13 million during his editorship. Prior to that, he was editor of the U.S. edition of the Financial Times taking prime editorial responsibility for the FT Group’s ambitious drive into the U.S. market, where... Read More.
Markus Tripp is manager business development at Mobilizy. He is responsible for the content eco system and search technology for the Wikitude world browser. Additionally he developed Wikitude.me the social web interface to Wikitude. Markus is also founder and CTO of Netociety, a company that develops a wiki like social enterprise system using HTML5 technology.
Previously, Markus worked for Sony in Austria and Germany, where he was leading software architect of the music download and streaming server platforms Connect Europe and StreamMan (Vodafone music). Prior to that he lead a team to develop solutions for the MHP (multimedia home platform).
Markus studied computer science at the University of Salzburg and as an Austrian he loves to ski in winter.
Owen Van Natta is the Chief Executive Officer of MySpace where he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s strategic vision and the execution of its global business initiatives. Owen joined the MySpace team after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Project Playlist, a music sharing website allowing users to search for music, create custom playlists, and share the content with friends.
Prior to Project Playlist, Van Natta was formerly the Chief Revenue Officer and VP of Operations at Facebook, where he focused on revenue operations, business development, and strategic partnerships.
Earlier in his career, Owen was Vice President of Worldwide Business and Corporate Development at Amazon.com, where he managed global marketing programs and strategic partnerships. He was part of the founding... Read More.
Max Ventilla drives Aardvark’s strategy and business development. Max came from Google where he focused on strategy for Google’s marketing and monetization initiatives around Adsense and web applications. Previously, he was VP of Business Development for Trader Classified Media and founded Krypteian Systems (acquired by Corporate Smarts), an enterprise email datamining tool powering expertise and contact directories. Max has a BS in Math and Physics and a MBA from Yale.
Cynthia (C.J.) Warner joined Sapphire Energy in February 2009 as President. She brings more than 27 years of experience in the energy, refining and transportation industries. At Sapphire Energy, Ms. Warner is tasked with driving the company’s initiative to transition technology trials and research into commercial-scale crude oil operations. Using only sunlight, CO2 and non-potable water, Sapphire Energy’s production of Green Crude is the environmental and economically wiser renewable option for replacing petro-based gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
A chemical engineer by training and one of the very few senior women in the oil and gas industry, Ms. Warner served as an executive with energy industry giants British Petroleum, Amoco Oil Company and UOP. Prior to joining Sapphire, she most recently served as... Read More.
As Chairman and CEO of LiveOps, Maynard brings 30 years of experience developing and leading high-growth companies. Maynard brings a track record of building highly-scalable and reliable platforms, and has helped LiveOps develop an On-Demand Contact Center Platform recognized for its mission-critical availability and bullet-proof security. Since joining LiveOps in 2006, Maynard has led the company to profitability and has achieved double-digit revenue growth year over year.
Prior to joining LiveOps, Maynard was the COO of eBay where he has been credited with creating organizational processes and day-to-day structures which enabled eBay to grow from $140 million to over $4.5 billion in revenue in 2005, while the employee base grew from 250 to over 12,000. In the words of his former eBay
Stefan Weitz is a Director of Search at Microsoft and is charged with working with people and organizations across the industry to promote and improve Search technologies. While focused on Microsoft’s product line, he works across the industry to understand searcher behavior and in his role as an evangelist for Search, gathers and synthesizes feedback to drive product improvements. Prior to Search, Stefan led the strategy to develop the next generation MSN portal platform and developed Microsoft’s muni WiFi strategy, leading the charge to blanket WiFi across metropolitan cities. A 12-year Microsoft veteran, he has worked in various groups including Windows Server, Security, and IT. Stefan is a huge gadget ‘junkie’ and can often be found in electronics shops across the world looking... 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.
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