Web 2.0 Summit 2010 Speakers

The initial lineup of influential senior-level executives, entrepreneurial innovators, technologists, financiers, analysts and pundits for 2010 is below. Please check back regularly to see the latest additions to the Web 2.0 Summit program.

Nikesh Arora
Nikesh Arora (Google)

Nikesh oversees all revenue and customer operations, as well as marketing and partnerships. Since joining Google in 2004, he has held several positions with the company. Most recently, he led Google’s global direct sales operations. He also developed and managed the company’s operations in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets and was responsible for creating and expanding strategic partnerships in those regions for the benefit of Google’s growing number of users and advertisers.

With a background as an analyst, Nikesh’s main areas of focus have been consulting, IT, marketing and finance. Prior to joining Google, he was Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the management board at T-Mobile. While there, he spearheaded all product development, terminals, brand and marketing activities of T-Mobile Europe.... Read More.

Jim Balsillie
Jim Balsillie (Research In Motion)

Since 1992, Jim Balsillie has been co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM), maker of the world renowned BlackBerry wireless solution.

In 2002, Mr. Balsillie founded The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a world-class global research institute focused on the restructuring of international governance. In 2007, Mr. Balsillie announced the creation of the new Canadian International Council (CIC) of which he is the Chair. In 2008, he founded the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Mr. Balsillie is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. He also holds numerous honorary doctorate degrees.

Carol Bartz
Carol Bartz (Yahoo!)

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
John Battelle (Federated Media Publishing Inc.), @johnbattelle

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.

Luke Beatty (Yahoo!)

Luke is a Vice President and General Manager of Associated Content form Yahoo!, which he founded in 2005, was acquired by Yahoo! 2010. Associated Content is known as the web’s first crowd sourced media platform. Prior to founding Associated Content, Luke was the VP of Business Development at WAND, a leading developer of media search and advertising taxonomies technologies. Luke is recognized for his expertise in social media collection and distribution platforms, online advertising models and digital media trends. In 2007, Luke was selected as one of the Business Journal’s “40 under 40.” Among other advisory roles, he serves on the board of directors of Publish2, a next-generation platform for journalists. Luke is an avid fly fisherman, youth lacrosse coach and sits on the... Read More.

Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff (salesforce.com)

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.

Christopher Bishko
Christopher Bishko (Omidyar Network)

Chris’s expertise spans a variety of subsectors within the technology and financial services industries. At Omidyar Network, Chris brings his diverse experience to his role in making investments across the Media, Markets & Transparency initiative, particularly within the Consumer Internet & Mobile investment area. Chris has worked on numerous investments during his tenure and currently oversees a portfolio that includes Quikr, Wikimedia Foundation, and Goodmail.

Before joining Omidyar Network, Chris was an Executive Director with JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he began his career in 1992. During his 16 years in investment banking, Chris held a variety of positions across technology, client coverage, equity capital markets, and proprietary investing. As a private equity investment professional, Chris was a member of a team responsible for more... Read More.

Julia Boorstin

Julia Boorstin joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter. In December 2006, Boorstin became CNBC’s media and entertainment reporter working from CNBC’s Los Angeles Bureau. Boorstin covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology.

Julia Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine where she was a business writer and reporter since 2000, covering a wide range of stories on everything from media companies to retail to business trends. During that time, she was also a contributor to “Street Life,” a live market wrap-up segment on CNN Headline News.

In 2003, 2004 and 2006, The Journalist and Financial Reporting newsletter named Boorstin to the “TJFR 30 under 30” list of the most promising business... Read More.

Todd Bradley

Todd Bradley is executive vice president of HP’s Personal Systems Group, a $35 billion annual revenue business that includes personal computers, mobile devices, technical workstations, personal storage solutions and Internet services. He is also a member of HP’s 10-person Executive Council.

Under Bradley’s leadership, PSG has accelerated profitable growth, firmly establishing HP as the #1 PC vendor in the world. During his four year tenure, the business has added more than $10 billion in revenues and increased profitability threefold. His organization reset the global PC industry with its “The Computer Is Personal Again” campaign, setting a new standard for design, user interface and the overall customer experience. At the helm of the largest global supply chain in the IT industry, Bradley has promoted environmental... Read More.

Charlie Cheever
Charlie Cheever (Quora)

Charlie Cheever is one of the founders of Quora. Previously, he worked at Facebook where he led Facebook Connect and Facebook Platform and also worked at Amazon.com. He graduated from Harvard University with an A. B. in Computer Science.

Peter Chernin
Peter Chernin (Chernin Entertainment & The Chernin Group)

Peter Chernin currently owns and runs Chernin Entertainment, which produces motion pictures and television programs, and The Chernin Group, which pursues strategic opportunities in media, technology, and entertainment.

Prior to starting Chernin Entertainment and The Chernin Group in 2009, Mr. Chernin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Group, where he oversaw the global operations of the company’s film, television, satellite, cable, and digital media businesses.

Under his leadership, News Corporation gained a reputation as one of the most successful, forward-thinking media companies of its time. With a primary focus on the company’s entertainment and digital assets, Mr. Chernin helped catapult virtually all the company’s businesses into leadership positions. Twentieth Century Fox Film... Read More.

Krissy Clark
Krissy Clark (KQED Public Radio), @kristianiaclark

Krissy Clark is an award-winning journalist, documentary-maker, and audio artist with a passion for location-aware technologies and their power as storytelling tools. She is currently the Los Angeles Bureau Chief for KQED public radio, where she uncovers the wide array of people, places and events that make Southern California such a fascinating region or, in the words of Wernor Herzog, “a place of cultural substance.”

Clark has spent more than a decade covering public affairs, politics, the economy and the environment for national public radio outlets including APM, NPR, and the BBC. She is a frequent contributor to the business show Marketplace, where she covered the gulf oil spill and its economic implications. She is also a former staff reporter and... Read More.

Ron Conway
Ron Conway (SV Angel)

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.

John Doerr
John Doerr (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)

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.

John Donovan
John Donovan (AT&T)

Mr. Donovan is chief technology officer for AT&T. In this role, he oversees the company’s global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations.

Mr. Donovan previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign Inc., a technology company that provides Internet infrastructure services. At VeriSign, Mr. Donovan was responsible for leading VeriSign’s global sales organization, driving the expansion of broad solutions offerings, and integrating a global professional services capability.

Before that, he was chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., where he helped shape strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe. Previously, Mr. Donovan was a partner with Deloitte Consulting,... Read More.

Wim Elfrink
Wim Elfrink (Cisco)

Wim Elfrink heads two global organizations for Cisco, co-leading Cisco’s $7.6B global Services division and driving the company’s globalisation strategy out of Cisco’s Globalisation Centre East in Bangalore, India, where he moved with his family in 2007. Elfrink is a direct report to Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and is an officer of the company.

Elfrink became Cisco’s first ever Chief Globalisation Officer in 2006. In this role, he is responsible for leading Cisco’s efforts to become the world’s most globally relevant company, by incubating new business models and partner ecosystems, growing in strategic markets, and transforming global operations. The globalisation strategy is designed to help Cisco deliver a greater choice of solutions, business models and partners for its customers worldwide. Elfrink also... Read More.

Ariel Emanuel
Ariel Emanuel (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)

Ariel Emanuel serves as co-CEO of WME Entertainment. He was a founding partner of the Endeavor Agency and was instrumental in shaping its June 2009 merger with the William Morris Agency.

Emanuel represents such clients as writer / directors Michael Moore (“Sicko”), Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”), Matthew Vaughn (“Kick Ass”), Peter Berg (“Hancock”), Steve Zaillian (“American Gangster”), Aaron Sorkin (creator of “The West Wing”) and Larry David ( “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”); live event providers such as World Wrestling Entertainment and Ultimate Fighting Championship; and actors Michael Douglas (“Wall Street 2”), Charlize Theron (“Hancock”),“Mark Wahlberg (“The Departed”) and Sacha Baron Cohen (“Bruno”).

Emanuel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute and is active in P.S. Arts, an... Read More.

John  Engates
John Engates (Rackspace Hosting)

John Engates joined Rackspace in August of 2000 and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer. Engates has worked in several areas of Rackspace including Operations, Professional Services and Customer Care. He was one of the leading forces behind Rackspace’s Microsoft Gold Certification. Prior to joining Rackspace, John was a founder of Internet Direct, one of the oldest and largest Internet service providers in Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting.

Schuyler Erle
Schuyler Erle (SimpleGeo)

Schuyler Erle has been a Free Software developer and evangelist for over a dozen years. He was a co-author of ‘Mapping Hacks’ and ‘Google Maps Hacks’. Schuyler was also a co-founder of the OpenLayers and TileCache projects, and is a charter member of the OSGeo Foundation. Schuyler currently resides in San Francisco, where he designs and builds new and exotic geospatial technology at SimpleGeo.

Around the world human experiences are shared through dynamic and engaging talks called Ignite. In exactly five minutes using exactly 20 slides Ignite speakers share personal and professional passions though thought-provoking, and lightening-fast, presentations on life, robots, and beyond. Web 2.0 Summit has scoured the globe to find you the best of the best Ignites, hand-selected by Ignite Show host... Read More.

Brady Forrest
Brady Forrest (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), @brady

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.

Matt Galligan
Matt Galligan (SimpleGeo)

Matt Galligan, 25, is the CEO and Co-Founder of SimpleGeo, based out of Boulder, CO that provides a ready-to-use location infrastructure for app developers. He previously founded Socialthing, a company that was chosen to be part of the inaugural year of TechStars. Socialthing.com went into private beta in March, 2008 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. The company was acquired five months later by AOL. Socialthing was later rebranded as AOL Lifestream.

Matt currently resides in Boulder, CO and is an active member of the startup community there.

Lisa Gansky
Lisa Gansky (The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing)

Lisa is an author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing, to be published by Penguin Press, Fall 2010 and the Mesh Directory live and online at, www.meshing.it

For more than 18 years, Lisa has been an entrepreneur and environmentalist focused on building companies and supporting social ventures where there is an opportunity for well timed disruption and a resounding impact. A founder and CEO of several internet companies, including GNN (the first web portal sold to AOL) and the largest consumer photo sharing and print service, Ofoto (sold to Eastman Kodak in 2001), Lisa’s attention is on sustainable ventures with positive social impact. She puts a strong emphasis on clean energy, social networks, accelerating community engagement and... Read More.

Julius Genachowski
Julius Genachowski (Federal Communications Commission )

Julius Genachowski was nominated by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on March 3, 2009, and sworn into office on June 29, 2009.

Chairman Genachowski has two decades of experience in public service and the private sector. Prior to his appointment, he spent more than 10 years working in the technology industry as an executive and entrepreneur. He co-founded LaunchBox Digital and Rock Creek Ventures, where he served as Managing Director, and he was a Special Advisor at General Atlantic. In these capacities, he worked to start, accelerate, and invest in early- and mid-stage technology and other companies. From 1997-2005, he was a senior executive at IAC/InterActiveCorp, a Fortune 500 company, where his positions included Chief of Business Operations and... Read More.

Bing Gordon
Bing Gordon (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)

Bing was Chief Creative Officer of Electronic Arts from 1998 to 2008, after heading EA marketing and product development off and on since EA’s founding in 1982. He helped write the founding business plan that attracted KPCB as an initial investor. Bing drove EA’s branding strategy with EA Sports, EA’s pricing strategy for package goods and online games, and contributed design and marketing on many EA franchises including John Madden Football, The Sims, Sim City, Need for Speed, Tiger Woods Golf, Club Pogo and Command and Conquer.

Since joining Kleiner Perkins in 2008, he has focused on the “videogamification of everything”, and has led investments in Zynga, where he serves as Operating Director, and ng:moco. Bing has also been a director at Amazon since... Read More.

Davis Guggenheim
Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman)

Davis Guggenheim is a critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning director and producer, whose early work includes many television dramas such as DEADWOOD, NYPD BLUE and 24. He transitioned into directing non-fiction films with THE FIRST YEAR, which aired on PBS in 2001 and won a Peabody Award. AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, featuring former Vice President Al Gore, was Theatrically distributed by Paramount in 2006, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. IT MIGHT GET LOUD, featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White was theatrically distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in 2009. Guggenheim also directed Barack Obama’s biographical film for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, as well as Obama’s 30-minute primetime infomercial.

Guggenheim’s latest film, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, due out... Read More.

Bill Gurley
Bill Gurley (Benchmark Capital), @bgurley

Bill Gurley joined Benchmark Capital in 1999 after spending two years as a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston focusing on the personal computer hardware and software business. His research coverage included such companies as Dell, Compaq, and Microsoft, and he was the lead analyst on the Amazon IPO. In both 1995 and 1996, Bill was a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team. Prior to his investment career, Bill was a design engineer at Compaq Computer, where he worked on products such as the 486/50 and Compaq’s initial multi-processor server. Before Compaq, he served in the technical... Read More.

Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings (Netflix)

Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997 and launched the subscription service in 1999. Netflix grew to one million subscribers in less than four years, and reached 12.3 million subscribers by the end of 2009.

In nine out of ten surveys since 2005 Netflix has been ranked number one in customer satisfaction across all of ecommerce by independent researcher ForeSee Results. In 2010, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) ranked Netflix number one for customer satisfaction among all e-retail, e-brokerage and e-travel sites. In the fall of 2005, Netflix was the winner of Fast Company’s national Customers First Award, with Reed appearing on the cover of the October issue.

Also in 2005, Time magazine added Reed to its “Time 100” list of the 100 most influential... Read More.

John Hayes
John Hayes (American Express)

American Express has been at the forefront of innovation and reinvention throughout its 160-year history. Chief Marketing Officer, John Hayes has continued the company’s legacy of customer-focused innovation, which remains the hallmark of American Express today. For the past 15 years, John has overseen American Express’s global marketing efforts, shaping both the company and its brand.

In addition to overseeing marketing strategies and product development, John leads the company’s global brand management, advertising, digital marketing, corporate sponsorships, market research and publishing organizations. He has been the force behind marketing campaigns such as “My life. My card.” and has created and led over 200 new product launches including the coveted Centurion card and Blue from American Express.

John is recognized as a thought leader and market-mover... Read More.

John Heilemann
John Heilemann (New York Magazine)

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.

Damon Horowitz
Damon Horowitz (Google)

Dr. Damon Horowitz is a leading thinker at the intersection of technology and the humanities.

Horowitz recently joined Google as a Director of Engineering, leading several initiatives at the intersection of social and search. He came to Google from Aardvark, the popular social search engine, where he was co-founder and CTO, overseeing product development and research strategy. Prior to Aardvark, Horowitz built several companies around applications of intelligent language processing. He co-founded Perspecta (acquired by Excite), was lead architect for Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and co-founded NewsDB (now Daylife).

Horowitz teaches courses in philosophy, cognitive science, and computer science at many institutions, including Stanford, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, and San Quentin. He has spoken at conferences ranging from TED to Read More.

Tony Hsieh
Tony Hsieh (Zappos.com)

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.

Ben Huh
Ben Huh (I Can Has Cheezburger)

Ben is a former journalist turned dot com entrepreneur who has a knack for nailing the zeitgeist. He has been credited with bringing Internet memes to the mainstream and popularizing Internet culture. The success of his business is attributed to his knowledge of memes, viral content, and crowd sourcing. Ben graduated with a BSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Around the world human experiences are shared through dynamic and engaging talks called Ignite. In exactly five minutes using exactly 20 slides Ignite speakers share personal and professional passions though thought-provoking, and lightening-fast, presentations on life, robots, and beyond. Web 2.0 Summit has scoured the globe to find you the best of the best Ignites, hand-selected by Ignite Show host and co-founder... Read More.

Leila Janah
Leila Janah (Samasource), @leila_c

Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder of Samasource, a social business that connects over 550 women, youth, and refugees living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. Samasource was a winner in the Stanford Social Enterprise Challenge in 2008 and is a current grantee of the Rockefeller Foundation. In recognition of her work, Leila received the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship and has been invited to serve as a TED and Social Enterprise Institute Fellow. Janah is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship, technology, and international development at institutions including MIT, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, UC Berkeley, Columbia, and Harvard. Her work has been profiled by CBS, CNN, The New York Times, The New... Read More.

Andy Jassy
Andy Jassy (Amazon Web Services and Amazon Infrastructure)

Andy Jassy leads the Amazon Web Services business (AWS) and the Technology Infrastructure organization for Amazon.com. AWS is a subsidiary of Amazon.com that provides software developers and businesses with cloud-based infrastructure services that are inexpensive, reliable, scalable, comprehensive and flexible. AWS has grown tremendously since its inception in 2006 and is now the underlying infrastructure for hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world from start-ups to enterprises to government agencies.

As a member of Amazon.com’s senior executive team since 2002, Andy is also responsible for helping guide the company’s overall direction. He has held several key leadership positions since he joined Amazon in 1997. He authored the business plan for Amazon’s entry into the Music business and served as both its Director... Read More.

Steven Berlin Johnson
Steven Berlin Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation)

Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of five books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience, including the New York Times Notable Book The Ghost Map and Everything Bad Is Good For You, one of the most talked about books of 2005. He is also the co-creator of three influential web sites: FEED, Plastic.com, and most recently, the hyperlocal community site outside.in.Steven is a contributing editor for Wired magazine and a Distinguished Writer In Residence at the New York University Department of Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three sons, and blogs at stevenberlinjohnson.com.

Vinod Khosla
Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)

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.

Robert Kotick
Robert Kotick (Activision Blizzard, Inc.)

Mr. Kotick has been a director and Chief Executive Officer of Activision, Inc. since February 1991 until July 2008, when he became Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard in connection with the combination of Activision and Vivendi Games.

By merging Activision, Inc.’s top selling portfolio of console and handheld games with Blizzard Entertainment’s leading PC and online subscription franchises, Activision Blizzard is the largest, most profitable pure-play interactive entertainment software publisher in the world with leading market positions across every major category of the rapidly growing interactive entertainment software industry.

For calendar 2009, Activision Blizzard delivered non-GAAP net revenues of $4.8 billion and non-GAAP operating income of $1.2 billion, marking the most profitable year in company’s history. The company is based in Santa Monica, California... Read More.

Jim Lanzone
Jim Lanzone (Clicker.com)

Jim Lanzone is the founder and CEO of Clicker.com, launched in November 2009, which provides the first comprehensive, unbiased, and structured programming guide for Internet television. Clicker has been named one of the Top 100 Sites of 2010 by PCMagazine, OnMedia’s Top 100 Private Companies, 8 Companies That Are Reinventing Television by Mashable, and 5 Best PC Movie & TV Services by PCWorld. GQ called Clicker the “TVGuide for Internet television.”

Jim is the former CEO of Ask.com, where he held several executive roles between 2001 and 2008, including SVP of Product Management and GM of Ask.com US. Before moving to Ask.com, Lanzone was co-founder and president of eTour.com, an early website “discovery engine” that was acquired by Ask... Read More.

Adam Lashinsky
Adam Lashinsky (Fortune Magazine), @adamlashinsky

Adam Lashinsky covers Silicon Valley and Wall Street for FORTUNE. He has been on the magazine’s staff since 2001, and for two years before that was a contributing columnist. In addition, he is a weekly panelist on the Fox News Channel’s “Cavuto on Business” program on Saturday mornings, and he appears frequently on other Fox News and Fox Business Network programs. He also co-chairs FORTUNE’s annual technology conference, Fortune Brainstorm Tech, and is a seasoned speaker and panel moderator.

Lashinsky’s cover-story subjects in FORTUNE have included Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Google. He also has written in-depth articles on Wells Fargo, Intel, Oracle, eBay, Twitter, and the venture-capital industry, as well as on diverse topics from San Francisco politics to oil-exploration technology to the... Read More.

Doug Leeds
Doug Leeds (Ask.com)

As President, Ask.com-U.S., Leeds oversees strategy, product development, and technology for Ask.com in the U.S. Previously, Leeds was Chief Operating Officer, Ask Network.

Before becoming COO, Leeds was President, Dictionary.com. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing all strategy and operations for Dictionary.com, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ask.com (acquired July 2008). Prior to his role at Dictionary.com, Leeds served as the Chief Strategy officer for Ask.com. Before joining Ask.com, Leeds spent almost five years at Yahoo! (including Overture Services), most recently as vice president, Global Product Justice, where he led the development of reputational products and services as well as oversaw product policy and legal compliance for all of Yahoo!’s products and services worldwide. Earlier in his... Read More.

Robin Li
Robin Li (Baidu, Inc.)

Robin Li is the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu, Inc., and oversees the company’s overall strategy and business operations.

In the nine years since founding Baidu in January 2000, Robin has turned the company into the largest Chinese search engine, with over 70% market share, and the third largest independent search engine in the world. In 2005, Baidu completed its successful IPO on NASDAQ, and in 2007 became the first Chinese company to be included in the NASDAQ-100 Index.

Prior to Baidu, Robin was already regarded as one of the world’s top search engine experts. His hyperlink analysis, patented in 1996, is among the inventions that shaped today’s search engine technology. Robin worked as a staff engineer for Infoseek,... Read More.

Charlene Li
Charlene Li (Altimeter Group), @charleneli

Charlene Li is founder of the Altimeter Group and the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell.

She is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies, and is a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media, and marketing. Formerly, Li was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and a consultant with Monitor Group. She was named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business in both 2008 and 2010, and one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2009.

Charlene is a frequently-quoted expert and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN, and CNBC. She is also frequently quoted by The Wall... Read More.

Susan Lyne
Susan Lyne (Gilt Groupe)

Susan Lyne serves as Chairman of Gilt Groupe, an innovative ecommerce company offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. Susan joined the company as Chief Executive Officer in September 2008, less than a year after Gilt’s launch as a women’s apparel and accessories business. Today the company has over three million members, 500 employees, operates six distinct business lines in the US as well as the leading flash sale site in Japan. Susan assumed the role of Chairman in September 2010.

From November 2004 to July 2008, Susan was President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO). In that capacity, she steered the company’s recovery and return to profitability, led by a three-fold increase in advertising revenue and the diversification of... Read More.

Tarkan Maner
Tarkan Maner (Wyse Technology Inc.)

Tarkan Maner is the President and CEO at Wyse Technology, the global leader in zero client-centric virtual, green and cloud computing solutions. He leads all aspects of Wyse’s global business operations and organization. Tarkan is a leading industry visionary around virtual and cloud-based hardware and software technology solutions which bring the most innovative, secure, green and rich user experience along with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for enterprises and consumers. He globally evangelizes the cloud computing gospel as the ultimate solution to break the monopoly of the “fat” PC and its devious ecosystem of unnecessary, unsecure and expensive “so-called” technologies. Tarkan is regarded as one of the leading experts in the ICT industry for democratizing the innovation process at Wyse by involving... Read More.

Paul Maritz
Paul Maritz (VMware, Inc.)

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.

Don Mattrick
Don Mattrick (Microsoft)

As president of the Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick is responsible for the businesses which develop key entertainment experiences that span gaming, music and video across multiple screens. Mattrick’s team drives development and marketing of Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, the controller-free Kinect for Xbox 360, Zune Music and Video, and Mediaroom, as well as PC and mobile interactive entertainment, manufacturing and supply chain management. In addition, his team cultivates relationships with third-party game publishers and developers around the world.

Mattrick joined Microsoft in July 2007, bringing with him more than 23 years of broad industry and development experience, having helped bring to life such celebrated game franchises as “Need for Speed,” “Harry Potter” and “The Sims” during his tenures at Distinctive Software Inc. and... Read More.

Dave McClure
Dave McClure (500 Hats)

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.

Ryan McIntyre
Ryan McIntyre (Foundry Group)

Over the past eighteen years, Ryan McIntyre has been an software engineer, entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist.

He is a Managing Director at Foundry Group, a venture firm he co-founded in 2007.

He has led Foundry Group’s investment in EmSense, Cloud Engines, Memeo, SendGrid, SimpleGeo, Smith & Tinker and Topspin Media.

Prior to Foundry Group, Ryan started his career in venture capital at Mobius Venture Capital in January 2000.

Before joining Mobius Venture Capital, Ryan co-founded the internet search engine Excite in 1993, which went public in 1996 and later became Excite@Home, following the $6.7 billion merger of Excite and @Home in 1999.

Notable companies that Ryan has invested in include Postini (acq. GOOG), Sling Media... Read More.

Mary Meeker
Mary Meeker (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)

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.

Yusuf Mehdi
Yusuf Mehdi (Microsoft)

As senior vice president of the Online Audience Business, Yusuf Mehdi has revenue and market share responsibility for the Bing and MSN businesses at Microsoft. His team leads global product management, strategic partnerships, business development and US marketing execution.

Before his current role, Mehdi served as Microsoft’s chief advertising strategist and senior vice president of Strategic Partnerships. He negotiated a number of strategic agreements, including the US$6 billion purchase of aQuantive, Inc.

Previously, Mehdi led research and development for the Information Services division during which time he led an 1,800-person engineering team to develop and launch Microsoft’s initial web search platform and next generation advertising platform in Microsoft adCenter.

Prior, Mehdi was responsible for the marketing of Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 1.0 through 5.0,... Read More.

Yuri Milner
Yuri Milner (Digital Sky Technologies (DST))

Yuri Milner is CEO and Founding Partner of DST. At DST, Yuri led the investments in over two dozen leading Internet companies and raised over $1bn in 8 rounds of financing. Currently, Yuri serves on the board of directors of Mail.ru, vKontakte and Forticom. Yuri also serves as a member of the Presidential Commission for Modernisation and Technological Development of Russia’s Economy.

Before DST, Yuri held various management positions in Russia, including the CEO of Mail.ru between 2001 and 2003, where he turned the company around operationally and positioned it to become the #1 Russian language website.

Between 1990 and 1992 Yuri attended Wharton Business School and later joined the World Bank where he was involved in the development of... Read More.

Ted Mitchell
Ted Mitchell (NewSchools Venture Fund)

Ted Mitchell is the President and CEO of NewSchools Venture Fund. He also serves as President of the California State Board of Education. He serves on the board of directors of Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, Bellwether Education Partners, EnCorps, Friendship Public Charter School, Green Dot Public Schools, and New Leaders for New Schools. Prior to taking the helm at NewSchools in 2005, Ted served as president of Occidental College in Los Angeles. He has also served as Deputy to the President at Stanford University, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Education and Information Studies at University of California – Los Angeles, and as Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College.

Ted... Read More.

Shantanu Narayen
Shantanu Narayen (Adobe Systems Incorporated)

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
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), @timoreilly

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.

Tim is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, a founder and board member of Safari Books Online and Maker Media, and on the boards of Code for America and PeerJ.

Mark Pincus
Mark Pincus (Zynga)

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.

Brian Pokorny
Brian Pokorny (DailyBooth)

In March 2010 Brian Pokorny became the CEO of Dailybooth. Brian Pokorny was previously a general partner at SV Angel, where he focused on consumer-Internet investments within social media, mobile, and real-time data companies. Brian is an angel investor in Twitter, Square, Tweetdeck, Dailybooth, Bump, Blippy, Milo, Posterous, Chomp, Formspring, OMGPOP, and has advisory positions with Ooyala, Stitcher, and Rupture. Prior to SV Angel, he was a founding team member and partner at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage investment firm, and earlier spent 3.5 years at Google in Sales and Content Partnerships. Before this, he had various roles within sales operations and finance at Juniper Networks, TIBCO Software, and Applied Materials. Brian graduated with a degree in Operations and Management Information Systems... Read More.

Frank  Quattrone
Frank Quattrone (Qatalyst Partners)

Frank Quattrone is a founding member and CEO of Qatalyst. Frank has advised technology companies since 1981, and successfully built and led global technology banking franchises for Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. Over the past three decades, Frank and the teams he has led have advised on more than 400 mergers and acquisitions with an aggregate transaction value over $500 billion and on more than 350 financings that raised over $65 billion for technology companies worldwide.

Over the past three decades Frank has enjoyed the privilege of advising technology leaders including Accenture, Adobe, Amazon.com, AOL, Apple, Applied Materials, Ascend, Cascade, Cerent, Cisco, Cypress, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Intuit, KLA-Tencor, Linear Technology, Lucent, National Semiconductor, Nortel, Novell, Oracle, RIM,... Read More.

Keith  Rabois
Keith Rabois (Square)

Keith Rabois is Chief Operating Officer at Square, the innovative new payments company founded by Jack Dorsey that empowers anyone to accept payments everywhere. Keith oversees the company’s business operations including marketing, communications, business development, distribution, human resources, and risk management. Keith specializes in transforming early-stage startups into successful businesses and has deep expertise in the financial services industry and government affairs. An accomplished executive, entrepreneur and angel investor, Keith has held leadership roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and began his career practicing law at the prestigious Sullivan & Cromwell. Keith was an early investor in several high-profile Internet companies including YouTube and currently serves on the board of directors of Yelp, Xoom, and Milo. Keith holds a JD from Harvard Law School and... Read More.

Diana Rhoten
Diana Rhoten (Startl)

A social entrepreneur and researcher, Diana has spent her professional life designing and strategizing new organizational models and technological approaches that catalyze innovation.

Currently, Diana is the co-founder and co-director of a new social enterprise called Startl. Launched publicly in 2010, Startl is a social enterprise dedicated to accelerating digital products for learning – from kindergarten to college, inside and outside the classroom. Startl recruits innovators and entrepreneurs, immerses them in rigorous product design and business development processes, and helps them build socially responsible and fiscally sustainable start-ups that will change the future of learning. In this way, Startl seeks to do for the nascent digital media and learning market what the Sundance Institute has done for the independent film community: support promising talent,... Read More.

Cyriac Roeding
Cyriac Roeding (shopkick)

Cyriac Roeding is the Co-Founder and CEO of shopkick Inc., focused on bridging the mobile and the physical retail worlds. shopkick’s first mobile application CauseWorld turned into the fastest-growing and one of the largest mobile retail applications on the iPhone App Store and on Google Android within weeks after launch. shopkick was funded in 2009 by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), as part of its “iFund,” in cooperation with Apple, and by Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn and investor in Facebook. Previously, Roeding spent a year at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to identify next-generation cross-platform mobile and online venture concepts. Prior, Cyriac was Founder and EVP of CBS Mobile. He launched CBS Corporation’s (NYSE: CBS)... Read More.

Bob Rosenschein
Bob Rosenschein (Answers.com), @bobr

Bob Rosenschein is CEO of Answers.com (NASDAQ:ANSW), a U.S. top 20 website [comScore 9/30/10], which he founded in 1999.

Previously, he founded and ran Accent Software, a producer of multilingual software tools, which produced the first multilingual word processor for Windows and also consulted to Microsoft to develop right-to-left Hebrew and Arabic versions of Windows.

Previously, he worked for Data General, American Management Systems and the World Bank.

Mr. Rosenschein graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976, received the Prime Minister of Israel’s Award for Software Achievement in 1997, and was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award Finalist in the Metropolitan New York region.

Michael Rubin
Michael Rubin (GSI Commerce)

Michael G. Rubin is founder and CEO of GSI Commerce Inc., a leading provider of e-commerce and interactive marketing solutions. With revenues of more than $1.0 billion, GSI’s services enable more than 500 of the world’s leading consumer brands and retailers to capture the full potential of the online channel.

GSI delivers customized solutions through its three divisions: e-commerce services, interactive marketing services and consumer engagement. GSI’s global e-commerce platform provides technology, order fulfillment, customer care and all of the intricate processes that make online shopping possible. The company also offers a full suite of interactive marketing services through its Global Marketing Services division, which includes TrueAction, a full-service digital agency, and e-Dialog, one of the world’s leading e-mail marketing... Read More.

Jon Rubinstein
Jon Rubinstein (Palm Global Business Unit, HP)

Jon has helped launch some of the most influential computing products of our time. He served as Palm’s Chairman and CEO prior to its acquisition by HP and was the driving force behind the company’s return to innovation with its award-winning webOS software and innovative smartphone devices. As head of the Palm global business unit, Jon is leading HP’s efforts in the mobility space, responsible for webOS software development and webOS based hardware products.

As a member of Apple’s senior executive staff, Jon was instrumental in conceiving the iPod and as head of hardware engineering, led the rapid rollout of the iMac, a product that revitalized Apple and revolutionized personal computer design. Before joining Apple, Jon built his career at computer companies including Hewlett-Packard... Read More.

Adam Sadowsky
Adam Sadowsky (Syyn Labs)

Adam is an entrepreneur with experience in a broad range of industry sectors. He’s been involved in early stages with companies in software, product design, video games, genetics research, and online sales. The common thread through all of these is that his role has always been helping talented and creative people achieve extraordinary results. Currently, he’s the President of Syyn Labs, a collection of extraordinarily talented technology artists all formerly trained in a wide variety of disciplines including robotics, physics, software engineering, and design. Leading this team, Adam orchestrated the build of the massive Rube Goldberg machine for the OK Go music video “This Too Shall Pass”, and the “organ” built from 24 automobiles played by Gary Numan in an online commercial for DieHard Battery.

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Katherine Savitt
Katherine Savitt (Lockerz, LLC)

Katherine Savitt is the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Lockerz, LLC, a website offering social network, entertainment and commerce for 13-30 year olds. Formed in 2009 with 50 members, the invitation-only site has rapidly grown to 14 million members in 195 countries. Before founding Lockerz, Savitt was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. from March 2006 to January 2009, where she led both the global marketing efforts of the company’s four brands as well as the digital and ecommerce businesses for the Corporation. Prior to joining American Eagle Outfitters, Kathy served as Vice President of Strategic Communications, Content and Entertainment Initiatives of Amazon.com from 2002 to February 2006, and also served on Jeff Bezos’ S-team (senior... Read More.

Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt (Google)

Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global enterprise. Under his leadership, Google has dramatically scaled its infrastructure and broadened its offerings while maintaining a culture of strong innovation. His background uniquely prepares him to lead Google’s efforts toward technological solutions that focus on users. With founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and the rest of the executive team, Eric oversees the company’s technical and business strategy.

Prior to joining Google, Eric was the Chairman and CEO of Novell and Chief Technology Officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he led the development of Java, Sun’s platform-independent programming technology. Earlier in his career, Eric was a member of the research staff at Xerox... Read More.

Toni Schneider
Toni Schneider (Automattic)

Toni Schneider is the CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, and a partner at VC firm True Ventures. He also serves on the boards of Bandcamp and Vodpod, advises BackType, and is an angel investor in Aurora Biofuels. Past startup credits include co-founder of Sphere (acquired by AOL) and CEO of Oddpost (acquired by Yahoo). Toni was voted startup CEO of the Year at the 2007 Crunchies. He grew up in Switzerland and studied computer science at Stanford.

Neil Smit
Neil Smit (Comcast Cable Communications)

Neil Smit serves as President of Comcast Cable Communications, responsible for all business aspects of the Company’s cable operations.

Mr. Smit joined Comcast in March, 2010 from Charter Communications where he served as Chief Executive Officer and Director since 2005. Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Smit was the President of Time Warner’s America Online Access Business overseeing Internet access services, including America Online (AOL), CompuServe and Netscape ISPs. He also served at AOL as Executive Vice President, Member Services, and Chief Operating Officer of MapQuest. Mr. Smit also was a regional president with Nabisco and served in a number of management positions at Pillsbury. For five and a half years, Mr. Smit served on active duty with the Navy SEAL Teams and retired... Read More.

Jeremy Stoppelman

Jeremy co-founded Yelp Inc. in July 2004 with former colleague Russel Simmons. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy was the VP of engineering at PayPal. He left PayPal in the summer of 2003 to attend Harvard Business School. He joined a start-up incubator in the Summer of 2004 and left Harvard to launch Yelp. Jeremy holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.

Danny Sullivan
Danny Sullivan (Search Engine Land)

Widely considered a leading “search engine guru,” Danny Sullivan has been helping webmasters, marketers and everyday web users understand how search engines work for over a decade.

Danny’s expertise about search engines is often sought by the media, and he has been quoted in places like The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, The New Yorker and Newsweek and ABC’s Nightline.

Danny began covering search engines in late 1995, when he undertook a study of how they indexed web pages. The results were published online as “A Webmaster’s Guide To Search Engines,” a pioneering effort to answer the many questions site designers and Internet publicists had about search engines.

Danny currently heads up Search Engine Land as editor-in-chief,... Read More.

Todor Tashev
Todor Tashev (Omidyar Network)

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.

Alec Taylor
Alec Taylor (Research in Motion)

Alec Taylor is Vice President, Product Marketing in the Software, Services and Enterprise Marketing Business Unit at Research in Motion Limited (RIM). In this role Alec and his team are responsible for marketing the total value of the BlackBerry platform to businesses, developers and partners.

Before joining Research in Motion in September 2010, Alec worked at Microsoft for eight years in a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles. Prior to joining Microsoft, Alec held senior positions with the global consulting firm KPMG.

Alec holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson (PayPal, Inc.)

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.

Jeff Weiner
Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn)

Jeff is Chief Executive Officer of LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Jeff was an Executive in Residence at Accel Partners and Greylock Partners where he focused primarily on advising the leadership teams of the firms’ consumer technology portfolio companies while also working closely with the partners to evaluate new investment opportunities. Jeff previously served in key leadership roles at Yahoo! for over seven years. He was most recently the Executive Vice President of Yahoo!’s Network Division where he managed the company’s consumer web product portfolio, including Yahoo!’s Front Page, Mail, Search, and Media products. In addition to LinkedIn, Jeff serves on the Board of Directors for DonorsChoose.org and Malaria No More. He holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Stefan Weitz
Stefan Weitz (Microsoft)

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
Evan Williams (The Obvious Corporation), @ev

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.

Fred Wilson
Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures ), @fredwilson

Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.

Susan Wojcicki
Susan Wojcicki (Google)

Susan Wojcicki is senior vice president of advertising at Google responsible for the design, innovation and engineering of all of Google’s advertising and measurement platform products, including AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick and Google Analytics.

Susan joined Google in 1999 as the company’s first marketing manager and worked on the initial marketing programs and branding and then the syndication of Google search to partners. She also led the initial development of several key successful consumer products including Google Images, Google Books and Google Video.

Before joining Google, Susan worked at Intel and was a management consultant at Bain & Company and R.B. Webber & Company. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master’s in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an... Read More.

Geoff Yang
Geoff Yang (Redpoint Ventures)

Geoffrey Y. Yang is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures, a $2 billion family of early-stage venture capital funds. Previously, Geoff was a general partner with Institutional Venture Partners, a firm he joined in 1987.

During his 25 years in the venture capital business, Geoff has emphasized investments in consumer media and infrastructure. He led media and advertising investments including Ask Jeeves, Clicker Media, Excite, Gaia Online, Machinima, MySpace, Scribd, and TiVo. He also led networking investments including BigBand, Calix, Foundry Networks, Juniper Networks, MMC Networks and Wellfleet.

Geoff was formerly Director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Director and President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC). In addition, Geoff has served on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC).

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Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

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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  • BlackBerry by Research In Motion
  • Dell
  • Yahoo!
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Canaan Partners
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  • Meebo
  • Quova
  • TokBox
  • Unity Medical
  • Visa
  • .CO
  • Aperture
  • Ask.com
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  • TriNet HR Corporation
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