John Battelle is Founder and Executive Chairman of Federated Media Publishing, as well as an author and journalist. He has been a visiting professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley and also maintains Searchblog, a weblog covering technology, culture, and media.
Battelle is one of the original founders of Wired magazine, the founder of The Industry Standard magazine and website, and a partner in the seminal weblog Boing Boing. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley, earning both a B.A. in Anthropology and a Masters in Journalism. In 2004, Battelle founded the annual Web 2.0 Summit, where he remains Program Chair and Executive Producer. In 2005, he published The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, chronicling the rise of online search engines and, specifically, Google. His company Federated Media, one of the largest media properties on the Internet, was named 2009 Publisher of the Year by Razorfish, placed on Adweek’s 2009 Digital Hotlist, and received the 2010 Sales Excellence Award from the IAB. Battelle was named a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and a finalist in the "Entrepreneur of the year" competition by Ernst & Young. He lives in Ross, CA with his wife and three children.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, the Web 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Summit. Tim’s blog, the O’Reilly Radar “watches the alpha geeks” to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is on the boards of CollabNet, Safari Books Online, and Code for America.
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