The initial lineup of influential senior-level executives, entrepreneurial innovators, technologists, financiers, analysts and pundits for 2011 is below. Please check back regularly to see the latest additions to the Web 2.0 Summit program.
Mitchell Baker, Chairman, Mozilla Foundation
As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser and other Mozilla products.
Baker was born and raised in Berkeley, California, receiving her BA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and her JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law. Her law career included working for Sun Microsystems and Netscape. She has also sat on the board of the Open Source Applications Foundation.
Baker has been the general manager of the Mozilla project since 1999, helping shape the license under which Netscape’s source code was released. In 2003, she became president and founder of the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to openness and innovation on the Internet. In 2005, Baker led the creation of Mozilla Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation. Baker served as as CEO of the corporation until January 2008, when Mozilla’s rapid growth encouraged her to shift her focus back to the scope and mission of the project. As Chairman of the Mozilla Foundation, Baker continues her commitment to an open, innovative Web and the infinite possibilities it presents.
TIME Magazine profiled Baker under “Scientists and Thinkers” in its 2005 TIME 100. She has also appeared on “The Charlie Rose Show” and “CNN Global Office” to discuss open source software and the Firefox phenomenon.
Steven A. Ballmer is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of software for personal and business computing. Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the first business manager hired by Bill Gates. Since then, Ballmer’s leadership and passion have become hallmarks of his tenure at the company.
Ballmer and the company’s business and technical leaders are focused on continuing Microsoft’s innovation and leadership across the company’s core businesses. Microsoft’s goal is to provide an integrated platform to enable a seamless experience across a wide range of computing and non-PC devices and services.
Variously described as ebullient, focused, funny, passionate, sincere, hard-charging and dynamic, Ballmer has infused Microsoft with his own brand of energetic leadership, vision and spirit over the years.
Ballmer was born in March 1956, and grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Co. He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. While in college, Ballmer managed the football team, worked on the Harvard Crimson newspaper as well as the university literary magazine, and lived down the hall from fellow sophomore Bill Gates. After college, he worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Co. as an assistant product manager and, before joining Microsoft, attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
John Battelle, 45, is an entrepreneur, journalist, professor, and author who has founded or co-founded scores of online, conference, magazine, and other media businesses.
In addition to his work at Federated Media, one of the largest media companies on the Internet, Battelle continues to serve as the Executive Producer and Program Chair of the Web 2 Summit, as well as a partner with BoingBoing.net. Battelle also maintains Searchblog, an ongoing analysis site that covers the intersection of media, technology, and culture at www.battellemedia.com.
Previously, Battelle occupied the Bloomberg chair in Business Journalism for the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was Chairman and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI), publisher of The Industry Standard and TheStandard.com. Prior to that, he was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures.
In 2005 Battelle authored The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture (Penguin/Portfolio), an international bestseller published in more than 25 languages. He is at work on his second book, with the working title What We Hath Wrought: A History of the Internet’s Next 30 Years. He is an expert in the field of media and technology, and has appeared on many national and international news channels such as CBS, BBC, CNN, PBS, Discovery, CNBC, and dozens more.
Battelle was a founding Board member of the Online Publishers Association and currently sits on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. He sits on various startup advisory boards and served for nearly a decade on the Board of his children’s school.
Battelle’s honors and awards include: “Global Leader for Tomorrow” and “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; finalist rank in the “Entrepreneur of the Year” competition by Ernst & Young; “Innovator – One of Ten Best Marketers in the Business”by Advertising Age; and one of the “Most Important People on The Web” by PCWorld. Battelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Genevieve Bell is an Australian-born anthropologist and researcher. As director of User Interaction and Experience in Intel Labs, Bell leads a research team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and computer scientists. This team shapes and helps create new Intel technologies and products that are increasingly designed around people’s needs and desires. In this team and her prior roles, Bell has fundamentally altered the way Intel envisions and plans its future products so that they are centered on people’s needs rather than simply silicon capabilities.
In addition to leading this increasingly important area of research at Intel, Bell is an accomplished industry pundit on the intersection of culture and technology. She is a regular public speaker and panelist at technology conferences worldwide, sharing myriad insights gained from her extensive international field work and research. Her first book, ‘Divining the Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing,’ was co-written with Prof. Paul Dourish of the University of California at Irvine and released in April 2011. In 2010, Bell was named one of Fast Company’s inaugural ‘100 Most Creative People in Business.’ She also is the recipient of several patents for consumer electronics innovations.
Moving to the United States for her undergraduate studies, she graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She then attended Stanford University, earning her master’s degree (1993) and a doctorate (1998) in cultural anthropology, as well as acting as a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology from 1996-1998. With a father who was an engineer and a mother who was an anthropologist, perhaps Bell was fated to ultimately work for a technology company, joining Intel in 1998.
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 Ten Disrupter by Forbes. The product has won the Software & Information Industry Association Codie Award for Best CRM for the past six years, and the Codie Award for Best On-Demand Platform in 2007, as well as multiple “Editor’s Choice” designations from PC Magazine. Benioff has been widely recognized for pioneering innovation with honors such as the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the SDForum Visionary Award, Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business, and being ranked No. 7 on the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT survey by eWEEK. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as the co-chairman of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee and served from 2003-2005, overseeing the publishing of critical reports on health care information technology, cybersecurity, and computational sciences.
Throughout his career, Benioff has also been committed to using information technology to produce positive social change. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce.com Foundation—now a multimillion-dollar global organization—establishing the “1/1/1 model,” whereby the company contributes one percent of profits, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves. In 2006, Benioff authored The Business of Changing the World, in which 20 great leaders reveal how businesses can go beyond writing a check and leverage the full scope of their resources to make a difference. Compassionate Capitalism, also authored by Benioff, is the first-ever best-practices guide for corporate philanthropy that illustrates the success of the integrated model. Acknowledging his commitment to building partnerships between business and society to improve the state of the world, the members of the World Economic Forum named Benioff as one of its Young Global Leaders, and in 2007 the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy presented Benioff with the coveted Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award.
Prior to launching salesforce.com, Benioff, a quarter century veteran of the software industry, spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation from 1986-1999. In 1984, he worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division. He founded entertainment software company Liberty Software in 1979 when he was 15 years old. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1986.
Joanne oversees all of Demand Media’s consumer marketing, sales, business development and account management. Most recently, Joanne held the position of Senior Vice President at Yahoo! where she was responsible for North American Revenue and Market Development generating $4 billion in revenue. Previously, Joanne served as a Chief Revenue Officer at Microsoft’s Internet Business unit where she helped grow online revenue to more than $2 billion and introduced innovative services such as in-game advertising and self-serve search advertising platforms.
Joanne began her career at McGraw-Hill, worked at Business Week magazine as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Joanne has served on the IAB and Ad Council boards. Presently Bradford serves on the board of CARE and is an Advisor to Greycroft Partners. She has a BA in Journalism/Advertising from San Diego State University.
Deanna Brown is FM’s chief executive officer and is responsible for overseeing all strategic business goals and day-to-day operations for the company. Prior to joining FM in 2009, she served as President at Scripps Networks Digital, where she led the charge on bringing Scripps more fully into the digital space. In 1995 she co-founded CondeNet, the digital division of publisher CondeNast.
She has also held VP and General Manager titles at Yahoo and AOL, and founded other successful media companies including Powerful Media/Inside.com (acquired by Primedia) and Gaming Industry News (acquired by Ziff Davis).
Brown began her career as a founding member of a small L.A. advertising agency upon graduation from the University of Southern California. She has more than twenty-five years experience as a seasoned media executive, entrepreneur and Fortune 500 executive.
David Campbell is a Microsoft Technical Fellow working in Microsoft Corp.’s Server and Tools Business. Campbell joined Microsoft in 1994 from Digital Equipment Corp. as Microsoft began its push to become a credible enterprise software vendor. His early work at Microsoft included creating an OLE DB interface over the existing SQL Server storage engine, which helped to bootstrap SQL Server’s present-generation query processor. He also worked closely with Mohsen Agsen, another Microsoft Technical Fellow, and the Microsoft Transaction Server team to add distributed transaction support to SQL Server 6.5.
Microsoft made a bold move to re-architect SQL Server for the SQL Server 7.0 release. As a key technical member of the storage engine team, Campbell implemented the SQL Server lock manager and other critical concurrency control mechanisms. He also implemented row-level locking in SQL Server 7.0, one of the hallmark features of the release.
Through the SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 releases, Campbell served in a variety of roles including product-level architect and general manager of product development. After the SQL Server 2005 release, he led a small team in redesigning SQL Server product development methodology. The new process, used to produce SQL Server 2008, resulted in SQL Server 2008 having the highest initial quality levels of any SQL Server release to date.
As of August 2010, Campbell is serving as general manager of Microsoft’s Data and Modeling Group, which oversees Microsoft’s data modeling and data access strategies.
Campbell holds a number of patents in the data management, schema and software quality realms. He is also a frequent speaker at industry and research conferences on a variety of data management and software development topics. His current product development interests include cloud-scale computing, realizing value from ambient data, and multidimensional, context-rich computing experiences.
Campbell lives in Washington with his wife, Marcia. They have two college-age sons. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife to find new locations for landscape and nature photography.
Jonathan Carson is CEO of Digital at Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers buy and what they watch. Jonathan first came to Nielsen in 2007 when BuzzMetrics, the social media measurement company he co-founded and led as CEO, was acquired by Nielsen.
Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. Noted for her seminal work on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) in 1995, her concept of Privacy by Design seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technology and accountable business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In October, 2010, regulators from around the world gathered at the annual assembly of International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem, Israel, and unanimously passed a landmark Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an essential component of fundamental privacy protection. This was followed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s inclusion of Privacy by Design as one of its three recommended practices for protecting online privacy – a major validation of its significance.
An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in the protection of privacy, Dr. Cavoukian’s leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure that privacy is strongly protected, not only in Canada, but around the world. She has been involved in numerous international committees focused on privacy, security, technology and business, and endeavours to focus on strengthening consumer confidence and trust in emerging technology applications.
Dr. Cavoukian serves as the Chair of the Identity, Privacy and Security Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is also a member of several Boards including, the European Biometrics Forum, Future of Privacy Forum, RIM Council, and has been conferred as a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute. Dr. Cavoukian was honoured with the prestigious Kristian Beckman Award in 2011 for her pioneering work on Privacy by Design and privacy protection in modern international environments. In the same year, Dr. Cavoukian was also named by Intelligent Utility Magazine as one of the Top 11 Movers and Shakers for the Global Smart Grid industry, received the SC Canada Privacy Professional of the Year Award and was honoured by the University of Alberta Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program for her positive contribution to the field of privacy.
Charlie Cheever previously worked at Facebook where he helped build the Facebook Platform and led the development of Facebook Connect. At Quora, Charlie focuses on product development and engineering infrastructure. Charlie graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with a degree in computer science after growing up in Pittsburgh. In his free time, he follows the Pittsburgh Steelers and professional StarCraft II.
Tony is a founder of about.me which was acquired by AOL in December 2010. In this role, he provides oversight of the development of the product and it’s integration with other AOL properties. Prior to about.me, Tony co-founded Sphere (acquired by AOL in 2008) with Toni Schneider. Tony is also a founding member & Venture Partner at True Ventures.
Early in his career, Tony spent nine years abroad, working in India, France, and Indonesia with Groupe Danone, focusing on brand extension opportunities through mergers and acquisitions in Southeast Asia. He then joined VSP as a general partner where he led consumer-tech and marketing software and services investments in Oddpost (acquired by Yahoo!), Iconoculture (acquired by Corporate Executive Board), MusicNow (acquired by Circuit City), and Centive (acquired by Xactly). Tony also played an active role managing investments in Post Communications (NASDAQ: NTVS) and Stonyfield Farms (acquired by Groupe Danone).
As Chief Marketing Officer of Global Consumer Engagement for PepsiCo, Inc., Frank Cooper III is charged with leading brand marketing strategy, brand development, and brand activation for global platforms across all beverages. In this role, he expands his North American duties to include all territories throughout the world. In addition to leading the development of the consumer engagement model, Cooper also leads Global Media, Global Entertainment, and Digital Engagement. In that capacity, he has served as the lead negotiator on PepsiCo’s renewal of a multi-billion dollar deal with the NFL, led the negotiations and creative development of Pepsi’s partnership with the hit television show “The X Factor,” and charted a new course for digital through exclusive partnerships (e.g., Foursquare, Twitter), original content development, and real-time marketing.
From 2008 – 2010, Cooper served as Chief Marketing Officer, Sparkling Beverages for Pepsi-Cola North America (PCNA), where he oversaw PepsiCo’s entire soft drink portfolio (including TM Pepsi, TM Mountain Dew and TM Sierra Mist). Cooper led the re-launch of trademark Pepsi, positioning the brand around the idea of optimism and positive change while provoking active participation of consumers. From the iconic “Word Play” advertisements, to the Webby Award-winning “Dear Mr. President”, to the retro-inspired “Pepsi Throwback” product, to the Pepsi Refresh Project, the re-launch was widely recognized as one of the most innovative and effective initiatives by PepsiCo in years.
Cooper also spearheaded the most successful limited-time offering in Pepsi history, through a consumer-generated platform called “DEWmocracy.” Working closely with Forest Whitaker, he developed an online story-based game that allowed consumers to create the next Mountain Dew product. In a 12-week period, the limited-time offering yielded over 17mm cases worth approximately $100 million at retail.
Many of Cooper’s efforts have established him as a leader in the industry for branded entertainment, including producing the DEWmocracy experience, the “Deathbowl to Downtown” documentary, “The Next Great Game Gods” television special on Spike TV, the “We Inspire” digital platform targeting women, “On the Bubble” animated series, Yo Sumo documentary (with Eva Longoria), Pepsi Musica television series, Green Label Sound music label for emerging artists, and interactive motion pictures through Green Label Studios.
Within PepsiCo, Cooper has also worked as vice president of promotions and interactive marketing, supervising Pepsi-Cola North America’s (PCNA) national and account-specific retail marketing efforts and leading the company’s digital strategy and initiatives. He joined PCNA in July 2003 as vice president for multicultural marketing & strategic initiatives.
Prior to Pepsi, Cooper spent a decade working as a senior business executive and entrepreneur behind some of the most powerful urban and new-media brands in the world. From 2001-2003, Cooper served as Vice President of Interactive Marketing at America Online, Inc., where he managed music sales and marketing programs.
In 1998, Cooper co-founded the largest Internet company focused on urban lifestyle and minority markets, Urban Box Office Networks, Inc. (“UBO”), and prior to that period he served as a senior business affairs executive for the two most iconic brands in urban music: Motown Records and Def Jam Recordings.
Cooper received his B.S. degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley and received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he served as Supreme Court Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
He formerly served as Chairman of the American Advertising Federation (a leading advertising trade association with over 40,000 members).
Cooper has been recognized as Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” (#44), Advertising Age’s Entertainment A-List and Ad Color “Legend” Award.
Dick is CEO at Twitter. Previously, as Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for monetization and the day to day operations of the business. Before joining Twitter, he was cofounder and CEO of FeedBurner, a digital content syndication platform that was acquired by Google in the summer of 2007. At Google, Dick was Group Product Manager on the Ads team responsible for social media ads.
Costolo spent most of the 90’s in Chicago founding and running two other digital media companies: SpyOnIt, a web page monitoring service of which he was CEO, and Burning Door Networked Media, a web design and development consulting company. Dick also performed in multiple productions with the acclaimed Annoyance Theater. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Computer Science.
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.
Adam D’Angelo was previously CTO and VP of Engineering at Facebook. At Facebook, Adam managed the engineering organization and started the growth and ads engineering teams. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Caltech.
Michael Dell is the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Dell, the company he founded with $1000 in 1984 at age 19. Notably quoted as saying that “technology is about enabling human potential,” Michael’s vision of how technology should be designed, manufactured and sold forever changed the IT industry. In 1992, Michael became the youngest CEO ever to earn a ranking on the Fortune 500.
Today, Dell Inc. is comprised of more than 100,000 team members who serve the IT needs of global corporations, small businesses, governments, healthcare providers, education institutions and home computing users. From PCs and smartphones to the infrastructure and services that power the world’s most complex data centers and cloud computing environments, Dell’s broad range of IT services and solutions has helped millions of customers around the world achieve the outcomes that are most important to them.
In 1998, Michael formed MSD Capital and in 1999 he and his wife established the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to provide philanthropic support to a variety of global causes.
Michael serves on the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, the executive committee of the International Business Council and is a member of the U.S. Business Council. He also serves on the Technology CEO Council and the governing board of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India and is a board member of Catalyst.
Vikram Dendi is the Director of Product Management for Microsoft (and Bing’s) Cloud Translation service. He runs a unique triad of teams (Design, Product Management, and Business Development) for the group that productizes natural language focused innovations from Microsoft’s research organization. Started as an incubation within Microsoft Research, this state-of-the-art technology today powers millions of translations each day via Bing’s translation site (Bing Translator), Internet Explorer, Office, Windows Phone and other Microsoft products as well as many partner products built on top the extensive developer API.
Vikram helped incubate and launch a variety of new products and services in his Microsoft tenure, along with leading the marketing efforts for the company’s Mapping and Location based services, product planning for Microsoft’s mobile platform and, more recently, helping create an incubation group focused on emerging markets. Prior to Microsoft he led several efforts in the Consumer Products Group at Real Networks, and was a project lead for the open source Helix Player community. He is an honors graduate of the California Institute of Technology.
As President and CEO, John leads eBay Inc., a global ecommerce and payments leader with revenues of $9.2 billion in 2010 and hundreds of millions of users in nearly every country on Earth. John has driven a strong focus on innovation and customers across eBay Inc.’s core businesses, which include eBay, PayPal, GSI Commerce and X.commerce, the company’s platform division. Under his watch, the company has aggressively grown payments, made major strides in reinvigorating its core marketplace business, and established an early lead in mobile commerce. Prior to joining eBay in 2005 as President of eBay Marketplaces, John spent more than 20 years at Bain & Co., where he was also CEO. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for eBay Inc. and Intel Corp., John also serves President Barack Obama’s White House Council for Community Solutions.
Thomas Drake is the founder and senior leader of Knowpari Systems, a boutique leadership development and executive consulting firm formed in 2008 and focused on business intelligence, IT-corporate governance, risk management, operations analysis, systems thinking, strategic advising and deep learning through people, process and technology – expanding capacity, increasing performance and enhancing social and relational well-being for individuals, teams, and organizations.
His recently concluded legal ordeal with the federal government – while on the receiving end of a Department of Justice prosecution and indictment over the past several years – lies at the nexus of national security, secrecy, overclassification, decision making, freedom of thought and innovation, civil liberties and the Constitution – and speaks volumes to the core question of just how much data is truly free (especially when it is digital), through data sharing (or hoarding), in what he calls the ‘dark side’ of data and decision making – the ‘elephant’ too often found in the boardroom and the executive suites. His case was highlighted in the 23 May 2011 issue of The New Yorker magazine by Jane Mayer and on a 60 Minutes special with Scott Pelley on 22 May 2011.
From 2001 through 2008 he was a senior executive at the National Security Agency (NSA) and served in various technical management and leadership capacities. While there he became a material witness and whistleblower for two 9/11 congressional investigations and a multi-year Department of Defense Inspector General audit of a failed multi-billion dollar flagship program called TRAILBLAZER as well as an operationally ready, highly innovative, revolutionary and breakthrough multi-million dollar intelligence data collection, processing and analysis system called THINTHREAD – that was specifically designed to handle the massive data volume and variety of the digital web with built-in 4th Amendment and privacy protection safeguards, but rejected by NSA.
His outreach and speaking expertise center on delivering dynamic, interactive and compelling content in the areas of strategic leadership, international relations, contemporary international problems, professional ethics, executive management, business intelligence and decision support systems, resource strategy, complex systems (social and technical), human relations, dynamics of the information and knowledge age, information management, organizational sustainability, executive leadership, 21st Century issues, governance and decision-making, the Constitution and civil liberties as well as whistleblowing.
His particular area of expertise is the strategic and global perspective while placing events, people, trends, and movements in the larger context and finding the meaning and the connections and making sense of them such that one can take the practical action necessary to execute the mission and the business in challenging times, under adverse conditions and with constant uncertainty.
He has also focused on a key ‘emergent’ strategically competitive best practice of relationship leadership involving dynamically evolving social ecology and social network systems. This highly innovative approach involves real-time learning and feedback creating the very conditions for both individual and organizational well-being and accomplishment while also achieving sustainable results in the marketplace.
To that end, and while working as an Expert in a Washington, DC area Apple Store providing technical support and compelling experiences in one-on-one customer environments with retail or business needs, he is pursuing a PhD in public management and leadership with a dissertation focused on the paradox of power and politics in the 21st Century and the role of transpersonal leadership creating and sustaining psychologically healthy workplaces through social networks of performance and cooperation rather than power and control.
In the past, he has led seminars, tutorials and workshops covering software engineering, software metrics, testing, project management, organizational dynamics and change management, as well as ‘high tech/high touch’ information technology methods and approaches. He has written for IEEE Computer magazine (software and program analysis) and has been published in CRC Press, Addison-Wesley, Software Tech News and numerous national and international conference proceedings.
In addition, Mr. Drake has conducted multiple presentations, interactive seminars, briefings, and tutorials on Software Quality Assurance, Testing, Best Current Practices in Software Development, Project Management: Achieving Success and Avoiding Failure, Risk Management, Team Management, People Management, Making a Difference: Transforming Information Technology – The People Side of the Equation, Inventing from the Future: The 21st Century Organization, The Customer is Your Quality, and many others. He was also a Certified Software Test Engineer for a number of years.
He was also a visiting professor of strategic leadership and information strategy at the National Defense University with the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Previously, he was a principal in a couple of dot coms, served in the military (both Air Force and the Navy), and has 12 years of industry experience in change leadership, senior management, organizational leadership and development, quality assurance, software and systems engineering (having analyzed over 150 million lines of code), learning strategies, acquisition and program management, operations and technology life-cycle integration as a contractor and consultant with both government and commercial clients including Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 companies. He was at Booz | Allen | Hamilton as a management, strategy and technology consultant and software quality engineer from 1991-1998.
He enjoys gardening, reading, writing, talk abouts and talk it outs, operating his classic computers (including an 8-bit Atari home computer), playing chess (was rated competitively by the U.S. Chess Federation), experiential-based life learning, thinking ‘out of the box’, and living the ‘being’ part of human being.
Mr. Drake holds a bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees as well as numerous graduate certificates.
He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize.
Gil Elbaz is an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer of natural language technology. In 1998, Gil co-founded Applied Semantics Inc. (ASI) which developed contextual advertising products including ASI’s AdSense. In 2003, Google acquired ASI and Gil stayed on as the director of engineering for the Santa Monica office and continued to work on AdSense and other products. Prior to founding ASI, Gil worked in engineering roles at IBM, Sybase and SGI.
In 2007, Gil left Google to explore new ideas and passions and went on to found a new company, Factual, an open data platform. Factual launched its public beta in October 2009 and has set out to develop an open data platform and community in an effort to maximize data accuracy, transparency, and accessibility. Since launch, the company has received early investor funding by renowned technology notables and investment funds including Andreessen Horowitz, Bill Gross, Danny Rimer, Esther Dyson, Founder Collective and many more.
Gil earned his bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Technology with a double major in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics. Active in a number of non-profits, Gil is on the Board of Trustees at California Institute of Technology as well as the Board of Trustees for the X-Prize Foundation. Gil is president and founder of the CommonCrawl Foundation and is an angel investor, and sits on the board of Opposing Views.
James Gleick was born in New York City in 1954. He graduated from Harvard College in 1976 and helped found Metropolis, an alternative weekly newspaper in Minneapolis. Then he worked for ten years as an editor and reporter for The New York Times.
His first book, Chaos, was a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist and a national bestseller.
In 1989-90 he was the McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University. For some years he wrote the Fast Forward column in the New York Times Magazine.
With Uday Ivatury, he founded The Pipeline, a pioneering New York City-based Internet service in 1993, and was its chairman and chief executive officer until 1995. He was the first editor of the Best American Science Writing series. He is active on the boards of the Authors Guild and the Key West Literary Seminar.
Thomas Goetz is the executive editor of WIRED Magazine, and author of the book The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine. Since Goetz joined WIRED in 2001, the magazine has been nominated for 23 National Magazine Awards and has won nine times, including the top award for General Excellence three times. His cover stories at WIRED have been selected for both the Best American Science Writing and the Best Technology Writing anthologies. Goetz holds a Master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ken Goldberg is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media, co-founder and past Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media, and Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series. He is an artist and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley, with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Information. Goldberg earned his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990. Goldberg has published over 150 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering and holds seven US patents. He is Founding Co-Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Networked Robots and co-Founder the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE). Goldberg’s art installations have been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial, Pompidou Center in Paris, Buenos Aires Biennial, and the ICC in Tokyo. Goldberg was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by President Clinton, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1994, the Joseph Engelberger Award in 2000, and was named IEEE Fellow in 2005. Ken Goldberg lives in Mill Valley, CA with his daughters and wife, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain.
Bill Gross is the Founder and CEO of Idealab. Over the last 15 years, Bill has created more than 5,000 jobs and has started more than 100 companies, including 8 IPO’s and 35 successful mergers and acquisitions. Bill is known as the inventor of paid search – or cost-per-click advertising – with the company Goto.com/Overture, which was sold to Yahoo in 2003.
In addition to many Internet companies, Bill has also started robotics companies and many cleantech companies, including eSolar, Energy Innovations, RayTracker, Aptera, Energy Cache, and Thermata.
Prior to Idealab, Bill started GNP Development which he sold to Lotus in 1985, and Knowledge Adventure, which he subsequently sold to Vivendi.
Bill is currently CEO of UberMedia and Idealab, and sits on the boards of many companies as well as the boards of the Art Center College of Design, and his alma mater, the California Institute of Technology.
Vic joined Google in 2007 as a Vice President of Engineering, responsible for mobile applications and developer evangelism. In addition, he is responsible for product management and marketing for mobile products at Google. He also oversees applications development. Previously, Vic spent 15 years at Microsoft, where he worked on a variety of products and operating systems, including Windows 3.0, NT, Windows XP, and Vista. He was recognized by MIT as a “Young Innovator under 35” for his work in sparking the Microsoft’s change from Win32 to the .NET programming model.
Most recently, Vic was General Manager of Microsoft’s developer outreach efforts worldwide, including evangelism and strategy for products like Windows Vista, Visual Studio, Microsoft Office, Microsoft CRM, and Windows Mobile.
Vic holds two patents in the area of distributed computing and identity-based access to cloud resources.
Born Stanley Kirk Burrell in Oakland, California in 1962, this immensely popular recording artist synthesized the street sounds of African-American and pop culture earning the respect of his community and creating a global phenomenon with tours in Asia, Europe, Australia and Russia. MC Hammer made his first break on the 1987 album Feel My Power. This album gained the attention of recording moguls at Capitol Records which contracted Hammer for a reported record-breaking advance for a rap artist at that time. In 1987 Let’s Get It Started was released and sold over three million records. Hammer’s follow-up, 1990’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, solidified Hammers appeal with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide. Massive exposure and sponsorship deals followed with Mattel, Toshiba, Taco Bell, KFC and Pepsi-Cola, turning Hammer into an international household name. Hammer’s single “U Can’t Touch This” remained in the US/UK Top 5 and the album held the number one spot on the Billboard charts for a record breaking 23 weeks and was in constant rotation on MTV. In 1993, Too Legit to Quit was released (5x Platinum), featuring the triple platinum single and soundtrack hit “Addams Groove” and the explosive selling title track. “Too Legit To Quit”. Media Exposure blossomed with a U.S. television adventure cartoon hero named “Hammerman” and a Mattel Hammer doll. Hammer pants, dance moves, glasses and haircut became pop culture staples. A multitude of awards including three Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, The Peoples Choice Award, Image Award and the prestigious BillBoard “Diamond Award”. The International Album of the Year validated Hammer’s talent as a world-class entertainer. While commercially an enormous success, Hammer stayed close to his roots and was praised as a role model for youth for his community commitment and his, “Help The Children Foundation". Hammer was honored with “MC Hammer Days” in Oakland, Los Angeles and Fremont, California. After 15 years in film, entertainment ,music, and production, MC Hammer has spent the last ten years researching broadband, wireless, and mobile technology and its applications to rich media, premium content and Social Communities. Hammer brings both traditional and Social Media expertise into the public forum. Hammer was the Key Note Speaker for the Intel CEO conference in 2008 (600 CEO’s), spoke on Social Media at Harvard (HBS) in 2009 and was a speaker at Stanfords MIT/VLab in 2009. Wharton School of Business and at England’s Oxford University in 2010. Hammer is a co founder of Social Media Destination Dancejam and currently co-founder/CEO of Alchemist MMA. Hammer also was Executive Producer and Creator of “HammerTime” a Real Life Family show on the A&E networks.
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 a Lifetime,” coauthored with Time’s Mark Halperin was published by HarperCollins in January 2010; it spent seven weeks in the #1 spot on the New York Times best seller list. Game Change is being developed into a movie by HBO Films, and Heilemann and Halperin are set to write a sequel covering the 2012 election for Penguin.
Heilemann is a former correspondent and columnist for The Economist and Wired (where his coverage of the Microsoft antitrust trial made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award) and a former staff writer for The New Yorker. His book Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era was named by BusinessWeek (among others) as one of the best books of 2001. His four-part documentary on the World Wide Web aired on Discovery in 2008.
Heilemann’s writing has been anthologized in “The Best American Political Writing” three times (2005, 2007, and 2008) and in “The Best American Crime Writing” (2006). He appears regularly as a commentator on Morning Joe, The Chris Matthews Show, Hardball, and Charlie Rose, as well as other shows on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. A native of Los Angeles, he lives in Brooklyn.
Alyssa Henry has served as General Manager, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), since February 2007. Before Amazon S3, Henry was Director of Software Developer for Ordering with responsibility for Amazon’s ordering workflow software and databases. Prior to joining Amazon, Henry spent 12 years at Microsoft working on databases and data access technologies.
Reid Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock, and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn.
Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. His areas of focus include consumer Internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. Reid likes to work with products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects.
An accomplished entrepreneur, executive and angel investor, Hoffman has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive growth.
Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 63 million members in 200 countries around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising and software licensing. Hoffman led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer,
Prior to LinkedIn Hoffman served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member. At PayPal he was responsible for all external relationships, including payments infrastructure, business development, international, government and legal. Reid was instrumental to PayPal’s acquisition by Ebay and responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard and Wells Fargo.
Reid is a board observer at Airbnb, Gowalla, and Swipely, an advisor to Groupon and a director at Zynga, Mozilla Corp., Six Apart, Shopkick, and Kiva.org. He is an angel investor in numerous influential Internet companies, including Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, Ning, Six Apart and Zynga.
Hoffman earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Bachelor’s degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction. In 2010 Reid was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute.
David Hornik is a general partner with August Capital. He has spent the last decade investing broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on enterprise application and infrastructure software, as well as consumer software and services. David is an investor in StumbleUpon, Splunk, LiveOps, SAY Media, Gravity, WePay, PayNearMe, Ebates, among others, and has previously invested in the likes of Evite, Tickle and PayCycle. Prior to joining August Capital, David was a litigator, IP and corporate attorney at Cravath, VLG and Perkins Coie.
David holds an AB in Computer Music from Stanford University, an M.Phil in Criminology from Cambridge University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is a lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he teaches Intellectual Property, and Harvard Law School, where he teaches entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is the author of VentureBlog, the first venture capital blog, and VentureCast, the first venture capital podcast, and is the founder and executive producer of The Lobby conference, an annual gathering of the thought leaders of the digital media ecosystem.
Ben Horowitz is a co-founder and general partner of the venture capital fund, Andreessen Horowitz. Andreessen Horowitz raised its second fund of $650M in November 2010, quickly following the first fund in July 2010 of $300M. Some of its portfolio companies include Foursquare, Skype, Rockmelt and Zynga. Ben pens his own blog, Ben’s Blog where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company.
Horowitz was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Horowitz ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. Horowitz also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation.
Horowitz has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA. He serves on the board of SnapLogic, Factual, Okta, Proferi, Nicira and Skype and is a Foursquare board observer. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and three daughters.
Josh launched Domo Technologies in 2011 to transform the way CEOs and executives manage their business and to help drive value from the tens of billions of dollars spent on traditional business intelligence (BI) systems.
Prior to Domo, Josh served as CEO of Omniture, a SaaS-based web analytics company that he co-founded in 1996 and took public in 2006. Omniture was the number one returning venture investment out of 1,008 venture capital investments in 2004, as well as the number two performing technology IPO of 2006. For the three years that Omniture was public, Josh was the youngest CEO of a NASDAQ or NYSE-traded company. In 2009, he facilitated the sale of Omniture to Adobe for $1.8B.
He serves on the boards Demand Media, NYSE-traded company; Rakuten, a publicly traded, five billion dollar revenue company that is the leading e-commerce company in Japan; the Utah Symphony; and the Utah Chapter of the United Way.
He was the recipient of the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Technology Entrepreneur of the Decade by Brigham Young University, and was recognized as one of Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40” in 2009.
He studied business management and entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University. Josh and his wife have six daughters.
Being founder and faculty means Sal is busy setting the vision for the Khan Academy and expanding its library of educational videos.
Before quitting his job as manager of a hedge fund to run the Khan Academy full time, Sal also found time to get three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.
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 post-Katrina economic recovery of New Orleans. His book, Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works, is scheduled to be published in January, 2012, by Hachette Book Group’s Business Plus imprint.
Prior to joining FORTUNE, Lashinsky was a columnist for The San Jose Mercury News and TheStreet.com. Before moving to California, he was a reporter and editor for Crain’s Chicago Business. As a Henry Luce Scholar, he also worked for a year in Tokyo as a reporter for the Nikkei Weekly, the English-language version of Japan’s main economic daily. He began his career in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Crain Communications.
A native of Chicago, Lashinsky earned a degree in history and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
Aileen Lee is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; she joined in 1999. Her primary area of focus is working with consumer-oriented digital companies. Aileen has worked closely with the teams at companies such as ShopKick, Zazzle, Bloom Energy, Miasole, Blue Nile (NASDAQ: Nile), Friendster (acquired by MOL Global), Good Technology (acquired by MOT), and Tellme (acquired by MSFT). She currently works with companies including Callaway Digital Arts, Offermatic, One Kings Lane, Plum District, Rent the Runway and RMG Networks (formerly Danoo), where she was founding CEO for two years.
Prior to joining KPCB, Aileen worked at Gap Inc. in various operating roles. These included product management and marketing for Gap Online, as special assistant to Gap Inc.’s CEO, and in business development. She has also worked for Odwalla and for The North Face in brand and product marketing. Aileen began her career at Morgan Stanley in technology mergers & acquisitions.
She has a Bachelor of Science from MIT, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Edwin M. Lee, 58, is the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San
Francisco. The former City Administrator, Lee was appointed
unanimously as successor mayor by the Board of Supervisors on
January 11, 2011 to fill the remaining year of former Mayor Gavin
Newsom’s term, who was sworn in as California’s Lieutenant
Governor on January 10, 2011. Lee is the first Asian-American mayor
in San Francisco history.
In 2010, Mayor Lee was appointed to a second term as City
Administrator by Mayor Newsom and his appointment was confirmed
unanimously by the Board of Supervisors. As City Administrator,
Mayor Lee spearheaded government efficiency measures and reforms
that reduced the size and cost of government, from reducing the
vehicle fleet to consolidating departments and back office functions to
save tax dollars. He implemented the City’s move to cleaner vehicles
and an infrastructure to support electric vehicles and green City government. Mayor Lee also
developed and oversaw implementation of the City’s first ever Ten Year Capital Plan to guide our
capital priorities and infrastructure investment.
Working with the Department of Emergency Management, Mayor Lee has overseen the City’s
disaster recovery and response planning efforts, bringing every department together to coordinate
response and recovery for the next major earthquake or emergency. With the Fire Chief, Mayor
Lee led efforts to work with PG&E to assess the City’s gas and electric infrastructure and ensure
its safety and reliability. For the 2010 U.S. Census, Mayor Lee organized the outreach efforts to
ensure our City continues to make progress on inclusion and cultural competency.
Mayor Lee first began working for the City and County of San Francisco in 1989 as the
Investigator for the City’s first Whistle Blower Ordinance and has since served as the Executive
Director of the Human Rights Commission, Director of City Purchasing, and Director of the
Department of Public Works before he was first appointed as City Administrator in 2005.
Prior to his employment with the City and County of San Francisco, Mayor Lee was the Managing
Attorney for the San Francisco Asian Law Caucus, for which he worked from 1979 to 1989.
Mayor Lee was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin
College in 1974 and from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 1978.
Mayor Lee is married to his wife Anita and is the father of two daughters Brianna and Tania.
Ross Levinsohn is executive vice president of the Americas region for Yahoo!. In this role, Levinsohn is responsible for Yahoo!’s North, Central and South American business including advertising sales, partnerships and media.
Levinsohn has long been on the forefront of digital media innovation. He was the co-founder and managing director of Fuse Capital, an investment and strategic equity management firm focused on investing in and building digital media and communications companies. Levinsohn previously served as the president of News Corporation’s Fox Interactive Media, where he was responsible for the day to day operations, strategy and acquisitions that helped transformed the company into a leader in digital media.
Levinsohn also held senior management positions with AltaVista, an early pioneer and leader in search, CBS Sportsline where he oversaw all content and development for the top rated sports site, and HBO where he launched and oversaw a unit developing new programming and revenue streams.
Levinsohn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The American University.
Alison Lewis is the Senior Vice President, Marketing for the North America Division at The Coca-Cola Company. Alison has oversight for the marketing teams designed to grow brand and customer value and ultimately achieve the overall profit and growth goals for the company. In this role, Alison delivers Consumer & Shopper Insights, Integrated Marketing Communication, Sports & Entertainment Partnerships, Innovation & Digital Platforms and African American & Hispanic Marketing across the company. This includes responsibility for leading the advertising, media, digital, entertainment and sports marketing partnerships including, NASCAR, PGA, Olympics, NBA, American Idol, OSCARS and many others across movies, music, television and sports.
Alison has over 20 years of experience in food and beverages. Prior to her current role, Alison was President & General Manager for Odwalla Inc., a natural health beverage company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company.
Her extensive career with The Coca-Cola Company began in 1996 when she joined the company as Senior Brand Manager, Diet Coke. She subsequently moved on to lead the Diet & Adult brand portfolio and then returned to her homeland of Canada to lead marketing. In 2002, Alison moved back to Atlanta to lead the Sprite & Flavors business unit and eventually rising to Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing.
Before joining Coca-Cola, Alison spent six years in various brand management positions at Kraft. Ms. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She also serves as a Board Trustee of the National 4-H Council, chairing the Board Governance Committee.
Alexander Macgillivray is Twitter’s General Counsel and also
responsible for Public Policy and the Trust & Safety team. Prior to
Twitter, he worked for Google for six years and was its Deputy General
Counsel for Products when he left. As such, he was the primary
attorney for a wide variety of Google products, including Web Search,
Gmail, Book Search and Blogger while supervising the team that made
strategic legal decisions for its products worldwide. Before joining
Google, Mr. Macgillivray was a litigator with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich
& Rosati. There, he also concentrated on Internet law issues while
representing clients such as Canal+ Technologies, DirecTV, Streamcast
Networks, Borland, the Internet Archive and Creative Commons. He
received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and is an
affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
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Bill is the Managing Partner of Google Ventures. He brings with him a combination of technical expertise and hands on start-up experience, including founding Web hosting pioneer Burlee.com (now part of Web.com), where he built much of the key computing, network and technological infrastructure.
Prior to that, Bill was a biotechnology and healthcare portfolio manager for Stockholm, Sweden-based Investor AB. Bill’s background also includes research at the Duke University Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology.
Bill received his degree in Neuroscience with honors from Middlebury College, and is based in Mountain View, CA.
Longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mike McCue founded Flipboard in early 2010, together with former Apple iPhone engineer Evan Doll. Flipboard is a social magazine for iPad filled with all the things your friends are sharing by applying the timeless principles of print to social media.
Inspired by the beauty and ease of print media, Flipboardʼs mission is to fundamentally improve how people discover, view and share content across their social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. Instead of scrolling down a stream or timeline, Flipboard presents the updates, links, articles and photos that people are sharing like a magazine.
In 1999, Mike founded Tellme Networks, one of the world’s largest Internet networks for voice communication. He successfully led the integration of the company’s technology into Microsoft’s infrastructure following its acquisition. Microsoft bought Tellme in 2007 for $800 million.
Before founding Tellme, Mike worked at Netscape as Vice President of Technology. He joined Netscape after their successful acquisition of the first company he founded, Paper Software, a leader in 3-D browser technology. He was honored with a Kilby International Award as a Young Innovator for his work bringing 3-D technology to the world through Netscape’s Web browser.
Mike joined Twitter’s Board of Directors in December 2010.
Jane is the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011) — and currently serves as the Creative Director for Social Chocolate, where she is making games powered by the science of positive emotion and social connection. She believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission — and her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. She has created and deployed award-winning games and secret missions in more than 30 countries on six continents, for partners such as the American Heart Association, the International Olympics Committee, the World Bank Institute, and the New York Public Library. She specializes in games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, such as poverty, hunger and climate change, through planetary-scale collaboration. Her best-known work includes EVOKE, Superstruct, World Without Oil, Cruel 2 B Kind, and The Lost Ring. These games have been featured in The New York Times, Wired, and The Economist, and on MTV, CNN, and NPR.
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 widely read around the world. She has covered companies that have created more than 200,000 jobs over the past 25 years while the companies increased their collective market value by more than $900 billion, as of February, 2011. These companies include Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Adobe, Intuit, Electronic Arts, Activision, Yahoo!, Amazon.com, eBay, priceline.com, Google and Alibaba. Mary graduated from DePauw University. She also received an MBA from Cornell and a Doctor of Letters from DePauw.
As general manager of X.commerce, Matthew Mengerink leads the integrated open commerce platform group. In this role, Mengerink will ensure that eBay Inc. builds a strong, robust developer community across the eBay, PayPal and GSI technology platforms to amplify merchants’ businesses.
Mengerink is a ten-year veteran of eBay Inc., having held many positions at eBay businesses including Half.com, marketplace and PayPal. During his eight years at PayPal, he has led the PayPal architecture, infrastructure, payments development, core technologies, international development, site operations, customer quality and engineering services teams. Prior to joining PayPal, Mengerink was director of special projects at eBay and director of development for eBay-owned Half.com.
Before joining eBay, Mengerink held a variety of roles at search service, product catalog and review site DejaNews/Deja.com for six years until the company was split and acquired by eBay and Google in 2000.
Mengerink received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.
He began developing software as a teenager in rural Iowa. Later, he attended Iowa State University where he studied computer and electrical design. He broke off his studies early in 1995 to join an Internet startup company and has been working with startups since then.
Jeremie is currently developing the Locker Project (http://lockerproject.org) and TeleHash (http://telehash.org), platforms and protocols for empowering individuals with their personal data and making it easy to build truly distributed applications.
He is from Cascade, Iowa, where he lives with his wife and three sons.
Today, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of Path. The simple and private way to share life with close friends and family.
Previously, as an early member of the Facebook team, Dave played a variety of product, marketing, strategy, and management roles in expanding the Facebook ecosystem to over 600 million people worldwide.
Most recently, Dave was a co-inventor of Facebook Connect which was created to make the Internet a more social place. Facebook Connect is now used by over 1 million websites and applications to empower over 150 million users to connect and share with their friends across the Web, the iPhone, and many other devices and consoles.
Earlier, Dave was a co-inventor of the revolutionary Facebook Platform, the world’s first social platform. Since launch, the multi-billion dollar Facebook Platform ecosystem has grown to include over 1 million developers and entrepreneurs in 190 countries who have created over 500,000 applications. People on Facebook install over 20 million applications every day.
Prior to Facebook, Dave held positions at Apple in product and marketing. In his college dorm room, he also founded a small design focused Internet company called DM Design Studios.
A passionate and well received speaker, Dave has delivered keynotes and spoken at events worldwide such as South by Southwest, Future of Web Apps, Web 2.0 Expo, Le Web, Microsoft MIX, O’Reilly Foo Camp, and Facebook f8.
In 2010, Dave was named #74 on the Silicon Valley 100 by Business Insider. He was also awarded the TechFellow Award by TechCrunch and Founders Fund in Product Design.
Dave was named #16 of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2009.
Dave received a degree in Economics and Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dave grew up under the big sky of Montana where he was ranked as one of the top downhill ski racers in the United States. Today, he lives and works in beautiful San Francisco.
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.
Mike (@mikeolson) co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013 when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer (CSO.) As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment and direct engagement with customers. Prior to Cloudera Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine. Mike spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for Embedded Technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat in 2006. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies and Informix Software. Mike has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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 platforms to enable large-scale political and social change. Under Sean’s leadership, the Causes application has become the fastest growing consumer Internet application in history, reaching 50 million users in just two years.
Prior to founding Facebook and Causes, Sean co-founded Plaxo, where he served as President, pioneering the use of “viral optimization” to deploy the Plaxo client software to over 20 million desktops. Plaxo was acquired by Comcast in 2008.
Sean’s entrepreneurial career began at the age of 19, when he helped launch the revolutionary peer-to-peer file-sharing movement as co-founder of Napster.
Sean is also the co-creator of the “Series FF” stock concept, a pro-founder financial tool to facilitate liquidity for founders and better align interests between company founders and investors. In 2009 he launched (along with Michael Arrington of TechCrunch) the TechFellows program to honor excellence in technology entrepreneurship.
Sean has been a featured speaker at universities, conferences and panels across the world including the Aspen Ideas Festival, DLD, CES, Harvard School of Public Health and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently lives in San Francisco.
John Partridge is the president of Visa Inc. In this role, he oversees marketing, product, client service support, processing, CyberSource and technology ensuring that Visa continues to accelerate progress on growth initiatives. Prior to being named president, Partridge served as chief operating officer and led efforts to transform Visa from a membership association owned by financial institutions into a global, publicly traded company.
Previously, Partridge served as the first president and chief executive officer of Inovant — the company that owns and operates VisaNet, Visa’s electronic payment processing service. Under Partridge’s leadership, Inovant developed a reputation for customer service. He led major efforts to reorganize Inovant, diversify the organization’s corporate footprint to include remote development centers, create new centers of excellence for emerging technologies and ecommerce, and examine alternative processing approaches for the global marketplace.
Before joining Visa, Partridge served as the senior vice president of program management and chief information officer for UNUM Corporation, a disability insurance company in Portland, Maine. At UNUM, Partridge had enterprise-wide responsibility for managing technological capability.
Before joining UNUM, Partridge managed all systems, operations and consumer banking for Banco de Credito del Peru in Lima. His earlier career included 10 years with Wells Fargo Bank. Partridge has a B.S. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Christopher “moot” Poole is the founder of 4chan, an online imageboard whose anonymous denizens have spawned the web’s most bewildering—and influential—subculture.
He is also the founder and CEO of Canvas, a venture-backed startup, and advisor to Lerer Ventures.
Alex Rampell is the co-founder and CEO of TrialPay, where he is responsible for general management and building corporate infrastructure. Prior to TrialPay, Alex co-founded FraudEliminator, the first consumer anti-phishing company, which merged into SiteAdvisor and was acquired by McAfee in April 2006. Alex began his career writing and selling consumer software on bulletin board systems and the nascent Internet. His first successful company gained hundreds of thousands of paying consumers worldwide and had products featured in Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, “Today,” CNBC and BusinessWeek. He holds an AB in Applied Math and Computer Science, cum laude, from Harvard University.
As senior vice president and general manager of Adobe’s Omniture Business Unit, Brad Rencher is passionate about helping businesses achieve their goals by harnessing the power of data. Under Rencher’s leadership, the Omniture business processes more than 1.5 trillion transactions for its customers every quarter – providing customer insights that power smarter decisions for many of the world’s top brands. To advance Adobe’s Online Marketing Suite, Rencher drives product innovation and strategic direction of the company’s online marketing, advertising and data analytics initiatives including an increasing focus on exploding areas such as mobile and social media.
Rencher joined Omniture Inc. in January 2008, and held various positions with the company before its acquisition by Adobe in 2009. He managed daily operations and the integration of the Omniture business into the Adobe organization before being promoted to run the business unit in July 2010. Rencher also played a key leadership role in the evolution of the Online Marketing Suite through the acquisitions of Demdex, Mercado, Offermatica and Visual Sciences.
Prior to joining the company, Rencher worked at Morgan Stanley as part of the technology investment banking team. In addition to the Omniture initial public offering and equity financings, he executed mergers and acquisitions and capital market financings for leading technology clients including Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Polycom and Successfactors.
Rencher holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University and master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Kevin Rose is a technology angel investor and serial entrepreneur.
Kevin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Milk, a mobile application
development company in San Francisco, CA. Previously Kevin was the
Founder of Digg, and co-founder of Revision3. Kevin currently serves
on the board of directors of the Tony Hawk Foundation and Digg.
He has been featured on the cover of Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, and
RedHerring. Kevin was named a “Top 25 Angel Investors (#14)” by
Bloomberg, “Top 25 Web Celebrities” by Forbes, “Top 25 Most
Influential People on the Web” by Time and BusinessWeek magazines, and
one of MITs “Top 35 Innovators under 35”. His angel investments
include such names as Twitter, Zynga, Foursquare, Ngmoco, Square, Fab,
Michael I. Roth is Chairman and CEO of Interpublic (NYSE: IPG), one of the world’s largest organizations of advertising and marketing services companies. Prior to serving in his current role, Roth was a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Since assuming leadership of Interpublic in 2005, Roth has righted the company’s financial course and moved to make it an industry leader by defining new models that provide value to clients in a rapidly-changing media and marketing environment.
Prior to his current role, Roth was Chairman and CEO of The MONY Group Inc., a financial services holding company that provides a wide range of protection, asset accumulation and retail brokerage products and services through its member companies. Under Roth’s leadership, The MONY Group diversified its business mix, broadened its distribution channels and enhanced its ability to compete in today’s financial services marketplace.
Roth is a member of the Board of Directors for Pitney Bowes Inc., the Ad Council and the Gaylord Entertainment Company. He sits on the Leadership Committee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the Board of Directors of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy and The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA). In addition, he is a Director of The Baruch College Fund, The Partnership for New York City and The Enterprise Foundation. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable.
A certified public accountant, Roth holds an L.L.M. degree from New York University Law School and a J.D. from Boston University Law School. He is a 1967 graduate of the City College of New York.
Deb Roy is co-founder and CEO of Bluefin Labs and has more than 20 years of research experience in machine intelligence, cognitive science and media convergence combined with a long history of working with Fortune 500 companies to translate research ideas into commercial use. He is a tenured team-member of the MIT faculty and director of the Cognitive Machines group at the MIT Media Lab where he pioneered research on modeling human behavior using massive data sets.
Bluefin Labs was created within the MIT Media Lab, as an off-shoot of the founder’s Deb Roy and Michael Fleishman’s Speechome Project, the goal of which was to understand language development by making a complete digital record of the first years of a child’s home life and analyzing that record computationally.
A native of Canada, Roy received his bachelor of computer engineering from the University of Waterloo and his PhD in cognitive science from MIT. Roy is currently on leave from MIT.
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Dan Schulman joined American Express as group president, Enterprise Growth, in August 2010. Dan is responsible for the company’s global strategy to expand alternative mobile and online payment services, form new partnerships and build revenue streams beyond the traditional card and travel businesses. He is also responsible for the company’s Business Development, Mergers and Acquisitions unit, as well as Revolution Money, the online payments business acquired last year, and the Global Prepaid business.
Prior to joining American Express, Dan was the CEO of Virgin Mobile USA, which he founded in September 2001. With a record of high performance in the consumer-marketing arena and almost two decades of experience in the telecommunications industry, he led the company from concept and nationwide launch in 2002 to become one of the nation’s top wireless carriers, with more than five million customers and $1.3 billion in annual sales. Virgin Mobile USA was first listed on the New York Stock Exchange in October 2007. In November 2009, Virgin Mobile was acquired by Sprint for approximately $800 million.
Previously, Dan served as the chief executive officer of priceline.com, where he established one of the most popular and recognized brands on the Internet, and was a primary architect in driving the company to profitability and more than $1 billion in revenues. Before that, Dan worked for more than 18 years at AT&T, becoming the youngest member of the company’s senior executive team, the AT&T Operations Group, and was president of its $22 billion long distance division.
Dan was recently named a winner of the New Jersey Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, saluting executives’ efforts in business excellence and community improvement, and was selected by Fierce Wireless as one of the Top 25 most powerful people in the global wireless industry. He currently serves on the board of governors of Rutgers University. He is a member of the board of directors of Symantec and Flextronics, and he chairs the compensation committee on each board. He also serves on the board of Autism Speaks, and the advisory committee of Greycroft Partners, a private equity company.
Dan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Middlebury College and a Masters in Business Administration from New York University, majoring in Finance.
Shiv is a recognized digital marketer who focuses on how brands are being forced to transform with the evolution of digital communications and social media. In September 2009, he was recognized by Ad Age as a Media Maven and was featured on the publication’s cover. He is also author of the book, “Social Media Marketing for Dummies.” While he spends most of his time as the Global Head of Digital for PepsiCo Beverages (across paid, owned and earned media), he is also available for select speaking engagements.
Shiv has been with PepsiCo since July 1st, 2010 where he is responsible for digital in its beverages business. Prior to that he worked at Razorfish for over eleven years (one of the largest interactive agencies in the world and part of Publicis Worldwide). Before that he ran a small web devleopment company based in Boston.
At Razorfish, he led digital strategy, user experience and social media teams in its Boston, New York, San Francisco and London offices. As the company’s VP & Global Social Media Lead, Shiv he helped the agency introduce its clients such as Carnival Cruise Lines, Microsoft, Citibank, Ford Motor Company, Mercedes Benz USA, Novartis and Victoria Secret to social influence marketing- or, how to incorporate social media and social technologies to support marketing and business objectives. He also had group wide responsiblities in the realm of social media. Most recently, he was instrumental in Razorfish’s role as incubation partner for Bundle, a financial social media start-up. At Razorfish, his role also included capability development, developing strategic partnerships, leading thought leadership efforts and encouraging experimentation with social media across the agency.
Kirk Skaugen is corporate vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group for Intel Corporation. In this role Skaugen leads the business P&L’s, strategy, and product development for Intel’s datacenter, cloud computing, communications infrastructure, and intelligent connected device platforms. His product responsibilities consist of Intel® Xeon® and Itanium® processors, Intel® Atom™ processor-based system-on-chip design, server chipsets, Intel’s wired networking for Ethernet and Thunderbolt™, server motherboards, and software solutions. Skaugen also manages cross-Intel Architecture technology path-finding spanning client to server.
During his Intel career, Skaugen was located in Asia as general manager of the Asia Pacific Solutions Group, with responsibility for the development and deployment of optimized software and solutions for Intel’s client and server platforms. He has also served as general manager of the Enterprise Platforms and Services Division with responsibility for Intel’s server board and system business. Skaugen spent seven years in a number of positions within Intel’s sales and marketing organization, including microprocessor product management, distribution business management and enterprise and client global account management.
Skaugen received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He joined Intel in 1992 and lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and son.
Eric Snowden is currently the VP of Creative and Technology for Atlantic Records where he leads a team of designers, developers and project managers to create websites and online marketing campaigns for Atlantic artists. He also teaches photography and web design part time at Parson’s School of Design. In the past he has been the Creative Lead at Warner Music Group, a Senior Art Director at CMDi Connect, a studio manager at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the assistant to photographer Lynn Goldsmith.
Graham Spencer is an engineering director at Google and a member of the Google Ventures team.
Graham was one of the original 6 founders of Excite.com and was the Chief Technology Officer of the company until its sale to @Home. Graham was also a co-founder of JotSpot, which was acquired by Google in 2006.
In 1999, Graham left Excite@Home to co-found DigitalConsumer.org, a 50,000-member non-profit consumer organization dedicated to protecting fair-use rights for digital media. Graham is also on the board of the Santa Fe Institute.
Andrew Stalbow is General Manager of North America for Rovio Entertainment, where he is responsible for growing the Angry Birds franchise and developing new revenue streams by building partnerships with the entertainment industry, the biggest consumer brands and leading digital distribution platforms.
In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Mobile at Fox Digital Entertainment, Andrew was responsible for app publishing and video licensing for 20th Century Fox properties such as ‘Glee’, ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Simpsons’, and worked with Rovio on the development of the Angry Birds Rio game, a unique integration between ‘Angry Birds’ and the Fox film ‘Rio’.
Prior to this, Andrew served as Vice President, International for Fox Mobile Entertainment based in London. Before Fox, Andrew was in business development at Vodafone Group, where he negotiated international content and marketing agreements for 29 operating companies around the world.
Andrew lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
Responsible for web analytics & online consumer data strategy at Warner Music Group.
Member of the Omniture Customer Advisory Boards for SiteCatalyst & SocialAnalytics
Bret Taylor is the Chief Technology Officer of Facebook where he oversees the long-term technical direction of foundational products such as News Feed, Search and Facebook Platform. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of FriendFeed, which was acquired by Facebook in August 2009. Before starting FriendFeed, Bret worked at Google, where he co-created Google Maps, the Google Maps API, and started Google’s developer product group. Bret holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Jack Tretton brings to his position more than 25 years of consumer product experience, including over two decades of direct experience in the videogame industry. As an industry veteran, Tretton provides a wealth of corporate business experience, including finance, marketing, merchandising, operations, product development, and sales. Tretton has been with Sony Computer Entertainment America since its inception, when he joined in 1995 as director of sales.
As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton has worked vigorously to make all PlayStation® platforms best sellers in North America. Tretton has played a pivotal role in launching groundbreaking platforms in North America, including the PS One®, PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), PLAYSTATION®3 and the PlayStation®Network. During his tenure, Tretton has also been responsible for achieving several industry milestones, such as the industry-first of surpassing 50 million units of the PlayStation®2 in North America.
In a move designed to strategically position the company for future success, Tretton was promoted to president and CEO in November 2006. In his new role, Tretton is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company’s operations, including licensing, third party relations, business development, strategic planning, first party product development, marketing, sales, finance, human resources and the online network business group. In tandem with his current role, Tretton will continue to serve as a corporate executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., the group’s parent company.
Prior to joining Sony Computer Entertainment America, Tretton worked for JVC Musical Industries, an international publisher of videogames, where he served as general manager directing the company’s sales, product development, marketing, finance and operation efforts. From 1986 to 1991, Tretton held numerous of senior positions, including vice president of sales with Activision, an international publisher of interactive software. He also held marketing research and sales positions with Majers Corporation and Duracell, U.S.A. Tretton received his Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College.
Tretton received his Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College.
David C. Vladeck directs the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. The Bureau conducts investigations, sues companies and individuals who violate the law, develops rules to protect consumers, and educates consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities. The Bureau also collects complaints about consumer fraud and identity theft and makes them available to law enforcement agencies across the country. Vladeck is on leave from Georgetown University Law Center, where he is a Professor of Law. Before joining the Georgetown faculty in 2002, Vladeck spent over 25 years with Public Citizen Litigation Group, handling and supervising complex litigation. Vladeck received a B.A. from New York University, a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and an LL.M. from Georgetown Law.
Tim Waddell is director of product marketing at Adobe, within the Omniture Business Unit. He manages the advertising optimization applications. His role within Adobe is to deliver solutions which provide marketers the capabilities to measure, manage and optimize cross-channel marketing campaigns. With the data available today, advertisers have the opportunity to create campaigns that reach their target audiences with the right message in the appropriate environment across the wide array of marketing channels. These capabilities will drive conversion, increase retention and ultimately deliver a profitable marketing portfolio. Tim brings significant experience in the online and traditional marketing disciplines. Having worked in an agency media planning role for many years, he moved over to online in 1995 with Travelocity managing the sales and agency relationships. From there he went to Microsoft and gained experience in several disciplines – selling online advertising and managing MSN’s commerce business team from a demand generation aspect as well as packaging solutions for partners. His last role before moving to Adobe was running the Marketing Analytics team for Bing.
Daniel J. Weitzner is the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. His areas of responsibility include online privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright protection, and the global free flow of information on the Internet. Prior to joining the White House, he was Associate Administrator for Policy at the United States Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Before that, he served as a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition project technology policy team.
Prior to his service in the Obama Administration, Weitzner founded the MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group, whose mission is to research social and technical aspects of the World Wide Web, taught Internet public policy in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, and was Policy Director of the World Wide Web Consortium. While at MIT, he launched the Web Science Research Initiative with Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, Nigel Shadbolt and James Hendler. Weitzner was co-founder and Deputy Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Weitzner has law degree from Buffalo Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. His writings have appeared in Science magazine, the Yale Law Review, Communications of the ACM, Computerworld, Wired Magazine and Social Research.
Tim Westergren founded Pandora in January 2000 and now serves as its Chief Strategy Officer. Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician and a record producer with 20 years of experience in the music industry. He has recorded with independent labels, managed artists, owned a commercial digital recording studio, scored feature films, produced albums, and performed extensively. His main instrument is the piano, but over the years he has played the bassoon, drums and clarinet and his musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music.
Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology. A musician’s musician, he is obsessed with helping talented emerging artists connect with the music fans most likely to appreciate their music. In addition to guiding Pandora’s overall strategy and vision, Tim now spends most of his time as Pandora’s chief evangelist – traveling the country to meet with listeners to collect feedback, research local music, and spread the word of the Music Genome Project.
Anne brings to 23andMe a 10-year background in healthcare investing,
focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Anne left the investing
world with the hope that she could have a positive impact on research and
medicine through 23andMe. From her vantage point, Anne saw a need for
creating a way to generate more information – especially more
personalized information – so that commercial and academic researchers
could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. By
encouraging individuals to access and learn about their own genetic
information, 23andMe will create a common, standardized resource that
has the potential to accelerate drug discovery and bring personalized
medicine to the public. (Plus, getting access to her own genetic information
and understanding it has always been one of Anne’s ambitions.) Anne
graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in biology.
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 MBA from UCLA.
Ron Wyden was elected to the United States Senate on January 30, 1996 after serving 15 years in the House of Representatives. Senator Wyden is known for a bipartisan, common sense approach to major issues and The Almanac of American Politics has called Wyden “one of our most creative and innovative legislators.”
Senator Wyden believes that entrepreneurs – not politicians – create jobs. Whether measured in issues addressed, legislation introduced, effective compromises negotiated or bills enacted into law, Wyden has been the single most active and accomplished leader on technology issues in the United States Senate.
Wyden won a basketball scholarship to the University of California-Santa Barbara and played in Division I competition for two seasons before transferring to Stanford University to earn his B.A. He earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974 and began his public service with a commitment to protecting senior citizens, first by starting a legal clinic for seniors in Eugene, Oregon, and then as founder and Executive Director of the Oregon Gray Panthers. He currently resides in Portland.
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