Social Networks & the NEED for FEEDS

Location: Regency E Level: Intermediate
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The latest revolution in social networks is the rollout of shared activity streams, such as Facebook’s News Feed and Plaxo’s Pulse. Come to this session to find out more about how feeds are changing the way people discover news, apps, and other information.

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Sean Ammirati

mSpoke / ReadWriteWeb

Currently, Sean is the VP of Business Development & Product Management at mSpoke, Inc. Sean also regularly contributes to the influential Read/WriteWeb blog and hosts the weekly podcast Read/WriteTalk. Once an aspiring programmer, Sean has found his niche as a new technology evangelist. Currently, this manifests itself in his passion for helping publishers revitalize their online content with mSpoke’s adaptive personalization solutions. Prior to co-founding mSpoke, Sean was a research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Industry Center and served on the Editorial Advisory Board and as a columnist for Information Week. He holds a B. S. in Computer Information Systems from Grove City College.

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Chris Messina


Chris Messina arrived in San Francisco four years ago to begin volunteering for the Mozilla Foundation, as a leader of the Spread Firefox community marketing project. During his time with Mozilla, he helped raise over $220,000 in microdonations to put a two-page spread, which he also designed, into the New York Times helping to increase Firefox’s downloads to over 50 million in its first six months.

He went on to co-found web browser Flock and served as Director of Experience and Open Source Ambassador. Later, he co-founded Citizen Agency with Tara Hunt, and was named one of the Digital Utopians and People Who Populate Web 2.0 in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2006 after his work on WineCamp.

He has spoken at numerous conferences around the world and has been quoted in national publications such as The New York Times, Business Week, LA Times, MIT Technology Review and Wired. Chris is well-known in the Web 2.0, open source, and startup worlds for his community advocacy and work on open standards initiatives like microformats, OpenID and OAuth. He is a key leader of worldwide community efforts such as Coworking and BarCamp.

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Dave Morin


Dave Morin is the Senior Platform Manager at Facebook, where he is responsible for
the company’s platform strategy and further expanding the Facebook developer
community. Dave joined Facebook from Apple, where he became the Manger of
Creation & Collaboration technologies after his tenure as Manager of Student
Marketing. Prior to Apple, Dave founded the company Viadi a technology and
marketing company focused on building strong brand experiences using the power of
the Internet. Dave received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from the
University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Adam Nash


Adam Nash is currently Senior Director of Product at LinkedIn, the largest global professional network. A seasoned technology executive and general manager, Adam has experience across engineering, product management, product strategy, and venture capital with a focus on identifying business opportunities around emerging technologies and leading teams to design great products to address them.

Prior to joining LinkedIn, Adam held executive and technical roles at eBay, Atlas Ventures, Preview Systems, and Apple. He received both BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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David Recordon


David Recordon is the Senior Open Programs Manager at Facebook, where he leads open source and open standards initiatives. He joined Facebook from Six Apart where he focused on platform strategies, and previously worked at VeriSign in the emerging business group. David has played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of key social media technologies, such as OpenID and OAuth. He collaborated with Brad Fitzpatrick in the development of OpenID, which has since become the most popular decentralized single-sign-on protocol in the history of the Web. In 2007, he became the youngest recipient of the Google-O’Reilly Open Source Award.

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Kevin Chou

Watercooler Inc.

Kevin Chou is the CEO of Watercooler, the world’s largest fan community online. Kevin has led the company from founding to over twenty million registered fans across the Watercooler social media platform.

Watercooler enables television and sports fans to connect with other fans inside their favorite social networks.

Prior to Watercooler, Kevin spent several years at the global venture capital firm Canaan Partners investing in digital media, consumer internet services, and online advertising companies. Kevin took part in funding 10 companies during his tenure at Canaan Partners, deploying part of the firm’s $2.3 billion of capital.

Earlier in Kevin’s career, he advised public technology companies on M&A and corporate finance as part of Deutsche Bank’s investment banking arm in San Francisco.

Kevin holds a BS from UC Berkeley in Business Administration, graduating magma cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Buddy Media
  • AOL
  • Bebo
  • Clearspring
  • Friendster
  • Gratis Network
  • Hook Mobile
  • SocialMedia
  • BNet

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