GSP East 2008 Speakers

New speakers are still being confirmed. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the GSP East program.

Zach Allia
Zach Allia (Free Gifts)

Zach Allia is the founder/developer of the Free Gifts application on Facebook. Free Gifts started as a simple play on the Facebook application “Gifts.” However, Zach turned Free Gifts into a really fun and engaging application, creating a very loyal following. Zach, originally from Boston, now lives in Palo Alto, CA and is a co-founder of the Social Gaming Network.

Jessica Alter
Jessica Alter (Bebo)

Jessica is Director of Platform and Business Development at Bebo. She leads the platform strategy and community at Bebo as well as multiple business development efforts. Prior to Bebo Jessica worked in business development at Hands-On Mobile. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sean Ammirati
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.

Robert Balahura
Robert Balahura (J2Play)

Rob founded J2Play in 2000 by creating and commercializing the world’s first mobile multiplayer game for J2ME handsets, and following that with the worlds first cross-media web to mobile multiplayer game & SDK. Since then, J2Play has created a solution and SDK’s for creating social cross-media games with web, mobile and pc platforms. Today, J2Play provides an open game solution that enables rapid development & self-publishing of social and multiplayer games on all key platforms with the social site identity as the root of all communication and game play. The J2Play solution helps to enable web, mobile, and PC game developers to independently build their business on top of all social sites and spark growth in the social games market.

Kevin Barenblat
Kevin Barenblat (Context Optional)

Kevin Barenblat is co-founder and CEO of [context], which provides social marketing technology and services to the world’s leading brands and advertising agencies. [context] offers a full suite of integrated social marketing solutions including social media ad buys, ad optimization, licensed branded applications, brand page management and promotion, and custom viral application development. [context]‘s Social Application Server™, the leading platform for viral marketing campaigns on social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, is used by brands such as Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Samsung, Ford, McDonald’s, and Paramount Pictures.

Kevin has a B.S. from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and 10 years of online marketing and business development experience.

Chris Bissell
Chris Bissell (MySpace)

Chris is Chief Software Architect at MySpace. His job is to come up with convoluted method signatures so other developers can have the satisfaction of renaming them.

Alex Blum
Alex Blum (KickApps)

As the CEO of KickApps, Alex is responsible for building a world class technology, marketing, business development, finance, and operations team with the goal of providing web publishers the tools to easily enable their sites with User Generated Content, Social Networking, Premium Video, and Content Syndication capabilities.

Before joining KickApps, Alex was President and COO of JumpTV, a leading Multi-Cultural Internet Protocol Television Network. Prior to JumpTV Alex spent 8 years at AOL most recently as the Vice President of Product Marketing for AOL’s Audience business where Alex and his team were responsible for re-launching the AOL Portal and delivering an entire suite of web-based applications including: AOL’s Video Player, Video Portal, Streaming Video advertising platform, AIM and AIMpages social... Read More.

Daniel Burton
Daniel Burton (Salesforce)

Daniel Burton is Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy for and has played a leadership role in the development of US technology policy for over twenty years.

Prior to joining he headed government affairs for Entrust and Novell. Previously he was President of the Council on Competitiveness where he was a pioneer in the effort to establish government technology policies for the US high-tech industry.

Mr. Burton has testified several times before Congress and has lectured widely in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He holds an MA in political economy from Columbia University, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Diplome de Langue et Civilisation Francasies from the Sorbonne. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Chris Butler (Dash Navigation)

Chris Butler recently joined the Dash Navigation team as the company’s content platform evangelist. His responsibilities include the oversight of Dash’s open platform initiative and encouraging the creation of new location-based services both inside and outside of Dash. Previously, he worked for Microsoft at the company’s Silicon Valley Campus for over seven and a half years. During his tenure he worked on projects including Calendar, Hotmail, Toolbar, Desktop Search, the Sidebar gadget platform and finally Windows Live Gallery, the one-stop-shop that lets consumers personalize their Windows and Windows Live experiences.

Patrick Chanezon

Patrick Chanezon is API Evangelist at Google since 2005. These days his main interests are the OpenSocial API and social software, Google APIs, REST, SOAP and Ajax, Java, Groovy, Javascript, PHP, Ruby and Python. Previously he’s bee working on portals, blogs and syndication feeds at Sun Microsystems, AOL and Netscape. He’s the co-founder of the ROME – Atom and RSS utilities in java open source project.

More on his blog at

Patrick is French, so he takes long vacations in the summer and likes to drink red wine with baguettes and stinky cheese while wearing a beret. Apart from programming and reading books his main interest in life is spending time with his wife and 3... Read More.

Siqi Chen
Siqi Chen (Serious Business)

Siqi Chen is a founder of a YCombinator-funded startup in the Facebook space and a top ranked developer on the Facebook platform. He was previously a product manager at video sharing site Veoh and a software engineer at the semantic search startup Powerset.

Kevin Chou
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... Read More.

Ro Choy
Ro Choy (RockYou)

Rogelio (Ro) Choy is vice president of Business Development for RockYou. He is responsible for recruiting and managing partner relations. Before joining the RockYou executive team, Ro managed eBay’s online parts business as a Director at eBay Motors and also was responsible for managing Market Development at eBay, including operation of eBay’s U.S. wireless efforts. Prior to eBay, Ro co-founded Cima Systems, a leading VOIP software provider for auto dealers. Ro earned his MBA from Stanford University School of Business.

Chris Cunningham
Chris Cunningham (appssavvy)

As the CEO of appssavvy, Chris Cunningham leads the company and is responsible for establishing its position within the social media landscape. He continually meets with top level advertisers and partners to determine where the industry is going next. His longstanding position as a leader in the interactive advertising space allows for appssavvy to make connections with top advertisers and gives credibility to the partner network.

Believing that widget advertising is the pinnacle of viral marketing, Chris has taken a strong advocacy position. He has spoken on widget marketing at iMedia, OMMA, Millenials and Pipper Jaffray and was a driving force behind the highly successful first annual Widget Con and is a founding member and committee head of the Widget Interactive Marketing Association.... Read More.

Gregory Cypes
Gregory Cypes (Open AIM (AOL))

Greg Cypes is the Tech Lead and Evangelist for Open AIM. He has developed and designed the core instant messaging software for AIM, ICQ and AOL including SMS, location services, audio, video and peer-2-peer technology in AIM. In his nine plus years working on AIM, he has enjoyed his role in transforming AOL’s client software from a self-contained entity to one of the most robust and powerful open messaging and peer-2-peer networks in the world. In his free time, Greg has developed and contributed dozens of extensions to the Open AIM community and other social networks.

Craig Dalton (Hook Mobile)

Craig has 15 years experience in sales and marketing management as well as extensive experience building profitable mobile business strategies. As Hook Mobile’s Vice President of Business Development, he is responsible for establishing strategic relationships with social media and Web 2.0 companies wishing to develop new revenue streams utilizing the company’s MMS delivery platform and carrier billing relationships. Prior to Hook Mobile, Craig managed business development for global mobile entertainment publisher, I-play. His responsibilities included negotiating operator agreements, developing a Direct to Consumer strategy and creating a mobile video business unit. Earlier, Craig managed business development for interactive television and mobile pioneer, Proteus, having completed the first TV to SMS campaign in the US with Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 that established... Read More.

Josh Elman
Josh Elman (Facebook)

Josh Elman is a Platform Program Manager at Facebook, where he focuses on
new initiatives and programs for developers on Facebook Platform. Previously,
Josh was Head of Product Management at Zazzle, where he led the
development of Zazzle’s marketplace and commerce platform. Prior to Zazzle,
Josh worked at LinkedIn, where he helped grow the business network from
200,000 to 3 million users. Josh began his career at RealNetworks, where he
led the development team through three versions of RealPlayer. Josh holds a
bachelor’s degree in symbolic systems from Stanford University.

Robert Fan
Robert Fan (Stanford University / 750 Industries)

Robert Fan is a co-founder of 750 Industries, a company that builds social applications for Facebook and other social platforms.

Rob began working on Facebook apps soon after platform launch and has been hacking away ever since. Rob was also one of the teaching assistants for the fall 2007 Stanford “Facebook” Class (CS377W), where he helped students develop and instrument viral applications & metrics.

Rob recently earned a Masters degree from Stanford University in Management Science and
Engineering, with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Technologies.

Prior to coming west, Rob worked at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington DC as a technical consultant. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

David Gentzel
David Gentzel (SocialMedia)

David Gentzel is Co-Founder of VP Consumer Products at SocialMedia. He is also a top Facebook app developer and the creator of several apps with more than one million users, including Happy Hour and Food Fight. According to David, “I make viral apps.”

Nick Gonzalez
Nick Gonzalez (SocialMedia)

Nick Gonzalez runs Developer Relations for the social ad network SocialMedia Networks. SocialMedia helps advertisers reach social networking users, and helps developers monetize their applications on social networks.

Prior to SocialMedia, Nick was the second employee and analyst/writer for, the largest blog reporting on the rapidly evolving internet industry. He also writes from time to time on his personal blog, consults for startups, and is a regular speaker on social media at events and companies.

Frank Gruber
Frank Gruber (Somewhat Frank / TECH cocktail / AOL)

Frank is well-known for his blog, and for his
analysis on Web 2.0, social media and emerging technologies and has been
featured in a number of publications including TechCrunch, iMediaConnection, as
well as on his blog and related video podcasts on SOMEWHAT FRANK TV.

In May 2006 he co-founded TECH cocktail with Eric Olson, a
community building startup which offers events and community-powered projects
open to bloggers, technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs & professionals
interested in technology in under served technology communities. Hosting events
in Chicago, D.C., Boulder and Boston, Frank recently co-hosted the first TECH
in Chicago
and you can expect to see more... Read More.

Vikas Gupta
Vikas Gupta (Jambool)

Vikas Gupta is the co-founder and CEO of Jambool, a leading social application developer. Jambool helps advertisers and brands reach and build audience on social networks. Currently over 10 million users on multiple social platforms use Jambool apps, putting it among the top ten application companies in this space.

Prior to Jambool Vikas was at where he built the Payments platform, co-founded the Amazon India office, and led teams at Amazon Web Services. Vikas is also the lead inventor of Amazon’s Flexible Payment web service.

Allen Hurff
Allen Hurff (SoCal Incubator)

Allen Hurff is the Senior Vice President of Engineering. He has been working at the world’s most popular social networking and lifestyle portal since it was a privately owned start-up. In his position, Allen oversees the engineering and the overall development direction of MySpace as it matures into a company with global reach.

Allen joined MySpace in March 2005 with only 12 developers still located in Santa Monica, California. Allen has grown the engineering and quality assurance organization to over 250 employees now located in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, London, and Australia.

Before MySpace, Allen worked at TRW, Unisys, AltaVista,, Experian, and private consulting. Hurff continues to be a key influential player in the ongoing success and growth of MySpace.

Murtaza Hussain
Murtaza Hussain (Peanut Labs, Inc)

Murtaza Hussain is the co-founder and CEO of Peanut Labs, a leading provider of advanced market research services. Peanut Labs provides unparalleled access to the Gen-Y audience – with a sampling methodology integrated into 70+ online communities including MySpace, Facebook, and Google Open Social.

Murtaza has been heavily involved in social media, and is an expert in building online communities. He possesses a deep knowledge of Web 2.0 and ways to utilize social networks and the social graph to execute innovative business ideas and applications.

Murtaza is regularly approached to share his expertise at leading industry events, such as the Facebook Developer’s Conference, Widget Summit 2007, SNAP Summit, and Community Next. Additionally, Murtaza’s expertise is often sought by the media, and has been... Read More.

Rob Jewell
Rob Jewell (Gratis Internet)

A founder of Gratis Internet, Rob Jewell is credited with being one of the early pioneers of the incentive marketing industry. Recognized as one of the Top 30 under 30 CEOs in America, Mr. Jewell’s leadership has driven Gratis Internet to a #95 ranking in 2004 and #18 ranking in 2005 on the INC 500 list of the fastest growing companies in the US. Mr. Jewell was a finalist for the 2005 Greater Washington Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Jewell holds a BA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Benjamin Joffe
Benjamin Joffe (Plus Eight Star / Mobile Monday Beijing)

Benjamin is the Managing Director of +8* | Plus Eight Star (, a Beijing-based consultancy focused on ‘Innovation Arbitrage’, bringing proven best practices and strategic advisory from and about the advanced Asian markets of Japan, Korea and China to clients worldwide.

Aside from its custom research projects, +8* is recognized as a leading expert on online communities and mobile innovation, and published the world’s first in-depth analysis in English on Cyworld (“Inside Cyworld”) and QQ (“Inside QQ”), respectively South Korea’s and China’s leading online communities, both recording more revenues and profit than Facebook.

Prior to founding +8*, Benjamin was a technology consultant in Tokyo, a mobile market analyst covering Japan & Korea, and a mobile SNS pioneer with NewtGames in Japan and Korea,... Read More.

David Jones
David Jones (Friendster, Inc.)

David joined Friendster in December 2006 with more than 19 years
experience in marketing, business development, and product and
business strategy. Prior to joining Friendster, David held several
marketing and general management roles at eBay Inc, including roles
focused on scaling the number of active members of the eBay community.
David was also the director of eBay’s media and entertainment
businesses in the United States. Prior to eBay, David was the Vice
President of Business Development at Blue Wireless and an associate
partner at the management and technology consulting firm of Arthur D.
Little. David holds a B.A. from Stanford University in Quantitative
Economics With Honors & Distinction, 1990.

Michael Jones
Michael Jones (Userplane / AOL)

Michael Jones is CEO of Userplane and Vice President of AOL, and oversees Userplane business strategy, sales and operations.

As founder and CEO of Userplane, Jones brought the company from startup to acquisition by AOL in August 2006. As Vice President of AOL, he now focuses on the growth of AOL syndicated application strategy under the Userplane brand.

Userplane supports more than 50 million users in 15 countries across 150,000 different web publishers. Userplane has been recognized as a pioneer in open widget distribution and Flash web application development, and has provided web infrastructure to companies such as MySpace,, and Honda.

A serial entrepreneur, Jones founded Elixir Magazine in 1994, a nationally distributed pop-culture music and entertainment magazine.... Read More.

Ben Keighran
Ben Keighran (Bluepulse)

Ben Keighran took his passion for mobile and founded bluepulse, one of today’s fastest growing mobile social messaging networks. BusinessWeek recognized Ben’s entrepreneurial spirit in October 2007 by naming him a finalist in their annual “America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs” Awards. Ben was also a finalist for Australia’s SmartCompany Idol 2007 and was said to be the embodiment of a key entrepreneurial attribute – the young go getter. Ben’s expertise in wireless has been recognized by industry leaders, many of whom have invited Ben to speak and share his insight at conferences, including Mobile Internet World, Mobile Web 2.0, Mobile Web USA.

Albert Lai
Albert Lai (Kontagent)

Albert Lai is founder & CEO at Kontagent, a Social Network Analytics venture.

Albert sold his first internet company, the MyDesktop Network, while in his teens to JupiterMedia (JUPM). More recently he was the founder/CEO of BubbleShare, a photo-sharing company sold to Kaboose (KAB) in 2007.

Over the past decade Albert’s entrepreneurial efforts have been recognized by multiple major national newspapers, and he is now hard at work on Kontagent, his 5th internet startup.

In his spare time, Albert blogs about disruptive simplicity and other random thoughts at <a href=“”

Michael Lazerow
Michael Lazerow (Buddy Media)

Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four successful internet-based media companies. He has a passion for creating, managing and growing companies from the ground up.

Michael’s first foray into entrepreneurship came with the founding of University Wire, an Associated Press-like network of more than 700 student-run newspapers, now owned by CBS corp. He next founded, leading it from a start-up to a multi-million dollar profitable golf media company, which was purchased by Time Warner’s Time Inc. in January 2006. In February 2007 he started Lazerow Consulting, which helps finance, launch, manage and grow internet-based media businesses.

Michael is currently the chairman and CEO of Buddy Media, Inc., a New York-based company whose Facebook management system is used by global... Read More.

Paul Lindner
Paul Lindner (LinkedIn)

Paul Lindner is a key member of the LinkedIn Platform Team contributing to their open program. More info at

Previously he was the Manager of the hi5 Platform, a pioneering OpenSocial Container. Since its inception, Paul has been an active contributor and advocate in advancing the OpenSocial specification and objectives.

He has spent the last 20+ years leading efforts to make the Internet a better place. Some of Paul’s past successes include: developing and promoting the Internet Gopher in the early ‘90s; co-authoring the mod_perl Developer’s Cookbook ; scaling Six Apart’s Typepad to support millions of users worldwide; and building large, mission-critical Web systems for the International Telecommunications Union, Red Hat, Critical Path and The UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human... Read More.

Benjamin Ling
Benjamin Ling (Facebook)

Benjamin is the Director of Platform Product Marketing at Facebook, where he
oversees product marketing, developer operations and partner solutions for
Facebook Platform. Prior to Facebook, Benjamin was the General Manager of
eCommerce at Google, where he founded and led Google Checkout and
oversaw Google Product Search. At Google, he managed a cross functional
team that included product, engineering, sales, marketing, operations, finance
and legal. Benjamin holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in computer science
from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from the university of
California at Berkeley.

Roger Magoulas
Roger Magoulas (O'Reilly Media), @rogerm

Roger Magoulas is the vice president of O’Reilly Radar. Previously, Roger was the research director at O’Reilly, where he and his team built the company’s analysis infrastructure and provided analytic services and insights on technology-adoption trends to business decision makers at O’Reilly and beyond. He and his team found what excites key innovators and use those insights to gather and analyze faint signals from various sources to make sense of what others may adopt and why.​

John Maver
John Maver (Thought Labs)

John Maver is a highly experienced developer who helps companies get connected to their customers on social networking sites. He has been involved with the Facebook and Bebo platforms from the time they were released and has written several successful applications for both. John is also the current Featured Developer on Bebo.

Prior to specializing in social network development, John spent 10 years leading software development teams and building award-winning software debugging products at NuMega Technologies. John holds a B.S. in Management and a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University and has completed graduate work in Computer Science at Boston University.

Caroline McCarthy
Caroline McCarthy (CNET News), @caro

Caroline McCarthy, a graduate of Princeton University, has been a staff writer at CNET since 2006. She covers social media and digital culture from the company’s New York bureau.

Dave McClure
Dave McClure (500 Hats)

Dave McClure has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for almost twenty years as a software developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor, angel investor, blogger, & internet marketing nerd. He is an advisor or investor for Mint, Mashery, Simply Hired, TeachStreet, Oortle, CrazyEgg, SlideShare, Eventvue, RichRelevance, HealthUnity, & Canopy Financial.

Dave is the conference chair for, and runs a monthly dinner series for entrepreneurs called He has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University for the nation’s first-ever course on building Facebook Apps. Dave is a board member for microfinance accelerator Unitus, advisor to microfinance lender, and a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network.

From 2005 to 2006, Dave launched and ran marketing for job search engine Simply... Read More.

John McCrea
John McCrea (Plaxo)

John McCrea is the vice president of marketing for Plaxo. John is a seasoned marketing executive and a web pioneer, who has had a significant impact on the evolution of the web. While at Silicon Graphics (SGI), he struck the very first website sponsorship deal, and coined the term “Powered by…” as the de facto standard for such promotions. He was the driving force behind SGI’s WebFORCE, the first turnkey web server, launched in January ’95, with the tagline “To Author and To Serve.”

Prior to joining Plaxo, John held the position of senior vice president of marketing at Radiance Technologies, developer of a breakthrough “digital FedEx” software solution. Before Radiance, John co-founded Affinia, a pioneer in contextual web advertising, which developed a predecessor... Read More.

Jodi McDermott
Jodi McDermott (Clearspring)

Jodi McDermott has been working in web analytics since 2002 and joined Clearspring in September 2007 as the Director of Product Management for Analytics.

Clearspring is the leading provider of cross-platform widget services. They enable digital content and service providers to easily package, distribute and analyze the performance of widgets via a single platform.

Jodi’s role is to shape and develop Clearspring’s analytics offerings. Prior to joining Clearspring, Jodi oversaw the web analytics team of InPhonic and also worked in the Consulting Services group of Visual Sciences. For five years prior to that, Jodi managed the Business Solutions team and oversaw the implementation of the first off-the-shelf web analytics package at She is an active member of the Web Analytics Association and a... Read More.

Paul McDonald
Paul McDonald (Google, Inc. )

Paul McDonald is currently the Product Manager for Google App Engine and Google Mashup Editor. Paul has been with Google for 5 years and has experience working on a variety of Google Products including AdWords, Google Checkout and Google Data APIs. He is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego where he majored in Computer Science and the History of Technology.

Chris Messina
Chris Messina (Vidoop)

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... Read More.

Oren Michels
Oren Michels (Mashery)

Oren Michels brings more than 15 years of experience to his job as CEO of Mashery. Michels has a proven track record with experience across multiple industries. Previously, Michels was vice president of business development at Feedster, where he negotiated partnerships with AOL, Real Networks and Mitsui, and oversaw the company’s activities in China. Prior to Feedster, Michels was president of Colt HR, a leading provider of outsourced benefits administration software and services to the mid market. He also co-founded WiFinder, an international provider of directory services for wi-fi public access hotspots; served as president of, where he managed the company’s growth and helped establish it as a leading online wine auction market; served as COO of two manufacturing companies; and... Read More.

Dave  Morin
Dave Morin (Facebook)

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.

TJ Murphy (Mobian Design)

TJ is a Ruby on Rails developer who’s work has been featured at RailsConf and the Game Developers Conference, as well as in Esquire, TechCrunch, and Mashable. He can be found at or on Twitter & IRC as teej_m.

Adam Nash
Adam Nash (LinkedIn)

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.

Max Newbould
Max Newbould (MySpace)

Maxwell Newbould is the product owner and development manager for the MySpace Developer Platform’s OpenSocial container. He has been working for MySpace since March 2006, and was the first developer at MySpace’s Seattle office. Recently, he has been touring the globe speaking about MySpace Developer Platform and OpenSocial. Maxwell also provides engineering support for companies building applications for the world’s most popular social networking and lifestyle portal. Previously to MySpace, Maxwell worked in government, finance, travel and technology sectors.

Nick O'Neill
Nick O'Neill (Social Times Inc.)

Nick O’Neill is the creator of and the newly launched Social Times ( A serial entrepreneur at heart, Nick has spent the past 8 years developing creative solutions for individuals on the web. Working from within agencies and startups, he has gained significant experience working with clients and overcoming extreme challenges. Being highly active in the web and entrepreneurial communities, locally and nationally, Nick helped to bring the first Tech Cocktail to Washington, D.C. With the opening of the Facebook platform, Nick saw a huge opportunity and has become fully dedicated to covering the social networking phenomenon and developing creative applications for clients looking to gain exposure.

Since the launch of the platform Nick has been featured on NPR and in numerous national... Read More.

Tim O'Shaughnessy
Tim O'Shaughnessy (Hungry Machine)

Tim is a co-founder and partner at Hungry Machine, a Washington DC-based company. Hungry Machine builds products in the social media space, including Visual Bookshelf, Beer, and Restaurants.

Brian Oberkirch
Brian Oberkirch (Small Good Thing)

Brian Oberkirch consults on marketing, social media and web development projects, helping companies use new tools to have better conversations with those who matter to their business.

In Brian’s past lives, he was a marketing consultant and writer for hire, managed national brand accounts at large and small advertising and PR shops, started a social media consultancy called Weblogs Work and helped build a suite of applications for those clients, taught literature and creative writing, wrote newspaper articles, did the morning news at a radio station, and many other things.

Kerry Pearce-Parkins

Kerry Pearce-Parkins is the Vice President of Products and Marketing at is an ultra-personalized social media website located in the DC area. Prior to joining Mixx, Kerry spent 12 years at AOL, most recently as VP of Social Media Products, responsible for AOL’s Community, Social Networking and Instant Messaging Initiatives. She holds an MS in Economics from the University of California, Davis and a BS in Economics from James Madison University.

Roy Pereira
Roy Pereira (Refresh)

Roy Pereira is the co-founder of Refresh, a social network marketing startup based in Toronto, Canada.

He has over 17 years of operational experience in the security, network equipment, and enterprise software industries. He has worked in Silicon Valley as well as in Canadian tech-centers of Ottawa and Toronto and has worked both in mid and large public companies (Cisco Systems [NASDAQ:CSCO], Certicom [TSX:CIC]), Bioscript [TSX:BYT]), as well as several startups (Merlin Systems, TimeStep, Snipe Networks).

For the last five years, he has led marketing departments as the VP of Marketing and Product Management. Throughout his marketing career, he has led many go-to-marketing, channel sales plans and startup funding rounds. He is also the author of several patents and... Read More.

Cappy Popp
Cappy Popp (Thought Labs)

Cappy Popp has in-depth experience in multiple aspects of software development. He has been working on both the Facebook and Bebo development platforms since their inception and is a proud member of the Boston Facebook Developers group. Formerly a top software engineer and internal consultant at Numega Technologies and Compuware Corporation, Cappy has created successful Facebook applications that are not only fun, but have real utility in news, chat, data reporting, RSS integration and communications.

Cappy holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and has completed Masters Certification in Computer Science at Boston University. Interestingly, his first career was as a professional chef in several of Boston’s top restaurants. Whether working with food or social media, Cappy loves to be "in the... Read More.

Hooman Radfar
Hooman Radfar (Clearspring Technologies, Inc.)

Hooman is the founder & CEO of Clearspring Technologies, the leading provider of online widget syndication services. At Clearspring, he is actively involved in shaping product and marketing initiatives. He was recently named one of Tech’s Best Entrepreneurs in BusinessWeek and was nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Hooman is a frequently requested speaker in the areas of social networks, syndication, and digital media. When he is not busy building a better web, you can find him writing his blog Widgify. Radfar graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Economics and Computer Science. He holds an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University where he researched Social Networking Theory.

Jeff Ragovin
Jeff Ragovin (Buddy Media)

Jeff is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Buddy Media. Buddy Media is a NYC based full service social media company that helps large media companies and brand marketers develop, build, manage, and promote social media applications. Current clients include, Priceline, Anheuser Busch, People Magazine, InStyle, Readers Digest, New Balance and other leading brands.

Jeff is responsible for the leadership and growth of the sales organization. His primary focus is to grow revenue, deliver profitability, and provide best in class service to customers. Through an extensive network of interactive marketers, Jeff develops turnkey social media strategies to help clients achieve their marketing and sales goals.

Jeff has over a decade of experience directing interactive sales efforts at major technology and marketing... Read More.

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.

Sachin Rekhi
Sachin Rekhi (imeem)

Sachin Rekhi serves as a Product Manager at imeem, a leading social network that enables users to share, discover and interact with all kinds of media including music, videos, and photos. Sachin oversees the imeem Media Platform, which allows third party developers to build media-centric applications. Sachin is responsible for designing the platform as well as supporting its developer community.

Prior to joining imeem in 2008, Sachin founded Anywhere.FM, a web music player that allows users to upload, play, and discover music online. Anywhere.FM was acquired by imeem in January 2008. Previously Sachin held marketing, product management, and engineering roles at Microsoft, Paetec Communications, and Goldman Sachs.

Sachin earned a BS in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Finance... Read More.

Sean Roach
Sean Roach (Got Access)

Sean Roach is an entrepreneur, corporate speaker, author, and CEO and Founder of Got Access and Internet Catapult. is a new social software platform and technology which allows people to communicate and socialize within business and life the way we do in real life.

For more than a decade, Sean has been helping people grow their business, expand their reach, and learn about changes in business and technology. He has multiple areas of expertise including internet marketing & organizational turnarounds. Sean has worked with clients such as Mirage Resorts, MGM, Subaru, BMW, Ford, Coldwell Banker, and Century 21. Sean has also been worked with Bertelsmann and its sub-companies in Europe to review strategy and demonstrate combining online and offline methods.

Sean... Read More.

Chris Saad
Chris Saad (Faraday Media, DataPortability Project)

Chris Saad is the Co-founder and CEO of Faraday Media and the Co-Founder and Chairperson of the DataPortability Project.

Faraday Media is at the epicenter of the Attention Ecosystem. It has created the standards, initiatives, technologies, platforms and products that help participants experience a personally relevant Internet.

The DataPortability project’s mission is to consult on, design, educate, and advocate interoperable DataPortability for users, developers and vendors.

Ruchi Sanghvi
Ruchi Sanghvi (Facebook)

Ruchi Sanghvi is the Principal Product Manager at Facebook, where she
oversees Facebook Platform and News Feed. She is responsible for the
company’s Platform product strategy and new product initiatives. Ruchi was an
early engineer at Facebook and is one of the primary developers for News
Feed. Prior to Facebook, she was a software engineer in the Real Time
Communication Group at Oracle. Ruchi holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree
in electrical computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Keith Schacht
Keith Schacht (42 Friends LLC)

Keith Schacht is the founder of Chicago-based 42 Friends LLC, the company behind leading Facebook applications such as Growing Gifts and Hatching Eggs.

Prior to 42 Friends, Schacht co-founded and sold two technology companies. In 2005, BusinessWeek named him one of the top 20 entrepreneurs under 25. He has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Business 2.0 and served the world’s top consumer product companies including Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Motorola, BMW, Kraft, and many others. Schacht attended University of Illinois where he studied computer science and psychology.

Kent Schoen
Kent Schoen (Facebook)

Kent Schoen is a Product Marketing Manager at Facebook, where he focuses on product management, marketing and operations of Facebook’s Social Ad system. Prior to Facebook, he was Director of Technology for LookSmart, where he architected its syndication and advertising platforms. Kent previously operated a consultancy focused on online marketing and technology and began his career as a software engineer at TouchVision. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with a concentration in computing from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Hiten Shah
Hiten Shah (CrazyEgg / KISSmetrics), @hnshah

Hiten Shah is the founder of KISSmetrics, which uses data to help online businesses make better business decisions. A recognized authority on data-driven marketing and entrepreneurship, he founded marketing consultancy ACS and Crazy Egg, an analytics tool that visualizes users’ experience on a website. Now with KISSmetrics he is building a data driven solution for to help online businesses make better business decisions. Hiten advises a variety of startups, including iSocket,LaunchRock, Lolapps, Recurly,SlideShare, SocializedHR and Sponge.

Anu Shukla
Anu Shukla (Offerpal Media)

Anu Shukla is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to founding Offerpal Media, she was the founder and CEO of Mybuys Inc. where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. Mybuys is a venture-backed company in the eCommerce personalization market.

Prior to Mybuys, Anu pioneered the category of Internet Marketing Automation as founder and CEO of Rubric, Inc. Rubric was acquired in 2000 for $366 million. Prior to Rubric, Anu has held a variety of executive roles including the VP of Marketing and Product Strategy at Versata (VATA), and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Product Management at Compuware/Uniface Corporation (CPWR).

Anu serves on the Board of Directors of FWE&E (Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives), International Museum of Women (,... Read More.

Shiv Singh
Shiv Singh (Avenue A | Razorfish)

Shiv has worked for Avenue A | Razorfish, one of the largest interactive marketing and technology consulting firms in the world for over nine years. He has worked in their Boston, New York, San Francisco and London offices.

Shiv is Avenue A | Razorfish’s Global Social Media Lead. He is responsible for capability development, advising strategic clients, partnerships, experimentation and evanglism. As a part of his efforts he’s spearheaded the agency’s foray into Social Influence Marketing.

Some Avenue A | Razorfish clients include Avaya, BellSouth, Carnival Cruise Lines, Citigroup, Ford Motor Company, Genentech, JC Penny, Microsoft, Philip Morris USA, Siebel Systems, Time Warner and Visa.

Eddie Smith
Eddie Smith (SocialMedia Networks)

Eddie Smith is the vice president of marketing and business development at SocialMedia Networks. SocialMedia Networks connects advertisers with developers by enabling application audiences to be targeted through its SocialMedia Ad Platform.

Prior to SocialMedia Networks, Eddie was the vice president of digital marketing at WebTrends. He has significant expertise marketing and selling into Internet Retailer Top 100 advertisers along with the world’s largest digital advertising agencies. Previously, he headed up business development with NexTag and help management positions with USADATA, DoubleClick and Reuters Marketing Information.

Justin Smith
Justin Smith ( & Watercooler)

Justin Smith is the editor of Inside Facebook, the first Facebook-focused blog, covering Facebook and other major social platforms for developers and marketers. Justin is also the Head of Product at Watercooler, a developer of sports and television entertainment social applications across Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, and Friendster. Millions of people have joined Watercooler’s applications since their launch. Justin has a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University.

Allen Stern
Allen Stern (CenterNetworks)

Allen Stern is the Editor of CenterNetworks, a social media industry resource. Prior to CenterNetworks, Allen was responsible for the Internet marketing team at Georgia-Pacific. Allen has been in the Web space since 1995. Allen holds a Bachelors in Accounting and a MBA in Marketing and eCommerce.

Ian  Swanson
Ian Swanson (Sometrics, Inc.)

Ian Swanson is founder and CEO of Sometrics, an analytics company focused on social networking platforms. Sometrics provides detailed analytics of millions of daily users of social platforms like Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and others. The Sometrics solution helps developers and advertisers better understand how people are using social media, so developers can monetize their applications and advertisers can more effectively reach their target audiences.

Before launching Sometrics, Swanson was business development manager for Userplane, an AOL company that provides social media apps to hundreds of thousands of online communities, supporting millions of users daily. Swanson was instrumental in helping the company extend the reach of its hosted chat, IM and other communications apps, and in building the company’s ad network. Before Userplane, he... Read More.

Andrew Trader
Andrew Trader (Zynga Game Networks)

As a software and Internet entrepreneur, savvy business leader and long-time gamer, Andrew Trader (A.T.) is establishing Zynga as a tour-de-force in the social gaming genre. By forging business partnerships with both independent and established game developers, A.T. has already grown Zynga’s network to over 1.0 million daily users since the company’s partner program launch in February 2008. Zynga currently boasts 30 games from 15 developers in addition to its own games and 1.6 million daily users.

Before co-founding Zynga, A.T. was the CEO of Utah Street Networks, operator of (, one of the first social networking sites. He led the sale of Utah Street Networks to Cisco in 2007. He was also the co-founder of Coremetrics (, a leader in website marketing,... Read More.

Carnet Williams
Carnet Williams (Sprout)

Carnet is co-founder and CEO of Sprout, a rich interactive content authoring platform for building and publishing Flash widgets, social ads, or any Flash files without programming. Prior to Sprout, Carnet built and sold several Facebook applications, founded ChipIn a widget fundraising service, was a professional snowboarder, and ran International Trade Policy for The Nature Conservancy. Carnet has over a decade of experience in the high-tech and internet industries and was the Director of Business Development at TurboLinx, a Linux OS and enterprise solutions startup, and co-founded NetCorps, a nonprofit technology assistance organization in Oregon. Carnet graduated from the University of Berkeley and has a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Mr. Williams was associate dean of Information... Read More.

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