Eileen Gittins

Eileen Gittins
CEO and Founder, Blurb


Eileen Gittins has been at the intersection of the Internet, consumer and enterprise software, search, and digital photography throughout the course of her 20+ year career. A passionate advocate for enabling technologies that offer new ways to do valuable things, Ms. Gittins is now pioneering democratizing and reinventing publishing for the rest of us with her new company, Blurb.

Ms. Gittins has served as CEO of several pre-IPO venture-backed companies in Silicon Valley, including Personify — an ecommerce data mining and analytics company, and Verb – a context-based search engine company. Personify and Verb were acquired by Accrue and Attenza respectively. At Qbiquity, a viral marketing platform company, Ms. Gittins served as Board Chairman and interim CEO; Ms. Gittins was instrumental in negotiating the merger of Qbiquity into Collabrys. As CEO, she has raised over $60MM in venture capital throughout her career.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Gittins was VP and General Manager of Wall Data’s Salsa Products) Division (consumer database software), co-founder and VP Marketing and Sales at Pivotal Corp, an Eastman Kodak spin-out (workflow management software), and held various business development, sales and marketing management positions within Kodak’s Business Imaging Systems group in London, San Francisco, Seattle and Rochester, New York.

Ms. Gittins has extensive experience in enterprise software applications including data mining/analytics, CRM, online marketing, search, databases and data integration, imaging systems, and workflow management in addition to consumer applications in the desktop database field and digital photography. She is also an experienced public speaker and panelist, and has been the subject of feature articles in publications as varied as the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Fortune Magazine.


Location: Broadway North (6th Floor) Level:
Joe Wikert (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), Clint Greenleaf (Greenleaf Book Group), Michael Hyatt (Thomas Nelson), Bob Young (Lulu.com), Eileen Gittins (Blurb)
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The goal of this session is to talk about the evolving landscape of publishing and how the worlds of traditional publishers and self-publishers are converging. Author platform is more important than ever before. How do both types of publishers leverage this? What are each doing to help authors build their platforms? Read more.
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  • DPCI
  • Innodata Isogen, Inc.
  • LibreDigital
  • Lulu
  • Malloy
  • Mark Logic
  • Media Services Group
  • Quark, Inc.
  • ReadHowYouWant
  • RSuite
  • Safari Books Online
  • Smashwords, Inc.
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Verso Digital

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