Schedule: Speakers

Anjula Acharia Bath
Anjula Acharia Bath (Desi Hits Inc)

Anjula Acharia Bath is the face of Desi Hits! an innovative multi-platform media company that is undoubtedly creating a cultural shift in the digital field and pop culture worldwide.

Steering the company to global influence, Anjula creates and executes deals with US Major labels such as Universal, Warner and Sony, and South Asian/Bollywood film studios. Anjula’s pioneering efforts have led the company to some of the biggest names in music, Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, Britney Spears and Sonu Niiggam and AR Rahman have all been featured on their web property Most recently, Anjula partnered with Universal Music Group to create the first music label to nurture and develop global pop icons from South Asia and the large Diaspora, this made news headlines from New... Read More.

Will Aldrich (TripIt), @TripIt

Will brings more than 12 years of web product development leadership experience to the TripIt team. Will is tasked with making TripIt as useful, easy, and fun as it can possibly be.

Prior to TripIt, Will was senior director of product for Yahoo! where he led the Profiles, Mash and Photos teams. Will was closely involved in planning and launching the social networking strategy at Yahoo! Prior to Yahoo!, Will co-founded and ran product for vVault (now part of Biscom) and spent 3 years at CNET where he was a member of’s launch team. Will received a B.A. from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and serves on the board of Mammoth Lakes Trails Public Access.

Dion Almaer
Dion Almaer (Set Direction), @dalmaer

Dion Almaer is the founder of a brand new company named Set Direction where he has the pleasure of working with Ben Galbraith. The pair co-founded together and they are now focused on helping developers deliver fantastic experiences and working to set the direction of the software industry as a whole.

Dion has been a technologist and a developer writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog at

He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter @dalmaer.

Jesper Andersen
Jesper Andersen (Bloom Studios), @jandersen

Jesper Andersen is the Product Manager for Data and Econometrics at and is the co-founder of Freerisk and is a statistician, computer scientist and entrepreneur. He’s spoken internationally on finance and statistical systems and is the founder of, a startup focusing on making providing transparent and diverse financial metrics. Previously he was the lead architect at Visible Path which was sold in 2008.

Jesper holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Haverford College and an M.B.A. from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he received the Vijay Vashee “Most Promising Entrepreneur” award in 2008.

Michele Anderson
Michele Anderson (Activate)

Michele Anderson is a Managing Director at ACTIVATE, a strategy and technology consulting firm that focuses on growth for media, entertainment, internet and technology companies.

Previously, Michele was a Principal in Booz Allen & Hamilton’s Media, Entertainment & Information Practice. Over her ten years at BA&H, she served Fortune 500 as well as large privately held media and entertainment companies. Her focus was on addressing these businesses’ most important strategic decisions. In addition, Michele helped senior executives develop and implement strategies in marketing and distribution, brand strategy, advertising sales, licensing, organization design, internet and technology.

Her clients spanned cable television, filmed entertainment, publishing, news, site-¬‐based entertainment, internet and licensing businesses across the US, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Michele moved from Booz Allen... Read More.

Alexa Andrzejewski
Alexa Andrzejewski (Foodspotting), @ladylexy

Alexa Andrzejewski is the founder of Foodspotting, a visual local guide that makes finding and sharing food recommendations as easy as snapping a photo. Foodspotting, an angel-backed startup, has received attention from the Techcrunch, Mashable, The Wall Street Journal and CNN blogs and was named one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Websites of 2010.

Before launching Foodspotting in January 2010, Alexa was a User Experience Designer for Adaptive Path, where she helped both startups and established companies create great experiences that improve people’s lives. From redesigning MySpace to conducting the research that underlies the Palm Pre, Alexa has helped clients reimagine products from the ground up.

Following in the footsteps of Adaptive Path colleagues who’ve started their own UX-driven ventures, Alexa looks forward to... Read More.

Azeem Ansar

Azeem Ansar is on the business development team at Flurry, the leading cross-platform mobile application analytics and monetization platform, where he is responsible for partnership execution and revenue. Before Pinch Media merged with Flurry in December 2009, Azeem led efforts in business development, marketing, and product support at Pinch.

Prior to his time with Flurry/Pinch, Azeem was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey in the Mergers & Acquisitions/Financial Advisory practice. Azeem holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Spencer Ante
Spencer Ante (The Wall Street Journal), @Spencerante

Spencer E. Ante is the Deputy Bureau Chief of the NY Corporate
Bureau of The Wall Street Journal. He has covered technology and
finance for 15 years at BusinessWeek, and Wired and is
the author of Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of
Venture Capital.

Paola Antonelli
Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York), @CuriousOctopus

Paola Antonelli’s work investigates design’s influence on everyday experience, often
including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art,
science and technology. In addition to her role as Senior Curator of Architecture and
Design at MoMA, Paola was appointed director of a new Research and Development
initiative in 2012. She lectures frequently at high-level global conferences and
coordinates cultural discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos. A true
interdisciplinary, energetic and generous cultural thinker, Paola was recently rated
as one of the top one hundred most powerful people in the world of art by Art

Marco Arment (Tumblr & Instapaper)

Marco Arment is the lead developer of Tumblr, the booming web publishing community, and the creator of Instapaper, the critically acclaimed web service and iPhone app to save web pages for reading later. Arment is based in New York and blogs at

Jon Aron (Parallel Path)

Jon Aron is the SEO Specialist at Parallel Path. Parallel Path shows companies how to use Organic Search Engine Optimization to improve their search engine rankings, increasing their reach and visibility to the 85% of searchers who click on the first 3 pages of organic search engine results.

Akiva Bamberger
Akiva Bamberger (Columbia University), @xoob

Akiva is a masters student at Columbia University studying computer science with a focus in machine learning. As an undergraduate at Columbia, Akiva worked as president of the Association for Computing Machinery and founder of the Application Development Initiative to make tech entrepreneurship a priority.

Akiva has also worked to involve undergraduates in the NY startup scene. As an organizer of hackNY, Akiva helped bring about NYC’s first NYC-wide intercollegiate, 24 hour hackathon. Together with some friends, his hacking efforts led to the creation of, a music aggregation site that leveraged the power of twitter and Akiva received his B.A. from Columbia and is a former intern at Google and NASA.

Jonathan Berger practices Agile software development with Pivotal
, and is the Co-Founder of Market Publique, an online vintage
fashion marketplace. Jonathan has a long history of organizing within
the NY Tech community, currently or formerly helping organize
IgniteNYC, Startup Weekend, FashionCamp, and Barcamp.

Josh Bernoff
Josh Bernoff (Forrester Research)

Josh is senior vice president, idea development, at Forrester Research and is responsible for identifying, developing, and promoting some of the company’s most influential and forward-looking ideas.

Josh is the coauthor of the BusinessWeek best-selling book Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies (Harvard Business Press, 2008), a comprehensive analysis of corporate strategy for dealing with social technologies. Groundswell has won critical acclaim: Abbey Klaassen of Advertising Age picked it as “the best book ever written on marketing and media,” and Amazon’s editors put it in the top 10 business books of the year. In 2008, the Society for New Communications Research picked Josh and his Groundswell coauthor Charlene Li as “visionaries of the year.”

Josh’s research, analysis, and opinions appear frequently in... Read More.

Paul Berry (HuffingtonPost), @teamreboot

Prior to joining The Huffington Post, Berry was the CTO for,
a sister company to, which developed a huge international
membership in a short time. Berry was CTO of CharterMac, a public real
estate finance company that was at its peak market cap of 4 billion.
Berry is a graduate of NYU’s ITP program and originally built and the Palo Alto Software e-commerce platform. Probably
most importantly, Berry was a co-founder of

Lukas Biewald
Lukas Biewald (Weights & Biases), @l2k

Lukas Biewald is the founder and chief data scientist of Weights & Biases, a data enrichment platform that taps into an on-demand workforce to help companies collect training data and do human-in-the-loop machine learning. Previously, he led the Search Relevance team for Yahoo Japan and worked as a senior data scientist at Powerset. Lukas was recognized by Inc. magazine as a 30 under 30. Lukas holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Stanford University. He is also an expert Go player.

Nick Bilton
Nick Bilton (The New York Times R&D Labs)

Nick Bilton is a Designer, User Interface Specialist, Technologist, Journalist, Hardware Hacker, Researcher, etc. etc.

Nick has worked in numerous different industries within the context of design, research & development, technology and storytelling. He is currently the Design Integration Editor for The New York Times and the User Interface Specialist & Lead Researcher for The New York Times Research & Development Lab working on a variety of research projects and exploring technologies that could become commonplace in the next 2-10 years. His work in the R&D Labs includes exploring and prototyping content and interaction on futuristic flexible digital displays, a vast array of mobile applications and devices, Times Reader, Print-to-mobile SMS, Semacode integration, content in the living room and context aware sensors. Nick is... Read More.

David Binetti (Votizen)

David Binetti has a deep background in e-government, having co-founded, the official web portal of the United States Government and USA Today’s “Hot Site of the Year” for 2000. His website in 1995 was one of the first to provide online access to campaign finance documents, and was cited by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best political websites in California. He was named to Federal Computer Week’s “Fed-100” in 2001 and is the recipient of the “Hammer Award” for Reinvention of Government. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of Votizen, the network of registered voters that seeks to make civic participation simpler and more meaningful.

Margot Bloomstein
Margot Bloomstein (Appropriate, Inc.), @mbloomstein

Margot Bloomstein is the principal of Appropriate, Inc., an independent brand and content strategy consultancy based in Boston. She focuses on crafting brand-appropriate user experiences to help retailers, universities, software companies, non-profits, and other clients engage their target audiences and project key messages with consistency and clarity through both traditional and social media.

A participant in the inaugural Content Strategy Consortium and featured speaker at SXSW 2010, Margot also contributes to the growing content strategy community by helping to organize the Content Strategy New England meetup group. She authored the August 2009 article in A List Apart on making the case for content strategy and speaks nationally on the evolution of content strategy within interactive agencies.

Bryan Boettiger
Bryan Boettiger (Parallel Path)

Providing the technical direction and hands-on Internet marketing expertise for Parallel Path is Bryan Boettiger. Bryan has achieved a solid track record of building successful online marketing programs for numerous firms over the past six years.

Bringing in-depth experience in the highly specialized fields of Organic Search Engine Optimization and PayPerClick Management to Parallel Path, Bryan is able to apply his expertise in innovative ways to achieve measurable results that deliver a compelling ROI to clients.

Bryan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado, and has enjoyed success as an artist, specializing in fine art photography. He is represented nationally by RULE Gallery (Denver, Colorado) and his works have been featured extensively at various national galleries & museums.

Silona Bonewald
Silona Bonewald (Hyperledger), @Silona

Silona Bonewald is vice president of community architecture at Hyperledger, where she’s responsible for facilitating the creation of the community metapatterns and processes that a global organization like Hyperledger requires. Silona has been involved in open source communities for over 14 years and has helped four companies transition from proprietary to open source. Most recently, she led the InnerSource efforts at PayPal, helping bottleneck teams remove years of backlog and promote collaboration across BUs. She continues to work on the creation of the InnerSource community with a strong focus on business integrations. She hopes to bring that knowledge into her work at Hyperledger.

Zach Brand
Zach Brand (NPR, Digital media), @zbrand

Zach J. Brand

SrDir, Chief of Technical Strategy & Operation,
NPR Digital Media

In the fall of 2007, Zach J. Brand joined NPR Digital Media to oversee the technical strategy and operation of NPR’s content on new media platforms, including, podcasts and mobile devices. He has focused on developing extensible and re-usable architectures for tools and content which support both NPR branded products as well as NPR member station’s efforts. Recent efforts have included the redesigned, and Peabody award winning website, mobile apps including iPhone, iPad and Android, and the NPR API.

Prior to joining NPR, Brand spent over twelve years at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. At different times his responsibilities included both application development leadership and... Read More.

Vince Broady
Vince Broady (@thisMoment), @thismoment

Vince Broady
CEO, Co-Founder, thisMoment, Inc.
Broady has been a creative force on the Internet since 1996 when he founded GameSpot, the Web’s most popular and respected gaming information service. Prior to starting thisMoment in 2008, he served as SVP, Entertainment for Yahoo!, managing Yahoo! Games, Music, Movies, TV, Video and Studios, and launching both OMG! and Yahoo!ʼs Brand Universe initiative. As SVP, Entertainment at CNET Networks (now CBSi), he managed the expansion of the company’s gaming portfolio beyond GameSpot, overseeing acquisitions and integrations of several sites including,, and GameFAQs, as well as the launch of He also developed CNET’s “Trax” business intelligence system, which translates online consumer behavior around product SKUs into actionable data... Read More.

Allie Brosh

I started out writing and drawing comics as a hobby, but soon realized that I wanted to do it for a living. Making a living from my website kind of seemed like a silly idea at first, but my readership continued to grow through word-of-mouth and in April of this year, I was finally able to fully support myself through my work online.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd (Clearleft Ltd), @andybudd

Andy Budd is an interaction designer and web standards developer from Brighton, England. As the user experience lead at Clearleft (, Andy spends his time helping clients improve their customers online experience.

Andy is a regular speaker at international design events such as SXSW, An Event Apart and Web Design World. He also runs the popular dConstruct conference, which takes place in Brighton every year ( Andy has helped judge several international design awards and currently sits on the advisory board for .Net magazine. Andy wrote the best selling book, CSS Mastery ( and blogs at

Never happier than when he’s diving some remote tropical atoll, Andy is a qualified PADI dive instructor and retired shark wrangler.

Jessica Faye Carter

Jessica Faye Carter is president of Heta Corporation, a consulting firm. In this role, she advises organizations on issues related to cultural and gender diversity, and on engaging these demographics with social technology.

Jessica is the author of an upcoming article, The Coming Wave—Exploring Women, Innovation, and Social Technology and is a guest writer for Mashable. Her work has been cited in the Associated Press, Working Mother Magazine, and Essence, and she has appeared on PBS and TVO.

Jessica recently founded Toour, a social travel application where users create and share tours of their favorite places around the world.

Jessica speaks frequently at conferences and corporate events on topics related to social technology, women, and diverse consumers and employees. Her previous... Read More.

Kenyatta Cheese

Kenyatta Cheese researches and fosters media culture and technology. He is probably best known for co-creating the web series and internet meme database Know Your Meme, often cited as the go to resource for understanding web culture. Kenyatta is often called upon to comment on the state and meaning of internet culture by the likes of NPR, MSNBC, The New York Times, and the parents of close friends. In previous iterations he has worked with the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and the online television network Rocketboom.

Alex Chung (Undercurrent), @alexanderchung

Alex joined Undercurrent, a digital strategy firm, from Australia, where he was an academic and analyst for the Centre of Industry and Innovation. His research focused on word-of-mouth communication and the application of network theory to consumer behavior. Now, he helps brands navigate the interwebs – in all its craziness.

Tom Conrad
Tom Conrad (Pandora Media)

Tom Conrad leads the Pandora product organization, which includes product management, user interface design, software development, and network operations. Over the years, Tom has led numerous engineering and product design teams across a wide range of applications – from operating systems and enterprise software to video games and consumer web sites. Before joining Pandora, Tom was the Vice President of Engineering at Kenamea, Inc. where he led the teams responsible for the design and development of an award-winning Internet-scale messaging system. Tom previously was the Technical Director for the successful video game series “You Don’t Know Jack.”

Past experience also includes engineering management positions at Berkeley Systems, Relevance Technologies, Documentum,, and Kenamea. Tom began his career at Apple Computer developing user interface elements... Read More.

Henry Copeland (Pressflex LLC), @hc

One of the first to champion social media advertising, Henry Copeland founded in 2002.

Today Copeland’s company represents over 3000 bloggers,including giants like PerezHilton and DailyKos, to advertisers. Blogads employs 35 people in Carrboro, NC and a programming subsidiary in Budapest, Hungary.

Copeland also spear-heading social media monitoring services like and

Before becoming an entrepreneur in 1998, Copeland worked as a bond trader and journalist. Copeland graduated from Yale University in 1984 and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Katie Couric

Katie Couric is the anchor and managing editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC, a 60 MINUTES correspondent and anchor of CBS News primetime specials. When the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC debuted on September 5, 2006, Couric became the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast. The RTNDA honored the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast in both 2008 and 2009. Also in 2009, USC’s Annenberg School for Communication awarded Couric with the Walter Cronkite Award for Special Achievement for "National Impact on the 2008 Campaign”... Read More.

Douglas Crockford

Douglas Crockford is best known for having discovered that there are good parts in JavaScript—an important and unexpected development. He also discovered the JSON data-interchange format, the world’s best-loved data format, and various JavaScript tools, such as JSLint and JSMin. He works at PayPal.

Tom Croucher

Tom Hughes-Croucher is an Evangelist and Senior Developer in Yahoo’s Open Strategy Group, focusing on Yahoo’s Web Services and Cloud Platform. Tom has contributed to a number of Web standards for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the British Standards Institute (BSI). Previously he helped build the online music stores for some of the UK’s largest brands including Tesco, Three Telecom and Channel 4.

Dennis Crowley
Dennis Crowley (foursquare), @dens

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.

Leon Cruywagen

Leon Cruywagen is the Technical Sales Lead for LotusLive in the Americas. He has worked with the LotusLive product offering for almost 3 years and Lotus Connections prior to that. Leon likes to work with customers and spend time in the field. Using this experience, Leon has co-developed education covering LotusLive, Lotus Connections, WebSphere Portal and SOA. Leon teaches SOA and Cloud related topics internationally and locally. He is a member of the IBM Professional Certification Board.

During his free time Leon likes travelling, gardening, ice skating and woodworking. His most favorite city to visit is Buenos Aires but Dublin comes a close second. Leon majored in economics and accounting at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Drew Curtis (, Inc), @DrewCurtis

Founder, CEO, and sole owner of

Tami Dalley
Tami Dalley (ROI Labs)

Tami Dally is the Director of User Experience at ROI Labs, a Top 10 Search and Keyword Marketing Agency headquartered on the 55th Floor of the landmark Empire State Building in New York City.

A self-proclaimed “data explorer” Tami’s expertise focuses on deep-dive web analytics, usability consulting, and landing page design and multivariate testing. She currently leads her team in slicing, dicing, segmenting, forecasting and analyzing all aspects of online performance and visitor interaction. She was also honored by Search Engine Strategies (SES), when her work took home the prize for “Most Effective Use of Web Analytics.”

Tami is a regular contributor to where experts share their opinions on search and analytics. She was also quoted in the recently released book... Read More.

Anil Dash
Anil Dash (Activate), @anildash

Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, technologist and writer acknolwedged as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker for having started his site in 1999 as one of the earliest and most influential blogs on the Internet. Today his work focuses on applying the pioneering techniques and technologies of the startup world in order to transform major institutions in government, media and culture. To achieve these goals, Dash founding Expert Labs in 2009 to enable citizens to connect with government policy makers through social networks, and co-founded Activate in 2009 to help the world’s major media and technology companies reinvent their business strategies. In addition, Dash is an active advisor to many of the most prominent technology startups and non-profit organizations.

Dash is a member... Read More.

Justin Day
Justin Day (

Justin Day helped get off the ground in 2005 by leveraging 13
years of Internet software development experience and
a from the ground up web framework still in use by the company today.
He now leads a team of 11 engineers and oversees
product, software and infrastructure. Justin’s other projects include, an early community weblog created in 2000
which still has a small but loyal user base and JPLT an early
technology blog created in 1998. Justin is also a member of
the hacker collective NYC Resistor and is active in the tech and DIY

Anna DeYoung (Meetup)

As Research Associate on the Strategy Team at Meetup, Anna studies how users behave both on and in real life as part of their local Meetup Groups. She leads the usability program, developing streamlined techniques for in-house, remote and guerrilla-style website testing. Her MA in anthropology and background in consumer research inform her understanding of human needs in terms of social relationships as well as products.

Chad Dickerson

Chad Dickerson is the CTO of Etsy. Previously he served as the Sr. Director Advanced Products for Yahoo.

Chad grew up in Greenville, NC and attended Duke University before working for Yahoo!. He held the CTO position at InfoWorld Media Group and was the Platform Evangelist at Yahoo before his current position.

Rhea Drysdale
Rhea Drysdale (Outspoken Media)

Rhea Drysdale is Co-founder and COO of Outspoken Media, an Internet marketing company that specializes in online reputation management, SEO, link development and social media marketing. Rhea has been optimizing web sites for six years and has experience with both in-house and agency positions prior to starting Outspoken Media. Now she works with her clients to effectively manage their brand and achieve competitive search rankings.

Brett Durrett
Brett Durrett (IMVU, Inc.)

Brett G. Durrett is the VP of Engineering and Operations at IMVU, a leader in virtual goods with over 45 million registered users and a catalog with more than 3 million user-generated virtual items.

Esther Dyson
Esther Dyson (EDventure Holdings), @edyson

Esther Dyson is an active angel investor in a variety of start-ups, for-profit and otherwise, around the world. She also operates as the Internet’s court jester, a person of no institutional importance who somehow manages to speak the truth and to be heard when and where it matters. She does business as EDventure, the reclaimed name of the company she owned for 20-odd years before selling it to CNET Networks in 2004.

Her primary activity is investing in start-ups and guiding many of them as a board member. Her board seats include 23andMe, Airship Ventures, Boxbe, Voxiva, Eventful, Evernote, IBS Group (Russia, advisory board), Meetup, Midentity (UK), NewspaperDirect, Yandex (Russia)…and WPP Group (not a start-up). Some... Read More.

McKenzie Eakin
McKenzie Eakin (Microsoft- Xbox LIVE), @MacheteBetty

McKenzie Eakin is the Program Manager for Back-end Community Enablement in Xbox LIVE’s Service Delivery organization—yes, Xbox LSD—mission control for Xbox LIVE. As Sky Captain of the @XboxSupport Elite Tweet Fleet she’s spoken for social media strategists and gaming conventions alike. Prior to this role she was developing business plans in Microsoft’s Start-up Business Accelerator under Craig Mundie and serving up strategic financial analytics for Windows.

Jeremy Edberg

Jeremy Edberg, the CEO and Founder of MinOps, which makes using the cloud stupid easy. He is an angel investor and advisor for various incubators and startups. Previously, Jeremy was the founding reliability engineer for Netflix. Before that, he ran Ops for Reddit, which at the time had more than five billion pageviews a month. Jeremy’s expertise is in distributed computing, availability, rapid scaling, and cloud computing. He also edited the highly acclaimed AWS for Dummies.

Brendan Eich
Brendan Eich (JavaScript), @BrendanEich

Brendan Eich was founder and long-term CTO at Mozilla. He also served as SVP of engineering and briefly as CEO. Brendan is widely recognized for his enduring contributions to the Internet revolution. In 1995, he invented JavaScript (ECMAScript), the Internet’s most widely used programming language. He cofounded the project in 1998, serving as chief architect, and has been a board member of the Mozilla Foundation since its inception in 2003. Brendan helped launch the award-winning Firefox web browser in November 2004 and Thunderbird email client in December 2004.

Brendan holds a BS in math and computer science from Santa Clara University and an MS in computer science from the University of Illinois.

Josh Elman
Josh Elman (Twitter), @joshelman

Josh Elman is a Product Manager at Twitter where he focuses on new project and initiatives to get everyone to become lifelong Twitter users. Previously, Josh was at Facebook, where he focused on new initiatives and programs for developers on Facebook Platform including launching Facebook Connect. Previously, Josh was Head of Product Management at Zazzle, worked at LinkedIn, and began his career at RealNetworks. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in symbolic systems from Stanford University.

Eric Enge (Stone Temple Consulting), 

Eric Enge is the President of Stone Temple Consulting, an SEO consulting firm with offices in Boston and Northern California. Eric is a regular speaker at search industry conferences, such as Search Engine Strategies and Search Marketing Expo. Eric also makes regular contributions on the topic of SEO to Search Engine Land and Search Engine Watch, SEOmoz, and his own blogs. Eric is particularly known for his in depth interviews of major players in the search engine industry including dozens of people who work in senior capacities at the search engines. Eric is also asked to make guest contributions to Website Magazine, other SEO related blogs and news web sites, and is a senior editor for the SEO section of the... Read More.

Marc Engelsman
Marc Engelsman (Digital Brand Expressions), @marc_engelsman

Marc Engelsman’s multi-disciplinary marketing background – 25 years in marketing/advertising across a wide range of B-to-B, consumer and healthcare/pharmaceutical accounts – has translated well into “findability” success as he integrates offline and online strategies for DBE’s clients. He is active in the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO) and serves on the national board of the Marketing Executive Networking Group (MENG).

He has spoken at some of the search industry’s largest conferences in addition to presentations to numerous other marketing groups.

Sean Finnegan (Starcom MediaVest Group)

A pioneer in digital media and a member of the Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) global executive team, Sean Finnegan focuses on driving the worldwide agency network’s digital strategy and practice. In addition, he is responsible for forging the digital communications product, proprietary tools and technology applications, inclusive of social, search and mobile media for SMG. Further, he fosters leadership within those arenas by aligning global and regional goals, and by leveraging relationships with media partners around the world to the advantage of the entire network.

Finnegan is committed to mentorship and as such, in the past year, has Keynoted several global conferences such as Sydney’s Ad:Tech, Cairo’s Nielsen 360, India’s GoaFest, The Cannes Advertising Festival, The Wall Street Journal “Digital Download” and the... Read More.

Brady Forrest
Brady Forrest (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), @brady
Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
Nick Fotis
Nick Fotis (, @nick_fotis

Nick Fotis is Product Manager for mobile at In addition to managing mobile, Nick launched’s consumer finance channel, managed for sale by owner products and served in the channel management group. Before joining, Nick worked for several small brand consultancies in Chicago. He has his MBA from DePaul University and is a proud graduate of Penn State.

Vanessa Fox
Vanessa Fox (Nine By Blue)

Vanessa Fox, called a “cyberspace visionary” by Seattle Business Monthly, is an expert in understanding customer acquisition from organic search. She shares her perspective on how this impacts marketing and user experience and how all business silos (including developers and marketers) can work together towards greater search visibility at

She’s also an entrepreneur-in-residence with Ignition Partners and Features Editor at Search Engine Land. She previously created Google’s Webmaster Central, which provides both tools and community to help website owners improve their sites to gain more customers from search. Her book, Marketing in the Age of Google, provides a blueprint for incorporating search strategy into organizations of all levels.

Margaret Francis
Margaret Francis (Exact Target/ CoTweet)

Margaret Francis is the acting Product Manager for CoTweet at ExactTarget and the former Vice President of Product at Lithium Technologies/Scout Labs, where she led development of the social media insight and analytics platform. As former Director of Strategy at Razorfish, Ms. Francis developed marketing and technology strategies for Fortune 500 companies and led cross-functional teams to deliver cutting edge web sites and digital marketing programs. Ms Francis’ clients have included major brands such as Netflix, Coca-Cola, Visa, Nike, Apple, Citibank and Disney. She is a graduate of Yale University and SFAI and a frequent speaker on the topic of social media metrics and their integration into marketing program measurement.

Ben Galbraith

Ben Galbraith is the head of product and developer relations for Google’s Developer Product group. Prior to Google, Ben has alternated between entrepreneurial and executive roles across companies in many industries, such as Mozilla, Palm/HP, and Walmart. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and eight children.

Meghan Gill

Meghan Gill leads the marketing and community development efforts at 10gen. 10gen began the open source MongoDB project, and provides commercial support, training, and consulting for Mongo. MongoDB is a high performance, non-relational, document-oriented database. At 10gen, Meghan organizes developer events to educate and grow the MongoDB community, including conferences, user groups, contests, training, webcasts, and more.

Andres Glusman is responsible for customer development at Meetup. As Vice President of Strategy & Community, Andres focuses on understanding how people use Meetup, the challenges they face and opportunities for growth. Andres leads teams in analytics, usability and community development. His career spans from Boeing to Yahoo. He has a background in Economics/Psychology and an MBA from Wharton. Andres is also one of the Organizers of the NYC Lean Startup Meetup.

Julia Grace
Julia Grace (IBM Research - Almaden)

Building on a passion for both computer science, sociology and art, Julia received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with Honors. She went on to compete her Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2007, focusing on communication and collaboration in online communities.

She joined IBM Research – Almaden in 2006, specializing in creating visualizations for large datasets of unstructured information. She went on to design and built innovative user interfaces and applications for a wide range of domains including healthcare, finance and government. In 2008 Julia joined the USER (User Sciences and Experience Research) group at Almaden, focusing on social and collaborative software. Her... Read More.

Tim Grace
Tim Grace (, @TMGrace

Tim Grace is responsible for strategy and development of all consumer-facing product initiatives at In addition to crafting an industry-leading vertical search product and driving search engine optimization efforts for, Tim leads the organization’s mobile practice which encompasses SMS, web and native app product extensions.

Prior to joining, Tim managed consumer marketing and insight initiatives at and spent several years at a research consultancy advising brands on market positioning, communications strategy and creative development.

John Gruber
John Gruber (Daring Fireball), @gruber

John Gruber writes and publishes Daring Fireball, a somewhat popular weblog ostensibly focused on Mac and web nerdery. He has been producing Daring Fireball as a full-time endeavor since April 2006.

He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son.

*Photo attribution: George Del Barrio

Paula Guntaur
Paula Guntaur (Microsoft)

Paula Guntaur is a Mobile UX Design Lead at Microsoft, in Seattle. Before falling in love with the mobile device world, Paula was a designer for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 where she worked with the Office team on reinventing ui paradigms such as the ribbon in Office 2007 and the new file tab in Office 2010. She has a Master’s of Interaction Design from the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden, a Bachelor of Environment Design from the University of Quebec in Montreal, and an Industrial Design Degree from Dawson College in Montreal. She spends her spare time mentoring students from her former universities, kickboxing in Seattle and wine tasting all over the West Coast.

Seema Haji
Seema Haji (Actuate Corporation), @simosha

Seema Haji is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager with expertise in sustainability management and competitive intelligence at Actuate. She oversees market analysis and the development of customer usage scenarios that allow Actuate to differentiate itself from other vendors in the market.

Prior to joining Actuate, Seema handled business process analysis, evaluated BI products and conducted buyer-side requirement analysis. Seema has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a keen interest in sustainability and eco-friendly living.

Jay Hallberg
Jay Hallberg (Spiceworks)

In 2006, Jay Hallberg co-founded Spiceworks – described by TechCrunch as “the Facebook for IT.” Spiceworks social business platform for IT professionals & buyers reaches 20 percent of the global small and midsized business (SMB) market and it’s transforming how nearly $200 billion worth in technology products and services each year are managed, marketed and sold. Jay frequently speaks on disruptive business models, B2B social marketing, and SMB IT trends at top industry events, including the Web 2.0 Summit, IAB, Interop, Cloud Computing Expo, among others. Jay holds an MBA from Harvard and engineering degree from the University of Illinois.

Usman Haque
Usman Haque (, @uah

Usman Haque is the founder of, a real-time data infrastructure for the Internet of Things used by tens of thousands of people around the world (acquired by LogMeIn Inc in 2011). Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives. His skills include the design and engineering of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life. He received the 2008 Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum, UK, a 2009 World Technology Award (art), a Wellcome Trust Sciart Award, a grant from the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology, the Swiss Creation Prize, Belluard Bollwerk International, the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence prize and... Read More.

John Havens (Porter Novelli), @johnchavens

John C. Havens is SVP, Social Media at Porter Novelli and the author of the book, Tactical Transparency: How Leaders Can Leverage Social Media To Maximize Value and Build Their Brand (Wiley 2008). At Porter, John’s focus is on consumer clients and creating content on the themes of transparency and augmented reality.

Before working at Porter, John was VP of Business Development at BlogTalkRadio where he helped launch and develop the Branded Network/white label version of BTR that was the company’s primary source of revenue. In a little over a year, John was responsible for bringing in over 70% of the company’s revenue and brought in/closed clients like Walmart, Ford, PepsiCo, Century 21, IBM, Allstate, State Farm, The Pentagon, Harper... Read More.

Whitney Hess
Whitney Hess (Vicarious Partners), @whitneyhess

Whitney Hess is a coach, writer, and speaker helping people bring their whole selves to their work to better serve their customers, their companies, their communities, and themselves. Her life’s mission is to put humanity back into business.

With over a decade in user experience, Whitney has coached hundreds of companies on how to make their products easier and more pleasurable to use, boost the bottom line, and do work they love. With leadership coaching for new managers, career mapping for dissatisfied practitioners, and UX training for web professionals and product teams, Whitney’s techniques eliminate haphazard decision making, methodically prioritize efforts, and measurably improve team dynamics.

Whitney is the cohost the podcast Designing Yourself, writes on her blog Pleasure & Pain, and speaks at conferences... Read More.

Eben Hewitt

Eben Hewitt is chief technology officer at Sabre Hospitaility, a multibillion-dollar global software company serving the travel industry. Previously, he was chief architect and vice president of product development at Sabre, CTO at one of the world’s largest hotel companies, and the CIO of O’Reilly Media. He has also been a book series editor. Eben is the author of several technical books published by O’Reilly, including Semantic Software Design, Technology Strategy Patterns, Cassandra: The Definitive Guide and Java SOA Cookbook, and a number of other software development books and technical articles. Eben is an award-winning software architect and has been an invited speaker at technology conferences around the world.

Gregor Hochmuth
Gregor Hochmuth (Google, Inc. )

Gregor is a product manager at Google for the Chrome Web Store. Before joining Google in 2008, he was the chief analyst for Hasso Plattner Ventures in Berlin where he also worked as a writer for TechCrunch and other publications. Gregor studied Computer Science and Design at Stanford University and when he isn’t looking at screens, he’s looking through lenses as a photographer.

Havi Hoffman is a long-time web writer, editor, content and event strategist, denizen of the internets, herder of hackers and cats, and steward of a backyard orchard in Silicon Valley.

She’s been at Yahoo! since the golden age of the silver surfer. These days she manages Yahoo! Press, our publishing partnership with O’Reilly Media, and heads a team that organizes hack days, publishes the Yahoo! Developer Network blog, tweets for @ydn, brings pizza and tools to barcamps and meetups, and generally tries to do the right thing for Yahoo! and the Open Web.

Matthew Inman
Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)

I’m the Oatmeal – former web designer turned comic artist.

Leila Janah
Leila Janah (Samasource), @leila_c

Leila Janah is the founder of Samasource, a social business that connects over 550 women, youth, and refugees living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. Samasource was a winner in the Stanford Social Enterprise Challenge in 2008 and is a current grantee of the Rockefeller Foundation. In recognition of her work, Leila received the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship and has been invited to serve as a TED and Social Enterprise Institute Fellow. Janah is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship, technology, and international development at institutions including MIT, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, UC Berkeley, Columbia, and Harvard. Her work has been profiled by CBS, CNN, The New York Times, The New... Read More.

Jalak Jobanputra
Jalak Jobanputra (FuturePerfect Ventures), @jalak

Jalak Jobanputra is founding partner of FuturePerfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund based in New York City. She has invested in over 80 early stage companies over the past 15 years, resulting in several multibillion-dollar acquisitions and IPOs. She has over 20 years’ experience in digital media, enterprise software, broadband infrastructure, healthcare IT, edtech, fintech, and mobile and has invested throughout the world.

Previously, Jalak was a director at Omidyar Network, managing mobile investments in emerging markets, and senior vice president at the New York City Investment Fund, where she launched a seed tech fund and the Fintech Innovation Lab. She was also at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley from 1999 to 2003, on the founding team of a web startup in 1997,... Read More.

Lynne d Johnson
Lynne d Johnson (Advertising Research Foundation), @lynneluvah

Lynne d Johnson is the SVP, Social Media for the Advertising Research Foundation, where she is responsible for content, brand and social media development and strategy, as well as developing consumer insights, market research, and true metrics for the industry at large via the ARF Social Media Council. As a consultant, Lynne works with Web and media properties on content, brand, and social media development and strategy. She’s also a sought after speaker, and has presented keynotes and moderated panels around the world about the future of media, web 2.0, women in tech, African-Americans in tech, hip-hop and tech, and the intersection of music and technology.

A widely published author and blogger, Lynne wrote the foreward for Tactical Transparency: How Leaders Can Leverage... Read More.

Clay Jones (Undercurrent), @clayparkerjones

Clay Parker Jones is a Strategist at Undercurrent, a digital strategy firm in New York City, New York. With a background in international relations, he works to inform marketing strategy with an understanding of structural and economic issues that face large groups. In his spare time, he designs and builds digital writing software and ping pong paddles.

Mark Josephson (

Mark Josephson joined as as CEO in April 2008 and has been building new media businesses since 1995.

Most recently, Mark was President and CMO of Seevast Corp, which builds and operates proprietary and publisher ad networks.

Before that, he worked at as General Manager in charge of the creation and growth of the consumer service and later as Executive Vice President of Marketing & Business Development with responsibility for customer acquisition, marketing and distribution for About, Inc.’s three operating divisions:, Sprinks, and About Web Services.

Mark was a founding member of Cone Interactive’s new media practice in the late ’90s, where he managed marketing and communications for some of the earliest internet media businesses, including and

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David Kaneda

David Kaneda has over eight years of experience designing in a variety of fields, from architecture and fashion to education and software. Recently, David created Outpost, an iPhone app for Basecamp, and jQTouch, a Javascript framework for iPhone development. David also maintains WebKitBits, a site about the browser engine in Safari, Google Chrome, and the iPhone. David brings his wealth of knowledge as creative director to Ext, and is responsible for the look and feel of Ext’s websites, software, and community engagement.

Charlie Kim
Charlie Kim (Next Jump, Inc. )

Charlie Kim serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Next Jump, Inc. Mr. Kim founded Next Jump in 1994. He worked in the Information Technology and Human Resources groups of Morgan Stanley in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo from 1995 to 1997. He returned to Boston in April 1997 to grow the business full-time. To grow Next Jump from a one-person operation to a multi-layered corporation, he raised millions in independent investments from Wall Street’s most influential players. He graduated with Honors from Tufts University in 1995, where he earned a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Quantitative Economics.

Laura Klein
Laura Klein (Users Know), @lauraklein

Laura Klein has been working in Silicon Valley for 20 years in both engineering and user experience roles. She currently consults with lean startups and other companies to help them connect with their customers and build better products. Laura is the author of UX for Lean Startups, and an upcoming book, Build Better Products, which should be released in 2016. She frequently blogs about design, usability, metrics, and product management at Users Know.

Heather Knight
Heather Knight (Marilyn Monrobot), @heatherknight

Heather is currently conducting her doctoral research on performance robots at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and running Marilyn Monrobot Labs in NYC, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art. Her installations have been featured at the Smithsonian-Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, LACMA, SIGGRAPH, Mindshare LA, TEDxUSC and the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy. Her work also includes: robotics and instrumentation at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, interactive installations with Syyn Labs and sensor design at Aldebaran Robotics. She is an alumnus from the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, earning her bachelors and masters at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Mechanical Engineering.

Tarikh Korula
Tarikh Korula (Uncommon Projects), @tarikh

Tarikh Korula and Josh Rooke-ley are founding partners of Uncommon Projects, a New York based hardware and software design studio. Uncommon’s work includes product development and interactive marketing campaigns. Recent clients have included Yahoo, Hopelab and Panasonic. Tarikh holds a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU and has written for award winning publications including Punk Planet and Make Magazine. In 2002, he received a grant from the Media Alliance’s Independent Radio and Sound Art Fellowship and his sound work has been exhibited in Japan, France, China and at the New Museum in New York.

Jamie Kosoy
Jamie Kosoy (Big Spaceship), @jkosoy

As Associate Technical Director, Jamie plays a lead role in Big Spaceship’s data flow and user experience process, building the neon green boxes that lay the groundwork for achieving what was once thought impossible. He experiments in telling stories artistically through user interface. A graduate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Jamie is also a Part-Time Lecturer at the Design + Technology program at Parsons. He dreams in code.

Elena Krasnoperova

Elena is responsible for Analytics and Fraud Management. She has over 15 years of analytics, strategy, and risk management experience. Prior to Zong, Elena spent 7 years at eBay and PayPal, where she built and managed the Marketplaces Strategy team, the PayPal Business Analytics team, and held a variety of leadership roles in PayPal’s Global Risk Management organization. In her Risk Management roles, Elena helped shape the evolution of PayPal’s approach to managing risk-reward tradeoffs for both existing and new businesses around the globe. In her analytics and strategy roles, Elena significantly enhanced the company’s understanding of the behavior, segmentation, and profitability of its consumer and merchant base, enabling the company to make more robust and data-driven strategy and investment decisions. Prior to eBay Inc,... Read More.

Ranjith Kumaran (YouSendIt, Inc.)

Ranjith Kumaran is the founder and CTO of YouSendIt, a leader in web-based digital content delivery. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s product roadmap and conducting competitive analysis and has actively contributed to launching YouSendIt’s paid subscription services.
Prior to YouSendIt, Kumaran worked with Verisity Design, a key provider of verification process automation (VPA) solutions, where he managed product marketing for the software tools of Access Systems. Previously, he was the director of sales engineering at Celoxica, a leading provider of C-based design and behavioral synthesis tools, where he built the company’s sales applications and established its engineering team.
Kumaran also was a software systems engineer at Red Hat, one of the largest and most recognized... Read More.

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 that is now owned by CBS Corp. U-Wire provides the most in-depth coverage of campus news and student issues and is distributed widely through almost every major college newspaper and most of the major Internet portals. Michael sold U-Wire to Student Advantage, the nation’s leading student membership organization linking 1.5 million students through one affinity card program, in May 1997. As a member of the Student Advantage management team, Michael helped grow Student Advantage from... Read More.

Jennifer 8. Lee
Jennifer 8. Lee (Knight News Challenge), @jenny8lee

Journalist. Catalyst. Dumpling-maker. Former NYTimes reporter for 9 years. Author of NYTimes-bestselling book called The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. Now trying to reimagine the underlying journalism infrastructure. Consultant in the Knight News Challenge.

Ben Lerer
Ben Lerer (Thrillist)

Thrillist co-founder and CEO, Ben Lerer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Immediately following, the native New Yorker returned to his home city to work with hotelier Andre Balazs in operations for his two Los Angeles Standard Hotels, The Raleigh Hotel in Miami and Hotel QT in New York.

While living in New York City, Lerer recognized the need for a no-BS city guide that didn’t cater to tourists or the Zagat-minded and in response launched Thrillist in 2005 to address the lack of funny, actionable information available to young men. Just four years later, Thrillist has developed into a leading men’s lifestyle publication with over 1.7 million daily subscriptions in 15 localized markets in the U.S. and, as of recently, the... Read More.

Sam Lessin (, @lessin

Sam Lessin is the founder and CEO of, the simple private real-time filesharing and collaboration application. Prior to, Sam worked at Bain and Company, the global strategy consulting firm. He has held positions at RRE Ventures and AT&T Wireless Mobile Multimedia. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College. He is an avid runner, backpacker, skier, and traveler.

Aaron Levie
Aaron Levie (

Aaron Levie is the CEO and Co-founder of, which he launched in 2005 with the goal of helping people to access, collaborate, and share all their content online. Based in Palo Alto, has since grown into a leading Cloud Content Management solution for more 4 million users and companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. At Box, Aaron focuses on product and platform strategy, incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software.

Håkon Wium Lie
Håkon Wium Lie (Opera Software)

Håkon Wium Lie joined Opera in 1999 as the Chief Technology Officer. Prior to his position at Opera, Wium Lie worked for W3C, where he proposed the concept of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

After receiving his Master’s degree from MIT Media Lab, Wium Lie worked as a research scientist at Norwegian Telecom Research and later at CERN, the birthplace of the Web. From 1995 to 1999, Wium Lie worked for W3C, after which he joined Opera. He has also received a PhD degree from the University of Oslo in 2006.

In 1999, Technology Review included him on the TR100 list, “a group of one hundred young innovators in technology from around the world”. Wium Lie was also honored by the World Economic... Read More.

Kati London
Kati London (Area/Code)

Kati London is Vice President at Area/Code, which creates cross-media games and entertainment. London designs and develops opportunities for interacting with others – whether that be for people and plants, residents of Gaza City and Tel-Aviv or gamers playing tag with tiger sharks in the Great Barrier Reef. Her collaborative projects have been featured in the Museum of Science & Industry, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Design Museum of London. She frequently speaks on digital/physical hybridization.

At Area/Code, London works with clients that include the BBC, the Carnegie Institute/Girls Math and Science Project, Disney Imagineering, the United Kingdom’s Department for Transport, Nike, Discovery Channel, CBS, MTV and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Khris Loux

Khris is CEO & Co-Founder of Echo, a real-time commenting engine for tier one publishers. He lives in the San Francisco, California and is a kiteboarding/windsurfing fanatic.

Hilary Mason
Hilary Mason (Cloudera Fast Forward Labs), @hmason

Hilary Mason is vice president of research at Cloudera Fast Forward Labs and data scientist in residence at Accel Partners. Previously, Hilary was chief scientist at Bitly. She cohosts DataGotham, a conference for New York’s homegrown data community, and cofounded HackNY, a nonprofit that helps engineering students find opportunities in New York’s creative technical economy. She’s on the board of the Anita Borg Institute and an advisor to several companies, including SparkFun Electronics, Wildcard, and Wonder. Hilary served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology Advisory Board and is a member of Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor.

Frank McGillin
Frank McGillin (Philips)

Frank brings over 20 years sales, marketing and leadership experience in high growth consumer and healthcare businesses. He leads a global communications and branding team for Philips $10B Healthcare Sector. Frank was instrumental in driving a change in Marketing Communications at Philips from a fragmented silo approach to one that is globally aligned, more strategic and data based. He started and moderates the Innovations in Health Linkedin group; one of the top groups on the site with 10,000 members and growing.

Cliff Medling

Cliff Medling is the Product Evangelist for 3DVIA. Previously, Cliff has worn many hats from Visualization Engineer to Manufacturing Engineer to Product Designer. Cliff has always had a concentration on 3D technology, and has created 3D solutions for many industries from the aircraft sector to broadcast television. You may know Cliff from his weekly Cliff’s Clips that highlight new technologies and the people behind them. Or as Mr. 3D on Twitter.

Eric Meyer
Eric Meyer (Complex Spiral Consulting), @meyerweb

Eric A. Meyer (@meyerweb) has been a burger flipper, a college webmaster, an early blogger, one of the original CSS Samurai, a member of the CSS WG, a consultant and trainer, a Standards Evangelist at Netscape, and co-founded An Event Apart with Jeffrey Zeldman. He wrote CSS: The Definitive Guide for O’Reilly as welll as several other books, has spoken at conferences the world over, created the first official W3C test suite, and assisted in the creation of microformats. In 2006, he was inducted into the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for “international recognition on the topics of HTML and CSS” and helping to “inform excellence and efficiency on the... Read More.

Paul Mikesell
Paul Mikesell (Clustrix, Inc.)

Paul is the CEO and one of the founders of Clustrix.

Prior to starting Clustrix, Paul was the founder and Director of Engineering at Isilon Systems, the proven leader in scale-out NAS storage solutions. After five years Isilon achieved the best opening performance for a technology IPO in the previous six years. Paul designed, architected, and developed all of Isilon’s products while building the Engineering team to 50 people, the company to 200 people, and revenue to $100M. He was responsible for many of Isilon’s key patents. As Director of Engineering he set and executed long-term architectural goals, as well as maintained a close relationship with Marketing, Sales, and customers to produce Isilon’s highly successful product roadmaps.

Before Isilon, Paul was Development... Read More.

Jonathan Miller
Jonathan Miller (News Corporation)

Jon Miller is Chief Digital Officer, and Chairman and CEO, Digital Media Group for News Corporation, a role in which he drives the Company’s overall digital strategy in conjunction with various operational heads, while also directly overseeing all of News Corp.’s standalone digital businesses.

Prior to News Corporation, Jon was a founding partner of Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm focusing on digital media and the consumer Internet space.

Previously, Miller was Chairman and CEO of AOL from 2002 to 2006.

Earlier in his career, Jon was CEO and President of USA Information and Services— now IACI and Expedia —and also served as Managing Director of Nickelodeon International, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks.

From 1987-1993, Miller... Read More.

Ann Miura-Ko
Ann Miura-Ko (FLOODGATE), @annimaniac

Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding partner at FLOODGATE where her investment interests include the innovations in e-commerce, security, and big data.

In addition to serving at FLOODGATE, Ann is a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her PhD focused on mathematical modeling of computer security. She teaches High Tech Entrepreneurship with Steve Blank and is a frequent lecturer in courses such as Technology Venture Formation, High-tech Entrepreneurship, and the Mayfield Fellows Program. Many of her students have gone on to secure Angel and VC funding for their ideas.

Prior to joining FLOODGATE and her stint at Stanford, Ann worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company.

Ann grew up in Palo Alto, California and,... Read More.

Allison Mooney (MobileBehavior), @mobilebehavior

Allison Mooney is a media and marketing theorist specializing in mobile communications. She focuses on the intersection of emerging technology, cultural trends, and consumer behavior, generating marketing strategy and intelligence. Her reports and presentations have helped support the marketing, advertising, and product features of top global brands. She also works to raise the visibility of emerging mobile products and services, enabling them to connect earlier with agencies and advertisers and accelerate growth for what are often considered niche mobile trends and innovations.

Sarah B. Nelson
Sarah B. Nelson (Hot Studio), @sarahbeee

Sarah has nearly 15 years of experience in interactive media, designing kiosks, mobile, and online experiences for clients in a variety of industries. She has a particular passion for practice development, conducting research into methods for improving collaboration, supporting creativity, and encouraging innovation. Sarah brings a unique blend of creative vision and technical expertise to her work. Her research-focused approach to interaction design has produced successful results for her clients.

Prior to joining Hot Studio, Sarah was a Design Strategist at Adaptive Path. She developed experience strategies for clients like Flickr, PayCycle, Vanguard Financial, and Skype. Before joining Adaptive Path, Sarah managed the creative team and developed the user experience practice at POP, an interactive design firm in Seattle, Washington.

Her past... Read More.

Charlie O'Donnell
Charlie O'Donnell (First Round Capital)

Charlie is an EIR at First Round Capital, working on very early stage investments in the New York City area. He founded New York’s largest independent innovation community group, nextNY, and was voted one of the 100 Most Influential People in New York Technology the last three consecutive years by Alley Insider.

Charlie was the Co-Founder & CEO of Path 101, an innovative startup in the career guidance and recruiting space, which raised half a million dollars and was a Business Insider Startup 2009 Finalist.

Before founding Path 101, he spent a year as the Director of Consumer Products at Oddcast, which he joined after two years at Union Square Ventures. There, he was part of the original investment team, along... Read More.

Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), @timoreilly

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand... Read More.

Stephen P. Anderson

Stephen P. Anderson is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant based out of Dallas, Texas. He recently published the Mental Notes card deck to help product teams apply psychology to interaction design. Between public speaking and project work, Stephen offers workshops to help businesses design fun, playful and effective online experiences. He’s currently writing a book about “seductive interactions” that will be published in 2011.

Tobias Peggs

Tobias Peggs is CEO of OneRiot, the first advertising network for the
realtime social web. He previously held the position of President,
responsible for strategy, sales, distribution and marketing. Prior to
OneRiot, Tobias led strategic initiatives at Netdecisions IT Consulting.
There he built and managed cross-functional teams in the US, UK and India,
delivering high-impact solutions for both consumer web and enterprise
software clients. Tobias holds a PhD in Search Algorithms from Cardiff
University, UK. He also holds a First Class Hons Bachelor’s degree in Civil
Engineering from Loughborough University.

Tobias frequently talks at top technology and social media conferences
including O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, SXSW Interactive, LeWeb, Search Engine
Strategies (SES),... Read More.

Jonah Peretti
Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed), @peretti

Jonah Peretti is known for creating viral hits, tracking online social behavior, and building technology to amplify buzz. He is a co-founder of The Huffington Post and more recently created BuzzFeed, a viral network that currently has 150 million users with over 7 million unique visitors a month. He has been called a “viral marketing hotdog” by the New York Times, “the poster boy of guerilla media” by AlterNet, and a “computer-whiz” by The New Yorker. This past October, Fast Company Magazine named Jonah one of the New Faces of Social Media.

Peretti is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab and has taught at NYU and the Parsons School of Design. His work has been covered by Time, the Economist, Fortune, and... Read More.

Emma Persky (Trampoline Systems), @emmapersky

Emma Persky is currently a software engineer at working on their location data and search project. Previously she could be found at Trampoline Systems building enterprise scale expertise search systems based on email processing and Organisational Network Analysis. She studied computing at Imperial College London where she completed her dissertation in Computer Vision Based Gesture Recognition Systems. She lies to describe her self as a passionate evangelist for the barcamp movement, an avid traveller and a vibrant storyteller. When not on a global expedition or planning her next barcamp, she can be found in London, England, working on one of her many unfinished data projects.

Bre Pettis
Bre Pettis (MakerBot Industries), @bre

BRE PETTIS is a founder of Makerbot, a company that produces robots that make things. Bre is also a founder of NYCResistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn. Besides being a TV host and Video Podcast producer, he’s created new media for, hosted Make: Magazine’s Weekend Projects podcast, and has been a schoolteacher, artist, and puppeteer. Bre is passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY.

Bret Piatt
Bret Piatt (Rackspace Hosting), @bpiatt

Bret Piatt leads the Technical Alliances team for Rackspace Hosting. In this role he is responsible for helping cloud companies build solutions that integrate the Rackspace Cloud. He is also actively involved in the cloud computing community helping open source projects such as OpenStack gain awareness and adoption.
Prior to his current role, Bret was part of the Product Management teams for both Rackspace and AT&T where he was responsible for launching offerings such as the Rackspace PCI Toolbox and the AT&T Premises–Based Cisco ASA Firewall Service. A self-described “lifelong geek”, Bret’s professional technical experience comes from his time at SBC where he designed monitoring and management systems, optimized networks for enterprise customers, and performed lab testing on new products from... Read More.

Jan Princen
Jan Princen (XBOSoft)

As Managing Director XBOSoft, Jan Princen brings valuable entrepreneurial experience and expertise having successfully started and sold several Internet related companies, including Ziemeer, a Dutch interactive media company. Most recently, he served as Chairman of BMBO, a specialized outsourcing service that delivers high-end ICT products and corresponding services.

Today, Mr. Princen is an active angel investor in the software industry. Currently he is a shareholder and sits on the board of boutique investment firm Intobeta and serves as an non-executive board member of IJOtechnologies a JAVA development company in Chengdu, China and is an advisor of IRLconnect, an award winning company that builds location based online communities.

Jan serves as board member of a charity foundation.

Ruben Quinones
Ruben Quinones (Path Interactive), @rubenq

Ruben Quinones

Director of Sales, Social Media @ Path Interactive

Adjunct instructor @ NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies Marketing and Public Relations Studies Program. Teaching “Examining Social Media Networks for Brand Value” a core course in the Digital Media Marketing Certificate Program.

In his strategic role, Ruben provides forward thinking leadership for the company’s social media marketing processes and manages the day to day social media operations for the firm. Ruben also is responsible for business development, consulting, and key project management for client Paid Search, Search Engine Optimization and Online marketing campaigns.

A seasoned online marketing professional, prior to joining Path Interactive, Ruben’s related experience includes founding and marketing a one of the Internet’s first vertical search directories, directed at property... Read More.

Sam Ramji
Sam Ramji (Cloud Foundry Foundation), @sramji

A 20-year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji brings a wealth of business, product, and open source experience to the CEO role at the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Previously, he led strategy for API powerhouse Apigee, designed and led Microsoft’s open source strategy, and drove product strategy for BEA WebLogic Integration. Sam is a member of multiple industry advisory boards.

Alex Rampell
Alex Rampell (TrialPay), @trialpay

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.

Walt Ribeiro (For Orchestra), @WaltRibeiro

Walt loves the Orchestra. A successful online music instructor for Revision3 and UstreamTV, he started where he arranges popular songs ‘For Orchestra’, which has been featured on Comedy Central, Perez Hilton, and even performed by The Boston Pops Orchestra. His videos have over 1,000,000 views, and he was music blogger in 2008 to raise money for schools.

Matt Riley (Scribd)

Matt Riley is the Director of Product at Scribd, the world’s largest social reading and publishing company. He is responsible for overseeing user-facing feature development and overall product strategy. An early hire to Scribd’s engineering team, Matt previously spent his time working across the stack at Scribd, writing software for projects ranging from the content recommendation and copyright identification systems to the HTML5 document reader.

Prior to Scribd, Matt held engineering roles at and CoVi Technologies. He holds an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jeff Robbins
Jeff Robbins (Lullabot), @jjeff

Jeff Robbins is the co-founder and CEO of Lullabot, one of the most prominent training, consulting, and development companies involved with Drupal. Lullabot has helped to launch many of Drupal’s largest sites including those for Sony Music, Lifetime Television, Verizon, MTV, the Grammys, DC Comics, Fast Company, Harvard University, Walmart, and others.

Lullabot employs many of Drupal’s most prominent developers and community members. The company also runs world-wide Drupal workshops and has released a series of Drupal training videos which teaches everything from Drupal site set-up and configuration to theming and Drupal module development. Lullabot’s free Drupal podcast has advocated for Drupal since 2006 and has been a great on-ramp for many people in the Drupal community.

Jeff has... Read More.

Ted Roden
Ted Roden (The New York Times)

Ted Roden is the author of O’Reilly’s Building the Realtime User Experience. He currently works in the Research and Development group at The New York Times and before that was an early developer at He is also the creator of a popular social bookmarking site and the personal assistant service Fancy Hands.

Elspeth Rountree

Listed as a “2009 Silicon Alley Insider 100” and one of the “25 Need-To-Know Bloggers” by, Elspeth “Ellie” Rountree has appeared as an internet culture expert on major media channels including NBC, FOX, hosted her own show in conjunction with Conde Nast, and has written for the Saving Grace series blog on TNT. She has also recently been cited in the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post regarding internet culture. She was also a writer, senior producer, host, and co-creator of both highly successful Rocketboom Tech and Know Your Meme series.

Prior to working at Rocketboom and starting her current freelance consulting career, Rountree graduated with a BS in Cinema and Photography from the Roy H. Park School of Communications... Read More.

Douglas Rushkoff
Douglas Rushkoff (Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus), @rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff is author of 15 best-selling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and most recently Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. Douglas made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, and The Persuaders, wrote the graphic novels ADD and Testament, and originated concepts from “viral media” to “social currency.” He’s currently professor of media theory and digital economics at CUNY’s Queens College and lectures around the world about media, society, and change. Douglas won the Marshall McLuhan Award for his book Coercion and the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. He is also founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism and a research fellow for the Institute for the... Read More.

Alex Russell

Alex Russell is a Staff Software Engineer on Chrome team at Google where he designs new features for the Web Platform and leads Chrome’s Standards work. He’s a member of ECMA TC39 , the committee standardizing JavaScript, and is an elected member of the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group where he works to improve the state of API design for the web.

His recent projects include Web Components, ES6 features including Classes and Promises, and Service Workers. Previously he helped build Chrome Frame and led the Dojo Toolkit project. Alex plays for Team Web.

Julie Ruvolo
Julie Ruvolo (Solvate)

Julie Ruvolo is co-founder and COO at Solvate in downtown NY.

Her love affair with startups began on Valentine’s Day in 2005 (AdBrite) and she is part of a coalition of entrepreneurs in New York focused on getting more women to join and start startups.

Find her on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Ryan Sarver
Ryan Sarver (Twitter)

Ryan is currently the Director of Platform at Twitter where he works with developers building myriad of experiences on top of 140 characters. Prior to Twitter, he was the Director of Consumer Products at Skyhook Wireless where he led product initiatives that leveraged the WPS platform in consumer applications and experiences. Ryan was also one of the founding members of the W3C Geolocation API Working Group. He is an avid fan of hockey and wine.

Ted Schadler
Ted Schadler (Forrester Research)

With 22 years of experience in the software industry, Ted advises Forrester clients in a wide variety of industries on collaboration tools and strategy assessment, telepresence and videoconferencing, instant messaging and Web conferencing, cloud-based email and collaboration, collaboration on smartphones, the consumerization of IT, and surveying and segmenting information workers. In 2009, Ted spearheaded the launch of Forrester’s Workforce Technographics®, the industry’s first benchmark survey of workforce technology adoption. Ted is also the co-author of the new Forrester book, Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business, (Harvard Business Press, September 2010). This management book helps CIOs and IT organizations implement strategies for supporting workforce “HEROes” – highly empowered and resourceful operatives – who harness social technology, mobile devices, video, and cloud... Read More.

Jeff Schick
Jeff Schick (IBM)

Jeff Schick has been with IBM since 1988 and has held various roles in both development and the field.

Jeff started with IBM as a developer and invented the first TCP/IP interface to IBM’s transaction processing systems. The solution linked high performance Unix workstations to IBM’s CICS transaction processing systems on the mainframe directly for the first time. This capability is still the foundation today for IBM’s TCP/IP client server programming model used across banks and engineering companies worldwide.

With his strength in distributed computing and helping to drive IBM’s e-Business initiative, Jeff has also lead architecture and design for many large web based systems for the enterprise. Jeff was responsible for the IBM’s first large Websphere deployments which included... Read More.

Garrick Schmitt
Garrick Schmitt (Razorfish), @gschmitt

In his role as Managing Director of Experiences and Platforms for the West region, Garrick helps Razorfish clients think about their brands differently, placing emphasis on creating great customer experiences that support business objectives. He will also continue to generate thought leadership, especially around the intersection of consumer behavior, marketing and technology.

Schmitt has been with Razorfish since 1999, and has helped many Fortune 500 firms apply user experience design and technology to build better brands. He frequently creates and oversees significant thought leadership including the publication of FEED: The Razorfish Digital Brand Experience Report and contributing to the Advertising Age Digital Next blog. He also speaks at industry events including the 2010 SXSW Interactive Conference, where he led a panel on the... Read More.

Mike Sego
Mike Sego (Gaia Online)

Mike Sego was appointed to CEO of Gaia Online in August 2010. For the previous year, Sego had been chief product officer at Gaia, overseeing all aspects of its product, engineering and creative development. He was recruited by former CEO Craig Sherman and the Gaia board to transition into the CEO role.

Sego developed (fluff)Friends, one of the first social gaming applications that monetized successfully. He sold the company to the Social Gaming Network in 2008 after winning over millions of users on Facebook. Prior to this, he was a technical lead at Google, where he helped triple the size of the Gmail frontend engineering team and received the company’s Founder’s Award in 2007. Previously, he was an engineer for The Sims... Read More.

Jaidev Shergill
Jaidev Shergill (, @jshergill

Jaidev is Founder and CEO of, a socially informed money management company backed my Citi, Microsoft and Morningstar. allows users to compare their spending and saving habits to other people like them (filtering age group, income range, household status and zip code) and manage their money by connecting to all their financial accounts. Further, allows people to share their insights, savings tips, and other comments on Facebook, Twitter and the site.
Prior to founding in 2009, Jaidev worked for Citigroup on the Growth Ventures and Innovation team. He was President and EVP of Citi Ventures, where he was responsible for equity investments and strategic venture partnerships with promising start-up companies that could deliver value to customers.

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Albert Shum
Albert Shum (Microsoft)

Albert Shum directs the Mobile Design team at Microsoft, in Seattle and Redmond. The team consists of interaction, visual, motion, industrial and brand designers along with user researchers and design program managers working in a open studio. Our team collaborates with our engineering and business partners to create integrated mobile experiences for our consumers. Prior to Microsoft, Albert led the convergence of technology and sports incubation efforts at Nike developing resulting with the digital Nike+ experience.

Albert has a Master’s of Product Design from the Stanford University, a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and the General Management Program from Harvard Business School. In his spare time, Albert is training to try and finish this summer’s Stage 17 up the Tourmalet.

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Shiv Singh
Shiv Singh (Pepsico, Inc.)

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... Read More.

Eric Skiff
Eric Skiff (, @ericskiff

Eric Skiff is a developer and API evangelist at, co-founder of hackerspace NYC Resistor, one of the creators of, and a BarCamp planner here in NYC.

Kevin Slavin
Kevin Slavin (Area/Code Entertainment), @slavin

Co-founder + Managing Director, Area/Code Entertainment. President, Starling. Adjunct professor for thesis and Urban Computing at ITP.

Derek Smith
Derek Smith (SimpleGeo)

Derek Smith is a recent graduate from Loyola Marymount Univiersity. With early guidance from a few CS professors, he began his Senior year with the iPhone SDK. As a student developer he earned a WWDC Student Scholarship. After college, Derek began working as an iPhone Dev consultant which lead him to his current position at SimpleGeo. At SimpleGeo, Derek was given the opportunity to explore different implementations for providing an augmented reality environment for the iPhone.

Emily Smith
Emily Smith (Digital Brand Expressions)

Joined DBE team in 2010 to help keep the business running smoothly from an Operations perspective.

Rana Sobhany
Rana Sobhany (Independent)

Rana Sobhany is not a marketer, at least not in the traditional sense. She is a brand storyteller who believes that polish is the key to success in creating a lasting and memorable brand. Specializing in developing customer acquisition strategies, brand positioning, and leveraging public relations as marketing, Rana applies her unique style and methodology of integrated marketing communications to promoting companies and ideas across political, nonprofit, mobile, entertainment, advertising and social channels.

As a co-founder of Medialets, the largest in-application analytics and advertising platform, Rana Sobhany has been deeply involved in the successful design, implementation, and execution of comprehensive iPhone application marketing campaigns for products across the industry, and was among the first to promote app marketing as a discrete practice. She has coached... Read More.

Janine Soika
Janine Soika (Verio Inc.)

Janine Soika has over 18 years experience in Strategic and Business-to-Business Marketing, with over 10 years experience within Channel Marketing. Ms Soika has held numerous senior leadership Marketing positions within fortune 500 companies including IBM, Dow Jones Company, AXA Equitable, Wells Fargo Bank, and Arrow Electronics, as well as smaller organizations including Abacus – An Epsilon Company, and start up organizations. Most recently Ms. Soika was running and managing her own Marketing Consulting business called Marketing Strategies prior to joining Verio as the Marketing Leader for their Channel Partner Programs. As the Marketing Leader of Verio’s Channel Programs Ms. Soika manages all marketing responsibilities for growing and expanding Verio’s Partner Channel programs. Some of her most recent accomplishments in this new role include... Read More.

Jonathan Stark
Jonathan Stark (Jonathan Stark Consulting), @jonathanstark

Jonathan Stark is a mobile application consultant whom the Wall Street Journal has called an expert on publishing desktop data to the Web. He is the author of Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, both published by O’Reilly. You can follow Jonathan on Twitter at @jonathanstark.

David Steinberger co-founded comiXology in 2007 as a grad student at NYU. Long time comic fan and passionate entrepreneur, David’s inspiration for comiXology came from participating in NYU | Stern’s 2007 Business Plan competition. David continues to believe developing a community is the best motivation for innovation, which has been the driving force behind comiXology’s alternative direction. David Steinberger holds an MBA from NYU | Stern, a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music, and an Advanced Certificate from Juilliard

John Stepper (Deutsche Bank), @johnstepper

At Deutsche Bank, I’m a technologist responsible for driving adoption of our collaboration platforms.

Prior to this, I worked on trading and risk technology at Deutsche, Morgan Stanley and NatWest Markets. And I started my career at AT&T Bell Labs where I reengineered network control centers and co-authored “Successful Reengineering”.

I graduated from Columbia University with a BA and MS in Computer Science.

Matt Sweeney (Yahoo!)

Yahoo! front-end architect and lead developer on the YUI team.

Bret Taylor
Bret Taylor (Facebook), @btaylor

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.

Maggie Taylor is the Marketing Manager at Skyhook Wireless, worldwide leader in location positioning, context and intelligence. Maggie leads marketing and public relations at Skyhook, and manages the company’s developer program. She is also a co-founder and organizer for Mobile Monday Boston, Silicon Valley and New York. Mobile Monday is a global organization with independently run chapters worldwide, focusing on the development of the mobile industry through social events. Maggie holds a B.A. in Public Relations and a double minor in Spanish Language and Communications Studies from the University of Rhode Island. She is a practiced speaker on trends in the mobile industry.

Auto-Tune the News

The Gregory Brothers are well known for a series of YouTube videos, Auto-Tune the News, in which recorded voices of politicians, news anchors, and political pundits are digitally manipulated to conform to a melody, making the figures appear to sing. They are a musical group who characterize their music as “Country & Soul, Folk & Roll.”

Members include Michael Gregory on drums and vocals, Andrew Rose Gregory on guitar and vocals, Evan Gregory on keys and vocals, and Sarah Fullen Gregory, on bass and vocals. They are most famous for their creation of musical viral videos, most notably the Auto-Tune the News series, which includes the Bed Intruder Song. The three brothers, originally from Radford, VA, moved to Brooklyn, NY in the mid-2000s and met... Read More.

Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for The Onion. He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science’s Future Of on Discovery Science and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him “someone I need to know.” Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC. He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black. His first book, How To Be Black, will be published in February 2012 by Harper Collins.

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Russ Unger

Russ Unger is an Experience Design Director in Chicago where he leads teams and projects in design and research. He is co-author of the books A Project Guide to UX Design, Designing the Conversation, and Speaker Camp for New Riders (Voices That Matter). Russ is also working on a book on guerrilla design and research methods that is due out, well, sometime.

Russ is co-founder of ChicagoCamps, which hosts low-cost, high-value technology events in the Chicago area, and he is also on the Advisory Board for the Department of Web Design and Development at Harrington College of Design. Russ has two daughters who both draw better than he does and are currently beginning to surpass his limited abilities in coding.

Dermot Waters

Sr. Director, Technology and Product Development at Specialties include Product Development, Product Management, Interaction Design, Information Architecture, User Experience, Site Design/Layout, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Taxonomy/Ontology, RSS. Graduate of Georgia State University and University of Georgia.

Duncan Watts
Duncan Watts (Yahoo! Research)

Duncan Watts is a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directs the Human Social Dynamics group. Prior to joining Yahoo!, he was a full professor of Sociology at Columbia University, where he taught from 2000-2007. He has also served on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and Nuffield College, Oxford.

His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review. He is also the author of Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003) and Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 1999).

He holds a B.Sc. in Physics... Read More.

Neil Wehrle
Neil Wehrle (betaworks), @neilw

Neil is the user experience designer for betaworks, a New York-based media company. He works on many of their products, including and

Prior to joining betaworks, Neil spent the previous 12 years leading teams of interaction designers, user researchers and visual designers developing interactive products at Yahoo!, Razorfish, and for clients such as Ford, Guardian, Avaya, and the World Bank.

Kevin Weil
Kevin Weil (Twitter, Inc.), @kevinweil

Kevin Weil specializes in the technology behind distributed systems, parallel processing, and analytics, especially in the context of large datasets. He currently leads the analytics team at Twitter, using Hadoop and other big data analytics tools to crunch Twitter’s massive data set and apply those learnings to improve the product. Prior to Twitter, he was the first employee at next-generation web media startup Cooliris, backed and incubated by Kleiner Perkins. At Cooliris, he innovated on user growth and advertising-focused analytics on a server cluster running Hadoop, Pig, and Hive — open-source implementations of the Google technology stack that are central to companies like Facebook, Yahoo, and A9. Mr. Weil has also worked at municipal wireless network provider Tropos Networks, where he optimized the performance... Read More.

Nate Westheimer
Nate Westheimer (AnyClip)

Nate Westheimer is the Co-Founder and EVP of Product & Technology at, a company indexing every moment from every film. Formerly, Nate was the Entrepreneur at Rose Tech Ventures, Founder of, and the Technology Strategist for National Public Media. Nate blogs at and guest writes for Silicon Alley Insider, among other outlets. Currently, Nate also serves as the Executive Director of the NY Tech Meetup, a 12,000 member organization of technologists in the New York City area.

Fred Wilson
Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures ), @fredwilson

Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.

Dave Wolf
Dave Wolf (Cynergy), @davewolf

As Vice President of Strategy, Dave is responsible for driving thought leadership, vision and direction across each of Cynergy’s divisions. An avid and engaging speaker, Dave is steadily presenting at industry leading conferences worldwide as well as to key press an analysts on Cynergy’s passionate belief in changing the way people experience and interact with software today and tomorrow.
In earlier lives, Dave held senior engineering and marketing management positions at major software corporations including Microsoft and Sybase, where he was responsible for envisioning, developing and launching many new software products. Officially based in Cynergy’s headquarters in the Nation’s Capital, he is often on the road more than he is in the District, espousing Cynergy’s work, research and experience in designing and creating incredible... Read More.

Michael J. Wolf
Michael J. Wolf (Activate), @mjwnyc

Michael J. Wolf is founder and managing director of ACTIVATE, a technology and strategy consulting firm which helps media, technology and communications businesses position their companies for growth. Previously, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of MTV Networks, where he was responsible for leading all of the global business and technology operations of the $7bn cable programming and Internet company. Prior to joining MTVN in 2005, he was the Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company’s global Media, Entertainment & Information Practice, and served as the top strategist to the CEOs and senior executives. Before that, Wolf was a Senior Partner and member of the Executive Committee of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the firm’s Communications, Media & Technology Practice.

WWolf... Read More.

Jenna Wortham (New York Times)

Technology reporter for the New York Times covering mobile, the Internet, start-ups, digital culture and the future.

Todd Zaki Warfel (Messagefirst), @zakiwarfel

Todd Zaki Warfel, founder and principal designer at messagefirst, has been designing products and services for over 15 years. Todd’s clients have included AT&T Wireless, Bankrate, Citibank, and Comcast, Numara and NYU just to name a few.

An internationally recognized thought leader on research and design, and author of the prototyping course for the Web Standards Project Education Task Force, he has spoken at conferences and taught workshops around the globe.

His new book, Prototyping: a practitioner’s guide discusses how prototypes are more than just a design tool and shows you how to use prototyping to create a common language, market a product, gain internal buy-in, and test feasibility with your development team.

Todd currently lives in Philadelphia, blogs at, and... Read More.

Katharine Zaleski
Katharine Zaleski (Washington Post), @kzaleski

Katharine Zaleski is the Executive Producer and Head of Digital News Products for the Washington Post. She’s often asked what that title actually means since it sounds so complicated and long. In a nutshell, Katharine focuses on up to the minute newsroom goals for building traffic as well as shaping the Post’s digital road map. She and her team work with the homepage, topics editors, photo and video departments, and the rest of the newsroom to make sure large audiences are not only coming to the Post, but that they can easily chew on more of the Post’s great content once they land. The rest of Katharine’s time is focused on building the Post’s digital products, including mobile, social media integrations, site redesigns and... Read More.

Deanna Zandt
Deanna Zandt (Deanna Zandt), @randomdeanna

Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking (forthcoming: Berrett-Koehler, June 2010). She is a consultant to key progressive media organizations including AlterNet and Jim Hightower, and hosts TechGrrl Tips on GRITtv with Laura Flanders. Zandt specializes in social media, and is a leading expert in women and technology. She has spoken at a number of conferences, including Social Business Edge, Ignite, the National Conference on Media Reform, Bioneers, America’s Future Now (formerly “Take Back America,”) Women Action & The Media, and provides beginner and advanced workshops both online and in person.

In January 2009, Deanna was chosen as a fellow for... Read More.

Richard  Ziade
Richard Ziade (Arc90, Inc.), @richziade

Richard Ziade is the founding partner of Arc90, a New York City-based design and technology consultancy. He is also the creator of Readability, a popular reading tool for the Web. Richard often shares his thoughts on design and tech at the Arc90 blog or his own blog,

Gabe Zichermann
Gabe Zichermann (Gamification.Co & Gamification Summit), @gzicherm

Gabe Zichermann (b. 1974) is an entrepreneur, author and public speaker that coined the term “Funware” to describe the use of game mechanics in non-game contexts. As co-author of the upcoming books “Game-Based Marketing” (Wiley, 2010) and “Funware in Action” (Manning, 2010), Zichermann makes a compelling case for the use of games and game mechanics in everyday life, the web and business. Gabe is the CEO of professional mobile social networking startup beamME where he’s working hard to bring fun to every aspect of interpersonal business. A native of Canada and resident of NYC, Gabe frequently muses about games and the world at

Andrew Zolty
Andrew Zolty (BREAKFAST)

Zolty is the Creative Director and a founder of New York based BREAKFAST – a new agency focused on helping the world better utilize digital in real-world environments. Their most recent creation was developing a bike with a brain in effort to raise money to benefit LIVESTRONG.

Prior to BREAKFAST, Zolty hailed from the world of traditional-digital marketing, and was last seen at Poke London where he made some holograms and a little toy called BakerTweet.

He likes cheese.

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