We have an awesome lineup of speakers and panelists for The Twitter Conference. Here are the bios and pictures of the people you’ll be hearing from:
Biz Stone, co-founder, Twitter, Inc. Twitter is a real-time, one-to-many network that is changing the way people communicate around the world. Before co-founding Twitter, Biz helped build other popular social media services Xanga, Blogger, and Odeo. After launching the journalling service Xanga in 2000, Biz went on to publish two books about the origins and social significance of blogging.
In 2003, Google invited Biz to join a recently acquired Blogger.com team at its Silicon Valley headquarters in a full-time, senior role. Biz helped relaunch the service and grow Blogger significantly worldwide. He left Google in 2005 to rejoin the startup world.
Stone, 34, is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and teaches an annual master class at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. In the fall of 2008, Stone debated and won at Oxford Union against the proposition, “The Problems of Tomorrow Are Bigger Than The Entrepreneurs of Today” along with his esteemed teammates including Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn.
Tony Robbins. For the past three decades, Anthony Robbins has served as an advisor to leaders around the world. A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, negotiations, organizational turnaround, and peak performance, he has been honored consistently for his strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors. His nonprofit Anthony Robbins Foundation provides assistance to inner-city youth, senior citizens, and the homeless, and feeds more than two million people in 56 countries every year through its international holiday “Basket Brigade.” Robbins has directly impacted the lives of more than 50 million people from over 100 countries with his best-selling books, multimedia and health products, public speaking engagements, and live events.
What began as a young person’s desire to help individuals transform the quality of their lives has grown into Robbins’ lifelong crusade as he is called on by leaders from every walk of life—presidents, political leaders, advocates for humanity, CEOs of multinational corporations, psychologists, peak performance athletes, world-class entertainers, teachers, and parents. Since fathering the life coaching industry, Robbins has produced the #1-selling audio coaching system of all time. He also is a corporate Vice Chairman, and Chairman overseeing five private companies. Robbins has been honored by Accenture as one of the “Top 50 Business Intellectuals in the World”; by Harvard Business Press as one of the “Top 200 Business Gurus”; by American Express as one of the “Top Six Business Leaders in the World” to coach its entrepreneurial clients; by Forbes as a Top 100 Celebrity; by Justice Byron White as one of the world’s “Outstanding Humanitarians”; and by the International Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 10 “Outstanding People of World.”
Dr. Drew, Loveline, Celebrity Rehab. The most listened to doctor in America, Dr. Drew is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show LOVELINE where he has been taking calls from listeners since 1982. Many people do not know that Dr. Drew is an internist who is board certified in addiction medicine, sill runs a private practice, and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine.
Dr. Drew and Vh1 teamed up for the first reality TV series to depict the process of overcoming addiction. Now in its third season, CELEBRITY REHAB with DR. DREW was critically acclaimed by the addiction community for pulling back the veil of secrecy about what goes on in rehabilitation programs. SOBER HOUSE, which chronicles the sober living process, began airing in January 2009 and is now in it’s second season. SEX REHAB with DR. DREW will look at the struggles and treatment of those dealing with serious sex addictions.
Dr. Drew is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America (Harper-Collins) and Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (Harper-Collins). Dr. Drew co-authored the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism. The study was published in the Journal of Research in Personality (Elsevier) and received worldwide press coverage.
Gavin Newsom, Mayor, San Francisco. As Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom is showing just how much we can accomplish when we embrace the future and start making bold policy changes.
In 2004, Gavin Newsom became the youngest Mayor of San Francisco in more than a century. Newsom served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for nearly seven years before becoming mayor and as a City Commissioner prior to his service on the Board. He was overwhelmingly re-elected with nearly 74% of the vote in 2007. As co-founder of the PlumpJack group of small businesses, Newsom has started 15 businesses that employ almost 1,000 Californians.
Tony Hawk, Founder, Tony Hawk Foundation. Tony Hawk is perhaps the most recognized action-sports figure in the world. He is also president of Tony Hawk Inc., a worldwide leader in video games, merchandising, events, endorsements, and film and digital media. He regularly appears on television and in films, and hosts a weekly show on the SiriusXM satellite radio network. By age 12 Hawk was sponsored by Dogtown Skateboards; by age 16 he was widely considered the best skateboarder in the world. He retired from competitive skateboarding at age 31. With the creation of the Tony Hawk Foundation, he has been helping others experience the same excitement he did as a young skateboarder, building the self-confidence that drove his success. The Tony Hawk Foundation has given away more than $2.8 million to fund 427 public skate-park projects in low-income areas throughout the United States.
Tyrese Gibson, R&B Singer and Actor. An L.A. native whose self-titled debut album quickly propelled him to the top of the charts, smooth-voiced R&B crooner Tyrese (born Tyrese Gibson) immediately stood out from the pack, thanks to the remarkable honesty of his songwriting, his alluring passion, and his self-assured style behind the microphone. It was at the age of 14 that a series of wins on the local talent circuit gave the up-and-coming singer his first enticing taste of success, with a Coca Cola commercial providing the breakthrough that would soon propel him to release his eponymous debut album in 1998. Of course, anyone who happened to catch Tyrese’s Coca Cola commercial couldn’t help but notice the singing sensation’s undeniable screen presence.
After making his acting debut with a small role in acclaimed filmmaker Julie Dash’s made-for-television drama Love Song, the singer-turned-actor jumped headlong into features, as the protagonist of John Singleton’s Boyz ‘N the Hood follow-up, Baby Boy. Cast as an urban mama’s boy whose staunch refusal to leave the nest eventually stifles his transition into adulthood, Tyrese offered just the right mixture of naïveté and street-tough bravado to draw audiences in, while showing notable promise for the future.
LeVar Burton, Integrity Entertainment. LeVar is an American actor, director and author who first came to prominence portraying Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries Roots, based on the novel by Alex Haley. He is also well known for his portrayal of Geordi La Forge on the syndicated science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the host of the PBS children’s program Reading Rainbow.
His first foray into the world of theatrical film direction was a notable success. Not only did 2003’s Blizzard garner him a “Best of Fest” award from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, but he also picked up a Genie Award nomination for his work on the film’s theme song, “Center of My Heart.” LeVar has also directed episodes of Charmed, JAG, Las Vegas, and Soul Food: The Series, as well as the miniseries Miracle’s Boys and the documentary The Tiger Woods Story.
Guy Kawasaki, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures. Guy is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. Guy is the author of nine books including Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Mary Lynn Rajskub has established herself as a versatile and dynamic actress/writer/performer through impressive television and film roles, as well as stand-out live performances. Her continuing, fan-favorite role as computer genius Chloe O’Brian in FOX’s smash hit “24″ helped earn the show a 2006 Emmy win for Best Drama, a 2006 and 2005 SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. The hugely successful show which never ceases to deliver is currently in production on its 8th season which will premiere in January 2010.
Mary Lynn was most recently be seen in the critically acclaimed box office hit “Julie & Julia”. The film also stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Mary Lynn plays Helen, the best friend to Adam’s character Julie, a government employee who decides to cook her way through legendary cook Julia Child’s classic cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in one year’s time. She was also seen in “Sunshine Cleaning,” directed by Christine Jeffs. The movie also stars Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, as sisters who find the meaning of life when they team up to run a service cleaning up after crime scenes and traumas.
Alex Payne, API Lead, Twitter. Alex Payne currently works for Twitter, Inc., a communications service that allows users to send short one-to-many messages via a variety of media. His title at Twitter is API Lead; his daily work is growing and supporting a collection of services on which other developers can build. Alex has been working at Twitter since the beginning of 2007, several months before the service began to grow in popularity. Working at Twitter has been an education in scaling, performance optimization, and systems architecture. Before working at Twitter, Alex did information security work for a military and intelligence contractor, helped build web applications for political campaigns and non-profits, and more. As you might guess, his professional expertise has been in web application development and computer security.
Ryan Sarver, Platform Team, Twitter, Inc. Before joining Twitter, Ryan was the Director of Consumer Products at Skyhook Wireless where he leads product initiatives including the consumer product Loki. Ryan’s focus at Skyhook is on leveraging the WPS platform in consumer applications and experiences through products like Loki or through partnerships. Prior to Skyhook Wireless, Ryan was a founder and the Chief Technology Officer at Xplana, Inc, an educational software company.
Ryan is also the founder and chair of the LocationAware Working Group whose goal is to work with browser vendors, location providers and location consumers to define a privacy-aware standard for making a user’s geolocation data available through a simple API. Ryan is also an Invited Expert for the W3C’s Ubiquitous Web Applications Working Group.
Jamie Kennedy, a multitalented comedian-actor-writer-producer, is a true hyphenate. He may be seen acting in a film one minute and on stage doing stand up the next. Kennedy skyrocketed to fame with a groundbreaking performance and scene-stealing rants in Wes Craven’s “Scream” and “Scream 2”. His portrayal of Randy Meeks, the video-store-clerk-turned-horror-hero with a knack for pop culture, secured him a place in the annals of horror movie history. He has gone on to work with some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including George Clooney, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, and Will Smith.
Currently, Kennedy can be seen starring on CBS’s hit show “Ghost Whisperer” opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt. Kennedy and Hewitt can also be seen starring opposite each other in “Café,” an indie drama they recently wrapped shooting. In September of 2008 Kennedy released “Heckler,” a documentary which he produced with Michael Addis. The film played at both the Tribeca and AFI Film Festivals and has been met with critical acclaim. Variety calls it “Hilarious!” and the New York Sun hails the film “A Must-See!” Heckler is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in, and asks some interesting questions of people such as Jon Voight, George Lucas, Bill Maher, Mike Ditka, Rob Zombie and many more.
Chamillionaire, is an American rapper and singer and CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. He began his career independently with local releases in 2003, including collaboration album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles “Turn It Up” and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit “Ridin’”. Ultimate Victory followed in 2007.
There are a lot of people who are just followers and do things because everyone else is doing it. I’m trying to lead by example,” says Grammy Award winning rapper Chamillionaire. “I won’t do anything just for a dollar. Money will make people do crazy things and I’m not one of those people.”
The Houston-based entrepreneur strives to constantly elevate, adapt and grow through his music, his business ventures, and his relationships. These traits helped him become a mixtape phenomenon before he had a major recording contract. Chamillionaire has managed to become an internet forerunner at a time when others have failed to capitalize on the web’s reach, a platinum plus selling artist during a time of sagging record sales, and a businessman who runs several successful companies.
Veronica Belmont, co-host, Revision3’s tech-centric show, Tekzilla, and Qore on the PlayStation Network. Previous to that, she hosted several other online video shows and podcasts, including Mahalo Daily, Buzz Out Loud, MP3 Insider, and Crave. She also created tech video content for CNET TV, including the popular series Prizefight.
Veronica frequently guest hosts other technology-related podcasts, and also speaks about technology, gaming, and social networking. In her spare time, she hosts the science fiction and fantasy-themed podcast / book club The Sword and Laser. She currently resides in San Francisco, with one technology writer and two cats. She graduated from Emerson College, B.A. in Audio/Radio, focus in New Media studies.
Adam Loving, Software developer and entrepreneur, creator of Twibes.. Adam is a software developer and entrepreneur with a keen interest in social media. He has been a computer hacker since the 1980s, cited in Lotus Magazine in his early teens. Adam’s passion for viral user experience design led him to create Twibes, a group site taking Twitter by storm. Adam has worked as a software consultant for both giant and tiny companies, but prefers startups. He got burnt out in 1996 and took a short 11 month trip around the world to visit 24 countries.
Adam was featured in Microsoft’s “A Startup A Week” documentary series, where he built a Facebook app to help Room to Read raise money for a computer lab in Cambodia. Adam is also the inventor of the Zuckerbuck (one of the first virtual currencies on Facebook). His Facebook app “Dumb Americans” won an overnight coding contest at the CommunityNext conference in San Jose. In addition to being the founder of Twibes, and chief dog walker for his Great Dane Gretel, Adam is “Twitter guy” at Gist – a company he helped incubate for Vulcan Capital.
Brian Solis, Principal of FuureWorks. Brian, an award-winning PR and New Media agency in Silicon Valley. Solis is globally recognized for his views and insights on the convergence of PR, Traditional Media and Social Media. Considered one of the original thought leaders who paved the way for Social Media and PR 2.0, Solis is co-founder of the Social Media Club and is an original member of the Media 2.0 Workgroup.
His blog, PR 2.0 is among the top 1.5% of all blogs tracked by Technorati and is ranked as one of the leading voices in the Ad Age Power 150 index of worldwide marketing bloggers. He also runs bub.blicio.us and contributes to TechCrunch, BrandWeek, and WebProNews.
He actively contributes his thoughts and experiences through keynote speaking appearances, books, articles and essays as a way of helping the marketing industry understand and embrace the new dynamics fueling new communications, marketing, and content creation.
Greg Grunberg, Cofounder, Yowza. Mashable has called Grunberg “one of social media’s most active celebrities.” He is best known for his ongoing roles in TV shows like Heroes, Alias, and Felicity, but is equally active in the arenas of social media and entrepreneurship. Some of his geekier projects include Band From TV and most recently Yowza, an iPhone app for coupons and in-store deals. Grunberg takes an active role in raising awareness of the neurological disorder epilepsy and organizes charity efforts to raise funds for the Pediatric Epilepsy Project.
Chris Hardwick, Web Soup. Chris Hardwick has been hosting television shows since the days of Grunge. Legions of high school and college kids may remember coming home at night to watch hair-moussed frat guys rhyme their names with their genitals on MTV’s “Singled Out.” Recently, he was tapped by the producers of the hit E! series “The Soup” to write, produce and host “Web Soup” for G4 TV, which offers a fresh look at the best – and worst – moments from the week’s Internet mayhem and presents topical web videos and viral classics with tongue-in-cheek commentary. The show instantly became one of G4’s highest rated shows and ranks among the top comedy podcasts on iTunes.
In an effort to vanquish any downtime, he will happily continue his duties as the resident Tech Correspondent on G4’s flagship program “Attack of the Show,” as a recurring panelist on “Chelsea Lately” and as a contributor for Wired Magazine. On the acting side, Chris is the voice of Otis the Cow on Nickelodeon’s mega-hit animated series, “Back at the Barnyard” (for which he also freelance-writes) and just completed production on the film ‘H2” directed by Rob Zombie in theaters August 28th, 2009, the same day his Fall stand-up comedy tour entitled “Nice Tweets” (a nod to his girlfriend, Twitter) kicks off in Atlanta.
Chris enjoys dolphins and resides in Los Angeles.
Tucker Max received his BA from the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 1998. He attended Duke Law School on an academic scholarship, where he graduated with a JD in 2001 (despite the fact that he neglected to buy any of his textbooks for his final two years and spent part of one semester–while still enrolled in classes–living in Cancun). His book, “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell,” has spent over 100 weeks on the NY Times Best Seller List and has 1 million books in print. He co-wrote and produced the movie based on his book, also titled “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell.” He has also been credited with being the originator and leader of a new literary genre, “fratire,” and was nominated to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential List in 2009. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Murph.
Nick Halstead, CEO favorit Ltd. In late 2007 Nick setup a new company focusing on delivering filtered news to the masses. Nick was one of the first to declare RSS dead as a consumer experience and has focused his efforts on building products that deliver the right news to the right person. In early 2008 the company in one weekend built an experimental website called TweetMeme – this was the first link Twitter link tracker.
TweetMeme was left to languish for 10 months when in February 2009 Nick refocused his efforts back on it and in a matter of months TweetMeme was the No. 1 source of Twitter sourced news. Now 7 months later TweetMeme is serving 1.9 Billion retweet buttons a month and still growing.
Nick has been in development for 20 years 15 of which was in the highly competitive games industry. He has a passion for all things technical and is still responsible for the development at the 10 person team at favorit.
Mark Suster, Partner, GRP. Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 after having worked with GRP for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Most recently Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com (NASDAQ: CRM) following its acquisition of Koral,where Mark was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, the largest independent global content collaboration company focused on the engineering and construction sectors, which was acquired by SWORD Group (PARIS: SWP). Earlier in his career, Mark spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Mark received a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He grew up in the US and is also a citizen of the UK.
Curt Smith, Tears for Fears. Curt is a musician, singer and songwriter, who provides the lead vocals for some of the biggest hits (“Mad World,” “Everybody Wants to Rule The World,” “Advice for the Young At Heart”) of Tears for Fears, the group he co-founded in 1981. TFF continues to tour worldwide, in addition to which Smith enjoys a flourishing solo career. He released “Halfway, pleased,” his most recent album, under a Creative Commons license via his own KOOK Media imprint.
The prolific Smith has also written music for television and is collaborating on a theatrical musical: his next creative goal is to compose for film. Smith became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2007 and has lived in Los Angeles since 1998.
Denise Wakeman. Online Marketing Advisor and Founder of the Blog Squad. Denise has been using the Internet as a marketing tool since 1996. She is a specialist at helping authors, speakers, service professionals, and small business owners leverage blogs for their business, as well as strategically use social media tools to boost online visibility to get more traffic, leads, clients and opportunities. Denise writes regularly on 3 blogs, has co-authored several blogging programs and frequently speaks at conferences and workshops about business blogging and how to gain expert status through social marketing. Denise resides in Los Angeles; you can connect via twitter at @DeniseWakeman or at www.denisewakeman.com
Gregory Ferenstein, Blogger for Fast Company. Gregory Ferenstein, Fellow at the University of California Center for the Study of Democracy and an Expert Blogger for Fast Company. Gregory is a speaker and writer in the areas of technology, politics, and business. As a Democracy Fellow, Gregory researches the political psychology of organizations like Google and the Obama Administration, and their relation to the distinctive attitudes of Generation Y. He also holds a Master’s degree in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences.
Winnie Hsia, Social Media Specialist, Whole Foods. Armed with an undergraduate from New York University in Marketing & Accounting, and diverse work experience extending from the high-rise kitchen of the German Consulate in New York City to the Infosys Technologies headquarters in Bangalore, India, one thing is for certain – Winnie is never at a loss for something to talk about. In her role as Social Media Specialist, she has found a way to utilize her passion for food, community and technology to connect and engage with customers on Twitter, Facebook and beyond. In her free time, she enjoys aerial dance, hula hooping and competitive cupcake baking.
Andrew Blair, Social Media Strategy Consultant, Comcast Entertainment Group (E! , G4TV, Mystyle, and Fearnet). Andrew is a web developer, social media evangelist, and part time rock star. Blair is no stranger to social networking as his early work with MP3.com helped his first band sign to Columbia Records and later his work with myspace.com helped he and his wife Elizabeth sign a movie/tv songwriting deal with Universal Music Publishing. In 2007, Andrew settled down in Southern California to focus on Web Development and Social Media Strategy. He was soon helping MC2 Marketing develop social campaigns for companies like Pepsi, Frito Lay, Wal Mart and Snyders as well as educating executives on social media best practices. Later that same year Andrew relocated to Miracle Mile, CA to pursue a great opportunity in the “Skunkworks” Department at Comcast Entertainment Group working on partnerships and syndication. In 2008 Blair left to help several start ups launch, but soon returned to work with Comcast on social media projects. He is responsible for their current success on twitter which includes @eonline and @chelsealately which both have over 1 million followers, as well as @g4tv, @mystylequicktip which are both Featured Twitter Users.
Stefanie Michaels, known to legions of fans as “Adventure Girl®,” has carved a unique niche in the world of travel and entertainment. Her website, AdventureGirl.com, has been utilized by millions looking for tips on exciting places to visit, be it sleeping in an Ice Hotel in Reykjavík, Iceland, swimming with dolphins in the Bahamas, or tapping into the chicest eco-friendly destinations in travel today.
While she is never one to sit still for too long, this has been a busy year for this Adventure Girl. Her book, Adventure Girl’s Guide to Adventure Travel…without Breaking a Nail, was released, and Michaels surprised even her fans when she braved sub-zero degree temperatures to participate in the Iditarod dog sled race in Anchorage, Alaska. One month later, Michaels defied gravity (and tapped into a dream of one day traveling to space) when she, along with astronaut Buzz Aldrin, participated in the inaugural flight of Las Vegas’ ZERO G, an airplane ride that lets passengers experience zero gravity.
A sought-after spokesperson in the media, Michaels is the travel expert for the 2008/09 season of Travel + Escape Channel’s UberGuide series, as well as the eco-travel expert for Hollywood Green for Discovery’s Planet Green, garnered the coveted spot as the green lifestyle expert for The Huffington Post and Tonic News Network, has been an expert travel guest on CNN and FOX News, in addition morning show appearances across the US sharing her latest picks in travel gadgets. Michaels is frequently quoted in outlets such as The New York Times and CNN.com. In addition, her travel pieces have appeared in magazines including Affluent USA, Affluent Worldwide- a private jet magazine, Westside Magazine, Women’s Health & Fitness, Southern California Bride, Weddings of Distinction, and Elite Traveler, People Magazine as well as numerous online outlets.
Olivia Munn, Co-host, Attack of the Show. In 2006, Munn moved on to the G4 network, where she began co-hosting Attack of the Show! with Kevin Pereira on April 10. She was the replacement for host Sarah Lane, who left the show along with Brendan Moran to get married. The network, devoted to the world of video games and the video game lifestyle, was at first hesitant to hire Munn. Although she admits video games were her “weak point,” she was confident in her technical knowledge. On the show, Munn is featured with journalist Anna David in a segment called “In Your Pants,” which deals with sex and relationship questions from viewers. She has also appeared in several skits on the show to include her parodies of Wonder Woman, Princess Leia, and the Baroness. While working on Attack of the Show!, Munn hosted Formula D, a now defunct program about American drift racing, and an online podcast called Around the Net (formerly known as The Daily Nut), for G4.
Jodee Rich, CEO at PeopleBrowsr. This social network application developer and CEO (not to mention skier, blader, kitesurfer, husband (of lawyer), father of 3) — programming and created PeopleBrowsr in 2007, a next generation dashboard into Twitter, Facebook and other online social networks. This live data mine of real time conversations wired up to a very cool search sentiment and workflow application can be found at PeopleBrowsr.
Rich, a seasoned CEO, has been a part of several successful technology ventures prior to PeopleBrowsr, most notably in 1980 with Imagineering, a microcomputer software and hardware distributor in Australia and South East Asia. Rich also formed a service provider of GSM mobile and long distance calls, One.Tel, in 1995. One.Tel UK ended up selling to British Gas for $200 million and is still trading with more than 1 million customers.
Ryan Block, co-founder, gdgt . Ryan Block is co-founder of gdgt, a consumer electronics media startup, and former editor-in-chief of Engadget, a web magazine focused on consumer electronics and technology. As a tech critic and commentator, he has been quoted by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall St. Journal, etc., and appeared on such networks as the BBC, CNN, and NPR. He currently resides in San Francisco, California with a woman with over a million Twitter followers, and two cats.
Kathy E. Gill, Department of Communication, University of Washington. Kathy teaches graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Washington, Department of Communication. Her primary appointment is with the Master of Communication Digital Media program, but she also teaches undergraduate digital journalism. Her research focus is the impact digital communication technologies are having on institutions of power, specifically journalism and politics.
Kathy’s blog, WiredPen, supports her classes with tech news and commentary and helps ease the itchy finger “must write!” gene. She has worked as a writer for About.com (now a New York Times property) twice: 1998-2000 and 2004-2009.
Brad Nelson, Starbucks. Brad is the the voice of the @Starbucks twitter account. As a former barista, he uses the account to converse with coffee drinkers, much in the same way he used to in a store, but on a global scale. Previously, he worked in the team that developed in store media systems for Starbucks in the Entertainment group. In his spare time, he plays trumpet and keyboard in his band, The Preons, and enjoys spending time with his wife and two cats. His favorite coffee currently is Guatemala Antigua. You can follow him on his personal twitter account, @halfnelson
Ted Stryker, KAMP 97.1 AMP Radio. Stryker is a well-known Los Angeles-based radio personality and DJ. He is currently on the air on KAMP 97.1 AMP Radio 3pm to 7 pm weekdays, and is Dean on VH-1’s Charm School series. Stryker also served as host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show, Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinksy. In addition to being on the radio, he was the on-stage DJ for the 5th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and voices the award winning in-game radio disc jockey “The Voice” in Burnout 3: Takedown as himself. He has also hosted shows on MTV, Fox Sports, VH1 and Direct TV and has acted in several feature films including Adam Sandler’s Grandma’s Boy, Out Cold and The Sweetest Thing.
Mark Nubar, keyboardist for the alternative rock band Hypnogaja, has co-written and co-produced several critically acclaimed albums and toured the U.S. and Canada, opening for bands such as Saliva, Shinedown, 311, godhead and more. His songs have been featured in numerous hit TV shows, films and video games, including Dollhouse (FOX), America’s Next Top Model (CW), The Starter Wife (USA), Six Feet Under (HBO), Sex And The City (HBO), FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (Warner Bros. Interactive) and many more. Hypnogaja’s song “Dark Star” (from the new album, Truth Decay) is featured in an upcoming episode of the critically acclaimed Starz original TV series, Crash, based on the Oscar™-winning motion picture.
Described by Outburn magazine as “enthralling, first-rate modern rock,” Apple.com as “soulful rock with a subtle electronic backdrop” and the Denver Post as music that “pushes boundaries,” Hypnogaja writes and performs “melodic, sophisticated songs that cater to no trend” according to GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Wendy Waldman (Garth Brooks, Vanessa Williams), producer of the band’s critically acclaimed album, Acoustic Sunset – Live at the Longhouse.
Truth Decay, Hypnogaja’s fifth studio recording, is a science fiction-tinged concept album in which all the songs revolve around the central story of a world’s dramatic, apocalyptic end and how life cycles into new chapters, sometimes with sudden force. The album contains thirteen new songs, including “Welcome to the Future,” which features cellist Richard Dodd of The Section Quartet (Decca/Universal). Truth Decay is now available on iTunes®, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, at all Amoeba Music locations and through online retailers worldwide.
For more information, please visit hypnogaja.com.
Jerry Michalski, Co-Founder, Yi-Tan As a guide to the relationship economy, Jerry Michalski (ma-call-ski) helps companies develop strategies that build authentic, productive relationships with their customers as well as among their employees. Usually, this requires a blend of corporate strategy, social dynamics and social software. Jerry’s consulting clients include the Institute for the Future (IFTF), Best Buy and Havas Media. He also advises a number of startups (CoTweet, EverNote, TheBrain, Twine, Socialtext), conference organizers and non-profits.
A frequent public speaker, panelist and moderator, Jerry also produces and runs events, some of which have no agenda at all. Over the past decade, Jerry has been paying attention to the word “consumer,” from its metaphorical roots to the business models associated with consumer mass marketing. This journey has paid off in insights about trust and trusworthiness, ideas for new businesses and business models, and more.
His perspective was formed over 12 years as a technology industry analyst, first for New Science Associates (a company like Gartner) and later writing Esther Dyson’s monthly newsletter, Release 1.0. Jerry earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in economics from UC Irvine. Jerry was raised in Peru and Argentina and speaks fluent Spanish and German — and pretty passable French. You can learn more at his site, Sociate, or contact him at jerry(at)sociate.com
Mark Geragos, Geragos & Geragos. As the Principal with the 14 lawyer firm of Geragos & Geragos, Mark Geragos has represented some of the most prominent figures in the world. Geragos cemented his national reputation as a trial lawyer with back to back State and Federal Court jury trial acquittals for renowned Whitewater figure Susan McDougal, the former business partner of former President Bill Clinton. In early 2001, Geragos completed his representation of McDougal by securing a presidential pardon for Ms. McDougal for a conviction she sustained prior to his representation of her.
Mark was one of the lead lawyers in a pair of groundbreaking Federal Class Action Lawsuits against New York Life Insurance and AXA Corporation for insurance policies issued in the early 20th century during the time of the Turkish genocide of over 1.5 million Armenians. These two cases have settled for over $ 37.5 million dollars in the last 12 months. Also this year, Mark was awarded the prestigious California Lawyer of the Year award in Civil Litigation for his groundbreaking work involving these lawsuits. Mark has also previously been named “Trial Lawyer of The Year” by the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association, making him one of only two lawyers ever named Lawyer of the year in both the Criminal and Civil arenas. (Johnnie Cochran was the other). California Law Business Magazine named Mark “one of the 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” three years in a row and Mark has been repeatedly voted by his peers every year as one of Los Angeles’ Superlawyers.
Loni Love, Comedian. Just how funny is comedian and actress Loni Love? Ask both Variety and Comedy Central, both of which have named her among their Top 10 Comics to Watch, or Campus Activity magazine, which honored her as its Hot Comic for 2009. Currently the host of the E! series “Wildest TV Show Moments,” Love is not only one of the most hilarious and lovable comics performing stand-up on the comedy club and college circuits but also a busy TV host, guest and actress who has also appeared in films and dramatic plays.
Love starred in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central in 2007 and has also been seen on the channel’s “Premium Blend,” “Weekends at the DL” and “Chocolate News”. Her many television appearances include “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” “The Best Damn Sports Show Period”, VH1’s “I Love the 70’s/80’s/90’s,” “Vh1’s The Great Debate” and “Comics Unleashed” among numerous others.
Love has enjoyed a recurring role on the Nickelodeon show “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” as well as guest starring roles on UPN’s “Girlfriends” and the CBS sitcom “Worst Week.” She has also been a guest host on “GSN Live,” and is a regular panelist on E!s hit show “Chelsea Lately” and TruTV’s “The Smoking Gun Presents: The World’s Dumbest”.
In 2009 Loni became a CNN correspondent for the show “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News” covering the inauguration of President Barak Obama. Currently, Loni is working on her first one hour special for Comedy Central scheduled to premiere 2010. Loni’s first love is performing for live audiences. She puts it quite simply “I love to make people laugh!”.
Alan Nusbaum is the founder and CEO of America’s largest Performing Arts Center in North America, TVI Actors Studio. Located in New York City, and Los Angeles, CA, TVI is a unique performing arts institution for actors which stresses the business side of show business along with the foundations of acting . A native New Yorker and graduate of the University of Maryland, Nusbaum worked as a TV Commercial talent agent in the New York office of Cunningham, Escott, Dipene, (now Cunningham, Escott, Slevin Doherty) for almost a decade prior to launching TVI Actors Studio in 1986.
During his tenure as an agent, he helped the careers of Courtney Cox, Sandra Bullock, Jerry Orbach and Tony award-winner Tonya Pinkins, among many others. Through TVI Actors Studio Web sites, Facebook and Twitter (@tvi_studios), and the Actors Blog Network, (a network of 20 acting related blogs) . TVI strives to provide actors with practical knowledge about training and marketing and therein enhance their global opportunities. Nusbaum also has a personal twitter account called Actor-preneur.com
Via twitter he is able to communicate with close to 2000 followers about the Film, TV and Broadway industries along with promoting the courses TVI offers in North America, Australia, the UK, and the EU.
Damon P. Cortesi, Director, Alchemy Security LLC. Damon is Director and co-founder of Alchemy Security, LLC by day and a creator of various Twitter applications by night. Some of his creations include TweetStats, TweepSearch, TweetSum and a variety of small utilities. Damon has been developing Twitter applications since 2007 when he whipped up a quick Perl script to analyze the patterns of his first 2,000 tweets and has been hooked ever since. His security work is primarily in the payment card industry and web application security spaces and he has consulted for several financial industry and Fortune 500 clients. He also was a member of the Microsoft Vista Final Security Review team and worked out of Germany for six months for a global retailer.
Josh Krane, Senior Vice President, Interactive and New Media, G4TV. Krane oversees all aspects of G4’s interactive and new media strategy including G4’s multi-platform, non-linear content offering known as the G4 Multiplex. G4’s Multiplex expands G4’s reach beyond linear television to broadband, podcasting, video on demand, mobile, download to own, third party partnerships and game consoles such as the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.
Prior to joining G4, Krane served as the Director of Internet Services for Pseudo Inc., an online television network. During his tenure at Pseudo, he was responsible for completely overhauling the company’s content delivery system and Web properties while leading Pseudo’s live internet broadcasting initiatives. Krane also conceived and produced a number of shows including “AGN Hardware,” a weekly show about computer trends and hardware and hosted “GameTime,” a daily talk show.
Laura Fitton, Pistachio Consulting. Laura “@Pistachio.” Fitton is leading the charge of sussing out intelligent and productive business uses of emergent technologies like Twitter, where she is read by thousands of community members. The first to publish a white paper on “Enterprise Microsharing” (popularly called “Internal Twitter”) she also writes for an runs the TouchBase blog and is an early beta tester of Seesmic and Qik. She re-launched Pistachio Consulting in September 2008 to connect businesses to new ideas and innovations using all the tools of microsharing. Pistachio comprises the TouchBase blog (covering business use of microsharing), the TouchBase Link Blog (stream of Twitter and microsharing articles for businesspeople, wherever they are published), serves clients like Johnson & Johnson, Ford Motor Corporation, PeopleBrowsr, The Sister Project, Transplant-1 and CommuNteligence, and is writing Twitter for Dummies for Wiley publishing, due July 2009.
Brian Wong, Founder of Followformation.com. Brian is an 18-year-old BCom graduate from the University of British Columbia. He is the founder of Followformation.com, a tool for novice Twitter users to get started with following the top people in their categories of interest. You can call it Twitter’s suggested users feature on steroids — with an opportunity for anyone to be a part of it. Followformation was covered by Mashable, Fast Company.com, The Examiner, Killer Startups, Techvibes, and more.
Dom Sagolla, Author, @TheBook. Dom Sagolla helped create Twitter while working for Odeo in 2006. He grew up in New England before attending Swarthmore College, where he earned a degree in English Literature in 1996 and created Dom.net. A software engineer in Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom, Dom returned to get his Masters in Education from Harvard University in 2000. Since then he has helped build Macromedia Studio, Odeo Studio, the original Twttr, Adobe Creative Suite, and now produces iPhone apps with his company DollarApp in San Francisco. His successes include the official Obama ‘08 iPhone App, as well as two iTunes Staff Favorites: Big Words and Math Cards.
Dom’s forthcoming book “140 Characters” describes the short form as a new genre of literature. @TheBook deals with the deluge of information in social media, and how to command an audience using one’s unique voice. With over 25 active Twitter accounts of various types, he can be found simply as @dom: user number 9 on the system.
Peter Shankman, Founder, HARO. PR Week Magazine has described Peter as “redefining the art of networking,” and Investor’s Business Daily has called him “crazy, but effective.” Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you harness the power of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and make it work to your advantage.
An entrepreneur, author, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about Social Media, PR, marketing, advertising, creativity, and customer service.
Peter is perhaps best known for founding Help A Reporter Out, (HARO) which in under a year has become the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources on deadline, offering them more than 100,000 sources around the world looking to be quoted in the media. HARO is currently the largest free source repository in the world, sending out over 1,200 queries from worldwide media each week. HARO’s tagline, “Everyone is an Expert at Something,” proves over and over again to be true, as thousands of new members join at helpareporter.com each week.
Justine Ezarik (iJustine). Justine is a new media / internet personality originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She recently relocated to Los Angeles, CA to continue her media career on the West Coast. She is best known as iJustine who once streamed her life live online for over 6 months straight. According to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Ezarik is among the Web site’s most popular lifecasters. She claims to “be the internet” and there aren’t many social networking websites you won’t find her on. She has made more than 200 videos, all created and edited by her that have been viewed nearly 35 million times.
Ezarik gained notoriety for her 300 Page iPhone bill video 2 years ago around the launch of the first iPhone. It was this video that brought the voluminous bills to the mass media’s attention. Ten days later, the video had been viewed more than 3 million times and received international news coverage from USA Today, ABC News, CNN, Fox News Channel, and more.
Most recently iJustine has partnered with brands such as AT&T, American Eagle, Sanyo, MTV, Intel and is even appearing in national television commercials for Mozy.com — iJustine is one of the top 30 most followed on twitter, she hosts a weekly show called “Ask iJ” and you can find all things iJustine on her blog at iJustine.com
Robert Scoble, Building43, Rackspace. Robert is a blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technical evangelist at Microsoft. He is married to Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble. He has two sons, Patrick, from a previous marriage, and Milan. He is currently closing out his work at Fast Company as a video blogger. He is also the co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.
Mari Smith, Relationship Marketing Specialist & Social Media Trainer. Dubbed “the Pied Piper of the Online World” by FastCompany.com, Mari helps business owners to accelerate their profits using an integrated social marketing strategy, with particular focus on Facebook and Twitter. She has a strong background in the world of relationships and internet technology, and is passionate about merging these two worlds through what she calls, Conscious Social Media. Mari began her Facebook specialty in mid-2007 on an alpha team of a popular Facebook app and became active on Twitter around the same time. After applying Mari’s proven Social Marketing methods, her clients typically experience a significant increase in traffic, subscribers, clients, affiliates, lucrative strategic alliances and targeted media attention.
Mari is also an in-demand speaker and travels the United States and internationally to provide social media keynotes and in-depth training. She has shared the stage with Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Brian Tracy, Tony Hsieh, Gary Vaynerchuk, Joe Polish, Joel Bauer, Joel Comm, Bill Glazer, Alexandria Brown, even Paula Abdul. Canadian by birth, Scottish by heritage, Mari currently lives in San Diego, California.
Jeff Pester, Founder & Managing Partner, Text Capital. Jeff is the founder of Text Capital, a developer of custom content delivery applications for social media & social networking platforms. He is also the creator and curator of @socialmedia411, a highly popular and influential Twitter account among Interactive & Media professionals with nearly 60,000 followers.
As a thought leader and innovator in the use of the Twitter platform, he has substantial experience with broadcast-oriented Twitter accounts in the media/entertainment vertical.
Jeff also provides strategic advice to other corporate and non-profit organizations interested in identifying best uses of the Twitter platform, business model formation & execution strategies, stream management tactics, and integration of social media tools with existing web-based assets.
Chris Abad, CEO, iList. iList are the creators of the overnight-sensation Twitter game, Spymaster (http://playspymaster.com). What started as a fun and unique exploration of Twitter’s application platform for Chris and his team, has since taken over Twitter and become an addiction for thousands passionate users. At iList, Chris is responsible for overall strategy and direction of the company, as well as product concept and innovation. iList is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, where Chris and the rest of his team resides.
Mike Prasad, Brand/New Media Director, Kogi BBQ and Co-Founder/CEO of GirlGamer.com. A rare Los Angeles native, lifelong gamer and technophile, Mike is responsible for giving Kogi a name, a look, and a twitter. Currently, he combines his background in marketing, new media and social application platforms to expand both Kogi and GirlGamer’s brand, business and culture, online and offline, utilizing tools like Twitter, Qik, and other coolness.
Over the last year, Mike has also been very active within the tech community and startup space, working with companies such as Black Card Circle, ScreenFuse and others. He loves building brands and leveraging new media. It’s all about culture, engagement and interaction. Always looking to do cool stuff, Mike can be followed via Twitter at www.twitter.com/mikeprasad or at www.mikeprasad.com.
Jeff Yasuda is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blip.fm (http://blip.fm). Launched in July 2008, Blip.fm is the only real-time social media DJ service available for music enthusiasts. Blip.fm community members actively engage with their favorite titles by recommending them via “blips” of streaming music to friends across Blip.fm, Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed and other leading social communities. Blip.fm also integrates one-click access to purchasing available songs, merchandise and concert tickets related to each blipped title to offer a more immersive relationship with the artists.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Jeff was the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Silicon Valley VC firm Redwood Ventures, where he held board directorships and managed investments in their technology portfolio. Previous to that Prior he Jeff worked in investment banking at Lehman Brothers, where he was involved with IPO’s for tech companies and Arthur Andersen, where he focused on strategic consulting, mergers and acquisitions, and financial valuation.
Jeremy Toeman, CEO of Trivia on Twitter. Jeremy Toeman is a consumer technology and marketing expert, with over ten years experience devising comprehensive marketing strategies. Jeremy is the founder and CEO of Trivia on Twitter, a fun promotion and engagement tool that turns Twitter into a viable advertising platform for consumer brands. Brands give away real prizes to winners of twitter-based trivia games, combining the lure of competition with the virality and immediacy of twitter. TriviaOnTwitter launched in June 2009, and has attracted sponsors such as Seagate, Sonos, Aliph, Roku, Cordarounds, and other brands.
Jeremy is also the Founder oft Stage Two Consulting, a strategic marketing and media relations firm specializing in servicing consumer web and consumer electronics companies. He routinely counsels clients on how to effectively use twitter towards their marketing objectives. The company works with brands such as Best Buy, NETGEAR, Boxee.tv, DivX, VUDU, Electronic Arts, Bug Labs, and other well-known and startup companies. Additionally in April 2009 he also launched Legacy Locker, the safe and secure way to pass your logins to your family and loved ones. Legacy Locker was widely covered on CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and other prominent news outlets.
Prior to founding Stage Two, Jeremy worked at Sling Media as the VP Product Management, where he was responsible for guiding development of the Slingbox from conception to launch, and took the lead role of building the company’s social media strategy. The Slingbox won numerous awards including the coveted CES Best of Show (an award Jeremy’s been personally associated with on 3 separate occasions).
In addition to consulting, launching, and advising companies, Jeremy blogs at LIVEdigitally, is a columnist for Engadget, and speaks at numerous industry events.
Steve Broback, Founder, The Parnassus Group. Steve Broback is the founder of the Blog Business Summit and the Web Community Forum conferences. He is also the coauthor of Publish and Prosper: Blogging for Your Business (Peachpit Press, 2006.) He also co-founded Thunder Lizard Productions, (a technology event production company) in 1991, which became a subsidiary of Fawcette Technical Publications in 2000.
At Thunder Lizard, Broback orchestrated some of the most successful technology events of the last 10 years focusing on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Macromedia DreamWeaver. He also produced TLP’s Web Design World, Macromedia Web World, and other events with attendees numbering in the tens of thousands.
Jason Preston, Director of New Media, The Parnassus Group. Jason has worked with clients on shaping blogger engagement strategies, creating blogs, conceptualizing Facebook applications, and has spoken about Social Media at the Web Community Forum, PodCamp Seattle, and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He has been quoted on social media and online communication technologies in the Sydney Morning Herald and in The Observer.
Jason is also the founding editor of Eat Sleep Publish, a blog and event series about the future of publishing.
Dave Peck, Social Media Strategist, LSF Interactive. Dave Peck has been active in new media & online communities since 2004. One of the early adopters of virtual worlds, he created the online persona of Britney Mason, a 26 year old blonde avatar. As the Britney character he has been a featured user on such sites as: Twitter, MySpace, Utterz, Blip.tv, and podcastready among others.
After realizing that one can only go so far pretending to be a 26 year old blonde on the internet that did not have a phone. Dave went on to help build online communities for such companies such as: UC Berkeley, Harvard, Coca Cola and Wells Fargo. He has also worked as a Social Media Strategist on projects for The Grammys, The Ozzy Osbourne Auction, George Lynch and NPR. CNBC and Current tv have profiled him for his social media work as well as online community building. Most recently he has joined LSF Interactive as their Social Media Strategist. He can be found on Twitter under the unique name of @davepeck as well as almost any social networking site you can think of.
David Prager, Co-Founder of Revision3. David is the Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist for the Internet television network, Revision3. An industry veteran in the rapidly growing medium of Internet video-on-demand programming, Prager has been heavily involved in programming, production, distribution, promotion, sales, along with building and executing a working business model for Revision3 at the company’s inception. He is also a frequent guest on programs within the medium, such as TWiT (This Week in Tech) of which he was an inaugural host. Prior to Revision3, Prager worked for ZDTV, TechTV, and Comcast/G4 Media in different capacities, and has accumulated several hundred hours of daily live production experience, in addition to field production and his already seasoned track record in technology writing. Prager received his degrees in Communications and Media Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and has been heavily involved in computers and technology since becoming SysOp of his own computer BBS in 1989.
Noah Everett, Twitpic. The idea for Twitpic was simple: create a way to share photos on Twitter. What began as a side project in February 2008 quickly became a trial-by-fire lesson in scaling under the pressure of unexpected and massive growth. As a one-man show, Noah Everett single-handedly grew the site from inception to a service now used by 3 ½ million users, including celebrities, politicians, and his mom. Twitpic become a source for breaking news after photos of the downed plane on the Hudson appeared first on the site. Today Twipic serves billions of requests every month.
He recently relocated to Charleston, SC, where he continues to grow Twitpic while tweeting about subsisting on Frosted Mini-Wheats.
Felipe Coimbra, Founder of Twtapps. Felipe Coimbra, founder of Twtapps. Twtapps is a set of simple and useful business Twitter applications. Two of them are among the most popular Twitter applications, Twtpoll, for polls/surveys and Twtvite, for organizing Tweetups. Some others let you to exchange business cards and distribute online coupons through Twitter.
Felipe is a software engineer from Brazil who decided to quit his job in the US to work on different projects for one year. And that’s how Twtapps was born. He now lives in Montreal where he also organizes monthly tech events. Felipe has also developed a web analytics application and a social network for travelers a few years ago.
Marcus Schmidt, Senior Marketing Manager & Community Manager, Windows Business Group, Microsoft Corp.. As a senior marketing manager and community manager in the Windows Business Group, Marcus is responsible for building a vibrant consumer community around some of the world’s most widely used products – Windows & Windows Live. Every day, he sees, hears, and learns how our customers use these products in their daily lives. The best part of his job is sharing and showcasing the contributions of the community to the world through our corporate websites, e-mail newsletters, Facebook, and Twitter.
Marcus has been at Microsoft for nearly twelve years, in various marketing and product management roles across a wide range of products and services. While currently working with consumers, his previous roles focused on business customers, both large and small. Prior to Microsoft, he worked in a small startup software company for five years building Manufacturing and Human Resources software.
Brad Hunstable, President and Founder, Ustream. Brad founded Ustream in March 2007 with partner John Ham, whom he studied with at West Point, as well as Dr. Gyula Feher, lead technologist. As founder, Brad is responsible for guiding the company’s strategy and growth through partnerships, technology innovation and product architecture. Brad has been a featured speaker at Video On The Net (VON) conferences, Talkers, Convergence, and the Podcast and New Media Expo.
Jonathan I. Ezor is the Director of the Touro Law Center Institute for Business, Law and Technology, and an Assistant Professor of Law and Technology. He also serves as special counsel to The Lustigman Firm, a marketing and advertising law firm based in Manhattan. A technology attorney for more than fifteen years, Professor Ezor has represented advertising agencies, software developers, banks, retailers and Internet service providers as well as traditional firms, and has been in-house counsel to an online retailer, an Internet-based document printing firm and a multinational Web and software development company. He was also named one of Long Island Business News’ “Top 40 Under 40” for 2005, and served as the Reporter for the New York State Bar Association E-Filing Task Force.
Author of the new free e-book Shooting From the Hip: Managing the Risks of Portable Computing and Smartphones in Your Business (available at http://www.mobilerisk.com) and the Internet law handbook Clicking Through: A Survival Guide for Bringing Your Company Online (Bloomberg Press, 2000) (http://www.clickingthrough.com) and coauthor of Producing Web Hits (IDG Books, 1997), Professor Ezor was a columnist on legal issues for BusinessWeek Online (for which he is now a guest blogger) and the @NY electronic newsletter. He has also written for Business 2.0, Advertising Age (which named him a “Web Warrior” in 1995), Law Technology News, the New York Law Journal, and Infoworld. Professor Ezor is a graduate of Brandeis University (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) and Yale Law School. He teaches courses including Cyberlaw, Cybercrime, Licensing Intellectual Property, Negotiable Instruments and Payment Systems, and the Business Technology Law Externship, and established and directed Touro’s first summer law school program in Jerusalem, Israel in 2008.
Ron Evans, Blogger and Software Developer. Ron Evans (@deadprogram) is a software developer, contributor to several open source projects, occasional author and speaker, and iconoclast. For the last few years, Ron has been a Ruby fanatic, and his blog “Dead Programmer Society” has been the venue for his programming obsessions. In addition to creating the flying_robot project for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, he is involved with a number of other open source projects, including his own “Frankie”, which allows easy creation of Facebook apps using Ruby, as well as contributing to the Twitter library for Ruby. Ron is currently founder of Thumbfight (http://www.thumbfight.com), a sentiment monitoring service for social media, as well as co-founder of the parental filtering company littleye (littleeye.com).