Web 2.0 Conference.
 Octover 5-7, 2004, Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, CA.

Speakers

One of the best reasons to attend the Web 2.0 Conference is the unprecedented gathering of top-notch presenters, leaders, and experts. Our initial lineup of confirmed speakers include:

Matt Ackley

Matt Ackley
Matt Ackley is senior director of the eBay Developers Program. Supporting eBay's vision to be the leading platform for global online commerce, Ackley is chartered with creating a thriving ecosystem between eBay, its community of users and third party developers and solution providers.

Ackley's primary responsibilities include providing overall direction for the marketing, management, and technical operations of the Developers Program as well as overseeing strategic partnerships. Prior to this role, Ackley was senior director of strategic partnerships for eBay.

Ackley joined eBay in 2003 as part of eBay's acquisition of FairMarket, which provided technology solutions and services to online marketplaces. As vice president of product management, Ackley led the development of the FairMarket's platform-based application approach to online marketplaces as well as the company's early deployment of application programming interfaces (APIs).

Prior to FairMarket, Ackley co-founded Social Goods, LLP and worked with Anderson Consulting.

Ackley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Duke University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University.


Christopher J. Alden

Christopher J. Alden
Christopher J. Alden is co-founder and CEO of Rojo Networks, Inc. (www.rojo.com), an Internet company dedicated to helping information consumers and publishers effectively manage dynamic content. Prior to founding Rojo, he was co-founder and a former CEO of Red Herring, which we helped launch out of his house in 1993. Prior to that he founded Computer Guides, a consultancy and taught computer studies at Crystal Springs Uplands School. He was awarded the Business Leadership Award from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA in 2000. Alden graduated with a degree in history from Dartmouth College in 1992.

Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen
Speaker biography currently unavailable.

Andrew Anker

Andrew Anker

Anker is Executive Vice President, Corporate Development for blog platform developer Six Apart, creators of MovableType and TypePad. Prior to joining Six Apart, Anker was a General Partner for five years at August Capital, where he invested in such consumer facing internet companies as Tickle, Evite, and Listen.com.

A veteran of two start-ups prior to his venture career, Anker was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wired Digital, Inc., a pioneering Internet news and media organization which launched the first advertising supported web site (HotWired) in 1994. Anker led Wired Digital from its founding through 1998 and built it into one of the 20 largest networks of web sites.

Anker created and still contributes to VentureBlog and has written for Wired and Business 2.0 magazines. In 1997, he was profiled in the book "Architects of the Web: 1,000 Days that Built the Future of Business."


Lanny Baker

Lanny Baker is a Managing Director of the Equity Research department of Smith Barney. Institutional Investor magazine recognized Baker on its 2002 All-Star Research list, naming him third in the Internet category, and in 2001 as runner-up in the Portals & eCommerce Research category. Although his investment research efforts are currently focused on the Internet, Online Media, and eCommerce, Baker spent seven years covering the publishing industry prior to jumping onto the Internet in 1998.

Baker is a Chartered Financial Analyst and former Chairman of the Media and Entertainment Analysts of New York investment society. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College and lives in San Francisco.


Hank Barry

Hank Barry
Hank Barry is a partner at Hummer Winblad. He joined the firm in July 1999. Prior to joining Hummer Winblad, he was a partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a leading Silicon Valley technology law firm, where he led the firm's interactive new media practice. At WSGR, Barry was principal outside counsel to several pioneering Internet companies, including Global Village Communications, Looksmart, Liquid Audio and NetDynamics. From May 2000 through July 2001 he served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Napster, Inc.

John Battelle

John Battelle
John Battelle is an entrepreneur, journalist, professor, and author. Currently founder and chairman of Federated Media Publishing, he is also a founder and executive producer of conferences in the media, technology, communications, and entertainment industries and "band manager" with BoingBoing.net. Previously, Battelle was founder, chairman, and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI), publisher of The Industry Standard and TheStandard.com. Prior to founding The Standard, Battelle was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures. He is the author of The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture" (Portfolio, 2005).

Russell Beattie

Russell Beattie
Russell Beattie joined Yahoo! in early 2005 and focuses on creating, discovering, and evangelizing innovative new mobile products and services. Yahoo! Mobile is focused on extending the company's core services beyond the desktop and offering engaging services with leading wireless providers and device manufacturers. Yahoo! is the #1 mobile web destination (mobile data users cite Yahoo! as the site they most often visited - Telephia, 8/04) and the #1 global internet destination.

Brian Behlendorf

Brian Behlendorf
Brian Behlendorf founded CollabNet, with O'Reilly & Associates, in July 1999. The company provides tools and services based on open source methods. Before launching CollabNet, Behlendorf was co-founder and CTO of Organic Online, a Web design and engineering consultancy located in San Francisco. During his five years at Organic, Behlendorf helped create Internet strategies for dozens of Fortune 500 companies. During that time, he co-founded and contributed heavily to the Apache Web Server Project, co-founded and supported the VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) effort, and assisted several IETF working groups, particularly the HTTP standardization effort. Before starting Organic, Behlendorf was the first Chief Engineer at Wired Magazine and later HotWired, one of the first large-scale publishing Web sites.

Behlendorf is President of the Apache Software Foundation. He also serves as a Technical Advisor to Critical Path (CPTH) and Topica.


Jory Bell

Prior to founding OQO, Jory Bell worked in Apple Product Design, where he was responsible for major parts of the G3 line and the co-inception of the Titanium Powerbook. he was previously at IBM's Almaden Research Center, developing new portable computing hardware for IBM's ThinkPad line. He also worked at MIT, developing moored oceanographic instruments for climate change research.

Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of salesforce.com . He founded the company in March 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) solution that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Benioff is now regarded as the leader of what he has termed "The End of Software," the growing belief that on-demand applications can democratize CRM by delivering immediate benefits to companies of all sizes at reduced risks and costs. Under Benioff's direction, salesforce.com has grown from a ground-breaking idea into a publicly traded company that is the market and technology leader in on-demand business services.

Steve Berkowitz

Steve Berkowitz
As senior vice president of the Online Services Group, Steve Berkowitz is responsible for the marketing, sales and business development related to Microsoft's online services, including MSN.com and Windows Live. Prior to this role at Microsoft, Berkowitz was the CEO of Ask.com. As CEO, Berkowitz was responsible for all business related to IAC Search & Media. In his previous role as president of Ask.com (a Web property of IAC Search & Media), Berkowitz is credited with building the management team that orchestrated the turn around of Ask.com, today the second-largest pure search site on the Internet.

John Betz

John is the Director of Planning and Business Development for Microsoft MapPoint.  Over the past 7 years, John has worked to bring location technology to the masses via packaged consumer applications, desktop productivity applications, web services, and most recently on mobile devices.  Prior to MapPoint, John spent 5 years with Microsoft Office serving as the Group Product Manager and Planner for Microsoft Access.

Jeffrey P. Bezos

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos has always been interested in anything that can be revolutionized by computers. Intrigued by the amazing growth in use of the Internet, Bezos created a business model that leveraged the Internet’s unique ability to deliver huge amounts of information rapidly and efficiently.

In 1994 he founded Amazon.com, Inc., now the leading online retailer, offering services that traditional retailers cannot: lower prices, authoritative selection and a wealth of product information.

Before heading west to start Amazon.com, Bezos worked at the intersection of computer science and finance, helping build one of the most technically sophisticated quantitative hedge funds on Wall Street for D.E. Shaw & Co. He also led the development of computer systems that helped manage more than $250 billion in assets for Bankers Trust Company.

He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University in 1986.


Daniel Boberg

Daniel Boberg, director of strategic alliances, joined Overture in April of 1999. Boberg is responsible for managing the company’s channel sales team which focuses on developing and servicing strategic relationships with key search engine marketing agencies.  In 2001, Boberg pioneered Overture’s Ambassador Program, helping search engine marketing companies streamline their work with Overture to drive targeted sales leads to clients.  Boberg began his career at Overture in Marketing where he founded Overture’s Advertiser Referral Program, which enables companies to make money referring new advertisers to Overture.

Shelby Bonnie

Shelby Bonnie

Shelby Bonnie co-founded CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET) in 1993, and in 2000 assumed the post of Chairman and CEO. He led the business through the volatile early days of the Internet with unwavering focus on the potential of interactive content and online marketing. Today, CNET Networks is widely viewed as a premier global provider of interactive content that informs, entertains, and connects large, engaged audiences in the personal technology, games and entertainment, and business technology categories. CNET Networks’ leading brands include CNET.com, Download.com, News.com, ZDNet, TechRepublic, GameSpot and recent additions MP3.com and Webshots.

Prior to his current position, Bonnie served -- in order from most recent -- as CNET Networks’ CEO, Vice Chairman, and the combined role of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. In his role as Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau from 2001 to 2003, and the bureau’s current Chairman Emeritus and executive committee member, Bonnie has been a leading proponent and evangelist for interactive advertising. CNET Networks is a recognized leader in advertising innovation and has developed three of the ad units in the IAB Universal Ad Package. From 1990 to 1993, prior to co-founding CNET Networks, Bonnie was a Managing Director at Tiger Management and before that worked at Morgan Stanley & Co.

In 2003, Bonnie was honored as a recipient of The New York Ten Awards, an annual selection of ten individuals who have, through their innovation, significantly impacted their organization and industry. He currently serves on the Board of Edmunds.com, a premier online resource for automotive information. He also serves as a Trustee of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and is on the Board of Environmental Defense, a national environmental group known as a leading innovator of environmental policy. Bonnie earned a B.S. degree from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.


Adam Bosworth

Adam Bosworth
Adam Bosworth joined Google recently as Vice President of Engineering. Bosworth comes to Google from BEA where he was Chief Architect & Senior VP of Advanced Development and responsible for driving the engineering efforts for BEA's Framework Division. Prior to joining BEA, Bosworth co-founded Crossgain, a software development firm recently acquired by BEA. Known as one of the pioneers of XML, Bosworth held various senior management positions at Microsoft, including General Manager of the WebData group, a team focused on defining and driving XML strategy.

Jim Buckmaster

Jim Buckmaster
Since 2000 Jim Buckmaster has led craigslist to be the most used classifieds service in any medium with over 10 million new ads and over 5 billion page views per month, while maintaining its renowned public service mission, unorthodox business philosophy, non-corporate vibe, and staff of 20.

Stewart Butterfield

Stewart Butterfield
Stewart Butterfield is a director of product management at Yahoo! where he oversees the development of Flickr.com. He also co-founded and acted as CEO of Flickr's parent company, Ludicorp, before its acquisition by Yahoo! in the spring of 2005.


Marc Canter

Marc Canter
Marc Canter is CEO of Broadband Mechanics, a company which is “bringing social to software”. Marc’s background is that he started a company called MacroMind - which became Macromedia - so he’s been in the software business for 23 years - and counting. Marc’s focus has been on open standards and the burgeoning world of open social networking. Panels, speeches, lectures, rants and embarrassing questions are his techniques to bring these issues up in public - around the world.

Mike Caren

Mike Caren is Senior Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records. He began his music career in 1994, when, at the age of 16, he created his own marketing company, School Rules Promotions. He went on to work for Loud Records/RCA as National High School/College Rep. Coordinator and then Ruthless Records as National Marketing Manager.

At 18, Caren joined Atlantic, doing marketing for the Big Beat label, and attended the Stern School of Business at NYU. Since moving to Atlantic's A&R Department in 1998, he has been responsible for recruiting a string of top-charting artists. Among Caren's signings are seven artists whose debut Atlantic releases were certified RIAA gold (500,000+) or platinum (1,000,000+): Trick Daddy, Nappy Roots (for which he also served as Executive Producer), Twista, Trina, Sunshine Anderson, Drama, and T.I.. He has also worked on successful soundtracks to Dr. Dolittle, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Osmosis Jones, and Any Given Sunday and launched the Vice Records label (The Streets, The Stills). He is also an accomplished producer in his own right (Pharcyde, Jem, Ludacris), having produced tracks for more than ten albums and five films.

Caren also started his own label, Serious Entertainment, and publishing company, Serious Scriptures and has seen his own records and songs on the Billboard charts.


Juha Christensen

Juha Christensen
Juha Christensen is president of Macromedia's mobile and devices business aimed at consumers, mobile operators, handset manufacturers, and consumer electronics manufacturers. In this role, he leads planning, engineering, marketing, and sales of innovative solutions and technologies that "light up" devices ranging from mobile phones to consumer electronics devices such as PDAs, DVD players, interactive children's toys, and set-top boxes.

Prior to joining Macromedia, Christensen served as corporate vice president of Microsoft's Mobile Devices Group from 2000 to 2003, where he was responsible for building Microsoft's franchise in the mobile industry. During his tenure, multiple products were brought to market including Smartphone, Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone Edition, and Mobile Information Server. Christensen is also credited with building Microsoft's operator centric business model.

In 1996, Christensen co-founded Symbian, Ltd., which began as a Psion PLC spin-off. He developed the business and operational strategy, as well as initiated and led the negotiations with Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, and Matsushita to bring them into the venture. Christensen served on Symbian's board of directors and managed the company's commercial activities, including marketing, sales, account management, business development, evangelism, product planning, product management, and all overseas operations.

From 1992, Christensen worked at Psion PLC, where he was responsible for delivering several of its pioneering palmtop products as well as pioneering wireless data solutions such as GSM-based and Mobitex/RAM based mobile messaging products.

Christensen currently serves on the boards of Action Engine, Inc., ExpandIT Solutions A/S, and Skyspire, Inc.


Jeffrey A. Citron

Jeffrey Citron, Chairman and CEO of Vonage, is a technology pioneer and visionary who transformed the financial services industry. In 1995, Citron founded The Island ECN, a computerized trading system designed to eliminate the problems associated with order execution. Today, the newly merged company is one of the largest global financial exchanges, and is responsible for more than one in four NASDAQ trades.

Following on the success of The Island ECN, Citron founded and became the Chairman and CEO of Datek Online Holdings Corp. as Datek transitioned into the online brokerage industry. Under his leadership, Datek had grown to become the fourth largest online brokerage in the US, and was recently acquired by Ameritrade Holdings for $1.3 billion. Citron departed Datek in 1999 and, recognizing a similar opportunity, founded Vonage.


George Conrades

George Conrades
George Conrades was named chairman and chief executive officer of Akamai in April 1999, bringing a broad range of business experience in the computing, Internet, telecommunications, and media industries. Before joining Akamai, Conrades was executive vice president and president of GTE Internetworking following the firm's acquisition of BBN Corporation in 1997. At GTE, he was responsible for creating GTE Internetworking and leading GTE's rapid growth in the data and Internet business, including integrated telecommunications services.

From 1994 until GTE's acquisition of BBN, Conrades served as CEO of BBN, where he built the company into one of the industry's top-tier ISPs. BBN helped build the ARPANET, the forerunner to today's modern Internet. Prior to BBN, Conrades was an IBM senior vice president and member of IBM's Corporate Management Board. There, he ran many of its key businesses including IBM United States, IBM Asia/Pacific, and two manufacturing and development groups.

Conrades serves on the Board of Directors for Harley-Davidson and Cardinal Health. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Scripps Research Institute and Ohio Wesleyan University. Conrades is also a Fellow for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Conrades serves as a venture partner at Polaris Venture Partners, an early stage investment company.

Conrades is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with majors in physics and mathematics. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Andrew Conru

Andrew Conru

CEO Andrew Conru founded the FriendFinder Network in 1996, just as the world was awakening to the Internet revolution. His primary goal was to harness the power of the Net to help people around the world develop and nurture fulfilling relationships.

A cyberspace pioneer, Andrew is one of the first "netrepreneurs," founding more than 25 online advertising and software companies. These early e-commerce ventures include W3, Inc., which was the first company to develop commercial software for membership management, and Adknowledge, which developed centralized web-based advertising. Other companies founded by Andrew include StudyOnline, the Web Personals, and the Dine.com Restaurant Guide Network.

Andrew holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering design from Stanford University, with bachelor degrees in economics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.


Dick Costolo

Dick Costolo
Dick is cofounder and CEO of FeedBurner, Inc., the leading provider of media distribution and audience engagement services. Previously, he cofounded and was CEO of Spyonit.com. Spyonit was sold to 724 Solutions in September 2000. Prior to Spyonit, Dick cofounded Burning Door Networked Media, a web design and development consulting company. Burning Door was acquired by Digital Knowledge Assets in October 1996. Prior to Burning Door, Dick was at Andersen Consulting for 8 years, where his roles included Senior Manager, Strategy, Application Products Group and Senior Manager, Application Infrastructure, Eagle Advanced Technology Group.

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban
In September 2001, Mark Cuban and co-founder Philip Garvin launched HDNet, the world's first national television network broadcasting all of its programming in spectacular 1080i high-definition television (HDTV). Fueled by Cuban's business leadership and enthusiasm, HDNet has quickly emerged as the leading provider of quality HDTV news, entertainment and sports programming.


Eddy Cue

Eddy Cue is Apple's vice president of Applications and Internet Services. He oversees Apple's iLife applications, including iTunes, the iTunes Music Store, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD, as well as .Mac and the online Apple Store.

Eddy received a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University.


James Currier

James Currier

James Currier is founder and President of Tickle Inc. and SVP of Consumer Services at Monster.com. A former venture capitalist with a deep passion for digital media and social sciences, James developed an early vision of how the Internet could be used to help people learn more about themselves and better connect with each other.

The inspiration for Tickle came when James attended Harvard Business School in 1998. He saw his class take a career personality test and noticed the striking improvement in how his classmates communicated with each other. Talking with professors at Harvard, MIT and Yale about this phenomenon, James discovered that valuable scientific research into many areas of human behavior –career, relationships, intelligence, finances, sexuality, health – were hidden within academic institutions, inaccessible to the average person.

James believed that an Internet-based company that brought this scientific knowledge directly to individuals could allow people to connect better for jobs, relationships and other services. Staying true to this vision over the last six years, Tickle today provides assessment tests, career profiling, matchmaking and social networking to more than 14 million active members.

Based in San Francisco, Tickle has been ranked by Media Metrix and Neilsen as a top 50 destination site. The company has experienced double-digit growth, and has been profitable for nine straight quarters. Today, Tickle employs more than 65 employees. In May of 2004, the company was acquired by Monster.com for approximately $100 million.

Prior to founding Tickle, James was an Associate with venture capital firm Battery Ventures in Boston. Before Battery, James served as Business Development Manager at STAR TV in Hong Kong. He spent his first years out of college as an Associate with GTE, including GTE New Ventures in the Los Angeles area, building relationships with film studios, ad agencies, broadcasters and publishers to build new digital media companies strategic to GTE.

James graduated from Princeton University in 1990 and Harvard Business School in 1999. He grew up in New Hampshire in a family of teachers and musicians and has been a serial entrepreneur from the time he was 6 years old. He has sailed across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and in 2000 he co-founded an acapella singing group in San Francisco called the Richter Scales. James is married with two children.


Danger Mouse

DJ Dangermouse
NME has hailed him as "The Hottest Hip-Hop Producer in the World." Entertainment Weekly placed him 20th on their "MUST List: People & Things We Love." Q Magazine recently added him to their "Industry's 100 Most Influential People" list.

Rarely does an artist-producer in the hip hop world come out of nowhere to dominate the scene. The Brooklyn-born, Atlanta-reared Danger Mouse might soon prove to be an exception.

Danger Mouse has had an incredible year so far, receiving massive critical acclaim for his debut Danger Mouse & Jemini Ghetto Pop Life CD (SPIN magazine called it "a remarkable debut." URB magazine called it "an instant classic"). The album features guests including Tha Alkaholiks, J-Zone, Prince Po from Organized Konfusion and The Pharcyde).

Danger Mouse raised the bar on hip hop experimentalism by dropping the infamous Grey Album, which used the full vocal content of Jay-Z's Black Album, recorded over new beats and production created using the Beatles White Album as it';s sole source material. The resulting record is a unique hybrid of work, a re-interpretation being touted as the one of greatest remix albums of all time. With one million downloads in a week and ensuing battle between major record companies, the media, Internet and copyright advocates, the release of the Grey Album has been nothing less than a watershed moment for music.

Recently Danger Mouse has produced songs featuring Cee-Lo and Sadat-X for the Danger Mouse & Jemini 26" EP as well as produced the song "Garden Gnomes" for Sage Francis. He executive produced the new Prince Po album which includes tracks produced by Danger Mouse and Madlib amongst others.

Danger Mouse has recently made appearances at some of the biggest events this Summer including Coachella and Bonnaroo.

Current projects include his remix of the Zero 7 single "Somersault" featuring MF DOOM as well as an upcoming remix of N.E.R.D.'s song "Maybe."

Danger Mouse is currently producing array of artists including Gorillaz, MF Doom, and Tha Alkaholiks as well as remixing Tweaker "Ruby" featuring Will Oldham.


Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. Presently, he serves as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

John Doerr

John Doerr

John Doerr joined Intel in 1974 just as they invented the famous “8080” 8 bit microprocessor. At Intel he held various engineering, marketing and management assignments, and was one of their top-ranked sales executives. In 1980 he joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and sponsored a series of investments including Compaq, Cypress, Intuit, Netscape, Lotus, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, S3, Sun Microsystems, Amazon.com, Symantec and Google.


Brendan Eich

Eich is responsible for architecture and the technical direction of Mozilla. He is charged with authorizing module owners, owning architectural issues of the source base and writing the "roadmap" that outlines the direction of the Mozilla project.

Eich created JavaScript, did the work through Navigator 4.0, and helped carry it through international standardization. Before Netscape, he wrote operating system and network code for SGI; and at MicroUnity, wrote micro-kernel and DSP code, and did the first MIPS R4K port of gcc, the GNU C compiler.


Hossein Eslambolchi

Hossein Eslambolchi

Hossein Eslambolchi is president of AT&T's Global Networking Technology Services (GNTS), AT&T's CTO, and CIO. He is responsible for the corporation's strategic technology direction, network operations, research and development, information technology systems and processes, and advises the chairman and senior leaders on technology issues. Eslambolchi is a member of AT&T's Executive Committee, the company's governing executive panel led by AT&T Chairman and CEO David W. Dorman.


Perry Evans

Perry Evans
Perry Evans is the founding CEO of Local Matters Inc., a company recently formed through the merging of three leaders in local search. Aptas Inc, the company spearheading the merger, was founded by Evans in late 2001. In 2000, Evans co-founded Jabber, Inc., which he led as chairman until 2003. Prior to this position, he was the president and CEO of Webb Interactive.


Kim Fennell

Kim Fennell
Kim Fennell joined deCarta (formarly Telecontar) as President and CEO in 2004, bringing 25 years of high-tech experience. Prior to deCarta, he was President and CEO of Pinnacle Systems where he led the company through record growth to $330M in revenue and expanded its market reach through several strategic acquisitions.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried is the founder of 37signals, an influential Chicago-based web application design firm. 37signals' BASECAMP (web-based project management), BACKPACK (web-based personal information management), and TA-DA LIST (web-based to-do lists) products are used on a daily basis by tens of thousands of people and small businesses in over 50 countries.


Anne Frisbie

Anne Frisbie, Senior Director of Category Initiatives, joined Overture in April, 2003.   She manages Overture’s top categories in an effort to assist its leading advertisers to most effectively benefit from search marketing & to uncover new opportunities for the company within those verticals.  Prior to joining Overture, Anne served as Managing Director of Sales & Business Development at AltaVista where she managed their paid inclusion program & category team while being responsible for 80% of the company’s revenue.  Anne has worked in search marketing for eight years and came to the Internet from Goldman Sachs.  Anne received her B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University.

Gian M. Fulgoni

Gian M. Fulgoni
Gian Fulgoni is chairman and co-founder of comScore Networks. He brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the comScore Networks team. From 1981 to 1998 he served as president and CEO of Information Resources, Inc., the international market research company, where he grew the firm’s revenues at an annual compound rate of 40 percent to levels in excess of $500 million per year. In 1996, IRI was recognized by Advertising Age as the largest U.S. market research company.

Long involved with the growth of hugely successful technology businesses, Fulgoni served on the boards of US Robotics and Platinum Technology prior to their respective acquisitions by 3Com and Computer Associates in multi-billion dollar transactions. More recently, he was a member of the board of YesMail, prior to its acquisition by CMGI.

Fulgoni has been the recipient of numerous industry awards, including Illinois Entrepreneur of the Year and the Wall Street Transcript Award. Educated in the U.K., He holds a master’s degree in Marketing and a B.S. in Physics.


Lisa Gansky

Lisa Gansky

As president, co-founder and chairman of Ofoto, and general manager of Eastman Kodak Company’s Digital Imaging Services division, Lisa draws on her entrepreneurial spirit and experience developing global services at AOL to set the course for the company. Lisa has worked to develop Ofoto into a world-class consumer services offering for Kodak. In addition to her roles at Ofoto and Eastman Kodak, she serves on the boards of Camera Planet, The Jane Goodall Institute and Dos Margaritas. She also sits on a number of advisory boards of privately held companies.

Lisa was co-founder and CEO of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site and portal. When GNN was acquired by America Online in 1995, she continued on as VP of Internet properties and services, overseeing Webcrawler, GNN, internet software, AOL internet investments and online advertising and e-commerce.


Seth Goldstein

Seth Goldstein
Seth is the Co-Founder & CEO of SocialMedia.com He is also an angel advisor to a number of Web services companies such as Aggregate Knowledge, Lijit and Downfly. He was the first investor in Web 2.0 pioneer del.icio.us (now part of Yahoo!)

Bill Gross

Bill Gross
Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and serves as the company's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Bill founded Idealab to create and build successful businesses that capitalize on innovations in areas with significant growth opportunities, including the Internet.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Bill started several companies prior to Idealab. In high school, he founded Solar Devices, a firm that sold plans and kits for solar energy products. In college at the California Institute of Technology, he patented a new loudspeaker design and formed GNP Loudspeakers, Inc. After graduating from college, Bill and his brother Larry started GNP Development, Inc., which made a natural language product for Lotus 1-2-3 called HAL. In 1985, Lotus Development Corporation acquired GNP and Bill became a software entrepreneur at Lotus Development. In 1991, Bill started Knowledge Adventure, an educational software publisher that grew to be the third largest educational software publisher in the world and was eventually sold to Cendant Software and is now a division of Havas Interactive, which is owned by Vivendi.

Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology. Bill received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.


Bill Gurley

Bill Gurley
Bill Gurley joined Benchmark Capital in 1999 after spending two years as a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Before entering the venture capital business, he spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston focusing on the personal computer hardware and software business. His research coverage included such companies as Dell, Compaq, and Microsoft, and he was the lead analyst on the Amazon IPO. In both 1995 and 1996, Bill was a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team.

Prior to his investment career, he was a design engineer at Compaq Computer, where he worked on products such as the 486/50 and Compaq's initial multi-processor server. Before Compaq, he served in the technical marketing group of Advanced Micro Devices' embedded processor division.

Other Affiliations: Advisory board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Education: MBA from the University of Texas, 1993 and a BS in computer science from the University of Florida, 1989. Chartered Financial Analyst.


John Hanke

John Hanke
John oversees development and integration of the Google Maps and Google Earth products and services. He joined Google in October 2004 as part of the acquisition of Keyhole, a 3D mapping technology company that developed an "earth browser", which he co-founded in 2001. At Google, the Keyhole technology became Google Earth in July 2005.

Trip Hawkins

Trip Hawkins
Trip Hawkins is the Founder & CEO of Digital Chocolate. He is responsible for the strategic focus, overall direction, and performance of the company. Trip has been a new media pioneer for 30 years. Early in his career, Trip played a key role in defining the personal computer at Apple. He went on to found Electronic Arts and built the company into the industry leader. Trip also founded 3DO, a pioneer in digital video, network gaming, and social communities.

Charlie E. Hoffman

Charlie E. Hoffman

Charles Hoffman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Covad Communications. Hoffman is a 25-year telecommunications veteran with experience in broadband, wireless, cable, and local and long-distance. Since joining Covad in June 2001, Hoffman has successfully restructured the company and dramatically reduced expenses while achieving 36% growth in subscriber lines and EBITDA profitability during 2003. Covad achieved cash-flow positive in the second quarter of 2004.

Prior to joining Covad, Hoffman was President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers AT&T, Canada's largest, national wireless service provider. Under his leadership, the company grew from fourth to first place in a market of four national wireless providers. He also successfully negotiated the sale of one-third interest in this publicly traded company (NYSE and TSE) to a partnership of AT&T and British Telecom. While at Rogers, Hoffman also served as a Senior Vice President of Rogers Communications where he gained extensive experience with Rogers Cable, Canada's largest cable company, a leader in the roll-out of high speed Internet service.

Prior to Rogers, Hoffman held senior management positions at Sprint PCS, SBC Communications, AT&T and IBM.


David Hornik

David Hornik
David is a General Partner with August Capital. He invests broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on consumer facing software and services, enterprise applications and infrastructure software. Prior to joining August Capital, David was an intellectual property and corporate attorney at Venture Law Group, Cravath Swaine & Moore, and Perkins Coie LLP. David teaches business and law at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and writes about the venture capital industry in VentureBlog (www.ventureblog.com).

William H. Janeway

William Janeway
A senior adviser at Warburg Pincus, Bill's experience encompasses over thirty years of practical finance in investment banking and venture capital. On joining Warburg Pincus in 1988, he initiated and managed implementation of the investment strategy for Information Technology that established the firm as a global leader in the domain, including funding from start-up such prominent providers of infrastructure software as BEA Systems and VERITAS Software. Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of BEA Systems, Inc., Fortent, O'Reilly Media Inc., Nuance, Inc., NYFIX, Inc., and Wall Street Systems, Inc.

Brewster Kahle

Brewster Kahle
Since the mid-1980s, Brewster has focused on developing transformational technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. In 1989 Brewster invented the Internet’s first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company that was sold to America Online in 1995. In 1996, Brewster founded Internet Archive, the largest publicly accessible, privately funded digital archive in the world. At the same time, he co-founded Alexa Internet in April 1996, which was sold to Amazon.com in 1999. Alexa's services are bundled into more than 80% of Web browsers.

Brewster earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982. As a student, he studied artificial intelligence with Marvin Minsky and W. Daniel Hillis. In 1983, Brewster helped start Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker, serving there as lead engineer for six years. He is profiled in Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite (HardWired, 1996). He was selected as a member of the Upside 100 in 1997, Micro Times 100 in 1996 and 1997, and Computer Week 100 in 1995.


Mitchell Kapor

Mitchell Kapor
Mitchell Kapor is active in the world of open source software as the founder and president of the Open Source Applications Foundation, which is developing Chandler, a new personal information manager, and as chair of the Mozilla Foundation. Kaporl founded Lotus Development Corporation in 1982 and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the "killer app" which made the PC ubiquitous in business. He is also the co-founder (in 1990) of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and currently serves as a director of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation and of the Level Playing Field Institute.


David Karnstedt

David Karnstedt
David Karnstedt is Yahoo!’s Senior Vice President of North American Sales. Karnstedt oversees the company’s integrated Search and Display advertising sales team, which is responsible for effectively meeting the needs of Yahoo!’s advertiser partners by providing them with holistic solutions utilizing the broadest array of products and data insights across the media landscape.

Jason Kottke

Jason Kottke
Jason Kottke designs, codes, and writes for the web live from New York City, with a special interest in clear, simple, user-centered design, microcontent, and the writable web. He's maintained the popular and influential weblog kottke.org since March 1998, writing about web technology, photography, media, network science, design, the writable web, and rip/mix/burn culture.

Joe Kraus

Joe Kraus
Joe Kraus is co-founder and CEO of JotSpot, the first application-wiki company. A long time entrepreneur, Kraus has been involved with early-stage technology development and starting companies for more than twelve years. Upon graduation from Stanford University in 1993, he joined with five engineering friends to found the highly successful internet company, Excite, Inc. The original president of Excite, Kraus was deeply involved in product strategy, direction, and vision as the company grew. He also held senior operational roles in business development, international development, and content.

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig
Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law and John A. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School. Professor Lessig is chairman of the board of Creative Commons and founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society. He sits on the board of directors for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Public Library of Science. In 2002, Lessig was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Innovators, and the American Bar Association recently awarded him the Cyberspace Law Excellence Award.

From 1991 to 1997, Lessig was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He then became the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. In 1999-2000, he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin before moving to Stanford in 2000.

Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, law and high technology, Internet regulation, comparative constitutional law, and the law of cyberspace. His book, Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace, was published by Basic Books, and The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World, is available from Random House. His most recent book, Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity, is now available online at www.free-culture.cc and from Penguin Press.


Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch
As senior vice president and chief software architect, Kevin Lynch leads Adobe's Platform Business Unit, which is focused on advancing the company's software platform for the creation and delivery of engaging applications and content to any desktop or device. Lynch is responsible for the company's ubiquitous Portable Document Format (PDF), Adobe Reader, and Macromedia Flash Player, as well as alignment of Adobe's servers and tools with the company's technology platform.


Om Malik

Om Malik
Om Malik is the founder of GigaOmniMedia, Inc., an online news and weblog that delivers technology news, analysis, and opinions to a monthly global audience of one million consumers and professionals interested in the world of hi-tech. His daily rants on tech/telecom and broadband can be found at http://gigaom.com.

Udi Manber

Udi Manber
Udi Manber was a professor of Computer Science at the University of Arizona where he co-developed several popular search software packages, including Agrep, Glimpse, and Harvest. He left academia to join Yahoo! as chief scientist in 1998. In 2002, he moved to Amazon.com with the unusual title of chief algorithms officer, where he worked on Amazon's "Search Inside the Book" project, among many other things. In November 2003, he became the CEO of A9.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, developing innovative search technologies.

Ross Mayfield

Ross Mayfield
Ross Mayfield is CEO & Co-founder of Socialtext, the first wiki company and leading provider of Enterprise 2.0 solutions. Mayfield has grown the company to over 2,000 customers with Software-as-a-Service, Appliance and Open Source solutions. Mayfield partnered with Dan Bricklin, the creator of the first spreadsheet visiCalc, to co-develop and distribute SocialCalc. Socialtext is backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, SAP Ventures and Omidyar Network.

Mike McCue

Mike McCue
Mike McCue has spent his career building consumer product companies aimed at improving everyday life through simplifying technology. McCue founded Tellme in 1999 to bring the power of the Internet to everyone with a phone. With telephones being adopted faster than personal computers, it was clear that the reach of the phone would be an important aspect of expanding the reach of the Web. Today, Tellme handles more phone-based voice searches than any other company in the world, providing on-the-go information from business listings to sport scores to millions of people everyday.

John McKinley

John McKinley
John McKinley is Chief Technology Officer of America Online, Inc. and President of AOL Technologies.

In this position, he serves as AOL's chief technology strategist and directs the company's technological agenda as it moves aggressively in areas such as broadband, wireless, and premium services. In addition to technology strategy, McKinley oversees teams in charge of product engineering, network infrastructure, data centers, and internal business systems and computing.

McKinley is one of the business world's most respected technology leaders with an intuitive understanding for how new and existing technologies can improve the daily lives of AOL members.

Before joining AOL in July 2003, McKinley was Executive Vice President and head of Global Technology and Services for Merrill Lynch & Co., where he was responsible for a technology and operations organization of 14,000 employees. He directed the planning and launch of the company's highly regarded online trading offerings, ML Direct and Merrill Lynch Online, which were awarded best-in-class ratings from SmartMoney Magazine and Gomez, an Internet quality measurement firm.

While at Merrill Lynch, McKinley dramatically reduced systems and infrastructure costs, consolidated a legacy portfolio of more than 2,500 systems into a reduced number of strategic platforms, upgraded the management team, and led the company's post-9/11 technology recovery efforts. He joined Merrill Lynch as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in 1998.

Before that, McKinley was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Information Officer for GE Capital Corp. where he managed a technology organization of 3,600 employees supporting GE's Six Sigma and e-commerce efforts. Before joining GE Capital in 1995, he spent 13 years with Ernst & Young LLP where he was named partner in 1992.

McKinley is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Meeker

Mary Meeker
Mary Meeker is a managing director and serves as leader of Morgan Stanley's global technology research team. Meeker co-covers U.S.-based internet and consumer software companies including Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, eBay, and Amazon.com.

Halsey Minor

Halsey Minor

Halsey Minor is the chief executive officer, chairman and founder of Grand Central Communications, the leading provider of Integration On Demand solutions.

A veteran entrepreneur, Halsey Minor founded CNET Networks (NASDAQ:CNET) in 1992 and as Chairman and CEO built CNET into one of the world's leading new media companies, recognized around the globe as the trusted source of information related to computers and technology. In 1998, CNET Networks became one of a handful of profitable Internet companies and, in May 1999, was named to the NASDAQ 100. In February 2000, Minor delegated his daily responsibilities as CEO, and in November 2000 he became CNET's Chairman Emeritus.

Minor's history of entrepreneurial ventures, savvy technology innovations and successful investments traces back to 1995, when he conceived of and developed a software technology called PRISM, which he sold to Vignette Corporation in 1996 in exchange for a 35 percent equity interest in the company. PRISM served as the foundation for Vignette's StoryServer, the industry's leading Web content application system. At the same time, he built and launched BuyDirect.com, which in 1998 was sold to online software retailer Beyond.com for $130 million. In 1997, he introduced Snap.com, redefining the search engine space with a new business model. Under Minor's leadership through March 1999, Snap quickly joined CNET as one of the top 15 most visited web sites, according to Media Metrix. Minor was a founding investor in Listen.com, which was recently acquired by Real Media (NASDAQ:TFSM), and Salesforce.com.


Louis Monier

Louis Monier
Louis Monier likes to solve hard and relevant problems. As the director of the Advanced Technology Group, eBay's Research arm, he is in charge of bringing innovative solutions to the World's Online Marketplace(r). He recently led the redesign of the search solution that now powers eBay. Monier and his group are also pushing the envelope in various areas including real-time messaging, finding, recommendations, and trust-and-safety.

Monier began his career in the United States as a post-doc at Carnegie-Mellon in 1980, working with H.T. Kung on theory of circuit complexity, VLSI and CAD tools. In 1983, Louis moved to XEROX P.A.R.C. where for six years he explored novel CAD tools and designed a number of VLSI chips. In 1989, Monier joined DEC Western Research Laboratory (WRL) in Palo Alto where he continued to explore high-performance circuits, CAD tools, and software engineering tools.

In 1995, while at WRL, Monier launched AltaVista, which became the leading Web search engine. From 1995 to 1999 he was the CTO of AltaVista, introducing powerful technical innovations: the fastest web crawler, an efficient and powerful search engine, BabelFish, the first free automated translation site on the Web, and many others. After leaving AltaVista in 1999, Monier spent a year as the CTO of BigVine, a Kleiner-Perkins start-up in the Internet barter space. He then joined eBay in 2001.

Born and educated in France, Louis got his Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1980 from the University of Paris.


Bob Morgan

In his role, Bob Morgan develops and oversees the major business relationships between Kodak Mobile Services and mobile operators, handset manufacturers and wireless technology providers, globally. He has been integral in working with the team broadly to define a compelling service as well as craft key strategic partnerships.  

Prior to Eastman Kodak Company, Morgan was Vice President, Business Development for MessageVine, a leading provider of mobile instant messaging and presence solutions. In this role, he initiated and managed relationships with major wireless communications firms and strategic planning for the company. Prior to MessageVine, Morgan served in a variety of business and channel development roles for Macromedia, Inc. and Oracle.


Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark

Newmark is a senior Web-oriented software engineer, with around twenty-five years of experience (including 18 years at IBM), and has become a leader in online community by virtue of running www.craigslist.org for over 9 years. He's compiled extensive experience evangelizing, leading and building, including work at Bank of America and Charles Schwab. In 1995, he started craigslist which serves as a non-commercial community bulletin board with classifieds and discussion forums. Using a common sense, down-to-earth approach, craigslist strives to make the 'net more personal and authentic, while advocating social responsibility through the promotion of small, non-profit organizations.

Newmark's community activities include being on the advisory boards of Climate Theatre and Haight-Ashbury Food Program as well as supporting local writers through Grotto Nights. Newmark has been featured in the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Business Week, Time Magazine, and Esquire Magazine.


Martin Nisenholtz

Martin Nisenholtz
Martin Nisenholtz was named senior vice president, digital operations for The New York Times Company in February 2005. He is responsible for the strategy development, operations and management of The New York Times Company's digital properties. In 1995, Martin founded nytimes.com, today the world’s largest newspaper web site. From 1983-1994 Martin was with Ogilvy & Mather, where he started the Interactive Marketing Group, the first unit at a major U.S. agency devoted to interactive communication. Martin holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Norvig, Ph.D.

Peter Norvig, Ph.D.

Peter Norvig is the Director of Search Quality at Google Inc.. He is a Fellow and Councilor of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field.

Previously he was head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, where he oversaw a staff of 200 scientists performing NASA's research and development in autonomy and robotics, automated software engineering and data analysis, neuro-engineering, collaborative systems research, and simulation-based decision-making. Before that he was Chief Scientist at Junglee, where he helped develop one of the first Internet comparison shopping service; Chief designer at Harlequin Inc; and Senior Scientist at Sun Microsystems Laboratories.

Dr. Norvig received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a Professor at the University of Southern California and a Research Faculty Member at Berkeley. He has over fifty publications in various areas of Computer Science, concentrating on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Software Engineering including the books Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX.


Tim O'Reilly

Tim O’Reilly
Tim O'Reilly is founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to publishing pioneering books like Ed Krol's The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog (selected by the New York Public Library as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century), O'Reilly has also been a pioneer in the popularization of the Internet. O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator site (GNN, which was sold to America Online in September 1995) was the first Web portal and the first true commercial site on the World Wide Web.

Christopher Payne

Christopher Payne
Christopher Payne is corporate vice president of MSN Search at Microsoft Corp., focusing on delivering the best search experience for its customers and helping them find the information that is important to them whether it is online or on their PC. His previous role was vice president of MSN.com, where his team consisted of MSN Search, the MSN.com home page, MSN Autos, MSN Entertainment, MSNBC, Slate, and the MSN Channels properties.


Kim Polese

Kim Polese
As CEO of SpikeSource, Kim Polese is responsible for guiding the company's business vision: enabling businesses to harness the power of open source as a flexible, reliable and cost-effective option for business-critical software. Prior to SpikeSource, Kim cofounded Marimba in 1996, and as President and CEO she led the company to profitability and a successful public offering. She then served as Chairman until Marimba's acquisition by BMC Software in April 2004.

Mike Pusateri

Mike Pusateri
Michael Pusateri is the Vice President, Engineering at the Disney ABC Cable Networks Group in Burbank, California. Responsible for Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology, Michael has been with Disney since 1995. Previous to that, he worked at Sony and National TeleConsultants designing television production facilities. In broadcasting, he has lead the facility conversion from analog television to digital television and pioneered the use of video file servers as play to air devices on the flagship Disney Channel network. On the information technology front, he lead the use of weblog software, syndication aggregators, and wikis to rework internal business workflow systems. Michael finds himself surrounded by computer technology even though he spent years learning analog circuit design and electromagnetics as an electrical engineer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mike Ramsay

Michael  Ramsay
Mike Ramsay is TiVo's fearless leader. He oversees the operations of the company, with special attention to our charting out and executing against TiVo's strategy, vision, and key business development initiatives.

Before he had the inspiration for TiVo along with co-founder Jim Barton, he was Senior Vice President of the Silicon Desktop Group for Silicon Graphics Inc. There he was responsible for engineering, marketing and business development for all desktop products, with P/L responsibility for approximately half the company's revenue. Prior to joining this group, he was President of Silicon Studio, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Graphics focused on enabling applications development for merging interactive digital media markets.

Before joining Silicon Studio, Ramsay was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company's Visual Systems Group. He also held positions of Director in the Advanced Systems Group.

Prior to joining Silicon Graphics, Ramsay held R&D and engineering management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Convergent Technologies. He earned a first-class B.S.E.E. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


Richard F. Rashid, Ph.D.

Rick Rashid
Currently charged with oversight of Microsoft Research’s worldwide operations, Richard F. Rashid previously served as the director of Microsoft Research, focusing on operating systems, networking and multiprocessors. In that role he was responsible for managing work on key technologies leading to the development of Microsoft Corp’s interactive TV system and authored a number of patents in areas such as data compression, networking and operating systems. In addition to running Microsoft Research, Rashid also was instrumental in creating the team that eventually became Microsoft’s Digital Media Division and directing Microsoft’s first e-commerce group. Rashid was promoted to vice president of Microsoft Research in 1994, and then to senior vice president in 2000.

Before joining Microsoft in September 1991, Rashid was professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). After becoming a CMU faculty member in September 1979, he directed the design and implementation of several influential network operating systems, and published dozens of papers about computer vision, operating systems, programming languages for distributed processing, network protocols and communications security. During his tenure at CMU, Rashid developed the Mach multiprocessor operating system, which has been influential in the design of many modern operating systems and remains at the core of a number of commercial systems.

Rashid was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2003 for his work in operating systems and for innovation in industrial research.

He also is credited with co-development of one of the earliest networked computer games, "Alto Trek," during the mid-1970s. An updated version of this game has been developed by Microsoft and has been released under the name "Allegiance."

Rashid is a member of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer Directorate Advisory Committee. He is a past member of the DARPA UNIX Steering Committee and the CSNet Executive Committee and a former chairman of the ACM Software System Awards Committee.

Rashid’s research interests have focused on artificial intelligence, operating systems, networking and multiprocessors. He has participated in the design and implementation of the University of Rochester RIG operating system (1975&1979), the Rochester Virtual Terminal Management System (1976&1979), the CMU Distributed Sensor Network Testbed (1980&1983) and CMU’s SPICE distributed personal computing environment, which included the Accent network operating system (1981&1985). He has published papers on computer vision, operating systems, programming languages for distributed processing, network protocols and communication security.

Rashid received a Master of Science (1977) and Doctoral (1980) degrees in computer science from the University of Rochester. He graduated with honors in mathematics and comparative literature from Stanford University in 1974.


Safa Rashtchy

Safa Ratschy
Safa Rashtchy was most recently a Managing Director, a Senior Research Analyst focused on Internet media and marketing, and the Lead China analyst at Piper Jaffray and Company. He joined Piper Jaffray in 1997 and led the firm's expansion efforts in Internet industry and, most notably, in expansion to China. Rashtchy has published numerous research and industry reports on Online Advertising, Search, Chinese Internet market, and other segments of Internet Media and Technology.

Danny Rimer

Danny Rimer
Danny Rimer joined Index Ventures in 2002 as the partner responsible for establishing the firm's London office and expanding the firm's presence in Northern Europe. His investment interests include enterprise infrastructure, applications, and services. He currently serves on the boards of Fon, Last.fm, Lovefilm, MySQL, Sourcelabs, Spotrunner, Stardoll, Viagogo, and Zend, and is an observer on Betfair.

Prior to joining Index, Rimer was a general partner of The Barksdale Group, where he invested in a dozen companies including CrossGain (now BEA), myCFO (now Bank of Montreal), Neoteris (now NetScreen/Juniper), Ofoto (now Kodak), and TellMe. Prior to joining The Barksdale Group, Rimer was managing director in Hambrecht & Quist's (now JP Morgan) Equity Research Group. At H&Q, Rimer was the underwriting analyst for companies including Amazon, CheckPoint, CNET, Netscape, and Verisign. He also sponsored direct investments in over 20 companies. He holds an A.B from Harvard College.


Zack Rosen

Zack Rosen
Rosen kicked off the "DeanSpace" volunteer open source development project for the Dean campaign last year during his summer break from the University of Illinois. He then took a job at the Dean campaign headquarters to work as a web developer and technical volunteer coordinator. He was responsible for servicing the web technology needs of the state campaign offices, constituency groups, and grassroots web developers. After the campaign ended, he received funding to create a foundation (CivicSpaceLabs.org) to continue work on the "DeanSpace" project building "CivicSpace," an open source grassroots organizing web application toolkit.

Dan Rosensweig

Dan Rosensweig
Daniel Rosensweig was appointed chief operating officer of Yahoo! in April 2002. Reporting to chairman and chief executive officer, Terry Semel, Rosensweig oversees the operations of Yahoo! worldwide. Functions reporting to him include product development, marketing, international operations, and North American operations, which encompasses the company's six business units and advertising sales.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Rosensweig was president of CNET Networks, a position he took on following the merger of ZDNet and CNET in 2000. In this capacity he was responsible for many of the operations globally, and played a critical role in overseeing the successful integration of the two companies. During his tenure, he was also a key participant in company-wide efforts to develop and introduce innovative new Internet advertising formats, such as interactive messaging units.

Before joining CNET Networks, Rosensweig was an 18-year veteran of Ziff-Davis, where he served in many capacities, including president and chief executive officer of ZDNet, Inc. from 1997 to 2000. Rosensweig built ZDNet as a standalone company from Ziff-Davis, successfully took the company public, grew the business to become both profitable and among the top 20 most visited networks on the Internet, and finally merged with CNET. Rosensweig was president of Ziff-Davis Internet Publishing Group from 1996 to 1997, where he oversaw magazine titles such as Inter@ctive Week and Yahoo! Internet Life. He was vice-president and publisher of PC Magazine from 1994 to 1996, and associate publisher from 1992 to 1994. Under his tenure, PC Magazine became the leading computer magazine in both audience reach and revenue. He also held various other positions at Ziff-Davis in advertising sales, classified ad sales, and circulation. Rosensweig received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Hobart College, Geneva, New York.


David L. Sifry

David Sifry
David Sifry is a serial entrepreneur with over 19 years of software development and industry experience. Before founding Technorati, Sifry was cofounder and CTO of Sputnick, a Wi-Fi gateway company, and previously, cofounder of Linuxcare, where he served as CTO and VP of Engineering. Sifry also served as a founding member of the board of Linux International and on the technical advisory board of the National Cybercrime Training Partnership for law enforcement nctp.org.

He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and can often be found speaking on panels and giving lectures on a variety of technology issues, ranging from wireless spectrum policy and Wi-Fi, to Weblogs and open source software.

Sifry’s blog is Sifry's Alerts.


Andrew Singer

Andrew Singer

Dr. Andrew Singer is an executive and technologist best known for producing best-selling Macintosh software and hardware. As VP of Product Development and Founder in 1982 of Think Technologies, he created market-leading Macintosh software, including MacPascal, Think C (LightspeedC) and Think Pascal. Following the sale of Think to Symantec, he joined Radius in 1989 as VP of Engineering. Radius went from $18M in revenue to a successful IPO with a $350M market cap in three years. During that period, Radius delivered dozens of products, most notably the Pivot landscape/portrait display.

At Interval Research, a Paul Allen company, Dr. Singer was highly influential in shaping a unique research community throughout its eight-year lifespan. His specific research focused initially on the future of computer-mediated interpersonal communication. Dr. Singer also provided investment due diligence and assistance to Vulcan Ventures, Interval’s parent company, including acting as both CTO and CEO of a network hardware startup. From 1998 to 2001, he was project leader of Interval’s reconfigurable computing project and CEO of Bitsqueeze, Inc., a startup created to commercialize large-scale reconfigurable computing. Currently, he is CEO of Rapport Incorporated, a company that creates reconfigurable components for handheld wireless information appliances.

Dr. Singer holds a Ph.D. and MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. His Ph.D. work helped define the 7-layer ISO model that modern networks are based upon. He co-authored programming texts and is the inventor on three issued US patents. Early in his career, Dr. Singer worked on numerous hardware and software projects, including the first full text searchable database for medical records and the first interactive environment for speech synthesis tools. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of Mystic Seaport Museum.


Rich Skrenta

Rich Skrenta
Rich co-founded news community Topix.net following two decades of experience in developing user-generated communities and Internet applications. He’s previously led development for AOL Music, Shopping and Netscape Search, and co-founded NewHoo, the largest user-created Web directory (acquired by Netscape and still used by Google, Alexa and others).

Jim Spohrer

Jim Spohrer
Dr. Jim Spohrer is the Director of Almaden Services Research at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. IBM Global Services (IGS) is a people-intensive, information-intensive business of over 170,000 professionals world-wide, accounting for almost half of IBM's yearly revenues, and innovation for IGS and similar entities is the focus of Spohrer's group. Human sciences, On-Demand Innovation Services (ODIS), deep industry knowledge of future trends, and operations technology are areas of active exploration.

From 2000-2002, Spohrer was CTO of IBM's Venture Capital Relations Group, where he identified technology trends and worked to establish relationships between IBM and VC-backed portfolio companies. Previously, he directed the IBM Almaden Research Center's (ARC) Computer Science Department, and before that was senior manager and co-strategist for IBM's User Experience/Human Computer Interaction research.

From 1989-1998, at Apple, he was a DEST (Distinguished Engineer, Scientist, and Technologist) and program manager of learning technology projects in Apple's Advanced Technology Group. He led the effort to create Apple's first online learning community and vision for "mobile anytime, anywhere" e-learning. From 1978-1982, he developed speech recognition algorithms and products at Verbex, an Exxon Enterprises company.

Spohrer received a B.S. in Physics from MIT in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University in 1988. In 1989, Spohrer lived in Rome where he was a visiting scholar at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and lecturer at major universities across Europe. Spohrer has published broadly in the areas of speech recognition, empirical studies of programmers, artificial intelligence, authoring tools, online learning communities, open source software, intelligent tutoring systems and student modeling, new paradigms in using computers, implications of rapid technical change, as well as the coevolution of social, business, and technical systems. Spohrer has also helped to establish two education research non-profit web sites: The Educational Object Economy and WorldBoard: Associating Information with Places. He is a frequent advisor to the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and other groups (http://www.merlot.org, http://www.newmediacenters.org) on the implications of rapid technological change to the future of education.


Steve Steinberg

Steve G. Steinberg (steve@steinberg.org) is a technology trend-spotter for the New York investment firm Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co., where he also founded and leads a small quantitative research group, and is principal of Steinberg Consulting. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a masters degree in computer science and worked as a software developer in Santa Barbara and Tokyo. He has extensive experience in computer security and started the penetration testing lab at a big-four consulting firm. Prior to working with Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co., Steve wrote about technology for the Los Angeles Times, The Industry Standard, and Wired, where he wrote the definitive "Netheads vs. Bellheads" essay (Wired 4.10, 1996).

Stephanie Tilenius

Stephanie Tilenius
Stephanie Tilenius is vice president and general manager for merchant services at PayPal, an eBay company. PayPal enables any individual or business with an email address to securely, easily and quickly send and receive payments online.

An eBay employee since early 2001, she is responsible for the strategy, growth, and financial performance of PayPal's merchant services group, the business unit providing payment solutions to small and large e-commerce merchants.

Tilenius has been at eBay for three years, working for both the international and domestic aspects of the business. Prior to her current position, Tilenius was vice president and general manager for eBay Motors, the world's largest online used car marketplace, where she nearly doubled revenues for the category.

Prior to running eBay Motors, Tilenius focused on the expansion of eBay into regions beyond Europe and became general manager of eBay's Asia Pacific and Latin American operations where she was responsible for operations in nine countries including Korea, Taiwan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, Argentina and Latin America. While in this position, she completed the acquisition of Neocom in Taiwan and made investments in China's Eachnet and Latin America's MercadoLibre. Tilenius grew these regions to profitability before assuming leadership for eBay Motors.

Before eBay, Tilenius was senior vice president of sales and marketing for PlanetRx.com, a company she co-founded and took public on the NASDAQ in 1999. Previously, she was vice president of business and product development for Firefly, a software start-up that was sold to Microsoft Corp. in 1997. Early in her career, Tilenius spent several years as an investment banker at Deutche Bank Alex Brown, primarily focusing on software and telecom. In this capacity, she worked on the Initial Public Offering for America Online in 1992, and she subsequently decided to join its corporate development group where she managed mergers, venture investments and strategic partnerships.

Tilenius graduated with high honors from Brandeis University where she earned both her bachelor's degree in economics and her master's degree in international finance. She also received her master's in business administration from Harvard Business School. Tilenius also spent time as a presidential management intern through a two-year fellowship with the U.S. government where she worked for Treasury Secretary Brady and Carla Hills on Japan-U.S. trade negotiations.


Jeffrey Veen

Jeff Veen
Jeffrey Veen is the Director of Product Design and a founding partner of Adaptive Path, the world's premier user experience consulting company. He launched HotWired.com in 1994, and is author of The Art & Science of Web Design and HotWired Style. Clients include PeopleSoft, PBS, and Macromedia.

Allan Vermeulen

Allan Vermeulen
Allan Vermeulen is Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Web Services Engineering for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) group of Amazon Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. Vermeulen oversees the building of web services that allow third-party developers to access Amazon.com's technology platform and product data.

Before joining the AWS group in 2003, Vermeulen ran the Amazon.com Platform Technologies team which is responsible for the company's technology architecture.

Vermeulen was previously Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Development at Rogue Wave Software, which builds reusable software components and services for application development.

Vermeulen earned his doctorate in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.


Jeff Weiner

Jeff Weiner
Jeff Weiner serves as Executive Vice President of Yahoo!’s Network Division and is a key member of the company’s executive team. In this role, Weiner oversees the majority of Yahoo!’s consumer-facing assets including Yahoo.com, Search, the Community and social media properties such as Groups, Flickr and Bix, Communications products such as Mail and Messenger as well as the media properties under News and Information and Entertainment.

Michael Weiss

Michael Weiss has extensive experience in the Internet and entertainment industries. Prior to StreamCast, Weiss was founder of WebRadio.com, a subsidiary of GEO Interactive Media Group, Ltd. (GIM:LSE) and served as its vice president and general manager. Previously, Weiss was vice president of marketing and entertainment at CD-ROM company, Sirius Publishing from 1994 to 1998. He was a pioneer in the home video industry, having established one of the first video stores in the world in 1978. He was actively involved in lobbying efforts against the Motion Picture Association of America's efforts to repeal the First Sale Doctrine, thereby paving the way for legal video rentals. In 1974, Weiss helped establish one of the music industry's first major record pools, Chicago's Disco-Tech, Inc., helping to gain exposure of new recording artists that could not obtain radio airplay.


Jake Winebaum

Jake Winebaum

Jake Winebaum is the founder and chief executive officer of Business.com. The idea for Business.com emerged from Winebaum's experience in the world of business publishing and his belief that the Internet will become the dominant medium for business information, communication, and marketing. Winebaum is also co-founder of eCompanies with partner Sky Dayton.

Prior to Business.com and eCompanies, Winebaum worked for The Walt Disney Company for more than seven years. Most recently, he served as chairman of Buena Vista Internet Group (BVIG), which included Disney.com, ESPN.com, ABCNews.com, ABC.com, and Family.com.

Prior to this role, Winebaum served as president of Disney Online, where he led the team that developed the strategic and creative plan for Disney's expansion into the Internet. Winebaum's interest in the Web began when he was the editor and publisher of FamilyPC magazine, where he noticed the large increase in families logging on to the Internet. He suggested that Disney develop an Internet strategy, which he later created and executed.

Before Disney Online, Winebaum was president of Walt Disney Magazine Publishing. He also founded both FamilyFun and FamilyPC magazines and served as president, editor, and publisher of both publications. Winebaum sold FamilyFun to The Walt Disney Company in 1992.

Prior to FamilyFun, Winebaum served as senior vice president of marketing for five years at U.S. News & World Report. He also founded and served as president of U.S. News Productions, a television production company. Prior to that position, Winebaum worked for Time Warner at Fortune and Time magazines.

Winebaum's expertise and contributions to the Internet industry have been recognized by Time magazine, which awarded him a place in the Top 50 Cyber Elite, and Wired, which named him one of the Wired 25. He is a Dartmouth College graduate and an avid skier, mountain biker and runner. Winebaum is married and the father of two daughters.


Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang
Jerry Yang, a Taiwanese native raised in San Jose, Calif., co-created the Yahoo! Internet navigational guide in April 1994 with David Filo and co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in April 1995. Yang, a leading force in the media industry, has been instrumental in building Yahoo! into the world's most highly trafficked Web site and one of the Internet's most recognized brands. A member of Yahoo!'s board of directors, Yang works closely with the company's president and CEO to develop corporate business strategies and guide the future direction of the company. Yang holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and is currently on a leave of absence from Stanford's electrical engineering Ph.D. program.



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