Program Committee by Track

Design & User Experience | Web 2.0 Fundamentals, Services & Platforms, and Web Operations |
Marketing & Community | Strategy & Business Models

Design & User Experience Track

Emily Chang

Emily Chang is an award-winning strategic designer and co-founder and principal of Ideacodes, a web design consultancy in San Francisco focused on creating next generation web products for companies, organizations, schools, businesses and individuals.

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Kelly Goto

Kelly is the principal and founder of gotomedia, a San Francisco-based strategic consultancy specializing in user experience, research and interaction design. As a design ethnographer, Kelly continues to seek new methods of applying research-oriented design to interfaces, products, and mobile devices for clients such as Adobe, Apple, Macromedia, Veritas, and Bearing Point. With over 16 years of experience in the industry, Kelly has worked as a strategist and consultant for companies such as Verizon Wireless, Warner Bros. Online, the Blue Cross, Genentech and Wells Fargo. Kelly is a sought after international lecturer on the topics of branding, user experience, usability and design ethnography. Her book, Web Redesign: Workflow that Works is currently a best seller in the technology industry and has quickly become a standard for workflow and user-centered design principles.

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Richard MacManus

Richard MacManus is editor and publisher of Read/WriteWeb, a popular weblog that provides Web Technology news, reviews and analysis. He is also an independent web analyst and consultant, and a co-founder of the Web 2.0 Workgroup.

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Chris Messina

Chris is a widely respected ambassador of open-source, most notably Firefox and Flock. Chris, as a volunteer for the Spread Firefox campaign, also designed the highly influential 2004 Firefox advert which appeared in the New York Times in 2004. Chris is known for his involvement in helping to create the BarCamp movement and Microformats. Recently he co-founded The Citizen Agency with Tara Hunt.

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Web 2.0 Fundamentals, Services & Platforms, and Web Operations Tracks

Sanaz Ahari

Sanaz Ahari Sanaz Ahari is a Lead Program Manager at Microsoft currently leading the program management team for, a personalized homepage and front-door to Windows Live services enabling users to consume and manage their services in one place using gadgets. Prior to, Sanaz was a core member of the incubation project (which evolved to, one of the first AJAX homepages and the first service to pioneer web-based gadgets aka widgets.

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Cal Henderson

Cal Henderson has been a web applications developer for far too long and should really start looking for a serious job. Originally from London, he currently works at Yahoo! Inc as the architect and development lead for Flickr. He formed part of the original Flickr team at Ludicorp in Vancouver, Canada. Before Flickr, he was the technical director of Special Web Projects at Emap, a UK media company. Outside of Flickr, he contributes to several open source projects and writes occasional articles about web application development and security.

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Niall Kennedy

Niall Kennedy Niall Kennedy is an independent consultant in San Francisco specializing in syndication, search, and community-driven media. He just organized Widget Summit, his second annual conference on widget syndication technologies, and is eager to share this emerging industry with Web 2.0 Summit attendees. Niall formerly created syndicated widget technologies at blog search site and was syndication product lead in Microsoft's Windows Live Platform group. He has designed and maintained feed services for the past 7 years in shopping search, investment search, and blog search verticals.

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Elizabeth Lawley

Elizabeth Lane Lawley teaches web and XML technologies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a co-author of the Many-to-Many social software blog. When not writing code or blog entries, she's working on an NSF-funded grant to address the scarcity of women in IT education.

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John Musser

John Musser Bio: John Musser is the founder of, the online resource for mashups, APIs and the web as platform. He is a Seattle-based technology consultant, writer and teacher. During his 20-year career in software development he has shipped five award-winning software products in three industries working with companies including Electronic Arts, Credit Suisse, MTV and Bell Labs. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Washington, and has written for a variety of technology publications on software development.

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Gary Poster

Gary Poster is a Senior Software Engineer at Zope Corporation. He develops client software and core components for the Zope web application server. Participation with Zope 3 has centered on the event service, search API, and the high-level unique id infrastructure. In past jobs, Gary has been a freelance Zope-based site developer, a Senior Internet Developer at AOL Time Warner, a teacher, and an opera singer.

Poster's interest in Zope 3 began as a Zope community member hoping for a Zope with core system support of an event system and an application-level unique ID system. The new architecture was very compelling and so he started contributing to the project.

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Simon Willison

Simon Willison Simon Willison is co-creator of the Django web framework for Python. He has worked for the BBC and Yahoo!, and is now an independent consultant.

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Marketing & Community Track

Anil Dash

Anil Dash is Vice President of Professional Products for Six Apart, Ltd. Dash is a recognized expert on the weblog medium and on the blogging industry, having appeared on television, radio and print in addition to having founded one of the earliest and most popular weblogs on the Internet. In addition, Dash has given presentations around the world speaking about the future of the weblog medium, the relationship between blogs and journalism, and business blogging.

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Todd Friesen

Todd entered the SEO world in 1998 and has since worked with top-name clients like Choice Hotels and InfoSearch Media on natural search optimization. He is an expert in affiliate and search engine marketing, a former administrator at Webmasterworld, and a moderator for Search Engine Watch. He is co-host of the popular SEO Rockstars on WebmasterRadio.FM, as well as a regular speaker at Search Engine Strategies and other conferences. Todd oversees Range Online Media’s search engine optimization (SEO) business unit. He works with new and established clients to optimize existing sites and help architect new sites to achieve optimal natural rankings. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. He currently resides in Vancouver, B.C.

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Tara Hunt

Tara Hunt Celebrated as the 'Marketer 2.0 ', Tara has been infusing the marketing world with her roguish style - working in a plethora of industries, from non-profit to consumer beverages to technology - for the past 8 years. Not familiar with her casual-styled musings at HorsePigCow? Well, Tara's current project, Pinko Marketing, is a good place to start to get an idea of her marketing style. The basis? You need to be part of the community you serve. This goes beyond the conversation and into building deep and real relationships with your community of customers. Speaking of community, Tara is a community-based movement evangelist, spending all of her free time on Barcamp, Coworking and Winecamp. She is also a supporter of the Open Source movement, the EFF, Creative Commons and the Intelligrid.

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Jeremy Pepper

Pepper has a decade's worth of experience in high-technology, consumer technology and consumer public relations, and is one of the world's earliest and well-known PR bloggers. His POP! PR Jots ( is considered one of the most popular PR blogs, writing on topics affecting the marketing and public relations industries. Pepper works closely with clients from various practices, including consumer, consumer technology, healthcare and high-tech. Such clients include American Licorice, BEA Systems, Cisco, and General Motors, among others, working with clients to develop and drive social media strategies.

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Deborah Schultz

Deborah Schultz Deborah is an evangelist and rabble rouser in the new Relationship Economy. An Internet-industry veteran and innovator, she is a passionate customer advocate who believes strongly in the power of technology to connect people, communities and businesses. Deborah currently advises companies ranging in size from start-ups to the Fortune 50 on the new role of marketing and the impact of technology on customer relationships.

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Strategy & Business Models Track

Michael Arrington

Mike Arrington is the founder of the Crunch Network and editor of Tech Crunch, a weblog "dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies." Arrington founded edgeio, a classified listings system company. He is on the board of Foldera, a web-based organizer, and is an investor in Daylife, a news startup. He has served as a corporate lawyer, been involved in sales and business development at RealNames and co-founded Achex, which was sold to First Data Corp. He also founded two companies in Canada and was COO at Razorgator. He consulted stints have included SnapNames, Verisign and Spotback.

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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 (

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Josh Kopelman

Josh has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization. He currently is Managing Partner of First Round Capital, a seed-stage venture fund focused on technology investments. In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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Charlene Li

Charlene Li Charlene examines the ways in which new technology will affect how companies communicate with consumers. Charlene's current research agenda focuses on Social Computing (blogs, RSS, podcasting, and social networking), consumer portals and search, media site design, local media, and online classifieds. She also shares her insights on technology developments in media and marketing in her Weblog, Charlene Li's Blog .

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Rafe Needleman

Rafe Needleman Rafe has been covering technology and business since 1988. He started at InfoWorld as a reviews editor. Following that, he launched Corporate Computing magazine, and then moved on to become manager of advanced technologies for ZD Labs. In 1995, he became editor-in-chief of Byte magazine. He joined CNET as editor of, shortly after it started in 1997.

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Diamond Sponsor

  • Etelos

Platinum Sponsors

  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • AOL
  • Coghead
  • Cognizant
  • WebEx

Gold Sponsors

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Ask
  • Cambrian House
  • Citrix Systems
  • Curl
  • eBay
  • Fast Search
  • Google
  • Hinchcliffe & Company
  • IBM
  • Impetus
  • Intel
  • Nokia Nseries
  • PayPal
  • Vidoop
  • Web2corp
  • Yahoo!

Silver Sponsors

  • Coradiant
  • Dapper
  • Denodo
  • effective UI
  • Egnyte
  • eSnips
  • Fatdoor
  • Fotango
  • JackBe
  • Juniper Networks
  • Kapow Technologies
  • Layered Technologies, Inc.
  • LongJump
  • Microsoft
  • MindTouch
  • n software
  • Octopz
  • OrangeHRM
  • Radialpoint
  • Reply
  • Socialtext
  • Sonnenschein Venture Technology Group
  • StrikeIron
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Tellme
  • ThinkFree
  • Venyo
  • ZCubes
  • Zoho

Launch Pad Sponsors

  • O'Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures
  • Startup Capital

Media Partners

  • ACM Queue
  • Blogher
  • Business Management
  • Dr. Dobb's Journal
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fast Company
  • Federated Media
  • Information Week
  • InfoWorld
  • ITtoolbox
  • MSDN
  • Network Computing
  • Nikkei Net
  • Online Publishers Association
  • Red Herring
  • Revenue Magazine
  • Technology Review
  • TechWeb Network
  • Wall Street & Technology
  • Webware
  • Wired Magazine


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