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Speakers TNW Conference USA 2014

Meet the lineup so far

Visionary keynotes on technology trends, to pragmatic talks on leadership, culture, marketing and mobile strategy. Whatever your interests, TNW USA will be packed with some of the most powerful innovators. We’ll be adding new speakers regularly, so make sure you sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Neil Blumenthal

Neil Blumenthal

Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker

Neil is the Co-Founder and -CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative online lifestyle brand that leads the way for socially-conscious businesses. The company operates a unique, direct-to-consumer (or ‘vertical-commerce’) model, which has since sparked an entire v-commerce industry.

David Tisch

David Tisch

Managing Partner , BoxGroup

David is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City based seed-stage angel capital firm. BoxGroup is an investor in over 120 technology companies including Vine, Fab.com, GroupMe & Behance. David is also the Co-Founder of Spring, a mobile commerce platform, and Co-Founder of TechStars NYC.

Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal

Author, Hooked

Nir writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Nir has founded two successful tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.

John Collison

John Collison

President and Co-Founder, Stripe

John and his brother Patrick started Stripe back in 2010, while John was studying physics at Harvard. Their goal was to make accepting payments online simpler and more inclusive than ever before. Today, the 130-person Stripe team powers online businesses around the world, including Rackspace, Foursquare, Optimizely and Hubspot.

Kathryn Minshew

Kathryn Minshew

Founder & CEO, The Muse

Kathryn is founder of The Muse, the website that helps over 3 million job-seekers make better professional decisions. She also contributes to the Wall Street Journal & Harvard Business Review and is a Y Combinator alum. She is featured in the Forbes 30-under-30 & INC 15 women to watch in tech.

Hilary Mason

Hilary Mason

Data Scientist, Accel Partners

Hilary is a self-proclaimed believer in the potential of technology to give humanity superpowers. She spends her time investigating how to enable this by building new things with data. Hilary is Data Scientist in Residence at the venture and growth equity firm, Accel. She is also Scientist Emeritus at bitly, Co-Founder of HackNY, Co-Host of DataGotham, and a member of NYCResistor.

Jon Oringer

Jon Oringer

Founder & CEO, Shutterstock

Jon is the Founder and CEO of Shutterstock, a publicly listed global technology company that powers one of the world’s largest marketplaces for high-quality photos, illustrations, videos and music – taking $200 million annual revenue in the process. Born and raised in New York, Jon has founded nearly a dozen software companies and is passionate about data-driven businesses and disruptive technologies.

Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen

Executive Director, FutureCast

Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet company. He is the currently the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast and a columnist for CNN. Andrew is also the author of two hugely popular and controversial books, The Cult of the Amateur and Digital Vertigo.

Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky

Co-Founder, Behance

Scott is Adobe's Vice President of Products-Community and Head of Behance, the leading online platform for creatives to showcase their creative work. Scott co-founded Behance and served as CEO until Adobe acquired the company in 2012. He is also the author of Making Ideas Happen, which has been praised by the likes of Guy Kawasaki, Former Apple Evangelist, and John Battelle, Co-Founder of Wired and Boing Boing.

Alexandra Chong

Alexandra Chong

Founder & CEO, Lulu

Alexandra is Founder & CEO of Lulu, a private network for girls to share their experiences and make smarter decisions – starting with relationships. Alexandra created Lulu to bring private conversations among women online and to unleash the value of girl talk. Lulu launched in February 2013 and now has millions of users and billions of profile views.

Kevin Hale

Kevin Hale

Partner, Y Combinator

Kevin is a partner at Y Combinator. Before he joined Y Combinator he was co-founder of Wufoo, which was acquired by SurveyMonkey in 2011. He was responsible for Wufoo’s much-admired design and speaks widely about UX. Before Wufoo he wrote about design for Particletree and was editor in chief of the web development magazine Treehouse.

David Weinberger

David Weinberger

Author, Too Big to Know

David Weinberger is one of the web’s most inspiring technologists, philosophers, authors and speakers. His work discusses the impact of technology on human communication, relationships and ideas. David is a Senior Researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. He is also author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, as well as Too Big to Know, which looks at the networking of knowledge and expertise.

Alan Tisch

Alan Tisch

Founder & CEO, Spring

Alan Tisch is the founder and CEO of Spring, a mobile marketplace where customers shop directly within the app from a curated community of brands. Prior to founding Spring, Alan spent time at Fab.com and Mayor Bloomberg’s office, where he launched the NYC Big Apps initiative.

Ben Popper

Ben Popper

Business Editor, The Verge

Ben Popper is the Business Editor at The Verge. He was formerly the founding editor at Betabeat and the East Coast editor for VentureBeat. He has written about technology and culture for publications like The New York Times, Atlantic, Slate, Fast Company, Vice, Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone.

Aaron Harris

Aaron Harris

Partner, Y Combinator

Aaron is a Partner at Y Combinator, a seed accelerator that has funded over 500 startups including Scribd, reddit, Airbnb and Dropbox. Aaron is also the Co-Founder of Tutorspree, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2011. Before Tutorspree he worked at Bridgewater Associates, where he managed product and operations for an analytics group.

Jeff Lieberman

Jeff Lieberman

Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners

Jeff Lieberman is a managing director at Insight Venture Partners, where he serves on the board or oversees Insight's investments Hootsuite, Indiegogo, Shutterstock and Threadless. Prior to joining Insight, Jeff was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co, where he focused on strategic and operating issues in the financial services, technology and consumer products industries.

Joshua Siegel

Joshua Siegel

General Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital

Joshua Siegel is the General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital, a VC fund that investing in later stage Seed and Series A & B rounds of high potential early stage disruptive technology companies. Prior to Rubicon, Joshua was a New York investment banker, Director of Marketing Intelligence at Citicorp and a Manager Eastern European Banking Systems at Citibank.

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Partner, 500 Startups

Marvin is a Partner at seed VC firm & startup accelerator, 500 Startups. Formerly of Yahoo! Inc. where he spent more than 10 years in a wide range of roles from sales and business development to ad operations and marketing, Marvin now also serves on the boards or advisory board of 8 internet advertising and ad technology companies. He also contributes his time as a mentor for 20 different accelerator programs around the world.

Ellie Wheeler

Ellie Wheeler

Principal, Greycroft

Based in Greycroft’s New York office, Ellie focuses on investment opportunities across the digital ecosystem, with an emphasis in B2B and B2C commerce innovation, marketplaces, and mobile applications. Ellie currently oversees Greycroft‘s investments in BaubleBar, Daily Secret, Buzz Points, NuOrder, and Plain Vanilla Games and also works closely with our investment in Plated and Nomi. Ellie has also worked at Lowercase, Cisco, and DN Capital.

Charlie O’Donnell

Charlie O’Donnell

Founder, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Charlie is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. He has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies and has been credited for influencing early investors in both Twitter and Foursquare. Charlie is one of only a dozen individuals to be named to Business Insider's 100 Most Influential People in NY Tech five or more times. He was also on the founding board of the rewnowned New York Tech Meetup.

Ryan Feit

Ryan Feit

CEO & Co-Founder, SeedInvest

Ryan is the CEO and Co-Founder of SeedInvest, a leading equity crowdfunding platform. Prior to founding SeedInvest, Ryan worked at Carlson Capital, Wellspring Capital Management and Lehman Brothers in New York City where he invested in, financed and managed dozens of private and public businesses. Ryan also the co-founder of the Crowdfunding Professional Association and serves as a Board Member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates group.

Viktor van der Wijk

Viktor van der Wijk

Director of Digital Marketing, KLM

Viktor van der Wijk is Director of Digital Marketing at KLM, Royal Dutch airlines. He is is responsible for the global online marketing activities as well as the social customer service and social commerce activities within KLM. Viktor heads a team of 30 digital marketers focusing on online revenue maximisation and 140 social media staff who provide services in 11 languages via Twitter and Facebook.

Jort Possel

Jort Possel

Global Social Media Director, Accenture

Jort is Global Social Media Director at Accenture, the leading management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. He has extensive experience in positioning organizations in new media landscapes. Jort is a marketer by trade, with a hard-core interest in social anthropology. He's a cross-trained specialist in both worlds and spends much of his time bridging the two wherever possible.

Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown

Director or Marketing and Communications, CrowdCentric

Nicole is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Crowdcentric, a NYC-based creative experiential marketing agency, responsible for Social Media Week, a leading news platform and worldwide conference. Previously, she oversaw digital marketing and interactive programming for the Museum of the City of New York, and managed the marketing and communications plans for global brands at Elizabeth Arden, Shiseido, LVMH and Hearst magazines.

David Manela

David Manela

Chief Revenue Officer, Fiverr

David is the Chief Revenue Officer and Head of New York Operations at Fiverr, the world’s largest marketplace for creative and professional services. David has spent more than 15 years in direct-to-consumer and e-commerce businesses. Thise include a 5-year tenure at ideel, a company he helped grow from a startup to an online retailer of $100M+, earning it the title of ‘America’s Fastest Growing Private Company’ from Inc. Magazine.

Lauren Sherman

Lauren Sherman

Head of Marketing, Shyp

As head of marketing at Shyp, Lauren oversees the company’s customer acquisition, growth, brand and public relations. She was previously a member of the early team at TaskRabbit, where she oversaw 19 US city expansions and lead the company’s first international market launch in London. She started her career at Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing company, where Fast Company featured her innovative, guerilla approach to marketing.

Kristin Hodgson

Kristin Hodgson

Director of Communications, Meetup

Kristin Hodgson leads the Communications team at Meetup, a tech company that helps everyone, everywhere make community real. In this role, she works to build awareness about the Meetup phenomenon by telling the stories of Meetup organizers and members around the world. Kristin participates in Meetups across a range of professional and personal interests - NYC culture, French Bulldogs, parenting, and content strategy to name a few.

Umang Dua

Umang Dua

COO & Co-Founder, Handy

Umang Dua is the COO and co-founder of Handy, the on-demand home cleaning and repair service. Founded in 2012, Handy spun out of Harvard's Innovation Lab and in less than two years has grown from 3 markets to 28 cities across North America and the United Kingdom offering its professional, reliable and trusted home cleaning and repair service at a tap of a button.

Evan Nisselson

Evan Nisselson

Partner, LDV Capital

Evan is an early stage investor with experience as a serial entrepreneur and digital media expert for over 20 years. He mentors at Seedcamp, 500Startups, Mind The Bridge, NYSeed, and Founders Institute. Evan's international expertise ranges from assisting technology startups in raising capital, business development, marketing, content development, and product development.

Courtney Boyd Meyers

Courtney Boyd Meyers

Founder, Audience.io

Courtney is a multimedia journalist, digital marketing pro, and passionate community builder. In 2013, she founded audience.io to help European consumer tech startups launch stateside by providing marketing, business, and community building services. She has since worked with dozens of high-growth companies including Shyp, TaskRabbit, Transferwise, SHADOW, Artsy, SecretEscapes, State, YPlan, Geckoboard, Percolate, and Startup Institute.

Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

CEO, The Next Web

Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten is a successful serial entrepreneur and co-founder of The Next Web. He started his first company in 1997 and sold it in 1999. In 2003 Boris started the first Wi-Fi Hotspot operator in the Netherlands and later sold the company to the Dutch Royal KPN.

Matt Navarra

Matt Navarra

Community Director, The Next Web

Matt Navarra is the Community Director at The Next Web. He is responsible for (amongst many other things!) TNW's social media channels, which have over 3.5m followers around the world. Previously, Matt worked for the UK Government as a Digital Communications and Social Media lead and has over 10 years marketing and PR experience.

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Previous speakers

Some of the most influential minds in technology have spoken at previous editions of The Next Web Conference.

Chad Hurley

Chad Hurley

Co-founder, Youtube

Julia Hartz

Julia Hartz

Co-founder, Eventbrite

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg

Founder, WordPress

Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble

Liaison, Rackspace

Hilary Mason

Hilary Mason

Chief Scientist, Bit.ly

Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose

Partner, Google Ventures

Joe Gebbia

Joe Gebbia

Co-founder, Airbnb

Tim Ferris

Tim Ferriss

Author, 4-Hour Workweek

Werner Vogels

Werner Vogels

CTO & VP, Amazon

Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford

Professor, Cardozo Law

Willem-Alexander

Willem-Alexander

King of Orange, Netherlands

Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram

CEO, Wolfram Research

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