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Co-founder & CEO, Basecamp
Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals , a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools. 37signals' simple but powerful collaboration tools include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard. 37signals also developed and open-sourced the Ruby on Rails programming framework.
Co-founder & CEO, General Assembly
Jake Schwartz is CEO of General Assembly, which is pioneering a new kind of education for a global community of entrepreneurs and professionals. Under his leadership, General Assembly has scaled to fourteen cities and has helped more than 240,000 students create opportunities and pursue work they love through educational programming in technology, business and design.
Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Intercom
Des Traynor is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Intercom, and was previously a co-founder of Exceptional (which is now a part of Rackspace). His role at Intercom covers many areas including product strategy, content marketing, customer support, and customer education.
Co-founder, Google Docs/Drive
Jonathan Rochelle was the co-founder of Google Docs, now Google Drive, and has been involved with the product for 10 years. He now leads product management for Google Apps For Education. This includes the development of new products like Google Classroom and Google Expeditions, but also requires focus on the use of core Google Apps products.
Vice President & Principle Researcher, Forrester
Julie Ask is a Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and co-author of The Mobile Mind Shift. Julie has authored more than 120 reports on mobile in her 14 years as an analyst, including "The Future Of Mobile Is Context," one of Forrester's most downloaded reports. She currently coordinates Forrester's research on the impact of mobile technologies and has helped hundreds of clients with mobile strategy.
CEO, Ultra Mobile
David Glickman is the CEO of Ultra Mobile, a nationwide mobile carrier that grew to more than $100 million in revenue in its second full year and is run predominately by millennials. Ultra is one of the fastest growing companies in the world and is #1 on Inc.'s 5000 list for 2015.
Co-founder & CMO, DigitalOcean
Mitch is a Co-Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of DigitalOcean. Mitch is responsible for driving revenue and customer growth through integrated marketing tactics. He has over 15 years of experience in digital marketing and developing optimized websites, built and designed for high growth.
Zach is the cofounder and CEO of Codecademy. Prior to Codecademy, Zach worked with GroupMe and drop.io while in school. Zach was named one of TIME Magazine's “100 Most Influential People of 2013.” Forbes Magazine and Inc. Magazine each named Zach in their respective “30 Under 30” lists. Zach is also a Venture Partner at Bowery Capital.
Co-founder & COO, Handy
Umang Dua is the co-founder and COO of Handy, the leading on-demand home cleaning and repair service. As Handy’s COO, Umang plays a pivotal role in increasing Handy’s footprint, both across North America and abroad, spearheading new market rollout and managing the company’s growth.
Personal Technology Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
Joanna Stern, who has spent the better part of the past decade on the gadget beat, knows phones, tablets and laptops inside and out. In her weekly Wall Street Journal columns and lively videos she helps people make smarter tech decisions. Ms. Stern previously was the technology editor at ABC News and a reviewer and editor at The Verge and Engadget. She lives in New York City with her wife and adorable puppy Browser.
Former founder and CEO, Secret
David Byttow is the former founder and CEO of Secret, the anonymous social networking app. He previously worked as Director of Engineering at Square, as an Engineering Lead at Medium and Google and a programmer in the video game industry. Today, he works on his next (secret) project, enjoys boxing and is an aspiring writer.
VP Marketing , Zenefits
Matt Epstein runs marketing at Zenefits, one of the fastest growing SaaS companies in the world. The company was tagged with a $4.5 billion valuation after just two years. Matt is well-known for his online campaign to get hired at Google a couple of years go (www.googlepleasehire.me).
President & CEO, GrowthMachines
Samir Patel, CEO of GrowthMachines, and Mentor at 500Startups, has optimised $1B+ in Ads. In the last decade, he has revolutionised Quantitative Growth Marketing for both startups and Fortune 500 companies. As Founder of SearchForce, Patel managed clients with some of the world’s largest ad budgets such as Salesforce.com, Priceline and Oracle.
Adam is the COO of Giphy. He is a product, marketing and communications strategy specialist with degrees in French, English and Philosophy. His strategies and work have been featured in Fast Company, Wired Magazine, The Harvard Business Review, CNBC and The New York Times; and, he has been listed as one of Details Magazine's Digital Mavericks.
Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies
Susan McPherson is a serial connector, cause-marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social good, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises including Intel, Girl Rising, Positive Luxury, JC Penney, THNK, The School of Creative Leadership and Plum Alley.
Ed Zitron is the founder of EZPR, a West-Coast media relations firm focusing on consumer tech startups. He has been published by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Eurogamer, PC Gamer and PC Zone. He is the author of 'This Is How You Pitch: How To Kick Ass In Your First Years In PR' and was recently named "Top 50 People in Tech PR" by Business Insider.
Director of Business Development, Dentsu
For over 10 years, Kei has devoted his time to helping Japanese companies with their mobile product and service strategies in expanding across borders and likewise guided International companies with their entry into Japan. Kei is now Director of Business Development at Dentsu's product innovation section, where he cultivates new global business opportunities in the digital arena.
Vered Raviv-Schwarz is COO of Fiverr and has a long track record as a technology executive, serving in high level positions at Radware, Mediamind and Kenshoo. Prior to joining the tech sector more than 15 years ago, she practiced as a lawyer specializing in Corporate Law, M&As and IPOs.
Chief Architect, Media Temple
Josh Barratt joined Media Temple, a Los Angeles-based company that provides premium web and cloud hosting solutions, as a system engineer in 2003, before making his way up to CTO and Chief Architect. He is currently focusing on simplifying cloud technologies to enable more people to unleash their power.
Investment Director, SeedInvest
Ameet loves learning how companies form around a concept, establish their identity, and execute a strategy. Prior to joining SeedInvest, he was an equity research analyst at Nomura Securities International where he covered the ever-changing Internet, Media, and Advertising industries. Before that Ameet worked at the J. Walter Thompson (JWT) advertising agency where he devised international strategy for some of Johnson & Johnson's most prestigious brands.
VP International, Shutterstock
Gerd Mittmann is VP International and joined Shutterstock in 2011 where he is leading the company's International efforts, from product localization to content sourcing, marketing, sales and staffing. He previously worked as VP of International at WeightWatchers.com where he was responsible for their International subscription businesses in EMEA and APAC.
Investment Strategy Lead, IBM Watson Ventures
Dave Galvin leads the investment strategy for the $100 million IBM Watson Venture Investment Group. Additionally, he develops partnerships between IBM and venture backed companies that want to build on the Watson AI platform. He focuses in the areas of data analytics, virtual reality/augmented reality, internet of things, and other emerging technology.
Founder & CEO, Grovo
Jeff Fernandez is Cofounder and CEO of Grovo, a fast-growing SaaS company reinventing employee learning for the enterprise. Under Jeff's leadership, Grovo has delivered 5 million learning moments in 190 countries and created an award-winning company culture in the process. Grovo was recently named “the best place to work in NY tech” by Internet Week” and one of “30 upstarts changing the world” by CNN Money.
Founding Director, BridgeUP:STEM
Christina is the Founder of BridgeUP: STEM, a new educational initiative at the American Museum of Natural History focused on introducing girls and minorities to computer science. Previously, Christina was a Vice President at Startup Institute, the Founder and CEO of Quincy Apparel, as well as a management consultant with BCG.
Senior Global Director, PayPal
John Lunn is the Senior Global Director of Developer and Startup Relations for PayPal and Braintree. John is focused on innovation, ensuring that developers and startups around the globe have access to the features, functionality and mentorship that they need. Prior to his current work at PayPal, John spent 15 years building systems for payment and fraud detection at several successful start ups.
President and Co-Founder, Stripe
Founder & CEO, The Muse
Founder & CEO, Shutterstock
Author, The Internet Is Not The Answer
Founder & CEO, Behance
Partner, Google Ventures
Founding Editor, Wired
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Inventor, World Wide Web
Chief Scientist, Bit.ly
Author, Getting Things Done
CTO, Amazon Web Services
Author, 4-Hour Workweek