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Speakers 2015


Jason Fried

Jason Fried

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.

Jake Schwartz

Jake Schwartz

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.

Miguel McKelvey

Miguel McKelvey

Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, WeWork

Miguel McKelvey is the Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer of WeWork, a startup that leases office space to other startups that is now worth 10 billion dollars. He previously (co-)founded SevenPlanet, Green Desk, Versation and Generation Design Studio.

Des Traynor

Des Traynor

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.

David Glickman

David Glickman

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.

Joanna Stern

Joanna Stern

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.

Carl Pei

Carl Pei

Co-founder & Head of Global, OnePlus

Carl Pei is the Co-founder and Head of Global at OnePlus. Founded in 2013, their debut smartphone, the OnePlus One, was hailed by TIME as the 'phone of dreams'. OnePlus most recently released the OnePlus 2, which Fortune called 'one of the best smartphones you can buy', alongside its own operating system, OxygenOS. Raised in Sweden, Carl currently oversees the global business of OnePlus.

Julie Ask

Julie Ask

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.

David Byttow

David Byttow

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.

Matt Epstein

Matt Epstein

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).

Samir Patel

Samir Patel

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 Leibsohn

Adam Leibsohn

COO, Giphy

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.

Ed Zitron

Ed Zitron

CEO, EZPR

Ed Zitron is the founder of EZPR, an east-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.

Mark Earls

Mark Earls

Herdmeister, Herd Consultancy

Few - apart from That Nice Mr Zuckerberg - have done more in business to champion the science of our fundamentally social nature. With books like HERD and I'll Have What She's Having and work with clients from corporations like Unilever and Sony, Mark is unrelenting in his enthusiasm for "we" over "me". Mark will preview his new book Copy Copy Copy.

Kei Shimada

Kei Shimada

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.

Josh Barratt

Josh Barratt

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.

Christina Wallace

Christina Wallace

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.

John Lunn

John Lunn

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.

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Previous speakers


John Collison

John Collison

President and Co-Founder, Stripe

Kathryn Minshew

Kathryn Minshew

Founder & CEO, The Muse

Jon Oringer

Jon Oringer

Founder & CEO, Shutterstock

Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen

Author, The Internet Is Not The Answer

Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky

Founder & CEO, Behance

Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose

Partner, Google Ventures

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Founding Editor, Wired

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor, World Wide Web

Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington

Founder, TechCrunch

Hilary Mason

Hilary Mason

Chief Scientist, Bit.ly

David Allen

David Allen

Author, Getting Things Done

Werner Vogels

Werner Vogels

CTO, Amazon Web Services

Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian

Co-founder, Reddit

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg

Founder, WordPress

Julia Hartz

Julia Hartz

Co-founder, Eventbrite

Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss

Author, 4-Hour Workweek

Chad Hurley

Chad Hurley

Co-founder, YouTube

Joe Gebbia

Joe Gebbia

Co-founder, Airbnb

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