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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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