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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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