Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Altman Building, New York City
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BIANCA BOSKER, SENIOR TECH EDITOR, THE HUFFINGTON POST
Bianca Bosker is the Senior Tech Editor at The Huffington Post. She is the co-founding editor of The Huffington Post’s Tech section, which she helped launch in 2009 and has both overseen and written for since. She writes about consumer technology, social media, web companies, business, and the cultural aspects of technology, among other topics (See her work here). She also created The Huffington Post’s Women in Tech series, which has featured her profiles of leading female pioneers, including Google executive Marissa Mayer, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior, and Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook.
Her work has appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Far Eastern Economic Review, and the Oregonian. She is the co-author of a book on the cultural history of bowling entitled Bowled Over: A Roll Down Memory Lane and at work on her second book, Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China, which will be published by the University of Hawaii Press.
She grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Princeton University. She currently lives in New York City. You can contact her at Bianca AT huffingtonpost.com.
JOANNA STERN, EDITOR, ABC NEWS
At any given time Joanna’s desk is filled with all sorts of gadgets (smartphones, tablets, laptops, you name it!). Before joining ABC News, she helped launch The Verge, a technology news and reviews website. She has written over 90 laptop reviews in the last three years and insisted on getting a MacBook Pro on her first day of ABC.
SCOTT BELSKY, CEO, BEHANCE
Scott Belsky has committed his professional life to help organize creative individuals, teams, and networks. Scott is the co-founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to organize and empower the creative world. Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work, and serves as the backbone for AdWeek, LinkedIn, and thousands of other portfolio sites and online galleries of creative talent. Millions of people use Behance to display and find talent every month. Behance also runs The 99% think tank and conference, an annual gathering of creative leaders focused on the execution of ideas. He is a frequent contributor on MSNBC and has worked with leading companies and organizations including General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Proctor & Gamble as well as the United States State Department and the CIA. In 2010, Scott was also included in Fast Company’s list of “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Scott is the author of the international bestselling book Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio, Penguin Books). He also serves and an advisor and investor in several early-stage companies including Pinterest, Contently, FLUD, and Paddle8. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
KELLAN ELLIOTT-McCREA, CTO, ETSY
Kellan runs engineering at Etsy where they apply a surprising amount of sophisticated technology to the problem of selling hand made goods. Before that, Kellen was the architect at Flickr. That takes us back to pre-history.
DEREK GOTTFRID, VP PRODUCT, TUMBLR
Derek Gottfrid is the VP of Product at Tumblr, where he manages the Mobile, Product Engineering, Insights and Strategic Partnership teams. As part of Tumblr’s mission to deliver creativity worldwide, Derek’s teams help keep Tumblr fast, fun and forward-thinking. Previously, Derek spent a decade at NYTimes.com, where he led various efforts to build a news and information platform. He is fond of four-letter words, including “code” and “ship.”
VANESSA HURST, CO-FOUNDER, GIRL DEVELOP IT
Vanessa Hurst is a data-focused technologist and Co-Founder of Girl Develop It, an organization dedicated to improving software development by providing low-cost, ask-anything, supportive learning environments. Vanessa previously led Data and Analytics for Paperless Post, a customizable online invitation startup that redefines the tradition of stationery. Before entering the startup world, Vanessa worked in business intelligence at The Ladders and financial data at Capital IQ. Vanessa founded and organizes Developers for Good, a meetup of technologists who want to use their skills to further social missions. She serves as a technical advisor to a number of non-profits and startups, including Ohours. Vanessa holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Systems & Information Engineering from the University of Virginia.
LAUREN INDVIK, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, MARKETING & MEDIA, MASHABLE
Lauren Indvik is the associate editor of marketing and media for Mashable, covering digital marketing news, the fashion industry and the evolving media landscape from Mashable’s New York headquarters. In addition to Mashable, Lauren’s work has appeared in InStyle, Forbes, USA Today and Fashion Theory, a peer-reviewed academic journal. Lauren is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she received her B.A. in English with Honors.
SETH PINSKY, PRESIDENT, NYC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Seth W. Pinsky was appointed President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in February 2008, seven months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers ushered in one of the most significant economic downturns in generations. Seth has worked to meet the challenge presented by the crisis by re-evaluating the agency’s strategy for expanding the City’s economy and redoubling existing efforts to position the City as the international center for innovation in the 21st century. He is a graduate of Columbia College where he majored in Ancient History and later graduated from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Seth worked at Cleary Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton as an Attorney and at James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated as a Financial Analyst.
KANE SARHAN, CO-FOUNDER, E[NSTITUTE]
Kane Sarhan is not your typical 25 year old. As the co-founder of E[nstitute], Kane is reinventing higher education through apprenticeships with the best entrepreneurs in the world. Previously, Kane has launched and run his own magazine, raised over 100k for hackny, and was the Creative Director at LocalResponse. Kane has been named a 2012 New York Enterprise Game Changer and is the New York Ambassador for the Sandbox Network, a global network of young innovators.
JOEL SPOLSKY, CEO, STACK EXCHANGE
Joel Spolsky is the CEO and co-founder of Stack Exchange, a network of Q&A sites which includes Stack Overflow, used by millions of programmers around the world. He is a globally-recognized expert on the software development process. His website Joel on Software (www.joelonsoftware.com) is popular with software developers around the world and has been translated into over thirty languages. As the founder of Fog Creek Software in New York City, he created FogBugz, a popular project management system for software teams, and Trello, a popular online project management application. Joel has worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, developing an Internet client used by millions. He has written four books: User Interface Design for Programmers (Apress, 2001), Joel on Software (Apress, 2004), More Joel on Software (Apress, 2008), and Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007). Joel holds a BS from Yale in Computer Science. Before college he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper, and he was one of the founders of Kibbutz Hanaton.
ANDREW TOY, CEO, ENTERPROID
Co-founder and CEO of Enterproid, Andrew is a mobile-focused technologist with experience in both corporate and consumer markets. Prior to Enterproid, he was VP of Mobile and Syndication Technology at MTV Networks. In this role, he provided technological leadership for digital distribution of Viacom content serving cable brands including MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central. Prior to joining MTV Networks, Andrew headed mobile application development for Morgan Stanley, specializing in mobile-video delivery as well as fixed-mobile convergent telephony. Before Morgan Stanley, Andrew was chief architect for Jarna Inc, a startup focused on enabling mobile workflows on event-based platforms. Andrew holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he has also served as an associate lecturer.
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MONA BIJOOR, FOUNDER/CEO, JOOR
With over twelve years of experience, Ms. Bijoor benefits from understanding both the brand and boutique perspectives having worked for CHANEL, Elie Tahari, Cynthia Rowley, Mimi Maternity, and Ann Taylor. She received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
YARON GALAI, FOUNDER/CEO, OUTBRAIN
Mr. Yaron Galai is a Co-Founder of Ad4ever and serves as its Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Galai co-founded Outbrain Inc. in 2006 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He co-founded Quigo Technologies Inc. in 2000 and served as its Senior Vice President of Product Management and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Galai served as the Chief Executive Officer of aniBoom, Ltd. for three years. He founded NetWorks Web Design – an SEO and web design firm. At NetWorks, he oversaw the production and search engine optimization of over 30 websites and was involved in the development of search technologies based on community-level, machine-learning algorithms. Mr. Galai served in business development positions in internet startups at EyeScene Inc. He serves as a Director of Hopstop.com, Inc. He serves as a Director of aniBoom Ltd. Mr. Galai serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of eXelate Media LTD. He serves as a Member of Executive Committee at Tevel Angels, Inc. Mr. holds patent (with 6 more pending) in the field of information retrieval from database-driven sources of information. Mr. Galai studied Industrial Design at the Holon Technological Institute.
PHILIP JAMES, FOUNDER/PRESIDENT, LOT18
Philip James is the co-founder and President of Lot18 and was named to Business Insider’s 2011 “SA 100” list of the most important figures in the New York tech sector, Crain’s “People to Watch in Silicon Alley”, Columbia Venture Community’s CVC30 list of the most interesting people in the startup community out of Columbia University, and more.
SCOTT KURNIT, CEO, ADKEEPER
Scott Kurnit is the founder and CEO of AdKeeper. Scott also founded and served as chairman and CEO of About, Inc. as it grew to a public market value of $1.7 billion and was the 5th largest of all Web properties. About invented the forerunner to Google’s AdSense in Sprinks (purchased by Google in 2003) and the first family of ad networks in Luna. Kurnit sold About U.S. to Primedia in 2001 for $724 million. About is now owned by the New York Times Company.
Scott has founded four companies, all of which continue operating today. He’s a holder of four patents, led the team that embedded the first Web browser into an online service, started the first Pay Per View cable network and co-led the team that implemented the first use of national caller ID. He was also the youngest program director in the PBS system and served as program director for Qube, the world’s first fully interactive cable system. He was president of Showtime Event Television when it generated the largest one night gross in the entertainment business and aired the first rock concert (broadcast in 70 countries) from the former Soviet Union.
Scott serves on the Boards of AdKeeper, Appssavvy, Brightcove, OpenSky, SendMe Mobile, and The Paley Center for Media. He is an advisor to About, Black Arrow, Mashery and SmartBrief. He has been a Filmmaker, TV Director, Station Program Manager, Marketer and CEO. He has worked at the highest levels of Warner, Viacom, News Corp., PBS, IBM, and MCI companies.
RICARDO VICE SANTOS, LEAD ENGINEER, SPOTIFY
Ricardo is a Lead Engineer at Spotify. As a founding member of it’s New York office, he spends a great deal of time building a team capable of delivering crucial product and technology to millions of users. Representing the company, Ricardo also regularly attends conferences where he often holds lectures on technology related topics.
Having shown a passion for coding from an early age, he eventually won Portugal’s National Programming Competition, while in High School. Combining this passion with the one for traveling, he has worked in technology startups around the globe, including Spotify in Stockholm, Flumotion in Barcelona and GuestCentric in his home city of Lisbon.
Over time, these experiences led to an increasing entrepreneurial spirit. Other than business and technology in general, you will most often find him passionately discussing about how Social Entrepreneurship, coupled with smart product design and sophisticated engineering, can be explored to tackle some of the world’s most serious problems. Make sure you ask him about that.