Randi Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, a digital and traditional media and production company, and Editor-in-Chief of Dot Complicated, an online community helping us navigate and “untangle” our wired, wonderful lives.
This fall, Randi will release her first books with HarperCollins, an adult non-fiction book also titled Dot Complicated, which addresses the multifaceted complications of our socially transparent world, and a children’s picture book, titled Dot.
As an early marketing executive at Facebook, Randi created and ran the social media pioneer’s marketing programs. She led the company’s U.S. election and international politics strategy and created Facebook’s live streaming initiatives during the 2008 Presidential Inauguration. Randi was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for her innovative coverage of the 2010 mid-term elections that integrated online and TV coverage in unique formats.
Since starting Zuckerberg Media, Randi has produced shows and digital content for BeachMint, the Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, the United Nations, Bravo and Conde Nast, with many other projects in the works.
Randi has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, the Today show, Bloomberg News, and ABC’s World News. She was also a correspondent for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Randi was recently appointed to the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council and the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Social Media.
Randi holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University and resides in Palo Alto with her husband Brent Tworetzky and their son Asher.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson is Chair, President and CEO of DreamBox Learning®, the company that developed the Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ platform heralded as a “game changer” in the eLearning sector by nationally renowned academic and technology pundits. Jessie brings nearly two decades of experience in K-12 e-learning and education technology to DreamBox Learning. Throughout her career in the education industry, Jessie has held several leadership roles in general management, sales and marketing, operations, and business development.
Before joining DreamBox Learning, Jessie was President of the K–12 Group at Blackboard where she led the company’s growth and development for the virtual and blended online learning market. Prior to Blackboard, she was President of LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the schools division of LeapFrog Enterprises, where she established SchoolHouse as a leader in education technology and one of the fastest growing educational software producers in the United States.
Jessie has also held leadership positions atcollegeboard.com, the interactive division of the College Board;MyRoad.com, an e-learning company that helps middle school, high school, and college students prepare for college and careers; and Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the United States.
As an education industry leader, Jessie serves on several boards for nonprofit organizations including the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL); Editorial Projects in Education, which publishes Education Week; the Education Innovation Network; Camelot For Kids; the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA); and Technology Access Foundation (TAF). Jessie has also served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education. In 2012, she was named to the Forbes “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor of education and honored as a “Woman of Influence” by The Puget Sound Business Journal for making an impact in the education technology industry as well as the community. In 2011, Jessie was spotlighted as a “Best Leaders to Watch” in EdNET’s “Best for 2011,” a peer recognition program.
Jessie received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA in English from the University of Virginia. She is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Hanson Hosein is Director of the Communication Leadership graduate program at the University of Washington and President of HRH Media Group. As such, he specializes in digital media, storytelling and networking strategies, and has served as adviser to organizations such as Weber Shandwick, Tableau Software and the Pacific Science Center.
Hanson is also the Telly Award-winning host of Four Peaks, a UWTV and KING 5 Northwest Cable News series that features interviews with the region's influencers. The current season "Four Peaks: The Innovators," is a partnership with Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) featuring interviews with Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Starbucks' Howard Schultz, among others.
Hanson's book "Storyteller Uprising: Trust and Persuasion in the Digital Age," is a study of effective 21st century content creation and online syndication strategies. He's given Storyteller Uprising keynotes to the leadership of organizations such as Verizon Wireless, Amazon, Microsoft. MasterCard, CVS Caremark and the American Marketing Association. His pioneering work earned him Seattle Magazine's "Most Influential" in 2010, particularly due to his role in hosting TEDx Seattle.
Hanson directed the award-winning documentary films "Rising from Ruins" and "Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop," which have been broadcast worldwide and stream on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and Snagfilms.
As a former NBC News war correspondent, backpack journalist and investigative producer, he's the recipient of Overseas Press Club and Emmy Awards. He has produced stories in association with NBC, CBC News, USAID, and Discovery Mobile notably in Israel, Syria, Iraq, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Kosovo, Turkey, Panama, Venezuela, and El Salvador.
Hanson has an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and law degrees from Montreal’s McGill University and the University of Paris. He's accredited as a non-practicing New York State attorney.
Emmett Shear is an Internet entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder and CEO of Twitch, the world's leading video streaming platform and community for gamers with more than 45 million monthly viewers. He's a part-time partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator, where he advises fledgling startups on product and strategy. Shear also is a co-founder of Justin.tv, a general purpose live streaming site, and Kiko Software, the first AJAX-based online calendar. Shear graduated from Yale University in 2005 with a degree in computer science.
Virginia Postrel (pron. PAH-STRELL) is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion. She describes her work as "intellectual arbitrage"--synthesizing, analyzing, and communicating ideas from many different fields in an original and accessible way, usually with focus on culture and commerce.
Writing in Vanity Fair, Sam Tanenhaus (now the editor of The New York Times Book Review) described her as "a master D.J. who sequences the latest riffs from the hard sciences, the social sciences, business, and technology, to name only a few sources."
Postrel's latest book is The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, published November 5. She's also the author of The Substance of Style (2003) and The Future and Its Enemies (1998) and is a regular columnist for the Bloomberg View division of Bloomberg.com.
Leslie is a passionate entrepreDOER who serves as the Chief Operating Officer ofGuide, a Knight Foundation-backed technology company that transforms text to video for publishers. To keep her sword sharp in her down time, she acts as an advisor to Infoactive, TheLi.st and BeutlerInk; serves as a Fellow at theUS Chamber of Commerce; is a regular contributor toForbes and NPR on the topic of female entpreneurship; and is fiercely passionate about living a balanced life and helping her family expand their pinot noir vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Leslie’s operational leadership, creative thinking, passion for data-driven storytelling, and ability to successfully engage across disciplines and departments has aided vanguard brands with some of their most innovative executions, including helping architect the de facto social strategy for Nike’s custom shoe division (NIKEiD) still used today, the collaboration between NASA and foursquare to bring about the first check-in from space, the concepting and development of Intel’s brand storytelling platform “iQ“, Google’s data visualization efforts around the 2012 Election, and C-SPAN’s 2008 and 2012 Election efforts and their Peabody-winning Archives redesign in 2009.
Leslie spent the early part of her career building one of the world’s top data visualization firms to become AdAge's Small Agency of the Year - Southeast in 2012 and make the Inc. 500 list twice for revenue growth experienced during her tenure (2006 - 2012). A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, Leslie has been recognized by Fast Company as one of “The Most Creative People in Business” and by Inc. Magazine as a “Top 30 Entrepreneur Under 30”.
$18 billion dollars. Nilofer Merchant has personally launched more than 100 products that netted this astounding amount. It’s this kind of leadership and business models – the type that results in innovation, and growth - that she now shares.
Merchant works with teams to create enduring advantage. From working with Steve Jobs at Apple, to defeating Microsoft in an epic industry battle, to advising the C-Suites of GE, IBM, Logitech and more, Merchant brings a world-class pedigree to her work.
Fast Company recognized her most recent book, 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era – a Harvard Press book, as a Best Business Book of 2012. Her earlier book, The New How, on collaboration has been widely recognized as one of the best to show how to close the proverbial AirSandwich gap between strategy and execution.
You’ve probably seen her byline and ideas in publications like the Harvard Business Review, Wired, and Oprah. A TED speaker, she shares the stage with luminaries regularly, including Malcolm Gladwell, and Bono (yes, THAT Bono). Merchant lives in Silicon Valley and is at work on her next book. You can find her sharing the latest thinking at Nilofermerchant.com.
Sonal is currently Senior Editor of Opinion at Wired.com. Before joining Wired, she directed content and community at PARC, a Xerox company (née Xerox PARC).
At PARC, Sonal wrote on topics such as cleantech, intelligent automation, natural language, networking, optical detectors, printed electronics, and many others; launched its online editorial and social media presence; and overhauled its website (selected an Official Honoree by the 14th Webby Awards). She also ran PARC's invited expert speaker program, which included curating series on trends such as innovation/ R&D, Entrepreneurial Spirit, OPEN, and Going Beyond Web 2.0, as well as facilitating on behalf of PARC special guest events (like MAKE's inaugural Hardware Innovation Workshop).
Previously, Sonal worked as an ethnographer/ researcher/ writer as part of an NSF-funded study on professional development and organizational change. She built and managed an online community of education stakeholders, ranging from teachers to policymakers (assets later acquired by Pearson). Sonal also worked on content for a National Research Council committee report on international education, and edited for cognitive content accuracy the English translation of a Japanese math textbook series. Early on, Sonal designed and field-tested educational activities (which became part of Big Math for Little Kids); did a research stint at Sesame Street; taught school; and did autism work.
Sonal obtained her B.A. in English and Psychology from UCLA, and worked on her Ph.D. in developmental/ cognitive psychology at Columbia University (wasn't too far from ABD before narrowly missing j-school there!).
Russell Benaroya is the co-founder and CEO of EveryMove, a rewards plan for health that connects health tracking apps, wearables and device data with rewards from health plans, employers and brands. As he drives a personal mission to improve the lives of 10 million people in 10 years, EveryMove is putting power into the hands of consumers that will fundamentally change the way we approach our “health”care.
Previously Russell was the co-founder and CEO of REM Medical, a national healthcare services company operating clinics and research facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The Company was sold in 2009 to become of the nation’s largest sleep services providers.
Prior to co-founding REM Medical, Russell was the Director of Corporate Development for Overture Services (acquired by Yahoo in 2003), the company that revolutionized paid search marketing and created a multi-billion dollar industry.
Russell has been recognized as a "40 under 40" leader in Seattle and frequently speaks and writes on the transformation toward consumer driven healthcare. He is a Techstars mentor in Seattle and for the Nike and Sprint accelerators powered by Techstars.
Russell holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.
Dan Shapiro is the CEO of Google Comparison Inc, a Google subsidiary that operates comparison shopping products. Shapiro landed at Google when they bought his most recent company, Sparkbuy Inc, where he was founder and CEO. Sparkbuy was a comparison shopping website that offered a happy fun face on top of scary good data.
Previously, Shapiro was founder and CEO of Ontela, a pioneering mobile imaging company, where he was named CEO of the Year by MobileBeat. Ontela was frequently recognized including the Dow Jones Top 10 in Wireless list, the CTIA award for Best Social Networking Application, and Breakthrough Startup of the Year by the WTIA. Ontela merged with Photobucket in December of 2009 where Shapiro holds a seat on the Board of Directors.
Prior to founding Ontela, Shapiro managed development of the RealArcade service at RealNetworks, enabling thousands of end-users to play classic games such as Monopoly, Scrabble and Rollercoaster Tycoon on their desktops. He arrived at RealNetworks by way of Wildseed, where he managed software development for the Identity Cellular Phone. Shapiro started his career at Microsoft working on Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.
Shapiro's articles have been published in the Washington Post, Wireless Week, and the Seattle PI, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and events. He serves on the board of the nonprofit Washington Technology Industry Association. He is a mentor for the Founder's Institute, 500 Startups, and Techstars. He has been awarded ten US patents, and received his B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Dror Oren is an executive director in the SRI Ventures team at SRI International. In this role, Oren focuses on commercialization of technologies in information and computer sciences. He helps lead venture efforts from raw business concepts, through value proposition and business plan development, to the creation of a stand-alone spin-off company.
Oren has more than a decade of experience in software development and management, sales, marketing, and product management. Prior to joining SRI, he worked at VMware in the product marketing group, focusing on virtualization products, and bringing cloud computing to market.
Previously, he was a product manager at NICE Systems Ltd., where he led a homeland security software product line. In that position, he oversaw marketing, business development and sales activities with customers and partners in more than 20 countries.
Earlier, Oren worked as the project manager and engineering team leader at Genesis System House Ltd., where he managed development teams and engineering projects for large-scale business intelligence and homeland security projects. He has also served as a major in the Israel Defense Forces.
Oren holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a double-major B.S. degree in computer science and biology from Tel Aviv University.
Among his many exploits, Mr. Klopp was the founder of The North Face, where he served as President and CEO for 20 years. During that time The North Face was honored with many awards for being the best managed and most environmentally responsible company in its industry, including being lauded by Business Week Magazine for providing one of the highest quality products of any company in the United States. In particular the company under his leadership was lauded by local publications for the diversity within the company, including the fact that over 14 languages were spoken at all times in the North American operations and for its commitment to hiring and including women and minorities in his management team. Mr. Klopp led The North Face to its position as the largest and most technically advanced company in its industry and one of the largest privately held companies in the San Francisco East Bay.