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Ethan Anderson works on business strategy, sales, and marketing at Redbeacon. Prior to Redbeacon, he was a Product Manager at Google where he was responsible for launching and managing the Google Video product outside the United States prior to the YouTube acquisition. He also was Google's first Product Manager for the fast growing Southeast Asian emerging markets, and a Product Manager on Google Image Search, the top image search product in the world. Before joining Google, Anderson worked in a number of internet strategy and marketing roles at The Clorox Company, Buy.com, and McKinsey & Company. Anderson graduated with Honors from Harvard Business School and Magna Cum Laude from Duke University, where he earned a BA in Economics and Public Policy Studies.
Mr. Boone is Cimbal's President & CEO. His career includes senior executive positions in investment banking with JPMorgan in New York where he managed a billion dollar derivatives portfolio. He was previously President & CEO of Visuvi, an image initiated search engine and CEO of AppCentral, a desktop virtualization software company. He worked in management consulting as a technology, media and telecom advisor to leading funds, law firms and technology companies and as a director of business and corporate development with Excite@Home. He began his career in corporate finance at Price Waterhouse. Mr. Boone is recognized scholar with the Gerson Lehrman Group's Technology, Media & Telecommunications council and holds four US patents pending in virtualization and distributed networks. Mr. Boone is a graduate of JPMorgan's Executive Finance Program which included graduate business school professors from Harvard, Wharton, Columbia and NY University. He holds a bachelor of science degree in medical physics from the University of Notre Dame where he was an Isko Foundation academic scholarship recipient and rowed varsity crew.
Doug Camplejohn is CEO and Founder at Fliptop.
Sylvain Carle is CTO & Co-Founder of Praized Media and one of the creators of Needium, a social lead generation tool for small businesses.
James Cavalier is Director of Sales for AdRoll, which aims to provide a simple and effective platform for display retargeting.
Andrew D'Souza is Business Development Lead at Top Prospect - a new social recruiting application.
Ben Finkel is the CEO and co-founder of Fluther. He graduated with honors in mathematics and computer science from Brown University. He has a background in algorithms and worked previously at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Laszlo Systems.
Maya Grinberg is a Belarus-born, New-York-City-bred, Silicon Valley transplant. A proud bookworm of the both the physical and interwebs versions of written word, you can usually find her with her nose buried in a book, or a laptop. She has contributed some blog posts to several lady oriented blogs, like CuteGeek.com and TechTarts.com.
Grinberg is a proud graduate of the Applied Economics and Management Program at Cornell. Prior to her joining the Wildfire team where she manages all the outreach channels including the blog, newsletter, social media, and video series, Grinberg was a strategy consultant for IBM. She worked primarily in the industry of Energy and Utilities around newly developing Smart Grid initiatives.
Nitin Gupta is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Co-Founder of Law Pivot. He was previously an intellectual property litigation lawyer at Townsend & Townsend & Crew, a top national intellectual property law firm, and worked at Applied Materials. Gupta holds a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Tara Kelly heads up Passpack's design, communication and customer support. She received a bachelors degree from Rhode Island School of Design where she learned HTML and multimedia animation while dodging her official duties as a photo major.
Jay Mandal is the CEO and Co-Founder of Law Pivot. Prior to Law Pivot, Mandal was the lead mergers and acquisitions lawyer and a commercial law team member at Apple Inc. He has over nine years of experience as a corporate lawyer, including experience at the law firms of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, and Nishith Desai Associates. He was also a founding team member at IPpro, a patent outsourcing company. Mandal holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Stanford University, and was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to India.
Sean O'Malley is Co-Founder of BillFloat.
Randy Reddig leads internal product development at Square, Inc.
David Rusenko co-founded Weebly, an easy-to-use tool that helps millions of people create a professional web site, blog or online store.
Entrepreneurialism and language run deep for Kathy Sacks. Her parents came to the US from communist Hungary with $20 in pocket, an 8th grade education and no English speaking skills. They went on to build a highly successful contracting business in New Jersey. Sacks was the first in her family to earn a college education. That communications challenge combined with tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit has inspired Sacks' professional career, coming full circle in her role at Infusionsoft as VP of Communications. A magazine editor, veteran communications pro and proven entrepreneur, Sacks' marketing career spans over 15 years, having served on all sides of the marketing, journalism and PR desk. In her role at Infusionsoft, she leads brand awareness for the fast-growth company taking the email marketing 2.0 and small business revolution message to the masses.
Michael Slater is cofounder of Webvanta. He's been involved with building content-rich web sites for more than 15 years. He was previously Director of Technology Strategy at Adobe Systems, which he joined when it acquired Fotiva, a venture-funded photo software startup he cofounded. Prior to Fotiva, he created and ran the Microprocessor Report newsletter and the Microprocessor Forum conference. Long ago he was a hardware engineer and assembly-language programmer.
Donna Wells leads the Mindflash team. She was previously CMO of Mint.com, the online personal finance service, where she was responsible for driving the company's growth to 2 million users from its launch in 2007 to its acquisition by Intuit in 2009 for $170 million. Wells has also led large marketing organizations for industry leaders including Intuit, Charles Schwab and Expedia, where she was SVP of Marketing for the US. She started her career at American Express, where she launched the Gold Rewards and Platinum Corporate Card products for small businesses. Wells' work has won multiple Webbys, an OMMA award, and has been cited in Newsweek, Brandweek, and Web Marketing for Dummies. She was named one of the Top 25 Women in Tech to Watch by Accenture in 2009.
Marco Zappacosta is Co-Founder and CEO of Thumbtack, a marketplace for local services.
Brian Zisk, Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor at Collecta, is a Social Networking pioneer. He has been involved in creating numerous ventures and non-profits, including The SanFran MusicTech Summit, The Future of Music Coalition, Chesspark.com, the Xiph Foundation, SanFranZiskGo!, the Green Witch Internet Radio, and more. He also serves as a key adviser to various other projects, including the MetaBrainz Foundation, Gotuit Media, ClickFacts, Inc, Anti-Bride Productions, and several music/technology startups. Zisk speaks at numerous conferences and is quoted extensively in the press.
Publicly accessible computer network connecting many smaller networks from around the world. It grew out of a U.S. Defense Department program called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), established in 1969 with connections between computers at the University of California at Los Angeles, Stanford Research Institute, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah. ARPANET's purpose was to conduct research into computer networking in order to provide a secure and survivable communications system in case of war. As the network quickly expanded, academics and researchers in other fields began to use it as well. In 1971 the first program for sending e-mail over a distributed network was developed; by 1973, the year international connections to ARPANET were made (from Britain and Norway), e-mail represented most of the traffic on ARPANET. The 1970s also saw the development of mailing lists, newsgroups and bulletin-board systems, and the TCP/IP communications protocols, which were adopted as standard protocols for ARPANET in 198283, leading to the widespread use of the term Internet. In 1984 the domain name addressing system was introduced. In 1986 the National Science Foundation established the NSFNET, a distributed network of networks capable of handling far greater traffic, and within a year more than 10,000 hosts were connected to the Internet. In 1988 real-time conversation over the network became possible with the development of Internet Relay Chat protocols (seechat). In 1990 ARPANET ceased to exist, leaving behind the NSFNET, and the first commercial dial-up access to the Internet became available. In 1991 the World Wide Web was released to the public (via FTP). The Mosaic browser was released in 1993, and its popularity led to the proliferation of World Wide Web sites and users. In 1995 the NSFNET reverted to the role of a research network, leaving Internet traffic to be routed through network providers rather than NSF supercomputers. That year the Web became the most popular part of the Internet, surpassing the FTP protocols in traffic volume. By 1997 there were more than 10 million hosts on the Internet and more than 1 million registered domain names. Internet access can now be gained via radio signals, cable-television lines, satellites, and fibre-optic connections, though most traffic still uses a part of the public telecommunications (telephone) network. The Internet is widely regarded as a development of vast significance that will affect nearly every aspect of human culture and commerce in ways still only dimly discernible.