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Gurbaksh Chahal

At 28, Gurbaksh Chahal is already leading his third start-up, RadiumOne. Like the two companies that preceded it, RadiumOne is pioneering new ways for Web users to be connected with the brands, ideas and products that interest them.

Through its proprietary and patent-pending "Social Retargeting" technology, RadiumOne allows companies to take advantage of the ever-increasing amount of "social" data on the Internet to zero in on the consumers most likely to be receptive to their messages. This helps not only companies, since they can make efficient use of limited Web advertising budgets, but also…

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Mike Werner

Mike is responsible for RadiumOne's sales and messaging to agencies and brand advertisers. In addition, he is charged with growing the company's sales force throughout the United States and equipping it with the tools necessary to meet the company's aggressive growth plans.

Prior to RadiumOne, Mike served as the VP of Sales and co-founder at BlueLithium, a second generation ad network. Mike built the BlueLithium sales team and was responsible for bringing in several large advertisers to help launch the company. Prior to BlueLithium, Mike was the Director of Sales at ClickAgents where he was suc…

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Ross Kimbarovsky

In 2007, Ross left a successful 13 year career as a trial lawyer to pursue his dream of founding a technology company (it's only partially true that he did so in order to wear shorts and sandals to work) by co-founding crowdSPRING - the world's #1 marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design, industrial design and copywriting services. Buyers who need a logo, website, custom graphic design, industrial design or written content post what they need, when they need it and how much they’ll pay. Once posted, creatives from around the world (100,000 from 200 countries) submit actual work. Buyers sele…

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Seth Kravitz

After falling in love with the Chicago entrepreneur community Seth started volunteering as a business mentor at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University and the Knapp Center at IIT and speaking atmidVenturesLaunch in September. Seth started a web design company out of his dorm room at Ohio State when he was 19. In 2004, he merged his company with InsuranceAgents.com to start building insurance marketing websites. Since then the company has grown into a 55 person operation in two cities and was honored to make the 2009 & 2010 Inc 500 List.

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Stephanie Precourt

Stephanie Precourt is a freelance writer and editor for the online magazines Real Moms Guide and NWIparent Magazine. She recently added Director and Producer to her title with her debut and recent success "Listen To Your Mother" show in Valparaiso, IN. Most often, though, Stephanie can be found journaling her life with four children at her personal blog adventuresinbabywearing.com.


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Tom Sosnoff

Mr.Sosnoff founded thinkorswim in 1999. Leveraging over 20 years of experience as an index market maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and as one of the original traders in the S&P 100 Index pit, he sought to educate retail investors in options trading and to build a brokerage-based software platform that specialized in options. His efforts ultimately changed the way these instruments traded by pioneering single-click trading functionality for complex spreads and integrating investor education for advanced option strategies.


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Godard Abel

Godard founded BigMachines in 2000 and has led the company's efforts to deliver customer success, innovation, and profitable growth. Prior to BigMachines, Godard was General Manager of the iNiku.com application service for Niku, a developer of online PSA software that successfully went public in 2000 prior to being acquired by CA. Previously Godard consulted for McKinsey and advised leading corporations on strategy and business process improvement. Godard earned an MBA from Stanford and both a BS and MS from MIT. Godard has been frequently quoted in the media on entrepreneurship and B2B sellin…

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Mark Achler

SVP, New Business Strategy & Innovation
As senior vice president of new business, strategy and innovation at Redbox, Mark Achler manages the Company’s long-term planning and expansion into new business opportunities. Achler was recently featured as a mentor to a tech startup on Bloomberg TV’s “The Mentor.”




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Bill Adee

I'm the VP of Digital Stuff for the Chicago Tribune Media Group, overseeing chicagotribune.com and chicagoshopping.com, among other sites.


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Rafiq Ahmed

Angel investor. Startup entrepreneur and advisor. User experience design and mobile products development/management. Founder and former CEO at Demibooks, the first platform for interactive book apps on the iPad (acquired by EDC in 2015, NASDAQ:EDUC). Formerly with Motorola Mobility, Sapient, Fannie Mae, PwC.
Company NextGen Venture Partners
Position Venture Partner
Location Greater Chicago Area
URL www.demibooks.com


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Michael Alter

Michael Alter is president of SurePayroll, the online alternative in payroll services. Under his leadership, SurePayroll appeared twice on the Inc. 500 “Fastest Growing Companies” list and was named one of “Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Places to Work” by the National Association for Business Resources. The company was named “Most Innovative Infrastructure for Small Business” by Software CEO and won the American Business Award’s 2011’s “National Sales Team of the Year.” Recently, Michael led the sale of SurePayroll to Paychex, Inc for nearly 5 times the company’s revenues. He contin…

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Sam Altman

Sam Altman is co-founder and CEO of Loopt, a company that builds mobile applications to help people enjoy the friends, places, and events around you right now. Sam sees mobile location as helping to make serendipity happen, completely transforming how people can and will communicate on their mobile devices. Since starting the company in 2005 while studying at Stanford University, Sam has consistently been recognized for his entrepreneurship. He was featured in Inc. Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 and BusinessWeek’s Tech’s Best Entrepreneurs. As an early innovator in mobile loc…

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Michael Ardnt

Michael Arndt is managing editor of Crain's Chicago Business. Previously, he was a senior editor at BusinessWeek, specializing in innovation and design coverage. He also was a Chicago-based senior correspondent for BusinessWeek; editor of a monthly magazine, BW Chicago; business editor and chief economics correspondent at Chicago Tribune. He also is a judge and adviser for the Chicago Innovation Awards.


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Subbu Arumugam

Subbu is a first-time entrepreneur and co-founder of SugarSnap. He’s passionate about helping the burgeoning tech community in Chicago hack healthcare. He spends most of his time fighting to get his startup to profitability so it can survive to change the world of medical education.


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Ethan Austin

Ethan is the Co-founder, COO (and current intra-office burrito eating champion) at GiveForward.com, a crowfunding website that empowers people to raise money for their loved one's out-of-pocket medical expenses. Having lost several family members to cancer, he is deeply passionate about helping people and more than anything, enjoys making people smile. Ethan graduated from Emory University in 2004 with a B.A. in political science and holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law where he was member of the Law Review.


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Nicole Balch

Designer Nicole Balch is transforming her so-so house into a lovely home. She invites readers to follow along, offer advice, and gain inspiration from her creative process.

Making it Lovely was named one of the 50 World's Best Design Blogs by the London Times Online. Nicole's work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune Magazine, Time Out Chicago, ReadyMade, Everyday with Rachael Ray, CS Interiors, and other publications.


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Joel Barnes

I am a father first to my 4 years old little girl Hannah Marie. After that, I currently run Lumen Nightclub in the meat packing district of Chicago, Illinois and act as the General Manager and Director of Operations. We use social media as the meat-on-the-bones of the operations based skeleton that is our business. I have been in the service industry for 16+ years and have worked in companies as large as The Cheesecake Factory to as small as independently owned bars. From fine dining to late-night nightclubs, I have been able to study PEOPLE. Social media was a natural progression AND expressi…

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Tyler Bell

Dir of Prod
Factual Inc
Tyler Bell (@twbell) leads Factual's product initiatives in global place data and contextual audience platforms. He is a former archaeologist of late Roman and early medieval Europe, with a research focus on GIS and anisotropic cost surfaces. Tyler led Product for Yahoo's Geo Technologies Group and received his PhD from the University of Oxford. He has broad interests in open source and place-based information systems. Tyler opines occassionaly on data- and geo-technologies for O'Reilly at http://strata.oreilly.com/tylerb


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Hope Bertram

Hope has been involved in direct / interactive marketing for 15 years and has been recognized as one of Chicago’s top 25 Most Influential Women in Social Media. Most recently she’s become well versed with Social Media, drawing hundreds of people to Windy City Social and Kenmore Live Studio events using Facebook, Twitter, viral videos and by creating strategic alliances with brands such as Whole Foods and Broadway in Chicago to generate thousands of views on Kenmore Live Studio’s live stream. Previously, as the Interactive / Direct Marketer at Several Fortune 500 companies such as General Elect…

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Cassie Boorn

Cassie Boorn started blogging in 2008 as an experiment in the internet world. She soon discovered how interesting and complex the blogging world was and spent a good portion of her time traveling to blog conferences and becoming best friends with some of the most sought out women online. She now works at DeVries Public Relations where she helps brands find interesting and engaging ways to reach consumers online. Her work has been featured on NYTimes.com, NPR: All Things Considered, PsychologyToday.com and a long list of small town mid-west newspapers.


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Stowe Boyd

I consider myself a web anthropologist, since I agree with Claude Lévi-Strauss that ‘the anthropology of the future is the study of ourselves’, and that increasingly involves the web as pivot, connection, and context.

My work is social tools and their impact on media, business, and society.

I am a researcher, analyst, and advisor, principally known for my writing and the thinking behind it.

I serve as an advisor to a short list of innovative social tools companies, principally focused on product direction and strategy.


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Randi Brill

Brill founded Quarasan! in 1982 in the basement of her home and has built it into a leading educational product developer. Quarasan! provides full-service content development for publishers and school districts. Quarasan! offers conceptualization, editorial, design, production, and management services for all major disciplines in Pre-K through Higher Ed.

Randi personally works closely with publishing executives as a conceptual partner on new product initiatives and Pre-K–12 educational publishing strategies. Her ability to extract essential program priorities and spin those visions into product…

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Mark Britton

Mark Britton is the founder, CEO and president of Avvo.  Prior to founding Avvo, Mark was the executive vice president of Worldwide Corporate Affairs of InterActiveCorp Travel (IACT) and Expedia, Inc. In this position, Mark oversaw all finance, strategy, corporate development, legal, human resources and government relations functions for the IACT companies, including Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Classic Custom Vacations and Interval International. Today, Mark serves on the Board of Directors of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: OWW).

Through his work with Avvo, Expedia and Orbitz, Mark has been a …

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Jon Buda

Jon Buda is hybrid web developer/designer working with One Design Company as well as helping to build Desktime, a tool to help pair the mobile workforce with shared workspace. He is also a co-organizer of Refresh Chicago, a monthly meetup devoted to the web and to bridging the divide between designers and developers. Born and raised in Michigan, he's worked with various startups around the country, eventually adopting Chicago as his hometown.



Michael Burke

As the President of appssavvy, Michael is responsible for developing the organization, hiring and managing the team and ensuring that appssavvy will continue to deliver the highest level of solutions to the advertising clients and publishing partners.

Michael started his career as as a technology recruiter, learning the fundamental of sales, hiring and customer management. He joined HotJobs.com in 1999, opened the Chicago office and grew with the company until it was purchased by Yahoo in 2001. After 6 years of leading sales teams at Yahoo, in 2007, Michael joined Chris at Freewebs and…

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Brian Burkhart

It’s said that every person is given a special gift; a unique skill that very few others have.  There is no doubt about it, Brian’s gift is the ability to engage people, bond with an audience and create presentations that move others to act.  As long as anyone can remember, Brian hasn’t met a microphone he didn’t like.

Brian has founded and currently operates two separate, but associated communications companies;

7th WAVE Communications and SquarePlanet Presentations.  He has worked with clients including Procter & Gamble, GMAC, ACNielsen, E*Trade, Better Homes & Gardens, IGA, Nextel, Micros…

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Jim Buttimer

Jim Buttimer is Vice President of business development at Glassdoor.com, a jobs and career community. He holds more than ten years of experience in the career space, and before joining Glassdoor, Jim was the CEO of CareerTV where he led and grew the company from site launch in 2007 until it was sold in April 2009. Prior to CareerTV, Jim held several roles at WetFeet including Vice President and General Manager and also worked as a management consultant and financial analyst. Jim holds a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an MBA from Cornell University's Johnso…

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Collin Canright

Collin Canright, principal, Canright Communications, provides marketing communications and public relations services to financial institutions, payments firms, software companies, and consultancies. He has specialized in finance and technology for more than 25 years. Collin began his career as an editor at Keycom Electronic Publishing and built his financial experience as an editor at Cashflow Magazine, where he wrote about treasury management, electronic payments, and electronic data interchange (EDI)—a forerunner of today’s ecommerce. Finance and ecommerce clients have included large banks (…

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Adam Caplan

Adam founded Model Metrics in an effort to accelerate the adoption of Cloud Computing within enterprise organizations, with the goal of bringing these companies all the value of the technology, from rapid implementation to ease of use, enhanced analytics, and tremendous ROI. Adam earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a board member of the Illinois Technology Association and a member of the Kellogg School Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.


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Chris Carlson

A University of Michigan alum, Chris comes to Tap.Me with extensive experience in bridging the gap between sales and product/technology, successfully generating revenue for several high profile media and technology companies. Chris, an industry veteran, brings a diverse direct-response and branding background, spanning almost all of the digital ad platforms including: eCommerce, search, ad networks, content sites, and social networking.

Prior to joining Tap.Me, Chris served as Vice President of Central Sales for MySpace where he lead his team to consecutive years of revenue growth, consistently…

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Aneesh Chopra

Former CTO of the USA
Advisory Board


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Lon Chow

Lon Chow is a general partner with Apex Venture Partners. Prior to joining Apex, Lon was a partner with Mercer Management Consulting (formerly Strategic Planning Associates). He also held various operating management positions with Pacific Telesis. Lon holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from the University of California, Davis. Lon's Chicago portfolio companies include: Appolicious, Analyte Health, Sittercity, Timlines, & TargetData. Lon's Chicago angel investments include: Apparel Media Group, BrightTag, Local Offer Network, Media Chaperone, NowSpots, TapMe, Viewpoints, a…

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Alanna Clark

Ms. Clark is the Director of Platform and Analytics for Admeld where she oversees demand side platform and trading desk relationships. Prior to Admeld, Ms. Clark worked at Right Media, the first online advertising exchange, that was acquired by Yahoo in July 2007. Advertising has allowed her to travel the world and she has experience in international markets including EMEA and APAC. Her expertise also includes ad decisioning algorithms, market analysis, and business development. She currently resides in NYC and studied at Columbia University.


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Jeff Cohen

Chief Instructor
The Starter League


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Wendy Colby

Wendy Colby is Senior Vice President of Innovation & New Ventures at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where her primary focus is on new product and business creation designed to revitalize, empower and transform the art and business of teaching and learning.

Wendy joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2006 as part of a new management team focused on establishing the company’s first business unit for digital media and learning. Since that time, she has spearheaded a range of new growth initiatives and partnerships with education and industry leaders, successfully guiding market and business strategy f…

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Lori Colman

Lori Colman is founder and Co-CEO of Colman Brohan Davis, a Chicago-based marketing firm with clients who are using mobile communications as important components of their integrated campaigns. Lori has spearheaded brand-changing marketing initiatives for companies in the technology, manufacturing, energy and food categories. She speaks internationally on mobile marketing, social media and keeping brands relevant in a consumer-controlled future. 


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John Connolly

John Connolly manages and coordinates the instructional technology initiatives for the Chicago Public Schools district. This includes technology integration programs, innovative technologies, digital media, live conferencing, professional development, Internet safety, and grant opportunities. His passion and innovation for using technology to transform teaching and learning has been recognized by the US DOE.

Connolly has 10 years of experience with enterprising wide technology solutions. Previously, Connolly served as a consultant for Cleveland, Columbus, and Wichita school districts prior to j…

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Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper is the Vice President of Operations for oDesk, where he oversees the enterprise sales and services teams, as well as the customer service and internal operations functions.  Matt brings to oDesk over a decade of executive operating experience in both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Previously, as a member of the executive team at Accolo, a recruiting services and technology firm, he grew the business from 1 employee into one of the top 50 companies on the Inc 500 list. He also co-founded a boutique strategic consulting firm for ramping early stage companies, and started his ca…

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Matthew Corbin

Chief Prod Officer
Digital Broadcasting Group
Matthew is Chief Product Officer of Digital Broadcasting Group and leads all global platform and product initiatives which include strategy for scale, syndication, content, strategic partnerships, and corporate development. Matthew is a top digital media executive with more than 10 years experience in executive leadership, revenue operations and corporate development. Prior to Digital Broadcasting Group, Matthew was Global Vice President of Platforms Solutions at Tremor Media where he oversaw Platforms and Corporate Development. Matthew also spent se… Read more


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Stanley Crane

What area of American Society needs Innovation more than our healthcare system? Innovation is needed to make the systems easier to use, more secure while simultaneously making them more accessible to healthcare providers but also to patients.

Stanley has been the CIO for Allscripts for 4 years, releasing iPhone, iPad & Android versions of Allscripts products, as well as a product that delivers free electronic prescriptions to all physicians in the US.


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Andy Crestodina

Andy is the Strategic Director at Orbit Media Studios, where he brings vision and web marketing expertise to the Chicago business community, aligning client’s goals with the most effective web marketing techniques.  Ideas are tempered by 11 years of experience on a huge range of business models and interactive projects.  Andy is continually consulting with clients on what is possible, how to do it and if it’s a good idea. In other words, he approaches web marketing with a sense of what’s realistic and effective.

Web strategy experience includes analysis and planning for hundreds of websites s…

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George Deeb

George is the Founder and Managing Partner of Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consultant and fund raising business, focusing primarily on internet-based businesses. From 2009-2010, George was the CEO of MediaRecall, a B2B digital video services and technology business. George lead the sale of the business to Deluxe in February 2010. Between 1999-2008, George was the Founder and CEO of iExplore.com, the #1 adventure travel website with over 1MM visitors per month (which he sold in 2007 to TUI Travel PLC, the largest seller of leisure travel in the world). Between 1991-1999, George was an Investm…

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Martin Dieffenbach

As a part of LinkedIn’s Hiring Solutions team Martin is an evangelist for Web 2.0 –Web 3.0 recruiting and innovative methods of talent acquisition and retention. He has been in the field of online recruiting and staffing strategies for 6 years, has a passion for literature and the carefully crafted word, and works to connect talent with opportunity at a massive scale.




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Craig Donato

Craig Donato is the founder and CEO of Oodle, a social marketplace whose mission is to provide online tools that make it easier to buy, sell, and give locally. Oodle also powers the Facebook Marketplace – the destination for social commerce on Facebook. Prior to Oodle, Donato was CEO of Grand Central Communications, which provides an internet service for business-to-business integration. Before joining Grand Central, Donato was a senior vice president at Excite@Home where he oversaw the Excite Search and Community business units and managed Network Programming. Donato holds an M.B.A. from Stan…

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Dane Drotts

Dane Drotts is the Co-Founder and President of GeneXus USA, a Chicago based Technology Company. GeneXus USA's core competency is the development of Smart Device and Web applications faster and smarter. Dane's passion is helping startup companies to innovate and cost–effectively build software solutions. Dane is a member of the IHCC, CCC, YPC, TiE, BIC and ITA.




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Nick Ducoff

Nick is CEO and co-founder of Infochimps, a data platform for apps and analytics. Previously, Nick had a front row seat to scores of startups as a VC lawyer at Andrews Kurth. In 2005, he started one of the first online social networks for law students called JDspace.com. Nick has provided consulting services as a “GLG Educator” with Gerson Lehrman Group and as a “tech startup guru” on www.gurustorms.com.


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Chris Duesing

Chris Duesing is the Cofounder and CEO of Exchangery, a commodities exchange platform as a service company. Chris has over 10 years of experience in software and technical services with a specialization in high throughput, distributed applications in the financial and retail industries. Most recently as the Director of Application Development for the Chicago Climate Exchange, Chris has spent the last 6 years focusing on entrepreneurship and developing new businesses. Chris is active in the Chicago tech community where he is an organizer of the Chicago Erlang Users group and as a mentor for Sca…

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Caleb Elston

Caleb is the CEO of Yobongo Inc.  Lover of beautiful things. Interior design nut. Aaron Sorkin devotee. Former VP Products Justin.tv


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Jim England

Jim England is the co-founder of Keepstream, a personal social media curation tool that allows users to collect, organize, and share their favorite statuses from multiple social networks. Jim believes that curation applications should provide powerful tools for manual curation, keeping the content personal and relevant to the curator and to their audience.




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Sarah Evans

Chief Evangelist, Tracky
Sevans Strategy
Hi there. I'm Sarah, chief evangelist at Tracky and owner of Sevans Strategy. I even wrote a book called, [RE]FRAME: Little Inspirations For A Larger Purpose (published by SlimBooks). I'd love to meet you at #SXSWi. Want to connect now? Tweet me @PRsarahevans. :)


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Sean Everett

Entrepreneur & Precisionist. I founded @evolyte, my dream job. We believe in elegant simplicity & gut-wrenching fun, pursuing creative projects never before attempted.





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Richard Fawal

Richard Fawal was a distinguished political and public affairs consultant from 1989 until 2010. He has held numerous leadership positions, including the Texas Director of the Jerry Brown presidential campaign in 1992, Vice President of Online Campaigns for Democracy Data & Communications (now DDC Advocacy), and Senior Adviser at Watts Partners, the lobby firm headed by former Congressman J.C. Watts.

In 2010 Richard left politics to pursue his dream of being an entrepreneur, and utilized his comprehensive knowledge of online organizing to change the way television audiences interact. His company…

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Stella Fayman

Stella Fayman is a founding member of FeeFighters, where business owners compare shop credit card processors. She is also co-founder of Entrepreneurs Unpluggd, an event focused on showcasing the stories behind successful entrepreneurs. Stella runs Ignite Chicago, and mentors high school students through the Future Founders program. She recently became an Community Advisory Board Member for the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.


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Michael Feathers

Michael is Chief Scientist of Obtiva Corporation and author of 'Working Effectively with Legacy Code.' A pioneer in Agile development, he has been helping teams transition to Agile processes for over ten years. When Michael isn’t engaged with a team, he spends his time investigating new ways of altering design over time in codebases. His key passion is helping teams surmount problems and connect with practices that make software development fun and enriching.


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Eduardo Fernandez

Eduardo is the co-founder of MigrationBox, a software company that liberates your cloud data and facilitates switching online services. MigrationBox is a graduate of TechStars NYC 2011.


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Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick started Google's Chicago engineering office in 2005, and currently leads several of Google's Chicago engineering efforts, including Transparency Engineering and The Google Affiliate Network. He also started and leads Google's Data Liberation Front, a team that systematically works to make it easy for users to move their data both to and from Google. Lastly, he serves as internal advisor for Google's open source efforts. Prior to joining Google, Brian was a senior software engineer on the version control team at CollabNet, working on Subversion, cvs2svn, and CVS. He has also …

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Jill Fletcher

Jill Fletcher is the Social Media & Communications Manager within the Corporate Communications team at Virgin America. She focuses on developing social media strategy, content, and engagement across the company.


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Ben Foster

Ben Foster is a Vice President and Digital Strategist for Ketchum. In this role, he provides strategic guidance on Integrated New Media for clients including ConAgra Foods, Purina, FedEx, Kimberly Clark, and Kellogg’s.

Ben also teaches at DePaul University in the Graduate Program at the College of Communications as an Adjunct Faculty member.

Prior to joining Ketchum, Ben was the Senior Strategy and Content Manager for Social Networking. At Allstate, he helped create Allstate’s Social Media group and provided strategic leadership to Social Media initiatives related to Allstate’s vision of rei…

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John Franczyk

John Franczyk is a corporate/finance/transactions attorney with a business and entrepreneurial approach to providing legal services. He earned an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked in technology industries prior to starting his law practice. He approaches legal issues from a risk/reward and business-oriented perspective. John's specific areas of concentration include corporate formation, contracts, intellectual property, corporate finance, and commercial litigation. His firm focuses their efforts on contract negotiation, advising technology industries, business…

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Tammi Franke

Tammi Franke is a Partner at Fitzgerald & Hewes LLP in Chicago. Her practice focuses on technology law and she advises her clients on matters related to advertising law, mobile marketing, telecommunicatoins, wifi, technology, software and online communications. She serves as adjunct professor at DePaul University in the PR and Advertising Graduate Program. She received her JD from Loyola University of Chicago.


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Jason Fried

Jason Fried is the Co-Founder and CEO of 37signals, a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary.

Jason co-wrote all of 37signals books, including their latest “Rework.”, and is invited to speak on entrepreneurship, design, management, and software all around the globe.

37signals’ products include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard. 37signals also developed and open-sourced the Ruby on Rails programming framework.



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Michael Friedman

Michael D. Friedman is Managing Director at Ocean Tomo. He currently heads Ocean Tomo Asset Management (OTAM) and is its Chief Investment Officer. OTAM creates and manages intellectual property-based public and private investment products. The public products include exchange traded funds, hedge funds and long only funds. The private products include intangible asset based financings, direct debt and equity investments into corporations and special situation investments. Mr. Friedman also heads Ocean Tomo’s Investment Banking practice (OTIB), a division that brings IP financing, moneti…

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Gian Fulgoni

Mr. Fulgoni is Executive Chairman and Co-founder of comScore Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR), the global leader in measuring the digital world. 

From 1981 to 1998, Mr. Fulgoni was President / CEO of Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), the leading global supplier of retail scanner data to the CPG industry, where he grew the company’s revenues at an annual rate of 40% to more than $500 million annually and its market value to $1.5 Billion. In 1996, IRI was recognized by Advertising Age magazine as the largest U.S. market research firm.

In 1991 and again in 2004, Mr. Fulgoni was named Illinois Entrepreneur o…

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David Galante

David has worked as a software engineer at Motorola, technical sales manager at PacketVideo and as key product innovator at Alcatel-Lucent Ventures. David's role at Alcatel-Lucent Ventures is managing the Mobile Wallet product offering for the Americas and Europe. Alcatel-Lucent Ventures is a strategic venture group focusing on bringing innovative ideas from internal groups and external investments to market. David holds a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.




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Karan Goel

Karan Goel is the CEO and Co-Founder of PrepMe, a leader in personalized online learning. PrepMe started through the University of Chicago's New Venture Challenge as a winner in 2005. His company seeks to make each student's learning experience personalized, engaging, and effective and has created a platform that allows anyone to create adaptive online courses that has been used by over 70,000 students.

Karan graduated from University of Chicago with a BA in Economics and with a MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.


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Jared Golden

Jared Golden is a pioneer of innovation in the high engagement marketing industry. In 2009, Jared co-founded Apparel Media Group, the first platform that makes building relationships with millions of consumers in grass-roots affinity groups possible for brands and agencies through hyper-targeted, turnkey campaigns.






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Steve Grove

Grove directs the news and political content strategy and programming
for YouTube, where he works to connect YouTube's vast user community
directly with news organizations and political leaders. His work
includes the development of the CNN/YouTube Debates, YouTube Direct
(YouTube's citizen reporting platform), and a series of exclusive
YouTube Interviews at the White House with President Obama. Steve
developed CitizenTube, YouTube’s platform for breaking citizen-generated
news videos, which in 2011 focused heavily on videos from the protests
of the Arab Spring.  Steve worked at the Bosto…

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Nitin Gupta

Nitin heads up business development for Stipple where he focuses on developing publisher and advertiser relationships. Prior to Stipple, Nitin worked for several small and large technology companies in Silicon Valley. He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and is presently pursuing a Masters in Liberal Arts at Stanford.


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Corey Haines

Corey Haines is currently a freelance developer and journeyman, traveling around to pair-program with other developers. He is an active member in the software craftsmanship movement, focusing his attention on post-apprenticeship activities. He started programming in the early 80's by cheating at video games (they weren't compiled back then) and fell in love with development as a teenager. He currently specializes in Ruby, but will pair in just about any language you want.


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David Hale

David Hale is a Chicago-based global economist whose clients include asset management companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the founding chairman of David Hale Global Economics. Mr. Hale serves as the global economic advisor to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He formerly worked as chief economist for Kemper Financial Services from 1977 to 1995 and Zurich Financial Services, which he joined as chief economist when it purchased Kemper in 1995. He advised the group’s fund management and insurance operations on both the economic outlook and a wide range of publ…

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Lyric Hughes Hale

Lyric Hughes Hale is an accomplished China analyst and speaker. Her research focuses on the challenges faced by China as a result of the world economic downturn, Chinese monetary policy, and the role of China in the media.

She studied at Northwestern University and graduated from the University of Chicago, with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She has traveled to more than 50 countries. Her global network reflects her many interests in the worlds of media, technology, academia, and government policy.

In 1998 Ms Hale founded China Online, a pioneering website for…

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Jeremy Hanks

JJeremy Hanks is an entrepreneur. He founded and is the current President & Chairman of Doba, an ecommerce dropshipping software company. Jeremy bootstrapped Doba to growth of over 3,000% in 4 yrs, a #23 ranking on the Inc. 500, #1 on the Utah 100 as the fastest growing company in Utah, and a finalist in the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Previously, he founded and sold GearTrade.com, an online marketplace for used and distressed inventory.

Jeremy serves as a Trustee for the Utah Technology Council and as a Founder and Advisory Board member of the BYU Rollins Center…

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Sean Harper

Sean is the Co-Founder and CEO of FeeFighters, the comparison shopping website for Business Financial Services. Prior to FeeFighters, Sean co-founded TSS-Radio, an online retailer that was #94 on the Inc 500 in 2009. Before being an entrepreneur he worked as a at Longworth Venture Partner, William Blair Capital Partners and the Boston Consulting Group. Sean holds an A.B. in economics from the University of Chicago, where he also studied computer science and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


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Troy Henikoff

Troy is a seasoned entrepreneur who has built multiple successful technology-based businesses from the ground-up over a 20+ year period. With one foot firmly rooted in technology and the other firmly rooted in business he seamlessly bridges the divide between business and technology to create profitable organizations quickly. Troy excels in situations where innovation and creativity are required to solve real business problems.

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