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Saturday, July 23


Digital Publishing: Embracing Disruption

What is the pulse of the publishing industry in the face of disruption brought about by new technologies and business models? How are publishers and authors changing their strategies? What are the new tools and platforms enabling new entrants, models and customers? We'll talk to our panelists, many of them Chicago based, to understand the changing landscape of publishing. 

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Rafiq Ahmed

Venture Partner, NextGen Venture Partners
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.
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Peter Meyers

Peter Meyers is an author and digital book producer. He writes about and helps companies create reader-friendly digital books. Author of “Best iPad Apps," Peter’s next book is “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience." 
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Pek Pongpaet

Pek Pongpaet is a renaissance man. An entrepreneur that combines visual design, user experience, tech and marketing skills.  Over a weekend, he and Brandon Leonardo launched Pinstagram, a mashup of Pinterest and Instagram that has since become the best way to view Instagram on the web. They've since expanded the team and launched an iPad app.  Pinstagram has been featured in Wired, Forbes, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb... Read More →
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Dominique Raccah

Dominique Raccah is the CEO & publisher of Sourcebooks, the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in the country; producing everything from bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in children’s books and college guides, twenty-one New York Times Bestsellers and over twenty national bestsellers. Sourcebooks’ publishing culture is one of innovation. This attitude led into pioneering a line of cutting edge, bestselling... Read More →

Saturday July 23, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room A



The Crowdfunding Revolution

Ever wanted to put a RoboCop statue up in middle of Detroit, produce a documentary or start the world's next great tech venture? Today, all these things are being accomplished through crowdfunding. More than just a hot new buzzword, crowdfunding is creating a fundamental shift in the way we raise money for our businesses, support our loved ones during medical emergencies and even elect our national politicians. In this session a panel of experts will discuss this trend in micro-giving and how it will disrupt the funding landscape for years to come.

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Erica Labovitz

Erica joined IndieGoGo in 2010 because she believes anyone with a great idea and the passion to act on it, should have the opportunity to raise money. Prior to coming to IndieGoGo, Erica was a Brand Manager at Kraft Foods, Inc. Erica is a proud Board Member of The Cheti Sponsorship Program, and just completed two terms as Treasurer of The House Theatre of Chicago. She spends much of her leisure time in the community and has traveled extensively... Read More →
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Nate St. Pierre

Nate is the co-founder and operator of Love Drop, an online and offline community of people who come together once a month to help out a family going through a financially hard time. They share the family's story through videos online, and at the end of the month show up on their doorstep and present everything the community did for them. Love Drop has given away nearly $50,000 in its first six months.
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Josh Tetrick

Josh provides capital to creative entrepreneurs as the founder and CEO of 33needs, an investment platform that connects social entrepreneurs to micro-investors.
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Rob Wu

Rob is a Founder at CauseVox, a fundraising platform for the non-profit non-techie to design their own campaigns. Prior to CauseVox, he specialized in management consulting for government agencies and non-profits. Rob is also a certified beancounter (CPA) and on leadership with Synergy Ministries (a non-profit consultancy).

Saturday July 23, 2011 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room A
Sunday, July 24


The New Commerce: Bridging Online and Offline

Major factors such as social sharing, product data, customer engagement, hardware technologies, and real-time analytics are reshaping how we buy. How can businesses take advantage of the new commerce right now? Are we driving towards a convergence of 'augmented shopping' online and off-line? Are the challenges to advancing retail technology around user behavior or more advanced technology?

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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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Dan Hess

Dan Hess, CEO has a 20-year track record of building successful technology-enabled businesses and products. Most recently Dan was President of Thought Motor, an interactive strategy consultancy. Previously he was VP Marketing & Strategy at Tribune Interactive. In 1999 he joined comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR) as part of the original executive team that drove the company from startup to $60MM in revenue. Prior to comScore Dan held sales, marketing and... Read More →
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Kevin Leland

Kevin Leland joined Lightbank in February 2010. He is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing for Pawngo, the first full-service online pawn shop. Previously, Kevin served as Marketing and Business Development Manager at The Wall Street Journal where he launched a new mid-tier sales division. Prior to The Journal, Kevin worked at Tribune Company as a Brand Marketing Specialist, where he managed branding initiatives for RedEye, the daily... Read More →

Ivan Sheldon

Ivan manages Americas business development for NAVTEQ. Since joining NAVTEQ in 2004 as a Product Manager, Ivan has initiated the $28.5M acquisition of a map company in South Korea, led the product integration of a Mexican acquisition, managed the development of a new map database in Australia and launched the first map product optimized for pedestrians using mobile phones and consumer electronics (Discover Cities). Products that he... Read More →

Sunday July 24, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room A
Monday, July 25



Launch: Mineful
Monday July 25, 2011 3:30pm - 3:40pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room C