Sam Altman is the founder and CEO of Loopt, a start up that has developed a location-based social networking mobile application.
Rafat Alvi is the CTO and VP of Engineering at Eduify, a startup that makes Web-based software for students that help them research faster, write better and get help on-demand.
Sandeep Amar operates and manages the matchmaking portal simplymarry.com, a Times Group company in India. Previously, he worked with Citigroup in India as assistant VP of e-business and managed CitiFinancial's portal in India. He also served as assistant VP of marketing at ZEE Telefilms, a broadcasting media company in India and was manager of brand and business for economictimes.com, the Web portal of India's financial daily, The Economic Times.
Sandeep holds an MBA from FMS, Delhi. He is also a black belt in six sigma martial arts. He is co-author of Crack the Cat (Asian Books Private Ltd.), a book on data interpretation for standardized tests.
Jart Armin is a leading activist, analyst, and researcher of organized cyber-crime and cyber-warfare. He is an advocate of Web 2.0 development and Open Systems Internet security, in association with StopBadware. He is a partner of an international group that provides COMINT (real-time community intelligence) and risk analysis to commercial and governmental organizations. As a graduate and post-graduate in engineering systems, social sciences, and education, he regularly presents to academic and Internet security conferences.
Armin is also editor and spokesman for the renowned watch blog on the RBN (Russian Business Network), RBNexploit.com, which was first to report the cyber-attacks on Georgia; and HostExploit.com, which exposes so-called “evil networks” on the Internet – hosts and registrars.
Robert D. Atkinson
Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington-based technology policy think tank. He is also author of the State New Economy Index series and the book, The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Long Waves of Innovation that Power Cycles of Growth (Edward Elger, 2005). He has an extensive background in technology policy, has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and is a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally. Before coming to ITIF, Dr. Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. Previously, he served as the first Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, a public-private partnership including as members the Governor, legislative leaders, and corporate and labor leaders. Prior to that he was Project Director at the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He is a board member or advisory council member of numerous organizations. He has testified before a number of committees in Congress and has appeared in various media outlets including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC Nightly News. He received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.
David Austin was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y. He headed west after college and landed a job at The Oregonian in Portland. At the newspaper, he covered sports, police, the environment, local government, and breaking news. In 2008, he joined Multnomah County. As communications director, he supervises a team of six people who make sure the public and taxpayers see the stories of the people who make government service at Multnomah County work. He has a wife, two kids, a dachshund, and a red-footed tortoise. On most days, you can find David watching sports on TV, running, playing basketball or tennis, or sleeping. In his free time, he volunteers teaching journalism at a local high school.
Cyan Banister is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Zivity. Her dream to connect the social web with sexy photos is the kernel that became the business. She brings more than 10 years of management experience to Zivity; from scaling operational infrastructure to building teams and championing company culture. Cyan held a senior management role at IronPort where she supervised throngs of employees and oversaw a slew of departments. Her mission for Zivity is putting models first and creating an environment that nurtures artistic freedom. "Freedom of expression without judgment" is her motto.
As the Director of Business Analytics at Edmunds.com, Brian Baron and his team are responsible for providing the analytical insight needed to drive enhanced and informed decision making throughout the company. His areas of focus at Edmunds center on analytical support for propensitymodeling, SEO, search engine marketing, mobile and social media, and traffic and revenue forecasting. Brian has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Morehouse College, an MS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Anderson School of Business at UCLA. He has functional experience in management consulting, business intelligence, FP&A, and market risk management for two Fortune Global 500 companies, Toyota and Accenture.
David Bartlett is the vice president of Industry Solutions at IBM. Known as the "Building Whisperer," Bartlett is on a mission to change the way we manage our world to use less energy and water.
Genevieve Bell is an Intel Fellow, Intel Labs Director, and is in charge of the chip-maker's Interaction & Experience Research.
Amir Ben-Efraim is the president and CEO of Altor Networks, a company that makes virtual network security software.
Lee H. Berke
In 2001 Lee H. Berke founded LHB, which specializes in developing direct relationships between sports properties and media platforms. LHB’s client roster includes more than 25 teams throughout the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL, including the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Angels, Memphis Grizzlies, and New Jersey Devils. Mr. Berke’s background in developing sports media businesses also includes co-authoring the original business plan for the New York Yankees’ YES Network and heading up marketing for Madison Square Garden and MSG Network.
Beau Brendler is a journalist, technologist, and consumer activist with a 20-year career in major media and public service. He is Managing Editor of, and also writes the weekly Webwatcher column for, AOL's Consumer Ally. Brendler has twice been elected as North American regional representative of the Internet user community ("at large") to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a position he currently holds. He was a founder of ABC News' multimedia and Internet efforts in 1997, and as editorial director of ABC News.com, led newsrooms on two coasts to win most of online journalism's major awards.
He is a frequent speaker on the topics of computer security and cybercrime, consumer issues and the Internet, online marketing and advertising, online travel and e-commerce. He has presented research, led workshops or participated in panels for the FTC, ICANN, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, APEC-TEL and OECD, the Society of Professional Journalists, and more, and led consumer advocacy projects in the Netherlands, Thailand, and Malaysia. His work and interests, which include photographing rare animal species, have taken him to 81 countries around the world.
Stephen Brobst is the Chief Technology Officer, Teradata. Previously, Brobst successfully launched three start-up companies related to high-end database products and services in the data warehousing and e-business marketplaces: Tanning Technology Corporation, NexTek Solutions (acquired by IBM) and Strategic Technologies & Systems (acquired by NCR).
Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabriel Brown focuses on wireless technologies and services, including 802.11 wireless LAN, ultrawideband, WiMax, and 3G. He has covered the wireless data industry since 1998, previously as Chief Analyst of the monthly Unstrung Insider, published by Heavy Reading's parent company Light Reading; he was additionally responsible for the overall editorial planning of Light Reading's entire line of Insider research newsletters. Prior to joining Light Reading, Gabriel was the editor of IP Wireline and Wireless Week at London's Euromoney Institutional Investor. He often presents research findings at industry events and is regularly consulted by wireless networking technology leaders.
Attorney General Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. was elected statewide to serve as the chief law officer of California. He is currently running for Governor of California.
David Buckholtz is Vice President of Enterprise Technology and Quality at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Reporting to the CIO, he is responsible for technology strategy, methods, and shared platforms in support of improving systems capability and leverage across the studio. He also manages IT governance, global sourcing, service management, integration, platform engineering, organizational development, quality assurance, and production acceptance teams, as well as strategic planning and cooperation with sister and parent Sony organizations. Before joining SPE, Mr. Buckholtz spent five years at the General Electric Company (GE). His roles at GE included chief architect for consulting services at GE Information Services, technology lead for several GE corporate digitization initiatives, and lead for various strategic customer initiatives. He is a Six Sigma Blackbelt.
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.
Kelli Carlson-Jagersma is Vice President and Collaboration Strategist at the Wholesale Social Strategy Group at Wells Fargo, focusing on identifying ways to utilize social media both internally and externally. Kelli's passion is enhancing the culture of collaboration with emerging tools to increase team member engagement, team productivity, and overall efficiencies in how Wells Fargo serves its customers.
Dennis Carpio is a Silicon Valley native and has been active in the networking industry for almost 20 years. He is VP of Strategic Partnerships at NetOptics, a provider of Intelligent Access and Monitoring Architecture solutions, founded in 1996. He has held several customer-facing positions at Net Optics and now focuses on the development and growth of key partner relationships.
Daniel Castro is a Senior Analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He has experience in the private, non-profit and government sectors. His research interests include technology policy, health IT, green IT, e-government, security, and privacy. Mr. Castro has an M.S. in information security technology and management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Ann Cavoukian, PhD, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. Noted for her seminal work on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) in 1995, her concept of Privacy by Design seeks to embed privacy into the design specifications of information technology and accountable business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In October, 2010, regulators from around the world gathered at the annual assembly of International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem, Israel, and unanimously passed a landmark Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an essential component of fundamental privacy protection. This was followed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's inclusion of Privacy by Design as one of its three recommended practices for protecting online privacy - a major validation of its significance.
An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in the protection of privacy, Dr. Cavoukian's leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure that privacy is strongly protected, not only in Canada, but around the world. She has been involved in numerous international committees focused on privacy, security, technology, and business, and endeavours to focus on strengthening consumer confidence and trust in emerging technology applications. She serves as the Chair of the Identity, Privacy, and Security Institute at the University of Toronto. She is also a member of several boards, including the European Biometrics Forum, Future of Privacy Forum, and RIM Council, and has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute. She was honored with the prestigious Kristian Beckman Award in 2011 for her pioneering work on Privacy by Design and privacy protection in modern international environments. In the same year, Dr. Cavoukian was also named by Intelligent Utility Magazine as one of the Top 11 Movers and Shakers for the Global Smart Grid industry, received the SC Canada Privacy Professional of the Year Award, and was honored by the University of Alberta Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program for her contributions to the field of privacy.
Staci Cenis hails from the mighty metropolis of Hay, Wash.(OK, it's not that mighty.) She is the project manager for the Multco Commons project. She joined Multnomah County in 2008. Before that, Staci spent five years at Affiliated Computer Services as a release manager. She has also worked for Intel. She is a PMP, ScrumMaster, and Six Sigma Green Belt. In addition to all the fun she has at work, Staci can be found coaching soccer or at the park with her kids, where she strongly disagrees with the "everybody is a winner" philosophy. She serves on the FC West Soccer board and is a dedicated white water rafter and runner.
Aneesh Chopra is the first federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the United States. As CTO, he serves as a policy advisor to President Obama and is responsible for promoting technological innovation to help the country meet its goals with regard to job creation, national security, and healthcare. Prior to his appointment to the Obama administration, which was confirmed by the Senate in August 2009, Chopra served as Virginia’s fourth Secretary of Technology. Before he worked in government, he was the managing director for the Advisory Board Company, a healthcare think tank for hospitals and healthcare systems.
Scott Clavenna, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Greentech Media, has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications. Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists, and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.
Cohen is best known as the author of the peer-to-peer (P2P) file distribution protocol, BitTorrent. In 2004, he founded BitTorrent Inc., where he serves as chief scientist.
June Cohen has been responsible for bringing the TED Conference online including videos, podcasts and other TED content.
Perry Correll is Director of Product Marketing at Xirrus, an enterprise wireless network vendor. His background includes original Ethernet Thicknet technology and the" switching revolution." He is now interested in advancing WiFi technology to displace wired solutions. He worked previously in technological and managerial roles at Cabletron, Xylan, and Alcatel.
Phillippe Courtot is chairman and CEO of security software provider Qualys.
Kevin Cramer has been the Copy Chief of the Light Reading network of Websites since its foundation in 2000. Not a former Navy Seal, previous editorial stints include Women’s Wear Daily and Data Communications magazine. He won a highly coveted CMP Editorial Excellence award in 2006 for his hand in the creation of Larry, the Light Reading Attack Monkey. He lives in New York City with his angry cat and his bitter, bitter memories.
Jack Danahy is the Director for Advanced Security within the Security Systems Division of IBM. He has been the original founder and CEO of two successful technology companies: Qiave Technologies, sold to Watchguard Technologies in 2000, and Ounce Labs, sold to IBM in 2009. A national speaker and writer on computer network and data security, he is also a holder of patents in a variety of security technologies. Jack is a contributor to industry and national security groups in the areas of data privacy, cyber-security, cyber-threats, and critical infrastructure protection, and has contributed to legislation on cyber-security in both the US House and Senate. He has served on the board of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Vendor Alliance, was the Vice Chair of the Vehicle Electrical System Security Committee for the Society of Automotive Engineers, and is a distinguished fellow at the Ponemon Institute.
Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of ESRI, the technical and market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software.
Kim Davis is the Community Editor and Security Clan Moderator for Internet Evolution. He became a professional journalist in his teens, following punk bands for the New Musical Express. When the scars healed, he co-founded and edited an academic philosophy journal, Cogito, ergo collecting a doctorate in the subject from the University of Bristol. His career as a writer and editor has continued to be shrewdly focused. As writing became blogging, he was introduced to the magical kingdom of the Internet where everybody knows your password. He plans to reflect philosophically on the future of the Internet while downloading as little malware as possible.
As the Editor of ThinkerNet, Alison works with contributors to bring fresh perspective to the IE community. Before joining Internet Evolution, Alison was editor in chief of 21st Century IT, another DeusM site.
Alison spent a year at Ziff Davis Enterprises after an interesting and varied freelance career, where she wrote for publications and clients such as Information Week, CIO Insight, eWeek, Channel Insider, ChannelPro, Baseline Magazine, The CMO Site, multiple TechTarget sites, CRN, VARBusiness, Florida Today, and IT Expert Voice. Before going solo, Alison spent 10 years at CRN, rising to managing editor, departments, of the channel publication.
She lives in Florida with her husband, daughter, and two cats. When she's not working, she enjoys cheering on her daughter's softball team and rooting for the Yankees, reading, swimming, and traveling.
Gil Elbaz is the founder and CEO of Factual. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer of natural language technology and structured data ecosystems. He is passionate about building scalable information systems that drive innovative application development, which ultimately enables better decision-making. In 1991, he earned his Bachelor's degree from Caltech, with a double major in engineering/applied science and economics. After college, Gil worked in engineering roles at IBM, Sybase, and SGI. In 1998, he co-founded Applied Semantics (ASI). ASI helped define and build new addressable markets with its AdSense and other contextual advertising products. The company was acquired by Google in 2003, at which point he became Director of Engineering for the Santa Monica office. His work there helped establish Google's place as a leader in the field of online advertising. In 2007, he left Google to start Los Angeles-based Factual Inc., an open data platform founded to maximize data accuracy, transparency, and availability. Active in a number of nonprofit areas, Gil is on the board of trustees for the X Prize Foundation and Caltech, and a member of the Los Angeles Social Ventures.
John Engates is the CTO of Rackspace Hosting, a cloud provider.
Bob Evans, TechWeb's Senior Vice-President and Content Director, is responsible for content strategy across TechWeb's online, live event, and print brands. In this role, he oversees not only all content operations but also Audience Development and Software Development. Bob was editor-in-chief of InformationWeek during its years of massive growth and has also been Editorial Director for InformationWeek and Techweb. He's an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and speaks at many business and technology events.
When not floating around on "The Internet," Nicole spends her time writing, reading, playing piano and guitar, brushing her teeth, wandering around Manhattan, and contemplating her unsettling life-long obsession with The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She received her M.A. and B.A. from Fordham University in the Bronx.
Graham has been researching telecommunications for more than 20 years, formerly as a journalist and latterly as an analyst and consultant. He joined Heavy Reading in September 2004 following a ten-year tenure at the Yankee Group. As Chief Analyst, Graham has been responsible for a wide range of research, focusing primarily on next-generation broadband services and IMS. He has also hosted numerous Webinars and Live events for Light Reading and is a regular speaker at other major industry events. As a journalist, Graham was Editor in Chief of the award-winning industry paper Communications Week International and has edited several other leading trade publications.
Jon Fisher is a serial entrepreneur, economics commentator, and business professor. He also co-founded and was Chief Executive Officer of Bharosa and AutoReach.
Paul J. Fleuranges
As Senior Director, Corporate and Internal Communications, Paul Fleuranges oversees the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York's advertising and marketing efforts and is responsible for content on the www.mta.info website. His responsibilities also include the Arts for Transit & UrbanDesign program, the MTA Licensing Program, MTA Market Research, and New York Transit Museum. In 2011, he oversaw the introduction of mta today, the agency's intranet site, the redesign of the mta.info website, and the development of The Weekender, an interactive website and native iOS and Android app depicting weekend subway construction work based on the Vignelli Subway Diagram. He also led the development of the authority's "Improving, non-stop" in-system marketing program. In 2012, he oversaw the introduction of a revitalized MetroCard advertising program, and the expansion of advertising on mta.info. As a member of the NYC Transit Executive Staff responsible for Corporate Communications, Fleuranges has been part of the team that developed the On the Go! Travel Station kiosk, an interactive video touch screen travel tool positioned inside subway stations. As head of NYC Transit Corporate Communications he also oversaw the development and expansion of the agency's fyi network, a digital video network that provides agency news and other information to employees in more than 25 subway and bus facilities. He joined the MTA in 2002 as Vice President for Public Affairs for NYC Transit, the agency that operates the authority's subway and bus division, and was responsible for the Press Office and Employee Communications.
Raimund Genes is the Chief Technical Officer for Trend Micro, a security software company focused on anti-virus and content protection for the enterprise.
Ben Golub is CEO of Gluster, an open-source storage software provider. Previously, he was CEO at social networking site, Plaxo.
Lars is the President and CTO of Expertmaker, an artificial intelligence software company, based in Malmo, Sweden, which he founded in 2006. Expertmaker's mission has been to create an artificial intelligence tool that would transform search, discovery, and recommendation, and enable broad deployment of intelligent solutions. He has also managed AI projects for the Swedish Agency for Adminstrative Development.
David Hayden is the founder and CEO of Pana.ma, an asynchronous voice-mail messaging platform.
Swayne Hill is the CEO of Cloud 9 Analytics, which makes on-demand operational performance management swoftware. Prior to that, Swayne served as Managing Director in the Asia Pacific region at Cognos.
I'm Director of Web Operations for Light Reading and a proud member of the IQ Crew on Internet Evolution.
Marianne James is CIO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She has honed her understanding of the business through her 22 years at CCHMC, in roles ranging from finance to research to IT. She’s part of the senior management team that meets weekly with the CEO.
As ThinkerNet Editor for Internet Evolution, Mary moderates ThinkerNet, the interactive forum where Internet luminaries can blog and exchange opinions.
Prior to joining Internet Evolution, Mary was Site Editor of Byte and Switch and a longtime Senior Editor of Light Reading. She has spent over 20 years reporting and writing on information technology and networking.
Mary lives in rural Nova Scotia.
Chris Jones is a corporate Vice President for Windows Live at Microsoft in charge of Hotmail.
Kevin Jones is a social/organizational strategist, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is currently consulting with NASA to develop its enterprise social media strategy.
John Kennedy is Vice President, Corporate Marketing, IBM. He is responsible for IBM's global brand development and marketing, including IBM's "Smarter Planet" agenda. He was named to this position in 2009. Previously, he was VP Marketing, IBM Americas. In that role he led marketing and strategy for IBM's largest sales territory. Prior to his role in the Americas, he was assigned to IBM Asia-Pacific where he held a range of marketing and sales roles, including VP Marketing and Channels, IBM Japan; and VP Marketing, Asia-Pacific. He also led sales and marketing for IBM's Personal Computer Division in Asia. John first joined IBM in 1996 as a Product Marketing Manager in IBM's PC business in Raleigh, N.C. Before IBM, he was with Procter & Gamble, where he worked in brand management within the laundry and cleaning products division. He started his career with Nationsbank (now Bank of America) where he was a credit officer focusing on financial institutions and securities. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Bachelor's degrees in economics and political science and received his MBA from Harvard University.
Scott Klososky, a former CEO of three successful startup companies, specializes in looking over the horizon with how technology is changing the world. Currently he serves as the founder and the Chairman of the Board of Alkami Technology. He is also the author of three books, including The Velocity Manifesto: Harnessing Technology, Vision and Culture to future proof your organization.
Paul Kocher is president and chief scientist of Cryptography Research.
Scott Koegler is a former CIO and author of the book Multisite Systems Integration, which describes methodologies for integrating distributed networks, based on one of the projects he developed for a health care provider. His main topics of focus currently include, EDI technology, nonprofit topics, and technology for medical practices.
Tony Kontzer is a freelance journalist who's been writing about business and technology for nearly 20 years. He contributes to such publications as CIO Insight,Baseline Magazine, and Investor's Business Daily, as well as live-blogs from technology conferences and events, and consults on business and marketing content for corporate clients. Previously, he spent six years on staff at InformationWeek, where he covered such technologies as collaborative software and CRM, and was a regular contributor of segments to TechWeb's now-defunct The News Show. Prior to that, Tony documented the marketing of technology in Silicon Valley while covering advertising and PR for the San Jose Business Journal. A stubbornly devoted reader of newspapers (yes, the dead tree variety) and depressingly out-of-practice jazz saxophonist, he writes from his home in Albany, Calif., where he lives with his wife and two sons.
David Koretz is a serial entrepreneur who founded four companies by the age of 19. He is currently President & CEO of BlueTie, and President of Mykonos Software.
Paul Korzeniowski is a freelance writer who has been dissecting technology and business issues for two decades. He served on the staffs of ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, and Internet Week before branching out on his own. Since then, his work has appeared in numerous business and technology publications, including Business 2.0, Entrepreneur, Investors Business Daily, Newsweek, and InformationWeek. One day, when he had too much time on his hands, he determined that he has had more than 1 million words published in his career. Yet for some reason, he still feels compelled to write more. He is based in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at email@example.com.
Chris Laping brings more than 20 years of information technology and business transformation experience to Red Robin. As Senior Vice President of Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer, he oversees the Business Transformation organization, which includes Information Technology, Learning & Development, Enterprise Project Management, and Operations Services. Prior to joining Red Robin, Chris worked at Statêra, Inc. as Principal and Chief Information Officer, where he managed business consulting engagements and directed the Internal Technology department. Before working as a consultant, Chris spent five years as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for GMAC. Chris's favorite Red Robin Gourmet Burger is the Burnin' Love Burger.
Ginny Lee is the Senior Vice President and CIO of Intuit. She is responsible for further developing the company's technology and business infrastructure.
Gideon J. Lenkey
Gideon J. Lenkey, CISSP, has consulted on information security matters since 1989. He specializes in assessments and tests of enterprise IT security and also enjoys tracking malicious hackers, corporate insiders, and extortionists. In 1994, he co-founded Ra Security Systems, a network security monitoring and consultancy in Milford, NJ. He has provided advanced training to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has won numerous recognitions from the agency for his curricula. In addition to consulting for both foreign and domestic government agencies, Lenkey's also the sitting president of the FBI's InfraGard chapter in New Jersey. He is a member of the Computer Security Institute.
Bill Loumpouridis serves as President and CEO for EDL Consulting, a leading eCommerce and Systems Integration firm serving a rich client base that includes manufacturing, media, and high tech clients.
Dan MacDonald is VP of Marketing at EastLink, a Canadian telecommunications and entertainment services company.
Mary Maida leads social networking efforts at Medtronic, a medical instruments manufacturer, as well as related influence, education, communication, and leadership initiatives. She previously worked on corporate information literacy to educate employees on making effective use of information resources to make decisions, solve problems, and challenge perspectives. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carl Malamud is the President and Founder of Public.Resource.Org. The author of 8 books, Malamud was previously founder of the Internet Multicasting Service and the Chief Technology Officer at the Center for American Progress. He is the winner of the Berkman Award from Harvard "for his extraordinary contributions to the Internet's impact on society," the Pioneer Award from the EFF, and the Bill Farr Award from the First Amendment Coalition.
Marissa leads Google's product management efforts on search products – Web search, images, news, books, products, maps, Google Earth, Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Health, Google Labs, and more. She joined Google in 1999 as Google's first female engineer and led the user interface and Web server teams at that time. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google's search interface; internationalizing the site to more than 100 languages; defining Google News, Gmail, and Orkut; and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design.
Wayne Mekjian is Head of Information Services, Wells Fargo, responsible for guiding the effective use of information technology and managing IT resources to deliver technology solutions across the enterprise. His primary responsibilities include application development, data strategy and management, and enterprise support. Support services aligned to his organization include Project Delivery Services, Efficiency Management, and Risk & Compliance. Wayne has 39 years of experience in banking, leading large-scale and complex technology and operations initiatives. Prior to his current position, he served as Chief Information Officer for Wells Fargo’s Home and Consumer Finance Group and served in several executive capacities at Norwest. Prior to joining Norwest, he held several senior-level positions with First Interstate Bank in bank operations management, systems development, project management, and data processing.
Eben Moglen is a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University. He is also the founder, director-counsel, and chairman of Software Freedom Law Center.
Jim Morris is president and CEO of security software maker GlobalScape.
Bob Moul is President and CEO of Boomi, a Dell business that offers software-as-a-service integration for cloud computing infrastructure.
Ken Moy is Senior Vice President, Emerging Payments, US Region, for MasterCard Worldwide. He is responsible for the development and commercialization of emerging payment platforms in the US market, including e-commerce, mobile, contact and contactless smartcards, P2P, rewards and offers, and other value-added services. Previously, he led the global e-commerce partnerships and alliances team where he was instrumental in the development of MasterCard's partnerships with companies such as Google and Intel. He has held a range of senior positions in finance, product development, innovation, and management through his more than 10 years with MasterCard. Before joining MasterCard, Mr. Moy held senior positions with Citibank and Chase. He holds a BA in sociology and psychology and an MS in business management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Fritz Nelson is Vice President, Editorial Director for InformationWeek, and Executive Producer of Techweb TV, the multimedia production arm of Techweb.
He has been an employee of Techweb for 17 years, including as Editor-in-Chief of Network Computing, Publisher, Publishing Director, and Vice President and Group Director. He started at Techweb for Network Computing magazine, serving as its reviews editor, features editor, executive editor, and editor before moving into the company’s senior management team.
Prior to joining Network Computing, Fritz worked with Martin Marietta’s Computing Standards group – a team that tested and evaluated technology, and whose objective was to set corporate computing and networking standards. He was a technical writer for USBI, a subsidiary of United Technologies that manages parts of the solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle program. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in journalism.
Tom Nolle is the founder and president of CIMI Corp. He started his career as a software engineer, evolving to the role of project director and software architect. During this period, he was in charge of the team that built a major financial network and one of the software architects of a packet switch used throughout the world. He also designed and developed retail, distributed computing networks and multi-computer, network-distributed information publishing systems.
In 1979, Tom became an independent consultant, working first with equipment vendors to develop new and efficient devices for financial networks, and then with major financial institutions in deploying advanced network technology. CIMI was incorporated in 1982 as a continuation of this activity, and through the 1980s he led the firm in developing effective new strategies for market forecasting and surveying, as well as innovative techniques in distributed transaction processing, multi-processor protocol handling, and information storage and retrieval. CIMI, during this period, functioned as a network and systems integrator, software publisher, and strategic consultancy.
Bolaji Ojo, currently the editor in chief of EBN, has spent the last 25 years covering business issues on four continents, specializing over the last 11 years on the electronics industry supply chain. In addition to supply chain issues, his primary focus also includes business finance.
Mike Olson is founder and CEO of Cloudera, a company that develops and distributes Hadoop, the open-source software that powers the data processing engines of the world’s largest and most popular Websites.
Steven Peterson is a web developer by day and an independent iPhone developer by night. His public transit predictions application, Routesy, helps thousands of Bay Area residents with their commute on a daily basis. Prior to building Routesy, Steven helped build Yahoo!'s open source YUI User Interface Library and developed web applications for companies like Tommy Hilfiger and MetLife.
Edward Pleet is the Product and Business Development Manager for Connected Services at Ford Motor Co. And yes, he does drive a Ford.
Dale Cameron Potter is a proven leader and executive in the delivery of information technology solutions. He is sensitive to the needs and constraints of the business he is serving and is able to maximize value delivery through IT strategies linked to its business objectives. Dale is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at The Ottawa Hospital, one of the largest academic health science centers in Canada. Prior to his mandate at the hospital, hespent more than eight years in senior executive information technology leadership roles for global, world-class manufacturers, as the CIO of Alcan Engineered Products, based in Paris, and CIO of Bombardier Transportation, based in Berlin. In the first 10 years of his professional career he gained international experience as a solution architect in top-tier consulting organizations developing solutions and strategies for many large global corporations.
Since 1996 I have been the president of Wireless Internet & Mobile Computing, a consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. area (Chevy Chase, Md.) that specializes in helping companies to enhance existing services or develop new services in wireless data. My firm focuses on business development, marketing, white papers, tutorials/workshops and corporate weblogs.
I'm especially interested in wireless multimedia, such as the business models and worldwide societal ramifications of camera phone photos and videos, live streaming broadcasts, omnipresent wireless broadband, and mobile location technologies and their integration with social networking.
I've been analyzing wireless communications for more than 30 years. I started by helping to develop and run the first trade association in the United States for the independent providers of pagers and mobile phones.
In the past, I created the world's first: Wireless data newsletter, wireless data conference, cellular conference and FM radio subcarrier newsletter. I also helped develop and write for the first cellular magazine.
I've been blogging since 2001, and Forbes magazine listed one of my sites as one of the top five technology blogs
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Jodee Rich is the CEO of PeopleBrowsr, a social networking and analytics tool.
Mike Riegel is a Vice President at IBM in charge of ISVs, startups, developers, and academic programs.
As chief development officer for GE Software, Paul Rogers is responsible for creating software and service applications working closely with GE businesses. Previously, Rogers was general manager of the software solutions group for GE Energy Services. In this capacity, he led 800+ employees across 9 countries and 14 locations to orchestrate a global product development strategy for the emerging smartgrid market. Prior to that Mr. Rogers held the role of general manager of quality for GE's Energy Engineering division and managed a $30M operation with broad-based authority to drive organizational changes and improvements in engineering quality. He also served as product line leader for the GE's GenGauge and Coalogic product lines. Prior to GE, Mr. Rogers was a software engineering leader and corporate stakeholder in Praxis Engineers, which was acquired by GE Energy in 2001. Mr. Rogers has been the recipient of numerous GE accolades, namely the Energy Engineering "Product Quality" award, GE Quality Leadership award, and Energy Cup award for productivity and risk reduction initiatives. Also, he was awarded a U.S. patent for the year-long development of the GenGauge enterprise software product serving as the product visionary. Mr. Rogers earned his MS in Chemical Engineering from San Jose State University and his BS in Chemical Engineering from San Jose State University.
Robert Roser, head of scientific computing at Fermilab, is an experimental particle physicist and a senior member of the scientific staff at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, America's premier particle physics laboratory,located just west of Chicago.
In addition to being the CEO of OpSource, a SaaS provider, Mr. Ryan also sits on the Software Executive Board at the SIIA.
Simon Saba is the founder and CEO of SABA Motors, an all-electric roadster.
Stephen Saunders is a successful Internet entrepreneur, award-winning technology writer, and the founder of Internet Evolution (www.internetevolution.com).
Prior to launching Internet Evolution, Saunders was the founder and CEO of Light Reading (www.lightreading.com), an online startup, which was sold to United Business Media in 2005 for $33 million. Founded in 2000, Light Reading rapidly became the largest and most influential source of news and analysis of the telecommunications industry – attracting a huge and influential community of telecom professionals and investors around the globe.
Prior to Light Reading, Saunders was an executive editor at Data Communications, where he directed that doomed publication's editorial content. Coincidence.
Saunders newest venture is Deus Ex Machina (DEX), a marketing services company that uses a structured system of clearly defined and proven Web 2.0 publishing best practices called Community in a Box (CiaB) to allow customers to build vibrant communities, direct them, and use them as the basis of incredibly powerful integrated marketing programs. The latest community based on CiaB, Enterprise Efficiency (www.enterpriseefficiency.com) was launched in May.
Saunders has been recognized with many awards for his work, including six Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Awards from The American Business Press, three awards from the Computer Press Association, and 14 awards from Min's, which in March 2008 inducted Saunders into its Digital Media Hall of Fame.
In October 2008 the lead developer at Twitter publicly called Saunders "a troll" – something Steve still considers his happiest moment in 21 years of publishing. In April 2009 Saunders was named to the No. 2 spot on Folio magazine's Folio 40 ranking of magazine industry influencers and innovators, one ahead of President Barack Obama. The magazine subsequently revised the list following a public outcry, demoting Saunders to the No. 3 spot.
Saunders has been Folio's e-media columnist since 2009. He also is the author of three books, The Data Communications Gigabit Ethernet Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 1998), The McGraw-Hill High-Speed LANs Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 1995), and The True Story of King Arthur (48hourbooks, 2009). Gripping reads, all. Especially the last.
Rachel Schiff comes from Chicago, where she was BFFs with Barack Obama. (He doesn't know who she is). She works on the Multco Commons project as a Web content specialist. She joined Multnomah County in 2010 after earning her BA from Lewis & Clark College. When she's not fiddling with Commons, Rachel enjoys hiking, reading, and following basketball players on Twitter. She also studies speech pathology at Portland State University, where she is learning how to communicate with people outside of the Internet.
Mary E. Shacklett
Mary E. Shacklett is an internationally recognized technology commentator and President of Transworld Data, a marketing and technology services firm. Prior to founding her own company, she was Vice President of Product Research and Software Development for Summit Information Systems, a computer software company; and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Technology at FSI International, a multinational manufacturer in the semiconductor industry.
Mary has business experience in Europe, Japan, and the Pacific Rim. She has a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MA from the University of Southern California, where she taught for several years. She is listed in Who's Who Worldwide and in Who's Who in the Computer Industry.
Michael Singer is a Senior Editor, evangelist, and Web personality at Internet Evolution.
As leader of the Executive Clan and Midmarket Clan, Michael is looking for ThinkerNet contributors to pontificate about executive issues... What's top of mind for CEOs, CIOs, and CTOs?
Prior to joining Internet Evolution, Michael worked as News Editor for InformationWeek, as well as for ABC-7 News, KTVU-FOX 2, and CNET News.com.
In his spare time, Michael thinks a lot about String Theory, six-string guitars, and string cheese.
John Soat is a freelance journalist who specializes in business, technology, and security. He writes frequently for InformationWeek and InfoSecurity Professional magazines. Before becoming a freelancer, he was executive editor of InformationWeek. He is an experienced online multimedia journalist, having spent almost two years as executive producer of The News Show, a daily online video program for the business-technology industry. He lives in Cleveland (don’t ask) and has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.
Martin Sole is Creative Director for Teshka, a UK based Media Agency.
Kim Solez, M.D. is one of the world's foremost kidney pathologists and medical Internet leaders. He has been at the University of Alberta since 1987, and is currently Professor and Director of Experimental Pathology as well as Director of NKF cyberNephrology, a joint venture of the National Kidney Foundation (U.S.) and the University of Alberta. He directs a course on Technology and the Future of Medicine at the University of Alberta.
Having held leadership roles in medicine and technology for over 20 years and directed major music and arts events, Dr. Solez is convinced that very useful cross fertilization can come from mixing those disciplines. In particular, he feels that we can make medicine better, more human, and enjoyable to practice by injecting lessons from the humanities, art, and technology.
The Canadian iconic poet/singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen called Kim Solez a "great master of the surreal" juxtaposing things others would never think of juxtaposing. Dr. Solez hopes that by putting things together in new ways, standing things side by side that the reader never thought of being together, he can stimulate people to think about the future and our increasing association with machines and devices in a new more positive way.
Sebastian Stadil is the founder and CEO at Scalr and the founder of the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group
Marc Staimer is widely known as a leading analyst in storage, server, and virtualization markets. His 11-year consulting practice as president and chief dragon slayer (CDS) of Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton, Ore., addresses both the end-user and vendor communities. Much of his practice involves strategic planning, product development, messaging, marketing, and end-user problem solving. Marc’s 28 years of marketing, sales, and business experience, combined with his years of research into the information technology community, give him unique market expertise.
Thomas Steding is the president and CEO of RedCondor, a security software company offering a managed spam filtering service that blocks spam, viruses, spyware, and phishing schemes.
Richard Stiennon is founder and Chief Research Analyst at IT-Harvest and maintains the popular security blog, www.threatchaos.com. Previously, Stiennon was VP of Research at Gartner Inc., where he covered security topics. His first book, Surviving Cyber War, was published earlier this year.
Sherry Swackhamer is the CIO and Director of County Assets for Multnomah County, Oregon. She was raised in a ranching community in rural, southeast Oklahoma. After college, she worked in the oil and gas industry, spent nine-plus years in management consulting, nine-plus years in government contracting, and arrived at Multnomah County in 2003. At the County she led a variety of IT teams, has been the CIO for three years, and in her current director role, she has the added responsibility for two additional non-IT teams: Facilities and Property Management; and Fleet, Records, Electronics, Distribution and Stores, managing more than 300 FTE. As you might expect, she is always up for a good challenge. Sherry is married (to a CIO!) and has an 18-year-old daughter, a freshman in college. With the departure of her daughter to college, the family just sold their horse, Codee. With no horse and no daughter, Sherry is in the midst of re-creating her empty-nester life. She enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and buying shoes and art.
Terry Sweeney is a writer and editor based somewhere in the smog-laden environs of Los Angeles. He has covered technology for more than 20 years, with broad expertise in storage, networking, security, wireless, and celebrity stalking.
From October 2005 to June 2007, he was Editor in Chief of Byte and Switch (www.byteandswitch.com), storage networking's most widely read Website, which, when you think about it, is really not saying much. He was also a Founding Editor of the sinister IT security Website, Dark Reading (www.darkreading.com), as well as Storage Pipeline (absorbed in a nearly bloodless coup by the insatiable Byte and Switch). He did not leave under a cloud.
Sweeney was also News Editor at Internet Week and spent three years in Paris working for Communications Week International. When the Germans occupied the city he fled to Geneva, Switzerland, where he served as Editor in Chief of the print, online, and video content for the ITU's Telecom 99 conference. He later ran guns to freedom fighters in the Belgian Congo. Maybe.
He has contributed to The Washington Post, Crain's New York Business, Red Herring, Blue Herring, Rogue Herring, Information Week, Network World, SearchStorage, and Chicken Fancier, among other business and IT titles. He also designed a prototype flying machine and a fully functional submarine. No. Wait... That was someone else...
Sweeney surely did, however, graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a minor in Portuguese, for no discernible reason.
A career in power tools and accessories is every guy's dream. But Rhonda Tate is not a guy. She is the Vice President of Direct Response for RW Direct, a subsidiary of Positec Tool Group in Charlotte, N.C. Her kinds of accessories are the matchy matchy ones that get pinned, buckled, tied, or hot glued and her weekday heels don't exactly fit the OSHA code for foot guards or safety shoes, so what is it about the power tool world that's kept her going for nearly two decades? From her 1996 start at Vermont American, now Robert Bosch Tool to Positec Tool Corp in 2005, she says the tide turned in 2007 when Positec launched the long form WORX GT cordless grass trimmer infomercial -- she went from doing a Google search on the definition of 'DRTV' in 2006 to sporadically popping up as reference points in those very Google searches in recent years. Rhonda has solidly paved Positec's direct response operational path with success in multiple long form WORX and Rockwell infomercials. During the week she runs the Charlotte-based customer contact center, and on the weekends she renovates her country home using all WORX and Rockwell tools. Don't be fooled by the heels and matching accessories. While her husband helps out with the heavy lifting and her two kids cheer on the sidelines, she takes great pride in her improving ability to install hardwood and ceramic flooring, tile backsplashes, and quarter round all while trying to learn how to rewire and revive antique light fixtures. Zap!
Chris Tolles is CEO of Topix, a localized online news community. Previously, he was at Spoke Software, a business social networking company, where he was a co-founder and VP of marketing. Before Spoke, Chris was a Director of Marketing at AOL/Netscape for AOL Music, Netscape Search, and Directory Products.
Bob Tricoski originated in the historic city of Philadelphia. After a brief 12-year stint in San Francisco, where he got a BS in computer science, he migrated north to beautiful Oregon. He joined Multnomah County as a Senior Developer in the Open Source workgroup in the summer of 2010. These days, Bob uses his free time training for a charity fundraising triathlon (finally learned how to swim!). Whenever time and money permit, he likes to hop on a plane and visit someplace he has never been before.
Advocate for IT professionals. Practitioner actively using social networks to foster collaboration and a sharing of free advisory knowledge. Former CEO and founder of three startups and former SVP of IDC's largest business.
David C. Vladeck is the current Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Prior to joining the FTC, he was a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center for seven years. He served there as the Director of the Center on Health Regulation and Governance of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Before his time at Georgetown, Vladeck spent more than 25 years at Public Citizen Litigation Group, first as a staff attorney, and then for ten years as its director.
Mitch Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of The CMO Site, has worked both sides of the street, as a technology journalist and a marketer and social media strategist. He helped lead development of social media marketing strategy for a business-to-business security company. Prior to that, he was an executive editor and writer at InformationWeek, where he launched the publication on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin. He pioneered blogging for The CMO Site's parent company, United Business Media. Mitch has been a writer and editor at InternetWeek, Computerworld, and more. He started his career in technology journalism covering Digital Equipment Corp. and IBM, then covered operating systems before leaving that beat to start writing about this new idea of doing business on the Internet (against the advice of his editors, who were sure the Internet wouldn't last). Mitch's first journalism jobs were on local community newspapers in the New York metropolitan area; on his very first job, after writing and pasting up the whole newspaper, he put the bundles in the back of his car and delivered them. Mitch is a social media addict. Follow him on Twitter: @MitchWagner and Facebook. Mitch lives with his wife in San Diego, where he avoids direct sunlight.
Cap Watkins is an interface designer in Seattle. He is currently a UX designer at Amazon. Past work includes senior designer at Zoosk and lead designer at Formspring.me.
Jeff White is a principal at Kula Partners, a marketing firm that creates Websites featuring Responsive Design. He is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Jane Williams works in the county's human resources realm as part of the talent development team. Combining technology with engaging learning is her primary passion, be it in working with county staff or with her son on the iPad. She supports education, is involved with an advisory council on special education, and chairs a local women's club. Don't run afoul of Jane. She's an avid runner who also knows how to kickbox. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and entertaining. This year, she wants to teach her son how to ski. Why? "To bring out the Canadian in him," Jane says.
Jared is CEO of Tier 3, an enterprise cloud platform company. A cloud pioneer, Jared is the chief architect of Tier 3's enterprise-class cloud platforms. He oversees the company's development, support, and operations teams and is responsible for intellectual property strategy and new product development. He is also the originator of the Iron Foundry open-source PaaS project, and previously founded Dual, an interactive development firm with clients including Microsoft and Nintendo.
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