The
Lean Startup
Conference

December 3 - 4, 2012 InterContinental SF

Photo by
Betsy Weber

Speakers

Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen

company
Andreessen Horowitz
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  • A Conversation with Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen is an innovator and creator, one of the few to pioneer a software category used by more than a billion people and one of the few to establish multiple billion-dollar companies.

Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser and co-founded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. He also co-founded Loudcloud, which as Opsware sold to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion.

He is now a co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that provides seed, venture and growth-stage funding to technology companies. AndreessenHorowitz has $2.7 billion under management across three funds, with portfolio holdings that include Airbnb, Actifio, Box, Fab.com, Facebook, Foursquare, GitHub, Jawbone, Lytro, Pinterest, Silver Tail Systems and Twitter.

Marc serves on the boards of eBay, Facebook, Glam Media, Hewlett-Packard, Bump, Kno, Rockmelt and TinyCo. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Nikhil Arora

Nikhil Arora

company
Back to the Roots
website
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  • Making Decisions By Ignoring Sales Metrics

Nikhil Arora is the co-founder of Back to the Roots, an urban mushroom farm in Oakland, California. He and co-founder Alejandro Velez created the company during their senior year at the University of California, Berkeley from a belief that business can be used for good. After graduating summa cum laude in 2009, they founded the mushroom farm that now makes grow-your-own Mushroom Gardens using entirely recycled coffee grounds as the soil – an idea upon which he and Alejandro came across in a business ethics lecture.

Arora was always interested in sustainability and job creation, and during college worked in Ghana for six months to implement a profitable recycling program at the 30,000+ student University of Ghana campus.

Prior to founding Back to the Roots, Arora was headed toward business consulting, which he gave up in favor of urban mushroom farming and sustainability. Along with Velez, Arora serves on the board for the Sage Mentorship Project, a one-to-one mentorship group …

Nikhil Arora is the co-founder of Back to the Roots, an urban mushroom farm in Oakland, California. He and co-founder Alejandro Velez created the company during their senior year at the University of California, Berkeley from a belief that business can be used for good. After graduating summa cum laude in 2009, they founded the mushroom farm that now makes grow-your-own Mushroom Gardens using entirely recycled coffee grounds as the soil – an idea upon which he and Alejandro came across in a business ethics lecture.

Arora was always interested in sustainability and job creation, and during college worked in Ghana for six months to implement a profitable recycling program at the 30,000+ student University of Ghana campus.

Prior to founding Back to the Roots, Arora was headed toward business consulting, which he gave up in favor of urban mushroom farming and sustainability. Along with Velez, Arora serves on the board for the Sage Mentorship Project, a one-to-one mentorship group connecting UC Berkeley students with local, disadvantaged elementary students. He also serves on the board for Alpha Epsilon Zeta, a professional fraternity on the UC Berkeley campus, and the Social Venture Network, the founding organization that helped spearhead the socially responsible business movement 25 years ago.

Today, Arora has been named one of 2012 Inc 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs, a CNN Generation Next Entrepreneur to Watch, Forbes 30 Under 30, and one of BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs. The company has grown from a handful of employees to 31 employees, and was honored in Fall 2012 with an Empact100 award from the White House, recognizing Back to the Roots as one of the top 100 entrepreneurial companies in the US.

Dr. Bharath Kadaba

Dr. Bharath Kadaba

company
Intuit
website
  • Creating a Culture of Experimentation: Ideas and Best Practices

Dr. Bharath Kadaba is the VP of Engineering and Operations at the Global Business Division of Intuit. He is leading engineering teams across the globe in creating products for small businesses, consumers and accountants serving markets outside the United States.

Before Intuit, Bharath was the VP of Media Engineering at Yahoo and has also held various leadership positions in two Silicon Valley startups, Siebel Systems, News Corporation and IBM.

George Bilbrey

George Bilbrey

company
Return Path, Inc.
website
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  • Running a Lean Startup Sales Process

George Bilbrey is the founder of the industry’s first email deliverability service provider, Assurance Systems, which merged with Return Path in 2003. He is a recognized expert on the subjects of email reputation and deliverability and is active in many industry organizations, including the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) and the Online Trust Alliance (OTA). In his role as president of Return Path George is the driving force behind the ongoing innovation of our products and services. George is fascinated by machine learning and figuring out how to make sure that Return Path stays innovative as we grow. George is here to assure you that the reports of email’s death are greatly exaggerated.

Prior to Return Path, George served as Director of Product Management at Worldprints.com and as a partner in the telecommunications group at Mercer Management Consulting. He holds a B.A. in economics from Duke University, and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina.

Dave Binetti

Dave Binetti

company
Votizen
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  • One Year Later: Lessons from Votizen

David has been at the intersection of tech and politics since 1995, when he created a campaign finance disclosure cited by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best political resources in California. His efforts in creating USA.gov, the official website and search engine for the United States Government, earned Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School’s “Innovations in American Government” Award and was named USA Today’s Site of the Year for 2000. Following this David returned to the Silicon Valley where he was on the founding team of a number of other non-political startups before eventually returning his primary passion with Votizen.

Steve Blank

Steve Blank

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  • 10,000 Startups

A retired eight-time serial entrepreneur, Steve’s insight that startups are not small versions of large companies is reshaping the way startups are built and how entrepreneurship is taught. His observation that large companies execute business models, but startups search for them, led him to realize that startups need their own tools, different than those used to manage existing companies.

Steve’s first tool for startups, the Customer Development methodology, spawned the Lean Startup movement. The fundamentals of Customer Development are detailed in Blank’s first book, The Four Steps to the Epiphany (2003), which together with his blog, www.steveblank.com, is considered required reading among entrepreneurs, investors and established companies throughout the world. His second book, The Startup Owner’s Manual, was published in March 2012. It is a step-by-step guide to building a successful company that incorporates the best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup wo…

A retired eight-time serial entrepreneur, Steve’s insight that startups are not small versions of large companies is reshaping the way startups are built and how entrepreneurship is taught. His observation that large companies execute business models, but startups search for them, led him to realize that startups need their own tools, different than those used to manage existing companies.

Steve’s first tool for startups, the Customer Development methodology, spawned the Lean Startup movement. The fundamentals of Customer Development are detailed in Blank’s first book, The Four Steps to the Epiphany (2003), which together with his blog, www.steveblank.com, is considered required reading among entrepreneurs, investors and established companies throughout the world. His second book, The Startup Owner’s Manual, was published in March 2012. It is a step-by-step guide to building a successful company that incorporates the best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world since The Four Steps was published.

Blank teaches Customer Development and entrepreneurship at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School and Columbia University, and his Customer Development process is taught at Universities throughout the world. In 2011, he developed the Lean LaunchPad, a hands-on class that integrates Business Model design and Customer Development into practice through fast-paced, real-world customer interaction and business model iteration. In 2011, the National Science Foundation adopted Blank’s class for its Innovation Corps (I-Corps), training teams of the nation’s top scientists and engineers, to take their ideas out of the university lab and into the commercial marketplace.

Steve is a prolific writer and speaker who enjoys teaching young entrepreneurs. In 2009, he earned the Stanford University Undergraduate Teaching Award in Management Science and Engineering. In 2010, he earned the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business. The San Jose Mercury News listed him as one of the 10 Influencers in Silicon Valley. Despite these accolades and many others, Steve says he might well have been voted “least likely to succeed” in his New York City high school class.

Matt Brezina

Matt Brezina

company
Sincerely
website
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  • Secrets of Rapid Mobile App Development

After graduating from Penn State and following a stint in a PhD program at the University of Maryland, Matt Brezina and his roommate, Adam Smith, developed their first software company, Xobni, in March 2006, creating the first ever socially-aware email service. In just a few short years, the two were hailed by INC magazine as up-and-coming entrepreneurs while raising $40 million in funding and grabbing the attention of Bill Gates, who demonstrated their product at a Microsoft developers’ conference.

After leaving Xobni, Matt took a vacation in Hawaii and developed the first concepts around a new mobile gifting company, Sincerely, while trying to keep in touch with family back home. Matt and a former-Xobni teammate, Bryan Kennedy, launched Sincerely in February 2011 and their first product, Postagram, launched in April 2011. Sincerely’s products, including flagship mobile apps Postagram and Ink, allow people to create, send and share real personalized greeting cards and postcards…

After graduating from Penn State and following a stint in a PhD program at the University of Maryland, Matt Brezina and his roommate, Adam Smith, developed their first software company, Xobni, in March 2006, creating the first ever socially-aware email service. In just a few short years, the two were hailed by INC magazine as up-and-coming entrepreneurs while raising $40 million in funding and grabbing the attention of Bill Gates, who demonstrated their product at a Microsoft developers’ conference.

After leaving Xobni, Matt took a vacation in Hawaii and developed the first concepts around a new mobile gifting company, Sincerely, while trying to keep in touch with family back home. Matt and a former-Xobni teammate, Bryan Kennedy, launched Sincerely in February 2011 and their first product, Postagram, launched in April 2011. Sincerely’s products, including flagship mobile apps Postagram and Ink, allow people to create, send and share real personalized greeting cards and postcards from a mobile device, while leveraging photos and addresses on the device. The Los Angeles Times dubbed Brezina’s 15-person start-up company as “Apple’s chief rival.”

Leah Busque

Leah Busque

company
TaskRabbit
website
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  • Lean Marketing

Leah Busque is the founder and CEO of TaskRabbit.com, a website and mobile app where you can outsource jobs and Tasks to people right in your neighborhood. TaskRabbit, the pioneer in “service networking,” is on a mission to empower people to do what they love. Since the company’s founding in 2008, Leah has established TaskRabbit as one of the “Next Big Things in Tech” (New York Times, 2012) and has expanded the TaskRabbit service to most major metro areas in the US.

Prior to founding TaskRabbit, Leah was a Software Engineer at IBM, working in the Messaging and Collaboration Software Development group. A rare blend of product talent and business savvy, Leah was recently named one of the “100 Most Creative People In Business” by Fast Company and one of the “15 Women To Watch In 2012” by Inc Magazine.

Tendai Charasika

Tendai Charasika

company
EnterpriseCorp
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  • Ten Ways to Get Out of the Building

Tendai is the Entrepreneurial Director for EnterpriseCorp, the enterprise development arm of Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce that cultivates Louisville’s (Ky.) entrepreneurial culture and ecosystem. In his role, Tendai works with hundreds of entrepreneurs and startups annually to accelerate their learning and scaling from idea to fast-growth companies. The Lean Startup methods have become instrumental in the best practices used in launching new ventures across diverse sectors in Louisville’s startup community. Tendai is an entrepreneur, experimenter, problem solver, business coach and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Entrepreneurship M.B.A both from the University of Louisville. He is currently fixated on jigsaw puzzles and teaching himself software programming.

Aneesh Chopra

Aneesh Chopra

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Former United States Chief Technology Officer (2009-2012)
website
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  • Lean Government

Aneesh Chopra was appointed by President Obama as the nation’s first United States Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative and executed an “open innovation” strategy across the agencies built on private sector collaboration – opening data to transform health, energy and education markets, convening tech leaders to develop consensus standards, and sponsoring prizes, challenges and competitions to tap into entrepreneurial problem solvers. Chopra previously served as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology and has returned as a Senior Advisor with The Advisory Board Company, a global research, consulting, and technology firm helping hospital executives to better serve patients, where he previously served as Managing Director. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (#39) and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers,…

Aneesh Chopra was appointed by President Obama as the nation’s first United States Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative and executed an “open innovation” strategy across the agencies built on private sector collaboration – opening data to transform health, energy and education markets, convening tech leaders to develop consensus standards, and sponsoring prizes, challenges and competitions to tap into entrepreneurial problem solvers. Chopra previously served as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology and has returned as a Senior Advisor with The Advisory Board Company, a global research, consulting, and technology firm helping hospital executives to better serve patients, where he previously served as Managing Director. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (#39) and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. Chopra earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1997 and his bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994. He is currently a candidate for Lt. Governor of Virginia in 2013.

Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock

company
GE
website
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  • A Conversation with Beth Comstock, SVP at GE, about Bringing Lean Startup to Life at One of the World's Biggest Companies

Beth Comstock leads GE’s growth and innovation initiatives, including three company-wide platforms: GE Industrial Ventures, which partners entrepreneurs with GE capabilities and investments, and ecomagination and healthymagination, which harness innovation for better environmental and health outcomes. As Chief Marketing Officer, she also leads all sales, marketing and communications functions.

Previously she served as President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal where she oversaw ad sales, marketing and research, and led the company’s digital media efforts, including the formation of hulu.com, Peacock Equity, and ivillage.com.

In 2003, she was named GE’s first Chief Marketing officer in more than 20 years. She has held a succession of roles at GE, NBC, CBS and Turner Broadcasting.

Beth is a member of Nike’s Board of Directors and Trustee president of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Beth is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

Scott Cook

Scott Cook

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Intuit
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  • Creating a Culture of Experimentation: Ideas and Best Practices

Scott Cook co-founded Intuit Inc. in 1983 and now serves as the chairman of the Executive Committee.

Before founding Intuit, Cook managed consulting assignments in banking and technology for Bain & Company, a corporate strategy consulting firm. He previously worked for Procter & Gamble, the household products giant, in various marketing positions, including brand manager, for four years.

Cook is a member of the board of directors of eBay; Procter & Gamble; the Asia Foundation; the Harvard Business School Dean’s Advisory Board; the Center for Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin; and the Intuit Scholarship Foundation.

Cook earned an MBA from Harvard University and received a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Southern California.

Robert Fan

Robert Fan

company
Sharethrough
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  • The Challenge of Sustaining Disruptive Innovation When You Meet Success

Rob co-founded and currently leads product and technology strategy for Sharethrough. He is a practitioner, student and teacher of the “lean startup” methodology. In his spare time, Rob, hacks and plays with new technology and advises early-stage startups about the successes and pitfalls he has learned thus far.

Andres Glusman

Andres Glusman

company
Meetup
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  • Failure is Great and Other Myths About Adopting Lean Startup

Andres Glusman is the Vice President at Meetup. He’s responsible for Product, Strategy & Community teams. He is also a card-carrying member of the lean startup cult. Over the last 4 years, he has systematically experimented with lean methodologies at Meetup. Along the way, he’s learned the hard way how to build lean into an organization. Beyond Meetup his career spans from Boeing to Yahoo. He has a background in Economics/Psychology and an MBA from Wharton. In his spare time, he is raising confident daughters and is learning to surf.

Adam Goldstein

Adam Goldstein

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Hipmunk.com
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  • Moving Fast While Caring About Design at Hipmunk

Adam Goldstein was a co-founder of BookTour with Chris Anderson. He was the youngest author ever at O’Reilly, writing AppleScript: The Missing Manual at 16. He graduated from MIT in 2010 with degrees in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, and was North American Debating Champion in 2010. Adam lives in San Francisco, and is now a co-founder of the travel search site hipmunk.com.

Lane Halley

Lane Halley

company
Carbon Five
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  • I (Heart) Ugly

Lane is a product designer at Carbon Five and a popular teacher and speaker on the subjects of user experience (UX), Lean Startup, Agile and product design. Recent speaking engagements include QConSF, the Michigan Lean Startup Conference and Agile UX NYC. She collaborates with LUXr, Lean Startup Machine, Los Angeles StartupWeekend, StartupUCLA and MuckerLab as a speaker and mentor. An active member of her professional community, Lane is a long-term participant in the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). She is also a founding member of Balanced Team, a working group of software professionals who promote multidisciplinary collaboration focused on customer value and iterative design and delivery as an engine for innovation.

Stephanie Hay

Stephanie Hay

company
FastCustomer
website
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  • Lean Content: Testing Marketing Copy (Instead of Spinning Your Wheels)

Stephanie Hay is an awesome UX content strategist. She co-founded FastCustomer, mentors at 500 Startups and the Lean Startup Machine, and co-organizes the DC Lean Startup Circle. Steph has spoken on stages from SXSWi to FOWD London, and her articles on how copywriting affects usability can be seen in A List Apart, UX Magazine, and Web Standards Sherpa.

Evan Henshaw-Plath

Evan Henshaw-Plath

company
Neo
website
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  • How Engineers Embrace Lean Startup

Evan was the first hire and lead developer of Odeo.com through the pivot to Twitter. From there he was architect at Yahoo Brickhouse where they built the social location platform, Fire Eagle. He’s spoken extensively on startups, software development, media, social change. Past speaking engagements include: Web 2.0 Expo, OSCON, Rails Conf, XTech, Mobile Active, Emerging Telephony Conference, Emerging Communications Conference and more. He found a coworking space in Montevideo, UY and was running his own companycuboxlabs.com since 2008. Few month ago it was acquired by New Context a Digital Garage Company

Joe Hernandez

Joe Hernandez

company
Intuit
website
  • Creating a Culture of Experimentation: Ideas and Best Practices

As the Director, Deputy General Counsel for Intuit’s small business group, Joe is responsible for managing the delivery of legal, regulatory and compliance services to its flagship products of Quickbooks, Payments, Payroll and recently acquired DemandForce, a leader in online marketing and communication solutions for small businesses. Recently, Joe has been working with a team to apply the Lean Startup principles to re-imagine the provision of legal services.

Over the past four years, Joe supported Intuit’s global business division and its operations in Canada, UK, India and Singapore. Joe has been an attorney in Silicon Valley for twenty years advising technology and emerging growth companies and held leadership positions at Sun Microsystems prior to joining Intuit. As a bay area native, he holds a B.A. in Communication and Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University.

Drew Houston

Drew Houston

company
Dropbox
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  • One Year Later: Dropbox Answers Your Questions

Drew Houston is the CEO and cofounder of Dropbox, and has led Dropbox’s growth from a simple idea to a service relied upon by millions around the world.

Prior to starting Dropbox, Drew studied computer science at MIT, during which he also founded Accolade, an online SAT prep startup.

After graduating from MIT, Drew recognized that people needed a way to bring their files with them without sending email attachments or carrying USB drives. He began writing a solution to this problem in 2007, before demoing an early version to Arash Ferdowsi in Boston. The two of them then began working on the project that would eventually become Dropbox.

Drew has been named one of the top “Twentysomething Entrepreneurs” by Businessweek. He was also included in Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list and Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30”.

Carol Howe

Carol Howe

company
Intuit
website
  • Creating a Culture of Experimentation: Ideas and Best Practices

As the Sr. Product Manager for TurboTax Mobile Applications, Carol Howe is responsible for developing, launching and improving consumer tax-related smartphone apps. Over the past three years, she has launched a suite of mobile apps including TurboTax SnapTax, TurboTax TaxCaster, TurboTax MyTaxRefund and TurboTax for iPad. Carol received Intuit’s prestigious Innovation Award for her recent work and leadership on TurboTax SnapTax, the first start-to-finish tap preparation app. She frequently speaks on the topics of mobile apps and mobile user research. Carol has contributed to several articles and books, including Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, WSJ All Things Digital and The Lean Startup (by Eric Ries).

Charles Hudson

Charles Hudson

company
SoftTech VC
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  • Making the Call on a Platform Pivot

Charles Hudson is a Venture Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. He is focusing on mobile and gaming investments, and supporting SoftTech portfolio companies on business/corporate development matters. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA.

Prior to joining SoftTech VC and co-founding Bionic Panda Games, Charles Hudson was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business until the company was acquired by Zynga in February 2010. Prior to Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Interactive, an online hangout and virtual world for teens. Prior to Gaia, Charles worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for early-stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e-commerce markets. Prior to joining Google, he was a Product Manager for IronPort Systems, a leading provider of anti-spam…

Charles Hudson is a Venture Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. He is focusing on mobile and gaming investments, and supporting SoftTech portfolio companies on business/corporate development matters. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA.

Prior to joining SoftTech VC and co-founding Bionic Panda Games, Charles Hudson was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business until the company was acquired by Zynga in February 2010. Prior to Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Interactive, an online hangout and virtual world for teens. Prior to Gaia, Charles worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for early-stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e-commerce markets. Prior to joining Google, he was a Product Manager for IronPort Systems, a leading provider of anti-spam hardware appliances that was acquired by Cisco Systems for $830 million in 2007.

Charles is also the founder of the Virtual Goods Summit and Social Gaming Summit, two of the leading conferences in the free-to-play games space.

Charles spent several years working at In-Q-Tel, the strategic venture capital group for the Central Intelligence Agency. While at In-Q-Tel, he focused on identifying investment opportunities that could deliver significant value to the CIA and the commercial market in both the short and long term. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Stanford University.

Ron J. Williams

Ron J. Williams

company
Knodes
website
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  • On the Way to Lean Startup: Curvy and Working it Out

Ron J. Williams is the CEO and Co-founder of Knodes. He obsesses about making human networks actually work and loves connecting people. He is a big asker of “why not.” Before co-founding SnapGoods and Knodes, Ron spent time running a successful test prep business and investing other people’s money in ed tech businesses. He is a Brooklyn native, active mentor, speaker and lover of speed. He was recently named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. Feel free to say hi on Twitter and get yourself invited yourself to a #whiskeyfriday.

Danny Kim

Danny Kim

company
LitMotors
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  • Fast, Cheap and In Control: Testing the Market for a New Kind of Car

Danny Kim makes things: musical instruments, eyeglasses, bicycles, surfboards, apparel, and more. This DIY attitude led to a year-long project completely redesigning, re-engineering, and rebuilding a pair of Land Rover Defenders, converting to a biodiesel drivetrain and more than doubling their efficiency to 32mpg. A year spent traveling the world and a near-death experience during the Land Rover project inspired the concept of “cutting the car in half” to produce a small, efficient, safe commuting vehicle. Building upon his biology and physics studies at Reed College and architecture studies at UC Berkeley, Danny pursued a degree in Industrial Design and Sustainable Transportation at the Rhode Island School of Design. He began fundraising while finishing his degree, and relocated to San Francisco in 2010 to found Lit Motors. He and his team are currently revolutionizing personal transportation by designing, developing, and manufacturing a fully-electric self-balancing two-wheeled vehicle, codenamed “C-1”.

Ivory Madison

Ivory Madison

company
Red Room
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  • Bonfire of the Vanity Metrics: Numbers You're Still Using and Shouldn't

Ivory Madison is the founder and CEO of Red Room, a global online community, social media platform, and book/ebook store for thousands of successful authors, including Amy Tan and Salman Rushdie. Red Room has been featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly as the “Facebook for Authors,” in Vanity Fair, and in O: The Oprah Magazine.

Before Red Room, Ivory earned a juris doctorate, and ran a management consulting practice working with startups, like Serena and Lily, and Fortune 500 companies, like Gap, Inc.

Ivory’s business background is combined with her expertise in teaching and facilitating writing. She was named “Best Writing Coach” by San Francisco Magazine, and has delivered several keynote addresses on writing and entrepreneurship at Stanford University.

In her spare time, Ivory wrote the Batman-related graphic novel Huntress: Year One for DC Comics, named “Best Graphic Novel of the Decade” by one random person on Twitter.

Ash Maurya

Ash Maurya

company
Spark59
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  • Innovation Accounting in Practice

Ash Maurya is the author of “Running Lean: How to Iterate from Plan A to a plan that works” and the founder of Spark59 whose mission is helping entrepreneurs succeed.

Driven by the search for better and faster ways for building successful products, Ash has been rigorously testing Lean Startup techniques for the past 3 years. He serves as a mentor to several accelerators including TechStars, MaRS, Capital Factory, and has worked with companies large and small.

He continues to share his ongoing learning on his blog and by way of workshops and bootcamps that he teaches around the world.

Ash lives in Austin, TX.

Sam McAfee

Sam McAfee

company
Change.org
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  • How Engineers Embrace Lean Startup

Sam McAfee is Director of Web Engineering at Change.org, a rapidly expanding, profitable social venture whose mission is to empower anyone, anywhere to create the kind of change they want to see in the world. His primary focus at Change.org has been integrating mature agile delivery practices with Lean Startup approaches to product development. Before joining Change.org, Sam spent a decade running a boutique web development consultancy, which specialized in rapid application development, agile training and coaching, and consulting on lean startup and customer development methods.

Dan Milstein

Dan Milstein

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Wingu
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  • How To Run a 5 Whys (With Humans, Not Robots)

Dan Milstein is the Director of Product Development at Wingu, a Boston-based startup working on improving how remote teams collaborate. He’s worked as a programmer, product developer and team leader at a variety of startups over the last 15 years. He is fascinated by the interactions between complex systems and the humans who build and maintain those systems.

Sarah Milstein

Sarah Milstein

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  • One Year Later: Dropbox Answers Your Questions

Sarah Milstein is co-author, with Tim O'Reilly, of The Twitter Book and a frequent speaker on social media for business. From 2009 through 2011, she ran the Web 2.0 events for UBM TechWeb, in conjunction with O'Reilly Media, and was co-chair of the influential Web 2.0 Expo. Previously, she was on the senior editorial staff at O'Reilly, where she founded Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC), the leading conference on publishing innovation, and led development of the Missing Manuals, a best-selling series of computer books for non-geeks. Before joining O'Reilly in 2003, Sarah was a freelance writer and editor, and a regular contributor to The New York Times. She was also the CSA program founder for Just Food, a local-food-and-farms non-profit, and co-founder of Two Tomatoes Records, a label that distribu…

Sarah Milstein is co-author, with Tim O'Reilly, of The Twitter Book and a frequent speaker on social media for business. From 2009 through 2011, she ran the Web 2.0 events for UBM TechWeb, in conjunction with O'Reilly Media, and was co-chair of the influential Web 2.0 Expo. Previously, she was on the senior editorial staff at O'Reilly, where she founded Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC), the leading conference on publishing innovation, and led development of the Missing Manuals, a best-selling series of computer books for non-geeks. Before joining O'Reilly in 2003, Sarah was a freelance writer and editor, and a regular contributor to The New York Times. She was also the CSA program founder for Just Food, a local-food-and-farms non-profit, and co-founder of Two Tomatoes Records, a label that distributes and promotes the work of children’s musician Laurie Berkner. She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Bonus fact: she was the 21st user of Twitter.

Tereza Nemessanyi

Tereza Nemessanyi

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High Ridge Group / Honestly Now
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  • What Is Innovation Accounting?

Tereza Nemessanyi is a seasoned media and technology entrepreneur and consultant. Companies she has worked with, at senior levels, include PwC, IBM, The Walt Disney Company, Unilever, SymphonyIRI, Interpublic Group and Omnicom. In 2010, she founded Honestly Now, a distributed Q&A platform which powers peoples' opinions and engages communities. Tereza has an MBA and MA from The Wharton School and the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. In 2010 she gain industry-wide attention with her proposal on AVC.com for an “XX Combinator”, which was later published as a Reuters Op Ed. Ranked among the top women in technology today, she was named one of Forbes Ten Female Entrepreneurs to Watch (2011). Today, she is obsessed with making innovation work/life-sustainable for people across the age span. She lives in New York with her husband and two young daughters.

Todd Park

Todd Park

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United States Chief Technology Officer
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  • Lean Government

Todd Park is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President. Todd joined the Administration in August 2009 as Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he served as a change agent and “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation. Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth and co-led its development into one of the most innovative health IT companies in the industry. He also co-founded Castlight, a web-based health care shopping service for consumers. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start Healthpoint Services, a venture to bring affordable …

Todd Park is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President. Todd joined the Administration in August 2009 as Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he served as a change agent and “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation. Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth and co-led its development into one of the most innovative health IT companies in the industry. He also co-founded Castlight, a web-based health care shopping service for consumers. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start Healthpoint Services, a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India. Mr. Park graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics.

Eric Ries

Eric Ries

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The Lean Startup
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  • Opening Remarks
  • What Is Innovation Accounting?
  • A Conversation with Beth Comstock, SVP at GE, about Bringing Lean Startup to Life at One of the World's Biggest Companies
  • Conversation with Marc Andreessen
  • Closing Remarks

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business.

He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. Previously he co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2009, he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership.The Lean Startup methodology has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review,Inc. (where he appeared on the cover), Wired, Fast Company, and countless blogs. He lives in San Francisco.

Jessica Scorpio

Jessica Scorpio

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Getaround
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  • Prototyping to Validate a Big Idea at Getaround

Jessica founded Getaround, a Silicon Valley startup that is pioneering the concept of peer-to-peer car sharing using mobile technology. Prior to launching Getaround, she completed the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University, a new graduate program launched by Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis, NASA, and Google that focuses on accelerating technology and inspiring a cadre of leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges. Jessica is also the founder of IDEAL, a non-profit focused on connecting young leaders with seasoned experts, and previously worked in the Canadian Prime-Minister’s office as a writer and brand marketer.

Melissa Sedano

Melissa Sedano

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BloomBoard
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  • How Engineers Embrace Lean Startup

Melissa currently leads UX for BloomBoard, an education technology company building tools to improve the way teachers receive professional development. With her current team, she’s been experimenting with different ways to optimize how design and research fit into the product development process.

Prior to BloomBoard, Melissa led UX for Milo, a local shopping startup that was acquired by eBay in 2010. Before that, she spent 4 years doing both UX Research and UI Design at Google, focusing on Google Voice, Google Analytics, and Google Adwords.

Melissa’s background includes a blend of Psychology, Computer Science, and Human-Computer Interaction. As a generalist, she’s had the pleasure of contributing to each phase of the product development process, from discovery research to implementation. She has a special place in her heart for products that simplify complex data sets to help consumers make decisions in the real world. When Melissa isn’t working, she can be found tinkering with tech, art, or video games.

Diane Tavenner

Diane Tavenner

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Summit Public Schools
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  • Running Short Experiments During a Long Product Cycle

Diane Tavenner is the Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools (SPS), a leading charter management organization serving Silicon Valley’s diverse communities. Diane founded Summit’s flagship school, Summit Preparatory Charter High School, in 2003, quickly earning the reputation as one of the best public high schools in the nation, according to national rankings by Newsweek and US News & World Report. Diane serves as the Board Chair of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Board of Directors representing the majority of California’s 1,000+ charter schools. Diane has been honored as the Hart Vision Leader of the Year by the CCSA, and the Dreamer of the Year by the Young Dreamers Network. Prior to Summit, Diane was a public school teacher, administrator and leader in traditional urban and suburban public schools throughout California. She holds degrees from the University of Southern California and Stanford University.

Alejandro Velez

Alejandro Velez

company
Back to the Roots
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  • Making Decisions By Ignoring Sales Metrics

Alejandro Velez is the co-founder of Back to the Roots, an urban mushroom farm in Oakland, California. He and co-founder Nikhil Arora created the company during their senior year at the University of California, Berkeley from a belief that business can be used for good. After graduating summa cum laude in 2009, they founded the mushroom farm that now makes grow-your-own sustainable mushroom gardens using entirely recycled coffee grounds as the soil – an idea upon which he and Nikhil came across in a business ethics lecture.

Velez is also a founder and board chairman of the Sage Mentorship Project Inc., which creates individual, one-on-one mentoring relationships between UC Berkeley students and low-income East Bay elementary school students.

Prior to founding Back to the Roots, Alejandro was headed toward investment banking and had worked with Citigroup, UBS, and Morgan Stanley. He hails from Medellin, Colombia, and is also a cancer survivor.

Today, Velez has been named o…

Alejandro Velez is the co-founder of Back to the Roots, an urban mushroom farm in Oakland, California. He and co-founder Nikhil Arora created the company during their senior year at the University of California, Berkeley from a belief that business can be used for good. After graduating summa cum laude in 2009, they founded the mushroom farm that now makes grow-your-own sustainable mushroom gardens using entirely recycled coffee grounds as the soil – an idea upon which he and Nikhil came across in a business ethics lecture.

Velez is also a founder and board chairman of the Sage Mentorship Project Inc., which creates individual, one-on-one mentoring relationships between UC Berkeley students and low-income East Bay elementary school students.

Prior to founding Back to the Roots, Alejandro was headed toward investment banking and had worked with Citigroup, UBS, and Morgan Stanley. He hails from Medellin, Colombia, and is also a cancer survivor.

Today, Velez has been named one of 2012 Inc 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur list, PODER Magazine’s 20 Most Influential Hispanics under 40, Hispanic Net’s 2012 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and one of BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs. The company was honored in Fall 2012 with an Empact100 award from the White House, recognizing Back to the Roots as one of the top 100 entrepreneurial companies in the US.

Justin Wilcox

Justin Wilcox

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Customer Development Labs
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  • Testing MVPs with Crowdfunding

Justin Wilcox is a lifestyle entrepreneur, running successful companies in the healthcare (Nimbus Health) and mobile spaces (Together Tech). A developer, Justin spent 5 years at Microsoft, before leaving to start his own company – the wrong way. He has since become adamant about prioritizing learning over execution. He and other Lean learners document a wide range of startup experiments, from “puppy-cide” to interviewing 100’s of Mechanical Turkers, at CustomerDevLabs.com. When he’s not experimenting, he’s dancing.

Jocelyn Wyatt

Jocelyn Wyatt

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IDEO.org
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  • We Went to West Africa and Learned Our Key Assumptions Were Wrong

Jocelyn is the Co-Lead + Executive Director of IDEO.org, the non-profit organization started by IDEO to address poverty-related challenges through design and to encourage the use of human-centered innovation in the social sector. Jocelyn’s work focuses on identifying non-profit and social enterprises with whom to partner and designing innovative solutions related to water and sanitation, agriculture, energy, health, financial services, and early childhood education. Jocelyn specializes in building social enterprises and advising businesses in the developing world, where she uses the market to effect social change. Jocelyn oversees IDEO.org’s business development, fundraising, and operations and works to spread IDEO.org’s learnings through the social sector.

Prior to joining IDEO in 2007, Jocelyn worked in Kenya as an Acumen Fund fellow with an agro-pharmaceutical company involved in the production of malaria treatments. She served as VisionSpring’s interim country director in Ind…

Jocelyn is the Co-Lead + Executive Director of IDEO.org, the non-profit organization started by IDEO to address poverty-related challenges through design and to encourage the use of human-centered innovation in the social sector. Jocelyn’s work focuses on identifying non-profit and social enterprises with whom to partner and designing innovative solutions related to water and sanitation, agriculture, energy, health, financial services, and early childhood education. Jocelyn specializes in building social enterprises and advising businesses in the developing world, where she uses the market to effect social change. Jocelyn oversees IDEO.org’s business development, fundraising, and operations and works to spread IDEO.org’s learnings through the social sector.

Prior to joining IDEO in 2007, Jocelyn worked in Kenya as an Acumen Fund fellow with an agro-pharmaceutical company involved in the production of malaria treatments. She served as VisionSpring’s interim country director in India, where she helped increase the distribution of low-cost reading glasses to the urban and rural poor. She also did training, project management, and business development for Chemonics International, a contractor for USAID.

Jocelyn received an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Grinnell College in Iowa. She has taught social enterprise and human-centered design at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and Thunderbird. She is an advisory board member to Fenix International and Hattery, and an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow.

Workshops Leaders

Giff Constable

Giff Constable

company
Neo
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  • Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Giff Constable is an early-stage specialist with 16 years of startup experience and a skill set that merges product management, UX design, front-end development, and sales/marketing. He has built and marketed consumer applications, games, and enterprise software, and has created digital experiences for many of the biggest companies in the world. Awarded “Product Person of the Year” in NYC for 2011, he co-organizes the Lean Startup Meetup in New York and regularly speaks about innovation and entrepreneurial best practices. He has also spoken at major conferences like NRF and GDC, as well as through media outlets such as Business Week, New York Times, CNBC, NPR, ABC News, and Reuters.

Brant Cooper

Brant Cooper

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  • The Lean Entrepreneur: Embrace the Unknown to Go Big

Brant Cooper helps startups get going.

As the author of the popular Lean Startup book “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development.”, he is a sought-after Lean Startup writer, speaker and consultant. The “CustDev book” is required course text at several universities, including the University of Chicago MBA program, Stanford University, De Paul, Boston University, UC Santa Barbara and University of Oslo. His next book, The Lean Entrepreneur, will be published by Wiley in the Fall of 2012.

He has spoken recently at the GrowConf Vancouver, Agile Scandinavia 2012, Lean Software & Systems 2012, and the Kuala Lumpur Venture Capital Symposium. He as also presented at leading companies, such as Qualcomm, Intuit, and Hewlett Packard.

Brant Cooper is passionate about growing the San Diego tech community. He runs the San Diego Tech Founders monthly meetup that consistently draws 200 attendees. Past speakers have included Lean Startup author Eric …

Brant Cooper helps startups get going.

As the author of the popular Lean Startup book “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development.”, he is a sought-after Lean Startup writer, speaker and consultant. The “CustDev book” is required course text at several universities, including the University of Chicago MBA program, Stanford University, De Paul, Boston University, UC Santa Barbara and University of Oslo. His next book, The Lean Entrepreneur, will be published by Wiley in the Fall of 2012.

He has spoken recently at the GrowConf Vancouver, Agile Scandinavia 2012, Lean Software & Systems 2012, and the Kuala Lumpur Venture Capital Symposium. He as also presented at leading companies, such as Qualcomm, Intuit, and Hewlett Packard.

Brant Cooper is passionate about growing the San Diego tech community. He runs the San Diego Tech Founders monthly meetup that consistently draws 200 attendees. Past speakers have included Lean Startup author Eric Ries, Customer Development inventor Steve Blank, KISSmetrics CEO Hiten Shah, David Cohen, CatchFree CEO Sean Ellis and venture capitalist Mark Suster.

Prior to becoming involved in the Lean Startup community, Brant was involved with startups in a more traditional way. He has over 20 years experience in IT and a long track record of bringing innovative products to market. As a leader in Professional Services, Product Management and Marketing, he has directed strategy, design, marketing and implementation of numerous products for a variety of startups including Tumbleweed, Timestamp, WildPackets, Incode and InfoBright.

Brant Cooper blogs at Market By Numbers and tweets @brantcooper.

Alistair Croll

Alistair Croll

company
Solve For Interesting
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  • Lean Analytics: Using Data to Build a Better Startup Faster

Alistair Croll has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time.

In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant, and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps,Bitcurrent, and several other early-stage companies. Alistair helps run some of the world’s largest technology events, including Strata, Cloud Connect, and Interop. He’s also the founder of the Bitnorth conference and the content chair for the International Startup Festival, and a founding partner of startup accelerator Year One Labs.

Alistair is the author of three books on web performance, analytics, and IT operations, and is currently working on Lean Analytics, a book about using data to build a better startup faster that’s part of the Lean Startup series from O'Reilly Media. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to m…

Alistair Croll has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time.

In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant, and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps,Bitcurrent, and several other early-stage companies. Alistair helps run some of the world’s largest technology events, including Strata, Cloud Connect, and Interop. He’s also the founder of the Bitnorth conference and the content chair for the International Startup Festival, and a founding partner of startup accelerator Year One Labs.

Alistair is the author of three books on web performance, analytics, and IT operations, and is currently working on Lean Analytics, a book about using data to build a better startup faster that’s part of the Lean Startup series from O'Reilly Media. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.

Ismail Elshareef

Ismail Elshareef

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Edmunds.com
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  • Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Ismail has over 15 years of executive experience in government, media, entertainment and automotive companies in both the US and Europe. Ismail joined Edmunds.com in 2008 as the head of Front-End Engineering, where he built out a solid team of engineers rooted in best practices and scalable architecture. He then moved to head Open Platform at Edmunds where he still manages, builds, promotes and evangelizes the use of open standards, API and meaningful innovation in growing the business. Ismail is a frequent speaker on web performance and open platform innovation.

Janice Fraser

Janice Fraser

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LUXr
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  • Validate Your Learning Engines

Janice Fraser is a globally recognized voice in Lean Startup methodology and the founder of LUXr, the leading provider of coaching products for startup founders worldwide. She is a serial entrepreneur, designer, and advisor to early stage companies. She has raised capital, founded both successful and failed startups, and consulted to large enterprise. Prior to starting LUXr, Janice was a founding partner of Adaptive Path and served as the company’s first CEO.

Jeff Gothelf

Jeff Gothelf

company
Neo
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  • Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Jeff Gothelf has spent a 14 year career as an interaction designer, Agile practitioner, user experience team leader and blogger. He is one of the leading voices on the topic of Agile UX and Lean UX. In addition, Jeff is the author of the upcoming O'Reilly book (2012), Lean UX: Getting Out of the Deliverables Business. He is a highly sought-after international speaker having presented at EuroIA, SXSW, IA Summit, Interaction (IxDA), London IA, the Agile conference and Startup Lessons Learned. Jeff has led cross-functional product design teams at TheLadders, Publicis Modem, WebTrends, Fidelity, AOL while maintaining a strong advisory and mentorship presence in the startup communities of New York City and Silicon Valley.

Kelly Goto

Kelly Goto

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gotomedia, LLC
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  • Build Successful (and Sane) Iterative Apps

An early evangelist of design ethnography, Kelly Goto has pioneered methods for integrating research and design into real-world projects. Goto advocates streamlined research and prototyping techniques to uncover the behaviors and emotions that drive successful products. As principal of gotomedia, LLC, Kelly applies these research-driven methodologies to inform product and strategy solutions for clients including Samsung, Hyundai, Sony Mobile, and Nokia — as well as a handful of startups, including Admob, Genius.com, C8 MediSensors, and SRI’s newest spinoff, Tempo. Kelly’s approach is grounded in reality — using lean methods to prioritize real people’s needs into tangible results.

Stacey Gutman

Stacey Gutman

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American Express OPEN
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  • Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Stacey is pioneering lean within the enterprise at American Express. As the Director of OPEN Incubator, she leads a team of product owners, designers and developers focused on rapid and cost-effective concept validation for early stage, innovative ideas. The team’s focus is on identifying winning concepts that will lead to the creation of exceptional and profitable products to serve the small business and start-up community.

Prior to starting the Incubator, Stacey was responsible for the award-winning OPEN Forum platform, an online community designed to help small business owners run and grow their businesses.

Stacey has been with American Express OPEN for over ten years, holding positions of increasing responsibility in digital product development, new member acquisition, loyalty and engagement marketing and partnerships and business development. Prior to American Express, she worked for a public relations start-up.

Laura Klein

Laura Klein

company
Users Know
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  • Validate Your Learning Engines

Laura Klein is the founder of Users Know, a UX design consultancy for Lean Startups. She’s been an engineer, user researcher, and interaction designer for companies in Silicon Valley for more than 15 years. She writes about it all on her popular blog, Users Know.

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

company
SKMurphy, Inc.
website
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  • Engineering Your Sales Process

Sean Murphy, CEO of SKMurphy, Inc. has taken an entrepreneurial approach to life since he could drive. He has served as an advisor to dozens of startups, helping them explore risk-reducing business options and build a scalable, repeatable sales process. SKMurphy, Inc. focuses on early customers and early revenue for software startups, helping engineers to understand business development. Their clients have offerings in electronic design automation, artificial intelligence, web-enabled collaboration, proteomics, text analytics, legal services automation, and medical services workflow.

Scott Sambucci

Scott Sambucci

company
SalesQualia
website
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  • Engineering Your Sales Process

Scott Sambucci is the Chief Sales Geek at SalesQualia, a company dedicated to improving sales performance. With more than 10 years in Silicon Valley and 15 years in sales, management, and entrepreneurial roles in the software and data industries, Scott merges the attributes of a successful salesperson and entrepreneur, putting his experience to work for SalesQualia clients every day. He’s lectured at numerous universities across the world, presented at TEDxHultBusinessSchool in San Francisco, and recently published “Startup Selling: How to sell if you really, really have to and don’t know how.”

Bill Scott

Bill Scott

company
Paypal
website
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  • Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Bill Scott has always enjoyed technology (25 years). And he has always enjoyed people (even longer). It was a natural to blend the two loves together. For a long time he couldn’t decide if he was a designer or an engineer. He finally gave up trying to classify himself and just decided to live in both worlds as much as possible.

This passion drove him to create one of the first successful Macintosh games (GATO, 1985), build wargaming interfaces for NATO, found user experience teams (Sabre), write Ajax frameworks (OpenRico) manage user interface engineering organizations (Netflix), publish design pattern libraries (Yahoo!), talk a lot about it (Ajax Evangelist) and even write a book about Designing Web Interfaces (O’Reilly). Follow Bill’s tweets on twitter and his ramblings on his design blog.

Bill is currently Sr. Director of UI Engineering at PayPal.

Josh Seiden

Josh Seiden

company
Neo
website
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  • Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Josh Seiden is a user experience designer and design manager with deep expertise in entrepreneurial environments, both startup and enterprise. Previously he was program director for LUXr’s New York City practice, was responsible for design at Liquidnet, and is a founder and past President of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA).

Patrick Vlaskovits

Patrick Vlaskovits

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Drumbi
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  • The Lean Entrepreneur: Embrace the Unknown to Go Big

Patrick Vlaskovits is an entrepreneur, mentor and author. He has founded two startups, currently serves as CMO at Drumbi and co-wrote The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development and The Lean Entrepreneur, published by Wiley. His debunking of the origin of Henry Ford’s “faster horses” has been featured on Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal blog and The Browser. A dynamic speaker, Patrick has spoken at conferences nationally and internationally, including SXSW, The Turing Festival, Lean Startup Machine, LeanCamp, GrowConf, and SVC2LX. Patrick formally advises a number of tech startups and also serves as a mentor for the 500 Startups Accelerator. For some unknown reason, he holds a Master’s in Economics (emphases in finance and econometrics) from University of California, Santa Barbara. When he has spare time, he can be found surfing his favorite Southern California surf breaks.

Ben Yoskovitz

Ben Yoskovitz

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GoInstant
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  • Lean Analytics: Using Data to Build a Better Startup Faster

Ben Yoskovitz is a serial entrepreneur with 15+ years experience in web businesses. He started his first company in 1996 while completing university. In 2007 he co-founded Standout Jobs, a B2B software company in the recruitment space. The company raised $1.8M from venture and angel investors. In 2010 after exiting Standout Jobs, Ben co-founded Year One Labs. He’s currently VP Product at GoInstant, a company building co-browsing and shared web experience technology that recently was acquired by Salesforce.com.

Ben has been blogging since 2006. The “Instigator Blog” is recognized as one of the top blogs on startups and entrepreneurship. Ben is also an active mentor to numerous startups and other accelerator programs, including FounderFuel (a TechStars-like program in Montreal.) He’s currently co-authoring Lean Analytics, a book about how to use data in a Lean startup to be published by O'Reilly Media in 2013.

Mentors

Cindy Alvarez

Cindy Alvarez

company
Yammer
website
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Cindy Alvarez runs User Experience and Product Design for Yammer.

She has been helping companies build better products through intensely understanding their customers for over 13 years. Her background spans psychology, interaction design, product management, customer research, and lean startup tactics. She is constantly amazed by what you can learn from your customers if you just ask.

She writes a blog called The Experience is the Product at http://www.cindyalvarez.com.

Kent Beck

Kent Beck

company
Facebook
website
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Kent is a programmer at Facebook, dividing his time between mentoring and development. Kent’s contributions to software development include patterns for software, the rediscovery of test-first programming, the xUnit family of developer testing tools, and Extreme Programming. He is the author/co-author of Implementation Patterns, Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change 2nd Edition, Contributing to Eclipse, Test-Driven Development: By Example, Planning Extreme Programming, The Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns, and the JUnit Pocket Guide. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.

Mark Cook

Mark Cook

company
Quri
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Mark is VP of Product at Quri, a mobile crowd sourced service that gathers in store data for brands and retailers, where he leads product development and data operations. Prior to that he led mobile and sharing products at Kodak Gallery, where using lean start up methods the team gained a top 5 position in free photo apps, 5 star ratings and was on a growth trajectory of twice the rate of instagram. Mark is currently exploring using lean start up methods to define a B2B sales and growth strategy.

Tom Eisenmann

Tom Eisenmann

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Harvard Business School
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Tom Eisenmann is the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He studies processes for launching new ventures, with a focus on the lean startup approach. Eisenmann is Chair of Harvard’s MBA Elective Curriculum—the second year of the MBA Program—and Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. He also is course head of The Entrepreneurial Manager, taught to all 900 first-year MBA students, and faculty co-leader of the Harvard Innovation Lab-sponsored New York City Winter Break Trip, in which students from across Harvard explore entrepreneurship in cultural industries. Eisenmann received his Doctorate in Business Administration (‘98), MBA ('83), and BA ('79) from Harvard University. He spent eleven years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he was co-head of the Media and Entertainment Practice.

Brett G. Durrett

Brett G. Durrett

company
IMVU
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Brett is the CEO of IMVU where he witnessed the birth of The Lean Startup. He started in the early “garage days” running technical operations and later transitioned to scaling engineering as the company grew from startup to sustainable business.

His entire career has been at startups in a variety of executive roles ranging from Product to Technology and CEO. He has experience working in the “2 people in an apartment” stage, successfully scaling to 150+ employees and understands the challenges startups face every time they double in size. He is passionate about the importance of culture in building great companies and would like to help entrepreneurs benefit from his previous successes (and failures).

Christie George

Christie George

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New Media Ventures
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Christie George is the Director of New Media Ventures, the first national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change. At New Media Ventures, a project of the Democracy Alliance, Christie has overseen the investment of over $3m into a portfolio of non-profits and for profits, including NationalField, Sum of Us, and Upworthy.

For her entire career, Christie has been guiding think tanks, development organizations and media startups to significant growth and impact. She started her career at a venture capital firm and has spent over a decade working in media, including six years managing sales and marketing for Women Make Movies, the world’s leading distributor of films by and about women. She is a co-founder and on the Board of LoudSauce, the crowdfunded media-buying platform for ideas that matter.

Christie received her BA from Yale University and her MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford, where…

Christie George is the Director of New Media Ventures, the first national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change. At New Media Ventures, a project of the Democracy Alliance, Christie has overseen the investment of over $3m into a portfolio of non-profits and for profits, including NationalField, Sum of Us, and Upworthy.

For her entire career, Christie has been guiding think tanks, development organizations and media startups to significant growth and impact. She started her career at a venture capital firm and has spent over a decade working in media, including six years managing sales and marketing for Women Make Movies, the world’s leading distributor of films by and about women. She is a co-founder and on the Board of LoudSauce, the crowdfunded media-buying platform for ideas that matter.

Christie received her BA from Yale University and her MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford, where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship and graduated with the Said Prize, awarded annually to the program’s top student. Christie was recently named a Social Citizen Ambassador by the Case Foundation.

Suneel Gupta

Suneel Gupta

company
Groupon
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Suneel loves to build stuff from scratch. Prior to serving as Groupon’s very first Vice President of Product Development, Suneel built widely-used products for Mozilla Labs, blogged for MTV, developed television concepts for Sony Pictures, led trade efforts in Ghana, wrote speeches in President Clinton’s West Wing, and produced the Kahani Movement, an interactive film project with his brother, Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN).

Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson

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Rose Park Advisors
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Whitney Johnson is a leading thinker on driving innovation via personal disruption and is the co-founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm Rose Park Advisors (Disruptive Innovation Fund). Ms. Johnson is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, a Senior Advisor to the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, and a former double-ranked Institutional Investor equity analyst. Johnson is also the author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream (Bibliomotion, 2012) and is listed on Inc Magazine’s 12 People to Follow on Twitter in 2012 and Business Insider’s 54 Smart Thinkers Everyone Should Follow on Twitter.

Stuart Kearney

Stuart Kearney

company
Slant
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Stuart is an aerospace engineer and one of the founders of Slant. Previously he has worked at NASA building satellites out of smartphones, helped design multi-billion dollar systems at the Department of Defense, led the development of a UAV capable of being shot from an artillery cannon and founded one of Australia’s premier aerospace non-profits.

Matthew L. Scullin, Ph.D.

Matthew L. Scullin, Ph.D.

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Alphabet Energy, Inc.
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Matt Scullin was born and raised on the Lower East Side of New York City, where he attended the United Nations International School. After learning to DJ and make mischief, he left for Philadelphia to study Materials Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where in 2005 he graduated Magna Cum Laude and won the R.M. Brick award. Fed up with the east coast, Matt moved to Berkeley immediately thereafter to pursue the American dream in California. Paying for drink money through graduate school by DJing in San Francisco, he finished his Masters and Ph.D. at Cal in Materials Science in just under four years, and subsequently founded Alphabet Energy, Inc., drawing on experience in developing technology at past summer and part-time jobs with IBM and GM, as well as at startups and in venture capital. Matt founded Alphabet to recycle one of the world’s vast untapped resources—wasted heat—into something useful. After nearly three years of hard work, Alphabet in 2012 is emerging as the leade…

Matt Scullin was born and raised on the Lower East Side of New York City, where he attended the United Nations International School. After learning to DJ and make mischief, he left for Philadelphia to study Materials Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where in 2005 he graduated Magna Cum Laude and won the R.M. Brick award. Fed up with the east coast, Matt moved to Berkeley immediately thereafter to pursue the American dream in California. Paying for drink money through graduate school by DJing in San Francisco, he finished his Masters and Ph.D. at Cal in Materials Science in just under four years, and subsequently founded Alphabet Energy, Inc., drawing on experience in developing technology at past summer and part-time jobs with IBM and GM, as well as at startups and in venture capital. Matt founded Alphabet to recycle one of the world’s vast untapped resources—wasted heat—into something useful. After nearly three years of hard work, Alphabet in 2012 is emerging as the leader in cutting-edge waste-heat recovery technology, with a current headcount of twenty and a recent move from Berkeley to their own building in Hayward, California. Alphabet’s goal is to improve the efficiency of engines and manufacturing processes by capturing the waste-heat from them and converting it into electricity, generating clean power and offsetting carbon at a very low cost.

Netia McCray

Netia McCray

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Mbadika
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Netia McCray is an Undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Founder of Mbadika. Mbadika is a not-for-profit organization which focuses on fostering youth-driven innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration throughout Latin America and Africa. Through Mbadika, Ms. McCray has launched innovation and entrepreneurship workshops in over 6 locations in Latin America (e.g. Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Guadalajara, Mexico; São Paulo, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile) since 2010. Mbadika aims to expand into the African continent in 2013 in order to continue fostering and supporting young innovators and their ideas.

Grace Ng

Grace Ng

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Lean Startup Machine
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Grace is a two-time entrepreneur and the Lead Designer at Lean Startup Machine, a global innovation education company. She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and enterprises start new businesses across three continents. She’s also the co-creator of the Validation Board, a tool to test any new product idea without wasting time or money.

Prior to Lean Startup Machine, Grace was a UX Designer at McCann Erickson where she worked on innovative mobile interfaces for major brands including IKEA, MasterCard, Chevron, and others. Grace is active in the community as a guest speaker for the White House’s Innovation Fellows, Princeton University, and an instructor for Singularity University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Farb Nivi

Farb Nivi

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Grockit
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Farb Nivi is founder and chief product officer of Grockit, a social learning company developing collaborative, cross-platform rich-media learning experiences for all phases of human learning.

Farb founded Grockit as an adaptive and social learning platform with the goal of proving online social learning to be more efficient and engaging for learners. After helping millions of people realize better academic performance and higher admissions test scores, Farb has broadened the application of social learning via Learnist.

Prior to Grockit, Farb served as an academic director at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions where he managed the teachers and academic quality of Kaplan’s Pre-College program in Southern California. Before Kaplan, Farb was a Princeton Review master teacher, developing and publishing course curriculum and training teachers for the SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE and MCAT. In 2001, The Princeton Review honored Farb as National Teacher of the Year.

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Farb Nivi is founder and chief product officer of Grockit, a social learning company developing collaborative, cross-platform rich-media learning experiences for all phases of human learning.

Farb founded Grockit as an adaptive and social learning platform with the goal of proving online social learning to be more efficient and engaging for learners. After helping millions of people realize better academic performance and higher admissions test scores, Farb has broadened the application of social learning via Learnist.

Prior to Grockit, Farb served as an academic director at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions where he managed the teachers and academic quality of Kaplan’s Pre-College program in Southern California. Before Kaplan, Farb was a Princeton Review master teacher, developing and publishing course curriculum and training teachers for the SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE and MCAT. In 2001, The Princeton Review honored Farb as National Teacher of the Year.

Earlier in his career, Farb founded mobile computer service startup Vision Computer Solutions. He also authored a proposal based on the company’s business model that garnered a Entrepreneurship Award from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Farb earned his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Trevor Owens

Trevor Owens

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Lean Startup Machine
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Trevor is the Founder & CEO of Lean Startup Machine, a global innovation education company. LSM has helped thousands of individuals at organizations including Google, Salesforce, News Corp, Intuit, and others, start hundreds of new businesses on five continents. Owens and his team are also the creators of the Validation Board, a tool to test any new product idea without wasting time or money.

Prior to Lean Startup Machine, Owens worked at Polaris Venture Partners and went to business school at New York University. Owens is active in the community as a coach for the White House’s Innovation Fellows program and as a featured guest speaker at Princeton & Columbia University.

Kapil Parakh

Kapil Parakh

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Health for America
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Kapil Parakh is a Johns Hopkins cardiologist with a focus on the intersection of health and technology. He has used lean startup techniques to create an innovative heart failure program that has improved patient outcomes and lowered costs. This unique approach has been well received at national scientific conferences. Kapil is also the co-founder of Health for America, www.healthforamerica.org, a fellowship program that uses principles from lean startup, human centered design and entrepreneurship to transform the health of communities across the country. Kapil has authored over two dozen scientific papers, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, and holds a MD, MPH and PhD.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

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KISSmetrics
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Hiten started on the Internet by founding a Internet marketing consultancy, ACS. He then went on to create Crazy Egg, an analytics tool that visualizes the user experience on a website. Now with KISSmetrics, he is building a data driven solution to help online businesses make better business decisions. Hiten is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and startup people.

Khalid Smith

Khalid Smith

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LessonCast Learning
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As founder and chief architect of LessonCast Learning, Khalid helps educators distill effective classroom practices and share them with their learning community as part of a new approach to professional development. As an education entrepreneur in Baltimore, his search for a community of education innovators led him to join the StartupWeekend movement as a participant, organizer and ultimately assume a leadership role as the executive director of StartupWeekend Education. He’s guided the education sub-brand of the global 501C3 to be effective at inviting, introducing, and training educators to lead in the world of technology-enabled education entrepreneurship. In partnership with the Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Teach for America, Google and other venture groups, schools and educator organizations he helps hackers, entrepreneurs and education experts build teams, start companies and acquire the resources to make meaningful advances in the way people teach a…

As founder and chief architect of LessonCast Learning, Khalid helps educators distill effective classroom practices and share them with their learning community as part of a new approach to professional development. As an education entrepreneur in Baltimore, his search for a community of education innovators led him to join the StartupWeekend movement as a participant, organizer and ultimately assume a leadership role as the executive director of StartupWeekend Education. He’s guided the education sub-brand of the global 501C3 to be effective at inviting, introducing, and training educators to lead in the world of technology-enabled education entrepreneurship. In partnership with the Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Teach for America, Google and other venture groups, schools and educator organizations he helps hackers, entrepreneurs and education experts build teams, start companies and acquire the resources to make meaningful advances in the way people teach and learn.

Prior to his founding roles with LessonCast and StartupWeekend Education, Khalid had a 10 year career as an engineer and brand manager for Procter and Gamble. He also founded a non-profit management consultancy and worked as a community organizer during the first Obama campaign. Very very long ago, he earned degrees in chemical and biomedical engineering that today gather a lot of dust but taught him a lot about grit.

Wayne Sutton

Wayne Sutton

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PitchTo
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Wayne Sutton is the Founder and CEO of PitchTo, which helps investors make smarter decisions and entrepreneurs make exceptional pitches. Prior to PitchTo Wayne, co-founded the NewMe Accelerator, the first minority led startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley which was featured in CNN Black in America 4 in 2011 and launched a mobile location-based startup in 2009. With 10 plus years of experience in internet technology, Wayne has worked with national brands, Inc 500 companies and advises several technology startups.

Wayne has been featured in several major tech publications and his blog SocialWayne.com has been ranked one of the 50 best technology and social media blogs in the world. Wayne has spoken at various internet/technology focused conferences and events around the world such as World Wide Web (WWW) Conference, O’reilly Web 2.0 Expo, South By South West (SXSW), BlogWorld, and more.

Nicole Tucker-Smith

Nicole Tucker-Smith

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LessonCast Learning
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Nicole Tucker-Smith is co-founder and CEO of LessonCast Learning, an education company that custom-designs professional development for K-12 schools and teacher preparation programs. Using the process she innovated at LessonCast, she guides schools in applying lean principles to put innovative ideas into practice and validate what’s working to improve student learning. Nicole also has over 10 years of public education experience as a teacher, assistant principal, and district-level leader. She also led state-level initiatives for Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education. Via her blog on LessonCast.org, she writes about applying lean thinking to improving instruction.

Joel Yanowitz

Joel Yanowitz

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Innovation Associates
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Mr. Yanowitz is a co-founder and vice president of Innovation Associates. With over 30 years experience helping organizations address pressing business and organizational challenges, he is known for his ability to help leaders accelerate progress on important business results. Mr. Yanowitz is also an expert at facilitating executive team alignment. His clients have included Nissan, Clorox, EMC, Current TV, The Coca Cola Company, Travelocity.com, British Petroleum, Cendant, The United Methodist Church, as well as numerous small and mid-sized organizations.

In addition to his coaching and consulting expertise, he has held leadership roles in running companies, managing sales, and launching start-ups. From 1995-2000, Mr. Yanowitz was a Vice President of Arthur D. Little, a global management consulting and technology development company, where he led the Organization Practice and co-led the Strategy Practice in North America. He also serves on a number of corporate and nonp…

Mr. Yanowitz is a co-founder and vice president of Innovation Associates. With over 30 years experience helping organizations address pressing business and organizational challenges, he is known for his ability to help leaders accelerate progress on important business results. Mr. Yanowitz is also an expert at facilitating executive team alignment. His clients have included Nissan, Clorox, EMC, Current TV, The Coca Cola Company, Travelocity.com, British Petroleum, Cendant, The United Methodist Church, as well as numerous small and mid-sized organizations.

In addition to his coaching and consulting expertise, he has held leadership roles in running companies, managing sales, and launching start-ups. From 1995-2000, Mr. Yanowitz was a Vice President of Arthur D. Little, a global management consulting and technology development company, where he led the Organization Practice and co-led the Strategy Practice in North America. He also serves on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards.

He graduated from Columbia University’s Advanced Program in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management, and lives in Mill Valley, California, where he enjoys tennis and mountain biking and holds a second-degree black belt in Aikido

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Arthur Bart-Williams

Arthur Bart-Williams

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Canogle
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  • It's Not What You Think (Leap of Faith Assumptions)

Arthur is a serial entrepreneur with over 17 years of experience that is passionate about startups, mentorship and making a difference. He excels at building high performance teams, has a proven track record of growing companies through exceptional customer relationships along with quality products and services, and has been responsible for enterprise level sales and implementation in various industry verticals including infrastructure, education, transportation, energy, health and government. His startup and corporate experience includes Combase, Vianovus and the Sword Group, and he is a Civil Engineering graduate of University of California, Berkeley.

David Bland

David Bland

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BigVisible
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  • Lean Startup in the Enterprise

David has enjoyed success using agile and lean techniques at several companies near Washington DC and San Francisco. He joined his first startup in 1999, and helped scale it to a 13 million dollar acquisition in 2006.

He now brings entrepreneurial thinking into large organizations so that disruptive innovation can emerge.

John Bradberry

John Bradberry

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ReadyFounder Services
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  • The Psychology of Pivoting

John Bradberry is a mad scientist/counselor who is fascinated with the psychology of entrepreneurship. He co-founded and leads ReadyFounder Services, a provider of tools and services for entrepreneurs and investors. He has improved the performance of more than a thousand leaders and hundreds of teams in companies such as Novartis, ITW, Sun Microsystems, Coca-Cola, Avon and Bank of America, as well as a range of seed- and early-stage ventures. In 2006, John launched an immersive study of the entrepreneurial process, resulting in his book 6 Secrets to Startup Success: How to Turn Your Entrepreneurial Passion into a Thriving Business, published by the American Management Association in 2011. Prior to starting an independent consulting firm in 1997, John worked with First Union Corporation (now Wells Fargo) and Kepner-Tregoe, a global management consultancy based in Princeton, NJ. John earned a pre-medicine degree from Davidson College and a master’s in psychology from the University of Richmond.

Joe Dunn

Joe Dunn

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Cloudbreak
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  • When You Are the Disruptee

Joe runs Cloudbreak – a consulting group that helps startup founders and executive teams raise capital, define strategy and drive growth.

Joe has been a key member of a half dozen startups. He has been an officer and executive of a public company, launched one of the first internet entertainment properties and managed the creation of everything from operating systems to geo-located augmented reality games.

Throughout his career he has focussed on finding and creating small teams of great people, and motivating and inspiring them to succeed.

He has a bug in his ear about digital media that he never seems to be able to shake. And keeps coming back to small teams starting out on the adventure of building something great.

Kelly Eidson

Kelly Eidson

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Moveline
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Kelly is the co-founder of Moveline, a TechStars NYC company that helps people who are moving get organized, compare prices, and hire movers they can trust. On the team, she leads product UX and marketing and spends as much time gathering feedback from customers and movers as possible. She loves experimenting with user testing methods and sharing techniques with other designers and founders.

Before founding Moveline, she worked in ad agencies developing content strategy and product concepts for brands like Mizuno and Shiner Beer. When she’s not working, she’s probably traveling to Seattle or running.

Mark Graban

Mark Graban

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Author
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  • Parallels Between Lean Startups and Lean Hospitals

Mark Graban is a consultant, author, keynote speaker, and blogger in the world of “Lean Healthcare.” In June 2011, Mark joined the software company KaiNexus as their “Chief Improvement Officer,” to help further their mission of “making improvement easier” in healthcare organizations, while continuing his other consulting and speaking activities.

He is the author of the book Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement (Productivity Press), which was selected for a 2009 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award and is being translated into seven languages. A 2nd revised edition was released in November, 2011. Mark has also co-authored a new book, titled “Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements,” released in June 2012. He is the founder and lead blogger and podcaster at LeanBlog.org, started in January 2005.

Mark earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University as well as an MS i…

Mark Graban is a consultant, author, keynote speaker, and blogger in the world of “Lean Healthcare.” In June 2011, Mark joined the software company KaiNexus as their “Chief Improvement Officer,” to help further their mission of “making improvement easier” in healthcare organizations, while continuing his other consulting and speaking activities.

He is the author of the book Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement (Productivity Press), which was selected for a 2009 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award and is being translated into seven languages. A 2nd revised edition was released in November, 2011. Mark has also co-authored a new book, titled “Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements,” released in June 2012. He is the founder and lead blogger and podcaster at LeanBlog.org, started in January 2005.

Mark earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University as well as an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations Program (previously known as Leaders for Manufacturing). Mark has worked in automotive (General Motors), the PC industry (Dell), and industrial products (Honeywell). At Honeywell, Mark was certified as a “Lean Expert” (Lean Black Belt).

Mark and his wife live in San Antonio, Texas.

Diana Kander

Diana Kander

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Kauffman Foundation
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  • Diagnosing Customer Problems

Diana Kander advises the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. In this capacity, she uses her experience as a founder, investor, and academic to foster the growth of entrepreneurship through educational and applied programs.

A successful entrepreneur with experience in the legal, technology, and service sectors, Kander has founded and sold multiple enterprises. She currently serves in a leadership capacity in two companies that she founded: KR Legal Management and National Lawyer Review.

At the age of eight, Kander came to the United States with her parents as a refugee from the Soviet Union. She obtained her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and later taught in the same department as an adjunct professor. A graduate of Georgetown Law, Kander’s legal career included work in the corporate transactions division of a large national law firm and as General Counsel of a real estate development company….

Diana Kander advises the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. In this capacity, she uses her experience as a founder, investor, and academic to foster the growth of entrepreneurship through educational and applied programs.

A successful entrepreneur with experience in the legal, technology, and service sectors, Kander has founded and sold multiple enterprises. She currently serves in a leadership capacity in two companies that she founded: KR Legal Management and National Lawyer Review.

At the age of eight, Kander came to the United States with her parents as a refugee from the Soviet Union. She obtained her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and later taught in the same department as an adjunct professor. A graduate of Georgetown Law, Kander’s legal career included work in the corporate transactions division of a large national law firm and as General Counsel of a real estate development company.

Kander serves on the Goodwill Board of Directors for both the St. Louis and Kansas City regions. She serves as a general board member for the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee in Kansas City. She also mentors startups through the Bloch School’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Beth Morgan

Beth Morgan

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Marketing Nerdistry
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  • Lean Your Marketing

Beth’s first job after college was selling extra-long twin sheets to college students, and she has been a numbers-driven marketer and major spreadsheet nerd ever since. From figuring out new ways for email marketers to analyze their success to building the paid search practice at digital marketing firm Red Bricks Media, Beth has built her career around metrics, testing, and bringing science and discipline to marketing. She also really likes monkeys.

Kendall Quinones

Kendall Quinones

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Sparkative
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  • The I of the Storm

After serving as a military cryptologist under the US Navy, Kendall came back to the civilian world with a unique understanding of information and how to ‘design’ it. Mixing that up with education and entrepreneurship, Kendall now leads Sparkative, an education innovation company that attempts to reinvent obsolete learning paradigms. Sparkative prides itself in assessing, unlocking and developing children’s true intellectual potential, such as having 3rd graders reason and apply 10th grade math!

Sparkative’s state-of-the-art learning model has won the company various business idea competitions and opportunities to collaborate with market definers such as the Microsoft Innovation Center of Puerto Rico. Kendall also represents the Startup Puerto Rico Region as Region Champion for the presidential economic development project ‘Startup America’, for which he participated on its Summit in Chicago this past October. He is currently nominated for the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers initiative and is considered one of Puerto Rico’s most promising young entrepreneurs.

Adria Richards

Adria Richards

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SendGrid
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  • Why Every Startup Employee Should Learn to Code

Adria Richards is a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid, a Boulder-based startup out of TechStars that makes it easy for developers to send email from web applications and get delivery analytics. SendGrid delivers 5 billion emails per month for customers like Pinterest, Uber, foursquare and Angel List.

Before SendGrid, Adria worked as a SMB technology consultant to streamline workflows using Google Apps and cloud based solutions. She has delivered training and technology services for Fortune 500 companies and startups including Apple, John Deere, Equinox and Zendesk. Adria’s passion for technology has led to a loyal following on her YouTube channel with more than 1.5 million views and opportunities with major brands including Dell, CDW, Motorola, Samsung and T-Mobile. Before this, Adria worked for Geeksquad and American Express as a network support engineer in Minnesota.

She has spoken at major conferences including SXSW, O'Reilly Web 2….

Adria Richards is a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid, a Boulder-based startup out of TechStars that makes it easy for developers to send email from web applications and get delivery analytics. SendGrid delivers 5 billion emails per month for customers like Pinterest, Uber, foursquare and Angel List.

Before SendGrid, Adria worked as a SMB technology consultant to streamline workflows using Google Apps and cloud based solutions. She has delivered training and technology services for Fortune 500 companies and startups including Apple, John Deere, Equinox and Zendesk. Adria’s passion for technology has led to a loyal following on her YouTube channel with more than 1.5 million views and opportunities with major brands including Dell, CDW, Motorola, Samsung and T-Mobile. Before this, Adria worked for Geeksquad and American Express as a network support engineer in Minnesota.

She has spoken at major conferences including SXSW, O'Reilly Web 2.0 and BlogHer, as well as interviews through media outlets including The Rachel Maddow show, NPR, Inc.com, ComputerWorld and Black Enterprise Magazine.

Kuty Shalev

Kuty Shalev

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Clevertech
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  • New York Port Authority Goes Lean

After graduating from Columbia Business School where Kuty Shalev coded the class management system which the school bought from him by waiving his tuition – he founded Clevertech in 2000. With a focus on fundamental business concepts and cutting edge technologies Kuty and his 30+ staff organize into agile development teams that collaborate and create technology solutions that create business value.

Arin Sime

Arin Sime

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AgilityFeat
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  • Just Deploy It

Arin Sime is the founder and CEO of AgilityFeat. Arin is an experienced IT leader with over 15 years of experience as a developer, agile coach, trainer, project lead, architect, and entrepreneur.

Arin is a strong proponent of Agile software development practices and has spoken at multiple conferences and user groups, including Agile2009, Agile2010, and XP2011. Arin has worked with software development teams around the US, in Europe, India, and of course, in Costa Rica where AgilityFeat’s teams are based.

Arin has developed software in most leading languages, including Ruby on Rails, .NET, Grails, Java, and PHP. Arin holds a Masters degree in Management of IT (MSMIT) from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. His Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering was also from the the University of Virginia.

Tutti Taygerly

Tutti Taygerly

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Substantial
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  • Building a Lean Mean Design Team

Tutti Taygerly heads Substantial’s design practice, focusing on delivering awesome products through a tightly integrated design and development partnership. She has designed user experiences for over fifteen years and continues to obsess over product, brand, design, and what consumers really want.

In the past, she has led the user experience practices at Method and The Designory. She has also worked in-house as a designer and researcher in a range of companies including Oracle, Walt Disney, Nissan, and JP Morgan Chase.

Raised in seven countries, Tutti has chosen San Francisco as her home base with her husband and two daughters. She holds a B.S. in Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.

Navarrow Wright
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Interactive One
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  • Why Big Media Companies Should Go Lean

Navarrow Wright is the CTO of Interactive One, Interactive One is the digital division of media company Radio One, the largest media company focusing on the African-American and urban market. As CTO Wright is responsible for the technical strategy of all the Interactive One online properties, which service over 9 million visitors per month. Their portfolio includes 5 national site, 65 radio sites and two social products. Wright also was the co-founder of Globalgrind.com w/ Russell Simmons and was the CTO of BET (Black Entertainment Television) Network’s interactive division leading the growth of BET.com from 2000-2006. Wright is also an advocate for increasing diversity within the technology industry and was featured on CNN’s black in America series. He recently launched the “Close The Divide” project http://closethedividefor.me, which aims to increase awareness about the digital opportunity to underserved audiences. Wright has spoken at major conferences such as SXSW and has been …

Navarrow Wright is the CTO of Interactive One, Interactive One is the digital division of media company Radio One, the largest media company focusing on the African-American and urban market. As CTO Wright is responsible for the technical strategy of all the Interactive One online properties, which service over 9 million visitors per month. Their portfolio includes 5 national site, 65 radio sites and two social products. Wright also was the co-founder of Globalgrind.com w/ Russell Simmons and was the CTO of BET (Black Entertainment Television) Network’s interactive division leading the growth of BET.com from 2000-2006. Wright is also an advocate for increasing diversity within the technology industry and was featured on CNN’s black in America series. He recently launched the “Close The Divide” project http://closethedividefor.me, which aims to increase awareness about the digital opportunity to underserved audiences. Wright has spoken at major conferences such as SXSW and has been interviewed on various media outlets such as NPR & Techcrunch, Wright also blogs for several publications including the HuffingtonPost.

Ana Yoerg

Ana Yoerg

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Rumgr
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  • Lean Startup Approach to PR

Ana is a word-nerd who believes that great branded content (e.g., creative ad copy, email, blog posts, bylines, video) coupled with well-timed, agile PR campaigns can dramatically boost user growth and build customer engagement for any startup.

She works with founders to construct a unique identity for their brand and define target audiences, then builds and executes a “lean” communications strategy to push the company forward at the speed today’s market demands. Clients include Opera, Wikia, Mobile Theory, and Explore.org, a project of the Annenberg Foundation.

Ana is now working with some seriously talented developers at the social commerce app Rumgr, and is based in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.