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Register for BizTechDay 2010 San Francisco
October 23, 2010 Saturday
The San Francisco Metreon

Join the entrepreneur movement. Meet someone who will change your business.

Joan Barnes Ben Parr Jessica-Jackley Naval-Ravikant Megan Casey Sue Kwon Dave McClure
Gagan Biyani Clara Shih Bob Upham Dan Martell Anita Campbell Clate-Mask Yujin Chung
TristanWalker /Fabio-Rosati Gautum Godhwani Jan Bosch Shaherose Charania Chris McCann Jason Brooks
Mikal E. Belicove Bob Meese

BizTechDay Seattle 2010

Ben Huh Colleen McCreary Joseph Whinney Lara_Feltin Dave Schappell
Bill Wixey Victoria Ransom Greg Gottesman Megan Casey Jen Joyce 2

BizTechDay New York 2010

Joan Barnes Esther Dyson 2 Dana Seth Godin Scott Heiferman
dan schawbel Peter Shankman 2 Lisa Gansky Clayton Morris Simon Sinek profile


  • Seth Godin 120 x 90

    Seth Godin

    Entrepreneur and author

    American Way Magazine calls him, “America’s Greatest Marketer,” and his blog is perhaps the most popular in the world written by a single individual. His latest book, LINCHPIN, hit the Amazon top 10 on the first day it was published and became a New York Times bestseller.

    Read more about Seth.

  • Ben Huh

    Founder of the Cheezburger Network

    Ben is the founder of the Cheezburger Network, the company behind the hugely popular blogs including I Can Has Cheezburger, FAIL Blog and many others. Ben founded the Cheezburger Network in 2007 and grew it into one of the largest blog networks in the world in less than two years — while making a profit during one of the deepest recessions.

    Read more about Ben.

  • Esther Dyson

    Esther Dyson

    Chairman, EDventure Holdings

    A long-time catalyst of start-ups in information technology in the US and other markets, including Russia. Since selling her company, EDventure Holdings, to CNET Networks in 2004, Esther Dyson have taken on newer challenges in private aviation and space as well as in health care (as a director of 23andMe, a consumer genetics company). Her IT investments have included Flickr and (both sold to Yahoo!), and Medstory (sold to Microsoft), as well as Meetup Inc., , Boxbe and Voxiva; She sits on the boards of the latter four companies.

    Read more about Esther.

  • Jessica Jackley

    Cofounder of Kiva and Profounder

    Jessica Jackley is a co-founder of, the world’s first peer-to-peer online microlending website. Named as one of the top ideas in 2006 by the New York Times Magazine and called “revolutionary” by the BBC, Kiva lets internet users lend as little as $25 to specific developing world entrepreneurs, providing affordable capital to help them start or expand a small business. Kiva has been one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history, and today facilitates over $1M dollars each week from lenders to entrepreneurs across over 185 countries.

    Read more about Jessica.

  • Joan Barnes

    Founder of Gymboree and Yoga Studio

    Joan Barnes have built two consumer companies from the ground up. Joan founded and served as CEO of Gymboree, an international network of franchised play programs and company-owned retail stores. The Company had one of the most successful IPO’s of its kind in 1993 and one of the first consumer companies to receive venture capital funding.

    Read more about Joan.

  • Megan Casey

    Cofounder of Squidoo
    Megan is the founding partner and Editor in Chief of, the popular page publishing platform she started with Seth Godin and a small talented team in 2005. She is widely regarded as one of the most inspiring online strategists and community leaders, and speaks around the country about her “first 100 people” marketing tactics, building core fanbases, and teaching the value of creating your own recommendation economy.

    Read more about Megan.

  • Naval Ravikant

    Co-author of Venture Hacks and Investor of Twitter

    Naval is an entrepreneur and angel investor, and a co-author of Venture Hacks. Previously he was a co-founder at Genoa Corp (acquired by Finisar), (IPO via, and (largest white-label classifieds marketplace). He has also advised, iPivot, and XFire, among others, and invested in many companies, including Twitter, DocVerse (sold to Google), Mixer Labs (sold to Twitter), Jambool (Social Gold), SnapLogic, PlanCast, Stack Overflow, and Disqus

    Read more about Naval.

  • Anita Campbell

    Foudner of

    Anita is the Founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of this Small Business Trends site and the Small Business Trends newsletter. She is also the host of Small Business Trends Radio.

    Anita has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, CIO Magazine, Entrepreneur Radio,, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Francisco Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Akron Beacon Journal, Boston Globe, CRM Buyer, and countless trade publications, websites, podcasts and more.

    Read more about Anita.

  • Lara Feltin

    Lara Feltin

    Cofounder and CEO of Biznik

    As the Cofounder of Biznik – an online business networking site, Lara Feltin has spent the last 5 years building Biznik into an award-winning Web 2.0 company connecting over 50,000 forward-thinking business people world-wide (18,000 in Seattle). In October 2008, Lara was named one of Seattle’s top 25 most innovative entrepreneurs by Seattle Business Monthly.

    Read more about Lara.

  • Joseph Whinney

    Founder and CEO, Theo Chocolate

    After spending many years researching sustainable agricultural and agro-forestry in the humid tropics, Joe pioneered the organic cocoa and chocolate market into the US in the early 90’s. Many years later, Theo Chocolate is the culmination of Joe’s experiences working with cacao farmers and his expertise in navigating the economics of cocoa and chocolate manufacturing.

    Read more about Joseph.

  • Dan Martell

    Dan Martell

    Co-Founder of Flowtown

    Dan Martell is the co-founder of, a social marketing platform for small businesses. An award-winning Canadian entrepreneur, at 25, Dan formed his first start-up, Spheric Technologies Inc., and watched it grow by an average of 152% per year before he sold the company 4 years later in mid-2008.

    Read more about Dan.

  • Dana Mauriello

    Dana Mauriello

    ProFounder President & Founder

    Dana was part of starting and running a dozen family businesses from an exercise equipment manufacturer to a nutritional supplement company and through these experiences. She added to her experience in innovative product development at the Stanford Product Design program and Estee Lauder Corporate Product Innovations. Dana is now the President and Founder of ProFounder, a crowdfunding platform for businesses.

    Read more about Dana.

  • Dave Schappell

    Dave Schappell

    Founder & CEO of

    Dave Schappell is the founder & CEO of, a Seattle-based local/learning startup, helping people find great local and online educational resources and helping those schools and teachers with effective online processing tools. Prior to TeachStreet, Dave worked at online pioneers and JibJab, and microfinance innovator, Unitus.

    Read more about Dave.

  • victoriaransom

    Victoria Ransom

    Founder of Wildfire

    Passionate about growing and marketing innovative companies, Victoria has been an entrepreneur since her early twenties and has developed three companies. As CEO at Wildfire Interactive, Inc., Victoria has led Wildfire to profitability in just one year and has built a client list that includes major brands and agencies including Facebook, Pepsi, Unilever, Sony, AT&T, Ogilvy and Fleishman Hillard.

    Read more about Victoria.

  • Ben Parr

    Editor of Mashable

    Ben Parr is a respected technology journalist, web entrepreneur, science fiction author, and aspiring world changer. He is currently the Co-Editor of Mashable, with over 12 million readers and 20 million monthly pageviews.

    Read more about Ben.


  • dan schawbel

    Dan Schawbel

    Personal branding guru

    Dan Schawbel, recognized as a “personal branding guru” by The New York Times, is the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, LLC, and the leading authority on personal branding. He is the author of the #1 international bestselling career book, Me 2.0, the youngest columnist at both BusinessWeek and The Wall Street Journal, as well as a syndicated columnist for Metro US. Recently, Dan was named to the prestigious Inc Magazine 30 Under 30 list.

    Read more about Dan Schawbel.

  • Scott Heiferman 90

    Scott Heiferman

    Co-Founder & CEO of Meetup

    Previously, Heiferman co-founded Fotolog, a photo sharing network where over 30 million people, mostly in South America, have uploaded nearly a billion photos. He also founded i-traffic, a top online ad agency in the 90s. He then fled the ad industry and was influenced by 9/11 to start Meetup. Now over 50,000 Meetups (self-organized community events) happen each week. Millions of people, in over 100 countries, “use the internet to get off the internet” and form local community using the Meetup platform.

    Read more about Scott.

  • Clate Mask

    Clate Mask

    Cofounder and CEO of Infusionsoft and author

    Clate Mask is cofounder and CEO of Infusionsoft and New York Times Best-selling author of Conquer the Chaos: how to grow a successful small business without going crazy. He started Infusionsoft as a custom software shop headquartered in a strip-mall in Mesa, Arizona 2001 with brothers Eric and Scott Martineau. Over the years, and under his leadership the company has evolved to what it is today, a three-time Inc 500 ranked company with nearly 20,000+ die-hard users of its web-based marketing and sales automation..

    Read more about Clate.

  • Peter Shankman

    Peter Shankman

    Founder of Help A Reporter Out, (HARO)

    An entrepreneur, author, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about Social Media, PR, marketing, advertising, creativity, and customer service. PR Week Magazine has described Peter as “redefining the art of networking,” and Investor’s Business Daily has called him “crazy, but effective.” Peter is perhaps best known for founding Help A Reporter Out, (HARO) which in under a year has become the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources on deadline, offering them more than 125,000 sources around the world looking to be quoted in the media.

    Read more about Peter.

  • Greg Gottesmam

    Greg Gottesmam

    Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group

    Greg Gottesman is a Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group. He joined the firm in 1997 and currently serves on the boards of AdReady, Bocada, BuddyTV, Intrepid Learning Solutions, Physware, ThinkFire, and WildTangent.

    Read more about Greg.

  • Lisa Gansky 120x90

    Lisa Gansky

    Co-Founder of Ofoto

    As CEO, co-founder and chairman of Ofoto, Lisa drew on her entrepreneurial spirit and experience developing global web services. Lisa & the team worked to develop Ofoto into a world-class consumer services offering which she left once Kodak Gallery reached over 45M customers in 2005. In addition to her roles at Ofoto and Eastman Kodak, she was a Co-founder and CEO of GNN, the first commercial website, acquired by AOL in 1995. Lisa has been an investor and board member of more than twenty internet and mobile services companies.

    Read more about Lisa.

  • Clayton Morris 120x90

    Clayton Morris

    Anchor of Fox & Friends

    Clayton Morris a self-described casual geek, anchor of Fox and Friends on the Fox News Channel, and co-host of the stupendously popular podcast The Grizzly Bear Egg Café. When he’s not staring at his computer screen, he’s walking through New York City, reading books and eating pizza. Sometimes all at once.

    Read more about Clayton.

  • Colleen McCreary

    Colleen McCreary

    Chief People Officer, Zynga

    Colleen eats, sleeps, and breathes talent. At Zynga, she has been responsible for attracting, growing, and developing the creatives working to connect the world through games. Over a decade’s worth of experience in people operations “aka HR” at large companies like Microsoft and EA, she transitioned to a small social gaming company that has gone from 150 employees to over 1000 in just 18 months. She plays a lot of the “f” games – Farmville and Frontierville.

    Read more about Colleen.

  • Bill Wixey

    Bill Wixey

    Anchor, Q13 FOX News

    Bill Wixey is an Emmy-award winning TV news anchor and reporter. A Seattle native, Bill has utilized social media to engage viewers in an entirely new way. In addition, Bill has helped raise great awareness for his causes through social media, and as a result, was voted 2009 Western Washington Man of the Year in Seattle Magazine’s annual “Best of Western Washington” poll. Please welcome Q13 FOX News anchor, Bill Wixey.

    Read more about Bill.

  • Jen Joyce

    Jen Joyce

    Head of Social Media, Hotel Max

    Jen lives and breathes social media as she manages all of Provenance’s social media activity, profiles and communications keeping each hotel at the forefront of Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, various mobile applications and more. She has brought local and national attention to each company through her social media efforts and often speaks on expert panels to spread her experience and knowledge.

    Read more about Jen.

  • Simon Sinek

    Simon Sinek

    Renowned Leadership Expert and Author of Start With Why

    Simon Sinek teaches leaders and companies how to inspire people.

    Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. He writes, consults and speaks all over the world about the power of Why – the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us. If everyone knew why they do what they do, and if everyone only did the things that inspired them, Sinek believes that this world would be an amazing place.

    Read more about Simon.

  • Fabio Rosati

    Fabio Rosati

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Fabio and the Elance team are building the leading site for online work, where businesses connect with independent professionals to get work done.

    Prior to Elance, Fabio worked in the United States and Europe at CapGemini. In the US, Fabio launched CapGemini’s e-business division, led its Strategic Consulting practice, and was COO of Gemini Consulting. In Europe, Fabio headed Gemini Consulting’s Analysis & Design business across Europe and was CEO of the Italian subsidiary.

    Fabio holds a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University.

  • Shaherose Charania

    Shaherose Charania
    Women 2.0
    Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

    Shaherose is currently at Opinno a global network of incubator spaces, entrepreneurs and investors. At heart she is a mobile and telephony junkie. She’s led new consumer products at Ribbit (BT). Previously, she was Director of Product Management at JAJAH (sold to Telefonica/O2). Prior to that, she was at TiE overseeing governance and operations of 40+ entrepreneurship centers. She aspires to pour her entrepreneurial spirit into launching mobile solutions for emerging economies. Shaherose holds a B.A. in Business Admin from The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.

  • Chris McCann

    Chris McCann

    Chris McCann is the CEO and Co-Founder of StartupDigest, the fastest growing media company for startup and technology events and conferences worldwide. StartupDigest publishes a weekly email newsletter of the best events now in 45 cities around the world (SF Bay Area, NYC, Paris, London, Shanghai, etc) and 3 Universities (Stanford, NYU, and Columbia) with 56,000 subscribers.

    Chris McCann is an entrepreneur, writer, and general activist in the international entrepreneurial community. He is a Mentor & Board of Advisor for SSE Labs (Stanford Venture Fund), led social media strategy for TEDx Silicon Valley, organized Geeks on a Plane Tokyo 2009, led the entrepreneurial programs at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and started Innovation Quest’s incubator an Cal Poly alumni initiative.

    As a sought-after speaker in US, Asia, and the Middle East, Chris is recognized worldwide for radically new ways about thinking about startup events as an entry point to a life of entrepreneurship and realizing the full potential of the human spirit.

  • Clara Shih

    Clara Shih
    Named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology, Clara is CEO/founder of Hearsay Labs, a software company which develops social CRM applications for B2C companies to find and engage customers across Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites. She is author of the newly released bestseller, The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Build Better Products, Reach New Audiences, and Sell More Stuff about Facebook and Twitter for business, which has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, CRM Magazine, and is being used as a textbook at Harvard Business School.

    Previously, Clara was a marketing and alliances executive at, where she led the company’s social networking initiatives. In 2007, Clara created the first business application on Facebook with her Faceconnector application, which integrates Facebook and Salesforce CRM. Clara has also worked in corporate strategy and software development at Google and Microsoft. Clara has a BS in computer science and economics and MS in computer science from Stanford University, as well as a MS in internet studies from Oxford, where she studied as a US Marshall Scholar. She is a frequently invited keynote speaker on social media at global conferences including AlwaysOn, Web 2.0 Expo, Enterprise 2.0, CRM Evolution, Direct Marketing Association, American Marketing Association, Toronto TechWeek, and Social Ad Summit.

  • Gagan Biyani

    Gagan Biyani
    I grew up in the Silicon Valley and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics. Aside from working on Udemy, I write part-time for TechCrunch’s mobile site, MobileCrunch. I love technology and education, having tutored over 300 students myself in public speaking, speech and debate and English as a foreign language. I’m really excited about Udemy and please do not hesitate to contact me at gagan AT udemy DOT com!

  • Sue Kwon

    Sue Kwon
    Former CBS 5 Reporter

    Sue Kwon is a ConsumerWatch reporter for CBS 5 Eyewitness News and host of Bay Sunday. She brings years of experience covering Bay Area technology and business news for CBS 5 Eyewitness News. Prior to coming to CBS 5, she served as the high-tech reporter for KRON. Sue covers emerging technology, Silicon Valley companies, stock market developments, and economic trends.

    Sue is a Bay Area native and an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She has won three AAJA National Awards for News Reporting. The National Federation of Press Women honored Sue with First Place Reporting Awards in 2002-2005. She has also received a 2007 Emmy Award, 2005 Emmy Award, 2004 Peninsula Press Club Award, International Communicator Crystal Awards of Excellence, and recognition as an Association of Women Journalists Vivian Castelberry Finalist.

    Sue started her journalism career in the White House Press Office, gathering news summaries for President George H.W. Bush and his staff. She worked as a production assistant at KGO (ABC) in San Francisco before moving to KRON (NBC) to be the Newsroom Trainee. Sue became a newscast producer at KVUE (ABC) in Austin where she field-produced coverage for the Waco Cult Standoff. She moved West to be a radio and television reporter at KRNV (NBC) in Reno. Sue returned to KRON in 1996 to anchor local CNN cable news updates and report. Sue spent a month in Australia bringing the Bay Area live-coverage from the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

    Sue studied British Mass Media at Oxford University in Oxford, England. She graduated from Stanford University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and communication. At Stanford, she taught public speaking and wrote for the Stanford Daily. Sue grew up in Clayton and now lives in San Francisco.

  • Dave McClure

    Dave McClure
    500 Startups

    Dave McClure is a greedy, blood-sucking venture capitalist & founding general partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally help or invest in their startups if they are foolish enough to let him.

    Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Mint, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Twilio, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, and Microsoft. Years ago he used to do real work like coding or marketing or running conferences, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like sending lots of email, blogging, and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.

    Dave also likes to play ultimate frisbee when his knees don’t hurt.

  • Yujin Chung

    Yujin Chung
    Andreessen Horowitz
    Yujin Chung leads business development efforts at Andreessen Horowitz. His role focuses on connecting the firm portfolio with larger companies in the technology ecosystem including web 2.0, mobile, enterprise, advertising agencies, media conglomerates, storage, and SaaS firms. Yujin’s background spans seed stage venture capital at Genacast Ventures, investment banking at Morgan Stanley, a startup marketing internship with Mixer Labs, digital strategy / business development at Warner Music, and strategy consulting at Bain & Co.

  • Bob Upham

    Bob Upham
    Bob Upham works at Yahoo! as a Director of Strategic Alliances. He works primarily in the geo and location space, partnering with large and small companies who build apps for local, social and mobile use. He’s sat on both sides of the table, having founded and run a successful business for 15 years prior to joining Yahoo! and understands the challenges and frustrations in trying to do business with a large company.

  • Gautum Godhwani

    Gautum Godhwani
    Simply Hired

    Gautam runs the show at Simply Hired, and the buck stops in his cube. And if he keeps us headed in the right direction, it may even become two bucks. In the meantime, he encourages us to do a lot with a little, and to be creative with our ideas and our energy (translation: free popcorn, unlimited O’Reilly books, but no aeron chairs). Gautam has lots of experience starting startups, and finding great people to help grow them. Prior to Simply Hired, he co-founded the India Community Center to help bring the SF bay area community closer together. Before that, he was CEO and co-founder of AtWeb, an Internet 1.0 company acquired by Netscape/AOL in 1998. AtWeb made a product called Web Site Garage that helped millions of small businesses “tune-up” their websites and register them with all the leading search engines (yes, once upon a time there was more than one). Before the dot-com era, Gautam worked for several small businesses including HP, IBM, and Microsoft.

  • Tristan Walker

    Tristan Walker


    Tristan is the Director of Business Development for Foursquare, a mobile social application that mixes social, locative and gaming elements to encourage users to explore cities in which they live or visit and reward them for doing so. He has lead partnership efforts with various media entities and large retailers, including Bravo, MTV, CNN, New York Times, NBA and Starbucks. Tristan was also featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Digital Power Top 50 list for 2010.

    Tristan holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian and he also holds a MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently lives in Palo Alto with his family and is originally from New York

  • Mikal E. Belicove

    Mikal E. Belicove
    Entrepreneur magazine

    Mikal E. Belicove is an Entrepreneur magazine columnist & contributing writer and a business strategist specializing in market analysis, messaging and positioning, and content development for a select group of high profile businesses and individuals. Mikal’s latest book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Facebook,” was published by Alpha Books/Penguin Group USA in August of this year. When he’s not working, Mikal can be found training for half-marathons and enjoying life with family and friends in Laguna Beach, California.

  • Bob Meese

    Bob Meese

    Bob is on the New Business Development team at Google, where he leads partnerships supporting new product launches. He’s worked with partners across a broad range of products and markets, including Chrome, gaming, social, mobile, and video.

    Previously, Bob was an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and consultant to high tech clients.

    Bob has degrees in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, where he was awarded the Martin Trust Fellowship.

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