2011 Speakers


Patrick Michael Byrne – Patrick Michael Byrne is chairman and CEO of Overstock.com, Inc., a Utah-based Internet retailer that has been publicly traded since 2002. Under Patrick’s leadership the company’s annual revenue has grown from $1.8 million in 1999 to over $1 billion in 2010.

Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, a master’s in philosophy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. He has taught at the university level and frequently guest-lectures on business, the Internet, leadership, and ethics.

Before founding Overstock.com, Patrick served as chairman, president and CEO of Centricut, LLC, a manufacturer of industrial torch consumables, then held the same three positions at Fechheimer Brothers, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company that manufactures police, firefighter and military uniforms.

In 2001, Patrick began Worldstock.com, Overstock.com’s socially responsible store for products handcrafted by artisans from developing nations and rural areas of the USA. To date, more than $60 million has been returned to Worldstock’s artisan suppliers.

A self-described “classical liberal,” Patrick believes that our nation’s future depends primarily on a sound educational system and a healthy capital market. Towards those ends, Patrick serves as chairman of the Milton & Rose Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, supporting legislative reform to bring educational choice to parents. Patrick has also founded 19 schools internationally that currently educate more than 6,000 combined students.

In 2005, Patrick began a vigorous campaign against corruption in our capital markets through securities manipulation. His stance quickly caught the attention of Wall Street analysts and reporters and remains a point of high controversy today. For more information, visit Patrick’s business blog www.deepcapture.com.

Patrick has a black belt in tae kwon do and once pursued a career in boxing. After surviving cancer, he cycled across the country four times. His last ride, in the summer of 2000, helped raise awareness and record-breaking funds for cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Video clips of Patrick can be seen on the YouTube channel Overstock.comPress (http://www.youtube.com/user/OverstockPress).

June Cohen

June Cohen – As Executive Producer of TED Media, June Cohen has been responsible for bringing the legendary TED Conference online, and growing its audience from 1000 attendees to 150 million viewers worldwide. In 2006, she launched TEDTalks, the groundbreaking podcast series that first made the conference talks available to the world, and in 2007, she led the widely acclaimed redesign of TED.com which extended TED's new mission of "Ideas worth spreading". As a result, TEDTalks have now been viewed more than 350 million times worldwide, and have become a powerful new platform for leading thinkers and doers. Cohen also co-produces and co-hosts the annual TED Conference, where she shares the stage with TED Curator Chris Anderson.

In 2009, Cohen and her team launched the TED Open Translation Project, a ground-breaking initiative that allows volunteers worldwide to translate TEDTalks into any language. In the first 18 months, more than 4000 translators have contributed 15,000 translations in 80+ languages. In 2010, she launched the TED Open TV Project, which allows broadcasters worldwide to run TEDTalks free of charge, and build programs around the talks. This "open-source" TV project premiered with a wide range of partners worldwide, including GeoTV in Pakistan, KissTV in East Africa, ManagemenTV in Argentina and LinkTV in the United States, as well as the entire European Broadcasting Union, with its 100 member stations.

Under Cohen's leadership, TED's media initiatives have been covered in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, Wired, Newsweek, Le Monde, Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung, and Italy's Coriere della Sere. They've also won a range of industry honors, including 7 Webbies, iTunes Best Podcast of the Year (2006-2010), the Communication Arts Interactive Annual Competition (2007) and the AIGA Annual Design Competition (2009). TED.com has been featured in two major design exhibits, at the London Design Museum and the Denver Art Museum.

Prior to joining TED, Cohen had been at the leading edge of media and technology for 15 years, producing innovative work oft-cited for its influence on the industry. In 1991, she led the Stanford University team that developed the world's first networked multimedia magazine. It attracted international news coverage as a harbinger of things to come. Then, in 1994, she helped launch HotWired.com, the pioneering website from Wired Magazine, which introduced many of the conventions now commonplace on the web -- it was the first website to introduce a membership system, a commenting system, and ad banners. For several years, she wrote "Net Surf," one of the web's first blogs, and documented such historical moments as the launch of Amazon.com. In 1996, she founded Webmonkey.com, the much-loved developers' site still used by millions. From 1997-2000, she helped lead HotWired to profitability as VP of Content. June holds a BA from Stanford, where she was Editor in Chief of The Stanford Daily. She lives in New York City.

John Hagel – John Hagel III has nearly 30 years’ experience as a management consultant, author, speaker and entrepreneur. He has helped companies around the world to improve their performance by crafting creative business strategies that more effectively harness new generations of information technology and shape broader markets and industries. He also designs and implements change management strategies to help companies develop capabilities to drive more rapid performance improvement.

John currently serves as co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge, which conducts original research on emerging business opportunities that are not yet on the CEO’s management agenda but should be.

Before joining Deloitte, John was an independent consultant and writer. Prior to that, he held significant positions at leading consulting firms and companies. From 1984 to 2000, he was a principal at McKinsey & Co., where he was a leader of the Strategy Practice. In addition, he founded and led McKinsey’s Electronic Commerce Practice from 1993 to 2000. John has also served as senior vice president of strategy at Atari, Inc., and earlier in his career, worked at Boston Consulting Group. He is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups.

John is the author of The Power of Pull, published by Basic Books and summarizing recent research pursued at the Center for the Edge, making the case that we are struggling as individuals and institutions to adapt to a long-term shift in our business environment that changes the nature of competition. He is also the author of a series of earlier best-selling business books, beginning with Net Gain, published in 1997, and including Net Worth, Out of the Box, and The Only Sustainable Edge. He is widely published and quoted in major business publications like The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, as well as general media like the New York Times, NBC and BBC. He has won two awards from Harvard Business Review for best articles in that publication and has been recognized as an industry thought leader by a variety of publications and institutions, including the World Economic Forum and BusinessWeek.

John has his own website at www.johnhagel.com, a joint website with John Seely Brown at www.edgeperspectives.com, a personal blog at www.edgeperspectives.typepad.com as well as joint blogs with John Seely Brown at the Harvard Business Review site blogs.hbr.org/bigshift/ and the Business Week site http://app.businessweek.com/ParametricSearch/Columnists?selectedAuthor=John+Hagel+and+John+Seely+Brown.

John holds a BA from Wesleyan University, a B.Phil. from Oxford University, and a JD and MBA from Harvard University.

Dr. Damon Horowitz – Dr. Damon Horowitz is a Philosophy Professor and Serial Entrepreneur. His work explores what is possible at the boundaries of technology and the humanities.

Horowitz was co-founder and CTO of Aardvark, the popular social search engine. Aardvark was acquired in 2010 by Google, where Horowitz is now In-House Philosopher / Director of Engineering. Prior to Aardvark, Horowitz helped build several companies around applications of intelligent language processing, including Perspecta (acquired by Excite), Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and NewsDB (now Daylife).

Horowitz’s research pursues myriad approaches to the topic of meaning in language, with a focus on questions of truth and normativity. He has taught philosophy and cognitive science at Stanford, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, and San Quentin State Prison; and particularly enjoys teaching his freshman seminar, “The Life and Limits of Reason.”

He speaks at conferences ranging from TED to AAAI to Web2.0, and his work has been featured in media ranging from the New York Times to Discovery Channel to TechCrunch. Horowitz was recently named one of the AdAge “Creativity 50” most inspiring thinkers and innovators of 2010.

Horowitz earned his B.A. from Columbia, M.S. from the MIT Media Lab, and Ph.D. from Stanford.

Marissa Mayer – As Vice President, Consumer Products, Marissa Mayer leads the product management and engineering efforts of Google’s local, mobile, and contextual discovery products including Google Maps, Google Maps for Mobile, Local Search, Google Earth, Street View, Latitude and more. At 35 years old, she is also the youngest member of Google’s executive operating committee. During her 11 years at Google, Marissa has led product management and design efforts for Google web search, images, news, books, products, toolbar, and iGoogle. She started at Google in 1999 as Google’s 20th employee and first woman engineer.

Marissa’s contributions and leadership have been recognized by numerous publications including the New York Times, Newsweek and BusinessWeek. Fortune magazine has listed her for the past 3 years on their annual Most Powerful Women’s list, and she was the youngest ever to appear on the list.  In 2010 Marissa was honored by the New York Women in Communications, Inc. with a Matrix Award. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine.  Marissa serves on the board of various non-profits, including the Smithsonian National Design Museum, the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Marissa received her B.S. in Symbolic Systems and her M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence.

Michael Moritz – Michael is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital. Michael works with Internet, outsourcing and technology companies. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1986, he worked in a variety of positions at Time Warner and was a Founder of Technologic Partners.

Vivek Ranadivé – Mr. Ranadivé founded TIBCO in 1997 with the vision of bringing real-time technology into the mainstream. His acclaimed New York Times business bestseller The Power of Now: How Winning Companies Sense and Respond to Change Using Real-time Technology (1999) has been widely used in academia and been the subject of numerous interviews. His subsequent book, The Power to Predict (2006), shows the impact of predictive business on mainstream companies from Procter & Gamble to Harrah’s and reveals how companies can break new ground in their quest to anticipate customers' needs, create new opportunities, and predict and sidestep unwelcome surprises.

Mr. Ranadivé has appeared as a featured expert on real-time computing on CNBC and in publications such as The Economist, Fast Company, and Red Herring. Mr. Ranadivé has consistently been recognized as a visionary for the future of business integration, securing him a place in InfoWorld’s 2002 Top Ten Technology Innovators. He was recognized by Ernst & Young as a 2002 Software Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2008, he was named the South Asian CEO of the Year by SAMBAA. He was also featured in “Annals of Innovation: How David Beats Goliath,” a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Outliers, as an example of innovators who win by “breaking the rules.”

Prior to founding TIBCO, Mr. Ranadivé was president and founder of a UNIX consulting company. Previously, he held management and engineering positions with Ford Motor Company, M/A-Com Linkabit, and Fortune Systems. Mr. Ranadivé is a frequent presenter on such topics as the future of integration, enabling real-time business, and unleashing the power of information across enterprises to become more competitive. Mr. Ranadivé earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He received both a Master’s and Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht – Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guérard Professor of Literature at Stanford University. Among his books on literary theory and literary and cultural history are Eine Geschichte der spanischen Literatur (1990; Spanish translation forthcoming); Making Sense in Life and Literature (Minnesota University Press, 1992); In 1926--Living at the Edge of Time (Harvard University Press, 1998); Vom Leben und Sterben der großen Romanisten (Germany/Hanser, 2002); The Powers of Philology (University of Illinois Press, 2003); Production of Presence (Stanford University Press, 2004); In Praise of Athletic Beauty (Harvard Press, 2006); California Graffiti – Bilder von westlichen Ende der Welt (Hanser Verlag, 2010), Unsere breite Gegenwart (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2010), and Stimmungen lesen (Hanser Verlag, 2011).

A book on the post-1945 era as a time of "latency" is forthcoming.

Gumbrecht is a regular contributor to the Humanities-section of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung," "NZZ" (Zürich), and "Estado de São Paulo." He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Professeur attaché au Collège de France, and has been a Visiting Professor at numerous universities worldwide; most recently, he was a Fellow of the Siemens Foundation in Munich, Germany (2009/2010)

Joshua Landy – Joshua Landy is Associate Professor of French at Stanford University, where he co-directs Stanford's Initiative in Philosophy and Literature. He is author of Philosophy as Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust (Oxford, 2004); editor, with Claude Bremond and Thomas Pavel, of Thematics: New Approaches (SUNY, 1995); and editor, with Michael Saler, of The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age (Stanford, 2009). His second book, which will be called something like Literary Training-Grounds: Four Fictions that Can Change your Life (and One that Can't), is forthcoming at Oxford. 

David Palumbo-Liu – David Palumbo-Liu is Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. His most recent book is Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: Scale, Culture, System. His fields include East Asian and Pacific Rim studies, literary and social criticism, race and ethnicity

Rob Reich – Rob Reich is Associate Professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, in Philosophy and at the School of Education, at Stanford University. He is a faculty Co-Director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Director of the Program in Ethics in Society.

His main interests are in political theory.  He is working on a book on ethics, public policy, and philanthropy. He is the author of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education (2002), co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation and What We Can Do About It (2005), and co-editor of Toward a Humanist Justice: the Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin (2009).

Rob is the recipient of several teaching awards, including Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University’s highest award for teaching.  He also co-founded the Hope House Scholars program, an initiative where Stanford faculty offer free courses in the liberal arts to women at the Hope House facility in Redwood City, a drug rehabilitation program.

Rob is a board member of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  Before attending graduate school, he was a sixth grade teacher at Rusk Elementary School in Houston, Texas through the Teach For America Program.

For more information about Rob Reich, please visit http://robreich.stanford.edu.


Stéphane Barbier – Mr. Barbier is Senior Director of Business Development at ADERLY, the Lyon Economic Development Agency, and General Secretary of the World Trade Center Lyon, member of the World Trade Centers Association in NYC. In his involvement in transatlantic business development for innovative startups, he launched the "Boosting Talents" offer which aims to help entrepreneurs start high-tech ventures in France, with special focus on Life Sciences, Clean Technologies, and Information Technology. Mr. Barbier works to bring talent to Lyon to make it one of the most attractive cities in the world for innovation.

Prior to ADERLY and the World Trade Center Lyon, Mr. Barbier co-founded Partners Consulting in 1996. Partners Consulting specializes in consulting for leading global companies seeking new product development with world-class innovation. As CEO, he focused on strategic and business development and initiated joint ventures in Europe and North America. At this time, Mr. Barbier was already convinced that the humanities should be better combined with technology to face new innovation challenges.

From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Barbier was Marketing Director for OTIO France, a French high-tech startup. He set promotional and marketing actions and launched several products.

Mr. Barbier holds a Master's degree in Marketing Management from the University of Lyon and has received training in Strategic Management from the Lyon Business School.

Russell Berman – Russell A. Berman, the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Berman specializes in the study of German literary history and cultural politics. He is a member of both the Department of German Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford. From 1992 through 2000 he served as director of the Stanford Overseas Studies Program. He is currently director of the German Studies program at Stanford as well as director of the Introduction to the Humanities Program.

He is the author of numerous articles and books including Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture (1998) and The Rise of the Modern German Novel: Crisis and Charisma (1986), both of which won the Outstanding Book Award of the German Studies Association (in 1987 and 2000, respectively). Hoover press published his book Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad (2010) and Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem (2004). His other books include Cultural Studies of Modern Germany: Representation and Nationhood (1993), Modern Culture and Critical Theory: Art, Politics and the Legacy of the Frankfurt School (1989), and Between Fontane and Tucholsky: Literary Criticism and the Public Sphere in Wilhelmine Germany (1983). He has published numerous articles in Hoover Digest, most recently "The Psychology of Appeasement," (Summer, 2004).”

Alexander Cohen – Dr. Alexander Cohen is a founder and managing director at Ovidian. Prior to Ovidian, Dr. Cohen was a senior analyst for Quantum Intellectual Property Services, a subsidiary of Intellectual Ventures, where he managed key software portfolios and was responsible for software patent analysis and valuations. Dr. Cohen’s technical expertise centers on distributed computing, video and imaging compression, IP-video, web applications, electronic commerce, search engine related software, and user interface. He also ran invention sessions aimed at creating original IP.

He previously served as an executive at numerous technology companies, and an advisor to Kleiner Perkins Caulfied & Byers. He was vice president of engineering at OpenDesign, a distributed computing platform company.

He also served as chief technology officer of Pop.com, a joint effort of Dreamworks and Imagine Entertainment, and held senior executive positions at CNET and Netscape, where he led the software and IT development efforts that became my.netscape.com. Dr. Cohen served as chief technology officer and co-founder of The McKinley Group, which produced the Magellan search engine which later became part of Excite.

Dr. Cohen is an adjunct professor in Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley, where his courses study the effects of the Internet and media technology on society. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from SUNY Buffalo, and his A.B. in biology from Brown University.

Tim Connors – Tim is the Founder and Managing Partner of PivotNorth Capital, an early-stage software-focused venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, CA.

Tim is responsible for PivotNorth’s investments in Blekko.com, Readyforce.com, Answerly.com, Votizen.com, Cloudpassage.com, Sing.ly, and Keepsy.com.

Prior to founding PivotNorth, Tim apprenticed for twelve years at Sequoia Capital and US Venture Partners. During Tim’s operating career, he helped build C-Cube from a startup into a publicly-traded leader in digital video, and at Tandem was the youngest member of an elite design team that built Tandem’s flagship Everest server line.

Tim conceived of and co-founded Spoke.com. He has worked closely with entrepreneurs at Adify (acquired by Cox Enterprises), ClickShift.com (acquired by WebTrends), Redline Communications (TSE: REDL), StorePerform (acquired by Red Prairie), Trovix.com (acquired by Monster.com ), RevolutionMoney (acquired by American Express), and SupplierMarket.com (acquired by Ariba), Guidewire Software, Media6Degrees.com, and 4info.net. Tim serves on the Board of Advisors of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame and as a Director on the Stanford University Daper Venture Fund.

Tim grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and has lived 19 of the last 22 years in Silicon Valley, with stops in Hong Kong and Cambridge, Mass.

Tim received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame with High Honors, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stanford University where he was a G.E. Scholar, and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School with Distinction.

Tim is married and the father of three girls. He is an avid fly fisherman and hopes to one day fish with his hero, Warren Buffett.

Jean-Pierre Dupuy – Jean-Pierre Dupuy is Professor of French and, by courtesy, of Political Science, at Stanford University, and Professor Emeritus of Social and Political Philosophy at École Polytechnique, Paris.

He is a member of the French Academy of Technology and of the Conseil Général des Mines, the French High Magistracy that oversees and regulates industry, energy, and the environment. He chairs the Ethics Committee of the French High Authority on Nuclear Safety and Security. He is the Director of the Research Program of Imitatio, a new foundation devoted to the dissemination and discussion of René Girard’s mimetic theory. His most recent work has dealt with the topic of catastrophe, and is being translated and collected in a volume to be published by Stanford University Press.

His most recent publications include: The Mechanization of the Mind (Princeton University Press, 2000); Pour un catastrophisme éclairé (Paris, Seuil, 2002); Avions-nous oublié le mal? Penser la politique après le 11 septembre (Paris, Bayard, 2002); Petite métaphysique des tsunamis (Paris, Seuil, 2005); Retour de Tchernobyl: Journal d'un homme en colère (Paris, Seuil, 2006) ; On the Origins of Cognitive Science (The MIT Press, 2009) ; La Marque du sacré (Paris, Carnets Nord, 2009); Dans l’œil du cyclone (Carnets Nord, 2009).

Dan Edelstein – Dan Edelstein is Associate Professor of French, and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, at Stanford University. He has published books on the French Revolution and the Enlightenment and also works in the emerging field of digital humanities. A fellow of the National Forum for the Future of Liberal Education, he is a frequent contributor to Inside Higher Ed.

Paula Findlen – Paula Findlen is the Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History, Chair of the Department of History, and Co-Director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Stanford University. Professor Findlen has also co-directed the Science, Technology and Society Program, the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, and the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She has been at Stanford since 1996 and also taught at the University of California, Davis, as well as holding visiting positions at Harvard University, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the University of Richmond. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, ACLS, American Philosophical Society, Getty Research Institute, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and Stanford Humanities Center.  

Professor Findlen’s research focuses on Italian history from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, and the history of medicine. She has a longstanding fascination with the worlds of Leonardo and Galileo and routinely teaches courses about them.

In light of this event, she should confess that she is the daughter of two MBAs.

Roland Greene – Roland Greene, the Mark Pigott OBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, is a scholar of early modern culture, especially the literatures of England, Latin Europe, and the transatlantic world, and of poetry and poetics from the sixteenth century to the present. He is the author and editor of several books, most recently Five Words: Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes, currently in press. He is the editor in chief of the forthcoming Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, which brings together the work of poetry scholars in all languages and traditions around the world. 

At Stanford Greene is the founder and co-chair of three research workshops: the Stanford Poetics group (an intellectual home for specialists in poetics in all the literature departments as well as linguistics and the social sciences), Renaissances (a venue for early modernists), and the Transamerican Workshop (for faculty members and Ph.D. students in the emerging field of hemispheric American literatures). In 2009 he founded Arcade: A Digital Salon for Literature, the Humanities, and the World <http://arcade.stanford.edu>.

He served seven years as Head of Stanford's Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, concluding in 2010.

Konstantin Guericke – Konstantin Guericke co-founded LinkedIn and as vice president of marketing led the company’s marketing activities from launch to first six million members and profitability. Konstantin also served as CEO of jaxtr, a social communications start-up with over ten million registered users that was purchased by SabSe Technologies.

In addition to serving on the boards of several startups and mentoring Stanford student entrepreneurs, Konstantin continues to advise LinkedIn on the company’s international activities. Prior to LinkedIn, Konstantin served as vice president of marketing at slide sharing community Presenter.com (acquired by WebEx) and as vice president of sales and marketing for Black Sun Interactive, a pioneer in 3-D social software at the dawn of the web.

Konstantin graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. and M.S. in engineering. Konstantin has lived, studied and worked in Asia as well as the United States and Europe.

To learn more about his background, view his profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/konstantin.

Burton Lee –  Burton Lee teaches European Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the School of Engineering, where he has successfully developed partnerships with European national and regional governments and corporations in Finland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Estonia. Dr. Lee also serves as Managing Director of Innovarium Ventures, a financial, technical and strategic advisory services firm based in Silicon Valley with technology startup, angel investor, investment fund, industry association and national and regional government clients in Europe, Latin America and the USA.  During 2009-2010, he served as the sole non-Irish member of Ireland’s national Innovation Taskforce, appointed by Prime Minister Brian Cowen.

Burton’s professional history encompasses 15+ years entrepreneurial, investment and senior executive leadership and advisory experience in venture-backed technology startup companies; venture capital and private equity funds; angel investor groups; global technology corporations (General Electric, Daimler, Hewlett Packard); federal S&T agencies (NASA, NSF, NIH); research universities, and national and regional governments. He is a researcher, author and frequent conference speaker and media commentator on the US, European and Latin American entrepreneurship, innovation, economic development, venture finance, university reform and commercialization, innovation ecosystems and policy, social media and product design scenes.

Dr. Lee holds a PhD in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship (Cornell). He earned an A.B. from Brown University in Economics and Physics.

Indra Mohan – Indra is currently the founder and CEO of BuyNowTV, a privately held company that enables interactive advertising on television. He was previously a founder and CEO of GlanceGuide, a web-video metrics company that was acquired by Nielsen in 2010. Indra started his career at TIBCO Software’s predecessor company (Teknekron Software Systems), where he was a member of the founding team and first Vice President of Sales. He then co-founded and was CEO of Interweave Corporation, which was acquired by Cognos, and subsequently ran two privately held companies. 

Indra serves on the board of Pinchit, Inc., which offers daily deals on handpicked experiences that can be shared with friends. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has lived, studied and worked in Asia, the United States and Europe.


Tony Perkins - Tony Perkins is founder & editor of AlwaysOn, which he founded in 2003. Tony was also the founder of Red Herring (1993) and Upside (1989), the first media brands to pioneer early, inside overage of the entrepreneurs who create and drive the innovations changing the world. Gilead Sciences, NeXT, DreamWorks, Pixar, Netscape, Yahoo, Amazon, Google, Skype, YouTube and Twitter are just a few examples of the start-ups that were identified in their earliest days by the media properties Tony founded. He also made history by predicting the dot-com crash in his International Best-Selling business book, The Internet Bubble (HarperBusiness), in October 1999. Tony continues to chronicle his insider observations weekly on AlwaysOn. Tony can be reached at tp@aonetwork.com.

Prior to becoming a media entrepreneur, Tony was a vice president and co-founder of the Technology Group at the then-start-up Silicon Valley Bank. He also founded the Churchill Club, the leading public forum in Silicon Valley, and served on President George W. Bush’s technology advisory council.

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Marc Phillips – As an author of 6 published Internet technology books, including Successful Ecommerce and The World's Best Online Advertising Campaigns, and a serial entrepreneur, Marc combines his passion for the humanities and literature with technology.

Currently, Marc is the CEO of SearchForecast.com, which provides website publishing software to hundreds of websites globally, including Virgin, BBC, Deloitte, AOL, Hotels.com, and many others. In 2005, Marc established an open publishing project called the 'AdSense Publishers Directory' (www.searchforecast.org), which features over 6 million websites and has attracted over 2 million global visitors.

Marc's previous online research company, APT Strategies, was founded in 1993 and sold to Jupiter Research Inc. (NASDAQ: JUPM) in 1999. He also co-founded Australia's largest affiliate company, Commission Monster, acquired by Blue Freeway Ltd. Marc founded and sold Sportbets to Paddy Power Ltd., and was recently a shareholder of Silicon Valley-based Localyte.com Inc, an online travel community acquired by NileGuide in 2010.

He currently serves on the Board of Geodelic, Inc., a publisher of local guides for mobile users. Marc holds a Bachelor of Economics & Commercial Laws from the University of Melbourne, is a registered financial advisor, and lives and works in Palo Alto, CA.

Laura Roman – Laura Roman is Strategic Communications Manager for Enterprise Marketing at Cisco Systems. In this role she is responsible for driving near and long term communication opportunities that support Cisco’s enterprise marketing strategy and objectives, which includes enterprise, commercial and public sector markets. A key part of her role is describing how complex IT issues affect businesses and communicating issues and solutions through various media platforms. 

Prior to Cisco, she was IT Executive Communications Manager at Hewlett Packard Company, where she drove strategic communications for the office of the CIO. Laura has 14 years experience in corporate communications. Prior to Cisco and Hewlett-Packard, she was partner and co-founder of an executive communications consulting firm, providing keynote presentation, editorial, social media strategies, executive platform and messaging services to high tech executives. 

Laura combines her business experience with ten years experience as a professor of communications in the US and Europe. Prior to her position at Stanford, where she was a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric from 2004-2007, she held posts at Oxford University (where she completed her Ph.D.), University of Paris Sorbonne-Nouvelle, and the American University of Paris. Her academic research includes work on music, language, and the rhetoric of sound, which has informed her approach to speech writing and coaching executives to render an effective delivery. 

Laura is a triathlete and former competitive figure skater; she teaches the sport in her spare time. 

Gabriella Safran –  Gabriella Safran is Professor and Director of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Chair of the Division of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures at Stanford University.  She has written on Russian, Polish, Yiddish, and French literatures and cultures. Her most recent book, Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk’s Creator, S. An-Sky (Harvard, 2010), is a biography of an early-twentieth-century Russian-Yiddish writer who was also an ethnographer, a revolutionary, and a wartime relief worker.

Currently, Safran is beginning to teach and write on folklore, and she is contemplating a project investigating nineteenth-century short Russian, Yiddish, and US fiction in the context of the history of listening.

As the Chair of the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Safran is increasingly interested in the reorganization of humanities departments and the implications of that for teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Jennifer Summit – Jennifer Summit is Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Stanford University. Her scholarly interests bridge the medieval and early modern periods, focusing on changing notions of books, authors and literature across this time span. She is particularly interested in manuscripts and early printed books, women writers, and English libraries (pre- and post-Reformation).

Summit is also affiliated with the Medieval Studies and Feminist Studies programs.  A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she returned to California to join Stanford's faculty after receiving her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1995.

In both her teaching and her research she brings to the study of early English literature an interest in both traditional texts and methodologies and theoretical issues relating to feminist studies and the formation of literary canons and practices within the discipline more broadly. She has published articles on the poetry of Elizabeth I, early English print culture, and medieval pilgrims' narratives, as well as Chaucer, Spenser, and Early Women Writers. With a working group comprising members from UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and Mills College, she is coordinating a multi-year research project entitled "What is a Reader?" Supported by the Teagle Foundation's "Big Questions in the Disciplines" initiative, it investigates the new literacy and its implications for literary studies of the future.

Her first book, Lost Property: the Woman Writer and English Literary History, c. 1380-1589 (2000), examines the figure of the lost woman writer in order to rethink the place of women in the histories of books, authorship, and canon-formation.  It received the Honorable Mention for the Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book in 2000. Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2008), was awarded the Roland H. Bainton Book Prize by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) and the John Ben Snow Foundation Book Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies (NCBS). She is co-editor of the Palgrave History of British Women's Writing, Vol 2: 1500-1610 (2010), and with David Wallace (U. Penn) she co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) on "Rethinking Periodization."

Her current book project traces the debate over the "active life" versus the "contemplative life" from the medieval and early modern periods to the contemporary. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the NEH, the ACLS, and the Stanford Humanities Center.

At Stanford she was awarded the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1998 and was made Dean's Fellow in the Humanities in 1999. She teaches courses on topics such as Chaucer, medieval and early modern women writers, and the history of books, reading, and writing. She currently chairs the SUES (Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford) Subcommittee on the University's Writing and Oral Communication requirement.

Bob Tinker – Bob is the President and CEO of MobileIron, a privately-held software company located in Mountain View, California. Mobile Iron is solving the problems CIOs face as business data and applications move to smart phones and tablets. The MobileIron Virtual Smartphone Platform is the first solution to give IT and users real-time intelligence and control over mobile content, activity, and apps in order to secure the enterprise, reduce wireless cost, and improve the mobile user experience. MobileIron’s investors include Foundation Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Storm Ventures. 

Before MobileIron, Bob led the Business Development team for Cisco’s wireless business units, a combined $1B business. As a member of the executive staff, he was responsible for driving long term revenue growth and expanding Cisco’s wireless initiatives to laptops and smartphones. Before Cisco, Bob was the first business executive at enterprise wireless pioneer Airespace, where he was Vice President of Business Development. Cisco acquired Airespace in 2005. Bob’s previous roles include Director of Marketing at Vertical Networks and Vice President at NationsBank, with oversight of IT, sales, product management, and operations.

Bob is an Executive Board Member of the Foundation for the recently opened University of California at Merced, the first major university built in the U.S. in the last 30 years. He is also a member of the Full Circle Fund, a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in partnership with nonprofits to advance the causes of public education, affordable housing, digital inclusion, and sustainable energy in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bob has a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford. You can reach him at btinker@mobileiron.com.

Vivek Wadhwa – Vivek Wadhwa is a Visiting Scholar, School of Information, UC-Berkeley; Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization and Exec in Residence, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School; Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University; and Faculty and Advisor at Singularity University.

Wadhwa helps students prepare for the real world, lectures in class and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is also an advisor to several start-up companies, a columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, a contributor to the popular tech blog, TechCrunch, and writes occasionally for several international publications. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa was a technology entrepreneur, who founded two software companies. Since joining Duke University in August 2005, he has researched globalization, its impact on the engineering profession and the sources of the U.S. competitive advantage.

His report on engineering education dispelled many common myths about graduation rates in India and China being an order of magnitude greater those of the U.S. While both countries graduate many more "engineers" than the US, their definitions of those terms are loose and include everyone from mechanics to trade-school graduates. Elite institutions in both countries do turn out world class engineers, but the numbers are small.

Subsequent research revealed why companies were going offshore and highlighted new trends in the globalization of R&D and innovation. To explain how India was achieving success despite its weak education system, Wadhwa published a seminal research report which analyzed its surrogate education system and workforce development practices. Indian companies, in particular, have become global centers of excellence in high-skill areas including software development, chip design, pharmaceutical research and advanced engineering tasks like aircraft engine design. Wadhwa found that the best Indian companies simply accepted that the educational system in the country was inadequate and developed their own highly innovative training programs that more than compensated for this.

Wadhwa's research on American competitive advantages focused on entrepreneurship, skilled immigration, and university research commercialization. This revealed key insights into the age, educational background and motivation of tech entrepreneurs. He also documented that over one-in-four U.S. technology startups were founded by immigrants. These immigrants tended to be highly educated with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Wadhwa found that a flawed immigration system had created a backlog of over a million skilled workers who were waiting for permanent-resident visas. This backlog has the potential to cause a sizeable reverse brain-drain of talent from the U.S. to other countries which could lead to a weakening of U.S. competitiveness.

His research has been supported by several grants from the Kauffman Foundation and by the Sloan Foundation. Wadhwa has collaborated with highly regarded academics from Harvard, Duke, NYU, UC-Berkeley and other universities. His work has been cited in over 2,000 national and international media outlets over the past five years. This has garnered the attention of policy makers Wadhwa has spoken at dozens of conferences including the National Governors Association and the National Academy of Sciences.

Before joining Duke University, Wadhwa was a technology executive known for being a pioneer of change and innovation. He started his career as a software developer and gained a deep understanding of the challenges in building computer systems. His quest to help solve some of IT's most daunting problems began at New York based investment banking powerhouse CS First Boston, where he was Vice President of Information Services. There he spearheaded the development of technology for creating computer systems which was so successful that CSFB decided to spin off this business unit into its own company, Seer Technologies. As Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Wadhwa helped grow the nascent startup into a $118 million publicly traded company.

With the explosion of the Internet, Wadhwa saw an even greater opportunity to help businesses adapt to new and fast changing technologies, and started Relativity Technologies. As a result of his vision, Wadhwa was named a "Leader of Tomorrow" by Forbes.com. Relativity was named as one of the 25 "coolest" companies in the world by Fortune Magazine.

Mr. Wadhwa holds an MBA from New York University and a B.A. in Computing Studies from the Canberra University in Australia. He is founding president of the Carolinas chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TIE), a non-profit global network intended to foster entrepreneurship. He has been featured in thousands of articles in worldwide publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, U.S. News and World Report and Science Magazine. He has also made many appearances on U.S. and international TV stations including CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC and the BBC.