Chris Anderson is the co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, AdWeek’s “Magazine of the Decade” (2009). Before Wired Chris was with The Economist for seven years, and prior to that spent six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science.
Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served three terms as Mayor of the City of New York.
William J. Bratton
William J. Bratton has been appointed the 42nd police commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the second time he has held the post.
Edward Brojerdi is Chief Creative Technologist for kirshenbaum bond senecal + partners.
Joe Brown is Associate Editor of Wired magazine.
Brown covers new, forward-looking gadgets for Wired, digging up the most lust-worthy fare for the "Fetish" section. Prior to joining Wired, Brown was editor of Popular Science's "What's New" section. Before that he worked as an auto mechanic, restaurant line cook and forest ranger. Brown graduated from Cornell University.
Eric Cahill is Senior Director of Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.
With more than 15 years' experience directing complex technology-intense enterprises, Eric Cahill has dedicated his career to bringing clean tech to the automotive industry.
After serving in the Navy, Cahill researched technology uptake in the auto industry and assessed market readiness for alternative fuel and advanced-technology vehicles at GM Powertrain. After several years at Boeing, Cahill joined Quantum Technologies where, as program manager of a hybrid electric vehicle program, he led the team responsible for developing the electric drivetrain technology for the forthcoming Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports car.
Before taking the reins of the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE in 2009, Cahill served as COO of an Internet startup and consulted on alternative energy, product strategy, and project management.
Steve Case is a Founder and Partner of Revolution Growth. Steve Case is one of America's best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life.
As Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, a Washington, D.C.- based investment firm he co-founded in 2005, Steve partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant ‘built to last’ new businesses. The mission is to establish Revolution as the premier firm outside of Silicon Valley.
Caterina Fake is the Founder and CEO of Findery, a social mobile application for places. Findery's members post notes around the world, telling stories about locations on a host of subjects such as personal history, local news and world history.
Previously, Fake was the cofounder of Hunch, a search and discovery engine, and Flickr, the popular photo sharing site. Hunch sought to build the "taste graph" of the Internet, mapping every user on the Internet to every entity, and their affinity for that entity. It was acquired by eBay in 2011. Flickr was one of the principal "Web 2.0" sites, integrating features such as social networking, community open APIs, tagging, and algorithms that surfaced the most popular content. It was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005.
Fake is Chairman of the Board of Etsy, on the Board of Directors of CreativeLive and Southern Exposure, and serves on the Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley School of Information. She was named to the Time 100 most influential people in the world, and has received Honorary Doctorates from RISD and The New School.
Thomas Goetz is a writer, entrepreneur and health care innovator. He is the author of the new book, The Remedy, which was chosen as a Best Book of the month by both iTunes and Amazon. His previous book, The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine, was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as a Best Health book of 2010.
Thomas is also co-founder of Iodine, a health technology company with the mission of turning medical research data into clear and actionable tools for ordinary people to make better decisions about their health.
Steven Levy has been covering the digital revolution for more than 25 years. Before joining WIRED in 2008, he was chief technology correspondent at Newsweek. He is the author of seven books, most recently the New York Times best seller In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives. Other books include Insanely Great, on the history of Apple's Macintosh computer, and Hackers, which was named the best tech book of the PC era by PC Magazine.
Mick McCabe is Chief Strategy Officer of kirshenbaum bond senecal + partners.
Howard Mittman is Vice President and Publisher of WIRED.
Miles S. Nadal
Miles Nadal is the founder and Chairman of MDC Partners, one of the world’s largest marketing and communications networks, whose more than 50 holdings include Crispin Porter + Bogusky, kbs+, Anomaly, 72andSunny, and Bruce Mau Design. The Canadian-born entrepreneur started his first company at age 22. In 1997 he founded First Asset Management in Toronto, with more than $35 billion in funds under management; two years later he was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in services. An active member of the Marketing 50, the Global 50, and the G100, Nadal is also a leading philanthropist. He has built and revitalized many facilities for underprivileged youth, health care, and research, including the Miles and Kelly Nadal Laboratory for Molecular Genetics at Israel’s Weizmann Institute. He frequently lectures in schools, universities, and business schools and has established numerous scholarships for students striving to become the entrepreneurs of the future.
Bre Pettis builds infrastructure for creativity. Passionate about all things DIY, he is a co-founder of MakerBot Industries, the Brooklyn-based company that's bringing computer-controlled fabrication to the work benches of inventors, hobbyists, and mad scientists everywhere. The company's low-cost 3-D printers turn digital design files into physical objects, vastly reducing the cost and time required to prototype new products, manufacture custom parts, or realize art projects. MakerBot hosts the online community, Thingiverse, where users share designs and collaborate on open source hardware.
Pettis is also a founder of the hacker collective NYCResistor. He created the History Channel TV show History Hacker, produced and hosted Make magazine's Weekend Projects video series, created new media for Etsy.com, and taught art in the Seattle public schools.
Mark Pincus is a leading Internet entrepreneur who has created four successful companies. He founded the online game developer Zynga in 2007 and has led it to success as a provider of casual games for social networking sites. The company currently has more than 700 employees. Its popular titles, including FarmVille, Cafe World, Zynga Poker, FishVille, Mafia Wars, PetVille, and YoVille, are enjoyed by some 235 million active players per month.
Before that, Pincus founded Tribe Networks in 2003, establishing one of the Web's first social networking sites, Tribe.net. In 1997 he cofounded SupportSoft (originally Support.com), a provider of online tech services and support automation software, and he served as the company's chairman and CEO. He had his initial entrepreneurial success in 1995 with Freeloader, the first Web-based push information service for consumers. Pincus regularly speaks at events such as the Game Developers Conference, Web 2.0, and the SNAP Summit. In 2009, he was named CEO of the Year at the Crunchies. He recently established Zynga.org, which facilitates charitable giving through online gameplay.
Vivian Schiller is the chief digital officer of NBC News and former president and CEO of NPR. Under her leadership, NPR received the highest honors in excellence in journalism and garnered critical acclaim in the mobile and digital arena. Prior to joining NPR, Schiller served at The New York Times Company as senior vice president and general manager of NYTimes.com, leading day-to-day operations of the largest newspaper website on the Internet. Previously, Schiller spent four years as head of Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture between The New York Times and Discovery Communications. She also served as senior vice president of CNN Productions where she led its award-winning long-form programming unit. Schiller began her career as a simultaneous interpreter in the former Soviet Union.
Howard Schultz is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Starbucks Coffee Company. He purchased Starbucks in 1987 with the help of local investors in Seattle. He was originally drawn to Seattle and its extraordinary coffee culture in 1982 when he moved from his native New York to join Starbucks as director of operations and marketing when Starbucks had four stores. In 1983, Howard traveled to Italy and was captivated by Italian coffee bars decided to bring that back to the States. In order to pursue this dream, Schultz left Starbucks to start his own coffee company, Il Giornale, and returned in 1987 to purchase Starbucks. Schultz went on to create two landmark programs for Starbucks partners (employees): comprehensive health coverage for part-time partners and equity in the company in the form of stock options. Starbucks has grown to more than 16,000 stores around the world.
Lori Senecal came to kirshenbaum bond senecal + partners in August 2009 from McCann Erickson where she was President of the flagship New York office. Throughout her career, she has continually challenged the status quo and looked for new and better ways of doing things.
Consequently, prior to her position as President, she has held some of the industry's most interesting posts including Global Chief Innovation Officer and Global Director of Content Integration for McCann Worldgroup, as well as conceiving of and launching TAG Ideation, a young-adult specialty marketing unit.
Noah Shachtman is a contributing editor at Wired magazine, and the editor of its national security blog, "Danger Room." He's reported from Afghanistan, Israel, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, the Pentagon, Los Alamos, and from military bases around the country. He's written about technology and national security for The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Salon, Esquire, Popular Science, The New York Post, Foreign Policy, Popular Mechanics, The American Prospect Online, The Forward, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, among others.
He's spoken before audiences at West Point, the Army Command and General Staff College, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, the Air Force Cyber Symposium, and National Defense University. The offices of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, and the Director of National Intelligence have all asked him to contribute to discussions on cyber security, information operations, and emerging threats. The Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, and NPR have looked to him to provide insight on military developments.
In 2003, Shachtman founded DefenseTech.org, which quickly emerged as one of the web's leading resources on military hardware and software. The site was later sold to Military.com. During his tenure at Wired, he's reported from an undisclosed air base in "Southwest Asia," embedded with Marines in the heart of Afghanistan's opium country, defused roadside explosives with a Baghdad bomb squad, snuck into the Los Alamos nuclear lab, chased down suspects on Chicago's West Side, investigated a triple-homicide in Tacoma, WA, and undergone experiments by Pentagon-funded scientists at Stanford. Advertising Age named Wired the "magazine of the decade." Wired.com won the Magazine Publishers' Association award for "website of the year." Shachtman's Danger Room blog took home the Online Journalism Award for best beat reporting in 2007.
Before turning to journalism, Shachtman worked as a professional bass player, book editor, and campaign staffer on Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and a former student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Clay Shirky is today's leading voice on the social and economic impact of internet technologies. Considered one of the finest thinkers on the Internet revolution, Shirky provides an insightful and optimistic view of networks, social software and technology's effects on society. Writing extensively about the Internet since 1996, he is the author of the best-selling "Here Comes Everybody" and "Cognitive Surplus" (Penguin Press, 2010). In "Here Comes Everybody" - selected by Guardian as one of the 100 greatest non-fiction books of all time - Shirky explores how organizations and industries are being upended by open networks, collaboration, and user appropriation of content production and dissemination. "Cognitive Surplus" reveals how new technology is changing us from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world. Shirky holds a joint appointment at New York University (NYU) as an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Journalism Department. He is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and was the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Lecturer at Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy in 2010.
Frederick W. Smith
Fred Smith founded FedEx, the world's first express delivery service, in 1971. Today, FedEx Corporation is a $33 billion transportation, business services, and logistics giant employing more than a quarter-million people and handling over 8 million daily shipments worldwide.
FedEx has been consistently recognized for its commitment to quality. It was the first service company to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1990 and is regularly included in Fortune magazine's honors lists, including the World's Most Admired Companies and the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Smith has been named one of the world's top CEOs by Barron's and CEO of the Year by Chief Executive magazine.
Smith has served on the boards of several large corporations and charitable organizations. He is a member of the Business Roundtable, a board member for the Council on Foreign Relations, and co-chair of the Energy Security Leadership Council. He served as chairman of the US-China Business Council and is currently chairman of the French-American Business Council. A decorated Vietnam War veteran, Smith has been inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame.
Jason Tanz is the site director at WIRED, where he has worked since 2007, and where he has written about everything from social media celebrities to the rise of machine learning. Before coming to WIRED he worked at Fortune Small Business, Fortune, and SmartMoney magazines, and his writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Spin, among many other publications. He is the author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America.
Faris Yakob is Chief Innovation Officer for MDC Partners.
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About this conference
WIRED's Chris Anderson and top business leaders explore how radical changes, ranging from tech to market forces, can drastically shift the future of your company or industry.
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