Victoria Barret is an editor with Forbes Magazine. Since 2000, she has written in-depth stories about entrepreneurs and leading innovators in the technology industry. She also appears weekly as a guest on the Fox News television show “Forbes on Fox” to discuss economic and policy issues. She previously was a reporter for BusinessWeek in Boston and TIME magazine in Paris. Victoria is a graduate of Wellesley College. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, and their two sons.
Wendy Lea is the CEO of Get Satisfaction, a community-based platform that helps companies engage their customers through open and transparent conversations that increase customer satisfaction, product insight and enhance customer loyalty. Wendy founded The Chatham Group, where she currently serves as an angel investor, strategic advisor and board member for a long list of startup companies. Wendy chairs the board for The Forum of Women Entrepreneurs & Executives (FWE&E.org) and serves on the board of Silicon Valley Social Venture Capital (SV2.org). She has been recognized as a Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley.
Martha van Berkel (nee Garriock) accelerates strategy into action through collaborative, creative and transparent leadership. She is a dynamic innovator, with a proven ability to kick start new business ideas. As a Senior Manager at Cisco, Martha is responsible for three areas of business – managing Cisco’s support troubleshooting tools, developing Cisco’s externalized web services strategy and leading the support website’s business strategy. Over the last two years, Martha has lead Cisco Services in the development of externalized web services strategy. Her team did this successfully through collaborative development with her partners and customers, disruptive piloting, and key cross functional partnerships with IT and other though leaders in Cisco.
Carl Kennedy is Associate Director for IT Development at Coca-Cola Enterprises(CCE) responsible for APIs and Information Transparency. Carl has over 20 years of IT integration experience covering both B2B and A2A. For the past year he has been leading the internal API launch for CCE which has been leveraged for both Smart Coolers and the 2012 Olympics in London. Find Carl on Twitter: @carlkennedy770.
Chris Jason, Director of APIs, drives the product, technology, and strategy for the ESPN API program in ESPN Digital Technology. In other words, his primary focus each day is to make sure sports fans enjoy a great digital experience with ESPN, no matter where they are and on what device. Chris is a six-year veteran of ESPN with a background in Web development and previously managing Search product development, search engine optimization (SEO), and Web analytics for ESPN Digital Media. As a Connecticut native his primary sports allegiance is to the Boston Red Sox and UConn Huskies, though he spends a ton of time also watching the New York Jets, NBA games and MMA.
Peter Moeykens has been building state of the art cartographic database production and maintenance systems for GDT, Tele Atlas and TomTom since 1987. Throughout his career, Pete has been a leader in pioneering and implementing cutting edge map production tools that feature advanced technologies such as distributed editing, transactional map updates, conflation, work flow management and the use of feature level metadata to prevent regression. In his current role of Lead Architect for TomTom’s Location and Live Services product unit, Pete continues to be responsible for technical development and strategy. In 2012, Pete spearheaded the effort to create a modern developer’s portal to expose TomTom’s Location Based Services platform.
David has been described as “the Father of Angel Investing in New York” by Crain’s New York Business, & a “world conquering entrepreneur” by BusinessWeek. He is a serial entrepreneur & Inc 500 CEO who chairs New York Angels, one of the most active angel investment groups. David is also CEO of Gust.
Derek Willis is an interactive developer with The New York Times, working mainly on political and election-related applications. He maintains The Times’ congressional and campaign finance data and contributes to other projects. Willis has worked at The Washington Post, The Center for Public Integrity, Congressional Quarterly and The Palm Beach Post. He lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter, and is an avid college football and cricket fan. Find him online at @derekwillis or at blog.thescoop.org.
Brad moved to Montreal about 10 years ago after having lived, studied and traveled both in Europe and Asia for a number of years, which brings a global perspective to all he does. Presently leading the YellowAPI.com global platform and mobile transformation at Yellow Pages Canada, Brad and his teams have generated +4M app downloads, built a vibrant dev community of +2200 hackers and pioneered B2D (Biz to Dev) marcomm strategies in the start-up ecosystem. In his spare time, Brad leads the charge with Hackdays.ca, an organization promoting hackathons across the country for coders of every colour. Brad likes things to be free, not only his mobile apps and data, but his rivers and lakes where you will find him fly fishing and sipping tequila when not at a hackathon. With a background in international business, consulting, APIs and mobile development, he wants to help developers and entrepreneurs build the next great mobile & web applications.
Jesse Givens leads Aetna’s CarePass product development including the newly announced CarePass Sync and CarePass Developer solutions. With CarePass, Jesse and team feel completely privileged to be developing a suite of products dedicated to achieving a single mission that affects each of us personally – creating technology that makes the health care journey simpler and more convenient.Prior to his current position, Jesse held roles over his 11 year career at Aetna including Program Manager of Digital Innovation, Manager of Services Procurement, and Lead Business Process Outsourcing Consultant. Outside of the office, he is a fitness enthusiast, sculptor, and self-professed gadget geek.He currently resides in Hartford, CT where Aetna headquarters is visible from his bedroom window. He often keeps his blinds closed.
Originally from Oak Park, IL (just outside Chicago), Aiden is a recent graduate of University of Michigan with dual degrees in Computer Science and Dance, now living in Brooklyn. A web developer by day and dancer by night, Aidan works as a Ruby on Rails developer for Jux.com,
Ismail has over 15 years of executive experience in government, media, entertainment and automotive companies in both the US and Europe. While working at Ticketmaster, Ismail was the Chief Architect and Engineer behind the Bunnyfarm CMS project that currently drives and manages sites like The Troubadour, Viejas Entertainment, The Pasadena Civic and Cottonblend.com. Ismail joined Edmunds in 2007 as the head of Front-End Engineering, where he built out a solid team of engineers rooted in best practices and scalable architecture. Ismail 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. Ismail recently spoke at Google and the Velocity Conference on web performance and some of the achievements he and his team have accomplished at Edmunds.
John Bunting has worked at a couple startups you might recognize and more than a few that you’ve definitely never heard of. Almost two years ago, he landed at Tumblr where he traveled up and down the stack until finally, much to his relief, stepping into an API Lead role. By day, he writes code to improve the API, the documentation to help people understand it, and posts to help those who don’t. By night, he dons a unicorn mask and gallivants around the country to hackathons spreading his gospel (animated gifs) and all that is great at Tumblr.
In 2011, Abe cofounded Hacker League – a comprehensive platform for running hackathons, which has since seen use at over a hundred hackathons around the globe. He currently works for Etsy, and was previously at Chartbeat as a hackNY Fellow. He lives in Brooklyn, and writes love letters to the Internet at http://abe.is/a/blogger. He tweets at @abestanway.
Erik Bursch joined USA TODAY in 1999 and is currently director of operations and content systems. The operational team focuses on application performance and availability of the USA TODAY website and all mobile and tablet products; the content systems team focuses on optimizing workflow tools for editorial, along with the maintenance and enhancement of the USA TODAY API. Erik graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 1998, lives with his wife and kids in Northern Virginia and is eagerly awaiting his Dodgers to return to their 1988 form.
Bryan Latten is Chief Software Architect of Behance, the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative workthat generates over 75M pageviews from tens of millions of visitors every month.
As Chief Software Architect, Bryan leads development of Behance’s core code and frameworks. His role involves ensuring that Behance’s development team can deliver clean, maintainable and scalable code. He has been the primary contributor to Behance’s development framework which includes a system of libraries and tools that tie together best practices. He has had his hand in nearly everything Behance has built and rebuilt. He frequently shares these lessons at the Behance Dev Blog.