Archive for March, 2014

Irwin Kula: Water Wisdom

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By Irwin Kula Here is innovation at its best – a billboard that generates water from nothing but thin air in a place where water shortage is one of the biggest problems. Innovation arises when passion and purpose come together, when people collaborate across different domains and expertise,  when different technologies are combined and when [...]


Blake Mycoskie – Founder and Chief Shoe Giver, TOMS

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Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the One for One® movement. TOMS’ humble beginnings happened unintentionally: While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Blake witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary: to create a for-profit [...]


Alex Moazed — Founder, President and CEO, Applico

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Alex Moazed is the Founder, President and CEO of Applico. Alex founded Applico in 2009 when he was 20 years old and in college. He funded the company with his own credit cards. Within the first three years, Alex led the company to become one of the largest app developers with Fortune 500 clients. Subsequently, [...]


Matthew Stepka — Vice President, Social Impact, Google.org

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Since joining Google in 2007, Matthew has led efforts in areas ranging from expanding Internet access, developing clean energy, and extending Google’s footprint in emerging markets. He oversaw an investment in a planned constellation of satellites (O3b) to provide Internet access to remote and underserved regions, as well as work with the FCC to develop [...]


Sue Woodward — Creative Media Champion, City of Manchester and Director, The Sharp Project

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Susan is the Creative Media Champion for the City of Manchester responsible for creating and delivery strategic opportunities for the City to grow its digital and creative sector. She created, built and is the Director of The Sharp Project (www.thesharpproject.co.uk) that is the cities new home for the digital and creative sector. The 200,000 square [...]


Ben Parr — Co-Founder and Managing Partner, DominateFund

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Ben Parr is a journalist, author, entrepreneur, investor and expert on attention. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of DominateFund, a strategic venture capital fund that accelerates the growth of promising early-stage startups focused on unique technologies, software and products. He is the author of “Captivology: The Secret Science of Capturing People’s Attention”, due March [...]


Marc Schiller – Founder and CEO, BOND Strategy and Influence

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Marc Schiller, Founder and CEO of BOND Strategy and Influence, is an accomplished advertising and marketing executive with decades of industry and entrepreneurial knowledge, in the areas of digital marketing, brand strategy, corporate consulting, cultural curation and public relations. BOND’s mission: To help clients understand, tap into, and leverage the rapidly evolving technologies that consumers use [...]


Michael Levine – Founding Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center

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Dr. Michael H. Levine is the Founding Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent non-profit organization based at Sesame Workshop.  The center conducts research, and builds multi-sector partnerships to scale innovation and investment in promising educational media technologies for children. Prior to joining the Center, Michael served as Vice President for Asia Society, [...]


Nate Parker – Actor and Humanitarian

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Actor and humanitarian Nate Parker first received critical attention for his starring role in The Weinstein Company’s THE GREAT DEBATERS opposite Director/Actor Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.  Denzel hand-picked him to play the troubled yet brilliant “Henry Lowe,” who overcomes his selfish ways and becomes the team’s leader.  Nate subsequently received an honorary Doctorate from [...]


Cathy Rubin – Founder and President, CMRubinWorld

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C. M. Rubin (Cathy) is the founder of CMRubinWorld, an online publishing company focused on education, entertainment and lifestyle, and the co-founder of Henmead Enterprises, Inc., a publishing and strategic consulting company.  Rubin’s 30 years of experience as an author, journalist, editor, executive, and entrepreneur in the fields of publishing, film, television, video and education [...]


Doron Weber – Author and Foundation Executive

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Doron Weber, Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, oversees efforts in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, Universal Access to Knowledge and International Science Cooperation. A pioneer in integrating the two cultures of science and the humanities, Mr. Weber sponsors books, television documentaries and radio shows, and has created a nationwide theater [...]


Craig Minassian – President, Minassian Media

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Craig Minassian brings a unique background in strategic communications, content development and brand marketing to promoting the work of the Clinton Foundation as chief communications officer. Craig served as assistant press secretary and director of television news in the White House for President Clinton and on numerous presidential campaigns including Clinton/Gore ‘96 and Secretary Clinton’s [...]


Mosharraf Zaidi – Campaign Director, Alif Ailaan

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Mosharraf Zaidi is the Campaign Director for Alif Ailaan – a political campaign addressing Pakistan’s education crisis. Previously, he held senior positions with governments and various international organisations. His most recent assignment was as advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan. He has also advised the United Nations, the European Union, the [...]


Rick Rubin – Legendary Record Producer

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As one of the most widely accomplished record producers of the past 25 years, Rick Rubin is also one of music’s biggest fans, a quality often times lost in the commerce of the record industry.  Whether he is working with an artist in his capacity as a producer, or overseeing a record label, Rubin is [...]


Aryeh B. Bourkoff – Founder and CEO, LionTree LLC

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Mr. Bourkoff is the founder and CEO of LionTree LLC, an independent investment bank.  He previously served as Vice Chairman and Head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS, which he joined in 1999.  He was also a member of the UBS Investment Banking Executive Committee.  Other positions Mr. Bourkoff held within UBS include Joint Global [...]


Antoine F. Theysset – SVP for Corporate Development, Amplify

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Antoine Theysset was one of the first executives of News Corporation’s digital education division known as Amplify and is Senior Vice President for Corporate Development. He previously served as COO of Fox Interactive Media/MySpace’s international division, where he was responsible for strategy, operations, and corporate and business development outside of the U.S. Previously, Antoine was [...]


Reshma Saujani – Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

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Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. In her groundbreaking new book, “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line,” Reshma advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing [...]


Tom Kuhn – Managing Member, Doorbrook LLC

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Tom Kuhn is the Managing Member of Doorbrook LLC, a private investment firm.  He began his professional career as an M&A and securities lawyer. After graduating from law school, he worked as a law clerk to Judge Richard Cardamone on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  In 1989, he joined Wachtell, [...]


Pamela G. Quanrud – Regional Energy Counselor for Africa, U.S. Department of State

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Pamela Quanrud is an international economist with nearly three decades experience in the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassies abroad, principally in countries in transition.  She has served four agencies — State, Treasury, the National Security Council and the United States Trade Representative — and is currently the U.S. Regional Energy Counselor for Africa, resident [...]


Alan Patricof – Founder and Managing Director, Greycroft Partners

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Alan Patricof is the founder and managing director of Greycroft LLC. A longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital, Alan entered the industry in its formative days with the creation of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., a predecessor to Apax Partners – today, one of the world’s leading private equity firms with $41 billion under [...]


Mia Shaw – Health Commissioner, City of Berkeley

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Mia N. Shaw is a junior at UC Berkeley and a Robert T. Matsui Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow. She is a member of the Berkeley Mayor’s Health Task Force and a Health Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, appointed to the position by Mayor Tom Bates at the age of 19. Shaw is a regular contributor to [...]


Jonathan Keidan – Co-Founder, InsideHook

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Jonathan has spent his career at the intersection of the media, entertainment and technology industries. He is currently a Venture Advisor to Trigger Media (digital media fund) as well as the Co-Founder and President of InsideHook. InsideHook, a recently launched men’s lifestyle platform that curates recommendations for established, adventurous men, is on track to become [...]


John Osborn – President and CEO, BBDO New York

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John Osborn is President and Chief Executive Officer of BBDO New York.  John has been in this role for nearly ten years – longer than any other New York agency executive.  Under John’s leadership, BBDO New York has increased revenues by more than 50%, expanded its client base to include categories like btob, retail, healthcare [...]


Rachel S. Haot – Chief Digital Officer & Deputy Secretary for Technology, State of New York

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Rachel S. Haot is the Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology for New York State, part of Governor Cuomo’s administration. Her focus is to realize the Governor’s vision for the State by improving the way that government and public engage online, and supporting collaborative innovation with the technology community. Prior to this role, [...]