Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects… [See Full Post]

Shane Smith


Shane Smith is the founder and CEO of VICE, the global youth media brand. One of the industry’s most respected visionaries, Smith is also a critically acclaimed journalist, and the host and executive producer for the Emmy winning news series, VICE, on HBO. Under Smith’s guidance, VICE, initially launched in 1994 as a punk magazine, has… [See Full Post]

Jennifer Hyman – Rent The Runway


Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a fashion company with a technology soul that is disrupting the way women get dressed. In her role, she oversees strategic initiatives and leads the company in growing all areas of the business, including marketing, technology, product, and analytics. She co-founded the… [See Full Post]

Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani

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… [See Full Post]

Tampon Run


  High school students Sophie Houser and Andrea Gonzales created an 8-bit side scroller game, Tampon Run, last summer to combat the menstrual taboo. They made the game as their final project for the Girls Who Code immersion program. They posted it to in early September to share with friends and family. To their… [See Full Post]

Peter Greste


Australian Journalist Peter Greste and two Al-Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were arrested on 29 December 2013 for allegedly speaking with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Peter and his colleagues pleaded not guilty at the trial, which commenced on 20 February 2014. On 23 June 2014, they were found guilty by the court, Peter… [See Full Post]

Jake Burton

Photo by Jeff Curtes

Snowboarding has changed a lot in the past 38 years since Jake founded Burton Snowboards. One thing has stayed constant during all that time: Jake still leads the world’s most successful snowboard company, testing nearly every product Burton makes. He still takes feedback to heart – whether it’s from a pro rider, a customer email… [See Full Post]

Darren Walker – The Ford Foundation

Darren Walker

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, where he oversees more than $12 billion in assets, $500 million annually in global social justice grants and 10 international offices. He has been a leader in the social sector for more than two decades, including serving as vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, and his expertise… [See Full Post]

Formula E Racing


Formula E is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. Beginning in September 2014 through to June 2015, the championship will compete in some of the world’s leading cities – including London, Beijing and Miami. For the inaugural season, 10 teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head creating a unique and exciting… [See Full Post]

Jason Silva

Jason Silva

Emmy-nominated Host of National Geographic’s Brain Games, which premiered to the highest premiere ratings in the channel’s history, Jason Silva is an extraordinary new breed of philosopher who meshes philosophical wisdom of the ages with an infectious optimism for the future. Combining intriguing insights and a mastery of digital film-making, Jason delivers “philosophical shots of… [See Full Post]

Ruzwana Bashir

Ruzwana Bashir Square

Ruzwana Bashir is Founder and CEO of Peek, which is disrupting the $100bn activities industry. is a marketplace to book the best activities, and the company has developed backend SaaS tools to provide activity operators with real-time booking and inventory management capabilities. CNBC labeled Peek as the “OpenTable for activities” and the New York Times labeled “a site you… [See Full Post]

Bill Simmons


Social Media: Website – Twitter – @BillSimmons  Facebook – Grantland From the Grantland archive: “The Action Hero Championship Belt” “SNL 40” “Retro Running Diary: Super Bowl XLIX” “The Goodell-Must-Go Bag” “God Loves Cleveland” “Letterman’s Last Great Moment” Podcasts/Video: The B.S. Report: Podcast Archive (ESPN Radio) Grantland YouTube Channel Grantland Classics Playlist: B.S. Report Playlist:

Summit Series


Accepting on behalf of Summit Series are co-founders Jeff Rosenthal and Brett Leve. Summit is an organization which is best known for hosting innovative gatherings that unite the leaders of today and tomorrow through environments and events designed to catalyze positive personal and collective growth. Summit is the owner of Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah and… [See Full Post]

Dr. Bill Magee – Operation Smile


Dr. William Magee, Jr., CEO and Co-Founder of Operation Smile, has dedicated the past 32 years to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults around the world. As a leading plastic and craniofacial surgeon, Dr. Magee has trained thousands of physicians worldwide, delivered hundreds of keynote speeches for corporate and national… [See Full Post]

David Lynch Foundation


At-risk populations suffer from epidemic levels of chronic stress and stress-related disorders—fueling violence, crime and soaring health costs, and compromising the effectiveness of education, health, rehabilitation and vocational programs now in place. The David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2005 to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities, including the Transcendental… [See Full Post]

Brad Katsuyama

Brad Katsuyama

Brad is the CEO, President, and co-founder of IEX – an equity trading marketplace that is owned and designed for traditional investors – mutual funds, hedge funds, and individuals. Brad is most widely known for his central role in Michael Lewis’ best-selling book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Prior to co-founding IEX, Brad was… [See Full Post]

Mary Childs


Mary Childs joined Bloomberg News in 2009 and reports on the world’s biggest asset managers, in print, on television, and on radio. She previously covered corporate bonds and derivatives, and in April 2012, she and a team were the first to break the story of the JPMorgan London Whale, a trader who lost the bank… [See Full Post]

Trip Adler – Scribd


Trip Adler is CEO and co-founder of Scribd. More than 100 million users read books and other documents on-demand using Scribd. Inspired by trying to help his father publish a medical paper, Trip started Scribd in 2007 with a simple observation that even with the proliferation of blogs and other self-publishing tools, there was no… [See Full Post]

Georgette Mulheir – Lumos


In 1993, Georgette Mulheir went from working with teenage mothers in the north of England, to project managing the development of a ground-breaking program in Romania. One of the most shocking revelations of the December 1989 revolution was the estimated 200,000 children living in horrific conditions in the country’s so-called ‘orphanages’ – the residential institutions… [See Full Post]

Nanotronics Imaging


Nanotronics Imaging are enablers for the next industrial revolution, creating hardware, software and services that deal with the unification of scale. Our microscopes can image over a range previously not thought possible in one instrument. We can look at the macro, micro and atomic scale, and do this all now in 3D. Complex algorithm for the… [See Full Post]

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham


Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is a 23 year-old wheelchair moto-cross athlete from Las Vegas, Nevada. Aaron was born with Spina Bifida, which resulted in him having no usage of his legs. He is the third of six children, all adopted. Aaron never let anything stop him. Even as a baby and small child, he did anything… [See Full Post]

Nicole Ticea

Nicole Ticea

If there are two things Nicole could credit for helping her develop the most cost-effective device for early HIV detection, she would say ‘passion’ and ‘youthful naïveté’. A teenage researcher from Vancouver, Canada, Nicole has spent the past two years building a team of co-collaborators and business partners at Simon Fraser University, a local institute,… [See Full Post]

Alyse Nelson – Vital Voices

Alyse Nelson

Alyse Nelson is president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for 17 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Alyse has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international… [See Full Post]

Gundersen Health’s Advance Care Planning


Patients and their caregivers often are not asked what care they want, and not given options to make good decisions. Instead, they get care that providers deem best. Advance care planning is the process of coming to understand, reflect on, discuss and plan for a time when you cannot make your own medical decisions. The… [See Full Post]

Alec Momont


Alec Momont recently founded Drones For Good, an open platform that is changing the public perception of drones. It is redefining what the technology can do for people and leverage its strengths for the greater good. One of its recent innovations is the Ambulance Drone, a high speed (over 100km/h) UAV that carries critical supplies to… [See Full Post]

Ayah Bdeir – littleBits


Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets to allow anyone to learn, build, and invent with electronics. Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Bdeir’s career and education have centered on advancing… [See Full Post]

Boston Blades


The Boston Blades are a professional women’s ice hockey team in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, and are based out of Boston, Massachusetts. The Blades play most of their home games at the Clark Athletic Center, located at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Ever since beginning play in the 2010-11 CWHL season, the Boston Blades have won the… [See Full Post]

HH Prince Fahad Al Saud — Founder & CEO, NA3M Games


HH Prince Fahad Al Saud is an entrepreneur, CEO and pioneer in the Middle East’s creative and technology sectors. He is committed to social change; backing initiatives to empower people and businesses across the Middle East, the USA and Africa. With a determined and entrepreneurial belief in the power of ‘artistic technology’, he has contributed… [See Full Post]