SXSW Mentor Sessions

Mentors

550083

Megan Adams

V2V

Monday July 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Outside of traditional media, analyst and investor relations, I've launched startups, developed branding and messaging and positioning across multiple verticals, including green tech, consumer tech, healthcare, HR and entertainment, and managed events of all shapes and sizes. I jump-started my career as the primary communications manager for SXSW Interactive in Austin. After three years with the SXSW team, I switched gears and joined Porter Novelli, where I worked on launching, growing and managing startups to household names. Most recently, I worked with Jones-Dilworth, Inc. as an extension of their executive team, as well as managing PR clients such as 500px, Bottlenose and working on The Daily Dot.

637318

Asha Aravindakshan

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Asha Aravindakshan is the Director of Talent Operations at Ashoka. She has over a decade of impact in the private, governmental and philanthropic sectors leading strategic, financial and operational initiatives. Previously, as Chief of Staff to the Chief Technology Officer for Washington, DC, she created the award-winning TechStat performance management program and led critical citywide initiatives related to public safety, health and economic development. She is passionate about the potential of applying innovative solutions across sectors and their ability to strengthen governance, improve education, and transform lives. Asha holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance from The George Washington University.

Barker_craig

Craig Barker

V2V

Monday July 14th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Craig Barker is a trusted attorney and advisor to businesses and creators in Austin’s signature industries of digital media, entertainment and health technology. Craig’s experience with negotiating contracts involving intellectual property for creators and rights holders, and those acquiring rights for businesses, gives him an uncommonly balanced perspective. He understands how to work with management in order to frame deals creatively, as well as how to manage disputes and protect rights in the court system. As a former professional musician and manager, Craig is familiar with all aspects of the music and entertainment business and its complex legal issues. He has designed and taught courses on digital media, business law and entertainment law for graduate and undergraduate levels at St. Edward’s University and Austin Community College, continuing legal education courses for the State Bar of Texas and professional development courses for the SXSW Music Conference and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

509840

Anna Beatrice Scott

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

I reveal intersectional opportunities for strategic development of product, brand and community around them for an array of for profit, social impact and non-profit change-makers. I heart hackers, artists, and disruptors. Finding the story inside the bright idea (not the story one tells about how the bright idea arrived) is the first step to successfully driving and owning the conversation.

In addition to serving as editor-at-large and content manager for an array of projects, I work as a stage mom for start-ups, fairy fundraiser and agent-provocateur for good. By working at the infrasonic, Vita Vibrare delivers strategy based in the stories yet to unfold.

You should contact me if you are ready to change the world. Inspiring, maddening conversations await, along with introductions to key players in your market, followed up by hands on tasks and work flows to actually make the adventure fun. And if you like, we can make a show about it.

Specialties: ideation, market research, quantum storytelling, human factors, business strategy, curriculum review, arts administration, grant writing, cultural analysis of jurisprudence, ethnography of urban planning and cultural performance, public speaking on the intersection of Arts and legal practices on the Internet.

Performance artist/original and adapted texts

Dancer

Storyteller and intermittent musician

699976

Drew Bird

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

I am an established leadership and organization development practitioner with experience working with organizations and groups of all sizes. Over the course of my career, I’ve worked with organizations in Canada, the US, and the UK, including the London Stock Exchange, the Bank of England, the United Nations, Microsoft, and Osborne-McGraw-Hill. This broad exposure has allowed me to see first-hand what a difference effective leaders, and effective leadership practices, can make to an organization, and the people that work within it. I have years of experience leading teams, departments, and divisions, in a variety of environments.

On the academic front I hold an MSc in Organizational Psychology from the University of London, England, and an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. I’m currently preparing for Doctoral-level work. I am a member of the Canadian Psychological Society (CPA), and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

I’m a Premier Partner and approved certifying trainer for the EQ-i and EQ360 instruments by Multi-Health Systems (MHS), the worldwide copyright-holder and licensing authority for the tools. In addition, I hold certifications as an Achieve Global Master Trainer, I’m a qualified MBTI practitioner, and I’m certified in the Hogan HDS, HPI, and MVPI instruments.

In addition to my work with coaches, consultants, and HR professionals, I work directly with select clients from both the private and public sectors, including Alberta Health Services, the largest healthcare-provider in Canada, as well as Interior Health, Northern Health, and the British Columba Health Leadership Development Collaborative (of which I was a founding member). I also work with clients in the Oil and Gas sector, non-profit associations, and investment management. I was a member of the design team that received an ICF Prism Award for our work developing an executive coaching program for a 20,000 person healthcare organization.

When not pursuing my passion for organizational and individual improvement, I’m an avid sailor, cyclist, wannabe surfer, and movie hound. My love of travel has taken me all over the world, including Canada, the US, Australia, Africa, and Europe.

638294

Luke Brown

V2V

Monday July 14th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Having successfully started and sold three companies, Luke evaluates everything in business from an entrepreneurial and investor mindset. His passion is entrepreneurship, startups and fast-growing companies. Luke is in demand for his ability to teach entrepreneurs how to successfully pitch investors. As a sponsor for an angel investor group and in his role as an entrepreneurial consultant, he has seen thousands of pitches and knows what investors want to see in a presentation. Luke has created this content for investor accelerators and spoken about it at universities and business organizations. Luke's other major interest is sales and sales training, which is matched by his expertise in that field. He has a 25 year track record as a public speaker. He won multiple state and national awards in both prepared and impromptu speeches while a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He's also a Visiting Entrepreneur at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

647439

Kyle Bunch

V2V

Monday July 14th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Kyle is a Director in R/GA's Mobile & Social Platforms group and is one of Business Insider's "Most Creative People in Social Media."

639017

DL Byron

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Byron is the Principal of Textura Design, an agency that specializes in creative and interesting approaches to social media. He's a full-time blogger, inventor of the consumer product Clip-n-Seal, and coauthor of Publish & Prosper: Blogging for Your Business, a New Riders book.

In his career, Byron built many of the original business blogs for Fortune 100 companies. He evangelizes new web technologies, developing and deploying strategies to integrate them into business practice. He also founded and publishes Bike Hugger, a blog about bike culture and rides his bicycle in faraway places like Europe, China, and India.

613527

Yoli Chisholm

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

http://tedxseattle.org/portfolio/yoli-chisholm/ Yoli Chisholm is a passionate builder whether it has been helping technology companies like Microsoft build and market new businesses or eBay grow in a new market or startups like Points.com and Healthvault.com deliver new technology she is has been a veteran product developer and marketer always driven by the belief that technology can be a great equalizer. An immigrant originally from South Africa descended from a long line of freedom fighters she brings a point of view to life and business that is rooted in a curiosity and respect for our technological and personal evolutionary journey – past, present and future.

643385

Catherine Cook

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Catherine is the co-founder of MeetMe, the public market leader for social discovery.

Catherine co-founded myYearbook with her brother Dave in 2005.

The company merged with the Quepasa Corporation in November 2011 and in June 2012 rebranded to MeetMe, Inc. Catherine is responsible for creating some of MeetMe’s most important applications and has been instrumental in driving the site’s growth by conceiving of the next popular features. As part of MeetMe’s management team, Catherine continues to drive new features that deliver on our mission -- to be the best place to meet new people.

Catherine graduated from Georgetown University in 2011, where she majored in OPIM and marketing. Catherine has been reported on extensively on INC, CNBC, MTV, ABC News, Fox News, CosmoGIRL, BusinessWeek, the San Francisco Chronicle, and CBS.

7498

Christie Dames

V2V

Monday July 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

As an uber-connector and cross pollinator of people and ideas, Christie is dedicated to bringing together visionaries, engaged activists, world catalysts and planet changers to rebuild a healthy world for healthy beings. As a custom designer of face-to-face executive visibility speaking programs for corporate clients, Christie works with thought leaders and designers around the world opening doors and building lasting partnerships between businesses, organizations, people and communities expanding their reach to making the world better. As founder and developer of the Niehaus Ryan Wong, Inc. Speakers Bureau, Dames created the first speakers bureau ever dedicated to strategically placing leaders and visionaries before rapidly growing audiences in the new and evolving technology arena. Her vision opened new doors in the conference industry by bringing tech speakers to the forefront through innovative settings, in-depth research methods, broad-based audience appeal and strategic speaker development. Earlier in her career, Christie worked to develop Public / Private partnerships involving organizations such as Goodwill Industries, Kimpton Hotel Group, Hilton Hotels, and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Program. These grew out of her own organization “San Francisco Shine”, a forerunner of the San Francisco Business Improvement District, which hired the homeless to clean up the downtown area and was featured on CNN and C-SPAN. Additionally, for the past 12 years Christie has translated her business experience into her personal mission — helping people find the answers to seemingly unanswerable health problems. As a medical detective, she helps people to explore new paths, find new answers, locate the hidden causes that lead to physical conditions, and build their own “map of choices” to get better.

699031

Marcus Daniels

V2V

Monday July 14th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Marcus is the Managing Director of Extreme Startups, a VC-backed startup accelerator, where he's obsessed with giving digital product founders an unfair advantage. Founded MeshSquared Ventures to invest & build digital product companies.

Former COO at TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 Trendspotting website with over 1 billion views & an innovation partner to Fortune 500 brands. Past VP Operations & Product Development at Frameworks, North America's leading retail QSR business intelligence software & eLearning company. Started up the eLearning division at AME Learning, a global business education company specializing in financial acumen training. A digital native that started out by hacking together a BBS in 1989 that led him to co-found Fluid eNovations, an award winning web development agency.

Marcus holds an MBA from Queen's School of Business, a BA from McGill University and completed the VC executive program from UC Berkeley.

Photo

Mark Drosos

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Mark Drosos is the Founder of Lodestone Social Media, a real-time omni-engagement platform that integrates a brand’s consumer insights and marketing campaigns into a unified omni-channel experience. Lodestone’s platform delivers relevant, real-time content and incentivizes consumers to engage with the brand. Lodestone’s platform has deployed second screen social TV campaigns, retail/venue activation programs, omni-channel sweepstakes/contests, sponsorship activation and omni-channel loyalty programs for Major League Baseball, OKC Thunder, Fox Sports, The Big Ten Network, Houston Texans, Zaxby’s, C Spire Wireless, The Golf Channel, Jacksonville Jaguars, over 30 NCAA athletic departments and more. Prior to Lodestone, Mark was the Executive Director of Worldwide Interactive Marketing for Warner Bros.; the CRO of Powered (acquired by the Dachis Group) a social media agency for Sony, American Express, HP and Radio Shack and the Vice President of Business Development and Digital Marketing for nFusion. Before joining the digital media world, Mark managed the sales and marketing efforts for consumer products companies such as Hormel Foods, Rand McNally and Ruiz Foods. In addition to being the former burrito king, Mark is a frequent speaker, interviewee, writer for IMG, NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Final Four, AVCA, NFCA, iMedia Connection, The University of Southern California and University of Texas MBS programs and Destination CRM amongst other media outlets.

641839

Roger Erik Tinch

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Online and digital media for @drafthouse, @drafthousefilms and @badassdigest. Curator of @reelizer. Member of #VegasTech.

636939

Justin Esgar

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Founded Autriv Software Development in 2010, launching premier app SignMyPad; a PDF signature app for the iPad. SignMyPad sells for $3.99 on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Barnes & Noble with an advanced version, SignMyPad Pro, for $19.99 that includes a geo-location service. The app has been widely integrated in the Real Estate and Law markets, as well as the mass market looking for continuing solutions to “going green”. Windows and cloud-based versions will be launching later in 2013. Other apps include Homebase, the social media megaphone, and NYC Truck Food. Widespread speaking engagements began with MacTech in 2010, discussing how to "Appitalize on your Idea" (take an idea and turn it into a successful app with no programming experience). Recent talks include MacIT at MacWorld 2013, Penn State MacAdmins Conference, and MacTech DC.

641851

Michael Feferman

V2V

Monday July 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Michael is the Co-Founder of DoStuff Media where he oversees Business Development. He has created and fulfilled programs for sponsors like Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Dell, Nokia, Red Bull, Sony Playstation, vitaminwater, and many more. Before DoStuff, Michael spent nearly a decade running Digital for C3 Presents, one of the world’s largest concert and event producers and the company behind such signature international events as Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Festival.

Photo

Alexis Finch

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Alexis is a self proclaimed “Defenestration Expert,” dedicated to the task of recognizing and eliminating feature creep and zombie users. As the CEO of AgentFin Consulting, she brings the idea of the “path-to-purchase” beyond the screen and past the product, helping clients better understand their users & designing experiences that are not only delightful, but also useful.

Since 2010 Alexis has documented the finest minds in the tech world as the pencil behind GraphiteMind, turning complex problems into visually engaging sketchnotes, making obfuscated ideas relatable and actionable. A champion of women in male dominated industries, she founded #XXHack [now part of CWDevs] as a safe space for Chicago’s women coders to connect, learn and support each other. She also created and ran TyK [Thought You Knew] giving female cyclists an opportunity to explore their identity, shifting the assumptions of what a “woman bicyclist” looks like. Alexis continues to act as UX Mentor for WIM, Parisoma and DevBootcamp, while making time to act as Co-Chair of MoDevUX, and sit on the advisory board at Seed&Spark, a platform for filmmakers to close the loop between funding and distribution.

636830

Darlene Fiske

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Darlene Fiske is a self-proclaimed shoe monger and the owner of The Fiske Group: Public Relations and Marketing Strategies, an award-winning boutique communications firm that specializes in positioning luxury goods to the affluent consumer. Fiske worked on-site at Lake Austin Spa Resort for 10 years as the Director of Sales & Marketing and guided the efforts of a complete re-positioning and branding after a multi-million dollar renovation in 2004, catering to the affluent 1% in the US. In 2006, she started her own business and represents a small collection of very unique destinations and clientele. Fiske is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism. This will be her second time presenting at the SXSW V2V Conference and she’s said a small prayer that she will find time for a little shoe shopping while in Vegas.

700001

Eric Franklin

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Professor Franklin joined the Boyd School of Law in 2013 after completing the Whiting Fellowship at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He directs the Small Business & Nonprofit Legal Clinic and teaches Business Planning, Corporations, and Contracts. He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his B.A. from the University of Texas. After law school, he joined Sullivan Cromwell’s corporate group in Palo Alto, where his practice primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities offerings. After several years at Sullivan, he moved to Seattle to join the business transaction group of Davis Wright Tremaine. At DWT, he worked on a wide range of projects, from documenting multi-billion dollar joint ventures to counseling entrepreneurs on legal issues facing early-stage companies. The Small Business & Nonprofit Legal Clinic, which launches in the fall of 2014, will represent nonprofits, small businesses, and community-based associations on transactional matters. Professor Franklin’s research interests include contract law, economic development, securities law, and corporate law.

688151

Danny Fraser

V2V

Monday July 14th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Head of SEO and online marketing for Romman Inc, an eCommerce company managing several different websites across a variety of industries.

658670

Jim Galis

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

With more than a decade of experience working as an Executive Producer in game development, Jim has successfully managed talented teams of technical and creative people to deliver multi-million dollar video game projects for major publishers, such as Electronic Arts, Nintendo, and Sega on current generation game consoles and PC’s. Utilizing the unique combination of his engineering and management background, he has provided technical direction and oversight to effectively lead his teams to successful solutions. Jim is well known for his ability to motivate highly creative teams toward excellence in their day-to-day work while overcoming difficult project challenges. His experience in the entertainment field encompasses console, mobile and social applications, Free-to-Play PC games and Casino Video Slot games. Additionally, Jim has contributed to the design of curriculums for game development programs at the University of Texas at Arlington.

207509

Aziz Gilani

V2V

Monday July 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Aziz Gilani is an early stage VC at Mercury Fund in Houston focusing on enterprise software, devops, and mobile platforms.

699854

Shane Green

V2V

Monday July 14th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Shane's career has been distinguished by a series of consulting, speaking and cultural engagements that enrich his clients with modern, specialized approaches to today's workforce. As President of SGE, Shane's client roster has included BMW, the NBA, Christie's Auction House, Cisco, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Hilton. In 2014, Shane will star in a Travel Channel series called "Resort Recon," on which he will consult failing hotels and help them to become successful utilizing the principles he will showcase in the proposed session. Prior to founding SGE and SGEi, Shane garnered decades of experience as a modern luxury and hospitality expert consultant. His distinctive, multicultural background has created an ambiance of diversity and global thinking at SGE and SGEi, which serves the interests of the companies' international clients. Shane received his Bachelor's in Marketing and Business Psychology from Canterbury University in his native country, New Zealand.

636820

Gregory Green

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

As President, Chief Executive Officer and founder, Mr. Green has led the development of Featuring.Me’s services and products with a team of musical, artist and technology experts from around the globe. Mr. Green brings to this position a depth of expertise in technology and global startups. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Green founded a management consulting company called The Flagstaff Initiative, Pty. Ltd. to address the growing need of businesses to understand both international expansion as well as how their IT strategy directly affected bottom line performance and sustainability. The Flagstaff Initiative has been involved in projects in Australia and the US, from development of remediation plans for the backup and recovery systems for 125 US Hospitals to grant research and development for an AUD$45M project into Weather Risk Research and Technology.

479280

Frank Gruber

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Frank Gruber grew up in the Midwest heartland and is an entrepreneur, new media journalist and investor. He is the author of Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide To Building, Growing and Celebrating Startup Success published by Wiley. He co-founded Tech Cocktail in 2006, which has grown into a hub for the creative class, offering tech startup focused news, events, and resources. Frank currently is the CEO of Tech Cocktail. Previously, Frank built and launched products for the masses while at AOL, Tribune and Classified Ventures along with startup efforts like Thankfulfor, Splog Reporter and more. As a journalist his works have been featured in a number of top media publications like TechCrunch, Fortune, HuffPo, etc. He was named by Forbes as one of the most connected people in tech. His alma maters include Purdue and Northwestern respectively. While living the startup life, he also enjoys swimming, strumming his guitar and/or ukulele, warm weather, beaches and sports – especially Chicago and DC teams. Frank currently lives in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. but travels a lot as he circles the globe speaking, hosting events and helping entrepreneurs, startups and technology communities amplify their local technology signal.

565659

Krishna Gupta

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Krishna Gupta is a former musician, dedicated entrepreneur and current CEO of Sortfolio. His innate leadership skills were exposed during freshman year when Krishna started providing micro-loans at the early age of thirteen. Krishna has come an exceedingly long way since his adolescent business endeavors, and has cultivated his early discovered entrepreneurial spirit by gaining significant business experience in a variety of diverse industries. He has exposed himself to operations, hotel management, founding a real estate investment firm, fashion and music. Krishna's dynamic work experience highlights both his commitment to his passion for business and also his ability to embrace new ideas. Before Krishna was immersed into the start-up world with BeanGenius and Sortfolio, he was lead guitar player for a hard rock band.

Much of Krishna's success with Sortfolio can be credited to his open-minded impartiality combined with his appreciation for creativity. His ability to not limit himself to a single industry while entertaining new opportunities serves as a catalyst for many of Krishna's brilliant ideas and endeavors.

Krishna graduated with honors from UCLA with an MBA.

481726

Courtney Hemphill

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Courtney Hemphill is a Lead Developer at Carbon Five in San Francisco, CA. Over the past 10+ years, Courtney has used Agile and Lean techniques in a wide variety of web and mobile projects for clients including SFMOMA, Skype, Sharethrough, and BookRenter. An outspoken advocate for integrating design processes into quick development cycles, Courtney and her teams consistently deliver high quality design and development for applications that test both code and interactions with real customers. She also coaches and speaks about techniques that optimize this feedback loop. Courtney organizes events with Women Who Code and RailsBridge in San Francisco. She runs workshops and mentors for startup and enterprise organizations including LUXr, Balanced Team, and the Vegas Tech Fund. Courtney also finds a healthy amount of time to unplug from the internets, traveling in search of the best rock climbing spots in the world, always returning to her primary stomping ground in Yosemite Valley.

699116

John K Bates

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

John gets rave reviews from top level execs at the VW Electronics Research Lab, Stone Brewing Co., Motorola Solutions, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley & Boston, Janssen Labs San Diego, LAZ Parking, DudaMobile & many others.

People regularly call his “Creating ‘TED-worthy’ Pitches, Presentations and Communications” the best communications training they have ever received.

Public Speakers, executive leadership teams, sales teams, customer service teams, business development teams, marketing communications, social media & public relations teams all benefit greatly from John Bates's Internationally Acclaimed presentations & training.

An award winning public speaker since high school, John has co-founded or been a very early employee at numerous startups, raised hundreds of millions in venture capital, failed big, succeeded big and he now shares his experience and expertise with individuals, corporations, government agencies and non-profits all over the world.

610629

Aren Kaser

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Aren is the co-founder and CEO at Igor Institute, a product development engineering firm located in Seattle, WA. As a strategic marketing and communications business professional Aren has led teams of talented people committed to enhancing companies' unique brands and helping redefine the conversation around product development, hardware engineering, healthcare, and higher education. His areas of focus have ranged wide—from integrated marketing and communications strategy to external branding, business development, project management, media outreach, and creative direction. Aren has his BA and MA from Seattle University where he is currently an Adjunct Professor for for the 2013/14 academic year. His recent work experience includes Synapse Product Development, the University of Washington, and Seattle University.

Photo

Kimberly Knoll

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Kimberly Knoll a Coach for Entrepreneurs who is also a Licensed Psychotherapist, trained in systems psychology. She's worked over 200 clients, worked in 3 startups, in both San Francisco and Las Vegas, and is married to a serial entrepreneur.

Kim is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and individuals thrive in healthy relationships, become great leaders, and be more true to themselves. It is true, when we are able to work through and become aware of our strengths and our stumbling blocks, we can build more successful companies and strong healthy relationships. Kim also passionate about emotion and what it means to be real within a world that asks you to be “on” all the time. Being real also means being honest about depression, anxiety, loneliness, and fears that we all face at different times in this life. She is working hard to stifle the stigma of this, especially within the startup culture.

Kim's coaching is informed by research based theories.

689314

Joseph Kozusko

V2V

Monday July 14th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

As a reformed university professor, Joseph has spent the last several years on a journey of entrepreneurship. His focus area is finding the right opportunities to develop and create new ventures. As a graduate of the acclaimed Acton MBA program; he has spent time in venture capital, real estate, franchising, and technology commercialization. In various roles, he has successfully launched companies across multiple industries such as education, fitness, software, and logistics. He is currently building a new e-commerce platform that is expected to launch in late 2014.

640969

Esther Kuperman

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Esther Kuperman is a UI/UX design expert for mobile and web. Esther has been involved with formulating and designing innovative mobile/web apps such as Sociidot. Her knowledge of what it takes to build a product that will gain traction has saved companies time and money. With Esther's background in design for leading brands such as the NBA she adds a unique perspective of how to design the product to create viral loops and increase a user base.

700109

David Larkin

V2V

Monday July 14th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

David Larkin is the Founder and CEO of GoWatchit, a search engine and universal queue for movies. He has worked in many roles in the film industry from production assistant to producer. Memorable films include late night cable staple Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, better known as CHUD and SXSW Award Winner, Made In China. He is currently producing Lone Stars, a feminist comedy about Texas auto show bikini girls. He Executive Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor of Nanotronics Imaging, an innovative platform for high resolution digital imaging and analysis, and sits on the Board of Directors of Trickle Up, which helps the world’s poorest people start businesses thorough micro grants and business training and he is also a director of the Montauk Observatory, a public astronomical observatory for the education and enjoyment of students, astronomy buffs and families on the East End of Long Island.

Photo

Rynda Laurel

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Rynda Laurel has an extensive background in the music, entertainment, brand, and online space. She has helped expand and monetize numerous careers, companies, and ventures by focusing on the core strengths of a project then generating new opportunities for discovery and growth. Her network is vast, and she has a knack for combining creative concepts with the right partners to get executable results. Working directly with content creators and intellectual properties for over 25 years in various aspects gives her a unique, multifaceted view of the entertainment business. In an ever-changing landscape, her tenure at major record labels, artist management firms, motion picture studios, interactive advertising agencies, and international tech companies make her a valuable asset across the board. She has worked with hundreds of music artists from developing acts to well respected niche artists to multi-platinum, Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Rynda is a sought-after moderator, speaker, and curator at international conferences such as SXSW, MIDEM, CMJ, CMW, Silicon Beach, and Digital LA. She also works with a number of charitable organizations including MusiCares MAP Fund and Sweet Relief. In 2011, she started her own company and has spent the last few years spearheading global online strategies, direct to fan engagement, and social media marketing campaigns for established artists such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Public Enemy, and The Afghan Whigs, plus a number of lifestyle brands. Deeply entrenched in the technology and startup ecosystem, she also advises music based online platforms. Rynda continues to expand her client base. She looks for innovative, like-minded artists and content creators, lifestyle brands, experiential events and creative companies with whom to partner. For more information and list of artists go to www.atrynda.com

464723

Carrie Layne

V2V

Monday July 14th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Carrie Layne is the founder and CEO of BestBuzz. She is a pioneer in the digital marketing space with over 15 years of industry experience and has worked with brands including Cadillac, Proctor & Gamble, HP, Coca-Cola, Domino’s Pizza, MetroPCS, [yellow tail], Mary Kay, and Penguin Random House. After graduating from UT Austin, Layne began her career in San Francisco at Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive during the height of the dotcom days of 1999. Se is a serial entrepreneur, and her latest startup is called BestBuzz, which is a mobile platform that rewards customers for generating “buzz”, while helping brands boost customer acquisition and drive loyalty through an integrated mobile activation and social amplification software. BestBuzz has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Hottest Startups by Tech Cocktail and Startup America.

Tim Lee

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tim Lee began his career as a cost analyst for a FORTUNE 100 manufacturing company and learned the intricacies of large organizations through his work in corporate accounting and finance. He held senior management positions in both public and private companies, including positions as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Controller, gaining extensive experience with a variety of complex finance, management and human resources issues before returning to school for his legal education. After receiving his law degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Tim worked for legal aid service organizations where he practiced civil rights and employment law. In 2002, Tim relocated to Austin and started a solo law practice where he provided legal services and counseling to small business owners and managers. Soon after starting his law practice, Tim discovered the benefit of his extensive experience dealing with complex business and employment matters. As a lawyer, he has represented numerous small business owners and employers in a wide variety of issues ranging from business formations to complex contract negotiations and litigation. Tim understands the challenges faced by business owners and managers in today’s fast paced world and knows how to maximize and protect their interest.

663088

Mara Lewis

V2V

Monday July 14th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Mara Lewis is a serial entrepreneur and champion for innovation. She's founded 3 tech startups and was recently named the Managing Director of Start Co., a seed stage accelerator and investment fund. Mara is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and sits on the SXSW V2V Advisory Board. She has been quoted in the media as a thought leader for women in technology, and in 2013, helped launch Upstart, one of the nation's first accelerators for women-led tech startups. Mara is passionate about supporting founders through mentorship, capital, and technical assistance. She resides in San Francisco, California with a secondary residence in Memphis, TN to engage startups outside of Silicon Valley.

Photo

Ted Loh

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Ted spent a little over a decade in Silicon Valley working for the likes of Google and facebook, He has built and managed some of the most innovative data center infrastructure ever developed. His experiences working for these two internet giants has provided him with a unique perspective on building efficient systems and operating at scale. Missing the feel of the startup environment he now spends time advising startups on business development, product strategy, people management, and scaling. He currently advises startups: Lit Motors(an electric vehicle company), Aemass(a 3D video capture company), and Facial Network(an accessible facial recognition company).

When not advising startups he indulges in creative endeavors such as film and photography. Ted is also a partner at Roadwings Entertainment, an independent film company headed by director Andrew Shapter, and is executive producer on their soon to be released feature, "The Teller and the Truth."

Ted currently lives in Las Vegas, having returned to his native home town with the hopes of helping to develop Vegas as a tech hub.

699109

Vid Luther

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Vid Luther is the CEO & Founder of Pressable, formerly known as ZippyKid Managed WordPress Hosting. Vid founded ZippyKid in 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. He lead the bootstrapped startup to generate $250,000 within in its first year and most recently to hit $1 million in profit at the end of 2013. He lives in San Antonio with his wife, daughter, and three dogs.

637588

Monique Maley

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Monique Maley is an experienced pitch coach who has worked with entrepreneurs and start-ups from seed to Series B. Her work in the theater and film industry as well as with entrepreneurs and investors, all combine to give her the ability to craft and deliver a story that captures an audience. Her experience gives her the expertise in to help entrepreneurs connect with investors, clarify their story and communicate with confidence and authenticity.

Monique is principal and founder of Articulate Persuasion, a business focused on helping professionals communicate effectively. She has also founded and run two successful companies, worked with Fortune 500 companies and with high profile professionals from around the world.

699104

Michael Manning

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Raised in beautiful San Diego, California, I attended BYU-Idaho and attained a degree in Business Management and Culinary Arts. After graduating, l moved to Austin in order to take advantage of its eclectic mix of Technology, Food and Art. l have lent my talents to various culinary institutions and customer service opportunities, before choosing to start my own endeavor, Eat Me Austin. While promoting my own delicious baked goods through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and similar, I discovered a propensity and love for understanding the hard-analytics of SEO, SEM, and Social Outreach. The best part about my job is meeting people, hearing about their ideas and watching the Rocksauce team bring it to life. In 2012, Rocksauce Studios brought me on as their Marketing Manager, immediately seeing an up-turn in Klout score, Twitter followers, Ping-backs and pretty much any and all measurable social media metric.

483683

Liam Martin

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Liam Martin is co-founder and CMO at Staff.com, an online staffing agency which matches employers and employees in long term working relationships. He has almost 10 years experience in remote team management, focusing on how to make teams work more efficiently online. He's managed large teams across 9 different countries and is passionate about understanding how online collaboration happens and business process modelling.

699994

May May Luong

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

May May Luong is a film producer based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in film and a minor in Theater. May May has over 10 years industry experience and is currently teaching Film Production at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas while also producing feature films, commercials and music videos. She has worked with national brands such as MGM Resorts, Zizzazz and Zappos and has worked with notable performers and entertainers such as Teller, Gregory Popovich, Robin Leach and Antonio Fargas.

584207

Sharon Mays

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

A marketing and operations hybrid, Sharon Mays is a blend of equal parts strategic thinking, business planning, innovative creativity, problem solving, concept development, and old-fashioned marketing moxie. Her experience comes from years working in the entertainment, restaurant and consumer goods industries. By focusing on the needs of the client and customer, Sharon develops strategies tied to a solid execution plan. She's known for her ability to connect brands with their customer audience, as well as identify new products and profit-generating revenue streams. With more than 20 years of marketing experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial arenas, she has worked with businesses of all types and sizes, including her own innovative restaurant concept that she grew from concept to multi-unit chain. Sharon has received numerous awards and media coverage for her talent and skills and is frequently asked to share her expertise at conferences and speaking engagements.

581983

Ryan McCarthy

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Ryan is an intellectual property attorney that focuses on advising entrepreneurs and emerging companies. This work includes developing short- and long-term IP strategies in view of business goals and resources, addressing early-stage issues for avoiding long-term pitfalls, and considerations for co-founder agreements, funding, and the like.

620361

Jason Mendenhall

V2V

Monday July 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Jason Mendenhall is the master of all things cloud and big data technologies in his role as executive vice president of cloud. He oversees Switch C.U.B.E (Cloud Ubiquitous Business Exchange), which delivers the most comprehensive technology and cloud ecosystem in the market to Switch clients and partners. In this role, he also acts as the creator and chief evangelist of new products and services into the Switch ecosystem.

Prior to becoming a partner at Switch, Jason was the co-founder of Verde Communications, which was grown and sold to Sparkplug, Inc. Jason has 15 years of experience serving as an executive for global enterprise-level companies in the telecommunications, software, and technology consulting industries.

Jason's depth and breadth of experience in working where technology and business intersect provides him a unique perspective on the issues impacting entrepreneurs, enterprise executives, and technology practitioners. He is president of the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada, sits on the UNLV College of Engineering advisory board, serves on the Nevada Knowledge Fund Advisory Council, acts as a mentor to the start-up community and is a steadfast and strong advocate for the role technology ecosystems play in economic diversification.

Based on his depth of knowledge in the technology space, Jason also serves as one of the primary company representatives, and is a willing participant in global discussions surrounding current and future technology issues impacting today’s business leaders.

699086

Ryne Miller

V2V

Monday July 14th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Financial services attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Former legal counsel to Chairman Gary Gensler, Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Photo

Blake Miller

V2V

Monday July 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Blake Miller is a Partner at Think Big Partners and Director of Think Big Accelerator. A self proclaimed "Startup Guy" his skill set is vast with experience in developing businesses both online and offline. Blake attended the University of Kansas, where he studied Marketing and Entrepreneurship. As the Director of the Think Big Accelerator Program, Blake mentors and advises entrepreneurs at every stage of their business. Blake has started several of his own ventures including a current focus as a cofounder of Health & Fitness Startup Bodeefit. Outside of building, launching, and growing startups Blake is an Avid Crossfitter, on an Award Winning BBQ Team and general lover of Kansas City.

625376

Ryan O'Connell

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Ryan O’Connell is the VP of Influence & Co., a firm that helps companies position themselves and key executives as industry leaders through content.

594489

Kevin O'Malley

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Chairman of the Business and Leadership Forum at the Commonwealth Club of California; developing, producing and moderating programs and series on a variety of topics. With an international background in cross-cultural communications and linguistics, Kevin applies unique training and coaching skills and partnership building to the world of corporate speaking and events as President of TechTalk / Studio. His approach successfully brings disciplines such as deconstruction and semiotics into executive development and face to face interactions with targeted audiences.

699047

Lisa O'Neill

V2V

Monday July 14th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Lisa O'Neill has more than 24 years experience in public relations and integrated marketing with a range of industries from hospitality and travel, to retail, web marketplace and online learning. A graduate of the University of Texas, Lisa began her career in the Washington, DC, New York and Boston markets working in agencies, in-house and ultimately running her own boutique agency. Her diverse background, covering everything from marketing and community relations for a weekly newspaper group to representing luxury clients and start-ups, gives Lisa a deep and well-rounded understanding of how public relations can make a substantial impact on businesses of all sizes and categories. She returned to Austin in 2004 to raise her family deep in Longhorn country. Lisa is a passionate supporter of World Vision and its child sponsorship program, along with non-profits in the Austin area such as the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Kids in a New Groove.

479774

Jennifer Peck

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Jennifer is the Director of Media Relations at Banjo where she is recognized for her innate ability to open doors and develop relationships with top partners, clients and industry organizations. It’s no wonder she was featured in the book "Living With Enthusiasm." As one of the first employees, she has helped Banjo grow to a global presence with millions of users.

Jennifer is active in the tech community and serves on two working committees with the Application Developers Alliance; Data, Analytics and Security, and Media and Entertainment. She also serves on the Advisory Board for SXSW.

Jennifer is passionate about empowering youth with technology and her biggest joy is being a mentor for students in under-served communities. She holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Hope College.

50328

Scott Perry

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Consultant, strategist, marketing agent for a wide range of clients in tech and entertainment. Strong focus on the future of social / visual commerce. Clients include Nokia, Hasbro, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Focus Features, tech startups ShopLocket, damntheradio, HipSwap, and nearly every single record labal and management firm.

639685

Taya Pocock

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Owner & New Business Dev | Panomatics USA | Taya has a keen understanding of visual and immersive marketing tools and how these can be used to engage consumers on a sensory and emotional level to attract greater online exposure and increase sales. Her company specializes in replacing static (standard text/picture-based) websites with visually immersive and interactive content which enable viewers to move through environments, pull up information/media and engage with e-commerce and social media. As CEO and co-owner of Panomatics USA, Taya is responsible for developing new applications and concepts involving new media and oversees the Panomatics USA sales team with sales reps in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Prior to launching Panomatics USA in 2008, Taya spent five years working as a freelance marketing and promotions consultant for high-profile international companies/brands in both Munich, Germany as well as New York City.

636690

Cristina Quitania

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Cristina Q. is the founder of Refashion.co and host of the Refashion Podcast. As an experienced digital strategist and event producer, Cristina has been successful at managing marketing initiatives and creating events across a number of verticals including Fashion, Retail, Sports and Technology. Selected by Decoded Fashion to co-produce and lead all red carpet interviews at Decoded Fashion Milan, Cristina’s most notable interviews include Twitter, Net-a-Porter, Farfetch, Zappos, Diesel and YOOX. As a trained leadership coach, Cristina’s goal with Refashion.co is to accelerate the success of fashion entrepreneurs, while pushing the limits of what is possible through collaboration, knowledge and empowerment.

558549

Tracy Rummel

V2V

Monday July 14th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Tracy Rummel is founder of The Brandsoup Agency and advises entrepreneurs and business executives on marketing and communication strategy, finding creative solutions and driving big results. A Texas native and 20+ year marketing and technology veteran, Rummel has supported a number of technology leadership initiatives such as HATCH Pitch which began over two years ago at SXSW, TechStreet Houston, Women in Technology, Inc. (WITI), Association for Women in Computing (AWC) and now as mentor for the upcoming SXSW V2V in Las Vegas. Her blog, The Soup, covers topics on marketing and technology. Previous roles include Director Channel Marketing for Hubwoo responsible for its strategic partnership with Microsoft, Senior Marketing lead for Microsoft where she was recognized for multiple best practices worldwide, and a variety of marketing roles for Nokia, Dr Pepper, Sprint, HP and Siemens.

574094

Michael Schwartz

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

After starting his career as a hedge fund analyst for an investment banking firm, Mike began his entrepreneurial journey in 1995 at age 24, when he started "Spacelab," an ISP in New York City, which he sold to Verio (a larger ISP) three years later. His fourth and current start-up is Gluu, an open source identity and security company based in Austin. Along the way he has consulted on network security for many large organizations in a wide array of industries. He has a deep understanding of Internet technology and a pragmatic, boot-strapper business mentality.

Photo

Shelly Scott

V2V

Monday July 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Shelly Scott works in Business Development for Intuit’s Small Business Financial Services group with focus on strategic partnerships and acquisitions. She received her B.S. from University of California, Berkeley Walter Haas School of Business where she earned the distinction of Haas Community Fellow. While attending UC Berkeley, Shelly interned for TLG Capital, a private equity fund focused on socially responsible investments in the SME sector of East Africa and Southeast Asia.

513005

Dean Serletic

V2V

Monday July 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Dean Serletic serves as the head of marketing and licensing at Music Mastermind, an interactive entertainment technology company that empowers people to engage with music in new ways. Over the course of a 14-year career in the music industry, he has held senior positions in artist management, major label A&R, music publishing A&R, and executive label management. Dean got his start in the music business when he discovered Matchbox Twenty. He helped them achieve breakthrough success and sell 15 million copies of their debut album. He currently serves as president of Emblem Music Group, where he oversees the record label, as well as Emblem’s artist management, publishing and studio divisions. Emblem's roster includes Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, Gloriana, and Dugas.

700003

Jordan Siegel

V2V

Monday July 14th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Jordan coordinates on-campus recruiting, consults with employers’ contacts to develop strategies for effective recruiting, provides marketing and graphic design solutions to staff and employers, and advises students, staff and employers on MIT's career management system. Experience includes 12+ years in higher education, mainly in employer relations and recruiting.

647664

Doug Silver

V2V

Monday July 14th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Doug is the Chief Academic Officer and Co-Founder of Keys2Engage, LLC, the publishers of writerkey.com and publishkey.com. He prepared for this role by being an educator for nearly twenty years as a teacher, administrator, editor; he has published two studies on effective and efficient schools.

659068

James Sinclair

V2V

Monday July 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Hi. I am a mix of technology, growth hacker, business acceleration and generally shiny truck and new gadgets syndrome. All combined with a love of business incubation and angel funding. A Smörgåsbord of experience and expertise in creating, developing and bringing brands to market and revitalizing those that need a little refresh. With a background in high tech with a number of moderate exits, a current portfolio of tech incubator clients, I have defined a niche to assist companies in business growth, market acceleration and operations management across multiple verticals and a keen focus on consumer acquisition, retention and monetization. A specialty in designing business relationships that accelerate growth. A strong mix of companies with unique and challenging problems that need to be solved all the way from product to market. My current area of interest and passion is in the social enterprise and discovery space trying to find out how people and companies can accelerate goals and make their lives more efficient. //Guest Editor Wall St Journal

651116

Nick Slavin

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Nick is the founder and managing partner of EES Ventures, a Houston-based venture capital firm that funds, advises, and supports entrepreneurs building companies that impact energy, efficiency, and sustainability. Nick has over a decade of experience operating, investing in, and advising a variety of startups involving energy and digital technology. He is the author of the book Investing in Oil and Gas Wells and has spoken on entrepreneurship at Harvard, Yale, and Rice. In 2001, as an 18-year-old senior at Yale, he co-founded Bulldog Exploration, an oil and gas exploration and production company focusing onshore in Texas and Louisiana. For seven years, he was also a corporate attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which has been ranked the #1 corporate law firm by Corporate Board Member magazine for 13 consecutive years. As an attorney, Nick represented energy, financial, and technology companies in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, and capital markets transactions. Nick currently serves on the board of directors of Justice for Children, has served on a number of other private company and nonprofit boards, and is a mentor at several startup accelerators. He holds a BA in Economics, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

699102

Bob Smith

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Extensive experience with Executive and Business Development for companies at the Start-up level through $50B Fortune companies.

Skills in Strategy, Communication, Working Relationships, Revenue Traction and enough failures to have learned a great deal.

Currently, we help Start-ups become "Stay-ups" through our Contract Recruiting work to find the right fit between growing companies and exceptional people.

The LinkedIn Profile will give a more thorough information, but interest and experience in Computing, the Systems Thinking work developed at MIT, the study of Stanford researched Neuro-Linguistic Modeling as well as high interest in Assessment tools that help people deploy themselves to their full potential is of ongoing interest.

700002

Joe Stephens

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

I have built my career at the intersection of strategy, communication, and creativity. I attended Vanderbilt on scholarship and relocated to Austin, spending six years in a variety of roles (from Legislative Director to Legal Advisor) at the Texas Capitol. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law with honors, I spent some time in private practice before I founded my own communications firm. We worked with a select number of overseas clients and our projects were scattered globally. Now I spearhead Business Development for a rapidly growing software company, Remark. Our product and our users both span the globe, and though we currently operate in one vertical, there are more to come. I also operate a passion-project called "little hunches" -- a website dedicated to the generation of creative thought -- and am a competitive triathlete (having completed 11 Ironman Triathlons).

507769

Lon Taylor

V2V

Wednesday July 16th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

As a principal at First Insights, Lon has helped Fortune 500 firms and successful startups grow their businesses via objective marketing advice. Working as a usability moderator, project manager and occasional UX designer, he offers clients a straightforward approach to helping them gain more customers, break into new markets and validate innovative ideas. As the COO of BindThat.com, Lon also knows how to build a successful startup from scratch.

The experience of working across a variety of industries - banking, insurance, travel, pharmaceuticals, automotive, technology and packaged goods - gives Lon a unique perspective when selecting which research methodology will get the biggest bang for the buck.

He currently serves as a local leader of the Chicago IxDA and has published articles in Quirk’s Market Research Magazine, The Journal of Intranet Strategy & Management, and MarketingProfs.com. He holds a B.S. in Social Education from Boston University.

39285

Glenn Thomas

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

20 yrs of startup successes & failures. Pitfalls guide. Early stage, strategy, culture, marketing, product, mobile, digital media, international.

699044

Tamara Thorpe

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

My professional title reads Life Guide, Leadership Expert and Organizational Development Consultant but what I am really passionate about is helping you.

I thrive when I help others maximize their potential so that they excel both personally and professionally. I channel your confidence and self-awareness to help you become an effective leader. I focus on developing your ability to reflect so that you become aware of your blind spots and are able to accelerate and sustain your growth trajectory.

Over the years I’ve had my fair share of hits and misses but have always managed to come out stronger and wiser. I treat these diverse experiences as a resource and now devote all my time and energy to help realize the untapped potential of Millennials and the organizations they run or manage.

I believe that when people receive the guidance they need to make extraordinary choices they are able to lead exceptional lives and I am here to cultivate that authentic leadership in you.

654721

Jan Triplett

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

I ramp up, scale and fix businesses when I'm not mentoring owners and stepping in as Virtual Sales Director and income generation partner.

699048

Jessica Tunon

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Jessica Tunon is an energetic, resourceful solution maker that has lived and worked in South Florida, Austin, DC metro and currently lives in Washington DC. Jessica wears many hats including: launching a consulting company to facilitate netwalking breaks at events and Rodan + Fields Consultant to help finance Netwalking start-up. Previous to her most recent work, she co-founded Beyond2ndNature (B2ndN) in Austin Texas, a non-profit envisioned a community where it is no longer second nature to get into a single occupancy vehicle to play, shop, learn, home and office. As President of B2ndN, Jessica managed three grassroots efforts supported by elected officials. One as project manager for Social Good Summit Austin a city-wide pilot program to get 10,000 cars off the road on a work from home day. Organized America Walks/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Walkability Workshop. The workshop resulted in creating the first standing Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council and WalkAustin, an America Walks-sponsored coalition three months later. Jessica has been featured in Austin Monthly, Austin Post, Austin News Stations KVUE and KXAN news and CBS News. She has been invited by South by South West (SXSW) to speak as a walking mentor panelist at V2V (2014 and 2013), Interactive (2014) and in 2013 a panelist at GoodxGlobal (dedicated to local and global power of social good, technology and entrepreneurship). She completed her B.A. in Business Management from Lynn University, certificate in Walkable Urban Real Estate Development & Place Management at George Washington University and regularly attends workshops in livability, innovation and entrepreneurship.

637860

Marta Voda

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Marta Voda is a Recruiter and HR professional with Viacom Media Networks in Santa Monica, CA. Marta supports the Global Digital Media groups for MTV, VH1, and Nickelodeon in New York and Los Angeles. She has over 15 years of experience in coaching and partnering with managers to build high-performing teams through recruitment, performance management and retention. Highlights of her career include various high-profile initiatives from capital manufacturing projects to online media start-ups. Marta started her career as a “Headhunter” with Robert Half International, she then moved in-house to work for The Clorox Company and Baxter BioScience. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to create a successful Executive Search and HR Consulting practice, catering to notable clients such as: Classmates.com, Stardoll.com, Square Enix and Activision. Marta is often the go to person for tips on resumes, interviews, and introductions. Lately, she spends her days scoping out the best and the brightest mobile, social, web and video experts to lead Viacom’s emerging platform initiatives. Outside of work, Marta is a mentor and marathoner for Team In Training, supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Marta studied Organizational Behavior at the University of San Francisco, and resides in Los Angeles with her two daughters.

699084

Kali Williams

V2V

Tuesday July 15th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Kali Williams is a startup entrepreneur, educator and famous former Dominatrix. She picked up a dragon tail whip 12 years ago, and has been helping women claim their confidence ever since. A gifted storyteller, she has spoken more than 150 times at places like Harvard, Stanford and SXSW Interactive. After bringing innovation to sex education, Kali’s working to give a kick to women’s empowerment in tech. She may not be a brogrammer, but she sure knows her way around a command line.

591280

April Wright Collins

V2V

Monday July 14th 4:15pm – 5:15pm

April Collins has been a proven leader in the wine industry for 10 years. Her career began in fine dining and transitioned to the distribution side where she managed Serendipity, a fine wine distributor in Texas. She also worked for Francis Ford Coppola winery before founding Vintage Wine Marketing, a luxury wine broker. Vintage specializes in the finest wineries from around the world. As founder and managing partner, she expertly represents her clients from the time the wine leaves the winery until the cork is pulled by the consumer. April has been called upon to provide her expertise as a second time SXSW featured wine presenter as well as a featured speaker at Atlanta Food and Wine Festival.