SXSW V2V Mentor Sessions



Megan Adams

Wednesday August 14th 10:15am – 11:15am

Megan is the Director of Communication Strategy and PR at Knock Twice New York. In her role at Knock Twice, she works with clients to increase their brand awareness and uplevel audience engagement. Outside of "traditional" media, analyst and investor relations, Megan has launched clients, 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. Additionally, Megan has been on both sides of the fence -- agency life and in-house. She jump-started her career as the primary communications manager for SXSW Interactive in Austin back when Twitter and Facebook were just coming of age. After three years with the SXSW team she switched teams and joined agency life, moving to Porter Novelli where she worked on launching, growing and managing accounts such as Chegg, Rackspace, Sony Playstation, The Green Grid and countless other startups and household names. Most recently, Megan worked with Jones-Dilworth, Inc as an extension of their executive management team as well as working with clients such as 500px, Bottlenose and The Daily Dot. Prior to joining Knock Twice, she spent the past two and a half years living in Amsterdam, pursuing her Master's in New Media from the University of Amsterdam and speaking broken Dutch.


Daniel Alter

Wednesday August 14th 11:30am – 12:30pm

DANIEL ALTER began his career in the entertainment industry as a literary manager with Energy Entertainment, which had a first-look deal with producer Neal Moritz (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, and I AM LEGEND) at the time. Alter then launched his Alter Ego Entertainment banner and at 25 was a producer on Twentieth Century Fox's HITMAN, based on the popular Eidos video game. Alter then produced Warner Bros' supernatural thriller, THE APPARITION, starring Ashley Greene. Prepping the next HITMAN for an early 2014 shoot, Alter's upcoming projects include a live action update of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, JONNY QUEST, at Warner Bros.; as well as the feature film adaptation of Eidos' KANE & LYNCH video-game for Lions Gate, with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx set to star. In other mediums, Alter is developing the cult comic book series, HACK/SLASH, into a TV show with Relativity Media; he is also currently in the process of starting a digital content company.


Christa Avampato

Tuesday August 13th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Christa is a product developer who is equally inspired by new technology and ancient wisdom, yoga and meditation teacher and yoga therapist who learns from her students every day, and writer who believes that creativity and determination is the most powerful duo on Earth. Her 15-year career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, she uses her sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, programs, capabilities and events that delight customers. She is passionate about the use of technology to build a better world and over the last 5 years has worked on a number of mobile-tech based projects. Of all her professional experiences, she credits her time managing Broadway shows including Cabaret, The Full Monty, and Beauty and the Beast as the greatest training ground to learn the tremendous value of the discipline, collaboration, and creativity found in the marriage of science and art. In addition to her business experience, Christa is also a freelance writer with credits in a wide variety of publications including PBS, Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal. She is also an accomplished public speaker on the topic of creativity with appearances at SXSW 2011 and 2012, Games for Change, NYU’s Tisch School, Avon Corporate Headquarters, and Hunter College. Christa received her BA in Economics and History from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA in General Management from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She currently consults through her consulting practice, Chasing Down the Muse, with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop on the National STEM Video Game Challenge and MediaShift, a PBS site about the changing landscape of media in the digital age. She is also the founder of Compass Yoga, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic benefits of yoga and meditation to people who face mental and physical health challenges, and One Fine Yogi, a line of yoga-inspired personal, home, and fashion products. Find her on Twitter @christanyc


Anna Beatrice Scott

Monday August 12th 10:15am – 11:15am

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.


Lane Becker

Monday August 12th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Lane Becker has been hanging out on the Web since it was invented, from his work-study job setting up websites for the University of Texas at Austin in 1994, to his first, sadly failed startup in 1999 (don’t ask), and on to more successful ventures: co-founding Adaptive Path, the first user experience design firm; Get Satisfaction, an online customer service community platform; and most recently both Original, a show-and-tell platform for artists, makers, hackers, coders, founders, and geeks of all stripes, as well as The Greater Network, an organization that connects and accelerates the growth of emerging startup ecosystems around the globe. Lane ran the New Ventures program for Adaptive Path, which aided early-stage startups with product development. The program saw two successful exits with its investments in Sphere and Plazes, and spun out Measure Map, a blog analytics tool acquired by Google in 2005. Get Satisfaction is currently used by over 75,000 companies and most recently received a $10 million investment round from InterWest Capital. Lane is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller “Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business,” about harnessing serendipity as a business practice. He is also an investment advisor to, a seed stage venture capital firm located in San Francisco. Other trending topics of interest include: improv theater as a management technique, pop-up cocktail parties, and tying together behavioral neuroscience, modern network theory, and Buddhist practice.


Jim Belosic

Monday August 12th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Jim Belosic is the co-founder and CEO of Pancake Laboratories, a software company based in Reno, Nev. The company is best known for its flagship product, ShortStack, software that’s designed to help small business owners and designers create custom apps that harness the power of social media. ShortStack recently celebrated its second birthday; ShortStack has more more 230,000 users around the world and the software has been used to create more than 500,000 Facebook apps. Pancake Laboratories has several new software products slated for release in 2013.


Brett Berman

Monday August 12th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Co-Founder of UMeTime- An Austin based startup. UMeTime’s mobile app provides a virtual marketplace of real time offers that are relevant and local to the end user. For businesses, UMeTime is a hyper-local, mobile marketing platform that provides the tools to effectively engage and attract new customers on their terms. Concentration on a bootstrap startup and taking an idea and turning it into an enterprise grade MaaS/Saas based company with a product live in the market. His role includes managing product development, co-leading sales/marketing efforts, and raising capital.


Danny Boice

Tuesday August 13th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Danny Boice is the CTO of Speek - a 500 Startups funded startup that let's users do conference calls with a simple link ( rather than using phone numbers and PINs. A serial entrepreneur and executive, Danny started his career as a software engineer working for startups like Network Solutions and in the 90's. Danny founded his first company, Jaxara in the early 2000s (exited via acquisition). Danny attended Harvard and is a guest contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Fast Company and Pando Daily as an expert on startups, product, technology and user experience. He was recently named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine and is currently the subject of a documentary on Startups by The Wall Street Journal. You can find Danny on Twitter @DannyBoice


Jennifer Bonnett

Tuesday August 13th 10:15am – 11:15am

Jennifer Bonnett is a technology entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology/Software Development field specializing in web and mobile technologies. She is currently a Startup Catalyst at ATDC and Chief Chick (CEO) of StartupChicks. ATDC is the oldest and largest research university affiliated incubators in the United States. Since it’s inception in 1980, ATDC has fostered innovation and economic development by graduating over 150 companies, which together have raised over $2 billion in outside financing. Headquartered in Atlanta’s Technology Square adjacent to Georgia Tech’s campus, ATDC serves as the hub for technology entrepreneurship in Georgia. StartupChicks is a 501c3 focused on empowering women entrepreneurs through education, community, coaching, connections and investment. Prior to these roles, Jennifer was CEO of Nexpense, a mobile expense management solution acquired by TRX in June of 2012, VP of Technology for Seacoast Synergy, a privately held technology business incubator and co-founder / Chief Technology Officer of was an internet advertising engine similar in nature to a search engine. As the sole technology-oriented founder, she designed, developed, and launched the initial version of in the spring of 1998. She eventually grew the technology staff to 60 employees, as the company grew to 180 employees. In 1999, was labeled the “Most Addictive” site on the web by Industry Standard; the “coolest tool site” of the year by; and was ranked number 1 in average days visited by MediaMetrix (a.k.a. the “stickiest” site on the web). By April of 2001, eTour had grown to 5 million subscribers and was ranked number 71 in total traffic for the world wide web by MediaMetrix. eTour was venture backed. was acquired by Ask Jeeves (now in May of 2001.


Kyle Bunch

Wednesday August 14th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Kyle Bunch leads R/GA’s new Austin office, which serves as a hub for mobile & social innovation for the award-winning agency. Since 2011, he has also led R/GA’s social capability within the Mobile & Social Platforms group, where he has helped clients including Nike, Microsoft, Verizon, MasterCard, Google, and Beats by Dre develop and execute successful digital strategies. Kyle has been with R/GA since 2007. Kyle is also the founder of Bunch Enterprises, launching several successful ventures over the past decade: Blogebrity, the first index measuring online influence; SEOintelligence, a search marketing analytics suite; and most recently, Blogs with Balls, a digital sports media conference series. Kyle studied business administration and film at the University of Southern California and is currently a visiting professor at the Miami Ad School and the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid, Spain.


Neal Cabage

Monday August 12th 10:15am – 11:15am

Neal Cabage is a digital product strategist, technologist, and author, who has spent years leading the development of online products. He has worked with top online brands, spoken at leading industry conferences, and founded and sold two online startups along the way. He is the principal author of the 2013 book The Smarter Startup, and a contributing columnist for You can find him online at @NealCabage


Lina Chen

Tuesday August 13th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Lina Chen is the CEO and Co-founder of Nix Hydra Games, a female-oriented mobile gaming startup and the creator of the hit game Egg Baby. In her current role, she was responsible for raising $365k in angel investments from some of the industry’s most successful game startup founders and investors, as well as handling marketing, business development, business and product strategy, and recruiting. Previously, Lina set up mobile-related deals in Asia for Grooveshark, a streaming music startup and before that, she worked at the William Morris Agency, one of the largest entertainment agencies in the world. Lina graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Psychology.


Liesl Copland

Monday August 12th 10:15am – 11:15am

Liesl Copland is an agent in WME’s Global Finance & Distribution Group, where she focuses on corporate consulting, film sales, and on creating new distribution models for the agency’s clients. A 17-year entertainment industry veteran, Copland has focused on the specialty film sector and on democratizing distribution for unique, independently produced projects. Under her three-year tenure as Head of Red Envelope Entertainment, the former original content division of Netflix, Copland oversaw the acquisition, marketing and distribution of nearly 70 films a year. She developed a reputation for successfully pioneering new distribution models and forging innovative partnerships with the likes of Miramax Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Magnolia Pictures, Roadside Attractions and IFC Films, as well as many boutique labels and more non-traditional, new media-focused outlets. Prior to joining Red Envelope Entertainment, Copland worked at New York-based film financing and sales consultancy firm Cinetic Media, where she concentrated primarily on film sales and the launch of their US ancillary business. Her previous entertainment industry experience includes posts at the Tribeca Film Festival and in creative affairs and production. Before entering the film world, Copland worked in merchandising and design for Gap, Inc. and as an editor for Hearst Magazines. Copland is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley with degrees in both English Literature and Art History.


Natalie Currie

Monday August 12th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

I’m the founder of the strengths-based professional development company: Natalie Currie Enterprises Inc. ( I’ve harnessed my 24-years of broad-based experience in the public, private and entrepreneurial sectors to become a sought after business and executive coach, a corporate trainer and speaker. My sweet spots are working with creative and social entrepreneurs and forward-thinking organizations. I help my clients quickly breakthrough the stress and overwhelm of building successful and sustainable businesses using laser-focused and pragmatic coaching tools. I look at business development through the unique combination of lenses of brain-based coaching, applied positive psychology and human-centered design with the mindset that business is a critical force for social change. I am a part-time Faculty Member at my alma mater, The University of Toronto, in the Continuing Education Department (The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) where I teach and mentor adults how to be exceptional workshop trainers and facilitators.


Patrick Curry

Wednesday August 14th 10:15am – 11:15am

Patrick Curry is the founder and CEO of Fun Machine, an Austin, TX based creator of mobile games and entertainment software. A seasoned-entrepreneur, Patrick previously co-founded three companies: ZFI, an early Internet consultancy acquired by frog design; Powered Inc., a venture-funded eLearning provider; and Skylab Entertainment, an independent videogame development studio.


Jay Cuthrell

Monday August 12th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Jay Cuthrell is a thought leader within the Office of the CTO at VCE (A company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware, and Intel) working with service providers, systems integrators, ISVs, and media & entertainment companies to deliver converged infrastructure. He is a frequent industry speaker currently based on the West Coast of the United States. Previously, as a strategic technology consultant with he worked with service providers, startup companies, and investment groups in addition to writing for ReadWrite and Telecompetitor. He has held CTO, VP, and GM roles at Digitel and NeoNova (an Azure Capital and Bridgescale Partners portfolio company) and infrastructure consulting roles working domestically and internationally for Fortune 500 clients. He also served at Scient (formerly iXL now Publicis), Nortel, Analysts International, IBM, and NCSU College of Engineering. He holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University and grew up in Beaufort, NC. His blog can be found at


Marcus Daniels

Monday August 12th 11:30am – 12:30pm

As the Managing Director of Extreme Startups, Marcus is obsessed with developing world-class founders and producing a VC backed tech accelerator that graduates new ventures with the potential to become global leaders. Founded MeshSquared Ventures to educate and invest in digital product startups driven to accelerate to product-market fit. Former COO at, 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 with patented interactive tools & technology. 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. A former board member of the Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance, he sits on the board of directors of Youth In Motion (Canada's Top 20 Under 20) and is a Digital Strategy curriculum developer at University of Toronto SCS. Marcus holds an MBA from Queen's School of Business, a BA in Psychology & Economics from McGill University and completed the Venture Capital Executive Program from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.


Cheryl Downing

Monday August 12th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Cheryl Downing, President of Cheryl Downing & Associates, is a small business marketing and crowdfunding consultant. She advises and coaches small business startups and product developers/inventors how to grow their businesses quickly using no-cost/low-cost techniques, specializing in raising money through crowdfunding. Cheryl spent the early part of her career in corporate software product development and marketing. Since 2001, Cheryl has volunteered as an SBA marketing trainer and been an active supporter of the Inventors Alliance association.


Kate Drane

Tuesday August 13th 10:15am – 11:15am

Kate Drane is Indiegogo’s hardware marketing director. She is responsible for all aspects of business growth for the platform’s design and technology categories and has led many companies, including Misfit Wearables, Scanadu and Canonical, to secure funding on Indiegogo. In addition to working at Indiegogo, Kate is the co-founder and CMO of The Can Van, the world’s first mobile beer canning service made to bring reasonably priced and environmentally friendly packaging options to California breweries. Prior to Indiegogo, Kate was the stakeholder outreach manager at Triple Pundit, a media company focused on sustainable business. Kate is an organizer of the non-profit organization SoupSF, an exercise in community, food, creativity and good times. since 2012. In her role, Kate works to encourage civic participation throughout the San Francisco area. Kate frequently speaks at events around the country including Engadget+gdgt Live at CE Week, MAKE’s Hardware Innovation Workshop and TEDx.


Rick Duggan

Tuesday August 13th 10:15am – 11:15am

A veteran of five startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently Director of Website Systems at Zappos IP, Inc.. Prior to joining the Zappos Family of Companies, he was Chief Technology Officer of Thinker, Inc., a Las Vegas-based provider of digital signage and co-founder and VP of Engineering & Operations at Incanta. One of the first people involved in the VegasTech community, he acts as a community evangelist, mentor, and is co-creator of the blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech companies Rolltech and LaunchKey. Rick has particular expertise in challenges facing early stage startups, cloud hosting, and accelerators/incubators.


Chris Fohlin

Tuesday August 13th 10:15am – 11:15am

As the Director of Strategy, Emerging Media at Brooklyn United—a digital agency supporting clients as diverse as AT&T, the Blue Man Group, Columbia University, and Gucci—Chris is responsible for shaping the interactive and communications concept, structure, and implementation for each project. Through a blend of insight, imagination, and experience, Chris guides the agency’s strategic vision and forward-leaning approach. Chris is a key leader on Brooklyn United’s work with emerging and established startups, helping integrate strategic brand and technical goals. His experience across digital and social media, emergent trends and best practices, and building successful teams and communities is visible in all of his work.


Shari Foldes

Tuesday August 13th 10:15am – 11:15am

Shari Foldes is head of marketing for DFJ. She provides strategic marketing and communications counsel and support for DFJ's portfolio companies, including referrals to service providers and best practices. Before joining DFJ, Shari led marketing and communications for several startups including Ustream and Popchips. At Ustream, she was responsible for the company's external marketing and communications efforts including partnership and event announcements, social media, and outbound demand generation campaigns. She oversaw Ustream's marketing efforts behind the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam, the most viral video of 2008. Shari began her career in brand marketing and communications at Ketchum in San Francisco. Shari graduated with a B.A. dual degree in journalism and political science from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications and has lived in the Bay Area since 2003.


Natalie Fonseca

Tuesday August 13th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Natalie is the founder and owner of SageScape, a consulting company that specializes in strategic marketing and conference management. She is the co-founder and executive producer of the Tech Policy Summit and Privacy Identity Innovation conferences, and one of the few people on the West Coast who wakes up early just to watch Congressional hearings on C-SPAN. In addition to producing her own conferences, she has helped clients on dozens of events ranging from large developer conferences for eBay/PayPal to exclusive gatherings like The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D conference. She’s also managed a variety of editorial and marketing projects in the media and tech industries. Prior to starting SageScape in 2003, she worked in marketing for a startup that specialized in ERP and messaging services. Before that, she was the director of marketing and events for a nonprofit trade association. Natalie began her career in Silicon Valley in the late 1990’s and was a writer at Upside magazine before joining a user experience evaluation startup named Vividence. She is still very passionate about startups and new technologies, and believes that every entrepreneur should care about privacy because it’s a core part of building trust with users. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of California at Los Angeles with a specialization in Chicano Studies. You can follow her on Twitter at @TechPolicy.


Nicole Forbes

Wednesday August 14th 11:30am – 12:30pm

As a Sr. Consultant with Violet Crown Consulting, Nicole pulls from her vast experience working with start-ups & larger corporations in a wide array of verticals to mentor startups, developers, & designers. Creating custom a custom plan of action & implementing best practices, policies and accountability measures for future growth without disrupting culture. An expert in growth strategy, sales operations, business development, pipeline health, & marketing, she works with high growth companies on how to build to scale properly. A veteran of SXSW, she is a 3 time Interactive Awards Judge, hosted the Mobile Meet-up the last two years and was part of the Mentor program for 2013. Nicole also was one of 20 women invited to participate in a Fast Company & Girls In Tech event in which the focus of discussion was women leadership in business today. Formerly, Nicole was the National Business Development Manager with Razorfish, one of the largest digital advertising companies in the world and the Director of Client Experience at Mutual Mobile. Nicole is a true futurist yogini with mad ninja skills in the Art of Mommy living in Austin, Texas. She does everything digitally as livehappy8.


Jim Galis

Monday August 12th 10:15am – 11:15am

Jim has been in the video game business for almost two decades working as an Executive Producer in several game development studios. He has managed large teams of engineers, artists and designers to deliver multi-million dollar projects for major publishers, such as Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Sega, and Atari. Jim has also been involved with small, dynamic development teams working to get quick turnaround on low budget mobile games. With more than 20 major game releases, Jim has learned how to motivate creative and passionate people to get the best product out the door. His experience in the entertainment field spans current generation game consoles, mobile platforms, social network, Free-to-Play PC games and casino video games. With a programming background, Jim has a solid understanding of the technical challenges in game production. In addition, Jim designed and taught the inaugural game development curriculum at the University of Texas at Arlington. This allowed him to achieve his goal of guiding young developers to the industry. He is active in the local International Game Developers Association, ACM, SIGGRAPH and holds a BSE in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Toni Gemayel

Tuesday August 13th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

I am Tennessee based entrepreneur and Im passionate about all aspects of Startups. I am the founder of TwoGiraffes, a web consultancy where I worked with 150+ clients worldwide focusing on design, backend development, and web performance. I stopped working with clients to take a job as a partner and as an analyst at Coloma Ventures, A venture capital firm based out of Las Vegas. A little bit over a year ago, I left Coloma to start my current company, Banyan. I launched Banyan in August, during a program called Gig Tank in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I presented for a 100,000 prize judged by Alcatel Lucent, Mozilla, IBM, Cisco & more. Our team was fortunate enough to win. You can watch that here: I have experience on a range wide of topics such as entrepreneurship, raising capital, building teams/recruiting developers, design (UI, UX), development (Front/Backend, Rails, Scaling), etc. If you have some topics you would like to suggest, I would be happy to see if my professional experience is a fit there. Outside of work, I "work" on a number of other projects, which you can best see here: Im also heavily involved in global entrepreneurship through the Kauffman Foundation & the Founders Institute.


Lisa Ghisolf

Monday August 12th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Lisa Ghisolf is Gizmo Creative Factory, with 17+ years in print, web & email design, and 10 years in business. She's worked with big and small agencies alike, creating print work and websites for Kraft, Allstate & many corporations & organizations. Instead of just putting out fires, she's now training clients and giving workshops on how they can manage their own websites. Building on a solid foundation of online and offline networking, she's a veteran of a number of chambers of commerce and believes in relationship building as the way to grow a business.


Matthew Goldman

Tuesday August 13th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Matthew is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Wallaby Financial, Inc. Wallaby is dedicated to helping consumers benefit by using the right payment card every time they shop. Prior to founding Wallaby, Matthew was Executive Director, Product Management at AT&T Interactive/YP, where he oversaw a team managing $650MM in annual local internet revenue. Matthew learned about payments a Director of Product at Green Dot Corporation, a Sequoia-backed underbanked services company that went public for $1.5B in 2010. Matthew has worked at and started several other technology companies that you've never heard of and started his career as a systems administrator on Solaris and IRIX boxes. Matthew graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Economics. He lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife, two daughters and dog.


Nicolas Gonda

Monday August 12th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Nicolas Gonda co-founded Tugg, Inc. (, a web-platform that enables people to choose the films that play in their local theaters and promote their own events. Launched at the 2012 South by Southwest Festival, Tugg empowers audiences nationwide to screen films from its extensive library of studio and independent titles. Tugg has partnered with mainstream and independent exhibitors, boasting a theatrical footprint of over 75% of movie theaters in the United States. As a producer, Mr. Gonda has worked with Terrence Malick on THE TREE OF LIFE and TO THE WONDER. He has several projects in various stages of production, including producing AJ Edwards directorial debut THE GREEN BLADE RISES starring Diane Kruger, Jason Clarke and Brit Marling. He is continuing his work with Mr. Malick, producing his two upcoming films, KNIGHT OF CUPS and the currently untitled feature based in the Austin music scene whose combined casts include Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara. Mr. Gonda was recently named one of Indiewire’s inaugural “Influencers” and Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch” for his work in the independent film industry.


Todd Greene

Wednesday August 14th 10:15am – 11:15am

Todd Greene is a highly accomplished senior marketing strategist and hands-on practitioner with a proven track record of innovative marketing initiatives across all media platforms. In October 2012, Greene brought 15+ years of experience in the identification, analysis, and profitable execution of diverse advertising and marketing opportunities to Media Temple, one of the top providers of web hosting and cloud services. Before that, he served as Engagement Director at full-service digital agency HUGE, where he was responsible for providing both strategic and tactical leadership across multi-million dollar engagement.


Don Grimes

Tuesday August 13th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Don is an expert on how to “own the aging space” and offers startups a unique 360 degree perspective from working with major firms like Apple, HP, Qualcomm, Amgen other Fortune 500 firms and Federal agencies. Don is passionate about helping startups “own the Aging Space”. He is the founder of Long Term Care Education Specialists, the largest provider of corporate education on Aging and Long Term Care in the U.S. Two new projects are the Women’s Long Term Care Project ® and the Aging of America ™. In 2002, Don was selected to serve as one of 16 aging/long term care experts nationwide to help start the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP). Under the auspices of the U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Don traveled extensively throughout the western U.S. presenting educational programs on the new long-term care benefit to thousands of Federal Employees and Annuitants. Some of the federal agencies Don presented at included NASA, US Air Force, General Services Administration, US Navy, Internal Revenue Service Environmental Protection Administration, US Postal Service and even a federal prison. Founding his own firm in late 2002, Don’s firm was contracted by the John Hancock Life Insurance Company to conduct Aging/Long Term Care education programs at Hancock’s Fortune 500 and state government clients including Apple Computer, State of Texas, University of Minnesota system, CitiGroup, Bloomberg and Allergan, City of Seattle and the State of Delaware. In 2007 Don was selected by the State of South Dakota to develop and conduct a year long statewide public education program on Aging/Long Term Care to coincide with South Dakota’s authorizing Partnership Long Term Care Insurance plans. South Dakota now ranks #2 in the U.S. in percentage of residents obtaining long term care insurance. In 2011 the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Plan selected Don’s firm to conduct the second nationwide aging/long term care education effort for federal employees and retirees. Don can be reached at


Steve Guengerich

Monday August 12th 10:15am – 11:15am

My first start-up venture in the late 1980s flopped. My second was sold for $350 million in 1996. I've been a start-up executive ever since. Currently, I’m a co-founder of Appconomy, Inc., where I also serve as the lead for our corporate marketing team. We are a venture-backed mobile software company (having raised $20 million, in 3 years) that is dual-headquartered in Shanghai, CHINA and Austin, TX that has created a first-to-market, indoor location, context-aware mobile marketing solution for retailers and global brands. In addition, I operate the management advisory services group, BroadBrush Ventures LLC, through which I manage investments in unique small businesses, as well as perform strategic marketing and promotion projects for innovative product and services. Lastly, I’m an adjunct professor in the Digital MBA program for St. Edwards University and an award-winning writer, having authored or produced nine technology & business books, dozens of print publication articles, for publications like Computerworld, eWeek, and NetworkWorld, hundreds of blog posts, and thousands of social media tweets, check-ins, & other assorted social media arcana.


Krishna Gupta

Tuesday August 13th 11:30am – 12:30pm

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.


Josh Inglis

Monday August 12th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Josh is Twenty-year public relations and corporate communications professional with a strong track record of securing positive attention and building brands for fast-growing and dynamic companies, with a particular expertise serving startups. Aims to simplify the complex, promote the deserving and enjoy life. Clients placements here:


Gregory J. Green

Wednesday August 14th 11:30am – 12:30pm

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. Mr. Green serves as both the Interim CTO and Interim CMO for PharmMD, focusing on organizational alignment, business resiliency, data process improvement, cost reduction and operational efficiency. He has previously served as the CEO and co-founder of Wimdu Australia Pty. Ltd., a Rocket Internet expansion of the Wimdu brand globally. Wimdu now boasts over 150,000 properties throughout 100 countries and has received over $90m in financing. Mr. Green earned his MBA with focuses on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Masters in Marketing from the Melbourne Business School, Melbourne, Australia, with distinction in Entrepreneurship and Brand Management; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, USA.


Kimberly James

Monday August 12th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Kimberly James started out in music 17 years ago as an independent booking agent and tour manager, and fast developed her skills and expertise in the industry, putting in the hard work side by side with some of the best in the industry like Dave Ellefson of Megadeth. She has been interviewed and featured by magazines and radio stations across the country as well as featured in a music industry book "Swimming With Sharks", by Akasha Multimedia in New York. She spent several years on the National tour arena befriending and working with Sworn Enemy, Dave Ellefson and many more artists across the globe, managing acts in Trinidad, the UK, Italy and Australia as well as the USA. Kimberly divides her time between speaking at music conferences, developing new artists and growing her new record label CBM Records, an independent label. She also runs and owns CBM Management Agency, a development agency that prides itself on family atmosphere, and guiding artists in the correct direction to make it in a hard business. Her company has seen several artists break from one market to another and keeps building the artists daily. Kimberly has a 17 plus year history in every avenue of music, including show, festival and concert production, sound, lights, venue booking, consultation (of artists as well as venues), management and more. Kimberly provides her time to many charities, including 500 Songs for Kids, The National MS Society, The National Autism Society, Pepperland Kids Music Camp and many many more on a continuous basis. Kimberly believes that to succeed in life as well as music you have to give back. Kimberly is also production manager for country and rock for the Ga Music Awards, along with wearing many other hats for the awards. The Ga Music Awards are an independent awards show held annually at The Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, Ga, providing a platform for unsigned artists in the state of Georgia. She as well is on the advisory board of the A&R Network and many many other contributions in local and regional music.


Mary Juetten

Wednesday August 14th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Mary has over twenty-five years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. She is a self-described recovering accountant, holding both a CA and CPA, and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a JD from Arizona State. Her prior work experience includes financial auditing with Richter, Usher, & Vineberg, consulting with Price Waterhouse, and executive positions with Vancouver Community College, AMEC Training & Development, and Chief Operating Officer with a local online startup, youchange Inc. In 2010, while enduring law school, Mary founded, a site that provides inventors, creators, and small businesses with the tools to identify and protect their intellectual property (IP). Mary also consults and mentors start-ups in the areas of planning, business models, and IP identification. In addition to her volunteer work, Mary is an active leader and member for local groups and organizations including 85Broads (Co-President), Arizona Tech Council’s Startup & Entrepreneurship Committee, Arizona Small Business Association, Startup Arizona, TiE, ASU Women in Philanthropy, Startup Arizona, and national crowdfunding organizations CFPA and CfiRA. A native of Canada, Mary now lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and teenagers.


Rebecca Kaykas-Wolff

Tuesday August 13th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Rebecca Kaykas-Wolff is a career enterprise and consumer marketer who has led some of the largest digital businesses for companies like Microsoft, T-Mobile and Liberty Mutual. Presently, she's focused on defining the strategy and execution for Adobe's social advertising products and works collaboratively with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. As a career marketer, Rebecca is continually discovering new ways – and necessary ways – to bring brands to market and meet business goals with real results. Marketing has shifted from being predominantly brand-based to requiring hard data. This is where technology comes in. Rebecca would like to share her knowledge of marketing, product marketing and brand marketing with entrepreneurs investing in their companies, technologies and themselves. Rebecca is also an entrepreneur 'on the side' and has her own apparel brand that is sold to the trade predominantly in the US. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.


Nicki Krawczyk

Tuesday August 13th 10:15am – 11:15am

Your copy could kill your start-up—and that’s no exaggeration. If a customer doesn't immediately understand what your company is about and what it can do for them within the first five seconds, they'll abandon. And letting customers abandon left and right is a luxury you don't have. Nicki has been a copywriter and content strategist for over a decade, writing for clients and employers including several of the TripAdvisor companies, Hasbro, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, adidas, and Keurig, among others. She’s adept at getting to the crux of what customers want and need to hear, as well as helping companies craft effective branding and USPs. Consulting for several start-ups and being in the process of building a business herself has given Nicki a special appreciation for the unique pressures of optimizing a new company’s message. She can offer advice about copy, content strategy, and branding, as well as user testing to make sure that your copy and content work. (She can also offer advice about the copywriting industry, should you be looking to make a switch.) This is her first time in Vegas. She plans to make the blackjack dealers beg for mercy.


Heather L. Flanagan, Ph.D.

Tuesday August 13th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Heather Flanagan is a Patent Agent in the Austin office of Fish & Richardson. She drafts and prosecutes patent applications in a range of technologies for start-ups, established US and foreign companies, and academic institutions, advising clients regarding patentability and prosecution strategy. Before Fish, she managed the patent portfolio for a start-up in Austin. Heather is a Ph.D. chemist (Harvard University) and has an MBA (University of Florida). She participated in “ask the expert” meetings with solo inventors at the 2012 USPTO Texas Regional Independent Inventors Conference in Austin.


Dale Larson

Monday August 12th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

As a veteran of ten startups and small businesses as a founder or early employee (as CEO, engineer, and marketer), and as a consultant and advisor, Dale Larson has helped bring hundreds of products and services to market over nearly 30 years. Now he is a full-time Executive Coach working with hundreds of clients over the past five years. He works mostly with venture-backed tech startup CEOs, helping high-performing leaders to be happier and more successful in all aspects of their work and life, continuing to learn and grow while they build outstanding products, teams and businesses. He is certified by CTI (CPCC and Leadership), a PCC credentialed member of the International Coaching Federation, a Founding Fellow of the Institute for Coaching, and a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. He also co-founded Startup Happiness and the Startup Coaches Summit.


Jonathan LeBlanc

Wednesday August 14th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book "Programming Social Applications", and the head of Developer Evangelism (North America) at PayPal. Specializing in user identity concepts and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.


Rieva Lesonsky

Wednesday August 14th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Rieva Lesonsky has spent 30+ years covering small business & entrepreneurship and is CEO and founder of GrowBiz Media, a custom content & media company that helps national marketers reach small business owners and helps entrepreneurs start and grow their companies. Before co-founding GrowBiz Media in 2008, Lesonsky was the long-time Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine. She’s a nationally known speaker, best-selling author and an advocate for and authority on entrepreneurship Lesonsky has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Martha Stewart show and Oprah, and can regularly be seen on MSNBC’s Your Business. Many organizations have recognized Lesonsky for her tireless devotion to helping entrepreneurs. She served on the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council for six years, and was honored by the SBA as a Small Business Media Advocate and a Woman in Business Advocate. In 2009, she was honored as one of publishing’s top innovators. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization honored her for helping drive “the entrepreneurial revolution in secondary education.” The ASBDC awarded her a “Champion of Small Business” award, and in 2011 Lesonsky was named one of the nation’s top 100 Small Business Influencers. Last year she received the prestigious Lou Campanelli award from SCORE. Lesonsky is also the editorial director of the Small Business Forum on, a contributing editor for Success magazine and regularly writes for the SCORE Success blog, Small Business Trends, SBA.Gov, American Express OPEN Forum, the Bank of Montreal, AT&T, Hawkeye, ReadWrite, Nextiva, Infusionsoft and her site


Chuck Longanecker

Wednesday August 14th 10:15am – 11:15am

Chuck has the ambitious goal of improving the design of the web by introducing new design standards that improve the way that people create and interact with digital content. As founder of the user experience design company, digital-telepathy as well as the startups Hello Bar and, he helps startups, entrepreneurs and large organizations improve the user experience of websites by making them easier to use.


Heather Lopes

Monday August 12th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Heather Schwarz-Lopes is an expert in building successful businesses and a financial banking veteran. She is currently the CSO and co-founder of Conceived out of her frustration with the lack of resources afforded to small business owners, is dedicated to bridging the funding gap for small business entrepreneurs through the application of Crowdfunding. Early in its beginning, the organization came to the attention of the Start Up America Partnership, which made the featured company on their website on April 5, 2012, the same day President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law. Mrs. Schwarz-Lopes’ enviable successes in the development of small businesses has prepared her to found a company that will assure the stringent vetting of small business applicants as well as solid investor protections. As Sr. Vice President, Private Banker at Wells Fargo, Heather collaborated with a six-member Wealth Management team to offer world-class financial services to both corporate and high-net-worth individuals. She was responsible for communicating with corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals through the wealth management process to perform data gathering, needs assessment, goal development, and strategy implementation. Monitoring portfolio risk and performance, as well as adjusting strategies when necessary to achieve client goals and objectives was part of Heather’s responsibility. Additionally, she tracked leads and client relationship tasks using CRM software, compiling portfolio analytics for client presentations and delivering seminar-training sessions. In 2004, through a network of established professional relationships with previous clients and associates, Mrs. Schwarz-Lopes started a financial services company: Beyond Leading Corp. The company provided commercial and residential mortgage solutions, yacht financing and comprehensive financial planning services. She managed a team of seventeen people, mainly composed of underwriters, loan officers, loan originators, and administration staffs with substantial hands-on experience building direct relationships with banks and other financial institutions. Additionally, Mrs. Schwarz-Lopes performed: Credit risk and financial analyses of clients and loans, Reviewed, advised and planned tax impact of transactions, Conducted day-to-day management operations of a medium size financial services office with regards to marketing, human resources and general administration. Heather has been an active participant in the Crowdfunding Industry as a co-founder of


Donna M. Ewart

Wednesday August 14th 10:15am – 11:15am

Donna Ewart has been working with the entrepreneurial community in the Silicon Valley since rejoining IBM in 1999. Most recently, as a Partner with IBM’s Venture Capital Group since 2005, Donna’s primary focus is on fostering relationships with innovative startups and helping those companies partner with IBM. Donna is the team lead of a dedicated group of Partner Executives who work exclusively with venture backed companies and winners of IBM SmartCamps in North America, providing business development and strategic partnership guidance to select companies. Over the years, Donna has created and executed several offerings for emerging businesses, including most recently, IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program, SmartCamps and SmartCamp Global Finals in North America. Donna has over 25 years experience in IT with IBM, Novell and others, with leadership roles including technical, marketing/sales, management and business development. Previous roles include Director of Hospital Information Management Systems at a hospital in the Central Valley, CA and Systems Analyst for a Fortune 500 company. Donna holds a Bachelor of Sciences from Menlo College.


Liam Martin

Tuesday August 13th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Liam Martin is co-founder and CMO at, 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 can answer any questions you have on online collaboration and business process modeling.


Sharon Mays

Tuesday August 13th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Sharon Mays is a marketing and business management professional, whose career journey includes the music industry, consumer goods, restaurant/foodservice and consulting. Sharon’s career as an entrepreneur started 15 years ago when she founded M City Marketing, a marketing agency that provided public relations and marketing services for startups and nonprofit organizations. Recognizing a void in the healthy fast food industry, Sharon created Baby Greens – a drive thru salad and salad wrap restaurant concept. In addition to developing the Baby Greens brand strategy, she also developed a highly efficient operations model and pricing strategy which resulted in business turning a profit within 18 months, as well as sales increasing 100% year-over-year for the first 5 years. As a partner at ID Marketing & Communications, Sharon continues to share her expertise in marketing communications, pricing strategy and business operations with entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. She recently added commercial real estate to her long list of skills, allowing her to continue to support her clients as their brands grow and evolve. An Austin native, Sharon is committed to supporting the local community. In the past, she has volunteered with Rock the Vote, Communities in Schools, South By South West, Lemonade Day Austin. Sharon was also a member of the Mayor’s Small Business Advisory Council. She currently works with many local animal rescue organizations and is a very active member of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.


Dan McComas

Tuesday August 13th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Creator of redditgifts, reddit's gift exchange platform with over 300,000 participants in 160 countries. Created independently and later acquired by reddit, Dan is now a full-time employee of reddit Inc, where he continues to inspire and organize world record breaking levels of internet do-goodery.


James Minor

Wednesday August 14th 10:15am – 11:15am

James Minor is the General Manager of SXSW Music Festival, which is celebrating it's 27th year March 12-16, 2014. SXSW Music is one of the largest music festivals in the world, with 2,278 acts performing in 113 venues last year. Minor has a diverse background, with over 20 years in the industry, having been involved in artist management (Voxtrot), booking tours for bands such as Explosions In The Sky, Lift To Experience, Her Space Holiday, and Telefon Tel Aviv, tour managing, as well as talent buying and management for noted venues such as Emo's in Austin, TX and Rothko in NYC.


Michael Nieling

Tuesday August 13th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Designer of some of the internet's most recognizable logos, Michael Nieling is a designer, educator, husband and father. He is the Creative Director at Ocupop and also teaches logo design at MIAD. Splitting time between Hawaii, Colorado, and Wisconsin, if he’s not on an airplane, he’s likely somewhere shouting about design. Ocupop is what the industry-types would call a boutique agency. Between founders, designers, strategists, and a select set of trusted sub-contractors and interns, the firm offers everything from brand strategy and identity systems, to printed and digital collateral, to software, environments, interiors, and consumer products for clients of nearly any scale. This includes work for mom and pop businesses from Indonesia to Iowa, Boston- and Bay-area start-ups, household names Facebook, Google, Mozilla, and Burton, as well as university, government and community projects worldwide.


Willo O'Brien

Monday August 12th 10:15am – 11:15am

Willo O’Brien has made a career out of creativity. As a prolific artist, tech geek, and creative business consultant for over a decade, she knows what works and what doesn’t in the ever-changing world of startups and innovative small business. After founding several businesses of her own, and serving as Co-Founder of two startups (Chief Creative Officer at Storenvy + VP Marketing at Stitch Labs), she now shares her expertise teaching and coaching other multi-hyphenated professionals (like you) to find that elusive sweet spot and grow an engaged audience of loyal supporters. Maintaining your momentum without fading is Willo’s forte. Coining the term Creative Sustainability, she’s produced multiple programs inspiring people to stay connected to their self-care, creativity and the passion in their lives while doing what they love. Bringing forward invaluable field experience to save you precious time and energy getting your MVP, website or ‘someday/maybe’ dream launched and out in the world, Willo is in it to win it: for you, your project, and your team. Willo can be found at and @WilloLovesYou on every social platform out there…. say hello!


Malcolm Ong

Monday August 12th 11:30am – 12:30pm

He was previously the CTO and Head of Product at Skillshare, Product Manager at OMGPOP, Senior Technologist at Razorfish, E-commerce Specialist at IBM Global Services, and a graduate of IBM’s Extreme Blue program where he co-filed four patents. Malcolm holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a double major in Business Administration and minor in E-commerce from Carnegie Mellon University.


Damien Patton

Tuesday August 13th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Damien Patton is unlike any entrepreneur you will ever meet. At least that's what most people say once they meet him. As the Founder/CEO of Banjo, his path to Silicon Valley was atypical. Before dominating hack-a-thons and leading innovative technology teams, he served in Desert Storm, spent 7 years in NASCAR as the Chief Mechanic of top teams, and even dusted for prints and collected DNA as a crime scene investigator. Damien's colorful and exciting past has shaped his unorthodox way of thinking and executing. In a very short time, Damien has become a trailblazer in the mobile industry. He's been invited to speak to The White House administration on patents, the FTC on privacy, and most recently the G8 Innovation Summit in London. Highly competitive, he plays to win and he thrives on the fast, ever changing pace of the start-up world. With a true passion for entrepreneurship, he's been involved with mentoring the Harvard Innovation Lab, Silicon Valley Immersion Experience Program, Women 2.0, and numerous others. He is excited to participate in the inaugural SXSW V2V so please come prepared with your questions. Whether you want advice on forming a team and raising money or product development and launch strategy, you'll get to experience a unique perspective that is driven by his competitive and winning nature. Buckle up - this will be a fast and exciting ride!


Scott Perry

Tuesday August 13th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Scott Perry has run his own marketing and consulting firm Sperry Media since 2001, helping Fortune 500 companies, film studios, TV networks, record labels, and tech start-ups connect with their fans and grow their businesses. Notable clients include Nokia, Hasbro, Fox, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, Focus Features, Shoplocket, PledgeMusic, and nearly every single record label in America. His website New Music Tipsheet was the music industry's #1 resource for new release info, and his site TheyPosted aggregates 1500 celebrities' Twitter & Instagram pics for easy search. Scott's insights, writings, and presentations, most of which comfortably marry new technologies & social platforms with established business practices, have earned him a reputation as a connected, forward-thinking insider. As an entrepreneur, Scott has launched, and closed, numerous businesses. It has been this ability to see and test trends, and share his experiences with others, that has helped him grow his virtual Rolodex and continue to grow in a constantly-evolving space.


Janet Pierson

Wednesday August 14th 10:15am – 11:15am

Janet Pierson is responsible for the vision, programming, and execution of the SXSW Film Conference & Festival, which champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drives the entertainment and media landscape, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition. Prior to April 2008, Janet spent over 30 years championing independent films and filmmakers, in a variety of roles including distributor, exhibitor, producer’s rep, investor, workshop producer, executive producer, documentary subject, and as co-creator and segment director of the IFC cable series Split Screen. Much of this work was in partnership with her husband, John Pierson. Recently named one of Indiewire’s 2013 Influencers, she serves on the Austin Film Society Advisory Board as well as on panels, and juries, for organizations such as NEA, ITVS, BFI, and Creative Capital.


Dustin Plett

Tuesday August 13th 10:15am – 11:15am

Originally from a small town in Manitoba, Dustin Plett has lived across North America and has been everything from a journeyman welder, PR professional, marketer, salesman and entrepreneur. He joined 500px in July 2012 as VP, Business Development, and is responsible for growing the company’s visibility and profitability through relationships with media, established technology companies and startups, and other strategic partners. To date, he has established relationships for the company with Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Sony, Canon, Creative Commons, Twitter, and a host of leading photo, design, and business publications from around the world. Prior to 500px, Dustin was Director of Business Development at a Winnipeg startup, ICUC Moderation Services, the world's leader in human powered social media community management solutions. He opened the Toronto office and, when the company was acquired, moved to Fort Worth and San Francisco to integrate its services and lead a growing sales team. He was also a communications professional with a Winnipeg PR agency. “Good business is all about relationships and imagining possibilities. I envision strategic partnerships between 500px and other companies that benefit both organizations and make them happen.”


Ron Reed

Wednesday August 14th 10:15am – 11:15am

Ron Reed, Executive Producer of SXSWedu, has been involved with educational publishing and technology since graduating from the University of Texas. In the mid-80's, Ron helped launch Optical Data Corporation, which pioneered the first state-adopted technology alternative to traditional textbooks and was acquired by McGraw Hill. He then joined Publishers Resource Group, an Austin-based curriculum development organization that was purchased by Thomson Learning. In 2006, he established an independent consulting firm where he produced several educational sessions for SXSW Interactive. The experience led him to launch SXSWedu in 2011, an international convergence event focused on innovations in learning, for educators, business, industry, legislative and policy leaders. SXSWedu has doubled in attendance each year and a similar trajectory is expected for the 2014 SXSWedu Conference & Festival, March 3-6, in Austin, Texas. Ron also chairs an Educational Technology Task Force for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, focused on supporting and expanding the area's vibrant ed tech ecosystem, and is a member of the University of Texas Chancellor's Council.


Allison Remsen

Monday August 12th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Allison Remsen is the Executive Director of Mobile Future. With nearly twenty years experience working on communications issues, she joined Mobile Future in 2008. Prior to the coalition, she served as Vice President – Media Relations for the United States Telecom Association. Earlier in her career, Remsen worked for House Democratic Whip David Bonior serving as his Press Secretary as well as assisting Members of Congress on policy issues on the House floor, helping to coordinate legislative and messaging efforts for House Democrats and advising Congressman Bonior on telecom issues. She began her career working in the government relations shop for the National Cable Television Association where she closely monitored the progress and passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Remsen serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Horton’s Kids as well as volunteers for the nonprofit group that provides tutoring, mentoring and other critical services to children in Washington DC.


Tuhin Roy

Tuesday August 13th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

In 2003, Roy founded the Digital Rights Agency, a digital distribution company whose partners included Apple, Microsoft, Verizon and Through a series of mergers, the company is now known as the Orchard. He served in various senior management positions and on the company's public company board of directors, helping build the company to $65M in revenue. The business has continued to grow and now generates over $200M in revenue. Roy is currently a co-founder of Fanzy, a Saas platform that enables brands to reward social fans for spreading the word about the things they love. He is also an adviser to start-ups including BuzzDeck, a social analytics platform. Prior to founding DRA, Roy served as General Counsel of Echo Networks--a digital music company acquired in early 2003 by a consortium of major brick and mortar music retailers including the Virgin Entertainment Group, Tower Records, Wherehouse , Best Buy, Transworld Entertainment and Hastings Entertainment-- where he was responsible for licensing the catalogs of major and independent record labels and publishers. Prior to joining Echo Networks, he practiced corporate and intellectual property law at Perkins Coie LLP in Menlo Park where he represented technology companies in licensing and corporate finance matters. Prior to his practice at Perkins Coie, Roy founded and served as managing partner of One Two Productions, a boutique music publishing and production company that produced top-charted and RIAA- certified gold records. Roy has also served on the board of directors of the Digital Media Association, a Washington DC-based association whose members include AOL/Time Warner, MTV, and Real Networks and as a consultant to Internet radio leader Pandora (where he was a pre-IPO shareholder). Roy has been quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times and Billboard Magazine.


Kate Rutter

Tuesday August 13th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Kate is a strategist/designer with a talent for bringing early-stage companies and customers together through lean strategies, inventive design and participatory practices. At Luxr, Kate leads product UX, strategy and development, creating innovative ways for startup entrepreneurs to envision, experiment and deliver amazing products. She believes that every person has a product idea that can be made great and drive a sustaining livelihood. Before joining Luxr, Kate was with the User Experience Consultancy Adaptive Path, where she specialized in user research and design for complex and emerging digital systems, bringing customer empathy and collaborative design practices to companies such as Nokia, Travel+Leisure Publishing, Globo Networks, and Greenpeace. Her 20+ years of experience spans technology, marketing, interactive media, business management and organizational development. She's worked with corporations, nonprofit organizations and early stage companies to help them rapidly grow, change and successfully chart new paths in ambiguous times and shifting markets. She’s a rampant sketcher and wouldn’t be caught dead without a deck of stickynotes.


David Samuel

Tuesday August 13th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

David Samuel is a seasoned entrepreneur, Internet pioneer and enabling investor. Currently co-founder of Freestyle Capital, a seed-stage investment firm with a portfolio currently numbering 33+ strong with 8 exits, David was previously founder/CEO of, the largest web 1.0 music streaming service (acquired by AOL in 1999 for $320MM), and founder/President of, a web 2.0 video platform (acquired by Sony in 2006 for $65MM). A 6.1 MIT graduate, David’s technical background and ability to assemble strong, talented, happy teams has resulted in the creation of a number of transformational B2C products, through both his direct management and via his entrepreneur-centric investment style.


Shelly Scott

Tuesday August 13th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

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. She can be contacted at


Rawn Shah

Tuesday August 13th 11:30am – 12:30pm

I practice, teach and write about work ethos, collective collaboration, leadership values, enterprise process transformation, organizational adoption, social analytics, online community management, and swordfighting. Working across IBM for 13 years, I helped to develop some of the key practices behind Enterprise Social Business. I was listed on "Nifty 50: Top Men in Tech on Twitter, 2012" by Blue Focus Marketing. These days, I blog away on or on about how social is reshaping organizations, or on how and why we work. My first startup in 1995 offered ISP, Networking, and Web services at a very young time for the Web. We created the Radius, billing and accounting tools for other ISPs across the world. I eventually sold my share and became a journalist for some of the earliest technology journals on the Web. I have written over 500 articles for many technical and business publications (, LinuxWorld, ITWorld, NetworkWorld) and helped to launch a few (JavaWorld, Network Computing World, Windows TechEdge). I've also written 7 books, the most recent being "Social Networking for Business" (Wharton School Publishing/Pearson, 2010), and "SOA Compass" (IBM Press/Pearson, 2006, now in 6 languages); the oldest: "Playing MUDs on the Internet" (Wiley, 1995). At IBM, I was Program Manager for the developerWorks Community intersecting the development, community management and content teams to support 7M+ members. I was with BlueIQ, the global IBM Social Business Adoption team driving adoption practices, management and measurement across our global community (400K+ IBMers worldwide).


Randy Shefer

Monday August 12th 10:15am – 11:15am

At Sony / ATV Shefer oversees pitching and licensing music in video games, mobile applications, sports programming and interactive initiatives.


Herb Sih

Monday August 12th 10:15am – 11:15am

Herb Sih is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Think Big Partners, an early stage technology focused startup accelerator, collaborative coworking space for entrepreneurs and professional services provider for high growth companies. He also serves as a General Partner for Think Big Ventures. He also is active in several other companies as a partner, board member or an advisor. Prior to starting Think Big Partners, he was a Senior Vice President for Wachovia Securities (formerly AG Edwards) in which he managed investments for select high net worth individuals and institutional clients, managed a billion dollar short term fixed income cash derivative portfolio, assisted M&A transactions and was a co-branch manager for top 1% US branch. Previously, he was a Financial Consultant and Certified Financial Manager for Merrill Lynch. He also has private equity experience with Mariner Holdings. Herb co-founded his first company in 2001, ClickSpeed, an interactive marketing agency. ClickSpeed was a 2007 Inc. 500 company, which helped launch several other companies to include Centrinex (Inc. 5000 – 2010), Clearvox and more. Since 2001, Herb has personally started over 20 businesses, and assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs with starting their companies. Prior to his business career, Herb was a military helicopter pilot an officer in the United States Army. Herb attended the University of Kansas and holds a Bachelor of Science degree. Herb lives in Kansas City with his wife and 3 kids. In his theoretical spare time, he stays slightly over caffeinated and enjoys spending time with his family, photography, hockey, tennis, playing guitar and figuring out his next big idea.


Brian Simmons

Wednesday August 14th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Brian has worked in various work environments including large enterprise corporations such as EDS, Department of Defense, and start-ups such as RealtyTrac and recently Spiceworks. Brian has spent the last 8 years spending most of his time working and focusing on consumer facing web technologies. Brian has enjoyed watching the sharing economy grow and consumer behavior changing to make people’s lives simpler. He has spent the last part of a year working on building a consumer market place (EventSlice) for the event space to take the pain out of planning out of events. Brian is here to share with you the ups and downs he has had with creating a new end to end market place for consumers. This includes dealing with convincing people to conduct businesses in a new non-traditional way and leveraging technology to make their business run more efficiently.


Phil Simon

Monday August 12th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Phil Simon is a sought-after speaker and the author of five management books, most recently Too Big To Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data. A recognized technology expert, he consults companies on how to optimize their use of technology. His contributions have been featured on NBC, CNBC, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Fast Company, The New York Times, ReadWriteWeb, and many other sites.


Dan Simpkins

Monday August 12th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Dan Simpkins is CEO of Hillcrest Labs, a company he founded in 2001 to create groundbreaking user experiences in consumer electronics and which is now the leading global supplier of software, hardware, and intellectual property for motion-enabled products. Prior to founding Hillcrest, Dan founded SALIX Technologies in 1990, and over the course of a decade led the company from inception to acquisition by Tellabs, Inc. for $300 million. In his capacity as engineer and technical leader, Dan has been issued 13 U.S. patents in the fields of interactive television and telecommunications. Dan has been recognized as one of the top 25 CEOs in the Washington, D.C. area. Hillcrest was recognized in 2010 and 2011 as one of the “Exceptional 53” companies in the state of Maryland. Dan sits on the board of private company PublicRelay, is an active advisor to and investor in several early stage companies, and is a former executive in residence for New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the country’s premiere venture capital firms. He also currently serves on the Cornell Engineering College Council, an advisory group to Dean Lance Collins. Dan earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree with distinction in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, which included additional studies in biology and cognitive psychology. He then earned a Master’s of Engineering degree (in EE) with a research focus in bio-electrical systems, also from Cornell. He is a frequent speaker at industry events; has authored papers on both technical and business subjects; and is a member of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


James Sinclair

Monday August 12th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

I am a mix of technology, business consulting, contract business development professional and generally shiny truck and new gadgets syndrome lover. With a background in high tech and a number of successful exits, a current portfolio of tech incubator clients and most notably a super connector for making deals happen within my network, I have defined a niche to assist companies in going from idea or problem into concept and product. A focus on business growth and operations management across multiple verticals, always ready for the next opportunity. All combined with a love of business incubation and angel funding. A Smorgasbord of experience and expertise in creating, developing and bringing brands to market and revitalizing those that need a little refresh. Going from great idea to market, yesterday. My work has spanned F500 to startups and everything in between, a results focused challenge consultant, never delivering a pyrrhic victory. Currently focused within the SaaS Enterprise Social Network Space….


Diane Smith

Monday August 12th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Diane Smith is a business and social entrepreneur, corporate executive and attorney with an extensive background in start-up companies and new industries. Diane was the co-founder and CEO of a ground-breaking IPTV company in Northwest Montana that successfully raised millions in start-up capital and continues to grow as the nation’s largest global provider of digital video services. Prior to that, Diane was a senior executive with Sprint and Alltel during their most tumultuous and high-growth years. There she developed significant expertise in telecom and tech policies at the local, state and federal levels. Diane is also an angel investor and original member of the Frontier Fund, Montana’s first angel investment fund. Diane’s background in government policy, entrepreneurship and investing give her a unique perspective on policy-sensitive industries and she is a frequent advisor on matters relating to technology, entrepreneurship and economic growth. Diane also counsels start-ups on their strategies for early stage sustainability and profitability. She has written a book, TheNewRural.Com, about the role of technology in rural economic development. Her most recent venture is as a co-founder of American Rural, a 501-c-6 dedicated to ensuring robust “Money, Brains and Broadband” opportunities for rural and small town Americans. She is proud to serve on the Advisory Board of Mobile Future as well as numerous other boards. Diane lives and works in Whitefish, MT with her husband David Pickeral and, when she’s home from Montana State University, their daughter Ally.


Gary Swart

Tuesday August 13th 10:15am – 11:15am

Gary Swart is the CEO of oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace—on which more than 35 million hours were worked in 2012 alone. Gary is a thought leader in entrepreneurship; how best to hire and manage teams; and the future of work, especially online work. He is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, fueled by his extensive experience working with startups and small businesses that use oDesk, as well as by mentoring entrepreneurs and business school students. Gary has spoken at the Inc. Leadership Conference, The Economist’s Ideas Economy panel, South by Southwest, TechCrunch 50, DLD, TiECon, GigaOM’s Net:Work Conference, and Harvard Business School, which teaches a case study on oDesk. His commentary has appeared in a variety of publications including Forbes, TechCrunch, The Washington Post and The Next Web. He has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including BBC, National Public Radio, CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Previously, he led SMB Sales for the Americas at IBM’s Rational Software Product Group, and also served as VP of Worldwide Sales at Intellibank, where he was responsible for leading the sales organization. Gary holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.


Marcy Swenson

Monday August 12th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

I am an executive coach who works with tech startup CEOs & founders. I have been coaching for 6 years, and I love to dig into meaty leadership, communication, and strategy challenges. I write about about entrepreneurs, leadership, and startup culture at Prior to becoming a coach, I was a co-founder with two successful exits; at CPTH (Nasdaq), I built the tech team that led to IPO. Forbes names CPTH the fastest-growing high-tech company in the world in 1999. CPTH grew to 3000 employees in 4 years; for comparison, Google grew to 3000 employees in 6 years. As a coach, I offer my clients guidance, skill building, mentoring, and support, and a perspective grounded in 20 years of experience building great software products & services, leading exceptionally productive technical teams, and building successful companies. Our work together will identify and transform your toughest issues -- the things that challenge you repeatedly in your business and your life.


Justin T. Esgar

Tuesday August 13th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Justin Esgar is somewhat of a serial entrepreneur, balancing his time between his computer consulting firm, software development, and coming up with the next big idea. His premier app SignMyPad has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide and has been featured in Apple's list of top business apps. He launched NYC Truck Food in 2011 which tracks food trucks in New York City, and his latest endeavor is Email Phoenix, a cloud-based backup service for Kerio mail users. Justin focuses on projects that combine his passion for technology and his commitment to going green. When he's not working, Justin loves spending time with his wife Michelle and their mini labradoodle Rusty.


Jennifer Taler

Monday August 12th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Jennifer Taler is a successful Fashion Entrepreneur and one of the most recognized faces in Downtown Las Vegas’ developing fashion community. Through her expertise and keen understanding of the fashion industry, she develops effective business strategies for fashion designers to help them bridge the marketing gap with retailers. Jen graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Apparel Design. While in college, Jen spent several years as a specialized fashion buyer for a popular brick and mortar boutique and successfully designed a fashionable collegiate clothing line. Recognizing her talent as a fashion buyer, and hired Jen to help in the development of their ecommerce businesses. During this time, Jen managed an approximately 20 million dollar portfolio of fashion industry clients. After spending several years in Las Vegas, Jen was recruited by The Iconic, an Australian fashion ecommerce startup. She moved to Sydney, Australia to help develop their online platform. In October 2012, Jen returned to Downtown Las Vegas and joined forces with Meghan Mossler as a Partner in the Stitch Factory where she enjoys bringing creative minds together.


Lon Taylor

Tuesday August 13th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

For the past fifteen years Lon has cultivated his usability, marketing and advertising skills by achieving measurable results for Fortune 500 firms and successful startups. Having filled a variety of roles as a usability moderator, senior project manager, director of marketing, and occasional user experience designer, he offers clients a straightforward approach to helping them meet their objectives. As the principal of First Insights since 2001, Lon leads a tight team of usability research and user experience consultants who look forward to helping clients navigate the dynamic online marketplace. Having worked with JP Morgan Chase, Pfizer, Hewlett-Packard, American Airlines, Mercedes-Benz and successful startups like, &, Lon brings a unique perspective when new challenges arise. Whether you’re at a startup or established firm, understanding how to listen to and learn from your prospects & customers is critical to your success. Whether you’re building a website, mobile app, Intranet or cloud based software, user research that is lean and focused can be a game changer. An active participant in the New York & Chicago digital marketing communities, Lon was co-founder of the New York Research SIG and currently serves on the board of the Chicago IxDA. He's also a member of the Usability Professionals Association, and has co-chaired Guerilla Marketing and Viral Marketing conferences for the Institute for International Research. Lon has published articles in Quirk’s Market Research Magazine, The Journal of Intranet Strategy & Management, and He holds a B.S. in Social Education from Boston University.


Ondi Timoner

Monday August 12th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction filmmaker to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 Sundance-winning doc, DIG! about the collision of art & commerce through the lives of two bands, and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, about an internet visionary who showed by example how willingly we will trade our privacy and eventually sanity in the virtual age, were both acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for their permanent collection. She also directed the socio-political feature documentaries, Join Us (2007), about the cult epidemic in America, and The Nature of the Beast (1994), a hard-hitting look at the US prison system, and the short film Recycle, which premiered at Sundance in 2006, and subsequently screened at Cannes and in schools worldwide. Timoner premiered her fifth feature-length documentary, Cool It - a film that blasts through the polarizing logjam of the climate change debate to bring a solid plan for solutions at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and was released theatrically across America in November 2010 through Roadside Attractions. Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 doc, DIG!, about the collision of art & commerce through the star-crossed rivalry between the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre -- and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, about Internet visionary Josh Harris, who showed by example how willingly we will trade our privacy and in the virtual age-- were both acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for their permanent collection. Her other features include Join Us (2007), The Nature of the Beast (1994), and COOL IT (2010). Ondi's currently directing and producing a web-based video portal for innovators called A TOTAL DISRUPTION, about the invisible superheroes who are transforming our lives with technology. ATD was successfully funded at 150% of its goal on Kickstarter and currently features 50 episodes across several original series featuring top entrepreneurs and VC's on ATD will soon offer an unprecedented database of hundreds of hours of footage as well as online courses for content creators (the first is being created now in collaboration with Eric Ries.) Ondi also produces and hosts BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc), a weekly live talk show on - now at almost 100 episodes, in which Ondi interviews the leaders in documentary filmmaking about their work. Having made dramatic documentaries with strong narratives (and witnessed many documentaries that fit this bill) Ondi likes to call her next directorial effort a “pre-scripted actor film.” Entitled MAPPLETHORPE, it tells the story of the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Timoner attended the Sundance Director’s and Screenwriter’s Lab as a fellow to develop MAPPLETHORPE, and has since written the draft that will be produced. Ondi is also currently writing the story of her father, Eli Timoner, a trail-blazing airline mogul, and how he and her mother, Lisa Timoner, handle the tragic turn his life took when Ondi was 9 years-old. In any format, Ondi loves to use her camera as a bridge to bring herself and the audience deep into worlds they may never otherwise enter. In 2000, Timoner created, produced and directed the original VH-1 series Sound Affects, about music’s effect at critical moments in people’s lives. She has directed commercials and web series for such companies as McDonalds, State Farm, Ford, The Army, and others. She has directed films for CNN Heroes helmed the latest two short films for Honda’s innovative series, entitled Dream the Impossible, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She also completed the opening film for President Clinton’s 65th birthday bash and fundraiser at the Hollywood Bowl in Oct ’11. Her film starred Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Jay-Z, the President, and many other notables. Born in Miami, Florida, Timoner graduated Yale University, Cum Laude, with a double major in American Studies (concentration in Film and Literature) and Theater Studies.


Jessica Tunon

Monday August 12th 10:15am – 11:15am

Jessica is looking to connect and build significant value in the community by working with other passionate individuals and organizations that are committed to push our society forward in a line of environmental action and social responsibility. Her grassroots organization skills combined with a heart for our future allows her to not only serve as a community organizer but a relentless visionary on the environment and our health. While living in Austin for 1.5 years, Jessica managed multiple projects simultaneously as co-organizer of Austin’s first World Car Free Day called CarFreeDayATX , project manager to Social Good Summit Austin, and organizer of America Walks/CDC Walkability Workshop after receiving grant to host event. She was also President and Co-Founder of Beyond2ndNature, envisioned a community where it is no longer second nature to get into your single occupancy vehicle to play, shop, learn, home and office. Currently, she is the advisor on the Austin grassroots efforts sustaining the development of a Walkability Austin Coalition, Pedestrian Advisory Council, future World Car Free Days and Social Good Summit Austin. Her advocacy work has been featured in Austin Monthly, Austin Post, KVUE and KXAN news. Speaker at GoodxGlobal during SXSWi and co-author of Social Good Summit Austin White Paper. She has worked as a financial analyst for over 10 years in multiple-sectors transitioning that experience into a career in project management. While not talking about walkability, social good, and the car-free lifestyle; Jessica enjoys spending time with family, walking meetings, exercising outdoors, attending festivals, having fun and meeting good people. You can find her online at @jess2non


Cesar Vazquez

Tuesday August 13th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Cesar Vazquez is the founder and CEO of CCAN Ventures, LLC –digital firm that develops solutions targeted mainly to the US Latino market. Cesar oversees CCAN’s overall strategy, ensuring the firm’s stays at the vanguard of all relevant trends related to Latinos. His experiences as a business lawyer, entrepreneur, negotiator and real estate developer, provide a perspective that can only be described as unique. Among his ventures, he founded Buydé, a Latino based e-commerce website. A promoter of innovation and entrepreneurs everywhere –He wants to be a definitive connector among the Latino technology community. Cesar studied at Penn State University, earned a JD degree from the InterAmerican University, a LLM in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center and an AMDP in Real Estate from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He founded the Puerto Rico Tech Meetup.


Marta Voda

Wednesday August 14th 10:15am – 11:15am

Marta Voda is an HR professional with 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, then moved in-house to work for Clorox and Baxter. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to create a successful Executive Search and HR Consulting practice, catering to notable clients such as: MTV Networks, Nickelodeon,,, Square Enix and Activision. Most recently, Marta signed-on to Viacom Media Networks, as their new Executive Recruiter, to support the Global Digital Media group. 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. Marta studied Organizational Behavior at the University of San Francisco, and resides in Los Angeles with her two daughters.


Zach Ware

Tuesday August 13th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Former Head of Product @ Zappos, Developed Zappos Campus, Dude @ Downtown Project, Co-Founder & CEO Project 100 and Partner @ VegasTechFund


Martin Waxman

Tuesday August 13th 10:15am – 11:15am

Martin Waxman is a digital, social media and communications strategist, principal of Martin Waxman Communications and co-founder of three PR agencies. He has worked in communications and PR for 25 years, and specializes in social and digital media, social media training, content creation, consumer marketing, product launches, corporate and internal communications and entertainment. He writes a blog, myPALETTE, is one of the hosts of the Inside PR podcast and can be found on Twitter @martinwaxman. Martin developed a Certificate in Digital Strategy and Communications Management for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and teaches several courses there. He has been a social media instructor at McMaster University, speaks at conferences across North America and guest lectures on PR and digital communications at universities and community colleges. Martin is past-president of the Canadian Public Relations Society Toronto, served as a member of the PRSA Counselors Academy executive committee and was its 2012 conference chair. He’s also on the advisory boards for the Humber public relations BAA program and the Humber School of Comedy. Martin has published two books of fiction, been a standup comedy MC, film and TV writer and freelance journalist. He received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in film, television and theatre from York University in Toronto.


Andy White

Tuesday August 13th 11:30am – 12:30pm

He's an entrepreneur, angel investor and car nut. As a founder of SchoolCenter, an edtech content management platform he was able to complete the cycle from struggling startup through exit. The company sold in 2011 and is now part of Blackboard, Inc. During the transition he was able to get a crash course on current startup techniques as an investor and the executive director for the seed accelerator program BoomStartup . This TechStars Network affiliate program was ranked one of the top 15 accelerators in the country. His current position as a partner with the VegasTechFund allows him to help empower amazing founders and startups passionate about building community in downtown Las Vegas.


Caleb Whitmore

Wednesday August 14th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Caleb is the founder of Analytics Pros – a Google Analytics Certified Partner providing digital strategy, analytics, and optimization solutions. Additionally, he founded BEST Practices for Google Analytics, a conference series focused on fully leveraging the capabilities of GA. As the landscape of marketing continues to shift, Caleb has maintained his laser focus on using technology to help clients better connect with their customers. He is passionate about leveraging technology to achieve business objectives and higher ROI. Caleb and his team are continuously finding great insights for companies including GoPro, Princess Cruises, Wacom, Onswipe, Tableau Software and many more. Caleb is one of the original Google Analytics Authorized Consultants, having worked with the tool since its launch back in 2005. He co­authored a book on Google Analytics ­ Performance Marketing with Google Analytics (Wiley, 2010), is currently writing his next book, and has spoken at a many domestic and international conferences over the years. Caleb lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Charlotte, and their four kids. He and Charlotte recently returned from a medical relief trip to Haiti with Medical Teams International ( and are excited to plan their next trip.


Erik Wolf

Monday August 12th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Erik Wolf is a small business marketer and author of two books, Blog For Business and the award winning Marketing: Unmasked. He is also the founder of, the first marketing automation platform for WordPress and of Zero-G Creative, an online marketing agency serving small business clients exclusively. Erik has been featured by The Huffington Post, and Atlanta Business Radio among other media outlets and has been a speaker at conferences such as South by Southwest (SXSW), Ignite Denver, Digital Atlanta and several WordCamps. Erik lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two children.


Patrick Woods

Monday August 12th 11:30am – 12:30pm

As the director of a>mv ventures, Patrick connects the creative and strategic resources of one of the nation's largest independent ad agencies with high-potential early-stage startups. Patrick leads the business development efforts of a>m ventures, and takes a key role in developing strategic plans to tackle big startup challenges, including naming, brand development, PR strategy, and go-to-market planning. He has previously worked on national accounts for brands such as FedEx, AutoZone, Kraft Foods, and others, and mentors and sits on the board of several early-stage startups. This combination of traditional brand development with the needs and constraints of startups provides the founders he mentors with a unique and helpful point-of-view.


Ana Yoerg

Tuesday August 13th 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Ana is a word-nerd who believes that great branded content (e.g., creative ad copy, email, blog posts, bylines, video) coupled with well-timed, agile PR campaigns can dramatically boost user growth and build customer engagement for any startup. She works with clients to construct a unique identity for their brand and define their target audiences, then builds and executes the communications strategy that will push the company forward at the speed today’s market demands. Clients have included Opera, Wikia, Mobile Theory, Rumgr, VegasTech, and, a project of the Annenberg Foundation.


William Young

Monday August 12th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Will is Director of Zappos Labs, a largely San Francisco based team goaled with developing partnerships and building great products through experimentation, incubation, and off-roadmap projects. He is also one of the most prolific donut eaters in Zappos history (23 donuts in 20 minutes). Prior to joining in 2010, Will gained over ten years of experience in creating great (mostly) web experiences. He has worked as an independent consultant, as well as for companies including Yodlee Corporation and Sapient Corporation. In these roles, Will played an integral role in designing and implementing large-scale enterprise applications, product management, scalable application development, process definition, direct client engagement, as well as plan and scope management. He is also a General Partner with the VegasTechFund, a seed stage investment fund started by Zappos CEO Tony Hseih, focused on empowering amazing founders and startups passionate about building community in downtown Las Vegas. Will has a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.


Cory von Wallenstein

Monday August 12th 4:30pm – 5:30pm

As the Chief Technology Officer, Cory leads technical strategy, innovation and development across all Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings for DNS & Email Delivery. Surrounded by a team of passionate and talented engineering, marketing, business development, and product experts, he is not only committed to growing the market for IaaS solutions as a whole, but to maximizing the role Dyn plays in the marketplace. Prior to joining Dyn, Cory served as co-founder and President for Servprise International, Inc., leading the development efforts for innovative remote and automated failure recovery tools for large-scale computing environments. Cory lives in Bedford, NH, with wife Jessica, daughter, Victoria and son, Lucas.