Michela O’Connor Abrams
Michela O’Connor Abrams is CEO of Dwell, the award-wining design and lifestyle media company. Under her leadership, Dwell has extended its brand to include Dwell.com, the Dwell Homes Collection, and Dwell on Design. Prior to Dwell, Michela was the President of Imagine Media’s Business Division, including their flagship Business 2.0. She has over 25 years of experience in publishing, online branding strategies, trade show management, and strategic business development. She has held executive positions at IDG where she was CEO of ComputerWorld, Ziff-Davis, and McGraw-Hill. Michela serves on several boards, including the Board of Magazine Publishers of America’s Independent Magazine Advisory Group (MPA-IMAG).
Betsy Burroughs is the founder and president of FocusCatalyst, a marketing consultancy in San Francisco, CA, and the author of the book, FOCUS. The Catalyst for Creativity. She has held senior executive positions at several high-tech publishing companies, including InfoWorld, where she was Vice President of Marketing. Betsy has over 25 years of marketing experience and has marketed products ranging from NEC semiconductors to Sun-Made raisins. She is on the board of the Waldzell Meeting in Vienna, Austria.
Joseph A. Busch
Joseph Busch is the Founder and a Principal of Taxonomy Strategies. Joseph is an authority in the field of information science, a Past President of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (www.asist.org), and an appointee to the Board of Directors of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (dublincore.org). He is the author of many articles on indexing, classification research, and information retrieval systems.
Dr. Ron Daniel, Jr.
Ron Daniel is an expert on XML industry standards, an active member of the XML and metadata standardization communities, and a noted digital library researcher. He chaired the PRISM (Publishers Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata) working group (prismstandard.org), and is acting chair of the XML Linking working group. He has been a member of the RDF working groups, and has co-edited numerous specifications including PRISM, XPointer, three IETF RFCs, and the first two Dublin Core (dublincore.org) reports.
Paul Denton is currently the CFO at Skyport Systems and Technical Illusions. Paul has more than 20 years of strategic-leadership experience as an executive at numerous emerging-growth companies. Most recently, he was CFO at OpenDNS and COO/CFO at ScaleXtreme that was sold to Citrix. Prior to ScaleXtreme, he was part of the management team that successfully sold Zvents to eBay-owned StubHub. He has held other executive roles at FusionOne, Determina, Andale and Zembu. Paul's background includes management positions at Booz & Company and Exxon/Esso Petroleum Company. He has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS with honors in chemical engineering from University of Birmingham, UK.
Mark Ebel is currently the SVP of Business Development for Nara Logics, Inc, a neuroscience data platform-as-a-service company that provides predictive analytics and real time recommendation services. Previously Mark was at Google via the 2013 purchase of Channel Intelligence, where he was SVP of Business Development. Included in the Google sale was Mark's US patent regarding online marketing payment monitoring methods used by over 700 retail websites. While at Channel Intelligence, he started CI's Online Advertising Group -- developing what would become Google Product Listing Ads. Mark's online retail experience includes managing online marketing at Toy's R Us, BestBut.com, and Intel.com.
Brad Garlinghouse is CEO of Hightail, Inc. Previously, he was President of Applications and Commerce at AOL, Inc., which included such services as AOL Mail, AIM, and Mobile. Before joining AOL Brad was a senior advisor at Silver Lake Partners, a leading venture capital and private equity firm. He also spent several years as Senior Vice President of Communications, Community and Front Doors at Yahoo, Inc. Brad’s early experience included stints with @Home Network and SBC Communications, as well as CEO of Diapad Communications.
Kim Garretson is the co-founder of Ovative/Group and a research fellow at the Missouri School of Journalism's Reynolds Institute. Ovative/Group is a boutique consulting firm focusing on e-commerce business operations. Kim leads the innovation discovery practice at O/G, working with major retailers, brands and agencies to connect them with innovation from the venture capital industry and other centers of innovation. For the Reynolds Institute, he works with graduate students and staff in the institute on research services for early-stage digital media and marketing technology innovations. Earlier in his career Kim was a partner and co-founder of two digital agencies, now owned by Interpublic Group and Publicis.
Linda Hayes brings to the Linguastat team almost 20 years of executive management experience. She was COO of FusionOne, where she headed up marketing, sales, business development, engineering, finance, and technical operations. At FusionOne she turned the Company to cash flow positive and quadrupled revenue. Prior to FusionOne she was COO and CEO of Andale, the largest third-party Internet applications provider for eBay sellers. During her tenure with Andale she was responsible for increasing the Company’s revenues 500% and creating a profitable operation. Before Andale, Linda was Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of General Magic. There she also ran the Company’s business segment, the MyTalk Consumer Service, voted at the time as one of the top three websites on the Internet. In addition Linda has held executive positions with Pretty Good Privacy, Novell, Zenith Data Systems, and Motorola. Linda has been the recipient of numerous industry awards.
Professor Ray R. Larson
Professor Ray R. Larson is faculty member of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches and does research on information system design and development. Professor Larson is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the National Centre for Text Mining program in the U.K.
Susan H. Nycum
Susan H. Nycum, Esq. provides mediation and arbitration services in IP and technology related disputes. Susan was formerly an international partner of Baker & McKenzie, where she was the chair of the firm’s North America Intellectual Property and Information Technology practice group and a member of the firm’s governing bodies for North America and Asia Pacific. Susan's previous outstanding accomplishments include: member of the National Science Foundation advisory board for Internet funding; advisor to the governments of Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Israel, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States for IT and IP policy; Chair of the ABA section of Science and Technology; and President of the Computer Law Association.
Dr. Ross Stapleton-Gray is a principal of Stapleton-Gray & Associates, and leads its technology consulting practices. Ross has served as an intelligence analyst and planning officer with the Central Intelligence Agency and Intelligence Community Management Staff; as technology manager for the American Petroleum Institute; and as IT Security Officer in the University of California Office of the President. He was a co-founder of Sandstorm Enterprises, Inc., an information security tools provider.
Kevin Wray currently serves as the SVP of Global Sales at NimbleCommerce, provider of network-powered e-commerce for digital publsihers, where he is responsible for global sales and business development and where he has expanded the company into 12 countries. Kevin has over 20 years of successful experience in sales, marketing and partner relationships and brings a wealth of knowledge to Linguastat with his extensive background in e-commerce and online monetization. Prior to joining NimbleCommerce, Kevin has held a number of executive positions including General Magic, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), Andale/Vendio, Unisfair and Navio.