SXSW Interactive 2012 speakers

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Chad Mureta

Founder, Chad Mureta

Chad Mureta is the founder of Empire Apps and co-founder of T3 Apps and Best Apps, three mobile application businesses that he created without a background in technology. Over the past decade, Chad Mureta’s professional and personal lives have impacted each other in profound and unexpected ways. In 2009, a devastating car accident confined him to a hospital bed, where Mureta discovered the possibilities of the emerging app market while experimenting with his iPhone. During that time, Chad realized that his real estate business was not only consuming his life, it was also in no way connected to what he was passionate about. Without any tech experience, he developed an idea for a mobile application called “Fingerprint Security Pro,” that would go on to be a best-seller in the App Store and serve as the catalyst for a new company, career, and way of life. Chad realized that through mobile apps, he could create a system that worked while he didn’t. Now almost three years later, he has spearheaded the development and marketing of 46 apps, which have been downloaded over 35 million times worldwide. While Chad loves the exciting nature of the app business, it’s his true passion for living a life free from the 9-to-5 grind that propels him as an appreneur. By letting technology work for him, Chad has been living his bucket list: traveling the world, learning salsa, becoming a certified scuba diver and skydiver, and his list continues to grow every year. Chad uses the app business as a means to work less and truly “have a life.” As an author, speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur, Mureta’s unique insight, experience, and tenacity have enabled him to make his businesses thrive, all while living the life of his dreams and traveling the world. Mureta shares his experiences and expertise in his first book, App Empire: Make Money, Have a Life, and Let Technology Work for You (March 2012, Wiley Publishing).

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Cyd Harrell

VP of UX Research, Bolt|Peters

Cyd directs the UX research practice for Bolt | Peters, advises Code For America on incorporating the citizen perspective into product development, and brings a UX angle to civic hacking efforts. She passionately believes that citizen designers, developers, advocates, and public servants can come together to build government we all deserve.

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Florent Peyre

VP Strategy & BD, Gilt City

Florent serves as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Gilt City, the latest company created under the umbrella of Gilt Groupe, a leading e-commerce company headquartered in NY. Prior to joining Gilt City, Florent was running Mobile and Emerging Platforms for Hachette Filipacchi Media, a leading magazine group, editor of ELLE, Car and Driver and other publications. There, he presided over the launch of several mobile and iPad applications, including…..
Before that, Florent was running Business and Corporate Development for Hachette where he concluded key strategic partnerships with companies such as Microsoft and BermanBraun (launch of Glo, a new lifestyle destination for MSN), Rue La La, Yahoo! or the acquisition and integration of Jumpstart Automotive, a leading online ad network centered on the automotive space. Earlier in his career, Florent was a Principal at Lagardere, a leading European media company headquartered in Paris. There, Florent completed several acquisitions and worked on corporate development and restructuring. Florent has been advising several NY-based startups for the last couple of years, mostly consumer-facing or ecommerce centered and is an advisor to NY SeedStart, an early stage incubating program and to First Growth Venture Network, a mentoring program for NY startups founded by Ed Zimmerman and leading venture firms. He is also a declared addict to most NY meetups as well as a big wine geek. Florent is also on the board of Sciences Po Alumni USA, his alma mater. He graduated from Sciences Po Paris in 2000 and holds a degree in International Business Law and a Master in Broadcasting Law from the Sorbonne University.

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Garrett Camp

Founder/CEO, StumbleUpon

Garrett has guided StumbleUpon’s development since 2001, from inception to more than 20 million registered users. StumbleUpon is now the largest personalized content discovery engine on the web, delivering more than 1 billion personalized recommendations per month. Garrett completed his Masters in Software Engineering at the University of Calgary, where he researched interfaces for collaborative systems, evolutionary algorithms and information retrieval. He is also a 2007 recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 award.

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Hans Sprecher

Web Developer

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Ina Fried

Sr Editor, Mobilized, All Things Digital

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Jennifer Pabian

Strategy Mgr, Content & Svcs, Samsung Telecommunications America

Strategy & BD @ Samsung Mobile, focus on Content & Services. Interested in apps, video, games. Love to shop.

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John Caron

CMO, Modiv Media

Bringing more than 20 years of management and entrepreneurial experience in media and commerce technology and services, John is responsible for Modiv’s marketing and business development initiatives. Through his innovation and leadership, John has been a driving force behind the growth, IPO, and sale of a half-dozen early-stage and high-growth companies including ATG (now Oracle), Gartner, NuMega (now Compuware), Factpoint (now GeoTrust), and Open Environment (now Borland). John, and his team, developed the marketing strategies that drove ATG’s revenues from $25M to $165M. During his tenure at Gartner, a billion dollar global technology research and consulting firm, John’s team oversaw the global rebuild of sales efficacy and customer loyalty programs. At NuMega, John’s team drove global partner marketing and sales behind a 500% increase in channel revenue. In 2006, John surrendered to a lifelong passion for cars and conceived and launched the country’s first exotic car membership club. Modeled after Marquis Jet, The Otto Club (now Gotham Dream Cars) received national recognition by the automotive industry and publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Fox TV as an innovator in fractional ownership. John is a Board member at three Boston-based companies including Perfect Curve (sporting goods manufacturer), Silverstone Motorcars (exotic and collectable car dealer), and Mars Made (handcrafted luxury gaming tables). A frequent speaker in both technology and academia, John has guest lectured at Harvard, Babson, Emerson and Northeastern. John holds Bachelor Degrees in Marketing and Finance from Syracuse University.

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Jonathan Beri

I eat APIs for breakfast. They go surprisingly well with milk.

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Keith Casey

Developer Evangelist, Twilio

Keith Casey has been a developer for over a decade and helps organize various tech communities. To pay the bills, he works as a Developer Evangelist for Twilio to get good tools to good developers so they can build great things. Previously, he built large-scale PHP-based systems for organizations ranging from major news companies to small non-profits. In his spare time, he is the web2project project lead, runs amok in Austin, and blogs on the mis-application of technology at CaseySoftware.com.

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Liz Gannes

Sr Editor, All Things Digital

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Mark Bertolini

Chairman & CEO, Aetna

Mark T. Bertolini is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Aetna, a Fortune 100 diversified health care benefits company with more than $34.018 billion in 2010 revenue, a workforce of approximately 34,000 and operations in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. A member of the company's Board of Directors, Mr. Bertolini assumed the role of Chairman on April 8, 2011 and CEO on November 29, 2010. Mr. Bertolini joined Aetna in 2003 as head of Aetna’s Specialty Products. In July 2007, he was named president, responsible for all of Aetna’s businesses and operations across the company’s broad range of health care products and related services – including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, as well as medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Prior to serving as Aetna’s president, Mr. Bertolini was executive vice president and head of Aetna’s regional businesses, which included the company’s individual, retiree, small group and middle market segments, as well as numerous product, network and service areas. Recognized as an accessible, forward-thinking and solutions-oriented leader, Mr. Bertolini is actively engaged in the national dialogue on health care reform, meeting regularly with state and federal policymakers to advocate for measures that increase access, lower costs and improve quality of health care. He is a strong advocate of market-based solutions, the expansion and use of health information technology, and the sustainability of the employer-based system. Firmly committed to diversity and inclusion, Mr. Bertolini also serves as the company’s executive sponsor for diversity, participates in several Aetna employee resource groups, and maintains a blog to communicate with employees. Among his civic activities, Mr. Bertolini is a member of the board of directors of the University of Connecticut Health Center and, in 2009, was elected the first straight ally board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the council of advisors of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, an organization founded by Paul Newman that serves children with cancer and other serious illnesses. He has been honored for his leadership by numerous universities and organizations, including the National Italian American Foundation, Outward Bound, the National Kidney Registry, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the Quinnipiac University Business School, and Wayne State University School of Business. He speaks regularly on the topics of health care reform, employee benefits and insurance, health information technology and business leadership, and his perspectives are featured frequently in the media. Prior to joining Aetna, Mr. Bertolini held executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans, and SelectCare, Inc., where he served as president and chief executive officer. Born and raised in Detroit, Mr. Bertolini worked various jobs throughout high school and college, including assembly work at a Ford Motor Company plant and various caregiver roles in health care delivery. Mr. Bertolini is a spinal cord injury survivor and is partially disabled as the result of a severe skiing accident in 2004. In 2007, Mr. Bertolini donated a kidney to his son. His previous work and personal experiences with the health care system are foundational to his dedication to improving the patient experience and addressing the longstanding challenges facing the U.S. health care system. Mr. Bertolini holds an undergraduate degree in business administration/finance from Wayne State University and a MBA in finance from Cornell University.

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Sarah Fay

Independent Adviser

Until May of 2009, Sarah was CEO of Aegis Media North America. She was also responsible for launching and growing a significant part of that business during her eleven year tenure at that company, and has worked with major brand advertisers such as P&G, RadioShack, Pfizer, Wachovia, EA, Marriott, Philips and adidas / Reebok. As President of Carat Interactive and then President of Isobar, Sarah orchestrated the successful acquisitions and merging of several companies including Lot21, Vizium, Freestyle Interactive, Molecular, iProspect, Ammo and Bluestreak. Sarah is also responsible for launching Isobar Mobile, a highly regarded mobile marketing entity. Sarah has been widely quoted in such sources as Ad Age, Ad Week, DM News, B2B Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Additionally, Sarah regularly addresses audiences at major marketing conferences and participates on a number of company and industry boards. RECOGNITION 

• “Industry Achievement Award” 2007, ad:tech

• “Online All-Star” 2008, OMMA

• “Top 100 Media Influentials” Media Post 2008

• “Future Legend”, 2008 Ad Club, Boston

• “Top 50 People to Know in the Digital Space”, MediaPost 2003

• “Top 100 Business Marketing Influencers” 2002, 2003 and 2004, B2B Magazine

• “Media All Star” Adweek, Mediaweek, Brandweek 2004

• “25 Women to Watch”, Advertising Age 2005

• “Fast 50”, Fast Company 2006

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Tom Burgess

CEO, Linkable Networks

Tom Burgess is a seasoned executive with deep interactive and mobile advertising experience. He has successfully pioneered an array of innovative advertising solutions and holds numerous direct response and mobile technology patents. Burgess is a frequent speaker at global marketing conferences and has been quoted or featured in Forbes, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and CNBC. In 2001, Burgess founded Third Screen Media, the world’s first mobile advertising network. Third Screen Media set the standard globally for wireless advertising and was acquired by AOL 2007, delivering a 10x return for investors. Prior to his tenure at Third Screen Media, Burgess served as President of internet portal CollegeLink.com where he guided the company to a successful public offering and later orchestrated sale of the company to Monster.com. He also served as founder and CEO of 9th Square Inc. (later rebranded as Bluestreak.com, Inc.), an e-commerce and advertising software and services company and Echomedia, Inc., one of the first internet advertising companies. Burgess has consistently provided excellent returns for investors and was recently inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame for superior performance by Blue Chip Ventures. Burgess earned a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College and currently resides in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

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Tom Dale

Sr Software Engineer, Ember.js

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Trevor Johns

Software engineer, hardware hacker, and lover of adventure. Android Developer Advocate and Engineer @ Google. bio from Twitter

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Uday Gajendar

Principal Prod Designer, Citrix Systems Inc

Uday Gajendar is a principal designer at Citrix Systems in Silicon Valley. He creates attractive, useful products that enable “work and play from anywhere”. Uday brings a versatile mix of design experiences from Adobe, Oracle, Cisco, frog design and his own consulting with clients like Netflix and Linked In. He has published in ACM Interactions and spoken at events run by IDSA, IA Summit, DMI and others, on aesthetics, leadership, and design strategy. With degrees in industrial design (Michigan) and interaction design (Carnegie Mellon), Uday constantly pushes the critical thinking behind well-crafted pixels. He has also taught UI design fundamentals at San Jose State and participated in design thinking workshops led by Stanford, Kaiser, and LUMA. You can read his thoughts on design at his blog, www.ghostinthepixel.com. You can also find him on Twitter and Quora.