SXSW Interactive 2012 speakers

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Adam Salomone

Associate Publisher, The Harvard Common Press

Adam Salomone is the Associate Publisher of The Harvard Common Press, a Boston-based independent focused on cookbooks. Related to this vertical, Adam oversees the company’s digital strategy across individual book/author brands. He has been involved in a number of outreach efforts related to cookbook publishing, including active involvement in organizing the First Annual Cookbook Conference, which explored the past, present and future of cookbook and recipe content. Related to this, he has also participated in a three-hour symposium on the present and future state of the cookbook for The International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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Amy Vernon

Head Honcho, amyvernon.net

Amy spent nearly 20 years as a professional daily newspaper journalist before the Great Newspaper Culling of 2008. She made a seamless transformation from old media to new and has been featured in articles in a variety of publications and sites, including the New York Times and Venture Beat and has written for a variety of websites including The Next Web, Network World and the SourceForge blog. She’s an inaugural inductee of the New Jersey Social Media Hall of Fame and has spoken at many conferences and events, including Columbia Journalism's Social Media Weekend, Reynolds Journalism Institute's The Engagement Metric, ROFL Con II and Affiliate Summit East. She is married and has two young sons. Amy also is known as the Bacon Queen of the Internet.

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Audrey Gray

VP, Exec Comm, American Express

Audrey joined American Express in 2009, after 15 years in the news media. As the VP of Executive Communications at AmEx, Audrey creates fresh, authentic content on a variety of digital platforms to help senior leaders connect with employees and customers. Audrey began her career in public radio as a news director and talk show host. She moved to public television in 1995, working as a reporter and documentary producer at WHYY in Philadelphia. She won an Emmy for documentary writing in 1998. By the turn of the century, Audrey was writing and producing national TV shows for the Discovery network and for Fox. From '05-'09, she returned to journalism as a Senior Editor at the Consumer Technology Publishing Group, specializing in mobile and digital imaging.

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Bruce Shaw

Publisher, The Harvard Common Press

Bruce Shaw acquired The Harvard Common Press in 1980 and has been the president and publisher for the past 30 years. He is responsible for the development of the company’s vertical focus in cooking and has built The Harvard Common Press into a nationally recognized publishing company. He is also deeply involved in a number of cookbook outreach efforts, not least of which was the First Annual Cookbook Conference, focusing on the past, present, and future of recipe and cooking content. Bruce is also an active member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals as well as a major investor in an online recipe start-up, Yummly.com.

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Emily Miethner

Community Mgr, RecordSetter

Emily is passionate about building community, making connections, and creating opportunities. Her specialties include social media, community management, and event production and management. In 2010 Miethner Founded NY Creative Interns, which is now the largest and most active Meetup for interns and recent grads in New York City and has hosted over 20 events for more than 1,200 guests. She works full-time as the Community Manager at RecordSetter.com, the new home for world records and her previous employers include Sterling Publishing, Gawker, Flavorpill, and Time Out New York Magazine. Emily is also on the board of Techies Give Back, part of the nextNY fellowship program, and is an active Skillshare teacher. She also loves peanut butter.

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Shane Snow

Co-Founder, Contently

Shane Snow is cofounder of New York-based startup, Contently, a marketplace that connects journalists with brand publishers. He writes about technology for Wired, Mashable, Fast Company and others, and has designed infographics for brands like MTV and Samsung.