Scott Harrison is the Founder of charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Scott had made his living for years in New York as a promoter of top nightclubs and fashion events. After a visit to West Africa in 2004, his life was forever changed. When he returned, what started as a birthday party campaign exploded into an organization which today serves more than a million people with clean water.
Matt Mullenweg is the Founder of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, Akismet, Gravatar, IntenseDebate and more to come. He’s been named one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc.com’s 30 under 30 and Business Week’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web. A Texas native, Matt holds the position of Chief BBQ Taste Tester of Automattic for which he travels the world, sampling cuisine and comparing it to the gold standard of his home state’s BBQ.
Melody McCloskey is the Co-Founder of StyleSeat, a company helping small businesses grow using the web. Previously, she managed video analytics and started the digital distribution department at Current TV. Melody is obsessed with entrepreneurship and helping business owners thrive.
Scott is the Founder and CEO of Behance, a company that develops products and services to organize the creative world. Scott believes that the greatest breakthroughs across all industries are a result of creative people and teams that are especially productive. Scott has committed his professional life to help organize creative individuals, teams and networks.
Danae Ringelmann is the Co-Founder of IndieGoGo, an online crowdfunding platform for ideas created to democratize fundraising. With a passion for helping artists and entrepreneurs embrace the DIWO (Do-It-With-Others) approach, Danae serves as an advisor to The Conversation, a grassroots gathering of filmmakers, investors, entrepreneurs and journalists interested in the new opportunities technology is presenting. Fast Company recently named Danae one of the Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology.
Justin Shaffer is the Founder and CEO of Hot Potato, an early-stage startup connecting friends and fans around live events. Prior to founding Hot Potato, Justin served as Senior Vice President, New Media at MLB Advanced Media L.P., the online arm of Major League Baseball. Justin is a proven innovator in the technology sector and he and his team have been widely recognized for their efforts building MLB.com.
David Hauser is the Co-Founder of Grasshopper, Chargify and Grasshopper Labs. David is a technology startup veteran. He served as one of the co-founders of Return Path, an email performance management company, and was the founder of WebAds 360, an ad-serving technology provider for small and mid-sized businesses. He is one of the youngest co-founders to be named to Inc.’s list of 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.
Rachelle Hruska is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Guest of a Guest, a new media website and newsletter chronicling the social and cultural lives of young New Yorkers. With readership on the rise, Guest of a Guest has expanded its offices to the Hamptons, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. Rachelle is a Nebraska native and Creighton University alum.
Jason Fried is the Co-Founder and President of 37signals, a Chicago company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary. In addition to their products Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List and Writeboard, 37signals developed and open-sourced the Ruby on Rails programming framework. Jason has co-authored three books: “Defensive Design for the Web,” “Getting Real,” and current New York Times Bestseller “REWORK.”
Gary Vaynerchuk is the Founder of WinelibraryTV and the New York Times bestselling author of “Crush It! Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion.” Through Gary’s dedication and hustle, he helped take his family’s business, Winelibrary, from $3 million to $45 million in a few short years. Gary’s most recent project includes working alongside his brother AJ to launch VaynerMedia, a social media storytelling agency.
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