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Chairman of the Board & Founder at ReTargeter
Arjun Arora is the founder and CEO of ReTargeter, a simple and effective online advertising platform. ReTargeter focuses on bringing bounced visitors back to your website, improving your conversion rates and overall ROI, and is available to businesses of all sizes. Prior to ReTargeter, Arjun was the Head of Business Development at Yahoo! Real Estate, where he first saw the opportunity in retargeting. Traditionally, retargeting was only available for $50,000+ minimum spends, but through ReTargeter, Arjun was able to democratize the technology and made it available to businesses of all sizes at a low cost. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Arjun has learned much from his father, grandfather, and younger brother, and has applied these lessons toward his own venture. Focusing on efficiency and building relationships, Arjun bootstrapped ReTargeter and has turned it into an advertising powerhouse, running campaigns for startups like Twilio and KISSinsights, to big brands like Microsoft and ING.
Co-Founder at Uassist.ME
Alfredo Atanacio's business venture, Uassist.ME, a boutique firm dedicated to providing remote administrative support, has quickly become a reference in the worldwide outsourcing industry, earning him recognitions such as the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge People's Pick Award and the Power 30 Under 30 Honor in 2012 and reaching the top of the 30 Under 30 entrepreneur list on Inc Magazine in 2012. In addition to serving as COO and strategist at Uassist.ME, he shares his expertise as a part-time professor at the School of Economy and Business (ESEN) in El Salvador teaching Business Innovation, is a member of the Art Museum of El Salvador and an avid seeker of new business ventures, recently setting up a human resources consultancy and headhunting company in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Co-Founder at GiveForward
Ethan Austin is the co-founder and intra-office burrito eating champion at GiveForward a crowdfunding platform that helps people raise money online for their friends and loved ones' out-of-pocket medical expenses. In 2011 he was named one of CNN's 10 Generation Next Entrepreneurs to watch. In a past life, Ethan was a freelance at the humor website Guidespot where he somehow got paid to write about things like wolf shirts, nachos and how to throw epic space parties. Miraculously this nonsense amassed over 1 million unique visits to his blog posts in a one year span and made him the most popular writer on the website. It was awesome. Before that, Ethan received his B.A. from Emory University and his J.D. from American University where he was a member of the Law Review. Although he is licensed to practice law in California, he hopes that he will never have to use his degree despite his 96-year-old Jewish grandmother's constant plea for him to get a "more stable job" In his free time Ethan can typically be found scouring the streets in search of the world's most perfect burrito or running marathons in a banana costume to raise money for cancer non-profits
VP of Business Development at IdeaPaintBoston, Massachusetts
Jeff is currently VP of Business Development at IdeaPaint, an early member of the YEC and is a Venture Partner at Gen-Y Capital.
IdeaPaint is a dry-erase paint product that can transform any “paintable” surface into a high performance dry-erase writing surface. He joined the team shortly after graduation from Babson College while IdeaPaint was in product development. Jeff was influential in raising both angel and institutional financing now totaling $14mm. Jeff was directly involved in commercializing IdeaPaint’s first-generation commercial product, determining the company’s channel strategy, acquiring its first customers and driving scale. Jeff currently focuses on managing IdeaPaint’s new business development and focusing on establishing large strategic partnerships to take IdeaPaint to the mass market.
Jeff started his first business with his younger brother Greg – the Water Dog Lobster Company, a lobster fishing and wholesaling operation, when he was 12 years old. Waterdog quickly grew to a full size commercial lobster business with over 400 traps. Jeff still maintains an active involvement in his first business, the Water Dog Lobster Company, which harvests lobsters off the Massachusetts coast and sells them at wholesale.
Jeff has had numerous other entrepreneurial ventures in athletic apparel, real-estate and events.
Jeff holds a B.S. in finance and entrepreneurship from Babson College and traveled the world with Semester At Sea in the fall of 2004.
Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Yodle
In 2005, John Berkowitz partnered with Nathanial Stevens and Ben Rubenstein to co-found Yodle. Berkowitz has played a crucial role in the growth of the company. He has held many roles throughout his nearly five years with the organization including sales development, training, managing client relationships, opening Yodle’s first two regional offices, and most recently launching and leading the National Accounts department and YodleFranchise. Under John’s leadership the National Accounts department has become the fastest growing division at Yodle, partnering with over 150 multi-location, national, and franchise brands.
Prior to Yodle, John attended The George Washington University School of Business where he graduated with his B.A in International Business. Throughout his childhood and during college, Berkowitz worked closely with his father in their family Commercial Contracting business. That experience has helped John to bring a “Customers Rule” focus to Yodle and set the bar for delivering the highest quality products and services.
Founder/CEO at adventur.es
I’m obsessed with creating value primarily through innovation and entrepreneurship. I am the Owner/CEO of adventur.es (#28 on 2011 Inc. 500), which provides equity investments, marketing resources, strategic planning, and operations management that accelerates growth. We’ve started companies, funded companies and acquired companies. The mission for my life is to positively transform the world (set big goals right?). Every day the vision for this accomplishment evolves. I try to allocate at least 20% of my time to non-profit activities, mostly focused on poverty-related issues. I also try to help Joplin, MO recover from the F5 tornado and was nominated for a 2011 VH1 Do Something Award (lost to Lady Gaga) as the result of my efforts. I’m blessed beyond belief with wonderful friends, family, and partners, who appreciate my faults and embrace my hurricane-like enthusiasm.
Co-Founder & CTO at Speek
Danny Boice is currently the co-founder & CTO of Speek running all things product and tech. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Pando Daily, Fast Company and other publications. Danny previously served as an Executive for The College Board. The College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).Danny’s responsibilities include driving technology innovation in the arena’s of web, mobile, social and other cutting edge digital domains across all of these programs and constituents. Prior to The College Board Danny served as the Chief Technology Officer for CommuniClique where he lead the development of their cloud-based products & platforms while establishing and growing their Open API / Developer Community. He also served as Vice President at Pantheon leading several high visibility web and mobile product development projects for Fortune 500 clients. Boice joined Pantheon in 2006 when they acquired Jaxara – a company he founded in 2002. Danny attended Harvard University as well as completing advanced studies at MIT and is an active mentor, advisor and board director to several technology start-ups.
Co-founder and CEO at adtivity by appssavvy
Chris Cunningham co-founded adtivity by appssavvy, an activity advertising technology company and serves as CEO. His and appssavvy's vision has pioneered a new advertising model focused on people's activity. The vision of activity advertising has established Chris as a recognized thought leader. He frequently speaks at industry conferences and forums, including ad:tech, IAB, iMedia and 4A's events, and comments on the latest developments in the social space live on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, or in leading publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and USA Today. In 2012, he was named as one of the “Most Important People in Mobile Advertising” by Business Insider. In 2010 and 2011, he served as co-chair of the IAB Social Media Committee and was a finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award. Today, appssavvy has more than 40 employees in four offices across the U.S. and is recognized as a great place to work by Crain's New York Business' Best Places to Work in NYC - an honor won in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Chris graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a bachelor's of arts degree in Economics & Marketing and is based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @chrisappssavvy.
Entrepreneur & Speaker at Involver
Rahim Fazal is a three-time entrepreneur, co-founding and successfully exiting a web-hosting company for $1.5 million dollars while taking his senior year final exams during high school. He then started a web services platform business and eventually took it public, becoming one of the youngest directors of a publicly traded company in the United States. He is an advisor to the Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Corporation in New York City and has been named one of America’s "Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30" by Inc. Magazine, and one of the "Top 25 Digital Thought-Leaders" by iMedia.
Founder and CEO at Klout
Joe Fernandez is the Founder and CEO of Klout. While his jaw was wired shut for nearly three months after surgery, Joe began to develop a deep fascination with the evolution of influence within the social web. The way individuals could instantly broadcast questions, opinions, and ideas to their trusted network sparked his curiosity. In 2008, Joe started Klout in an effort to help businesses understand this individual user impact by providing context around who a person influences and what topics they are particularly influential in. Klout is currently the standard for influence on the social web. Joe grew up in Las Vegas and attended University of Miami and Oxford University.
Co-Founder & President at Rent the Runway
Jennifer Fleiss is the President and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, a business that provides Cinderella experiences by enabling women to rent designer dresses and accessories for all of life’s special occasions. Since its inception in November 2009, Rent the Runway has quickly grown to acquire three million members and has signed on over 175 top designer brands and entry into new categories such as weddings, beauty and intimates. Jenny has been honored with Inc.’s “30 Under 30”; Fortune Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs”; Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” and was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. She started her career at Morgan Stanley in the Strategic Planning Group crafting long-term company strategy. She then moved on to Lehman Brothers’ Asset Management Group where she was responsible for analyzing business growth opportunities through acquisitions, international expansion and new product strategies. A natural entrepreneur, Jenny founded an essay-editing and coaching service for college applicants, and built the company into an online tutoring service. In 2007, Jenny began at Harvard Business School where she met fellow co-founder and friend, Jennifer Hyman. As sectionmates, the two women would meet frequently to discuss entrepreneurial ideas, one of which was Rent the Runway. Jenny received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 2005 graduating Cum Laude and her Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 2009. Jenny is a member of the New York Economic and Development Corporation and a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and daughter.
President at College Hunks Hauling Junk
Nick Friedman is President and Co-Founder of COLLEGE HUNKS HAULING JUNK & COLLEGE HUNKS MOVING, the largest and fastest growing US-Based Junk Removal & Moving Franchise Opportunity. Nick started in college with his childhood best friend, now business partner, Omar Soliman in a beat up cargo van, and has grown to at least 50 franchise locations nationwide. Nick has since been named among the Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by INC Magazine and was named on the same list as Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook as one of the 30 Most Influential CEO's Under 30 by Under30CEO.com. Nick was a Kauffman Foundation Empact 100 Honoree, was listed as one of the Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 on Bisnow.com, and is a two-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist. Nick has been featured in numerous business books and textbooks, as well as Forbes, Fortune and on the AOL Homepage. Nick was also featured in a Newsweek story entitled 'College Kid to Millionaire',' along with the founders of Fedex, Dell Computers, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Nick’s company was recently awarded an inaugural Inc. Hire Power Award for job creation, was named #156 on the INC 500 List of Fastest Growing US Companies, has been profiled numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, and has appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Nick has appeared as a guest on National Television shows such as CNBC's The BIG Idea with Donny Deutsche, Fox Business News, Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, and ABC's reality based show about entrepreneurs entitled Shark Tank. He has been interviewed by Entrepreneur and Fortune Magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on franchising and branding. He also participated with MTV on a panel at the White House about young entrepreneurship. Nick also Co-Authored his first bestselling book along with his business partner Omar Soliman, entitled Effortless Entrepreneur: Work Smart, Play Hard, Make Millions (Random House, 2010), which aims to motivate aspiring entrepreneurs with his fun and entertaining approach to business. Nick is an active Board Member of the Entrepreneur's Organization, a global organization which comprises founders of high-growth companies, and he completed a 3-year Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT. He is a founding member of the Young Entrepreneurship Council, and a founding investor in the Gen-Y Capital Partners, which seeks to invest in young start-ups. Nick has been a guest speaker at numerous high schools, colleges, universities, chambers and entrepreneurship groups, including INC Magazine’s Leadership and GrowCo Conferences, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, the Orlando Business Innovation and Growth Conference, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the Extreme Entrepreneurship Campus Tours. Nick Friedman received his Bachelors Degree in economics from Pomona College in California. Nick competed four years on the Men's Varsity Basketball Team at Pomona, which was also ranked among the top 5 liberal arts colleges in the nation by US News and World Reports. Nick won the Pomona College Coach's Award, was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Academic Honor Roll, and was designated a Pomona College Scholar. He brings his leadership skills and competitive drive to entrepreneurship, along with his work experience as an economic research analyst with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.(NYSE:MMC). Nick is fluent in Spanish and spent a college semester studying economics in Madrid, Spain. He continues to be active in the community, volunteering his time as a basketball coach and mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs. Nick Friedman is available for select keynotes and lectures.
Founder & CEO at The Levo League
Caroline Ghosn is Co-Founder and CEO of The Levo League, an innovative online community designed to guide Gen Y professional women through modern career challenges and development. Caroline co-founded The Levo League in 2011 after three + years at McKinsey & Company, immersed in projects spanning from Cleantech to philanthropy. Caroline met Levo League Co-Founder Amanda Pouchot on the first day of the job, where the two were the youngest in their respective assignments and frequently the only women. As a growing young professional in a traditional corporate environment, Caroline found herself not knowing where to turn to address her questions or the needs she was experiencing as a young woman in the workplace. A natural leader and savvy business woman, Caroline founded The Levo League to offer other young professional women a resource for the guidance she was seeking during her early years. Caroline graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a B.A. in International Political Economy and Environmental Economics. Caroline was born in Brazil, has lived in 6 countries, and speaks four languages. She currently resides in Manhattan, New York and is passionate about social enterprise, design thinking, levelling the professional playing field, and eco-movements.
Founder and CEO at UnigoNew York City, New York
Jordan Goldman is the founder and CEO of Unigo.com, the Web's largest resource of information to find, get in and pay for college. Frustrated by his own experience with the college admissions process, as an 18-year-old college freshman, Jordan began his career by creating the "Students' Guide to Colleges" series of college guidebooks, which were released in five annual editions from Penguin Books. Six years later he raised angel financing to start Unigo, which according to the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg, "is a college-information resource built for the age of YouTube and Facebook." Jordan galvanized a community of the nation's top college counselors and enrolled college students, and curated both an authoritative college admissions / financial aid resource and more than 200,000 multimedia reviews of 6,500 campuses across the country. He has designed and forged strategic alliances with iconic publishers including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and US News & World Report, and through a collaboration with McGraw Hill, Jordan helped create an original curriculum on college and career readiness taught in high schools across America. The son of a veteran public school teacher, Jordan's mission is to make higher education more accessible to the millions of students who apply to universities each year. He was named "One of the Top 30 Young Entrepreneurs in America" by Inc. Magazine, "One of the 100 Most Influential People in New York Business and Technology" by Silicon Alley Insider, and is a regular guest on ABC News. Jordan earned his BA in English at Wesleyan University and studied Literature at The University of Oxford.
Co-founder at HipmunkSan Francisco, California
Adam Goldstein started writing software when he was 14, and before graduating from high school had published programming books including AppleScript: The Missing Manual. At MIT Adam co-founded BookTour.com, a site for connecting authors and audiences, with Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine. After graduating, Adam founded Hipmunk, a travel search site, with Steve Huffman of Reddit.
Owner at Zipbuds, LLCCarlsbad, California
For someone who got bitten by the entrepreneurial bug at the tender age of 7 -- as a Kool-Aid salesman who zeroed in on the lucrative market of thirsty construction workers in suburban Chicago -- it’s not surprising that the first thing Erik Groset did soon after he graduated was start a new business. Groset, 27, co-founded Zipbuds, LLC, with the aim of perfecting portable sound, when he graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a degree in business. Zipbuds, LLC created the worlds first earphones that solved the tangled-cables problem in a fashionable way. By combining zipper and earphones the problem was solved elegantly in a way that everyone could understand.
CEO, Co-founder at DISQUS
Daniel Ha is the CEO and cofounder of Disqus. Daniel studied computer science engineering at UC Davis and interned at big companies before deciding to drop out of school to pursue the startup world. Disqus is the web's discussion network, reaching over 700 million unique visitors every month and spanning nearly any topic or type of community imaginable. Disqus is funded by Y Combinator, Union Square Ventures, North Bridge Venture Partners, as well as many great angel investors.
CEO at Influence & Co.
John began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 19 when he bought his first investment property that quickly expanded into a student housing business. He is currently the Cofounder and CEO of Influence & Co. - they assist individuals and brands in growing their influence through products and services ranging from creating and publishing bylined articles to facilitating in residence programs for brands and much more. Influence & Co. is one of the leading providers of high quality expert content to the world's top publications.
President at Her Campus Media
Windsor Genevieve Hanger is the co-founder, President & Publisher of Her Campus Media LLC (HerCampus.com), the leading online magazine for college women and marketing platform for companies looking to reach the college market. Her Campus launched in September 2009 after winning Harvard’s business plan competition. At Her Campus, Windsor leads all client acquisition, business development, strategic marketing partnerships and sales, and has been responsible for bringing on clients including Victoria's Secret PINK, Bing, West Elm, The Body Shop, Juicy Couture, New Balance, and Rent the Runway. Since its launch, Her Campus has been featured on ABC News Now and in AOL Money College, CNN Money, Business Insider, The Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, among others. In July 2010, Windsor and her co-founders were named to Inc. magazine's 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs. Windsor is a 2010 graduate of Harvard University where she majored in the History of Science with a citation in French. A born & bred southern belle, Windsor is a native of Asheville, NC. At Harvard, Windsor was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Before founding Her Campus, Windsor interned in the Marketing department at Bloomingdale’s, as well as in the Beauty and Advertising departments at OK! magazine. Windsor enjoys getting dolled up, dancing, reading chicklit, meeting new people, practicing yoga, working out, and cooking with her boyfriend Alex. Her passions also include chocolate ice cream, hanging out on her mom's farm with her three younger sisters, sushi, digital media and Her Campus.
Founder and CEO at MassChallenge
John Harthorne is the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge, a startup accelerator and competition designed to catalyze a startup renaissance by connecting high-impact startups from around the world with the resources they need to launch and succeed. John received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, John received Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT. He also led the 10th annual MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) held in Trondheim, Norway In September 2011, the Boston Business Journal identified John as one of Boston's 50 Most Influential Business Leaders alongside the CEOs of Akamai Technologies, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Boston Celtics. John is a life-long Massachusetts resident and an avid Red Sox fan. He currently lives in Somerville with his wife Natalia, their 6-year old son Max and their baby girl Yulia.
Co-Founder at Ministry of Supply
Kit Hickey is the co-founder of Ministry of Supply, a brand which is inventing the future of men's professional wear. The company has been featured in NYT, TechCrunch, Inc., Forbes and Elle Magazine. In addition, Kit is a lover of mountain sports and has half an MBA from MIT. Follow her: @kit_hickey
Founder & CEO at HillSouth
Robby started very young as an entrepreneur - in fourth grade he was operating with his friends the school supply organization that caused the school's official store to be put out of business. At the age of 12 Robby was building websites professionally for a Fortune 500 company during his time off from middle school. At 14 he was being paid to build websites by a local college. At 17 he started HillSouth an information technology consulting firm that he has built up from just 1 employee to more than 20. The company he operates today has diversified into custom application development, general technology infrastructure consulting, and a very robust and thriving Health IT (HIT) practice. Mr. Hill has been recognized by the US Small Business Administration as a Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 for the Southeastern USA and South Carolina. Also in 2007 the SC Department of Commerce named his company as a Workforce Partner Award winner (1 of 3) for its committment to partnering with government to create jobs in the state. He has also been recognized numerous times by the local Chamber of Commerce as a Small Business Person of the year for his philanthropic committment both personally and through his company. His executives sit prominently on the boards of most non-profit organizations in the areas that the company operates.
CEO at HootSuiteVancouver (East Mount Pleasant), British Columbia
HootSuite’s energetic CEO, Ryan Holmes, founded Invoke Media the agency that created the highly successful social media dashboard. He has been active in all aspects of HootSuite's operations, focusing on strategy, business, product development, as well as technical and social networking trends.
HootSuite is Ryan’s fifth start-up with other ventures in a variety of industries. From founding a pizza restaurant chain, to building the top online paintball supplier in Canada, to creating Invoke Media, Ryan has established himself as a multi-faceted professional within the entrepreneurial community. Ryan frequently presents internationally at conferences- including TEDx, 140tc, OMNA, 140conf, IMA, Open Network Labs - speaking about entrepreneurship, start-ups and the crossroads of marketing and the social web.
When he’s not grinding away at the HootSuite office, he can be found rock climbing, doing yoga, paragliding or hangin out with his dog Mika. He is also an international voice for start-ups, and has been featured and quoted in media sources including the NY Times, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Guardian (UK) and Venture Beat.
Co-founder at 2U
Jeremy Johnson is the co-founder of 2U, an education-technology company that partners with preeminent institutions of higher education such as Georgetown, UNC Chapel Hill and USC to deliver transformative online degree programs. Prior to working at 2U, Jeremy dropped out of Princeton University after receiving funding for a company which built an online social network around the college admissions process. The company was acquired by Zinch.com. In his year with Zinch, Jeremy helped the company grow five fold to 500,000 registered users and over 500 college participants, including 50 of the top 100 colleges (according to U.S. News & World Report). As a digital media evangelist and technology entrepreneur, Jeremy advises a number of start-ups and speaks regularly about the changing landscape of online marketing and trends in higher education. Follow Jeremy at @JeremyJ.
Co-founder at adQuadrant
Warren Jolly has been a successful Entrepreneur since his High School years. Founding his first business (Nebulant Corp) at the age of 17, Warren quickly established himself as a well-recognized expert in the field of affiliate marketing, also known as online pay-for-performance marketing. The company was acquired by a AIM-listed company in 2003 and gave Warren the opportunity to first experience an M&A transaction. Today, at the age of 26, Warren has built his current company (Affiliate Media) into a fast-growing media empire which is focused on helping companies establish affiliate marketing strategies on the internet alongside educating consumers on launching their own online marketing business to gain their own financial freedom. Affiliate Media was recognized by Inc. Magazine as the 129th fastest-growing privately-held company in the United States in 2009 and the 11th fastest-growing company in Orange County, CA by OC Business Journal. Warren has ran the company's sales efforts, product development, and marketing efforts, in addition to recruiting a dynamic, intelligent team of professionals whom have all contributed to the company's success.
Warren is active in the South Asian and Entrepreneurial communities. A few of the organizations which Warren has supported include South Asia Network, Young Entrepreneur's Organization, and local community Entrepreneurship mentoring associations. Warren has also been interviewed by the India Journal, Mixergy, Young Entrepreneurs, and others.
CEO at The Marketing Zen Group
Web TV Show Host. Bestselling author. International Speaker. Award winning CEO of The Marketing Zen Group – a global digital marketing firm. Shama is the face of today’s digital world, and represents the best her generation has to offer. She has aptly been dubbed the “master millennial of the universe” and “an online marketing shaman” by Fast Company.com.
Shama holds a Masters degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Texas at Austin, and prides herself in being a constant learner. Through her web marketing company, Shama works with businesses and organizations around the world. In 2009, Business Week honored Shama as one of the Top 25 under 25 entrepreneurs in North America. In 2010, Shama won the prestigious Technology Titan Emerging Company CEO award. Her first book, The Zen of Social Media Marketing (BenBella Books) was released in April, 2010 and was an instant hit.
When not working directly with her clients or shooting her show, Shama travels the world speaking on business, entrepreneurship, and technology. On the web, she can be found on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ShamaKabani and on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/Shama.
Co-Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief at Her Campus Media
Stephanie Kaplan is a co-founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Media (HerCampus.com), the #1 online community for college women and innovative college marketing firm. Her Campus launched in September 2009 after winning Harvard’s business plan competition. Since then, Stephanie has grown Her Campus to a team of 3000+ college students with chapters at 200+ colleges nationwide and formed content partnerships with Seventeen magazine, SELF magazine, and The Huffington Post. Her Campus has been featured in The New York Times, Yahoo Finance, ABC News Now, Fox Business, AOL WalletPop, CNN Money, CBS MoneyWatch, Business Insider, The Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, among others. Stephanie and her co-founders have been named to BusinessWeek's 25 Under 25 America's Best Young Entrepreneurs, Inc. magazine's 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Glamour magazine's 20 Amazing Young Women, and The Boston Globe's 25 Most Stylish Bostonians.
Stephanie is a 2010 graduate of Harvard University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Economics. Stephanie spent Summer 2009 as an American Society Of Magazine Editors (ASME) intern at SELF magazine at Condé Nast Publications, and Summer 2008 as a Features Intern at Seventeen magazine at the Hearst Corporation. Stephanie is also a member of Delta Gamma, and she recently completed her first half-marathon. Stephanie has been admitted to the Harvard Business School Class of 2014 via the 2+2 Program.
Co-Founder, Principal at Convene
Chris is the co-founder of Convene and evoJets. Notable Achievements: Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 for evoJets (2011) Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 for Convene - formerly "Sentry Centers" (2011) Empact 100 Recipient (2012) Crains New York Entrepreneur of the Year (2013) Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Real Estate (2013) AMEX Open "CEOs to Watch" (2013) Member of NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's "Small Business Working Group" Convene, 2009-Present Convene combines service and design to improve the workplace experience. Since opening in 2009 the company's portfolio of over 110,000 sq.ft. of real estate makes it the largest owner of day conference centers in New York and is quickly expanding to serve demand in other cities and for management services. Unique in contrast to other high-growth companies, Convene is a brick and mortar service business that is both human and capital intensive. Despite these inherent challenges the company and its team of over 100 professionals relentlessly develop and adopt new and ambitious best practices that improve meetings and collaboration. Convene's client list includes more than 65% of New York's Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of other business, organizations and associations. In his role Chris applies reasoning, strategy and creativity to successfully navigate the company through its various growth stages with a focus on sales, marketing & brand development, operations and systems infrastructure. evoJets is a private jet charter brokerage overseeing marketing and logistics for a global network of over 4,000 safety certified aircraft. Founded in Aspen Colorado and currently based in New York, the Company is known for its industry leading service and safety standards. Chris currently serves in a passive, advisory role while his wife, co-founder Adriann Wanner and her team continue to grow evoJets. Chris graduated from the Villanova School of Business (2004) and remains actively engaged with the small business community. In 2011 Chris was appointed as a member of NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's "Small Business Working Group" and along with the entire Convene team, is a leading sponsor of Nourishing NYC, a community food program that strives to achieve "nutrition for all". Outside of work, Chris' passion for traveling in developing economies has taken him to over 30 countries on 5 continents.
CEO and Chairman at Likeable Local and Likeable Media
Dave Kerpen is the cofounder and and Chairman of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing firm comprised of communications and consultancy agency Likeable Media, and CEO of software platform, Likeable Local. Dave and his wife Carrie lead a team of over 60 people in working with brands, organizations, governments, and small businesses to better leverage social media to become more transparent, responsive, engaged, and likeable. Likeable was named to both the 2011 and 2012 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States. In 2012 Likeable was named one of Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City. Dave’s first book, a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon #1 bestseller, was Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (and Other Social Networks). His second book is titled Likeable Business: Why Today’s Consumers Demand More & How Leaders Can Deliver. (McGraw-Hill, November 2012). Dave is a frequent keynote speaker at venues around the world and a contributing writer for Mashable, Inc, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Forbes, and The Washington Post. His work has been featured on CNBC’s "On the Money," ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, BBC World News, and the New York Times, among others. Dave is proud of his Likeable business accomplishments but prouder of his other joint venture with Carrie: Charlotte and Kate, their two daughters at home in Port Washington, New York.
CEO at Wendell Charles Financial
Evan Kirkpatrick is the founder & CEO of Wendell Charles Financial, a private wealth management firm High net worth & influential clients. Prior to founding Wendell Charles, Evan began his career at a global Fortune 100 firm & ran the investment division of a boutique wealth management & corporate benefits company. Evan was a scholarship basketball player at Northwest University & a McDonald's All-American nominee in high school. He has been featured & quoted in numerous financial publications including the Wall Street Journal, Inc., & Private Wealth. YFS Magazine lists Evan as one of "10 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs to Watch". For more info visit wendellcharles.com or follow him on Twitter @evankirkpatrick
CEO at Mixbook
Andrew is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mixbook, Inc., the maker of Mixbook.com, Mosaic and Montage, which he co-founded with his classmate from UC Berkeley, Aryk Grosz. Mixbook is an award-winning web-based photo book service, consistently garnering top reviews from publications and customers alike for its fully-customizable online editor, integrations with social photo sharing sites, and powerful collaboration features. Mosaic is the fast and spontaneous way to make a photo book on iPhone, allowing customers to make a gorgeous printed book in just a few minutes. Mixbook and Mosaic have been praised by the Today Show, New York Times and USA Today, and Mosaic has been featured by Apple repeatedly in over 25 countries. Interactive Memories, Inc. has been recognized in Forbes' America's Most Promising Companies, Inc 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies, and Inc 30 Under 30. Andrew has been recognized by Inc Magazine's "30 Under 30" list of entrepreneurs and Forbes Magazine's "America's Most Promising CEOs Under 35". Andrew started coding at the age of 10, started his first company at age 15, and received a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.
Founder at Carrot
Cofounder and President at Influence & Co.
Kelsey Meyer is the President of Influence & Co. which assists individuals and companies in growing their influence and credibility online through thought leadership and content marketing. Kelsey is very passionate about building entrepreneurial communities. She was the original Director of The League of Innovators an entrepreneurial organization in Columbia, MO and the lead organizer for Startup Weekend Columbia 2011. Kelsey enjoys speaking with other entrepreneurs, mentoring young entrepreneurs and golf.
Founder & CEO at Wpromote
Michael Mothner is the founder and CEO of Wpromote, one of the world's leading online marketing firms with 75+ employees and 2,000+ clients including HP, Wine.com, Bayer, Allied Moving and Symantec. Wpromote is a four-time Inc 500 company, a two-time winner of the LA Business Journal’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies, a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company, and the #1 ranked SEM firm globally by TopSEOs.com.
While running Wpromote, in 2007 Michael founded ScanDigital, the leading provider of digitization services for consumers' photos, slides, negatives, and home movies. In 2010, he went on to found coupon and deal site CouponPal.com, as well as Plundr.com, a new concept in competitive shopping.
Michael is a thought leader in the online community, a regular speaker at industry events, and quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, and BusinessWeek. He was also featured by Inc Magazine as one of "30 CEO's under 30 To Watch" and was the recipient of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
Co-Founder & CEO at Docstoc
Jason Nazar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc.com, the premier online website for small businesses that provides the best quality and largest selection of documents and resources to help start, grow and manage your small business and professional life. Docstoc is a top 500 worldwide website that reaches over 20M people a month. Jason was previously a partner at Venture LLC, a venture consulting group where he helped grow dozens of companies. He holds a JD/MBA from Pepperdine University and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he served as the student body president of both universities.
Founder, CEO at ThreadlessEvanston, Illinois
Co-Founder and VP Marketing at KISSmetricsSeattle, Washington
Neil Patel is the co-founder of 2 Internet companies: Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. Through his entrepreneurial career he has helped companies such as Amazon, eBay, Expedia, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and Walmart make more money from the web. By the age of 21 Neil was named one of the top influencers on the web by the Wall Street Journal as well as quoted in magazines such as Entrepreneur and Inc for his insights on Internet marketing.
Founder and CEO at Perks Consulting
Lauren Perkins is a brand marketer and digital evangelist best known for her work in delivering Brandcentric business strategies. In 2008, Lauren started Perks Consulting, a digital brand and marketing agency specializing in the fusion of lifestyle and technology. As Founder and CEO, Lauren is the driving force behind the agency’s mission to develop brands, products and campaigns that build and strengthen businesses.
Perks works closely with every client to align brand with business, products with platforms and marketing with media - ensuring the target audience is being provided the right message, on the right platform, at the right time. Her brandcentric, customer experience driven approach has led to successful engagements with startups and consumer brands that include OneResult, eDiets, 85Broads, Cookstr, Bloomingdales and Pfizer.
Lauren developed an acute ability for storytelling during her early work as a local news journalist. She later moved on to cultivate her instinctive skills for brand marketing with her work at The Boston Globe, Nike, and Crunch Fitness. At Crunch, Lauren was able to create a sustainable experiential community program that realized lead generation growth of 500% over a two-year period. Lauren made similar advancements as the former Director of Marketing at Laser Cosmetica. Leading this company’s national expansion, Lauren drove marketing, branding, and infrastructure development, resulting in 450% revenue growth and 275% retail location expansion within two years.
A three-time entrepreneur, Lauren is a sought-after thought leader in the area of business growth and digital innovation. In 2009, Lauren invested in the first ever women's executive network, 85Broads, and in 2011, Lauren was invited to be one of 50 global emerging female leaders to attend the inaugural Banco Santander “W50” summit at UCLA Anderson, School of Management.
Growing up a competitive athlete turned trainer and coach, Lauren now repurposes this passion to lead and advise with regular lecturing at General Assembly, a campus for technology, design, and entrepreneurship. Lauren can also be found speaking on panels including Internet Week New York (IWNY), Entrepreneur Week, OBOW 20th Anniversary Health & Fitness Conference and NYU Stern MBA Summit. Lauren has authored articles as a regular contributor to Inc., and as a guest columnist for Forbes Woman, Business Insider, Young Entrepreneur, and Women 2.0. She supports the New York tech startup and entrepreneurship community as a mentor for the Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator, Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator, and as the co-Director for the Young Entrepreneur Council.
When she’s not shaking things up with Perks' clients, Lauren can be found embracing her athletic spirit racing triathlons by summer and snowboarding the slopes in the winter.
Co-founder at Holstee
Fabian Pfortmüller is a Swiss entrepreneur in New York. Fabian is co-founder of Holstee, a design studio that creates cards, posters and frames. Holstee's artwork is intended to encourage a mindful lifestyle and its designs have been shared over 100 million times online. The company's manifesto has been described by the Washington Post as "the new just do it". www.holstee.com In 2008, Fabian founded Sandbox - the leading global community of entrepreneurial minds under 30. Sandbox exists to provide every young doer with a trusted group of peers and a place to learn, connect and support each other. Sandbox counts close to 1000 members from a variety of backgrounds and has active hubs in 28 cities worldwide. Sandboxers have been featured for their work on the front pages of Wired, Fast Company, Forbes, the Boston Globe and covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, ABC, Inc Magazine, Vogue and many other media channels. www.sandbox.is Fabian is a frequent speaker at various organizations and universities around the world, including Harvard, Yale and Columbia on the topic of entrepreneurship, value driven startups, Gen Y and community building. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and has been recognized as “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” by the Diplomatic Courier in 2011. Fabian holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern languages and cultures from Columbia University. You might see him at the office desperately trying to pronounce Arabic words. https://twitter.com/pforti
President at Skai Blue Media
Rakia Reynolds is the founder of Skai Blue Media, a multimedia public relations agency with an all-star roster of lifestyle, technology and fashion clients. Noted as an influencer in the creative business industry, Reynolds is sought after by companies to provide her expertise in creative development, branding and strategic communications. As a leader in the public relations industry, Skai Blue Media provides business development, marketing, and message strategy to nonprofits, tech start-ups, and fashion designers, among other businesses. Reynolds’ path to entrepreneurship was led by many creative ventures including a role producing shows for MTV, TLC and Discovery Health networks, but ultimately she wanted to create a company that represented the future of public relations in the digital age. Reynolds created Skai Blue Media bridging the gap between traditional mass communications and the new era of digital media. Rakia is often called on by jewelry and clothing designers as a consultant. Her influence as style tastemaker is often sought after by some of the biggest media and brands. A self-described "octopus woman, wearing many hats," Reynolds currently serves as the co-president of the Philadelphia chapter of Women in Film & Television, serves in a advisory board role for the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, and board advisor for Fashion Group International & The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. Reynolds is also recognized as an implementer of great strategy by the Young Entrepreneur Council. More recently, Reynolds was named as an on-air tastemaker for HSN and a style ambassador for Lagos jewelry.
CEO & Founder at JackthreadsNew York City, New York
Jason Ross is the founder of member’s only men’s e-commerce site Jackthreads.com. Ross graduated from Ohio State University in 2003 with a BSBA in Finance. Jason Ross’ vision was to develop an online space where the best in men’s contemporary fashion and streetwear brands could be sold at a better price than retail with a member’s only premise. Jason Ross launched Jackthreads.com in late July 2008.
Jackthreads was acquired by Thrillist.com in May 2010, but Ross continues to lead the company's daily operations. The company is expected to earn $20 million this year. The site has exploded in popularity amongst its current 900,000 members, and membership continues to increase daily. It currently hosts hundreds of brands including Mishka, ALIFE, American Apparel, WeSc, Creative Recreation and Penfield, among others.
Ross has been profiled on AOL Small Business, INC, and Business Insider, among others as a successful entrepreneur who continues to change the men’s e-commerce landscape. Ross is also a sought after fashion, lifestyle expert who has appeared on numerous panels and presentations and is a regular fashion contributor on “Fox Good Day”.
Co-Founder & Vice President of Sales Operations at Yodle
Ben Rubenstein, co-founder of Yodle and the Regional Vice President of Local Sales for the Northeast, has been with the company since it was founded in 2005. During his tenure with Yodle, Ben has been instrumental to the company’s explosive growth. He helped to lead the first round of venture capital financing, initiated both the Feet on the Street and Tele-sales models, started the Yodle offices in Philadelphia and New York City, in addition to running the Boston Office. During his time leading the sales team, Ben has sold and closed thousands of customers, including his own father - an attorney in Connecticut. When not at Yodle, Ben enjoys the outdoors playing sports and hiking and is an avid traveler frequenting countries like Argentina, Nicaragua and Indonesia. Ben graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied History and Latin American Studies.
CEO at ScanDigital
Anderson Schoenrock brings a diverse background in business, management and finance to ScanDigital. His unique combination of business experience leaves him well positioned to oversee the growth and innovation at ScanDigital. Prior to co-founding ScanDigital. Anderson was Vice President and Co-Founder of Zietsman Realty Partners (“ZRP”). Anderson directly oversaw more than $600 million in commercial real estate transactions and after building a successful platform, ZRP was acquired by Jones Lang La Salle in early 2007. Prior to forming ZRP, Anderson spent more than three years working for Lehman Brothers as an investment banker. Born and raised in Kansas, Anderson departed after high school on an east coast journey with two stops: Hanover, NH where he earned a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and New York City where he lived and worked for two years. Since 2003, Anderson has resided on the West coast in Santa Monica.
CEO & Founder at UniversityParent
Sarah Schupp is the CEO and founder of UniversityParent.com, the #1 site for college parents to find everything they need to help their student succeed.
Schupp has been named one of Inc. Magazine's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30, BusinessWeek's top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25, one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Alister & Paine Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and one of the Denver Business Journal's 40 Women Under 40.
She is frequently a guest lecturer in entrepreneurship classes at various colleges, including the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and Michigan Technological University and her story has been featured in several entrepreneurship textbooks, including "Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures" and "What's Stopping You?: Shatter the 9 Most Common Myths Keeping You from Starting Your Own Business."
Schupp founded UPM because of her experience at the University of Colorado (B.A. Business Administration and an emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Leadership). At CU, Schupp served as the Senior Class President and won the Undergraduate Business Plan Competition. She was also a member of the nationally recognized leadership development program, the President's Leadership Class. Only 10 out-of-state students were accepted to the program out of a class of 5,000.
She resides in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, Josh, daughter, Jenna, and two dogs, Ivan & Stella. She enjoys hiking, rafting, fly fishing, skiing, and playing as much tennis as possible.
Co-Founder & CEO at Intern Sushi
Shara Senderoff is the Co-Founder and CEO of Intern Sushi (internsushi.com), a platform designed to reinvent and reconstruct the internship application and hiring process. Intern Sushi gives students and employers alike a stage to present themselves and tell their stories.
Throughout her years at Emerson College, Shara interned and studied under producers Scott Rudin (THE SOCIAL NETWORK), Dan Jinks & Bruce Cohen (AMERICAN BEAUTY) and Kevin Bright (FRIENDS), among others. With a love for storytelling and a dream of entering the movie business, Shara moved out to Los Angeles after graduation to begin a career in film. She joined The Mark Gordon Company as mega-producer Mark Gordon’s assistant. In 2009, she was promoted to Creative Executive in Film & New Media where she developed feature films and new media properties. In 2010, she was promoted again to Director of Development where she is currently co-producing her first feature film, DESPERADOS starring Isla Fisher with Universal Pictures.
Shara had been developing her Intern Sushi venture on the side and decided in 2010 to combine forces with Mark. From there she began building her team and her business. Shara is also the founder of Script It, one of Los Angeles’ largest screenwriting organizations designed for work shopping and developing screenplays. Script It just launched a Toronto chapter and will soon open a chapter in Manhattan.
Shara holds a B.A. in TV Development & Production and a B.S. in Marketing Communication from Emerson College. She has completed programs in Animation and Creative Writing. Shara is a die-hard sports fan – when it comes to baseball and football, her heart belongs to the city of Philadelphia.
Chief Creative Officer at Contently
Shane Snow is a New York City-based technology journalist and founder of Contently. Originally from Idaho, he studied business at BYU-I and journalism at Columbia University, lived in Hawaii, and has built several web companies. A member of Sandbox Network and the Royal Society Of The Arts, Shane currently writes for WIRED Magazine and Fast Company, and has designed infogaphics for MTV, Gizmodo, and The United Nations. Shane has an unhealthy obsession with pizza and loves science, surprises, and pet ferrets.
CEO at College Hunks Hauling Junk
Omar Soliman is a published author, entrepreneur and TV personality. During his senior year at The University of Miami he submited a business plan for COLLEGE HUNKS HAULING JUNK to the Leigh Rothschild Entrepreneurship competition. Omar won 1st place and $10,000 in the competition for his business concept which included junk removal, moving services and an online junk exhange. Today, COLLEGE HUNKS HAULING JUNK is a national franchise and is listed in the INC 500 for fastest growing companies in the nation. Omar was named 'Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30' by INC magazine and is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Omar has appeared as a frequent guest on FOX Business News, MSNBC and ABC's TV show Shark Tank. He was also a finalist for Tampa Bay CEO of the Year. His book EFFORTLESS ENTREPRENEUR is receiving pop culture success and is a must read for anyone looking to start a business. Omar has been a guest speaker at universities, high schools and corporate events. His goal is to excite and motivate the younger generation about entrepreneurship.
Official T-Shirt Wearer at IWearYourShirt.com
Jason Sadler hasn't always been wearing T-shirts for a living, but has always been creative. From drawing on walls with crayons to eventually graduating college with a degree in Graphic Design. Jason has worked with professional sports organizations, advertising agencies, online retailers and most recently co-owned his own web design company. Jason lives in Florida, enjoys the challenge of putting on a t-shirt every morning for companies like Pizza Hut, Nissan, Bill Cosby, had Fox Business call him the "Entrepreneur of the Century", does private social media consulting and public speaking.
CEO at Millionaire Media
Timothy Sykes, founder of Profitly, a site with over 8,000 traders sharing their performance openly, and Investimonials, a Yelp-like review site for 10,000+ financial products, author of "An American Hedge Fund", is a stock trader, entrepreneur and teacher as he turned his Bar Mitzvah gift money of $12,415 into $1.65 million in 4 years, was the #1 ranked short bias hedge fund manager 2003-2006 and has been the #1 ranked trader out of 60,000+ on Covestor 2007-2011 as his trading accounts have earned over 1,600%, every trade detailed on his blog TimothySykes.com
Co-Founder & CEO at Grasshopper
Siamak is the co-founder & CEO of Grasshopper. A lifelong student of marketing & branding, Siamak is one of the youngest CEOs to have lead a company to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in U.S., has been named to BusinessWeek’s Top 5 Under 25 entrepreneurs list, Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list, and was named as the Massachusetts Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the SBA. He has been featured in various publications including the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, CNN, FOX News, and other media.
Founder/CEO at Preferling
Andrew Vest is an entrepreneur to his core. He’s a natural businessman who’s passionate about creating Strategic Partnerships, Sales for Startups and overall being a Connector within his network. Currently, Andrew Consults with companies in the areas of IT, Sales & Marketing. While Consulting he and his Co-Founder are building Preferling, an interest-based recommendation engine for products and services. As a small business founder himself who wants to give back, Andrew is sympathetic and dedicated to helping and empowering entrepreneurs to reach their dreams. Before Preferling, Andrew was Co-Founder of The Agency, a Social Media and Strategy Consulting Firm based in the Seattle area. While leading the operations and business development efforts at The Agency, Andrew was also co-founder and a member of the team developing the word-of-mouth marketing platform brandbuddee.com, launched in Oct. 2012
Owner at Buzz Marketing GroupPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group earned her B.A. in Communication Arts graduating with honors from Hood College in 2002. Currently a Wharton School of Business student for marketing management, strategies for numerous clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. Tina has worked with clients including: Maidenform, SonyBMG, PBS, P+G, Sesame Workshop, and American Eagle Outfitters. Essence’s 40 Under 40 Award, Billboard’s 30 Under 30 Award, and Inc’s 30 Under 30, just to name a few. She is the author of the tween series Mackenzie Blue, published by HarperCollins Childrens Books, and the Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, which will be published by Wiley in Spring 2011. Tina serves on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, The Franklin Institute, and The South Jersey Food Bank. She resides in Southern New Jersey with her vast collection of shoes.
Founder, CEO at UserVoice
Richard White is a Co-founder and the CEO of UserVoice, where he focuses on making sexy products for un-sexy markets like customer service. Prior to UserVoice, Richard was the lead designer on Kiko.com, a Y-Combinator funded Calendaring product that drew praise for it’s clean design and which was sold on eBay for $258K. After Kiko, Richard founded SlimTimer, simple time tracking for freelancers, where he experimented with name-your-own-price Freemium models. The common thread throughout all these ventures is Richard’s passion for building wonderfully simple productivity tools with delightful user experiences. He’s proud to say that his works give people more time to waste rather than waste more of their time. Richard’s expertise lies in UI design & UX but in a past life he graduated with BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.