Industry insiders sit down for a FORA.tv on-the-fly Q&A session at the 2009 Web 2.0 Expo. Particpants include O'Reilly Media founder, Tim O'Reilly.
Brady Forrest is Chair for O'Reilly's Where 2.0 and Emerging Technology conferences. Additionally, he co-Chairs Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Berlin and NYC. Brady writes for O'Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
Vanessa Fox, called a "cyberspace visionary" by Seattle Business Monthly, is an expert in understanding customer acquisition from organic search. She shares her perspective on how this impacts marketing and user experience at ninebyblue.com and provides authoritative search-friendly design patterns for developers at janeandrobot.com. She's also an entrepreneur-in-residence with Ignition Partners and Features Editor at Search Engine Land. She is co-chair for O'Reilly Found, a conference for web developers about SEO. Vanessa speakes regularly at conferences and corporate events and has written for a number of publications. She previously created Google's Webmaster Central, which provides both tools and community to help website owners improve their sites to gain more customers from search. She was recently named one of Seattle's 2008 top 25 innovators and entrepreneurs.
Alexander Koelpin is Head of Business Unit Media, ICT & Creative Industries, Berlin Partner GmbH.
Sarah Milstein is a Web 2.0 strategist and co-founder of 20slides.com, a site for lively, work-related workshops. She is the author of "Twitter and the Micromessaging Revolution," an influential O'Reilly Media research report. Previously, she was on the senior editorial staff at O'Reilly, where she founded the Tools of Change for Publishing conference (TOC) and led the development of the Missing Manuals, a best-selling series of computer books for non-geeks. Sheâ€™s also written for the series, co-authoring "Google: The Missing Manual." Before joining O'Reilly in 2003, Sarah was a freelance writer and editor, and a regular contributor to The New York Times. She was also a program founder for Just Food, a local-food-and-farms non-profit, and co-founder of Two Tomatoes Records, a label that distributes and promotes the work of children's musician Laurie Berkner.
Tim O’Reilly is founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly also hosts conferences, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata Online Conference, and Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. O’Reilly’s MAKE magazine and Maker Faire have been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution. O’Reilly is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online. He watches the alpha geeks to determine emerging technology trends and uses his platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community.
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several awards, including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award. She spent eight years at CMP Media, where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com, and the Independent Games Festival. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media. She is a graduate of Yale University. She writes @pahlkadot and codeforamerica.org/author/jen/.
A Web development professional for over a decade, Josh's expertise is in helping non-profits and citizen journalists use new communications technologies to participate in the democratic process. Prior to joining Sunlight, his most recent projects included the Center for Democracy & Technology's Open CRS, New Media Mill's New Media Manager and Open Hearings -- a Web tool he developed to increase public access to congressional committee hearings.