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Moderator: Matt Marshall, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, VentureBeat
Scott Lang, Chairman, President & CEO, Silver Spring Networks
Scott Lang, Chairman, President and CEO, joined Silver Spring Networks as the company's founding chief executive in 2004. Scott brings more than 25 years of leadership, marketing, sales and management experience in the services and utility industries. Prior to Silver Spring Networks, Scott first worked with Ross Perot at Electronic Data Systems and then joined Perot Systems in 1988, shortly after the company's founding. During his career at Perot Systems, Scott spent 10 years in Europe building the company's international business and went on to lead the Strategic Markets Group, which served the Global Energy, Communications, Media, and Travel and Transportation industries. Scott holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and an Executive MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Under Scott's leadership, Silver Spring Networks was named a 2008 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. In 2009, Scott was named Ernst & Young's 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California in the clean tech category and Responsible CEO of the Year in the Private Company category by the editors of CRO Magazine.
Matt Marshall is the editor and CEO of VentureBeat, which he founded in 2006. He covered the venture capital and startup beat for the Mercury News from 2001-2006. Marshall significantly expanded the newspapers coverage of venture capital and startups during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat from 2004.
Marshall was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002, and the James Madison Freedom of Information award in 2003. These awards were for a series of articles he wrote in conjunction with two successful Mercury News lawsuits, in part instigated by Marshall, against California's public pension fund (CalPERS) and the University of California. The lawsuits sought disclosure of the financial performance of venture capital and other private equity funds that CalPERS and UC had invested in, arguing that state taxpayers and retirees had a right to know these results. As a result of these laws suits, public employees now have full access to information on the performance of their retirement investments.
Marshall was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 through 1998. In 1999 he wrote a book while in Germany, The Bank: the Birth of Europe's Central Bank and the Rebirth of European Power. He has also written for the Washington Post and several other publications. Marshal is also the executive producer of DEMO.
Marshall has a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.