Design by Committee
Bre Pettis, MakerBot Industries
Making Remote Feel Local
Steve Perlman, OnLive
NExTWORK is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference that will feature world-renowned business leaders, technologists, and thinkers exploring the promise and peril of the network's future, as well as the most pressing digital issues and opportunities today.
Steve Perlman founded OnLive, a cloud-based gaming service that launched in 2009. An entrepreneur and inventor with over 100 patents to his credit, and another 100 pending, Perlman's innovations can be found in a vast number of personal technology products.
He joined Apple as a principle scientist in 1985, where he led development of multimedia technology for the Macintosh, including what would become the QuickTime video player. He later moved to General Magic and in 1994 started his first company, Catapult Entertainment. A year later he co-founded WebTV Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft, and in 2000 he founded the business incubator Rearden and the media center pioneer Moxi Digital.
Perlman started Mova in 2004 to develop advanced motion-capture technologies. Mova's Contour system was used to produce the computer-generated faces of Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk and Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which won an Academy Award for Visual Effects.
Bre Pettis builds infrastructure for creativity. Passionate about all things DIY, he is a co-founder of MakerBot Industries, the Brooklyn-based company that's bringing computer-controlled fabrication to the work benches of inventors, hobbyists, and mad scientists everywhere. The company's low-cost 3-D printers turn digital design files into physical objects, vastly reducing the cost and time required to prototype new products, manufacture custom parts, or realize art projects. MakerBot hosts the online community, Thingiverse, where users share designs and collaborate on open source hardware.
Pettis is also a founder of the hacker collective NYCResistor. He created the History Channel TV show History Hacker, produced and hosted Make magazine's Weekend Projects video series, created new media for Etsy.com, and taught art in the Seattle public schools.
Yancey Strickler is the Co-Founder of Kickstarter, Inc. and serves as its Head of Community. Prior to Kickstarter, Yancey Strickler was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork and other publications. He co-founded the eMusic Selects record label in 2007.
Jason Tanz is editor at large at WIRED, where he writes frequently for the web and print and helps set the brand’s editorial strategy. He has been at WIRED since 2007; previously he worked at Fortune Small Business, Fortune, and SmartMoney magazines. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Spin, among many other publications, and he is the author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America. Tanz received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.
Steven Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive, demonstrates the company's latest service, which allows users to remotely run a top-of-the-line computer on any device (laptop, tablet, etc.) in real time over the cloud.