Robert Capps is head of editorial at WIRED, where he oversees editorial content on all platforms, including the magazine, WIRED.com, and live events. In his 11-year career at WIRED he earned 12 National Magazine Award nominations, spearheaded the programing for business, health, and design live events, ran large multimedia projects, edited award-winning magazine features, and ran every part of the print publication. His 2009 article “Why Things Fail,” won the Gerald Loeb award for outstanding business writing, and his article “The Good Enough Revolution,” was noted by The New York Times as one of the best big ideas of the year, and was discussed in publications from The Economist to The New Yorker.
Tracy Chou is a software engineer and tech lead at Pinterest, and she works actively to promote diversity in the tech industry. She has led workplace and community initiatives that push for greater transparency and discussion, including a Github project that tracks industry-wide data on women in software engineering. Prior to her role at Pinterest, Chou was an early engineer at Quora. She graduated from Stanford with an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. At Stanford, Chou was a Terman Scholar and Mayfield Fellow, and she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.
Scott Dadich was named editor in chief of WIRED in November 2012. He previously served the brand as creative director from 2006 to 2010. Dadich was vice president, Editorial Platforms and Design, for Condé Nast from 2010 to 2012. Since becoming the editor in chief, Mr. Dadich has spearheaded the launch of WIRED’s first-ever design retreat, WIRED by Design at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch; secured an exclusive interview and photo shoot with one of the world’s most wanted men, Edward Snowden; and collaborated on special issues with Bill Gates and block-buster Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan. Under his leadership, WIRED has been recognized with eight National Magazine Award nominations, eight Webby Awards, and 25 Society of Publication Designers medals. Collect-ively, Mr. Dadich's work has been recognized with more than 100 national design and editorial awards. Prior to joining Condé Nast, Mr. Dadich was creative director of Texas Monthly.
Chad Dickerson leads Etsy in its mission to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world. Etsy believes that business interests and social and environmental responsibility are interwoven and aligned, and that the power of business should be used to strengthen communities and empower people. To measure success against this commitment, the company became a Certified B Corporation in 2012. Prior to Etsy, Dickerson led Yahoo’s Advanced Products team and created the Yahoo! Hack Days program. An early advocate of the Internet as a disruptive platform, he began his career in media, holding positions at InfoWorld, Salon.com, CNN, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The News and Observer.
Helen Greiner's fascination with Star Wars led her to be a serial entrepreneur founding companies with the mission of making robots a reality. She is the founder and CEO of CyPhy Works, which develops aerial vehicles for imaging, surveying, mapping, and monitoring applications. Prior to launching CyPhy Works, Greiner co-founded and served as president at iRobot. The Obama administration named her a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, and Greiner is an inductee of the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame. She holds degrees in mechanical engineering and computer science from MIT, as well as an honorary Ph.D. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Jessi Hempel is a senior writer at WIRED, covering the business of technology. Before joining WIRED last year, she served as a senior writer for Fortune, where she penned cover stories on Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as well as IBM and RIM. In the past, she has written in-depth articles on the structural problems that threatened to hinder Twitter’s growth as well as on the emerging competition between Facebook and Google over the social web. Hempel also wrote about design and technology for Businessweek.
Catherine Hoke knows about being a long shot. As the first female wrestler on her high school boys' team, she got pinned repeatedly... and quickly. Hoke’s underdog spirit led her to launch Defy Ventures in 2010, a nonprofit that equips formerly incarcerated drug dealers and gang members start legal businesses. The program works: Defy has incubated and funded 100 of its graduates’ startups. Defy has scaled nationally, achieved a 95% employment rate, and a recidivism rate of less than 5%. Prior to Defy Ventures, Hoke founded the Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Texas, which posted similar success rates. She also improved at wrestling, becoming the 1994 California Women’s Freestyle Wrestling State Champion, and still fights big boys in Brazilian jiu-jitsu to this very day.
Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at the Office of Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects granted the 8 House its esteemed Honor Award.
Kim Kelleher is the chief revenue officer of WIRED and Ars Technica. Before WIRED, Kelleher was president of Say Media, where she oversaw the company’s business strategy, including global sales, marketing, production, communications, media solutions, and content operations. Prior to Say Media, Kelleher was worldwide publisher of Time. During her tenure, she was named Advertising Age’s Publisher of the Year. She also served as vice president and publisher of Sports Illustrated, where she was the first female executive to lead advertising sales in the history of the brand. Additionally, Kim is active on several boards and is currently serving as a director for Upworthy, the American Advertising Federation and is the president elect of New York Women in Communications.
As CEO of Privateer Holdings, Brendan Kennedy and his team have raised more than $80 million to launch a portfolio of responsible, mainstream brands. Those brands just happen to sell marijuana, as Privateer Holdings is the world’s first private equity firm investing exclusively in legal cannabis. Prior to co-founding Privateer, Kennedy was COO at SVB Analytics and CEO and President of Mindability. He earned a BA in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; an MS in engineering from the University of Washington; and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter and has finished six Ironman triathlons.
Mike Krieger co-founded the photo-sharing social network Instagram, where he is the head of engineering. In 2010, Krieger joined forces with Kevin Systrom to transform a location-based social network named Burbn into the world’s most popular photo-editing and -sharing app. Within hours of launch, 25,000 people had downloaded Instagram. Within months, it had a million users. Over the past five years, Krieger has steered Instagram’s infrastructure through rapid and massive growth. Today, the service has more than 300 million active users. Krieger studied Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, a mix of computer science, design, and cognitive science.
Allen Lau wants to transform the way people experience reading and writing, no matter what kind of device they use. Lau is co-founder and CEO of Wattpad, a free app that's let's people read and share stories with each other. Prior to Wattpad, Lau was the co-founder of FeedM8, a mobile advertising company. In 2001, he co-founded Tira Wireless, where he helped leading brands optimize content for mobile delivery. Allen received his Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Toronto’s Electrical Engineering program.
In 2009, Coss Marte was imprisoned as the ringleader of a multi-million-dollar cocaine operation. Overweight and warned by his physician that his lifestyle would kill him, he got in shape using the only tools available: His cell and his body weight. He quickly lost 70 pounds and taught his methods to other inmates. After his 2013 release, Marte founded ConBody (founded as Coss Athletics) bootcamp for health-conscious professionals, which has more than 2,000 customers. Marte’s bootcamp has been featured in Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, and on CNN. He is the winner of Defy’s business plan competition, helping him secure $75,000 of a $100,000 equity round.
Sumit Mehra is responsible for all software engineering and development, creative designs, quality engineering, PM and architecture across all engineering functions for the company’s predominant Fortune 500 and technology startup client base. In this role, he also grew the company from inception to about 150 employees and has built award winning products on mobile platforms that have received worldwide press and also several recognitions from Apple Inc. Prior to Y Media Labs, he worked at Dell, Google, Yahoo and Hubpages. He also holds a graduate degree in engineering from Stanford University.
Kim Morris began her comeback by becoming the valedictorian of her GED class during her two-year prison term. She went on to earn a paralegal certificate. Since her release, Morris incorporated The Cleaned Space, an eco-friendly cleaning service for property managers. After just three months, her business has turned a profit. Morris’s vision is to scale the business nationally, providing opportunities for underprivileged women and others with barriers to employment. She recently won first place in the national Defy Ventures competition, earning a $10,000 seed grant toward her business. Morris is the proud mother of a 21-year-old daughter.
Rodney Mullen is a skateboarding legend - the inventor of the flatground ollie, kickflip, 360 flip, and countless other tricks that became the building blocks of modern street skating. Mullen is a 34-time freestyle champion, and he co-founded skateboard company World Industries in 1988. In 2012, he was invited by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation to discuss his influence in the sport, and he was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2013. Mullen studied engineering at the University of Florida and has been a featured speaker at TEDx, O'Reilly Conferences, Foo Camp, and PopTech.
Adam Nash is CEO of Wealthfront, the largest automated-investment service that manages more than $2.25 billion in client assets. Before joining Wealthfront as COO in 2013, Nash was an executive in residence at Greylock Partners, and his prior roles include VP of Product Management at LinkedIn and director of eBay Express. Nash began his career as a software engineer at Steve Jobs-founded NeXT, which became a job at Apple when Apple acquired NeXT in 1996. Nash holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Dan Neely has more than a decade's experience leading high-growth companies in different industries. He’s considered a thought leader on a wide range of topics, including entrepreneurship, big data, and marketing. Neely is the founder and CEO of Networked Insights, where he helps brands overcome challenges in gathering useful and timely insights about their customers. Prior to Networked Insights, Neely helped turn a piece of software developed at Brightstar into a standalone business called Vidus, which was later acquired by @Road. He was a founding member of online insurance company Esurance, as well as the Director of Strategy at Scient. Neely is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Dr. DJ Patil joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in February 2015 as chief data scientist and deputy chief technology officer for data policy. Patil advises on policies and practices to maintain leadership in technology and innovation, fosters partnerships, and helps to attract and retain the best minds in data science to serve the public. He is leading efforts related to the Precision Medicine Initiative, which focuses on utilizing advances in data and health care to provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies, while protecting patient privacy. Patil joins the White House from RelateIQ where he was the VP of Product. Prior to that he held positions at LinkedIn, Greylock Partners, and eBay Inc. Patil holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Standing 7’1”, Seth Sundberg played basketball for the University of Hawaii. After a pro hoops career that took him to China and Estonia, he became the branch manager of a financial-services company. Then his life took a turn: Sundberg pleaded guilty to tax fraud and served several years in prison. Nutritional foods were rare in prison, so Sundberg created a recipe for a tasty granola snack called Prison Bars---and since his release, he’s sold 1,200 of them. Sundberg took first place in Defy’s San Francisco business-plan competition, and he is attending San Francisco State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Jason Tanz is the site director at WIRED, where he has worked since 2007, and where he has written about everything from social media celebrities to the rise of machine learning. Before coming to WIRED he worked at Fortune Small Business, Fortune, and SmartMoney magazines, and his writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Spin, among many other publications. He is the author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America.
How do you become a cyber illusionist? Marco Tempest combines tech and trickery to create amazing deceptions, a feat that has earned him the title. He began his career as a stage magician and manipulator, but his interest in computer-generated imagery led him to incorporate video and digital technology in his work. The result is a new form of contemporary illusion. Tempest is a keen advocate of the open source community, working with artists, writers, and technologists to create new experiences and research the practical uses of illusionary tech. He is a Director’s Fellow at MIT Media, and he continues to perform around the world.
As CEO at Y Media Labs, Ashish Toshniwal has helped drive the success of hundreds of mobile apps through smart user experiences and a deep understanding of human-machine interaction. Since Y Media Labs started in 2009, the company has grown to more than 150 employees, and its apps are regularly featured in the iOS App Store. The agency and its work have won Webby Awards and places on many “Top iPhone App” lists. Y Media Labs' work includes apps for PayPal, EMC, BBC, Sesame Street, Montessorium and Loreal. Prior to Y Media Labs, Toshniwal worked at Like.com and Shopping.com.
About this conference
On May 12, the WIRED Business Conference 2015 will take you beyond the usual tech-conference suspects. Our event is designed introduce you to the true doers in the modern business universe. These aren't the people you've heard of a thousand times. They are the people who, right now, are actually developing the products, tools, and ideas that will power tomorrow. Get to know them. They are what's NEXT.
Featuring an interactive cross-pollination of approaches and solutions, this day-long event is designed to inspire fresh thinking and new ideas. The speakers will share secrets and novel approaches to problem-solving, delivering the critical insights that only come when you're prepared to challenge the status quo. This is the WIRED Business Conference.
WIRED is the first word on how technology is changing the world. WIRED's focus is less on the technology itself, and more on the impact of technology: on business, science, and culture. WIRED sees change as opportunity. We embrace the future and help foster innovation, invention, and disruption. WIRED is the guide for what's next. The WIRED mission is to tell the world something they have never heard before in a way they have never seen.