2014 Speakers Included:

  • Paul Watson

    Founder, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society;
    Cofounder, Greenpeace

  • Sarah Wood

    Cofounder & COO, Unruly

  • 2014 MODERATORS:


  • Jeff Howe

    Contributing Editor, WIRED

  • David Kushner

    Author & Journalist

  • Steven Levy

    Senior Writer, WIRED

  • Howard Mittman

    VP & Publisher, WIRED

  • Miles S. Nadal

    Founder, Chairman & CEO, MDC Partners

  • Frank Rose

    WIRED Correspondent;
    Author, The Art of Immersion

  • Jill Schlesinger

    Business Analyst, CBS News

 

Stay tuned for additional announcements and final agenda.

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Felix Barrett

Felix Barrett

Founder & Artistic Director, Punchdrunk

Felix Barrett is the artistic director of Punchdrunk, the British troupe whose mind-blowing, innovative performances have taken the theater world by storm. As New York audiences for the long-running production of Sleep No More can attest, Punchdrunk doesn’t just breach the “fourth wall” separating actors and spectators, it obliterates the very idea. Barrett won a Critics’ Circle Award for his production of Faust in 2006. Other works include It Felt Like a Kiss (with filmmaker Adam Curtis and musician Damon Albarn), The Duchess of Malfi (with the English National Opera), and most recently The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, which is currently running in London. Barrett believes that his visceral style of theater holds lessons for business as well. He’s worked with brands like Louis Vuitton and PlayStation and designed a celebrated McQ show for London Fashion Week; Punchdrunk also hosts workshops in immersive story-making for commercial creatives.

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John Boiler

John Boiler

Cofounder & CEO, 72andSunny

John Boiler sets the vision at 72andSunny, an MDC creative shop named Agency of the Year in 2013 by both Ad Age and Adweek. Based in Los Angeles and Amsterdam, 72andSunny strives to “create cultural impact on behalf of brands,” with ads that often hit the Viral Video Chart—like the “Next Big Thing” campaign that made Samsung number
one in smartphones (and made standing in line at the Apple Store distinctly uncool). Boiler previously served as executive creative director of Wieden+Kennedy in Amsterdam.

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Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Founder, Chairman, & CTO Rethink Robotics

Robotics legend Rodney Brooks cofounded iRobot Corporation—maker of the Roomba and the military PackBot—serving as CTO for nearly two decades. His latest venture, Rethink Robotics, aims to make robots ubiquitous in the workplace, with low-cost, easy-to-train droids that can work right alongside humans on the shop floor. The company’s first industrial bot, named Baxter, was recognized as one of the breakthrough inventions of 2013 by Technology Review. Born and raised in Australia, Brooks began his career as a research scientist at Carnegie Mellon and later taught at Stanford. In 1984 he joined the faculty of MIT, where he became the Panasonic Professor of Robotics and directed the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1997 until 2007. Brooks costarred in the 1997 Errol Morris film Fast, Cheap & Out of Control—named after one of his scientific papers.

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Glenn Brown

Glenn Brown

Cocreator, Twitter Amplify

Glenn Brown spearheaded the launch of Twitter Amplify in 2013 and serves as senior director of the program. Many people now watch television with a second screen in hand, and Amplify provides a way to link the two platforms in real time: TV advertisers can use promoted tweets to engage with viewers who have just seen a commercial. Networks and content providers like Major League Baseball can send sponsored video clips, launching conversations and encouraging more viewers to tune in. The program is also being extended to publishers like The New York Times and even movie theaters. Before joining Twitter in 2011, Brown was head of music partnerships at YouTube and an in-house counsel on privacy and copyright at Google. Earlier, he served as executive director of Creative Commons.

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Nolan Bushnell

Nolan Bushnell

Entrepreneur; Founder, Atari

Nolan Bushnell created an industry when he founded Atari in 1972 and gave the world Pong, the first blockbuster videogame. Today his design credo—that games should be “easy to learn and difficult to master”—is inspiring a new generation of developers. A prolific entrepreneur, he has started more than 20 companies, including Catalyst Technologies, the first Silicon Valley incubator, and Etak, the first in-car nav system—not to mention Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. In the process, he pioneered many of the workplace innovations that have long made Silicon Valley a magnet for creative talent. Bushnell was the first and only person ever to hire Steve Jobs, and he wrote the 2013 best seller Finding the Next Steve Jobs. With his latest startup, BrainRush, he is intent on fixing education with software that uses gamification principles to “addict” students to learning. A biopic, tentatively titled Atariand slated to star Leonardo DiCaprio as Bushnell, is currently in preproduction.

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Glenn Cole

Glenn Cole

Cofounder & Chief Creative Officer, 72andSunny

Glenn Cole leads the creative team at 72andSunny, developing campaigns for some of the world’s most iconic brands, including ESPN, Google, Nike, Samsung, Starbucks, and Smirnoff . Before cofounding the agency in 2004, he was a creative director at Wieden+Kennedy in Amsterdam, where he led the launch of the Audi A2 and helped grow Nike from the number five soccer brand in the world to number one in 2002.

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Tim Coombs

Tim Coombs

Cofounder, Bionic Yarn

Tim Coombs cofounded Bionic Yarn to create sustainable textiles that meet exacting demands in a variety of industries. The company’s innovative thread technology uses recycled plastic in the core of each strand, then wraps that core in natural or synthetic fibers to create high performance yarns with a refined look and feel. As a founding member of The Vortex Project, Bionic is collaborating with project partner G-Star on a new denim line, Raw for the Ocean, using plastic bottles from recovered marine debris. The collection is curated by Bionic creative director Pharrell Williams.

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Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

A successful entrepreneur in his own right, Chris Dixon began investing in other startups in 2009 and soon established himself as a brilliant predictor of market disruption, with early stakes in Pinterest, Kickstarter, Dropbox, Uber, Foursquare, BuzzFeed, Warby Parker, Makerbot, and others. Now Dixon—a general partner with the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz—is investing in Bitcoin software start-ups, optimistic that the digital currency will prove to be an important global payment platform and a critical new protocol for wide scale innovation. Dixon began his career as a programmer. In 2005 he cofounded the web security firm SideAdvisor, which was quickly snapped up by McAfee. Two years later he cofounded the recommendation service Hunch, serving as CEO; when eBay acquired that company in 2011, he remained on to manage the integration.

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Cyrill Gutsch

Cyrill Gutsch

Founder, Parley for the Oceans

Cyrill Gutsch is a German born designer, entrepreneur, and strategist who has consulted for global brands, publishing houses, TV networks, and successfully launched a variety of consumer brands. After meeting Paul Watson in 2012, he decided to make the oceans his new client. Gutsch founded Parley for the Oceans as a forum where the creative industries can partner with other groups to stop the destruction of our most precious, life-sustaining ecosystem. Parley’s first initiative, The Vortex Project, aims to remove plastic pollution from our shorelines and waters, where it’s devastating populations of marine mammals, turtles, and seabirds.

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Dan Harris

Dan Harris

ABC News Correspondent & Coanchor, Nightline;
Author, 10% Happier

As a veteran journalist who’s covered the biggest stories of our time, Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris knows about pressure. In 2004, while filling in on Good Morning America, he suffered a panic attack—broadcast live to the nation—and knew he needed to make a change. His search eventually led him to meditation, as he describes in his new book, 10% HappierHow I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works. Harris was a “reluctant convert” who found the New Age trappings of some meditation devotees off-putting. But he discovered a movement of elite athletes and executives who use it to sharpen their minds and boost performance—and an explosion of new science showing how it can literally rewire the brain. Harris joined ABC News in 2000 and has reported from war zones and datelines around the world. He has won the Edward R. Murrow Award and in 2009 received an Emmy for a Nightline report on child slavery.

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Matt Jarvis

Ted Hope

CEO, Fandor

Ted Hope is a legendary film industry creator, curator, advocate and executive. As CEO of Fandor, he gets to indulge his passion for finding innovative ways to distribute a greater array of works, including classic, rare and foreign films. Hope has produced over 70 films in the last two decades, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonThe Savages; 21 GramsIn the Bedroom; and Happiness. He holds a record at Sundance: three of his 23 SFF entries (American SplendorThe Brothers McMullen, What Happened Was…) have won the Grand Jury Prize, more than any other producer. His films have also won/been nominated for numerous awards, including Oscars, BAFTAs and the Critics Prize at Cannes. Prior to Fandor, Hope was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society, where he created the Artist to Entrepreneur (A2E) program. Hope posts regularly on his HopeForFilm blog, and his first book Hope for Film comes out this summer.

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Matt Jarvis

Matt Jarvis

Partner & Chief Strategy Officer, 72andSunny

Matt Jarvis sets the strategy for 72andSunny’s global business. He joined the agency in 2008, having previously served for seven years as executive vice president and director of account planning for Deutsch/LA, working with brands like Saturn, PlayStation, and DirecTV. He’s also spent time on the client side, as president of the retail division of Justice Telecom in the late ’90s.

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David Karp

David Karp

Founder & CEO, Tumblr

Tumblr founder David Karp briefly attended the Bronx High School of Science before dropping out at age 15. An internship at Frederator Studios led to a gig as head of product at UrbanBaby. When CNET acquired the site in 2005, Karp started his own website development agency, Davidville, where he created and launched the blogging platform Tumblr in 2007. Pointedly based in New York City, not Silicon Valley, Tumblr now boasts more than 180 million blogs. The site was acquired by Yahoo in 2013 but continues to operate independently. Karp has been recognized as one of the “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs” by Bloomberg Businessweek and one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by Technology Review.

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Michelle Kaufmann

Michelle Kaufmann

Architect; Cofounder, Flux

Michelle Kaufmann is renowned for her work in sustainable residential architecture. Now she’s bringing that vision to commercial architecture as a cofounder of Flux. A spinoff of the Google X moon-shot factory, Flux is developing cloud-based software tools to help building owners, architects, and engineers collaborate and manage the complexity of creating healthy, high-performance buildings. Kaufmann has been called “the Henry Ford of green homes” by the Sierra Club, and her eco-friendly structures have been showcased at the Walker Art Center, the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, where a fully functioning “Smart Home”—a collaboration with wired—was visited by nearly half a million people. Her own company, Michelle Kaufmann Studio, was named the nation’s top firm by Residential Architect magazine. She details her vision of thoughtful, sustainable design in her book Prefab Green.

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Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Professor, Harvard Law School

Lawrence Lessig is one of our most respected voices on the legal, political, and cultural implications of digital technology. Currently the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, Lessig founded Creative Commons in 2001 to reboot our antiquated copyright system. He is also the director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the founder of Rootstrikers, an activist network working to reduce the influence of money in politics. In 2000, as a professor at Stanford, he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. Lessig is the author of numerous books, including Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace; The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World; Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy; and Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association, he has received numerous honors and was named one of the world’s “Top 50 Visionaries” by Scientific American.

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Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee

Coauthor, The Second Machine Age

Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at MIT and cofounder of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In his new best seller, The Second Machine Age, McAfee and coauthor Erik Brynjolfsson warn that we’re entering a wildly new era in human history. When the Industrial Revolution replaced manual labor with machines, people were still needed to run things; only a decade ago, pundits were telling us to become “knowledge workers” for job security. But with digital technology, the machines have now begun to take over those roles as well. This “second machine age” will change business and society in ways we can hardly imagine today. McAfee has written for Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. His previous books include Enterprise 2.0 and Race Against the Machine.

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Catherine Mohr

Catherine Mohr

Senior Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical

Catherine Mohr is a senior research director at Intuitive Surgical, maker of the Da Vinci surgical robot, where she’s designing the next generation of medical technology. It’s a role for which she’s uniquely qualified. Before earning her medical degree at Stanford, Mohr trained as a mechanical engineer at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She was also a member of the school’s solar-powered car team, building and racing cars around the world. She went on to work for nine years with aeronautics visionary Paul MacCready, building advanced air and land vehicles at AeroVironment. Returning to school to study medicine, she designed and patented a surgical device and in 2005 cofounded a company to commercialize it, later purchased by Aragon Surgical. Along with her work at Intuitive, Mohr is a consulting assistant professor at Stanford School of Medicine and a faculty member at Singularity University, based at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

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Dong Nguyen

Dong Nguyen

Indie Game Developer, Flappy Bird

When Dong Nguyen created Flappy Bird last year, his goal was to create a modest game that people could play on their phones during their morning commute—with “one hand holding the train strap.” By January 2014 it had become a runaway sensation, topping the charts in the US and more than 100 other countries before he pulled it from online stores in February. The Vietnamese developer clearly has his finger on the cultural pulse: His ruthless simplicity and retro-style graphics challenge every self-indulgent impulse of today’s bloated gaming industry. As John Romero, co-creator of Doom has said, Flappy Bird is “a reaction against prevailing design the way grunge was a reaction to metal.” Nguyen studied computer science at Hanoi Polytechnic University and began his career at a local game developer. He recently quit his day job and is now at work on several new titles.

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RJ Pittman

RJ Pittman

SVP & Chief Product Officer, eBay Marketplaces

RJ Pittman leads product and development strategy for eBay’s core Marketplaces business, which serves more than 150 million buyers and sellers worldwide. Before he joined eBay in October 2013, Pittman was head of Apple’s ecommerce platform, responsible for design, technology, and commerce innovation. In addition, he drove integration with Apple Retail and led an international expansion team responsible for developing commerce opportunities in 38 countries. Pittman was also responsible for online revenue growth across Apple’s key product lines including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod. Before Apple he spent three years leading product management for Google’s consumer search properties; he also created Google Music and redesigned Google Labs and the way teams brought betas to market. Earlier, he was cofounder and CEO of the visual search engine startup Groxis and an epayments company Digital Courier Technologies, as well as managing partner of the VC firm Venture Factory.

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Roy Price

Roy Price

Director, Amazon Studios

As director of Amazon Studios, Roy Price oversees the development of original films and TV series for Amazon.com. Founded in 2010, Amazon Studios is using the retail giant’s digital platform and user base to bypass Hollywood gatekeepers. Anyone can present ideas, which are reviewed and rated by customers; the best ones are produced and streamed through Amazon Instant Video. Garry Trudeau’s political comedy, Alpha House (starring John Goodman), is now entering its second season, and a slate of new shows has just been announced from A-list talent like X-Files creator Chris Carter and Jill Soloway, writer and producer of Six Feet Under. Price joined Amazon in 2004, overseeing the launch of the site’s digital video store and the move into streaming and cloud storage. Before that he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company and served as vice president of creative affairs at Walt Disney TV Animation.

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Shubhankar Ray

Shubhankar Ray

Global Design Director, G-Star Raw

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Clara Shih

Clara Shih

Founder & CEO, Hearsay Social; Board Director, Starbucks

Clara Shih launched Hearsay Social in 2011 to help businesses tap the power of social media. Hearsay Social provides social business software for relationship managers to attract, retain, and grow customer relationships using popular networks, enabling brands to control their message and minimize risk while still empowering their local reps to engage with customers. Having worked in a variety of roles at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com, Shih was one of the first people to grasp the commercial potential of social networks. She developed the first social business app in 2007 and detailed her vision in the New York Times best seller The Facebook Era, which has been used in classes at Harvard Business School. A member of the Starbucks board of directors, she’s been named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” Fast Company’s “Most Influential People in Technology” and Businessweek’s “Top Young Entrepreneurs.” 

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Hardeep Walia

Hardeep Walia

Cofounder & CEO, Motif Investing

Hardeep Walia cofounded Motif Investing in 2010. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group and spent six years at Microsoft, serving as director of corporate development and strategy and general manager of the company’s Enterprise Services business. Motif Investing is an online stock brokerage that brings idea-driven financial strategies within reach of individual investors. Together with its community of users, Motif looks for trends and world events that could affect certain industries—say a predicted change in Fed policy or a continued worsening of income inequality—then creates themed portfolios around those scenarios. Think 3-D printing is the future? Motif lets you put your money where your mouth is. Walia blogs on investment for Forbes and is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and Fox Business.

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Paul Watson

Paul Watson

Founder, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society; Cofounder, Greenpeace

Raised in a Canadian fishing village, Paul Watson has spent more than four decades fighting to protect the oceans and marine life. At age 18 he was the youngest founding member of the Greenpeace Foundation. In 1977, determined to take a stronger stance against illegal exploitation of marine wildlife, he started Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, where he has led more than 200 expeditions in defense of wildlife. Watson has received the Jules Verne Award, the Philippe Cousteau Award, has been named “One of the Top 20 Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century” by Time magazine, one of “50 People Who Could Save the Planet” by the The Guardian, and is the recipient of the Daily Points of Light Award from former President George H.W. Bush.

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Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood

Cofounder & COO, Unruly

Sarah Wood cofounded Unruly in 2006. Headquartered in London, with 12 offices worldwide, Unruly is the leading technology platform for social video advertising. Working with brands like Coca-Cola, Dove, T-Mobile, Old Spice, and Volkswagen, it has run many of the most memorable social ad campaigns in recent years and in 2012 was named “Best Content Distribution Service” at the industry Braves Awards. In addition to serving as chief operating officer at Unruly, Wood is on the advisory board of Social Media Week and is an associate lecturer at Cambridge University, where she teaches a course titled “Mash-Ups, Memes and LOLitics: Online Video Culture and the Screen Media Revolution.” She was named “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” at the UK’s Growing Business Awards and is one of Inc. magazine’s “Women to Watch in Tech.”

2014 Moderators

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Jeff Howe

Jeff Howe

Contributing Editor, WIRED

Jeff Howe is a journalism professor and director of the Media Innovation Center at Northeastern University, as well as a longtime contributor to wired. It was in a wired article that he coined the term “crowdsourcing” in 2006—an idea he expanded in his book Crowdsourcing: How the Power of Crowds is Driving the Future of Business. Howe is also a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab, where he’s writing a book on the future of organizations with Lab director Joi Ito.

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DAVID KUSHNER

Author & Journalist

David Kushner has written for numerous publications, including wired, Vanity Fair, GQ, and The New Yorker, and he’s currently a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He’s also the author of five books, including Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture, about idSoftware cofounders John Carmack and John Romero. Several of his works are being developed for film and television. Kushner has taught at NYU and is a former NPR commentator on digital culture.

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Steven Levy

Senior Writer, WIRED

Steven Levy has been covering the digital revolution for more than 25 years. Before joining WIRED in 2008, he was chief technology correspondent at Newsweek. He is the author of seven books, most recently the New York Times best seller In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives. Others include Insanely Great, on the history of Apple’s Macintosh computer, and Hackers, named the best tech book of the PC era by PC Magazine.

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Howard Mittman

VP & Publisher, WIRED

Howard Mittman has been vice president and publisher of WIRED since 2009. Under his leadership, WIRED has been hailed as “Magazine of the Decade” by AdWeek and was named to both AdWeek’s Hot List and Advertising Age’s A-List. Mittman helped lead the industry into digital publishing, and in 2012 he announced that WIRED had become one of the first magazines to derive 50 percent of its ad revenue from digital products. For his accomplishments, he’s been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement and was honored as AdWeek’s Publisher of the Year in 2013.

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Miles S. Nadal

Founder, Chairman & CEO, MDC Partners

Miles Nadal is the founder, chairman, and CEO of MDC Partners, one of the world’s largest marketing and communications networks, whose more than 50 holdings include 72andSunny, Anomaly, Bruce Mau Design, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, kbs+, and Doner. The Canadian-born entrepreneur started his first company at age 22. In 1997 he founded First Asset Management in Toronto, with more than $35 billion in funds under management; two years later he was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in services. An active member of the Marketing 50, the Global 50, and the G100, Nadal is also a leading philanthropist. He has built and revitalized many facilities for underprivileged youth, health care, and research, including the Miles and Kelly Nadal Laboratory for Molecular Genetics at Israel’s Weizmann Institute. He frequently lectures at universities and business schools and has established numerous scholarships for students striving to become the entrepreneurs of the future.

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FRANK ROSE

WIRED Correspondent; Author, The Art of Immersion

Frank Rose has been embedded with the cultural vanguard since he began as a cub reporter in the ’70s, covering the punk scene at New York’s CBGBs. He’s the author of the national best seller West of Eden: The End of Innocence at Apple Computer and, most recently, The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories. We’re no longer content to be passive consumers, Rose says. To remain relevant, artists and businesses must learn how to engage people as participants.

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Jill Schlesinger

Jill Schlesinger

Business Analyst, CBS News

Jill Schlesinger is the Emmy-nominated business analyst for CBS News, where she covers the economy, markets, investing, and anything else involving dollar signs. She also hosts her own nationally syndicated radio show, Jill on Money, writes a column for Tribune Media Services, and appears as a frequent guest on APM’s Marketplace Money. Schlesinger began her career as a self-employed options trader on the Commodities Exchange of New York and spent 14 years as co-owner and chief investment officer of a financial advisory firm.

 

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