Antti Ainamo is professor, Innovation, Technology and Science Policy, University of Turku, Finland. In Finland he is also Docent at the Helsinki School of Economics Department of Marketing and Management and Docent in Industrial and Strategic Design at the Helsinki University of Art and Design. His research interests are new organizational forms, consulting and other professional business services, product design and development, innovation and learning and strategy. Ainamo's publications include Handbook of Product and Service Development in Communications and Information Technology (2003, Kluwer, edited with Timo Korhonen) and Coevolution of New Organization Forms in the Fashion Industry (1999, Organization Science, with Marie-Laure Djelic).
Marie Alpman is editor of the Innovation section of Ny Teknik, the leading Swedish technology publication with a circulation of 150 000 copies. She is currently an Innovation Journalism Fellow hosted by the Red Herring in Belmont. During her eight years at Ny Teknik Marie Alpman has covered most aspects of innovation and run a series of articles about Swedish technology startups. Marie Alpman has a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Stefan Andreasen is the CEO and founder of Kapow Technologies. He has more than 20 years experience in software design and development. He spent five years in Boston with Advanced Visual Systems working on cutting-edge Java and visual programming projects. In 1998 he started Kapow as a marketplace for cars, real estate and boats for sale. The items for sale were collected from dealer websites and published on www.kapow.net. The data was collected with an internally build web-scraping technology based on visual programming, which made it possible to collect information from thousands of web sites with very limited resources. In 2001, Stefan sold the marketplace to the largest bank in Denmark and changed Kapow into a pure software company - Kapow Technologies. The web-scraping software was productized and expanded to a general web-based integration platform for mashups, data collection, content migration, portal clipping and web service enabling of web functionality. In 2006 he launched www.openkapow.com, where web developers can freely use the product to build and share API's to data on the internet. In his current role as Founder and CEO, Stefan focused on long term strategy and building the business. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of Web 2.0 and mashups.
Tina Magnergard Bjers is a reporter with TT, Swedens National News Agency. She covers economics and politics and has also started a new product, Tendens, that reports on trends. In 2003 she was TT’s acting correspondent in New York, reporting on the invasion of Iraq from the United Nations. Before joining TT Tina Magnergard Bjers was Head of Documentaries at production company Nordisk Film TV. She has produced and developed several TV-documentaries that have been shown in various European countries, including Children of the Holocaust and Queen Silvia – her own story. She has also contributed to several books and worked for Unicef. Tina Magnergard Bjers is educated at Columbia University in New York, Stockholm University and Poppius School of Journalism in Stockholm. She is currently an Innovation Journalism Fellow hosted by PodTech Network in Palo Alto.
Curtis R. Carlson became president and CEO of SRI International in December 1998. Previously, he spent more than 20 years with Sarnoff Corporation, a wholly owned SRI subsidiary. In 1973, Carlson joined RCA Laboratories, which became part of SRI in 1987 as the Sarnoff Corporation. As head of Ventures and Licensing at Sarnoff, he helped found more than 12 new companies. He started and helped lead the high-definition television (HDTV) program that became the U.S. standard and in 1997 won an Emmy(R) Award for outstanding technical achievement for Sarnoff. Another team started and led by Carlson won an Emmy(R) for Sarnoff in 2000 for a system that measures broadcast image quality. In 2006, Carlson was named to Sarnoff's Board of Directors. He has been on numerous public and private boards, including Nuance Communications (computer speech recognition), Pyramid Vision (computer vision), Sensar (iris biometric identification), and Sarif (LCD displays). Currently he is a member of General Motor’s Science and Technology Advisory Board and also serves as co-chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Singapore National Research Foundation. In 2006, he won the Otto Schade Prize for Display Performance and Image Quality from the Society for Information Display with Dr. Roger Cohen. Also in 2006, he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). In 2002, he received the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Award from WPI for his professional achievements. Carlson was a visiting distinguished scientist at the University of Washington in 1998. He is a Kobe ambassador for SRI’s contributions to Kobe, Japan. Carlson has served on many government task forces, including the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board, and the Defense Science Board task force on bio-chemical defense. He was a member of the original team that helped create the Army's Federated Laboratories. He was a founding member of the National Information Display Laboratory (NIDL) at Sarnoff, a new model for government-industry technology development and commercialization, which grew into the National Technology Alliance. Carlson has published or presented more than 50 technical publications and holds fundamental patents in the fields of image quality, image coding, and computer vision. He has written a book with William Wilmot called Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want, published in August 2006 by Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House. Innovation describes how SRI’s unique process for innovation can be applied to all types of commercial and nonprofit enterprises, including the government. Carlson received his B.S. in physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and was named in Who's Who Among Students. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from Rutgers University. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi. Carlson played the violin professionally at 15, and it remains his primary avocation
Craig Carroll (Ph.D. The University of
Texas at Austin) is an assistant professor at University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. He teaches PR Research & Evaluation, Corporate Reputation
Management, and Business and the News Media. He has been a visiting professor
at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. He has written about
corporate reputation and the news media in the Encyclopedia of Public
Relations, Encyclopedia of Journalism, and the International Encyclopedia of
Communication. He is co-author of DICTION 6.0: The Text Analysis Program with
Prof. Dr. Roderick P. Hart, the Dean of the College of Communication at the
University of Texas
Joel Dreyfuss, Editor-in-Chief of Red Herring Inc., is a journalist and editorial executive with more than 30 years experience in print, broadcasting, and Internet publications. He joined Red Herring in August 2004, where he oversees all editorial content. He is a former senior writer at Bloomberg Markets and was editor- in-chief of Urban Box Office, an Internet startup. Mr. Dreyfuss was editor-in-chief of Information Week, the editor of PC Magazine and served two stints at Fortune magazine, first as an associate editor and Tokyo bureau chief and then as a senior editor and personal technology columnist. Mr. Dreyfuss has been a reporter and culture critic for the Washington Post, New York bureau chief for USA Today and executive editor of Black Enterprise magazine. He is a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, a former board member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned a bachelor of science degree at the City College of the City University of New York and is a former Urban Journalism Fellow at the University of Chicago. He has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror and as a judge at the National Magazine Awards.
Douglas Engelbart is best known as the father of the concept of the personal computer, inventing the computer mouse (in a joint effort with Bill English), pioneering human-computer interaction, developed hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to GUIs. He is a committed and vocal proponent of the development and use of computers and networks to help cope with the world's increasingly more urgent and complex problems.
Saida Fazal works as Resident Editor with Pakistan’s leading financial newspaper, Business Recorder, in Lahore. She regularly contributes comments to the paper’s editorial columns on economic, political as well as social issues. Her main interest lies in political and developmental questions. Saida is currently based in New York as an Innovation Journalism Fellow, 2007, hosted by FORTUNE magazine.
Seth Familian. In his five years since graduating Harvard with a degree in History and Literature, Seth Familian has been immersed in the worlds of content, trends, and technology. He has served as the head speechwriter to New York's Fire Commissioner, as a brand strategy and consumer insights consultant for boutique trend-forecasting consultancy Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve, as a strategist of Apple Computer, and as an independent traveler exploring cultures around the globe with emerging media such as digital photography and blogging. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout New York City, delivered to audiences of more than 20,000, published in numerous national magazines, and has influenced the marketing strategies of a number of Fortune 500 brands. He has extensive experience analyzing the future of media fragmentation, the future of retail, and the digital home. And most recently, he helped develop an alternative business model for an online services business within Apple Computer's Applications Group. Currently, Seth is a rising second-year MBA candidate at the Walter A. Haas school of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. While studying the intersection of entrepreneurship and technological innovation at Haas, Seth has delivered a series of speeches on the future of digital media to audiences including editors of The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and members of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, AP Managing Editors, and AP Photography Editors. In that same time, he also worked with San Francisco startup Zinio Systems to help develop its digital textbook marketing strategy for colleges and universities. Seth anticipates receiving his MBA from Haas in 2007.
Anders Frick is a technology focused freelance journalist from Sweden. He has contributed to Ny Teknik, Sweden’s leading technical news magazine, as well as other technology oriented publications. Mr. Frick has a M.Sc. in Media Technology and has lived abroad in France and Taiwan. He has also been working as technical communicator in the Swedish defense industry. Mr. Frick is an Innovation Journalism Fellow 2007, hosted by IEEE Spectrum in New York.
Thomas Frostberg is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Rapidus, an electronic news service covering business and technology from research to innovation in Scandinavia (the Öresund Region in Sweden and Denmark). He created Rapidus, together with the co-founder Jan Wifstrand, in 1999 and they still own the company. Rapidus covers university research and the commercialization of this research, with focus on innovative start-ups, as well as innovation policy strategies. Rapidus provides exclusive stories in short format to a subscription-only readership. Among the subscribers are executives in both listed corporations and non-listed smaller companies, financial institutions, venture capital funds, politicians, media, PR consultants and lawyers. Today Rapidus covers the southern part of Sweden and the eastern part of Denmark with the capital Copenhagen – together known as the Öresund Region. Rapidus' focus is on ICT- and life science-companies. Articles are often quoted in daily newspapers and the influence is rather strong. As Editor-in-Chief Mr. Frostberg often takes part in or moderate panel discussions about research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Before Rapidus he spent three years covering education and research at Lund University, both as a reporter at the daily Sydsvenska Dagbladet and as Editor-in-Chief for Lundagård, the major magazine reporting from the university in Lund. He has also been an editorial writer for Expressen. As an Innovation Journalist Fellow in 2006 Mr. Frostberg was hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Harry Fuller is Executive Editor at CNET News.com and an Innovation Journalism Fellowship Host. Harry worked for ABC-TV and CBS-TV in San Francisco. He was Vice President and General Manager of KPIX. In 1995 his TV station launched one of the first TV-related websites in the world. From there he became executive news director at TechTV when it launched in 1998. From 2001-2005 he was executive producer and assignment manager at CNBC Europe, based in London. In 2005, he escaped television work to be executive editor at CNET in San Francisco. Currently he manages video production for CNETnews, the Front Door of all CNET and the daily production of Crave.cnet.com, the recently launched gadget blog. Besides technology news, Harry also covers birding on his Web site, towhee.net. He has a Master's Degree in Communications from Stanford University.
Tom Foremski is the founder and publisher of the blog SiliconValleyWatcher.com. He is a former Financial Times reporter and columnist, covering the business of Silicon Valley since 1984.
Laszlo Gyorffy is a part of the leadership team of the Enterprise Development Group EDG. He specializes in reinventing the innovation process. He helps companies build and align their tools, training, practices and teams to provide continuous and compelling customer value and meet performance objectives. He also facilitates large-scale strategy, including mergers, global systems installation, strategic sourcing and culture building across a range of industries. A certified instructional designer and trainer, he creates and delivers transformative programs in leading organizational change and The Discipline of Innovation, a training workshop developed in partnership with SRI International that teaches business leaders to dramatically improve their odds of developing and implementing commercially successful innovation. He has also developed numerous customized client workshops and toolkits. His new FOCUS toolkit lets clients rapidly identify and develop high-value customer solutions.
Zamir Haider is a reporter producer/anchor with AAJ TV, a leading news channel in Pakistan. He is a Fellow at Stanford University in the Innovation Journalism Fellowship Program 2007, and is hosted by CNET News.com, San Francisco. Before joining electronic media in 2004, he has worked in newsrooms of leading English Dailies of the country. His main area of interest has remained business reporting. He covered World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2007 Davos for his TV Channel. During his 15 year journalistic career he has covered all aspects of national economy that included social sector developments, agriculture sector, investment, technology, and privatization activities. Working with various newsrooms he has also covered Parliament and political activities. He has a MSc degree in Mass Communication and a Bachelors degree as a major in Economics.
Alec Hansen is President of The Economic Competitiveness Group, specialized in regional economic analysis and development. Dr. Hansen is a specialist in high-technology regional development planning, regional impact and environmental studies, transportation economics, and has applied these skills to cluster analysis and competitiveness studies. Research themes include: the exploration of technology development issues and related technology strategy planning; small enterprise development; profiles of civic entrepreneurship; role of clustering in economic development. He has performed cluster analysis and readiness assessments in metals and machinery, wood products, IT, tourism, apparel, aviation, biotechnology, and transportation industries. Dr. Hansen has engaged in or led cluster-based strategy projects in Turkey , Russia, Denmark , Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Panama, Nicaragua and Mexico, as well as regions in or state-wide strategies for Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, California, Texas, Washington, Kansas, Florida, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, with a special focus on public/private collaboration, technology issues and small business development.
Hermansson is a reporter at the political weekly “Riksdag &
Departement (Parliament & Ministries) in Stockholm, Sweden. During his 18
year long journalistic career, he has worked in most of the major news rooms
in Swedish media covering both national, international and tech news. He has
also worked as a free lance journalist from different parts of the world and
covered the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. Before
becoming a journalist, Ralph Hermansson, was a student at Uppsala University
in Sweden majoring in political science. He also studied economics, history
and roman languages.
"Chuck" House is the executive director of Media X, Stanford
University's membership research program on media and technology. He is also a
senior research scholar at Stanford, continuing his work in technology-enabled
communications, collaboration, and community. Previosuly, he was the director
of Societal Impact of Technology, for Intel Corporation. He has been deeply
involved with questions of technology's effect on society, and is currently
focused on issues surrounding the attributes and impact of software
technologies, particularly distance learning and collaboration using
multimediated Web networking. He was instrumental in establishing the new
Center for Information Technologies and Society at the University of
California, Santa Barbara, and serves as Advisory Chair.
Earlier, Chuck was senior vice president of multi-media communication research for Dialogic (acquired by Intel in 1999), and also President of Spectron Microsystems (sold to Texas Instruments). Chuck was part of the IPO executive team at Veritas Software, and senior vice president of R&D at Informix Software during the very successful turnaround years of 1991-93. Healso spent 29 years at Hewlett-Packard in a variety of management and technical roles, including five years as corporate engineering director. Chuck's other affiliations include chairman of the board for Applied Microsystems and Attensity Corporation, and serving on several other boards, including the Computer History Center in Mountain View, CA. Chuck is a past president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and an IEEE Fellow. He maintains a management consulting service, InnovaScapes, which is concerned with creativity and innovation.
Erika Ingvald is a science and innovation journalist who over the last ten years has covered all aspects of the innovation system for Swedens most important science and tech news papers. She contributed regularily to Ny Teknik, Swedens largest tech weekly, from 1997-2002, to Datateknik and Elektroniktidningen since 1998 and today she also works for Computer Sweden, Metro Teknik, process.nordic and Tentakel. Between 2002 and 2006 she was the Speech Writer of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences. Erika has a background as a researcher in Geology and is a co-founder of the Swedish Geology Day. She coordinated the first one 2000/2001. Erika was a Swedish Innovation Journalism Fellow in 2006, hosted by PC World.
Amir Jahangir is a strategic communication and media
professional with over 15 years of experience with leading media organizations
in Pakistan. He is currently associated with the Competitiveness Support Fund
and managing the Innovation Journalism Program for Pakistan, a program in
collaboration with the Stanford University. He is the strategic communication
consultant to various other initiatives on economic and strategic development
for competitiveness and innovation.
Most recently, he was on the forefront of the media industry in Pakistan
as the CEO of Television Business Production Limited, the leading production
company for business and economic news programs in the country. He was also
responsible for the strategic planning, content management and operations
management, as the CEO and member of the board of the Vision Network
Television Limited, which has recently launched the first international
branded channel CNBC Pakistan. Amir has been associated with various research
and consultancy firms for market research on various sectors including media,
information technology and other socio-economic issues.
On a personal front, Amir has been married for over four years and resides in central Islamabad. While his work involves extensive traveling, which has now become his passion; he also makes time for classical music, poetry and books.
Björn Jeffery works as an Internet Strategist at the Swedish communication agency Good Old. As co-founder of the company, his main focus is the implementation of current and future web trends to large publishing houses. At an age of only 26, he has done advisory- and trend work for several of Sweden largest media companies, including Bonnier Newspapers and Bonnier Magazines. Other clients of the company include the University of Lund, IMP (International Masters Publishers) and The City of Malmö. Björn is also the founder of two of Swedens largest blogs, Discobelle.net and Manolo.se. The latter was the first blog to be sold in Northern Europe. And in 2006, he was chosen as one of Swedens ten most promising young people in media by the magazine Resumé. At a previous employer, the Swedish daily Göteborgs-Posten, he co-developed all youth oriented internet sites and was the first to publish online TV broadcasts. Other employers include SVT (Swedish National Television) where he worked as a web editor on their first online community project, and the daily newspaper Sydsvenskan where he worked as a journalist and developer within digital media. Björn blogs regularly about trends in online media in his corporate blog found at http://www.goodold.se/blog/trend/
Mats Johansson is the managing editor of TT, Swedens National News Agency. Along with the TT management, Mats Johansson is heading the transition of the traditional wire service, focusing on news content for printed media, to a modern content provider for modern media houses with a variety of publishing platforms. In the recent years TT has started to produce news content and media services for the web, mobile-phones and TV. TT also creates sound clips for radio stations and web publishing, along side with the traditional news service. Mats Johansson started his career at TT as a news reporter more than twenty years ago. He has been reporting on most topics on the domestic scene. From 1992 to 2004 Mats Johansson held the position as executive news editor at TT.
John Joss has been writing
for 30+ years. After serving in Britain's Royal Navy as a pilot, he started
writing in London. He moved to San Francisco, working as advertising/promotion
writer on projects for Silicon Valley pioneers Ampex, Fairchild,
Hewlett-Packard and Varian Associates. He created product 'launches' for
high-tech companies, wrote collateral literature for ad agencies and clients,
created speeches for F100 corporate heads, penned winning business/technical
proposals worth >$10B in projects for clients worldwide and devised a new
business-plan format for a dozen Silicon Valley startups. He was first pilot-
writer to fly, photograph and write about the U-2 'spy plane' (1976) and the
U.S. Navy “Blue Angels” (1970), later in TOP GUN and RED FLAG, and flew NASA's
Space Shuttle simulator. He has written for newspaper, magazines and TV, plus
screenplays and AV presentations and has been MC/commentator at scores of
events, primarily motor sports and aviation. His commentaries/VO have been
broadcast worldwide on PBS-TV, BBC-TV and network radio (CBS). His publishing
companies-The Soaring Press and The Practical Press-sold 75,000 copies of 10
books in 40 countries worldwide. His own book writing includes fiction (SIERRA
SIERRA, Wm. Morrow, New York, 1979) and five subsequent novels and non-
fiction (20 books, on subjects ranging from high technology and military
aviation to human behavior).
Michael Kanellos is editor at large at CNET News.com, a large multinational tech news and reviews site. For five years, he managed the coverage of hardware, consumer electronics, and security for the site and wrote several stories on the semiconductors and PCs. During the past four years, he has headed up the effort at News.com to increase the coverage on science, emerging technologies, start-ups and international technology developments. In 2005, he was part of a team of three News.com reporters who won the Sigma Delta Chi award from the National Society of Professional Journalists for "Broadband: Breaking the Digital Deadlock." He reported from Seoul how broadband was changing daily life in Korea. He has appeared on National Public Radio, The Early Show on CBS, CNBC, Fox News and other media outlets on behalf of News.com as well as participated in a number of panels. Prior to News.com, he worked as a reporter at Computer Reseller News. Before that, he practiced law, representing chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies and others in product liability cases. He also worked as a freelance travel writer. Mr. Kanellos graduated from Cornell University in 1984 and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1987.
Jennifer Kho is the editor of Greentech Media, a cleantech news site launching this summer. Prior to Greentech Media, she served as a staff writer at Red Herring, where she created the cleantech beat and attracted a devoted following of readers. Jennifer has a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and more than six years of experience as a full-time reporter. Her stories have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Oakland Tribune.
Rachel Konrad is Silicon Valley correspondent for The Associated Press, since 2002, covering the global technology industry. She received a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins University in 2002, when she traveled to Ecuador to write about an ambitious (but doomed) universal Internet access program. She was a senior staff writer at CNET News.com from 2000 to 2002. She covered the automobile industry for the Detroit Free Press from 1995 to 2000 and covered small business in Spokane, Washington, from 1994-95 for the Spokesman-Review.
Daniel Kreiss is a Ph.D. student in Stanford's Department of Communication studying the intersection of technology, politics and journalism. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program Daniel served as a political journalist and blogger, including covering the 2004 Democratic primaries and the Democratic National Convention. He also served as a researcher with the Innovation Journalism program in Stockholm, co-authoring a paper with Jan Sandred and David Nordfors on "Introducing an Innovation Journalism Index." Daniel also spent a number of years in non-profit management and politics in New York City. Drawing from this work, Daniel is currently working on launching a nonprofit organization, VoterWatch.org, that will provide searchable and transcribable Web-based videos of Congressional proceedings. Daniel holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College and an M.A. in Communication (Journalism) from Stanford University.
Amaro La Rosa is a journalist, psychologist, and professor at the Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazón and Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega from Lima – Peru. He is a specialist in media psychology and mass communication research. He has published twelve books and is co-author of other twelve. He has worked as a journalist in many mass media and as a trainer of journalists.
Lemelshtrich Latar is the founding Dean
of the Sammy Ofer School of Communication at IDC, the leading private
university in Israel. Beginning already in 1974, he has pioneered the teaching
of new media in the three leading israeli universities--the Hebrew U,Tel Aviv
U and Ben Gurion U. He is one of the founders of the Tel Aviv U school of
journalism. He introduced the concepts of cybernetics and decision making to
the study of journalism, and presented the concept of Social DNA in 2004. He
is presently interested in Web 3.0, the integration of collective intelligence
of Web 2.0 with intelligence derived from machine learning. Dr Lemelshtrich
Latar has shared his career between journalism and the innovation industry,
and has been Chairman and CEO of a leading Israeli industry and Chairman of a
private High Tech startup Venture Capital firm. He is currently a board member
of several startup companies. He was among the pioneers to publish on the
subject of two-way communications from the Home and was a member of the Human
Machine Systems Laboratory at M.I.T that studied the effects of two-way
communications systems. He received his PhD in communications at MIT 1974,
specializing in the analysis of the effects of anonymous electronic feedback
on group dynamics, and before that an M.Sc. in engineering systems from
Kirsten Leute is a senior licensing associate at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL). At OTL, she handles a diverse caseload of over 300 biotechnology and high technology inventions and also has experience with software, trademark and copyright licensing. Kirsten started at OTL in 1996, but spent the 2004 calendar year as a technology manager at the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (German Cancer Research Center) in Heidelberg, Germany. Actively involved with the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Kirsten is currently Vice President for Communications and the editor of the AUTM Journal. An active speaker, Kirsten has presented to audiences at LES, ProTon, WIPO, AUTM and other meetings around the world. She published articles on technology transfer in the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Community Genetics and co-wrote a chapter on bringing university technology to the private sector in The Creative Enterprise. Kirsten’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Wellesley College and a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University concentrating in international business and management of technology and innovation. After graduating from Wellesley, she worked in the laboratory at Microgenics/Boehringer-Mannheim Diagnostics. In 2003, Kirsten passed the U.S. patent bar exam and is U.S. Patent Agent No. 55,375.
Rick Lewis joined USVP in 2004. Rick spent six years in engineering and product development leadership roles at startups and market-leading companies. For Walt Disney Imagineering, Rick oversaw the development of project management software that has been deployed on dozens of large-scale construction projects, including a major theme park. Rick also co-founded and managed product development at a software startup that was funded by Parametric Technology Corporation. Rick was previously a software engineer at Autodesk, and has held positions at Sun Microsystems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and McKinsey & Company. Rick focuses on information technology investments, and is particularly interested in mobile applications and content, games and game platforms, enterprise software, and emerging consumer Internet businesses. Rick is closely involved with USVP companies Intermolecular, Instantis, and myYearbook.com. Rick has published his research on computer aided design and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California at Davis (Summa Cum Laude), an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction. He is a member of the board of directors of the San Francisco nonprofit Real Options for City Kids, and is a Kauffman Fellow.
Ilkka Luukkonen is a journalist from Finland and a fellow of the Innovation Journalism program 2007, hosted by Red Herring in Belmont, CA. In Finland, he works at the fifth largest newspaper of Finland, Maaseudun Tulevaisuus, as a sub-editor and the producer of the weekend issue. He has worked eight years as a journalist covering forestry and forest industry, politics, and music. Luukkonen has graduated from Helsinki University, where he studied Forestry economics and Extension education.
Matt Marshall is founder and editor of VentureBeat, an online publication with the mission to provide news and information about private companies and the venture capital that fuels them. Matt covered the venture capital beat for the Mercury News from 2001-2006. He significantly expanded the newspaper’s coverage of venture capital during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat from 2004. Matt 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 Matt, 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. Matt 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 Bankâ€”the Birth of Europe’s Central Bank and the Rebirth of European Power” (Random House, 1999). He has also written for the Washington Post and several other publications. Matt has a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.
Miriam Olsson is a business journalist from Sweden and a fellow of the Innovation Journalism program 2007, hosted by CNET News.com in San Francisco. In Sweden, she works as a business and politics reporter at the second largest Swedish morning daily newspaper, Gothenburg Post. Before becoming a journalist Miriam pursued a career in the corporate world, working for an American refrigeration company, the car industry and in banking. She has also been working abroad in France and in the U.S. Apart from her journalism diploma from Gothenburg University she earned a master’s degree in Business administration focusing on business development, strategy and management from Vaexjo University, and a bachelor level from Université Claude Bernard, Lyon France.
Tekla S. Perry is a Palo Alto-based senior editor for IEEE Spectrum Magazine. She covers the consumer electronics industry, environmental issues associated with electronics, and the people behind technologies. She has a b.a. in journalism from Michigan State University.
Picha has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from
Stockholm University and works as a project manager for the Swedish Newspaper
Publishers’ Association. She is currently involved in the association’s
initiative on mobile ereading as well as another initiative on mobile
services. She is also involved in Ifra’s eNews project on mobile e-reading.
Previously she has worked as a research editor at the information office at
Linköping University and as an editor at several Swedish daily newspapers.
Navi Radjou is a vice president at Forrester Research. He investigates how globalized innovation — with the rise of India and China as both a source and market for tech innovations — is driving new market structures and organizational models, which Forrester designates as "Global Innovation Networks." He advises senior executives worldwide on new organizational designs and business processes their firm must adopt to sustain global competitiveness through technology-enabled innovation. During his eight years at Forrester, Navi has advised senior execs around the world on issues related to innovation, supply chain, and customer service. Navi was named by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine as one of the “Pros to Know,” honoring an elite group of professionals who have excelled in the innovative use of supply chain technologies and practices within user companies. Prior to joining Forrester, he was a technology consultant in Asia – working with both private and public-sector companies -- and a development analyst at IBM’s Toronto Software Lab. Trilingual, Navi earned his M.S. degree in information systems at Ecole Centrale Paris, and also attended the Yale School of Management.
Javier Rojas is a managing director of Kennet Partners and leads its US investment activities. He is currently on the board of eProject, Adviva, VoEx, NetPro Computing, MedeFinance, and Kapow Technologies. Prior to joining Kennet, he was a managing director of Broadview International and lead their West Coast Software and Services practice. Javier specialized in advising high growth, early-stage companies on how to capitalize on emerging technology markets and partnering opportunities. He invested and/or advised on a number of successful companies and high value exits including Etek, Webex, Looksmart, Blue Mountain Arts, When.com and Rightworks. Previously, Javier was with Morgan Stanley. Earlier, he founded a software firm that developed products for capital markets interest rate and currency swap traders. He holds an MBA degree from The Harvard Business School and a BAS degree from Georgetown University.
Jan Sandred is program manager for the VINNOVA Bay Area Activities. He was an Innovation Journalism Fellow in 2004, hosted by San Francisco Chronicle. He was founding editor of Biotech Sweden, Swedens largest magazine for the biotech industry. From 1984 to 1999 he was Senior Editor at Datateknik, the major Swedish IT-magazine for professionals. He was also the founder, and between 1993 and 1997 Editor-In-Chief, of Cad Guiden, the largest Swedish magazine on computer aided design, and 1995 to 1998 Editor-in-Chief at Nya Data Marketing, the major Swedish magazine for the IT retail industry. He has done reference documentation for World Wide Web Consortium. Jan Sandred has written several books on IT, the latest being “Managing Open Source Projects” published at John Wiley & Sons, Inc, also published in Japanese at Ohmsha, Ltd. Jan Sandred has a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a M.Sc. in Mathematics and IT from the University of Uppsala. He also is educated in journalism at the Poppius School of Journalism in Stockholm. Between 1994 and 1999 he was member of the Board of Directors, E+T Förlag AB. He is a frequent speaker and chair at seminars and conferences and has appeared as a guest commentator on Swedish TV2 news program Rapport, and News TV4.
Benoit Schillings is the Chief Technology Officer at Trolltech. He joined the company in October 2005 serving as Chief Technology Officer responsible for leveraging Trolltech's existing technologies and services in addition to strengthening the company's ability to bring new technologies quickly to market. Mr. Schillings was a principal contributor to the launch of Be Incorporated, where he designed, developed and implemented the technically acclaimed BeOS. More recently, Schillings comes to Trolltech from his position as CTO at Openwave Systems where he was responsible for the structure, design and operation of Openwave Phone Suite Version 7. In 2003, he was named Distinguished Engineer for his influential work in the conception of "top to bottom" integrated software for mass-market phones. Benoit attend UCL in Belgium and has a B.S in Computer Science. When not on a plane, Benoit enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and working on robotic telescopes.
L. Sifry is the founder and CEO of
Technorati. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of software
development and industry experience. Before founding Technorati, which is now
widely considered the leading portal to the world of citizen-generated media,
Dave was co-founder and CTO of Sputnik, a Wi-Fi gateway company, and prior to
that was cofounder of Linuxcare, where he served as CTO and VP of Engineering.
Dave also served as a founding member of the board of Linux International and
on the technical advisory board of the National Cybercrime Training
Partnership for law enforcement. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer
Science from Johns Hopkins University. Dave can often be found speaking on
panels and giving lectures on a variety of technology issues, ranging from
wireless spectrum policy and Wi-Fi, to Weblogs and Open Source software.
Dave’s blog is Sifry’s Alerts
Seppo Sisättö has spearheaded the introduction of Innovation Journalism in Finland and is the secretary of the Finnish National Innovation Journalism Fellowship Program. He is Docent, Dept. of Communications, Helsinki University, Former President/Owner Skycom Ltd (TV-Tampere) and Radio Three Ltd., Former Director of Administration and Director of Communications MTV Oy and Aamulehti Group Ltd (today Alma Media Ltd). Dr Sisättö has spearheaded the creation of the Finnish Innovation Journalism initiative.
Turo Uskali is a visiting scholar at the Innovation Journalism Program at Stanford and a senior research scholar at the department of communication at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, working with the first Finnish innovation journalism education and research programme. He is specialized on foreign news and financial news practices and wrote his doctoral dissertation in 2003 about the work of Finnish correspondents in Moscow 1957-75. He has worked for five years as a national, foreign, business and law reporter for various leading Finnish media outlets such as Yleisradios Tv-news (Finnish Broadcasting company), Taloussanomat (the second largest daily business newspaper) and Helsingin Sanomat (the leading Finnish daily newspaper). He has published, edited and co-edited, 2001-2007, four books about journalism. Latest one, 2007, tells about the new world of global foreign affairs news.
Marc Ventresca is a University Lecturer at Said Business School, a fellow of Wolfson College, and a University Fellow at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization, all at the University of Oxford. He is also a visiting associate professor of organization & strategy at the University of California, Irvine. His research and teaching interests focus on institutions, organizations and industry entrepreneurship, technology/innovation strategy, implementation of governance reforms, and economic sociology of strategy. In current projects, he examines institutional politics of strategy and governance innovation in global financial markets and the interface of states and entrepreneurial markets in the evolution of US and UK information services industries. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology at Stanford University, after master's degrees in policy analysis and education and in sociology. Prior to his faculty career, Ventresca worked as a policy analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C., studied language and politics in Florence, Italy, and worked as a technical writer for hopeful start-ups in Silicon Valley.
Alisa Weinstein is an international relations coordinator and associate editor for the Innovation Journalism program. She is also a senior account executive at Flashpoint PR in San Francisco. She earned a master's in Journalism from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2003. Her past journalism experience includes reporting on technology and digital media for Red Herring, writing about news and culture for major metropolitan daily newspapers and national magazines, producing and publishing a popular culture web site for an online women's network and conceptualizing and writing companion web sites for PBS documentary series, Independent Lens.
G. Pascal Zachary (www.gpascalzachary.com) teaches journalism at Stanford University. He writes often about African affairs and contributes a monthly column to the New York Times
business section on ideas and innovation. A former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, where he worked from 1989 to 2001, Zachary is the author of three books,
most recently The Diversity Advantage: Multicultural Identity in the New World Economy.