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Alex has over 15 years of domestic and international experience in the software industry. He joins Foxit as its Corporate Marketing Manager leading all domestic and international marketing activities.
Since founding paidContent.org in 2002, Ali has overseen the rollout to three new verticals and the expansion into revenue generating events for the parent company ContentNext Media.
Before ContentNext, Rafat was managing editor of the Silicon Alley Reporter. Editor & Publisher has called Rafat “journalism’s poster boy for career independence from news companies,” and CBS MarketWatch has called him “a pioneer in using the Web for an almost real-time business news feed.”
In July 2008, Rafat sold ContentNext Media to UK-based Guardian News & Media. Rafat and his executive team continue to run the company as a stand-alone business.
Rafat was the Knight Foundation Fellow at Indiana University, his alma mater, where he completed his Masters in Journalism, 1999-2000.
Anthony Antolino is Senior Vice-President and Co-Creator of COPIA, leading strategy and marketing functions. Anthony has more than 15 years of business strategy and strategic marketing leadership experience across diverse market segments. COPIA is part of the DMC Worldwide family of companies. DMC Worldwide is a leading enterprise and consumer technology company, Anthony has corporate responsibilities as Senior Vice-President.
I’m the co-founder and CEO of Electric Book Works, a digital publishing and R&D company started in 2006. We research and try out digital-publishing best practice, particularly for use in developing countries.
Emma Barnes is co-founder of publishing software house Onix Central and UK indie publisher Snowbooks, which has won a number of awards including Small Publisher of the Year, Independent Trade Publisher of the Year and the Innovation of the Year for creating XML/XSL workflows. She has been shortlisted for the UK Young Publisher of the Year, the Everywoman award, is one of the Courvoisier Future 500, one of Management Today’s 35 under 35 and was invited to meet the Queen. She is a passionate advocate of automation and efficient workflows in publishing and has served on the UK’s IPG board as well as speaking at events ranging from StartWithXML to The Bookseller’s Digital Seminar.
Rob is a software product strategist and manager for start-up and established high-tech companies. He has created two start-ups and was responsible for product strategy at two established software companies which culminated in acquisitions by Oracle (2) and IBM (1). At LibreDigital, Rob is responsible for the advancement of software products and solutions related to the book publishing and retail industries. Prior to LibreDigital, Rob ran product strategy for the enterprise middleware division at Sun Microsystems.
Allison Belan is the assistant production manager for journals at Duke University Press. At Duke University Press, she manages a team that oversees the production process of 150 publications a year and slogs through the trenches of the changing scholarly publishing landscape. She project managed the development and implementation of a workflow management and bibliographic database system to serve the enterprise, and she is deeply engaged in the challenges of transforming Duke Press’s publishing program to meet the digital demands of tomorrow’s scholar.
Matthew Bernius’ research focuses on studying how different media tools alter the way groups communicate, and, in turn, how those changes affect the evolution of said tools. In addition to his role as a co-director and researcher at the Open Publishing Lab (OPL) at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Matthew is pursuing an Anthropology PhD at Cornell University, where he is researching the transformation of text based journalism within the United States. Prior starting his PhD, Matthew was a visiting professor at RIT’s School of Print Media where he taught Database Publishing, Variable Data Print, and Web Development. He completed a Masters in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Matthew started his career at Eastman Kodak where he worked in the consumer... Read More.
Tom Beyer is the Director of Publishing at iFactory. At IFactory Tom has led the engineering team which has built many different online publishing solutions. Recent clients include Cengage Learning, Oxford University Press, Sage Publications, Bloomsbury Publishing, and the MLA. Tom’s current focus is our new online publishing platform PubFactory.
Kirk is a seasoned digital media professional specializing in web publishing systems, SEO, and user experience. As principal of Oxford Media Works Kirk consults with clients on a range of issues related to web publishing and digital media strategies. Kirk shares his knowledge of web content management systems at WP Apprentice, an online training portal designed to help publishers use WordPress as a CMS.
Nick Bogaty is senior business development manager for digital publishing at Adobe. Prior to Adobe, Bogaty was Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum from 2002 to 2007 and oversaw the creation and approval of the three specifications that comprise the EPUB file format for digitally reflowable books.
Angela Bole is Deputy Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG). Based in New York City, BISG is an industry trade association working to create a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry supply chain for both digital and physical products.
Chris Brogan is a ten year veteran of using social media and technology to build digital relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Chris speaks, blogs, writes articles, and makes media of all kinds at chrisbrogan.com a blog in the top 20 of the Advertising Age Power150, and in the top 100 on Technorati.
Chris is also the cofounder of the PodCamp new media conference series, exploring the use of new media community tools to extend and build value. He recently became president of New Marketing Labs, a social media agency.
Kelly Burdick is senior editor at Melville House. He has previously worked at Cambridge University Press, The New Press, and Nation Books.
Cali Bush has been with O’Reilly since 2003 and is currently Director of Legal Services. In addition to managing the contract process for digital distribution initiatives, she is responsible for keeping O’Reilly’s agreements with its content providers aligned with its implementation of emerging publishing and distribution technologies.
Bob Carlton has been at the forefront of online information services for 25 years. He was part of the launch team for CourseSmart, the leading e-book company in higher education, which was founded and supported by the five leading publishers. Carlton was also senior vice president for business development at Thomson Learning (now Cengage), where he negotiated strategic relationships with several leading e-Learning companies to distribute the company’s offerings worldwide.
Carlton has also held senior positions with information providers and publishers such as Electronic Data Systems, WetFeet, News Corp, and Harcourt. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in marketing and statistics from Texas A&M University.
James Cathey is vice president of business development for Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, Inc. (QMT). In this role, Cathey cultivates new revenue opportunities, and also oversees applications engineering, technical product marketing, product management and marketing communications worldwide. Under his leadership, QMT’s innovative mirasol display has transitioned from a little-known, emerging display technology to an award-winning product incorporated in a diverse portfolio of mobile devices slated for global markets.
A 17-year technology industry veteran, Cathey has extensive experience in the creation, implementation and management of domestic and international market strategies for advanced display technologies, semiconductors and software. Prior to joining QMT, Cathey served as a senior executive at display companies including Micron Technology and MicroDisplay, as well as the head of Investor Relations... Read More.
Mandy A. Chalou joined the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State in 2008 as a historian/editor in the Declassification and Publishing Division where she primarily edits volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United States series. She completed a B.A. degree in Humanities with concentrations in Literature and History from Bradford College in 1997, and received her M.A. in History from the University of New Hampshire in 2004. From May 2004 until February 2008 she held the position of Managing Editor at Historicus, Inc., a new media publishing company specializing in producing educational CD-ROMs, websites, and interactive activities designed to accompany high school and college-level textbooks and courses.
Jonathan Clark has been with Elsevier since 1990. He held a number of different positions in publishing and marketing before becoming Publishing Director for the Maths and Computer Science department in 1998. He joined ScienceDirect in 2000 as one of the Directors. Since then Jonathan has held various technology-related positions, including 3 years in Philadelphia working for Elsevier Health Sciences. Jonathan returned from the US in 2007 and currently he is responsible for building an e-business in Europe for the medical and healthcare market. Jonathan is Chair and Director of the International DOI Foundation and a member of the STM’s Future Lab Committee.
Stephen Cohen is Principal Consultant in the Consulting Practice at Innodata Isogen where his focus is working with publishers and information providers to solve business and technology challenges of content supply chain optimization.
David Cohn has written for Wired, Seed, Columbia Journalism Review and The New York Times. While working toward his master’s degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Cohn worked with Jay Rosen as the editor at newassignment.net and Jeff Jarvis from Buzzmachine.com to organize the first two Networked Journalism Summits. He has been a contributing editor at NewsTrust.net and helps to run Broowaha, a citizen journalism network. Most recently he is the founder of Spot.Us a nonprofit to pioneer community funded reporting.
Ed Colleran serves as the Senior Director of International Relations at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world’s largest provider of copyright licensing solutions. He oversees strategic initiatives focused on CCC’s international activities—specifically, providing publishers around the world with new content licensing solutions and revenue-generating initiatives based on CCC’s products and services. Ed also provides the vision for the advancement of CCC’s digital rights management services and is a key contributor on other long-term strategic issues facing the information industry.
An industry veteran, Ed serves on several committees of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFFRO) and and currently serves on American Business Media’s policy and digital media councils. Ed was also a two-term member of the board of the Software and... Read More.
Peter Collingridge has 12 years experience in trade publishing, web, film, and digital marketing, working at Canongate Books, Screenbase Media and Apt Studio before co-founding Enhanced Editions.
He has been named as one of the “50 Most Influential” in publishing by the London Evening Standard, and shortlisted for the UK Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year.
Scott Cook is responsible for codeMantra’s technology initiatives and strategies. He has held various management positions within the publishing industry, spanning a 20-year period. His decades of experience have brought equipped him with an understanding of every aspect of the publishing production life cycle — including technology development and implementation, project management, process review and re-engineering, book design, print production management, creative planning, implementation and web content management.
Scott’s first management position was with Macmillan Publishing in 1990, where he managed a production budget in the $ millions and a staff of 20-plus. In 1999, Scott became Director of Content Technology at John Wiley & Sons, where he made major contributions to workflow enhancements and publishing technologies. Later, as the Executive Director of Design and... Read More.
Hillel founded Jackson Fish Market in November of 2006 along with co-founders Walter Smith, and Jenny Lam. Since its inception JFM has shipped six hand-crafted consumer web experiences including They’re Beautiful!, Invitastic, and What a Lovely Name. Their latest product is A Story Before Bed. The service lets parents and grandparents who can’t be there for bedtime record videos of themselves reading children’s books. The kids can watch the videos synchronized to the pages of the book right on screen anytime they like, as often as they like. In addition to A Story Before Bed, JFM recently shipped a suite of educational games and ebooks for toddlers on the iPhone called Hippo Hooray.
Before Jackson Fish Market, Hillel... Read More.
Peter Costanzo began his career by selling autographed books online in 1996. In 1998 he was the Online Retail Marketing Manager for HarperCollins’ Online Sales department. In 2000 he worked at Random House as the Online Marketing Manager for the Audiobooks division and in 2001 became Director of Online Merchandising for Steve Brill’s Contentville. From 2001 until 2004, Peter was a freelance consultant for the publishing industry and in 2004 he became the Director of Online Marketing for The Perseus Books Group and presently holds that position. Follow him on Twitter @PeterCostanzo.
Liza Daly is the Vice-President of Engineering at Safari Books Online and an experienced software engineer in digital publishing. In 2012 her companies Threepress Consulting and Ibis Reader were acquired by Safari. Liza is a strong advocate for experimentation, agile development, and innovation in publishing.
Born in Barcelona (Spain), studied law and a thesis on new technologies. Worked five years in Argentina then went back to my beautiful city and work for an amazing online project: creating a worldwide legal database. After eight years, I decided to join another fascinating project: developping e-Business for doctors at Elsevier.
D.C. Denison is an editor at The Boston Globe who works at the intersection of the newspaper and its website, boston.com. He is the author of “As Seen on TV” (Fireside/Simon & Schuster)
Over 25 years of business development and sales experience. Collaborated on the creation of Foxit e-reader product line.
Dale heads up Maker Media, which serves tech-savvy DIY enthuisasts. Maker Media produces Make Magazine, Maker Faire, and Make Television.
Dennis Downey is a writer, performer, and creative artist, and the original founder of TextTelevision, a Massachusetts new media startup. A long-time student of digital media, he has written and presented work on NPR and PBS, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Boston Public Library, and at PS122 and The Kitchen in New York. In 2000, he was the Knapp Media Fellow at Wellesley College. He has a BA in Multi-Media Writing and Performance from Harvard College.
Kate Dugan is the Marketing Manager for the Sony Reader line of digital reading devices for Sony USA.
Keith Fahlgren is the Director of Engineering at Safari Books Online. Previously, he worked at Threepress Consulting, O’Reilly Media, and was the co-developer of Ibis Reader.
Eric Frank co-founded Flat World Knowledge with fellow textbook industry veteran Jeff Shelstad in 2007, and in this time has helped build Flat World to become one of the leading providers of open source textbooks to higher education markets. Eric brings an 11-year track record of success in higher education publishing. He has held positions in sales, editorial, and marketing at Thomson (now Cengage) and Prentice Hall, a division of Pearson Education. Prior to Flat World, Eric served as Director of Marketing for Prentice Hall Business Publishing, a division with annual sales in the hundreds of millions. There, he managed a team of marketing managers and marketing communications staff, and had overall responsibility for strategy, budget, staffing and execution. Eric’s group had dotted line responsibility... Read More.
Phil Frank of Hendrickson Publishers has been editing and typesetting academic books in the fields of Christianity and Judaism for the last 22 years. He worked in Corel Ventura Publisher for 17 years before moving to InDesign in 2008. For the past year he has been creating eBooks using InDesign. He holds Master’s degrees in Theology and Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and The University of Iowa respectively.
Eric Freese has a rich background in publishing production within a variety of industries, from technical publications and defense, to legal, to education. From the early days of SGML, he has worked as a consultant, software developer and content architect. As the Senior Product and Technology Development Manager at codeMantra, he is involved in setting product strategy and direction and managing continued expansion of the collectionPoint platform and its host of supporting modules and applications. In this role he oversees all product development efforts and technology initiatives and works with clients to ensure that their requirements are met.
Kelly Gallagher serves as VP of Publishing Services at RR Bowker. In this role he manages the implementation of a host of Bowker business intelligence services, including the PubTrack consumer research panel reaching over 40,000 ‘e’ and ‘p’ book consumers. For the past year, he has been leading a team of researchers on a three-year initiative for the BISG to study consumer attitudes toward e-devices and digital content. This long-term trended study looks at consumers purchases on a quarterly basis as it seeks to understand the rate and shift to digital content. In addition to managing the consumer research panel, he oversees sales data collection and analytics tools for the higher education and religious book markets for Bowker. Beyond his role at Bowker, Kelly... Read More.
Hadrien is a software engineer and co-founder at Feedbooks.com. Feedbooks was the first company to distribute e-books in the industry standard EPUB format & is actively involved in designing OPDS, a standard for e-book distribution.
Sean joined SAS in 1986. As Director, SAS Publishing, Sean heads a team responsible for content creation, business development, global sales, marketing, and distribution for books in support of SAS software. Sean is a graduate of Colorado State University and has more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry.
Kristi joined Ingram Book Company in 2001 as a buyer/publisher coordinator in Product Management. She spent 3 years managing inventory, including sales research, inventory analysis, replenishment, and front list buying. She then transitioned into the position of Product Systems Manager. As Product System Manager Kristi’s responsibilities included management of Ingram Book’s replenishment system, designing and implementing the Q4 inventory plan, and providing technical support to a department of 70 associates. Kristi led JDA Software’s customer interest group for Seasonal Profiling by Intellect from 2005 – 2007. She also served as Ingram’s product manager for Costco International.
Kristi moved to Ingram Digital in November 2007, where she was initially responsible for key account management across multiple Ingram Digital platforms. In 2008 she joined the Content... Read More.
Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is a pioneer of transmedia storytelling and a leading expert at developing entertainment properties and premium brands into highly successful transmedia franchises. As a creative consultant to Fortune 500 companies, he contributes strategic planning and production for the cross-platform implementation of content. Jeff also extends niche properties such as toys, animation or videogame titles across multiple touchpoints, which generate multiple revenue streams. He has gone on to work with such franchises as Pirates of the Caribbean, Fairies, Prince of Persia and Tron for The Walt Disney Company, James Cameron’s Avatar for 20th Century Fox, Halo for Microsoft, Happiness Factory for The Coca-Cola Company, and most recently Transformers for Hasbro. Jeff is a board member of the... Read More.
Ashley Gordon, publisher at independent press Mockingbird Publishing, is a fifteen-year veteran of digital printing. She was most recently Vice President of Business Development at SharedBook, a leading provider of personalized and custom publishing services. She came to print-on-demand as Director of Publisher Services for Sprout, an early in-store POD company, followed by several years at Lightning Source as a Senior Account Manager and Director of Channel Development. Other positions in and around the industry include literary press editor, contributing writer to various publications, professor of English and composition, and executive board member of the Alabama Center for the Book. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Auburn University Montgomery.
Jamey Graham is a Distinguished Research Engineer at Ricoh Innovation, Inc’s. California Research Center. During his twenty-plus year research career, his professional passion has been to create compelling and effective means for connecting users with multimedia content. He enjoys the interplay between physical objects and digital media and is constantly experimenting with new ways to connect the two. One example of this is his iCandy system, a tangible user interface that employs physical tokens to access and share electronic content such as iTunes music & videos, YouTube videos or any online content. Jamey is also interested in socially-aware computing and making the machines that surround us, both at home and at work, part of our social networks (as long as they have something good to... Read More.
Ramy Habeeb graduated from McGill University with a double major in Literature and Religious Studies, after which he lived in Okinawa, Japan for three years.
Returning to Egypt in 2004, Ramy saw that Egyptian Literature was not reaching an international audience due to two disadvantages the local publishing industry had yet to overcome: Distribution and Censorship. Seeking to bypass these problems, he established Kotobarabia.com in September 2004, becoming the first Arabic language e-book publishing house in the Middle East.
Through the Internet, Kotobarabia’s books can reach Arabic readers anywhere in the world at the click of a button. Furthermore, due to the lack of Internet regulations, Kotobarabia is able to publish books that have previously been banned by local governments, publishing books from all religions... Read More.
Kirsten joined SAS in December 2008 as a web marketing specialist and focuses on social media marketing for the Publications division. Prior to SAS, Kirsten was with Edelman Public Relations in Chicago and worked with several industry thought leaders within me2revolution (now Edelman Digital) and corporate reputation management. Kirsten has a B.A. in English from Emory University and a M.A.M.C. in Public Relations from the University of Florida. She has worked for several other media companies including CNN, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Press Club and John Wiley & Sons Publishing.
Alexandra Heifetz is Assistant Editor at N+1
Mike Hendrickson has held a variety of positions in the publishing industry including, Product Development Manager, Editor, Executive Editor, Editor-in-Chief, and Associate Publisher. Two constants are that he has always enjoyed managing people and being involved with cutting-edge technologies. At O’Reilly, he is the Associate Publisher for the Open Tech eXchange division, where he is working to grow existing print market share while expanding into new online and in person markets.
Glen Hopkins is Vice President/General Manager of Advanced Printing Platforms/Solutions R&D and HP’s Global Media Business.
Glen joined HP in 1985 as a Design Engineer in the Corvallis, Oregon Division. He progressed through various management jobs in Corvallis, Oregon for the next ten years, including project manager and department manager. In1996 Glen became the Fab Manager in Singapore until 2000. Upon return to the States, Glen became the R&D Lab Manager in San Diego until 2005. Glen is currently the Vice President/General Manager for printing platforms R&D as well as HP’s media business.
Glen has a B.S. in Chemistry from California State University, Chico, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, from Oregon State University and an M.S. in Physical Chemistry also from Oregon State University. Glen... Read More.
Ken Huang is the founder and president of MagMe. Prior to MagMe, Ken worked in operational management for Renault and has developed extensive online communication platform for various companies across Asia. He is now merging his online knowledge and passion for magazines and books to create an innovative digital publishing platform.
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of twelve books. She is also co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program, and is a frequent guest on television shows such as Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, Larry King Live, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2008, she was named Media Person of the Year by... Read More.
Andy started in the do-it-yourself days of CP/M and the S100 bus, of Heathkits and Radio Electronics. Andy wrote his first real program, a combination text editor and database manager, for an Ohio Scientific Challenger 4P. It was a great era for tinkering. Andy started hacking in 6502 assembler, modifying operating systems, and wrote his first commercial program (a Manufacturing Resources Planning system) in 1981. He taught himself Unix and C, and began to design and architect larger, more connected systems.
Working at large companies, Andy kept an ear on Usenet, and started his early email habit via a direct bang-path to ihnp4. Next he settled into electronic pre-press and computer graphics, and worked on that wondrous eye-candy that was Silicon Graphics machines. By... Read More.
Andy Hunter is the Editor-in-Chief of Electric Literature, the first literary journal to publish to the iPhone, which has gained widespread acclaim for its innovative use of digital distribution and promotion. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of various publications, including Mean Magazine, the Brooklyn Review, and Lollapalooza Magazine.
Brad Inman is the founder of several successful online companies including HomeGain, which he sold to Classified Ventures in 2005; the thriving online video company TurnHere; and Inman News, the online real estate publishing company. His newest venture, Vook is launching in the fall of 2009.
Matt leads the conception, filtering and execution of Connotate’s services efforts for all clients and prospects.
With over twenty years of high tech industry experience, and executive roles in two, Fast 500 companies, Matt has a wealth of knowledge regarding the technology and business life cycles. His experience includes leading software product businesses, consulting businesses, R&D organizations, customer support and instituting project management best practices. Prior to starting his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Matt received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Honors from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Executive editor of Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-only press, and veteran of the digital publishing industry, Angela James is a well-known advocate for digital publishing. James has enjoyed a long and varied publishing career that has included ownership of an independent editorial services business, work as a copy editor for electronic book and small press publisher, Ellora’s Cave, and executive editor for Samhain Publishing. James frequently travels to regional, national and international writing conferences to meet with authors and readers, and present workshops on digital publishing for both authors and readers of all genres of fiction.
Rick is the Chief Marketing Officer for the Perseus Books Group, and has been involved since 2004 in the growth strategy for the company through the publishing and distribution services sides of the business. Rick plays a key role in the development of digital products, tools, and services at Perseus.
Prior to Perseus, Rick was a partner at Accenture, the global B2B services company. He was in charge of the firm’s Media & Entertainment practice for the Asia Pacific region, out of their Hong Kong offices. In his 7 years at Accenture Rick worked for book publishing, educational publishing, music, magazines, newspapers, TV and internet clients, on a range of projects focusing on growth strategy, marketing strategy, new product development, sales force effectivess, and... Read More.
Brewster Kahle, digital librarian and co-founder of the Internet Archive, has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than twenty-five years.
Since the mid-1980s, Kahle has focused on developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. In 1989 Kahle invented the Internet’s first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company that was sold to America Online in 1995. In 1996, Kahle founded the Internet Archive which may be the largest digital library. At the same time, he co-founded Alexa Internet which helps catalog the Web in April 1996, which was sold to Amazon.com in 1999.
Kahle earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)... Read More.
Bill Kasdorf is General Editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing, a major print and online reference work published by Columbia University Press, and Vice President of Apex Content Solutions, a leading supplier of business services, data conversion, editorial, production, and support services to publishers and other organizations worldwide. With his colleagues at Apex and strategic partners, Bill provides comprehensive workflow and business process consulting that enables his clients to transform their content and processes through the use of best-of-breed technologies, services, and practices, resulting in faster throughput, better staff utilization, lower costs, and richer, more dynamic content. Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), Bill has led seminars and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations such as SSP, Seybold Seminars,... Read More.
Al Katkowsky is a singer, songwriter, musician and voiceover artist. His experiences in promoting his book turned iPhone app, Question Of The Day, have ranged from speed dating in Santa Monica, to an 8th Grade classroom in Brooklyn, to Apple Store events in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Peter B. Kaufman is president and executive producer of Intelligent Television, where he directs all aspects of the company’s media productions and research work. Mr. Kaufman serves as an expert advisor on access issues to the Library of Congress’s Division of Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound and co-chair of the JISC Film & Sound Think Tank. He previously served as president and publisher of TV Books, a book publishing company he founded and sold to Lorne Michaels’s firm Broadway Video, and director of strategic initiatives at Innodata Isogen, and he recently completed a one-year appointment as associate director of Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. His current work involves building new forms of
Ed has worked in the information industry for more than twenty years. During that time, he has worked for both startup and established information companies leading product management, marketing and sales organizations. Ed currently runs the Content Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)—a Washington DC-based trade association formed to promote, inform and protect the software and digital content industries. In this role, he works with content companies, aggregators and service providers to help them achieve their policy, promotional and business development goals. Ed is also a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted recently by Marketwatch, eContent and Crains Business. His industry blog can be found at edcontented.
At Copyright Clearance Center, Christopher Kenneally is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of authors and publishers of all backgrounds and sizes.
Among other activities, he is host and moderator for an ongoing series of writing conferences called, Beyond the Book. The programs are frequently broadcast nationally on C-SPAN’s Book-TV and in Canada on BookTelevision; the series is also now a podcast, available from iTunes.com.
In addition, Kenneally’s articles on such topics as blogging, search engines, and the impact of technology on writers have appeared in the Boston Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, and BookTech Magazine, among other publications.
Robin started off as an editor in print publishing before moving into the production of children’s CD-ROM titles for Dorling Kindersley and the Walt Disney Company, among others. Since that period she has consulted and worked with US toy companies developing chip-based consumer products. She’s also been involved in visual design, web design and marketing. Robin is currently making a full circle back into publishing, working with authors to help shape, develop and publish their own digital products.
Neeru Khosla is currently the Co-Founder and Executive Director of CK-12 Foundation, a non-profit organization, which aims to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the US and worldwide. Mrs. Khosla currently serves as a member on several advisory boards, including The Nueva School’s Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for High Tech High School’s Graduate School of Education, the Advisory Board for the Wikimedia Foundation, the Advisory Board for DonorsChoose, the Advisory Board for Stanford University’s School of Education, and is one of the founding members of the K-12 Initiative of the Design School (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) at Stanford University. Mrs. Khosla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University/San Jose State University, a Master’s... Read More.
Kassia Krozser is the founder and primary voice for Booksquare.com, a website focused on dissecting the publishing industry with love and skepticism, and recently entered the mad world of publishing as part of Quartet Press, a digital publisher. She is also a founding partner at Medialoper.com—same love and skepticism applied to all entertainment media. Her work on both sites frequently focuses on how new technology impacts traditional media.
Albert Kurniadi is the marketing director for MagMe. Prior to MagMe, Albert worked extensively as the online communications director for The Oaktree Foundation in Australia. He has in-depth experience working with social media in the digital publishing arena as well as the psychology behind current and emerging social media trends.
Ray Kurzweil invented the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray’s latest book, The Singularity is Near, was a New York Times best seller.
Neil Levin is President of Publisher Marketing Group and EverPub.com. Prior to that he was SVP at National Book Network. He was also VP & Publisher of Time Life Trade Books and held sales and marketing positions at Grolier Encyclopedia, Chilton Book Company, and Chelsea House Publishers. His accidental entry into publishing was as a programmer writing applications for a book distributor.
Jane Litte runs the popular romance review site, DearAuthor.com, a site people with voracious readers, authors, editors and agents within the romance community. From its inception 4 years ago, DearAuthor has focused on technology for the reader, recognizing that women are the greatest consumers of books and book media. Various media outlets both in and out of the publishing industry, including blogs, websites, newspapers, magazines and forums have linked to DearAuthor for its informational technology posts. Harlequin has cited DearAuthor as “one of the most respected romance sites in the blogosphere.”
Scott Lubeck has more than thirty years of experience in publishing, entrepreneurship, and innovative use of technology. He began his career in editorial at the University of Texas Press in 1977; he became president of Texas Monthly Press in 1983. He has been at the forefront of many transformation initiatives in the publishing industry. As director of the National Academy Press in Washington, D.C. in 1989, he led pioneering work in digital print and Web publishing. In 1999 he joined the Perseus Books Group as vice president and managing director where he led the development of Perseus Print on Demand. In 2001 he joined Harvard Business School Publishing in the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer to lead its strategic initiatives in digital publishing.... Read More.
Frank Lyman has a strong track record leading change within the higher education publishing industry. He is currently Executive Vice President of CourseSmart LLC, helping the company to jump-start the market for eTextbooks by establishing a standard format and user experience and building a comprehensive library of content. Frank has previously held marketing, technology development, and general management positions at John Wiley & Sons Inc. and John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd. As Wiley’s Vice President for Technology Development, Frank was instrumental in the development and success of Wiley’s eGrade and eGradePlus products, precursors to Wiley’s well-respected WileyPLUS platform now used by millions of students worldwide. Frank also has experience outside of the higher education industry as the VP of Marketing of LifeMinders.com, an... Read More.
Michael Mace is a principal at Rubicon Consulting, where he helps technology companies plan strategies and products. He’s a well-known tech industry speaker, blogger, and commentator, and has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, BusinessWeek, and numerous tech industry publications. He was a keynote speaker at the Apple WWDC, and has spoken and led panels at venues including CES and CTIA.
Prior to Rubicon, he was chief competitive officer of PalmSource. He and his team mapped the future of the mobile industry, including products, technology, market, and competitive trends; and worked closely with handset vendors and operators. During his tenure at Palm, Inc., Michael was vice president of product planning.
Prior to joining Palm, he served as vice president of... Read More.
Clancy Marshall, a 14-year publishing veteran, is the General Manager of DynamicBooks, new generation of interactive online textbooks. Prior to DynamicBooks, Marshall was instrumental with Macmillan’s W.H. Freeman group (higher education textbooks), first as acquisitions editor, and most, recently as publisher. Prior to Macmillan, Marshall managed marketing at John Wiley and Sons. She began her career in sales and worked at both Jones and Bartlett and Harcourt publishers. Marshall received her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Richmond.
In his capacity as Vice President, Ned May is the lead analyst for Outsell’s analytic coverage and advisory services focused on the Search, Aggregation & Syndication market. His research centers on the myriad ways in which digital content is aggregated and consumed. Ned serves as an executive-level advisor and consultant to clients on issues impacting all facets of the market, including the money flows around online advertising, content syndication, and copyright, and the delivery platform challenges across the tethered web and new mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and e- readers.
Ned is regularly quoted in the mainstream press, has been featured on PBS’ Nightly Business Report and FoxBusiness.com, and has spoken at many industry events including O’Reilly’s Tools of Change, Book Expo America,... Read More.
Mikolaj Malaczynski is the co-founder and CEO of Legimi Ltd. (www.Legimi.com), the polish company designing technologies providing content to electronic paper. The software projects in which he has been involved were distinguished at an international level (Imagine Cup Korea 2007, France 2008). Mikolaj has authored numerous publications concerning e-readers’ applications and is an activist for open reading platforms and open standards.
Jesse is the author of eight books about internet, business, and community-building strategies. His latest is #tweetsmart: 25 Twitter Projects to Help You Build Your Community and Content Marketing—both from O’Reilly Media.
When he’s not writing, Jesse is a web developer, digital strategy consultant, and aspiring farmer.
Most recently, Jesse was the Director of Development & Marketing (and co-owner) at Catalyst Webworks. He and his wife sold the business in 2012.
Currently, Jesse is working as a consultant to the book publishing and content industries. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Book Business Magazine, and GOOD. He and his wife live in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Erin McKean likes to call herself a Dictionary Evangelist. She is the founder of Wordnik.com. She was the editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2e, and is the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That’s Amore (also about words). Her first novel, The Secret Lives of Dresses, was published by GrandCentral/5Spot in February 2011. She recently moved from Chicago to the Bay Area, rants about dresses on her blog (A Dress A Day), and she’s actually really bad at Scrabble (but surprisingly good at roller-skating).
Maureen McMahon is president and publisher of Kaplan Publishing, one of the nation’s leading publishers of academic and professional resources in print and digital formats. In addition to overseeing content production, delivery, and management for Kaplan Test Prep course and retail products, she oversees Kaplan Labs, an initiative that focuses on the potential for emerging technologies to improve learning outcomes; Kaplan Mobile; and EPUB 3 product development.
Prior to joining Kaplan in 2006, she was vice president and publisher of the Kaplan imprint at Simon & Schuster, and held several positions at Random House, including publisher of The Princeton Review, associate publisher of Villard Books, and director of national accounts.
CEO, strategist, and author Nilofer Merchant is a leading authority on creating business strategy to win markets. She honed her unique, collaborative approach to solving tough problems while working with and for companies like Adobe, Apple, Nokia and others.
As Rubicon’s founder and CEO, Nilofer leads a distinguished team of operational veterans. Her firm works with global corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Pinnacle, Logitech, Openwave, Symantec, among others, to create solutions to win markets.
Nilofer’s keynote presentations attract SRO crowds at business leadership events, technology expos, women’s conferences, and universities, ranging from AjaxWorld, CTIA, and PBWC, to Stanford. She’s won multiple awards for her insights on applying strategic thinking and innovation, and has been quoted or published in major business... Read More.
Fernando Mesa is a technology leader with 20+ years of experience in the IT industry. At MarkLogic Fernando is responsible for the creation, communication and implementation of the technical vision for the company in the Enterprise space. He also provides strategic guidance to Enterprise organizations of all sizes from small startups to fortune 500 organizations. He has expertise in the implementation of emerging technologies in large scale systems and is a frequent speaker at technology events and conferences.
Prior to joining MarkLogic, Fernando worked at United Health Group, where he served as Vice President of Enterprise Architecture. He has also held a variety of senior roles in Media and Healthcare corporations.
Kat Meyer is a long time veteran of the book publishing industry whose background includes both editorial and marketing experience working at a diverse array of regional and national trade and academic publishers, including: Harcourt Brace, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and the RGU Group.
Prior to joining O’Reilly as co-chair for the Tools of Change conference, Kat was Chief Content Wrangler of Next Chapter Communications, where she reveled in two of her favorite past times: all things bookish and all things social media!
Author and digital book producer. I write about and help companies create reader-friendly digital books. I specialize in the “reading experience” and content design. Author of “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books & the Reading Experience” and “Best iPad Apps” (both O’Reilly).
I co-founded one of the first multimedia textbook publishers (Digital Learning Interactive, sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning). I’ve also written extensively about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. Some of my favorite pieces include a profile of Norwegian programmers who used pigeons to transmit information between computers http://bit.ly/bXtkAi, the evangelism of Edward Tufte’s information design seminars http://bit.ly/cwPvvJ, and one... Read More.
I am Senior Collections Manager at JISC Collections, a UK procuement and licensing organistion working on behalf of UK universities and colleges. As senior collections manager, I am actively involved in licensing, project management and marketing. For over 2 years, I have been managing the JISC national e-books observatory project and other associated projects in the e-books area.
Paul Morris oversaw BOMB’s relaunch in 2007 as a CMS database-driven website, and handles the ongoing digitization of its entire 28-year-old archive. He has negotiated digital licensing opportunities with JSTOR, Gale, ProQuest, and other database clearinghouses. He has experience with digital facsimile editions, online fulfillment and e-commerce solutions, Amazon’s Kindle, models for generating online revenue streams, and success with Facebook and Twitter for driving subscriptions.
Abraham Murray is a product manager on Google’s Books team, working on multiple Books products, including Google Editions and Metadata. Prior to Books he worked on Google Maps where he launched the US Voter Info product to answer user questions around [where do I vote] for the 2009 elections.
Prior to joining Google, Abraham was co-founder and CTO of Web 2.0 start-up doodleboard inc., where he directed offshore development and worked on marketing, sales, and fundraising. Earlier, he was a product manager at BAE Systems, where he worked on unmanned aerial vehicles for the Department of Defense.
Abraham earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Rhode Island, where he graduated summa cum laude. He has a master’s degree in... Read More.
Brian Napack is the President of MacMillan US, a recognized publisher of books, digital content, educational media, and magazines. Macmillan’s brands include leading St. Martins Press; Farrar, Strauss & Giroux; Scientific American; Henry Holt; Bedford, W.H. Freeman and Worth.
Napack came to Holtzbrinck from leading strategy consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting, where was a Partner in its Media and Entertainment practice and the co-head of its Education and Publishing practice. As a consultant, he advised senior executives at leading media and telecommunications companies as they work to understand and exploit opportunities in the digital economy. He has served as a strategic advisor to large private equity investors on their investments in the media business and related sectors.
As an operating executive, Napack has built digital and... Read More.
Richard Nash ran Soft Skull Press, now an imprint of Counterpoint, from 2001 to 2007 and ran the imprint on behalf of Counterpoint until early 2009. He now consults for authors and publishers on how to reach readers and is developing a start-up called Cursor, a portfolio of niche social publishing communities.
Carrie O’Donnell, of O’Donnell & Associates, LLC has over 20 years of education and e-learning industry expertise. Her company develops and markets products and conducts market research. Since 1990, OD&A has helped dozens of companies launch winning strategies and create print, online and media-rich educational products.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. His original business plan was “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.
Denise Oswald is Editorial Director of Soft Skull Press, and a Senior Editor at Counterpoint. Prior to that, she was Senior Editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where she oversaw the Faber imprint for nearly a decade.
Brian O’Leary is founder and principal of Magellan Media, a management consulting firm that works with publishers seeking support in content operations, benchmarking and financial analysis.
O’Leary writes extensively about issues affecting the publishing industry. With Hugh McGuire, he is editing “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto”, a collection of forward-looking essays on publishing that is being published in three parts by O’Reilly Media.
O’Leary is also the author of a research report on the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales, as well as the editor and primary contributor for a study of the use of XML in book publishing. Both reports were published by O’Reilly Media in 2009.
Before becoming a consultant, O’Leary served as senior VP and associate publisher... Read More.
Dan Pacheco is the founder of Printcasting.com, a 2008 Knight News Challenge project that democratizes the print publishing process, and senior manager of digital products at The Bakersfield Californian. He specializes in social media, the idea that anyone can and should participate in media rather than simply consume it. Dan’s work at the Californian has lead to numerous awards, including the National Association of Newspaper’s “20 Under 40” award in 2005; an “Edgie” award for Bakotopia.com in 2006; a Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism for the Bakomatic Social Media Platform; and a grant for $837,000 to develop Printcasting, which was one of 16 winners of the 2008 Knight News Challenge.
William Patry is Senior Copyright Counsel at Google Inc. He previously served as copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, and as a Policy Planning Advisor to the U.S. Register of Copyrights. For 12 years, he was also in the private practice of law, litigating copyright cases in court and advising clients. He is the most prolific scholar on copyright in history, in any language, beginning with a 6,500 page treatise, Patry on Copyright. His most recent book is How to Fix Copyright (Oxford University Press, January 2012). He is an avid bass clarinetist.
Christine Perey has over 18 years experience working in emerging multimedia communications markets. In the early days, she was the publisher and editor of The QuickTime Forum (1991-1993) and the founder of The QuickTime Movie Festival. More recently, she has chaired workshops and spoken at industry events on the Future of Social Networks and Mobile Augmented Reality. Christine serves as an expert to the W3C Social Web Working Group. She is also the chair of the ISMAR Mobile Committee. She is co-founder of Mobile Monday Switzerland.
Over the past three years, Christine has studied and prepared analyses of the state of Mobile Augmented Reality for clients. She has also authored the Mobile Social Networking reports published by Informa Telecoms & Media. Her first... Read More.
Frances Pinter is the Publisher at Bloomsbury Academic, a new imprint recently launched by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, specialising in humanities and social sciences. She is experimenting with new open content business models. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. She has been a consultant to Creative Commons and ran an action research project for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) called PALM Africa looking at Publishing and Alternative Licensing Models.
She was Publishing Director for the Soros Foundation Network (Open Society Institute). She founded EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), pioneering the consortium approach to the dissemination of electronic journals through countrywide site licenses. She was the founder of Pinter Publishers that specialised in the social sciences, also owned... Read More.
Daniel Pitti is Associate Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia. Pitti is responsible for project design in general, and Extensible Markup Language (XML) and object-relational database design and development in particular. Before coming to IATH in 1997, Pitti was Librarian for Advanced Technologies Projects at the University of California at Berkeley Library. Since 1993, Pitti has been the chief technical architect of Encoded Archival Description (EAD), an international standard for encoding library and archival finding aids. He is also the chief technical architect of an emerging standard for representing description of individuals, families, and corporate bodies, Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) and serves on the SAA EAC Working Group. Pitti... Read More.
Skip Prichard is President & Chief Executive Officer of Ingram Content Group Inc. Ingram Content Group provides books, music and media content to over 35,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in over 200 countries. More than 21,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital solutions and programs to realize the full business potential of books. Under his leadership, Ingram Content Group has improved its financial position, expanded its international locations to continental Europe and Australia, strengthened its digital offerings and integrated its multiple companies and acquisitions into a unified service offering.
Mr. Prichard’s perspective as the leader of Ingram Content Group – the center hub between publishers, retailers and libraries – offers a unique view on the future of books and publishing. His... Read More.
Bob Pritchett is the President/CEO of Logos Bible Software, an electronic publisher of reference and scholarly works. Logos offers more than 10,000 titles from 130 publishers to half a million users worldwide. Bob is a 2005 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and the author of Fire Someone Today, And Other Surprising Tactics for Making Your Business a Success.
Dominique Raccah is the publisher of Sourcebooks, the company she founded in 1987 as a source of financial information for bankers, which turned out to be about as interesting as it sounds. From that small start, Raccah has directed a continuously growing entrepreneurial company that morphed into a general trade house which happily produces everything from New York Times bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in both baby names and college guides. Dominique is excited about creating the next generation book publishing company and currently serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group.
Michael Riordan is an Assistant Professor at RIT’s School of Print Media where he teaches coursework relating to the reproduction of content and accurate color between print and publishing production systems. He works closely with publishers, print service providers and creative agencies to help improve all aspects of production workflows and has worked with CGATS and others to create quality assurance mechanisms to support the same. In addition to actively providing training and consulting on related topics and being a regular presenter at industry events such as GraphExpo, Michael has written several papers on related topics and served as co-editor for the Pocket Pal: A Graphic Arts Production Handbook.
Mike Ruel is an experienced Product Manager and has been in the publishing industry for over 10 years. Mike spent several years with Pearson/Prentice Hall managing web and print products and has previously held positions with Advanstar Communications. At Bowker, Mike manages the MyIdentifiers.com portal and associated identifier assets.
Freelance writer and author based in Southern Vermont. I write about varied topics for publications such as Time, Miller-McCune, and Christian Science Monitor, and have just published a book, The Therapist’s New Clothes, a memoir about training as a psychotherapist, using the Espresso Book Machine. The blog for that is: http://litadventuresinpod.blogspot.com
Eric has more than 15 years of experience providing domestic and international copyright law and policy counseling; advising as expert witness, preparation of appellate briefs and providing general litigation strategy; counseling on Copyright Office practices; testifying before Congress and relevant federal agencies; counseling on new technological rights and management matters; advising on all manner of IP commercial transactions.
Lokesh Seth oversees the product management and engineering groups at Connotate. He is responsible for formulating and delivering on our product strategy.
Prior to joining Connotate, he was the CTO of ServiceWare, responsible for developing and driving the firm’s technology vision. He led the product and development teams and guided the company through a successful IPO. He also oversaw the identification of strategic M&A opportunities and completed a successful merger with Kanisa.
Mr. Seth was previously with Covansys where he led various project teams in advising Fortune 500 clients on their strategic technology plans and the building and implementation of IT solutions. Prior to that, he was the owner of a consulting firm that built custom applications for educational institutions.
He holds a... Read More.
Lisa Shannon is Associate Publisher for Pfeiffer: A Wiley Imprint.
Sameer Shariff is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for turning ideas into real businesses.
As the founder and CEO of Impelsys Inc., Sameer drives Impelsys’ business vision, strategy, value and growth. Impelsys is his second start up and he has grown the company into a leader in online content delivery for the global publishing market. Impelsys’ products and services help over 300 publishers with their online content delivery strategy. Customers include major publishers Reed Elsevier, McGraw Hill, Wolters Kluwer, Thomson, Springer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to smaller publishers Marshall Cavendish, Benchmark Education and Prufrock Press.
Sameer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his BS degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business. He has served as a... Read More.
New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler is the author of ANCESTOR, INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS, hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing.
Before he was published, Scott built a large online following by giving away his self-recorded audiobooks as free, serialized podcasts. His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over eight million individual episodes of his stories and interact daily with Scott and each other in the social media space.
Scott reinvented book publishing when he released EARTHCORE as the world’s first “podcast-only” novel. Released in twenty weekly episodes, EARTHCORE harkened back to the days of serialized radio fiction. His innovative use of technology puts him at the forefront of modern-day publishing and has garnered brand-name exposure among hundreds of... Read More.
Nicholas Smith has more than 20 years of experience in education and instructional technology. He currently serves as Vice President of Technology Product Development for Cengage Learning. Prior to its acquisition by Cengage Learning in 2007, Nicholas was president of Aplia Inc., a leading provider of online homework for use in institutions of higher education. Before joining Aplia in November 2001, Nicholas was responsible for managing the development and production of online learning materials for Pensare, Inc., a web-based professional training and development company. Prior to Pensare, he held a number of consulting and management positions at SRI Consulting. Nicholas also provided independent consulting services to the Oxford-Princeton-Stanford-Yale Alliance for Distance Learning. Nicholas also spent 10 years as an educator. He was instrumental in... Read More.
Rana Sobhany is not a marketer, at least not in the traditional sense. She is a brand storyteller who believes that polish is the key to success in creating a lasting and memorable brand. Specializing in developing customer acquisition strategies, brand positioning, and leveraging public relations as marketing, Rana applies her unique style and methodology of integrated marketing communications to promoting companies and ideas across political, nonprofit, mobile, entertainment, advertising and social channels.
As a co-founder of Medialets, the largest in-application analytics and advertising platform, Rana Sobhany has been deeply involved in the successful design, implementation, and execution of comprehensive iPhone application marketing campaigns for products across the industry, and was among the first to promote app marketing as a discrete practice. She has coached... Read More.
Sree is a journalism educator at Columbia University and a technology evangelist and skeptic (feel free to ask him how it’s possible to be both) who works to help journalists and consumers use technology in smarter ways (after eight years of doing tech reporting on TV, he’s now doing so at DNAinfo.com.
AT COLUMBIA: In January 2008, he was appointed to a newly created position at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Dean of Student Affairs, overseeing all aspects of student affairs for the school’s 400 students from 30+ countries and 35+ states: Admissions and Financial Aid, Student Services/Acitivites, Career Services. He had previous worked as Dean of Students from July 2005-December 2007.
In this, his 17th year of teaching, he continues... Read More.
Joshua Tallent has been an eBook developer since 2002. He is an acknowledged expert on the Kindle and ePub formats, and his book, Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide, has been praised as the most thorough explanation of the Kindle format available. Joshua founded eBook Architects, his eBook design and consulting business, in 2008, providing services to both publishers and authors, with a focus on complex projects and enhanced eBooks. He regularly teaches at conferences and workshops about building and designing eBooks, and he is a vocal advocate for beautiful, functional, accessible eBooks. Joshua resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two daughters. He can be found online at www.ebookarchitects.com and @jtallent or @ebookarchitects.
Dave Thomas is a programmer turned accidental publisher. Along with Andy Hunt and a team of amazing people, Dave helps create the stuff at Pragmatic Bookshelf.
Tien Tzuo, Founder and CEO
Tien Tzuo joined Zuora after 9 years at salesforce.com. Tien was one of the “original forces” at salesforce.com, which he joined in 1999 as the 11th employee, when the company was still operating out of a house on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. In his 9 years at salesforce.com, Tien built salesforce.com’s original billing system and held a variety of executive roles in salesforce.com’s technology, marketing, and strategy organizations, including building out the product management & marketing organization, serving as Chief Marketing Officer for two years, and most recently as Chief Strategy Officer.
Tien personally oversaw the vision, direction, and design of the first 17 releases of salesforce.com’s award winning product line, including overseeing the launch of salesforce.com and... Read More.
Malle Vallik is the Director of Digital Content & Social Media for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. Her current focus is on establishing Harlequin as a leader in digital publishing for women. Her responsibilities include ebooks and downloadable audio. Harlequin leads the publishing industry by publishing its entire frontlist as ebooks as well as offering original editorial in programs like Spice Briefs, Silhouette Nocture Bites and Harlequin Historical Undone, enriched editions and prequels to many NYT bestsellers. Malle also concentrates on building Harlequin’s strong relationship with its consumer via social media like Myspace, Twitter, videos, podcasts, blogs and eHarlequin.com’s flourishing community.
Previous positions include editorial, sales and public relations. Malle is also the author of seven romance novels published under the pseudonym Molly Liholm. She... Read More.
Angelina Ward has been in technology publishing for over a decade producing best-sellers and first-to-market topics. Currently, Angelina is Senior Acquisitions Editor for Syngress, a leader in Information Security publishing, concentrating in information and network security, digital forensics, and security management. She specializes in hiring authors, partnering with organizations for co-publications, negotiating electronic rights licensing, and creating print, online, and subscription products.
John W. Warren is Director of Marketing, Publications, at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research institute that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. John has nearly two decades of experience in the publishing industry, with special focus on marketing and digital publishing. Previously, John managed marketing efforts for Mexican publisher Fondo de Cultura Económica, Sage Publications, and Sylvan Learning, Inc., and has provided consulting services to firms seeking to expand business in Mexico and South America. He has presented at major publishing conferences in the United States and internationally. He has a Masters in International Management from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego. John is the winner of the Common... Read More.
As Vice President of Identifier Services at Bowker, Andy manages the development and implementation of business opportunities and digial product development for Bowker’s Identifier Services Business which includes the US ISBN Agency and ISTC Agency. Andy is a Board Member of the International ISBN Agency, International DOI Foundation and International ISTC Agency.
Sarah Wendell is co-author of Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels, and co-founder of Smart Bitches Trashy Books.com, one of the most popular blogs examining romance fiction. The web site specializes in reviewing romance novels, examining the history and future of the genre, and bemoaning the enormous prevalence of bodacious pectorals adorning male cover models.
Sarah has been seen on The Today Show, the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Steven and Chris Show, and on Too Many Books. She has been quoted in People Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Post, USA Today, New Jersey Monthly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Los Angeles Times Book Blog, Metro:New York, and Publishers Weekly.
Joseph Wicentowski joined the Office of the Historian in 2007 as a historian in the Policy Studies Division, after receiving his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, where he focused on the history of modern East Asia. He leads the technical development of the Office of the Historian’s new website (http://history.state.gov), as well as internal research tools and workflow management tools. He designed the new XML-based workflow for publishing the Foreign Relations of the United States series online (using the TEI schema) and created the office’s website using the eXist open source native XML database. He is actively engaged in the open government data, open source XML communities and continues to develop new content and new tools for historical research, teaching,... Read More.
Stephanie Hurter Williams joined the Office of the Historian in 2007 as a historian/ digital history initiatives project manager in the Policy Studies Division where she manages the redesign of the Office of the Historian website and facilitates digitization of The Foreign Relations of the United States. Williams earned a B.A. in history from West Chester University graduating with highest honors (2002). She completed her M.A. in the interdisciplinary subject of new media and history under the direction of Rosemarie Zagarri and Roy Rosenzweig at George Mason University (2003). She is completing her doctorate at George Mason University where she has focused on politics and the press in the Early American Republic (expected 2009). Her dissertation, entitled, “Pressing their Voices: The Emergence of the Press... Read More.
Adam Witwer oversees the Publishing Services division at O’Reilly Media. He manages print, ebook/digital development, video production, and manufacturing.
Adam managed the O’Reilly production department’s transition to an XML-based workflow. In the process, he became an expert in the challenges of publishing to multiple sources and formats from a single source. He now focuses on ebook development at O’Reilly and thinking about the next generation of books.
Marcus spent 12 years working as an archaeologist and photographer in the Middle East and South America before he began his career in the information world by microfilming historical documents for UMI/ProQuest. He then became Product Manager for K-12 at ProQuest and, and after four years in the K-12 space moved in to a role as Director of Publisher Relations, working primarily with journal and newspaper publishers.
After ten year with ProQuest he moved to Ingram Digital in 2007 where he was responsible for working with primarily academic and STM publishers that are moving in to the digital space. In this capacity he worked closely with the Coutts, MyiLibrary and Lightning Source teams to maximize the reach of content in the ever-changing digital... Read More.
James Yeh (b. 1982) is a founding editor of Gigantic, a new magazine of short prose and art. His fiction has appeared in PEN America and elimae, and is forthcoming in The New-York Ghost and the anthology 30 Under 30. His humor, nonfiction and interviews have appeared in Gigantic, The Morning News, Yankee Pot Roast and The Faster Times. He is at work on a novel-in-stories called I Love and Understand You and Would Be Perfect to You Now and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Geoffrey Young is the co-founder of StopWatch Media and developer of the iPhone application for the original graphic novel The Carrier. A programmer with a long history of involvement in open-source software, Geoff is frequent speaker at influential software conferences such as the O’Reilly Open Source Convention and ApacheCon, lead author of the well-received mod_perl Developer’s Cookbook, and an officer in the Apache Software Foundation.
Dru Zuretti has been with Copyright Clearance Center since December of 1997, and has served in a variety of customer facing roles, including management of the Customer Relations Group. In her current position, Dru travels extensively throughout the United States, and visits many college and university campuses, businesses, consortia and corporations, at their request. She also has been a presenter on copyright issues for a variety of national conferences including the National Association of College Stores (NACS) at ConTEXT and CAMEX, the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Conference, the Special Library Association (SLA) Annual Conference, Big Ten Printing and Copyright Conference, Print Image International, the Association of College and University Printers, Society of Technical Communication (STC), and Text & Academic Authors Association (TAA). Dru... Read More.
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