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John Perry Barlow John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Since May of 1998, he has been a Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

He was born in Sublette County, Wyoming in 1947, was educated there in a one room schoolhouse, and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with an honors degree in comparative religion in 1969.

In 1971, he began operating the Bar Cross Land and Livestock Company, a large cow-calf operation in Cora, Wyoming where he grew up. He continued to do so until he sold it in 1988.

He co-wrote songs with the Grateful Dead from 1971 until their demise in 1995.

In 1990, he and Mitchell Kapor founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization which promotes freedom of expression in digital media. He currently serves as its Vice Chairman.

In 1990, he first applied William Gibson's science fiction term Cyberspace to the already-existing global electronic social space now generally referred to by that name. Until his naming it, it had not been considered any sort of place.

He speaks, consults, writes for a living. He has written for a wild diversity of publications, ranging from Communications of the ACM to The New York Times to Nerve. He was on the masthead of Wired for many years. His piece for Wired on the future of copyright, The Economy of Ideas, is now taught in many law schools. His manifesto, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace has been widely distributed on the Net and can be found on more than 20,000 sites. Partly as a consequence of that, he was called "the Thomas Jefferson of Cyberspace" by Yahoo Internet Life Magazine.

He is a recognized commentator on information economics, digitized intellectual goods, cyber liberties, virtual community, electronic cash, cryptography policy, privacy, and the social, cultural, and legal conditions forming in Cyberspace. He also works as a consultant on such matters with the Vanguard Group, DiamondCluster Exchange, and the Global Business Network. He is also a member of the External Advisory Council of the National Computational Science Alliance.

In recent years, he has devoted much of his time and energy helping to "wire" the Southern Hemisphere to the North and has traveled extensively in Africa. His Wired piece, "Africa Rising" describes the first of these journeys. More recently, he has been working with Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, in an effort to get all of Brazil's music online.

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Mark Bregman Mark Bregman

Mark Bregman is executive vice president and chief technology officer at Symantec, responsible for the Symantec Research Labs, Symantec Security Response and shared technologies, emerging technologies, architecture and standards, localization and secure coding, and developing the technology strategy for the company. Bregman guides Symantec’s investments in advanced research and is responsible for the company’s development centers in India and China.

Additionally, Bregman leads the field technical enablement team, which works closely with the technical sales team to ensure they are prepared to assist customers in managing the impact of changing and emerging technical requirements.

Bregman joined Symantec through the company’s merger with Veritas Software, where he served as Chief Technology Officer, responsible for cross-product integration, advanced product development, merger and acquisition strategy, and the company’s engineering development centers in India and China.
Prior to joining Veritas, Bregman was CEO of Airmedia, a wireless Internet firm.

Previously, Bregman spent 16 years at IBM where he led the RS/6000 and Pervasive Computing divisions and held senior management positions in IBM Research and IBM Japan. He was also technical assistant to IBM CEO Lou Gerstner.

Bregman holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard College and a master’s degree and doctorate in physics from Columbia University. He is a member of the Visiting Committee to the Harvard University Libraries, a member of the American Physical Society, and a senior member of IEEE. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ShoreTel and the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium.

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Gary Bridge Gary Bridge

Gary Bridge is senior vice president of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). IBSG works with many of the world's leading companies and governments to help them become more effective through changed business processes and intelligent technology deployment.

Bridge brings solid industry knowledge and broad experience to the organization. Prior to joining Cisco, he was corporate vice president of IBM's Worldwide Marketing Management and Market Intelligence. He was instrumental in the development of IBM's e-business strategy and was responsible for marketing management, brand strategy, and worldwide customer information. Prior to IBM, he led his own strategy consulting firm for 10 years, serving multinational clients in the IT industry, finance, and publishing industries.

A former professor at Columbia University, Bridge has been associated with a number of prestigious think tanks, including the RAND Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Secretary of Defense).

Bridge graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree and doctorate in psychology.

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Vijay Dhir Vijay K. Dhir

Vijay K. Dhir, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was named Dean of UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science in March 2003.

Born in India, Dhir received his Bachelor of Science degree from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh, India, in 1965 and his Master of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, in 1968. He came to the United States in 1969 to continue his studies in mechanical engineering, receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1972. Dhir joined the faculty at UCLA in 1974.

In the late 1960s he worked for a short period in industry as an engineer, and for the past 30 years he has been a consultant for numerous organizations, including GE Corp., Rockwell International, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Los Alamos and Brookhaven National Labs.

Dhir served as vice chair of the UCLA Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from 1988 to 1991, and was chair of that department from 1994 to 2000. From July 2001 to February 2002, he served as the school's associate dean for academic and faculty issues and as Interim Dean from February 2002 to March 2003.

He has worked to make UCLA Engineering a hub for interdisciplinary research. In recent years, the School has won seven competitive research centers from the federal government and private industry that will bring more than $100 million dollars to Southern California to spur research and development on emerging technologies.

In 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering – among the highest honors awarded to engineers – for his work in boiling heat transfer and nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and safety. Dhir received the 2004 Max Jakob Memorial Award, the first person from UCLA to receive the award since L. M. K. Boelter, the founding dean of the School. He is a fellow of ASME and the American Nuclear Society. In 2004, he was selected as an inductee into the University of Kentucky’s Engineering Hall of Distinction. He has also received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Memorial Award in the Science category and the Donald Q. Kern award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Dhir has been the senior technical editor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Journal of Heat Transfer since 2000. Prior to being named senior technical editor, he also served as the Journal's associate editor. He is also a former assistant editor of Applied Mechanics Review. He is on the advisory boards of several other journals.

He also leads the boiling heat transfer lab, which has conducted pioneering work in fundamental and applied sciences involving boiling, an efficient process of heat removal. Currently the lab is involved in the study of flow boiling, micro-gravity boiling, and nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics. Since 1999 a team of researchers led by Dhir has been taking part in a NASA research program to examine the effects of boiling in space. He has also partnered with UCLA electrical engineering professor Elliott Brown on an innovative method of removing high heat fluxes from power amplifier chips. Thirty PhD students and forty MS students have graduated under Dhir's supervision. He is author or co-author of more than 250 papers published in archival journals and proceedings of conferences.

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Chris Dominguez

A veteran of the digital media industry, Chris is currently the CEO of GetBack Media, a venture backed digital media start-up based in Los Angeles CA.

GetBack Media is a broadband entertainment community, and pop-culture marketplace that reaches millions of unique users per month. GetBack is geared around media from years past with a strong editorial treatment to guide users through a rich and deep media archive experience. GetBack creates a “feel good” environment from content, interactivity, community, and commerce connected to happy memories.

Prior to joining Getback Media, Chris was Senior Vice President of Business Development at MTV Networks Entertainment Group specializing in digital video initiatives (IFILM). Chris was a member of the senior management team at IFILM Corporation that completed the $ 49M acquisition by Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) in October of 2005.

Earlier, Chris was co-founder, President of Stockpoint, Inc. an ASP financial technology company from 1995-2001. Chris completed an M&A transaction with ScreamingMedia (NASDAQ: SCRM), and subsequently served as Executive Vice President at ScreamingMedia through May 2002. Prior to Stockpoint, he worked in the publishing business and held positions at Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Daily Telegraph and Research Magazine.

Chris was a pioneer in developing online financial content and application functionality for the financial services community, and was at the forefront of the digital video revolution creating ways to apply business models to web and mobile based video applications.

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Regina Dugan Regina E. Dugan

Appointed by Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, and announced by the Director, Defense Research and Engineering, Zachary Lemnios, Dr. Regina E. Dugan was sworn in as the 19th director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on July 20, 2009.

Founded in 1958 as a response to the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, DARPA’s mission is to prevent strategic surprise for the United States as well as create strategic surprise for our adversaries. From its founding more than 50 years ago to current day, this mission implies one imperative for the Agency: radical innovation for national security. Today DARPA is the principal agency within the Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff projects for the current and future combat force.

Experienced in counterterrorism and defense against explosive threats, Dr. Dugan first served the Nation as a DARPA program manager from 1996 to 2000. During this first tour with the Agency, she directed a diverse $100 million portfolio of programs including the “Dog’s Nose” program, an effort focused on the development of an advanced, field-portable system for detecting the explosive content of land mines. In 1999, Dr. Dugan was named DARPA Program Manager of the Year for her efforts, and in 2000 she was awarded the prestigious Bronze deFleury medal by the Army Engineer Regiment. She is also the recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Service and the Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Dr. Dugan’s contributions to the United States military are numerous. She led a counterterrorism task force for the Deputy Secretary of Defense in 1999 and, from 2001 to 2003, she served as a special advisor to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, completing a Quick Reaction Study on Countermine for Enduring Freedom. The results of this study were subsequently briefed to joint senior military leadership and successfully implemented in the field.

Prior to her appointment as director of DARPA, Dr. Dugan co-founded Dugan Ventures, a niche investment firm, where she served as President and CEO. In 2005, Dugan Ventures founded RedXDefense, LLC, a privately held company devoted to innovating solutions for combating explosive threats, where she also served as President and CEO. From private industry, Dr. Dugan brings a wealth of management, finance, product development, and marketing experience to the Agency.

Widely recognized for her leadership in technology development and as an experienced public speaker, Dr. Dugan has appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, and The AAAS Science Report. Her projects have been the subject of articles in The New York Times Science Times, The New York Times Circuits, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Chemical and Engineering News and Science News. Additionally, Dr. Dugan previously participated in wide-ranging studies for the Defense Science Board, Army Science Board, National Research Council, and the Science Foundation, and sat on the Naval Research Advisory Committee and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Technology Panel.

Dr. Dugan obtained her doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Tech. She is the sole inventor or co-inventor on multiple patents and patents pending. Dr. Dugan is the co-author of Engineering Thermodynamics, 1996. She is the first female director of DARPA.

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Thomas Gewecke Thomas Gewecke

Thomas Gewecke was named President, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution in December 2007. In this position, Gewecke works to extend Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group’s digital strategy and reach across current and emerging platforms. Charged with global responsibility for the strategic growth initiatives around all of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group’s assets, Gewecke guides development and execution of activities in the wireless, online, transactional video-on-demand/pay-per-view and electronic-sell-through sectors. He is also responsible for identifying strategic partnerships and next generation distribution channels to open new revenue streams.

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution is part of the studio’s Home Entertainment Group, which brings together all of its businesses involved in the digital delivery of entertainment content to consumers, including home video, online, wireless and games, and is focused on protecting and maximizing the value of the studio’s content, while fully harnessing the benefits of emerging technologies.

Gewecke joined Warner Bros. Digital Distribution from Sony BMG Music Entertainment, where as Executive Vice President, Global Digital Business, he was responsible for worldwide digital business development efforts and oversaw the creation of new digital ventures. In addition, Gewecke oversaw the company’s online advertising, digital long-form video and direct-to-consumer commerce businesses, and led its expansion into the US off-deck mobile market.

Prior to Sony BMG, Gewecke was Senior Vice President of Business Development in the Digital Services Group for Sony Music Entertainment, Inc, where he founded and led its mobile business, building a dominant market position for the company, launching the industry’s first U.S. master ringtone offering in mid-2003 and becoming the only record label to create and operate a major U.S. on-deck direct-to-consumer mobile storefront. Gewecke also supervised Sony Music’s interest in certain digital media investments.

Gewecke also held the position of Publisher of the PC World Online Network at International Data Group.  During his tenure with the company, he built IDG’s largest online publishing division and oversaw the launch of multiple Internet properties. He also played a major role in the development of IDG’s overall digital strategy.

Gewecke graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1991.

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Josh Green Josh Green

Josh Green joined MDV's investing team with a focus on Cleantech companies. Cleantech spans multiple, independent value chains ranging from solar to biofuels to clean coal. Green applies his experience in a broad range of industries including semiconductors, biotechnology and networking to help Cleantech entrepreneurs define their markets and products.

Green has more than 25 years of experience working with companies from startup phase to large public company, and has helped many management teams focus their energy on building value for the enterprise and its stakeholders. Throughout his career he has guided entrepreneurs and helped to build some of the most successful emerging growth companies in Silicon Valley including the Internet (Yahoo!), biotechnology (Geron), medical devices (Target Therapeutics), telecommunication/networking (Cerent) and semiconductors (Xilinx).

He has completed initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital transactions that rank among the largest and most successful in Silicon Valley history. Together, these transactions total more than $10 billion dollars. His work was recognized when he was named to the Forbes Midas List.

Green has a track record of growing and developing teams and organizations. He was instrumental in expanding Venture Law Group to over 110 lawyers and assisting in the successful merger with Heller Ehrman in 2003. Previously, he practiced law at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, and developed the Palo Alto office from six to well over 100 lawyers.

Green graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1977 and the UCLA School of Law in 1980 where he was on the Law Review.

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Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington

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.

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.
Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

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Kevin Kimberlin Kevin Kimberlin

Kevin Kimberlin is Chairman of Spencer Trask & Co., a leading private equity firm based in Greenwich, CT. Mr. Kimberlin has a history of recognizing technological breakthroughs in their early stages. Noted by the business media as one of a few “celestial angel investors,” he has distinguished himself by backing obsessive missionaries including Dr. Jonas Salk, Dr. Walter Gilbert, Dr. John Wennberg and David Huber among others.

Spencer Trask & Co. finances world-changing ideas and bold entrepreneurs who commit to changing the world. One of Mr. Kimberlin’s earliest achievements was co-founding Ciena with David Huber. Their Wave Division Multiplexing technology made accessible the latent 99.99% capacity of the Internet’s fiber-optic backbone.

Mr. Kimberlin’s experiences have given him a deep appreciation for the talent, organizational evolution and market dynamics required to transform society with technology. As a result of his focus on innovation and collaboration, he continues to pioneer some of the most adventurous technology revolutions of our lifetimes.

In addition to technology, Kevin Kimberlin is passionate about music and the arts. He performs as lead singer and rock guitarist in a local band and is a board member of Yaddo, the renowned artists’ retreat founded by Spencer Trask in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Leonard Kleinrock Leonard Kleinrock

Professor Leonard Kleinrock is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. Known as a "Father of the Internet", he developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, while a graduate student at MIT. This was in the period 1960-1962, nearly a decade before the birth of the Internet which occurred in his laboratory when his Host computer at UCLA became the first node of the Internet in September 1969. He wrote the first paper and published the first book on the subject; he also directed the transmission of the first message ever to pass over the Internet. He was listed by the Los Angeles Times in 1999 as among the "50 People Who Most Influenced Business This Century". He was also listed as among the 33 most influential living Americans in the December 2006 Atlantic Monthly. Kleinrock's work was further recognized when he received the 2007 National Medal of Science, the highest honor for achievement in science bestowed by the President of the United States. This Medal was awarded "for fundamental contributions to the mathematical theory of modern data networks, for the functional specification of packet switching which is the foundation of the Internet Technology, for mentoring generations of students and for leading the commercialization of technologies that have transformed the world."

Leonard Kleinrock received his PhD from MIT in 1963. He has served as a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles since then, serving as Chairman of the department from 1991-1995. He received his BEE degree from CCNY in 1957, and his MS degree from MIT in 1959. He is also the recipient of a number of Honorary Doctorates across the world. He was the first President and Co-founder of Linkabit Corporation, the co-founder of Nomadix, Inc., and Founder and Chairman of TTI/Vanguard, an advanced technology forum organization. He has published over 250 papers and authored six books on a wide array of subjects, including packet switching networks, packet radio networks, local area networks, broadband networks, gigabit networks, nomadic computing, performance evaluation, and peer-to-peer networks. During his tenure at UCLA, Kleinrock has supervised the research for 47 PhD students and numerous MS students. These former students now form a core group of the world's most advanced networking experts.

Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an IEEE fellow, an ACM fellow, an INFORMS fellow, an IEC fellow, a Guggenheim fellow, and a founding member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the L.M. Ericsson Prize, the NAE Charles Stark Draper Prize, the Marconi International Fellowship Award, the Okawa Prize, the IEEE Internet Millennium Award, the ORSA Lanchester Prize, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the NEC Computer and Communications Award, the Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award, the CCNY Townsend Harris Medal, the CCNY Electrical Engineering Award, the UCLA Outstanding Faculty Member Award, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, the UCLA Faculty Research Lecturer, the INFORMS President's Award, the ICC Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award, and the IEEE Harry M. Goode Award.

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Sam Lessin Sam Lessin

Sam Lessin is the co-founder and chief executive officer of drop.io. Prior to drop.io he worked at Bain & Company. He graduated magna cum laude and PBK from Harvard college.

He currently resides in New York City.

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Sol Lipman

After graduating a proud UCSC Banana Slug in 1995, Sol helped start Imagesmith, a very early web development firm whose clients included Disney, E*Trade, HP, the Go Network and Netscape. After Imagesmith he co-founded thedigs network which is credited as being one of the first social networks. thedigs was acquired by i-drive where Sol acted as Senior Product Manager.

During a fun, but brief stint in non-profit, Sol got his MBA at the University of Washington in Seattle and started Sticky Inc, which built stickydrive - a personalized environment for USB flash drives. Sticky was aquired by DeviceVM in 2007 and Sol took the role of Product Evangelist.

Sol is currently a co-founder of 12seconds, a pioneering company in the social video space. With a unique focus on laying video atop the social graph, 12seconds has been able to succeed by creating revenue-generating applications with little funding.

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Isaac Mao Isaac Mao

Isaac Mao is a philosopher on Sharism. He is a social entrepreneur, blogger, software architect and researcher in learning and social technology and divides his time between research, social works, business and technology. Mao is managing director of the Social Brain Foundation, advisor to Global Voices Online and sits on the board of the Tor Project and several web 2.0 and new media businesses.

As one of the earliest bloggers in the Chinese community, Mao is the co-founder of CNBlog.org, which is the earliest evangelizing site in China on grassroots publishing, and is the co-chair of the Chinese Blogger Conference (2005 in Shanghai, 2006 in Hangzhou, 2007 in Beijing, 2008 in Guangzhou). The CNBlog program transformed itself into the Social Brain Foundation (SBF) to umbrella social media and free culture in China, covering the areas of free access, free speech and free thinking.

Mao is now studying how to apply social doctrines and technologies to totally eclipse global censorship clouds. At the same time, he pays additional attention to how social software can really improve the collective intelligences to help evolve the whole society into a social brain.

He is regular speaker/keynote at the Web 2.0 Summit, World Economy Forum, Wikimania, Chinese Internet Conference, Ci'Num, PICNIC and other global internet cultural events. As a trained software engineer, he has a long history of developing both business and consumer software. He worked as a Chief Architect on the Intel HomeCD project and Tangram BackSchool suite. He applied many HCI methodologies into software design processes and greatly improved the usability of software. He organized the first Social Software Forum in China.

Mao has made waves in the technology and business world especially with his open letter to Google founders, challenging the search engine giant to support anti-censorship efforts and change its strategy towards China. He has been outspoken against censorship in China and was winner of the Index on Censorship Journalism Award.

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Mike Morhaime Mike Morhaime

As president and CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., Mike Morhaime is dedicated to maintaining the high standard of quality that has propelled Blizzard to the pinnacle of the gaming industry and positioned the company as an internationally recognized leader in interactive entertainment.

In February 1991, Morhaime co-founded Blizzard with Allen Adham and Frank Pearce. Under Morhaime’s direction -- first as a company vice president and then as president since spring 1998 -- Blizzard has grown from a third-party development studio into a premier publisher of entertainment software, with a track record that includes ten #1-selling games and numerous Game of the Year awards. Over much of the past decade, Morhaime has also overseen Blizzard’s transformation into a global enterprise. The company now has multiple offices in North America, Asia, and Europe, and more than 2,500 employees worldwide.

Beyond his leadership responsibilities, Morhaime has had a direct hand in the development of each of Blizzard’s blockbuster franchises. He worked as a programmer and/or producer on every game in the critically acclaimed WarcraftÒ, Diablo, and StarCraft series, as well as on the company’s online gaming service, Battle.net, and served as executive producer on the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online game, World of Warcraft®.

Morhaime holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from UCLA.

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Nicholas Negroponte Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte is founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit association. He is currently on leave from MIT, where he was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. Conceived in 1980, the Media Laboratory opened its doors in 1985.

He is also author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, Negroponte serves on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.

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Frank Pearce Frank Pearce

As Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.’s senior vice president of product development, Frank Pearce oversees the development of all Blizzard PC titles. He directed the entire development process of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne?, which included the work of the art, programming, and production teams.

Pearce also takes an active role in the development of World of Warcraft as the current executive producer, overseeing overall development and ensuring that ongoing work on World of Warcraft continues with the same direction and quality that marks all Blizzard games. The development of World of Warcraft’s first expansion pack, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, is also being overseen by Pearce as the executive producer, directing the art, programming, and production teams that work on the growth of the Warcraft universe.

In February 1991, Pearce co-founded Blizzard with Allen Adham and Mike Morhaime. Pearce has been deeply involved in Blizzard games since the beginning, working on Amiga ports of various licensed titles, The Lost Vikings, Blackthorne (SNES), Justice League Task Force (SNES), Lost Vikings II (SNES), Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Diablo, StarCraft, and StarCraft: Brood War.

Pearce holds a bachelor’s in computer science and engineering from UCLA.

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Shiva Shivakumar Shiva Shivakumar

Vice President and Distinguished Entrepreneur As Vice President and Distinguished Entrepreneur, Shiva Shivakumar specializes in spinning up new technologies and businesses. Since joining Google in 2001, Shivakumar and his teams have launched a variety of products in core ads and search, including AdSense, Google Search Appliances, Sitemaps and Webmaster Tools. Shivakumar played a key role in building Google's engineering centers including Kirkland/Seattle, Bangalore and Zurich. Prior to joining Google, he co-founded Gigabeat.com, an online music company later acquired by Napster.

Shivakumar received a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in computer science and engineering from UCLA. He completed a Masters and PhD in computer science from Stanford University, where he received the 1999 Arthur Samuel Dissertation Award. Shivakumar is the author of numerous research papers and U.S. patents, and serves on program committees for major conferences on databases, data mining and information retrieval.

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John Taylor John Taylor

Born in Birmingham, England, John Taylor was lucky enough to not only discover he had a knack for music, but to make friends with a next door neighbor who shared his drive and passion. Partnering up with keyboardist Nick Rhodes proved to be a fortuitous decision, as the two boys would form a band together that would eventually become Duran Duran. 
Inspired by bass player Bernard Edwards (Chic), John added funk to the band’s early sound, a hallmark that remains today. With an eye for art, Taylor was very involved in the band’s image, helping to design early album covers and logos, and was instrumental in Duran Duran’s styling.  While still a teen, he was signed to EMI Records, and it’s fair to say he has never looked back. The band’s eponymous debut album came out in June, 1981, spawning the hits “Planet Earth,” “Careless Memories” and “Girls of Film.” While the band were embraced on one side of the pond, it took the release of 1982’s RIO for the rest of the universe to take note. With stunning videos for “Rio,” “Hungry like the Wolf” and “Save a Prayer,”  and near obsessive radio play, Duran Duran had arrived. World tours, #1 singles, Grammy Awards, a Bond theme, Platinum records and many accolades followed. 
During a Duran Duran hiatus,  John formed The Powerstation with band mate Andy Taylor, singer Robert Palmer and drummer Tony Thompson. The group had two top ten singles, a tour and a performance at Live Aid (with John being one of the few artists to appear twice that day, with Duran Duran performing as well). Around this time, John also released his first solo single, “I Do What I Do,” the theme song from the film 91/2 WEEKS.
Getting back to Duran Duran in 1986, Taylor carried on with the now streamlined band comprised of singer Simon Le Bon and Rhodes after guitarist Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor left. Duran Duran had another top ten hit on their hands with the release of the album NOTORIOUS, and continued to put out records throughout the 80s and early 90s to great success. 1993 brought THE WEDDING ALBUM, with the ubiquitous hits “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone,” introducing Duran Duran to a whole new set of fans a full decade after they started.  

While busy with the band, John never left his love of art far behind.  Taylor has appeared in many films, most notably Alison Anders’ SUGARTOWN, and has guest starred on various television programs. He has extended his design skills to clothing for Juicy Couture for Men and a collaboration with Peavey Guitars and Juicy to create a 4 string bass and a six string guitar.  He composed the music for the movie MI VIDA LOCA  and was part of the super group Neurotic Outsiders along with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses. 

Taylor, who stepped away from his duties with Duran Duran in 1997, was a veritable pioneer who began selling music via the web before practically anyone else. As a solo artist, he has released FEELINGS ARE GOOD AND OTHER LIES, AUTODIDACT, DREAM HOME HEARTACHES (a Roxy Music tribute album),   MELTDOWN, THE JAPAN ALBUM (JOHN TAYLOR),  TECHNO FOR TWO and RETREAT IN TO ART. John created TRUST THE PROCESS, a website that not only sold his music, but was extraordinarily interactive with his fan base, posting prose, photos and thought provoking essays. 

Returning to Duran Duran in 2001 with both Roger and Andy, Taylor’s signature sound can be heard on the band’s latest releases, ASTRONAUT (2004) and RED CARPET MASSACRE (2007). He brought his intuitive understanding for the web back to the band, where he is an integral part of all the content on the band’s various sites. He is still extremely interactive, known for his thoughtful answers to fan generated questions and his blogging, which is one of the most anticipated portions of DD.com.

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John Vig John R. Vig

John Vig is President and CEO of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) worldwide. IEEE is the world's largest scientific, educational and professional society with over 370,000 members in more than 160 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics.

John Vig received the B.S. degree from CCNY, in 1964; and the Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers - The State University, in 1969.  He joined the Electronic Components Laboratory at Fort Monmouth, NJ, USA, in 1969. Throughout his professional career, working as an electronics engineer and program manager, he performed and led research aimed at developing precision clocks, sensors and low-noise oscillators.  In 1988, he was elected Fellow of the IEEE "for contributions to the technology of quartz crystals for precision frequency control and timing."  He retired in 2006 and is now working as a consultant.

He has been awarded 55 patents, and has published more than 100 papers and nine book chapters.  He serves as a volunteer in his home town - as an Environmental Commissioner and trustee of the Friends of the Library.  In his spare time, he and his wife of 45 years enjoy ballroom dancing.

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Scott Waugh Scott Waugh

Scott L. Waugh is executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He assumed the position effective Dec. 1, 2008, after serving as acting executive vice chancellor and provost since January 2007. Prior to that, Waugh spent 14 years as dean of the Division of Social Sciences.

Waugh first came to UCLA as a student. He graduated summa cum laude in 1970, with a bachelor's degree in history and five years later, received a Ph.D. in English History from the University of London.

In 1975, he began teaching in the UCLA Department of History, where he served as department chair in 1991-92. In 1986, he received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award and the Harvey L. Eby Award for the Art of Teaching. He has served as visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, California Institute of Technology and California State University, Long Beach.

Since 1992, Waugh has led the Division of Social Sciences, UCLA's largest academic division, encompassing 15 departments and programs, many of them nationally ranked, and 12 research centers and institutes.

His many honors and fellowships include two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the UC President's Fellowship in the Humanities and a UCLA Faculty Development Award. He has written two books and co-edited a third and has published a number of articles in scholarly journals.

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