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Evan Williams

CEO of Medium and co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Twitter

Evan Williams is an American entrepreneur who has co-founded two of the biggest services on the Internet—Blogger, which he ran for four years before selling to Google in 2003, and Twitter, where he was CEO for two years and now serves on the board of directors. Most recently, he launched Medium, a new publishing platform where he serves as CEO.

Evan was raised on a farm in rural Nebraska and has been recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneurs of the Decade, one of the 100 most influential people in the world, according to TIME, and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

@ev


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Dan Price

founder and CEO, Gravity Payments

Dan Price captured headlines around the world after implementing a $70,000 minimum wage at his company, Gravity Payments. This move has sparked a national debate on the purpose of business and leadership responsibility. Price’s 40-year goal is to be a small speck of sand in the revolution where business ceases to be about profit and greed to one that is about values and serving others. Today, more than 13,000 businesses across the country trust Gravity Payments to save them millions in fees and hours in frustration by making it easy to accept credit card payments.
Facebook: facebook.com/danpriceseattle
Twitter: @DanPriceSeattle
Instagram: @DanPriceSeattle


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Stewart Butterfield

co-founder and CEO, Slack

2Slack is the platform for team communication, which hundreds of thousands of professionals rely upon every day. Slack’s customers range from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to US Department of State and from Buzzfeed to Deloitte, among many others. Prior to Slack, Stewart co-founded and led Flickr from its inception in late 2003 through its 2005 acquisition by Yahoo! and until 2008 by which point it was one of the largest web services in the world with over 50 million users and billions of photos. In nearly two decades working on the web, Stewart has had a distinguished career as a designer, entrepreneur, and technologist.

@stewart


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Sandy Lerner

co-founder, Cisco Systems; founder, Urban Decay Cosmetics; and founder, Ayrshire Farm, Home Farm Store and Hunter’s Head Tavern

A trailblazer and true Renaissance woman, Sandy Lerner is a global revolutionary who has made an impact in diverse industries, from technology (Cisco Systems) and cosmetics (Urban Decay), to the preservation of English literature and heritage breeds of livestock. With an astute pioneering instinct for innovative and successful business models, she has shifted her focus to the development of Certified Organic, Certified Humane, sustainable and profitable farming practices at Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, Virginia.  Lerner is dedicated to informing and teaching the public about the necessity of support for family farms, rural communities, and the desperate state of the American Agriculture system.

@AyrshireFarm


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Chris Sacca

founder, Lowercase Capital 

One of the youngest self-made billionaires in the U.S., Chris Sacca is founder and chairman of Lowercase Capital, reported to be the most successful venture fund in history. A former Google executive, Sacca is now known for his investments in companies like Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter. The Wall Street Journal once cited him as “possibly the most influential businessman in America.” In parallel, Sacca is an active supporter of charity:water, bringing clean water to the world’s poorest.
@sacca


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Gadi Amit

founder and principal designer, NewDealDesign; designer of the Fitbit

Gadi Amit is a San Francisco-based designer behind some of today’s most innovative technology devices. He is the founder, creative leader, and president of NewDealDesign, a 2013 National Design Award winner.

@NewDealDesign


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Kevin Gibbon

co-founder and CEO, Shyp

Kevin Gibbon started Shyp in 2013 to make shipping items anywhere in the world as easy as two taps on a smartphone. An engineer by training, Gibbon previously founded Shoparound, an iPhone application that garnered a Top 100 ranking. Before Shoparound, he led the Boeing’s engineering team, where he was responsible for creating the organization’s first iPad application approved for cockpit use. Under Gibbon’s leadership, Shyp has raised more than $60 million in venture capital from venerated investors including Kleiner Perkins and SherpaVentures, and gathered prestigious accolades like being named one CNN Money’s “Upstart 30,” which highlights 30 innovative companies that are changing the world.

@kevingibbon


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Jody Greenstone Miller

co-founder and CEO, Business Talent Group (BTG)

Jody Greenstone Miller is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Business Talent Group (BTG), the leading global marketplace for top independent consultants and executives interested in project-based work. BTG was recently named to Inc. Magazine’s prestigious list of the 5000 fastest-growing companies in America. Ms. Miller has served in senior roles in business, government, media, law, and the non-profit world. Prior to founding BTG from 2000 to 2007, Ms. Miller was a venture partner focusing on media and education with Maveron, the Seattle-based venture capital firm. She was previously executive vice president and later acting president and COO of Americast, the digital television and interactive services partnership of The Walt Disney Company and regional telephone companies. Ms. Miller also served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton, where she was Deputy to David Gergen, Counselor to the President.


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Jens Christensen

founder and CEO, Jaunt

Jens was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Redpoint Ventures prior to Jaunt. Before that he was a founder and CEO of Ellerdale, an AI startup focused on real­-time semantic analysis. Ellerdale assembled a world-­class technical team and was one of the first companies to process the full Twitter stream, enabling it to identify and organize trending topics in real-­time. Flipboard, the worlds’ first social magazine, acquired Ellerdale in 2010. Jens was also a founder of WebSwap, a pioneering barter site.

Earlier, he was a founder and CEO of PostModern, a software company that developed the first Java ORB. It merged with Visigenic, a private enterprise software company, where he continued on as CTO and board member through its IPO and subsequent acquisition by Borland. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and a B.A. in Computer Science from Columbia University.

@jensbch


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Randy Komisar

partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; and author of The Monk and the Riddle and I F**king Love that Company

Randy Komisar joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005 and focuses on the firm’s digital and sustainability practices. Earlier in his career, Komisar co-founded Claris and served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics. Komisar also served as CFO of GO Corporation and as senior counsel for Apple Computer. Komisar is a founding director of TiVo and serves on the global advisory board for the Institute for Energy Efficiency at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a lecturer on entrepreneurship at Stanford University.

@kpcb


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Damien Patton

founder and CEO, Banjo

Banjo is Damien Patton’s fourth entrepreneurial venture. He also served in Desert Storm, worked as Chief Mechanic for a top NASCAR team, and worked as a crime scene investigator while simultaneously working full-time as chief operating officer for a technology company. Patton speaks frequently on subjects ranging from social, mobile and location-based technology to agile development and user privacy. He served as a mentor for the Harvard Innovation Lab and the Silicon Valley Immersion Experience Program (IXP).

@webbizceo                      @banjo


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Jahangir Mohammed

founder and CEO, Jasper

Jahangir Mohammed pioneered the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) Service Platform. Over the past decade, he has grown Jasper into a global leader, driven by one key insight: the Internet of Things is not about things, it’s about service. Today more than 2000 companies worldwide utilize the Jasper IoT Platform to launch, manage and monetize their IoT service businesses, on a global scale.

@Jasper_IoT


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Eric Schurenberg

president and editor in chief, Inc.

In three years at Inc., Eric Schurenberg has presided over the magazine’s 24 percent increase in ad pages, numerous journalism awards and a 2014 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Prior to Inc., his resume includes leadership roles at Money, Fortune, Business 2.0, the CBS Interactive websites Bnet.com and MoneyWatch.com, and the Goldman Sachs Group’s personal wealth management website, Goldman.com.  In addition to hosting Inc. live events, he is an occasional contributor to CNBC, MSNBC, and The Today Show.

@EricSchurenberg


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