We’re thrilled to announce that two distinguished tech journalists and two top VCs will both curate and moderate panels for our upcoming conference.
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
A great conference doesn’t just require great panelists; it also needs great questions. Having top investors, hugely successful entrepreneurs and tech decision makers on stage willing to share their experience and insights is a great place to start, but to get the most out of our impressive lineup of speakers, we also believe it's important to get the right folks asking them probing questions and shepherding along the discussion.
That’s why we’re so excited to announce that the following four tech insiders will be not only curating panels at our upcoming conference in San Francisco on February 13-14, but also leading the conversations on stage. Who are they? Distinguished tech journalists Josh Constine and Christina Farr, and top VCs Charles Hudson and Aileen Lee. Read their bios below, and get your early bird tickets for the event here.
Josh Constine (Writer, TechCrunch)
Josh writes tech news and analysis for TechCrunch. He is an experienced public speaker, having moderated fireside chats and panels at over a dozen conferences including SXSW and TechCrunch Disrupt. He specializes in critical analysis of social and communications technologies. His goal is to bring readers deep insight into the ramifications of breaking news from startups and tech giants alike. His beats include Facebook, Google, advertising, music, dating, ecommerce, and social good. He loves writing in-depth launch profiles of new startups. His on-stage interviews have included Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and a hilarious panel with founders of Rap Genius. Prior to TechCrunch, he designed a Stanford University Master’s program in Cybersociology to study how humans interact through technology. He researched privacy, anonymity, meme popularity cycles, and how tech is changing interpersonal relationships.
Christina Farr (Reporter, Venture Beat)
Christina is a San Francisco-based writer covering cloud computing, health IT, women in business, education technology, and venture capital. She regularly covers breaking tech news, but also writes long-form human interest features. Prior to VentureBeat, she worked as a freelance writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, TheNextWeb and Digital Trends, among others. Her byline has also appeared in Washington Post, Reuters, and the Telegraph, where she contributes to the Wonder Women section. In 2011, she received a Masters from the Stanford Graduate School of Journalism. Christina has appeared as a featured expert on Fox Business, CNBC, ABC News, and others. She also regularly moderates panels, and speaks at tech conferences.
Charles Hudson (Partner, SoftTech VC)
Charles is a Venture Partner at SoftTech VC and the CEO and Co-founder of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games company. Until February 2010, he was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business, a leading producer of social games for the social web (acquired by Zynga). He produced technology conferences focused on the intersection of gaming and social media (Virtual Goods Summit and the Social Gaming Summit). He also works with Justin Smith from Inside Social Games / Inside Facebook on a series of research reports on the virtual goods market. Prior to joining Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Online, a leading online hangout for teens and young adults. Prior to Gaia, he worked in New Business Development at Google. He spent several years working at In-Q-Tel, the strategic venture capital group for the Central Intelligence Agency and is on the Advisory Board for BizWorld and the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab.
Aileen Lee (Founder, Cowboy Ventures)
Cowboy Ventures was founded by Aileen Lee in 2012. Prior to Cowboy, Aileen had been a partner with the venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) since 1999. She has been lead or supporting partner in backing a broad variety of companies including Bloom Energy, Blue Nile, Callaway Digital Arts, Good Technology, One Kings Lane, Plum District, Rent the Runway, Shopkick, Tellme, and Trendyol. She was also founding CEO of RMG Networks, the leading digital out-of-home media company, backed by KPCB. Prior to joining KPCB, Aileen held roles at Gap Inc., The North Face, Odwalla, and Morgan Stanley. She has degrees from MIT, Harvard Business School, and Millburn.
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Jessica Stillman (@entrylevelrebel) is an editor at Women 2.0 and a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com, contributes regularly to Forbes and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others. Photo credit: The DEMO Conference via Flickr.