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As more services integrate location elements, we’re sending out a lot of geo-tagged data. But what does it say about us? More importantly, how can it help us in our daily lives? How can local businesses use it? Is there a cost/benefit ratio to sharing all this data? We’ll discuss these issues.
MG Siegler is a writer for TechCrunch. Previously, he’s covered the field for VentureBeat and his own blog, ParisLemon.
Originally from Ohio, MG attended the University of Michigan where he studied film. He’s previously lived in Los Angeles where he worked in Hollywood and in San Diego where he worked in web development. He now lives in San Francisco.
Ryan is currently the Director of Platform at Twitter where he works with developers building myriad of experiences on top of 140 characters. Prior to Twitter, he was the Director of Consumer Products at Skyhook Wireless where he led product initiatives that leveraged the WPS platform in consumer applications and experiences. Ryan was also one of the founding members of the W3C Geolocation API Working Group. He is an avid fan of hockey and wine.
Josh Williams is a Product Manager at Facebook where he focuses his energies Location and Events. Prior to Facebook, he was a co-founder and CEO at Gowalla, a pioneering location-based service that connected people with millions of places around the world. While currently living in San Francisco, Josh enjoys traveling with his wife Rachel and two effervescent daughters. In a future life, he’d like to be an accomplished woodworker.
Dennis Crowley is the Co-founder and CEO of foursquare. Previously, Dennis founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services in the U.S., which was acquired by Google in 2005. He has been named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT’s Technology Review magazine (2005) and has won the “Fast Money” bonus round in the TV game show Family Feud (2009). His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time Magazine and Newsweek. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
Dennis holds a master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Sam founded Loopt to improve the way friends communicate. His primary responsibility within Loopt is driving the product vision, assembling a passionate team to realize that vision and making sure people have fun while they’re at it.
Sam studied computer science at Stanford University, focusing on security and machine learning. He also helped build an autonomous helicopter navigation system while in school.