Our closing session is a candid discussion with VCs on the state of the industry.
Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
John Malloy, Partner, co-founded BlueRun Ventures in 1998 and brings over 25 years of experience in early stage venture and technology. John enjoys working with early stage companies and entrepreneurs as they chart their strategy and launch their products. John has successfully invested in a broad spectrum of technologies and services including companies such as Paypal (EBAY), Bitfone (HP), Slide (GOOG) and Pogo.com (ERTS). Today, John focuses on early stage opportunities particularly in mobile software and consumer internet. Some of John’s current investments include Chomp, Topsy, and Waze.
Prior to starting the firm, John spent more than 15 years in management and executive roles at Nokia, MCI and a communications services start-up. He holds a J.D. from George Mason School of Law and a B.A. from Boston College.
Hilary Mason is the Chief Scientist at bit.ly, where she finds sense in vast data sets. Her work involves both pure research and development of product-focused features.
She’s also a co-founder of HackNY, a non-profit organization that connects talented student hackers from around the world with startups in NYC.
She has discovered two new species, loves to bake cookies, and asks way too many questions.
Chairman Platial, Community Geographer Waze. Currently raising chickens, studying transactional cartography and real time data geo displays.
Andrew Turner is the CTO at GeoIQ, the company behind GeoCommons, a geospatial visualization and analytics platform. He co-founded Mapufacture, a personalized geospatial search and aggregation system that was acquired by FortiusOne in August 2008 in order to combine real-time feeds with large GIS datasets. Andrew is focused on collaboration and user-generated content around location and time. He is actively involved in open-data projects such as OpenStreetMap and VoteReport, as well as open-source projects like Mapstraction and GeoPress. He regularly speaks at conferences on the benefits of open-source software and geospatial standards to communities and organizations. Andrew wrote the O’Reilly shortcut “Introduction to Neogeography” and “Trends in Where2.0” business report in Spring 2008. He is also published in MacTech and Make magazine on his home-automation hacking.
Previously, Andrew was an aerospace engineer building airships, spacecraft and real-time immersive simulators. He received his B.S in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Virginia and his Masters from Virginia Tech.
Andrew Turner is the co-author of Beautiful Mapping .
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