We are pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers for the Thin Air Summit 2008.
Micah Baldwin – Lijit Networks, Inc
Micah – who upon his original introduction to the Lijit team was described as “scary” and “tattooed” – is a 14-year veteran of the Marketing and Advertising space. He parlayed his love for those functions and desire into creating his own search marketing agency, Current Wisdom, which he sold in January 2007. Armed with Kyle, the trusty Robotic Dinosaur, Micah travels the planet in search of strategic alliances and new business development opportunities that drive revenue for Lijit and value for our users. Micah writes about his philosophy of succeeding through failure on his blog Learn To Duck at [learntoduck.com/].
Rob Blatt – New Media Consultant
Rob Blatt is a new media consultant with a passion for beer and making media. His consulting business, Blattcave Productions, is based in New York City. He came into the world of new media through his hobby of following the latest trends on technology and his previous career being a freelance audio engineer. While freelancing, projects that included his work were nominated for 11 Emmy awards. Two of those projects were honored with Emmy awards and one project was honored with an Oscar. He blogs at www.robblatt.com and co-hosts the show Create Consume Delete at www.createconsumedelete.com
Brett Borders – SEO Copy Brighter Marketing
Brett Borders is an independent SEO who specializes in social media marketing. Brett has a degree in social science from the University of Florida and a post-grad certificate in “Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce” from Southern Oregon University. He has worked professionally as an advertising copywriter, a PR guy and as an in-house SEO consultant for a Web development firm in Boulder, where he now lives.
Walter Breakell – Creative Director Sensory Media Group
Walter Breakell is Creative Director of Sensory Media Group, a full service Integrated Media Company. Walter has produced and directed television commercials, television shows, films, webisodes and promotional videos for Levis-Dockers, Rolex, Kellogg, Colorado Avalanche and Warren Miller Entertainment. He has won numerous awards, has appeared on the Discovery Channel and has been featured in Film Video Magazine.
Chaz Burge – One Geek and a Microphone
Chaz Burge, of Clearwater, Florida, is a lifelong geek, Mac user and A/V enthusiast. He has been podcasting in one form or another since 2005. He currently produces two shows including “GRANDMA and The GEEKS”, which he co-hosts alongside Patti Serrano.
In 2007, Burge also known as, One Geek, launched The One Geek and A Microphone Network, with the goal of creating a “community” of podcasters focused around all aspects of technology and the internet. His scope in hosting and producing is to engage the hardcore geek and the “newbie”.
Burge and Serrano, plan to do a live broadcast of the show during their session at the Thin Air Summit.
Kim Dushinski – Mobile Marketing Profits
Kim Dushinski is the president and founder of Mobile Marketing Profits, a marketing firm that provides mobile marketing education and consulting services to corporations, marketing professionals and entrepreneurs. As an advocate for smart, effective mobile marketing she leads workshops and speaks internationally about how to profit with mobile. Her book, The Mobile Marketing Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Mobile Marketing Campaigns, is coming out in November. Kim is a successful entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing as a Marketing Director at a travel agency, desktop publisher, business marketing consultant, an Internet marketer, and partner in a book publicity firm.
John Fischer – Founder, StickerGiant.com Inc.
John Fischer is the founder of StickerGiant.com Inc. He has been an Internet Marketer for ten years and has worked on major brands like American Airlines, MSNBC, FTD and Whole Foods. He is an early adopter and is currently breaking new ground with his approach to social media. John believes every custom sticker his company prints is a story waiting to be told. John blogs his customer’s sticker stories at http://www.stickergiant.com/blog/.
Amy Gahran – journalist, info-provocateur
Amy Gahran is a journalist and “info-provocateur” based in Boulder, Colorado. She spends a lot of her time telling media professionals what they need to know to make online and mobile media work for them — whether they want to know or not. She manages the Poynter Institute’s E-Media Tidbits weblog, and her own blog is Contentious.com
Travis Henry – Director of Editorial Examiner.com
Travis Henry is the director of editorial at Examiner.com. He was also the founding editor of YourHub.com. Before jumping headfirst into the Internet he worked for newspapers and held various titles including managing editor, city editor and, his favorite, crime reporter.
Brian Ibbott – Coverville
Brian Ibbott is a podcaster who lives in Arvada, Colorado (about 10 miles west of Denver). He produces and hosts several podcasts of which Coverville is most well known. Coverville is a podcast, produced three times a week, that focuses on cover songs – a new rendition of a previously recorded song. The show has run since September 2004.
MB Linder – Forefront Media
Entrepreneur, Foreign Currency Trader, Investor, New Media Producer and former Fortune 500 executive. Early Podcaster featured on PodShow/Mevio since their beta days. Speaker at 2008 SXSW, 2007 Portable Media Expo and this years New Media Expo. Independent Producer of a podcasts for a variety of organizations. Has worked on many New Media projects one of which included heading the team which brought Barack Obama to Second Life. Based in Dallas, Texas, he currently produces three podcasts for Mevio, operates Internet Radio Stations and has a soon to be released in print audio book.
Rob McNealy – Contrived Media, Ltd.
Rob McNealy, a recovering corporate MBA, hosts the Startup Story Radio show podcast and blog. and the hosts the Ask A Floor Guy podcast and blog. He does social media marketing consulting, teaches classes on marketing and social media and runs a for profit networking organization called One to Five.
Chris Menning – Freelance Writer & Sound Engineer
Chris Menning is a freelance writer and sound engineer. He was raised in a radio family, and got an early start with voice-overs, announcing, and website design. He’s written ad copy and done graphic design for various businesses. Most notable is his regular gig as one of the four writers for the Rocketboom video-blog. Rocketboom, as you may know, is arguably one of the most influential video blogs, as it was a pioneer in the medium in 2004.
Chris’s personal blog is currently almost exclusively political, as he’s worked in fundraising for the Democratic National Committee in the past, but during the rest of the year his blog mostly consists of tutorials on Internet Video technologies ranging from set-top boxes, to media center PCs, web-based players, to RSS readers. Chris is most passionate about teaching people to stop relying on cable TV, and instead bring Internet TV into their living rooms.
Lori Osterberg – President Vision Business Concepts Inc.
Lori Osterberg knows marketing, and has an amazing way of being able to translate the power of online marketing into non-techie terms. Having owned three successful businesses over the past 20 years, she knows what makes a website work, how to create a website to get you noticed – and how to transform the way you are currently marketing your business. As a business owner, her record speaks for itself. In the photography industry, she has won numerous marketing awards. As a business owner, she has doubled –even tripled – her sales profits again and again, year after year. She learned how to build a business with an online web presence, and change her business from a local business into an international success – during the 1990’s before online marketing or search engine optimization were even coined phrases.
Jeremiah Owyang – Senior Analyst Forrester Research
Jeremiah is a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research focused on Social Computing for the Interactive Marketer. In this role he publishes industry reports and provides social media council to clients. He also writes a daily blog called Web Strategy by Jeremiah (http://web-strategist.com/blog) and speaks at Technology, Web, PR, and Marketing conferences about web and media strategy. Before Forrester, Jeremiah’s was responsible for the strategy and development of corporate web programs at PodTech.net an online media network as the Director of Corporate Media Strategy. Jeremiah founded and lead the Community Marketing program at Hitachi Data Systems and has experience in Web Marketing, Intranets, Extranet and User Interface Design at companies such as Exodus Communications, Cable and Wireless, and World Savings (now Wachovia). Jeremiah Owyang holds a Bachelors in Marketing from San Francisco State University.
Dan Patterson – Digital Audio Manager, ABC News
Dan Patterson is the Digital Audio Manager for ABC News, and produces the internet radio programme Creepy Sleepy. He previously worked as the Chief United Nations Correspondent and Social Media Evangelist for the Talk Radio News Service. He makes media things.
Lucretia Pruitt – Social Media Consultant
Lucretia Pruitt is an ex-programmer and CIS professor, Lucretia Pruitt (@GeekMommy) left the glamorous world of academia for the fast-paced world of being a stay-at-home-Mom. But once a geek, always a geek. Her blogging habit started back in 1998 and she’s had one or more ongoing blogs since. After years wading about in Social Media she discovered Twitter and the unique environment enticed her to jump in both feet first. Now listed on moms.alltop.com and twitterati.alltop.com, her current collaboration with WalMart – as one of their “11 Moms” – was brought about via Twitter.
Gary Rosenzweig – CEO MacMost/CleverMedia
Gary Rosenzweig has been producing Web content since 1995, including video podcasts and Flash games. His company, CleverMedia, publishes dozens of Web sites with original games and video. He has written 12 mass-market books on multimedia and game development. Gary is the producer and host of MacMost, a video podcast for Mac, iPhone and iPod users. He has also produced several other video podcasts over the last three years, including Podcast Salad, Secrets of Y and The Daily Vlog.
Liz Ryan – Ask Liz Ryan
Business Week Online workplace columnist, Yahoo!Hotjobs Networking Expert, syndicated workplace advice columnist, Author, Speaker Liz Ryan is an expert on the new-millennium workplace, a former Fortune 500 Human Resources executive and the author of Happy About Online Networking: The Virtual-ly Simple Way to Build Professional Relationships.
As a keynote speaker, Liz travels throughout the United States and abroad, speaking to groups ranging from Human Resources executives and entrepreneurs to the United Nations. As an advisor to corporations on workplace and leadership issues, she has worked with Omnicom, Tyson Foods, General Electric, NBCi and a long list of global employers. Liz’s workplace-advice, job-advice and networking columns reach millions of readers in print and online.
In 1999, Liz founded the online discussion network ChicWIT, which grew to become the global organizational WorldWIT in 2001. WorldWIT grew to become the world’s largest online network for professional women providing pithy, topical work and life advice, and won numerous awards and recognition for its unique approach to networking and its mission to “support women at the intersection of work and life.” In 2007, Liz launched the Ask Liz Ryan online community, reaching over 30,000 men and women on five continents to share business, careers, marketing and “life” advice.
Patti Serrano – Entrepreneur Club
Patti Serrano, is the founder of the Entrepreneur Club, a company that develops marketing and strategical plans for small businesses. Throughout her 35 years in marketing she has put together campaigns to boost businesses to the next level. Her first endeavor in the mid 70’s was to take a small “Boogie Board” from a garage operation in California to a worldwide phenoma. Today she uses some of these same principals in New Media.
These are Patti’s own words…
“In all my years of working in the beach industry we adopted some of the same laws of nature to do business. The ebb and flow of the tides and swells is a simple way of looking at the way you can create new business. The natural way to be out in the water surfing was to “share” or give up a wave knowing that the waves come in sets or 3 or 4 at a time. In each set there was always a bigger one than the others.
You could take the first or second wave of the set and have fun or you could share the set and wait for the “BIG ONE.” Such as it is in business today. People are sharing information on the internet through blogging and podcasting and becoming experts in their field. Through this sharing comes new business or “the big one.”
Serrano has adopted some of these theories in developing “Media Packages” where she creates video websites and podcasts to promote businesses and ideas. At the Thin Air Summit she will present with Chaz Burge, of Clearwater, Florida their journey from audio podcasting to Live Video Broadcasts to show the audience how to create ideas for pleasure and/or business.
Rob Simon – BurstMarketing
Rob Simon is a new media entrepreneur with nearly 30 years of experience. Currently, Rob is the founder, president and CEO of BurstMarketing, which specializes in creating and publishing podcasts that burst across the new distribution network of iPods, MP3 players, laptops, cell phones and portable media devices.
Burst is currently producing audio and video podcasts for clients such as Qwest and the Seattle Seahawks; The Denver Democratic National Convention; Dr. Andrew Weil; The City of Denver; Tattered Cover Book Store; Colorado Health Foundation; BookExpo America; Cherry Creek Arts Festival; and Starz Denver Film Festival. Burst’s podcasts have won awards for innovation and have been featured on iTunes.
Rob’s first new media venture was WESTWORD Newspaper, which he co-founded in 1977 and ran for five years. At the time, WESTWORD was considered an “alternative” newspaper, and one of the first of its kind in the nation. He also started an innovative convention and visitors magazine; the first Russian-American newspaper in the former Soviet Union; a pioneering cable TV company; and one of the largest full-service integrated communications agencies (GBSM) in the Rocky Mountains. Rob has also helped found two new media trade associations: the National Association of Alternative Newsweekles (NAAN), and the Association for Downloadable Media (ADM).
Jeremy Tanner – SnapCount
Jeremy Tanner is a geek, startup junkie, party crasher from Detroit, now based out of Boulder. Likes: clean air, motorcycles, mountains and vibrant downtowns; Hates: Artificial grape flavor, smog, cube farms and lately, the Transportation Safety Administration.
Dave Taylor – Intuitive Systems
Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is widely recognized as an expert on both technical and business issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related startup companies, has written twenty business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed.
Dave maintains three weblogs, The Business Blog at Intuitive.com, focused on business and industry analysis, the eponymous Ask Dave Taylor devoted to tech and business Q&A and The Attachment Parenting Blog, discussing topics of interest to parents. Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs.
Elizabeth Yarnell – Pomegranate Consulting, LLC
In 2005, Elizabeth Yarnell’s self-published cookbook sold more than 2,000 copies in the first month of release alone, thanks to a successful publicity campaign that meshed a multi-page, full-color story in the Rocky Mountain News with several television appearances and events around town to create a buzz that landed her on the local Best Sellers list no fewer than 8 times. Elizabeth’s publicity strategies kept the momentum going over the next two years, bringing her to the attention of Random House, who will release the next edition of her book in January, 2009. An expert at getting publicity that sells books, Elizabeth believes in a “do-it-yourself” approach. As a publicity coach, Elizabeth shares her trusted tips and tricks for getting attention from the traditional media as well as from the emerging online influence of bloggers, social networks, and chat rooms.