Advisory Board

 

JOHN PERRY BARLOW

Vice Chairman and Co-Founder 
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Mr. John Perry Barlow was the first to apply the term cyberspace to the place it presently describes. Mr. Barlow spent 17 years running a large cattle ranch in Wyoming before turning his attention to the electronic frontier and writing about the politics, governance, economics, and social implications of cyberspace. John Perry co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation with Mitch Kapor, and he remains its vice chairman. He was involved in the creation of Wired magazine and in his seminal article, The Economy of Ideas, was the first to predict the tectonic pressures that would develop between existing copyright law and the Internet. John Perry has been a fellow at the Institute of Politics and the Berkman Center at Harvard. A songwriter for the Grateful Dead for 25 years, he recently co-founded Algae Systems, a company that is developing a system to transform sewage into jet fuel.

 

GORDON BELL

Researcher Emeritus
Microsoft Research

The "father of minicomputers," including the VAX computing environment, Mr. Gordon Bell once served as the vice president of research and development at Digital Equipment Corporation. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Bell has invested in over 90 startups, and he authored High Tech Ventures. Gordon's current work as principal researcher at Microsoft includes scalable computing, telepresence, investigating personal media management, and cyberizing everything personal with his MyLifeBits project. He established the computing directorate at the National Science Foundation, and led the cross-agency plan for the Internet. Gordon is a founder of the Computer History Museum, a fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. His awards include the National Medal of Technology.

 

MARIA BEZAITIS

Principal Engineer
Intel Labs

Dr. Maria Bezaitis has extensive history shaping global research and design organizations in the technology sector. Dr. Bezaitis' work focuses on how social research can catalyze business transformation and directions for technology innovation. Maria's current focus is on personal data and the ways in which the proliferation of personal data sets the stage for new business models and what she calls "relational" technologies. Maria has played a leadership role in several cutting-edge social research and design organizations, including E-Lab and Sapient Corporation and most recently as director of Intel's People and Practices Research Group. Maria has published articles on ethnographic practice and the value of the humanities for business. She has lectured frequently on social research and business innovation to industry and academic institutions. Maria sits on the Board of the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference.

 

PETER COCHRANE

Co-Founder, Chairman, and Director
Cochrane Associates

Dr. Peter Cochrane is a mentor, advisor, consultant, and angel to a wide range of new businesses and international companies. Throughout his career, Dr. Cochrane has worked on circuit, system, and network design; software production and manufacturing; machine programming, switching, and transmission; human interfaces; adaptive systems and control; AI and AL; and company transformation and management-system design. Peter was formerly the CTO and head of research for British Telecom. He has held numerous academic posts and is currently a visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London. In 2007, he received an award from CNET Networks for his outstanding contributions to the United Kingdom's technology industries. Peter has received numerous other prizes and awards, including the City & Guilds' Prince Philip Medal, the IEEE Millennium Medal, an OBE, the Queen's Award for Innovation, and the Martlesham Medal.

 

ERIC HASELTINE

President
Haseltine Partners

Throughout his career, Dr. Eric Haseltine has found that the key to applying any new technology, whether it's in the defense, entertainment, or Intelligence Community, is discovering how the human brain naturally wants to interact with that technology. Dr. Haseltine, who started his career as a neuroscientist, has held several senior executive positions in private industry and the public sector. Eric was the associate director and CTO for national intelligence at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the director of research at the National Security Agency, an executive vice president at Walt Disney Imagineering, and a director of engineering at Hughes Aircraft Company. For the past few years, he has been developing completely new forms of digital media, entertainment, and advertising, in addition to cutting-edge cyber and industrial security solutions. Eric has authored or co-authored 15 patents in optics, special effects, and electronic media. In addition, he has published more than 100 articles in Discover magazine, on Discover.com, and in journals such as Brain Research and Society for Neuroscience Proceedings. Eric's recent book, Long Fuse, Big Bang, shows how to prevent the tyranny of the urgent from trumping the pursuit of the important.

 

MIKE HAWLEY

Director
EG Conference

Dr. Mike Hawley's eclectic career spans much of the digital world, including research work on Unix systems at Bell Labs, computer music at IRCAM in Paris, and digital cinema at Lucasfilm. As a principal engineer at NeXT, Dr. Hawley worked closely with Steve Jobs to develop the world's first library of digital books, including digital editions of Shakespeare's works and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Mike spent nearly 20 years at the MIT Media Lab, where he held the Dreyfoos professorship for a decade and had key roles in creating and leading notable research thrusts, including Things That Think, a groundbreaking program that explores the limitless ways digital media permeates everyday objects. He also created the Toys of Tomorrow program, which encourages many of the world's leading toy companies to invent wonderful new playthings. Mike founded Friendly Planet, a nonprofit organization dedicated to children's education in developing countries. He won the 2002 Van Cliburn piano competition, and he received a Guinness World Record for publishing the world's largest book, Bhutan, in 2003. Mike serves or has served on the boards of directors of Kodak, Color Kinetics, SiOnyx, and the Rutgers Institute of Jazz. He directs the annual EG Conference, a gathering of and for innovators in media, technology, entertainment and education.

 

KENNETH HERTZ

Senior Partner
Hertz Lichtenstein & Young, LLP

Mr. Ken Hertz is a senior partner in the Beverly Hills law firm of Hertz Lichtenstein & Young, LLP. The firm specializes in representing prominent celebrity talent in the sports and entertainment industries. Previously, Mr. Hertz was in charge of music—business and legal affairs—for The Walt Disney Company. Ken is also the founder of memBrain, an entertainment marketing and strategy consulting firm, which advises corporate clients in the entertainment content, fashion, technology, and marketing industries (memBrain's clients include Hasbro, McDonald's, Intel, MillerCoors, Coty and Fossil). He is a frequent speaker and commentator on the subjects of entertainment, marketing, and convergence. Ken also has been an instructor at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management and an adjunct professor of law at USC. He serves on the board of the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

 

KRISZTINA "Z" HOLLY

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
City of Los Angeles, Mayor's Office

Ms. Krisztina "Z" Holly is an engineer, tech entrepreneur, innovator, adventurer, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, City of Los Angeles, Mayor's Office. She also currently serves as an advisor to many organizations, including the World Economic Forum and the Obama administration. Z launched the first TEDx in 2009, which has inspired 6,500 other events to date. She founded two innovation centers, at MIT and USC, that helped spin out 39 startups. Z's first startup was computer telephony pioneer, Stylus Innovation (acquired by Artisoft), and she later joined other tech and media startups, including Direct Hit Technologies (acquired by Ask Jeeves). She started her career as a researcher at the MIT Media Lab, and contributed to such projects as the first full-color computer generated reflection hologram and a head-eye vision robot for the MIT AI Lab and the space shuttle main engine. In her spare time Z is an avid traveler, skydiver, telemark skier, shark diver, mountain biker, and authentic food aficionado.

 

ALAN KAY

President and Founder
Viewpoints Research Institute

Dr. Alan Kay is one of the pioneers of object-oriented programming, personal computing, and graphical user interfaces. For this work, Dr. Kay has received the Draper Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Turing Award from the Association of Computing Machinery, and the Kyoto Prize from the Inamori Foundation. Alan has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Arts, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Computer History Museum. His other honors include the ACM Systems Software Award, the NEC Computers & Communication Foundation Prize, and numerous honorary doctorates. Alan has held fellow positions at HP, Disney, Apple, and Xerox, and has served as the chief scientist at Atari. He is an adjunct professor of computer science at UCLA and an advisor to One Laptop per Child. At Viewpoints Research, Alan also continues his work with "powerful ideas education" for the world's children, as well as the development of advanced personal computers and networking systems.

 

LEN KLEINROCK

Professor, Computer Science
UCLA

Dr. Len Kleinrock is considered one of the fathers of the Internet, having created the mathematical theory of packet switching, the technology underpinning the Internet. Dr. Kleinrock's host computer at UCLA became the first node of the Internet in September 1969, and a month later he directed the transmission of the first message to pass over the Internet. As a professor of computer science at UCLA, Len has long worked on the frontier of technology; his interests include packet networks, nomadic computing, self-organizing systems, wireless networks, and peer-to-peer systems. He is the chairman of TTI/Vanguard, and he founded the Technology Transfer Institute, Linkabit Corporation, and Nomadix. Len is a fellow of the ACM, the IEEE, INFORMS, and the IEC, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. His awards include the 2007 National Medal of Science, the National Academy of Engineering's Draper Prize, the L.M. Ericsson Prize, the Marconi International Fellowship Award, the NEC Computers & Communication Foundation Prize, the Okawa Prize, and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal. Len has written six books and more than 250 professional papers, and he has supervised the research of 48 Ph.D. graduates.

 

DOUG LENAT

President and Founder
Cycorp

Dr. Doug Lenat, a prolific author and pioneer in artificial intelligence, focuses on applying large amounts of structured knowledge to information management tasks. As the head of Cycorp, Dr. Lenat leads groundbreaking research in software technologies, including the formalization of common sense, the semantic integration of—and efficient inference over—massive information sources, the use of explicit contexts to represent and reason with inconsistent knowledge, and the use of existing structured knowledge to guide and strengthen the results of automated information extraction from unstructured sources. Doug is applying these technologies commercially in the healthcare information and energy industries, and for the U.S. government in intelligence analysis and K-12 education. Previously, he was a professor in Stanford University's computer science department and the principal scientist at Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation. Doug was also one of the original fellows of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He serves on the Rule Interchange Format and OWL 1.1 working groups of the World Wide Web Consortium, and he is the recipient of the biannual International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence Computers and Thought Award.

 

ELLEN LEVY

Silicon Valley Connect

Ellen is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation”. She also spends much of her time actively managing a portfolio of ~50 startups as an angel investor and/or advisory board member. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for learning technology company Instructure (NYSE: INST) and social network for military and veterans company Rallypoint. She is a University Advisor at Arizona State University, recently named the “most innovative” US university by US News & World Report.

Ellen spent nearly a decade working with LinkedIn, from its founding through its IPO, including having served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development and member of the Executive Team. Prior to LinkedIn, Ellen ran a groundbreaking program at Stanford University facilitating collaboration between industry partners, Silicon Valley, and the Stanford research community by championing questions having to do with people, technology & innovation. Over her career, Ellen has held formal roles in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital; NeoCarta Ventures; Draper Fisher Jurvetson), startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar; LinkedIn, sold to Microsoft), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer; PriceWaterhouse Coopers), and universities (Harvard; Stanford). She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and MA/PhD from Stanford.

 

BOB LUCKY

Consultant and Author

Dr. Bob Lucky is an internationally recognized expert, author, and commentator on the state and future of telecommunications. Dr. Lucky spent most of his career at Bell Labs, where he headed the communications research division, and at Bellcore and Telcordia, where he headed their research organizations. Since leaving Telcordia, Bob has been a member of the Defense Science Board, the chairman of the Technology Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission, and the chairman of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. He was also the chairman of the board for ANSER and the chairman of the visiting committee for NIST. Bob's best-known invention, the adaptive equalizer, is a key component of modems today. He has received a number of awards, including four honorary doctorates, the IEEE Edison Medal, and the Marconi Prize. Among Bob's publications are a textbook for data communications and the popular book Silicon Dreams, which analyzes how humans and computers deal with information. He is best known by many engineers as the author of regular columns for IEEE Spectrum.

 

NICHOLAS NEGROPONTE

Founder
MIT Media Lab

Professor Nicholas Negroponte is the founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing each child in the world with the means to learn and teach. At MIT, Professor Negroponte founded the Media Lab in 1966, served as its director, and was the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. A pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, Nicholas is also the author of the best-selling book Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, he served on the board of directors for Motorola, is a general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment, and is a member of the Special Committee of News Corporation. Nicholas has provided startup funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.

 

DAVID REED

Chief Scientist
TidalScale

Dr. David Reed's research focuses on designs for societal-scale systems that manage, communicate, and manipulate information shared among people. Dr. Reed co-developed both the Internet design principle known as the "end-to-end argument" and Reed's Law, which describes the economics of group formation in networks. His work at TidalScale focuses on highly scalable data analytics platforms. Prior to joining TidalScale, David was a senior vice president and fellow at SAP Labs, focused on new approaches to exploiting enterprise-scale big data. At the MIT Media Lab, he led work on viral communications, exploring adaptive, scalable, evolving radio network architectures. David was also an HP Fellow at HP Labs. In 2005, he received the IP3 Award for his seminal work on Internet architecture. David has served on the Federal Communication Commission's Technological Advisory Council and other groups, advising the U.S. government on issues related to future communications technologies. He has consulted widely in the computer industry, has served as a senior research scientist at Interval Research Corporation, and was the vice president and chief scientist for Lotus Development Corporation. David was also the vice president of research and development and the chief scientist at Software Arts.

 

EBEN UPTON

Broadcom

Dr. Eben Upton is a technical director and ASIC architect for Broadcom. Dr. Upton is also a founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, responsible for the overall software and hardware architecture of the Raspberry Pi, an ultra-low cost, credit card-sized computer that provides children and hackers of all ages the opportunity to learn programming. Eben's also the CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd, the Foundation's engineering subsidiary. In his day job, he works for Broadcom as an ASIC architect and general troublemaker. In an earlier life, Eben founded two successful mobile games and middleware companies, Ideaworks 3d Ltd. and Podfun Ltd. He was previously a visiting researcher at Intel, and he has been chair of the Khronos OpenVG working group since 2008. Eben has a PhD in computer science and an MBA from Cambridge University. His most unlikely publication is surely the Oxford Rhyming Dictionary, written with his father, Dr. Clive Upton, Emeritus Professor of Modern English Language at the University of Leeds.