Shaun Abrahamson, Chief Social Engineer, Mutopo
Shaun Abrahamson is the founder and CEO of Colaboratie Mutopo, a social production consultancy that aims to cause conversations that produce change. Shaun is also an early stage investor and advisor. He draws on his early experience at MIT where he researched the process of new product development at the MIT CADLAb and more recent research into Causing Mass Collaboration.
Gerry Byrne, Director, Magic Storm Entertainment
Gerry Byrne has worked in the media world for over 40 years, most recently managing the Nielsen Media & Entertainment Group before launching his media and entertainment consultancy, Fidelis Global Enterprises LLC in 2010. Mr. Byrne is also Chairman of the Executive Council of AdGenesis, a technology and software company that enables brands to target relevant advertising to accountable opt-in audiences who are rewarded for their views and engagement.
Joe Ferrara, Co-founder and President of Ferrara Manufacturing
Joe Ferrara is the co-founder and president of Ferrara Manufacturing, a leading international apparel contract manufacturer. Mr. Ferrara is also a member of the New York Angels, one of the largest and most active angel investment groups in the country.
David Larkin, Founder of The Loft Group
David Larkin is an entrepreneur and a founder of The Loft Group. The Loft Group invests in early stage companies, and helps them attract the talent, resources and capital to achieve their own unique market potential.
Benjamin Palmer, CEO of Barbarian Group
Benjamin Palmer is a co-founder and the CEO of The Barbarian Group. Over the eight years since the company’s founding, Benjamin has come to be one of the most respected voices in the world of interactive and digital advertising. He has been named one of Creativity’s 50 top creatives and one of Esquire’s ‘Best & Brightest’. Benjamin also sits on the board of the Art Director’s Club, and has served as jury chair for the Asia Pacific Advertising Festival (APAF).
Andrew Rasiej, Founder of the Personal Democracy Forum
Andrew Rasiej is a futurist, social entrepreneur, and Founder of the Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference and website about the intersection of politics and technology. He is also the co-Founder of techPresident.com, an award winning blog that covers how the Obama administration is using the web, and how technology is empowering new levels of citizen engagement throughout the United States. He has advised Senators, Congressmen and political leaders on the use of Internet since 1999 including Senate candidate Hillary Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and Senator Barack Obama.