Tech Cocktail & Downtown Project cordially invite you to Tech Cocktail's Lightning Talk Sessions, a monthly speaker series where a number of guests will give short talks about projects or topics they are passionate about.
Tech Cocktail Sessions - Whether you are a technology enthusiast, inventor, creator, entrepreneur, investor, developer, or designer, we are all linked by a passion for technology, innovation and starting up - and that's what unites these talks. Check out some of our impressive speakers from past Tech Cocktail Sessions events.
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~ ~ Featured Speakers ~ ~
Chris Kelly - Former Facebook CPO, Entrepreneur and VC
The More Things Change the More They... Transition, Entrepreneurship and Politics
Chris Kelly is a Silicon Valley attorney with a long track record of representing innovative companies and helping make the Internet a safer place for kids and adults alike.
As the first Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy for Facebook, Chris worked with Attorneys General in all 50 states to develop safeguards protecting children from sexual predators and represented the company in complex situations involving privacy and intellectual property in the digital age.
Chris left Facebook to seek the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California, garnering 17 percent of the vote in a seven-way race, his first run for statewide office. Since the June 2010 primary, he has become an active angel investor, and was the primary backer of Proposition 35, strengthening Californiaâ€™s fight against human trafficking, which was passed by 81% of California voters in November 2012.
As a policy advisor for President Clinton, Chris advanced critical domestic programs, including the successful initiative to put 100,000 new community police officers on America's streets and the formation of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs that engage Americans to improve education, public safety, health, and the environment.
Frank Addante - Rubicon Project, CEO & Founder
Going from "Find Out" to "Roll Out"
As CEO and Founder of the Rubicon Project, Frank oversees the company’s strategic and product direction, culture and execution. An engineer turned entrepreneur, Frank is an early pioneer of digital advertising technology and a successful repeat entrepreneur. Frank founded five companies with a combined market value of more than $1 billion. In 2002, Frank founded the email infrastructure provider StrongMail Systems, Inc. (Sequoia Capital backed) and led the company to market leadership in less than four years. Prior, Frank was CTO and Technology Founder of L90, an internet advertising company, where he pioneered one of the Internet’s first ad serving platforms, adMonitor. L90 was acquired by DoubleClick following a successful $112 million IPO. Frank started his internet career with the creation of Starting Point, a search engine that was ranked the 7th most popular site on the Internet in 1997 and was acquired by CMGI. In 2011, Frank was named Ernst and Young Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year.
Frank is an avid snowboarder and enjoys morning runs on the beach. He is an active Board member of CASA, a non-profit focused on helping abused and neglected foster children and also serves on the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council for Innovation and Industry.
Frank studied Electrical and Computer Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Follow Frank on twitter @FrankAddante or read his blog: http://www.founderblog.com/
Andrew Hyde - Entrepreneur, Ignite Boulder/ TEDxBoulder
A failed pivot is pronounced piv-ot
Andrew Hyde has a passion for community, writing, travel and startups. He has founded three startups (two failed, one sold and his new focus is on travel). With roots in freelancing and design, he can hold a conversation about best interface practices as well as how to build cabins with hand tools. He is also a marathoner, Ironman competitor, blogger and event organizer. He started Ignite Boulder, TEDxBoulder, Startup Weekend, a food/tech/music conference boco and once spent a flight making a stupid tshirt site that every VC in the world has seen. Most recently he wrote a book named This Book is About Travel which reached the #1 sales slot for iBooks and Amazon’s travel sections.
Brett Levine - President, Concrete Interactive, LLC
From Bits to Atoms: Controlling real-world special effects devices that shoot fire.
Brett has been building software companies and large-scale interactive fire sculptures for almost a decade. In 2003, he created The Hydrogen Economy, where participants ignite hydrogen bubbles that explode. As co-creator of PyroCardium, Brett built a sculpture that responds in fire to the human heartbeat. Furthering his work of digitally controlled fire, Brett founded False Profit Labs in 2008. Since then the group has attracted over 50 contributing artists, has received multiple Burning Man Honoraria grants and has brought large-scale interactive fire sculptures to over a dozen events, including Burning Man, Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Yuriâ€™s Night at NASA, Maker Faire, and Fire Arts Festival. The False Profit Labs vision of Better Art Through Science has drawn attention from numerous media outlets including the SF Chronicle, LA Times, NBC, Wired and 944 Magazine.
In 2009 Brett founded LiveSpark a venture dedicated to bringing the control, safety, and reliability necessary for special effects to a wide range of commercial and residential venues. LiveSpark's first product, the FirePixel, is the world's fastest and most precise digitally controlled flame effect - a piece of hardware that produces a real, variable height flame up to 4 feet tall that can respond in under 6 milliseconds.
As an entrepreneur, and founder of 3 successful companies and a pretty big flop, Brett attempts to bridge the world of bits and atoms, providing captivating real-life experiences.
Leigh Ferreira - Formerly TED now entrepreneur
Give it up to the universe! Things I learned during my recent transition.
Leigh Ferreira is a Digital Marketing executive with twenty years of experience doing consumer marketing, advertising and branding, website development, social media, content distribution and PR for a diverse mix of companies and industries which include: Apple, Mattel (Barbie, MyScene, Mattel Corporate), TED and Visa.
Leigh is currently the Director of Industry Initiatives overseeing Audio, Video and Advanced TV at IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) and dipping her toe in to the entrepreneurial world.
She is a lover of tech, travel, fashion, food + drink, sport, indie film, music and art, She is on a mission to make a difference and have fun along the way.
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