Thomas Dolby is an English musician and producer. Best known for his 1982 hit “She Blinded Me with Science”, and 1984 single “Hyperactive!”, he has also worked extensively in production and as a session musician. Thomas Dolby has also worked as a producer and a soundtrack composer for both films and video games, most notably “The Gate To The Mind’s Eye”, the third installment of the CGI collection, the Mind’s Eye (series). Dolby also wrote the songs for the 1986 George Lucas film Howard the Duck and chose the members of the film’s fictional band, Cherry Bomb. Dolby wrote and produced three tracks for the 1992 soundtrack of the animated movie FernGully: The Last Rainforest. He also created the score for the 1993 Sega CD interactive movie “Double Switch”. Additionally, the song “Hyperactive!” is featured in the 2002 PlayStation 2 videogame Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as part of the New Wave radio station Wave 103. In 1990 Dolby played the role of the villain Stanley in the movie Rockula as well as contributing the songs “Stanely’s Death Park” and “Budapest by Blimp”. Since 2001 Dolby has acted as Musical Director of The TED Conference, an annual event in Long Beach, California that attracts some of the world’s foremost thinkers, inventors, and speakers. In this capacity he provides live musical introductions to sessions, sometimes with an eclectic TED House Band, as well as helping secure guest musicians and entertainers for the event.
Sarah Christina Lane is an American television and Internet personality. She is most notably known for her appearances on TechTV’s The Screen Savers, G4’s Attack of the Show!, and Revision3’s popSiren. In 2009 she was the co-host of the This WEEK in FUN podcast, currently on hiatus, with Martin Sargent, part of the TWiT.tv network. She currently appears on a number of podcasts on the TWiT.tv network. Lane co-hosts the daily technology podcast Tech News Today with Tom Merritt, Iyaz Akhtar, and Jason Howell which airs live Monday through Friday. She also co-hosts the weekly Apple iPad podcast iPad Today with Leo Laporte and the weekly social media podcast The Social Hour with Amber MacArthur.
Matthew “Matt” Harding is an American traveler, video game designer, and Internet celebrity known as Dancing Matt for his viral videos that show him dancing in front of landmarks and street scenes in various international locations. Harding has since received widespread coverage of his travel exploits in major print and broadcast media outlets, and was hired by Visa to star in their Travel Happy campaign. He is originally from Westport, Connecticut. He began his game industry career working for a video game specialty store called Cutting Edge Entertainment. Harding later worked as an editor for GameWeek Magazine in Wilton, Connecticut, and then as a software developer for Activision in Santa Monica, California and then Brisbane, Australia. Harding claims that a sarcastic joke about the popularity of shoot ’em up games led Pandemic Studios to develop the game Destroy All Humans!, on which he received a conceptual credit. Saying he “didn’t want to spend two years of my life writing a game about killing everyone”, he quit his job and began traveling, leading to the production of his first video.
Gina Marie Trapani is an American tech blogger, web developer, and writer. Trapani founded the Lifehacker blog in January 2005, and led it until January 2009. She still writes a weekly column for Lifehacker. She co-hosts a netcast on the TWiT.tv network called This Week in Google with Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis. She also hosted twelve episodes of Work Smart, a weekly column, for Fast Company. Gina is currently leading development of a crowdsourcing platform (named ThinkUp) at Expert Labs. She has written two books and also writes for other publications including Harvard Business Online. Fast Company named her one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2009 and 2010, and Wired magazine awarded her its prestigious Rave Award in 2006. Trapani was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Writing from Marist College in 1997. Trapani received a Master of Science in Computer Information Science from Brooklyn College (City University of New York) in 1998. She resides in La Jolla, California.
Jay Steven Adelson is an American Internet entrepreneur. His Internet career includes Netcom, DEC’s Palo Alto Internet Exchange, co-founder of Equinix, Revision3 and Digg, and currently Adelson is CEO of SimpleGeo, Inc. In 2008, Adelson was named a member of Time Magzine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in the World and was listed as a finalist on the same list in 2009. Adelson was born in Detroit, Michigan and lived in Southfield, Michigan as a child. He attended Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan until he left for college. He attended Boston University in 1988, where he studied Film and Broadcasting along with a concentration in Computer Science, graduating in 1992. Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose, along with co-founding team that included Ron Gorodetsky, Dan Huard, Keith Harrison and David Prager, founded Revision3 in April 2005. In addition to co-founding and acting as CEO of Digg, Adelson remained CEO and Chairman of the Board of Revision3 for two and a half years, raising two rounds of capital. Jim Louderback was hired as CEO in June of 2007. Adelson remains Chairman of the Board of Revision3 presently.
Adam Clark Curry is an announcer, internet entrepreneur and media personality, known for his stint as presenter on MTV and being one of the first celebrities to personally create and administer Web sites. In the 2000s, he became involved in podcasting, and is often called the ‘Podfather’ because of his efforts. He also is a licensed airplane pilot. Curry founded PodShow, now mevio, with his business partner, Ron Bloom, in January 2005. PodShow is a podcast promotions and advertising company that encompasses the Podshow Podcast Network, the Podcast Delivery Network, and the Podsafe Music Network. Some of Podshow’s top podcasts are Curry’s own Daily Source Code, The Dawn and Drew Show, and GeekBrief.TV. From June 2005 to May 2007, Curry hosted a weekday evening show on Sirius Satellite Radio called ‘Adam Curry’s PodShow’. Since October 2007, he is hosting NoAgenda with John C. Dvorak twice a week, discussing recent news and media memes.
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who, with Larry Page, co-founded Google, one of the most profitable Internet companies. As of 2013, his personal wealth was estimated to be $22.8billion. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 percent of the company. Brin immigrated to the United States with his family from the Soviet Union at the age of six. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by studying mathematics, as well as computer science. After graduation, he moved to Stanford University to acquire a Ph.D. in computer science. There he met Larry Page, with whom he later became friends. They crammed their dormitory room with inexpensive computers and applied Brin’s data mining system to build a superior search engine. The program became popular at Stanford and they suspended their PhD studies to start up Google in a rented garage.