Business Insider's flagship annual conference in NYC
Now in its fifth year IGNITION: Future Of Digital is moving to a new venue, The TimesCenter in New York. We'll have an opening kick-off in the afternoon of the 1st, followed by two days of jam-packed sessions on Dec. 2-3, including a rare chance to see Jeff Bezos speak onstage with Henry Blodget.
IGNITION offers cutting-edge insights into the emerging digital business models. The event explores the future of media as it intersects with technology and changes everything from how we consume information to how we market, invest, socialize, work, live, and play.
CEO, Product Architect; CEO & CTO
Tesla Motors; Space X
At SpaceX, Musk is the chief designer, overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets. In 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft won the NASA contract to provide a commercial replacement for the cargo transport function of the Space Shuttle, which retired in 2011. The SpaceX Falcon 1 was the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit. In 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit with its Dragon spacecraft. In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to dock with the International Space Station and return cargo to Earth with the Dragon.
At Tesla, Musk has overseen product development and design from the beginning, including the all electric Tesla Roadster, Model S and Model X.
In addition, Elon is the non-executive chairman and principal shareholder of SolarCity, the leading provider of solar power systems in the United States.
He also co-founded PayPal, the world's leading Internet payment system, and served as the company's Chairman and CEO. @elonmusk
Sandberg oversees sales, marketing, business development and communications at Facebook. Before that, she was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, where she launched online marketing, publishing and product operations, as well as a philanthropic arm, Google.org. Before Google, Sandberg worked as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Treasury, a consultant at McKinsey and an economist at the World Bank. @sherylsandberg
Under Weiner, LinkedIn has rapidly expanded its global platform to nineteen languages and more than 25 offices around the world, grown its membership base from 33 million to 187 million members, and increased its revenue more than sixfold to $522 million in 2011. Prior to joining LinkedIn in 2008, Weiner was an Executive in Residence at Accel Partners and Greylock Partners. Previously he served in key leadership roles at Yahoo! for over seven years, most recently as the EVP of Yahoo!'s Network Division managing Yahoo's consumer web product portfolio, including Yahoo's Front Page, Mail, Search, and Media products. @jeffweiner
President & Editor-in-Chief
The Huffington Post
Launched in 2005, The Huffington Post is a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely read and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of thirteen books. She serves on several boards including, the Center for Public Integrity and the Committee to Protect Journalists. In 2013, she was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. In 2006 and 2011, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people. @ariannahuff
Dr. Mehmet Oz
Host & Physician
The Dr. Oz Show
Dr. Mehmet Oz is "one of the most accomplished cardiothoracic surgeons of his generation," according to a New York Times profile. After appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," he launched a television show: "The Dr. Oz Show" in 2009. In 2010, he co-launched Sharecare, an online interactive platform to help connect consumers to high-quality health information. In spring 2012, he debuted "NY Med," a reality show that follows the surgeon at two New York hospitals. @DrOz
CEO & Founder
Nest is the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm. Prior to Nest, Fadell served as SVP of Apple’s iPod division, reporting to Steve Jobs. He was responsible for creating the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. Before Apple, Fadell built the Mobile Computing Group at Philips Electronics. He has authored more than 300 patents. @tfadell
Prior to his role as CRO of Twitter, Bain was the President of the Fox Audience Network (FAN), in which he oversaw the advertising strategies to help monetize Fox's web properties. He was behind Fox's acquisitions of MySpace, IGN, Photobucket, and Scout Media. @adambain
Founder & CEO
Mercury Radio Arts
Glenn Beck is founder and CEO of Mercury Radio Arts. The Glenn Beck Program is the third highest rated radio program in America and GBTV is one of the world’s largest streaming video networks. Beck has written #1 New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction. Mercury’s digital platforms now include GBTV, the live streaming video network; TheBlaze.com, the News & Information network; GlennBeck.com, the fan portal; and Markdown.com, the e-commerce site for connecting consumers with valuable discounts. @glennbeck
Chairman & CEO
Time Warner Inc.
Bewkes is Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. Prior to being named Chairman and CEO, Bewkes served as Time Warner's President and COO and as Chairman of the Entertainment and Networks group. Before joining the corporate management of Time Warner, Bewkes served as Chairman and CEO of HBO. Bewkes serves on the Boards of Yale University and the Partnership for New York City and on the advisory boards for The George Washington University Law School, The Creative Coalition, The Paley Center for Media, and is a member of The Business Council.
CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Blodget is the co-host of Yahoo! DailyTicker, a video show viewed by several million people per month. He is the author of The Wall Street Defense Manual: A Consumer's Guide to Investing; he has been a frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC and NPR; and he has contributed to The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, Fortune and other publications. From 1994 to 2001, Blodget worked in corporate finance and equity research, and was ranked the No. 1 Internet and eCommerce analyst on Wall Street. @hblodget
HDNet; Magnolia Pictures, Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters
Cuban started broadcast.com in 1995 to combine is love of basketball with his interest in the internet. In 1999, Yahoo! bought broadcst.com. Since then he has been an investor and is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks. His business ventures include Landmark Theaters, Magnolia Pictures, and HDNet. @mcuban
GroupM, Worldwide is the world’s leading full service media investment management company. The focus of GroupM is the intelligent application of scale in innovation, services and trading for the benefit of clients and the GroupM companies. Prior to WPP, Gotlieb was President and CEO of MediaVest Worldwide, a company that he founded in 1993 which included the former TeleVest and MediaVest units along with the unbundled media resources of DMB&B. The founding of MediaVest represented the fulfillment of a 22-year journey with the company which started when Gotlieb joined Benton & Bowles in 1977 as Associate Director of Broadcast Programming. He became VP two months later, then Manager of National Broadcast and in 1983 he was appointed SVP, Director of National Broadcast & Programming. In April 1990, Gotlieb became SVP Worldwide Director of Broadcast & Programming.
Chairman & Founder
Ryan is a technology innovator and entrepreneur. Prior to Gilt, he was CEO of DoubleClick, where he built the interactive ad giant into a multi-billion dollar global industry leader, which Google acquired in 2008 for $3.1 billion. Ryan is also chairman of Business Insider. @kevinryan
Chief Digital Officer
Schiller was previously CEO of NPR. She has television experience at both CNN and The New York Times, where she was general manager of the Discovery Times cable television channel before becoming VP of NYTimes.com. @VivianSchiller
Chairman & CEO
All Def Digital
Simmons is known as a “hip-hop pioneer.” From creating his seminal Def Jam Recordings, to his fashion industry changing brands including Phat Farm, Baby Phat, and men’s lifestyle brand Argyleculture. In addition to his overarching influence on music and fashion, Simmons has founded UniRush in 2003 providing instant access to a set of basic financial services for over 48 million Americans who could not previously establish traditional banking relationships. He is the Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications and a two time New York Times best selling author. Simmons is recognized globally for his influence and entrepreneurial approach to business and philanthropy. He has been named one of Forbes, “Hollywood’s Most Influential Celebrities” and USA Today’s “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years.” @UncleRUSH
Co-Founder & CEO
As an expert on global youth culture and a critically acclaimed journalist, Smith is one of the digital entertainment industry’s most respected executives. Under Smith’s guidance, VICE, launched in 1994 as a punk magazine, has expanded and diversified to include one of the world’s premier original online video destinations, VICE.COM, an international network of digital channels, a television production studio, a record label, an in-house creative services agency and a book-publishing division. In 2013, VICE developed and launched a news series titled VICE on HBO that features Smith reporting from across the world, and comedian and political satirist Bill Maher as executive producer. VICE's executive team currently includes former Viacom CEO Tom Freston and filmmaker Spike Jonze. @shanesmith30
Union Square Ventures
A venture capitalist since 1987, Wilson has been influential in making investments in today's top companies including Tumblr, Foursquare and Twitter. He also founded Flatiron Partners and runs the well-known blog AVC.com. @fredwilson
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