Advisors December 7th, 2016admin
Andre BourqueEditor Emeritus, Technorati
Andre is the Managing Editor of Technorati, and a top-ranked social media marketing and inbound marketing specialist.
Andy EbonProfessional Speaker - Educator, Writer/Blogger, Consultant.
Andy Ebon is an international professional speaker under his brand, Wedding University®. He also publishes TheWeddingMarketingBlog.com. Andy is an in-demand speaker, having appeared at conferences, such as: Wedding MBA, catersource, WeddingWire World, Event Solutions, the NACE Experience, AFWPI, ACPWC, NAWP, WPIC, DJ Times, Mobile Beat, The Las Vegas DJ Show, among many others
Brittny DryeFounder + Editor-in-Chief of Love Inc.
A lover of all things wedding and a fierce cheerleader for marriage equality, Brittny decided to marry her two passions and create a resource where all couples — gay, straight and lesbian — can be equally represented. Armed with seven years in both print and online lifestyle journalism, she dove headfirst into this passion project in 2013 and Love Inc. was born. It immediately garnered national attention, receiving praise in The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, NY Daily News and more.
Christina FarrowFounder of Aisle Planner
Prior to launching Aisle Planner, Christina Farrow built and ran one of the most prestigious destination wedding companies in Hawaii. Her clients included celebrities, professional athletes, dignitaries, politicians as well as humble local families all of which required their own special treatment and care. She developed a process to planning that captured every last detail process and ensured that everyone involved in the execution of one of her events was a part of the process. Over the 15 years she built her business she garnered a reputation for being “The Planner” for high end couture events in Hawaii.
In 2011 she was approached with an offer to sell her company and its subsidiaries and made the decision to sell. After taking a year hiatus from the industry she began to work on a software application with her husband that would take her planning process and turn it into a project management system for wedding planning.
In 2013 they founded AislePlanner.com in their garage in sunny San Diego. Its core product, a cloud-based wedding and event planning solution, provides a stylish and streamlined suite of tools that makes designing, collaborating and managing every last event detail easy for wedding, event professionals, and their client partners.
To date, Aisle Planner has helped manage more than $775 million for over 30,000 weddings and now supports customers in 52 countries, a number that is increasing daily. As the platform grows, its mission remains the same: to serve and support planners as business owners and event managers, to share their stories and to celebrate their passions.
Dustin DurhamMarketing and Sales Manager at Hard Rock International
With nearly 15 years in the special events industry, Dustin Durham brings in-depth knowledge of client relations, contract negotiations, event planning, staff management, budget establishment and building B2B partnerships.
Elisa CamahortCOO and Co-founder of BlogHer
Elisa leads the BlogHer conference business, including the BlogHer annual conference, which had more than 5500 attendees in 2012.
Gareth BranwynEditor in Chief at Make: Online, O'Reilly Media
Gareth Branwyn is a well-known writer and editor and a pioneer of both online culture and the maker movement. He is the former Editorial Director of Make: magazine, was a contributing editor to Wired for twelves years, and a senior editor of Boing Boing print. He has also contributed to Esquire, Details, I.D., and numerous other magazines and dailies. Gareth is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including the Mosaic Quick Tour, the first book about the World Wide Web and The Happy Mutant Handbook (with the editors of Boing Boing). His latest book is Borg Like Me (& Other Tales of Art, Eros, and Embedded Systems), a best-of collection of his work and “lazy man’s memoir” spanning his over 30-year writing career. He’s also currently a regular contributor to Boing Boing and Wink Books, a daily review site celebrating “remarkable books that belong in print.”
What others have said about Gareth Branwyn:
Gareth Branwyn tracks this media like no one else.
– RU Sirius, Mondo 2000
Gareth is a highly-charged countercultural electromagnet.
– Sci-fi/horror author John Shirley
An avatar of the imagination…a shining example of why weird wins.
Laika Studios (Coraline, ParaNorman)
Branwyn does an admirable job of marshaling the rag-tag resources of the far-flung DIY community…
Brilliant writing and impressive scholarship…a literary standard for how tech books should be written.
– Toronto Globe & Mail
(review of Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots)
One of the greatest writers I know!
– Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing founder, MAKE Editor-in-Chief, Giant Internet Mucky-Muck
One of my favorite pop-tech thinkers, somewhere between Blake, Philip K. Dick, and The Firesign Theater
– Mark Dery, cultural critic, author of Escape Velocity and I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
What others are saying about Borg Like Me:
“Borg Like Me is fantastic!” – RU Sirius (countercultural iconoclast and Mondo 2000 founder
“Amazing.” – Mark Frauenfelder (Boing Boing founder)
“A treasure trove of alternative thought and lifestyle.” – JC Gonzo, The End of Being
“Gareth Branwyn is an authentic human being, the kind that inspires people like me to take heart and leap into the void.” -conceptual artist and alt.culture blogger Red Cell
“…An important infusion of authentic spirit into conversations around technology and culture…Borg Like Me is a song of hope.” – Casey Rae, Director of the Future of Music Coalition
“If it wasn’t for your early writing… I probably wouldn’t have been inspired to do what I’m doing.” -Tom Igoe (co-creator of the Arduino microcontroller and beloved NYU/TISCH prof)
“To meet the true hands-on cyberpunks, the proto-hackers, the true frontiersmen of the tech that transformed the world…read Borg like Me.” – John Shirley (sci-fi icon and the man that William Gibson called “cyberpunk Patient Zero”)
Ian McFarlandFounder of Neo Innovation
Ian has been Involved from the early days in a number of influential movements In the startup space and worked in Agile development for 12 years. He was an early practitioner of Lean Startup and collaborator with Eric Ries, and one of the founders of the Lean UX and Balanced Team movements. Ian is Founder & Chairman of Neo Innovation.
Leslie WongDirector of Partnerships and Events at HoneyBook
Leslie heads up community, partnership and events at HoneyBook, a San Francisco-based startup for creative event professionals.
Michael ColeCo-Founder of WedTech
Michael Cole brings together his diverse set of skills and experiences including: Marketing agency, bizdev at a tech company, and handling marketing to successfully crowdfund $400K+.
Nancy HayesManaging Director at Golden Seeds
Nancy Hayes mentors women and men starting or growing small businesses, as well as those launching high growth technology-based firms. She is also an angel investor and member of Golden Seeds angel group. She is co-founder of MoolaHoop, a rewards-based crowdfunding site for women-led small businesses that launched in July 2013.
Peter IsacksenPresident at IKP
Peter Isacksen is one of the industry’s most highly regarded leaders and innovators in the
burgeoning field of branded entertainment with over 400 webisodes under his belt.
He currently runs all creative and production for Content & Company, and has won virtually
every major award for brand content with programs like “The 4-9ers”, “Summer With Cimorelli”
and “Clean Break”. His clients have included Subway, Ford Motor Company and Energizer.
Isacksen’s diverse background in branded entertainment began over a decade ago with the
critically acclaimed series, “Business Unusual”, which starred Lou Dobbs and aired on CNN
for five years. The broadcast was fully supported by Isacksen’s client, Arthur Andersen.
Isacksen was then named Co-President of JWTwo, the entertainment division of JWT/NY.
His first project out of the gate was as Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the awardwinning
TBS microseries, “Lovebites”, for client Unilever.
“Lovebites”, produced in partnership with JWT and Actor/Producer Paul Reiser, achieved the
distinction of being the longest running short-format series ever, with over 150 episodes.
Isacksen was also the Creator and Consulting Producer of ABC-TV’s 2009 game show,
“Opportunity Knocks” which was produced with partners Katalyst Films (Ashton Kutcher and
Jason Goldberg) and 3 Ball Productions.
Isacksen also founded Radio…with Pictures, a Los Angeles television and film production
company that produced series and primetime specials, including the Emmy-nominated
archaeological TV events, “Opening the Lost Tombs: Live from Egypt” and “Opening the Tombs of
the Golden Mummies: Live”, both for Fox Television.
Isacksen also Produced the game show “Taboo” for Spike TV, “World Beer Games” for FX,
and “The Manual”, a half-hour, magazine-format series for Fine Living Network. Feature
film credits include Executive Producing “Keys to Tulsa”, starring James Spader.
Within the advertising community, Isacksen is well known for his work at Bert Berdis &
Company (BB&C), the world’s largest radio commercial production company, where he was
a Partner. During that time, he and Bert received over 200 major advertising awards with
campaigns for clients such as Nike, Pepsi, FedEx, Gillette, American Express, Wendy’s,
McDonald’s, and Sony.
Isacksen began his career in entertainment as an actor. He has appeared on over 250
television shows, including “C.P.O. Sharkey”, “The Love Boat”, “Three’s Company”, ”Fantasy
Island”, “The Hogan Family” and “Magnum, P.I.”. He also had major roles in the films “Grand
Theft Auto” and “Under the Rainbow”.
Reno MarioniDirector, Digital Services (BMW Connected Car)
Currently, I am at BMW Digital Products & Services for Connected Cars. At Nokia HERE, I ran product management, product development and strategy for HERE’s community mapping product offering (tools & platform APIs), and lead a large team of product managers, software developers and front-end designers.
Rob FarrowCo-Founder AislePlanner.com
Rob Farrow is the Co-Founder and CEO of Aisle Planner, a cloud-based platform that powers the $330 billion dollar wedding industry. With over 25 years of experience building, designing and implementing strategic marketing programs, Farrow has worked with a long list of companies in the technology, consumer product, hospitality and entertainment sectors. He excels in bringing products to market, while identifying and creating strong brand identities to successfully establish a staying presence within their respective industries. Born and raised in Honolulu, Farrow maintains close ties to the islands.
Sasha BravinCEO of I DO PR
Sasha is the founder and CEO of I DO PR, a strategic public relations agency for innovative wedding, travel and lifestyle brands.
Shoshana ZiskCo-Producer at SFMusicTech & FOMT
Shosana Zisk co-produces SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money and Technology. She also provides the legal expertise to let the conferences grow seamlessly.
Thelma AlaneInnovation Manager at High Technology Development Corporation
+ Accomplished facilitator and connector, guiding individuals and businesses to develop strategic relationships that bring superior solutions to the market
+ Innovative solutions finder, able to uncover new methods and approaches to operational challenges
+ Strong fact finder, lead initiatives to research and uncover business and end-user needs; translating requirements into projects with universal user acceptance levels
+ Professional and effective written and verbal communication skills empowering communications with technical and management teams and executive level clients
+ Polished and experienced public speaker and trainer
Tina Hoang-ToCEO & Co-Founder of Wedding Spot
Tina had the idea to build Wedding Spot after planning her own wedding in late 2012. Today, as CEO of Wedding Spot, Tina is executing her vision of enabling brides and grooms to search, price, and book venues and vendors all around the world.
Before founding Wedding Spot, Tina spent a few years as in Investor in the VC industry at Technology Crossover Ventures – known for their investments in Dollar Shave Club, Minted, Expedia, Netflix, Facebook, and eHarmony. In her earlier years, Tina was an Investment Banker at Bear Stearns & Co. working on Tech IPOs and M&A. Tina has over a decade of experience in working on investments, strategy, and finance in Technology. She has a passion for disruptive technologies and building products and teams from the ground up.