Lynne D. Johnson, FastCompany.com
Lynne d Johnson is currently the Senior Editor & Community Director for Fastcompany.com where she oversees both content and community functionality, and writes the Digital Media Diva blog. Also a consultant, Lynne works with Web and media properties on content, brand, and social media development and strategy. She’s also a sought after speaker, and has presented keynotes and moderated panels around the world about the future of media, web 2.0, women in tech, African-Americans in tech, hip-hop, and the intersection of music and technology.
Most recently, Lynne served as the General Manager, New Media for VIBE, SPIN, and VIBE Vixen where she managed marketing, editorial, production, business development, and sales operations for the magazine’s Web sites and mobile properties.
Michael Seibel, Justin.tv
Michael Seibel is the co-founder and CEO of Justin.tv. His responsibilities include overseeing all operations for the company as well as investor relations, business development and monetization strategy. During Michael’s tenure as CEO, Justin.tv has grown to be the largest live video site on the Web, and now boasts more than 30 million unique visitors each month.
Before joining Justin.tv, Michael was the Finance Director for Kweisi Mfume’s U.S. Senate campaign. In addition to leading all fundraising activities for the former president of the NAACP, Michael organized and hosted major events across the Midwest, East and Southeast regions, and coordinated print and online fundraising efforts. Michael joined the campaign in 2005 and was promoted to Finance Director in less than six months.
Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University, where he focused his studies on American government. While at Yale, he served on the executive committee of Focus on New Haven, Black Student Alliance, Yale Political Union and The New Journal. Michael currently lives in the Mission district of San Francisco with co-founders Justin Kan and Emmett Shear.
Clarence Wooten, CollectiveX
Coined a “serial entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur Magazine in February 2000, Clarence has launched and operated numerous technology-based companies since founding his first company, Envision Designs, while an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University.
In 1993, Clarence co-founded Metamorphosis Studios, an interactive multimedia development firm, where he served as CEO and Creative Director until early 1998 when the company was acquired by MediSolv Inc. Immediately following Metamorphosis Studios, at the height of the dot-com boom, Clarence co-founded and served as CEO of ImageCafe.com. Touted as the Internet’s first online superstore of customizable websites-to-go, ImageCafe was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions/Verisign in November 1999 just seven months after it launched. Most recently prior to CollectiveX, Clarence co-founded and served as General Partner at Venturepreneur Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm.
Lena West, xyno media
Lena L. West is an award-winning social media consultant, blogger, speaker, journalist and technologist.
She is also the CEO & Chief Strategist at xynoMedia Technology, a consulting firm that helps fast-growing companies secure their place in the social media landscape and effectively navigate the new world of blogs, podcasts, widgets, online communities and social networks to shorten sales cycles, refine product development and increase word of mouth. West says, “Our mission is simple: make social media easy to use, manageable and worthwhile.”
A sought-after writer and speaker, West writes and speaks regularly about the merits and potential pitfalls of technology. She communicates her expertise about social media, web 2.0 and online technologies through Social Tech, her blog on FastCompany.com; her TechForward column and blog for Entrepreneur Magazine; as well as feature articles for both InfoWorld and Jupitermedia. She has spoken for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and Syracuse University.
Barry Cooper, Founder of BlackVoices.com
Known as one of the interactive industry’s leading visionaries, Cooper has been at the forefront of digital media targeted to African-Americans for more than a decade. He started BlackVoices.com in 1996 while working at the Orlando Sentinel. With financial backing from the paper’s parent, Tribune Corp., Cooper grew the site into a news and social networking destination with nearly a million registered online members. In 2004 Tribune sold the site to AOL which continues to operate it today as AOL BlackVoices.