ff Massive Presents
Dr. Strangebot: How I learned to stop worrying and love the internet of things.
Sunday, March 9th, 2014.
Empire Control Room & Garage
606 E 7th St, Austin, TX, 78701
Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon
If there ever was a gap between science, art, business and technology, Ariel has closed it. Her work converts the workings of the mind into tangible solutions. Referred to as the “Brain Guru”, Ariel has also run a successful real estate business, spent time as the designer of a Canadian fashion boutique, and is a practicing psychotherapist.
In 2007, Ariel co-founded InteraXon, one of the world's leading companies creating brainwave controlled products and experiences. InteraXon debuted with the creation of "Bright Ideas", Ontario's feature showcase at the Vancouver 2012 Winter Olympics, where visitors in Vancouver got to control the lights on the CN Tower, Niagara Falls and the Canadian Parliament buildings, with their minds, from across the country. Ariel regularly lectures at MIT, Singularity University and FutureMed. Her lecture on Ted.com has over 250,000 views and she gave the opening keynote at Le Web 2012, Europe's biggest tech conference.
Michael McDaniel, CEO of Reaction
Michael McDaniel is a highly prized designer, strategist, and inventor whose work has been recognized with numerous design awards, patents, and has been captured in a variety of publications.
Michael currently has launched his own startup called Reaction that strives to rapidly deliver housing to those in needs post disaster. Prior to founding Reaction, Michael was a Principal Designer at the world famous design and product consultancy, frog design. At frog, Michael leds interdisciplinary teams to create a variety of new products and services for Fortune 100 clients including AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Best Buy, Walt Disney, Comcast, Sharp, and MTV.
Michael Ibrahim, CEO of Whisk
Michael Ibraham is co-founder and CEO of Whisk. Previously, Michael spent 6 years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. While at McKinsey, he advised large technology companies on topics varying from product strategy to controlling procurement spend. Michael also cofounded and served as CTO of SafeWeb, an IT security company acquired by Symantec. At Safeweb Michael directed the development of large-scale consumer and high-availability enterprise products including the world's largest Internet privacy service . Michael has a Ph.D. in physics from Yale University and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Jeanniey Mullen, CEO of ringblingz
Jeanniey Mullen is a proven entrepreneur, who loves to build companies from start-up stage to global success. Her skill in recognizing and capitalizing on new markets in those markets is unparalleled. She is the co-founder of ringblingz, a line of fun and fashionable smart jewelry that notifies you when a friend wants to connect. She is also the founder of YellowBean LLC, a strategic consulting firm that assists companies in creating effective growth strategies. Mullen is an adviser of select early stage companies including IndieFlix and Vivastream and sits on the International Executive Council for the Internet Marketing Association. Prior to ringblingz, Jeanniey was the Global CMO of Zinio. She has also had executive roles at OgilvyOne Worldwide, Grey and JCPenney.
Adam Hirsch, Vice President at Edelman
Adam Hirsch has over six years of experience in digital practices, operations and growth.
In his current role as executive vice president of emerging media and technology for Edelman, Adam oversees knowledge management, operational strategies and the identification and execution of partnership opportunities, platforms and technologies on behalf of Edelman Digital's clients throughout the world.
Prior to joining Edelman, Adam was chief operating officer of Mashable where he was responsible for starting and growing the sales, marketing, business development and events teams. Adam was directly responsible for partnerships with CNN, USA Today and Yahoo! News as well as creating events like the Social Good Summit in partnership with the 92Y and UN Foundation, the Mashable Media Summit and Mashable Connect.
In 2012, Adam served as the chief digital officer for DoSomething.org, a nonprofit focused on teens and social change.