Gina Bianchini is a visionary entrepreneur with deep experience in social software and online communities. Gina co-founded the pioneering social platform Ning, and is taking what she learned from that experience into her current project, Mighty Networks – a place for deep interest communities to flourish. Gina’s passion and brilliance shine through in everything she does. I’m always excited to hear her take on the evolution and purpose of online communities. Listen in and learn from Gina’s decades of experience bringing innovative ideas to life.
If you want to get a feeling for Josh Elman’s career, just trace the history of modern social networks. Josh held increasingly senoir roles at RealNetworks, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Now he’s now supporting the next generation of breakthrough entrepreneurs at Greylock Ventures. In his VC role, Josh sees a lot of pitches — and he’s got a keen eye for the tricky balance that successful entrepreneurs need to strike: Listen in and take a journey through the recent past and exciting future of networked social experiences.
Steve Vassallo trained as a mechanical engineer, studied design thinking at Stanford, and worked at IDEO as a award-winning product designer. Now he’s an early-stage investor at Foundation Capital, where he helps founders bring world-changing ideas to life. If you’re into great design, you’ll love Steve’s new book, The Way to Design – where he shares his passion for the intersection of user experience and systems thinking. Listen in and learn how Steve’s design sensibilities inform his investing choices and inspire his knowledge-sharing.
Tim Chang is a polymath, a longtime Burner, an accomplished musician, and a forward-looking VC who invests in the positive side of technology. As Managing Director of Mayfield, Tim blends his background in engineering and business development with a customer-first approach to supporting breakthrough products and services. I’ve worked with Tim several times — and I’m always inspired by our interactions. Listen in and get a taste of Tim’s mind-expanding ideas about how to create deeply engaging experiences.
Tony Ulwick, is one of the pioneers who brought us the jobs-to-be-done approach to product innovation. Tony’s breakthrough idea was to uncover and leverage latent customer needs – something he calls outcome-driven innovation. In his new book, “Jobs to be Done,” Tony shares his deep experience helping traditional companies disrupt themselves and innovate successfully. Listen in and soak up the wisdom Tony’s gained working at the forefront of innovation for over two decades.
As the former VP Community at Kickstarter, Cindy Au managed the fast-growing crowdfunding community through a major growth phase, and balanced the competing needs of campaigners and funders. Cindy cut her teeth in New York’s tech scene – and she’s got great insights about what it takes to say NO to short-term gains in order to fulfill a long-term vision. If you’re interested in community dynamics, cooperative design or tech entrepreneurship, you’re gonna love Cindy’s stories about how Kickstarter transformed from a promising idea into a wildly successful fundraising powerhouse.
Jared Spool is a legend in user interface design. Through his pioneering consultancy, User Interface Engineering, he’s helped hundreds of teams create more usable and delightful software. Jared’s latest project is Center Centre — a 2-year college for UX professionals that’s setup to train the next generation of user interface professionals. His approach to product design is informed by decades of experience and pattern-matching – I love hearing his stories and actionable chunks of UX wisdom: Join us for a far-reaching and high-impact conversation about user experience design.
Jeff Atwood is the co-founder of Stack Overflow – he played a major role in bringing that influential Q&A network to life. Jeff now brings his community-building prowess to Discourse, a fast-growing community SAAS company. Jeff knows all about the fear, discomfort and iterative experiments that pave the way to success in the digital world. He’s one of my favorite people to talk with – listen in and enjoy his stories and insights.
Jim Scheinman is a lifelong entrepreneur who’s spent the last two decades working at the forefront of social software. As an early employee of Friendster and Bebo, Jim rode out the first big social media wave. Now he’s helping the next generation of founders invent the future through his work at Maven Ventures. Jim’s approach is grounded in operational reality – and infused with a passion for working on a ‘vision worth fighting for.’ He appreciates the power of a truly compelling experience to draw people in and keep them engaged. Learn how an early-stage investor decides who to work with – and how to help his companies succeed.
In the short history of web design, Jeff Veen is a true pioneer. In his work for Wired, Adaptive Path, Google, Adobe, and now True Ventures, Jeff has been pushing the boundaries of online publishing and Web interactivity for decades. He’s worked with some of the best and brightest teams in tech – and has a deep and abiding passion for group collaboration Find our what’s on Jeff’s mind and capturing his his attention these days. I got a lot our of this conversation – and I know you’ll enjoy it too.