1. Matt is the founding developer ofWordPress, the Open Source software used by over 15% of the web, including this site. He is one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc.com’s 30 under 30, Business Week’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web, and Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment. According to Google Matt Mullenweg is the #1 most important Matt in the world, but really he’s just a kid born and raised in Houston, Texas. He writes code, prose, and music, and he’s taken a few pictures too. Matt is the founding developer of WordPress, the blogging software that runs thousands of web sites around the world. WordPress is “a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform” but more importantly WordPress is a part of who Matt is. Like eating, breathing, and music, Matt just can’t not work on WordPress. Matt considers himself to be very lucky to work on something he loves so much. Matt used to do consulting and go to school in Houston, and then he moved to San Francisco where he worked at CNET Networks. In late 2005, Matt founded a new startup Automattic, which is the company behind WordPress.com, Akismet, and more to come. Matt is also an advisor to Sphere and WeGame.

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  2. Chris Shipley is a leading technology and product analyst, and CEO of Guidewire Group, a software and services company providing tools to make startup businesses more competitive.

    Best known as the executive producer of the DEMO Conferences from 1996 – 2009, Shipley helped technology companies bring more than 1,500 new products to market. As co-founder and CEO of Guidewire Group, she works with emerging technology companies around the world to identify market opportunities and accelerate business growth.

    An award-winning technology journalist, Shipley began covering the personal technology industry in 1984, and has worked as a writer and editor for a variety of technology and consumer media. Fortune Small Business Magazine placed Shipley on its “Top 10 Minds in Small Business,” and the San Jose Business Journal named her a “Woman of Distinction.” She has often been cited as a leading influencer by Marketing Computers magazine. In 2010, she received SDForum’s Visionary Award for her work with technology entrepreneurs.

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  3. Chris Shipley is a leading technology and product analyst, and CEO of Guidewire Group, a software and services company providing tools to make startup businesses more competitive.

    Best known as the executive producer of the DEMO Conferences from 1996 – 2009, Shipley helped technology companies bring more than 1,500 new products to market. As co-founder and CEO of Guidewire Group, she works with emerging technology companies around the world to identify market opportunities and accelerate business growth.

    An award-winning technology journalist, Shipley began covering the personal technology industry in 1984, and has worked as a writer and editor for a variety of technology and consumer media. Fortune Small Business Magazine placed Shipley on its “Top 10 Minds in Small Business,” and the San Jose Business Journal named her a “Woman of Distinction.” She has often been cited as a leading influencer by Marketing Computers magazine. In 2010, she received SDForum’s Visionary Award for her work with technology entrepreneurs.

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  4. Chris Shipley is a leading technology and product analyst, and CEO of Guidewire Group, a software and services company providing tools to make startup businesses more competitive.

    Best known as the executive producer of the DEMO Conferences from 1996 – 2009, Shipley helped technology companies bring more than 1,500 new products to market. As co-founder and CEO of Guidewire Group, she works with emerging technology companies around the world to identify market opportunities and accelerate business growth.

    An award-winning technology journalist, Shipley began covering the personal technology industry in 1984, and has worked as a writer and editor for a variety of technology and consumer media. Fortune Small Business Magazine placed Shipley on its “Top 10 Minds in Small Business,” and the San Jose Business Journal named her a “Woman of Distinction.” She has often been cited as a leading influencer by Marketing Computers magazine. In 2010, she received SDForum’s Visionary Award for her work with technology entrepreneurs.

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  5. Jeff is a serial entrepreneur in the internet, technology, and entertainment industries. He has founded, co-founded, and been the CEO of numerous start-ups and larger companies, and has led his companies through acquisitions and public offerings (Priceline.com, uBid.com, CTI, and others).

    Recently Jeff was inducted into the Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame by the CEO Council, and as a board member of numerous international entrepreneurship organizations he travels the world mentoring and speaking to entrepreneurs globally (recently Egypt, Malaysia, Peru, Algeria, Spain, and more).

    Currently, Jeff is a co-founder and partner at ColorJar, the Idea Accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses.

    Jeff has produced feature films (Cabin Fever), hosted music concerts and tours (Elton John, Boyz II Men, others), and sponsored charity events (NSYNC, Evander Holyfield, others), and serves on boards of both businesses and non-profits in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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