The speakers for Disrupt just keeps on getting better and better. Today, we are extremely excited to announce four more guests who will join us at this year’s Disrupt in New York City: Marissa Mayer, David Karp, Kevin Systrom, and Tony Conrad.
Marissa Mayer joined Google in 1999 as Google’s first female engineer. She ran the search product for years and is now the VP of Local & Maps at Google. Mayer will be one of the finalist judges at the Startup Battlefield. She’s tough, she’s done it before, and we are grateful to have her back.
David Karp is the CEO and founder of Tumblr, one of the hottest startups in New York and also one of fastest-growing websites, period. Tumblr is built on the principle that self-expression should be easy. Karp recently raised $30 million to keep up with all the growth.
Kevin Systrom also knows a thing or two about hockey-stick growth, but at an earlier stage than Tumblr and on mobile. Systrom is a co-founder of Instagram, an incredibly popular photo sharing application for the iPhone. Instagram took only 6 weeks to pass 2 million users and shortly after was adding an estimated 130,000 users per week.
Finally, Tony Conrad is the CEO and co-founder of about.me, which was acquired by AOL is December of 2010. Tony is a Founding Venture Partner at True Ventures where he serves on the Board of Directors of Automattic, appssavvy, StockTwits, and more. He is also a Special Advisor to AOL Ventures.
As we get closer to Disrupt NYC 2011, we are going to keep announcing new guest speakers week after week. You can read the full list of announced speakers here. If you haven’t purchased a ticket already, you can do so here. Early bird ticket prices end April 30th at midnight PST, so if you want the best prices, make sure to purchase them soon.
Disrupt in NYC is going to be big. We have taken over a Pier 94, we are planning amazing after parties, and we have more surprises in store. If you’d like to become a part of the Disrupt experience and learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jeanne Logozzo or Heather Harde for more information.
Vice President of Location and Local Services, Google
Marissa Mayer is the Vice President of Local & Maps at Google. Previously she was Vice President of Search Product and User Experience. Mayer joined Google in 1999 as Google’s first female engineer, where she led the user interface and web server teams at that time. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google’s search interface, internationalizing the site to more than 100 languages, defining Google News, Gmail, and Orkut, and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Prior to joining Google, Mayer worked at the UBS research lab (Ubilab) in Zurich, Switzerland, and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. Mayer has been featured in various publications, including Newsweek (“10 Tech Leaders of the Future”), Red Herring (“15 Women to Watch”), Business 2.0 (“Silicon Valley Dream Team”), BusinessWeek, Fortune, and Fast Company.
CEO & Co-founder, about.me
Tony Conrad is CEO & co-founder of about.me (acquired by AOL in December 2010). He is also a Founding Venture Partner at True Ventures where he serves on the Board of Directors of Automattic (WordPress), appssavvy, StockTwits, RescueTime, PastFuture (GDGT), KISSmetrics, 20×200, FREEjit, Small Batch (Typekit), WeGame and led True’s investment MakerBot & Plancast. Tony also serves as a Special Advisor to AOL Ventures. Previously, Tony co-founded Sphere which was acquired by AOL in April, 2008. In addition, Tony has served on the Board of Directors for Oddpost (acquired by Yahoo), Iconoculture, MusicNow (acquired by Circuit City), and Centive (acquired by Xactly). Tony also played an active role managing investments in Post Communications (NASDAQ: NTVS), QuinStreet (NASDAQ: QNST), Danger (acquired by Microsoft), Sabrix and Stonyfield Farms (acquired by Groupe Danone).
Founder & CEO, Tumblr
David Karp is a high school dropout and the founder and CEO of Tumblr. Karp grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the son of Barbara Ackerman and Michael Karp. He attended The Calhoun School from 3rd to 8th grade, where his mother taught science, until high school when he briefly attended Bronx Science before dropping out at the age of 15 and being homeschooled. Karp began interning for animation producer Fred Seibert at 14, and from there went on to work as a software consultant for UrbanBaby, an online parenting forum. Karp left UrbanBaby in 2006 and began working on Tumblr later that year. The site launched early in 2007.
Kevin Systrom is a co-founder of Instagram, a photo sharing application for the iPhone. He also founded Burbn, an HTML5-based location sharing service. Kevin graduated from Stanford University in 2006 with a BS in Management Science & Engineering. He was an intern at Odeo that later became Twitter. He spent two years at Google, the first working on Gmail, Google Reader, and other products and the latter where he worked on the Corporate Development team.
At last year’s NYC Disrupt, we had a star-studded lineup. Ron Conway, Tim Armstrong, Carol Bartz, Jack Dorsey, Dennis Crowley, Yuri Milner, and Sean Parker, just to name a few. This year promises another awesome cast of speakers, and we can’t wait to tell you who will be there. Beginning today, we will announce new guests each week until we name them all.
For starters, Charlie Rose, who interviewed legendary VC John Doerr last year, will help us kick off the event again. Nobody gets big-name subjects to open up like Rose. Disrupt in New York City wouldn’t be the same without him. We are also ecstatic to welcome back super angel investor Ron Conway of SV Angel and super VC Roelof Botha of Sequoia Capital. Both are in the business of finding and funding the most disruptive startups out there, which is what the conference is all about. And joining us this year for the first time will be our own Arianna Huffington, who knows a thing or two about shaking up staid industries.
That’s not all we are excited to announce today. Disrupt NYC is so big this year, we have taken over a whole Pier in New York City. That’s right, we will be holding the year’s Disrupt NYC at Pier 94—overlooking the beautiful Hudson River in west Midtown Manhattan. Located at 711 12th Avenue (at 55th Street & the West Side Highway), this venue is by far the largest venue we’ve ever had. At over 133,000 sq. ft., this year’s main stage will be an unforgettable launch platform.
Not only do we have an amazing venue, we have partnered with Oyster.com who will provide a Disrupt hotel reservation list PLUS your very own Disrupt Concierge Service for all Disrupt conference attendees. To make this even better, Oyster.com is also giving an additional 20% off room rates. You can read more about it here.
This is one event you don’t want to miss. If you would like to be a part of this year’s Disrupt, tickets are available HERE. Be sure to purchase them soon for the best prices because as we lead up to the event, the prices will increase. We want to give everyone a chance at coming, so if you are feeling lucky and really want to come, we are giving 1 free ticket away every week. Look for our next giveaway this Friday!
Angel Investor, SV Angel
Ronald Conway has been an active angel investor for over 15 years. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005) whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail. Ron was recently named #6 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top “deal-makers” in 2008 and is actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. Ron is Vice Chairman of the UCSF Medical Foundation in SF, Board Member of The Tiger Woods Foundation, and SF Homeless Connect, and on the Benefit Committee of Ronald McDonald House, College Track, and the Blacked Eyed Peas-PeaPod Academy Foundation.
Partner, Sequoia Capital
Roelof Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital focusing on financial services, cloud computing, bioinformatics, consumer internet and mobile companies. Roelof sits on the boards of Aliph, Eventbrite, Mahalo, Meebo, Nimbula, Square, TokBox, Tumblr, Unity and Xoom. Roelof is a champion of consumer Web plays and considers himself as “just another consumer. Roelof’s previous investments at Sequoia include Insider Pages and YouTube. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2003, Roelof served as the Chief Financial Officer of PayPal during its sale to eBay. Earlier, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Roelof is a certified actuary (Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries).
Co-founder and Editor-In-Chief, The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of eleven books including her latest, “On Becoming Fearless… in Love, Work, and Life”. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She is co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program, and a frequent guest on television shows such as “Charlie Rose,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Inside Politics,” “Larry King Live,” “Hardball,” and “Countdown”. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Host, Charlie Rose Show
Charlie Rose is an American television interviewer and journalist. He entered television journalism full-time in 1974, when he became the managing editor of the PBS series Bill Moyers’ International Report. He currently hosts the Charlie Rose Show, where he has developed a reputation as a skilled interviewer.
30 years ago today the Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off on the first shuttle mission. Two missions ultimately ended up in disaster, but the five shuttles spent a collective 1289 days in space over 132 missions. The program is set for retirement after Endeavor’s final voyage later this month, and so the three remaining shuttles along with the Enterprise prototype are going to need cozy homes.
Of course every museum around the US wants one, but there are only four shuttles to go around with one already designated for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The new homes are to cover the $28.8 million cost of prepping and transporting the massive shuttles, but those cost should be easily recovered with ticket sales. NASA’s been taking suitors for the last few months and used the historic anniversary to announce the winning locations.
Space Shuttle Discovery
Somber fact about the Discovery: After her final space mission this past March, she became the only Shuttle to survive her final launch and landing unlike both the Challenger and Columbia. Now she’s going to end up at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to replace the Enterprise prototype.
Space Shuttle Atlantis
The Atlantis first took off from Kennedy Space Center in April of 1985 and flew for the final time on May 14, 2010. She logged 120 million miles over 32 missions and will stay in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center after NASA removes all the dangerous fluids and equipment.
Space Shuttle Endeavor
Save a disaster, the youngest Space Shuttle Endeavor is on her way to the California Science Center in Los Angeles after flying the final Space Shuttle mission later this month.
The Enterprise is to be moved from its current home in the Smithsonian to the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum on the West Side of Manhattan. While it never actually reached outer space, the Enterprise conducted upper atmosphere test flights and actually flew over New York City in 1983. Likewise, NYC never had a major historical claim to the Shuttle like several other vying locations, but the 1943 warship museum does pull close to a million visitors a year.
wooferhound writes “Sophisticated synthesizers and computer-manipulated recordings are increasingly taking over orchestras. Sounding almost like real players, while costing much less, they’re especially popular with provincial or touring companies. But until mid-July — when ‘West Side Story’s’ producers announced that a synthesizer was replacing three live violinists and two cellists, or half the orchestra’s string section — staff violinist Paul Woodiel thought that at least the classics would be immune to the trend. There are computer programs able to read and play back music scores — a boon to composers who can now hear their work as they write — and software allowing conductors to control the tempo of the machine, in the same way that they direct live players.”