The following tech leaders have spoken at D@CES in 2010 or 2011. Read and watch what they had to say at our D@CES Conference Web site.
Returning to the D stage is Dick Costolo, who heads the micro- blogging company that has emerged as a key player on the global stage. Previously, as Twitter’s COO, he oversaw monetization and day-to-day operations. Prior to Twitter, Costolo was co-founder and CEO of FeedBurner, a digital content syndication platform that was acquired by Google in 2007. Before Google, he lived in Chicago, where he founded and ran two digital media companies: SpyOnIt, a Web page monitoring service, and Burning Door Networked Media, a Web design and development consulting company. He was also an improv performer with the acclaimed Annoyance Theater.
Corporate Vice President, Internet Explorer
Once the Hercules of Web browsers and still the most popular, Internet Explorer has seen its share dwindle as shiny new browsers gobble up users. As Microsoft’s head of Windows Internet Explorer, Dean Hachamovitch is responsible for the design, development and release of IE and its updates, so retaining, regaining and impressing end users is his Job One.
Like IE's millions of users, he wants the software to "just work" on installation. And behind the public face of IE, he takes pride in creating new ways for developers to do more with browser technology in general.
Hachamovitch is a genuine Harvard math geek who is the designated IT guy for his entire extended family.
Founder, President and CEO
NVIDIA is not only a pioneer of graphics chips, but now its processors are widely used in the latest mobile devices. That’s why its founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has a lot to say about the future of mobile computing, from smartphones to tablets and whatever’s next.
Co-Founder and CEO
Hastings co-founded Netflix as a DVD rental-by-mail company in 1997. In 2002, Netflix went public, and in 2003, Netflix reached 1 million subscribers. Thanks to streaming content over the Internet, Netflix now has over 20 million subscribers. Earlier in his career, in 1991, he founded Pure Software, which made tools for Unix software developers. He built Pure into one of the world's 50 largest public software companies before selling it to Rational Software in 1997. Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College and an MSCS in AI degree from Stanford University. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland. That may have been an easier task than his current one: dealing with media and cable companies who fear disruptive change.
SVP, Mobile & Digital Content
Andy Rubin is responsible for Google’s mobile and digital content businesses, including development of Android and Google Play. Prior to joining Google, he was founder and CEO of Android, a company he incubated as an entrepreneur in residence at Redpoint Ventures. Android was acquired by Google in 2005.
Previously, Rubin was president and CEO of Danger Inc., where he helped create the Sidekick, one of the first mobile devices to offer a direct Internet experience. Earlier, he was instrumental in building and shipping WebTV, the first interactive television-based Internet service, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1995. He also led the effort to ship the Motorola Envoy, one of the first wireless PDAs for General Magic, and helped design the first host-based software modem for Apple Computer.
He began his career as a software engineer for Carl Zeiss A.G., maker of industrial and consumer optical products, and is the author of numerous patents in wireless communications.
Senior Vice President for Product Innovation
Personal Systems Group, Hewlett-Packard
Jon Rubinstein has had a long history in the mobile market, both up and down. At Apple, he worked on the introduction of the iconic iPod. After he left, Rubinstein tried to compete with his former employer in creating the Palm and its webOS oper- ating system. That did not turn out so well, but with its new home inside Hewlett-Packard, Rubsinstein has another chance to prove himself. Will it work? As head of the Palm global business unit, Rubinstein was leading HP's efforts in the mobility space, responsible for webOS software development and related hardware products. Before joining Apple, Rubinstein worked at HP and NeXT, and found- ed his own company, Firepower Systems. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a master's degree in computer science from Colorado State University.