D: All Things Digital kicked off the next decade of D at the beautiful Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, May 28-30, 2013.
The following people spoke at D11:
With clients such as Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy, Scooter Braun is considered one of the music industry’s most powerful managers. The founder of SB Projects, Braun, who engineered Bieber’s enormous social media presence online (close to 39 million followers on Twitter), has also spent a lot of time perusing the tech investing scene. Among his investments: Stamped (sold to Yahoo), Spotify, Uber and Pinterest. He was also recently appointed entrepreneur in residence at Universal Music Group.
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Troy Carter has established the careers of numerous recording artists, including Lady Gaga, whom you might have heard of. The founder, chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, Carter began his career in Philadelphia, working for Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment, and in 1995 joined Bad Boy Entertainment, where he worked with such artists as Notorious B.I.G. Later, he formed the boutique talent management company Erving Wonder. He recently co-founded The Backplane, a Silicon Valley-based startup that allows celebrities and brands to connect with fans. He has also created A\IDEA, a product development and branding agency, and AF Square, an angel fund and technology consultancy, and is an active investor in tech.
Chairman and CEO
John Chambers helped grow Cisco from $70 million in 1991 when he joined to revenue of $46 billion this past year. The company has struggled with a number of recent consumer efforts, even as it has been shifting its focus to the cloud and pushing the idea of the “Internet of Everything.” Before Cisco, he worked at Wang Laboratories and IBM.
Apple CEO Tim Cook made his debut at D10 last year in his first major interview as the new leader of the iconic and powerful tech giant. Since taking over from industry legend Steve Jobs, Cook has faced an increasingly high-pressure market and intense competition from a range of rivals, most especially Google’s Android, as well as popular offerings from Korea’s Samsung. Before Jobs stepped down, Cook was Apple’s COO, headed the company’s Macintosh division, and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships. Prior to joining Apple, he worked at Compaq and IBM.
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.
Chairman & Senior Executive
Chairman & Senior Executive
There is no better tell-it-like-it-is exec in digital media than the razor-sharp Barry Diller, who is returning to the D stage. Born in San Francisco and raised in Beverly Hills, Diller is the chairman and senior executive of both IAC and Expedia, and has made an aggressive investment in Aereo, the Web TV service that main- stream TV networks abhor. Prior to this, Diller served as chief executive for a number of companies, including Fox Inc., where ￼he created Fox Broadcasting Company; and Paramount Pictures Corporation. Before joining Paramount, he served as VP of prime-time television for ABC Entertainment.
Regina E. Dugan
Regular D attendees will certainly remember Regina Dugan, who riveted the crowd at D9 with stories of Mach 20 airplanes and other cloak-and-dagger tech. A technogeek who has been widely recognized for her leadership in innovation and technology development, Dugan leads Motorola Mobility’s Advanced Technology & Projects group, a skunkworks-inspired team chartered to deliver breakthrough innovations. She was the first woman to lead the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the principal agency within the Department of Defense for research, ￼development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capabilities for the current and future combat force. The co-author of “Engineering Thermodynamics,” Dugan also co-founded and heads a niche investment firm.
President & CEO
As CEO of consumer electronics giant Sony, Kazuo (Kaz) Hirai faces an uphill battle in turning around the fortunes of the once-dominant Japanese company. While advancing mobile, digital imaging, videogames and network services, he is also preparing for the debut of Sony’s next-generation PlayStation 4 gaming console. Hirai began his career with CBS/Sony Inc. (now Sony Music Entertainment Japan), where he was involved in the marketing of international music in Japan, and later headed the ￼international business affairs department. He then moved to Sony Music Japan’s New York office, where he led the marketing of the company’s artists in the U.S.
Chairman & CEO
There is no bigger conglomerate to ask about how big companies are reacting to the Internet revolution than GE and its chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt. Immelt has held several global leadership positions since coming to GE in 1982, including roles in its plastics, appliances, and health-care businesses. While GE operates across many segments, from energy to technology infrastructure to capital finance, the changes and impact of digital have been paramount for GE. Immelt recently wrote a provocative editorial on the “Industrial Internet” and the rise of intelligent machines, ￼about leveraging “the power of the cloud to connect machines embedded with sensors and sophisticated software to other machines (and to us) so we can extract data, make sense of it and find meaning where it did not exist before.”
I. Marlene King
Pretty Little Liars & Ravenswood
As head writer, show-runner and executive producer, I. Marlene King is the driving force behind the breakout hit ABC Family drama “Pretty Little Liars,” based on the popular young-adult book series about a high school clique whose missing leader ends up dead and comes back to haunt them via locker-room notes, IMs, and text messages. One of the most viral TV shows ever, “Liars” draws an average of 3.8 million viewers each week and has continued to cultivate a colossal social media footprint – ￼there have been 8.7 million tweets about the series in one year. This October, King expands her brand with the spinoff series “Ravenswood,” which centers on five strangers connected by a fatal curse. She also wrote the feature film “Just My Luck,” starring Lindsay Lohan, and was a writer on the successful telefilm “If These Walls Could Talk,” starring Cher, Anne Heche and Jada Pinkett Smith.
CEO and President
Computer scientist Max Levchin, who describes himself on his blog, “Too Long To Tweet,” as a “bilingual bicyclist and eternal entrepreneur,” co-founded PayPal and was its CTO from founding through its acquisition by eBay. As CEO and president of the HVF innovation lab, he is focused on solving big problems and improving lives by extracting insights from the vast quantities of recordable information around us. HVF launched its first project, Affirm, in early 2013, and is going live with Glow at the end of May. Levchin currently serves as chairman of the boards of directors of ￼Yelp and Kaggle, and is also a director of Yahoo and Evernote.
Co-founder & CEO
One of the enterprise’s most quick and clever entrepreneurs, Aaron Levie runs one of the fastest-growing companies in enterprise software, used by more than 15 million individuals and 150,000 businesses worldwide. Box, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with an easy-to-use user experience suited to the way people collaborate and work, just raised a mega-round of funding and is headed for an IPO next year. Levie co-founded Box with friend (and now CFO) ￼Dylan Smith in 2005, after studying business at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
Mary Meeker is credited with having a deep understanding of what makes businesses succeed and fail, and her reports – most notably her annual “Internet Trends” presentation about where the digital space has been and where it is headed next – are widely read around the world. As partner at Kleiner Perkins, Meeker focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, and helps lead KPCB’s Digital Growth Fund, targeting high-growth Internet companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. She has also worked as managing director and research analyst at Morgan Stanley.
Co-Founder, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Founder, CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)
Well-known for shooting for the moon in his huge ambitions, South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk is the founder of both the electric-car maker Tesla Motors and SpaceX, a private space-exploration pioneer. At SpaceX, Musk is the chief designer, overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets. And at Tesla, he has overseen product development and design from the beginning, including the all-electric Tesla Roadster, Model S and Model X. A co-founder of PayPal, which sold to eBay, Musk is also the non-executive chairman and principal shareholder of SolarCity, the leading provider of solar power systems in the U.S.
Guy Oseary has had a varied career, from managing Madonna to co-founding Maverick Records to, most recently, creating investment fund A-Grade with actor Ashton Kutcher and businessman Ron Burkle. A-Grade has invested in a number of startups, including Airbnb, Path, Fab.com and Tinychat, and Oseary has been outspoken on the changing nature of the entertainment business. He has also produced concert tours and films, including the “Twilight” trilogy. He also serves as investor/advisor to sev￼eral brands, including the leading coconut-water company Vita Coco, Popchips, e-cigarette company Njoy, and Viagogo, an online ticket exchange.
Senior Vice President, Android, Chrome & Apps
Already head of Google’s Chrome efforts, Sundar Pichai has quite recently been thrust onto a bigger stage after the sudden departure of Andy Rubin as head of the search giant’s Android unit. Taking over the key mobile unit, Pichai oversees product management, engineering and innovation efforts, and is also responsible for a range of other Google products, including Gmail, Google Drive and Google Apps. Pichai joined Google in 2004, and helped lead the development of Google Toolbar and Google ￼Chrome. Before joining Google, he held positions at Applied Materials and McKinsey & Company.
Chairman & CEO
Paul Ricci has taken Nuance from an imaging software company with a vision for voice to a multibillion-dollar company that is the world’s most prolific provider and innovator of intuitive voice technologies and intelligent systems. Voice is one of the most important parts of the entire mobile ecosystem, and Nuance powers Apple’s Siri (allegedly) and also owns Dragon NaturallySpeaking, making it a dominant force in the efforts to make devices interact with us all more effortlessly and hands-free. Ricci spent nearly a decade at Xerox Corporation, where he served as president of the desktop system division and as a corporate vice president.
Sheryl Sandberg last spoke onstage at D in 2006, when she appeared with CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Since then, a lot has happened at the social networking giant – including a tumultuous IPO and a need to quickly develop its mobile business. Sandberg oversees Facebook’s business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy and communications. Most recently, she has written the bestselling book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the ￼Will to Lead.” Prior to Facebook, Sandberg was VP of global online sales and operations at Google, served as chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton, and was an economist with the World Bank.
Co-Founder & CEO
Making his first appearance on the D stage is Ben Silbermann, who heads the online scrapbook phenomenon Pinterest, one of the most explosive startups on the scene recently. Despite its recent huge valuation, Pinterest has a heft and influence in tech and beyond that few other such companies can claim. Silbermann grew up in Iowa, where he says he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Unlike many attention-seeking entrepreneurs, he has quietly pushed his young company to the forefront of e-commerce and ￼other key digital arenas by creating a unique and elegant way for people to share inter- ests of all kinds. Before Pinterest, Silbermann worked at Google on AdSense.
Executive in Residence at Harvard Business School
Returning to D is Steven Sinofsky, who left Microsoft earlier this year after running its flagship Windows franchise. (In fact, he demoed Windows 8 onstage in 2011.) As one of the software giant’s most high-profile execs, Sinofsky has always had a keen view of the entire tech landscape beyond Redmond. Sinofsky spent 23 years at Microsoft, where he managed the creation of Windows 8 and Surface, led development for Windows 7, and held various engineering and general management positions for ￼Microsoft Office. He also worked as Bill Gates’s technical assistant and, with co-author Marco Iansiti, wrote “One Strategy: Organization, Planning, and Decision Making.” He is now ensconced at Harvard Business School, and maintains a tech and management-focused blog called “Learning by Shipping.”
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Thomas Staggs runs what is perhaps one of the most logistically challenging efforts in the world. He is leading Disney’s iconic parks in their initiative to use technology and innovation to take the entire “guest” experience to a new level. That includes its latest effort, MyMagic+ and the Magic Band, aimed at creating a more personalized and customized visit. Staggs was named chairman in January 2010, and has led the company’s travel and leisure businesses through the largest period of expansion in its ￼history. He has also served as senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of Disney, and played a crucial role in numerous strategic and operating initiatives, including the acquisitions of Capital Cities/ABC, Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Entertainment.
Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC Television Group
Television execs have been slow to catch on to the importance of digital in attracting viewers in more innovative ways. But, as co-chair of Disney Media Networks, Anne Sweeney led the industry into the digital era when the Disney/ABC Television Group became the first media company to put television content on new platforms. Now she oversees ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group and the ABC Television Network, which ￼provides entertainment, news and kids’ programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S. She also oversees Disney Channels Worldwide, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and other brands. Sweeney has also held executive positions at FX Networks and Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite.
A longtime exec at Google, Dennis Woodside oversaw the 2012 acquisition of Motorola Mobility. As the new leader of the smartphone maker, which is being run separately from the search giant, he is now charged with creating hardware for the Android platform that can attract consumers and compete with a spate of rivals, while still maintaining a certain distance from the mothership. Woodside started his career at Google in 2003, working in such jobs as VP of Americas operations, where he managed ￼the company’s relationships with partners and advertising agencies. In the U.S. alone, Woodside and his team drove revenue from $10.8 billion to $17.5 billion in fewer than three years. Before Google, he was an associate partner at McKinsey & Company.
The San Francisco 49ers
As fans expect more and more ways to share, communicate and interact, addressing the importance of technology in delivering the modern sports entertainment experience is an issue every sports owner thinks about these days. As CEO of the San Francisco 49ers, Jed York is in the midst of building a digitally tricked-out new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., which is being described as a “large data center” and the first LEED-certified NFL stadium. He also has what has turned out to be a pretty good football team.
Recently hired by Time Warner to reinvigorate its CNN cable news brand in a fast-changing environment, Jeff Zucker has worked everywhere in the TV sector, and specializes in how it creates and delivers its offerings in the future. As newly installed president of CNN Worldwide, he oversees 23 branded news and information businesses, including CNN’s U.S. television network, CNN International, HLN and CNN Digital. As president and CEO of NBC Universal, he headed up a global media and entertainment content company that included the NBC broadcast network and news division, and all of its cable entities, including MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo, Oxygen and Syfy. Zucker also ran the NBC Universal Television Group, and was president of the Entertainment, News & Cable Group and NBC Entertainment.