Speakers

Andreas Weigend
Fmr. Chief Scientist, Amazon.com

He teaches at Stanford and directs the Social Data Lab, helping companies understand the Social Data Revolution and its irreversible impact on how we express our identity, relate to each other, make purchasing and lifestyle decisions, and create knowledge as a community. Previously, as the Chief Scientist of Amazon.com, he focused on building the real customer-centric, measurement-focused culture, key to Amazon’s success.
Andreas is currently an advisor or board member of RocketFuel, Skout, VillageVines, Solvate, eCommera, Peerius, ApeSnap, Uniqlick, and Mu-Sigma, as well as a limited partner at Founders Fund. Startups he co-founded or advised include Moodlogic (music crowdsourcing, sold to All Media Guide / Macrovision), Cleverset (recommendation technology, sold to ATG/IBM), Agoda.com (travel and hotel reservations, marketed to Priceline), Xiaonei (now RenRen, China’s largest Facebook clone), and Nugg.ad (behavioral targeting, sold to Deutsche Post).

Nick Halstead
Founder & CEO, Mediasift Ltd

Nick is CEO and Founder of Mediasift Ltd – which created TweetMeme.com – one of hottest real-time news aggregators based on data from Twitter. TweetMeme has stored over 4 billion unique links that have ever been shared on Twitter (used for the famous Retweet Button of which 500 million widgets are served every day.)


His latest product DataSift is a real-time data mining platform processing 100′s of millions of pieces of social media data each day. DataSift also supports storage of the real-time streams – based upon HBase + MapReduce bringing the next generation in social media data analysis.
Nick has been in development for over 20 years and continued to push the boundaries of technology within the web space. He is passionate about the future of news and ‘Big Data’.

Bram Cohen – Founder of BitTorrent

Bram will join the founder of the summit, Gil Elbaz, on a panel that will discuss Open Web and how open it is.
Bram was the employee of the MojoNation which he quit in 2001 after which he started his work on BitTorrent. He created CodeCon conference where he showcased his first version of this software. He attracted a broad audience with this software as it was able to support sharing of the large files (movies, music and so on). He also worked in Valve Corporation for short period where he dealt with a digital distribution system that we all saw in Half-Life 2. He left the Valve after less than a year and went to from BitTorrent, Inc.

Anthony Goldbloom – Founder and CEO of Kaggle

University of Melbourne graduate Anthony Goldbloom started his prolific career in Department of Treasury of Australia and the Reserve Bank of Australia. He then went on and became an intern in London (The Economist). His first thoughts that spawned the Kaggle were in London where he wrote about “big data” in a column. From there he went to the USA where he created Kaggle, a company that helped NASA, Ford, and Wikipedia (among others) in problem-solving through predictive modeling. The company was very successful, and it gained a lot of media coverage due to payments they received from satisfied clients.

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