Venture capitalist and a damned fine blogger.
Along with his partners at USV, Fred has invested in Twitter, Tumblr, Etsy, Foursquare, Boxee, 10gen, Meetup, Stack Overflow, Zynga… basically the entire Internet. He is responsible for a fundamental shift in the way VCs interact with entrepreneurs. Instead of sitting on high like some Olympian, Fred prefers to remain approachable and responsive. That accessibility has made him easily the most sought after investor in the business.
We’re very excited to hear what he has to say about the kinds of ideas he expects to fund in the future.
Designer, blogger, entrepreneur, artist, and clearly a non-sleeper.
Cameron is one of those multi-animal mythical creatures of yore: part designer, part entrepreneur, part blogger, and part artist. His company, Authentic Jobs, has enabled connections at countless startups and is indirectly responsible for a lot of our favorite apps.
We think Cameron will have a lot to say about his experience with Authentic Jobs and about running a company full-time while still engaging in other pursuits. If we’re lucky, he may even demo some new features.
Chief of technology and social media maven.
Shelley is the Chief of Technology at the Brooklyn Museum, frequently considered to be the epitome of social media innovation. You might say she’s who every social media expert wants to be, the real deal. With more than 100,000 followers on Twitter and a very engaged online audience, the museum has learned how to make the most of technology to serve its mission.
Shelley’s work has received praise around the world, and she is one of New York’s 40 Under 40 for 2010.
Designer, illustrator, musician, and author. Publisher of 8 Faces.
Elliot is best known as a designer, but he never hesitates to step outside of his comfort zone, and this boldness has awarded him skills as a musician, illustrator, speaker, author, and now publisher.
We like Elliot’s entrepreneurial spirit and think he’ll have some great stories to share about the challenges, mistakes, and overall experience of launching 8 Faces, a hugely-successful print magazine for people who love type.
#NewTwitter Product Lead, Designer, Author
Simply put, Kevin is an Internet superhero. He is the product lead for #NewTwitter, which some of you may have seen, and hopefully all of you will have seen by Brooklyn Beta (hint, hint, Kevin). Before that, he cut his teeth as the director of user experience at Raptr and as the designer of Yahoo Pipes.
In his free time, he is also writing a book called See What I Mean: How to Communicate Ideas With Comics and organizing a binary wedding. We can’t wait to hear Kevin talk about design and development teams working together to make something great.
Co-founder and CTO of Tumblr. Creator of Instapaper.
Marco embodies the spirit that represents Brooklyn Beta. He left a pretty fantastic job as the CTO of Tumblr in order to put his full energy and attention into his own app, Instapaper, “a simple tool to save web pages for reading later.” Instapaper is a hugely popular app, and people love it so much that they pay for a premium version that lacks any extra features. Nice.
We’re really looking forward to hearing Marco share his decision to leave a great job to pursue Instapaper full time. We hope his testimonial will inspire you to pursue something of your own.
Designer, reluctant entrepreneur gone rogue, and conference organizer.
Colly is the sort of web designer that, quite frankly, makes us a little jealous. If he wasn’t so nice, we’d probably not even like him. Yeah, he’s that good. You might know him as the co-founder of Erskine Design, where he worked until 2010, or as the world-renowned independent designer he has been since.
We asked Colly to give a design workshop, because we think his detailed and scientific approach to design is not only important, but can also help bridge the perceived divide between designers and developers. We also like that he doesn’t hesitate to put himself out there and is now organizing his own conference, New Adventures.
Deputy designer at SimpleBits, illustrator, CSS master, and owl lover.
Meagan is a talented designer, skilled in a variety of web technologies, including XHTML, CSS, and Ruby on Rails. There is no other way to say it; she is owltastic. She combines everything that is awesome about owls with everything that is awesome about the word fantastic.
We wanted a workshop on CSS3 taught by a practitioner, someone who not only knows the technology inside and out, but can also show us how to apply it to our craft. We love Meagan’s designs and had our fingers crossed when we asked her to teach our CSS3 workshop, because she’s exactly the sort of designer we had in mind.
Opera evangelist, web standards badass, and Renaissance man.
When we wanted someone to teach you all about HTML5 and friends, we knew we wanted somehow who could deliver a no-nonsense workshop that ignores the hype and gives you practical, real-world advice. Pat fits the bill perfectly, and we’re looking forward to his hallway rants as much as we’re looking forward to his workshop.
Experience designer, creator of jQTouch, and Sencha creative director.
We knew we wanted someone to run a workshop about building mobile apps with web standards, and we could not be more ecstatic that David agreed to give one. We suspect you’ll hear a lot more about him as this space heats up.
All conference attendees will be given an additional pair of socks.