2010 SPEAKERS

Our inaugural speakers for TEDxConstitutionDrive 2010:

 

Anant Agrawal

Anant Agrawal

vending frontierman and co-founder of Cantaloupe Systems
“Cash: In God We Trust”
Anant Agrawal is the co-founder and Director and Head of Sales and Marketing for Cantaloupe Systems, Inc. of Berkeley, CA. Cantaloupe Systems is the leading provider of wireless remote machine monitoring systems and software management services for the vending industry. More than 120 of the country’s largest vending operators employ Cantaloupe’s “Seed” wireless monitoring and SaaS solutions in over 40,000 machines with between 3,000 and 4,000 new units being added each month.Since its inception in 2002, Cantaloupe Systems has received numerous industry awards and been recognized by leading business publications. In December 2009, Forbes Magazine profiled Cantaloupe Systems in a feature article: “Cantaloupe Systems Brings Order to Vending’s Chaos”. Cantaloupe has also been profiled in Inc. 500’s and SF Business Times’ “Fastest Growing Private Companies” lists.
Paige Craig

Paige Craig

entrepreneur and adrenaline-fueled angel investor
“The Transparency Movement & Trust”
Paige Craig is an entrepreneur, angel investor, board member, and advisor to both early-stage consumer internet and new media companies, as well as companies in the national security and defense sectors. Paige began his military career at West Point, followed by stints in the United States Marine Corps and the Department of Defense in a variety of roles involving counter-intelligence, terrorism, and emerging technologies. He founded Lincoln Group on the front lines of Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Africa. In early 2007, Paige stepped out of daily management to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship and technology. Since April of 2009, Paige Craig has invested, advised, and served on the boards of over 30 companies, focusing primarily on entertainment platforms and social data companies.With co-founder George Ishii (formerly of Adobe, Paypal, Geni.com, and Yammer), Paige recently founded BetterWorks, a revolutionary B2B platform for businesses to “Make Work Rewarding” in the belief that happier employees make for better companies. In his spare time, Paige enjoys travel, diving, snowboarding, surfing, climbing, mountain biking, running and generally anything involving adrenaline and risk. He currently resides in Beverly Hills, and his home is always open to young
entrepreneurs passing through town.
Paul Zak

Paul Zak

founder/Director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies, also known as “Dr. Love”
“The Science of Trust”
Paul J. Zak is a scientist, prolific author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zak also serves as Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center.He is credited with the first published use of the term “neuroeconomics” and has been a vanguard in this new discipline, administering the first doctoral program in neuroeconomics. In 2004, Dr. Zak’s lab discovered that the brain chemcial oxytocin allows us to determine who to trust. His current research has shown that oxytocin is responsible for virtuous behaviors, working as the brain’s “moral molecule.” This knowledge is being used to understand the basis for civilization and modern economies, improve negotiations, and treat patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders. His book The Moral Molecule: Vampire Economics and the New Science of Good and Evil will be out in 2012.
Colt Briner

Colt Briner

Democrasoft vice president and Magically Inclined illusionist
“Playing with Fire and Other Bad Ideas”
Colt Briner, a Professor of Magic at Santa Rosa Junior College, has been performing and refining his acclaimed repertoire of illusions for nearly two decades. His unique blend of comedy, magic, and storytelling has entertained audiences around the world and earned him a place as one of the Bay Area’s premier entertainers. Colt’s unique “Phusion Technique,” a modernized version of Polynesian fire dancing, was developed over ten years of self-teaching and private study. Colt has refined and enhanced his Phusion routine through frequent encounters with fire dancers and martial artists from around the world.
Fran Maier

Fran Maier

President and Executive Chair, TrustE
“Trust and Privacy: Challenge of Social Networking”
Since Fran Maier joined TRUSTe in 2001, she has overseen the certification of privacy practices for over 3,000 websites. Under her leadership, TRUSTe secured investment capital in 2008 and successfully transformed from a non-profit industry association into a for-profit business. As President of TRUSTe, Fran oversees marketing and policy development, utilizing over 15 years of experience building brands and consumer trust online. As a co-founder of Match.com, Fran was instrumental in establishing the credibility and safety of online dating, thus making Match.com the leading online dating service. In executive marketing roles at Women.com and Kmart’s BlueLight.com, Fran both established new online brands and brought blue-chip offline brands onto the Internet. Fran speaks widely on privacy, security, and trust issues. She’s appeared before the Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Commerce, as well as testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Fran has won a 2009 Stevie Award for Women in Business, Best Executive and been recognized by AlwaysOn as one of its 2010 Top 25 Women in Tech to Watch.
Laura Slezinger

Laura Slezinger

Managing Director of Girls in Tech SF
Laura is Managing Director of the San Francisco chapter of Girls in Tech, a social network enterprise focused on engagement, education, and empowerment of like-minded, professional, intelligent, and influential women in technology. She has overseen numerous programs and workshops highlighting women developers and inspiring female entrepreneurs. Laura has been pursuing her interest in technology and intellectual property since she was editor-in-chief of Motions (newspaper of the University of San Diego School of Law) and staff editor on the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin ( University of San Francisco School of Law). She also worked on the Intellectual Property and Internet Justice Clinic, advocating for students being sued by the RIAA for alleged illegal downloading of music. Laura was also instrumental in establishing an intellectual property protection program for an environmental compliance company based in Carlsbad, California. Currently, Laura is a Legal Editor for LexisNexis and Contracts & Licensing Manager for Urban Darling, LLC.
Kaitlin McGaw

Kaitlin McGaw

bluesy vocalist and songwriter
“Finding the Way Home”
Kaitlin McGaw is a singer-songwriter with an academic past. While an undergraduate at Harvard University, she majored in African-American Studies and spent her spare time focusing on social activism, which took her as far away as Cape Town, South Africa in her pursuit of understanding arts and social change. The poetry and performances in South Africa reignited Kaitlin’s artistic aspirations and inspired her to move to San Francisco upon graduation to pursue music. Since moving to California, Kaitlin has released two albums, performed in hundreds of shows, and done three solo tours. Her songwriting and performances draw in listeners with a combination of powerhouse vocals, tender stories, and intimate delivery. She trusts that this musical path – however unpredictable – is worth traveling.
Sri Artham

Sri Artham

Director of Strategic Accounts at Fair Trade USA
“Trust: Now on Sale!”
Sri likes to tell his friends that his old job was “making rich people richer” and his new job is “making poor people richer.” He spent close to a decade as a consultant advising some of the world’s largest companies on how to grow faster and become more profitable. Now, he works for Fair Trade USA encouraging companies to pay developing world farmers a fair price for their products while protecting the planet . . . and he couldn’t be happier!
Barak Kassar

Barak Kassar

co-Founder of Zibkids.com and creative director at Rassak Experience
“A Brief History of Reality”
Two jobs. Little sleep. Lots of fun. Barak is the principal and creative director at Rassak Experience, an award-winning digital brand building and communications firm with offices in Barcelona and San Francisco. Clients range from startups who put the 2.0 in web 2.0 (Slide, StumbleUpon) and multinationals (Ricoh Innovations, Nokia). He is also co-founder (with his nine-year-old son) of Zibkids.com — a web service that lets very young kids play and be entrepreneurs. He currently serves on the advisory boards of TextMarks and Bixbe. Earlier work includes: Founder of INBOXTV; VP Marketing and Business Development of CHOW; Senior Marketing Manager at Wink Communications; Marketing Manager at Ferris Research. Check Barak’s blog at www.everythingcommunicat.es, and join the Rassak online community at www.facebook.com/rassakexperience
Rebecca Mercuri

Rebecca Mercuri

Ph.D., President and CTO, Notable Software, Inc.
“Transparency and Trust in Electronic Voting Systems”
Rebecca Mercuri is the lead forensic expert at Notable Software, Inc., the company she founded in 1981. Her caseload has included matters involving contraband, child endangerment, murder, computer viruses and malware, wrongful work termination, class-action suits, copyright and patent infringement, and election recounts (most notably Bush v. Gore). Dr. Mercuri has provided formal testimony and comment to the House Science Committee, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Election Assistance Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, the U.K. Cabinet, and numerous state legislatures and municipal bodies. She is a senior life member of the Association for Computing Machinery, where she authored the Security Watch feature and numerous guest columns of Inside Risks for Communications magazine, and is a co-founder and past chair of the professional joint chapter of the Princeton ACM/IEEE Computer Society. Rebecca is also an adjunct member of the Computer Engineering faculty at The College of New Jersey, where she teaches a broad range of topics, including a senior engineering lecture/laboratory elective on Digital Forensics.
Rob Fuggetta

Rob Fuggetta

Founder of brand advocacy firm Zuberance
“Consumer Trust in the Social Media Age”
Rob is the driving force behind Zuberance’s vision and strategy. He founded Zuberance in February 2007, because he saw a major opportunity for companies to harness the power of Word of Mouth and the Social Web to drive sales. As CEO, Rob is ultimately responsible for all aspects of Zuberance’s business including product, engineering, operations, customer success, and sales and marketing. Rob is a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley who has played a leadership role in three start-ups including Genuity, which went public in June 2000. Rob was formerly a partner at Regis McKenna Inc., the legendary Silicon Valley marketing and communications firm, where he co-led the global Apple business.