Advertising Agency Growth Specialist, Peter Levitan, ran business development at Saatchi & Saatchi in Europe and North America before owning his own agency in Portland. He has also started two internet companies and is currently a consultant to small and medium agencies all over the world.
D'Wayne Edwards, Founder of Pensole Footwear Design Academy & Wacom's Sr. PR Manager Doug Little discuss design in the digital era and Wacom's recent move to downtown Portland.
Matt Watson is the Founder and Creative Director at Watson Creative. His team serves a diversity of professional sports teams, health organizations, Non-profits and global/local brands.
John Pavlus is a writer and filmmaker who specializes in making things that make things make sense. He has published work with WIRED, Scientific American, National Geographic and Fast Company.
Rick Turoczy has been working in high-tech marketing communications in the Portland area for nearly 20 years. As founder and editor of Silicon Florist, he has blogged about the Portland startup scene for more than six years. That side project led Turoczy to co-found PIE (the Portland Incubator Experiment), a startup accelerator. Those efforts led him to co-found TechFestNW, a tech event run in collaboration with MusicFestNW, which has been dubbed "the next SXSW" by Fortune magazine. His latest project is Oregon Story Board, which he co-founded with Oregon Film. It's an accelerator designed to help digital storytellers like filmmakers and video game creators build scalable and sustainable businesses.
Luria Petrucci is the CEO and video host of Geeks Life, a lifestyle online channel dedicated to encouraging everyone to embrace their inner geek. Luria began covering tech news online after the release of the very first iPod and became a podcasting and internet pioneer, with her work on GeekBeat.TV and GeekBeat LIVE. Her latest project, Geeks University, focuses on helping businesses and brands get more traffic, more fans and more sales through live streaming and online video.
Jennifer Davis is the CMO and VP of Beaverton based Planar Systems. She is a high energy, articulate senior executive who uses entrepreneurial skills to build high performing businesses, product lines, and go-to-market strategies. Through numerous leadership roles, have been able to quickly assess business and customer needs, optimize resources and investments, and deliver superior results.
Joshua Palmer is the Director of Project Nova at Daimler Trucks North America. Daimler recently opened a its new, 9-story corporate HQ overlooking the Willamette River on Portland's Swan Island.
The new headquarters boasts an impressive Energy Star score of 99 out of 100 and intends to seek LEED Platinum Certification.
Mike Rogoway has been writing about technology in the Portland area since 1998 and covering the business of technology for The Oregonian since 2004. His beat includes Intel, Portland's startup renaissance, and the Northwest's rising data center industry.
For the past 15 years Scott has been building digital strategies through content development, search engine marketing, social media, marketing automation and video creation to make the most of online and mobile platforms to create an effective business presence. He is currently the Sr. Director of Marketing at Opal Labs in Portland, working with some of the world's largest brands.
Ben founded Cascade Web Development in 2001 following three years leading another web design start up, Mt. Hood Software. An Oregon native and graduate of Lewis and Clark College, Ben is a 15 year veteran of Portland's creative and tech industry. Ben's focus at cascade includes overseeing company Operations, Web Strategy and Business Development.
Over the last 12 years, Angela's placed more than 70 angel investments and advised startups spanning everything from mobile to consumer products to clean tech.
Angela proudly maintains multiple leadership roles in the flourishing Portland startup ecosystem. In addition to being Co-Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund, she's also Director of Portland State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which has housed more than 30 emerging tech companies to date. Angela is a past Chair of Angel Oregon and past President of Keiretsu Forum Portland chapter.
An entrepreneur herself, early in her career, Angela launched, secured funding, and managed several ventures including a clean water educational nonprofit.
Nat Parker is the CEO of moovel North America. moovel N.A. works to bring mobility solutions for public and alternative transportation options to North American cities through two distinctive but complementary products.
Alexa Divett approaches the subject of cannabis business development in a different light. She is a veteran and long-time advocate for the cannabis industry and her eBook, Marijuana Millions: The Foundation For Success, is one of the best cannabis industry branding books on the market today.
Caleb Denison is the Senior Editor for Home Theater and Entertainment coverage at Digital Trends. His staff covers news in television, movies, music, music technologies, and streaming entertainment of all stripes along with the devices that support it. He also oversees reviews of headphones, speakers, home theater and home audio electronics, televisions, Blu-ray players, media streamers, turntables, projectors, and smart home gadgets.
As CEO of Jama Software, Scott sets the strategic vision for the company. Jama Software is the definitive system of record and action for product development. Jama's modern requirements and test management solution helps enterprises accelerate development time, mitigate risk, slash complexity and verify regulatory compliance. More than 600 product-centric organizations, including NASA, Boeing and Caterpillar use Jama to modernize their process for bringing complex products to market.
Tami Wood is Community Lead at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator. JLR Incubator supports, mentors and gives resources to early-stage software startups working in the mobility space that are positioned to disturb the world of connected car technologies. The incubators supports these start ups and helps them to get their ideas off the ground and succeed in the automotive environment.
Josh is Crowd Supply's CEO. He received his doctorate from the MIT Media Lab and holds a BA in physics and mathematics from Swarthmore College, which is to say he's devoted a significant amount of his time learning how to make things that blink. As head of Crowd Supply's project efforts, he is helping others do the same. Prior to Crowd Supply, Josh worked in a variety of technology settings, from instrumenting thousands of audience members with custom wearable computers for a Cirque du Soleil performance to, most recently, serving as head of engineering at Puppet Labs.
Nitin is an entrepreneur. He came to Oregon as a Software Engineer at Mentor Graphics after having worked for three software startups in Silicon Valley and Seattle. Nitin utilized his background to raise $20 million in angel and venture capital for First Insight and in 2010 exited his investors via buy-back of their shares. He is currently President and CEO of First Insight Corporation, a Hillsboro, Oregon based software company which he founded in 1994. First Insight leads the eye-care industry in electronic medical records, practice management and e-commerce products for independent optometrists and ophthalmologists with its flagship product − MaximEyes. Since 2007 Nitin has been an active angel investor, mentor and is a founding charter member and President of the Board of TiE Oregon. In this role he has grown TiE to a full-fledged angel investment group with a successful mentoring program and launched several education and incubator programs. Nitin is currently serving as TiE Angels Oregon’s Chair and in this role has led the group to over $5 million in investments in 28 startups.
Josh is the Co-Founder/CEO of BrightWork. The Brightwork platform enables Developers to standup an entire full stack in minutes, not hours or days. On top of that, the platform allows Developers to swap out APIs on the fly without having to re-code or re-deploy their code.
Chris Murphy has been with adidas for almost seven years, starting in the E-Commerce Group as a consultant, moving into Digital Marketing— where he led the team for three years— and now as the Director of Brand Communications and Digital Marketing. He has held both global and regional management positions while at adidas.
From her flagship studio in Portland, Oregon, Sadie has created a unique style of whole-health fitness classes combining the disciplines of ballet barre work, Pilates and yoga. Her modern approach offers serious results, accessible programs and inspiration for balanced living. Barre3’s worldwide franchise locations and Online Workouts have attracted A-list celebrities, major publications such as Self, Fitness and In Style and everyday moms – just like Sadie.
Suzanne is editor of the Portland Business Journal, overseeing the newsroom and guiding all news operations. Malia covers technology, startups and entrepreneurs.
Paul has been developing commercial software since 1999. It wasn’t long before he realized video game development was the perfect combination of highly technical and highly creative work for . From there, he worked on numerous interactive 3D projects. Usually these projects were on the cutting edge of computing and sensing technology. Today, Paul is in Portland connecting the dots and growing the VR community.