Panel of Experts

Meet the first thirteen members of our advisory panel. Additional experts are being announced regularly.

Chris Anderson is editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and author of The Long Tail. Chris is also a former U.S. Business Editor at The Economist, where he served as Asia Business Editor (based in Hong Kong) and Technology Editor. He is an officer of the Young Presidents’ Association and a regular speaker and participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Marc Andreessen is the co-founder of Ning, a consumer internet company. He also serves on the board of Open Media Network. Marc is best known as a co-founder and chief technical mind behind Netscape Communications Corporation and co-author of Mosaic, the first widely-used web browser.
Ryan Block is editor-in-chief of Engadget a web magazine covering consumer electronics and technology. In addition to appearing to speak at Engadget events and co-hosting a weekly podcast, he is also a contributor and a founding editor of Joystiq, and a technology critic and commentator who has been quoted in Business Week, the New York Times, the Wall St. Journal. Ryan also maintains an active personal blog.
Roelof Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital focused on services and software investments. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2003, Roelof served as the Chief Financial Officer of PayPal (EBAY) and worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Roelof is a certified actuary (Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries), and has a BS in Actuarial Science, Economics, and Statistics from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mark Cuban is the co-founder of Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes Magnolia Pictures, Magnolia Home Entertainment, HDNet Films, 2929 Productions, HDNet and HDNet Movies. He is best known as the creator of computer consulting business Micro Solutions, and cofounder of, as well as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, an NBA franchise. Mark posts frequently at Blog Maverick.
Caterina Fake is an American businesswoman and entrepreneur. She is best known as the co-founder of Flickr, a photo-sharing service, and a previous Art Director at She has won many awards, including Business Week’s Best Leaders of 2005, Forbes 2005 eGang, Fast Company’s Fast 50, and Red Herring’s 20 Entrepreneurs under 35 and the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. She sits on the board of Etsy and advises many startups. At Yahoo! Caterina runs strategy for Brickhouse, known for its Hack Yahoo! program, a stimulus to innovation and creativity.
Brad Garlinghouse is SVP, Communications & Communities at Yahoo!, which includes the world’s most popular webmail product, Yahoo! Mail, Messenger and Groups. During his tenure, Brad has also overseen the primary starting points to the Yahoo! network, including and My Yahoo! Brad is the author of the infamous Peanut Butter Manifesto, which received significant press for his vision for Yahoo! to realize its full potential. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Brad served as CEO of Dialpad Communications. Earlier in his career, Brad led VC investments in communications and Internet businesses at @Ventures. He also spent time in leadership roles at @Home Network and SBC Communications.
MC Hammer is an American MC who brought rap music to a mass pop audience during the late 1980s and early 1990s, selling millions of copies of his chart topping albums. He is known for his important influence on hip hop culture and music. Following the September 11, 2020 attacks, Hammer released the patriotic album Active Duty on his own WorldHit label and donated portions of the proceeds to 9/11 charities. MC Hammer has a television show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Hammer is an advisor to stealth Internet start-up Dance Jam.
Om Malik is the founder of Giga Omni Media, Inc. and executive editor for the technology blog GigaOM. Before founding GigaOm, he was a senior writer for Business 2.0 magazine in San Francisco, focusing on the broadband and telecommunications sector. Previously, Om was a senior writer at Red Herring and Forbes. Additionally, he is the co-founder of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) and, an events site for Indian emigrants.
Marissa Mayer is VP, Search Products & User Experience at Google. She joined Google in 1999 as Google’s first female engineer. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google’s search interface, internationalizing the site to 100+ languages and launching numerous features and products. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. Before Google, she worked at UBS research lab (Ubilab) and SRI International. Marissa has been featured in various publications, including Newsweek (”10 Tech Leaders of the Future”), Red Herring (”15 Women to Watch”), Business 2.0, BusinessWeek, Fortune and Fast Company.
Rajeev Motwani is a professor of computer science at Stanford University, where he also serves as the director of graduate studies. His research interests include: databases and data mining, web search and information retrieval, robotics, and theoretical computer science. He has written several books including Randomized Algorithms, published by Cambridge University Press. Motwani has received the Godel Prize, the Arthur P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the Bergmann Memorial Award from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation and an IBM Faculty Award.
Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. He is best known for his popular blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technical evangelist at Microsoft. He and his wife Maryam currently work at, a video-podcast startup. He is also the co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.
Dave Winer is a software developer and entrepreneur. He is a pioneer in the areas of RSS 2.0 (Really Simple Syndication), XML-RPC, OPML, and the MetaWeblog API. He is also the author of Scripting News, one of the first weblogs, established in 1997. Dave is the founder of the Living Videotext and Userland Software companies. He is also a former contributing editor at Wired Magazine and research fellow at Harvard Law School.