Eight Fascinating People You'll See At IGNITION

Who’s the executive that led a social network to worldwide adoption and multi-billion-dollar valuations?

Or the determined investor who backed a blogging empire in a field people claim is “dying?”

What about the tenacious dreamer who pursued his vision for more than a decade — through hundreds of rejections and all the way to IPO? 

We’ve got ’em onstage at IGNITION, Business Insider’s conference on the future of media, taking place Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2011 at the Time Warner centre in New York City.

Check out our new IGNITION agenda for the full line-up.

They’re the people who view our current era of massive media disruption as ripe with opportunity. They’re expanding the definition of “media” to include social, local, mobile, games, real-time communication and sharing, and data.

Want to hear their stories and insight? Ask a question, spark a conversation, and meet other industry colleagues? Then join us.



Deep Nishar, SVP Product, LinkedIn

Remember when LinkedIn was a staid alternate to Facebook for the more career-minded? No? That's probably because the social juggernaut has transformed into an everywhere tool for professionals, recruiters, and anyone who wants to refine their Web presence. Meanwhile, the company has created an indispensable news source with LinkedIn Today. How'd they do it? And what's next?

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

When she joined, it was a social network in search of a viable business plan. Nasayers doubted the company could maintain its addictive service without display-ad dilution. Now it's valued at $84 billion on private markets and prepping for a 2012 IPO. Slam. Dunk.

Peter Vesterbacka, CMO, Rovio

You know you've arrived when they're making theme parks in China about your company. Angry Birds has gone from app to empire, with merchandising opportunities abounding. How did the team grow a popular game into an immense entertainment brand? What lessons can creator Peter Vesterbacka offer others seeking to do the same?

Tim Westergren, Co-founder, Pandora

How does Pandora know what you want (say, that Ella Fitzgerald should come after Bright Eyes should follow Neil Young)? Well, it's been a slog through hundred of pitches, a decade of company-building, and tenacious pursuit of a great product: the Music Genome Project. So, back to the question: How do they do it? (And how much can other content companies learn from their example?)

Adam Bain, CRO, Twitter

He's tasked with helping the micro-blogging service's media-savvy user and advertiser community generate and grow revenue. Find out how everyone from Fortune 500 to Hollywood is getting on board in our interview at IGNITION.

Elizabeth Spiers, Editor-in-Chief, New York Observer

From helping bring to life the blog that would become a media empire -- Gawker -- to launching digital content brands, Spiers is expert at the new media reality. Her couch-blogger-to-corner-office ascent has landed her as editor the New York Observer. How is she leading the storied brand into a dual digital-print future?

Eric Hippeau, Partner, Lerer Ventures

He invested in, then helped shape The Huffington Post as CEO to a $315 million exit to AOL earlier this year. That's right: in the 'decline of journalism' era, he helped steer a content-driven media company to an empire. Hear more about Hippeau's smart investments on our stage.

Jonah Peretti, Founder & CEO, BuzzFeed

Between celebrity hijinks, hilarious spoofs, and is-this-real-or-not content you can't help but forward to your friends, there's a method to 'going viral' online. And this man knows it. Peretti is an expert at where people share, why, and when. But hey, don't take our word for it. Just Google him and check some of his (often NSFW) projects. Or better yet, come to IGNITION.

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