Pubcon, the premier social media and optimization conference, has lined up three renowned technology stars to headline the week-long Pubcon New Orleans 2013 event, as Obama for America chief integration and innovation officer Michael Slaby, noted venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups Dave McClure, and popular online entrepreneur and founder of digital culture company LockerGnome Chris Pirillo will present major keynote addresses in The Big Easy on April 22 – 25.
Pubcon’s triptych of enticing powerhouse keynotes by Slaby, McClure and Pirillo will headline the year’s largest and most-anticipated gathering of new media and online marketing professionals as thousands gather in New Orleans for a week offering up more than 100 cutting-edge sessions in six of today’s most relevant tracks featuring over 150 top international speakers.
MICHAEL SLABY PUBCON NEW ORLEANS KEYNOTE
During the intense 2008 presidential election cycle, Slaby served as CTO for Obama for America and as technology director for the entire presidential transition team. Prior to joining the Obama family,Slaby worked as deputy campaign manager for an alderman in Chicago and spent the 2006 cycle at The Strategy Group.
Slaby will present a major keynote address to start off an important week of social media and search at Pubcon New Orleans 2013. “I’m excited to share my experience with Pubcon and am eager to learn from such an incredible community,” Slaby said recently.
Passionate and committed to saving the world, Slaby returned to the Obama Team in March 2011 as chief integration and innovation officer where he oversees the CTO, CIO, CAO, and ensures effective integration of technology into the rest of the campaign. Most recently Slaby was the digital global practice chair at Edelman and chief technology strategist for TomorrowVentures — Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt’s hybrid venture capital fund — where he worked with companies from Fortune 100 giants to small angel-round start-ups on their digital media, technology, and organizational strategy.
Pubcon New Orleans keynote speaker Slaby has also served as a technology and digital strategy advisor, a board member to several non-profit initiatives including Fuck Cancer, Bright Pink, I Am That Girl, LiveStrong, Citizen Effect, and Jumo, and was named to Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40 List for 2011. Before jumping into politics and campaigns full-time, Slaby spent several years working in multimedia design and development and Web application and platform development with a series of start-ups. In April during Pubcon New Orleans 2013 Slaby will share some of the insight and strategy that has made him one of the world’s most successful social media figures.
Learn more about Pubcon keynote speaker Slaby:
- Michael Slaby website
- Twitter @slaby account
- Rolling Stone "The Obama Campaign’s Real Heroes" article by Tim Dickinson
- Wired.com "Wrath of the Math: Obama Wins Nerdiest Election Ever" article by Spencer Ackerman
- Ars Technica "Built to win: Deep Inside Obama’s Campaign Tech" article by Sean Gallagher
- New York Times "The Obama Campaign’s Technology Is a Force Multiplier" article by Steve Lohr
- The Atlantic "When the Nerds Go Marching In" article by Alexis C. Madrigal
DAVE MCCLURE PUBCON NEW ORLEANS KEYNOTE
Noted influential startup angel investor McClure’s keynote at Pubcon New Orleans 2013 will offer one of the industry’s most outspoken and lively takes on what is needed to succeed as a new socialmedia business.
McClure’s thriving Mountain View, California-based 500 Startups is an Internet startup seed fund and incubator program. McClure has been an investor in over 250 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, SendGrid, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, among numerous others.
McClure has worked in Silicon Valley for more than two decades, with firms including PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Simply Hired,O’Reilly Media, Intel, and Microsoft. In 2007 at Stanford University, McClure helped teach the nation’s first class on Facebook and social networking platforms, and from 2001 thru 2004, he was director of marketing at PayPal (acquired by eBay in 2002), where he started the PayPal Developer Network program. McClure is also the co-founder of Startup2Startup, a regular get-together for Silicon Valley startup entrepreneurs and investors, and leads a travel group called GeeksOnaPlane, that promotes cultural exchange and education for technology entrepreneurs worldwide.
McClure will bring his unrestrained and oftentimes uncensored passion for helping startups with product and marketing strategy to Pubcon New Orleans 2013.
Find out more about Pubcon keynote speaker McClure:
CHRIS PIRILLO PUBCON NEW ORLEANS KEYNOTE
The highly-anticipated third major keynote at Pubcon New Orleans 2013 will be presented by socialmedia pioneer and innovator Pirillo.
Pirillo has been sharing technology stories online since 1996, and has a dedicated social media following including more than 116,000 followers on Twitter, 141,000 Facebook fans, and some 240,000 people view his popular YouTube video channel that has seen over 150 million views.
Pirillo’s LockerGnome and other online properties are popular sources of trusted up-to-the-minute technology and Internet culture news.
At Pubcon, Pirillo will speak about an area widely underutilized in online advertising. “While content remains king, there’s something greater than content to generate: a cult of personality,” Pirillo said of his Pubcon New Orleans 2013 keynote.
“This isn’t just about ‘building a personal brand’ — it’s about evoking interpersonal connection with community. This simply cannot be gamed, and the rewards remain largely untapped by an industry that is buried by ‘content’ and outmoded means of measuring value. Attention is difficult to attract, and near-impossible to measure and maintain. Advertising models will be forced to adapt, and sponsorships will begin to reign supreme,” Pirillo added.
Get to know Pubcon keynote speaker Pirillo:
- Chris Pirillo website
- LockerGnome website
- Twitter profile
- Facebook profile
- Google+ account
- YouTube channel
- LinkedIn account
- Wikipedia page
THREE KEYNOTES ONLY THE START OF PUBCON’S WEEK OF LEARNING
Register for Pubcon New Orleans 2013 today at some of the fairest early-bird pre-conference rates in the industry, and see Slaby, McClure, Pirillo, and the hundreds of other leading technologyspeakers who will present sessions in The Big Easy on April 22 – 25 at the state-of-the-art New Orleans Convention Center. We look forward to seeing you there.
Lane R. Ellis
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