Laura Fitton, Pistachio Consulting
Laura "@Pistachio" Fitton is leading the charge of sussing out intelligent and productive business uses of emergent technologies like Twitter, where she is read by thousands of community members. The first to publish a white paper on "Enterprise Microsharing" (popularly called "Internal Twitter") she also writes for an runs the TouchBase blog and is an early beta tester of Seesmic and Qik. She re-launched Pistachio Consulting in September 2008 to connect businesses to new ideas and innovations using all the tools of microsharing. Pistachio comprises the TouchBase blog (covering business use of microsharing), the TouchBase Link Blog (stream of Twitter and microsharing articles for businesspeople, wherever they are published), serves clients like Johnson & Johnson, Ford Motor Corporation, PeopleBrowsr, The Sister Project, Transplant-1 and CommuNteligence, and is writing Twitter for Dummies for Wiley publishing, due July 2009.

Laura's innovative use of social media has gotten the attention of the top minds in technology, as profiled by Naked Conversations author Shel Israel for his Global Survey. Her work is featured in five books published in 2008 including Seth Godin's Tribes, Liz Lynch's Smart Networking, Paul Gillin's Secrets of Social Media Marketing, and Julio Ojeda's Twitter Means Business. She speaks on business use of microsharing for private clients and at technology conferences. Guest lectures on social media and Twitter for Business include Harvard Business School, Bentley College, Clemson and Emerson.

Laura is a magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University's eclectic College Scholar program. In "past lives" she studied science writing with Carl Sagan, rock climbed, sailed on a schooner, raised a niece, ran a hobby farm, traveled and lived abroad.

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Technology Officer & Founding Partner, Blue State Digital
A Blue State Digital founding partner, Jascha Franklin-Hodge brings more than a decade's experience in software development in the corporate, nonprofit, and political spheres to his role as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Based in Blue State Digital's Boston office, he manages the company's technology staff and operations. Jascha also managed the team that created and hosted the barackobama.com technology platform for President Obama's historic campaign.  For Gov. Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, Jascha led the team responsible for scaling, securing, and maintaining a high-visibility, high-traffic Web site, which received praise from both the political and tech communities.

Patrick Moran, Chief Marketing Officer, Mzinga
As Chief Marketing Officer of Mzinga, Patrick Moran uses his more than 15 years of experience in both online and offline marketing to oversee the company’s product marketing, interactive and Web marketing, and corporate communications and public relations.   Patrick comes to Mzinga from Cisco, where he was Sr. Director of Marketing for the Collaboration business unit, responsible for worldwide customer, web, product, and brand marketing for the WebEx SMB product lines.   Patrick has a BS in Communications and Marketing from Emerson College and Mzinga’s CEO and Chair man recently write a book, “BARACK, INC. Winning Business Lessons of the Obama Campaign” on Obama’s winning election strategy, including his social networking strategy; for more information, read the most article covering the book in The Economist.

Nick Nyhan, Digital Coordinator and Strategist for Kantar
Nick Nyhan is the Digital Coordinator and Strategist for Kantar, working across companies to coordinate existing resources for connecting dots and expanding solutions. He returned to Kantar after taking a leave of absence to work on Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Prior to that, Nick was the CEO of Dynamic Logic, a Millward Brown research company under the WPP Group.

He entered market research word 14 years ago through politics, working in Washington DC and New York on issue advocacy and political campaigns. An early proponent of online techniques, Nick has been a featured speaker at many industry events including m50 CMO conference, the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the Online Publishers Association, the Online Media Marketing Advertising Conferences (OMMA), the Wharton Business School, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), the US Bancorp Piper Jaffray Internet Summits, the Nikkei CrossMedia Conference in Japan and has been a lecturer at New York University's Stern School of Business. He served on the Associate Board of the IAB, the Government Affairs Committee for the Council for Marketing Opinion Research (CMOR) and co-chaired the ARF's Online Media Council. In 2007, he helped launch Safecount, an innovative data collection company that focuses on user privacy controls. In 2008 he worked and lived in Europe with a focus on global digital initiatives.

Nick graduated from UMass Amherst and makes his home in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two kids.

Mark Sullivan, Founder, Voter Activation Network
Mark L. Sullivan founded Voter Activation Network (VAN) in 2001, aiming to deliver powerful and intuitive field management software to progressive activists as broadly as possible.  Today VAN works with the Democratic National Committee to make its voter contact and volunteer management tools available to nearly every U.S. Democrat running for office, and VAN software is used by most major U.S. labor unions and progressive interest groups.  In 2009, VAN is focused on building new tools to meet the unique challenges of membership management and union organizing.  A Michigan native, Mark earned a masters degree in public policy at Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.