As a conference focusing on entrepreneurship, TEDxHarkerSchool speakers are a diverse mix of entrepreneurs, focusing on different fields, such as environmental efficiency, philanthropy, and sports.
Co-founder, Alltop.com, former Chief Evangelist of Apple
Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki is the author of ten books including Enchantment, Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Watch Guy’s talk here.
Chairman and CEO, Serious Energy, 2009 Inc. Magazine “Entrepreneur of the Year”
Kevin Surace is both an entrepreneurial and energy guru, having proven his skills over a 25 year career, including being featured on the cover of Inc. Magazine as the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year, named one of the top 15 entrepreneurs of this decade by CNBC, nominated as Innovator of the Year by PlanetForward, and awarded Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Before joining Serious Energy in 2002, Mr. Surace held executive and technical positions at several companies, such as Air Communications and National Semiconductor. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Rochester Institute of Technology, from where he has been awarded 13 patents.
Watch Kevin’s talk here.
Founder, Involver, sold first company in high school
￼Rahim Fazal is Chief Strategist and Co-Founder at Involver where he focuses on business development, product strategy, recruiting and evangelism. He is a three-time company co-founder, including a web-hosting company he sold for $1.5 million dollars while taking his senior year final exams during high school. He then started a web services platform business and eventually took it public, becoming one of the youngest directors of a publicly traded company in the United States. Rahim completed his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business, the top ranked business school in Canada, and was the youngest student in the school’s 80-year history to be accepted without a prerequisite undergraduate degree. He is a frequent and popular speaker to high school and college students across the U.S. and Canada and also an advisor to the Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Corporation in New York City. Rahim currently sits on the Direct Marketing Association’s Social Media Council. He has been named one of America’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30” by Inc. Magazine, and one of the “Top 25 Digital Thought-Leaders” by iMedia.
Watch Rahim’s talk here.
Founder, Dais, Intarka, Uuma, 1M/1M Initiative
Sramana Mitra has been an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley since 1994, having built three companies: Dais (off-shore software services), Intarka (sales lead generation and qualification Software) and Uuma (online personalized store for selling clothes using Expert Systems software). After selling two of these companies, she began writing a series of books, Entrepreneur Journeys, focused on simplifying and therefore expanding the idea of entrepreneurship. In 2010, Sramana founded the One Million by One Million(1M/1M) initiative, whose intent is to help one million entrepreneurs build one million dollar businesses, equaling an increase in worldwide GDP by one trillion dollars and ten million jobs. Sramana has a Masters degree in EECS from MIT and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Smith college.
Watch Sramana’s talk here.
Founder and CEO, PlaySpan, Inc, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2010’ from Ernst & Young
Karl Mehta is Founder & CEO of PlaySpan, Inc, acquired by Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) in March 2011. PlaySpan is a global leader in monetization platform for digital media, mobile apps, social networks and online games. Mr. Mehta is Silicon Valley based serial entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience in founding, building and funding technology companies in the U.S. and international markets. Prior to founding PlaySpan, Mr. Mehta was part of the founding team at MobileAria Inc. (acquired by Wireless Matrix) based in Mountain View and co-founder/ CEO of OmniLabs Inc., based in Singapore and India. He is a board member of Pratham- Silicon Valley, the largest non-profit organization providing quality education to the underprivileged children of India.
Mr. Mehta won the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2010’ Award from Ernst & Young for Northern California and is a Charter member of TiE-Silicon Valley. He is a board member of Simpa Networks Inc. (a solar energy platform for developing economies), Ecosystem Ventures, and Pratham- Silicon Valley, the largest non-profit organization providing quality education to the underprivileged children of India.
Watch Karl’s talk here.