Monday, October 31, 2011

Hot Startups @Cyberposium

Speakers from exciting startups speaking at Cyberposium this year.

A few of the panelists include:

  • Chegg: online textbook rentals for college 
  • TinyCo: maker of beautiful, fun and engaging mobile games 
  • Birchbox: subscription-based luxe beauty samples service 
  • Warby Parker: delivers classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point 
  • Boxee: maker of device to watch online video content from your TV 
  • Ustream: provider of live, interactive broadcast platform
  • Pocket Gems: maker of free-to-play mobile games

Do be sure to check out their websites to learn more, and speak to the panelists at Cyberposium this Saturday, November 5, at Harvard Business School!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cyberposium: Less than 1 Week Away!

Cyberposium is less than one week away.  Register now!

A tentative agenda has been posted for the conference.  We look forward to seeing you next Saturday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Keynote Speakers Announced!

It's our greatest pleasure to announce this year's amazing keynote speakers for Cyberposium!

Brad Smith, President & CEO of Intuit.  Intuit is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, financial institutions, consumers and accounting professionals, and is consistently ranked as one of the most-admired software companies and best places to work.  Smith joined the company in February 2003 as the vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Accountant Central and Developer Network in Plano, Texas. Previously, he was senior vice president of marketing and business development at ADP. Smith also held various sales, marketing and general management positions with Pepsi, Seven-Up and Advo, Inc.  Smith earned his master’s degree in management from Aquinas College in Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marshall University in West Virginia.

 Brad Smith
President & CEO

Katie Mitic, Director, Platform and Mobile Marketing, Facebook.  Katie leads platform marketing for Facebook, with responsibility for shaping and growing innovative products for millions of developers and businesses that engage with Facebook’s community of over 750 million users. These key offerings include personalization, distribution and payment services that power social experiences in games, media and commerce across the web and mobile devices.  Previously Katie held executive positions at Palm, Yahoo! and a number of successful startups. She serves on the board of eBay and Special Olympics International. Katie holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

Katie Mitic
Director, Platform and Mobile Marketing

Jack Tretton, President & CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America.  Tretton has been with Sony Computer Entertainment America since its inception, when he joined in 1995 as director of sales.  As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton has worked vigorously to make all PlayStation® platforms best sellers in North America. Tretton has played a pivotal role in launching groundbreaking platforms in North America, including the PS One®, PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), PlayStation®3 and the PlayStation®Network.  Prior to joining Sony Computer Entertainment America, Tretton worked for JVC Musical Industries, Activision, Majers Corporation and Duracell, U.S.A. Tretton received his Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College. 

Jack Tretton
President & CEO
Sony Computer Entertainment America

For full bios, please visit our website.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Early Bird Specials Available Through Friday, October 21, 2011

For a limited time through this Friday, October 21, 2011, Early Bird tickets are available for a discounted price.
  • Professional Earlybird ($55)
  • Student Earlybird ($35) - Limited to purchasers with a confirmed current .edu email address
  • TechMedia Club Member Earlybird ($25) - Limited to paid members of the HBS TechMedia Club
 Early Bird registration is available until this Friday 11:59 pm.  Standard ticket pricing will be available thereafter.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cyberposium Preview: Panels and Panelists

Get excited!

This year's Cyberposium Panels will cover a wide range of topics facing the industry, from rethinking ecommerce to exploring new and powerful ways of online marketing.  Examples of this year's panels include:
  • "eBooks: From Print to Digital": Traditional "print" materials are increasingly being consumed via digital devices. How will e-content be published and licensed in the future? Which devices will the mass-market adopt for their e-reading needs? Will paper-based books and traditional retail models interact with e-books going forward? Who wins and loses as ereading gains critical mass?
  • "Cloud Apps for the SMB": Cloud services are radically transforming how small businesses operate. Web-based services like filesharing, video conferencing, CRM and social networking are being adopted at lower costs and with no training requirements. Which new entrants and emerging opportunities have the greatest distruption potential? How will revenue models evolve?
  • "Bridging the Online/Offline Disconnect": New business models and mobile proliferation are unlocking powerful new services that connect online and offline behaviors. Consumers are increasingly integrating the internet into their everyday lives and receiving real-time services and information. How are "online" tools evolving to impact, enhance and disrupt our "offline" lives? How are business able to capture this value? Are these services too complex to benefit mass-market consumers?
  • "Mobile Gaming": The mobile device is on its way to becoming a mass-market gaming platform. Multi-player and social features, freemium games and tablet versions are increasingly populating the market. How big will this market get and how are gamer demographics changing? Who will own the underlying platforms and will they implement tougher terms for game developers?
Panelists include representatives from hot start-ups including Birchbox to market leaders including Google and Intuit.  In addition, this year's participants will have four panel tracks to choose from:
  • Digital Media
  • Enterprise
  • Consumer Web
  • Mobile
 Stay tuned as we announce our speaker and conference lineup!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Registration Now Open for Cyberposium

Registration is now open for Cyberposium 17: Sky's the Limit?  

Cyberposium will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Harvard Business School campus (Boston, MA).

Held annually for the past 16 years, Cyberposium is the largest MBA technology conference in the world.  The conference facilitates an interactive network of current and future business leaders to engage in a provocative dialog about technology and its impact on business and society. 

Last year's speakers included:
This year's panels will cover topics related to mobile, enterprise, consumer web, monetizing media, and consuming media.   

Stay tuned to this blog for announcements as we confirm our conference speakers and finalize over a dozen panels covering exciting topics in high tech and new media. 
Each year Cyberposium unites a community of present and future business leaders who share a common passion to deliver technology’s greatest promises.  The conference draws some 1,000 attendees from the tech/media industries as well as the VC and startup communities.

Participants include CEOs, CTOs, founders, entrepreneurs, Wall Street and technology analysts, a broad range of media and press representatives, and students from over 25 leading MBA programs around the world.

Cyberposium is organized entirely by current MBA students at the Harvard Business School and is the primary campus event of the school’s TechMedia Club.  Please visit the official Cyberposium website at for more information.