1. The Sharing Economy

    Register Now for DDN Digital Town Hall Meeting: The Sharing Economy
    Reserve your virtual seat for our complimentary, telephone town hall meeting! This is a live, interactive webinar event and no commuting or travel is required.
    The Sharing Economy
    P2P: Transcending Economic, Geographic & Social Boundaries
    Tuesday, June 23
    4:00 – 5:00pm EDT/1:00 – 2:00pm PDT
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    Technology has transcended geographical boundaries, thereby enabling individuals, organizations and communities to create, collaborate and distribute products and services peer-to-peer, person-to-person (P2P). At its core, the Sharing Economy is the People’s Economy. During this hour-long conversation, innovative brands will share how they have utilized technology to promote a more efficient and equitable distribution of resources at all levels of society, thereby inducing the economic and social redistribution of power.
    Moderator:
    Sherri L. Smith, Senior Staff Writer, Purch
    Speakers:
    Peter Giorgi, Global Head of Advertising & Content, Airbnb
    Vincent Paradiso, CEO & Co-founder, Let’s Du+tch, Inc.
    Arun Sundararajan, Professor of Information, Operations & Management Sciences & NEC Faculty Fellow, New York University Stern School of Business
    Join us from the comfort of your workspace. All you need is a phone. You will also be able to ask questions in real time, so we urge you to join the conversation.
    Who should participate?
    Corporate professionals
    Entrepreneurs
    Aspiring digital media & tech professionals
    Students
    Anyone who wants to become a creator, collaborator or producer

    Registration is complimentary.
    Just click here to sign up and receive instructions for joining the conversation.

  2. DDN Content Strategy Salon

    Speakers Announced for DDN Content Strategy Salon in Los Angeles!
    Registration is now open for our Los Angeles Content Strategy Salon, presented in partnership with Warner Bros.
    Please plan to join us on Wednesday, July 15 from 6:30 -9:00 pm at the Cross Campus tech hub in Santa Monica as our diverse line-up of leading creators, innovators, marketers, distributors and strategists share key principles and strategies for navigating the complex multi-platform environment, as well as the world of virtual reality.
    The agenda includes:
    One-on-One Conversation: Creating an Immersive Experience
    Featuring:
    Guy Primus, Co-founder & COO, The Virtual Reality Company
    Moderated by:
    Laurence “Lo” Toney, Partner, Comcast Ventures
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    Guy Primus
    Co-founder & COO
    The Virtual Reality Company

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    Laurence “Lo” Toney
    Partner
    Comcast Ventures

    Panel Discussion: M3 – Multi-platform, Multi-purpose, Multi-cultural Content
    Moderator:
    Diana Mogullon, Warner Bros.
    Panelists:
    Amy Barnett, Executive Editor, ESPN
    Robinne Burrell, Head of Entertainment Product, IMDb, Amazon
    Anna Fieler, EVP, Marketing, POPSUGAR Brands
    Evette Vargas, CEO, Writer, Director, Executive Producer & Multiplatform Storyteller, Digital Reign Productions

    Click here to register now! Capacity is limited. Pre-registration is required.

    For a complete listing of DDN’s coming events, please click on the Events tab.
  3. 40 under 40: Tech Diversity “Update”

    40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley
    DDN and theREGISTRYBayArea.com Launch Recognition of Multi-ethnic Tech Professionals
    Digital Diversity Network has partnered with theREGISTRY BayArea.com–a leading cultural catalyst for the San Francisco Bay Area’s African American community–to launch Tech Diversity: 40 Under 40 – Silicon Valley, a recognition of the outstanding achievements of 40 multi-ethnic leaders, under the age of 40, who are standouts in their field of technology, whether they be engineers, technologists, diversity & inclusion officers, founders, entrepreneurs or VC’s.
    This recognition will become an annual celebration to: (1) Showcase the contributions of diverse tech professionals; (2) Acknowledge tech industry progress and promise in advancing multi-ethnic diversity; (3) Inspire tech companies, and the industry at-large, to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion; and (4) Identify role models, thereby inspiring future generations to pursue careers in the tech sector. The competition is slated for launch in additional cities later this year.
    Nominees will be evaluated on their professional achievements and influence within their industries. Board affiliations, civic engagement and other leadership roles will also be taken into consideration. Additionally, a Game Changer Award will be conferred upon an individual or organization—regardless of ethnicity—that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing diversity in the digital media and high-tech sectors.
    Winners will be announced by early July. Honorees will be featured in theRegistryBayArea.com and will be feted during a reception on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 9:00pm at Stanford University.
    For information about tickets and sponsorship, please contact Kathy Johnson
  4. New Board Director, Lo Toney

    Digital Diversity Network Welcomes New Board Director, Lo Toney
    We are pleased to announce that Laurence “Lo” Toney, Partner, Comcast Ventures, has recently joined the Digital Diversity Network board of directors.
    Lo joined Comcast Ventures in 2014, and is responsible for the Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund, which is focused on investing in early stage technology startups led by minority entrepreneurs. His investment focus is on consumer technologies including mobile messaging and marketplaces (ecommerce + on demand services).
    Before Comcast Ventures, he held roles with significant responsibility at startups as well as some of the largesttech and consumer brands. At Zynga, Lo was the GM of Zynga Poker with fullP+L responsibility for Zynga’s largest franchise, which he expanded to Casinoleading to bookings growth of 150%. He has also worked with companies such as Nike.com and eBay and has been a long time advisor to startups.
    Lo received his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business (University of California at Berkeley) where he completed the Management of Technology program–a joint curriculum program with the College of Engineering. He received his B.S. from Hampton University in Virginia.
    He joins current DDN board directors: Kedma Brown, LaSharah Bunting, Sr. Editor, Digital Training & Recruitment, The New York Times; Albert Cheng, COO, Amazon Studios; Salil Dalvi; Marcelino Ford-Livene, GM, Global Integrated Media & Communications, Communications & External Relations, Intel Corporation; Richard Gay, EVP, Strategy & Operations, BET Networks; Michelle Fisher, Founder & CEO, Blaze Mobile; Tracy L. Lawrence, Managing Director, Tracy L. Lawrence Associates; Kay Madati, EVP & Chief Digital Officer, BET; Dhanusha Sivajee, EVP Marketing, XO Group; and Kiko Washington, EVP, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros.
  5. Executing for Success – RECAP

    Thank You

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    An Intimate Conversation with Pandora Founder, Tim Westergren
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    Tim Westergren
    Founder, Pandora
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    Kiko Washington – Moderated By
    EVP, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros.
    Pandora founder Tim Westergren launched the popular personalized radio service in 2000 with the creation of the Music Genome Project ®, a novel way of discovering music using hundreds of distinct musical attributes. Today, this database, carefully built by a team of trained music analysts, includes more than 125,000 artists and drives Pandora’s unique personalization technology.
    During a reception on the evening of Thursday, February 26th at Pandora’s Oakland, California headquarters, Westergren sat down for a one-on-one conversation with Kiko Washington, EVP, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros. and Digital Diversity Network (DDN) Board Director. Nearly 100 industry professionals were on hand for networking, dinner from a local restaurant, and to hear about Tim’s original vision and the 15-year entrepreneurial odyssey that ultimately let to Pandora.
    “Inspiring” was the word most attendees used to describe the avid music lover’s journey from Stanford History grad, to part-time nanny and musician, to founder of a worldwide company which now has more than 1600 employees—more than half of whom are women. Westergren attributes his success to a combination of hard work, persistence, and not giving up on his idea. While pitching investors, he cultivated his public speaking skills and asserts that it is one of the most important attributes for an entrepreneur.
    According to Westergren, Pandora’s success did not occur overnight. There were many lean years–motivating the move to Oakland from San Francisco to save on rent. In fact, he says that 50 people worked without pay for two years in order to help keep the business afloat. Because the Oakland location was integral to Pandora’s success, he is committed to giving back to the city and, rather than serving lunch at the office, encourages Pandora employees to patronize the local restaurants.
    Westergren’s ability to keep his team intact through the lean years is testament to his commitment to creating a culture where people are excited to come to work every day. As a few of the attendees observed, “We are all the sum of our environments. An organization is only as powerful as its people and it’s up to management to foster a healthy and productive environment. The CEO’s management style shines through in the environment Pandora has created.”

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