Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
San Francisco, CA
#generatorssummit
Unlock the Power of Creativity
Generators Summit is a one-day program exploring the power of creativity to fuel growth and to help you thrive. We’re drawing together leaders from some of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley, including Adobe, Google, Kickstarter and Oculus VR, technology visionaries and artists, and upstart media brands to share how they tap into the power of creativity.
Featured Speakers
Mindy Abovitz
Mindy Abovitz
Creator, Tom Tom Magazine

Mindy Abovitz Monk is a self taught drummer and programmer based in Brooklyn with a Masters Degree from The New School. She started Tom Tom Magazine; … 

Mindy Abovitz Monk is a self taught drummer and programmer based in Brooklyn with a Masters Degree from The New School. She started Tom Tom Magazine; the first and only magazine about female drummers, in 2009. Tom Tom is full color print magazine based out of NYC that is currently distributed globally and is carried by Guitar Centers and Barnes & Noble nationwide.
The magazine has a feminist mission and hopes to inspire women of all ages to drum, while strengthening and building the community of otherwise fragmented female musicians. Mindy has lectured, performed and held panels at Cambridge, Smith College, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, Carnegie Melon, UCSD, UCLA, CalArts, RISD, The Apple Store, Perez Art Museum Miami and MoMA PS1 amongst many other institutions.
She has appeared on the cover of Creative Review, and received press from the following media outlets: Red Bull TV’s Maven Series, Business Insider, FADER Magazine, i-D, BUST, Miami New Times, LA Weekly, Miami Herald, Gawker and The Smithsonian. She is a receiver of the 2016 She Rocks Award. 

Enrique Allen
Enrique Allen
Co-Founder, Designer Fund

Enrique Allen is the co-founder of Designer Fund where he invests between $100K – $1M in tech startups who are design leaders including Stripe, Gusto,… 

Enrique Allen is the co-founder of Designer Fund where he invests between $100K – $1M in tech startups who are design leaders including Stripe, Gusto, Omada Health, Altschool, and Shyp. He adds value by building and educating design teams through Designer Fund’s professional development program, Bridge. Previously, Enrique was a designer at venture capital firms, including 500 Startups, Facebook’s fbFund, and Venrock where he helped invest in companies like Behance, Lyft and Wildfire. He’s a Stanford University alum and continues to teach d.media, one of the most popular courses at the Stanford d.school. 

Josh Constine
Josh Constine
Editor-At-Large, TechCrunch

Josh Constine is the Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch, where he‘s written thousands of blog posts about tech giants and startups over the past five year… 

Josh Constine is the Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch, where he‘s written thousands of blog posts about tech giants and startups over the past five years. His coverage focuses on social apps including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter; music apps including Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud; and early-stage startups from Y Combinator and other accelerators. Constine has had over 900 of his scoops and thought pieces featured on prestigious tech news curator Techmeme.
Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer for Inside Facebook and Inside Network, helping it to be acquired by WebMediaBrands in 2011. Constine attended Stanford University where he earned a Bachelor‘s degree with honors in Sociology and a Master‘s degree in Cybersociology -- a program he designed. There, Constine studied privacy controls, meme popularity cycles, anonymity, trolling, and more about how humans interact over the Internet.
During his six years of pro blogging, Constine has moderated over 80 on-stage talks in 11 countries with notable figures including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whistleblower Edward Snowden (via video chat), and U.S. Senator Cory Booker. His work has been cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and more. Constine is currently a co-director of an art gallery space called The Sub in San Francisco‘s Mission district. 

Morgan DeBaun
Morgan DeBaun
CEO, Blavity

Morgan DeBaun started her career in Silicon Valley and is the CEO of Blavity. She is a serial startup entrepreneur passionate about building technolog… 

Morgan DeBaun started her career in Silicon Valley and is the CEO of Blavity. She is a serial startup entrepreneur passionate about building technology at the intersection of creativity and culture. Since founding the company, Morgan has grown Blavity to be one the fastest growing digital media startups and a top destination for black youth culture. She is one of only 12 Black women to raise over 1 million dollars in venture funding and her list of accolades include Forbes 30 under 30 list, SXSW Black Innovator of the Year, The Root 100, Silicon Alley Top Women in Tech and finalist for 2016 TechCrunch Founder of the year. 

Ernestine Fu
Ernestine Fu
Venture Partner, Alsop Louie Partners

Ernestine Fu is an angel investor and venture capitalist. A venture partner at Alsop Louie Partners since 2011, Ernestine‘s investments focus on disru… 

Ernestine Fu is an angel investor and venture capitalist. A venture partner at Alsop Louie Partners since 2011, Ernestine‘s investments focus on disruptive technologies like autonomous vehicles and 3D printing. She was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine for her venture capital work and financing startups at a young age. Ernestine is also an advisor to multiple startups and DBS Bank on venture debt.
Ernestine is the author of "Civic Work, Civic Lessons," a book on philanthropy co-authored with former Stanford Law School dean Thomas Ehrlich. The book has been endorsed by former Senator Richard Lugar, former Congressman Lee Hamilton, Stanford President John Hennessy, and multiple leaders of large nonprofit organizations and foundations. Ernestine currently supports a number of philanthropic organizations.
Ernestine is a lecturer on startups, venture capital and technology courses at Stanford. She received her BS, MS and MBA from Stanford University, and her uncompleted PhD research focused on autonomous vehicle protocols and algorithms.
Ernestine is also a strong supporter of the arts and culture community, funding restaurants like Mister Jiu’s, Nightbird and The Morris in San Francisco. 

Alexander Green
Alexander Green
CEO, Symmetry Labs

Alexander Green was working as a theoretical physicist at the University of Rochester when he had a flash of inspiration: using visual technology that… 

Alexander Green was working as a theoretical physicist at the University of Rochester when he had a flash of inspiration: using visual technology that combines 3D modeling and mapping with addressable LEDs to light up a huge cubic structure that could be played like a DJ plays music. After teaching himself to code, he showcased the first of his 3D modelled light installation creations at Burning Man, and the concept - Sugar Cubes - took off to a mass success. On the heels of that success, Green left the academic world and launched Symmetry Labs, a startup that has continued to push the boundaries of art and tech for the past two years, creating installations and interactions that have toured the world for clients and events including Super Bowl City, Google, Uber, Dreamforce and The GRAMMYs after party. 

Charles Hudson
Charles Hudson
Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures

Charles Hudson is a Founder and Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures. Hudson serves as a Venture Partner at SoftTech VC. He served as the Interim Ch… 

Charles Hudson is a Founder and Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures. Hudson serves as a Venture Partner at SoftTech VC. He served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer at Kahuna, Inc. until August 16, 2016. He focuses on mobile and gaming investments and supporting its portfolio companies on business and corporate development matters.
He focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications and marketplaces. He co-founded Bionic Panda Games Inc., and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He served as the Vice President of Business Development at Serious Business, Inc. until February 2010. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Director for Business Development at Gaia Interactive. He also worked in New Business Development at Google.
Prior to joining Google, he served as a Product Manager at IronPort Systems. He was the Founder of the Virtual Goods Summit and Social Gaming Summit. He is a Co-Author of Inside Virtual Goods. Hudson holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Stanford University. 

Joe Hyrkin
Joe Hyrkin
CEO, issuu

Joe is the CEO of issuu, the world’s leading digital publishing and discovery platform connecting people to the content they love most. He has more th… 

Joe is the CEO of issuu, the world’s leading digital publishing and discovery platform connecting people to the content they love most. He has more than 20 years of experience in startup and growth technology leadership from early stage through to IPO. He served as CEO of Reverb during two rounds of financing; in addition, as head of SingleFeed, Joe oversaw that firm’s acquisition by Alibaba. Before that, Joe held sales and leadership positions at Gaia Interactive, Yahoo, Flickr and Virage. He directed the Economist Group’s business in China and has extensive board and tech-advisor experience. Joe was educated at the State University of New York at Albany and as a foreign student at Beijing Normal University in China. 

Will Kabat-Zinn
Will Kabat-Zinn
Insight Meditation Leader

Will Kabat-Zinn has practiced Insight Meditation intensively in the U.S. and in Burma for over 15 years. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay A… 

Will Kabat-Zinn has practiced Insight Meditation intensively in the U.S. and in Burma for over 15 years. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches regularly at SF Insight, Esalen, Spirit Rock, and at meditation centers around the country. For eight years Will taught meditation and awareness practices to incarcerated youth in New York City and Oakland. In addition to sharing the Dharma, Will is an MFT Intern in private practice in San Francisco and Oakland. 

Sara Khoury
Sara Khoury
Director of User Experience Design, Google

Before joining Google in 2015, Sara worked at start-ups, agencies and top bay area companies as a hands-on design manager, and strategic cross-functio… 

Before joining Google in 2015, Sara worked at start-ups, agencies and top bay area companies as a hands-on design manager, and strategic cross-functional leader for 15 years.
As director of user experience design for Google Cloud, Sara leads a research and product design team that strives to transform the subpar user experience of current enterprise applications. Sara leads research & design teams that deliver human-centered software to help people and businesses thrive. Her approach focuses on empathy, insights, rapid iterative design and testing synced with agile development releases.
The product that her team is currently working on reimagines the job-search-and-hiring space with an approach that leverages Google’s strength in search and machine learning. In 2016 the team launched Google Jobs API. In 2017 Google Search launched Google for Jobs–and Hire, a recruiting app for GSuite. This thriving ecosystem of data services and apps helps millions of jobseekers and employers find more and more relevant matches at scale. 

George McCalman
George McCalman
Founder and Creative Director, McCalman.Co Studio

George McCalman is a fine artist, illustrator and graphic designer. He credits his Caribbean background for his unique ability to both embrace and reb… 

George McCalman is a fine artist, illustrator and graphic designer. He credits his Caribbean background for his unique ability to both embrace and rebel against traditional modes of design, enabling a brand to simultaneously integrate and stand out in its industry. After 14 years as a leading art director in the magazine industry (Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, ReadyMade), McCalman opened the doors to his branding studio MCCALMAN.CO in 2011. At MCCALMAN.CO, community is paramount - serving primarily art, lifestyle, and food clients, the work is based in classic, long-lasting brands that continue to define their clients as they evolve. 

Lauren Redding
Lauren Redding
Publisher, Rookie Magazine

Lauren Redding is publisher of Rookie, an online magazine, book series, and podcast made by and for teenagers. Lauren joined Rookie in 2011 shortly af… 

Lauren Redding is publisher of Rookie, an online magazine, book series, and podcast made by and for teenagers. Lauren joined Rookie in 2011 shortly after its founding by then 15-year-old Tavi Gevinson. A platform for the next generation of voices, Rookie explores the human experience through a teenage and feminist lens, publishing essays, pop culture coverage, teenage diaries, photo editorials, video series, interviews, comics, roundtables, and DIYs.
Lauren drives Rookie‘s expansion both online and off, which has included developing and launching two book series (published with Razorbilll, an imprint of Penguin Random House), a podcast (season one in partnership with MTV), events series, national book tours, branded merchandise, and more. The Rookie Yearbooks, Rookie‘s first book series, are distributed globally, and have been translated for key international markets. Rookie on Love, the first book in Rookie‘s next series, will be released in early 2018.
Lauren has spoken at The New York Times and Brooklyn Beta, among others, and has worked in the startup space for the last decade, previously with Q Collection, a company focused on sustainability and design‘s impact on human health and the environment. Lauren is based in New York. 

Mala Sharma
Mala Sharma
Vice President and General Manager of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community, Adobe

Mala Sharma serves as vice president and general manager of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community for Adobe. Creative Cloud delivers the wor… 

Mala Sharma serves as vice president and general manager of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community for Adobe. Creative Cloud delivers the world’s best creative apps and services that allow anyone to create their best work.
Sharma has led the Creative Cloud GTM and business strategy from its inception, and championed the business transformation from selling boxed Creative Suite software with perpetual licensing. Today, Sharma’s team manages the overall Creative Cloud product experience, and creates data-driven customer experiences that directly impact how users discover, learn, try and buy Adobe’s creative tools. She is also responsible for Behance, the world’s largest and most vibrant creative community.
Prior to joining Adobe in 2005, Sharma was at Creative Lab for nine years where she was last director of product marketing for the Americas.
She is a passionate advocate for the creative community and for making Adobe’s tools widely accessible to youth and a broader base of users. Sharma is a board member of the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, and actively promotes the importance of Creativity in Education.
Sharma holds a Bachelor’s degree in business and an M.B.A. from universities in India. 

Brian Sharp
Brian Sharp
Oculus Medium Project Director, Oculus VR

Before joining Oculus in 2014, Brian worked in videogames as an engineer, manager, and lead for 15 years at companies including Electronic Arts, Midwa… 

Before joining Oculus in 2014, Brian worked in videogames as an engineer, manager, and lead for 15 years at companies including Electronic Arts, Midway, and Bungie, where he and his teams built internal tools for the artists and designers. Brian tried his first modern VR headset on in 2013, and shortly thereafter brought his passion for creativity and the arts to Oculus where he is project director for Medium, a tool for sculpting in virtual reality. 

Deepa Subramaniam
Deepa Subramaniam
Vice President of Product and Design, Kickstarter

Deepa Subramaniam is the Vice President of Product and Design at Kickstarter and the former Director of Product at Hillary for America and Head of Pro… 

Deepa Subramaniam is the Vice President of Product and Design at Kickstarter and the former Director of Product at Hillary for America and Head of Product at charity: water (a non-profit raising money to build clean water projects in the developing world). She started her career at Adobe, first as an engineer and then later as a principle lead on building Creative Cloud. She champions data-driven design iteration, achieving high-velocity team output in fast-paced environments, and building collaboration and joy into company culture. 

A full-day program exploring the most compelling stories in creative tech today
Thursday October 5 | 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Generators Summit is a full-day conference. Doors open at 8:30 A.M. for registration and breakfast, and the official program begins at 9:30 A.M. A ticket includes access to all main-stage programming, as well as breakfast, lunch, snacks and a closing networking happy hour. The event will conclude at 7:00 P.M.

Registration and Rooftop Coffee
Opening Remarks
Facilitated Meditation
Meditating on Creativity
We’ll start the day by tapping into your creative center. Insight Meditation specialist, Will Kabat-Zinn, will lead guests through a guided meditation, connecting the heart to the mind.
Session 1
Content Platforms Shifting Culture
We’ll examine how content platforms are playing a role in shaping today’s culture. What is the designer’s strategy in curating information to optimize engagement? What behaviors have shifted on the side of the user in response?
Session 2
Make New Art; Make New Artists
How is VR generating an approachable method for new audiences to tap into a creative practice? In this session we’ll investigate the ways Oculus Medium is sparking users’ creative potential, while also growing social creative communities.
Session 3
Next Level Entertainment
What connects audiovisual experience to emotion? Symmetry Labs’ CEO , Alexander Green, explores how the intersection of technology and aesthetics is powering a deeper level of experience in music, dance and entertainment.
Session 4
Building a Brand: New Voices in Media
Today’s new media artists, leading marketers and influencers gather to discuss their process for building brands and generating an audience in today’s tech-savvy, information saturated market.
Session 5
Empowering the Future: Investing in Creativity
Silicon Valley’s influential investors discuss the impact of investing in companies that value creative thinking and design, and the cultural influence that occurs in effect.
Networking Happy Hour
Guests will have time to network with fellow attendees and speakers while discussing their takeaways from the day’s program over complimentary beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, all while enjoying 360-degree city views of San Francisco and the Dogpatch waterfront.

Address: 601 19th St., San Francisco

Located in the sunny Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, The Pearl is easily accessible by public transportation (T-Third Street Light Rail; 22 and 48 Muni Bus Routes; 22nd Street Caltrain Station), and by car via Highway 280, Mariposa Street Exit.

Parking: Impark parking garage is located at the corner of 20th St and 3rd St.

The venue at The Pearl
Image credit: The Pearl
The venue at The Pearl
Image credit: The Pearl
The venue at The Pearl
Image credit: The Pearl
The venue at The Pearl
Image credit: The Pearl
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Generators Summit is a gathering for leading professionals in the fields of technology, design, marketing and media. Attendees will gain a deepened understanding of the synchronistic relationship between technology and creativity. We’ll explore how experts and influencers in new media, content platforms, venture capital, and emerging technologies, alike, relate to creativity’s value in their work and how new technologies are fueling creative practice.
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