Future of Forums: The 1 & 5 Year Outlook
Format: Panel Discussion
The Full Presentation
Meet the Moderator & Panelists
VP Business Development, Effyis / Boardreader
Steve has been leading the business development efforts for emerging technology companies for many years with a focus on Marketing and CRM applications. Social Media and more specifically Social Community / Forum applications have been a passion since first introduced to this market in 2004.
Founder & CEO, Vortex Media Group
Jamie has been involved in building forum communities for more than 13 years and is the founder of VWvortex, one of the largest and longest running automotive discussion forums. Jamie has been involved in the creation of a vast number of websites including VWvortex.com, Fourtitude.com, Swedespeed.com and Kilometermagazine.com.
Founder & CEO, ProBoards
Designing and hosting forums since 1998, Patrick Clinger has been involved with forum software for more than a decade. Patrick founded ProBoards in 2000 after coding his own custom forum system. Now 11 years running, ProBoards is the largest free forum host with over 3 million forums created and 15 million monthly unique visitors. Patrick is currently overseeing the development of ProBoards' next generation forum software: ProBoards Version 5, which promises to introduce a whole host of new functionality and features that provide the true Web 2.0 experience.
VP of Product, Lithium
Yumio is the VP of Product at Lithium, a company whose products power many Fortune 500 companies' customer forums and communities (including Sephora, Best Buy, Verizon, and Home Depot). Prior to Lithium, Yumio served as VP of Product at Fixya (a 20 million user community focused on repairing electronics and cars) and was one of the "founders" of Yahoo! Answers, one of the biggest Q&A forums in the world. He has a PhD in Economics from Harvard, where he studied incentive theory.
Founder & CEO, Vanilla Forums
Mark O'Sullivan is an entrepreneur and a developer. Mark created Vanilla, one of the most popular open source discussion forum packages on the web. Vanilla has been used to help grow community by over 400,000 sites around the world.