AgendaWe are tremendously excited to present the ForumCon 2014 agenda. Hear from leading forum owners, industry visionaries, and technology innovators. Most importantly, enjoy plenty of time to hear from one another.



Time Session
7:45am Registration Opens
8:15 – 9:00 Full Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 Speed Networking
Meet 10 new contacts in 30 minutes
9:00 – 9:15

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Oliver Roup, Founder and CEO VigLink
9:15 – 9:45

What Does “Mobile-Optimized” Mean for Communities?

Craig Dalrymple, Online Community Consultant
Howard Steinburg, Mobile Professional, HScott Mobile

9:45 – 10:15

Lean Communities

David Spinks, CEO of CMX Summit, and Feast

10:15 – 10:45

Keynote Address

Crista Bailey, CEO Texture Media

10:45 – 11:15 Networking Break
11:15 – 12:00

Panel: Moderation and Management of Your Community

Greg Childs, CEO and Founder of NicoClub
Justin Isaf, Co-Founder of Communl
Patrick Clinger, Founder and CEO of Proboards

12:00 – 12:45

Conversations about Online Community

From the People Who Know Best – You!

We are leaving this one un-structured. You decide the flow and the conversations that will happen. Bring all your questions and stresses about forums and community and we will use the knowledge of the crowd to find answers. No question is too great or too small and there is no better source of information than the ForumCon attendees to help each other work through the issues we all face in our online community roles.

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch
1:45 – 2:30

ForumCon Tech Fest

Hear from forum technology innovators as they pitch you and a panel of experts. We have invited five brave participants to the stage to give you their best 5 minute pitch. Then we will be opening up questions to the floor and the experts. We’ll grill these companies and end with a panel vote on who is most worthy of being awarded this year’s ForumCon Tech Fest Winner.

Expert Panel:
Brian Glick, Entrepreneur in Residence at HomeBrew and Former Google+ Communities Product Manager
Crista Bailey, CEO Texture Media

Vlad Dusil, COO PurseBlog

2:30  - 3:00

Buzzing Communities

Richard Millington, CEO and Founder of FeverBee

3:00 – 3:05 ForumCon Tech Fest Winner Announced!
3:05 – 3:20 Networking Break
3:20 – 4:00

The Future of Discussion on the Web

Jeff Atwood, Founder of Discourse
Josh Miller, Co-Founder of Branch, Acquired by Facebook
Daniel Ha, Founder of Disqus

4:00 – 4:45

Keynote Address

Courtney Couch, Co-Founder & CEO, Muut

4:45 – 5:15

Closing Remarks

Oliver Roup, Founder and CEO VigLink

Speakers This year we are delighted to be joined by a whole host of experts from all sides of the forum and community landscape.

Check out our all-star line up:

Courtney Couch


Courtney is Co-Founder and CEO of Muut, a wildly popular new discussion platform working on shaking up the concepts of what discussion platforms should look like. Courtney has been building technology startups and distributed teams for much of the last 15 years across a variety of industries (banking/finance, social, enterprise SaaS, and retail to name a few). He also acts as an advisor to technology related startups looking to scale their operation. Courtney now completely focuses his energy and time on improving the state of online discussion.

Crista Bailey

Crista has 20 years of business experience working with startups, lifestyle offerings and CPG brands, including IAC, CitySearch, TicketMaster, Nestle, Austin City Limits and now, Austin-based TextureMedia, since 2007. As TextureMedia’s CEO, Crista leads a growing team of talent cultivating a media and commerce platform that educates and empowers a community brought together by the common bond of having wavy, curly or kinky hair.  Though her locks are straight, Crista connects with and is inspired by the curly community’s message of embracing one’s true self.

Richard Millington

Richard is the founder and managing director of FeverBee, a community consultancy, and author of Buzzing Communities: How To Build Bigger, Better, And More Active Online Communities.

FeverBee shows organizations how to use proven social science to build thriving communities. Over the past 12 years, Richard has helped to develop over 100+ successful communities, including those for Google, The World Bank, Oracle, Amazon, Autodesk, Lego, The United Nations, Novartis, and many more.

Richard’s blog, hosted on, is read by 10,000 community professionals every day, and is widely cited for establishing best practice in this field.

Greg Childs

Greg is the owner and CEO of the NICOclub Network, the web’s largest online resource and community for owners of Nissan, Infiniti, and Datsun vehicles.

NICOclub was founded in 2000 and is a family-owned and operated car club with a passion for connecting people and sharing information. While most large automotive forums have been purchased by corporate entities that aren’t operated by actual enthusiasts, NICOclub remains staunchly independent.

The forums and technical article archives at NICOclub receive 2.2 million pageviews per month and approximately 35,000 unique visits per day, and NICOclub is one of the few automotive communities that hosts events for its members all over the country.

David Spinks 

David Spinks

David is the CEO of CMX Summit, and Feast. A lifelong community builder and student, he’s worked with companies like LeWeb, Udemy, Zaarly, SeatGeek and many more to build thriving communities. 

Justin Isaf

Justin Isaf

Justin is a community management consultant. He founded Communl which mentors and trains in-house community managers to make them more awesome. He has been doing the community management “thing” since 2003, which has including everything from launching communities from scratch to running the largest actively managed community on the interwebs.

Daniel Ha

Daniel Ha

Daniel started Disqus with co-founder Jason Yan, a classmate he had known since the 7th grade, in 2007 while attending University of California, Davis to study computer engineering. After registering as a catchy domain to be used for any number of projects that they had in mind, the project evolved from just a domain registration into a blog comment platform. Daniel was selected as one of the “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs 2011″ by Businessweek.

Jeff Atwood

Jeff Atwood

Jeff is Co-Founder of Discourse and Stack Exchange, blogger at Coding Horror. Jeff was weaned as a software developer on various implementations of Microsoft BASIC in the 80′s, starting with my first microcomputer, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. He continued on the PC with Visual Basic 3.0 and Windows 3.1 in the early 90′s, although he also spent significant time writing Pascal code in the first versions of Delphi. He is now quite comfortable in VB.NET or C#, despite the evils of case sensitivity.

In 2008 Jeff decided to choose his own adventure. He founded and built, and what would ultimately become the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites, in a joint venture with Joel Spolsky. The Stack Exchange network is now one of the top 150 largest sites on the Internet. In early 2012 he decided to leave Stack Exchange and spend time with his growing family while thinking about what the next thing could be. As of 2013, that turned out to be Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc. and the Discourse open-source discussion platform.

Vlad Dusil

Vlad Dusil

Vlad is the 34 year-old co-founder, COO and resident nerd of and The unlikely career in luxury accessories started back in 2005 when he decided to help his then-girlfriend, now-wife Meaghan to build a niche fashion blog and forum around handbags. 8 years and 24 million posts later, PurseForum ranks as the top community online on luxury shopping and women’s lifestyle.

Craig Dalrymple


Craig has been working in online communities since before he knew it could be a profession. He started as a co-administrator for a “conference board” system on the university VAX network and has stayed connected and engaged for over twenty years.

Currently Craig is  consulting for various companies in the Bay Area. Prior to this he was the Director of Community for the FarmVille franchise at Zynga, and a Senior Community Manager for Sony Online Entertainment.

Howard Steinberg


Howard is currently working as an independent consultant working with a number of clients across the mobile landscape. He is a seasoned and passionate hi-tech business development professional. Howard has spent the past decade gaining experience in a number of online and mobile disciplines. His experience includes tenures at a computer hardware/software distributor (Merisel), an interactive advertising agency (TeamOne), a leading search engine (Ask Jeeves) and heading business development for all mobile efforts across a wide swath of consumer businesses while working for IAC – InterActive Corp.