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 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 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 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 FeverBee.com, is read by 10,000 community professionals every day, and is widely cited for establishing best practice in this field.

Greg Childs

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.

Pius Uzamere

Pius Uzamere

Pius Uzamere is Lead Engineer at The Information, a subscription publication for professionals who need the inside scoop on technology news and trends. At The Information, Pius helps their world-class team of journalists compete on product in addition to original reporting and analysis.Pius was recently featured on CNN’s Black in America while co-founding his previous startup BeCouply, which produced a mobile app and date subscription service that helped couples have epic social lives. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Pius helped author Federal privacy and security standards as a consultant to NIST. Pius was student body president at MIT, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

David Spinks

David Spinks

David is the CEO of CMX Summit, TheCommunityManager.com 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 disqus.com 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 stackoverflow.com, 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.