Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ben-Horin created TechSoup Global (as “CompuMentor”) in 1987 by tapping volunteer resources on the WELL, one of the first online communities. Over the past two decades, he guided the TechSoup Global evolution from a small, local nonprofit to a globally respected entity with 196 employees and a budget of US$27 million. TechSoup Global now provides technology information to individuals and organizations in more than 190 countries, has provided consulting services in more than 50 countries and, through its global network of capacity-building NGOs, manages product donations to more than 80,000 organizations in 36 countries.
In his book Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawken writes that the “…hybridization of business, philanthropy technology and nonprofit activity is exemplified in the work of Daniel Ben-Horin…”
Currently, as Co-CEO, Ben-Horin focuses on creating new opportunities for corporate, foundation, and nonprofit partners around the globe to optimize their social benefit impact by utilizing TechSoup Global’s channel, resources, and relationships. He speaks and writes frequently on issues related to the underserved’s access to technology.
In April 2009, Ben-Horin received the 2009 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN). Presenting the award, Vince Stehle, Program Officer for the Nonprofit Sector at the Surdna Foundation, said, “[This award is] given each year to a person who has pushed the nptech community forward. This push might be in the form of innovation, or thought leadership. In the case of Daniel Ben-Horin, the 2009 recipient and co-CEO of TechSoup Global, it’s both. Everyone who works in our field owes him a debt of gratitude for revolutionizing how we get and share software and information.”
In July of 2009, Ashoka named Ben-Horin as one of its Senior Fellows. He also serves on the board of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. On four occasions, he has been named by the Nonprofit Times to its annual list of the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector.
David is Director of Engineering at Google and currently leads the company’s platform efforts for the Google+ project. Prior to joining Google in 2006, he successfully started two companies: Verity in 1988 and Eloquent in 1995. Eloquent was later acquired by Open Text in 2005. David has decades of experience working in the technology sector and holds an SB in physics from MIT.
Derek Slater is a Policy Manager on Google’s public policy team, where he supports global advocacy efforts on innovation policy, including copyright and telecom issues. Derek started writing about digital media when he bought a Diamond Rio PMP300 MP3 player as a teenager. His work has focused on how public policy can support emerging media business models, and it has been discussed in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. In 2009, he helped Vint Cerf launch Measurement Lab, an open platform for Internet measurement tools, and he has explored innovative ways to drive broadband deployment.
David Hornik is a General Partner with August Capital. He invests broadly in digital media and enterprise software. He is the author of the first venture capital blog, VentureBlog.
Senior Adjunct Fellow
Larry Downes is a consultant and author on developing business strategies in the digital age. He is Senior Adjunct Fellow with TechFreedom, a nonpartisan technology policy think tank.
His most recent book, “The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Age” explores the accident-prone intersection of law and innovation.
Downes is the author of the Business Week and New York Times business best-seller, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology.
Board President of MoveOn.org and author of “The Filter Bubble”
Eli Pariser is the Chairman of the Board of MoveOn.org. Before that, he served as MoveOn’s Executive Director. Pariser has appeared as a commentator on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, the Colbert Report, and almost all of the major cable news channels. His op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post and the LA Times, among others.
Pariser also co-founded Avaaz.org, a global organization with 3 million members, is a founding board member of AccessNow.org, and helped launch the New Organizing Institute, which has trained thousands of organizers to bring people together online and off for political change.
Arizona State University
Michael M. Crow became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University in 2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, an institution combining academic excellence, inclusiveness, and societal impact—a model he terms the “New American University.” During his tenure ASU has established major transdisciplinary research initiatives and witnessed an unprecedented academic infrastructure expansion, tripling of research expenditures, and attainment of record levels of diversity. He was previously executive vice provost of Columbia University. A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, he is the author of books and articles analyzing knowledge enterprises and science and technology policy.
Founder and President
Mega Cities Project
Perlman was a Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, and has taught at Columbia, NYU and Trinity College. She was Coordinator of the Neighborhoods Task Force/National Urban Policy; Director of Strategic Planning/NYC Partnership; creator of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program/NYAcademy of Sciences and Senior Scholar at the World Bank.
Janice Perlman is an independent scholar and the Founder/President of The Mega-Cities Project, a transnational non-profit working to “shorten the lag time between innovation and implementation in urban problem-solving”. The next generation version MegaCities/ MegaChange [MC 2 –is being developed now.
Perlman’s book, “FAVELA: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro” (Oxford University Press) won the PROSE Award in two categories. Among her other awards is a Guggenheim, a Fulbright and the C. Wright Mills Award.