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Joel Smernoff

Joel is the President and COO of Paltalk and was a co-founder of AOL's first brand extension, AOL for Small Business. Joel graduated from the University of Michigan with both a BSE in Naval Architecture and an MBA in Finance. When not helping to run Paltalk, he spends his time practicing yoga, surfing, competitive sailing, and racing cars.

Ric Fulop

Ric Fulop

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Ric is regarded as a pioneer of the broadband industry and was recently selected by Red Herring magazine as one of their top 10 Entrepreneurs. Co-founder of A123Systems, an MIT spin-off developing a new type of battery, Ric has extensive knowledge in software, semiconductors and communication businesses. Rick also co-founded five high-technology companies.

Auren Hoffman

Auren Hoffman

Auren Hoffman is Chairman of Stonebrick Group. He started and sold three Internet companies before starting Silicon Valley 100 and karmaOne.org. Auren is also Chairman of Lead21 and founder of the Silicon Forum. He has an Engineering degree from UC Berkeley.

Helen Greiner

Helen Greiner

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With 2 engineering degrees from MIT, and after a thesis on innovative robotic grasping and a stint at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Helen Co-Founded iRobot when she was 23. iRobot’s PackBot robot is deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to perform reconnaissance and bomb disposal work. iRobot’s Roomba robotic vacuum is the world’s most popular consumer robot.

Martin Reinfried

Martin Reinfried

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Martin Reinfried was one of the founders of search engine Excite, and his current company, Just Passing Through, is looking to create an intelligent reality show based on a real world puzzle adventure race.

Chun Yu

Chun Yu is the author of LITTLE GREEN: Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, an award-winning memoir in free verse. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from Peking (Beijing) University, a Ph.D. in biomaterials from Rutgers. She began writing poetry during her postdoctoral fellowship in HST, a Harvard-MIT joint program. She is currently working on two books that continue the story of Little Green, a historical graphic novel about Mao, and a film project set in World War II in China. She also works as a consultant connecting biotech and medical device industries to China.

David Hornik

David Hornik

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David Hornik has degrees in political science, computer music, criminology and law. Excellent training for pretty much nothing. So he became a Venture Capitalist in hopes of making enough money to retire and write full time.You can follow Dave's adventures at: Hornik.typepad.com

Adrian Belic

Adrian Belic

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Adrian began making films in elementary school with his brother, Roko. Their film GENGHIS BLUES won the 1999 Sundance Audience Award and a 2000 Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary Feature. He's now in pre-production on a doc that will have him escaping from Cuba on a raft and another doc shot in the mountains of Laos. The world premiere of his latest doc BEYOND THE CALL happened at the October 2005 Gathering.

Jamie Daves

Jamie is the Founding Partner of Platform Equity. Before founding Platform, Jamie partnered with former Vice President Al Gore and entrepreneur Joel Hyatt to found and develop Current TV, a national cable network. During the Clinton Administration, he was Special Assistant for Policy and Communications under then Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Richard Vandentillaart

Richard Vandentillaart

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Richard founded Lakov Communications and launched a series of short films where he cast himsef as Aerial Photographer and Videographer, specializing in high speed Offshore Racing, Performance Cars and Storm photography. He also chose to stay “Behind The Lens” where he began his career, working on TV shows such as Movie Television, Fashion Television, Star Television and Space Channel.

How do we know that those who attend the Gathering have the power to change the world? Because many of them already have.

One weekend a year, some of the world’s brightest young inventors, artists, entertainers and entrepreneurs join together to stretch their minds and share big ideas. There is no pomp, and no pretense. Just incredibly accomplished, passionate people, talking earnestly about their passions. Every year, it is a weekend that changes lives.

This one of a kind event is called the GATHERING. It is invite only and it is truly unforgettable.