INI 25th Keynote: "Connected. How networks are transforming everything"

Time: April 18, 2015 - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Location: McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center

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The 25th Anniversary kicks off with a fast-paced presentation on trends in networks and computing and what lies ahead.

Entrepreneur Hooman Radfar (INI, 2004, MS14) will be the featured keynote speaker.

The INI was founded in 1989 as the nation's first interdisciplinary program dedicated to information networking. Since then, we have witnessed an explosion in the applications of networks. From the inception of the World Wide Web in 1991 to the creation of "Thefacebook" in 2004, networks have transformed the way we connect and share. In this talk, Radfar will discuss trends in networks, computing, and the tectonic shifts that lie ahead as we race toward the singularity.

For more information, visit the anniversary website at http://www.ini.cmu.edu/ini25. INI Alumni: please register if you are attending.

Speaker: Hooman Radfar, Partner, Expa

Speaker Bio:

Hooman Radfar is an entrepreneur, business advisor and investor with expertise in social media platforms, big data and online marketing. Since September 2014, he has been an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) at Expa, a startup incubator in San Francisco. Hooman is also the director of 10e9, a consulting company he founded in June 2013. At 10e9, he advises and invests in young companies, such as Always Prepped, Hinge, SpoonRocket, Sweetgreen, Washio, and other startups.

Hooman is co-founder and chairman of AddThis, formerly Clearspring Technologies, a company based in Virginia that provides content-sharing, marketing and tracking tools for online publishers. The company’s tools are used by a network of 13 million websites, reaching 1.7B users worldwide, and generating over 1 trillion page views yearly, to increase traffic and engagement.

Hooman was the Chief Executive Officer of Clearspring Technologies from May 2004 through October 2011. During this time, the AddThis tool became the largest content-sharing platform for publishers in the world. Hooman began the company in 2004 with Austin Fath, who was a classmate in his graduate program at Carnegie Mellon University. They launched the first content-sharing and tracking service for web publishers in 2006. Hooman and Austin were named together among the BusinessWeek “Tech’s Best Entrepreneurs, Top 30 Under 30 in America” in 2007.

Hooman is a frequently requested speaker at conferences like AdTech, OMMA, SXSW, Digital Hollywood, Web 2.0 Expo, and CES. In addition to being named one of Tech’s Best Entrepreneurs in BusinessWeek, he has been listed as one of Washington DC’s 100 Tech Titans and one of iMedia’s 25 most influential online marketing professionals. He has been featured in print, radio and television outlets like ABC, NBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Wired. He is a contributor to Huffington Post, iMedia and SiliconAngle. He is an investor in Playlist.com and serves on the advisory boards of RateItAll.com, Social Gaming Network and AlphaLabs.