Guests

Sara Little Turnbull

Sara Little Turnbull

At only 4 foot 11 inches, Sara Little Turnbull may be small in stature, but she’s a giant in design and widely regarded as “the mother of invention.” Just some of her many…

Rachelle Goodfriend

Rachelle Goodfriend

Rachelle Goodfriend was born to jewelers in Santa Monica California. She's practiced individual and couples counseling in San Francisco for over 20 years. She also owns

Fred von Lohmann

Fred von Lohmann

My favorite passage in any book occurs on page 10 of The Great Gatsby, although generally I prefer books written by women, about women. Most books about men are boring, unless…

Diane Massignan

Diane Massignan

Diane Massignan is a professional pianist, vocalist and proud mother of two perfect children. She holds 2 masters degrees from the University of Michigan and resides in Bay City…

Lillian Rubin

Lillian Rubin

Lillian Rubin grew up on the streets of a teeming immigrant ghetto in the Bronx, a non-English-speaking child who was educated in the New York City school system. She says, "College…

Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea is a bisexual author and organizer known for her work on issues from queer culture to feminism to prostitution. Michelle co-founded Sister Spit, an all-girl spoken…

Rob Delamater

Rob Delamater

Rob Delamater has a rich sense of design aesthetic and history. He knows how to create intimate spaces showin in his work as a lithographer and the cofounder of Lost Art Salon,…

Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill Slater tries to see each day as an adventure, performance, and art appreciation class rolled into one. Raised in Brooklyn, her formative years took place during a decade in…

Michelle Citrin

Michelle Citrin

At just 5'1, it's hard to believe that such a powerful voice could come out of Michelle Citrin. Take the honest lyrics of the Indigo Girls, mix in the deliciously smooth style…

Kathe Izzo

Kathe Izzo

True Love Project founder, artist Kathe Izzo works with love: childhood, motherhood, sex, and community. Working in a meditative atmosphere between limitation and liberation,…

Shanan Carney

Shanan Carney

Shanan Carney is also known as "the voice of TiVo" where she writes copy for the TiVo network and product as well as appears in video segments for TiVo. She has a background in…

Lynn Breedlove

Lynn Breedlove

A vanguard of the queer/trans community, Lynn Breedlove is a visionary who has long been shaping revolutionary art. S/he has over 3,790 hits on Google.com. The founder and frontperson…

Bradley Horowitz

Bradley Horowitz

Brad Horowitz is the VP of Product at Google, focusing on Apps. He was formerly I was VP of the Advanced Development Division at Yahoo! where he managed "the cool stuff," including…

Rhodessa Jones

Rhodessa Jones

Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco acclaimed performance company Cultural Odyssey. She is an actress, teacher, singer, and writer. Ms. Jones is also the…

Zvi Septimus

Zvi Septimus

Zvi Septimus has a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from U.C. Berkeley. He is a Ph.D. student at U.C. Berkeley in Talmud and Gender, Women, and Sexuality. He has spent many years…

Micki Krimmel

Micki Krimmel

Micki Krimmel (aka Mickipedia) is the founder of Sugar Packet and well known in the Web 2.0 space for her work in online community, social activism and her popular website and…

Lane Becker

Lane Becker

Lane Becker is co-founder and President of Get Satisfaction, a web startup dedicated to fostering new methods of communication and collaboration between companies and their customers. Previously,…

Liz Belile

Liz Belile

Liz Belile is an eavesdropper who crafts everyday language into poetic and political metaphors. Her book, Polishing the Bayonet, catalogs poetry and prose from this unrepentant…

Tantek Çelik

Tantek Çelik

Tantek Çelik, of San Francisco, is a computer scientist of Turkish-American descent and was the Chief Technologist at Technorati. He is one of the principal editors of the CSS…

Cassidy Curtis

Cassidy Curtis

Cassidy Curtis is an animator living in San Francisco. He spends his days at DreamWorks, wiggling the butts of various talking animals for movies like Shrek 2 and Madagascar, and…

Enzo Lombardo-Quintero

Enzo Lombardo-Quintero

Enzo Lombard has been in one form of show business or other since he was 5 years old. He has sung professionally since 7, worked in London cabaret, studied acting in both London…

Lakota Harden

Lakota Harden

Lakota Harden (Minnecoujou/Yankton Lakota & HoChunk,) is an orator, activist, community organizer, workshop facilitator, radio host and poet. She has dedicated her life, as a daughter…

Kid Beyond

Kid Beyond

Kid Beyond (real name Andrew Chaikin) is a singer, beat boxer and live looper based in the San Francisco area.Chaikin attended Brown University. He sang in the Jabberwocks, a student…

Kirk Read

Kirk Read

Kirk Read is a writer, performer and event-maker who lives and works in San Francisco’s Mission district. He tours the United States as an author and solo performer. He is the…

Juba Kalamka

Juba Kalamka

Juba Kalamk/a> is an African American bisexual artist and activist recognized for his work and founding member of homohop group Deep Dickollective (D/DC) and his development of…

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig, the founder and CEO of the Creative Commons, is a Stanford Law Professor who also founded the school”s Center for Internet and Society. Lawrence is known…

Tanene Allison

Tanene Allison

After setting out on her own as a gay teenager, dropping out from high school and leaving behind an abusive home and hometown, Tanene Allison moved to San Francisco where she circulated…

Ben Ceverny

Ben Ceverny

Ben Ceverny is a noted experience designer and conceptual strategist driving various an array of projects in the public and private spheres for clients like Amsterdam, Barcelona,…

Thea Hillman

Thea Hillman

While Thea Hillman uses six words to describe herself: shine, rebel, behold, engage, disrupt and connect, her quirky accomplishments go even further in letting you know who she…

Ev Williams

Ev Williams

A Nebraskan farm boy turned serial entrepreneur, Ev Williams has founded several successful Internet companies. Williams got his start at Pyra Labs, which built Blogger, and was…

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton went from high school marching band snare drummer to college a cappella singer to software developer. Jonathan eventually quit his programming gig to do music…

Denise Caruso

Denise Caruso

Denise Caruso is the founder of the scientific thinktank Hybrid Vigor Institute and the author of, among other works, the award-winning Intervention. Denise is a pioneering Digital…

Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson is a musician, writer, editor, actor and great conversational wit. His most famous work was done as a member of Harvey Danger where he co-wrote Flagpole Sitta among…

Virginia Treat

Virginia Treat

Virginia Treat married while a teenager. Her life changed when depression led to an unhappy marriage addiction to methamphetamine. She is now in her remarkable 5th year of successful…

Michael Macaluso

Michael Macaluso

Michael Macaluso is a certified Holistic Health Counselor who specializes in holistic nutrition, emotional eating, and food allergy consulting. Michael uses the lens of food and…

Dechen Tsering

Dechen Tsering

Dechen Tsering is an active member of the Tibetan Association of Northern California. She was born in exile in Nepal where her father was the Dalai Lama's representative. Raised…

Jeffrey McGrew

Jeffrey McGrew

Jeffrey McGrew comes from a deep background of professional design, Architecture, and the industry of construction. For the last three years he has been the co-owner of the design-build…

Libby Bulloff

Libby Bulloff

Libby Bulloff is a creative conceptualist from Bloomington, Indiana, and one of the contributors to Steampunk magazine. In the fall of 2007, she held a successful steampunk-themed…

Christy Canida

Christy Canida

Christy Canida earned her SB in Biology from MIT, and worked in transgenic mouse labs, an aquarium, and the biotech industry before joining Instructables. She loves cutting things…

Jesse Simons

Jesse Simons

Jesse Simons is the Director of Strategies for the Sierra Club’s Climate Recovery Campaign. Prior to his work in the environmental movement, Jesse successfully led a dotcom…

Joshua Grannell

Joshua Grannell

Joshua Grannell is better known as his camp-horror alter ego Peaches Christ, a drag performer who came to fame hosting San Francisco's Midnight Mass movie shows and Trannyshack.…

Christen Clifford

Christen Clifford

Christen Clifford is a writer and performer in New York. Her show about maternal sexuality, BabyLove, is currently running off-Broadway at 45 Bleecker Theatre and has been extended…

John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney

John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney

John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney were two of the plaintiffs in the historic same-sex marriage case, decided by the California Supreme last May. After 21 years together, they married…

Liza Sabater

Liza Sabater

Liza Sabater is a NY based feminist culture pundit, new media producer, online strategy consultant, blogpreneur and mom. She is founder of two of the most influential political…

Lee Stranahan

Lee Stranahan

Lee Stranahan: is a Husband, Dad, Filmmaker, Political Comedian, Huffingtonpost Blogger, Photographer He wrote, produced and directed a 35mm, $30,000 comedy feature called Breathing…

Priya Shah

Priya Shah

Born and brought up in the same vicinity as the Mumbai attacks, Priya recently moved to NYC to pursue her Master in Public Relations and Corporate Communication at NYU. Priya…

Dina Mehta

Dina Mehta

Dina Mehta is the ground zero social node for web 2.0 in India. She's always on the front edge of tech trends. As a social media consultant with a background in anthropology who's…

Will Franken

Will Franken

Will Franken has been called a "one man Monty Python" for his complete transformation between multiple characters and absurdist style. He established himself as a San Francisco…

Andy Baio

Andy Baio

Andy Baio is a programmer and journalist, currently working on his second startup from his home in Portland, Oregon. He is the creator of Upcoming.org, the collaborative events…

Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith is too sexy for his shirt. He is responsible for the death of the trees used to print the books DOM Scripting and Bulletproof Ajax. He also shot a man in Reno just…

Amber Rubarth

Amber Rubarth

Take the timelessness of Patsy Cline. Mix in the insatiable curiosity of Socrates. Give it an edge, a roughness, refined in the spirit but raw in the performance. You'll start…

Sister Roma

Sister Roma

Sister Roma, the self-proclaimed 'most photographed nun in the world" is one of the most outspoken and highly visible members of San Francisco's notorious Sisters of Perpetual…

Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet

Chuck prophet is a critically beloved indie singer-songwriter. He moved to San Francisco as a teenager and joined the seminal cosmic country rock band Green On Red. He spent 8…

Jerry Michalski

Jerry Michalski

Jerry Michalski is a well-known technology consultant, speaker idea person and super-connector of people in the tech realm. He focuses on the relationship economy and the interactions…

Ian Rhett

Ian Rhett

Like most of the world, Ian was shocked and horrified on the morning of 9/11. And, like so many, he felt a calling to do something to make a difference. He left his advertising…

Aundré the Wonderwoman

Aundré the Wonderwoman

When Aundré the Wonderwoman, “The Queen of Nothing Sacred,” was first introduced by comic hero Steve Harvey, he called her a “new comic with a funny way…

Caterina Fake

Caterina Fake

Caterina is the co-founder of Flickr almost certainly the best photo management and sharing application in the world and now owned by Yahoo. Born in Pittsburgh to a WASP father…

W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell was recently honored as the 2008 Bay Area Comedian of the Year by the San Francisco Weekly. His television appearances include Comics Unleashed and Comedy Central.…

Betsy Salkind

Betsy Salkind

The Boston Globe wrote “There are countless ways to make someone laugh, and Betsy Salkind knows most of them. Want sarcastic wit? Political humor? Or maybe just a good animal…

Anthony Marshall

Anthony Marshall

Anthony Marshall hails from the South Bronx. He co-founded the now legendary Lyricist Lounge (LL) in a small apartment in the Lower East Side when he was only 15. LL was an influential…

Tracy Burt

Tracy Burt

Tracy Burt teaches in the Child Development and Family Studies Department at City College of San Francisco, where she brings a passion for social justice, lifelong learning, improvising…

Jamie Williams

Jamie Williams

Jamie Earl Williams was born in Vero Beach, Florida and is a former professional American football tight end who played for twelve seasons in the National Football League, mainly…

Antoun Nabhan

Antoun Nabhan

Antoun Nabhan is Director of Corporate Development at Onyx Pharmaceuticals which develops drugs to fight cancer. He was previously CFO for Presidio Pharmaceuticals and a Principal…

Gadet Riek

Gadet Riek

Gadet 'Elijah' Riek is one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” who walked from Sudan to Ethiopia and then to Kenya on foot to flee war. He is now a student at the University of San…

Harmon Leon

Harmon Leon

Harmon Leon is a comedian/filmmaker/author. His books include The American Dream, Republican Like Me, The Infiltrator, The Brothers Rjukerooka, and National Lampoon's Road Trip…

Jason Shellen

Jason Shellen

Jason Shellen left Google's New Business Development team in August of 2007 and created Plinky with the hope of encouraging and inspiring people to share great content. As an…

Judye Hess

Judye Hess

Judye Hess has an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (1975) from the University of Rhode Island. She is a licensed psychologist with a private practice.…

Justin Hall

Justin Hall

Justin is the CEO of GameLayers, the company behind the internet game Passive Multiplayer Online Gaming (or PMOG) which layers video games over online life. Justin is well known…

Doug Pray

Doug Pray

Doug Praywas born in Denver, Colorado, and earned an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles's School of Theater, Film and Television. In addition to directing music…

Derek Powazek

Derek Powazek

Named one of the top 40 “Industry Influencers” of 2007 by Folio, Derek Powazek is the cofounder of JPG, the photography magazine created by its community, and cofounder…

John Halcyon Styn

John Halcyon Styn

John Halcyon Styn is a lifestyle artist who considers his spiritual path his art and work. He is now the host of NBC Digital's Fears Regrets Desires, and has been an notable online…

Magic Safire

Magic Safire

Magic Safirebegan practicing magic at age seven and apprenticed with the magician of the Nanjing Acrobatics Troupe. She has been featured in Nerve.com , Smith Magazine and her…

Marc Horowitz

Marc Horowitz

One-man maximalist and think tank Marc Horowitz resists easy description. One sunny afternoon, Marc wrote wrote “Dinner w/ Marc 510-872-7326” (his name and REAL cell phone…

Amy Tobin

Amy Tobin

Amy Tobin is an Oakland-based performer, vocalist, composer and writer. Since her groundbreaking first musical, Who’s there, Gummybear? which premiered at Old Bonhomme Elementary…

Merlin Mann

Merlin Mann

Merlin Mann is the creator of and primary contributor for 43 Folders, a family of websites about personal productivity, “life hacks,” and simple ways to make your life…

Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal

Dr. Jane McGonigal is a game designer and researcher who specializes in pervasive and alternate reality games. Jane’s work has been commissioned by the Whitney Museum…

Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty is one of the co-founders (with Tim O'Reilly) of O'Reilly Media. While not at the company in its earliest stages as a technical documentation consulting company,…

Carolyn Coquilette

Carolyn Coquilette

Carolyn is the owner and chief mechanic of Luscious Garage, a completely green, people friendly place to get your car repaired in San Francisco. (It's a place so nice, that it…

Deb Schulz

Deb Schulz

A self-described “evangelist and rabble rouser in the Relationship Economy” Deb Schultz explores the juncture where people, technology and media meet. Deb consults,…

German Walteros

German Walteros

German Walteros grew up in Columbia and is a therapist in the Mission district of San Francisco.

Jeff Veen

Jeff Veen

Jeffrey Veen is a speaker, author, user experience consultant and founding partner of Adaptive Path. Jeff lead the team that created Measure Map, a web analytics tool acquired…

April Rinne

April Rinne

The daughter of a cultural geographer and amateur cartographer, April Rinne was exposed to a global perspective from a young age and is driven by the belief that “the world…

Ben Brown

Ben Brown

Ben Brown, the Internet Rockstar is best known for cofounding the social networking site Consumating and coining the term Google Bomb. This University of Maryland dropout left…

Nick Douglas

Nick Douglas

Satirist and writer Nick Douglas is best known for his stint as editor of Valleywag, a Silicon Valley gossip blog.

Cathy Brooks

Cathy Brooks

Cathy has spent more than two decades working in and around media and communications. She’s currently wearing the mantle of Executive Producer for a very exciting Seesmic.…

Lindsey Matson

Lindsey Matson

Lindsey Matson is in her first year at Boise State U and is passionate about making a difference, especially around sex education. Lindsey works at the BSU Women's Center, and…

Sandy Schackel

Sandy Schackel

Sandy Schackel is a beloved, popular professor in the Boise State University History Department who also teaches Gender Studies. She did what was expected of a cheerleader in her…

Roger Berkowitz

Roger Berkowitz

Roger Berkowitz is a remarkable interdisciplinary scholar, teacher, and writer whose interests stretch from Greek and German philosophy to legal history and from the history of…

Jillian Northrup

Jillian Northrup

Jillian Northrup comes from many years in professional design and digital photography working mostly in the retail, publishing, and entertainment industries. For the last three…

Captain Robert

Captain Robert

Captain Robert is the founder, singer/songwriter/mastermind behind Abney Park. Abney Park comes from an era that never was, but one that we wish had been. An era where airships…

Jake von Slatt

Jake von Slatt

Jake von Slatt is Massachusetts-based tinkerer, hardware hacker and proprietor of The Steampunk Workshop. Jake is interested in the blending of 19th-century aesthetics and technology…

Eric Wilhelm

Eric Wilhelm

Eric Wilhelm earned his SB, SM, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he developed methods to print electronics and micro-electromechanical systems using nanoparticles.…

Travis Meinolf

Travis Meinolf

Born in the Bay Area and living and weaving in San Francisco since 2000, Travis Meinolf is currently a graduate student at California College of the Arts. He is interested in engaging,…

Betty Hall

Betty Hall

Betty Hall is the owner of the San Francisco based Southern Slant Catering Company and a longtime bay area food activist. Her hobbies include writing indecipherable emails, dating…

Pamela Brown

Pamela Brown

Pamela Brown is the National Policy Director for Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA). In this capacity, she has provided MEUSA’s county chapter leaders, outreach directors and board…

Andrea Shorter

Andrea Shorter

Andrea is co-chair of the Bayard LGBT Rustin Coalition, Northern California’s largest Black LGBT political organization. A longtime advocate in the LGBT community, she is the…

Tara Hunt

Tara Hunt

Tara Hunt is a leading social media and community marketing consultant and the author of The Whuffie Factor. She is Canadian and based in San Francisco where she co-runs the Citizen…

Aditya Sengupta

Aditya Sengupta

Aditya Sengupta is a student at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute in Mumbai India. He studies electrical manufacturing and blogs at Vignetting Life. He provided important…

Zahid Zaman

Zahid Zaman

Zahid Zaman is a software engineer by profession, Pakistani-Canadian by nationality and Muslim by faith. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1985 and spent the majority of his…

Cynthia Levin

Cynthia Levin

Cynthia is a seasoned, edgy and hilarious performer. Her ability to weave in and out of characters effortlessly and move audiences with her story telling ability has made her an…

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford is drop dead hilarious in an unannoyingly self-aware kind of way. She does brilliant voice and character work and manages to be pretty much the coolest and the nicest…

Janice Fraser

Janice Fraser

Janice is an entrepreneur, designer, and reluctant PTA president. After more than 15 years in high-tech media, Janice has seen Silicon Valley from many sides. She was a founding…

Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers is best known as the founder of CD Baby. A professional musician (and circus clown) since 1987, Derek started CD Baby by accident in 1998 when he was selling his own…

Kevin Avery

Kevin Avery

KEVIN AVERY has appeared on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and can be seen in the indie film Harrison Montgomery with Martin Landau. He is a regular opener for Dave Chappelle…

Sara Benincasa

Sara Benincasa

Sara Benincasa is a quickly rising NY comedian, writer and radio talk show host who gained national attention with her Sarah Palin vlog satire. Her cheerfully quirky, politically…