Speakers and Performers @ TEDxSanDiego 2014

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Greg HorowittGreg Horowitt

Greg is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a seed and early stage venture fund and advisory services firm focused on high impact enterprise and the ecosystems that support them. He is the co-author of the bestselling book, ‘the Rainforest: the Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley’ which examines the dynamics and drivers of innovation ecosystems; drawn from firsthand experiences designing, implementing, and monitoring the innovation ecosystems of more than a dozen regions around the world.

Rabbi Laurie CoskeyRabbi Laurie Coskey

Rabbi Laurie Coskey’s almost 30 year career has been marked by a commitment to issues of social justice. Since 2001, Rabbi Laurie has served as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice advocating on issues that impact the working poor, immigrants and the marginalized. She is Secretary Treasurer of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors and Rabbi in Residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. Rabbi Laurie completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, was ordained at Hebrew Union College.

Brian KeatingBrian Keating

Professor Brian Keating is an astrophysicist with UCSD’s Department of Physics. He and his team of 17 students, and postdocs develop instrumentation to study the early universe at radio-, microwave- and infrared wavelengths. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications and holds a U.S. Patent. Professor Keating co-leads a collaboration operating the POLARBEAR telescope in the Atacama Desert of Chile. He is also a private pilot with single and multi-engine instrument ratings.

Emma CoatsEmma Coats

You know Emma for her list “22 Rules of Storytelling”, which she wrote while working in story at Pixar. She journeyed south to Los Angeles after five years at Pixar to seek her fortune (two years later, she’s still seeking it but is reasonably sure it’s around here somewhere). Emma grew up in northern California as a homeschooler, which left plenty of time for reading and puzzling out stories. She’s pretty pumped that it paid off and she gets to puzzle out stories for a living; she now works as a writer, director, and story consultant.

James AltucherJames Altucher

James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor and writer. He is the author of the WSJ and Amazon Best-Sellers “Choose Yourself” and “The Power Of No” as well as ten other books. He has started and run more than 20 companies, and sold several of those businesses for large exits and failed miserably at all the rest. His book “Choose Yourself” explains how he rose from repeated failure to find success. He has also run venture capital funds, hedge funds, is an active angel investor, and currently sits on the boards of several companies.

Gabi UryGaby Ury

Gabi Ury, a 16-year-old high school junior, is the world’s planking champion (female), as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. Born with special needs that affect her spine, feet, and gluts, she decided to break the world record in order to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Hospital Colorado where she had most of her fourteen major surgeries. She doubled the existing the world record for holding the abdominal plank, a core strengthening exercise, with a time of one hour and twenty minutes. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family and her dog Mia.

Nuvi MehtaNuvi Mehta

Widely considered one of the finest speakers on classical music, San Diego Symphony Special Project Director, Nuvi Mehta, has a gift for capturing minds and hearts. The L.A. Times likens him to a young Gary Cooper, saying, “… His old-fashioned Hollywood charisma extends to an eloquent and theatrical way of speaking that is almost entirely lost today.” Mehta’s multi-media Symphony Exposé concert series, combining drama and education with symphonic music is building a new generation of classical music lovers. His pre-show talks draw up to 1000 patrons a night.

Xiao XiaoXiao Xiao

Xiao Xiao is a Chinese-Born, American technologist, interaction designer and artist currently a PhD student in the Tangible Media Group of the MIT Media Lab. A life-long pianist, she applies insights from the art of piano playing to human-computer interaction, with designs that elegantly bridge the digital and the physical. She has presented research at various conferences and television programs around the world. Xiao received a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in architecture, and a master’s in media arts and sciences, both from MIT.