Mark Sears – Social Entrepreneur and Founder/CEO at CloudFactory
In 2008, Mark Sears and his wife went to Nepal for a two week vacation and decided to stay. What started with him training four young Nepali computer engineers around one iMac on a kitchen table has grown into a multinational company with 175 full-time staff and 2500+ part-time data specialists. Mark built a high tech “factory in the cloud” that powers business processes for companies around the world – its a new way to handle all that routine, repetitive work that lies deep inside every organization. Their innovation is what allows him to dream big and drive towards connecting 1 million people in the developing world to online work. Along the way they are working to raise up leaders of high character and competency to address poverty in our own communities. CloudFactory is an on-demand workforce to make data valuable. CloudFactory is the human infrastructure behind a lot of great venture backed startups while also helping many tech companies train their machine learning algorithms.
Sarah Cooper – Author of 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying and Ex-Googler
Sarah Cooper’s book “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying” provides hilarious relief for the many who will instantly recognize and appreciate her on-target satire. Poking fun at corporate and tech culture is a natural for her. She is a standup comedian and veteran of corporations such as Google and Yahoo. Her “10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” post on The Cooper Review was an immediate viral sensation, and has garnered 5+million views on multiple platforms and hundreds of thousands of shares. 100 Tricks to Appear Smart is the ultimate (tongue-in-cheek) career companion, with lots more content, diagrams, dialogs and data. By learning, internalizing, and actionizing the Tricks, adopters will be well on their way to becoming a major player in their company – without even knowing what that means.