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Drinking from the Fire House - Panelist Bios & Photos

Drinking from the Fire Hose

John Kelly (Moderator) - Morningside Analytics

John Kelly is the founder and lead scientist of Morningside Analytics. His research blends Social Network Analysis, content analysis, and statistics to solve the problem of making complex online networks visible and understandable.

John has a Ph.D. (Distinction) from Columbia University, and has studied communications at Stanford and at Oxford’s Internet Institute. He is an Affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.


Jason Hines - Recorded Future

Jason Hines is the Director of the Federal Division at Recorded Future. Jason joined Recorded Future as one of the first employees shortly after the company was founded in 2009. Since then he has built and managed a government team in the Washington DC area. Before joining Recorded Future, Jason was an executive at Google where he managed government relationships for nearly four years. Prior to Google, he was the Principle Federal Engineer at Spotfire (now Tibco), and previously worked within the Information Systems Department at the Department of State, consulted for several Intelligence Agencies, and managed web development projects within the Department of Defense. Jason has a combination of deep technical expertise as well as an understanding of government business practices, and is an expert at building profitable online Internet businesses.


Eddie Smith - Topsy

Eddie Smith has been building businesses within the digital marketing sector since the mid 90’s and excels at creating solutions from technology, data and media. He is responsible for leading Topsy’s distribution, partner and monetization efforts. Prior to Topsy, Smith headed Quantcast’s platform business, integrating Quantcast data within the audience-buying ecosystem used by the world’s largest display advertisers. Before that, he led network distribution, marketing, and sales efforts for, pioneering the development of socialized ads through Facebook and Twitter-enabled content. He is actively involved in the evolution of social advertising, co-chairing the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s social ad committee and co-authored its initial Social Advertising Best Practices. His prior professional engagements include NexTag, DoubleClick and Reuters Marketing Information.


Jonathan Gosier - MetaLayer

Jonathan Gosier is an American software developer, writer, social entrepreneur and the founder of Appfrica invests in East African software start ups to create jobs and prevent brain drain. Jonathan also currently serves as the Chief Technical Officer at, where he's working to develop a software platform that will allow people in developing countries without computers to get answers from operators using the Internet via mobile phones and SMS. He currently lives in Kampala, Uganda where he is working on two fronts: to encourage western businesses and investors to engage African entrepreneurs, and, in developing parts of Africa, to encourage the adoption of computers, programming and use of the Internet. His novel Muxtionary explores a potential future where the world has become a utopia but Africa is still like it is today.


Adam Sharp - Twitter

As Manager, Government and Politics, for Twitter, Adam Sharp works with government officials, agencies and candidates to make better use of Twitter’s real time information network for civic engagement.  Called "the human embodiment of Twitter" by the New York Times, Sharp was named one of Washingtonian magazine's "People to Watch" in its 2011 "Tech Titans" listing.  He previously led digital efforts at C-SPAN and NBC News and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), working with her through Hurricane Katrina and her 2008 reelection campaign.

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