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Tech Cocktail Week: Sessions featuring Re/code’s Kara Swisher

May 7, 2014 5:00 pm - May 7, 2014 7:30 pm

Tech Cocktail cordially invites you to join us for Sessions, a monthly speaker series part of Tech Cocktail Week.Sessions brings the experiences of successful entrepreneurs, investors and other industry experts directly to you. Hear their stories in their own words and ask them your questions in an intimate setting.

Past speakers brought to Downtown Vegas have included Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Blip Co-founder Dina Kaplan, Moon Express founder Naveen Jain, Heidi Sieck from and many others. Sessions events happen in Downtown Vegas, Chicago and Washington DC – watch videos from past Tech Cocktail Sessions events around the country.



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Co-Executive Editor of Re/code


Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column, “BoomTown,” originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at Previously, Kara covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues, as one of its first hires to cover the Web, and also wrote feature articles on technology for the newspaper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home gadget issues called “Home Economics.”

With Walt Mossberg, over the last 11 years, she has been co-producing D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries. Kara and Walt also have been co-executive editors of the Web site since 2007 until the end of 2013.

Kara won a Loeb Award while at for her coverage of Yahoo. She also writes occasionally for Vanity Fair magazine, which is owned by Condé Nast. Previously, she worked as a reporter at the Washington Post. She is also the author of “ How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.



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CTO of Rolltech

A veteran of six startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently CTO of Rolltech Bowling. Prior to joining Rolltech, he was Director of Technical Development at Zappos IP, Inc., Chief Technology Officer of Thinker, Inc., a Las Vegas-based provider of digital signage and co-founder and VP of Engineering & Operations at Incanta. One of the first people involved in the VegasTech community, he acts as a community evangelist, mentor, and is co-creator of the blog. He is also an advisor to VegasTech company LaunchKey.


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Founder of Kapuno Communities

Cyrus Radfar is the founder of Kapuno Communities. Kapuno creates an enjoyable place online for interest-based communities to converse, share ideas, and innovate. Prior to Kapuno, Cyrus was the founding Engineer at AddThis, which was formerly known as Clearspring Technologies. He built the first products that grew to reach 1 billion people within six months of their release. He managed and built their analytics and advertising infrastructure until he left in October of 2011. Cyrus studied Computer Science and Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.