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WIRED: Disruptive by Design

Monday, June 21st, 2010

David Lai, our CEO and Creative Director, was invited to attend the WIRED Business Conference, an event hosted in partnership with MDC Partners. The conference, Disruptive by Design, called together a group of speakers who are disruptors of the first order. From CEOs of multinational corporations to startups, all who attended shared a basic philosophy: “If change is good, more change is better.”


Miles Nadal from MDC Partners welcomes everyone at the WIRED Business Conference.


Chris Anderson of WIRED and Howard Schultz from Starbucks talks about a free Wi-Fi network.


Get your own plastic printer for $750. Wish I could print out an iPhone 4.

Chris Anderson, Editor of WIRED, kicked off the event talking about how “atoms are the new bits.” Bre Pettis showed us his Makerbot, followed by Howard Schultz, who talked about Starbucks being the largest Wi-Fi network in the U.S – which will be free to access starting in July. Mark Pincus of Zynga took us into the world of Facebook games where 235 million active players per month engage in FarmVille and Mafia Wars. Social gaming is clearly here to stay. Co-founder of Flickr, Caterina Fake, talked about taste profiles with her new venture Hunch, and former Commissioner of the NYPD, Bill Bratton, presented thoughts about precrime – the ability to use data to help predict crime before it happens. Fred Smith, Founder of FedEx, ended the conference with his thoughts of drones possibly delivering our packages someday. Disruptive by Design left us full of ideas and we’re looking forward to the next one.



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