At SXSW, we are continuing to build an army of innovative young minds. Our special event will include inspirational talks by some of the tech and film industry’s most forward thinkers.
Franke Rodriguez, Partner and CEO, Anomaly Toronto
Born and raised in New York, Franke moved to Toronto in 2012 to build Anomaly's newest offering in Canada. His primary charge is assembling an incredible mix of talent from a wide range of disciplines, ages, and nationalities, united by an ambition and desire to do something they and their clients can believe in.
In the three years since opening, Anomaly has added several exciting and iconic pieces of business including Budweiser, Bud Light, Hershey’s, Nike, San Pellegrino, Spotify and World Gaming. Their work has won over 40 national and international awards and has earned them top ranks, being named one of the Top 10 Agencies of the Year in Canada in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as on the shortlist for Digital Agency of the Year in 2015.
Noah Brier, CEO, Percolate
Noah Brier is the CEO of Percolate, a software company building The System of Record for Marketing. Percolate works with top global brands including Unilever, GE, Anheuser-Busch InBev, and MasterCard. Prior to founding Percolate, Noah ran the strategy department at The Barbarian Group, a digital advertising agency based in NYC. He has been named to Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, a "social media innovator" by BusinessWeek, and sits on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on social media.
JC Oliver, Global Chief Creative Officer, AOL
JC Oliver is an award winning digital creative with over 16 years global media experience. He brings a unique set of skills to his role as Global Chief Creative Officer with expertise across both Digital Marketing x Creative x Business Strategy x Space Travel. His passion is the intersection of creativity & business fused with tech & science which he defines as Smart Marketing
JC has spent his career in a variety of roles including creative, strategist, architect & evangelist crafting redonkulous ideas and munging them together with emerging tech to amplify & translate brand communications into immersive audience centric experiences.
He recently moved to AOL from Microsoft where he was Global Head of Innovation as they assumed control of their advertising division. He delivers myriad thought leading presentations at industry conferences, digital schools and to clients & agencies on creativity and the future of digital marketing.
Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, Sama and Laxmi
Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Sama and Laxmi, two companies that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. She is also the co-author of America's Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age, a book by Rework America: A Markle Initiative.
Prior, Leila was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.).
Leila lives in San Francisco, is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014.
Teddy Goff, Partner, Precision
Teddy Goff is a co-founder and partner at Precision, where he leads our digital practice. Teddy’s team develops strategies and runs programs for major corporations, innovative startups, leading nonprofits, and progressive campaigns.
Prior to Precision, Teddy was the Digital Director for President Obama’s reelection campaign, leading the President’s digital strategy and managing the 250-person nationwide team responsible for the campaign’s social media, email, web, online advertising, online organizing, front-end and product development, design, and video presences. TIME described his work as “redefining the limits of viral politics.”
Under Teddy’s leadership, Obama for America raised more than $690 million and registered more than a million voters online, built Facebook and Twitter followings of more than 45 and 33 million people respectively, earned more than 133 million video views, ran more than $100 million in online advertising (the largest such program in political history), built groundbreaking tools for online fundraising and campaigning, organized hundreds of thousands of volunteers and events, and sent the second-most retweeted tweet (thanks, Ellen) and most liked Facebook post of all time.
Teddy lives in NYC, and has been featured in TIME’s list of the “30 people under 30 who are changing the world,” Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of “The Most Eligible Hires in Techdom,” AdAge’s “Wish List” of the top four Obama campaign officials, BusinessInsider’s list of the top people in online politics, and the AdWeek 50. He has appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and is a regular public speaker. He is also a founding partner at Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer in New York City.