TECHmunch Austin Speakers | Day 1

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We’re delighted to announce our first batch of speakers for TECHmunch Austin. Join us!

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Ben Huh

Ben Huh (@benhuh) founded the Cheezburger Network in 2007 and grew it into one of the largest humor networks in the world in less than two years — while making a profit during one of the deepest recessions.

Ben credits the success of his company to the users and fans who create the content and those who started the sites he acquired, such as and His goal is to make the world happy for 5-minutes a day.

Brett Erlich

Brett Erlich (@bretterlich) is a host and producer at Current TV.  Currently he hosts The Rotten Tomatoes Show, a movie review series available online and via VOD, as well as the new host for Current TV’s Infomania. Brett won a Webby Award for Viral Video Film School, a biweekly comedic look at hilarious trends in online video.

Brian Solis

Brian Solis (@briansolis) is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has influenced the effects of emerging media on the convergence of marketing, communications, and publishing. He is principal of FutureWorks, an award-winning New Media and business strategy consultancy in Silicon Valley, and has led interactive and social programs for Fortune 500 companies, notable celebrities, and Web 2.0 startups. is among the world’s leading business and marketing online resources.

Lee Odden

Lee Odden (@leeodden) is the CEO of TopRank Online Marketing, a digital marketing agency specializing in strategic internet marketing consulting, training and implementation services including: Content, Search, Email and Social Media Marketing. As an active thought leader in the search marketing industry, Lee’s contributed to top industry publications such as Mashable, iMedia Connection and MediaPost along with publishing Online Marketing Blog, recognized by Advertising Age as one of the top marketing blogs on the web.

Jane Goldman

Jane Goldman is VP and editor-in-chief of CBS Interactive’s Entertainment & Lifestyle division, including the award-winning, an online food site. Jane founded CHOW as a print magazine in 2004; it was acquired by CNET (now CBS Interactive) in 2006.

Before CHOW, she was editor of the Industry Standard, the magazine that chronicled the dot-com world from 1998-2001 and in 2000 carried more advertising pages than any magazine in history. She has been a writer and editor for magazines including New York, Rolling Stone, Wired, and many more, as well as a screenwriter and producer.

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Nadia Giosia

Nadia Giosia (@bitchinkitchen) is the principal web strategist, brand manager, designer, creator, writer, producer and host of ‘Bitchin’ Kitchen’ on Cooking Channel. She made herstory in 2010: becoming the first lifestyle hostess/web entrepreneur in North America to successfully transition from online to primetime television — both in the USA and Canada. Masterminding all aspects of her brand’s development from community management to merch and beyond, G embodies the “American Dream v2.0”.

Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans (PRsarahevans) is owner of Sevans Strategy a public relations and new media consultancy. A self-described “social media freak,” Sarah initiated and moderates #journchat, the weekly—and first-ever—industry live chat between PR professionals, journalists and bloggers on the microblogging platform, Twitter.

She runs her own blog at, shares a free, daily resource for PR professionals. Sarah can be seen in the February 2010 edition of Vanity Fair’s America’s Tweethearts, Forbes’ 14 Power Women to Follow on Twitter and Entreprenuer’s Top 10 Hot Startups of 2010.

Eric Schwartzman

Eric Schwartzman (@EricSchwartzman) is coauthor of Social Marketing to the Business Customer, the first book devoted exclusively to B2B social media communications. He has been conducting monthly social media training programs for PRSA since 2006 and works as an independent online communications consultant to businesses, the US Military, government agencies and nonprofits.

Eric specializes in online communications strategy, social media policy development and accelerating social media literacy within organizations. He is a frequenter speaker at professional conferences and has been producing the award-winning podcast “On the Record…Online”, which focuses on how technology is changing the way organizations communicate, since April 2005. See more at

Erik Deutsch

Erik Deutsch (@erikdeutsch) is a media strategist with more than 15 years of experience in PR and buzz marketing. As principal of ExcelPR Group, he has created award-winning campaigns for tech, healthcare and entertainment clients. An early adopter of online tactics, he helped launch Interactive PR News in 1995 as the first national newsletter on new media for PR pros. Erik teaches social media best practices at UCLA Extension and currently blogs at

Rene Lynch

Rene Lynch (@renelynch) is the assistant food editor at the L.A. Times. She has worked at the paper for 18 years, with stints in the sports, business, metro and entertainment sections. If old media is on the ropes, no one told Rene: She says there’s never been a better time to be a journalist.  She’s a marathon runner (not because she likes to run, but because she likes to eat). You can also see her tweeting at @latimesfood or read her articles at The Daily Dish.

Jeff Houck

Jeff Houck (@jeffhouck) is the food editor for the Tampa Tribune. He also writes The Stew food blog ( and hosts the Table Conversations podcast ( for and reports for WFLA NewsChannel 8. In 2008, The Stew was named Best Blog by the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2009 he was named Best Media Tweeter by Creative Loafing

Kat Kinsman

Kat Kinsman (@kittenwithawhip) is the Managing Editor of  CNN’s Eatocracy food blog and former senior editor at AOL Food and Slashfood.

Addie Broyles

Addie Broyles (@broylesa) is the food writer for the Austin American-Statesmanand is a leader in the Central Texas food blogging community, which has more than 200 food blogs by her last count, and has been named one of the top food writers on Twitter on

In Relish Austin, a column and food blog for the Austin American-Statesman, she writes about everything from farmers to food tattoos, blackberry pie to barbecues. Addie was recently named by Tribeza magazine as one of the top 10 people in Austin to watch in 2011, and the Austin Chronicle picked her as the top food celebrity in the city.

Babette Pepaj

Babette Pepaj (@BakeSpace) is the founder and CEO of (2010 and 2009 Webby Award Nominee for “Best Social Network”). Prior to launching the site, Babette worked for more than a decade producing and directing reality TV such as MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules.” She is a recurring guest expert on Fox Business Channel and an expert on branded content.

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