Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, CA. Maker Media produces Make Magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. MAKE has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages. MAKE invites everyone to become a maker, and integrate creative goals with technical skills. Dougherty was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN in 1993, the first commercial website. He coined Web 2.0 in 1993. MAKE started at O’Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013. He grew up in Louisville, KY.
Greg Brandeau is president and COO of Maker Media, Inc. An MIT-trained engineer with his own passion for making, Brandeau is a proven leader in working with venerable media organizations such as Pixar and Disney. He joined Pixar when it was a relative startup with 100+ employees, and helped them leverage technology to successfully grow the brand into the entertainment powerhouse it is today. In addition, his early career working for Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer set the stage for opportunities to apply both his engineering knowledge and business training to establish market leadership. His talents, knowledge and experience in building great teams and innovative organizations will be instrumental in taking Maker Media, a similarly young, talented and well-positioned company with a strong brand to the next level. Brandeau earned BSE and MSE degrees from MIT, and has an MBA from Duke University. He serves on the CALIT2 Advisory Board and on the MIT Humanities Visiting Committee. Brandeau is also a co-author of the forthcoming book from Harvard Press titled, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation.
Sherry Huss is vice president for Maker Media, Inc. overseeing Publishing, eCommerce, and Events. She is instrumental in the management, and production of Maker Faire and is focused on growing the MAKE brand throughout the Maker ecosystem. She has over 20 years of technology marketing and event experience and has held senior management positions at MediaLive International, Key3Media, Ziff-Davis, and Softbank. Product marketing and live events have been a focus for Sherry who was instrumental in launching and managing successful technology and consumer events such as Sun’s JavaOne, Oracle’s iDevelop, O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0 Summit and Dwell on Design. She is passionate about making and the Maker community.
David Watta joined Maker Media, Inc. in May 2013. As vice president of commerce, he oversees the activities of MakerShed.com as well as the Shed pop-up stores at the various flagship Maker Faires. Dave has more than 20 years of experience of product management and defining holistic customer experiences, having worked for a number of successful companies across diverse industries, from technology leaders to popular hospitality brands, including: Intel, Redbox, Hard Rock Cafe, and AARP. Today, he manages a team focused on transforming DIY projects and ideas into profitable product lines that will inspire the growing, global maker community to experiment with new tools and technology, materials and components to experience the joy that comes with making.
Mark Frauenfelder is the Editor-in-Chief of MAKE magazine, and the founder of the popular Boing Boing blog. He was an editor at Wired from 1993-1998, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Wired Online. He’s the author of six books. His latest book is Made By Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World.
Jason Babler is the creative director. He has extensive experience managing creative teams in media and publishing. He has designed and managed projects for some of the largest tech companies, sports teams, video game and film studios today. In addition to traditional media experience he has worked developing video games and loves to sculpt traditionally.
Vickie Welch is the senior marketing director. Vickie has spent her career in media marketing for leading technology print and online publishers, among them Ziff-Davis, IDG, Upside and CMP Media. During her fifteen years with Ziff-Davis, she held group marketing director and VP titles for the Mac Publishing Group which included Macworld Expo and the Consumer Media Group. Prior to joining MAKE in February, 2012, she worked with startup media companies such as Pandora and Ecast and ecommerce site FinditParts.com to develop strategies to monetize content, grow audience and customer bases, create new ad products, and leverage market research for new products and competitive positioning.
Katie Kunde is the senior sales manager. She joined the MAKE team in 2006 to help produce the first Maker Faire. Today, she works with top national brands and leading companies to develop strategies to effectively market to the growing and influential maker movement. Her team leverages the strength of MAKE’s core media properties to customize integrative marketing opportunities for diverse clients, from automotive to financial to CPG and high-tech. She enjoys making wine with her husband and is an avid equine enthusiast.