Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard Law School
Danah Boyd is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at UC Berkeley and a fellow at the Berkman Center
for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. Her dissertation focuses on how American youth engage in networked
publics like MySpace, You Tube, Facebook, and Xanga. In particular, she is interested in how teens formulate a
presentation of self and negotiate socialization in mediated contexts amidst invisible audiences. This work is funded
by the MacArthur Foundation as part of a broader grant on digital youth and informal learning. Ms. Boyd, who holds
a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University and a master’s degree in sociable media from MIT
Media Lab, has served as an ethnographer and social media researcher for various corporations, including Intel, Tribe.
net, Google, and Yahoo! She also created and managed a large online community for V-Day, a nonprofit organization
working to end violence against women and girls worldwide.
Andrew Braccia joined Accel in 2007; his primary areas of investment interest include consumer Internet and software
businesses with a focus on web search, digital media, and online advertising. Mr. Braccia currently serves on the board
of OpenX, the world’s leading open source ad server. Before joining Accel, Mr. Braccia held senior roles in business
development, general management, and operations with Yahoo!, starting in 1998 as a member of the early business
development team and rising to vice president of Yahoo! Search. He also played a key role in helping to lead the
company’s entry into the social search arena with the launch of Yahoo! Answers and the acquisition and integration of
del.icio.us. As a member of the original operating team that led the development Yahoo’s in-house search technology,
he played a significant role in the acquisition and integration of several companies, including Inktomi, Overture, Alta
Vista, and FAST, and helped lead the acquisition of Flickr.
Jim Breyer has been responsible for Accel’s investments in more than 30 companies that have completed public
offerings or successful mergers, including Actuate, Agile Software, Centillion (acquired by Bay Networks), Hyperion
Solutions and Oracle, Maven Networks and Yahoo!, and Walmart.com. Mr. Breyer is currently a director of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he is the presiding independent director and chairman of the strategic planning and finance
committee. He also serves on the board of Marvel Entertainment, where he is the founding chairman of the strategic
planning and finance committee, and RealNetworks, where he is the presiding independent director. Mr. Breyer is
currently an investor or director of privately held companies BBN Technologies, Brightcove, Etsy, Facebook, Global
Grind Digital, ModelN, and Prosper Marketplace. Earlier he served as a management consultant at McKinsey &
Company in New York, and in product marketing and management at Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard.
Panasonic Professor of Robotics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, MIT
Chief Technical Officer, iRobot Corp.
Rodney Brooks, from 1997 to 2003 and from 2003 to 2007 respectively, was director of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence
Lab and of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He previously held research positions at
Carnegie Mellon University and MIT, and a faculty position at Stanford before joining the MIT faculty in 1984.
His research is concerned with engineering intelligent robots to operate in unstructured environments, and with
understanding human intelligence through building humanoid robots. He has published papers and books in model-based computer vision, path planning, uncertainty analysis, robot assembly, active vision, autonomous robots, micro-robots, micro-actuators, planetary exploration, representation, artificial life, humanoid robots, and compiler design.
A member of numerous professional organizations and editorial boards, Dr. Brooks won the Computers and Thought
award at the 1991 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. He also starred as himself in the 1997 Errol
Morris movie Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, named for one of his scientific papers.