Co-founder and Chairman
Aaron Houghton is co-founder and chairman of iContact, the industry-leading web-based e-marketing
communications software. Mr. Houghton has served evolving Internet technologies by improving business interaction
with distributed services via the web for more than ten years. His other company, Preation, Inc., serves the Internet
software, maintenance, and strategic marketing needs of businesses looking to establish and maintain a strong and
effective Internet presence. Before joining Preation and iContact, Mr. Houghton was CEO of CollegeUnited, a pioneer
in online auctions; president of CollegeDirect, a company supporting election information services; and chairman of
MainBrain School, a provider of school administration software. He holds a BS degree in computer science from UNC
Chapel Hill and is active on several boards, including that of the Carolina Entrepreneurship Club.
MAttHew D. HowArD
Norwest Venture Partners
Matt Howard brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, product management, engineering, business
development, and sales in a wide range of technologies to Norwest Venture Partners. He focuses his efforts on
communication and storage systems, embedded systems, semiconductors, mobile and wireless, security, and rich
media. He currently serves on the boards of ConteXtream, MobileIron, Omneon, Reconnex, Retrevo, Spectra Linear,
and Summit Microelectronics. He is a board observer for his most recent investment, ShotSpotter, and also for
FireEye, TestQuest, Veraz Networks, and Yipes. Before joining Norwest in 2000, Mr. Howard held senior positions
with Cisco’s IOS organization and the Internet business unit. He established Cisco’s security and VPN strategy,
situated Cisco as the leading firewall appliance manufacturer, and launched the first load-balancing product.
Previously, he was vice president of marketing at Vertical Communications, where he focused on VoIP and
launched the first MGCP-enabled media gateway.
JoHn w. Huey
John Huey became Time Inc.’s sixth editor-in-chief in 2006. In this role, he oversees the editorial content of some 125
magazines, including Time, FORTUNE, People, In Style, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, and Real Simple. He
is also responsible for the editorial content of the company’s websites and brand extensions. Before becoming editor-in-chief, Mr. Huey had served as editorial director of Time Inc. since 2001. Earlier he was editor of the FORTUNE
Group and managing editor of FORTUNE. In 1997, while running FORTUNE, Mr. Huey was named Advertising
Age’s Editor of the Year. In 1998, he was named Adweek’s Editor of the Year. Mr. Huey joined FORTUNE in 1988. In
1992, he co-authored Sam Walton: Made in America, the autobiography of the late founder of Wal-Mart. Mr. Huey is a
member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Overseas Press Club, and serves on various nonprofit boards.
Co-founder and Editor in Chief
The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor of the HuffingtonPost.com, a nationally syndicated columnist, and
author of 11 books. She is also co-host of Left, Right & Center, public radio’s popular political roundtable program. She
launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site, in 2005; it quickly became one of the most widely read, linked-to,
and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of
the world’s 100 most influential people. Her latest and most personal book is On Becoming Fearless: A Roadmap for
Women, which offers advice for achieving fearlessness in every aspect of life. She is also the author of Fanatics and
Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America and Pigs at the Trough, a New York Times bestseller. Ms. Huffington
serves on several boards that promote community solutions to social problems.