Founder and Chairman - Participant Productions (www.participantproductions.com)
Skoll has been a leader in technology and philanthropy for many years. In 1996, Skoll joined eBay as its first President and first full-time employee, and developed the company's business plan. After helping to bring CEO Meg Whitman to the company in 1998, Skoll became the VP of Strategic Planning and Analysis at eBay and led the company's acquisition, community development and new business efforts through 2001. In the months before eBay went public in 1998, Skoll led the company's effort to give back to the community, creating the eBay Foundation through an allocation of pre-IPO shares, an innovation that inspired a wave of similar commitments nationwide. His recent honors and awards include Time Magazine's 100 People of the Year (2006), Wired Magazine's Rave Award (2006), the National Leadership Award for Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley (2004), the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals (2003) and the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (2002). In addition, in 2003, Jeff was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.
Jim Young, Ph.D
Jim co-founded HOTorNOT.com in 2000, which he helped grow from a one-page website to a multimillion dollar business. Jim knows how to build scalable, reliable Internet services. He holds a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, and wrote his dissertation on the design and modeling of complex concurrent systems.
James co-founded HOTorNOT.com, Xmethods.net, SaveMyAss.com, and 10over100.org. He holds an MBA and a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley where he was awarded the Bechtel Achievement Award, an honor given to each year's top overall engineering graduate.
In his free time, James enjoys investing in and advising other startups, including BitTorrent, Grouper, Slide, Simply Hired, and of course, fubar!