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Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) A division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

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Day OneAugust 28

  • 7:00a.m. Delegate Check-in (Continental Breakfast)
  • 8:00a.m. Program Begins
  • Introduction of the Governor
  • Ajay Menon, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Colorado; Dean, College of Business, Colorado State University
  • Welcome Address
  • Governor John W. Hickenlooper
  • The One World School House: Education Reimagined
  • Salman Khan, Founder, The Khan Academy
  • Break and Networking
  • What is the Future of Higher Education?
  • Moderated by: Pam Shockley-Zalabak , Chancellor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Jim Deters, Founder/CEO, Galvanize
  • Dietmar Harhoff Ph.D., Director, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law and Munich Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (MCIER)
  • Greg Maffei, President and CEO, Liberty Media
  • Julia Stiglitz, Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Coursera
  • The Importance of Being Unreasonable: Entrepreneurship in a Rapidly Changing World
  • Daniel Epstein, Founder and CEO, Unreasonable Group
  • 11:55a.m. Lunch and Networking
  • Corporate Culture: What is the Recipe for Success?
  • Moderated by: Kelly Brough, President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • David Butler, VP of Breakthrough Innovation, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Kim Jordan, Co-Founder and CEO, New Belgium Brewing
  • Global Perspectives on Entrepreneurship
  • Mary Grove, Director, Global Entrepreneurship Outreach, Google
  • Innovation, Innovators, and the Dilemmas We Face
  • George “Skip” Battle, Former CEO and Executive Chairman, Ask .com; Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute
  • Break and Networking
  • Is Innovation a Game?
  • Mitra Best, US Innovation Leader, PwC
  • Investing in Growth: Advancements and Opportunities in Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Moderated by: Thomas McDonnell, President and CEO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Dave Boennighausen, Chief Financial Officer, Noodles & Company
  • Ken Fugate, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Square 1 Bank
  • Amy Millman, Co-Founder and President, Springboard Enterprises
  • Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder, Indiegogo
  • Transportation to Dinner
  • 6:30-10:30 Dinner Reception
  • Dinner Reception to feature Colorado food, drinks and entertainment.

Day TwoAugust 29

  • 7:00a.m. Delegate Check-in and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00a.m. Welcome Remarks
  • Governor John W. Hickenlooper
  • Transcending Boundaries for Innovation
  • Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, Western Union
  • Global Perspectives: Does Culture Matter?
  • Moderated by: Ajay Menon, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Colorado; Dean of the Business School, Colorado State University
  • Dietmar Harhoff Ph.D., Director, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law and Munich Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (MCIER)
  • Euan Robertson, President and COO, MaRS Discovery District, Canada
  • Denver’s Ideas Economy
  • Michael B. Hancock, Mayor, City and County of Denver
  • Break and Networking
  • Caine’s Arcade.The Vision for Imagination Foundation.Youth, Creativity, Innovation
  • Introduction by: U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
  • Caine Monroy, Owner, Caine’s Arcade
  • Nirvan Mullick, Founder, The Imagination Foundation
  • Empowering Communities with Global Technologies
  • Wim Elfrink, Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions Group & Chief Globalisations Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Civic Innovations and Civic Hackathons – A Review from Hack4Colorado
  • Brian Gryth, Co-Founder, Hack4Colorado; Interim Program Manager, Business Intelligence Center, Colorado Secretary of State
  • Ann Spoor, Co-Founder, Hack4Colorado; Founder and CEO, Executive Lattice and Talent Lattice
  • 12:45p.m. Break for Lunch and Presentation
  • Hot Spots: How American States, Cities and Regions Create Technology Clusters
  • William J. Holstein, Author, The Next American Economy: Blueprint for a Real Recovery
  • 2:05p.m. Return to Ricketson Theater
  • Glorious Failure: In Search of Success Innovation Prize Pitches
  • Four finalists will pitch their plan to a panel of expert judges and our delegation will vote on who is most deserving of the $50,000 cash prize.
  • Moderated by: Kristin Russell, Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, State of Colorado; Board Chair, Colorado Innovation Network
  • Judge: Matt Beal, EVP and Chief Technology Officer, Corporate Strategy and Product Development, CenturyLink
  • Judge: Mitra Best, US Innovation Leader, PwC
  • Judge: Seth Levine, Managing Director, Foundry Group
  • Global Unveiling of the Colorado Brand Identity
  • Aaron Kennedy, Chief Marketing Office, State of Colorado; Founder, Noodles & Company
  • “Glorious Failure” Innovation Prize Reveal and Presentation and Closing Remarks
  • Governor John W. Hickenlooper
  • 4:00p.m. Closing Reception

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The COIN 2013Summit Speakers

A diverse group of orators representing different perspectives, expertise, and experiences challenged the way we think about innovation. Click on a speaker picture to view their full bio.

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  • John W.
    Hicken-
    looper

    Governor,
    State of Colorado

    John Hickenlooper calls himself a recovering geologist who once owned a brewpub and was goaded into running for mayor of Denver in 2003. He spent nearly eight years at City Hall before he became governor of Colorado in 2011. Hickenlooper and his team at the state Capitol are working hard to make Colorado the best state in the nation to do business in by supporting entrepreneurs, encouraging innovation and promoting the state’s highly-skilled workforce. Since he took office, six companies have announced plans to move their headquarters to Colorado and many more growing here.

  • Hikmet Ersek

    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director,
    Western Union

    Hikmet Ersek is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a Fortune 500®-ranked global leader in payment services. Ersek has executive management responsibility for a global financial services network and powerful brand spread over 200 countries and territories. Western Union has a history encompassing more than 160 years of innovation and today is also one of the world’s most diverse companies, with employees from more than 100 countries working in approximately 300 offices around the world.

    During Ersek’s tenure as CEO, which began in 2010, Western Union has successfully diversified its business mix. Besides growing its retail money transfer business to more than 510,000 worldwide agent locations, the company has expanded into electronic and mobile channels, added a global cross border business that serves small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and broadened its financial services product line to include stored value cards/e-wallets and is working with global and regional partners to develop a suite of insurance services for underserved customers around the world.

    Prior to becoming CEO, Ersek served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He joined Western Union in September 1999, and held several international senior roles of increasing responsibility within the company.

    Ersek began his career in financial services in 1986 at Europay/MasterCard in Austria. In 1996, he joined General Electric (GE) Capital, where he was responsible for retailer sales, finance and the card business. Ersek also represented the GE Corporation as National Executive in Austria and Slovenia.

    Ersek has been recognized by Corporate Responsibility Magazine as 2012 Responsible CEO of the Year and by the American Advertising Federation as a Diversity Achievement Career Achiever.

    Ersek has a Master’s (Magister) degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Wirtschaftsuniversität (University of Economics) in Vienna, Austria. He is fluent in English, German and Turkish.

  • Salman Khan

    Founder,
    The Khan Academy

    Sal Khan is the founder of The Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education to “anyone, anywhere” in the world. A former hedge fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard, Khan is also the author of The One World School House, which explores the potential impact of the web as a teaching tool. It may be one of the most influential books about education in our time.

    Khan’s journey began when he was helping a young cousin with math in 2004, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. When others expressed interest, he began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube. Demand took off, and in 2009 he quit his day job. The Khan Academy website now provides self-pacing software and unlimited access to over 3,000 instructional videos on its YouTube channel covering everything from basic arithmetic to college level science and economics. It’s the most-used library of educational videos on the web, with 4.2 million unique students per month, over 118 million lessons delivered, and over 260 million exercises completed.

    Khan’s first book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, was published to great acclaim in 2012. Innovators as varied as George Lucas and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammed Yunus have hailed it as “a must-read.” Al Gore had this to say: “Since its founding in 2006, Sal Khan’s project — the Khan academy — has revolutionized our thinking on the potential and promise of unfettered, open-access online education. In his new book The One World Schoolhouse, Khan presents his vision and blueprint for how online technology can, and should, play an integral role in educating communities across the globe, closing the opportunity gap and providing high-quality education for all.”
    A growing number of classrooms around the world are using Khan Academy to help build student mastery of topics and to free up class time for dynamic project based learning

  • Prof.
    Dietmar Harhoff, M.P.A. Ph.D.

    Director, Max Planck-Campus Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law and Munich Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (MCIER)

    Dietmar Harhoff is Director at the Munich-Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law and of the Munich Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (MCIER). He is also Honorary Professor of Business Administration at Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich (LMU), where he was Director of the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (INNO-tec,) from 1998 to 2013 as well as Director of the LMU Entrepreneurship Center.

    After graduating with a Diploma degree in mechanical engineering, Dietmar Harhoff began his professional career as a research engineer in Great Britain and Germany. From 1985 to 1987, he was awarded a McCloy Scholarship at Harvard University (M.P.A 1987). He concluded his Ph.D. studies at MIT in 1991. After joining the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, he became Associate Scientific Director at ZEW in 1995. He was University Professor of Management at LMU from 1998 to March of 2013 before assuming his current position at the Max-Planck Society.

    Dietmar Harhoff’s research focuses on issues in innovation and entrepreneurship and industrial economics. His research results have been published in a large number of book and journal articles. Besides advising several public and private organizations he is the Chairman of the Expert Commission Research and Innovation (EFI) of the German Federal government and Chairman of the Economic and Scientific Advisor Board (ESAB) of the European Patent Office. He serves as Associate Editor for Research Policy and European Management Review. Dietmar Harhoff is an elected member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

  • Daniel Epstein

    Founder and CEO,
    The Unreasonable Group

    I’m obsessed with one belief – I believe entrepreneurship is the answer to the greatest issues we face today and I’ve dedicated my life accordingly. Today, this passion for entrepreneurship and startups has led to the creation of the Unreasonable Group. Our push is to create a collective family of companies that will, together, put the greatest challenges of our time where they belong… in a museum. Of course, like everyone’s story, mine is filled with setbacks, false hopes, and tribulations spotted with moments of luck and good timing. And yet, even with the struggles and the grind, I’ve always loved startups. By the time I had finished my freshman year in undergrad, I had launched 3 companies (more like experiments). Today, I keep myself busy with the many projects under the Unreasonable Group, as well as writing, speaking, and running with my dog in beautiful Boulder, CO.

  • Kim Jordan

    Co-Founder + CEO,
    New Belgium Brewing

    Kim Jordan, Co-Founder and CEO of New Belgium Brewing, has cultivated her passion for social work, the environment and community to create one of the most successful corporations in America. After earning her degree in social work from Colorado State University, Kim worked as an advocate for women’s issues and family health at Project Self Sufficiency. Her lifelong commitment to developing healthy communities has informed New Belgium’s culture through progressive policies like employee-ownership, open book management and philanthropic giving. Kim is a Director on the Brewer’s Association and Ex Officio Board Member for the Beer Institute. She is also member of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Renewable Energy Authority Board. In her more than twenty years as an entrepreneur, Kim has spoken to thousands of people in the business, nonprofit and academic worlds about how to create a vibrant and rewarding work culture that enhances the bottom line. Awards include: 2009 Trailblazer Award – Entrepreneur Magazine, Entrepreneur of the Year – Colorado Biz Magazine, Wirth Chair Award – CU, Denver, Governor’s Excellence in Renewable Energy Award, Green Power Business Leadership, Award– Environmental Protection Agency, Mid-sized brewer of the Year – Great American Beer Festival. As CEO and President of New Belgium Brewing, Kim is active in day-to-day Sales, Branding and Organizational Development aspects of the business. Much of her time is spent on mid-range and long-term strategic development.

  • Wim Elfrink

    Executive Vice President – Industry Solutions Group & Chief Globalisations Officer
    Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Wim Elfrink heads three global functions: Cisco’s Industry Solutions and Emerging Countries initiatives and the company’s globalisation strategy. Elfrink is an officer of the company.

    Elfrink joined Cisco in 1997 as Vice President of Cisco Services in Europe. In 2000 he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Cisco Services, and took over global responsibility for the function. Under Elfrink’s leadership, the business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion in 2010 with industry-leading margins and customer satisfaction.

    Elfrink was appointed Chief Globalisation Officer in 2006 and established Cisco’s Globalisation Centre East (GCE) in Bangalore, India. In 2007, he was named Executive Vice President and an officer of the company. Over four years, Elfrink grew the GCE to be an innovation hub, now with 11,000 employees in the company’s smartest and most sustainable campus, and an organization focused on developing and delivering industry based market-making solutions that are scaled globally.

    During his time in India, Elfrink chaired the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Steering Committee on Intelligent Urbanization, which in 2010 recommended a Framework for Sustainable Urbanization for India. Elfrink is a member of the Silatech Board in Qatar, the New Cities Foundation Board, the Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Group, and the International Business Leaders Forum. In 2009 Daily News & Analysis, a leading Indian newspaper, named Elfrink one of Bangalore’s 50 Most Influential People, one of 12 from the corporate world and the only non-Indian to be featured.

  • Pam Shockley-Zalabak

    Chancellor and Professor of Communication,
    University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

    Dr. Pamela Shockley-Zalabak is chancellor and professor of communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

    The author of eight books and more than 100 articles and productions on organizational communication, Dr. Shockley’s research interests center on building organizational trust. Her latest book, “Building the High Trust Organization” was published in 2010.

    In addition to her duties as chancellor, Shockley-Zalabak continues to teach in the UCCS Communication Department.

    Prior to assuming chancellor responsibilities, Dr. Shockley was vice chancellor for student success and the founding chair of the UCCS Communication Department. Dr. Shockley is the recipient of the University of Colorado Thomas Jefferson Award, President’s Award for Outstanding Service, Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Faculty, the Colorado Speech Communication Association Distinguished Member Award, the 2003 Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Women in Business Award, the 2005 Student Government Association Student Choice for Instructor of the Year Award, the 2008 Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence Award, and the 2011 Leadership Pikes Peak Makepeace Community Trustee Award.

    An Oklahoma native, Shockley-Zalabak earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. She earned her PhD. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in organizational communication.

  • Hiro Nishiguchi

    Executive Managing Director,
    Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ)

    Mr. Hiro Nishiguchi is Executive Managing Director of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). INCJ is a quasi-government investment fund with $20billion investment capacity to foster innovation among Japanese corporations. His current passion is to create an eco-system to foster innovation in Japan by working closely with international knowledge partners.

    Prior to his current position, he was Worldwide Partner and Region Head of Global M&A Consulting of Mercer. He has worked with many global players on major M&A transactions including cross-border M&A. Prior to Mercer, he worked with the World Bank Group in Washington DC and Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan in the US and Japan. His major publications are `Successful M&A Organization and People Integration Strategy` by Nikkei Newspaper Publishing and `Practical guide for HR Due Diligence` by Chuo Keizai.

    He received MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor degree from Sophia University in Tokyo. He has visited more than 30 countries and lived and worked in Chicago and Washington DC from 1992 to 2001. He enjoys ocean activities including scuba-diving and sailing.

  • Gregory B. Maffei

    President and CEO,
    Liberty Media

    Greg Maffei leads the team transforming Liberty with its interests in media, technology, and telecom into a focused operating company to compete in the digital/mobile era. Liberty’s assets include some of the world’s most respected media, entertainment and digital commerce
    companies including QVC, HSN, Sirius XM Radio, Live Nation Entertainment, Barnes & Noble, Expedia, TripAdvisor, ProFlowers, Red Envelope, Backcountry.com, bodybuilding.com, Evite, and the Atlanta Braves. Liberty’s stocks have significantly outperformed the major stock indices and comparable media companies under his tenure.

    Maffei also serves as chairman of Sirius XM Radio, Live Nation Entertainment, Starz and TripAdvisor and as a director of Barnes & Noble, Electronic Arts, and Zillow. He also chairs the Colorado Governor’s TBD Initiative.

    Maffei joined Liberty Media as CEO?elect in November 2005 and became CEO in February 2006. Maffei has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Interactive since May 2007. Previously, he has served as President and CFO of Oracle, Chairman and CEO of
    360networks, CFO of Microsoft, and Chairman of Expedia. Additionally, he previously served as a director of Citrix, DIRECTV, Dorling Kindersley, and Starbucks Coffee.

    He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and an AB from Dartmouth College.

  • Mitra M. Best

    U.S. Innovation Leader,
    PwC

    Mitra M. Best is the U.S. Innovation Leader at PwC, leading the disciplined approach to inspire, evaluate and implement innovative ideas across the organization with the critical mission to support the development of new services and market opportunities across industries. Mitra influences and advises PwC senior leaders on new ideas and approaches to organizational strategy, works with clients and third parties to foster open innovation, and promotes the PwC brand as an innovative leader in the marketplace.

    Mitra joined PwC in April 1999 in the Office of Global CIO, as marketer, technologist and strategist. Before being appointed as the Innovation Leader for the U.S firm, Mitra served at the Technology Leader for the PwC Knowledge Services Organization and Business Strategy Leader for the PwC Center for Advanced Research.

    Prior to joining PwC, Mitra’s professional roles included Vice President, Business Development at BookMark Communications, and Founding Partner at Syntext, managing technology clients for a creative agency. She began her career as a software engineer and quickly moved into product and marketing strategy.

    Mitra has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Linguistics from UCLA and a Graduate Management Certificate in Innovation & Strategy from MIT, Sloan School of Management.

  • Dr. Ajay Menon

    Chief Innovation Officer,
    State of Colorado;
    Dean of Business,
    Colorado State University

    As Dean of the College of Business, Ajay Menon provides strategic direction for the College of Business. His responsibilities include: providing leadership for the College of Business; developing and maintaining relationships with all external stakeholders of the College; obtaining financial resources for the College to achieve its vision for success; broad oversight of the senior management of the College.

    Dr. Menon holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and has been on the Marketing Department faculty since 1991. His teaching and research expertise lie in the areas of International Marketing, New Product Development & Management and Strategic Market Planning. His research interests focus in the areas of customer loyalty, new product management, and strategy implementation. He has coordinated and participated in several discussion round-tables on these and related topics at national and international forums.

    Dr. Menon’s research has appeared in the leading marketing and business journals. In addition, he has received several recognitions for his classroom teaching, including being named “Professor of the Year.” Dr. Menon has been a consultant to several leading companies in Colorado.

  • Ken Lund

    Executive Director,
    Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

    Ken Lund currently serves as the Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade. In this capacity Ken oversees the State’s initiatives and programs in business recruitment and retention, small business advocacy and assistance, business finance/business lending efforts, and supports the state’s tourism marketing and outreach initiatives through the Colorado Tourism Office. These roles are essential in the ongoing outreach and coordination of economic initiatives across the State, ensuring that the State’s goals for economic prosperity and sustainability are achieved in an intelligent and synchronized fashion, founded on the principals of broad consensus and collaboration across the various communities in Colorado.

    Prior to taking the role of executive director, Ken was hired by Governor Hickenlooper to be his Chief Legal Counsel.

    He was previously the firmwide Managing Partner of Holme Roberts & Owen in Denver and responsible for the articulation, development and implementation of the law firm’s client service and engagement strategy. Under Lund’s leadership, ColoradoBiz magazine named Holme Roberts & Owen the 2009 Top Colorado Company in the legal category for sustained financial excellence, community involvement and operational excellence.

    During Lund’s 11 years as Managing Partner at Holme Roberts & Owen, he took a lead role in building and supporting the firm’s growth, including opening new offices in Munich, Dublin, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Phoenix. He also spearheaded development of the law firm’s integrated marketing and brand campaign, “Experience Listens. Be Heard.”

    Ken is active in the community and previously served as a board member for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also was a board member and executive committee member for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Denver. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro Denver Sports Commission.

    Lund earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a juris doctorate from the University of Denver. Ken and his wife Andrea have two children.

  • WILLIAM J. HOLSTEIN

    Author,
    The Next American Economy: Blueprint for a Real Recovery

    After having witnessed China’s economic emergence and traveling throughout Japan and much of Asia, Holstein has spent much of his career attempting to explain to Americans how they must respond to this historic global shift. He has worked for United Press International, Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, Business 2.0, The New York Times, and Chief Executive magazine. He currently writes for Strategy + Business and Chief Executive. He is the author of five books, starting with “The Japanese Power Game: What It Means To America.” (1990.)

  • Aaron Kennedy

    Chief Marketing Officer,
    State of Colorado

    Aaron Kennedy is the founder of Noodles & Company, a high growth quick casual restaurant with over 300 locations around the U.S. He launched the business in 1995, was CEO until 2006, and Chairman until 2008.

    He has recently committed to a two-year assignment in public service as the Chief Marketing Officer of the State of Colorado and is charged with developing a brand identity platform for the state that enhances tourism, business development and the general vitality of the state.

    Prior to launching Noodles & Company, Kennedy worked as Marketing Director in NY for the design firm Cato Gobe (now Brandimage), directing branding and design projects for Coca-Cola, Burger King, Sears, Warner Lambert, Swiss Army Products, and the PGA Tour. In the early 90’s, as brand manager for Pepsi Cola, he managed brand strategy, consumer research, national advertising and promotional campaigns for Brand Pepsi, and while at Kraft/General Foods (Oscar Mayer division) in the late 80’s he led consumer research projects in the development and launch of Lunchables, now a $1 billion brand.

    In addition, he is a member of the Inc 500 Hall of Fame for making the Inc 500 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies five years in a row, and has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Mr. Kennedy earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and English at Augustana College (’85) in his home state of Illinois and his MBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison (’89).

  • Mary Grove

    Director, Global Entrepreneurship Outreach,
    Google

    Mary Grove is Google’s Director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach where she leads Google for Entrepreneurs, the company’s programs and partnerships to support startups and entrepreneurs in over 100 countries around the world. Mary joined Google in 2004 as part of the legal team working on the company’s IPO then moved to New Business Development where she spent 6 years focused on a range of early stage product incubation and led hundreds of strategic partnerships. Mary is an active leader in entrepreneur and developer outreach efforts both in the US and internationally, spanning initiatives in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She has led exploratory trips and efforts for Google in Pakistan, Afganistan, Iraq, Gaza, and the West Bank.

    Mary earned her BA and MA from Stanford University. She sits on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of UP Global, an organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship around the world.

  • Jim Deters

    Founder/CEO,
    Galvanzie

    No stranger to the startup mentality, Jim has spent the last 14 years starting, building and investing in companies on the leading edge of technology and social enterprise. Jim’s most recent exit was Ascendant Technology, a $100M global systems integrator widely regarded as one of IBM’s best digital innovators. Ascendant was acquired by Avnet in April, 2012.

    Jim has dedicated his life to disrupting traditional business practices. He is passionate about creating opportunities through entrepreneurship and education. His most recent endeavors, Galvanize and gSchool, harness his pursuits for tech, community, and education. Jim has witnessed and embraced what he calls the current ‘Entrepreneurial Renaissance,’ recognizing that tech savvy and resourceful millennials are the catalysts for social and economic development.

    Jim’s goal with Galvanize is to coalesce entrepreneurial communities across the nation with the goal of providing breakout companies with the tools necessary to succeed:capital, community, and curriculum. In the first six months, Galvanize 1.0 has become home to more than 90 startups and over 300 members. gSchool is the curriculum arm of Galvanize, and it is the first of its kind, six-month, immersive, and experiential program. Applicants with zero experience in software programming are taught a specialized language, Ruby, and leave the program enabled as professional web developers. Ruby is just the beginning as gSchool expands to other programming languages and into other high demand disciplines such as mobile development, user experience, and data analytics.

  • David Butler

    Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation,
    The Coca-Cola Company

    David Butler is responsible for our approach to innovation. With an emphasis on disruptive or breakthrough innovation, David is responsible for leading the strategy and developing the capabilities we need to create sustainable innovation across the Coca-Cola Company.

    David joined the Company in January, 2004 as Vice President, Global Design and has led the design thinking for some of the world’s most loved and valuable brands.

    Under David’s leadership, Coca-Cola has been recognized with numerous design awards including the prestigious Grand Prix from the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. In 2009, David was recognized by Fast Company as a “Master of Design,” building on the Company’s 100-year legacy as a leader in leveraging the power of design to drive innovation and sustainable growth for its business. David is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation.

    David’s career experience includes leading brand, product and experience design with numerous Fortune 100 companies. He is a frequent lecturer and strong advocate for design education.

  • Ken Fugate

    Co-Founder and Managing Director,
    Square 1 Bank

    Ken Fugate is Co-founder of Square 1 Bank and Managing Director of Square 1’s Mountain Northwest Region managing relationships with venture firms and entrepreneurs. Ken has over 13 years experience in venture banking serving the Silicon Valley, Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Prior to Square 1, he was a Venture Banking Officer for Comerica Bank’s Technology and Life Sciences division (formerly Imperial Bank’s Emerging Growth Division). MBA from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

  • Thomas A. McDonnell

    President and CEO,
    Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

    Thomas A. (Tom) McDonnell is the president and chief executive officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Previously, he was chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, a role he had since 2006. He was elected to the Kauffman board in 2003.

    In 2012, McDonnell retired from DST Systems, Inc., which he joined in March of 1969 and served as president and CEO from 1973 to 2012. Headquartered in Kansas City, DST is a publicly traded company that employs over 11,000 associates, both domestically and internationally and is a global leader in providing information processing and computer software services and products to the financial services, communications, and healthcare industries.

    McDonnell serves on the boards of Kansas City Southern and Euronet and has served on the boards of Garmin, Cerner, Computer Sciences Corporation, BHA Group, Commerce Bancshares, and Blue Valley Ban Corp, among others. His service to Kansas City includes work with numerous prominent nonprofit institutions, including as chairman of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City United Way Campaign, and the Union Station Project Committee, and on the boards of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, MRI Global, Rockhurst University, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

    McDonnell has been recognized with various honors, including Kansas Citian of the Year, 2003; the William Jewell College Yates Medallion for Distinguished Civic Service; and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurion Leadership Award. In 2004, McDonnell received an honorary Doctorate of Law from the Pepperdine University George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management. He received a BSBA degree in accounting from Rockhurst University, and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • A. George (Skip) Battle

    Former CEO and Executive Chairman,
    Ask.com

    Skip Battle is currently a Board member of Netflix, LinkedIn, FICO, OpenTable, Workday and Expedia. He was formerly a Director of Barra, Advent Software, the Litman Gregory Family of Mutual Funds and PeopleSoft, where he was the Lead Director during the hostile takeover of PeopleSoft by Oracle.

    He spent 27 years at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), retiring in 1995 as Worldwide Managing Partner, Market Development, and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. From 2000 to 2005 he was the CEO and Executive Chairman of Ask Jeeves, selling the company to IAC in 2005.

    He is a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and a Senior Moderator for the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship, and China Leadership Initiative.

    He lives in Berkeley California, with his wife Hilary Perkins, who sings bluegrass and Americana music under the name Nell Robinson. He grows Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma California.

  • Julia Stiglitz

    Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships,
    Coursera

    Julia leads the business and strategic partnerships team at Coursera. Before Coursera she managed the North America sales and global community management team for the Google Apps for Education. In this role she helped to grow Google Apps to Education to over 18m active students, faculty and staff and 70% of the top 100 US universities. Her team was featured as one of Tech&Learning’s most influential people in EdTech for 2011. Julia started out as a fourth grade teacher in East San Jose through Teach For America. She then went on to manage and lead professional development for new teachers as a Program Director for Teach For America. Julia holds a BA from Pomona College, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an MA in education from Stanford University. You can follow her on twitter @juliastiglitz.

  • Dave Boennig-
    hausen

    Chief Financial Officer,
    Noodles & Company

    Dave Boennighausen has served as Noodles & Company’s Chief Financial Officer since July 2012. Mr. Boennighausen has been with the Company since 2004, and served as Vice President of Finance from October 2007 to March 2011, and as Executive Vice President of Finance from April 2011 to February 2012. He began his career with May Department Stores. He received a BS in Finance and Marketing from Truman State University and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

  • Amy Millman

    Co-Founder and President,
    Springboard Enterprises

    Amy Millman has established a successful career as an advocate working for and with business and government officials to develop and implement national business development and policy initiatives. In 2000, she co-founded non-profit venture Springboard Enterprises whose mission is to facilitate women entrepreneurs’ access to the equity markets. The organization hosts educational programs and forums to provide women entrepreneurs with access to investors and information about sources and uses of equity capital.

    Previously, Amy served as the Executive Director of a federal government commission focused on developing policy and initiatives concerning women’s business ownership. Earlier in her career, she represented the interests of several corporate and industry groups before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Amy has served on the boards of many organizations including her current service on the boards of JumpStartInc and Enterprising Women magazine. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and holds a masters degree from The George Washington University. She and her family reside in the Washington, D.C. area.

  • Danae Ringel-
    mann

    Co-Founder,
    Indiegogo

    Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2008 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, as Indiegogo’s Chief Customer Officer, Danae is focused on driving total customer satisfaction and steering the company’s employee culture and value initiatives.

    Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered publicly traded entertainment companies including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney and Electronic Arts. Danaealso focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan’s Investment Bank and Private Bank.

    Danae was listed on Fast Company’s “Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology” in 2011, and Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) awarded Danae the “No Apologies” Changemaker award in April 2013. Danae frequently speaks at conferences around the world, including TEDx, Le Web and CeBIT. Danae also testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on “Financing America’s Small Businesses: Innovative Ideas for Raising Capital” in June 2013.

    Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower. She currently resides in San Francisco.

  • Michael B. Hancock

    Mayor,
    City and County of Denver

    Michael B. Hancock became Denver, Colorado’s 45th mayor in July 2011 and immediately began to transform Denver into a globally competitive and connected city. With the fifth-busiest airport in the United State serving more than 53 million passengers per year, Mayor Hancock is leveraging Denver International Airport to make the entire Denver region a major gateway to the world.

    Mayor Hancock has secured three new, nonstop international flights to Tokyo, Mexico City and Reykjavik, bringing a combined $167.4 million in economic benefits to the region. These routes are opening new connections between the Rocky Mountain West and Asia, Europe and Central America.

    To help the Denver area compete in the global marketplace, Mayor Hancock also is working to create a bustling Airport City and Aerotropolis, which will create more than 30,000 new jobs over the next 20 years. The first phase of these initiatives includes a new 500-room hotel and transit center at the airport, as well as a 20-mile rail line linking Downtown Denver with Denver International Airport.

    Mayor Hancock also worked with regional leaders to secure a new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Downtown Denver. The Patent Office will generate nearly $440 million in economic benefits over the next five years and establish Denver as a hub of innovation in the high-tech and advanced-industry sectors.

    The Mayor has also developed strategic short- and long-term business plans to support and grow Denver’s diverse, intelligent and forward-leaning businesses in emerging industries such as clean energy, bio-technology, telecommunications, aerospace and healthcare. Denver’s economy is at the forefront of American cities, offering among the strongest job and housing markets in the U.S.

    Mayor Hancock has driven bold, smart financial stewardship to make Denver a responsible and desirable private-sector partner. He has maintained a balanced City budget, strong financial reserves and a Triple A credit rating.

    The Mayor believes there is nothing more important than helping every young person in every neighborhood compete and succeed in the 21st Century economy. He is aligning all City departments with nonprofits, businesses and educational organizations to better prepare all children for every stage of life. Mayor Hancock has also brought meaningful reform to the Denver Police Department by establishing new leadership that has reorganized the department to get highly trained officers out of the office and back onto the streets. These steps together strengthen Denver’s unparalleled quality of life.

    Prior to becoming Mayor, Michael Hancock served on the Denver City Council for eight years, including two as City Council President. In his early career, he worked for the Denver Housing Authority and National Civic League, and was the youngest President of an Urban League chapter in America. Mayor Hancock is 43 years old and the proud father of three children: Alayna, Jordan and Janae. He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 20 years.

  • Euan Robertson

    President and COO,
    MaRS Discovery District, Canada

    Euan Robertson is the President and COO of MaRS Discovery District, where he leads the organization’s day-to-day operations and works closely with the CEO to strengthen MaRS’ unique innovation platform.

    Euan joined MaRS in May 2013 from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where he held the position of Executive Vice President, and the Center for Economic Transformation, where he served as Managing Director.

    Prior to his work in New York, Euan held senior roles in both the public and private sectors in the U.K. He spent almost a decade in the private sector there, including more than five years as COO of a technology startup and four years leading business process redesign for the U.K.’s largest power utility.

    He holds an MBA with Distinction from London Business School and an MA (Hons) from the University of St. Andrews.

  • Caine Monroy

    Boss,
    Caine’s Arcade

    9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store, and asked people to play. The entire summer went by, and Caine had yet to have a single customer, until one day, a filmmaker named Nirvan Mullick stopped to buy a door handle. What happened next inspired this movie, and launched a movement to foster imagination and creativity in kids everywhere.

  • Nirvan Mullick

    LA Based Filmmaker; Founder,
    The Imagination Foundation

    Nirvan began teaching himself film and animation after getting obsessed with an idea of creating perfect moments while studying philosophy at New College. He went on to earn an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts, where he made a few animated short films that screened in over 100 festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards. In 2011, Nirvan began an ongoing collaborative experiement called the 1 Second Film, which is among the first crowdsourced films (beginning crowdfunding in 2001 by selling $1 producer credits) to explore online collaboration (getting over 3,000 people listed on IMDb with the help of Stephen Colbert). The project has gone on to raise over $300,000 with over 20,000 participants, and continues to grow. In 2011, Nirvan co-founded Interconnected, an LA based creative agency, through which he directed Caine’s Arcade, an 11-minute short film that has been viewed over 6 million times, raising over $200,000 for a scholarship fund for a creative young boy, and launching a non-profit called the Imagination Foundation to find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids.

    Nirvan is a partner at Interconnected, consults with non-profits including World Enabled and CicLAvia, and tries to keep up with his garden and his email.

  • Ann Spoor

    Co-Founder,
    Hack4Colorado;

    Founder and CEO,
    Executive Lattice and Talent Lattice

    Ann Spoor is a nationally known Executive Coach, Executive Branding Expert, Trusted Advisor, Board Advisor and Facilitator and Executive Search Professional. Ann is the founder and President of Executive Lattice, a talent agency for busy executives and Talent Lattice, a recruitment outsourcing and executive search firm. Ann is also the founder of Hack4Colorado, a very successful hackathon that was designed to benefit the Colorado community and was a part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. Ann is active with Dress For Success, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. She is also active in the start-up and innovation sector in Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Leeds School of Business. Ann resides in Denver with her husband, Mark, and 2 children.

  • Kristin Russell

    Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer,
    State of Colorado;

    Board Chair,
    Colorado Innovation Network

    Kristin D. Russell is a dynamic and innovative executive with more than fifteen years experience
    in operations leadership, IT, and organizational design and development. In February 2011, Kristin was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve as the state’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer. Kristin is responsible for leading the state’s technology economic development efforts and promoting Colorado as a headquarters location for new and relocating technology companies as well as for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of government through the use of shared information and technology. She also chairs the Colorado Innovation Network Board of Advisors.

    Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, she was the Vice President of Global IT Service Operations at Oracle where she was responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide. Preceding her affiliation with Oracle, Kristin held various leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc. including serving as Vice President of IT Operations. She has also held roles in customer management, statistical process control analysis and employee training and development while at Citigroup and Southern Pacific Transportation Lines.

  • Matt Beal

    EVP and Chief Technology Officer, Corporate Strategy and Product Development,
    CenturyLink;

    Matt Beal directs corporate strategy, product development and network strategy. He is responsible for shaping corporate strategy to drive revenue, improve customer service and enable broadband applications while overseeing the optimization of CenturyLink’s legacy infrastructures. Beal came to CenturyLink from BT (formerly known as British Telecom) after having led the development of their 21st Century Network program – that company’s all-IP network transformation project. As chief technology officer of BT Wholesale, Beal was influential in reinventing Britain’s broadband, voice and data networks and the commercial and regulatory models which govern them.

  • Seth Levine

    Managing Director,
    Foundry Group;

    Seth has been working in and with early stage businesses for almost 20 years.

    When not working with start-up companies you might find Seth cycling the back roads and hills near Boulder, climbing up or skiing down a mountain or spending time with his wife and three kids.

    Seth’s career spans venture capital investing as well as operational, transactional and advisory roles at both public and private companies. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, Seth began his venture capital career at Mobius Venture Capital.

    Prior to Mobius Venture Capital, Seth joined a restart of the data communications company, FirstWorld Communications. He was the third employee of a new management team with a goal to transition what had been a traditional competitive local exchange carrier (“CLEC”) into the data and Internet world. Seth was the corporate finance half of the CFO position where he started and led the finance, mergers and acquisitions and investor relations groups. Seth then led the IPO process for FirstWorld’s IPO in 2000 and negotiated simultaneous equity investments from Microsoft, SAIC and Lucent Technologies, eventually raising over $260 million from the IPO and these side-by-side equity transactions. When the company decided to focus on its data center and hosting business, Seth assumed operational control of the remainder of the business and led the ISP, telephony and network integration portions of the company, representing in total approximately $40 million in revenue. He managed the sale of these lines of business in 2001.

    Prior to joining FirstWorld Seth held various corporate development and business development positions. He started his career in Morgan Stanley’s telecommunications investment banking group.

    Seth is a summa cum laude graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota with degrees in both Economics and Psychology. He is active throughout the entrepreneurial community in Colorado. Seth is a member of the board of directors of The Unreasonable Institute, an adviser to Palestinian focused venture fund Sadara, on the advisory board ofHigh Country Ventures and on the board of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association. Previously Seth was a member of the executive committee of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, on the board of the Denver chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and Chair of the ESPRIT Awards. Seth is a founding member of the Colorado Chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Foundation as well as Colorado Entrepreneurial By Nature.

    Seth is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending his free time cycling, snowboarding, mountaineering and spending time with his family. He writes a blog on technology, venture capital and living in Colorado at www.sethlevine.com.

  • Kelly Brough

    President and CEO,
    Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce;

    Kelly J. Brough is the President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber represents over 3,500 businesses with 300,000 employees working for those businesses in Colorado.

    Prior to joining the Chamber, Kelly served as Chief of Staff for the City and County of Denver and Mayor John Hickenlooper overseeing a general fund of $857 million. Kelly also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Denver Office of Accountability and Reform, and was the first female director of human resources for the City of Denver.

    Kelly earned a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1989 and a bachelor’s degree in sociology, criminal justice from Montana State University in 1986. She currently serves on the boards of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, VISIT DENVER, Goodwill Industries, the Denver Public Schools Foundation, and as a member of the Women’s Forum and The Chamber 100 with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Brough was recently named as one of Colorado’s 10 most influential women by The Denver Post, and one of Denver’s most influential people by 5280 Magazine. In 2012, Brough received the University of Colorado Denver Campus Alumni Recognition Award. She has attended a number of leadership programs including the JFK School of Government’s program at Harvard for state and local public officials. She was also named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2001.

  • Paper Bird

    Dinner Entertainment

    Since the band’s formation over 5 years ago, Paper Bird has been playing its joyful blend of folk, roots, and Americana to delighted audiences across the country. Their unique sound is a combination of a dynamic and energetic rhythm section intertwined with effortless and ?owing harmonies. The group’s backbone is their songwriting, musicianship and general allergy to all limitations and trends. With seven members and no leader, the possibilities are ever unfolding, with ?uctuations in style and mood akin to weather patterns. A household name across their native Colorado, Paper Bird continues to tour and develop its voice and presence across the country. With three full length albums and several national tours under their belt, Paper Bird has steadily grown in both their success and sound while continuing to expand and explore what the band can do musically.

    The seven members of the band include: Mark Anderson (drums), Sarah Anderson (voice, trumpet), Paul DeHaven (guitar), Esme Patterson (voice), Genevieve Patterson (voice), Caleb Summeril (banjo, guitar), and Macon Terry (bass). Each individual writes songs for the group and this keeps new material rolling off the shelf at a healthy pace. Paper Bird’s live performances showcase the diversity and good-time vibe of the group while providing a fresh and unique take on a sound that has a tendency to bring the listener back to a different era. Young in age but timeless in spirit, Paper Bird continually captures the hearts of new listeners and long-time fans. Their rare and beautiful approach to music led them to be featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and were voted in the Top 10 Best Underground Bands by the Denver Post three years in a row, as well as being 5280’s Top of the Town 2009 “Top Local Band”.

    Paper Bird has released two studio albums, Anything Nameless and Joymaking (2007) and When the River took Flight (2010), and also a live album, Carry On (2011), which was the score to a collaboration with Ballet Nouveau Colorado of the same name. 2012 has the band on the road once again while releasing Carry On remixed and remaster on vinyl in the Fall. A new studio album is being written and recorded and is set to be released in early 2013.

  • Brian Gyrth

    Interim Program Manager, Business Intelligence Center,
    Colorado Secretary of State;

    Brian Gryth is a serial government intrapreneur and passionate advocate for civic innovation and technology driven open government. Most recently, Brian lead the effort to gain funding to create the Business Intelligence Center program and will the lead the implementation of this program over the next two years. This program will centralize access to government data relevant to businesses and implement a civic apps challenge to incentivize the tech community to use the data and create tools useful to business owners. Before taking control of the Business Intelligence Center program, Brian lead the creation of the Operational Support Team in the Colorado Secretary of State’s Business and Licensing Division. Through the adoption of continuous improvement and data-driven management processes, this team has implemented more effective and efficient service delivery to the Division’s customers.

    In addition to his government work, Brian co-founded OpenColorado, a nonprofit formed to help facilitate a transformation in government that will lead to a more useable and interactive government. Through the use of open source technologies, OpenColorado deployed data.opencolorado.org, one of the first community driven CKAN data catalogs in the world. This catalog makes nearly 750 government datasets accessible to the public and developer community. As part of OpenColorado’s educational efforts, Brian lead the effort to create the opengovernmentinitiative.org, which creates and publishes open government policy templates to help governments adopt and institutionalize open government in their organizations. Brian has also co-organized multiple unconferences and community events, such as Gov 2.0 Camp Rocky Mountains, CityCamp Colorado 2010, 2011, 2012, and Denver Startup Week. In order to help reach a new population of civic activists, Brian has planned or advised the planning of several civic hackathons, including Colorado Code of Communities Civic Hackathon, Hack for Longmont, and Hack4Colorado.

    Brain also educates the community as a frequent presenter and panelist on the topics of trends in Open Government, data transparency, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law.

  • Nell Robinson

    Lunch Entertainment

    Nell Robinson is a songwriter and vocalist, and has performed on A Prairie Home Companion, at The Kate Wolf Folk Festival and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Her debut albums, Loango and On the Brooklyn Road, charted nationally in both bluegrass and Americana. Jim Nunally is an award-winning songwriter and guitarist, and a recipient of two Grammy Award certifications. He has performed in most every major bluegrass festival in the country. Recently, Nell and Jim were featured at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts with a special show, Soldier Stories. They will perform their House & Garden songs on a PBS music series to be released in 2013. Nell will also be performing in a feature movie about the life of Bill Monroe, Blue Moon of Kentucky.

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