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Nick Denton

founder, Gawker Media

Ted Leonsis

former AOL executive

Kathy Yates

former Knight Ridder executive

Michael Kinsley

founder, Slate

Tim Armstrong


Alan Spoon

former president, The Washington Post Co.

Chris Cox

head of product, Facebook

Dick Costolo

CEO, Twitter

Eric Schmidt

executive chairman, Google

Will Hearst

chairman, Hearst Corp.