Legion of Talk – Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu & Space Travel

Mark Shuttleworth We are happy to announce Mark Shuttleworth as the next speaker in the Legion of talk series. Mark Shuttleworth, who grew up in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, is an African entrepreneur with a love of technology, innovation, change and space flight.

Mark founded and manages the Ubuntu Foundation, which aims to produce a high quality desktop and server operating system that is freely available all over the world. Mark also formed HBD Venture Capital, a business incubator and venture capital provider and Canonical Ltd., for the promotion and commercial support of free software projects. Previously Mark founded Thawte, the fastest-growing internet certificate authority worldwide before selling it to VeriSign in 1999. In 2001 he formed the Shuttleworth Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to social innovation which also funds educational and free and open source software projects in South Africa.

In April 2002 Mark realized a lifelong dream to fly in space. He spent a year working on the project, including seven months of formal training at Star City in Russia, and almost as much time in medical testing, science program development and negotiations. The First African in Space project was without doubt the most challenging and exciting project any geek could wish for. He was a member of the crew of Soyuz TM-34, launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan and docked with the International Space Station two days later. The mission included 8 days working on the ISS, conducting a program of South African science experiments and enjoying the extraordinary environment of weightlessness before coming back to earth with a bump.

Where & When:
July 21, 2008
McMenamins Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Doors open 5:30pm (come early, have dinner & hang out with us before the talk)
Register HERE
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Gary Vaynerchuk on New Media, Personal Branding and Promotion

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We are very happy to announce Gary Vaynerchuk as the first speaker in the Legion of Talk series. Gary’s dynamic and engaging style has made him a new media sensation and one of the most sought-after speakers around. An immigrant from U.S.S.R., Gary took over his family’s New Jersey wine shop and has brilliantly leveraged the Internet and digital media to dramatically increase sales and inspire legions of loyal fans who watch his daily webcasts on Wine Library TV, his personal blog and follow him on Twitter.

Gary Will be in town speaking to Powells customers as he tours the country talking about wine and his new book “Gary Vaynerchuk’s 101 Wines: Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World” But we asked Gary if he would talk to us about how he uses digital media to promote a traditional business with amazing results, and he graciously agreed. If you’re into digital media, web-based business or just a fan of Gary’s you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see and meet Gary in person.

The where & when:
July 1, 2008
Wieden+Kennedy
224 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
7:00pm to 8:00pm
RSVP on Upcoming

Free tickets will be available on this site on June 24th.
Seating will be limited to 297 seats so check back on the 24th to get your ticket.
We will reserve some seats for unticketed admission at the door as well.

Here’s Gary’s official bio:

Gary Vaynerchuk, self-trained wine expert, is revolutionizing the wine industry. His blog, Wine Library TV (affectionately known as The Thunder Show), boasts a cult-like following resulting from his enthusiastic, unconventional, and often irreverent wine commentary. In the name of “expanding one’s palate”, Gary convinced Conan O’Brien to lick salted rocks and shared samples of dirt and grass with Ellen Degeneres.

With a wealth of knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit, Gary rebranded the family business as Wine Library. Within a five year time period, Wine Library grew from a $4 million dollar business to a $45 million business.

What raised Gary’s notoriety even more than his business acumen was his foresight. Inspired by sites such as youtube.com and facebook.com, Gary leveraged technology to reach an untapped audience. His daily 20 minute webcasts caught the attention of a demographic new to wine and eager to learn. Within a short time, beer sales were outpaced by wine. While his youthful following broke down barriers in the wine industry, the business world (and Web 2.0) admired Gary for creating a new generation of branding, focusing on the internet.

Gary’s unique identity as both a wine expert and a “real person” has reinvented the concept of wine tasting for a new generation. His first book, 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World, was released in May of 2008 and is available in bookstores nationwide.

Introducing Legion of Talk

Legion of Talk is a new series of events that aims to bring you top speakers and thinkers from around the world. We like to think of it as our attempt to bring the TED Conference to Portland- one speaker at a time. And as with all Legion of Tech events everyone is invited and admission is always free.

A lot of brilliant and interesting people pass through the Northwest and we hope to seize the opportunity to make them available to you. We will be announcing events as they are scheduled so stay tuned and if you know of anyone passing our way that you would like to have speak, please let us know.