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Josh Williams
CEO, Gowalla

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Josh Williams is a co-founder and CEO of Gowalla, a locative social network inspiring people to share their favorite places and experiences with friends. With an ever growing collection of game-like rewards, the beautifully designed service has connected people in 150 countries with over 450,000 places around the world. He loves mid-century modern design, architecture, snowboarding and longboarding. He lives in Austin with his wife Rachel and two effervescent daughters. In a future life, he’d like to be an accomplished woodworker.


Location: Ballroom V
MG Siegler (TechCrunch), Ryan Sarver (Twitter), Josh Williams (Gowalla), Dennis Crowley (foursquare), Sam Altman (Loopt), Mark Hendrickson (Worldly Developments)
As more services integrate location elements, we're sending out a lot of geo-tagged data. But what does it say about us? More importantly, how can it help us in our daily lives? How can local businesses use it? Is there a cost/benefit ratio to sharing all this data? We'll discuss these issues. Read more.
Location: Ballroom III - VI
Josh Williams (Gowalla)
Visions of virtual goods, digital collectibles and pixelated tchotchkes are inspiring people to check in with their phone, sharing not only their location, but also their souvenirs, with friends. This discussion will explore the incentives, social bragging rights, collectibility and other gamelike rewards that are motivating the masses to go out and discover the world around them. Read more.