Liza Kindred is a leading expert on how technology is changing commerce, fashion, and mindfulness. She has spent the last 15 years working with Fortune 500 clients, consulting for top publishers, and advising dozens of startups—and is the author of the forthcoming book The Future of Commerce (O’Reilly, 2017).
Liza spent six years as the Managing Partner of cutting-edge open-source-development company Lullabot, which produced award winning work for clients including Sony Music, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Viacom, and MSNBC. In 2011, she founded Third Wave Fashion, a consultancy that helped create and define fashion tech, where she has helped companies like Microsoft, Vodafone, Bloomingdales, Zappos, Hearst, and Condé Nast blend fashion together seamlessly with technology.
Her work has led her to see firsthand how some of the dubious choices we’ve made as builders has pushed humans into acting, well, sub-human. She believes we are meant for better things! And so, in 2017, Liza (a meditator for eight years) launched Mindful Technology, a company committed to helping those that build and use technology to harness technology’s power to facilitate human connection.
She was recently nominated for the 2017 Women in Retail Women2Watch list. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Entrepreneur Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Liza lives in Brooklyn with her husband Josh Clark (yes, that Josh Clark), their daughter Veronika, and their rescue dog Eddie.
Zachary Jean Paradis, Global lead, Experience Strategy practice, SapientNitro
Matt Yurdana, Creative Director, Internet of Things Experiences Group, Intel