Florian Brody grew up in Vienna where he studied computer linguistics, worked as a fashion photographer and a software engineer at the Austrian National Library and he built the multimedia market for Apple Austria in the 1980s. In 1991 he co-invented and produced the first electronic books at the Voyager Company in Santa Monica, California and worked on the TED2 Laserdisc project. Florian built a digital media consulting practice in Vienna and went back to the Silicon Valley in 1997 to build an Internet start-up. He has extensive experience in marketing for start-ups and currently serves as head of marketing for Cimbal Inc. a company developing a mobile payment solution. Florian actively promotes to collaboration between Austria and the Silicon Valley and has initiated an incubator for Austrian companies. He was founding president of ASCINA, the Association of Austrian Scientists in North America. Florian held the chair for Multimedia Studies, University of Applied Sciences, Salzburg and was a member of the Graduate Faculty at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He represented Austria at TED4 Kobe and is a frequent speaker at events worldwide.
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E is for Environment
and able to successfully re-invent itself.
time and time again
1993, first browsers
You can listen to the talks online, reshaped the conference accordingly
Vienna has always been a place that bridges gaps
Vienna has a history of bridging gaps between a wide variety of groups
continues to influence world society
it's important to build bridges, connections, and networks
People were originally against the Golden Gate Bridge, and now?, You can't imagine SFO without it
Why is the gap there?
how can a bridge benefit?
How can people cross over?, how can they benefit from the organic understanding?
What does it mean to take the time to cross the gap?