Shava Nerad, CEO
CEO Shava Nerad has been working online since 1982, when she was Chief Software Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation on the IVIS Project, the first commercial multimedia authoring system in the world. She has been staff or faculty at UMass/Amherst, MIT, UNC/Chapel Hill, and University of Oregon. She’s done commercial work for DEC, Varian, ComputerVision, her own web consultancy Net Prophets, Inc., and eMarket Group, Ltd.
While at eMarket as VP/Marketing and Business Development, she led her company to 3rd fastest growing private company in Oregon, #285 on the Inc5000, 25 in the Inc Urban 100, and Best Companies to Work for in Oregon. She was nominated for Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by reporting staff of the Portland (OR) Business Journal for her business acumen and service to her community. She has a long history of nonprofit and political activism, including leadership positions at Oregon Public Networking/efn.org, The Tor Project, and Democratic organizations in Oregon.
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Shava was a sponsored entrepreneur at the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council‘s Unconference in October 2009, and regularly attends various entrepreneurial, business, and game industry events around Boston. She is available for speaking engagements.
Her blog on Gamasutra has had a good bit of attention, with many of the articles promoted by the zine.
Along with Scott Macmillan of MacGuffin Games, she facilitated a panel on “Games for Gov2.0″ at Gov2.0 Camp/New England at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
She published an op/ed in xconomy about the Massachusetts games industry.
Recently, she’s most proud that she was recently added to @KateAtState’s list of rock star women in tech on Twitter.