Facebook’s f8 developer conference is two days away and the company has been trickling out additional information related to the event, including the roster of speakers that will be appearing on its ‘Transforming Industries’ track. It includes plenty of familiar names — namely, some top executives and investors in the valley — which isn’t all that surprising.
But reading between the lines a bit, it may well give some insight as to who Facebook’s launch partners will be for the features that will debut at f8.
Among the speakers: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek will be speaking on a panel called ‘The Future of Digital Music’, which makes the much-anticipated launch of a Facebook Music platform seem all the more likely. Appearing on the same panel will be Clear Channel Chairman Bob Pittman (who, by the way, also founded MTV) and Troy Carter, CEO of Atom Factory.
Also notable is Turntable.fm CEO Billy Chasen, who is appearing on a Mobile+Social panel — perhaps we’ll see the hot social music service take part in the launch as well.
And, of course, there are plenty of well-known executives and VCs who have long been part of the Facebook ecosystem. Unsurprisingly, Zynga is the best represented, with execs speaking on two of the panels. Here’s the full list:
The Future of Digital Music:
The music landscape is evolving with new channels and innovative social experiences. Leaders in the industry will describe where things are headed.
Bob Pittman – Chairman, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
Daniel Ek – CEO, Spotify
Troy Carter – Founder, Chairman and CEO, Atom Factory
Mobile + Social:
As mobile apps become ever more social, new opportunities are emerging. Listen to mobile developers discuss social and the future of mobile.
Paul Bettner – Vice President and General Manger, Zynga
Kristian Segerstrale – General Manager and Co-founder, Playfish
Alexa Andrzejewski – Co-Founder and CEO, Foodspotting
Billy Chasen – Co-Founder and CEO, Turntable.fm
The Rise of Social Gaming:
Social gaming is disrupting the traditional video game business. Top game executives will provide their views on the next big trends.
Barry Cottle – Executive Vice President, EA interactive, Electronic Arts
Kevin Chou – CEO, Kabam
John Pleasants – Co-President, Disney Interactive Media Group
Owen Van Natta – Chief Business Officer, Zynga
Investing in Social:
Hear leading venture capitalists discuss their views on the future of the social web.
David Sze – Partner, Greylock Partners
Matt Cohler – General Partner, Benchmark Capital
Kevin Efrusy – Partner, Accel Partners
Bing Gordon – Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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