Matthew Jent

Matthew Jent is a creative writer, educator, and storytelling specialist. He has a BA in Writing from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. His writing has appeared on Nickelodeon, KQED, and in Publishers Weekly. Corporate clients include Adobe, City of Hope, Staples, Lockheed Martin, and more.

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Sidestage Improv

Sidestage Improv was created in Spring 2011 by Mike McFarland and Marina Mastros, two veteran improvisors seeking an alternative, longform-oriented venue in San Diego. Charles Webber joined the fray soon after, and they currently do their damndest to make sure that talented teams can strut their stuff with dependable regularity. If you’re looking for a memorable night of laughs, our events are pretty much the best value in town. If you’ve yet to spend an evening with us, don’t miss our show and find out what you’ve been missing. If you’re an improvisor, Sidestage Improv is a great chance to meet other folks that love the make-em-ups just as much as you do. We offer fantastic opportunities to perform, network and talk shop. We’d love to hear from you.   Mike McFarland is Sidestage Improv’s artistic director and co-founder, and has been teaching and performing improv professionally for over a decade. In San Diego, Mike has directed multiple long-running shows at the National Comedy Theatre, including The Midnight Show and The Collective.  He currently performs with MAG-Five and is one-half of the longform duo, Mike & Chris. He moonlights as a photographer and typist.     Marina Mastros is Sidestage Improv’s co-founder and biggest fan. She is in advanced study at UCB and continues at iO West after graduating iO Chicago’s intensive program. Previously, Marina performed with the National Comedy Theatre’s mainstage team for eight years, and directed their College Team for five. She performs in Los Angeles with Count Gumdrop, More More More, and musical team, Will Call. She hopes for a Partial Credit reunion. Marina earned her B.A. in Literature/Writing at UC San Diego, and holds an M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing from SDSU.   Charles Webber is the creative director of Sidestage Improv, as well as its voice of reason.  He began improvising in 2007, and shortly thereafter  joined the National Comedy Theatre as a member of the main-stage  company.  He can currently be found performing with Startup Rivals and MAG-Five. Away from the stage, he works as a mechanical engineer, having earned his undergraduate degree from the University  of Texas and his Master’s at UC San...

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Jim Finwick – Camelot Consulting

Executive, Performance Coach, Keynote Speaker Jim Finwick provides coaching and consulting for leaders at every stage of their journey. For the past three decades, his charismatic leadership coaching has helped corporate executives increase engagement, productivity, and performance in both their professional and personal lives. In Jim’s work as the Vice President of Information Technology for Compassion International, he worked with leaders in over 35 countries, mostly in the developing world. Versatile professional background that includes small business development, global executive non-profit leadership, performance coaching, leadership mentoring and technology leadership. A dynamic and motivating speaker, Jim is a talented, fun and passionate coach who helps others in the pursuit of reaching their maximum potential to become a Legendary...

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Andrei Shirobokov – DeepSpar

Andrei Shirobokov is the Founder & CTO of DeepSpar Data Recovery Systems, located in Ottawa, Canada. With over 20 years experience in hardware & software engineering, Andrei had a wide variety of roles being responsible for developments in High Tech companies of Eastern/Western Europe and North America. After participating in a few R&D projects for the Data Recovery industry, Andrei founded DeepSpar Data Recovery Systems in 2004 and since then his professional career was dedicated to research and development of data recovery technologies, hard drive theory, and training and consulting services provided for the Data Recovery...

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Chris Bross, DriveSavers

As Chief Technology Officer, Chris Bross manages the R&D team for emerging storage technologies and guides the development of new tools, technology and techniques to overcome unique challenges and recover critical user data. Since joining t he company in 1995, Bross has engineered his way around physical trauma, mechanical damage and encryption issues to recover data on all types of failed storage devices. Prior to joining DriveSavers, Bross held technical engineering positions at Golden Triangle Software and Adobe Systems, Inc. Bross’ expertise is in recovering RAID, NAS and SAN storage systems with a specialization in UNIX, SLinux and...

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Michael Hall, DriveSavers

As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of eDiscovery and Digital Forensics, Michael Hall directs and implements policies and procedures concerning the privacy and security of all data received at DriveSavers, including highly critical data from government agencies, major corporations and research laboratories. Hall was instrumental in helping NIST, FDIC, OTS and BITS identify the risks of improper screening of data recovery providers. In his previous role as Director of PC Engineering, Michael developed security protocols to handle critical and encrypted data for corporate and government accounts. He also developed and managed the ISO Class 5 certified Cleanroom, the largest and most technologically advanced in the data recovery industry. Hall has over 17 years experience in data recovery technology, focusing on high-end arrays, and has successfully recovered data from over 15,000 storage devices. Michael Hall has been trained and certified by the leading encryption vendors and is a certified eDiscovery and forensic investigator. Prior to joining DriveSavers in 1995, Hall was a Data System Engineer for the U.S. Navy. His responsibilities included computer hardware and software support for Intelligence Gathering...

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Joe Kissell

Joe Kissell is the author of numerous books about technology, including Mac Security Bible and, at last count, 50 titles in the Take Control series (such as Take Control of Your Online Privacy, Take Control of Your Passwords, and Take Control of the Cloud). On his new site, Joe On Tech, he writes about improving your relationship with technology. Joe is also a Senior Editor of TidBITS and a Senior Contributor to Macworld, was the winner of a 2009 Neal award for Best How-to Article, and has appeared on the MacTech 25 list (the 25 people voted most influential in the Macintosh community) since 2007. Before he began writing full-time in 2003, Joe spent nearly eight years managing software development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a master’s degree in Linguistics. Joe lives in San Diego with his wife, their two sons, and their...

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