Susan works as the Conference Program Chair at TechCrunch where she focuses on the programming and speakers for the TechCrunch events. She started her career as a teacher in Southern California and returned to her Silicon Valley roots to join the startup scene in 2004. Susan was the first non-engineering hire at both Codian (acquired by Tandberg in 2007, then by Cisco Systems in 2008) and at CoTweet (acquired by ExactTarget in 2010). Her focus was in Product, Business Development and Marketing. She has taken her experience and her passion for startups to the leading technology media property of TechCrunch. You can reach her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @slh.