An exciting press release from

COMMON’s non-traditional party-meets-pitch competition – featuring celeb judges, live entertainment, prizes and a live and digital crowd of thousands (and now, bowling) – will bring eight selected entrepreneurs (including Zoko’s own, Chris Kieran!) to the stage to expose the freshest ways social technologies can be used to borrow, share and trade the things we all need. Stay tuned for an awesome after party announcement that will rock your pants off!

  • Location: Brooklyn Bowl – 61 Wythe Avenue
  • Date: February 15
  • Time: 7pm
  • Ticketing: $15 dollars in advance; $20 at the door


Craig Hepburn is Global Director of Digital & Social Media at Nokia, responsible for leading a world class digital and social media strategy for the worlds largest mobile phone manufacturer. Heading a team of highly skilled experts who drive the centre of digital media excellence and ensure a highest standard of strategic digital  execution along with the creation of a company wide social media framework focused on transforming Nokia into a truly social brand experience through digital innovation and social business design.

Craig Shapiro is the founder and CEO of the Collaborative Fund. He helped pioneer several mobile and interactive television initiatives in the US, including the first multi-carrier live voting in Super Bowl XXXVI. Mr. Shapiro also served on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Marketing Association. Previously, he was President of GOOD magazine and an angel investor in several new media and technology companies.

Umair Haque is Director of the Havas Media Lab and author of The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business. He also founded Bubblegeneration, an agenda-setting advisory boutique that shaped strategies across media and consumer industries. The author, blogger, thinker and reformer has blogged for years for Harvard Business Review, was recently shortlisted by the Thinkers50 in two categories, and has a passionate following of more than 163,000 Twitter followers.

Cheryl Heller is Chair of the MFA Design for Social Innovation Program at SVA, founder of Heller Communication Design and Board Chair of PopTech, a laboratory for disruptive innovation focused on technology and social change. She is a pioneering communication designer and business strategist, and has twice been nominated for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design.

Soraya Darabi is an internationally known expert strategist on emerging media. She advises leading companies and startups on business development, partnership strategy and operations in the digital space, with a particular focus on building robust platforms as a way of forging deep connections with consumers. In addition to her work with companies, she reports on new media and technology on the news.

Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated eight times he finally won two Grammies for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne package designs. He also earned practically every important international design award.

Morgan Clendaniel

Morgan Clendaniel is the editor ofCo.Exist, Fast Company’s website about world changing ideas and innovation. He was previously the deputy editor of Good Magazine.


Benefiting people, communities, society, the environment and future generations is the new advantage in business. Common is a partnership between Alex & Ana Bogusky, Rob Schuham and John Bielenberg (Project M) Our new capitalist brand is about transitioning from competitive advantage to collaborative advantage. COMMON is a brand that is community designed, community owned, and community directed. It is a single open source brand — a living network — for rapidly prototyping many progressive businesses that unleash creativity to solve social problems.