About #140conf Des Moines

The #140conf events – originally conceived and curated by Jeff Pulver – provide a platform for the worldwide twitter community to: listen, connect, share and engage with each other, while collectively exploring the effects of the emerging real-time internet on business.

Throughout 2009 and 2010, #140conf events were produced by 140 Conference Events and were curated by Jeff Pulver. In an attempt to help expand the #140conf experience beyond Jeff’s ability to travel and produce events, in 2011 #140conf LOCAL was introduced. Going forward events will continue to be created / produced / hosted / curated by #140conf events, as well by groups of people who qualify to create a #140conf LOCAL event of their own.

#140conf Des Moines is being organized by:

Deb Brown @debworks

I was born and raised in Franklin County Iowa.  Luther College educated me and I lived in Chicago for many years.  My children and grandchildren are still in Chicago.  I’ve worked as an insurance underwriter, a retail management professional, salesperson, a teacher and a writer. I returned home to Iowa to care for my elderly parents.

Much to my surprise, the Iowa I remembered was so much more than just a place to raise pigs. Franklin County has a rich prairie heritage, is loaded with historical sites and treasures, welcoming neighbors and good old fashioned entrepreneurial spirit.

It was the perfect place to begin Debworks – combining many years of experience in various fields into my own business.  It’s been said that I’m a connector.  I like to meet people, help assess their business needs and help when I can and introduce them to others when I can’t.

I’m a fan of the local business, support non-profit organizations in my community and work hard to give back.  Jeff Pulver is a friend and I had the pleasure of speaking at the 140 Conference in Hutchinson Kansas last year.  We got to talking, I told him we needed one in Iowa and Jeff said “make it happen.”  So I did.  The first thing I did was call Nathan Wright who said “I’m in, let’s do this.”  It’s been a connecting couple of months and we believe we’re bringing you the best 140 Conference yet!

Nathan T. Wright

Nathan has over 10 years of expertise in digital and emerging media, social networks, web culture, branding and communications. He founded Lava Row in 2007 after serving as the Interactive Lead at an integrated advertising agency. Nathan is dedicated to fostering the creative capital within Des Moines and loves meeting new people, entrepreneurs, and hearing about insane business ideas.

During the Spring 2010 semester he taught internet marketing atDrake University as an adjunct instructor. He has spoken at numerous industry events includingSouth by Southwest Interactive, the MIMA Summit, and NAMIC‘s management conference. Nathan graduated from Iowa State University in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts.

His web geekery was forged in the fires of ancient IRC chatrooms and continues today as @nathantwrighton Twitter. In 2002, much to the shame of his family, Nathan attempted to sell his soul on eBay and achieved 15 minutes of worldwide fame and mockery. He aspires to one day be distinguished enough to wear a monocle.