About the speaker
Sara Hicks is a rarity. More than merely a native, she’s a fourth-generation California desert girl. Her great-grandparents were homesteaders in Palm Springs. Her grandfather started the Desert Water Agency and built a cabin in the mountains where snow melt trickled down the escarpments. The child of a domino-playing, botany-loving Navy pilot and a crossword-playing, book-reading, postmodern artist, Sara grew up in icy-cold freshwater pools, rolling hills of smoke trees and sagebrush, lightly-traveled backpacking routes up to the San Jacinto summit, and the sunsetted shadows of those purple mountain majesties. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in compassionately changing the world.
She’s worked her way up through the technology web from managing consumer and merchant products (Yahoo!, IAC) to leading teams responsible for interface design, user experience, content development and product strategy (Spot Runner, Etsy, Media Temple) to becoming an ecommerce marketplace CEO (Science). As the Co-founder and CEO of Ongo Works, she brings her vast knowledge to the creation and development of their flagship product, Reaction Commerce, a modern, open source commerce platform for businesses. Sara is also a strategic advisor and mentor to tech startups where she is equal parts right-brain innovator and left-brain analyzer.
A rabid sports fan, art lover, gadget geek, athlete, foodie, musicologist, bookworm and yogini, she is passionate about emerging technologies, simple designs, beautiful interfaces, life-changing communication and creative solutions from outside-the-box people.
She currently lives in Venice, CA, with her sweet, sweet dog
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