Eileen Gittins

Founder and CEO, Blurb

Workshop: Book Publishing for the Technology Author

Eileen Gittins has been at the intersection of the Internet, consumer and enterprise software, imaging systems, search, and digital photography throughout her 20+ year career. A passionate advocate for enabling technologies that offer new ways to do valuable things, Eileen is now disrupting the publishing industry as the founder and CEO of Blurb, a creative platform that enables anyone to design, share, and sell beautiful print and digital books.

Since launching in 2006, Eileen has led Blurb from a startup to a high-growth company, reaching profitability in two and a half years of product availability. With over 2 million registered users, nearly 1 million unique book titles, and a global footprint that extends to more than 70 countries, Blurb continues to grow even amidst challenging economic times. At itís peak volume in 2009, Blurb produced more book titles in two minutes than a mid-sized publisher would produce in a year.

In 2010, Eileen won Best CEO in the under $100MM revenue category in the Tech Innovations Awards (sponsored by the San Francisco Business Times) and was a semi-finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2011.