Stephen Voltz, Fritz Grobe

The Viral Video Manifesto

Stephen Voltz, Fritz Grobe

Talk: The Viral Video Manifesto

Our speakers are best known as the Coke & Mentos guys, but their specialty is finding creative ways to turn everyday objects into extraordinary things. They've won four Webby Awards, two Emmy nominations, and their videos have been seen over 150 million times. The New York Times called them "Hilarious," and Rolling Stone called them "Wizards." They've written a new book, just released by McGraw-Hill, titled "The Viral Video Manifesto: Why Everything You Know is Wrong and How to Do What Really Works."

Stephen Voltz

Armed with those skills and a few magic tricks, he took to the streets to perform while he was in high school and college. Stephen and his brother John performed at Bay Area tourist attractions including San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Their act stood out primarily because it featured a William Tell-like feel.

Fritz Grobe

For the first twenty years of his life, Fritz wanted to be either a designer for Lego or a mathematician. Then came juggling. While attending Yale University, he founded the Yale Anti-Gravity Society, the university’s juggling club. After leaving Yale, he turned to Celebration Barn Theater’s renowned performing arts school where he studied physical theater with Avner Eisenberg, Julie Goell, and Fred Garbo