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8721 W. Sunset Blvd. P10
Los Angeles, CA 90069
President and CEO of View2Gether,
is an internationally recognized new
media and entertainment industry pioneer with
nearly twenty years of experience in creating
partnerships, programming and relationships
between, and to the benefit of, a wide range of
global media and entertainment brands. Through
View2Gether, Adams has successfully launched the
premier social viewing platform that’s
revolutionizing the way media and entertainment
brands engage consumers and monetize video
content online. Under Adams’ leadership,
View2Gether has already built powerful momentum,
having closed their seed round of funding in
addition to forming partnerships with Sony, ABC
Family and CBS Interactive .
View2Gether, Adams co-founded Participant
Productions with Jeff Skoll, eBay’s first
President. Participant’s first slate of movies
Country, Good Night and Good Luck and
– were nominated for an unprecedented 11 Academy
Awards. Additionally, Adams identified and
helped develop former Vice President Al Gore’s
Truth that, along with Gore’s work,
participated in his being awarded the Nobel
As an influential thought
leader and new media strategist, Adams was
pivotal in creating and Producing “Facebook
Diaries” for the social networking giant.
“Facebook Diaries” represented the first-ever
hybrid user-generated video/reality TV show
distributed on Facebook.com, Ziddio.com, Comcast
VOD and the IFC Channel. In addition to his
work with Facebook, Adams has developed
groundbreaking, multi-platform programs for HBO,
Comcast Cable and Interactive and Glam.com, the
#1 site for women in the world.
with him a perspective shaped by years of
experience as a nationally lauded filmmaker,
marketer, writer and business/strategic
development executive. Straight out of film
school at the age of 25, Chris wrote, produced
and raised money for the short film,
Passage, which went onto win 9 Best
Picture Awards at various film festivals around
the country. As a writer, Chris has been
Post, The Denver Post, Triathlete Magazine,
Magazine and wrote on Columbia
(distributed by USA Network). He leveraged this
experience into a robust consulting career
performing business development and marketing
services for Amazon.com, Lycos.com, Pop.com and
other online companies in the late 1990’s. He
went on from there to help start wireless
application development company, Xpherix that
sold to Remoba in 2005.
served on the Board of Directors for The Young
dedicated to developing literacy,
self-expression and self-esteem through the art
He has also participated as a Key Note speaker
at such conferences as: X Media Labs
(Wellington, NZ and Melbourne, AUS), Digital
Hollywood, the Screen Producers Association of
Australia (SPAA) and the Screen Production and
Development Conference (SPADA) in Auckland, NZ
Born and raised
in Pennsylvania, Chris graduated from the
University of Denver with a double major in
English literature and mass communications. He
received his MA from USC’s School of Film and TV
and his MFA/PhD from USC’s School of
Professional Writing where he pursued his
degrees concurrently. Chris lives in Los
Angeles with his wife Sharon and their son,
Cooper and is an avid surfer.
Director of Business Development,
Azeem Ansar is Director of Business Development for Pinch Media, the leading provider of smartphone analytics. At Pinch, he oversees client relations, strategic partnerships/opportunities, as well as direct marketing efforts. Prior to his time here, Azeem was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey in the Mergers & Acquisitions/Financial Advisory practice, where he covered engagments primarily in the technology, media and telecommunications sector. While at Houlihan Lokey, Azeem focused on a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt capital raises, and additional advisory assignments.
Azeem holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gary Arlen, President, Arlen Communications
Gary Arlen is President of Arlen Communications. Inc., a Bethesda, Maryland,
research and consulting firm known for its insights into the converging and
sometimes conflicting worlds of media, telecommunications and interactive
For nearly 20 years, Gary has accurately analyzed the emergence of new media,
forecasting the evolution of customer-controlled video and data services. Gary
has published future-looking periodicals and consults for clients seeking
strategic and business guidance to enter these new His clients include media,
financial, entertainment, telecommunications and marketing firms - plus several
interesting technology start-ups.
In particular, Gary is known for his insights into the development of applications,
especially interactive content for Internet, two-way TV and other emerging systems.
Among his specialties is what he calls "inter-species" breeding to integrate different
types of services on new hybrid platforms.
Gary's outlooks are published in industry journals, and his commentary is widely
sought in the business and consumer press.
Ben Arnold, Senior Research Analyst,
Ben Arnold is senior research analyst for the Consumer Electronics Association. A veteran analyst, he has worked as a senior analyst of marketing research at USA Today and as a media consultant for GCG Communications. He received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Jon Aust is a veteran executive with over 24 years of experience leading
technical teams. He specializes in the leadership of technology
companies, with particular expertise in user experience design,
e-commerce, systems integration, enterprise software, data networking,
and telecommunications. Since joining NavigationArts, Jon has gained
extensive experience creating transformative Web experiences for media
companies - including portal sites for the cities of Charlotte and
Richmond. NavigationArts, a full-service web consultancy, has a number
of media clients including The Washington Post, The Charlotte Observer,
The Sacramento Bee, Media General, NPR, PBS, and NAA.
Fish & Richardson
Barton, Jr. is a Principal in the Boston office
of Fish & Richardson P.C. Mr. Barton's practice
emphasizes financing and merger and acquisitions
activity. He specializes in the representation
of emerging companies and venture capital and
other private equity funds. He also provides
general corporate, business planning and
financial advice to public and private
Association of America
Bennett is responsible for providing strategic
direction and oversight for NAA’s efforts to
help newspapers grow revenue, expand their
audience and leverage emerging business
opportunities across media platforms.
Prior to joining NAA in 1990,
Mr. Bennett was director of online services for
America Online, where he was responsible for
developing information services and information
provider relationships. He joined Quantum
Computer Services (the original company name) in
1986 and helped grow membership fivefold in a
1979-1986, he helped build Knight Ridder Inc.'s
pioneering Viewtron service, the first
graphics-based online service in the U.S.
Viewtron offered a range of interactive services
including news, chat, shopping, advertising,
games and more. Mr. Bennett was responsible for
content development in the areas of lifestyle,
entertainment, computer information and health.
He is a frequent speaker at industry events
Bennett is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan
University with a B.A. degree in journalism and
politics and government. He served internships
with The Advocate (Stamford, Conn.) and The
Hartford (Conn.) Courant, both Tribune Company
David Berkowitz, Director of Emerging Media & Client Strategy, 360i|
David Berkowitz is Director of Emerging Media & Client Strategy for 360i, a leading independent digital marketing agency that has been named the “2007 Search Agency of the Year” by OMMA magazine, a “Marketing Machine” by Google, and “One of the Hottest Independent Digital Agencies Around” by Advertising Age. At 360i, David helps leading brands in media & entertainment, retail, and other verticals leverage marketing opportunities at the nexus of search engine marketing and social media. Additionally, every Tuesday, he pens the “Search Insider” column for MediaPost, with over 125 articles published to date.
Prior to 360i, David served as director of marketing for Viewpoint's rich media advertising group, Unicast, and at search engine marketing firm iCrossing. Previously, with research firm eMarketer, he interviewed 175 executives, authors, and analysts on the cutting edge of technology and business.
David frequently speaks at major industry events, including the Consumer Electronics Show, Digital Hollywood, The Wall Street Transcript's gaming conference, Frost & Sullivan's Internet Marketing Symposium and eComXpo. He has also served as a programming chair for MediaPost's Search Insider Summits and OMMA events.
His writing has appeared in Ad Age, DM News, MarketingProfs, iMedia Connection, and other publications. David has also blogged extensively, launching MarketersStudio.com, an Ad Age Power 150 media & marketing blog. He has contributed to MarketingVox, nowEurope, AdTechBlog, ReverseDirectMarketing.com and Rich Media Today.
He's been spotted and heard on the airwaves (CBS, NBC, CNBC, Canada's ROB TV, Bloomberg Radio, CNET Radio, Reuters TV) in print (CNN.com, Reuters, Associated Press, DM News, Ad Age, Adweek, BtoB), and online (MediaPost, iMedia, ClickZ) commenting on internet, advertising, media, and technology trends. He's also a contributing author to the book The Age of Conversation, and an Editorial Advisory Board Member for Napco's EM+C magazine.
David is a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization, Interactive Advertising Bureau, 212: The Ad Club of NY, and other industry groups. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
CEO & Founder,
Prior to founding Distributive Networks, Kevin served as CEO of a successful
e-commerce company, as Director of New Media with the Information Technology
Association of America, and as the Senior Editor and Publisher of a Gen-X
webzine. In 2008, Kevin was elected to the Board of Directors for United for
D.C., the charitable arm of D.C. United, and he is an active member of the
Mobile Marketing Association and the elite MindShare program for D.C.-area
CEOs. He is a regular speaker about mobile technology at events including
CTIA Wireless, the New Media Congress, DC AdWeek, the National Sports Forum,
Potomac Tech Wire's Mobile Outlook 2008, MobileMonday, MoMeMo, OffDeck USA,
and the Maryland Institute for Technology and the Humanities. Kevin is the
founder of the annual Wiffle By the Bay tournament, an avid board game
collector, and a loyal University of Arizona Wildcat.
Chief Product Officer,
Neil Budde joined DailyMe.com,
specializing in news discovery and
personalization, in April 2008 after
nearly 30 years of news experience – more than
half of it online. He began working in online
news at Dow Jones, where he ultimately was
founding editor and publisher of The Wall Street
Journal Online. Most recently, he was vice
president and editor in chief at Yahoo! News,
Finance and Sports for three years. His career
began in print as an editor and/or reporter at
The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Courier-Journal
in Louisville, Ky., and USA Today. Budde earned
a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western
Kentucky University, where he is in the Hall of
Distinguished Alumni, and an MBA from the
University of Louisville. Budde has been on the
board of directors of the Online News
Association for four years and treasurer for two
years. He also is on the board of the News
Literacy Project, the California First Amendment
Coalition and the Foundation for American
Communications. He is an avid photographer, and
you can find his photos on Flickr.
Entertainment & Media Group, Manatt,
Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Caginalp’s practice concentrates on business
transactions, including acquisitions, mergers,
joint ventures, private equity and general
corporate and commercial matters, with an
emphasis on international matters, entertainment
and new media. He is listed in The Best Lawyers
He has worked extensively in the media and
e-commerce field in connection with the
acquisition of technology companies, music,
broadcast and production companies throughout
the world. In connection with Internet
activities, he has worked in the establishment
of ISP services, search engine companies,
e-commerce companies and various initiatives
involving delivery of music and entertainment
products through the Internet, as well as
digital rights management.
Daniel Cohen, VP, Business Development, Dada
Daniel Cohen oversees Dada Entertainment’s business development, including new content deals, strategic partnerships, on-deck products and international activity. Daniel joined Dada Entertainment shortly after its formation in October 2007. Prior to that, Daniel was Head of Musiwave Americas (having founded Musiwave's U.S. operations in 2006), having previously been Head of Musiwave UK as well as Musiwave's global content acquisition team. Daniel originally trained as a lawyer, and after a period in private practice, also worked in the Business Affairs departments of BMG Records, BMG Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Publishing in the U.K.
Dada Entertainment, a joint venture between two of the worldwide leaders in the mobile and music industries, Dada USA, Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment, is the foremost innovator in digital and mobile entertainment services. Formed in October 2007, Dada Entertainment is launching the next generation of ubiquitous personalization and entertainment services. The only company offering both ringtones and DRM-free full-length MP3s for mobile and PC paid via the mobile phone, Dada Entertainment is a growing leader in the U.S. market.
Just one year old, Dada has rapidly created a unique and seamless Web 2.0 experience around its rich catalog of music and entertainment content, ranging from full-length audio and video to ringtones and games. Dada Entertainment manages several direct-to-consumer offerings, including a full portfolio of web-based services centered around the discovery and consumption of music, designed to encourage a sense of community and social networking.
In an industry that’s been slow to embrace change, Cohen is the exception to the stereotypical music-exec rule. Of course, when you start a career on the road with the Sex Pistols and Van Halen, you're more primed for the unexpected.
In his previous role as SVP Digital Development & Distribution for EMI Music, Cohen led next-generation digital business development worldwide for this "big four" record company. During that time, EMI led the industry by embracing and exploiting new technologies and business models such as digital downloads and online music subscriptions, custom compilations, wireless services, high-definition audio and Internet radio.
Cohen also led two highly successful new media consulting operations, DMN Consulting and Consulting Adults, attracting clients such as Amazon.com, Universal Studios and DreamWorks Records. Cohen also held senior management positions at both Warner Bros. Records and Philips Media.
A 30-year industry veteran, Cohen served as Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum idemNet. Cohen serves on the boards for NARAS, the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund and co-chairs the new media arm of the T.J. Martell Foundation.
Dai, VP, Interactive Business
Media & Marketing
Lin Dai graduated with honors from the prestigious School of
Industrial Management, now Tepper School of Business at Carnegie
Mellon University. His pioneering work on Intel's Planning and
Logistics Intranet project eventually led to the launch of Unique Net
Solutions, Inc. The company's revolutionary work was recognized when
Lin Dai was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Carnegie
Mellon University. He then took on a one-year tenure as the youngest
adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, teaching a set of
credited courses on Web Publishing for its School of Business.
In 1999, Lin Dai founded Kiwibox.com, the first social networking
destination and online magazine for teens. He grew the company
organically to over 2 million members online worldwide, and was
successfully acquired in 2007.
In 2003, Lin Dai launched K2 Entertainment, Inc., and established
itself in the entertainment industry by managing and promoting major
label recording artists from Bad Boy Records, Universal Records,
Warner Music, etc., as well as providing casting and production
services for major television networks such as MTV, ABC, NBC, and Fuse
In 2008, Lin Dai joined Alloy Media + Marketing as VP of Interactive
Business Development. He is responsible for the long-term
distribution and growth of the Teen.com network, the #1 Teen Community
online by comScore, as well as leading strategic initiatives to
integrate, distribute, and extend Alloy’s Branded Entertainment
properties such as Gossip Girl, Haute & Bothered, Private and more
into all digital media and platforms.
Marc DeBevoise, SVP, Digital Media, Business Development & Strategy, Starz Digital Media
Marc DeBevoise is the lead operational and execution executive for Starz’ digital businesses, Starz Digital Media. These include: transactional and ad-supported video distribution (including EST, PPV, VOD and SVOD models) via Internet, cable and satellite platforms; ad-supported broadband channels including manga.com, abetoons.com and starzbunnies.com; and the development and distribution of short-form video and casual gaming products for online and wireless platforms.
DeBevoise and his team distribute and market all forms of content ranging from theatrical features to short-form animation from each of Starz’ various business units including: Overture Films (feature films), Anchor Bay Entertainment (home entertainment), Starz Entertainment (pay television), Manga Entertainment (Japanese Anime) and Starz Animation/Film Roman (animation).
DeBevoise oversees digital distribution, licensing, syndication, content and vendor partnerships with a wide array of traditional cable, satellite and Telco multichannel video affiliates. DeBevoise also works with a wide array of clients in new media categories including; video games, online portals, and other consumer electronics partners and video content aggregators/distributors for electronic sell through, subscription, PPV, and free/ad supported models.
In addition to DeBevoise’s digital media responsibilities, he is also responsible for the generation, evaluation and execution of business development, strategic investment and growth opportunities for all of Starz’ business units.
Prior to joining Starz, DeBevoise was the Director of Emerging Markets for NBC Universal Digital Media. In this role, DeBevoise was responsible for generating and executing new business development opportunities related to NBCU’s Internet/Broadband and Wireless businesses. DeBevoise joined NBCU as a member of the Business Development group where he lead various corporate-level projects and transactions including the evaluation/execution of acquisitions and investments in digital media, the analysis of various motion picture slate-financing structures for Universal Pictures, and the integration, strategic planning and restructuring of Universal Parks & Resorts.
Prior to joining NBCU, DeBevoise was an Associate in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at JPMorgan in San Francisco and New York. In this role, DeBevoise executed and advised on equity, debt and M&A transactions in various sectors including Internet Media, Software, and Information & Business Services. DeBevoise has also worked in Corporate Financial Planning & Operations at Cablevision Systems Corporation and Motion Picture & Television Production Finance at Miramax.
DeBevoise currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Door, a non-profit organization providing a wide range of health, education, career development, legal, counseling and social services to at-risk youth. He is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
DeBevoise received his MBA with distinction in Entertainment, Media & Technology and Finance from NYU's Stern School of Business and his BA in Economics and Computer Science from Tufts University. DeBevoise and his wife, Trisha, live in New York City.
Robert Driscoll, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Rob Driscoll represents clients in the media, entertainment and marketing fields, including television networks and production companies, magazine and book publishers, theatrical producers and individual authors and artists. His practice includes substantial transactional work, emphasizing branded entertainment, digital media and technology matters, music licensing, television and theater financing and production, intellectual property licensing and merchandising, as well as pre-publication and pre-broadcast review of editorial materials. Rob also counsels a number of advertising agencies, advertisers, entertainment marketing agencies and promotion agencies on all aspects of advertising, marketing and promotions law.
Rob's clients include Alpha Media Group, Discovery Communications, Hill Holliday Connors Cosmopulos, Onecast Inc. and The Procter & Gamble Company.
VP, Digital Distribution and Partner Relations,
Allen Duan is Vice President of Digital Distribution and Partner Relations for MTV Networks. In his role, Allen manages the team responsible for strategic planning and partner relations across wireless carriers, online portals, video aggregators, and emerging media players for MTV Networks’ diverse brands, including: CMT, COMEDY CENTRAL, Logo, MTV, Nickelodeon, The N, Spike and VH1, among others. Based in the company’s New York City headquarters, Duan reports to Alice Kim, Senior Vice President of Digital Distribution & Partner Relations for MTV Networks.
Prior to joining MTV Networks in 2008, Duan served as Senior Director of Corporate Development and M&A for Sony Corporation of America. In that role, he led cross-divisional executive strategy projects and managed M&A deals such as the $260M+ acquisition of Gracenote, Inc. – global leader in media metadata services. Moreover, Duan played an integral role developing strategy and business modeling for media entertainment and technology initiatives such as video content distribution to PlayStation Network service.
He began his career as a product manager at Microsoft and held a succession of business development and product planning roles across MSN, Financials Services and Mobile & Embedded Devices divisions.
Duan holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Harvard College.
Edmonds, Business Analyst, Researcher &
Writer, Poynter Institute
Rick Edmonds is a
business analyst and does research and writing
on journalism and business topics for the
Poynter Institute, a non-profit school for
working journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr Edmonds worked for the St. Petersburg Times
organization (which Poynter owns) for 11 years
in a variety of editor and publisher roles.
Scott Ferber, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer TidalTV
Ferber has spent his career utilizing mathematics and data analysis to build profitable businesses and products. His most notable success was founding Advertising.com in 1998, which was eventually sold to AOL in 2004 for nearly half a billion dollars. In his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ferber was responsible for the company’s stellar operating performance, strategic vision and continued development of its award-winning, proprietary optimization technology.
Prior to Advertising.com, Ferber held roles at Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, where he developed computer systems and mathematical models to create business practices for plant production and raw material procurement, and Capital One Financial Corporation, where he leveraged statistical approaches to marketing and financial risk management to develop new businesses outside of the credit card industry.
Due to his outstanding accomplishments, Ferber has received numerous awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, CEO of the Year by Blue Chip Venture Company, the American Business Award’s “Stevie” for Best Executive in 2005, the Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate Award 2006 from the University of Virginia, and was named an Influential Marylander by The Daily Record in 2009.
Ferber graduate summa cum laude with a B.S. degree from the University of Virginia, Dept of Systems Engineering in 1991, and a M.S. from the Stanford University, Dept of Engineering-Economic Systems in 1992.
Mark A. Fischer is
a Principal in the Boston office of Fish &
Richardson P.C. His professional start in media
was as a copy editor for the publisher Little,
Brown while he was in high school. Today, he
represents creative companies, universities, and
people in the worlds of new media, technology,
entertainment, publishing, and computers. His
practice emphasizes the law and business of
music, motion pictures, electronic commerce, and
new media endeavors such as blogs and user
generated content. He focuses on transactions,
arbitration, and litigation, especially those
that involve the Internet, mobile devices, DVDs,
interactive entertainment, gaming, other ways of
linking entertainment and information with
technology, as well as patent licensing in the
software, biotechnology, and medical fields. Mr.
Fischer's experience includes drafting the first
open source software agreement (the GNU Emacs
License for the Free Software Foundation),
overseeing major corporate transactions,
managing large international trademark programs,
international licensing, litigating the first
moral rights lawsuit in Massachusetts, and
successfully agenting musical groups to record
labels. Over the years he has represented
Oscar-winning documentary film makers,
Grammy-winning record labels, best-selling
authors, and other award-winning talent. He
chairs the firm's Information Technology
Steering Committee. Mr. Fischer is also Co-Chair
of the firm's Copyright Section, Chair of its
New Media & Entertainment Section, Co-Chair of
the Interactive Entertainment Practice Section,
and Chair of the Licensing Subgroup.
Additionally, Mr. Fischer has taught the
Advanced Copyright course at Suffolk University
Law School for many years. He has also been an
Adjunct faculty member teaching the
Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property
courses at Berklee College of Music, Boston
College Law School, Northeastern University
School of Law, and New England School of Law.
Managing Director of Internet Equity
Research, Brigantine Advisors
Colin has a decade of sell-side experience
as an equity analyst predicting the performance
of publicly listed companies. His current focus
is on covering and discovering companies that
are creating and shaping a new class of
globalized media and transaction intelligence
that deliver a step-function performance
improvement over existing solutions. With the
unprecedented quantity of data behaviors
currently available – and increasingly captured
– on the Internet, a new level of relevance for
media consumption, advertising exposure,
marketing messaging, and transaction-driven
revenue streams is being created.
An electrical engineering graduate with honors
from Brown University, and academically
published on the topic of computer parallel
processing, Colin has 9 years of experience
coding and building technology platforms
including the first fax-over-IP system. With
work experience that includes private startups
and public multinationals, Colin has a strong
grasp of the details required for small
companies to grow revenue and large companies to
After receiving his MBA from New York
University’s Stern School of Business, Colin
joined RBC Capital Market as part of the #1
ranked services research team covering emerging
digital and traditional headcount driven
In 2004 Colin joined Adams Harkness as an
analyst covering Business and Internet
Technology Solutions and quickly was promoted to
VP then Director. As a senior analyst Colin
covered 20 companies creating and hosting the
dedicated Internet conference “Holiday Clicks”
focused on year-end trends.
Most recently Colin specialized in technology
stocks as Director of Research at TheStreet.com.
Arun Gupta, Partner,
Arun joined Columbia Capital in 2000 and focuses on Internet/media, wireless, and enterprise technology/services opportunities. Arun is on the Board of Directors or actively involved with Approva, Avail Media, Brickstream, Devas Multimedia, Envysion, Freewebs, Gizmoz, InnerWireless, Intelliworks, Millenial Media, and Netuitive. Arun was also involved with former Columbia portfolio companies Adjoined Consulting (acquired by Kanbay International, Inc.), Riptech (acquired by Symantec Corporation), and Softek Storage Holdings (acquired by IBM). Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Arun was at Carlyle Venture Partners focused on software and Internet investments. Earlier, Arun held positions in Arthur D. Little's telecom and technology consulting practice and shared responsibility for establishing ADL's operation in India. Arun received a B.S. degree with Distinction in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
VP, National Strategic Solutions,
Winner of the 2009 Outstanding Asian
American in Business Award, Anurag Harsh is the
Vice President and Director of National
Strategic Solutions at CBS Corporation where he
leads strategic media sales and business
expansion efforts for the CBS Interactive Music
Group, the largest digital music and streaming
company in the world. In this capacity he is in
charge of media strategy and sales for CBS
Interactive’s 101 Music Websites, partnerships
with AOL Radio & Yahoo Music, Last.FM, Play.IT,
MP3.com, CBS’s 727 streaming music stations, CBS
Music’s mobile initiatives, over 3000 live music
events, and CBS’ tent pole initiatives such as
the Super Bowl Half Time. Prior to CBS, Anurag
was the Director of Business Development at CNN
where he was responsible for driving strategic
growth and revenue that led CNN to become the
No. 1 news site of 2008. Prior to CNN, Anurag
spent 12 years as a management consultant
leading the media practices of Deloitte and
Charles River where he advised media
conglomerates on key management issues. He has
authored the McGraw-Hill wireless media
bestseller book titled “M-Commerce Security”.
Anurag is also a trained vocalist with a Masters
in Classical Music. He recently performed a sold
out solo concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Anurag is the Chair of the Wharton Media Leaders
Program of the Wharton Alumni Network of NY. He
also runs the “Save Dal Lake” philanthropic
movement that brings to light the environmental
degradation of India’s Dal Lake, the largest
natural lake in the world. In March 2009 he
started “AmanMovement.ORG”, with the hope of
eradicating “hazing” that plagues our higher
educational institutions. Anurag holds an MBA
from the MIT Sloan School, and MS in Management
Jon Jackson, CEO, Mobile Posse
Jon Jackson is a visionary leader and proven strategist in the mobile solutions space with
extensive experience in interactive advertising, corporate management, business development,
product development and revenue generation.
Jon spent almost 8 years at AOL in the early days, as the company experienced hyper-growth
and brought interactive advertising into existence. He was a member of the management team
of the AOL Greenhouse, the first Internet incubator. The AOL Greenhouse launched, or assisted
in the launch of: The Motley Fool, CBS SportsLine (formerly Real Fans), iVillage, Oh!/Oxygen
Media (formerly Electra), and Travelocity (formerly Preview Travel). Later, Jon led AOL
Mobile’s strategic product efforts. In addition to his work at AOL, Jon has provided
strategic leadership and technical expertise to such companies as: HBO, Viacom, and PRIMEDIA.
Previously, Jon was the CTO of Frederator, producers of the Emmy-nominated “The Fairly
OddParents” and Nickelodeon’s “Chalkzone.”
As CEO of Mobile Posse, Jon brings over 15 years of operations, technical, and venture capital
expertise to Mobile Posse. Jon provides an invaluable wealth of knowledge and direction to Mobile
Posse’s corporate and product strategies.
SVP, US Director of Digital,
Media Contacts / Havas Digital
As SVP, Director of Digital, Adam oversees Media Contacts’ US Digital product across all offices - managing the level of quality, promoting expansion, and facilitating the integration of Channel I within Total Communications Planning (TCP). Along with these tasks, Adam has taken charge of Media Contacts’ VIU (Video Integration Unit) initiative both in the US and globally. Under his guidance VIU has expanded their offering to include consultative planning and buying services to better address the shifting media landscape and continues to help clients better connect with their consumers.
Prior to being named SVP, Director of Digital, Adam was VP, Group Account Director, on Media Contacts’ businesses for Goodyear, Tyson Foods, Amtrak and Royal Caribbean, among others. He was responsible for setting the strategic vision and directing day-to-day operations for each of these accounts.
Adam joined Media Contacts in 2005 with more than ten years of experience within the Boston media community. He began his career at Houston, Effler, Herstek, Favat on the broadcast side of the business (local and national). He shifted into media planning in 1997, taking a position at Hill Holliday. There he worked on accounts such as John Hancock, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Spalding Golf. In 2000, Adam joined Allen & Gerritsen as VP, Media Director, leading the Media department and handling such accounts as State Street Corporation, Care Group, IKON Office Solutions, and Loon Mountain/Waterville Valley, among others.
A regular speaker at industry conferences, he is frequently quoted in national press and industry trades including NYT, Business Week, Media Week, Advertising Age, Television Week and Media Post. Adam also sits on the AAAA Digital Video Committee and the Valueclick Client Advisory Board.
Mike Kelly, Senior Digital Media Investment Advisor,
Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Michael Kelly is a Senior Advisor and member of the VSS Board of Advisors. Kelly currently serves as a digital media advisor and investor and is involved with several fast growing Internet companies. He is on the board of Eyeblaster, a global leader in digital advertising services and American Town Network, the local social media company, the executive board of the American Advertising Federation, and has served on the boards of the Professionals in Advertising Pac and The Ad Council. He is Senior Advisor to the board of Contextweb, the digital advertising Exchange, and an advisor to Clearmeadow Partners, a media advisory firm.
Kelly was most recently President of AOL Media Networks, a 1500 person $2 billion plus organization responsible for the strategy, advertising sales and marketing, distribution, and advertising product development for all AOL properties, as well as the Advertising.com network and affiliated Time Warner digital brands. While at AOL, Kelly executed over $1 Billion in acquisitions, including Advertising.com, Third Screen Media and Tacoda. From 2002-2004, he was President of global marketing at Time Warner, responsible for managing relationships with major customers and developing cross-platform programs across all Time Warner divisions.
Prior to that, Kelly was the founder and CEO of American Town Network (ATN), an interactive media company cited by Brandweek as the most comprehensive community information resource in the United States. Before establishing ATN, he spent 17 years at Time Inc. Kelly joined Fortune in as a sales representative and later became its New York Manager. In 1989 he joined the launch team of Entertainment Weekly and later became the magazine's Vice President and Publisher.
He began his career at the Chicago Tribune. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.
David E. Leibowitz is Managing Partner of CH POTOMAC, a strategic services firm that works with companies developing enhanced, innovative ways for consumers to enjoy and experience content, and to assure that proper business models are in place to monetize these offerings. Among other activities, Mr. Leibowitz serves as Executive Vice President of Gotuit Media, as a principal in The A&R Channel – a Comcast cable music oriented VOD service, and as a senior advisor to Motorola, National Datacast, Musicane and Sir Groovy. In recent years, Mr. Leibowitz served as Chairman of Ezmo, an independent online social music subsidiary of FAST Search and Transfer (now part of Microsoft), as a co-founder and Chairman of VERANCE, the preeminent audio watermark technology provider employed, and as an advisor to BMI, Gibson Guitar, Haystack Media, Peppercoin and others in the content and technology industries.
Earlier in his career, Leibowitz served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Wiley & Rein, representing a number of Fortune 100 media and entertainment companies, television personalities, and a major league professional baseball team; and as Policy Planning Advisor to the U.S. Register of Copyrights.
Paul Levine, President,
New Media, Current TV|
Paul Levine is Current's President of New Media, leading the company's consumer engagement and monetization initiatives for online, mobile, and emerging delivery platforms.
Paul brings over a dozen years of consumer internet and online media experience to Current. Prior to joining Current, Paul led product, marketing, and customer operations for AdBrite, a leading online ad marketplace backed by Sequoia Capital. Previously, Paul was VP/GM of Local Services at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for the company’s Local, Yellow Pages, Maps, Real Estate, and Classifieds businesses. Under his leadership, Yahoo! Local grew to reach over 20 million US unique users and became widely recognized as the industry's leading local search and content destination. Earlier, Paul held a number of management positions during 5 years at E*TRADE, where he was responsible for driving record online account growth for the company.
Paul holds a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford University.
GM, Mobile and Emerging
Jeff Litvack is
responsible for setting AP's Digital
Strategy including identifying and assessing
new and emerging market and product
opportunities for AP news, photo, and video
content worldwide, deal execution, and new
product development. Jeff is responsible for
launching AP’s Mobile News Network a new
multimedia service aimed at wireless users
who want access to local and national news
from trusted news sources – wherever they
are. Designed specifically for “smart
phones,” AP’s mobile Web news application
provides a rich media gateway to local
newspaper content, supplemented by AP’s
international, national and state news.
Previously, Jeff served as the Executive
Director at the Museum of Television &
Radio, where he sourced, negotiated, and
executed online video partnerships with
leading-edge technology companies
specializing in digitization, storage,
retrieval, and rights management. Prior to
MT&R, Jeff was with Yack, Inc., the "TV
Guide to the Web" as the Head of Business
Development and Strategic Planning and was
responsible for expanding the company's core
product to include new forms of online
programming (e.g. webcasts, video-on demand,
online radio, etc). Jeff is highly regarded
for his visionary knowledge of and work in
converging media platforms and channels and
has spoken at numerous industry conferences,
including Streaming Media West, Media Asset
Management, and EMediatainment World. He is
also the author of several published works
in such publications as HFMA's Managing the
Margins, Advanced Magazine and Healthcare
Informatics. Jeff holds a J.D. from Harvard
Law School and a B.S. in Economics from the
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
of Business where he graduated summa cum
Global Head of Sales, Operators,
Trevor Madigan currently serves as Global Head of Sales, Operators, for Nokia Music, based at Nokia’s headquarters in New York.
Trevor’s responsibilities include driving Nokia Music and Nokia’s ‘Comes with Music’ business via partnerships with operators across the Globe.
Trevor joined Nokia in 2004, and has held various leadership positions in sales and product development at Mitsubishi Telecom in Europe and luxury brand Mulberry in the Europe.
Prior to his current position, Trevor headed Nokia’s Entertainment & Communities go to market activities in the Americas and formerly led business development for Nokia Music in the US and the Multimedia Experiences unit, focused on North American operators.
Trevor is a graduate of the London School of Economics & Political Science, Business Studies program and undergraduate from University College Dublin.
Director of Digital Advertising Solutions,
Ross McNab, Director of Digital Advertising Solutions at Eyeblaster is an experienced and prolific contributor to the digital media landscape, delivering thought leadership across the globe by leading conversations with high-level business, marketing and agency executives worldwide.
With a background in mobile, online and marketing, McNab is instrumental in helping advertisers and agencies implement enhanced marketing strategies on a global level. Past speaking engagements include iMedia Summits, Ad Tech, Asia Business Forum and MSN Roadshow among others. Prior to joining Eyeblaster in 2005, McNab worked with Microsoft, PMB Media and Australia’s BlueSkyFrog and now resides in New York City.
CEO & Founder,
Mr. Haroon Mokhtarzada co-founded Webs.com, a site building and social networking site, in 2001 with his brothers as undergraduates at the University of Maryland. Mr. Mokhtarzada attended Harvard Law School, where he continued building Webs while earning his J.D.
At 29, Mokhtarzada heads Webs as CEO. Under his guidance, Webs was crowned #113 on Deloitte and Touche's National Tech Fast 500 and #5 on Deloitte and Touche's Regional Fast 50. Mokhtarzada is also a 2009 semi-finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award. According to Comscore's MediaMetrix, Webs has grown to receive over 30 million global unique visitors.
In addition to Webs, Mokhtarzada founded Pagii and the Social Gaming Network, both of which have spun off to become successful independent businesses.
Mokhtarzada resides in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and two young children.
Rainey, General Partner, Grotech
Don Rainey joined Grotech Ventures as a
general partner in September 2007. With over $1B
US under management, Grotech focuses on early
stage information technology companies. Don
currently serves on the boards of Grotech
portfolio companies ARPU, Clarabridge,
LivingSocial and Zenoss, as well as the Northern
Virginia Chapter of the March of Dimes.
In Fall 2008, Don was appointed for a second
term as an emerging technology consultant to the
Chief Information Officer of the US Department
of Defense through the DeVenCi Program. The
DeVenCi Program consists of a handful of venture
capitalists who research and nominate companies
to solve the US Department of Defenses’s unmet
Don is also an Organizing Board member of the
prestigious MindShare forum. In this role, he
helps CEOs from the Greater Washington
Metropolitan region’s most promising start-ups
build long-term sustainable companies. This
invitation-only group provides its annual CEO
class with an opportunity to meet peers,
Organizing Board members and prominent speakers
in an intimate setting to exchange ideas and
discuss current issues facing start-up
companies. To date, more than 400 CEOs have
graduated from the program, including some of
the area’s most notable entrepreneurs.
Don’s long history in the tech industry includes
serving as president at Attitude Network, one of
the first online entertainment networks, which
was sold to TheGlobe.com in 1999. He also
managed channel distribution and brand marketing
in 50 countries for IBM’s $2 billion network
hardware division and served as COO of DaVinci
Systems where he spearheaded the company’s
acquisition by ON Technology. Don designed and
launched Novell’s much-emulated global
Authorized Dealer Program in the late 80’s. He
currently heads the Capital Formation Committee
for the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
Don earned a B.B.A. from James Madison
University and a M.S. in Bioscience Management
from George Mason University. He serves on the
Executive Advisory Council for the College of
Business at James Madison University and he is
an adjunct professor at American University
where he teaches graduate courses entitled “New
Venture Finance” and “Venture Capital and
Don previously served on the Enterprise
Investment Advisory Committee for the State of
Maryland, and the Investment Advisory Board of
the State of Virginia’s Growth Acceleration
Program (GAP) as well as the board of the
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties
Daniel Ruben Odio-Paez, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer,
Daniel R. Odio is a co-founder of
PointAbout, a company that is focused on unlocking innovation in the mobile space. PointAbout mobilizes brands, allowing companies to connect with users through the phone. You can learn more about PointAbout on the
Daniel is primarily focused on operations, sales and marketing and serves as PointAbout’s Chief Operating Officer.
Previously, Daniel was the founder of
Cardéa Commercial Real Estate Advisors, a commercial real estate brokerage specializing in replacement property for investors, and
DROdio Real Estate, Inc, a residential real estate brokerage. Both are based in Washington, DC with offices in Las Vegas, NV. Daniel is a registered securities representative (Series 22 & 63 licenses).
Daniel has been featured on CNN, CNBC, TLC, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications for his innovative use of technology in the real estate market.
Prior to real estate, Daniel was the VP, Sales of AcceleratedServers, a Beowulf supercomputing cluster company whose customers included the Department of Defense and the entertainment industry, including Paramount Pictures.
Daniel was a member of General Electric's Technical Leadership Program while at GE for several years, working in Latin America, including Brazil and Argentina. Daniel graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce, speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and resides in Washington, DC.
McIntire School of Commerce writeup.
Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and Co-founder,
Tim is the CEO of LivingSocial, the social discovery tool for reviewing, sharing and organizing favorite things. He's part of the original visionary team behind the product, which integrates users' interest profiles seamlessly with Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, hi5, and Orkut. Most recently, Tim led the consumer products team at Revolution Health where he integrated multi-million dollar acquisitions into the company, and previously, he managed product launches at AOL. When he's not working to make it easier for users to share and discover their own passions online, he's usually reading, traveling, or trying to take in a ball game. Tim graduated from Georgetown University with degrees in Marketing and Operations & Information Management.
Prior to iLike, Ali established himself as an entrepreneur by co-founding LinkExchange, which was acquired by Microsoft for $265 million in 1998. Ali also co-founded "DrinkExchange," a monthly social event that spread from San Francisco to Washington, London, Tokyo, and Sydney. After leaving Microsoft, Ali co-wrote a feature film and started a band, both of which failed.
In 2002 Ali led the effort to save GarageBand.com from being shut down and has been with the company since. In 2006 Ali recruited his twin brother Hadi to help start iLike, and today they run iLike (which owns GarageBand) together. Ali is an avid music lover and wannabe guitarist.
Hooman Radfar, CEO & Co-founder, Clearspring
Hooman actively drives platform marketing and strategy initiatives at Clearspring. He was recently named one of Tech's Best Entrepreneurs in BusinessWeek and was nominated for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year. When he is not busy building a better web, you can find him writing his blog Widgify. Radfar graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Economics and Computer Science. He holds an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University where he researched Social Networking Theory.
Repsher, Managing Dir., Mobile Business &
Media General Company
Tim Repsher has had marketing,
product development, advertising and
production management roles in converged
media companies for 19 years. 7 of those
years have been focused on utilizing
wireless services to connect consumers
and advertisers with traditional media
companies. Tim is now the Managing
Director of Media General's mobile
development division. Media General has
newspaper, broadcast and interactive
properties in 13 states and he is
expanding with mobile products to
VP, General Manager,
Gannett Digital Media Network
Josh Resnik is Vice President and General Manager of the Gannett Digital Media Network. The Gannett Digital Media Network attracts more than 80 million monthly unique visitors and 1 billion monthly page views, and it includes USATODAY.com, Gannett’s local news sites, and niche media sites such as MomsLikeMe.com. Josh also serves on the Board of Directors of three companies in which Gannett has invested, including the Metromix local entertainment network and the Livestream (formerly Mogulus) live video streaming solution.
Prior to Gannett, Josh was Assistant General Counsel at AOL, where he managed the team responsible for strategic alliances and partnerships for AOL Media Networks, an AOL business unit generating more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue from online advertising, search, and e-commerce. In that role, Josh was instrumental in establishing and sustaining relationships with some of the leading companies on the web, including Google, eBay and Amazon. Prior to AOL, Josh was an attorney in private practice representing broadcast station groups, cable MSO’s and venture firms focused on the broadcast and cable industries.
Mr. Seiken oversees PBS’ award-winning new media content and services, including pbs.org, pbskids.org, pbskidsgo.org, pbsparents.org, as well as emerging broadband and mobile delivery platforms. He is responsible for implementation of both short and long-range strategies for new and existing digital media platforms in collaboration with member stations and a wide range of outside producers and contributors. Prior to PBS, he was based in London, where he led content development for AOL’s businesses in the UK, France, and Germany as Vice President, Content and Programming for AOL Europe. In addition, Mr. Seiken was the founding Executive Editor of washingtonpost.com, responsible for leading the creation of one of the premier newspaper Web sites in the world.
Publisher, Digital Media Wire
Ned Sherman is CEO and Publisher of Digital
Media Wire, Inc., where he works at the center
of the rapidly growing digital media industry.
Under his leadership, Digital Media Wire has
grown from a small newsletter publisher into a
well-respected B-to-B brand that owns and
produces five annual conferences - Digital Music
Forum, Games & Mobile Forum, Digital Media
Conference, Future of Television Forum, Digital
Commerce Summit and The Billboard Digital
Entertainment Conference & Awards (now DEMXPO) -
and provides daily news, information and
community to 30,000+ executives and
professionals at entertainment, media and
technology companies throughout the world.
As digital media community-builder, Ned has
established partnerships with the leading B-to-B
media companies and educational institutions,
including VNU Business Media, Billboard
Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Reed Business
Information, Multichannel News, Business 2.0,
Business Week, CableFax/CableWorld, VIBE/SPIN,
MidemNet, NYU’s Stern School of Business, USC’s
Center for Telecom Management and UCLA’s
Anderson School of Management, and hundreds of
the leading digital media companies, including
Microsoft, Real Networks, Sony Corporation of
America, AOL Time Warner, Napster, Yahoo! and
Ned’s background is in law. Before joining
Digital Media Wire, Ned spent 7+ years as a
corporate and entertainment attorney practicing
at several of the leading law firms in the world
with an international client base across
industries including technology, Internet, media
As a founding member of the iLaw Group in the
Entertainment Department at Loeb & Loeb LLP in
Century City, he handled complex licensing
transactions and financings for media and
entertainment clients including Universal
Studios and MGM and launched dozens of Internet
and new media start-ups. He has counseled
company founders from initiation of a business
plan to seed, angel, venture capital and
later-stage private financings and managed all
legal aspects of Internet clients from corporate
organization, stockholder relationships, board
compositions and dynamics, stock option plans,
capital raising and security regulatory matters,
Internet law issues, trademark, copyright,
content and technology licensing, advertising
and privacy issues.
He sits on the Board of Directors of Wild Way, a
non-profit dedicated to cultivating
environmental awareness and developing
educational programs for inner-city and “at
risk” kids and has traveled extensively from
Europe to Asia to South America to Northern
Africa. Ned is married and lives with his wife
and son in Hollywood Hills, California.
Sherman is the editor and publisher of Potomac
Tech Wire, which he co-founded in 1999. He also
serves as the president of Tech Wire Media,
which consists of five regional technology
publications: Potomac Tech Wire, New England
Tech Wire, Southeast Tech Wire, Tri-State Tech
Wire and Bay Area Tech Wire. He has moderated
over 40 seminars on various technology topics,
ranging from venture capital to mobile
technology to government technology procurement.
He is the co-chair of the annual Digital Media
Conference held each summer in Washington, D.C.
Prior to founding Tech
Wire, he worked for three years as the news
assistant at The New York Times bureau in Mexico
City, and wrote for the Economist Intelligence
Unit, Latin Finance and Time magazine for two
years. Paul received an M.B.A. from The Wharton
School in 1999 and a B.A. in political science
from Brown University in 1992.
Gregg Smith, CEO, Acuity Mobile
Gregg Smith provides the executive vision for Acuity Mobile. He has significant experience managing both public and private organizations, leading complex mergers and acquisitions, growing rapidly profitable businesses, and accelerating the health and growth of organizations.
As President of Aether System's (NASDAQ: AETH) multi-national Enterprise Division, Gregg led the successful divesture to Telecommunications Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: TSYS) which industry analyst "Frost and Sullivan" voted the Most Strategic Acquisition of 2004. Gregg led both the post divestiture integration activities and managed the resulting division.
As President and corporate officer of Aether's Enterprise Division, Gregg managed business strategy and development, sales, software development and operations. He was a driving force behind corporate strategy, with an emphasis on revenue growth and new market penetration and was instrumental in Aether mergers, investments and acquisitions plus in constructing Aether's business units, including transportation, government, m-commerce, education and enterprise. He also secured multi-million dollar contracts with Sun Microsystems, Sharp Electronics and EDS and managed relationships with hardware manufacturers, systems integrators, wireless carriers, and independent software vendors.
Prior to Aether, Gregg was President and COO of Karch International, Inc., a software company, responsible for sales, marketing, software and web development, finance, investor relations and strategic planning. During his tenure, he directed a successful and profitable restructuring effort and sale of the company. Gregg also served as Vice President for Nurad Technologies, Inc., a wireless hardware manufacturer and products. He assisted the company in reaching profitability and negotiating sale to a public $2 billion British entity.
Gregg sits on the board of advisors of a number of private companies and is a frequent industry speaker. Gregg is a member of the MMA Global Marketing, Mobile Banking and Proximity Committees.
Senior Vice President, Sales,
Marcus is responsible for advertising sales for Millennial Media. A 10-year veteran of management and interactive media sales, he leads the sales organization and is focused on helping advertisers and agencies utilize mobile to achieve their broader business goals. Prior to joining Millennial Media, Marcus held leadership positions with Digital Sports and Advertising.com / Platform A. As VP, Sales at Advertising.com, Marcus inspired his team to lead the company to great success in the digital media space by developing creative and winning selling strategies. Marcus is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a Nuclear Submarine Officer.
Partner, M/C Venture Partners
Salvatore Tirabassi is a Partner at M/C
Venture Partners, focusing on digital media and
communications investements. Sal joined M/C
Venture Partners in 2007 after over seven years
at Dolphin Equity Partners. At M/C, Sal has led
investments in Airband, where he is a member of
the board of directors, and Seven Networks,
where he is an observer on the board of
directors. In addition, he sits on the board of
CSDVRS, and is an observer on the board of
SpeechCycle. At Dolphin, he led investments in
and served on the board of eight portfolio
companies: Airband, Epic Cycle, Gomez, MaxPreps
(acquired by CBS in 2007), SilverCarrot, The
Guild, Vercuity and VitalStream (acquired by
Internap in 2006). Prior to Dolphin, Sal worked
in product development and marketing at Diamond
Lane Communications (acquired by Nokia in 1998).
Prior to Diamond Lane Communications, he was an
early employee and spent four years at
FutureBrand, a strategic marketing consulting
firm (acquired by Interpublic Group in 1997).
Sal received an MBA in 1999 from the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania, where
he was named a Palmer Scholar. He also received
an MSE in Telecommunications and Networking
Engineering in 1998 from the University of
Pennsylvania. Sal received an AB cum laude in
1993 from Harvard University, where he studied
philosophy and foreign languages.
Vorhaus is the managing director who founded the
Magid Internet and New Media research and
consultation practice in 1995, beginning with
projects for AOL and Excite. Mike has
participated in hundreds of studies for our
clients and personally consults a number of
leading Internet and gaming companies. Mike has
been involved in strategic and tactical
consulting, including the launch of new services
and programming, as well as development and
implementation of online and offline marketing
programs. Mike has also been extensively
involved in video and PC gaming strategies for a
number of major gaming companies, as well as the
development of game concepts. Mike has also
consulted on a number of film projects such as
You've Got Mail and The Matrix. He holds a B.S.
in psychology and sociology from Wesleyan
University and has worked as a fundraiser and
transfer of technology officer at the California
Institute of Technology and the University of
California. Mike also worked for the U.S. House
of Representatives, The U.S. Senate, and for two
administrations in the White House.
CEO, Metromix.com (a Tribune/Gannett
Kara Walsh is Chief Executive Officer of
Metromix LLC, a national network of local
entertainment websites formed through a joint
venture between Tribune Interactive and Gannett
Company. Walsh leads a nationwide team of
editorial, marketing, web development and sales
professionals with a mission of providing an
authentic, credible and up-to-the-minute
entertainment resource for millions of socially
active adults in the nation’s top markets.
Walsh had served as General Manager of Metromix
where she helped lead Metromix’s continued
innovation and national expansion plans. Prior
to joining Tribune Interactive and Metromix,
Walsh was Vice President of Online at Village
Voice Media. There she served as general
manager of villagevoice.com and led strategy and
business planning for Village Voice Media’s
network of 17 alternative news and entertainment
listings play a central role in the success of
the products that Walsh has worked with over the
last ten years. Before joining Village Voice
Media, Walsh served as director of new business
marketing at TV Guide and also as head of
customer loyalty marketing at British Sky
Broadcasting. Walsh also served on the brand
management team of The Coca-Cola Company and has
extensive strategy and consulting experience.
Walsh earned an
MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in
Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University.
She resides in Chicago, where Metromix LLC is
Janet Yang, Principal,
Novak Biddle Venture Partners
Janet Yang joined Novak Biddle Venture Partners in 2006. Trained in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Janet started her investment career on Wall Street as a sell-side equity research analyst for Merrill Lynch and later Salomon Smith Barney, where she was a top-ranked analyst in her sector according to fund managers’ surveys, and helped raise over $800 million for various corporations.
Janet is on the board of CivicUS, and serves as a Board Observer for portfolio companies: Avail Media, eMinor, Freewebs, Starfish Retention Solutions, and Ztar Mobile.
Prior to Novak Biddle, Janet worked closely with William H. Draper, III in San Francisco-based venture capital firm, Draper Richards, focusing on early-stage technology investments in the United States and India.
Janet brings substantial international experience, as well as operating experience, to Novak Biddle. She has over 10 years of work experience in Asia, in particular, the Greater China region. While in Asia, Janet held various senior executive positions at PCCW, the largest telecommunications company in Hong Kong, reporting to Chairman and CEO Richard Li. Her experience included being the CFO of an IT outsourcing company in partnership with China Telecom and PCCW.
Janet is multi-lingual, fluent in Chinese and had studied Japanese and French. She has lived and worked in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing.
Peter is the Founder & CEO at iWidgets, and has 15 years of experience creating solutions that allow companies to more cost effectively leverage new technology opportunities.
Featured as a guest author in publications such as Ad Week and BusinessWeek and in his own blog, Peter Yareds Musings, Peter is known as a sometimes-controversial straight shooter with a deep understanding of technology and innate sense of where markets are going. He started iWidgets to fill a gaping need in the media market by creating a cost effective way for brands and video publishers to reach people where they are spending time online on social networks. Display ads are no longer effective, microsites are expensive and under trafficked and brands are hungry for new ways to build awareness and interact with people online. Its a widget2.0 world. The iWidgets technology allows them to use native applications to drive viral engagement with their friends on sites such as Facebook, MySpace and hi5.
Prior to founding iWidgets in 2007, Peter was most recently the Founder and CEO at ActiveGrid, a commercial open source company delivering the LAMP stack to the enterprise. Previously, he was CTO of Sun Microsystems' Liberty Network Identity initiative. Peter was also CTO of Sun Microsystems' Application Server Division. Before its acquisition by Sun, Peter served as CTO of NetDynamics, which pioneered the then-leading J2EE application server. Earlier, he was Founder and CEO of JRad Technologies, an enterprise Java company acquired by NetDynamics. Peter holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
Beverley Yehuda has
more than twelve years in Broadcast PR with
expertise in strategizing with clients on how to
leverage the greatest ROI for video and audio
content via traditional and nontraditional
distribution channels. Beverley is currently the
Vice President of Products for MultiVu, and is
involved in developing products and tools to
increase distribution for client content in
addition to providing counsel on story
development and distribution channels.
Former Director of
Strategy, News Broadcast Network, Director of
Media Relations with TVN Communications, Sales
Consultant for a software development company,
Account Executive for Princeton Communications –
Yi, Managing Director, Best Buy
the founding Managing Director of Best Buy
Capital, the investment team for Best Buy, the
leading global consumer technology retailer.
Best Buy Capital is responsible for managing all
minority investments for Best Buy, serving as a
new avenue of growth and opportunity for the
enterprise by providing a market-based approach
to create a portfolio of options that are
consistent with the vision of Best Buy.
Kuk is responsible for all activities of Best
Buy Capital including deal-sourcing, due
diligence, negotiations, structuring, approval
of investments, and portfolio management. In
addition, he plays a role in staying engaged
with Best Buy’s enterprise, understanding
business strategies, objectives and organization
context to make better investment decisions for
Best Buy Capital while maintaining strong
personal and professional relationships across
the enterprise, to actively leverage internal
networks and resources to optimize investments.
Prior to starting Best Buy Capital, Kuk was a
founding member of the corporate development
team at Best Buy, most recently serving as a
Senior Director of the group. He was formerly a
senior investment manager at Samsung based in
Seoul, Korea, as well as a Senior Associate at
ABN AMRO Capital.
Geno Yoham, Executive Director, AOL Music
Geno Yoham has over 15 years of experience in leading product, creative and development teams to create web and client based entertainment products and services. In his current role, he serves as General Manager of Winamp for AOL, plotting the strategy and the next generation of the world's #2 media player. Winamp has over 80 million users worldwide and a very active development community that supports and creates new ways to customize and use the Winamp client every day. Prior to Winamp, Geno co-founded AOL Tickets and Uncut Video for AOL after spending 10 years working in the ticketing industry. Geno started his career as a starving music producer and designer before the Internet changed his career path forever (or at least for the ongoing present).
Gabe Zichermann, CEO & Co-Founder, rmbrME
Gabe Zichermann developed the concept for rmbrME after realizing that
tracking and connecting with new contacts had become unmanageable. Rather
than starting a 12-step program for social hunters, Gabe helped develop
rmbrME – the first mobile solution for exchanging social contact and lead
information that works with any device. Gabe is a ten-year games industry
veteran, having previously worked for CMP Media as the director of marketing
for the Game Developers Conference, Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine,
as well as helping to launch and guide Trymedia Systems from start to sale
as the first successful online game DRM and distribution company.
Additionally, Zichermann has held posts at Cisco Systems, Nortel and
Checkpoint Software. Now residing in New York City, Gabe frequently muses
about the opportunities to use game design in broader applications on his
blog, www.funwareblog.com and is the co-author of the upcoming book, WebPlay