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Michael AdamsonMichael Adamson, VP of New Products, Turner Sports

Michael Adamson is the Vice President of New Products for Turner Sports where he is leading the development of new product concept and launches on new platforms for all of Turner Sports digital properties including online, mobile, handheld and connected devices. He has led teams in the development of NASCAR.COM’s TrackPass products, PGATOUR.COM’s Shot Tracker, PGA.COM’s mobile products for the PGA Championship, NBA DIGITAL’s League Pass Broadband and the NBA family of Game Time products across three major mobile platforms, tablet, connected device, and connected TV products. Currently, he is leading Turner’s effort of the NCAA’s March Madness broadband, mobile, and connected device products.

Adamson is a ten-year Turner Sports veteran and has played an integral role in the development and growth of Turner’s digital sports properties including online, mobile, and subscription products. Adamson was part of the leadership team that launched NASCAR.COM when it was first acquired in 2001, and led its updates over the next five years, transforming it into a comprehensive digital destination with original feature programming, innovative live coverage, and a vast array of custom advertising and sponsorship products. Adamson also led the launch teams for PGA.com, PGATOUR.COM and NBA.com, with a focus on shaping the online experiences of major league sports to better connect them with fans using innovative, multi-platform coverage to grow their audience and advertising value.

Prior to Turner Sports, Adamson served as the executive creative director for iXL’s Atlanta-based headquarters, a Top 5 web consulting giant that flourished during the internet explosion. His approach of fusing business objectives with creative-led strategies and the use of new technologies powered the complete restructuring of BellSouth’s online consumer experience. In addition, he led a multi-year research and development effort of a full broadband network prototype in 2000. Adamson has received awards and recognition ranging from original animation programming to new media creative development over his career. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the Ball State University School of Communications and currently serves on the board of its Emerging Media Institute.
Jay BaageJay Baage, VP of Content, Digital Media Wire

Jay Baage, both a "suit" and a creative, is a Sweden-born media professional, focused on shepherding media and brand properties from an analog to a digital world. Jay plays a key role at Digital Media Wire (DMW), a leading provider of news, financial information and conferences for media professionals. He keeps tabs of the most innovative companies and manages many of DMW’s most significant advertising and sponsorship relationships across its events and publishing properties. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and cover such industries as games, music, film, television, publishing, mobile and internet commerce. He has furthermore transformed the company’s approach to marketing by audience and community development through social media. He has during his career established high-profile strategic partnerships with other leading industry organizations such as PGA, SAG, GDA, CTIA, E3 and Canadian Music Week and connected senior executives in the media and entertainment industries, leading to high level deals.
Saul Berman, Global & Americas Leader for the IBM Strategy & Change Consulting Group, IBM Global Business Services (GBS)

Saul J. Berman, Ph.D. is the Global & Americas Leader for the IBM Strategy & Change Consulting group within IBM Global Business Services (GBS). In this role he works closely with major corporations around the globe on strategic business issues. He leads a worldwide team of IBM consultants focused on delivering business value through business, technology and operations strategy engagements as well as organizational change initiatives.

Prior to this role, Dr Berman was the Lead Strategy Partner for the Media and Entertainment Practice as well as a Global Strategy & Change Services Leader at IBM GBS. Before joining IBM, Saul was the Global Strategic Change Leader at PwC Consulting. He was also previously with The Boston Consulting Group, a divisional Vice President with Broadway Department Stores and an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Berman has more than 25 years of consulting experience advising senior management of large corporate and start-up organizations. He has directed engagements addressing issues of strategy, organization, and operations. He has worked extensively on issues of competitive positioning, differentiation, new business plans & strategies, new business models, growth, operational & cost improvement, operations/ manufacturing strategy, organizational design and enterprise transformation. His clients have included most of the major media companies as well as internet companies, telecommunication companies, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers and automotive companies in the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia.

Dr. Berman holds a Ph.D. in Management and Information Systems and a MBA in Production Systems and Operations Research from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in New York. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

A frequent speaker to industry and strategic planning organizations such as the World Economic Forum, MIPCOM, Consumer Electronics Association, McGraw Hill Media Summit, the National Association of Broadcasters, Online Publishers Association and Digital Hollywood, Dr. Berman was named as one of the Top 25 Consultants of 2005 by Consulting Magazine. He is also an editorial advisory board member for Strategy & Leadership Magazine.

Additionally, Dr. Berman served as a board member of the USC Film School Entertainment Technology Center, and of the Southern California chapter of the Strategic Leadership Forum, and has authored numerous publications
Christian Busch, General Manager, Alloy Digital

As General Manager for Alloy Digital, a division of Alloy Media + Marketing, a leading provider of media and entertainment for the millennial generation, Christian Busch guides the digital expansion initiatives for its innovative video and advertising networks. Reaching a total audience of more than 73 million consumers and delivering 400+ million monthly video streams, Alloy Digital comprises top ranking distributed media networks, including the #1 youth community for nearly three years straight, according to comScore. Christian has been integral to the significant evolution and growth of Alloy's digital focused media assets that include popular millennial focused websites Teen.com, Gurl.com and Smosh, now the #3 most subscribed channel on You Tube, along with premium, exclusive partner sites that appeal to the wide ranging interests of these influential consumers. These properties act as a gateway for brands to deliver highly targeted advertising messages through impactful sponsor opportunities, contextual integrations and original video content to an engaged millennial audience. The Alloy Digital Network is succeeding in offering creative, scalable, and result driven solutions for a wide range of marketers across the entertainment, HBA, technology, and retail sectors. A self-professed social media geek and industry blogger, Christian has served the digital media industry for more than a decade. Previous to his current role, he served as General Manager for Takkle, a prominent online resource and college recruitment website for high school sports, which was acquired by Alloy in early 2009. Christian has also held senior management roles for Cellfish Media, one of the largest global mobile content providers and for Bookspan, a division of Bertelsmann/Time Warner, where he handled digital strategy for more than 30 web properties.
Mike Callaghan, Vice President, Digital Marketing, Century 21 Real Estate LLC

Mike Callaghan leads the strategy development and program execution of all consumer digital marketing and broker and agent marketing tools and programs. These efforts include: the consumer web site, mobile solutions, interactive marketing, and the franchise intranet site that assist brokers and agents in client acquisition, CRM and lead conversion activities.

Mike earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and has worked extensively in the areas of consumer marketing, digital marketing and client services over his twenty-plus year career. Most recently he was with Epsilon Interactive where he served as vice president, client services for the email and digital solutions unit. Prior to that, Callaghan worked for JPMorgan Chase, Lucent Technologies and AT&T for nearly two decades in a series of increasingly senior roles, planning and executing branding, marketing, and product strategies worldwide.
John Caron, VP, Marketing, Catalina Mobile

Bringing more than 20 years of management and entrepreneurial experience in media and commerce technology and services, John is responsible for Catalina Mobile’s marketing initiatives. John joined Catalina through their acquisition of Modiv Media, the in-store mobile commerce pioneer, where he was SVP of Marketing. Through his innovation and leadership, John has been a driving force behind the growth, IPO, and sale of a half-dozen early-stage and high-growth companies including ATG (now Oracle), Gartner, NuMega (now Compuware), Factpoint (now GeoTrust), and Open Environment (now Borland). A frequent speaker in both technology and academia, John has spoken at SXSW, CTIA, MMA, PMA, FutureM, Harvard, Babson, and Boston College. John holds Bachelor Degrees in Marketing and Finance from Syracuse University.
Phil Chen, Head of Global Content, HTC

Phil Chen is a serial entrepreneur. Previously, VP of product for spring design, the first dual screen eReader. He was the creator and founder of two companies – Glo and Handstand, an interactive media Bible and a mobile education app service, respectively. Phil is passionate about technology, media, and software as a tool for education and storytelling. Currently, he is heading up business development and strategic planning for entertainment at HTC. Phil also serves on the Board of Saffron, KKBox, and Zoodles. Saffron is an award winning online video platform; KKBox the leading music subscription service in Asia; and Zoodles the number one android kids app.The Chens live between Hong Kong, Taiwan, and San Francisco.
Albert Chung, CEO and Co-Founder, Pictorious

Albert Chung is CEO and Co-Founder of Pictorious, an app that combines photo sharing with social gaming. On Pictorious, people create fun photo challenges for their friends. Brands and retailers use the photo challenges to engage with their customers and get real people sharing photos of themselves engaging with the brand's products.

Previously, Albert was a key member of the management team at Avante, where he helped grow the company into an industry leading elections technology company. Albert started his career at Morgan Stanley where he structured derivative products.

Albert has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc from Columbia University.
Andrew Cleland, Venture Partner, NYC Office, Comcast Ventures

Andrew sources, evaluates, and executes investments on behalf of Comcast, NBC, and Universal Pictures in early-stage media and technology companies. Andrew has initiated and/or managed investments in Simulmedia, PlaySpan (Visa), Gaia Online, Tumri (Collective Media), Entropic (ENTR), and BigBand Networks (BBND). Before joining Comcast Ventures, Andrew was a Managing Director at Time Warner Investments. Previously, Andrew was the Chief Operating Officer of TrustTheDJ.com, a UK-based music company. He started his career in Booz Allen & Hamilton’s Media and Entertainment Group in London. Andrew holds an MA in Economics (1st class) from Edinburgh University, and received his MBA from INSEAD in France.
Gemma Craven, EVP, NY Group Director, Social@Ogilvy

Gemma leads the Social@Ogilvy team in New York, responsible for Ogilvy’s team of social media and word-of-mouth marketing experts. She also runs a wider social working council at Ogilvy NY, focusing on Ogilvy’s seven social business solutions. Social@Ogilvy is focused on the design integrated social solutions that combine deep disciplines like CRM, public relations and shopper marketing and rooted in what drives behavior.

She leads client relationships with UPS and LG, focusing on thought leadership, strategic direction and ensuring creativity and effectiveness across all work. She is particularly passionate about the intersection of social and business, and how today’s enterprises are embracing the new connected status quo throughout their infrastructure.

Her experience in advising and leading clients on the development of community, conversation and reaching key influencers comes from twelve years working with brands including IKEA, Gap, BBC, News Corp, Microsoft, IBM and GNC. Prior to Ogilvy she was global digital communications lead for IBM’s US joint venture with Ricoh, InfoPrint, and Broadcom, the chip company powering many of the innovations currently coming to market in today’s smartphones.

Gemma moved to the US in 2007. Roles held in the UK included a stint as Head of Technology and Digital Media at Midnight, a UK-based digital boutique where she developed integrated programs for AOL’s Advertising.com, Fujifilm, wireless network provider iBahn, Greenlight SEO and pioneering social network LunarStorm.

A French speaker, Gemma also specializes in planning and executing global campaigns, having spent time living and working in France, working with Hackett Group, a Paris-based consulting firm.

She is a graduate of University of Sussex in the UK and Université d’Aix Marseille in France where she studied French and European Studies and French for Business.
Jason Dailey
Director, Bing Evnagelism
MicrosoftJason Dailey, Director, Bing Evnagelism, Microsoft

Jason is the Director of Bing Evangelism for Microsoft Advertising. He and his team are responsible for cultivating deep relationships with advertisers and agencies, driving awareness, perception and adoption of adCenter and Bing, and partnering with Yahoo! to unlock the value of the Search Alliance.

Previous to this role he was the Country Lead for Solution Specialist Sales at Microsoft Advertising Canada. As the Chief Supplier of Cool, he helped establish Microsoft as a thought leader in digital media and managed a team of digital media experts across multiple disciplines (gaming, mobile, video, targeting, search, performance advertising, and more), providing innovation and inspiration, with a focus on helping clients develop creative, integrated, multi-screen executions. Previously, he was a client services manager with Microsoft in New York, leading a team of search strategists that provided world-class service and account management to premium search advertisers. Prior to joining Microsoft he served as Strategic Planning Manager at Travelzoo, where he launched the first travel meta-search engine to incorporate social signals, analyzed strategic projects and new business opportunities, oversaw all search engine marketing initiatives, and launched and managed new products. His professional experience also includes working at entertainment companies, such as Bad Boy Entertainment, Marvel Enterprises, Elektra Records, and Focus Features, and management consulting, where he specialized in strategic sourcing and cost restructuring engagements with financial services clients

Jason has spoken extensively at a number of high profile industry events in the US and Canada, such as SES and Advertising Week, on topics related to Search Marketing, Multi-Screen Engagement, and the Future of Digital Media.

He received a B.S. from MIT and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business
Andrew Dansker, Electronic Media Organizer and Television Representative, SAG-AFTRA

Andrew Dansker works at the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles office as Electronic Media Organizer and Television Representative. Andrew drafts agreements for made for new media programming and serves as a liaison between production and talent on digital content across a variety of platforms. In that capacity Andrew assists on day to day production issues and ensures enforcement of the collective bargaining agreement. In addition, Andrew supports national contract negotiations, contract administration and business development in New Media.

Previously Andrew worked as a Theatrical Business Representative for SAG-AFTRA in Boston and served as contracts representative on a number of features including: The Town, The Fighter, Social Network and Shutter Island.

Andrew holds degrees from Miami University and New England Law in Boston.
Marc DeBevoise, SVP and GM, Entertainment, CBS Interactive

Marc DeBevoise is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive’s Entertainment division. In this role, DeBevoise oversees CBS Interactive’s entertainment sites, including CBS.com, TV.com and Clicker.com, as well as digital content distribution strategies, and the development of both original and show-based digital content, applications and games.

DeBevoise joined CBS Interactive from Liberty Media’s premium subscription channel Starz, where he was responsible for the company’s overall digital strategy and the digital initiatives supporting its film, television and digital original content properties. At Starz, DeBevoise also led the generation, evaluation and execution of business development, strategic investment, and growth opportunities for all of Starz’ business units.

Prior to joining Starz, DeBevoise held various roles at NBC Universal, in both Digital Media and Business Development, and worked in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at JPMorgan.

DeBevoise has been recognized on Home Media magazine’s “Digital Drivers” list for 2011, The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power 50” for 2010, and Multichannel News’ “40 Under 40” for 2009. DeBevoise is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

DeBevoise received his M.B.A. with distinction in Entertainment, Media & Technology and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Tufts University.
Hans Deutmeyer, Vice President, HBO/MAX GO

Hans Deutmeyer is vice president, HBO/MAX GO, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the product strategy, development, production and management of HBO’s subscription-based streaming video services. He was named to this position in August 2010.

Most recently, Deutmeyer played an instrumental role in the national launch and roll-out of the highly successful and acclaimed brand extensions, HBO GO and MAX GO, along with the launch of the HBO GO mobile app available for iPad®, iPhone® and select Android™ Smartphones. Responsible for defining and implementing HBO’s digital product strategy, Hans and his team continue to enhance and evolve the HBO GO user experience by making the service available on multiple consumer platforms including the Roku® streaming player, Samsung Smart TVs™ and Microsoft Xbox® gaming consoles.

Deutmeyer joined HBO in March of 2002 as a manager, and was promoted to director, HBO on Demand, in September 2003. In his ten years of experience developing new products and services for HBO, his focus has been in the area of digital distribution outlets such as Internet/broadband services, wireless/mobile services, video on demand (VOD) and gaming.

Prior to joining HBO, Deutmeyer was a product manager and design engineer at General Motors and has multiple entrepreneurial successes.

He was named one of Multichannel News’ “40 Under 40” in 2012, which lists the movers and shakers who are playing an important part in mapping the future of the multichannel video and telecommunications businesses.

Deutmeyer holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Cornell University.
Omar Divina, Regional Vice President, West Badgeville

Omar Divina is the Regional Vice President at Badgeville, The Behavior Platform. Founded in 2010 to help companies measure and influence user behavior, Badgeville is the gold standard for gamification, having added a global client roster of over 150 customers including Deloitte, eBay’s X.Commerce, Samsung, Dell, NBC, CA Technologies, Universal Music, The Active Network and Recyclebank. He is responsible for leading Badgeville’s sales and business development efforts out of the company’s New York office. Over the course of his 15-plus year career, Omar has held a variety of senior positions in sales, business development, and operations, with the past four years focused on growing SaaS companies. Omar has a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University. Follow @odivina and visit www.badgeville.com.
Mark Donovan, Senior VP of Mobile - comScore, Inc.

Mark Donovan is a leading expert in the mobile industry, currently serving as Senior Vice President of Mobile at comScore. He served as CMO of M:Metrics prior to the company’s acquisition by comScore in 2008. Before joining M:Metrics, Donovan worked for RealNetworks as Director of Mobile Strategy and later Director of Mobile Services, leading the team that launched North America’s first 3G mobile video services. Mark is a frequent speaker and author on new media and mobility and has more than fifteen years of experience conducting research, data analysis and modeling for the academic, public and private sectors.
Michael Doron, VP, The Americas, Click and Buy

Michael Doron serves as ClickandBuy’s VP, of The Americas Michael has increased sales by over 300% and gained new business from major companies such as McAfee, FXDD, OfferPal, Live Gamer, Artix Entertainment, Perfect World Entertainment, Hi5, and Super Rewards.

In his role as VP, The Americas, Michael spearheading ClickandBuy’s growth into Latin America with an emphasis on the Brazilian market and, in addition, is expanding the company’s verticals to financial services, Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) and Casual Games, Physical retailers, social networking, and paid content .

Michael is an entrepreneurial executive who has a wide breadth of experience in successfully managing business development, sales, strategic marketing and operations for all types of companies, including start-ups, Web 2.0 companies and financial services corporations.

Before arriving at ClickandBuy, he was the Director of Business Development for Softchoice and the Director, Global Sales for Broker Processing Service. Michael is a graduate of George Washington University and currently resides in New York City.
Ian Geller, VP of Business Development, Pandora

Since he joined the company in 2006, Ian has been responsible for expanding Pandora's reach from the PC to Mobile and Consumer Electronics devices. He manages Pandora's relationships with the mobile operators and OEMs as well as the major CE device brands and chipset manufacturers. Previously, Ian was the Director of Product Management at Virgin Mobile USA where he was responsible for defining Virgin's mobile music strategy and development. Ian's career began as a product manager at CTNY/ThinAirApps in New York City, a pioneer in the development of wireless data services, which was acquired by Palm in 2001.
Sam Glassenberg, CEO, Funtactix (“The Hunger Games Adventures”)

Sam is the CEO of Funtactix, a publisher of social games based on Hollywood¹s biggest box office films.

Before joining Funtactix, Sam led the DirectX Graphics group at Microsoft, an industry-leading game platform focused on pushing the cutting-edge of video game graphics across the Windows and Xbox gaming ecosystem. Prior to DirectX, Sam worked on some of Microsoft¹s largest online services (MSN and XboxLive). He began his career at LucasArts ­ creating the first video games to incorporate movie-based assets.

In 2008, after a five-year tenure at Microsoft, Sam moved to Israel to join Funtactix as CEO. He has led the company through the opening of two U.S. Offices in NY and LA and driven partnerships with leading Hollywood studios including Paramount and Lionsgate with the goal of creating authentic and successful movie-based social games. Sam¹s team remains the only studio to publish social games based on box office films: bringing the excitement of Hollywood to Facebook and the Web.

Sam received his Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the University of Illinois and his Masters from Stanford University.
Jack Isquith, Senior VP of Strategic Development, Slacker

Jack is a digital music industry veteran who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and AOL Music, and recently joined Slacker Radio as Senior VP of Strategic Development. Jack is a pioneer of the new music business with extensive experience in digital content and monetization.

Over the last ten years, Jack has successfully built digital music experiences for CDNOW, AOL and Warner Brothers Records. He oversaw the strategic development and monetization of all digital content at Warner Brothers, led content creation and programming at AOL Music and developed CDNOW's first efforts in ad-supported digital media.

As an established commentator and thinker in the digital space, Jack has been profiled by CNN, NPR, Fox News, The Today Show, Business Week, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Reuters, The Huffington Post and USA Today.
Beth Jacobs, General Manager- Mobile – The Washington PostBeth Jacobs, General Manager- Mobile – The Washington Post

Beth Jacobs is General Manager of Mobile at The Washington Post. As GM for mobile at The Post, Jacobs is responsible for the company’s mobile business and strategy including the creation and monetization of a suite of mobile products and services. She manages a variety of wireless products and services on all mobile platforms and oversees strategic mobile partnerships with Apple, Google, Facebook, US carriers and other leading mobile companies.

Prior to The Washington Post, Jacobs served as Vice President of Mobile Business Development at AOL, where she was responsible for global, mobile communications strategic partnerships and transactions, managing $60+MM partnerships with US Tier 1, Tier 2 carriers, OEMs, ISVs, global mobile operators and third-party technology vendors, as well as overseeing partnerships with Apple, Google, RIM, Nokia and other partners.

Other leadership roles in the industry included Vice President of Business Development at Allconnect, a call-center, utility connection company, Head of Business Development at Synchrologic (now Nokia), and Director of Business Development for The Weather Channel Interactive (weather.com). She ran marketing for Cox Interactive Media’s Atlanta Studio, a web start-up owned by Cox Enterprises, after 8 years working in a variety of sales and marketing roles for AT&T.

Jacobs has a BA in International Relations and Japanese Studies from Bucknell University; and studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan; and an MBA in Marketing and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

She is active in several industry associations including The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), CTIA The Wireless Association, and The Online Publishers Association (OPA) and is a native of Washington, DC. Jacobs was named to Mobile Marketer’s Mobile Woman To Watch 2012 list.
Zubair Jandali, Head of Mobile Apps Sales, Google

Zubair leads app developer sales for Google’s mobile advertising business. Prior to Google, Zubair worked at AdMob, where he led the company’s APAC entry as a Director of Market Development. Before AdMob, Zubair worked in search engine marketing and business development at NexTag, and in the investment banking divisions of Goldman Sachs and Lazard. Zubair holds a BS from the University of California, Berkeley.
Marshall Jensen, Managing Partner, DMW Hexagon

Marshall has nearly two decades experience working with emerging growth companies, largely within the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecom) and Digital Media sectors. A seasoned investment banker, attorney and private equity professional, he has completed in excess of one hundred and fifty financing and M&A transactions in either an advisory (investment bank and legal) or principal investment capacity. From 1996 to 2005, he worked in New York and San Francisco in the investment banking groups of several major financial institutions including CIBC, UBS and Adams Harkness (subsequently acquired by Canaccord) where he was a Managing Director and Head of the Equity Private Placement Group. Marshall also spent three plus years (2005 to 2009) at a San Francisco-based $100+million AUM hedge fund and private equity vehicle (Fort Mason Capital, LLC) where he was a Managing Director, lead the origination and structuring of over 30 TMT-focused and related private investments and where he was integrally involved in numerous fund administration matters. Pre-dating his investment banking and principal investment experience, Marshall briefly practiced corporate law as an associate attorney with Shearman & Sterling, supporting clients including Apple Computer, Viacom and Silicon Graphics. Today he continues to advise numerous emerging growth clients as a Managing Member of DMW Hexagon Advisors. Marshall holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brown University and JD degree from Columbia University.
Peter Kafka, Senior Editor, AllThingsD

Peter Kafka has been covering media and technology since 1997, when he joined the staff of Forbes magazine. He made the digital leap to Forbes.com in 2005. He may have been the first national business reporter to interview Steve “Stone Cold Steve Austin” Williams.

In 2007, Mr. Kafka became the first hire at Silicon Alley Insider, where he was until recently the managing editor.

He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Brooklyn.
Lou Kerner, Founder, The Social Internet Fund

Lou recently returned to angel investing in private social media companies like Facebook and Klout. He also recently returned to SecondShares.com, his blog that provides news, commentary and Wall Street style research on social media companies. It was on SecondShares, in March of 2010, that Lou published his original report on Facebook. The report, which predicted that the value of Facebook (then $18 billion) would rise to $100 billion over the following four years, vaulted Lou in to the spotlight, and lead to his return to Wall Street.

Lou spent most of 2010-2011 as the Founder and Managing Director of the Private Shares Group at Wedbush Securities, where he was Wall Street’s leading Social Media Analyst. Lou not only wrote about social media, he was the first Wall Street analyst to live it, growing his Twitter following past 15,000, and posting his research on SlideShare.net where pieces often generated over 10,000 views. Lou became a regular on CNBC and BloombergTV, and was regularly quoted in the WSJ, NY Times and dozens of other business publications around the world.

From 2007-2009, Lou founded and ran WildSites, a domain name aggregator, that acquired more than 30,000 domain names, including CreditCheck.com for $3 million, which remains the 11th most expensive public market acquisition in industry history. WildSites continues to monetize its portfolio of unsold domain names, generating significant returns for its investors.

From 2003-2006 Mr. Kerner was President/Owner of Bolt.com, a leading social network which grew from 500,000 monthly uniques to over 20 million uniques in three years. At Bolt, Lou acquired eight smaller youth sites, but his attempt to acquire the small but rapidly growing, Thefacebook, was rebuffed.

Prior to Bolt, Mr. Kerner was the CEO of The .tv Corporation, an idealab! company which licensed the top level domain (.tv) from the tiny island nation of Tuvalu. From 2000-2002, .tv grew to over 100 employees in Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong, and over $20 million in annual revenue, before being acquired by Verisign (Nasdaq:VRSN).

Prior to .tv, Lou had a distinguished career as an equity analyst following media companies for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Kerner has a B.A. from U.C.L.A. and an MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Paul Kontonis, Chief Media Evangelist, Outrigger Media
Chairman, International Academy of Web Television


Paul Kontonis is an interactive media and brand content veteran with almost 20 years of digital media experience and is currently the Chief Media Evangelist of Outrigger Media and OpenSlate, a platform for connecting marketers with native digital video. In recent years, Paul has become a leading voice in the online video industry through his role as the Chairman of the International Academy of Web Television, and formerly as the Vice President, Group Director, Brand Content for The Third Act:, a unit of Digitas. Paul has executive produced dozens of original web series including successful branded entertainment for Global 100 brands. Paul authors numerous articles about online video, and is a speaker at several industry conferences and seminars annually.
Drew Lesicko, Senior Manager of Professional Services, Arkadium, Inc.

As the Senior Manager of Professional Services at Arkadium, Drew leads the team responsible for managing and creating branded online and mobile gaming experiences for many of the company's media and entertainment partners, including NBC Universal, ESPN, Hasbro, MTV, CNN and many more.

A seasoned business development and product management professional, Drew brings more than six years of professional experience to the team. Prior to joining Arkadium, Drew pioneered the gaming initiatives at CafeMom, now one of the leading game destinations for women online. He also spent three years creating Web products for Mindspark, a division of IAC, where he led content licensing and development for IWON.com. In addition, he served as the product lead for Retrogamer.com and the Vicinio toolbar platform.
Mark Mackenzie, Senior TMT Thematic Analyst, AllianceBernstein

Mark Mackenzie heads Telecom, Media & Technology Venture Capital at AllianceBernstein and is the Senior TMT Thematic Analyst. Mark analyzes emerging trends and utilizes that knowledge to drive venture capital and public market investments. In this cross-over roll, Mark leverages the largest publicly traded money manager (AB has about half a trillion dollars under management) on behalf of his private investments - offering operational guidance, strategic vision, introductions to large TMT companies and insight into Wall Street's thinking. Mark's portfolio includes Brightcove (online video), Hillcrest Labs (digital home), Impinj (RFID), Jumptap (mobile advertising), Obopay (mobile payments), Vette (Data Center Cooling) and Visible World (intelligent TV advertising). He recently sold Pure Digital (maker of the Flip camcorder) to Cisco.

Prior to his current role, Mark was at AllianceBernstein's sell-side subsidiary Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. where he co-founded the Media & Communication Strategy team. In this role, Mark co-authored books on the digital home, internet video and media's digitalization. Prior to co-creating the M&C Strategy team, he was part of Bernstein's Global Media research team covering large, publicly traded companies such as Comcast, Disney and Time Warner. Before joining Bernstein, he was a Telecommunication, Media & Technology investment banker with Lehman Brothers in New York and London and a Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Beijing. Mark also worked for PwC in London where he co-founded a company, Pilgrim House Services. Mark has an MBA from NYU Stern and is a CPA.
Jason Madhosingh, Director, Online and Mobile, Enterprise Growth, American Express

Jason (although everyone calls him "Madho") works on gaming, loyalty, ecostsysten and social products for Serve, American Express digital payments platform. Prior to American Express, he held various product and brand marketing roles at Nokia, Disney, Omnicom, ElectricArtists, (a boutique agency), and Capitol Records. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, soccer ball, 3 bikes and skateboard.
Brian McGarvey, VP, Business Development, Rhapsody

Brian McGarvey has been building businesses at the intersection where media, entertainment, mobile and technology converge for more than 20 years.

As vice president, business development at Rhapsody, the leading premium, on-demand music service, Brian builds strategic relationships to bring the award-winning Rhapsody service to more consumers through more devices and channels.

Most recently, Brian was vice president, business development for Zumobi, where he created partnerships for ad-sponsored content on mobile devices.

Prior to Zumobi Brian was vice president, Americas for the mobile division of Vivendi Universal Games where he built and launched the company’s North and South American mobile businesses and previously served as senior vice president, sales at Airborne Entertainment, a mobile content company for major entertainment properties. As director, marketing for Cingular/AT&T Wireless, Brian was responsible for customer acquisition and content partnerships for mMode, the first notable mobile Internet service for consumers. He also held sales and marketing roles at Microsoft, Spry/CompuServe and iCat, and was a dot-com celebrity as CEO and co-founder of the consumer services company, mylackey.com.

Brian is a frequent speaker at industry events, including CTIA, Mobile Entertainment Forum, and Digital Hollywood and has been quoted in prominent media outlets and such s ABC World News, Guardian Media and the San Francisco Chronicle. Brian’s first concert was Journey at The Oakland Coliseum.
Alan McGlade, Founder and Managing Director, Digital Entertainment Ventures (DEV)

Alan McGlade is a founder and Managing Director of DEV. He is a current advisor and investor in several media companies and a member of the ARC Angel Fund. Mr. McGlade has over two decades of experience in taking companies from early conceptual stage to significant market player in television, and digital media with an emphasis on music.

For the last nine years Mr. McGlade was the Chief Executive and a member of the Board of Directors of MediaNet. The company powered music and media delivery in five territories in the US and Europe for many of the best known names in the business including AOL, Yahoo, HMV, Virgin, Samsung, Tesco, MTV, Microsoft's Zune and Google.

Prior to running MediaNet, Mr. McGlade worked at MTV Networks. He joined the company after selling them the contactive music video channel, Video Jukebox Network (The Box), where he served as CEO for five years.

Prior to his tenure at The Box, Mr. McGlade was the president of StarNet, which provided targeted cable marketing using a national satellite delivery system. Before that McGlade was the founder and president of Adlink, the largest cable advertising interconnect in the country.

Mr. McGlade's commentaries have appeared in Billboard, Forbes and Multichannel News, among others, and he has appeared on CNBC, CNN Business and PBS.
Tim McLaughlin, President & Founder, Siteworx

As President, Tim sets the vision and overall direction for new product development and partner strategy at Siteworx.

Tim frequently collaborates with clients to help them find strategic advantages and to connect the strengths of Siteworx with their business and audience needs. Tim has a deep background in technology and interfaces, with fluency in multiple programming languages and a wide range of architectures. He is a pragmatic engineer interested in measurable success for clients which he believes can be achieved through the successful balance of form and function.

Formerly CTO at Iteration Zero, Inc., Tim has a degree in mechanical engineering, with educational excursions into music, language, art, and artificial intelligence. Tim is the current Chair of the Open Source for America (OSFA) Working Group on Elections and Voting and also serves as a mentor with The Founder’s Institute, a business incubator and four-month executive training program for new and seasoned entrepreneurs.
Avi Millman, Co-Founder & CEO, Stray Boots

Avi Millman, Co-Founder & CEO of Stray Boots, has spent his professional career rapidly growing businesses. After graduating cum laude from Princeton, he joined national apparel retailer Steve and Barry’s in its internal consulting group. Rising to Director of Logistics, he grew the company’s supply chain systems from handling 60 stores to over 200 in two years, supporting annual sales of $1 Billion . He then went on to head up Regional Sales at beverage startup Q Tonic, where he grew top line sales by 600% in one year. An avid traveler, he started Stray Boots after a trip to Rome, where he realized the guidebook experience was far too passive for the digital era.
Julien Mitelberg, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Cellfish
CEO, Bandsintown


Julien Mitelberg is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cellfish, a leading mobile and social application publisher. In 2004, Mitelberg established Cellfish’s U.S. business and worked with top US Carriers and HipHop producers to launch BlingTones, the world’s first wireless record label. In 2005, Cellfish raised $60 million in North America and move its headquarters to New York. Mitelberg is responsible for bringing together a team of skilled professionals spread between offices in New York, San Diego and Montreal that now work with the most popular U.S. sports and entertainment franchises, including NFL, NBA, NHL and Fox. He is also responsible for global product and technology.

He was instrumental in securing Cellfish’s September 2011 acquisition of Bandsintown, the #1 live concert tracking and discovery application on Facebook. Since the acquisition, he became CEO of the company and has been heavily involved in Bandsintown’s development, particularly its expansion into mobile platforms and new geographic markets.

Prior to launching Cellfish, Mitelberg spent more than a decade as Chief Operating Officer at Lagardere Active Broadband in France, where he demonstrated a consistent track record of identifying new media trends and developing successful businesses to capitalize on them. In 1995, he contributed to the launch of Club-Internet, the first consumer ISP in France, and helped grow the business to 1 million subscribers, $100 million in revenue, and 450 employees before it was sold in 2000 to Deutsche Telekom T-Online International AG for a historical €1.2 billion, more than 10 times Club-Internet’s invested capital. In addition, from 1995 to 1999, Mitelberg served as CEO of LeStudio, the first French web agency and a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardere. During this time, Le Studio produced the Club-Internet portal and numerous other websites for major French companies such as Lagardere, Matra, Hachette, Accord, Guerlain, Elf, and Renault. After selling Club-Internet, Mitelberg co-founded Plurimedia, Lagardere’s mobile subsidiary, which led to the establishment of Cellfish.

Mitelberg holds a Master’s of Science degree from the Institut National de Télécommunications in France. He currently lives in New York with his wife and two daughters. A major electronic music fan, Mitelberg looks forward to New York’s annual Electric Zoo festival and the Ibiza music scene.
Ted Murphy, Founder & CEO, IZEA

Coming off the heels of the economic meltdown, Ted’s company IZEA was growing and he had a decision to make: remain investor-funded or go public. In May 2011 he chose the latter, taking IZEA public on the OTC Bulletin Board. The company’s market cap is valued at over $25 million dollars as of March 21, 2012.

The culmination of the company’s success is significant, considering its start.

Before digital marketing was mainstream, Ted Murphy founded MindComet, an Orlando-based agency that grew to 60 employees and three offices across the United States. A serial entrepreneur by nature, Ted’s passion was product development to support the marketing goals of his clients. In 2004 he introduced IZEA (then-PayPerPost) that connected brands and bloggers to monetize a blogger's reach. The product was met with controversy from the press and industry pundits who only viewed blogs as “unbiased sources” – not potential marketing tools. He was vilified for his vision on TV programs and in International newspapers.

Years later, with his vision now realized and the company public, Ted is just getting started. In late 2011 and early 2012, the company introduced two major new product offerings: Staree, a social media monetization platform for celebrities, and IZEA Media, a display advertising network that after only five months boasts 50 million impressions. This was in addition to opening offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, hiring the company’s first-ever Chief Marketing Officer, and further developing “The IZEA Way” - a handbook for team members that puts culture and creativity first within IZEA’s growing empire.

As if the IZEA business didn’t keep this renegade occupied, he also got married and ran two (for a total of 14) marathons in 2011, and later this year will becomes a dad for the first time! Ted not only created the social media sponsorship space from thin air, he continues to be a visionary who leads the industry through disruption and innovation. Under Ted’s helm the IZEA network has grown to 700,000 publishers in 147 countries, and 50,000 advertisers, with over 3 million completed social media sponsorships.
Ashwin Navin, CEO and Co-Founder, Flingo

Ashwin Navin is CEO and Co-founder of Flingo. Prior to Flingo, he was the President and Co-founder of BitTorrent Inc. He started BitTorrent following a position at Yahoo where he was an influential member of the company′s Corporate Development group, where he handled a number of acquisitions, partnerships and alliances. Before Yahoo, Ashwin worked with Wall Street powerhouses Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Merrill Lynch as an investment banker and research analyst. Ashwin earned a dual B.A. from Claremont McKenna in Government and Economics.
Stephane Pere, VP - Head of Ideas People Media, The Economist

Stephane Pere is based in New York. Pere joined The Economist in 2007 and previously managed online advertising sales for Continental Europe, Middle-East & Africa.

Prior to joining The Economist, Stephane had a diverse career within the advertising industry, which included managing online display advertising for Yahoo!, heading a TV and Print network for Canal+, and working with Bloomberg Television in international ad sales.

Stephane holds a Masters in Management Science from E.M. Lyon Business School, as well as a Post Graduate Master in Intellectual Property Law and a Masters in Contract and Business Law both from Pantheon-Assas University in Paris.
Fabien Reille, Vice President of Digital Research, J.D. Power and Associates

Fabien Reille is Vice President of Digital Research at J.D. Power and Associates. He is responsible for extending and integrating the company’s capabilities in emerging market research media. His responsibilities include developing and executing global strategy for integrating digital research—including media and marketing, clickstream, social media, text analytics, online communities, panel and business intelligence solutions—including the company’s products and services. These efforts entail developing new data collection methodologies, enhancing reporting and publishing tools, creating new research channels, as well as integrating those solutions into J.D. Power’s client deliverables, sales, marketing and technology platforms.

Before joining J.D. Power and Associates in 2011, Mr. Reille worked for ReachLocal, a leading provider of local online marketing solutions for small- and medium-size businesses. In his role as vice president of products, he led release planning, road map strategies and priorities. During his tenure, he scaled product development efforts across four international platforms, and tripled the size of the product team. Prior to ReachLocal, Mr. Reille held various business development and product management positions of increasing responsibility at ValueClick, where he built and managed ValueClick Video, the company’s premium video ad network, turning it into a successful venture. He also worked on PriceRunner (shopping comparison engine); Search123 (search engine); Commission Junction (affiliate marketing); and Mediaplex (ad server).

Additionally, Mr. Reille co-founded PurePhoto, a social commerce network that fuses art education, social networking and print services into a single site. He also co-founded Opendisc, a market research company servicing the music industry. Both companies remain in operation. He began his career as a strategy and management consultant in the media and entertainment practice, most recently at Deloitte & Touche and earlier at Arthur Andersen, in both Europe and the United States.

Mr. Reille is a frequent panelist and guest speaker at industry conferences. He will serve as master of ceremonies of the upcoming annual J.D. Power Automotive Marketing Roundtable in October 2012.

Mr. Reille received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biochemistry from Pierre-et- Marie-Curie University in France; a master’s degree in business administration from the Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in France; and a postgraduate degree in molecular pharmacology from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS).
Greg Rivera, Director, Microsoft's Xbox LIVE Advertising Business GroupGreg Rivera, Director, Microsoft's Xbox LIVE Advertising Business Group

Greg Rivera is a Director in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Advertising Business Group. His team brings to market the various advertising offerings available across Xbox LIVE, Zune, and Microsoft Studios. Greg works with large Fortune 500 brands and their agencies to execute innovative marketing strategies that leverage the unique aspects of these platforms from an advertising perspective. Prior to this role, Greg was a Business Strategy Consultant for Microsoft helping Fortune 100 firms realize more value out of their Microsoft technology investments. Greg has held several strategic consulting and sales positions within the interactive advertising, direct marketing, and e-commerce industries for over 15 years.
Marty Roberts, SVP of Sales and Marketing, thePlatform (Comcast)

Marty Roberts’ diverse leadership background includes 14 years of product management and marketing. His experience developing strategy, building relationships with development organizations, and creating new products and services helped increase the customer base and profitability for organizations such as GiftCertificates.com and RealNetworks. As senior vice president of sales and marketing, Marty leads worldwide sales and account management, overseeing all revenue generation, business development, product management, marketing, public relations, and thePlatform’s extensive partner program. He previously served as vice president of sales and marketing, and as vice president of marketing at thePlatform. His contributions to the company’s success include repositioning the company and products, increasing the brand awareness through advertising, PR and the website, building an ecosystem with 80 partners and driving the product strategy for initiatives such as TV Everywhere.
Desiree Rodriguez VP, Business Development, MobiTV

Desiree Rodriguez is VP of Business Development for MobiTV, Inc. In her eight-year tenure with the company, she has been instrumental in establishing and deepening the business relationships with key strategic partners. Throughout her career, Rodriguez has been an influential leader with development of new services and new markets based on emerging technologies. Prior to joining MobiTV, she managed business development efforts for Tellabs (formerly Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc), a leading provider of access technology and service solutions for telecom service providers in more than 100 countries.
Ned ShermanNed Sherman, CEO, Digital Media Wire

As CEO, Publisher and Executive Editor of Digital Media Wire, Inc., Ned Sherman works at the center of the rapidly growing digital media industry, where he brokers relationships and keeps a tab on the most important developments shaping the industry. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Publisher Ned Sherman is more than the average pundit: He is an attorney and has an inside grasp of what is happening."

Ned has established Digital Media Wire as a leading online media company that provides daily news, information and community to tens of thousands of executives and professionals at entertainment, media and technology companies throughout the world and owns and produces nine annual conferences. The advertising, sponsorship, client, partner and subscriber relationships that Ned has brokered make Digital Media Wire one of the best known media and entertainment industry brands to emerge in the digital age.

NNed is a frequent speaker at industry events in the U.S. and overseas and has been quoted in publications including American Lawyer, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Crain's Mermigas on Media, interviewed and featured on C-SPAN, National Public Radio (NPR), NY1 Evening News and nationally syndicated radio shows, Inside Digital Media and WebTalk, and recognized in the Wall Street Journal.

Before co-founding Digital Media Wire, Ned spent seven years as a corporate and entertainment attorney practicing at several of the leading law firms in the world.

NNed is active in alumni affairs for Brown University and is currently Los Angeles Chair for Brown University's Alumni Interview Program. He has traveled extensively from Europe to Asia to South America to Northern Africa. Ned is married and lives with his wife, son and daughter in Los Angeles, California.
James Smith, Chief Revenue Officer, Flixster

James Smith is responsible for building and leading the revenue organization for Flixster, a mobile and web “movies discovery” brand with the most-downloaded mo¬¬vies app on all smart-phone and tablet platforms. The Flixster community includes Rotten Tomatoes, the most recognized and popular website for aggregated movie reviews from professional critics. In May 2011, Warner Bros. Entertainment acquired Flixster.

James has over twenty years of experience in sales and advertising. As Chief Revenue Officer for The Huffington Post, he led the sales and business development teams. Soon after his departure, AOL acquired The Huffington Post. Previously, James held a variety of executive sales and management positions at major digital brands—including SVP of Strategic Sales at AOL, Chief of Publisher Network at Advertising.com and SVP/ General Manager of Advertising at Sony Online Entertainment.

James holds a degree from Columbia University, and is an amateur drummer with—earlier in his life—a history of failed pop groups and bad hairstyles
Wade Tinney, CEO & Co-Founder, Large Animal GamesWade Tinney, CEO & Co-Founder, Large Animal Games

Wade has been designing and developing games since 1996. He holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design. Wade is the founding editor of the IGDA (International Game Developers Association) Casual Games Quarterly, and the Coordinator of the NYC Chapter of the IGDA. Wade founded Large Animal Games with partner Josh Welber in January of 2001. Since then, Large Animal has developed over 75 titles for various platforms, and worked with a variety of publishing partners, including LEGO, Lifetime Television, Oberon Media, Majesco, D3 Publisher, iWin and Microsoft. Currently, Large Animal is focused on building social games. Try out their popular Facebook game Bumper Stars at www.bumperstars.com
Jon Vanhala, SVP Digital & Business Development, Island Def Jam Motown | Universal Republic, Universal Music Group

Jon creates breakthrough digital and emerging business programs Universal's New York label group for over 215 recording artists and 15 plus label brands. Current roster highlights include global superstars Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Nikki Minaj, Kanye West, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi, and many others. Jon oversees all things digital, new business development, new technologies, digital brand integration, product development, and interactive production. Currently most excited about how innovations in digital and product development create massive value for his roster & labels with brand integration.
Dan Waggoner, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Dan Waggoner focuses on communications, media and intellectual property issues under the First Amendment, intellectual property laws and the Communications Act. He represents new and traditional media programmers and content providers in advisory, transactional and specialized litigation matters, and provides transactional and regulatory support including platform and software companies, and online, wireless, and VoIP providers. Dan has a deep knowledge of the converging communications, media, entertainment and technology industries and the issues facing them.
Jake Ward, Communications, Applications Developers Alliance

Jake Ward oversees communications for the Application Developers Alliance, including media, marketing, member relations and corporate partnerships. He has more than 10 years of experience in public relations, media relations and public policy, working on issues such as net neutrality, spectrum allocation, special-access regulation and Internet commerce. He has led strategic communications and issue-advocacy campaigns on behalf of Fortune 100 companies, public-interest group and industry associations.

Ward joined The Alliance after serving as a vice president of public affairs at the Washington-based PR firm the David All Group, where he represented clients in the high-tech industry on global digital platforms. He also served as executive director of AMP Summit, an annual forum for influencers in the activist, media and policy spheres. Before that, Ward was a vice president at the PR firm Brodeur Partners and a director at Qorvis Communications, both in the D.C. area. Ward came to public relations after holding communications positions for two members of Congress. He served as press secretary to Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and as communications director to Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif.

Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College and a master’s degree from Northeastern University.
Bill Wheaton, SVP and GM of Digital Media, Akamai

Bill Wheaton is Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Media Division at Akamai. Mr. Wheaton leads the Akamai team responsible for products and solutions that make video and software applications accessible, and complex media content easy to use.

Mr. Wheaton’s service at Akamai includes roles as Vice President of Digital Media Solutions, supporting key digital media customers and driving innovation at Akamai to help customers take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Mr. Wheaton has also served as the Director of Streaming Sales at Akamai, overseeing streaming sales efforts including partnership programs.

Prior to Akamai, Mr. Wheaton worked at Intervu, where he managed the Business Communications Sales Group supporting customers like CCBN, MCI, AT&T, Sprint and others. He has started and sold several businesses including VCS Technologies, which he sold to Intervu in 1999.

Mr. Wheaton started his career at Procter & Gamble and moved to Pfizer before starting his entrepreneurial ventures. He has a B.S. degree from WPI and a MBA from NYU.
Bill Wilson, Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development, NARM

As Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development for NARM, Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the music business association. A music industry professional with over two decades of experience working in varied roles within independent and major record labels, internet ventures, and mobile content, he brings a well-rounded perspective to the industry trade association. One of his most important roles is running NARM’s key initiative, the Digital Think Tank, which was created to explore and resolve objectives related to enterprise-level digital music commerce, including its four major workgroups: digital supply chain, metrics, product development and music subscription. Bill joined NARM in February 2009.

As an active industry professional, Bill is a member of several organizations, including the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)’s New Media Committee. He has had featured speaking roles at CMJ, South By Southwest, Bandwidth, New Music Seminar, and other industry events, including the popular “Bill and Ted Show” with TAG Strategic’s Ted Cohen, which provides a structured forum for the discussion of industry-level issues in the digital space.

For nearly 20 years, from 1989 to 2007, Bill ran Blackout Records, which began as a haven for NYC hardcore and evolved to include releases from such notable acts as Guided By Voices, H2O and Kill Your Idols. While running Blackout, Bill gained experience at more established independent labels and distributors, including Relativity Records, Caroline Distribution, and Earache Records, ultimately serving as an A&R Consultant for MCA Records in the mid-1990s.

Bill made the jump to working with internet start-ups in 2001 as Director of Business Development for Roxbox Media, a market research company targeted to the music industry. He then managed online and real-world street team programs at HiFrequency Marketing. In 2005, he joined Haystack Media as VP of Business Development, co-developing an early music-oriented social networking website including an ad-based compensation model for artists and facilitating content relationships. In 2007, Bill became Director of Business Development for mobile content aggregator Cellfish, and was responsible for catalog and content licensing for music, games, film, and other forms of mobile entertainment. Later that year, Bill took on the role of Senior Director, Mobile Sales and Business Development for Atlantic Records, with responsibility for sales of ringtones, ringbacks, images and full track downloads.

Bill has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Fordham University. When not dealing with the issues of 21st century distribution of music, Bill and his girlfriend advocate for the American Pit Bull Terrier.