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Aaron Levie
CEO & Co-Founder

Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box.net, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box.net was launched from Aaron’s dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box’s product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software. He has spoken about content and collaboration tools at events such as Accenture Global Summit, South by Southwest, and Svase.

Other than spending most of his free time passionately debating the next step for Box with his CFO, Aaron enjoys pretending he can play the piano. He studied business at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before taking a leave of absence.


Alan Masarek
Co-founder and CEO

Alan Masarek co-founded and has been an executive member of Quickoffice since the company’s founding in 2002, and has served as Quickoffice’s CEO since 2007. He has served as a C-level executive and financier for over 25 years, leading technology companies that span corporate, venture and entrepreneurial settings. Masarek has successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars during his career and has been instrumental in creating value for his shareholders, generating over half a billion dollars in market value.

Prior to co-founding Quickoffice, Masarek was the founder and CEO of AdOutlet, a leading B2B marketplace for the media industry. He successfully built the company from the ground up, raising $30 million in three equity financings from leading VCs, and created a peak market value of more than $100 million before securing the sale of the Company. Previously, Masarek was President of Advanced Health Corporation (NASDAQ: AHTC) where he led the company from a development-stage healthcare IT company into a profitable, publicly traded services and IT company. He began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. before becoming a Principle at The NTC Group, a New York-based leveraged buyout firm.

Masarek received his MBA from Harvard Business School, with Distinction, and his BBA in Accounting from The University of Georgia, Magna Cum Laude. He is a Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Bill Gajda, Head of Mobile Products - Visa

Bill Gajda
Head of Global Mobile Product

Bill Gajda is the Head of Global Mobile Product, at Visa Inc., the world’s largest retail payment network.

Gajda oversees Visa’s mobile product and commercial strategies and activities. In this role, he manages a global initiative to build alliances, develop and implement mobile services and platforms that enable the next generation of payments and financial services.

Prior to joining Visa in Feb. 2010, he served as chief commercial officer for the GSMA, the organization which represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. He led strategic initiatives including Mobile Money, Mobile Money Transfer, Mobile Advertising, Strategic Partnerships, Mobile Innovation and Business Development. Before becoming chief commercial officer, Gajda served as chief marketing officer and oversaw global marketing, communications and member services strategies and activities.

Gajda has also served as head of marketing at Ericsson and held key executive positions at Bell Canada International and TELUS.

Gajda holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta.


Bill Maris
Managing Partner
Google Ventures

Bill is the Managing Partner of Google Ventures. He brings with him a combination of technical expertise and hands on start-up experience, including founding Web hosting pioneer Burlee.com (now part of Web.com), where he built much of the key computing, network and technological infrastructure.

Prior to that, Bill was a biotechnology and healthcare portfolio manager for Stockholm, Sweden-based Investor AB. Bill’s background also includes research at the Duke University Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology. Bill received his degree in Neuroscience with honors from Middlebury College, and is based in Mountain View, CA.


Bob Tinker

Before MobileIron, Bob led the Business Development team for Cisco’s wireless business units, a combined $1B business. As a member of the executive staff, he was responsible for driving long term revenue growth and expanding Cisco’s wireless initiatives to laptops and smartphones. Before Cisco, Bob was the first business executive at enterprise wireless pioneer Airespace, where he was Vice President of Business Development. Cisco acquired Airespace in 2005. Bob’s previous roles include Director of Marketing at Vertical Networks and Vice President at NationsBank, with oversight of IT, sales, product management, and operations. Bob is an Executive Board Member of the Foundation for the recently opened University of California at Merced, the first major university built in the U.S. in the last 30 years. He is also a member of the Full Circle Fund, a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in partnership with nonprofits to advance the causes of public education, affordable housing, digital inclusion, and sustainable energy in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bob has a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford.


Charles Jolley
Co-Founder and CEO

Charles Jolley is a serial entrepreneur best known as the creator of SproutCore, an open source platform for building native-style web applications. Charles managed a team at Apple that further enhanced SproutCore for use in Apple’s MobileMe, iWork.com and other web applications.


Daniel Odio
CEO & Co-Founder

Daniel R. Odio is the CEO and co-founder of Socialize, Inc. Daniel has been featured on CNN, CNBC, TLC, Forbes, BBC and many other publications for his innovative use of technology in industries—from real estate to computer servers and mobile phones. He is frequently a speaker and panelist on the ways social media and mobile innovations change the social landscape. Previously, he started DROdio Real Estate, Inc. and AcceleratedServers.com. He was also a member of General Electric’s Technical Leadership Program and worked for GE in Latin America, including Brazil and Argentina. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in commerce and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.


David Bluhm
President and CEO

David has spent the past twenty-seven years starting and growing technology companies. In a variety of founder, director and senior operational roles, David has been involved in over 20 start-ups including Mosaix (now Avaya), Move.com, The Gift.com (now 1800Flowers), WorldVoice, Mammoth Micro Media (now Washington Post) and NearMe that have achieved a combined “high water” equity value of over 36 billion dollars. This includes 2 IPOs and 7 company acquisitions. David currently serves as President and CEO of Z2Live, who’s first two titles, Trade Nations and MetalStorm: Online, are amongst the largest social games on mobile with over 500 million game sessions to date. Leveraging Z2Live’s multiplayer and social platform experience, the company also also helped architect the online experience for Activision’s Call of Duty. David is also a co-founder of Medio Systems, a mobile predictive analytics company, former CEO and Chairman of GoTV Networks, the largest made-for-mobile television network in North America; former CEO at WUF Networks, which was acquired by Yahoo! In 2004 and co-founder of mobile gaming company HandsOn Mobile which brought Call of Duty, NFL, Guitar Hero and World Poker Tour to mobile.


David Temkin
Head of Mobile

David Temkin has been Head of Mobile at AOL, Inc. since June 2010. Mr. Temkin has extensive experience in software development and management, particularly in the field of user interface engineering. Mr. Temkin served as Vice President of Developer Platform at Palm, Inc. until June 24, 2010. At Palm, he was responsible for setting the strategy and shipping the software to support Palm webOS. Mr. Temkin co-founded Laszlo Systems, Inc. in 2000 and served as its Chief Technology Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer. He served as the Vice President of Engineering at Laszlo. He previously served at Excite@Home and Apple Computer. Mr. Temkin served as Senior Director of Engineering at Excite@Home, where he led a team of 55 engineers, designers, and technical writers responsible for developing its consumer software. Mr. Temkin managed the development @Home’s comprehensive suite of PC software applications and AT&T-funded set-top box software platform and user experience. Prior to Excite@Home, Mr. Temkin served as an Engineering Manager in the Newton division at Apple Computer. Previously, Mr. Temkin developed enterprise software at EDS and early hypertext software at a Brown University research lab. He serves as a Director at Laszlo Systems, Inc. He is named on four software patents. Mr. Temkin graduated from Brown University in 1989 with a double major in Computer Science and History.


David Williams
VP, Mobile Products
AT&T Interactive

David has driven Internet and mobile product innovation and business growth for nearly 15 years. In his current role at AT&T Interactive, he is responsible for the development and performance of consumer mobile local search properties. He also guides the evolution of an application platform that empowers web developers to create powerful native mobile applications.

Prior to this role, David advised leading startups on mobile strategy and product development, most recently in security and personal productivity arenas. As a key exec team member at startup Mozes, Inc., he led development of a text, voice, and web mobile marketing platform serving the entertainment and brand clients including Sony Music, Universal Music Group,
Portland Trailblazers, Ubisoft, American Eagle Outfitters and others.

David has also served in key product and marketing roles at Palm, Handspring, Apple and PointCast. He began his career as a Naval officer aboard a fast attack submarine. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Dean Takahashi
Lead Writer, GamesBeat

Dean Takahashi is lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat. He covers video games, security, chips, mobile, and a variety of other subjects. Dean previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News, the Wall Street Journal, the Red Herring, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register and the Dallas Times Herald. He is the author of two books, Opening the Xbox and the Xbox 360 Uncloaked. Follow him on Twitter at @deantak, and follow VentureBeat on Twitter at @venturebeat.


George Jones
Invention Media

George Jones is a lifelong gamer and a 17-year veteran of the videogame and technology industries. He started his career at Computer Gaming World in 1994 and since then has headed up editorial teams at CNET, GamePro, and, most recently, Maximum PC. George is currently starting up a new media company that will be devoted exclusively to exploring and explaining how tablet devices are revolutionizing industries across the planet, including gaming, education, business, Information Technology, and more.

Humphrey Chen

Humphrey Chen
Exec. Dir. New Tech Dev
Verizon Wireless

Humphrey D. Chen is Executive Director of New Technologies Development for Verizon Wireless and is focused on accelerating the commercialization of innovative Venture-backed technologies amidst the increasingly competitive market dynamics within the wireless world. Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Humphrey was responsible for driving the Google and Microsoft strategy for Avaya in the area of Enterprise Unified Communication


Jason Spero
Head of Mobile

Jason Spero is the director of mobile ads for the Americas at Google. Jason is responsible for leading the sales and partner management teams that provide services and solutions to thousands of advertisers, developers and publishers. He joined Google in May 2010 as part of the company’s acquisition of AdMob where he was vice president and general manager of North America responsible for strategy and operations. In this role, he also led the company’s sales, business development and marketing teams. Jason has more than eight years of experience in product, marketing and general management functions in mobile. Before joining AdMob, Jason was an entrepreneur in residence at Redpoint Ventures where he focused on mobile applications, services and infrastructure. Prior to Redpoint, Jason was senior vice president of marketing at Digital Chocolate where he was responsible for worldwide product, marketing and distribution. Previously Jason was a director of product management at Openwave where he led their Client and Instant Messaging product teams. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.


Jeremy Stoppelman

Jeremy is the co-founder & CEO of Yelp. He co-founded Yelp Inc. in July 2004 with former colleague and friend Russel Simmons. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy was the VP of engineering at PayPal. He left PayPal in the summer of 2003 to attend the Harvard Business School. Upon completing his first year at HBS, Jeremy joined an incubator started by Max Levchin (co-founder of PayPal) for a summer internship. It was there that he was reunited with his old colleague Russel Simmons and the two teamed up to create a vibrant community around local information. Jeremy holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.


Jonathan Vu
Digital Strategist
BBDO San Francisco

Jonathan is a Digital Strategists at BBDO San Francisco, leading digital efforts for clients like Mars, Harrah’s Hotels and Casinos, and Vail Resorts. He is responsible for building strategies that generate engagement across paid, owned and shared media channels. He specializes in social and mobile media activation.

In addition to building strategies, he also keeps the agency and clients abreast of emerging technology trends and how they are impacting consumer behavior.

Prior to BBDO San Francisco, Jonathan was a communications strategist developing traditional and digital campaigns for Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo, and Lennar Homes.

Jonathan also consults for small businesses on how to leverage digital media to foster loyalty and attract new business.

Follow him at twitter.com/jonathanvu.


Keith Rabois
Khosla Ventures

Keith Rabois joined Khosla Ventures in March 2013. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Square from August 2010 until January 2013 where he lead the company’s business operations including marketing, communications, business development, distribution, human resources and risk management. Keith specializes in transforming early-stage startups into successful businesses and has deep expertise in the financial services industry and government affairs.

An accomplished executive, entrepreneur and angel investor, Keith has held leadership roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and began his career practicing law at Sullivan & Cromwell. Keith was an early investor in several high-profile Internet companies including YouTube, served on the Board of Yelp (NYSE: YELP) from 2005 to Jan 2014, and currently serves on the board of directors of Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM). Keith holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University.


Krishna Subramanian

Krishna drives marketing and product strategy for Mobclix. He is focused on bringing new monetization opportunities for mobile inventory. Prior to Mobclix, Krishna was a co-founder and general manager of new business for BlueLithium (acquired by Yahoo! for $300M), the world’s largest behavioral targeted ad network. Krishna also launched MingleNow, the first online social network focused on offline places, events, and people. Prior to that, Krishna was co-founder of Burrp!, a localized review and recommendation internet portal for metropolitan India (acquired by media conglomerate TV18). Krishna was also Founder and CEO of conceptK, a successful internet design services and web content development firm for mobile devices that was acquired by an offshore web development company.

He serves on various MMA committees and has served on the Internet Advertising Bureau Committees for Broadband and Lead Generation where he created best practices guidelines for lead generation across the education vertical. Krishna has been interviewed by Fox News, Fox Business and Bloomberg on numerous occasions. He has authored articles in MediaPost, AdWeek and Mashable in regards to inventory and creative optimization in advertising. Krishna is also a frequent speaker at internet conferences such as OMMA Mobile, APPNATION, Digiday, AdTech, AlwaysOn, Commonwealth Club, and Churchill Club. He also blogs for Huffington Post, iMedia, Adotas, and AdExchanger. Krishna graduated with honors from UC Davis.


Laura Chambers
Senior Director
PayPal Mobile

Laura Chambers is senior director of PayPal Mobile with overall responsibilities focused on “mobilizing PayPal” and bringing outstanding PayPal applications and features onto the mobile platform. Chambers leads the design and development of PayPal mobile, ensuring excellent end-to-end mobile experiences for all PayPal customers. She also directs the development of mobile Web technologies and helps to develop and communicate PayPal strategy and financial plans across the organization.

Throughout her five year career at PayPal and eBay, Chambers has held numerous strategic roles in PayPal, Marketplaces, Skype and eBay Inc. Chambers headed PayPal’s funding mix product team and was a member of the strategy team, where she developed new product ideas and led several strategy projects for merchant services. Most recently, as the chief of staff at eBay Inc., Chambers developed and shaped executive communications and events and led critical business projects including customer retention and corporate strategy.

Prior to PayPal, Chambers worked for McKinsey & Company, focusing on strategy, financial performance improvement and organizational design/governance for the telecommunications/technology, financial services, airlines and retail industries.

Chambers received a master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in arts/commerce from the University of Melbourne.


Marc Ruxin
EVP, Chief Innovation Officer
Universal McCann

Marc leads Universal McCann’s global Innovation practice across businesses and disciplines. In this capacity works with traditional media companies on cutting edge brand integrations, develops groundbreaking social media ideas, and works with VC’s and emerging media technology start-ups to create scalable digital marketing opportunities for clients. He is based in the company’s San Francisco office. Marc had spent the previous three years in a similar role at sister company McCann WorldGroup.

Before joining UM/McCann, Marc was chief operating officer of The Mill Group, the leader in commercial visual effects, and Beam.tv, the leading advertising digital asset management system. Before that time, Marc served as vice president of business development at iVast, the early leader in MPEG4 technology, and as vice president of business development and marketing at Eveo, Inc., one of the earliest use- generated content portals. Marc also worked for WPP Group, where he was an MBA Marketing Fellow and ultimately led West Coast new media strategy.

Marc sits on the Boards and Advisory Boards of numerous internet and technology start-ups in Silicon Valley. He started his career in A&R at EMI Records. Marc has a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Columbia Business School, and lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children. Marc blogs about music and film at http://www.snoozebutton.com.


Matt Marshall
Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Matt is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VentureBeat. In 2008 he also took on the role of Executive Producer of DEMO, the premiere launchpad event for emerging technologies. Prior to starting VentureBeat, Matt covered the venture capital beat for the San Jose Mercury News from 2001 to 2006. He significantly expanded the newspaper’s coverage of venture capital during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat. Matt was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002, and the James Madison Freedom of Information award in 2003. These awards were for a series of articles he wrote in conjunction with two successful Mercury News lawsuits, in part instigated by Matt, against California’s public pension fund (CalPERS) and the University of California. As a result of these laws suits, public employees now have full access to information on the performance of their retirement investments. Matt was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 through 1998. In 1999 he wrote a book while in Germany, “The Bank: the Birth of Europe’s Central Bank and the Rebirth of European Power” (Random House, 1999). He has also written for the Washington Post and several other publications. Matt holds a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.


Matt Murphy

Matt Murphy is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; he joined in 1999. Matt manages the iFund at KPCB, a collaborative initiative with Apple focused on funding and building defining applications on the iOS platform and the mobile internet. His expertise is in both mobile solutions and cloud infrastructure technology. Matt is either a Director or works closely with the management teams of Booyah!, GOGII, Shazam, shopkick, RGB Networks, Stoke, Aerohive Networks, Apperian, Egnyte, and Puppet Labs. Previously, Matt was a board observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO), led KP’s investment in Autonavi (NASDAQ: AMAP ’10), and was a Director at Pelago (acquired by Groupon ’11), Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell ’10), Dash Navigation (acquired by RIM ’09), and Peakstream (acquired by Google ’08).

Michael Chang

Michael Chang
General Manager

Michael is responsible for Greystripe’s market vision and execution. He was most recently at Incubic Venture Capital and was responsible for investments in Internet and software companies. It was at Incubic that Michael and Andy (Greystripe’s VP of Technology) conceived of the ad-supported mobile business model. Michael has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and has held engineering and marketing product management roles at SAN pioneer Gadzoox Networks. Michael has a BS in EE from Carnegie Mellon University.


Mihir Shah
President & CEO

Mihir Shah is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tapjoy. He joined the company in December, 2009 as Chief Revenue Officer, bringing with him more than 17 years of online advertising and gaming industry experience as a top-level executive.

Prior to joining Tapjoy, Shah was Vice President, Ad Network for RockYou, a leading provider of applications and widgets across the social media space, with application properties on major social networks including Facebook, MySpace, and Hi5. In a short time, Shah grew the company’s revenues by more than 500% and more than quadrupled gross margin. He was responsible for 15 billion monthly ad impressions, as well as sales, account management, performance marketing, analytics, and publisher management.

Mihir also founded CookEatShare.com, a vertical social network catering to home cooks and professional chefs. Prior to that, he was the Vice President and General Manager for Direct Selling Solutions at QuinStreet, the largest performance marketing firm in the country. Earlier, Mihir was the President and CEO of Liquid Software, a Sutter Hill Ventures backed enterprise application integrator. Mihir earned his BA in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University.


Mike Breslin
Vice President of Marketing
Glu Mobile

For more than 16 years, Mike has successfully led the development, marketing and global communications programs for some of the video game industry’s most prolific and best-selling PC, console, mobile, iPhone and tablet titles. As Glu’s Vice President of Marketing, Mike is responsible for developing and delivering global marketing, product management and marketing communications strategy. Prior to joining the Glu team, Mike served as Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications at Oberon Media and I-play for six years where he oversaw global marketing, product management and corporate communications. Prior to joining Oberon and I-play, Mike served as Global Brand Manager- Hot Wheels & Entertainment at Mattel, Global Brand and Licensing Manager- Action/Adventure at Disney Interactive Studios, and VP Marketing & Business Development at Ion Storm. Mike also serves on the board of the Casual Games Association (CGA), where he oversees the mobile track for the CGA’s global conferences. Mike holds degrees in Advertising and Management/Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.


Omar Green
Dir. Strategic Mobile Initiatives

Omar Green is director of strategic mobile initiatives at Intuit, where he is responsible for the company’™s overall mobile strategy and for driving its execution across Intuit’™s business units. Omar has been at the center of several recent mobile application launches at Intuit, including mobile payment processing service GoPayment, which has already processed millions of dollars in transactions for the company’s small business customers.

Omar brings years of mobile expertise in his role at Intuit. Previously he was director of personalization technologies at SavaJe Technologies, where he created one of the first user context-sensitive mobile operating systems. A graduate of MIT with a combined degree in electrical and mechanical engineering, Omar spends his spare time directing short films and music videos for his production company, AuteurLabs.


Phil Carmack
SVP, Mobile Business Unit

Phil Carmack has served as senior vice president of NVIDIA’s mobile business unit since 2008. Prior to joining the company in 2000, he was executive vice president of research and development at 3dfx Interactive; senior vice president and chief operating officer at Gigapixel; and was chief executive officer and founder of Raydiant, a graphics silicon technology company.

Raj Talluri

Raj Talluri
Vice President of Product Management
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies

Raj Talluri serves as vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT). He is responsible for managing Qualcomm’s Applications Processor technologies and wired connectivity solutions for the Company’s chipset platforms.

Talluri has nearly eighteen years of experience that spans across business management, strategic marketing, and engineering management. He began his career at Texas Instruments working on media processing in the Corporate Research Labs. While at Texas Instruments, Raj started multiple new business in digital consumer electronics and wireless technologies. He served as the General Manager of the Imaging and Audio Business for five years leading the development of a succesful digital signal processing technologies for various consumer electronics devices. Later on Raj was named General Manager of the Cellular Media Solution business in TI’s Wireless Terminals Business Unit. In this role, Raj led the succesful launch of TI’ OMAP3 and OMAP4 (applications processors) platforms for Smartphones.

Talluri holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Master’s of Engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India and a Bachelor’s of Engineering from Andhra University in Waltair, India. He has published over 35 journal articles, papers, and book chapters in many of the leading electrical engineering publications. He has been granted 13 U.S. patents on image processing, video compression, and media processor architectures. Talluri has lectured on multi-media silicon solutions and image processing at industry forums and at invited talks throughout the country.


Rich Miner
Google Ventures

Rich is based in Cambridge, MA. He has over 25 years of experience growing businesses with innovative communications and interface-intensive applications. Rich came to Google through the acquisition of Android, a mobile platforms company that he co-founded. During his early years at Google, he helped lead the development of the Android platform and ecosystem. Prior to Android, Rich was a Vice President at Orange, where he led R&D activities in North America and was an original principal at Orange Ventures when it was founded. Rich came to Orange through the acquisition of another company he co-founded, Wildfire, which developed a voice-based personal assistant. Rich received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.


Rich Wong

Richard joined Accel as a Partner in 2006. Rich led Accel’s investment in Angry Birds (Rovio) and serves on the boards of Atlassian, the leader in software for streamlining product development; SunRun, the leading provider of residential solar power; MoPub, a leader in mobile ad platforms; Qwilt, a provider of video optimization technology, among others. Rich previously led Accel’s investment and served on the Board of Admob (acquired by Google), as well as 3LM – Three Laws of Mobility, an Android enterprise startup (acquired by Motorola Mobility).

Prior to Accel, Rich was SVP/GM of Products at Openwave While at Openwave, Rich founded and chaired the Messaging Anti Abuse Working Group, a consortium of ISPs and technology providers working together to combat internet abuse. Previously Rich was the Chief Marketing Officer at Covad Communications, the DSL provider. Preceding Covad, he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, focusing on software and consumer technology. Rich started his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble.

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Ron Hirson
Entrepreneur in Residence
Khosla Ventures & Mayfield Fund

Ron Hirson is an entrepreneurial executive with over a decade of business and product management experience and is currently and EIR at Khosla Ventures and Mayfield Fund. Most recently, Ron was co-founder, President at BOKU, where his responsibilities included creating and managing the BOKU product/service, go-to-market plan, marketing, public relations, business development and corporate development.

He has served as the company’s spokesperson and has been interviewed/quoted or a guest on Bloomberg, Forbes, Fox News, NYT, TechCrunch, Reuters, WSJ, etc.

BOKU has grown to 115 team members, live in 68 countries on 260 carriers, with offices in Europe, US and LatAm. Partners include EA, Facebook, MasterCard and Sony, and most of the top carriers (ex: AT&T, Movistar, O2) and carrier groups (ex: Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Group, Telefonica) globally.

Previously, he served as Vice President of Product Management at AT&T Interactive, and was responsible for the company’s new and existing advertising products and features that generated $1B in revenue annually.

Prior to the acquisition of Ingenio by AT&T, Ron served as Vice President of Product Management where he lead the product management team for Ingenio. He began his career as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse where he designed, implemented and customized software for clients such as: Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Studios, and SAFECO.

During the “dotcom” days, he was CEO and co-founder of The Digs Network, Inc., which was acquired by iDrive.com.

Ron is an inventor on 25 issued patents and 140 filed patents.


Ryan Oehm
Mobile Product Lead

As mobile product lead for Citysearch, Ryan collaborates with developers, business, marketing and design teams to build vision and deliver exciting mobile products to market. Ryan has come from a technical background, in fact before moving into his current role he was an iOS engineer at Citysearch. Before joining Citysearch, Ryan ran his own company building iPhone and iPad apps where he created top rated apps that have amassed over 650,000 downloads. Ryan holds a B.Sc from the University of Western Ontario and resides in Beverly Hills.


Samuel Mueller
CEO and Co-founder

Samuel Mueller ist the CEO and co-founder of Scandit (www.scandit.com), a leading technology to power, analyze and monetize mobile product interaction, which offers best-in-class barcode scanning for mobile applications. Endorsed by the global barcode standardization organization as its preferred technology, in use by over a hundred parties in more than 25 countries and powering the popular Scandit Shopping app, Scanditís mission is to turn frictionless product interaction into a standard mobile phone capability.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Samuel was a management consultant and project leader for multinational companies such as Swiss Re, Swiss and IBM and a corporate researcher at the renowned IBM Zurich Research Lab. Samuel holds a PhD from ETH Zurich, an MA in Financial Economics and an MSc in Computer Science, both from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Sayeed Choushury

Sayeed Choushury
Director of Product Management, Web Technologies
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies

Choudhury is responsible for Web Technologies, including optimizations and new features developed to enhance the core Web browser, JavaScript engine, Web Apps functionality, and Adobe Flash Player for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform. Prior to this, he led the business team responsible for the company’s partnerships with Microsoft on Windows Mobile, and Google on Android.

Before joining Qualcomm, Choudhury led product management activities for the Consumer Electronics & Wireless markets for Wind River Systems. He started his career as an embedded software & hardware engineer, originally receiving his BSEE from the SUNY at Buffalo.


Stephanie Tilenius
VP, Payments & Commerce

Stephanie is responsible for commerce at Google, including digital content and commerce in the cloud, product search and payments. Prior to joining Google, she was at eBay for nine years, most recently as senior vice president of eBay North America and Global Product. As general manager and vice president of PayPal Merchant Services, Stephanie built PayPal’s platform and business on the web from the ground up to be used on 45 percent of websites today. She also ran eBay Motors and eBay Asia Pacific and Latin America. Previously, Stephanie was a co-founder of PlanetRx.com and worked at Intel, AOL, Firefly and Alex Brown.


Steve Klebe
Vice President of Business Development and Strategy

As Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for BilltoMobile, Steve is responsible for building and managing the team and the relationships to drive the adoption of BilltoMobile’s services by merchants both directly and through various reseller and infrastructure partnerships.

Steve has over 30 years of experience in sales, business development, strategic alliances and product marketing in electronic payments, authentication and fraud prevention including the last 18 years specifically in ecommerce. He has worked in a variety of senior management roles at companies such as; VeriFone, CyberCash, CyberSource, PassMark Security (acquired by RSA/EMC) and Vindicia. Steve has driven numerous innovative solutions from infancy through their mainstream stage. He was responsible for a wide variety of partnerships with companies such as First Data and Visa including the original equity investment by Visa in CyberSource and the co-branded product – the CyberSource Advanced Fraud Screen enhanced by Visa. He has taught classes at the NACHA Payments Institute (www.nacha.org), was on the board of directors of the Electronic Transactions Association (www.electran.org) and on the advisory boards of the Direct Response Forum (www.directresponse.org), LOGIN (www. loginconference.com ) and the Electronic Funds Transfer Association (www.efta.org). Steve has spoken at over 50 conferences during his career.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science with honors in Business Administration from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.


Timothy Schaaff
Sony Network Entertainment

Timothy Schaaff joined Sony Corporation of America in 2005 in the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Software Development. In 2007 he was appointed President, Sony Media Software and Services, and in 2010 he assumed the role of President, Sony Network Entertainment.

Sony Network Entertainment exists to drive vision, strategy and execution for network services across the entire Sony Group, with a goal of offering consumers compelling, connected entertainment experiences across a variety of Sony devices.

Mr. Schaaff is responsible for the development of Sony’s digital services businesses and infrastructure. He has global responsibility for strategy and business development related to network services, alignment of Sony-wide network services activities, and delivery of network services to all relevant Sony product platforms.

Prior to joining Sony, Mr. Schaaff spent more than 14 years with Apple Computer, where he was responsible for development of a broad range of Apple’s media technologies including 2D- and 3D-graphics, audio and video platforms, print and digital imaging technologies, and real-time communications. He also led development of Apple’s QuickTime platform.

Mr. Schaaff is a graduate of Dartmouth College.


Woodrow Levin
Co-Founder and CEO

Woodrow Levin is the founder and CEO of BringIt, where he plays an integral role in the engineering, development and business strategies for the company. Prior to founding BringIt, Woodrow was Managing Partner at Riverbank Capital Management, a successful equity options trading firm he started, and helped to grow with offices in New York and Chicago.

In 2001 Woodrow founded InStadium, an advertising company that partnered with NFL and MLB stadiums to provide digital advertising, product sampling, stadium signage and innovative restroom advertising. Woodrow was President of InStadium for five years, during which he established the company’s mission of expanding in-venue advertising and promotional opportunities for large to mid-sized companies through cost-efficient and high impact programs. His efforts ultimately resulted in securing partnerships with 25 MLB and 15 NFL stadiums throughout the top 20 advertising markets in the U.S.


Zephrin Lasker
Co-Founder and CEO

Zephrin Lasker has been involved with digital advertising technology since its inception more than a decade ago. From his roles in technology investment banking to technical product management, Zephrin has always been interested in the confluence of business and technology.

A serial entrepreneur, Zephrin successfully launched two start-ups prior to Pontiflex. He founded Pontiflex because he wanted to help people connect with companies they actually want to hear from. In 2011, over 35 million people will use the Pontiflex Signup Ads Platform to connect
with the brands they like. Zephrin also oversees the development and execution of the Pontiflex AppLeads platform, which extends signup ad technology to the exploding world of mobile apps.

Zephrin is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is a regular contributing blogger for Forbes. When not thinking about tech stuff, Zephrin disappears into the forests and rivers of Vermont.

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