Jason Spero is the Global Sales Lead for mobile at Google. Jason is responsible for the global priorities and overall commercial strategy for Google’s mobile offerings including Search, GDN, AdMob, YouTube and DoubleClick Platforms. 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.
Matt is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VentureBeat. In the fall of 2009 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 is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 1999 and manages the iFund, a collaborative initiative with Apple that focuses on funding and building defining applications on the iOS platform and the mobile internet. Matt’s expertise is in mobile solutions and cloud infrastructure technology. He is either a director or works closely with the management teams of Aerohive Networks, Apperian, AutoNavi, Booyah!, Egnyte, GOGII, RGB Networks, Puppet Labs, SessionM, Shazam, shopkick, Stoke and WorkSmart Labs. Previously, Matt was a board observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO) and led KPCB’s investment in AutoNavi (Nasdaq: AMAP, 2010). He also served as a director at Pelago (acquired by Groupon in 2011), Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell in 2010), Dash Navigation (acquired by RIM in 2009) and Peakstream (acquired by Google in 2008).
Before joining KPCB, Matt led product management at semiconductor startup Netboost (acquired by Intel) and worked at Sun Microsystems, where he led business development for the Network Systems Group and was a product line manager for networking platforms. Matt also worked in strategic and technical consulting for a number of years at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture.
Matt holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Richard joined Accel in 2006, with a focus on mobile, software, and energy technologies. Rich currently serves on the board of Google’s AdMob, the mobile advertising player, Parature, a leader in SaaS based customer support, SunRun, the leading provider of residential solar power, and Getjar Networks, the largest mobile development community and open mobile app store. Prior to Accel, Rich was SVP/GM of Products at Openwave and previously GM of Messaging Products, and Chief Marketing Officer at Openwave. Previously Rich was EVP/GM at Covad Communications, the DSL provider. Preceding Covad, he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and started his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble Rich holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.