Mark is the founder and chief product officer of Zynga. He founded the company in 2007 with a mission of connecting the world through games, and in founding zynga.org, he also believes that games can do good
On his way to creating Zynga, Mark started three companies. In 2003, he launched Tribe.net, one of the first social networks. Before that, he founded Support.com, a pioneer in automating tech support, and took it public. In 1995, he launched FreeLoader, the first web-based consumer push company. Mark started his career in new media and venture capital before he discovered his calling as a consumer technology entrepreneur. Mark also made founding investments in Napster, Brightmail, Twitter and Facebook.
Mark graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an angel investor in multiple Silicon Valley startups and regularly gives lectures to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Brian Wong is the founder of kiip (pronounced “keep”), a mobile rewards network, backed by True Ventures. Kiip has raised over $4.4 million in funding to date and is redefining the advertising industry through a “moments”-based model, versus the traditional attention-based screen estate model. Very recently, Kiip was listed by Forbes as one of the “4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List”, and was also named to the Dow Jones’ FasTech50 List.
Techcrunch and the Wall Street Journal called Brian the “youngest person to ever receive funding by a venture capital firm”. He was an early Bachelors of Commerce graduate from the University of British Columbia, graduating at the age of 18, after skipping four grades in elementary and high school. He was recently honored in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30, and was also lauded in Mashable as one of “The Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch”, and the Vancouver Sun called him “a budding internet visionary”. He was also recently a recipient of the Top 20 Under 20 awards in all of Canada. Brian was also recently listed to AdAge’s Creativity Top 50, and Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley list.
Before starting kiip, Brian was responsible for key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website Digg.com. He also launched the Digg Android mobile app, adding to the company’s rising mobile presence.
Peter is the Founder and Chairman of YouWeb, the groundbreaking techology incubator that incubated OpenFeint (acquired in May 2011 by Japanese gaming company GREE for $104 million), CrowdStar (one of the leading companies in mobile social gaming), iSwifter (The “Netflix” for Rich Interactive Flash, Java, PC Apps streamed from the cloud to any mobile device), and Spaceport.io (The mobile development and cross platform runtime engine for the Flash developer ecosystem, with Live Updates to support Games as a Service). Peter’s experience in social mobile gaming dates back to the first release of a social mobile game on the iPhone, since Aurora Feint, one of the apps available on the Apple App Store on launch day in July, 2008, was built at YouWeb.
Before founding YouWeb, Peter was founder and CEO of Business Signatures, the first online consumer fraud detection solution based on detecting “signatures” through click stream query processing in real time. Business Signatures raised over $10 million from TPG Ventures and Walden International, and was acquired in 2006 by Entrust, a public security software company.
Prior to Business Signatures, Peter was founding CTO for two years at Webvan Group, which filed for the largest IPO in Silicon Valley in 1999 ($8B). Peter was responsible for a 400 person organization that built one of the most sophisticated supply chain platforms in the world in a record 12 months.
Before his entrepreneurial career, Peter was a technology executive at Oracle, where he was founding vice president of its Internet Division, and Hewlett-Packard, where he was principal architect of the OpenView enterprise platform.
Rob Weber co-founded nativeX (formerly W3i) in 2000, growing the company to be a leader in app user acquisition and monetization. For 42 consecutive quarters the company continues to be profitable and has grown to over 120 employees. For more than a decade, Rob worked to create solutions to increase distribution, drive revenue and heighten engagement for app developers, such as DeNA, Gree, Kabam, PocketGems and many other indie and public developers. Under Rob’s leadership, W3i recently launched a mobile offer exchange that includes partnerships with leading offer providers.
Rob’s business philosophy is to provide a collaborative environment developing solutions that provide value to app developers, advertisers, agencies and ad networks.
In addition, Rob shares his passion for apps, digital media and entrepreneurship by serving on the board of several tech companies. Rob is an angel investor in a number of game, social media, music, video and mobile app start-ups.
Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box 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 Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Web 2.0, Dreamforce, Accenture Global Summit, South by Southwest, and Svase.
Aaron studied business at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before taking a leave of absence.
Ajay Chopra is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, where he has the privilege of investing in talented entrepreneurs and promising companies. Prior to joining Trinity in 2006, Ajay co-founded Pinnacle Systems, a seminal media technology company that pioneered consumer generated media creation. During his tenure at Pinnacle, the company grew from start-up stage to a global $350M public company, won several Emmy awards and completed over a dozen M&A transactions before being acquired by Avid Technology. Ajay has over 20 years of operating experience at the senior management and board level with start-ups, private companies and public companies. He is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, an active group providing support for entrepreneurs and is on the Board of Trustees of the Harker School in San Jose. Ajay is also an avid skier, boatman and mountain biker.
Alexander Muse is a serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of startup experience. Today he is CEO of ShopSavvy – the largest mobile shopping community in the world with more than 20,000,000 downloads since launch. ShopSavvy recently closed a $7M investment lead by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.
Bob Lee is the chief technology officer at Square. He leads a team of more than 100 engineers and oversees all of the company’s technical initiatives. Bob engineers hardware, smartphone clients, highly available payment processing infrastructure, and everything in between.
Prior to Square, Bob was a staff software engineer at Google. There he led the core library development for Google’s Android mobile platform, contributed to the design of the Java Programming Language and its APIs, created the Jolt Award-winning Guice framework, and led JSR-330 Dependency Injection for Java–the fastest executing Java specification in the history of the Java Community Process (JCP). Bob represented Google on the JCP EC, an executive committee that steers the development of Java, and helped open Google’s London engineering office.
Chris Akhavan is Tapjoy’s VP and GM of Partnerships and Strategic Operations. His team is responsible for creating partnerships with mobile app developers, expanding Tapjoy’s business internationally, and executing against strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining Tapjoy, Chris developed and managed publisher networks for RockYou Ads, the largest display ad network on Facebook, and VideoEgg (now SayMedia), pioneers of brand cost-per-engagement advertising. He also spent a number of years at Yahoo! producing content for Yahoo! Video.
David’s Google career began more than 10 years ago, as Director of Global Communications and Public Affairs. In this role, David oversaw the company’s PR and communications programs, and worked as a member of the senior leadership team to grow Google from a small startup, to a multi-billion dollar global enterprise.
His accomplishments include driving public launches for nearly every technical innovation since the debut of the Google.com website in September 1999, leading financial communications behind an unconventional initial public offering, and serving as “the voice of Google” for a wide range of inquiries. Additionally, David founded Google’s international communications function, helping extend Google’s reach and awareness to both large and emerging markets around the world.
David’s prior professional experience spanned both startup and public companies, including Apple Computer, QUALCOMM, Four11 (now Yahoo! Mail), and two computer security software developers.
David received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University – Bloomington. As a proud Hoosier alumnus, he currently serves on the Dean’s advisory board for the IU School of Informatics and Computer Science. David is also a member of the board of Palo Alto-Calif.-based Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. David resides in the Bay Area with his wife, three children, and their cockapoo, Dixie.
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.
Doug Garland is Chief Revenue Officer of Shazam, the leading media
engagement company, where he heads all partnership and revenue-
generating activities. Previously, he was a Vice President of Product
Management at Google, where he led the development of mobile and local
ads products, as well as a number of syndication offerings. Prior to joining
Google, Doug was an Executive in Residence at the venture capital firm
of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, where he helped energize the firm’s
mobile initiative. Earlier, he was a Senior Vice President at Yahoo!, where
he led the launch of the broadband access business and the resurgence of the
company’s mobile efforts. He also held executive positions at Sprint PCS
and AirTouch during their early growth phases through their IPOs. Doug
began his career as a communications network engineer and served as an
officer in the U.S. Air Force. He holds an MBA from Stanford University,
where he participated in the Public Management Program, including a
brief stint as a visiting policy fellow at the FCC. He also holds a BS with
distinction and ME in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia,
where he currently is a trustee of the School of Engineering and Applied
Doug Renert is the co-founder of Tandem Capital, the world’s first mobile startup incubator. Tandem backs an exclusive group of mobile startups each year with its “muscle capital” strategy, with a 90 percent success rate on its investments to date. Doug started his career as a corporate attorney with Gray Cary (now DLA Piper), where he was first exposed to startups and quickly learned that he could be of more use on the business side of the table. He then spent eight years at Oracle, where he caught the “business creation” bug, buying and building businesses to catapult Oracle into new markets. He left Oracle in 2005 to build Tello, a venture-backed company delivering IP communications services to business users, from the ground up. Doug co-founded Tandem in June 2007.
Doug has a JD and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Princeton University.
Eric is cofounder and Chief Technology Officer at Tango where he oversees all areas of product development and leads the technical direction of the company. As the company’s key technologist, he leverages his expertise in multimedia communication, peer-to-peer networks, and video compression to connect people around the world through video calling.
Prior to founding Tango, Eric co-founded and served as CTO and VP of product of Dyyno, a video streaming and distribution company, and also worked as a research scientist at HP Labs. Eric is one of the world’s leading experts in peer-to-peer video streaming and video compression and even wrote the first book on the subject, Peer-to-Peer Video Streaming, in 2007. Eric has contributed to more than 30 research papers in his field and holds six patents either granted or pending.
Eric holds a B.S. degree from Ecole Polytechnique, France, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Erik Loehfelm is the Executive Director of User Experience at Universal Mind. In this role, Erik leads the design team responsible for developing new, immersive experiences for a variety of devices.
Erik supports his team in the creation of applications that are both engaging for end users and also reflect the brand values of Universal Mind’s clients. With a deep knowledge of the ways humans interact with technologies, Erik understands user experience is about elegant design, usability, performant development and physical context and how these elements come together to create a holistic experience for people. Erik oversees interaction design, user testing, UI design, and vision prototyping at Universal Mind and determines where the company should make investments to deliver highly immersive experiences for its customers.
Erik has more than 18 years of experience in design. He began his career in New York and became an award-winning editorial designer and studio owner, transitioning his focus from print to web design in the mid 90’s. Erik is also an adjunct professor at the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Erik earned his B.S. in Aviation at The Ohio State University in the early 90’s. Taking his inspiration from nature, he enjoys the outdoors with his wife and four daughters. He credits his teamwork and leadership skills to over 25 years as a volleyball player and coach.
Ernie Cormier is the CEO & President of Nexage and responsible for the company’s strategic direction and business operations. He has built a successful career in wireless, digital media and content, software, and the Internet. After a well-rounded engineering education, Ernie started in product design and development, thereafter demonstrating consistent advancement to senior executive leadership roles.
He was most recently CEO of a venture-backed start-up in mobile gaming and consumer electronics, sold in December 2009. Just before that, he completed two years as the Chief Commercial Officer and MD Group Strategy and Corporate Development for Virgin Media in the United Kingdom (NASDAQ: VMED), with 9.5 million customers (mobile, cable TV, broadband, and fixed-line telephony), with approximately $6 billion in revenue. At Virgin Media, he was responsible for the consumer business P&L, including all sales channels; marketing; brand; product; content acquisition; PR; care; retentions; credit and collections; strategy; corporate and business development; and all related functions.
Ernie holds a BS degree in Controls Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and has completed certificate and related training at the Georgetown and Harvard business schools. He is also on the Mobile Advisory Board of the Mass Technology Leadership Council.
Hill Ferguson is the head of mobile at PayPal, where he leads the mobile product management team guiding PayPal Mobile’s product strategy and marketing efforts. Hill has more than 12 years’ experience creating and launching new consumer Internet products for both large and small companies.
Prior to PayPal, Hill was the vice president of product and marketing at Zong, where he led product management and marketing functions. Hill has also previously worked with Yodlee, Yahoo! and founded LoanBack, a web service for setting up and managing loan agreements. At Yodlee Hill helped develop and market personal management (PFM) and consumer payments products used by top-tier Financial Institutions.
Hill received a BS in Political Science and Spanish and an MBA with a Marketing Concentration from Vanderbilt University.
Jason is a Product/Behavior Designer and founder of Dopamine – a User Experience (UX) design firm. Previously, he was Head of Product at social donation platform Rally.org. His experience in behavior design stems from working as an Applied Psychologist with Stanford University’s Persuasive Technology Lab. In that role, he led a project to come up with the one of the first taxonomies of human behavior – complete with strategies for changing each different behavior type. This is known as the Behavior Wizard. This was used as the behavior-change framework for the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos. He also advises Mingly, 500 Startups, and Lumoback – and is a Mentor for the Thiel Foundation’s 20 Under 20 Program.
Hailing from a small town in Texas that’s also home to the Travel Channel’s “Best Waterpark in the US”, as an undergrad Jason studied Business Administration at UC Berkeley. Following Berkeley, Jason moved to Shanghai, China, where he worked for multinational companies spanning marketing and finance. In the years since returning to the US, Jason has attended graduate school at Johns Hopkins and worked the long-hours of investment banking, before finally settling on the perfect place to apply this generalist skill-set: Expensify. In his spare time, he trains for Iron-distance triathlons.
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.
Jay is VP of Product and Marketing at CloudOn. With 16 years of experience in strategy, design and business, Jay helps shape the product and business direction at CloudOn.
When Jay was 9 years old he made his very own version of the game Breakout on a Commodore 64 and his love of tinkering with games and technology has only grown over the years. He founded his first technology company at age 22. In 1998, Jay founded clubgreetings.com with an investment from Softbank and News Corp. Clubgreetings was a huge success, with 4 million unique users a month, and was eventually sold to eUniverse (now Fox Interactive). Jay’s love of cartoons and experience with flash animation from his previous company led him to start one of the first fully digital 2d animation studios in the world. He won the Hollywood Film Festival for Best Animated Short among 18 other awards.
When Jay isn’t busy, he loves to goof off with his 6 year old son, pretending to be in a submersible looking for Dumbo the octopus!
Jeff Haynie is Co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator. Jeff is a long-time serial entrepreneur, technologist and blogger. Previously, Jeff was Co-founder and CTO of Vocalocity, a software provider in the communications arena and before that, CTO of eHatchery, a digital incubator and off-shoot of Bill Gross’ idealab!. Jeff has worked on numerous standard committees such as IETF and W3C as well as core contributor to a number of important open source technologies such as JBoss and OpenVXI. Jeff served with distinction in the U.S. Navy. Jeff blogs athttp://blog.jeffhaynie.us and can be found on twitter @jhaynie.
Joff Redfern joined LinkedIn in 2011 as the head of LinkedIn’s global mobile products team. Previously, he was the co-founder of startup Flattenme, which makes award winning personalized children’s storybooks. Joff has over 20 years of experience in product strategy and development in both startup companies and Fortune 500 brands, such as Yahoo! where he was the Vice President of Product leading the Yahoo! Buzz and Toolbar teams for six years. In 2000, Joff served as the Vice President of Product at myCFO, a financial services startup for high net worth families. Joff holds a BA degree from Bates College and an MBA from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
John joined the Evernote team in 2010 to lead Group Accounts, where he is responsible for the Education and Enterprise verticals. Evernote helps you remember everything, has won multiple awards in the productivity space, and was named as Inc Magazine’s company of the year in 2011. Majoring in computer science at Dartmouth College, John has been a leader in various technology roles in the financial services, utilities, security, and consumer software businesses.
Josh joined Greylock as a principal in 2011. Over the past 15 years, Josh has worked in product and engineering roles at some of the leading companies in social, commerce, and media.
Prior to Greylock, Josh was a product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, and helped Twitter grow it’s active user base by nearly 10x. Before Twitter, Josh worked on the platform at Facebook and led the launch of Facebook Connect. Earlier in his career, Josh led product management for Zazzle, was part of the early team at LinkedIn focused on growth and jobs, and led product and engineering for RealJukebox and RealPlayer at RealNetworks
Josh holds a BS in Symbolic Systems with a focus on Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.
Kara Swisher currently co-produces and co-hosts The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital,” with Walt Mossberg. It is a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering (http://www.allthingsd.com/d) is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries.
She and Mossberg are also the co-executive editors of a tech and media Web site, AllThingsD.com (www.allthingsd.com), where her online-only version of the “BoomTown” column appears.
Kara Swisher worked in The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. For many years, she wrote the column, “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also on The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com. Previously, Ms. Swisher covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home issues called “Home Economics.”
Previously, Ms. Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and as an editor at the City Paper of Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
She is also the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.
Lars is a proven entrepreneur with extensive experience in the mobile and digital media industries. Prior to Co-Founding SessionM, Lars was at Apple, Inc., where he was a member of the executive team of iAd, Apple’s mobile advertising business unit. While at iAd, Lars worked on a variety of initiatives including running partnerships and alliances in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Before Apple, Lars was Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Business Development at Quattro Wireless, a leading mobile advertising platform that was acquired by Apple in 2009. Prior to Quattro, Lars was Vice President of Business Development at m-Qube, North America’s dominant mobile aggregator that was acquired by VeriSign in 2006. Lars started his career in investment banking and finance on the west coast, working for Montgomery Securities, and later for an affiliate fund of private equity firm Texas Pacific Group. Lars received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and his AB with honors from Harvard University.
Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen is Head of Mobile Business Development at Dropbox. He is responsible for the company’s mobile strategy and consumer electronics partnerships, including the recently announced global deals with Samsung and HTC. Over the last decade his deals have resulted in over 1 billion phones embedded with software and services globally.
His first distribution deals occurred at the time when mobile carriers’ data revenues equaled text message revenues. Back then he served as Head of Europe for Tegic (acquired by AOL) where he licensed T9 text input and dictionary to major mobile OEMs. Subsequently when 3G networks rolled out in 2004 he forged carrier and OEM partnerships for music downloads working for Melodeo (acquired by HP).
Hereafter Lars served as VP of Market Development for Voicesignal (acquired by Nuance) powering voice search embedded in mobile handsets, the predecessor to Siri. He then proceeded as VP of Business Development for Skyhook Wireless which was embedded in the iOS platform as the pioneer of Wi-Fi location technology powering all location apps and later on expanded to the Android platform.
He holds an MBA from London Business School, an MSc from Oxford University and a BSc from Kings College London. Lars is Danish Portuguese, he grew up in Africa and now lives in Palo Alto, CA with his wife and two young daughters.
Hailing from San Francisco, Laura currently works at Verizon Wireless focusing on Innovation and New Market Development. Laura works closely with early stage start-ups to bring innovative products and services as well as new technology to Verizon for consideration in strategic partnership, acquisition and/or investment. She also works closely with strategic technology partners to create proofs of concept demonstrating next generation mobile solutions and customer experiences on the network. She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. When she’s not fulfilling her role as tech junkie, she’s likely cooking, snowboarding or lying by the ocean somewhere.
With a foundational background in anthropology and neuroscience combined with 14+ years of software experience, Lori Kirkland, President of Neurodesign Inc., has been helping Fortune 100/1,000 organizations achieve business goals by understanding the science of a good customer experience.
Working globally, Lori has researched trends and patterns of both customers and employees by observing their behaviors within the context of actual business settings, transactions and environments. Identifying and analyzing the positive and negative brain triggers that arise for customers, Neurodesign Inc. is able to give service design recommendations for both interactive and digital solutions including web, mobile, desktop, kiosks, and overall brand perception based on neuroscience, user experience, and customer experience principles.
In addition to helping companies understand who their customers are, Neurodesign Inc. provides the why and how an organization can improve it’s customer experience across all channels.
Prior to Z2Live, Lou lead the Publishing Team at NY based Sonic Boom Games including portfolio planning, sales, business development and marketing for the leading mobile games and UGC applications publisher. Lou’s team inked highly strategic licensing deals in the casual games space with PlayFirst and Big Fish Games, and launched the company’s first original IP that achieved Top Seller status and “Best of 2009” on Verizon Wireless’ storefront in 2009.
Previous to Sonic Boom, Lou was the Vice President of Distribution at Vivendi Games Mobile, now Activision, where he lead sales and partner management to achieve the number 6 sales ranking in North America. He secured distribution for the company’s mobile products on over 30 channels in the US, Canada, and Latin America. Lou helped launched the award-winning Surviving High SchoolTM game – one of the first original IP’s on mobile that consistently ranked among the top selling titles in North America for two consecutive years.
Prior to Vivendi, Lou held management positions at AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular Wireless), and oversaw content acquisition and product management of games and applications. Early in his career, Lou was a product manager at Earthlink. He also co-founded GroovePort, a company that launched one of the first digital music subscription services with content from over 70 labels. Lou received his Masters Degree in Engineering from Clarkson University.
Manish Chandra is the founder and CEO of Poshmark, the leading mobile marketplace for fashion which makes it simple and fun for anyone to shop the most fashionable closets across the country and sell directly from their own. Manish has always been passionate about building communities and founded the first social shopping company, Kaboodle, which was acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2007. With Poshmark, Manish has applied his understanding of technology to change the way women think about shopping, building a passionate community based around people’s love for each other and their closets. Manish received a BTech from IIT Kanpur, MS from UT Austin, and an MBA from Haas School of Business.
Marco DeMiroz is president and CEO of PlayFirst, Inc. PlayFirst is a leading developer of mobile fun for family and friends, and its mission is to be the world’s first choice for fun.
DeMiroz has over 20 years of experience in executive roles with leading technology companies and in global investments.
Prior, DeMiroz was president and CEO of Racktivity, a leading cloud platform provider. Before Racktivity, DeMiroz was with Trinity Ventures, focusing on early-stage media, entertainment and energy investments. He was also a Managing Director at Selby Ventures, and led its investments in digital media and Internet sectors. Selby was the one of the founding investors of Pandora. DeMiroz has worked at leading technology companies including Oracle, Sun, Silicon Graphics and General Magic, and his executive roles have encompassed CEO, President, CFO, SVP Business Development and VP Operations.
DeMiroz obtained his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University; where he received a Rockwell Scholarship; a post-graduate Engineer Degree in Aeronautics/Astronautics from Stanford University; an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University; and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
Mark Curtis served as the Chief Executive Officer at Handmade Mobile Entertainment Limited. Mr. Curtis co-founded Fjordnet Limited in 2004. He has a strong track record in media innovation (for clients such as Yell, RAC & Allied Domecq). Mr. Curtis was a Partner at Fjord, building cross platform and mobile products for Nokia & Orange. Prior to that, he served as a Global Executive Vice President for Razorfish, responsible for 1500 staff. Together with a Partner, he set up CHBi in 1994 to develop interactive technology solutions for marketing clients. Prior to becoming involved in digital media, Mr. Curtis set up Curtis Hoy. Mr. Curtis is the author of Distraction – Being Human in the Digital Age (Futuretext 2005).
As the Head of Operator Ecosystem for North America, Marc is responsible for sourcing and defining unique software solutions that further differentiate Nokia devices, while offering exclusive content and services to Nokia’s operator partners in the region. In order to be effective in his role, Marc relies heavily upon cross-functional teams inside Nokia responsible for local and global developer outreach, as well as Nokia services and product design teams to surface the most innovative and compelling solutions from the ecosystem.
Previously at Nokia, Marc was responsible for business development and evangelism of Nokia platforms, including Windows Phone, to the developer community primarily focused on the Social and Location segments. Prior to Nokia, Marc held strategic roles at companies such as Rocket Mobile, FunMobility, Zapptrio and Yahoo! Mobile.
Marc brings nearly fifteen years of mobile experience in business development, partner management and product strategy to Nokia. His personal passion for Cloud Services, Big Data, LBS, AR and Social give Marc a finger on the pulse that drives today’s mobile ecosystem into tomorrow.
Martin Giles is the US Technology Correspondent of The Economist. He was previously the paper’s Management Correspondent and has held a number of other editorial roles with the newspaper, including Finance Editor, European Business Correspondent and Banking Correspondent. He has also spent several years on the business side of The Economist Group, including a stint in New York as Executive Vice-President of the group’s North American operations. Martin is a member of the advisory councils of the Royal Institute for International Affairs in London and the Center for Digital Transformation at the University of California, Irvine’s Merage School of Business.
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 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 Bayle is Senior Vice President and General Manager of ESPN Mobile. A former Yahoo! and Microsoft executive, Bayle develops and manages all aspects of ESPN’s mobile strategy and execution, including content production, programming and publishing on every ESPN Mobile platform. He reports to John Kosner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ESPN Digital and Print Media.
Most recently, Bayle was Vice President of Monetization and Marketing at Amobee, a leading mobile marketing developer, where he led global ad operations, North American business and market development and strategic partnerships. Prior to Amobee, Bayle was Senior Director of Global Mobile Monetization at Yahoo!, where he launched Yahoo’s mobile advertising business, while building a global team that created mobile campaigns for Fortune 500 partners in 29 markets. Bayle also held business development positions at Yahoo!, Microsoft and International Data Group (IDG).
Bayle is a graduate of Stanford University, with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, as well as a bachelor of arts in Japanese. He is also co-founder of Drink Exchange, a monthly global internet networking event.
Michael V. Copeland is a senior editor at WIRED, where he focuses on all things related to the business of technology, but especially making sense of data analytics, where social is going next, and the collision between computer science and biological science. Prior to WIRED he was a senior writer at Fortune Magazine covering everything from electric cars to genomics and the latest in jet-powered surfboards. Before joining FORTUNE, Copeland was a senior writer at Business 2.0. Copeland graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Goff is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cocoafish, the mobile server backend company dedicated to helping developers add networked features to their apps without writing any server code. He led the growth of Cocoafish from concept in early 2010 to acquisition by Appcelerator as a cash flow positive lean startup in January, 2012.
At Appcelerator, Michael continues to lead the development, sales, and marketing of Cocoafish to Appcelerator’s large developer and enterprise customer base.
Prior to founding Cocoafish, he worked at Quantcast helping to build large map/reduce clusters to measure Internet audience viewership and demographics. Prior to Quantcast, Michael worked at Sun Microsystems on high availability clustering products in addition to researching archival storage system design within Sun Labs. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Michael Spiegelman is Director of Product Innovation at Netflix, where he oversees the website and tablet experiences. In this capacity, he led redesigns of the company’s streaming website and web video players. Prior to joining Netflix in July 2010, he spent six years at Yahoo!, most recently as Senior Director of Global Entertainment & Lifestyles products, running product management for the company’s music, movies, television, celebrity, games, video and lifestyles products. Previously, he was General Manager for Yahoo! Music, responsible for product development, editorial, content and operations of the second most-visited music website in the world.
Before joining Yahoo!, Michael was a co-founder and principal at Web Paradox, a web design, development and technology consulting firm in San Diego which he started with a partner in 2001. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Strategy Consultant at iXL, a leading Internet consulting company, helping Fortune 500 companies and startups to develop and maintain their presence on the web. Before joining the wonderful world of the Internet, he was a consultant at Arthur Andersen Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, assisting public sector organizations with business process improvement and change management.
Michael currently lives in San Francisco, CA.
Mike Mohageg is VP of User Experience at Oracle, where he manages UX across a wide range of platform and product offerings. He has experience in both Consumer and Enterprise products, ranging from internet TV to development tools. Of recent interest is the consumerization of IT and how that puts interesting new UX pressure on product teams — “Admins are people too!” Prior to Oracle, Mike led the UX practice at Symantec where he introduced User-Centered Design approaches to a company with ambitious product expansion plans. Mike has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Mikkel Svane founded Zendesk in 2007 with the goal of making customer service not suck anymore. Today, the company is the epicenter of a customer service revolution, with more than 15,000 organizations worldwide, from Groupon to Hulu to Tumblr, using Zendesk to build tight relationships with their customers.
As the vice president of product management and marketing at TripIt, Nancy is as a brand evangelist, helping people discover the free TripIt app and making it easy for travelers to organize and share trips no matter where they book. She is also a product craftswoman, working with the team to hone and sharpen every aspect of TripIt to solve traveler problems with smart, easy-to-use and truly useful technology.
Nancy has a passion for building new global businesses that make people’s lives better. She has had a variety of management, product and consumer marketing roles over 18 years at TripIt, eBay, Yahoo!, Coca Cola, Pfizer and Kraft.
Nancy received her MBA from the Kellog School of Management and a BA in Government from Georgetown University.
Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and today is an advisor, consultant, and investor to several Bay Area start-ups and incubators. Nir’s last company received venture funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and was acquired in 2011. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir is a contributing writer for Forbes, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.
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 GoPayment (mobile credit card acceptance) in conjunction with Sprint/Nextel. Prior to his service at Intuit, 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, and working on his context-awareness startup, AppleSeed Networks, where he is co-founder and CEO.
Paul Sun leads the West Coast office of Capital One Labs, a unit created in early 2011 to accelerate the company’s enterprise-wide digital agenda through research and learning, rapid prototyping, and applied pilot market tests. Paul oversees a cross-functional team in the conception, design, implementation, and marketing of Capital One’s exploratory developer platform and collaborates with strategic partners to bring new customer experiences and business models to life.
Prior to joining Capital One, Paul worked with Mintel Group to develop marketing strategies and consumer insights across multiple sectors of technology (including mobile services, digital media, and online advertising), while also pursuing entrepreneurial interests in film production (founder of Urban Angst Productions). Paul began his career at Goldman Sachs, as an investment analyst for the firm’s proprietary special opportunities fund.
Paul obtained his MBA from INSEAD and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Philippe Browning is Vice President, Advertising and Operations, CBS Interactive. His purview includes mobile advertising infrastructure and innovation, distribution channel management, and customer-acquisition strategy, both online and mobile. Previous to CBS, Philippe was the Director of Marketing at GOGII, an iFund company focused on text messaging via its textPlus apps. Philippe began his mobile career as a marketing and strategy consultant at JAMDAT, and subsequently Electronic Arts Mobile, where he developed some of the first mobile advertising initiatives, and partnered with carriers and networks to deliver best-in-breed mobile marketing of a massive games library. Philippe has also worked as a writer and director in both network and cable television, giving him a unique perspective, and familiarity with the core CBS broadcast business.
Raj Singh is a mobile industry veteran having worked across the space over the past 12 years. Raj is the Founder and CEO of VC-backed Tempo AI focused on developing a day assistant. Tempo AI was spun-out of SRI (Stanford Research Institute) where Raj served as an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence). Previously, Raj was the founding Vice President of Business Development for Skyfire, a mobile browser that supports full Flash rendering. Prior to Skyfire, Raj co-founded venture-funded Veeker, NBC’s mobile video citizen journalism service and ToneThis, CNET’s top downloaded ringtone creation product.
Raj has also worked in product management, engineering, strategy and consulting roles for Kodak Mobile, Dell Mobile, Cellmania, MobiTV, PlayPhone, Tellme, Samsung, Turk Telekom, IGT, Hungama Mobile, Vlingo and Antenna Software. Raj’s personal projects include GameChalk, an SMS multi-player game service, Pubwalk, an LBS bar-hopping service and Wired Mashup of the Year winner in 2006 and YumYum Labs, an Android recipe voice search application and Sprint App 4G Challenge winner. Raj is also a mobile advisor to numerous companies including Movoxx, Nearverse, TinyTube, LocalResponse, Textopoly, Knocking Video and also an investor via ENIAC Ventures.
Raj is a regular mobile writer and speaker including formal and guest blogging for GotoMobile, Venturebeat, O’reilly Emerging Telephony and VisionMobile. Raj is a mentor at 500 Startups and Founder Labs and has also made contributions to a number of mobile user and expert groups including the JCP, MMA and the Bluetooth SIG. For more information, please see http://www.rajansingh.com.
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.
Ron is a vice president and principal analyst serving Customer Experience Professionals. He leads Forrester’s research on how to develop and execute digital customer experience strategies by aligning business and brand goals with customer needs across touchpoints. He also leads Forrester’s research on how to create emotionally engaging and differentiated digital customer experiences by catering to customers’ real needs, developing a coherent personality, and engaging the senses.
During his tenure at Forrester, Ron has also done extensive research in the fields of web globalization and rich interfaces. In addition, Ron is part of the core analyst team responsible for developing and maintaining Forrester’s Website User Experience Review methodology and is the steward of Forrester’s Website Brand Experience Review methodology.
Ron came to Forrester through its acquisition of Giga Information Group, where he created and managed a site evaluation methodology to help companies improve online customer experiences. Prior to joining Giga, Ron worked for Kyodo News Markets, the Japanese distributor of Bridge Information Systems, where he was responsible for training and educating clients and internal personnel in proprietary and web-based information systems. Before working with Kyodo, he taught English in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Scott Kveton is the co-founder and CEO of Urban Airship, which helps the world’s top brands do great things in mobile. Widely recognized as an expert on mobile app strategy and cloud infrastructure, Kveton speaks frequently on app monetization, user engagement and mobile developer ecosystems. He was recognized as one of the Top 10 Mobile Movers for 2012 by VentureBeat, and recently received the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 awards.
Prior to starting Urban Airship, Kveton had more than a dozen years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies including Amazon.com, Rulespace, JanRain and Vidoop. He also co-founded the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University, which was instrumental in helping several open source projects grow into mainstream usage, including the Mozilla Foundation, the Linux Kernel and Drupal.
Simon has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience bringing successful consumer and enterprise products to market. Prior to Flurry, Simon was President and CEO of Vernier Networks, a network security company; President and CEO of Volera, the leading content and video distribution company; VP and GM at Novell; Founder, President and CEO of JustOn, the leading Internet file-sharing service; and Founder, VP of Marketing at Worldtalk, an e-mail and content security company. Simon holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master of Engineering from Syracuse University.
Steve Schlenker is a co-founder of DN Capital and has more than 17 years of venture capital and private equity experience. Steve’s focus at DN Capital is on enterprise software and digital media investments. Steve currently oversees DN Capital portfolio companies Endeca, FamilyBuilder, IGA Worldwide, MoreMagic, Lagan, Datanomic, and Digital Chocolate. Prior to co-founding DN Capital, Steve was chief investment officer at SUN Capital Partners, where he was a Director of e-Start.com and was also involved in the successful sale of PlanetAll to Amazon.
Prior to SUN, he was at Interlaken Capital, a buyout fund in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he invested in consumer goods, industrial distribution, and service industry companies. Steve received a BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the Wharton School of Finance with dual concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, and an MBA, with high distinction, from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Steve’s focus at DN Capital is on enterprise software and digital media investments.
Suli is cofounder of TinyCo, which he founded with former high-school classmate Ian Spivey in early 2009. Previously, Suli founded social applications start-up Esgut in 2007, which was acquired by Social Gaming Network in 2008. Esgut created hit social apps like Superlatives and Entourage. Prior to founding Esgut, Suli worked at Microsoft as an engineer in the Windows division and as a PM on the Windows Home Server product for 3.5 years. Suli studied Computer Science at Georgia Tech, graduating in 2003.
Tim Lee is a partner at Sequoia Capital. Tim works with mobile, cloud and software companies.
Previously, Tim worked at Google where he managed European marketing and product launch strategy. While at Google, he also conceived the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Prior to Google, Tim worked at McKinsey & Company in London and at microprocessor IP company, ARM, in Cambridge UK. Tim has a Masters in Electrical and Information Engineering from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Tom Conrad leads the Pandora product organization, which includes product management, user interface design, software development, and network operations. Over the years, Tom has led numerous engineering and product design teams across a wide range of applications – from operating systems and enterprise software to video games and consumer web sites. Before joining Pandora, Tom was the Vice President of Engineering at Kenamea, Inc. where he led the teams responsible for the design and development of an award-winning Internet-scale messaging system. Tom previously was the Technical Director for the successful video game series “You Don’t Know Jack.”
Past experience also includes engineering management positions at Berkeley Systems, Relevance Technologies, Documentum, Pets.com, and Kenamea. Tom began his career at Apple Computer developing user interface elements for the Mac OS. Tom holds three U.S. patents and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Tom holds both technology and music close to his heart. His personal music collection includes more than 1000 CDs – many from artists that others on the Pandora team have never heard of. He likes to say the only instrument he plays well is his stereo.
Trevor Dryer, Intuit’s Head of Product Management, Mobile Payments & Point of Sale. As the Head of Product Management, Trevor manages two cross-functional teams responsible for Intuit’s mobile payments (GoPayment) and point of sale products. Dryer oversees product creation and design, customer research, hardware and overall product strategy. Since assuming his role, he has increased customer acquisition up 1000%, cost of acquisition down 85% and achieved the highest mobile card processing volume in the industry. He has also been responsible for re-building the existing point-of-sale product, transforming it into a SaaS offering, re-vamping the marketing and product strategy, and overhauling the product design. Before joining the payments division in 2010, Trevor helped in the launch of TurboTax for Online Banking, a new tax product live with 1,200 banks and brokerages, including Charles Schwab. Trevor graduated from Stanford University Law School, and did his undergraduate at Harvard University.
Yves Béhar is a designer, entrepreneur, and sustainability advocate. He is the founder of fuseproject, the San Francisco and New York based design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also Chief Creative Officer at Jawbone where his products, brand and communications guidance has built the company into a leader in wearable and audio consumer electronics. His collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, Jawbone, GE, Puma, Canal+, MINI, Samsung, Issey Miyake, Prada and many others have received international acclaim.
Yves Béhar believes that design should be a force for positive social and environmental change. He is well known for his humanitarian work on projects such as One Laptop Per Child and See Better to Learn Better. For each of these he was honored with the INDEX award, making him the only designer to have received the award twice.
Béhar’s works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou and the Art Institute of Chicago. Béhar is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability and business topics; he has given talks at TED, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Béhar is currently the artist trustee of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, has garnered over 200 awards, and was named a Top 25 Visionary by TIME Magazine.