Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter. Today, Biz is Co-Founder and CEO of mobile startup, Jelly. A progenitor of social media, Stone has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years.
Having started out as an artist, Biz stresses creativity, learning from mistakes, and celebrating the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology. INC Magazine named him Entrepreneur of the Decade, TIME listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and GQ named him Nerd of the Year.
Partner and CEO at HasOffers. Peter joined HasOffers before the company launched their first product in 2009. With more than six years of experience in online marketing, Peter has a skilled knowledge of SEO, Display Advertising, PPC, CRO, Retargeting, Social Ads, Social Marketing, PR, Email Marketing, and Usability.
Sri Viswanath joined Groupon as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations in April 2013. Prior to joining Groupon, Sri was VP of research and development for mobile computing at VMWare. Prior to VMWare, he was SVP of Engineering at Glam Media and general manager of its publisher products group. He was also the SVP of Engineering at Ning, Inc., and was instrumental in Ning’s acquisition by Glam. Before that, Sri led the development of a number of very successful open-source and business-to-business products at Sun Microsystems. Sri received his Bachelors from Bangalore University in India, his Masters in Computer Science from Clemson, and he also holds a Masters in Management from Stanford.
Sean Bartlett was named Lowe’s director of digital experience, product, and omni-channel integration in February 2014. He is responsible for the vision and execution of digital initiatives that advance the customer shopping experience through compelling interactions. Bartlett joined Lowe’s in 2011 as the founding member of the mobile strategy and platforms organization.
Bartlett has extensive marketing and product experience at start-up, mid-sized growth, and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Lowe’s, Bartlett was the director of mobile strategy at an interactive marketing agency and a partner in a mobile marketing agency that was acquired.
A native of the Bay Area, Bartlett previously led outbound marketing for the award-winning digital media services group at Motorola and held marketing positions in the consumer software, Internet and technology industries.
He is also a frequent speaker at industry events such as Internet Retailer, Shop.org, Mobile Insider Summit, Mobile First Look and the Mobile Marketing Association.
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.
Kiran Prasad joined LinkedIn in 2011. He currently leads the company’s mobile efforts, including phone/tablet and server solutions. Throughout his career, Kiran has lead & built industry changing mobile consumer products that help people communicate. Prior to joining LinkedIn, he was the Sr. Director of Applications at Palm Inc., a leader in mobile OS and device development, where he started and delivered webOS, Palm’s first Windows Phone, and was the tech lead for the original Treo. Kiran also held previous roles at Handspring. He received his MS from the University of Michigan in Computer Science and Computational Mathematics.
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.
As CEO of Opera Mediaworks, Mahi de Silva runs the world’s largest mobile advertising platform that powers the global mobile economy. Opera Mediaworks, a fully-owned subsidiary of Opera Software, serves more than 14,000 sites and applications, with more than 65 billion ad impressions per month reaching 400 million global consumers.
Before joining Opera, Mahi was co-founder and CEO of AdMarvel, Inc., the global leader in mobile advertising platforms, acquired by Opera in 2010. Prior to AdMarvel, Mahi co-founded Frengo Corporation, a mobile social media platform. Mahi also spent 10 years at VeriSign, where he was part of the startup management team. From 2002 to 2006, he served as senior vice president and general manager of Wireless and Digital Content Services at VeriSign, where he built the world’s leading mobile messaging and mobile entertainment business with revenues exceeding $600M per year. Prior to VeriSign, he served in various technology leadership roles at Taligent, Apple and NCR Corporation.
Mahi was named one of 29 most important people in mobile advertising by Business Insider in 2013.
Prashant leads Flurry product management and innovation functions for the company. Prior to Flurry, Prashant was an Executive in Residence at Mayfield Fund and lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Prashant brings a decade of product management experience from Facebook and Google. At Facebook, Prashant led the product team for Facebook Ads and subsequently managed commerce products, including Facebook Credits. At Google, he managed all of Google’s products for the Asia-Pacific region, led its global billing & payments product efforts, and served as an early member of the AdWords product team. Prashant holds a PhD and MA in Business, a PhD Minor in Operations Research and an MS in Statistics, all from Stanford University. Before joining Stanford, Prashant studied at IIT Delhi, where he was awarded the President’s Gold Medal, which is the highest academic award.
Max Wheeler is the CEO & Founder of Mynd. Mynd is a smart, context aware calendar app that provides you with the information you need to be successful. Max previously worked as Vice President of Mobile Cloud Services for Motorola Mobility, building and managing the mobile services team for Motorola’s Android products. He also worked as Director of Engineering for Good Technology, fusionOne and Leviant.
Mikael Berner is the CEO of EasilyDo Inc., a company that re-imagines a simpler and more useful virtual assistant – a smart assistant. As EasilyDo’s resident “Do Hacker,” Mikael is constantly working the EasilyDo Team to push the boundaries of the technology and functionality of the app. The user experience is also one of Mikael’s focuses, as he is passionate about aligning EasilyDo’s overall vision and goals with the day-to-day operations. He is a successful entrepreneur, technology industry executive, and one of the leaders driving innovation in the enhanced voice services industry, holding 9 patents in wireless and speech technologies. In 1999, Mikael co-founded BeVocal, which delivered hosted speech-automated customer service for enterprises, and led the company through its acquisition by Nuance Communications in 2007. Following the sale, he served as the SVP of Nuance’s Enterprise Division, where he grew Nuance On Demand to become the world’s largest speech automation network.
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.
Raj is the CEO and Co-Founder of Localytics. Under Raj’s leadership, Localytics has become the leading and most powerful analytics and marketing platform for apps and secured key partnerships with some of the world’s most well-known brands, including Microsoft and The New York Times. Prior to Localytics, Raj spent 12 years building a variety of technology companies. Most recently he was a management consultant in the wireless space with Bain & Company and Adventis. At Adventis, Raj led the formation of the multi-billion dollar Disney Mobile venture in Japan and worked alongside Steve Jobs at Apple to develop the business framework for the iPhone. Previously, Raj held sales leadership positions at Proco Machinery and Requisite Technology. A recognized industry expert, Raj frequently lends his knowledge on mobile, big data and analytics at industry conferences and has been quoted in USA Today, CNN, and Mashable on the topics of mobile, analytics, big data and entrepreneurship. Raj completed his MBA with Honors from the Ivey School of Business and London Business School.
Jason L. Baptiste is the CMO and co-founder of Onswipe, the all-in-one publishing and monetization platform for the mobile web. In 2011, Jason was named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Businessweek’s Top 25 Under 25 entrepreneurs, INC. Magazine’s 30 Under 30, and the CEO of one of TIME Inc’s 10 Best Startups. Jason is currently a professional author of the book “The Ultralight Startup” published by Penguin Books. He also starred in Bloomberg’s TV Show “Techstars” that chronicled the first six months of Onswipe’s history in the Techstars program. In his spare time, Jason is an avid runner, blogger, and advisor to other startups such as Ambassador. Jason received a BS from the University of Miami in Computer Information Systems and currently resides in New York City, N
Peter Yared is the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive, a top ten Internet destination, and was previously the founder and CEO of four enterprise infrastructure companies that were acquired by Sun, VMware, Webtrends and TigerLogic. Peter’s software has powered brands from Fidelity to Home Depot to Lady Gaga. At Sun, Peter was the CTO of the Application Server Division and the CTO of the Liberty federated identity consortium. Peter is the inventor of several patents on core Internet infrastructure including federated single sign on and dynamic data requests. Peter began programming games and utilities at age 10, and started his career developing systems for government agencies. Peter regularly writes about technology trends for CNET and has also written for the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, VentureBeat and AdWeek.
Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip, which was named one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2013 and has raised $15.4 million in funding. After skipping four K-12 grades, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, and shortly after became one of the youngest people to ever receive venture capital funding. He has been named to Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, 30 Under 30 in Advertising and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising; and Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012.
Recognized for a track record of innovation, Gregg Colvin has dedicated his career to developing strategies and executing solutions at the intersection of content and technology.
Currently, Gregg serves as Chief Operating Office for UM in North America and is dedicated to pioneering work that ensures that UM stands at the forefront of the agency evolution. During his tenure at UM, Mr. Colvin also served as the senior vice president and digital lead for UM in Los Angeles. In this role, he was responsible for creating dynamic digital plans and leading the numerous UM teams that support, among other companies, every Sony division.
Prior to joining UM, Gregg served as the head of business development and business operations for Fox Digital Media (FDM). His work at FDM focused on the distribution of broadband video, multi-platform monetization and the creation of strategic partnerships for a network of more than twenty five sites including AmericanIdol.com and FOX.com.
Before that, Gregg served as vice president of business development for entertainment at Fox Interactive Media (FIM). There he was responsible for business development and entertainment related initiatives for properties as diverse as MySpace, IGN and Rotten Tomatoes.
Mr. Colvin earned his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and is also a graduate of the UCLA School of Film and Television.
Mike joined Yelp in 2010 as the Director of Business Development, leading partnerships with Apple, Microsoft, BMW, and several others. Prior to Yelp, Mike was the Director of Business Development at TrialPay, the co-founder and Vice President of Business Development at Stitcher, and Vice President at Summit Partners. He also co-founded the iPhone app BarMax, and previously wrote code at MSC Software. Mike holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. from the University of Southern California, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mihir Shah is currently the Vice President and General Manager of Mobile at Groupon. Prior to its acquisition by Groupon, he was CEO and Co-founder of Mob.ly. Mihir was an early investor in Uber and continues to be an active Angel Investor and Advisor to startups. Mihir has served in key product leadership roles at Yahoo!, most recently as Senior Director of Product Management for Yahoo! Search. Mihir was responsible for the US Web Search product and also helped launch Yahoo’s first mobile search products. Before joining Yahoo!, Mihir was Director of Product Marketing at Grand Central, where he helped launch one of the first Web Services networks for businesses. He also served as Director of Product Management at Respond.com, a lead generation service for local businesses. Mihir started his career as a management consultant at R. B. Webber & Company. At Webber he worked with a number of startups and Fortune 500 technology companies to develop go-to-market strategies across a wide range of high-tech product segments. Mihir holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Tyler Bell oversees Factual’s product initiatives in global place data and contextual audience platforms. He is a former archaeologist who specialized in the medieval reuse of the Roman landscape, with more topical publications in GIS and the use of anisotropic cost surfaces to understand the ancient landscape. He has broad interests in open source and place-based information systems, and previously led Product for Yahoo’s Geo Technologies Group. Tyler far-too-intermittently writes about data-, semantic- and geo-technologies for O’Reilly Radar.
Greg Duffy is the co-founder and CEO of Dropcam, maker of the award-winning Dropcam HD Wi-Fi video camera with cloud based monitoring and DVR service.
At age 13, Greg received a full scholarship from UT-Arlington. At just 26, Greg has over a decade of software engineering experience. He founded VOIP-infrastructure company NCF Technologies and has held roles at IBM and Microsoft. Most recently, Greg was the Principal Software Engineer at Xobni, where he created Xobni search, the fastest email search for Microsoft Outlook.
After seeing his father’s frustrations with IP cameras, Greg sought to create an easier way to incorporate video into everyday life. A year later Dropcam was born. In his spare time Greg pilots helicopter tours for Dropcam employees and friends.
Guy is CEO and co-founder of Carnival Mobile, a mobile marketing platform for brands and agencies to engage their mobile audiences with interactive campaigns and analyze performance in real time. Carnival technology allows brand marketers to manage their entire mobile app portfolio and analyze performance via a unified dashboard, and target users based on geo-location and user behavior.
Guy is an expert on branded mobile apps, having previously launched over 120 native mobile applications for leading brands including OREO, Coca-Cola, CNN and Time Magazine, DreamWorks Animation, and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Prior to this, in 2007, Guy co-founded the world’s first iPhone app company, Polar Bear Farm, which had over 6 million of the first 10 million iPhones running it’s apps.
Guy is a strong advocate for immigration reform for entrepreneurs, having been actively involved in NY Mayor Bloomberg’s March for Innovation. He has spoken on the topics of startups, mobile and immigration at events, guest lectures and panels at Harvard Business School, Google, Cornell Tech, and VentureBeat’s MobileBeat.
Nafis recently joined Twitter as Director, Syndication with the acquisition of MoPub where he served co-founder, CTO and VP of Engineering. At Twitter, Nafis is now focused on combining the Twitter’s learning in mobile advertising and his experience running the world’s largest mobile exchange to help shape the future of the mobile advertising landscape. Prior to MoPub, Nafis was a advertiser facing product manager at AdMob and a PhD dropout from Stanford.
Aaron Shapiro is CEO of Huge, where he helps companies reimagine how they interact with their customers and manage their businesses in the digital economy. Since 2005, Aaron has grown the firm from a small startup into a full-service interactive agency operating out of the United States, Europe and Latin America.
Aaron is the author of Users, Not Customers and is a regular writer and commentator about the impact of digital technology on businesses and the economy. In 2011, he was included as one of New York’s leading tech influencers in Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40″ list.
Prior to Huge, Aaron spent more than a decade as a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and management consultant. He also served as CEO of Silverpop, a leading email marketing company, which he cofounded in 1999 by raising $30 million in venture funding.
Shapiro received an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from Harvard University.
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.
Suhail Doshi is the co-founder and CEO of Mixpanel. He started the company with the goal of helping the world learn from its data. Today more than 1,800 mobile apps and websites use Mixpanel to analyze more than 17 billion actions every single month. Suhail studied Computer Systems Engineering at Arizona State University and lives in San Francisco, CA. Mixpanel helps the world learn from its data by offering the most advanced analytics for mobile and web. Mixpanel is backed by Y Combinator, Sequoia Capital, Keith Rabois, Max Levchin, Michael Birch and Andreessen Horowitz. To learn more about Mixpanel, visit http://www.mixpanel.com.
Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan is the founder and CEO of Drawbridge, the industry leading programmatic cross-device advertising platform. Since its inception in 2010, Drawbridge has quickly grown to be the first and foremost solution for cutting edge cross-screen advertising strategies for Fortune 500 brands.
Named one of Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising” two years in a row, as well as one of Ad Age’s “40 Under 40” in 2014, she is an expert on advertiser-buyer connections in today’s mobile environment. Always an innovator, Kamakshi left her role as Lead Scientist at AdMob (acquired by Google in 2009), to solve a digital advertising problem before it was a buzzword: cross-device. Discussed in a recent Fortune profile on Drawbridge, (Why Every Advertiser Should Know About Drawbridge), Kamakshi reveals that an element to her success as an entrepreneur is her steadfast focus and singular vision on bettering cross-device marketing.
Kamakshi received her PhD in Information Theory and Algorithms from Stanford University. She has the unique distinction of her work being on board New Horizons, the farthest space mission from NASA to Pluto and the outer planetary system.
Mark is a Product Manager for Aviate at Yahoo, where he leads Yahoo’s product development and vision around Aviate.
Mark was a co-founder of Aviate and came to Yahoo through Yahoo’s acquisition of Aviate in January 2014. Prior to Aviate, Mark built several mobile apps including Pupil, an imaged based Q&A service. He also worked as a Researcher of Image and Object Recognition at UCLA.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science, Minor in Computer Science at UCLA.
Mark Berniker is CNBC’s Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bureau Chief, spearheading coverage of technology and digital media in Northern California.
Mark is a 25-year veteran of the business, most recently serving as Executive Producer of “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” on Current TV. Prior to joining Current TV, Mark spent more than seven years at Bloomberg Television where he helped launch “Bloomberg West” and several other programs. He spent more than five years at CNNfn and launched its technology news hour: “Digital Jam.” Additionally, Mark was Moscow Bureau Chief for Knight-Ridder Financial News during the final two years of the Soviet Union.
Mike Abbott joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2011 and focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures. Mike serves as an expert resource on enterprise infrastructure, cloud computing and “big data.” He also helps entrepreneurs win the race for talent in a hyper-competitive recruitment environment.
An engineering leader, entrepreneur and investor, Mike led the building of innovative, high-performance applications and services at Twitter, Palm and Microsoft before he joined KPCB. Mike is also an expert in “big data” businesses, having been the founder of Composite Software (acquired by Cisco). Formerly the vice president of engineering at Twitter, Mike led the team to rebuild and solidify Twitter’s infrastructure, growing the engineering team from 80 to more than 350 engineers in less than a year and a half, and scaling Twitter’s architecture to support hundreds of millions of daily tweets. Before joining Twitter, Mike led the software development team at Palm that created HP/Palm’s next-generation webOS platform. Earlier in his career, Mike was the general manager at Microsoft for .NET online services, which became Azure. He was also co-founder of Passenger Inc. Mike has advised and invested in numerous software companies throughout his career, including Cloudera, Hearsay Labs, Jawbone, Saynow, Reverb Technologies, Toytalk and Locu.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. at the University of Washington.
Michal leads the mobile Product Management team at NativeX. Prior to joining, Michal worked for Nokia, where he built Entertainment and Location products. He also worked on several M&A and partnership deals. While earning his BS in Management and MA in Finance at the University of Szczecin in Poland, Michal co-founded an Internet media start-up. Michal also holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology and an from MBA Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.
Amar is one of North America’s foremost experts in mobile and spends time educating enterprises and academia about the mobile ecosystem. Prior to Pivotal Amar co-founded Xtreme Labs with Sundeep Madra to capitalize on the emerging mobile ecosystem in 2007 where he focused on driving the culture of innovation and customer satisfaction.
Amar holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Alex Roetter leads engineering for the Advertiser, Publisher and Exchange (APEX) team at Twitter. This team is responsible for Twitter’s on-network promoted products and off-network real-time bidded ad exchange. In addition, this team is responsible for Twitter’s TV and video engineering efforts, as well as the company’s work to build great developer-facing mobile tools. Prior to joining Twitter in 2010, he was Director of Engineering at the Laufer Wind Group, developing radar technology for renewable energy applications. Earlier, he spent seven years at Google as a software engineer and technical lead, on the founding team for AdSense and later on a variety of systems and ads quality projects.
Chrys is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Secret. Prior to Secret, Chrys was a Product Manager at Google where he launched the photo-sharing community Photovine and contributed to Google+ and YouTube. He has built and launched several mobile social products such as Fliggo, TwitVid, Vidly and Treehouse. Chrys was born and raised near Boston and is a Y Combinator alumni.
David’s career started in digital technology working for Hewlett Packard and virtualisation software company VMware where he managed the financial services sales team in Europe. He left the datacentre / software industry in 2009 after 10 years to launch Lucidity Mobile. Lucidity Mobile was a specialist mobile advertising agency. Whilst working in Mobile media David saw a market opportunity and teamed up with co-founder Dr.Paul Hayton to launch the very first independent tracking and analytics software for app developers http://www.adxtracking.com . In the last 3 years David has grown the business to be the marketing leader it is today with clients including Ebay, Expedia, Rovio & Walmart. In July 2013 Ad-X was acquired by Criteo and David continues to lead the business as Managing Director.
Julie Ask is a Vice President, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research and co-author of the upcoming business book, The Mobile Mind Shift. As Forrester’s lead mobile analyst, Julie works with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. Though she applies this knowledge to a wide variety of industries, she spends the majority of her time with clients in retail, travel, banking, insurance, and healthcare, who are at the forefront of embracing mobile moments.
Julie’s research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and on CBS, NBC, and PBS.
Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Ron Secrist is the Senior Director of Mobile at Capital One. He currently leads Capital One’s efforts to deliver compelling banking experiences on Mobile and Tablet devices. Ron has broad experience in financial services, spanning the last 15 years. His primary focus during that time has been in creating compelling experiences leveraging a data-driven approach. He has brought that same approach to the Mobile and Social Media spaces. Ron stood up Capital One’s Social Media efforts, pioneering the use of social media to drive breakout business results. In Mobile, Ron is bringing a customer centric, test and learn approach to Capital One’s Smartphone and Tablet efforts to reinvent how consumers interact with their bank.
Lior Ron is the CVP of product management in Motorola, leading Motorola’s new innovative product lineup, including Moto X and Moto 360. Before joining Motorola, Lior spent the last 6 years at Google, where he was leading Google’s geo product efforts – Google Maps, Google Places, Google Maps Mobile and more. Lior is a serial entrepreneur, started, grew and sold a medical device company and a search startup. Before that, Lior spent 7 years as the CTO of the Israeli intelligence software unit. He holds an MBA from Stanford GSB, BSc and MS from the Technion – the Israeli institute for technology. Outside of work, Lior is evangelizing and helping create the next stage of human access to space – starting Google Moon, Mars, Sky and a private space startup that will land a rover on the moon by end of 2014.
Christine Tao is Senior Vice President of Developer Relations at Tapjoy. In her role, she leads the teams tasked with fostering and growing relationships with developers, and guiding the development of new Tapjoy features that improve developers’ experience with the network.
Leveraging more than 10 years of experience working in business development and sales & marketing, including a position leading the partnership and strategy program at YouTube, Christine oversees business development, publisher sales, account management and operations with thousands of partners worldwide. Christine has an undergraduate degree in business administration from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UPenn’s Wharton School of Business.
At ESPN Gus leads a team tasked with creating product experiences that fulfill ESPN’s core mission of serving sports fans, anytime, anywhere. Specifically, Gus is responsible for the vision behind ESPN’s personalization across all screens including ESPN.com, ESPN Mobile, WatchESPN, ESPN3 & Fantasy. Gus also leads the development of the ESPN SportsCenter mobile application, social product and notifications.
Prior to ESPN, Gus was a Venture Capitalist at Polaris Partners and specialized in early-stage consumer internet, social media and e-commerce investments. At Polaris, Gus was involved in a number of companies including Localytics, Space Monkey, DocTrackr, and Biff Labs. Gus was also responsible for leading Dogpatch Labs, an early-stage incubator that was home to over 400 early stage companies.
Prior to Polaris, Gus held leadership roles in the office of the Chief Software Architect at Microsoft (MSFT). Before Microsoft, Gus held various staff and management roles at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he is also an alumnus.
Gus currently resides just outside of Boston, MA with his wife and son.
For the past 8+ years, Dave has been VP of Creative Development for Time Warner’s Global Media Group. In this role, he helped some of the world’s leading brands tell defining stories through inventive, multi-platform initiatives that leverage Warner Bros., Turner, HBO and Time Inc. assets.
From the Emmy award-winning “Beyond 9/11″ to “first to market / best to market” digital series, and apps like CNN/TIME Convention Floor Pass that monetized content in bold and ownable ways.
As a creative lead, Dave was instrumental in deepening client relationships and securing large strategic partnerships, media commitments and incremental revenue including a $200m multi-year deal with GM, a $44m multi-year contract with Hyundai, a $24m multi-year contract with Bank of America, an innovative program for American Express, Anheuser-Busch InBev, The Home Depot, New Zealand Tourism and Unilever.
Zain Jaffer is the CEO and Founder of Vungle, the leading in-app video advertising platform. He was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2012 and Vungle was highlighted as one of the 15 hottest pre-IPO ad tech companies by Business Insider in 2013. The company has received $25.5 million in funding from Google Ventures, AOL Ventures, Thomvest Ventures, Crosslink Capital and others.
Hannah Kuchler is a San Francisco Correspondent for the Financial Times, writing about technology with a particular focus on social media and cyber security. She enjoys telling the story of the Silicon Valley to the FT’s broad international audience, giving them a daily dose of surprises from the soaring valuations of Twitter and WhatsApp to Facebook’s plans to design drones. Hannah has worked for the FT for almost five years in the US, Europe and Asia, covering everything from Chinese internet companies to British politics.
A seasoned leader in digital and mobile product development with over 10 years in the mobile space Monica Bannan is Vice President of Global Audience Measurement at Nielsen. In this role, Ms. Bannan has global responsibility for Nielsen’s products measuring the content and advertising audience reach across digital mobile platforms, including strategy and product development worldwide. Prior to joining Nielsen in 2007, Ms. Bannan was Director of Technology at Telephia where she worked across Telephia’s flagship products. Prior to Telephia Monica worked at a number of mobile and market research start-ups who recruited her from Bertelsmann AG where she began her career. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Diana Moldavsky is Chief Revenue Officer at ZeptoLab. She is responsible for building up and growing ZeptoLab’s business and expanding it across core international markets, particularly via global partnerships with market leaders. She is an experienced executive with over a decade of international hi-tech, Internet and mobile business experience. Prior to joining ZeptoLab she established and headed Russia and CIS for OLX, a global online free classifieds player, a Naspers company. Previously Diana also worked for Yandex in Russia doing Business Development and for Google in California. She holds an MBA degree from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. She is also a Duke Alumni Club Russia co-chair, a founding member of the annual Global Technology Symposium in Palo Alto, CA and a mentor to many early stage Internet start-ups.
Maria Alegre is co-founder and CEO of Chartboost, a technology platform for mobile developers to find new users and monetize their games. Prior to Chartboost, Alegre was one of the early employees at Tapulous, the company behind Tap Tap Revenge, the #1 music game on the iPhone that was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2010 to become Disney Mobile. Alegre holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. In 2012, Maria was named in the Forbes Magazine “30 under 30” list as one of the top disruptors and innovators in marketing under 30 years old.