2014 Apps World North America, San Francisco, CA
Exploring the changing role of mobile and apps within business
Director of Mobile Platform, Twitter
Jeff Seibert is an experienced entrepreneur with a passion for deeply technical Internet software. He is currently a Director of Engineering at Twitter.
Previously, Seibert was the CEO of Crashlytics, which he co-founded in 2011 with Wayne Chang. Crashlytics delivers crash analysis tools for iOS and Android apps and was acquired by Twitter in January of 2013.
In 2007, Seibert co-founded Increo and served as its COO and lead architect until its acquisition by Box in August of 2009. He subsequently oversaw the integration of Increo’s document preview and annotation technologies into the company’s cloud-based content platform.
Seibert gained experience at Apple in both marketing and engineering capacities and led Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders seminar series as Co-Coordinator. He was selected as a Mayfield Fellow in 2007 and received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2008.
Rytis is co-founder and CEO of YPlan, the world’s first mobile-only event booking app. Identifying the seismic consumer shift to mobile commerce, Rytis and YPlan’s co-founder, Viktoras Jucikas, spotted a gap in the entertainment market. No single app or website provided an efficient way to discover and purchase last minute nights out. Together with a dedicated team of former Time Out, GetTaxi and See Tickets executives, YPlan was founded. Through the inception period, Rytis has received mentorship & guidance from the founders and managers of Skype, Facebook, Google, lastminute.com, Hailo, Geckoboard, GoCardless, Dropbox and others. Prior to YPlan, Rytis was Vice President at Summit Partners responsible for software and technology investments from 2008-2011, where he helped source, execute and manage Summit’s investments in Acturis Software (insurance SaaS) and AVAST Software (“freemium” anti-virus software).
Rytis started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 14, founding a business in computer assembly and network maintenance in Lithuania. It was this type of early experience, which allowed him to develop the core entrepreneurial values: putting the customer first, focus on execution and honesty. Rytis holds a BA with distinction (top 5%) in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, where he first met fellow co-founder Viktoras Jucikas on a basketball court in 2003. The two have stayed close friends ever since. After Jacobs, Rytis went on to receive his MBA with distinction (top 7%) from Harvard Business School in 2008. Alongside the achievement of developing the world’s first mobile-only event booking app with YPlan, Rytis is also a published author of two books, organiser/mentor of several youth mentorship programmes, and a semi-decent DJ.
Director, Global Media Innovation,
‘Jay is uniquely well placed to speak on new media and mobile marketing, after a career spent in digital and traditional media, developing award winning campaigns for brands such as Coke, Kraft, Discovery, Dove, Procter & Gamble, Mercedes & JP Morgan.
At present he is the Director, Global Media, running the Refreshments division and driving Unilever’s mobile excellence across the whole organisation by incorporating media and communication strategy and new media innovation into the creative development process. He came to this role after running US Media Communications business for all Unilever HPC and Ice Cream brands.
Before Unilever he held senior roles at PHD (Discovery Networks), Starcom Mediavest (working with P&G, Coca Cola and Kraft) and AGENCY.COM, an internet start up.’
Co-founder , Initial Capital
Kristian Segerstrale is chief executive officer and Co – Founder of Playfish, one of the largest and fastest growing social games companies in the world. As an experienced games entrepreneur, Kristian brings strategic vision and expertise in leadership of creative teams and corporate growth to the company.
Prior to founding Playfish in late 2007, Kristian was a Co – Founder and later Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) for Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU), a leading global publisher of mobile games. During his 6-year tenure he successfully directed product development, sales, marketing and technology operations across Europe, and expanded Gluâ€™s reach by opening regional offices in France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Kristian also forged key licensor relationship across Europe with leading companies such as Konami, Celador and Codemasters among others.
Kristian holds a Masters of Science Degree in Economics from London School of Economics.
Vice President, Mobile and
Digital Strategy, Walmart
In her current role as Vice President of Mobile & Digital Strategy, Wendy is responsible for setting the vision for Walmart’s mobile and digital entertainment strategies globally, as well as driving cross-functional alignment and execution of these strategies. She is accountable for strategy, planning, program management, analytics, business development, and multi-channel integration. Wendy is customer focused and passionate about delivering delightful and innovative experiences for in-store and online shopping that drive the business. Before her role as Vice President, Wendy served as Senior Director, Mobile & Digital Strategy and prior to that Director & Senior Merchandise Manager for Walmart.com’s media business with ownership of the Photo, Movies and Books businesses.
Wendy came to Walmart from Gap, Inc. where she was on the Company Planning team responsible for Gap Brand’s seasonal and long-range planning for Gap Women’s and Men’s businesses.
Manager, Global Brand Activation,
Wyeth Nutrition, Nestlé S.A.
Anthony is the Manager, Global Brand Activation and Global Lead for mobile marketing with Wyeth Nutrition, which is a part of Nestlé S.A. In Pfizer Nutrition / Wyeth Nutrition, Anthony pioneered the use of interactive marketing materials on the iPad by the global field force organization to healthcare professionals – one of the first global rollouts of its kind in the Pharmaceutical and Nutrition industries. Currently, Anthony is overseeing mobile web optimization and consumer app projects worldwide.
Anthony Toguchi has more than 13 years of successful diverse management experience spanning the technology, healthcare, and sports industries. Early in his career, Anthony was the founder of Tsource, Inc., an Internet medical transcription start-up company which catered to award-winning and well-respected doctors throughout the US. At Ricoh, Anthony led new product launches including mobile business solutions and integration to app enabled devices. He has global expertise in developing native app and mobile web solutions for Smartphones and Tablets. In his career, Anthony launched mobile solutions in over 30 countries, including established and emerging markets.
Founder and CEO , Famo.us
Managing Director, eCommerce,
Mr. Nasr helped launch the program that allows customers to buy extra legroom and business-class upgrades and created Continental’s mobile boarding pass program—a first for a U.S. airline. He now works with an 80-person team to oversee all of United Airlines’ e-commerce. He introduced United’s iPhone app in early 2012; 14 months later, the app has been downloaded 4.5 million times.
He began working on Continental Airlines’ e-commerce team in late 2008, just as mobile strategy was becoming a hot topic.
Anthony Wood has been the CEO since the inception of Roku. Prior to Roku, Anthony invented the digital video recorder (DVR) and founded ReplayTV, where he served as President and CEO before the company’s acquisition, and subsequent sale to DirecTV. Before ReplayTV, Anthony was Founder and CEO of iband, Inc., an Internet software company sold to Macromedia in 1996, whose code base became a central part of the original core code of Macromedia Dreamweaver. At Macromedia, Anthony was vice president of Internet Authoring. Earlier in his career, Anthony was Founder and CEO of SunRize Industries, a leading supplier of hardware and software tools for non-linear audio recording and editing. Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.
VP, Mobile Marketing and
Chris Pitz is Vice President of Mobile Marketing & Publishing for Kabam, the leader in the western world for free-to-play core games. Chris joined Kabam in 2010 to help expand the company’s growing business and oversees marketing, partnerships, and user acquisition for mobile.
Previously, Chris developed marketing strategies for clients while at Google and Yahoo. Chris started his career at J.D. Power and Associates where he worked extensively with automotive executives on market research and planning.
Chris received a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University.
Vice President, Marketing,
Rue La La
Gerry is currently Vice President of Marketing for Rue La La, a members–only, high end shopping destination. At Rue La La, Gerry leads all acquisition, activation and mobile marketing initiatives. Finding innovative, interesting ways to attract members and turn them into customers is not only his job it is his passion!
In addition to his day job, he also serves on the advisory boards of Aerify Media, Real Time Media and Fedora Media.
Just prior to joining Rue, Gerry worked with various VC and Private Equity firms helping their portfolio companies with marketing, business planning and resourcing. He also worked directly with other start up and early stage companies in the same capacity.
Gerry thoroughly enjoys building businesses from the ground up and has played a critical role in successfully building many companies in his career. He was the Chief Marketing Officer for Buy With Me, SVP, Marketing for True Action, an eBay company, Senior Vice President, Performance Marketing for G2/Refinery, and President and co-founder of directMASS, a full service search engine marketing company.
Early in his digital career McGoldrick was Vice President of Media Services and Corporate Development with Insight Interactive Group (Now Whitman Hart); and Media Director with i-Frontier (now Razorfish). Prior to his move to digital, McGoldrick held various leadership roles with traditional agencies, direct marketing companies and retail companies.
Active in various industry associations, Gerry is a frequent speaker at such conferences and contributes to numerous interactive industry and vertical publications.
Front-end Engineer, Pinterest
Vice President of Digital Products and
Operations, World Wrestling Entertainment
Joe Lalley, Vice President of Digital Product and Operations at WWE, is responsible for defining and articulating WWE’s product, technology operations strategy and works closely with senior management to effectively execute these plans and programs to maximize value for the business. Joe manages the product development, technology, and mobile teams.
Before joining WWE, Joe worked as VP of Digital Products at Viacom, where he managed the mobile web, messaging and ringtone businesses across MTV Networks. Previously, Joe worked within MTV Networks’ Digital Music team, managing product rollout and technical implementation.
Prior to his new media career, Joe studied Information Technology Management at Columbia University.
Senior Product Manager,
Joe Rago is a Senior Product Manager at Walgreens where he heads up the Walgreens Developer Program. Before his foray into the world of API’s, Joe was a Product Manager for Metromix.com where he oversaw their web & mobile properties. Joe is a resident of his native Chicago, but is a frequent visitor to both of America’s coasts.
VP, Digital Publishing, Ubisoft
Chris joined Ubisoft’s San Francisco office in 2010 as vice president of digital publishing. Chris is spearheading Ubisoft’s digital publishing initiatives, where he oversees online game operations in the Americas, E-Commerce, CRM and third party online development for Ubisoft.
Chris was most recently the general manager for Windows Gaming Technology at Microsoft and development efforts designed to extend game experiences across multiple platforms and grow Microsoft’s casual and core gaming audiences.
Prior to this, Chris was studio manager for Microsoft Casual Games, overseeing the development of Xbox Live Arcade, the operation of MSN Games and Windows Live Messenger Games, and the internal casual game production studio, Carbonated Games. Before joining Microsoft, Chris served as president and chief operating officer of GameSpy and executive vice president and general manager of Mplayer.
Head of Games & Mobile Apps, Facebook
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VP, Ecommerce & Marketing,
Roots Canada Ltd.
As the Vice President, E-Commerce and Marketing, James is responsible for overseeing and developing multi-channel and mobile strategies and operations at Roots Canada. Additionally his other responsibilities include leading the marketing efforts at Roots with a focus on partnerships, loyalty, non-traditional and digital marketing and branding efforts. He joined Roots 10+ years ago and has functioned in a number of roles within the organization primarily focused in the areas of ecommerce, marketing and direct to consumer sales.
His role in marketing at Roots and his passion for integrating digital technologies into marketing programs have lead to Roots winning numerous awards and accolades including being nominated as a finalist for a Webby award in a category with brands like Google and Adobe. James has also spoken to audiences and industry journals worldwide on the topics of social media and online retail and recently co-authored a book published by Aspatore Books.
Vice President, Digital Development,
Random House Digital
As the Vice President, Digital Development at Random House, Inc., Randi Rosenkranz oversees mobile application development for all Random House divisions including Crown, Knopf Doubleday, Random House Children¹s Books and the Random House Publishing Group and manages the relationship with recently acquired digital media agency Smashing Ideas.
Prior to Random House, Randi led multi-disciplinary teams in the creation of enterprise content management systems, portals, websites and mobile applications for various media & entertainment companies including E.W. Scripps (The Food Network, HGTV and DIY), The New York Times, The New Republic, Paramount Digital Entertainment, Arista Records and CBS at methodfive, a leading web development firm. Previously, Randi spent eight years in various sales and business development roles at Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press and Random House. Randi graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in psychology.
Senior Director, Innovation, Capital One
Working for Capital One Labs in San Francisco I focus on enabling a great culture for developers as well as tactically manage our 3rd party API program. The day breaks down into a mix of Hacakthons, APIs, 3rd party partner integrations, start-up engagement and some “Strategery” on the side.
Founder & CEO, Hooked Digital Media
Neal Edelstein, film director and award-winning independent film producer, founded Hooked Digital Media which is a next-generation production company poised to disrupt and re-define the entertainment viewing experience across connected devices. Edelstein brings a strong, successful vision to the company, which is developing and distributing wholly owned original films across multiple digital platforms. Hooked Digital Media’s first release, the Edelstein-directed Haunting Melissa, is an immersive psychological horror experience that has been recognized for stretching the boundaries of storytelling.
Edelstein is known as an early technology adopter who has consistently pushed the envelope in creating new experiences for audiences. A native of Chicago, he began his film career in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. In 1997, Edelstein produced David Lynch’s segment in the French film Lumiere and Company, shot with the original Lumiere brothers’ camera. After completion of the film, Edelstein and Lynch became partners in The Picture Factory, where Edelstein produced The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive, as well as worked with Lynch to conceive and launch DavidLynch.com.
Following Mulholland Drive, Edelstein formed Macari/Edelstein Filmed Entertainment with New Line Cinema executive Mike Macari. Their first project was the successful American remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring, followed by The Ring Two. Edelstein was instrumental in creating the viral marketing campaign for The Ring with director Gore Verbinski. Other credits include Disney-distributed The Invisible, directed by David Goyer, and 6 Souls, starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhyes Meyers.
Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital
As Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital, Sara DeWitt oversees day-to-day development of PBS’ multiplatform content for kids and families, including the Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning PBSKIDS.org.
DeWitt has led innovative strategies to build connected and immersive educational experiences for kids across media platforms. This includes PBS’ preschool (PBSKIDS.org) and early elementary school age (PBSKIDSGO.org) websites, which reach over 13 million unique visitors per month and offer more than 500 games and activities. Named one of the “50 Best Websites 2012” by TIME.com, PBSKIDS.org continues to be one of the top entertainment sites for kids and the leading site for kids video streams.
In addition, DeWitt has led the extension of PBS KIDS content into new frontiers – from mobile apps and interactive whiteboard games, to augmented reality and 3D-rendered gaming experiences. She has supported the development of PBS KIDS’ suite of more than 20 educational mobile apps, which have been downloaded over 3.1 million times. DeWitt had an integral role in the launch of the PBS KIDS Video app offering more free educational video content on mobile than any other children’s media brand. The app was recently named one of the “50 Best Video Apps for Parents” by Babble. DeWitt extended PBS’ leadership in using augmented reality as an educational tool by partnering with WGBH to launch Fetch! Lunch Rush, an app that blends the virtual and real world to promote math comprehension in kids ages six to eight.
Having joined PBS in 1999, DeWitt has worked with the PBS KIDS producer family on a variety of award-winning television program sites, such as CURIOUS GEORGE, SUPER WHY, ARTHUR, and WORDGIRL. DeWitt has also overseen production of nationally-recognized web-original projects on PBSKIDSGO.org, such as Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion, Oh NOAH!, and Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. A frequent speaker on multimedia approaches to learning for kids, DeWitt has presented at renowned conferences including SXSW, Games for Change, and the Sandbox Summit.
Before coming to PBS KIDS, DeWitt worked as a preschool teacher and a management researcher. She studied media habits of children in rural United States for the Stanford University Spencer Project for Youth and Families, and co-authored with Dr. Shirley Brice Heath a study for the Poynter Institute on youth and newspapers. She holds both a BA and an MA in English from Stanford University, and a certificate from Stanford’s Children, Society, and Public Policy program.
Senior Business Leader, Global Risk
and Innovation Strategy, Visa
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Director, Global eCommerce Operations
and Analytics, Levi Strauss and Co
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Author,’The Google Wallet’
Report and ‘The SmartPhone Wallet’
Since 2005, David W. Schropfer has been the founding Partner and Head of Mobile Commerce for The Luciano Group. In this role he has full responsibility for all client relationships and for the delivery and execution of efficient go-to-market strategies for the firm’s diverse set of clients.
His unique insights on mobile commerce have been broadcast on NPR radio, CBC radio, Talk Radio One’s “The Stephen Spierer Show,” and MSNBC. His commentaries and research have been featured in American Banker Magazine, Fast Company, Capacity Magazine, NFC Times, Mobile Payments Today, and Payment Source Magazine.
As one of the few recognized experts in this emerging market, he is frequently invited to deliver keynote addresses and panel discussions around the world.
In 2010 David published the first book on the emerging mobile commerce industry: “The Smartphone Wallet- Understanding the Disruption Ahead.” The book and his follow-up whitepaper, “Google Wallet and the New Retail Ecosystem.” are used by the media and business people alike to decipher the rapidly developing ecosystem of mobile commerce.
Since graduating from Boston College, David earned an Executive MBA from the University of Miami. He has served on the Boards of Directors for several private companies and a national non-profit organization. He lives in New York with his wife and family.
CEO & founder , 8tracks
David Porter is the CEO & founder of 8tracks, a curated internet radio network. Until 2006, he helped lead Live365, the pioneer of “social” internet radio. David wrote the plan for what’s now 8tracks during business school at Berkeley, informed in large part by the DJ scene in London in the mid-90s. He posts things to sampledandsorted.com.
Sr Android Developer, Target
Brook has ten years of software development experience across a diverse set of technologies. Currently he is leading the Target Android development effort for an innovative product called Cartwheel. Cartwheel is a mobile personalized coupon circular. In addition to leading the development effort of this innovative product he is responsible for introducing and evangelizing best practices for software development at Target. In this role he is helping transform Target in to a major player in the digital retail space.
Senior Manager, Mobile,
Web and Portal Team, Gilead
Paul Lanzi leads the Mobile App, Web App and Portal team at Gilead Sciences. Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need – in therapeutic areas like HIV, hepatitis, serious respiratory, cardiovascular, and metabolic conditions, cancer and inflammation. Paul and his team deliver beautiful and useful mobile apps to Gilead’s 5,000 global employees, seeking to make the job of finding, developing and marketing treatments for major unmet medical needs just a little bit easier.
Apple iOS Author, Developer and Trainer
Kevin McNeish is author of the best-selling iOS App Development for Non-Programmers book series, winner of the prestigious 2013 Publishing Innovation Award. This book series is designed to teach non-programmers and programmers new to the iOS platform how to create Apps for the iPhone and iPad.
Kevin is creator of iOS apps including iElectionDay (awarded iPad App of the week) and is also Chief Software Architect of Oak Leaf Enterprises, Inc. He has a knack for explaining difficult concepts in a way that you can truly understand.
Kevin is a well-known speaker and trainer throughout North America and abroad including conferences such asappsworld, MobileConnections, DevConnections, MobileTeach as well as numerous Code Camps and software developer groups.
e-Commerce Mobile Strategy,
Sr. Management, Office Depot
Senior Marketing Strategist with 17+ years of experience leading Omni-Digital initiatives for premium, global consumer brands, consumer electronics goods, retail and on-line stores.
Fortune 500 leadership experience at Office Depot, Sony, Diebold, Bloomberg and Alcoa Reynolds.
Lead vision, strategy, and execution of Global Marketing, CRM, e-Commerce and Retail Stores venues, with full P&L responsibility.
Specialties: Strategic Business Development across B2C Customer Touch Points including Retail Stores, e-Commerce, Mobile Commerce, Call Center, Services, Digital Campaigning, Social Media and Big Data Analytics.
Augmented Reality, Digital Marketing, SEO, SEM, PPC, Affiliate Programs, UI & UX Design & Customer eXperience Management CXM, Web Merchandising, Contextual Mobile e-Commerce, Loyalty Programs, Predictive Behavior, Proximity Marketing, B2B, B2C, B2B2C.
Senior Vice President, Group Head,
Emerging Payments, MasterCard
Mario Shiliashki is senior vice president & group head, U.S. Emerging Payments Lead, responsible for U.S.-based development and commercialization of payment product platforms, including e-Commerce, Mobile, Chip, P2P, Transit, PayPass, inControl and Bill Payment.
He was previously general manager of PayPal in Southeast Asia and India. In this role, Mr. Shiliashki built and led the business development, sales, marketing and product development teams in Singapore and India. Under his leadership, PayPal developed key partnerships across the region and launched products in key new target markets, including Japan, Malaysia and India.
Mr. Shiliashki began his career at PayPal as head of European Financial Planning and Analysis in London. He was then promoted to director of PayPal International and eBay North America Financial Planning and Analysis in California.
Prior to PayPal, Mr. Shiliashki was a Consultant at Bain & Company in London and a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York.
Mr. Shiliashki holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics, summa cum laude, from Bryant University.
Creative Director, Etsy
Randy Hunt is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Hunt feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship. Hunt co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace. Previously, he founded Citizen Scholar Inc. and worked at Milton Glaser Inc. and Number 17. He writes and lectures about design and has been a visiting designer and critic at many colleges and universities. His first book, Product Design for the Web will be published in November.
Head of Mobile Strategy and
Product Management, Shutterfly
Deepak Thomas heads mobile strategy for Shutterfly Inc. In that capacity he advises on product and cross-functional investments for various Shutterfly brands. Prior to that he was the General Manager for US and Mobile classifieds at eBay Inc. He also built and launched Match.com’s mobile business, before which he served as the lead product manager for Oracle Corp’s mobile product suite. Deepak holds an MBA from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Director Product Management , ESPN
Ariel Legassa is currently the director of product management at ESPN DEPORTES. His initiative has resulted in implementing relevant features and functionalities that enhance the fan experience, providing comprehensive ideas and plans for clients, and executing exciting digital web features, sponsored microsites, and marketing solutions to further business interests. He is also the project leader of ESPN Sync, which is the very first second-screen web application in Spanish for millions of users living in the United States and Latin America. This innovative product enhances sports consumption and is available on any platform with no need to download additional software. Ariel led all stages of the product, from project planning, design, and development to testing, launching, and analytics, while working closely with various ESPN departments and regional business stakeholders to ensure its successful delivery. He also built a customized system to prioritize and track projects and features based on business case/ROI justification.
Prior to joining ESPN, Ariel was CEO and Founder of Palmsite, Inc., a mobile market solutions developer, which was cited as one of the top ten Latin American startups among 20,000 contenders. The business secured a $4 million investment and opened offices in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico within one year. He was also executive producer at Fusion TV Productions, where he produced more than 1000 television shows and digital media content.
Ariel studied communications at the University of El Salvador and attended Harvard Business School for the Program of Global Leadership, NYU for the Marketing for Communications program, and Dartmouth, Tuck School for the Building a High Performance Minority Business program. He is fluent in Spanish and conversational Portuguese.
Analyst, Mobile Marketing and
Commerce Strategies, Yankee Group
Jordan McKee is an Analyst on Yankee Group’s Mobile Marketing and Commerce team. His research examines the development of mobile devices being used in the physical world for payments and other forms of transactions.
Since joining Yankee Group, Jordan has been quoted in a number of top publications, including Businessweek, Yahoo! Finance, Adweek, Computer World, The Boston Herald, Main Street, Payments Source, and Fierce Mobile Content. In addition, he has spoken at leading payments industry conferences.
Before joining Yankee Group, McKee served as a market research analyst at OnProcess Technology, performing statistical analysis for leading technology and communications companies in the areas of reverse logistics, service supply chain optimization and customer experience management.
McKee holds a bachelor’s degree from Bryant University.
Director Mobile Apps , American Airlines
Phillip Easter directs the mobile application development and strategy for American Airlines. He has more than 20 years of IT experience and has been in the mobile space for the past eight years. His small, agile team at American was the first in the industry to deliver native customer applications on all the major mobile platforms. Prior to American, Phillip worked in the startup world focusing on mobile User Generated Content.
For more than two years, American Airlines has staked its claim as an industry leader in the mobile space by developing a variety of useful tools, including a robust suite of mobile apps for its customers on the go. From checking in for flights to retrieving mobile boarding passes to setting up flight status notifications, American Airlines has put control of the travel process at the customer’s fingertips and continues to make innovations that enhance the customer experience.
American’s apps are developed with a focus on the unique attributes of a specific mobile device, which makes for simpler and timelier updates as new device features are released. This also allows American to stay ahead of the competition in app innovations.
American’s mobile app is on more devices than any other airline and has had more than 8.5 million downloads since its launch.
Nick Evans is the CEO and co-founder of Tile, one of the fastest growing hardware startups in Silicon Valley. Tile is a Bluetooth Low Energy device that will help you to never lose anything again. Just attach your Tile to your favorite possession and quickly find it with the Tile app on your phone. Nick and his team ran the most successful Selfstarter campaign ever with Tile raising $2.68 million in the first month. Prior to launching Tile in 2013, Nick worked as a hardware and firmware engineer at Pebble, Lockitron, and Livescribe.
Author, Android Apps for
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Senior Director, Product Marketing, TiVo
Evan Young is Senior Director of Product Marketing at TiVo Inc., where he is responsible for overseeing a number of initiatives, including content, apps & developer SDK; tablet & mobile apps; cloud services; connected TV; and interactive advertising. He has extensive experience in broadcast, broadband, and consumer services, and has edited books on digital video recording and digital home audio recording and production. Evan has an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Harvard University. While at Stanford, Evan was the founder of “The Future of Entertainment”, an annual business and technology conference about media convergence.
Mobile Manager, Forever 21
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Vice President, Enterprise Growth
Strategy, American Express
Denise Leonhard, Vice President of Enterprise Growth Strategy, works within the Enterprise Growth Group at American Express. She helps to shape strategies and identify opportunities around innovations, disruptive technologies, and business models that will drive the company’s future in payments and shape the company’s digital transformation. Prior to American Express, Denise was a management consultant with Oliver Wyman and Marketing Evolution. Denise also spent several years in the startup world with WhenU, a company focused on online advertising technology. Denise holds an AB in English from Princeton University and an MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President and General
Manager, Digital Platforms, CBS Interactive
Rob Gelick is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Platforms for CBS Interactive Entertainment. In this role, he is responsible for developing cohesive CBS Interactive Entertainment experiences across multiple platforms including the web, mobile, social, video and gaming.
Previously, Gelick was the SVP and GM of CBS Mobile, where he led up all aspects of the CBS Mobile business across more than a dozen CBS Interactive properties including CBS.com, CBSSports.com, CBSNews.com, CNET, GameSpot, and TV.com; as well as mobile development for The CW and CBS Paramount Television. He also managed licensing of CBS brands on mobile platforms, and oversaw all mobile-related video, advertising, games, alerts and interactive TV initiatives. Gelick joined CBS Interactive in 2008 as Vice President of CBS Mobile, overseeing operations and new business development.
Prior to CBS, Gelick was one of the founding executives at Helio where he envisioned, developed and managed an award-winning portfolio of mobile social networking and media services including the industry’s first MySpace mobile service, the first complete YouTube Mobile offering. Before Helio, Gelick spent eight years at Motorola. There, he was instrumental in the company’s strategic alliance with Apple to bring iTunes to Motorola’s next generation mobile devices.
Design Director, Platform and
Devices, Conde Nast
Sean Bumgarner is the Design Director, Platforms and Devices at Condé Nast’s Editorial Development Group. There he works with the Condé Nast magazine brands and technology partners refining approach and anticipating industry developments. Previously as the Interactive Design Director at Rodale Inc. he was responsible for the direction and creation of all content on mobile devices, including tablets, smartphones and other apps.
Sean has done work for the iPad edition of Vanity Fair Magazine, designed the Vogue Met iPad App celebrating Alexander McQueen’s work and was part of the team that transitioned Glamour Magazine to its first iPad issue.
Sean also served as Art Director at Complex Magazine, where he redesigned the magazine and developed a new logo, branding, and web experience. Sean has held previous positions at Entertainment Weekly Magazine, NewFest Film Festival, and Time Out New York Magazine. Sean attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he later taught a course educating artists in the capabilities of Macintosh technology to express artistic intent.
Head of Interactive Marketing Technologies,
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Gabriel Weiss, @gabe_weiss, heads the Interactive Marketing Technologies group for Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating in the U.S. with a growing effort on global technology integration.
Gabriel develops strategies for national marketing campaigns focusing on the digital media, technology and social media for customer engagement. The creation and implementation of the meSync (Enterprise app) Program, app development, augmented reality integration and video production are overseen by Gabriel to tie together all company efforts for its digital engagement strategy.
Vice President – Digital Money
Movement, US Bank
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Enterprise Mobility Architect,
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Head of Technology R&D, NBCUniversal, Inc.
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Senior Director of Engineering Mobile,
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 University of Michigan in Computer Science and Computational Mathematics.
VP, Global Design, Groupon
Peter Merholz serves as VP of Global Design at Groupon. He joined the company in October, 2012 as it’s first VP of Global Design. He ensures that Groupon delivers world-class user experiences.
Prior to Groupon, Peter was one of the founding partners at Adaptive Path and ran their operation for many years. He has published a book entitled “Subject to Change” and articles in publications like The Harvard Business Review and Businessweek.
Peter’s 20 years of experience in designing and developing for interactive media includes credit for coining the term ‘blog’ in 1999. He graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
VP Publishing Americas, Gameloft
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Ilya is a generalist’s generalist. Whether it’s through product design, architecting large scale systems, or building a company — he’s all about creating products that people love to use.
Prior to co-founding Parse, Ilya was the first employee at Etacts (acquired by Salesforce) where he worked on all things product and engineering. Before that he built a ton of stuff as an early engineer at Ooyala. His boss from those days became an investor in Parse.
Ilya holds a BS and Master’s in Computer Science from Cornell where he did distributed systems research and graduated with honors.
Co-founder & EMEA technial Director,
Michael Richardson is a co-founder of Urban Airship, which enables the world’s top brands to build mobile loyalty through highly contextual push notifications and in-app messaging, as well as digital wallet campaigns and programs. Michael relocated to London to open Urban Airship’s first international office as EMEA technical director, leveraging his experience working in Urban Airship’s engineering and product groups. Prior to Urban Airship, Michael helped to start Bac’n—an online bacon retailer—and he continues to work with the technology and entrepreneurial community as a resource for early-stage startups.
Remco van den Elzen
CCO and Co-founder, Distimo
Remco is responsible for leading and scaling our global sales team and building valuable partnerships. Prior to Distimo, Remco launched a technology-driven incubator for start-ups.
Director of Open Platform, Edmunds.com
Director & Head of Mobile, Trulia
Steven Yarger leads the Trulia Mobile team. Trulia’s mobile products delight over 12 million users every month, helping them find the best real estate experiences across 15 mobile platforms including iPhone, Android, iPad, Kindle Fire and the Mobile Web.
Mobile at Trulia has grown to represent over 50% of overall traffic, with mobile revenue products across Truila’s business that monetize better than respective web traffic. Steven has delivered innovative mobile and web experiences for over a decade; prior to joining Trulia, he launched Yahoo’s first-to-market mobile-web experience for iPad, and he also managed Product and Online Marketing teams at Orbitz.com. Steven began his career as a Software Engineer developing award-winning Internet and Enterprise technologies for Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Vice President, Product Management,
As Vice President of Product Management at Pandora, Mike Grishaver is responsible for leading the product and user experience team for the popular internet radio service’s more than 200 million registered users. Over the last 15 years, Mike has led product organizations and initiatives at high profile tech companies, most recently in roles leading product and monetization for LinkedIn’s Company Pages and Premium Advertising businesses.
Prior to LinkedIn, Mike was CEO & Founder of Activated Networks, a startup that built innovative social media marketing campaigns for top brands including Fox, NBC and Atlantic Records. Before founding Activated Networks, Mike was a Director of Product Management at Yahoo!, where he worked from 2002 to 2007 with roles ranging from product and cross-functional management of the Yahoo! Health vertical, to the development and monetization of blogging and social media platforms that were leveraged for hundreds of implementations across Yahoo! properties around the world.
Mike holds a BA in Political Science and Biology from The University of California, Berkeley and an MD in Medicine from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.
CEO, Corona Labs
Walter Luh is CEO of Palo Alto-based Corona Labs and the creator of Corona SDK, the company’s flagship product. Used by over 300,000 developers and designers worldwide, Corona SDK is the leading platform for mobile app and game development. In a previous life, Walter was Lead Architect for Adobe Flash Lite, a mobile runtime that has shipped on over a billion devices. During that time, he led the engineering team, pioneered advanced mobile graphics, and jump-started key strategic relationships. Prior to Flash, Walter shipped several industry-standard products for creative professionals including Adobe Illustrator and Apple’s Final Cut Pro. Walter holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from Swarthmore College, and masters in Computer Science from Stanford University.
David Berlind is editor-in-chief of ProgrammableWeb since July 2013.
David’s career in media started in 1991 when he joined Ziff-Davis’ PC Week to write technology reviews. After eventually becoming the Director of PC Week’s testing lab, he moved over to ZD’s Windows Sources Magazine as Editor-in-Chief and then to Computer Shopper as Editorial Director. In 1998, David joined ZDNet where he led the site’s family of business technology properties and eventually helped to lead CNET Networks’ (ZDNet’s parent company) push into new media such as blogging, podcasting, and, what he calls “near broadcast quality video on near YouTube economics.
David joined TechWeb in January 2008 when his event production startup Mass Events Labs and its flagship event Mashup Camp (targeted the same community as ProgrammableWeb) was acquired by TechWeb’s parent company United Business Media. There, he served as Chief Content Officer overseeing all editorial and platforms for brands like InformationWeek, Network Computing, Dark Reading and Dr. Dobbs.
David is frequently relied upon for his technology marketplace expertise by non-TechWeb media outlets. David has been quoted in most national newspapers including the New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Sun-Tribune and the San Jose Mercury News and he has made numerous appearances on television and radio including CNN, CNBC, Fox, the Charlie Rose Show, the BBC, and American Public Radio’s Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal, NPR and CBS Radio.
Prior to his career in tech media, David spent eight years as a software developer, network engineer, and IT manager. He was graduated by the University of Miami in 1984 with a Bachelors Business Administration in Computer Information Systems and currently lives with his wife and three children in Massachusetts.
Jennifer Crawford Winborne
Global IT Asset Manager, Laureate
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UI/UX Mobile iOS Android touch screen
User Experience Designer, CBS Interactive
UI/UX Designer, Conceptualizes and wire frames usable design for touch screen and mobile applications for CBS Entertainment properties. Creates completed elegant design solutions including all Graphics for iPhone, iPad, Android, ios.
Latest Projects include CBS All Sports App, Grammy’s Live App.
Director, Android Development,
The Weather Channel
Currently the Director of Android Development at The Weather Channel, Jon leads the team responsible for one of the most popular and useful mobile applications in the market. Jon began his career more than twenty years ago designing and implementing systems to leverage technology to its best advantage, working to understand both the capabilities and potential of available technology and the needs of those interacting with it. Extending into the mobile arena in the early days of portable networked devices, Jon has worked to bring interesting and innovative mobile solutions to a wide field of industries and consumers. He has spent his career seeking elegant, efficient and appropriate solutions to the problems that presented themselves.
He has freelanced and partnered in new ventures. He has written a lot of code and drawn a lot of pictures. He meditates frequently and guest lectures occasionally.
Senior Director of Product Development,
Cam started his career in management consulting before moving to online retail at Wine.com in 2007. After working on Paid Search and SEO he moved on to analytics and now he focuses on customer insights and product development. Throughout his career Cam realized has seen time and time again that easy, consistent access to data makes everyone’s job a lot easier and more interesting.
After a multi-year effort Cam and the dev team were able to win approval to build out a customer facing API in 2010, enabling developers to build anything they could dream up using Wine.com’s industry-leading wine content database. Almost 2,000 developers use the API, and a few mobile apps are starting to monetize their user base through affiliate relationships.
Wine can be quite confusing, but it’s also inherently social – our API will become more “smarter” and user-centric in the future, powering the next generation of interesting social, recommendation and geo-based wine apps.
Manager – eCommerce Application
Krams has over 18 years of experience developing applications. He started with developing retail banking solutions in windows and the web. He has played many roles in software development including testing and release management over the years. Most recently Krams has been developing mobile and collaboration applications for CDW. He has planned and implemented the strategic direction for the mobile platform at CDW, currently focusing on unifying the mobile experience across devices and applications. Components of this strategic vision include technology choices, sourcing choices for development and unification of applications on multiple platforms.
Research Director, IDC Retail Insights
As Research Director for IDC Retail Insights, Leslie Hand provides fact-based research and analysis for IDC Retail Insights Omni-Channel Retail Execution Strategies. Her research coverage starts at product conception and goes all the way to retail execution and customer order fulfillment. The omni-channel customer experience enabled by interactive mobility and analytics driven effective process execution are recurring components of her current research.
In her 25+ years in retail information technology she has guided strategy, development and implementation efforts across the retail application portfolio. She has been an industry analyst for almost 6 years and was the 2013 recipient of IDC’s prestigious Peacock Award for Research Excellence. She coined the term omni-channel in 2008 while in this position at IDC and was recognized in 2013 as a top 10 retail influencer.
Product Manager, Flixster,
Lily Liang is the lead product manager for Rotten Tomatoes where she recently spearheaded the successful launch of TV coverage. In her quest to protect you from bad entertainment, she also manages the Rotten Tomatoes API program. Prior to Flixster, Lily managed new product category launches at Tiny Prints, an online, premium personalized stationery start-up that got acquired by Shutterfly in 2011. Lily holds a BS in Operations Research from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Developer Evangelist, Kii
German is a fan of computers since he was 8 years old. He began his professional career with computer systems when the Internet became mainstream and later achieved an MSc in Computer Systems. As an open source advocate thanks to Linux and an OO software developer (C++, Smalltalk, Java, C#), German had the opportunity to be part of many projects in different industries (as developer, manager, evangelizer and consultant).
German now sees himself as a high tech entrepreneur and consultant working on a global scale focusing on Developer Relations, the Mobile Industry, Android and viral marketing activities around novel technologies.
Mobile App Developer, Kii
Chris Beauchamp is a Mobile Engineer at Kii and a Developer Evangelist for Kii Cloud. Chris works to build SDKs, samples and tools in order to help developers utilize Kii Cloud’s MBaaS solution – which now powers over 25M users. Previously, Chris was an app developer for both the iOS and Android platforms where he created a series of applications that saw over 5M downloads. He received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Clemson University.
Head of Digital Strategic Services,
Michael Niczyporuk leads Capital One’s digital strategy and is especially passionate about mobile commerce and payments, digitally enabled lending, and next generation banking. He is responsible for defining meaningful digital products and businesses and for building the organizational momentum needed to launch them internally or via partnerships.
Before taking on his current role, Michael led corporate strategy engagements at Capital One, focusing on payments, online brokerage, and retail partnerships. Prior to joining Capital One, Michael helped the Corporate Executive Board launch and grow a new practice group to provide quantitative research, tools, and networking for HR and compensation executives at Global 1000 organizations.
Earlier in his career, Michael spent about a decade pursuing leading-edge research in high energy physics, having authored or co-authored 18 publications with over 2,000 total citations. He was a distinguished Pappalardo Fellow at the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT and earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, investigating the origins of elementary particle masses and their implications on cosmology.
Tom Cotney is recognised globally as an expert on the subject of operating and growing technology businesses. In both public and privately held companies his responsibilities have ranged from the turnaround of start-ups to managing teams of over 8,500 professionals, delivering service from 3 continents to clients worldwide.
Tom’s experience includes the SaaS business model, Consulting, IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing. His technical resume includes application development, IT infrastructure and contact centre management. Tom’s functional skill set includes sales, human resources, finance, marketing and service delivery associated with these technical areas.
With IBM Global Services Tom had direct responsibility for the development, closure and delivery of nearly 50 different outsourcing agreements including five of the company’s ten largest and its first BPO engagement. At Apple in the early 1990s Tom was accountable for the company’s enterprise sales force.
As the founder and CEO of ExperientPartners Tom brings a strong base of general management expertise to investors and operators in small to mid-sized companies. With Experient Tom has excelled in a number of roles including CEO in turnarounds, consulting projects to companies up to $2 billion in size, board advisor to technology firms in their growth phase and deal driver during exits.
From 2008 to 2011 Tom served as board member and CEO of Air2Web where he orchestrated a successful exit for its investors via a sale in 2011 to Velti PLC. Tom also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Encover INC, a technology enabled outsourcing provider which was acquired in November of 2010 by Synnex Corp. Prior to accepting the position of CEO at mBlox, he served as an advisor to Catavolt INC, a cloud based B2B mobile provider with an award winning solution extending legacy enterprise applications to a wide variety of mobile devices.
Tom is a summa cum laude graduate of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia where he is a member of the Alumni Board of Directors. He is also active in the Atlanta Community raising over $3.5 million for the United Way and related charities. Tom and his wife Kathy reside in the US with their three children.
Developer Advocate , Parse
Bear worked as a developer advocate at Facebook and as community manager for the open source project SproutCore (now Ember.js) before joining the Parse team.
She holds a BA with honors and a Master’s in Archaeology from Stanford, and spent her time digging up ancient cities and not-so-ancient parts of San Francisco before making the obvious transition to working in tech. In her spare time, she sings a cappella with Facebook’s group The Vocal Network, which is exactly as nerdy as it sounds.
VP of Products, Kii
Phani Pandrangi is Vice President of Products at Kii and is in-charge of product vision, management and execution. Previously, Phani was Director of Product Management at Software AG where he was responsible for the webMethods Business Process Management product. Before Software AG, Phani worked in Product Management and Product Development roles at BEA Systems, Plumtree Software, Datasweep and Savvion. Phani holds an MBA from University of California at Berkeley, a Masters in Computer Science from Oregon State University and Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering from Osmania University.
Chief Marketing Officer,
Dunn Bros Coffee
Laura has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, branding and advertising in the software, financial services, and consumer packaged goods industries. Laura joined Dunn Brothers Coffee Franchising in April of 2013 as CMO, and is rapidly deploying new technologies, including a mobile payment and loyalty app, online ordering and other mobile marketing initiatives that are driving significant results for this 85 unit chain. Laura has an MBA from The University of Texas and a BS in Packaging from Michigan State University.
Deputy General Manager and
Chief Financial Officer, MBTA
Jonathan Davis came to the MBTA as Budget Director in 1995 and was subsequently named Chief Financial Officer in 1996. In 2001, he was also appointed Deputy General Manager and has held the position of MBTA Deputy General Manager and Chief Financial Officer for over ten years, where he plans, organizes, and directs the financial management and accounting functions of the Authority.
On September 2, 2011, MassDOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Richard Davey appointed Jonathan Davis as Acting MBTA General Manager and MassDOT Rail & Transit Administrator. The MassDOT/MBTA Board confirmed his appointment on September 7, 2011.
Acting GM Davis was responsible for managing the MBTA and overseeing the Commonwealth’s 15 Regional Transit Authorities and MassDOT’s freight and passenger rail program until the new MBTA General Manager and MassDOT Rail & Transit Administrator, Dr. Beverly A. Scott, was appointed and confirmed by the MassDOT/MBTA Board on December 17, 2012.
Prior to coming to the MBTA, Mr. Davis worked in the private sector for 25 years at H.P. Hood, Inc., one of the largest manufacturers of specialty dairy products in the United States. He received his MBA from Babson College and his BS from The Defiance College. He is a daily MBTA rider, married with 2 children, and lives in Medford.
Founder and CEO, Tempo Al
Raj Singh is a mobile industry veteran having worked across the space over the past 12 years. Raj is the Founder and CEO of venture-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 www.rajansingh.com.
Niccolo De Masi
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API and Integration Architect,
George is chief instigator of API and open data strategies at UC Berkeley. His current mission is building up the university’s API vision and practice and developing API solutions. Before that, he spent a decade building enterprise integration systems . After hours, he’s active with developer evangelism, hosting API events, and connecting subversively innovative people.
CEO, Brilliant Rise
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Partner, Signia Venture Partners
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Sr. Director Mobile Engineering,
Tony Donohoe serves as Senior Director of Technology at Expedia. Current responsibilities include managing the mobile and social engineering teams based out of San Francisco.
Expedia Inc. operates more than 140 mobile Web sites in nearly 70 countries and 35 languages and collectively achieved 80 million downloads since launch. Global websites, including eLong, feature more than 240,000 bookable properties, with almost 180,000 hotels located in EMEA and APAC countries. Expedia, Inc. has relationships with more than 400 airlines, and dozens of rental car companies and cruise lines and offer 7,500+ activities.
Lead iOS Engineer, InstantCab
(previously RelayRides, Wheelz)
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Head of Mobile Business Development and
Andreas is the Director of Mobile Partnerships for Groupon. He is responsible for mobile business development and strategic partnerships at Groupon, focusing on global distribution and integration of Groupon’s mobile services.
Prior to joining Groupon, Andreas lead the team for strategic partnerships at Yahoo!, focusing on product development/integration, partner marketing and new business opportunities with mobile partners. Before joining Yahoo! in 2007,
Andreas held roles as senior consultant at Detecon (Deutsche Telekom Consulting) and T- Mobile International. At T-Mobile he lead various high profile mobile data product development projects and managed teams in Germany and the UK.
Andreas holds a business degree from the University of Aachen in Germany.
Director of Technology and Enterprise
Architect-Field Operations and Routing and
Logistics, United Rentals
Mr. Neville is a highly accomplished technology executive with a proven history of partnering with “C” level executives and department heads to define IT strategies and deliver innovative solutions that have a top-line and bottom-line impact. As Director of Technology and Enterprise Architect for United Rentals’ Logistics and Field Operations, Mr. Neville led the organization’s award-winning FAST (Field Automation Strategy and Technology) program, which was recognized as Most Innovative Use of Enterprise Technology by Mobile Enterprise Magazine in 2012. FAST has been an industry changer – effectively integrating order fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and CRM systems.
The implementation of this project has improved business processes across the board including timely customer deliveries, fleet usage, driver behavior, effective resource planning, and document organization and retrieval. Mr. Neville has extensive experience in field operations, supply chain technology, routing and logistics, and sales force automation at companies such as PepsiCo, Unisys, and Lockheed Martin. Mr. Neville holds an MBA in Quantitative Analysis from St. Johns University and a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.
Director of Engineering, Mobile,
Jerry Cheng is a mobile enthusiast who is passionate about making headways in the mobile industry. He joined Coupons.com in 2012 and currently heads the mobile development including phone/tableting running iOS, Android, Windows and other wearable devices. Prior to joining Coupons.com, he spent 5 years at Yahoo managing and developing consumer facing mobile products both for mobile web and native mobile applications. He received his MS and PhD in Computer Science with emphasis on Mobile Networking Security from University of California Los Angeles.
Senior Software Engineer, NBCUniversal
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Senior iOS Developer, Couchsurfing
Gemma is an iOS Developer from Melbourne, Australia with a passion for wine, coffee, and travel. Since 2009 she has worked on apps for range of clients (Westfield, Lonely Planet, BBC,Top Gear) and is determined to see the same measures to enforce quality applied to iOS delivery as other software domains. She currently works for Couchsurfing in San Francisco.
VP Mobile Banking and Payments,
Bank of the West
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President, Global Applications and
Platforms and Co-Founder, muru-D, Telstra
Charlotte joined Telstra in March 2013 to build the global applications and platforms growth portfolio, along with co-founding the company’s new local innovators and entrepreneurs accelerator program, muru-D in October, 2013 and along with shaping and overseeing Telstra’s API strategy. Charlotte is a veteran of the IT industry and has held senior leadership roles at EMC and VMware. She has an extensive background in cloud-based technologies and has held C-level roles for both public and privately held technology firms. Charlotte has also worked for AT&T, IBM, and Accenture in the U.S.
Charlotte is widely recognised for her leadership in working with seasoned software-based talent to bridge the gap between business and technology. Charlotte is experienced in establishing, transforming, and building global business units that range in size from start-ups to large divisions for publicly held companies. Charlotte is focused on leveraging her international experience to deliver innovative and emerging technology solutions to market on behalf of Telstra. Charlotte holds a degree in Management Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, and has recently relocated to Sydney with her husband and two children.
Enterprise Account Executive, Airwatch
Robert Gerner is an enterprise account executive at AirWatch®, the global leader and innovator in mobile device security and the largest Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) provider. In this role, he is responsible for building strong customer relationships with a focus on enterprise clients based in Northern California. Gerner identifies customer needs, gathers requirements for new feature development, and ensures the successful implementation of the AirWatch solution across the organization. His key focus is establishing AirWatch as a trusted business partner and mobile security solution within the Bay Area.
Prior to joining AirWatch, Gerner was a national account manager at Cisco Systems where he was responsible for creating deployment plans for company services. He also served as manager of corporate sales at Proofpoint, where he trained and provided direction to the sales team.
Gerner earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from California Polytechnic State University.
Christian Wiklund is the co-founder of Skout, the largest global, mobile network for meeting new people. Skout connects users to one another in real-time based on proximity, and as of September of this year, allows you to virtually travel anywhere in the world to meet new people with Skout Travel. Skout evolved out of what Christian perceived as a lack of means for connecting the real world with the virtual world. Now, he’s made it his mission as CEO of Skout to be an active enabler of connecting people. Growing up in a small town in Sweden, Christian attended school in Gothenburg where he studied Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, and subsequently got a BA in Business. In 2005, Christian relocated to Palo Alto, California where he began his professional career working with enterprise virtualization products for VMware.
Since launching Skout in 2007, the 31-year-old co-founder has witnessed the location-based landscape evolve to epic proportions. Skout reports over 200 million connections made thus far in 2013. As a pioneer of the So-LoMo revolution, the San Francisco-based company is expanding rapidly, and Christian intends to keep pushing the boundaries to find new and innovative ways to do what he does best: connect people. Skout is regularly featured in the likes of ABC World News, Good Morning America, CNN, the New York Times, TechCrunch, Forbes and more.
WW Lead Application Transformation,
HP Global Marketing, HP
London-born Paul Evans is responsible for Worldwide Marketing of Application Transformation solutions for HP. Paul has started his career as a software developer before moving to management positions with Digital, Compaq and HP.
He has a ‘passionate’ interest in the future of applications and the exploitation of cloud & mobile technologies in order to deliver improved customer experiences & citizen benefits. This is combined with his focus on the rationalization of legacy applications & supporting infrastructures to deliver enhancements in operational efficiency & effectiveness.
Paul has a degree in mathematics and lives in the north of England.
Dr Ben Medlock
Founder and CTO, Swiftkey
As co-founder and CTO of SwiftKey, Dr Ben Medlock invented the intelligent keyboard for smartphones and tablets that has transformed typing on touchscreens. SwiftKey’s keyboard was the best-selling paid app on Google Play in both 2013 and 2012 and has been No 1 in 58 countries. The company’s software was also preinstalled on more than 100 million mobile devices in 2013. It uses advanced natural language processing (NLP) to learn from each user and accurately predict their next word. The company was recently ranked the No 1 hottest startup in London by Wired and the 6th most innovative mobile business in the world by Fast Company. Ben has a First Class degree in Computer Science from Durham University and a doctorate in Natural Language and Information Processing from the University of Cambridge.
VP, Head of LG Silicon Valley Lab, LG
Samuel Chang is the Head of LG, Silicon Valley Lab (SVL). In this role, he is responsible for Software Platform Development including Software Research & Development, Product, and User Experience, created in part from the HP webOS team acquisition. He also heads the Innovation Development and Content partnership for LG’s Home Entertainment Division for North America.
Prior to this role, Samuel led the Smart TV strategy, service, and platform planning from its inception at LG. He has 15 years’ experience in hi-tech product management and development including several years at Intel. He received his Master degree from Carnegie Mellon and an Engineering degree from Georgia Tech. Samuel currently resides in Los Altos, CA with his wife and their three daughters.
North American Market Development and
Strategic Advisor, Independent
Michael J. Becker is Co-founder, Managing Partner & CEO North American of mCordis. Author of Mobile Marketing for Dummies. Michael is a recognized mobile marketing pioneer, with nearly 20 years industry expertise.
He actively contributes to the global mobile marketing industry community and its growth through a number of advisory, teaching, publishing and board roles. In addition to his role at mCordis he is an Adjunct Professor of Mobile Marketing & Business at National University. He is the North American market development manager and strategic advisor to Somo, a leading mobile marketing agency and solutions provider. He is a strategic advisor to Privowny, a leader in personal data management. Michael also is on the advisory board for Assurant Solutions, a leading insurance provider helping consumers and business “protect the things that matter.” He is also a board member for Marketing Edge, a non-profit dedicated to helping college students embrace a career in marketing, and for the Mobile Marketing Association in North American.
Previously, Michael was the Managing Director North American for the MMA (Mobile Marketing Association), where he led MMA’s regional membership, events, research, education and standards development efforts in North America. He co-founded Archer Mobile in 2004, a leading global mobile messaging solution provider. He worked on the Iridium Satellite program for Hewlett-Packard, was part of the Nuvomedia team the developed the Rocket eBook, one of the world’s first eBook solutions. He also developed the world’s first cross-platform rich media instant messaging solution while at ecrio and spent a number of years in Japan with A&D Engineering in international business development and sales roles.
Michael is an internationally recognized speaker, author and scholar on mobile marketing and personal data. He has given hundreds private and public talks and webinars on mobile marketing. He is the author, co-author and contributing author of a number of books and over 100 articles, including Mobile Internet for Dummies, Web Marketing All-in-One For Dummies, and Mobile Marketing for Dummies. He founded and oversaw the publication of the award winning MMA International Journal of Mobile Marketing. Michael is often sought out by the press and has been interviewed by leading publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Mobile Marketer, Forrester Research, eMarketer, Advertising Age, DM News, CNBC, and AdWeek.
Michael is a dedicated scholar. In addition to educating he is also a student. He is currently pursing a doctorate in business administration at Golden Gate University. His research is focused on the currency of personal information and the application of consumer controlled personal data clouds to drive relevant consumer engagement and business results.
Mobile & Wireless Practice VP,
David has more than 10 years of experience covering the markets for enterprise and government mobility solutions, wireless data communication technologies, and automatic data-capture research and consulting. David focuses on identifying the key drivers and enablers in the adoption of mobile and wireless solutions among mobile workers in the extended enterprise. David’s consulting and strategic advisory experience is far-reaching and includes technology and market opportunity assessments, technology penetration and adoption enablers, partner profiling and development, new product development, and M&A due diligence support. David has extensive primary market research management and execution experience to support market sizing and forecasting, total cost of ownership (TCO), comparative product performance evaluation, competitive benchmarking, and end user requirements analysis. David is a graduate of Boston University (BSBA).
Corporate Partnerships, Wooga
Sebastian Kriese is responsible for Corporate Partnerships at Wooga. In this position, he is responsible for building new and managing existing partnerships as well as screening the gaming market for potential acquisitions and investment opportunities. Prior to Wooga, Sebastian was a Business Development Manager at GameDuell and in charge of the Social business (on and off Facebook). He has also worked in a partner management role at Studivz.net
CTO and Co-founder, Appurify
As the brains behind Appurify’s technology, Manish holds the secret sauce to our platform. Manish has a unique blend of expertise. As a systems architect at Amazon Kindle, he designed the operating system for the Kindle line of products. At MontaVista, he was among a select group of MIPS/ARM architects that worked on the first multicore real time Linux OS, Linux 2.4 and 2.6 versions. Manish holds 30 patents in areas such as USB, Power Management, Chargers, System Debugging and Validation. Most recently, he was a CTO at Zynga.
Executive Vice President & Research Director,
Mobile, Javelin Strategy & Research
Mary Monahan overseas and tracks mobile banking and payment initiatives, mobile wallets, and mobile infrastructure, and has been advising many of the largest institutions in the U.S on mobile strategy for the past ten years. Mary is an entrepreneur, the co-founder of Javelin’s subscription practice and serves as its Research Director. She also brings successful direct financial services industry experience to her clients. Prior to joining Javelin, she was a Loan Supervisor and Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank where she supervised a $650 million portfolio of commercial, consumer, and real estate loans; and co-directed lending for 35 retail branches, five business-lending centers and one real estate loan center in the Silicon Valley. She taught behavioral economics and accounting at the college level, and she specializes in the psychology of why people spend money and the implication for mobile initiatives. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fox News, CNN Money, American Banker, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, among many others.
Vice President, OpenAPI Community and
Dan Martin is responsible for the MasterCard OpenAPI platform and Developer Zone community. He’s passionate about making MasterCard’s wealth of data and technology available to the worldwide software development community.
Previously, Dan worked on building several of the services that are now available on the MasterCard Developer Zone. Before joining MasterCard, Dan spent nearly a decade working in software research and development, building a variety of systems with geographic, mobile, web service, and e-commerce focuses.
Platform BD, foursquare
Mike joined Foursquare in 2012 to lead its platform business development efforts. Previously, he served as General Manager at Songkick (the leading concert discovery service) and Category Manager at eBay. He received an MBA from Stanford University, where he is the author of over 20 business school case studies.
VP Business Development and Traffic Strategy, Fiksu
Digital, social and mobile strategies have been Steve Bagdasarian’s passion for the past 10 years. At Fiksu, Steve leads the company’s Business Development and Traffic Strategy initiatives, overseeing Fiksu’s global partner portfolio of mobile ad networks, ad exchanges, Facebook, Twitter and all third party technology partners, collectively making Fiksu’s programmatic media buying capabilities the world’s largest mobile traffic reach available from one source.
Previously Steve managed both the Digital Strategy and Mobile practice at Boston ad agency, Hill Holliday. Throughout his career, he has worked on creating emerging media ideas that impact business for major brands like Dunkin’ Donuts, Liberty Mutual, Bank of America, Major League Baseball, Verizon, CVS, Novartis, Chili’s, Jarden Brands, TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Steve’s work won AdWeek’s Media Plan of the Year for Mobile in 2011.
Manager, eCommerce and Mobile Strategy,
Christopher and Banks
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UI Developer, Macys
Brenda Jin is a UI Developer at Macys.com. A web developer that is specializing in Tablet Prototyping at Macys.com, she is the lead technologist on a pilot agile team whose goal is to discover best practices and ecommerce opportunities on tablets. Brenda also frequently give talks on interaction design and rapid prototyping in San Francisco and abroad. In addition, she has won hackathons for projects ranging from Internet of Things to native mobile applications.
Chief Product Officer, If you Can
Stewart Bonn, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of If You Can, is one of the pioneers who turned video games into a business. He joined Electronic Arts in 1983 as one of the first employees. During his 12 years he produced many of Electronic Arts’ most successful titles including innovative software for music, paint, flight simulation and children’s education while collaborating with Chuck Yeager, Timothy Leary and Children’s.
Senior Enterprise Architect, GE Capital
At GE Capital – Americas, Tim Hundt leads a team responsible for setting strategy and standards on mobility, web, APIs, personalization, and the rest of the latest buzzwords. He also helps to transform the organization’s culture to one of innovation and forward thinking. Being a dreamer with his head in the clouds and his feet on the ground, he has delivered revolutionary software solutions for over 17 years.
Head of Mobile User Acquisition, Disney Mobile
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Head of Strategic Partnerships, DeNA
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Partner, SVG Syndicate
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Agile Coach, Twitter
Day to day I help teams at Twitter be Agile, whether they are Scrum, Kanban, or unique snowflakes. I am passionate about customer and product development. I love the speed and quality that Agile, DevOps and analytics deliver.
Senior Product Manager, Live Nation
Adam Colson joined Live Nation Entertainment in 2011 to oversee development of mobile commerce API and head up enterprise API product strategy for Ticketmaster, the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top e-commerce platforms. Prior to joining Ticketmaster, Adam launched an API platform for Fox Interactive Media’s ad network division.
CEO, ZQGame Inc
Michael Zhang is a serial entrepreneur in online/mobile gaming, E‐commerce and social network businesses with 17 years working (10 years management) experience. As the President (Overseas) of ShenZhen ZQGame (a publicly traded billion dollar online gaming company with 2400 employees and 30+ studios worldwide) and CEO of ZQGame Inc. (U.S. Subsidiary), Michael is in charge of global strategies, M&A, game publishing, licensing and operation for ZQGame for MMO client, browser and mobile games. In 2008 he co-founded and became the CEO of Ray Flame Entertainment Inc., a MMO-browser/SNS game publisher/developer in Los Angeles. Prior to Ray Flame, Michael was the General Manager of THS International Inc., the world largest MMORPG virtual currency provider. Also he served the U.S. General Manager position of an Online Game Publisher – VestGame Entertainment. Michael has worked for government, Fortune 500 Company, Corporate consulting firm and startups.
Director, Enyo Framework and
Vice President – U-verse and
Video Product Marketing, AT&T
GW Shaw is the Vice President of U-verse Marketing, AT&T. GW leads the product marketing, applications development, and product management for AT&T U-verse® TV. His team is responsible for driving U-verse customer growth, developing and rolling out new integrated applications that utilize the company’s IP platform, and differentiating the U-verse TV product and customer experience from the company’s cable competitors.
GW has been with AT&T for more than 14 years, starting with SBC Communications, Inc. in 1998. His previous positions include product marketing roles for AT&T consumer services, including voice services, converged services and product development.
GW has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
Ohad Ben Yoseph
Director of Business Development,
LG Silicon Valley Lab
Ohad Ben-Yoseph is Director of Strategy and Business Development for LG Silicon Valley Lab. In this role, he is responsible for formulating and executing content and technology strategies and partnerships for LG’s webOS software platform and Enyo cross-platform application framework. Ohad joined LG as part of the webOS technology acquisition, where he lead business development for the HP webOS business unit. Ohad has held leadership positions with Getty Images and ZING (startup acquired by Dell) as well as key business development roles at AOL. Ohad is a graduate of Tulane Law School and The George Washington University.
As the CEO of mobile gaming startup Bushi-go, Kimberly Unger is bringing visual-centric design to mobile games. Kimberly started as a 3d artist for film CGI and console games but made the jump to mobile with the rise of the first generation of smartphones. She holds a degree in Illustration and 3d design from the prestigious Art Center College of Design (ILL ’98) and developed and taught some of their first core classes in 3D modeling and animation. Kimberly continues to develop teaching materials and textbooks aimed at introducing new minds to the design of mobile games and products. Her mobile gaming startup, Bushi-go, is focusing on AAA visuals and AAA stories for the mobile entertainment market. They will be releasing their next (as of yet unannounced) title in the summer of 2014.
API Architect, uShip.com
Jason Harmon is passionate about educating developers and business folks about building and consuming APIs. He evangelizes API’s at apiux.com and co-organizes the AustinAPI.com Meetup. He is the newest API Architect for the Paypal REST API.
Founder, Brad’s Deals
Brad is the founder and CEO of Brad’s Deals, a curated guide to the best shopping deals, as a college student in 2001 and has led it to become one of the 500 most visited websites in the U.S. The company has grown revenue almost 500% from 2010 to 2013, despite not having raised outside capital.
Brad’s first book, Do More, Spend Less, was published in 2013 and immediately became a bestseller. He has appeared in or on a wide variety of media including TODAY, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, NY Times, and USA Today. Forbes named him one of America’s Most Promising CEOs Under 35.
Managing Partner, RSR Research LLC
Brian Kilcourse, recognized as one of the top retail technology leaders in the United States, is a managing partner at Retail Systems Research LLC (“RSR Research”), a company focused on delivering research, strategies, and knowledge for the extended retail industry. Formerly President & Chief Executive of Retail Systems Alert Group (RSAG), Brian is a recognized leader in retail technology practices. Brian is a frequent public speaker on subjects ranging from emerging technologies to IT governance and best practices. He also has led training seminars on the subject of “selling IT to retailers.” Brian has authored research reports on Cross- Channel Retailing, Supply Chain, Customer Data Security, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Mobility, IT Governance, Workforce Management, Services Oriented Architectures (SOA) & Software as a Service (SaaS), among other topics.
Previously, Brian was the SVP & CIO at Longs Drug Stores for ten years from 1993 through 2002. One of the top retail CIO’s in the United States during his tenure, Kilcourse was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld magazine and by Information Week as leader of the #1 retail IT shop in 2001. Kilcourse is a past member of several technology company advisory boards, including Borland, Intelleflex, Euclid, Evant, GoldenGate, and Azzarello Group. A long time San Francisco Bay Area resident, Brian holds a BA degree in Management from St.
Mary’s College of Moraga, CA.
Masahiro Tanaka is CEO and founder of Monaca, a leading PhoneGap development platform provider with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Monaca is a development tool in the cloud that provides developers an easier way to build PhoneGap and HTML5 based mobile apps. Over the past 13 years, Masahiro has worked in the Japanese mobile development space, including development of one of the first i-mode apps. Masahiro is a recognized thought leader in the HTML5 development space, and the Monaca team has lead multiple system integrations with major enterprise customers in Japan including ASICS, TV Asahi, KDDI and many more. Monaca will be organizing the first PhoneGap Day event in Tokyo in 2014. Masahiro received his B.S. in Engineering from Tokyo University.
Sr. IS Manager – eCommerce Multichannel
(OpenAPI & Big Data), Kohl’s Department Stores
Jan Rosen is a Sr. IS Manager at Kohl’s Corporation. He has 20+ years experience in the software industry with 10 years in Retail. Today he manage the Big Data and OpenAPI development teams at Kohl’s. Jan was part of initiating and establishing the OpenAPI team, practices and program at Kohl’s.
VP Engineering, Famo.us
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Director of Publisher Relations, StartApp
Ariel Shimoni, Director of Publisher Relations at StartApp. I’ve been with StartApp for almost 3 years, handling our developer life cycle. From lead to account and support, helping grow StartApp to over 60K apps and an Ad SDK downloaded over 1B times to date. Before StartApp, I spent 3 years as an account manager in the online marketing world, focusing on performance and downloadable products.
General Manager – Mobile,
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SVP, Deputy CIO, Head of Infrastructure and
Operations, Royal Philips Electronics
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Co-founder and President of Personagraph, an innovative audience intelligence platform that creates robust user profiles. Prior to Personagraph, he worked in engineering, product management, and product marketing at Yahoo, AOL Time Warner, Schneider Electric, Sears, Sourcebits, and Verizon. In 2011, he founded Intellivocab, which ranked as the #1 education app for iOS. He holds graduate degrees in Engineering and Business along with an undergraduate degree in Engineering.
Chief Technology Officer, whiteCryption
Gilles’s 20+ year experience ranges from software security to digital media technologies. Today, Gilles focuses on technologies to secure applications from potential hackers. It includes application code obfuscation techniques and performance, and how they apply to the new mobile platforms as well as whitebox cryptographic techniques. At Intertrust, Gilles designed the Octopus Rights Management Engine, which is the core technology in Marlin. There, he lead the development, media products (including the Sushi Marlin Client SD) and Wasabi Media Player and Application Suite.
Gilles co-founded a succession of digital media companies which includes OpenTV in the early 1990s where he developed a set-top box operating system that is used today in millions of devices. He then co-founded MpegTV, one of the pioneers of video players on mobile devices and X-Audio, a cross-platform, cross-media middleware platform for digital audio. The X-Audio toolkit that he developed was used in hundreds of millions of applications and devices. Gilles holds a Masters in C.S. from Telecom ParisTech. He is a French cook at heart, and enjoys California wine. On weekends you will find him riding the Santa Cruz waves on his surfboard.
Brand Strategist – Social TV specialist,
Marc is the TV Specialist on the Twitter revenue team. In his integral role Marc helps brands and agencies better understand social TV strategies and recognize opportunity on Twitter. Marc joined Twitter through the acquisition of Bluefin Labs where he was the Director of New Business Development and managed West Coast Client Partnerships for the company. Prior to Bluefin Marc worked for Dynamic Logic where he was the West Coast Director of Sales. He started with Gordon’s Guide in 2002 and worked with adventure and active travel clients all over the world managing their online marketing campaigns. Marc was born and raised in Germany, arriving in the USA at the age of 17 as a high school exchange student. He remained in the US to earn his Bachelor’s of Science in International Business and Management with a minor in Economics from California State University, Fresno. He is @mheedt on Twitter.
Founder and CEO, Flow State Media, Inc.
Kahn Jekarl is a 15-year game industry veteran and the Founder/CEO of Flow State Media, an angel-backed, cross-platform, casual game developer. They recently released “Candy Cane Casino” and their synchronous crossword game “Letter UP” already has over 1M games played. In December, they were accepted into the SparkLabs Accelerator Program. Previously, Kahn held senior marketing positions at Zynga, helping grow their casino franchise, and at Activision, where his focus on genre-defining trailers and social media helped Call of Duty: Black Ops become the biggest entertainment launch of all time in November 2010. Kahn holds degrees from Penn & MIT.
Woodside Capital Partners
Ryan Koontz is a Managing Director of WCP Research. Ryan brings 7 years of communications technology research and over 15 years of telecommunications industry experience to Woodside Capital Partners. Ryan was a founding partner at Inflection Point Research, LLC, in 2004 where he managed their communications infrastructure research practice. At Inflection Point Research his coverage spanned carriers, internet service providers, internet content and delivery, communications equipment hardware and software, and pure play semiconductors.
Ryan joined IPR from Advanced Fibre Communications, where, among several roles over his 9 year tenure, he served as Director of Business Development and Director of Marketing. His key contributions included leading the company’s acquisition and partnering activities, leading product and market strategy, handling investor and press relations, and managing engineering product development programs. During his tenure, AFC revenues grew from under $50M to over $400M annually.
Prior to AFC, Ryan held engineering management positions with Ericsson-Raynet and Pacific Bell (now AT&T).
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering as well an M.B.A. and M.S. in Engineering Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Editor in Chief, CNET News
Paul Sloan is the Editor-in-Chief of news for CNET, the world’s #1 tech news and reviews brand, and a frequently sought-after guest commentator for major national outlets such as CNBC and NPR.
A veteran journalist, Paul directs CNET’s day-to-day global news coverage and oversees long-form features and special projects. He also writes extensively about consumer technology companies, social media and the merging of technology and entertainment. Paul has covered many high-profile entreprenuers, major CEOs, and he has broken many prominent stories, most recently uncovering details about Apple’s iTunes Radio long before it launched.
Paul’s work often leads to invitations to appear on national broadcast outlets, where he breaks down the latest trends for a mass consumer audience.
Paul previously served as a San Francisco-based correspondent for Fortune magazine, as an editor-at-large for Business 2.0 magazine, and as a senior producer for CNN, based in New York. He was also a reporter for Bloomberg News. He has written for TIME magazine, and major national newspapers the The Chicago Tribune.
Paul has been with CNET for two years. He earned his master’s in journalism from Columbia University. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
VP of Product, TuneIn
Kristin George has dedicated her career to creating compelling products in the consumer internet space that make people’s lives better. Working at innovative start-ups such as Imeem (acquired by MySpace), BillShrink and TuneIn, Kristin has solved cutting-edge challenges by executing her engineering sensibilities with an artist’s mindset, and fiercely defending the interests of the user. Kristin holds a BS and Masters in Engineering from Cornell University.
Chief Learning Officer, Big nerd ranch
Aaron Hillegass is the founder of Big Nerd Ranch and the author of four books developing software for the Mac and iOS. A former employee of NeXT and Apple, he is considered a leading expert on mobile application development. Big Nerd Ranch does training and consulting on mobile and cloud applications.
Product Manager for Google+ API, Google
Thor is a Product Manager on the Google+ Platform team, focusing on delivery of APIs for use by Google teams and 3rd party developers looking to integrate with Google+. He has been working on developer products at Google for over 6 years, including several years managing the Google Maps API and Google Places API in Sydney, Australia.
Editor, Features & Analysis, eWEEK
Chris Preimesberger was named Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. He covers a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, mobile devices and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager’s Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University.
He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering NCAA basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regi onal and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.
Sr. Interactive Designer, Mobile,
Anna M. Simmons is the lead tablet designer for TripAdvisor, and also used to be TripAdvisor’s lead mobile phone designer for 2 years. She loves to defend end users when she isn’t brainstorming, wireframing and designing up a storm with her team members to create a delightful and useful experience for travelers on the go. Anna used to work at Intuit’s Innovation Lab where she mastered rapid prototyping testing with over 850 customers under Scott Cook’s ethos of design thinking.
Founder, Stained Glass Labs
Redg Snodgrass is a hybrid entrepreneur who understands how big companies can parter with and strategically leverage innovative startups. He’s taken this forward-thinking to co-found Stained Glass Labs, an incubator focused on Glass and Wearable Technology based out of the valley.
VP, Android and Cross Platform
Development, Glu Mobile
Sourabh Ahuja joined Glu in 2003 and is currently responsible for all Android games and revenue, along with Amazon’s Kindle, MacOS, W8 and new initiatives/platforms. His platform expertise is instrumental to Glu being a premier developer partner of Google and Amazon. In his 10+ years at Glu, Sourabh’s contributions to the company have been diverse, including developing over ten games as Senior Software Engineer, owning and managing Glu’s Android platform as Senior Software Architect, and coordinating development between Glu’s worldwide studios as a Development Director. Sourabh holds a M.S in Computer Science and Engineering from Oregon Health & Science University and a B.Engg in Computer Engineering from Pune University, India.
CEO & Founder, VisionMobile
As CEO, Andreas oversees the growth and strategy of VisionMobile. He has been working on the mobile industry since 2000, helping take the very first smartphones to market. Since then he’s worked with the top brand names in the mobile industry including Telefonica, AT&T, Telenor, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, MTS, Nokia, Sony, RIM, HTC, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Microsoft. Over the last five years, Andreas has grown VisionMobile into the leading, most respected research firm on telco economics and developer economics, with a client base and reputation that outrivals companies many times the size.
In his academic life, Andreas is an Adjunct Professor at Lund University, Sweden, where he teaches the Mobile Industry Dynamics Course, and a Visiting Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business where he teaches Entrepreneurship. Andreas holds a Ph.D. in Image & Video Compression from the University of Bristol, UK.
Prior to founding VisionMobile, Andreas spent 3 years at Orange’s Research & Innovation division, including serving as a technology lead for the Orange-Microsoft relationship. His interests include understanding the economics behind mobile industry disruption and visualising industry trends.
Product Management Director
for Google+, Google
Seth is the Product Management Director for the Google+ Platform. Seth joined Google through its acquisition of Meebo, where he was Co-Founder and CEO. Meebo, a consumer Internet company, reached more than half of the U.S. internet population, working to make sites more social and engaging.
Sternberg, along with college friends Elaine Wherry and Sandy Jen, started Meebo in 2005. Meebo was installed on more than 8,000 websites including Weekly, TV Guide, TMZ, Dilbert, and The Washington Examiner. Meebo investors included Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, Time Warner, True Ventures and others. Prior to starting Meebo, Sternberg worked in IBM’s Corporate Development group.
In his spare time, Sternberg mentors aspiring entrepreneurs, spends a bunch of time on a bicycle and is an avid pilot. He has spoken at several industry events and has been featured on CNBC, in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and WIRED, among others.
Sternberg graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and attended (but ultimately dropped out of) Stanford Business School.
Principle Analyst, Lopez Research
Maribel Lopez, founded Lopez Research LLC in 2008 to research how technology trends such as mobile, big data, social and cloud will transform business. Today, she is evaluating how mobile technologies will integrate with big data, analytics, and cloud computing solutions to build what Lopez Research defines as “Right-time Experiences”. Right-time experiences use context from mobile, social, and analytics to deliver an employees and customers the proper information at the point of need.
Since founding Lopez Research, Maribel Lopez has been called upon to provide strategic analysis of global markets, undertaken message testing, analyzed product positioning, and helped companies to understand where they play in new markets. Her clients include start-ups, software vendors, networking vendors, enterprise IT leaders as well as telecom providers. Today, 5 of the Fortune 20 are Lopez Research clients.
Over the past two decades, she has observed, commented on and engaged in the massive shifts in communications technologies during her work with Motorola, International Data Corp., Shiva Corporation and Forrester Research. Prior to founding Lopez Research, Maribel was a respected analyst for more than 10 years at Forrester Research, most recently as Vice President of the tech industry strategies group. In this position at Forrester Research, Maribel provided analysis on multiple topics including network and service strategies, enterprise communications and consumer markets for voice, video and data. She held positions in strategic marketing and product marketing at Shiva Corporation. Prior to joining Shiva, she worked for International Data Corporation as a data networking industry analyst. Maribel began her career at Motorola, holding positions in finance and global corporate development.
Maribel is frequently quoted by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, The Globe and Mail, Businessweek, Reuters, and The Associated Press. She has also appeared on CNN, CNBC and NPR. She is a much-sought-after public speaker. She has spoken at All About Mobile, AppNation, Cloud Connect, Enterprise 2.0, Mobile Connect, The Open Mobile Summit, CTIA as well as corporate events. She is columnist for Forbes and has been a contributing columnist for Information Week’s BrainYard and Tab Times. Maribel is a graduate of Babson College. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband.
Director of Communities and Content,
Justin Pirie is a leading SaaS and Cloud specialist- he authors an influential blog and runs the largest SaaS community in the world, with over 40,000 members. He is on the EuroCloud and IAMCP UK boards, is the Cloud Strategist at Mimecast, one of the largest European SaaS companies where he helps organisations adopt Cloud successfully. Justin has been in IT over ten years, gravitating towards SaaS over the last five. Before Mimecast, Justin was an Officer at Endeavors Technology, the inventors of Application Virtualisation after running an IT Services company for 7 years.
Vice President and General Manager,
Ramneek Bhasin is VP/GM for mobile and tablets product lines and oversees marketing at TheFind. He is responsible for TheFind’s mobile and tablet product strategy, roadmap, monetization and strategic relationships. Ramneek, a seasoned executive, brings deep experience in both startups and F100 companies with a global perspective (emphasis on Asia-Pac). Areas of expertise include B2B and B2C web/enterprise software, broadcast media, messaging, consumer mobile/wireless and social media communications. Business focus areas include corporate strategy, strategic alliances and market and brand development.
Most recently, Ramneek founded Mobio Networks and was CEO of this venture backed company focused on the next generation of mobile platforms and consumer wireless services.
Ramneek has served as EIR and remains affiliated with two of Silicon Valley’s leading VC firms – Storm Ventures and Mayfield Fund. He assisted as a strategic and/or board advisor on several Silicon Valley companies such as Good Technology (acquired by Motorola), Kaboodle (acquired by Hearst Corp.) and SnapTell (acquired by Amazon).
Sr. Software Engineer – Mobile Apps,
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
An honest nerd who loves to spread his knowledge. Andrew has been working with Mobile Development for 5 or so years.He has worked on a wide variety of projects for a wide variety of companies. From VSP to Verizon Telematics to State Farm to Grabel and now at Allegion (formerly Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies). He is the Lead Mobile developer works in Architecture, Strategy, and Code for both internal and external applications.
US Editor , Pocket Gamer
As Pocket Gamer’s US Events Editor, Martine Paris produces editorial coverage and events for the mobile game community focusing on developing, funding, marketing and monetizing monster breakout hits. She’s been a game publicist and marketer for AAA console, social, mobile, F2P MMO, and eSports, and has worked with the world’s leading game brands including EA, IGN, ArenaNet, Outspark, WeMade, Gamigo and Game Insight. Prior to that, Martine launched VISA Playspan’s Video Monetization Platform and was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. A frequent speaker on acquiring, engaging and monetizing communities at PAX, SXSW, GAMESBEAT, GLAZED, LOGIN, and the Commonwealth Club, Martine has produced and moderated hundreds of live, online and broadcast programs. She began her blogging career at AOL Music and has thousands of followers across social media. Martine has a BS in Finance from SUNY Buffalo. Follow her at @contentnow.
Director of Developer Marketing Services,
Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP)
Carlo Longino is the Director of Developer Marketing Services for the Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP), where he leads strategic consulting and marketing projects for mobile developer programs. Carlo has more than a decade’s experience in the mobile industry, beginning just after the turn of the century when he worked for Nokia at its headquarters in Finland and mobile data services were in their infancy.
Before joining WIP in 2010, Carlo worked as a freelance consultant and writer while he completed an MBA; prior to that, he was Senior Analyst for Floor64, a Silicon Valley-based analyst firm, where he covered the mobile and fixed telecom industries. He also helped launch and spent five years running TheFeature.com, a thought leadership site owned by Nokia. Carlo is a well-known mobile blogger at MobHappy.com, and his writing has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Business 2.0 magazine and on Dow Jones Newswires. Carlo has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Chief Product Officer, Shazam
Joining in May 2013, Daniel sits on Shazam’s executive board and is responsible for the company’s product strategy and direction, including expanding the role Shazam plays in music and growing new businesses like Shazam for television. Daniel will lead Shazam to achieve a vision of helping people recognise and engage with the world around them.
Daniel joined Shazam from the BBC, where he was the General Manager of BBC iPlayer and was responsible for making it ubiquitous. Daniel also launched iPlayer Radio to reinvent the BBC’s online radio and music experience, created a seamless journey from broadcast to connected television through the Connected Red Button, and delivered the media experience for the London 2012 Olympics.
Prior to the BBC, Daniel was a Senior Director at Microsoft, where he helped to develop Mediaroom (the company’s internet-connected TV platform) and, more recently, the platform that delivers music content to the web and the company’s Zune and Xbox devices.
Daniel has extensive international experience, having worked in Silicon Valley, Paris, and London. He was born in Israel and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.
INF Solutions Engineer,
Donald King, a Infrastructure Solutions Engineer at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, has more than 12 years of experience in IT-half of those working in the mobility field. His research has led to helping internal customers learn and utilize the benefit of products and devices being offered.
Don is considered an authority related to mobility information as well as integrating devices into corporate organizations. He has worked on numerous mobility projects with business partners, vendors, and other enterprises. Don also consults with other businesses that are looking to integrate corporate and BYOD devices within their organizations. Prior to his work in mobility, he served as the Mobility Engineer, Videoconferencing Project Manager and the Network Project Manager at Kimberly-Clark.
Director, Mobile Partnerships, TripAdvisor
Katherine joined TripAdvisor in 2011 as part of an acquisition (EveryTrail). She manages partnerships that increase the reach of TripAdvisor’s content, products, and brand, with an emphasis on mobile. Prior to TripAdvisor, she was the Vice President of business development, sales, and marketing for EveryTrail, a mobile start-up that helped users worldwide to create and share millions of GPS-enabled trips. Katherine loves start-ups and worked with or wrote about more than two dozen ventures before joining EveryTrail. Her writing includes case studies for Stanford’s Graduate School of Business about SuccessFactors, Tellme, Ning, XenSource, and Benchmark Capital. Katherine received her BA and MBA from Stanford.
Associate Director, Verizon Wireless
Paul Tuscano is a veteran product developer and product manager at Verizon Wireless. With over 20 new products launched, his notable development efforts include Verizon Wireless’ suite of parental control services, mobile security, mobile Search, SureResponse – Verizon’s first mobile health product, and most recently, the ISIS Mobile Wallet. He is responsible for having created Verizon Safeguards, Verizon Wireless’ over arching brand for safety and security. His product management experience extends into several areas including search and advertising, cloud based services, and various other mobile commerce services. In addition to his product responsibilities, Paul has established VZW’s carrier billing policies and content standards for parental controls, a model most recently adopted by the CTIA.
Head of Marketing, Orange Healthcare
Benjamin Sarda is Head of Marketing at Orange Healthcare.
Orange Healthcare aims to develop e-health activities in France and internationally leveraging the France Telecom-Orange Group’s expertise in Information and Communication Technologies.
Prior to Orange Healthcare, Benjamin led the creation of Orange Assistance, an Orange subsidiary providing home computer assistance services to Orange customers. Benjamin has held various director-level positions within Orange.
Before joining the Orange group, Benjamin worked in the area of medical imaging at INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale), a publicly funded medical research entity in France.
He began his career as a system engineer at Eutelsat, a satellite telecommunications operator.
Benjamin is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications de Bretagne and holds a MS in signal processing.
Developer Advocate, Parse
Christine has a passion for developers and mobile technologies and has yet to come across a mobile OS she didn’t like. This has naturally led to her role as a Developer Advocate working with Parse. At Facebook, she’s worked primarily on the iOS and Android SDKs and in supporting strategic Open Graph partnerships. Prior to Facebook, Christine headed up engineering at Mshift, a mobile banking software provider, delivering iOS apps and mobile browser-based products. Prior experiences include co-founding Clickmarks, a mobile and enterprise middleware provider. Christine has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Business Development Digital
Thomas Pinter is Business Development Digital Entertainment Manager at paysafecard. Paysafecard is a prepaid solution for online payments, that enables customers to pay online and is offered by more than 450,000 sales points in 33 countries. Over the past years, paysafecard has become one of Europe’s leading alternative online payment solution.
Before joining paysafecard in 2012, Thomas was Cloud Computing Evangelist for Google.
Senior Researcher – Mobile Apps,
Tim is a Senior Researcher at the Stanford University Economics Department. He previously managed online and digital marketing for both a leading Fortune 500 company and a start-up. Also, Tim has been behind the scenes at CNN, CBS and ABC. He interviewed numerous movie stars in Los Angeles and New York City while serving as executive director of a student digital media group. Tim holds a master’s degree from Stanford University and earned his bachelor’s degree with Highest Honors from The University of California, Berkeley where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Director of Product Engineering,
JP’s current role is leading the census-based Smart TV R&D efforts at Nielsen’s Global Technology and Innovation Center. Prior to Nielsen, he held key positions in software engineering, product management and program management at Yahoo!, Digeo, Vidiom, Liberate Technologies, IBM and Philips. He was instrumental in creating the Yahoo! Connected TV platform used in millions of Smart TVs from Vizio, Samsung, LG, Sony and Toshiba. He also helped launch OCAP 1.0 with CableLabs and Time Warner Cable, and developed set-top box middleware at Liberate Technologies. JP received Masters degrees in Computer Engineering from USC (Los Angeles), and Aerospace Engineering from Sup’Aero (France).
VP of Global Corporate
Communications, App Annie
Before joining App Annie, Marcos served as the Director of Marketing at Egnyte, a leading enterprise file sharing company. Marcos, who was on the founding team of iBand—which was later acquired by Macromedia— has more than 16 years of experience working with startups. Previously, Marcos served as a Communications Strategist at Clarabridge and has held various positions in marketing and product management, including as Spokesperson for the launch of Macromedia’s Shockwave product and as Lead PR Strategist for launches of VeriSign, CyberSource, Software.net and Quote.com.
EVP Marketing, App Annie
Oliver is responsible for App Annie’s brand and marketing. He brings a wealth of experience in marketing, social media and gaming. Prior to App Annie he was the Product Lead for Zynga China and previous to that the Marketing Lead for XPD, a social gaming start-up that was acquired by Zynga. Back in London, Oliver was working at ad agencies creating brand campaigns for international brands like Virgin, Ikea and Diageo. Oliver graduated from the University of Cambridge.
TBC, Perfecto Mobile
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Josh Williams is CEO at Kontagent, and also serves as chief science officer.
He manages Kontagent’s strategic revenue projects, data science initiatives and corporate development. Josh is responsible for driving Kontagent’s world-class proprietary data processing, analysis platform and algorithms into new verticals and markets.
A serial entrepreneur, Josh has extensive experience transforming technology companies into industry leaders. Prior to Kontagent, he served in executive positions at two highly successful startups. He was the CTO at a big data firm specializing in automated real-time financial securities analysis until it was acquired in 2003. Josh was also the CEO and CTO at a leading game technology company where he guided its growth until its acquisition in 2007.
Josh is an avid investor and enjoys using his years of industry insight to help new entrepreneurs reach their business goals.
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Co-founder & CEO, Level
Jake Fuentes, 27-year-old Co-founder and CEO of Level Money, Inc., is dedicated to reinventing the way we think about money. Level is wholly focused on addressing the financial challenges and opportunities facing Jake’s generation, from everyday cash flow to student loans. In an world where money is digital, Level Money is the mobile equivalent of opening up your wallet to see what you can spend, providing a live snapshot of a spendable income for that day, week, and month.
Prior to Level, Jake served as Chief of Staff for Emerging Products at Visa, where he designed Visa’s first external developer platform, managed international product development and was instrumental in the world’s largest mobile money partnership between Visa and Vodafone. Jake is a graduate of Stanford University and is a named inventor on multiple patents issued and pending.
Mobile Application Development
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Respected for his innovation and collaboration in technology, Sanjib Sahoo was awarded “2013 CIO of the Year Award” by Executive Club of Chicago, AITP and SIM. Sanjib directs all aspects of information technology for tradeMONSTER Group’s online retail brokerage, tradeMONSTER.com, and its financial media site, optionmonster.com. He has been with tradeMONSTER Group since it was founded in 2006 and has masterminded their innovative, award winning brokerage technology platform, tradeMONSTER, rated as best options trading platform by Barron’s. He is also the visionary architect of tradeMONSTER’s patent pending mobile app that was ranked best in the financial industry in just a few weeks of its launch. Sanjib was recognized as one of the most Innovative CIOs by CIO magazine for impacting business. He is a thought leader in the industry and his ideas/insights have been featured on several national/local media outlets such as HBR, CIO, WIRED, WSJ, WallStreet and Technology, NBC Chicago, Techcrunch, Crain’s etc.
Heidi Zak is the co-founder of ThirdLove, a new apparel brand that uses technology to empower a woman to size herself & shop for perfect fitting bras in the comfort of her home.
Previously, Zak was a Senior Marketing Manager at Google, where she oversaw the redesign of the company’s two most highly trafficked B2B sites. Before making the jump to tech, Heidi cut her teeth in retail at Aeropostale where she quickly rose to Director of the retail giant. During her time at Aeropostale, she launched and ran the International Division, as well as the tween & gift card businesses. Zak first got the bug for innovative retail concepts at Bank of America, where she worked on IPO & acquisitions for companies including Juicy Couture and Aeropostale.
Zak holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Product Manager, New Markets
Epson America Inc.
Eric is a Product Manager in the New Markets group at Epson America, Inc. He is currently in charge of launching a new product category for Epson – the Moverio smart glasses – and working with developers to build apps that are optimized for this new platform. Prior to working at Epson, Eric worked at Deloitte Consulting and graduated from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
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Design Lead, Google
Marco is the Android UX Lead for for Google Play and core Android apps. Prior to Google he worked on a wide range of industries, designing experiences for Nokia, LG Electronics, Siemens VDO and JWT.
Director of Engineering Mobile,
Ganesh Srinivasan leads mobile development at LinkedIn. He joined LinkedIn in 2011 and currently heads mobile development across all the phone platforms – Android, iOS and the mobile web. In his previous role, Ganesh worked at Yahoo! in the messenger groups building the mobile presence for that product. Prior to that he has worked on a wide range of projects working across the stack on both the client and server side.
Senior Creative Director, AOL
Cory has both a designer and developer background and currently fills the role of Senior Creative Director at AOL where he heads up a large team of interactive designers and front-end developers who are entirely focused on building cross-platform, multi-screen digital advertising experiences. Currently his main area of concentration is the exploration and usage of open web technologies for developing rich, animated, interactive, and immersive “Flash-like” experiences that perform consistently and flawlessly across all targeted platforms, browsers and devices.
Cory has also served as chair of the IAB’s HTML5 digital advertising initiative, where he has led a group of industry experts that are focused on vetting out common development approaches that can be standardized and scaled in the near future. This group of experts has worked tirelessly over the course of the past year in order to document and publish the first ever HTML5 best practices and guidelines for digital advertising. Cory was awarded an IAB Service Excellence Award for his leadership of this initiative which has helped the billion dollar, digital advertising industry move closer towards the widespread adoption of open web technologies.
Founder, Zonkey Escape
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CMO, Urban Airship
Brent Hieggelke is the CMO of Urban Airship, which helps the world’s top brands grow mobile engagement through push notifications, and in-app purchases and subscriptions. Previously, he spent a decade helping brands optimize digital marketing initiatives in executive marketing posts at WebTrends, TouchClarity and Omniture. Most recently, Brent started and ran Second Porch, the first Facebook-integrated social vacation rental site sold to HomeAway, Inc. in May 2011. Early in his career, Brent co-founded New City, a media company in Chicago. Brent has been awarded multiple marketing awards, and is a frequent speaker at both marketing and digital conferences.
CEO & Co-founder, Taptica
Sigal Bareket’s background consists of over 8 years’ experience in the mobile apps and mobile content business, including app design and marketing. After holding senior management positions in multimedia, internet and interactive TV companies, Sigal served as the CEO of Logia Mobile who managed the content activities for Israel’s largest mobile operator, Cellcom, as well as for other leading operators around the world. Her background includes content development, app creation, mobile content marketing and content team management. Sigal also founded and managed Bookid, a startup company that turned classical children’s books into interactive mobile apps. Nowadays, Sigal is co-founder and CEO of Taptica, a global user acquisition-based ad-network.
Head of Developer Programs,
Eric has been in the mobile industry for over 11 years, starting his career at Ericsson Inc. Most recently, he was at NOOK Media LLC. as the Developer Services & Technical Manager, helping to build and define their developer outreach program. Dolby has launched an aggressive program to improve sound quality in music, games and entertainment applications by partnering with developers and hardware companies.
Jesse was born in Santa Monica, CA, grew up in Germany and now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was a great experience but his accent now suffers from an ongoing identity crisis! His career spans 14 years working as a software engineer, holding a broad range of positions from developer to CEO across SMEs, start-ups and multi-national corporations where he has been passionately involved in the various facets of mobile computing.
Associate Director, IT Security and
Privacy, Gilead Sciences
Krishnan has over 21 years of demonstrated expertise in security architecture, security governance, system security, software design and development in complex systems environments. Krishnan is working as a Associate Director, IT Security and Privacy at Gilead Sciences. and responsible for the IT Security Strategy, Vision, Architecture, and Roadmap and manage several IT security domains.
Prior to Gilead, Krishnan has worked as Chief Security Architect at Roche/Genentech and had similar role in various organizations like Stanford Hospital, CNA Trust, Reuters America, and ABN Amro. Krishnan specializes in cryptography, PKI, applications security, network security, database security, and application design and development, IT security audits, privacy and compliance.
He holds an Bachelor Degree in Mathematics, Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and Certified Information Security Manager Certification.
Research Director, Gartner, Inc.
Angela McIntyre is a research director at Gartner and covers wearable electronics, the impact of technology trends, and human-computer interfaces. Ms. McIntyre’s research extends to the Internet of Things, the connected home, and consumer privacy. Before joining Gartner five years ago, Ms. McIntyre worked at Intel, where she informed product strategy for personal computing. Prior to Intel, she was with Texas Instruments.
Director of Front End/HTML5,
Big nerd ranch
The Front End Engineering department at Big Nerd Ranch specializes in training and consulting on cross-platform apps that use Open Web technologies. Chris Aquino serves as the director of that department and is the author and Senior Instructor of Big Nerd Ranch’s “HTML5 Apps with jQuery” training course. He is lucky to have a team of brilliant engineers who make the web a better place.
Senior Software Developer,
Jonathan Lipps has been making things out of code as long as he can remember. He currently works as a Senior Software Developer for Sauce Labs, which enables him to write code for various open-source projects, like Appium (the Node.js-based mobile automation framework for which he’s the primary architect and lead developer).
Jonathan has worked as a programmer in the startup world on and off for over a decade, and given talks on software development at conferences around the world, but is also passionate about academic discussion.
Jonathan has master’s degrees in philosophy and linguistics, from Stanford and Oxford respectively. Living in San Francisco, he’s an avid homebrewer, rock climber, and writer on topics he considers vital, like the relationship of technology to what it means to be human.
IBM MobileFirst Solution
Rich is a seasoned software professional with 20+ years of experience in application development, project management, software process improvement, architecture, quality management. He has lead projects in the media and finance industry including options trading modeling software, equities program trading software and media distribution systems.
Rich has also lead large software improvement initiatives in fortune 500 companies, operational change initiatives and agile transformation projects. He has been involved in mobile application development in various capacities for 13 years while at IBM and is part of the World Wide MobileFirst Tiger Team as a Solutions Architect.
Senior Director of Advanced
Technology and Threat Research, Arxan
As the first employee of Arxan Technologies, Susanto was brought on board to work alongside company co-founder in building the anti-cracking products that protect against software piracy, tampering, and reverse engineering.
Susanto led the engineering teams for the flagship product and he is currently the Senior Director of Advanced Technology and Threat Research.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana.
Co-Founder and CEO, Crittercism
Andrew has been co-founder and CEO of Crittercism since 2011. Prior to starting Crittercism, Andrew Levy was the co-founder of AdThrow, a Y Combinator company that built a data processing pipeline for real-time ad targeting. Before YC, Andrew worked at HP Software where he led teams specializing in agile programming methodologies and advocating rapid product iterations. Andrew also worked for several companies in defense and intelligence, such as Silicon Graphics Federal, Northrop Grumman, and Computer Sciences Corp. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
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Digital Brand Partnerships,
FremantleMedia North America
J.R. Griffin is the Vice President of Digital Brand Partnerships at FremantleMedia North America and runs digital integrations for American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The X Factor and other FremantleMedia properties.
He is a publishing and digital media executive with over a decade of new media and web content development, programming and management experience. J.R. created and ran the New Media Programming division of NBCUniversal for the E!, Style and G4 networks, which provided all video content for each of the networks’ sites and mobile applications, and the company’s video syndication businesses which included signature Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Grammys coverage.
J.R. also participated in three major website redesigns and network rebrands, and the launch of E!’s sister network the Style network’s MyStyle website. He developed a proprietary content management system which allowed for scalable video syndication from the E!, Style and G4 networks to partners as broad as YouTube, Hulu, iTunes, Verizon and more.
Principal Evangelist, BlackBerry
Larry McDonough is currently Principal Evangelist for BlackBerry and responsible for launching the BlackBerry Runtime for Android apps. He has spoken on numerous topics such as Mobile Monetization, Android development, Mobile App Security, HTML5 vs. Native, and Home Automation/IoT using QNX. Larry has written code that’s run in space for NASA, in the Pentagon for Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the Walt Disney Studios campus, and was pictured in National Geographic Magazine demonstrating full-body motion capture (Oct. 1995). Larry led Java ME Product Management and 3 JavaFX engineering teams at Sun Microsystems and managed all the OpenGL APIs at SGI. Larry has a BSCS from UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management. He lives in Silicon Valley and works at BlackBerry’s Mountain View, CA location.
SVP of Social,
Matomy Media Group
Menachem manages all revenue and customer operations for Matomy’s SEM and social advertising units. His in-depth knowledge and understanding of online media and marketing comes from over 14 years of direct experience with hundreds of advertisers and a dedication to utilizing technology and innovation to increase sales. Prior to his role at Matomy, Menachem was VP of sales and marketing at MSN Israel, where he managed product development teams, oversaw online marketing strategies and established and maintained relations with MSN managers across Europe. He also held the position of VP of sales with TheMarker.com, a leading finance and business website, where he was in charge of developing marketing procedures and overseeing sales teams.
Dr. Brian Laughlin
Technical Fellow – IT Architect,
Mobile Devices, Commercial
Aviation Services, Boeing
Dr. Brian Laughlin has served many roles during his 19 years at the Boeing Company, covering many aspects of airplane production, including everything from actual aircraft construction as a Compoosites Mechanic, to trouble shooting and fixing Production problems as a Process Engineering Analyst, to his roles in IT as an eBusiness Software developer, Federated Search Developer/Manager. Brian has filed numerous patents, and received a plethora of awards for his inventive, problem solving solutions in IT, including: an Ed Wells Technical Excellence Award (99) Meritorious Invention Award(03), two Special Invention Awards(02, 09), and a Technical Replication Award(11).
Brian was inducted into Boeing’s Technical Fellowship 2007, and also serves as a technical consultant, mentor, and leader for the enterprise IT community. Most currently, he serves as an Enterprise IT Architect and a leader of the BCA Mobile Solutions Team, planning, creating, selling and supporting mobile applications in support of Boeing’s airline customers around the world. Brian also works developing Technology roadmaps and visioneering for Mobile technologies, including alternative form factors such as wearable computing and projectable interfaces and collaborative environments such as virtual and augmented reality.
Brian graduated from Wichita State Univeristy with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology(1994), a Masters Degree in Experimental Psychology (1999), and a Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology(2001). Brian also holds APICS certifications, and is a certified Lean coach and consultant.
SVP, Westfield Labs
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Product Lead, Linked In
Tomer Cohen is responsible for leading LinkedIn’s product team for mobile, the fastest growing consumer product on LinkedIn accounting for more than 38% of unique visiting members, across iPhone, Android, Mobile Web, Windows Phone, BB and Nokia. The team is responsible for mobilizing LinkedIn’s product offering, including Growth, Identity, Search, Content, Updates, International, User Acquisition and Retention. Tomer also leads mobile monetization efforts across LinkedIn’s three business lines: Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions, and Premium Subscriptions.
Prior to LinkedIn, Tomer worked as an entrepreneur with Greylock Partners, founded a company in the personal CRM space, and developed products in Voice and Video over IP, as well as, Wireless Communications. Tomer holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BSc in Communication System Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
CEO and Creative Director,
Frank & Oak
Independent and determined, Ethan has launched and collaborated on an array of creative and entrepreneurial endeavors. As co-founder, CEO, and Creative Director of menswear e-tailer Frank & Oak, Ethan enhances everything customer-facing, including the product, marketing campaigns, and online shopping experience. His vision of creating a simple and innovative company at the nexus of fashion, technology, and retail makes him an inspiration to his team and those around.
Originally from China, Ethan has traveled and worked on most continents, including more pronounced stints in Shanghai, Paris, and Vancouver. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and professionally performed and studied drama and dance for several years.
Ethan’s extensive retail experience and interest in sales and marketing made his early career as a strategic management consultant a natural fit. In 2012, he co-founded Frank & Oak to revolutionize the traditional retail model and offer men the simplest way to shop online. Ethan’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for both the arts and sciences make him a successful driving force behind the innovative brand.
VP of Marketing, Flywheel
Seth Berman is VP of Marketing for Flywheel, which works with taxi fleets to allow you to hail a taxi, track your ride, and pay – all from your smartphone. Flywheel is currently available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Seth is also a mentor at 500 Startups, a seed fund and mentorship-driven accelerator program focused on helping startups succeed through design, data, and distribution. Prior to Flywheel, Seth was Director of Global Marketing at BabyCenter, the #1 pregnancy and parenting mobile and web destination worldwide. A native of the Boston area, Seth has an MBA from Duke University and lives in San Francisco.
VP of Publisher BD and
Matt Tubergen is the Vice President of Business Development and Programmatic at Appia, the leading mobile user acquisition network. Matt and his team help mobile publishers monetize their traffic with targeted, high quality content. Matt has over 12 years of experience in mobile content and the ad-tech space. Matt has been instrumental in building advanced platforms to help companies acquire profitable users. Prior to Appia, Matt helped build, lead, and manage many mobile first divisions from NativeX to THQ.
Senior Account Manager,
Key Accounts, Digia, Qt
Tony Wittry is responsible for North America key accounts business, managing relationships with enterprise Qt users at Qt, Digia since 2005. He has a ‘passionate’ interest in future of applications and mobile technologies in order to deliver improved benefits for enterprises and user experience. This is combined with his focus on key consumer application development frameworks, mobile applications and supporting infrastructures to deliver direct enhancement insights to Qt, Digia R&D.
Tony is a former software developer and has bachelor’s and masters degrees in engineering from Caltech and University of Southern California.
Technical Architect Consultant,
Dan Cundiff (@pmotch) is a Technical Architect Consultant at Target Corporation. For 8+ years Dan has been doing development across security, social media and knowledge management, and service oriented architectures. Today he works on API development, creating RESTful web services that are used in and outside of the enterprise across a wide range of devices, applications, and business partners. Dan enjoys automating everything and likes to exchange pro tips on continuous integration and deployment.
Chief Product Officer,
Foodie Media Network
Bill is highly creative, deeply analytical, passion-driven and battle-tested entrepreneur as well as an experienced, early-stage executive that personifies the ‘think different’ concept.
As a multi-domain pioneer Bill continues to connect the dots between broadband/mobile technologies and new/emerging media markets. With keen vision and strong drive Bill has been instrumental at successfully delivering several fundamentally disruptive and patented (wireline & wireless) technologies that paved the way for the accelerated adoption and proliferation of consumer broadband worldwide. Subsequently, Bill’s understanding of the underlying broadband infrastructure allowed him to develop new software platforms and create innovative business models in the globally-exploding online/mobile media markets.
As a veteran of emerging markets Bill is not the type to shy away from a challenge and enjoys the concept-to-company creation and evolution processes and has deep and profound understanding of the business transformations associated with the same. Equally comfortable with the creative as well as the business side Bill possesses a rare ability to bridge the gap between the two. As a strategist Bill’s insightful go-to-market initiatives have resulted in optimal industry positioning with high visibility and early customer acceptance. Bill is also a published author having written numerous articles on content delivery models, broadband wireless and personal technology. In addition, several of Bill’s early hires are now successful VCs/CEOs demonstrating Bill’s ability to recognize and cultivate top talent.
Vice President of Marketing
Richard is responsible for shaping Bango’s message and effectively communicating that message across Bango’s web properties, in the media and in investor communications.
Richard has extensive experience across the technology industry. He began his marketing career in various pan-EMEA roles, launching new technologies in the fields of Free Space Optics (FSO), Virtualization and network switching. He has built and led several marketing teams, while developing his skills in his favourite disciplines: digital marketing and public relations. For several years Richard also held a visiting position as Head of Knowledge for the London-based corporate think-tank Unwired Ventures, a research, writing and thought-leadership role.
In 2009 Richard founded WorkSnug, a global community that helps mobile workers to find laptop-friendly workspaces around the city. WorkSnug was amongst the first augmented reality apps on the iPhone. Richard has written for the BBC, PwC, Nokia and others, focusing on the impact of technology on how we live and work. Richard holds the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Advanced Diploma in Marketing.
Director of Smart TV Advertising
and Interactive TV Platforms, LG
Wendell Wenjen is director of Smart TV Advertising and Interactive TV Platforms for LG Electronics. Since joining LG in 2010, he has been responsible for strategy, business development, and partnerships for LG’s US Smart TV advertising and interactive TV initiatives. He led the strategy and implementation of the LG’s first Smart TV advertising service which launched in the US in November 2011 and launched LG’s LivePlus interactive TV platform with Showtime Networks in August 2013. He has discussed how Smart TV’s have opened new opportunities for content producers, networks and advertisers at a variety of events including Advertising Week, TV of Tomorrow, Digital Hollywood, iMedia Video Summit, Digiday Brand Summit, NATPE and Videonuze Online Video Advertising Summit. He is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Interactive Media peer group.
Prior to LG, Wendell held a variety of marketing and business development leadership roles in the technology industry including Intel Corporation, Acer and Flextronics. Wendell holds bachelors of science and masters of engineering degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an MBA in marketing from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Senior Analyst, Yankee Group
Senior analyst with Yankee Group, focusing on analyzing opportunities around mobile applications and their impact in the mobile ecosystem.
Digital Strategy Director,
Saatchi & Saatchi
Kayla Green is the Digital Strategy Director for Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles, working on strategic initiatives for one of SaatchiLA’s largest clients, Toyota, with a focus on digital and mobile priorities. Kayla joined the SaatchiLA team from iconmobile, a WPP-owned mobile technology and marketing organization where she ran Strategic Engagement for some of the organizations’ global clients including Colgate-Palmolive, Ford, Kimberly-Clark and Microsoft. Named one of Mobile Marketer’s ’25 Women to Watch’ in 2012, Kayla is also the Los Angeles chapter co-chair and San Francisco chapter founder of SheSays, a global organization for women in digital communications. Kayla also teaches mobile marketing courses through MediaBistro to marketing professionals looking to further their knowledge of the mobile marketing industry.
Chief Product Officer, AdColony
David Kurtz is Chief Product Officer at AdColony and leads product strategy and execution of the company’s mobile video ad products. For the past decade, Mr. Kurtz has held strategic mobile positions across top brands and technology companies. Most recently, he served as VP, Publisher Network, AT&T Interactive. During his tenure at the company, Mr. Kurtz managed the business through a period of hyper growth, scaled impression delivery to over a 1.5B run rate over 9 months, created a new line of business with national advertisers and migrated the ad systems to a yield optimization exchange model. He also helped the company forge partnerships with premier publishers including Accuweather, Huffington Post, IMDB, Pandora, Verve and The Weather Channel.
Mr. Kurtz holds a BA in English with a specialization in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Head of Strategic Planning,
At Play Creative
A seasoned digital marketer, Richard O’Connell heads up strategic planning and new business for At Play Creative, an innovative digital agency based in Los Angeles. Prior to At Play, Richard was Vice President of Marketing for the Disney ABC Television Group where created audience driving programs for ABC.com, ABCNews.com and Disney Channel as well as supervised the launch of the division’s second screen apps.
While at Disney, Richard oversaw the digital marketing strategy for the Academy Awards including the launch of The Oscar Backstage Pass app which was rewarded with an Emmy for “Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media.”
Before joining Disney, O’Connell spent four years at Yahoo!, first in the company’s mobile division, where he was responsible for programming Yahoo’s content for mobile devices before moving to the Yahoo! Media Group where he led product marketing for Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! News and Yahoo! Shine.
Shrikant is a Director and Enterprise Architect at Costco Wholesale. In a career spanning three decades, Shrikant has worked in most roles of IT systems delivery in seven countries across the globe. In his current role, he is part of the team spearheading the multi year transformation and modernization efforts of this giant retailer Shrikant has a passion for education. He was a visiting scholar at the CMU School of Computer Science and SEI. A senior member of IEEE, Shrikant is active in multiple professional bodies and has served in various positions in these organizations. He is currently the Chair for Student Activities and the Chair of Computer Society for IEEE Seattle Section. Shrikant presented at two Opengroup conferences, International summit of EA, The Gartner IT Leaders Forum, International Conference of the Computer Society of India and multiple universities on various topics in the recent past. His current professional interests include evolution of enterprise architecture, challenges in transformation of large organizations, impact of digital and mobile technology on enterprises, developing the culture of innovation and IT process models.
Co-founder & CTO, Zeebox
Anthony is co-founder and CTO of zeebox, a new platform that turns live TV into a two-way, social and interactive viewing experience.
Previously he headed up BBC iPlayer from 2007 to 2010, taking it from pre-launch to major success story. Anthony moved to YouView in May 2010 to create an open next-gen connected TV platform with aggregated content.
Prior to this, Anthony was at Altnet and Kazaa, creating a digital music store and download application, and before that at Brilliant Digital.
VP, Worldwide Marketing,
David brings over 20 years of high-tech marketing leadership to OutSystems. Prior to joining OutSystems, David was VP of Global Marketing for Damballa, a leading provider of network security solutions. Previously, David was SVP of Global Marketing for Jacada where his branding and positioning expertise helped drive the company from start-up days to a $55 million initial public offering on Nasdaq. Under David’s leadership, Jacada successfully defined new markets, gained Leader status in multiple Gartner Magic Quadrants, drove industry recognition through numerous product awards and prominent media coverage. Prior to Jacada, David was a Senior Director of Marketing for KnowledgeWare/Sterling Software, and a Senior Director at Deloitte Consulting advising Global 2000 companies on IT strategy. David holds a Masters Degree in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Economics from Union College.
Big Fish Games
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Senior Sales Engineer, Aternity
Lee Guthrie serves as Senior Sales Engineer at Aternity, whose award-winning End User Experience Management solution monitors any app on any physical, virtual or mobile device providing a unique, user-centric vantage point that closes the visibility gap existing with network- and server-centric application performance management tools. Guthrie works alongside Fortune 500 prospects and customers, assisting them in architecting and implementing Aternity within their diverse, complex, and rapidly evolving IT environments to deliver optimal end user experience and increased business productivity. Prior to joining Aternity, Guthrie was a Principal Solution Architect with HP (formerly Mercury Interactive). He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from WPI and his MBA from Clark University.
Brittany Tarvin Young
Mobile Product Manager, New Relic
Brittany is the Mobile Product Manager at New Relic, a web and mobile software analytics company. She is passionate about helping developers everywhere achieve optimal performance in their mobile apps. Previously, Brittany was co-founder and CEO of FadingRed, a mobile and desktop app development shop where she also actively coded on several iOS and Mac OS X projects. Formerly the co-leader of Girl Develop It Chicago, Brittany actively works to promote diversity in the technology space.
CEO, Electronic Transactions Association
Oxman brings two decades of technology and policy experience to ETA, the global trade association representing more than 500 financial and technology companies in the electronic payments industry. He joined ETA from the Consumer Electronics Association, owner of the International CES®, where he served as senior vice president of industry affairs. Previously, Oxman served as general counsel of a technology industry trade association and as vice president of a Silicon Valley-based technology company. Oxman also worked at the Federal Communications Commission to develop and implement technology and broadband policies. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Maine Supreme Court, and he is also a former broadcast journalist. Oxman received his B.A. cum laude from Amherst College, and his M.S. and J.D. from Boston University.
Software Developer, Artisan Mobile
Audrey is a software developer at Artisan Mobile building the world’s first mobile experience management platform for both iOS and Android and is a core developer on the Artisan Android SDK. In addition to being a polyglot programmer and full-stack developer with seven years of experience, Audrey is passionate about clean code, beautiful apps, and automation.
Founder and CTO, Artisan Mobile
Scott Wasserman is Founder and CTO of Artisan. In this role, he helped create the industry’s first Mobile Experience Management platform, and he continues to lead technical development of Artisan’s cloud-based software solutions. Wasserman has more than 20 years of experience founding and working with entrepreneurial high-technology companies. Over two decades, he has led the creation and development of successful mobile, RFID, intelligent device, consumer software, and Internet-based systems. He and his engineering teams have delivered projects for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kodak, Sony, Maytag, Verizon, Advanta, Intuit, and other Fortune 500 companies, and have won numerous industry awards for software and design. Scott was the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Stitch Networks, BizEquity and QuiqMeds, and was Chief Technology Officer of e-brilliance and Transmogrify. In 2010, Scott founded Artisan to power the next wave of mobile innovation.
Scott volunteers at the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute at Temple, has served on numerous advisory boards for startups in the region, and is on the board of the Wilmington University Game Design & Development School, and The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia.
Product Marketing Leader,
Carlo Cadet leads Product Marketing at Perfecto Mobile, the leading cloud-based mobile application testing and monitoring company. He is responsible for go to market strategy, product positioning, messaging and manages the customer reference program. Previously, he held similar responsibilities driving identity & access management and virtualization initiatives at RSA Security. He earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BSc in Computer Science from Tufts University. He served his country as a Captain in the United States Air Force driving large scale software programs focused on command and control.
Co-founder and CEO, Namo Media
Gabor Cselle is the Co-Founder/CEO of Namo Media, a San Francisco-based startup founded by former Google and AdMob engineers and product managers, funded by Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and others.
Namo Media powers Facebook-like native ad formats for mobile apps with content streams: news, dating, messaging, photosharing, and social. These formats perform better than annoying 320x50px banners and interstitials. Native ads are the future of mobile advertising, and Namo Media powers native ads in mobile applications.
Michael heads up Jumio’s worldwide sales and business development efforts and brings over 20 years of high-growth company experience to this role. As Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Services at CyberSource, Michael oversaw all enterprise sales and professional services functions worldwide. During his tenure, he was responsible for driving revenue growth from $35M (2004) to $340M, increasing global department staff from 58 to 177, establishing new international offices in Singapore, China, Brazil, Australia, and Dubai, and implementing new enterprise-wide compensation and organizational structures. He served in a primary role in driving the $2 billion acquisition of CyberSource by Visa Inc. in 2010. In addition to his experience with CyberSource, Michael has held a variety of sales positions in a number of technology companies, including AVT Corporation, Comdial Corporation, Nitsuko America, and Inter-Tel.
CEO, WinWire Technologies
Ashu Goel, CEO, has 23 years of technology and consulting experience focused on helping business and technology leaders harness the power of Collaboration and Analytics across the enterprise. With technology trends such as cloud, mobility, big data and consumerization of IT, collaboration and analytics have become even more important; leaders are looking to leverage insights in making information actionable. Mr. Goel has helped clients in a variety of industries such as Hi-Tech, Financial Services, Healthcare and Retail. He is a Haas MBA graduate from Berkeley and has a BS from IIT Roorkee. He worked for leading organizations like A.T. Kearney and Microsoft prior to starting WinWire in 2007.
IBM API Economy Evangelist and
IBM Certified IT Specialist, IBM
Laura Heritage is an API Evangelist for IBM. She was instrumental in establishing API Management for IBM and as a product manager led the creation of the IBM API Management solution. She now focuses her time helping customers understand the API economy and establishing API strategy for internal, external and partner consumption. Previously Laura was the SOA Governance SME and established SOA in several companies world wide.
Senior Editor, Re/code
Ina Fried covers wireless issues and devices, including tablets, smartphones and even some phones of average intelligence.
Her road to becoming the woman she is today has been a long one. Ina spent three years at AllThingsD.com leading mobile coverage and served as co-producer of the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. Before that, she spent a decade at CNET where she covered, among other things, Microsoft and Apple. Her reporting spanned several continents, two genders and included chronicling the Hewlett Packard-Compaq merger, Bill Gates’ transition from software giant to philanthropist, as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Prior to joining CNET in May 2000, Ina covered chips for Bridge News and was a writer at the Orange County Business Journal and Orange County Register.
Ina graduated from Miami University in Ohio.
Director, Developer Platform and Partnerships, Mashery, An Intel Company
Neil Mansilla is the Director of Platform Evangelism & Partnerships for Mashery. He is responsible for helping developers discover, learn and utilize the platforms on the Mashery API Network (http://developer.mashery.com/apis), as well as helping Mashery customers optimize the design and developer experience (DX) of their APIs. Neil previously founded several web and software companies in verticals including search, e-commerce, real estate and healthcare.
Software Engineer, Intel
Daniel Holmlund has been a software developer for more than 14 years. During that time he’s worked on a variety of projects including p2p caching technologies, currency transaction servers and a software workflow for publishing e-books.He joined Intel’s Developer Relations Division 3 years ago focusing on mobile software including HTML5 and Android.
Technical Marketing Engineer, Intel
Gayathri Murali is a Technical Marketing Engineer with over 4 years of experience in application development, optimization and porting to Intel platforms. She completed her masters in software engineering from PSG college of Technology, India. Over the past few years at Intel, she has worked on topics spanning Intel Cloud Service Platform APIs, Perceptual Computing and Android on x86. She has evangelized Intel products at popular developer events, hackathons and conferences by holding presentations, webinars and application labs.
Paul is CEO of Dynmark, a mobile engagement and intelligence platform. Dynmark enables brands and enterprises to create immersive, intelligent and valued consumer communications via SMS and via mobile apps through the Donky network. Donky is the world’s first 2 way mobile engagement Network NaaS. Paul was formerly part of the exec team at MessageLabs, the world’s largest cloud-based email security and Data Company, who were acquired by Symantec in the biggest UK tech buy out.
HTML5 Evangelist, Intel
Ben has been with Intel for twelve years since earning a computer science degree from Oregon Health and Science University School of Computer Science. He has performed as an Intel Enterprise Solution Architect, a Technical Marketing Engineer and as a Strategic Relationship Manager responsible for the Intel/Adobe relationship. Currently, Ben is a developer advocate fostering HTML5 and Android mobile communities to help developers learn, forge relationships and share knowledge to get X86-optimized apps to market for faster time to money. In his spare time Ben has developed sensor-based apps and has been hacking Minecraft for his son and doing his best to resist Steam sales.
Paul H. Müller
CTO & Co-founder, adjust
Paul is the CTO and a co-founder of adeven. He is in charge of building and scaling adeven’s technologies. Previously, Paul was the CTO and Managing Director for two companies rapidrabbit and Müller & Wulff GmbH. The first of which he founded at the age of 23 and it proceeded to publish 25 apps and made 10M downloads. Müller & Wulff GmbH was founded in 2010 and offered innovative IT services.
Paul studied physics in at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität in Greifswald and likes anything that’s fast, especially motorcycles.
Program Director, MobileFirst Platform & Analytics, IBM
an was previously the offering manager for virtualization and cloud products before moving to his current role in the MobileFirst team. He joined IBM in 2008, following its acquisition of Transitive Corporation, where he was VP of Marketing. Prior to that, he worked in executive roles at companies that included VMware, Zone Labs and Brio Software. For more than 15 years he has focused on delivering best-in-class enterprise solutions to global clients.
Founder, Little Worlds Interactive
Jenna is a Boston-based game designer dedicated to making meaningful games with lots of personality. She founded Little Worlds Interactive with a vision to make educational adventures for kids, and will be releasing The Counting Kingdom this spring.
Founder, ClutchPlay games
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Hanna Bree Hanson
Co-Founder, Odin’s Hammer
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Founder, Battle Group
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Tony has over 12 years of leadership experience in the global telecoms and messaging space. At mBlox and Boku, he opened up messaging and payments services to over 82 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. Tony has a Masters in Computer Science from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble and an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
VP of Publisher Solutions, Airpush
Tan Tmangraksat is Vice President of Publisher Solutions at Airpush. Prior, he was at Velti as VP of Publisher Solutions for the Mobclix Exchange and Velti Media. Additionally, was at Yahoo! and was responsible for pricing and yield optimization for the west coast. Tan joined Yahoo! as part of the BlueLithium acquisition, where he contributed strategic leadership and was instrumental in the integration and management of the Yahoo! Ad Network on the Right Media Exchange. At Bluelithium, he managed their key partnerships as well as media optimization strategy to contribute to the network’s significant growth in reach. Tan’s has provided through leadership through various events and articles regarding mobile monetization with a global focus. He holds a degree in Political Economy from the University of California.
Product & Engineering Manager, Mobile, New Relic
Jonathan [Karon] built New Relic’s mobile software analytics team. He spends his days inventing new ways to measure and improve every aspect of mobile apps from the inside out. When he’s not trying to convince you that mobile apps are the ultimate distributed system, Jon can be found in the woods or demoing the granddaddy of all realtime-local-social apps running on an Apple Newton and Windows 95. Jonathan was previously a technical leader at various financial processing, SMS, social, video, game, and web product companies.
Founder & CEO, Syncano
Nikolai Fasting is the Founder, CEO & CTO of Syncano. Syncano is a backend-as-a-service in the cloud that makes it easier to synchronize and scale data across devices and servers in real time. Prior to founding Syncano, Nikolai has 10+ years in the broadcast TV and internet space, founding several successful companies.
Director of Content,
PBS KIDS Digital
As Director of Content for PBS KIDS Digital, Abby leads innovative cross-platform content strategies for the Kidscreen and Webby award winning PBSKIDS.org.
Abby joined PBS in 2005 and works with PBS KIDS producers on a variety of award winning program sites, games and apps and also led several web original productions including the Webonauts Internet Academy and the PBS KIDS Cartoon Studio. She has a MA in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University, where she conducted research in their Children’s Digital Media Center.
Engineering Director – Android,
Michael is the Engineering Director for the Android team responsible for American Express’ flagship consumer Android apps in the U.S. market. Development on these apps began in 2010.
Since joining the company in 2008, Michael has worked on a number initiatives at American Express including analytics, enterprise content management, AmexLabs, iOS apps, international mobile applications, NFC payments, the U.S. homepage and the U.S. online card applications site.
Michael holds a BS in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, where he specialized in computer security.
Sr. Product Manager,
Enyo Framework, LG
UX, Product & Mobile Leader,
Melissa Matross is the President & Founder of Bluejacket, where she consults on Mobile, UX and Product Strategy and Team Development. Melissa regularly speaks at industry events and advises executives on product and user experience strategy.
Before launching Bluejacket, Melissa ran Mobile for The Hotwire Group. Melissa launched Hotwire’s mobile presence and team and drove all mobile initiatives and strategy, including mobile and tablet web channels and native app innovation.
Melissa has a background in User Experience and many years of UX management experience. Prior to building the UX team at Hotwire, Melissa led UX strategy for a number of clients including: Royal Caribbean, American Legacy Foundation (Truth), Children’s Hospital Boston, Fidelity Investments, Timberland, Lycos, and SAP, among others. Melissa studied Human Computer Interaction and Psychology at Stanford University.
Melissa is mildly obsessed with good design & superior customer experiences.
iOS Engineering Manager, Groupon
Experienced user interface engineer and team lead focusing on the development of iOS as well as desktop and mobile web applications.
Since 2007, Peter has helped launch major consumer applications at Apple, eBay, and Groupon.
Chief Strategy Officer, Smaato
Ajitpal comes with a background of business development and product strategy from Digital Advertising Technology companies such as OpenX, AdaptiveAds, Adify and Google DoubleClick.
Over the course of 12+ years Ajitpal has been involved in display advertising technologies with the last role being at OpenX. OpenX is a leader in monetization platform for Publishers and a one of the top global RTB exchanges. During his tenure at OpenX Ajitpal was a key member of the business team helping build leadership position within premium publishers and growing RTB marketplace to a leadership position. Over the course of three years OpenX’s online RTB exchange grew by more than 200% YOY.
Ajitpal will help Smaato maintain similar growth in mobile RTB and drive the core business and product strategy for our supply and demand business. Ajitpal majored in Finance at Cal State East Bay in San Francisco bay area.
Organiser, SF Agile Marketing Meet-up
Austin is a co-organiser of the San Francisco Agile Marketing meetup, which serves as a place to learn from and network with other pioneers in the Agile Marketing field.
Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer,
With more than a decade of marketing experience at companies ranging from early-stage startups to publicly traded enterprises, Matt Johnston leads uTest’s marketing, community management and organizational strategy efforts. As Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, he leads the company’s large-scale initiatives around expansion and partnership formation. He also oversees awareness of the uTest brand and management of the company’s global community of professional software testers.
Prior to joining uTest, Matt served as VP of Marketing at crowdsourcing pioneer, OnForce. Before that, he was the Director of Marketing at Mimeo.com and worked at Herman Miller as a commercialization strategist. Matt earned a B.A. in Marketing from Calvin College, as well as an MBA in Marketing & Technology from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Matt is a frequent speaker at top technology and mobile conferences, including STARWEST, CTIA, Mobile App World, FutureM and Enterprise 2.0.
Steven Willmott co-founded 3scale and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Steven was previously the research director of one of the leading European research groups in Europe on distributed systems and Artificial Intelligence at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. He brings 10 years of technical experience in Web Services, Semantic Web, network technology and the management of large-scale international R&D teams.
Director of Product Marketing,
Layer 7 Technologies
Ross Garrett is the Director of Product Marketing for Layer 7 – acquired by CA Technologies in June 2013. Ross is responsible for market strategy and positioning of the Layer 7 & CA security portfolio, and drives solution marketing across various industry verticals. He has almost 10 years of product leadership experience, helping service providers and other large enterprises transform into open platforms and embracing APIs as the leading edge of development and innovation. Layer 7 is a leading API Management vendor according to The Forrester Wave™ of 2013, and counts more than 300 of the world’s largest organizations as customers of their API Management Suite.
CoFounder & Chief Creative Officer,
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Technology Strategist, Compuware
Klaus Enzenhofer has over 5 years of experience and expertise in the field of Web Performance Optimisation and User Experience Management. He works as Technical Strategist in the Centre of Excellence team at Compuware APM. In this role he influences the development of the dynaTrace Application Performance Management solution focusing on Real User Monitoring of web and mobile applications. He is a regular speaker at technology conferences on Real User Monitoring and Performance related topics and has also written many articles and blogs which have been published in print and online publications.
Vice President, Mobile Product,
Jason is responsible for Criteo’s mobile product development, strategy and execution. Prior to Criteo, Jason led Google’s APAC mobile display product management team based in Tokyo. Jason joined Google though the acquisition of AdMob, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s publisher product line including analytics and core revenue optimization tools for iPhone, Android and mobile web. Prior to AdMob, Jason spent 5 years at Yahoo! where he managed their global mobile browsing initiatives. Previously, Jason held product management positions at eVoice, Lucent Technologies, and MetaInfo. Jason has a BA in History from the University of Washington.
Head of US Marketing, Metaio
Trak Lord is the head of US Marketing for Metaio, the leader in augmented reality research and applications. Before joining with Metaio, Trak attended Dartmouth, where he first started working with augmented reality technology, only to relocate to Silicon Valley and consult for social media and augmented reality startups.
Since joining Metaio, Trak has traveled all over the world evangelizing augmented reality and Metaio’s research. He also manages Augmented Reality Blog, the most widely read source in the industry.
When he’s not at Metaio, Trak enjoys vintage motorcycles, street food and coffee. Lots of coffee.
Senior Director of Product
Management, Mobile, Groupon
Fabio Sisinni is Senior Director of Mobile Products at Groupon. He is responsible for key mobile products that helped Groupon mobile business grow from 15% to over 50% of US transactions. Before joining Groupon, Fabio led product management of mobile products at PayPal growing total payment volume from $24m to over $4B run rate. Prior to that, he held management positions at Motorola and was a management consultant at A.T. Kearney advising wireless carriers on strategy and operations. Fabio earned his MBA at Kellogg School of Management and his graduate degree in computer engineering at University of Rome in Italy.
Senior Product Marketing Manager, HP
John Jeremiah is a senior product marketing manager with the HP Software Applications Transformation team, focusing on the mobile applications lifecycle. He is a software professional with over 20 years of experience including a variety of leadership roles with the U.S. Navy, IT consulting and Fortune 500 IT organizations. His previous roles span from application developer, project and program manager, Director of Testing Services, and Delivery Process and Methodology Director. Prior to joining HP, he was director of Testing Services and Project Delivery Services for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, where he led the adoption of CMMI Maturity Level 3 process framework.
TechHive & PCWorld
Jon is a veteran consumer technology journalist with more than 15 years experience covering PCs, mobile devices, and now wearables. He’s served as editorial director of MaximumPC and Mac|Life, and was senior editor of the Gadget Lab section of Wired.com. Jon currently serves as the lead editor of PCWorld, TechHive and IDG’s new launch, Greenbot, a site dedicated to the Android universe.
Vice President of Product Development
and Marketing, Offercast Mobile
Stefano Sassu is a widely respected leader in mobile entertainment who has built innovative businesses in the U.S. and Europe for over fifteen years. He currently holds a Vice President of Product Development and Marketing position at Ask Partner Network.
In this role he is responsible for overseeing the effort for all mobile initiatives, setting overall strategy, and maximizing mobile search and advertising opportunities for the group through Offercast Mobile (www.offercastmobile.com).
Prior to Ask Partner Network, Stefano held a Vice President Position at FOX Mobile Group, where he provided result-oriented product management for multiple entertainment brands while developing profit-driven mobile services and applications for FMG’s customers. Before joining FMG, Stefano has started his career in the mobile space as Head of Product Development at Dada (acquired by NTT DoCoMo, a Japanese provider of mobile voice, data and multimedia services). He was responsible for the management of on-deck and off-deck partnerships with international mobile carriers, aggregators, OEMs, as well as media partners, overseeing all lines of operation and financial performance for the B2B division of the company.
Jonathan Bittner is the CEO and co-founder of Splitwise, the easiest way to share bills with friends, roommates, and loved ones. Splitwise was named by TIME as one of the best iPhone apps of 2013, and has over 4,000 reviews in the Google Play and iTunes app stores. Jonathan was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2011, and holds an MS in Physics from Harvard and a BS in Physics from Yale.
Vice President–Video Business and
Original Content Development, AT&T
Tom Sauer is Vice President, U-verse Video Business and Original Content Development for AT&T. He is responsible for advancing AT&T’s media and entertainment initiatives and overseeing key alliances, original content development and third- party video partner programs.
Previously, Tom was Vice President, Corporate Strategy for AT&T. He was responsible for driving strategic initiatives to broaden and unify AT&T’s advertising strategy across local search, TV, and mobile businesses. He also helped advance AT&T’s entertainment services across TV, PC and mobile devices.
Tom has strategic market development expertise in consumer-based video service delivery, advertising, satellite and content delivery networks and in IP-based video networks. His strong technical background and business development/operation expertise allow him to provide balanced objectives in strategic market and business development activities.
Before joining AT&T, Tom was head of business development for Thomson/Technicolor Electronic Distribution Service’s business unit. He also held previous positions at SkyStream Networks, as director of business development, and at RealNetworks, leading market development activities. At SkyStream, Tom drove strategic partnership efforts and new market development for IPTV video headend systems and a push-based content delivery platform. At RealNetworks, he led market development activities in a group chartered by the CEO to transform of the company’s narrowband audio business into a leading broadband streaming media delivery company.
Tom co-founded Khoral Research Inc., a high-tech company specializing in scientific software and consulting services to government agencies and fortune 500 companies. He has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on advanced networks, image and video processing from The University of New Mexico.
Co-Founder and CEO, Kaazing
A native of Sweden, Jonas Jacobi brings eighteen years of extensive experience leading the development of innovative technology products and services to Kaazing. As co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kaazing Corporation, Mr. Jacobi sets the company’s business strategy and oversees all aspects of Kaazing’s operations and mission to become the world-wide leader in real-time Web technologies.
Before co-founding Kaazing Mr. Jacobi served as VP of Product Management for Brane Corporation, a startup company in Silicon Valley, dedicated to developing a market-leading enterprise platform for building model-driven applications.
Prior to his appointment as Vice President for Brane Corporation, he spent over 8 years at Oracle where he served as a Java EE and open source Evangelist, and product manager responsible for the product management of JavaServer Faces, Oracle ADF Faces, and Oracle ADF Faces Rich Client in the Oracle JDeveloper team.
Mr. Jacobi is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has written numerous articles for leading IT magazines such as Java Developer’s Journal, JavaPro, AjaxWorld, and Oracle Magazine. Mr. Jacobi is co-author of the best-selling book Pro JSF and Ajax: Building Rich Internet Components, (Apress).
Smart TV Alliance Board of Directors
Member Vice President and Vice President
Interactive Content & Services Group
Panasonic Corporation of North America
Merwan Mereby is Vice President of Interactive Content and Services Development at Panasonic Corporation of North America. Mr. Mereby has more than twenty years of experience developing and deploying strategies to grow revenue, increase market share and increase profitability. Within Panasonic, he has demonstrated his expertise in business development, sales and marketing as well as strategic planning to create new business solutions.
Mr. Mereby is currently leading the global incubation, expansion and innovation of Panasonic’s Smart Screens by identifying and implementing strategies to enable the development of compelling applications and services, which is redefining the content consumption and viewing experience including content discovery and recommendations.
Since joining the company, Mr. Mereby has had multiple high-profile assignments. He has led Panasonic’s e-commerce
team, managed sales channels, developed sales and marketing as well as distribution strategies and policies, developed new sales channels, streamlined business processes, developed innovative product strategies and has identified and forged strategic partnerships and managed relationships with leading technology and Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Mereby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana.
Director of Sales, Mobile Games,
A lawyer, entrepreneur and former professional poker player, Curt brings a unique perspective to the mobile marketing space. Since joining Fiksu, Curt has created and executed user acquisition and product strategies for hundreds of developers with a focus on the games space. He also helped conceptualize and create FreeMyApps, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiksu which has quickly become one of the world’s leading app discovery platforms. Recently, Curt relocated to San Francisco to open Fiksu’s West coast office where he is now Director of Sales for Mobile Games.
Head Of Business Development, Storm8
Quincy Yang is Head of Business Development at Storm8, the leading mobile social gaming network and developer.
Before Storm8, Quincy managed developer relations at Zynga as Senior Director, driving Facebook growth initiatives across major game studios, including FarmVille and Zynga Poker. He also led day-to-day strategic discussions with Facebook. Before that, he was at Yahoo! heading business and financial operations for two global business units that represented over 1.1 billion monthly users and $2 billion in annual revenue. Quincy graduated from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Chief Business Development
and Strategy Officer, anypresence
Susan Miller manages enterprise partnerships, alliances, and strategy for AnyPresence. She has extensive sales, marketing, and strategy experience across a variety of companies and industries in the US, EMEA, and APAC. Most recently, Susan held a senior leadership role at The Corporate Executive Board, a global NYSE company, where she led an SMB start-up division, including responsibility for $60M+ growth, 175+ staff and 5000+ customers. She also developed CEB’s Global Product Support advisory services and managed various Sales, Marketing, and Research teams. Prior to CEB, Susan was a strategy consultant for Mercer Management Consulting where she also helped author several intellectual capital publications on digital business design, and worked in Strategy and New Business Development at Staples. She split her college career between Wellesley and Dartmouth Colleges and completed executive education at Wharton. She is an active volunteer with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an Acceleprise business mentor, a Board member of several non-profit organizations, and a member of the Army Navy Women’s Tennis team.
Director of Business Development,
Sara Cowie is the Director of Global Business Development for Hydra Media Technology, Inc. She has several years of experience working in mobile and application development across various industries and capacities.
As President of Game Development and Operations at SGN, a leading cross platform game developer and distributor, Josh Yguado is responsible for development, marketing, and operations for all games. He also leads mergers and acquisitions and ran the acquisitions of SGN, MindJolt and HallPass Media.
Yguado is a co-founder of SGN, previously in charge of game development and responsible for successful cross-platform titles includingPanda Jam, Jewels of the Amazon, and Bingo Blingo. He joined SGN from Fox where he was Vice President of Business Development and worked on the acquisition of MySpace and the launch of Hulu. Yguado previously held strategic planning and corporate development positions at MTV/ Nickelodeon and Univision. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated with honors from Harvard University.
Senior Manager for Consumer
Products and Strategy, Bloomberg
Aviad is a Senior Manager for consumer products and strategy at Bloomberg L.P. He is focusing his efforts these days in establishing Bloomberg as a leader in providing innovative news content to its audience and expanding on Bloomberg’s product roadmap to deliver on connected devices and emerging platform.
Prior to Bloomberg, Aviad led the mobile efforts at Nordstrom. Aviad has started his career in Israel where he gained extensive experience in both domestic and international firms in defining strategy for mobile and emerging platform.
Sears Holdings Corporation
Nishanth Nair is a UI/Mobile Architect specializing in building HTML5 based web and mobile applications at Sears Holdings Corportation. He has co-authored the book “Building Mobile Applications Using Kendo UI Mobile and ASP.NET Web API”. He has an engineering degree in Computer Science and extensive experience in web/mobile technologies working for companies such as Accenture, McAfee and DaVita.
Developer Advocate, Dropbox
Leah is a Developer Advocate at Dropbox. In a past life, she has co-authored both the OAuth and OEmbed open API specifications. Leah loves APIs, open source, and nicely written documentation.
Developer Advocate, Dropbox
Steve Marx is a Developer Advocate for Dropbox, helping developers make better applications with the power of Dropbox’s platform. Prior to joining Dropbox, Steve founded Webscript.io and Site44, which uses Dropbox’s API to turn Dropbox folders into websites. Previously, Steve spent 10 years at Microsoft working on developer platforms, most recently Microsoft’s cloud platform, Windows Azure.
Senior Product Manager,
Buyer Experience, StubHub
As Senior Product Manager, Nikhil Sukhtankar leads product development for StubHub, envisioning, designing and launching new products to improve the buyer experience at the balance between innovation and execution. Prior to joining StubHub, Nikhil was eBay’s Senior Product Manager, Mobile Insights, and comes with a diverse background spanning across various functional areas such as mobile, social, internet commerce, Catalog Merchandising and Pricing Systems, Internet Marketing (SEM / SEO / Affiliates) strategies, Open platforms and SOA services, and Supply Chain and Inventory Management. Having launched several mobile and web-based products, including StubHub’s Go Together, he is passionate about solving complex business problems and monetizing ideas and opportunities.
Head of Real-Time Solutions,
Peter Moskovits: Peter heads up real-time solutions development at Kaazing, a software company enhancing the way business and customers communicate across the Web using the new HTML5 WebSocket standard. Peter works closely with architects and the developer community to build and deploy the best possible web communication solutions.
Before joining Kaazing, in various product management leadership roles Peter was responsible for Oracle’s portal product strategy.
Peter is a frequent speaker at conferences and industry events, such as GoTo, YOW!, JavaOne, Oracle OpenWorld, HTML5DeConf DevCon5, and various user group meetings. He is the co-author of two books: The Definitive Guide to HTML5 WebSocket and the Oracle WebCenter 11g Handbook.
SVP Sales – Performance Advertising, AdColony
Director of Analytics and User Acquisition, Perfect World Entertainment
Head of User Acquisition, Gameloft
VP of Business Operations, PocketGems
Director of User Acquisition, GREE
Lead Evangelist, Unity
Enterprise Architect, Intel
Director of Technology and Product Evangelist , Perfecto Mobile
CXO, Developer Media
Chief Innovation Officer and co-founder, Ad4Screen
As a graduate of HEC International Business School, Patrick has a strong CRM DNA as prior to Ad4Screen, he co-founded Directinet, one of Europe’s Direct Marketing pioneers and leaders. There, he was Director of Product Innovation & Studies and advised numerous start up and Blue Chip companies (in E-commerce, Telecommunications, Entertainment and Utilities) with their segmentation and eCRM strategy.
VP, Mobile Banking and Payments, Wells Fargo
Senior Software Engineer (Privacy), AVG Technologies
Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse
Phil has particular specialisms in behavioural profiling and cookie regulation, e-marketing, and international data transfer strategies (including binding corporate rules). He has worked on numerous multi-jurisdictional data privacy projects across more than 80 countries. In addition to privacy and information law, Phil regularly advises on a wide variety of other technology, social media, and e-commerce projects.
Phil holds an MA in Computer Science from Cambridge University and a postgraduate diploma in Intellectual Property from Bristol University. He is a frequent contributor to Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Privacy and Information Law blog (http://privacylawblog.ffw.com) and is also a contributing author to the IAPP’s “European Privacy: Law and Practice for Data Protection Professionals” and Wolter Kluwers’ “Global Privacy & Security Laws”.
Chairman, Mobile Monday Silicon Valley
Director Retirement and Individual Technology , TIAA-CREF
She has made significant strides in developing and driving the mobile strategy forward. As a pioneer in adopting BYOD technologies, Ms. Hajara has executed a strategy which allows users to access enterprise applications on their mobile devices. TIAA-CREF now offers employees a comprehensive suite of enterprise applications on their mobile devices. Serving as visionaries across the business, Ms. Hajara and her team are enabling mobile capabilities for the firm’s Field Consultants and Investment Advisors.
Evidence of Ms. Hajara’s innovative leadership is exemplified by the recent news that TIAA’s mobile site was ranked 3rd in Fortune 100 by The Search Agency, according to Business Wire.
Ms. Hajara has had over 18 years of experience in IT including a background in systems application development, content management solutions, online channels, mobile technologies, and intranet solutions. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, she was employed with Merrill Lynch for over 10 years as a Development Manager for online technology, in addition to having led the implementation of their Brokerage IPAD application and a Mobile web solution for Institutional participants.
Education: Ms. Hajara has a Masters in Computer Applications from Osmania University.
Senior Vice President, City National Bank
Senior Director of Product Management, Modcloth
Vice President of Mobile & TV Apps, Vimeo
Vice President, Global Media Sales Tech, Games & Media Group, CBS Interactive
An accomplished ad sales executive, Cochrane is an eight-year veteran of CBS Interactive and is a recognized authority in paid- and earned media, as well as branded content. She works closely with the world’s leading brands to create innovative campaigns that come to life and engage audiences across CBSi’s diverse portfolio of sites.
Cochrane, who has spent her career in digital publishing, uniquely understands the importance of creating campaigns that resonate across all screens – from the PC to mobile devices to the television – and works closely with CMOs and media buyers to create comprehensive programs that help drive awareness and purchase intent.
In the last year alone, Cochrane guided the team for significant new brand introductions, including CNET’s Smart Appliances effort, its expanded Car Tech vertical and the launch of CNET en Español, the first-ever tech brand serving Spanish-speaking consumers in the United States. Under her leadership, the company forged strategic partnerships with Audi for the XCAR series, Best Buy for the expanded appliances section and with T-Mobile as the charter sponsor for CNET en Español.
In addition to consumer marketing, Cochrane has significant experience in business-to-business marketing. Prior to joining CBS Interactive in 2006, Cochrane worked at both IDG and Ziff Davis Media in corporate sales roles.
Cochrane earned her bachelors degree from Kenyon College in Ohio. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her family.
Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Celtra
Prior to joining Fetch, Guillaume managed creative efforts for PhoneValley in the U.K., working across the Digitas and Razorfish agencies in mobile and providing strategy to brand innovators including McDonald’s, Nissan, NSPCC, Pfizer, Purina and Shell.
Guillaume holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Reims Management School.
Director of Business Development-Mobile & Advertising, TRUSTe
Nick holds a BA in economics from University of California at Berkeley.
CEO & Founder , Trailerpop
Jim Van Dyke
CEO and Founder, Javelin Strategy & Research
Mr. Van Dyke has led in the roles of research, product management and education at organizations ranging from Fortune 500 to startup. A frequent presenter, previous speaking venues range from US House of Representatives to numerous industry events. Mr. Van Dyke’s published comments reach a global audience of over 40 million people per year though outlets ranging from CNN to the Financial Times.
CTO, CBS Interactive
Director, Business Development, Kabam
Founder & CEO, Desti inc
Senior writer, Wired
I’m a senior writer with Wired, co-founder of Longshot magazineand media innovator. I used to make lots of single serving sites, like Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle, and a bunch of other stuff that’s just too awesome.
Here are some stories I wrote about getting crushingly hacked, the way Yahoo screwed up Flickr, a delightful heart-warmer live from CES, and Generation X.
You may also have seen my work in 7×7, The Awl, The Bold Italic, Budget Travel, The Daily, Gizmodo, Macworld, Mother Jones, The National Journal, The New York Sun, O The Oprah Magazine, Popular Science, Runner’s World, Salon, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The SF Weekly, Time, WIRED, WIRED UK, or Women’s Health, among other places.
I like music cycling and running and hiking and open water swimming and making myself stronger and faster and smarter. I have escaped from muggers, lions, cobras, mosquitos, dolphinsand Alcatraz. I drink too much beer, and even more coffee. I am from Alabama. Holla.
CEO, Catavolt, Inc. & Board Member, mBlox
Head of Business Development, AppTap
Head of Product and Design, Personagraph
Developer, Startup, Accelerator Relations, PayPal
Run Startup Blueprint program in the Americas
Organizing Hackathons & Meetups in Silicon Valley & beyond
VP of Business Development, KidoZen
Iker Jamardo Zugaza
VP Engr, Ludei
CEO, Stealth Mobile
Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board, Goo Technologies
Marcus Kruger is the Executive Chairman of Goo Technologies and leads strategy and business development as well as investor relations. Marcus is a serial entrepreneur building profitable companies in the digital space, consulting and professional services. He serves on the board of several companies and has over 10 years of experience from Management Consulting from global organizations such as Accenture and boutique firms such as Cavendi Management Consulting, which he founded in 2009.
Vice President, NVIDIA
Neil Trevett is Vice President of Mobile Ecosystems at NVIDIA, where he is responsible for enabling and encouraging compelling applications on smartphones and tablets. Neil is also serving as the elected President of the Khronos Group where he created and chaired the OpenGL ES working group that has defined the industry standard for 3D graphics on mobile devices. At Khronos he also chairs the OpenCL working group for portable, parallel heterogeneous computing and helped initiate the WebGL standard that is bringing interactive 3D graphics to the Web.
North America, Reporo
Chi Lee is the vice president of North America for Reporo which is a premium mobile adult ad network with global offices in seven countries.
Reporo currently handles over 1 billion mobile ad impressions a day and has complete front and back end solutions for advertisers and publishers alike. With 15 years of online advertising experience, Lee has spent the past seven years working for adult industry players including Black Label Ads, Madison Avenue and DatingGold. With his “customer service first” approach he has worked on and helped guide and nurture more than 1,000 successful campaigns. His office is based in San Francisco.
Melissa Perenson has spent the past two decades covering technology and entertainment. Frequently found with smartphone or tablet in-hand, she’s been on the lookout for apps that will change how stories are told.
Sr Android Developer, Target
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SVP, Design, Ixonos
As a seasoned and insipirational design leader I’ve always loved to take on new, big challenges as I’ve been working in difficult, strategically important spearhead projects for both companies throughout my career. Working with smart people is what makes this work truly interestingö from different cultures, sometimes located globally elsewhere.
From strategy to conceptual development, from operational design lead to delivery of tried and true final design, the whole process is long and requires best from all the people involved. Thus, giving people clear directions and goals, and then empowering them to achieve even better results, that is something I’ve learned as the #1 principal over the years in design management. After leading people from different countries all over the world, I know how to make design organization as one entity, no matter how diverse or fragmented it may be geographically or role-wise.
Design management is all about the communication and you really need to understand how to communicate with people and teams. Cultural differences are something not to be underestimated.
I believe one is never ready with learning new so eagerness to learn new things in work is a priviledge that must be cherished in every action and project.
By having worked in both Top 2 mobile telecommunication companies in design management roles, I can now see the whole area, from business and marketing to design and R&D much better and I firmly believe this gives me unique and deep experience in the whole world on this exciting industry and its design function where its going. I’m still proud to be in the forefront and delivering next actual UE experiences to billions people.
Vice President of Marketing, Mobile App
Consultant & Advisor,Sirqul
Exposed to the many facets of the mobile industry, Viki Zabala is equipped with unique insights into the nuances, challenges and opportunities across the mobile ecosystem. Advisor at Sirqul and independent mobile strategist, Viki’s leadership, passion and dedication to her craft have catapulted her to the epicenter of the mobile marketing world. Previously she was the VicePresident of Marketing at Fiksu and FreeMyApps and today works with several apps in the retail, lifestyle, coupon and games segments on their product and go-to-market strategies while also playing as a key advisor and marketer to many mobile platform solutions. Devoted to educating, empowering and promoting women in mobile and digital industries, Viki plays an active role in a number of organizations, including Women in Wireless and Mobile Marketing Association. She was recognized for her contributions and continued influence in the mobile marketing community as one of Mobile Marketer’s 2012 Mobile Women to Watch.
Senior Vice President of Product
Jim leads the product management group at Roku and is responsible for product strategy, user experience, partner relations, and the developer program. From 2008-2012, Jim led content partner relations and spearheaded the acquisition of prominent entertainment brands on Roku. Under Jim’s leadership, Roku launched its developer program and expanded its streaming entertainment from just one channel to more than 500 channels. Before Roku, Jim was vice president, business development for Internet TV at Netflix where he secured the company’s initial device partner relationships. Prior to Netflix, Jim was vice president of marketing and co-founder of Akimbo Systems. Jim has held management positions at Macromedia and marketing positions at Apple. Jim holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
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