VP, Mobile, Vimeo
Nick is the creator of Appetites and Echograph. Both apps focus on revenue generation from mobile video content. In 2013, with Vimeo's acquisition of Echograph, he transitioned from his role as CEO of Clear-Media to Head of Mobile at Vimeo.
CEO, Vox Media
Jim runs all aspects of Vox Media, one of the fastest growing online publishers, focused on the sports, personal technology and gaming categories. SB Nation, its sports brand, boasts over 30mm users per month across 300 individually branded, fan-centric sports communities, each covering a specific professional or college team, league or sport. In November 2011, Vox Media launched The Verge, which has quickly established itself as a category leader and the fastest growing site that covers technology. In October, Vox launched Polygon, a site dedicated to news and community for fans of gaming, anchored by an all-star roster of writers. All Vox Media sites are built upon its world-class proprietary publishing platform.
Founder and CEO, RebelMouse
Paul Berry is Founder and CEO of RebelMouse and Soho Tech Labs. He is a General Partner at Lerer Ventures and serves on the Digital Advisory Board of American Express. Previously, he was CTO of HuffingtonPost and before that, Vice President at Related Capital. He is married with 3 kids and lives in Tribeca, Manhattan. You can find him on Twitter @teamreboot or at rebelmouse.com/paul.
John Borthwick is CEO and co-founder of betaworks. betaworks builds and seed invests in social media startups. Companies that betaworks has built include bit.ly, chartbeat and socialflow and more recently betaworks acquired and re-launched digg. betaworks seed investments include: summize (acquired by twitter), OMG Pop, tweetdeck, tumblr, path, kickstarter, along with many others. For a complete list of our work, please refer to the betaworks.com site. Prior to launching betaworks John Borthwick was CEO of Fotolog, and prior to that he was Snr. VP of Technology and Alliances at Time Warner.
President and CEO, MLB Advanced Media
Bob Bowman joined MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, as its first President and CEO in 2000. MLBAM was created in June 2000 when owners of the 30 professional baseball teams voted to follow the recommendation of Commissioner Selig and centralize Baseball’s Internet and Interactive Media operations under one roof. MLBAM operates the official League site, MLB.com, as well as the 30 individual team sites. It also develops, deploys and distributes the highest grossing iOS app — At Bat — as well as manages live video content for dozens of clients. MLBAM captures, encodes and distributes nearly 20,000 live video events annually. MLBAM is an award winning multimedia business at the forefront of the digital revolution.
Analyst, GigaOM Research
Rick E. Bruner is an expert in the field of digital media research and analytics. With 15+ years experience, he has held executive positions in research and product development at Google, DoubleClick and Marketing Evolution and consulted about digital advertising for firms including Yahoo!, MTV, Purina, Gillette, IBM, American Express and many others. Business strategy, ROI analysis, industry trends, consumer insights, data mining, predictive modeling, cross-media campaign measurement, and product development are among his skills. He is co-recipient of the Advertising Research Foundation’s David Ogilvy Award and co-chaired the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Research committee in 2008-2009. He works currently as a private consultant.
VP Research, GigaOM Research
David Card has been following the intersection of technology, media, and consumer behavior 20+ years at GigaOM Pro, Jupiter Research, IDC and Forrester. At Jupiter, Card headed up digital media and marketing research, and acted as VP, research development. At IDC he was lead Microsoft and consumer Internet analyst. Aside from GigaOM, Forrester and Jupiter Forums, Card has spoken at major industry events such as E3, the Newspaper Association of America’s new media conference, the PBS/NPR new media forum, Texas University’s Online Journalism Symposium, Digital Music Forum East, Digital Hollywood, the Inverge conference, and Software Marketing Perspectives. He is frequently quoted in the traditional and online press and has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, ESPN, and NPR.
CMO, Open Road Integrated Media
Rachel Chou is the Chief Marketing Officer for Open Road Integrated Media. In this role she bridges the traditional world of book marketing with the dynamic, fast-paced world of digital media. Chou is guiding the development of the company's web marketing platform, which fuels Open Road's content syndication and publishing presence on the web and on mobile devices. Chou has more than 15 years of experience in online content and product development. Prior to Open Road, Chou was Vice President, Online Product Development for HarperCollins Publishers. Chou has a B.S. from the University of Maryland and an M.S. from Bank Street College of Education.
Chief Product Officer, Forbes Media
Lewis D’Vorkin is the Chief Product Officer of FORBES Media, responsible for digital and print operations. Over the past two years, he has reinvented Forbes.com and redesigned Forbes magazine. Lewis was AOL’s SVP for News, Page One Editor of The Wall Street Journal, a Senior Editor at Newsweek, and an editor at New York Times.
CEO, Chairman and Founder, Dachis Group
Jeff is an entrepreneur and currently the CEO, Chairman, and Founder of Dachis Group. Jeff is the Co-Founder, former CEO, and former Chairman of Razorfish, the world’s largest digital marketing solutions firm. Dachis Group is the social marketing optimization software solutions leader. Utilizing a proprietary big data analytics platform and the world’s leading social business solutions group, Dachis Group helps the world’s largest brands optimize their social marketing and engage@scale with their customers. The company serves many of the world’s leading brand marketers including Disney, Estée Lauder, US Cellular, Hewlett Packard, Kodak, Nestlé, and Nokia.
Author, The 4-Hour Workweek
Timothy Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know in 2011,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012. He is an angel investor/advisor (Facebook, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more) and author of the following books:The 4-Hour Workweek – Sold into 35+ languages, #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller. The 4-Hour Body – #1 New York Times bestseller. The 4-Hour Chef – #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller; winner of a Gourmand “Best in the World” Award at the 18th Annual Paris Cookbook Awards.
Co-Founder and CEO, Spreecast
Prior to launching Spreecast, Jeff was a co-founder of StubHub, where he served as CEO until acquisition by eBay in 2007. Jeff sits on the board or advises several consumer-oriented internet and mobile companies, and has been the recipient of the Joseph Wharton Award for Young Leadership, Sports Business Journal’s prestigious Forty Under 40 List and Entrepreneur Magazine’s 24 Best and Brightest Young Entrepreneurs in America. Jeff also worked at The Blackstone Group and Thomas Weisel Partners. He earned a dual degree in Engineering and Finance from University of Pennsylvania and attended Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Co-Founder and CEO, Circa
Matt Galligan is an entrepreneur living in San Francisco and is the CEO and Co-founder of Circa. He co-founded the company alongside Ben Huh and Arsenio Santos in 2011. Circa is a new kind of news experience designed specifically for consumption on mobile devices. Prior to founding Circa, Matt founded two other companies. In 2007, he co-founded and was the CEO of Socialthing, a service that made it easy to keep up with friends’ activity from multiple social networks. Socialthing was acquired by AOL in 2008. After his time at AOL, Matt went on to found SimpleGeo in 2009 with Joe Stump which was acquired by Urban Airship in November 2011.
Co-Founder and CTO, Prismatic
Aria Haghighi is the co-founder and CTO of Prismatic, the web and mobile news service growing fast thanks to rich relevance and beautiful design. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in Statistical Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. During his graduate studies, he published over 20 papers in top conferences, was a Microsoft Research Fellow, and won multiple awards for his research and teaching. He also holds a BS in Mathematics with distinction from Stanford University.
Senior Writer, GigaOM / paidContent
Mathew covers media in all its forms — social and otherwise — as well as web culture and related issues. He is an award-winning journalist who has spent the past 15 years writing about business, technology and new media as a reporter, columnist and blogger. Prior to joining GigaOM, he was a blogger and technology writer for the Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto, and was also the paper’s first online Communities Editor. Mathew is one of the founders of mesh, Canada’s leading web conference.
Mark Johnson is CEO of Zite, the application that makes you smarter and helps you find interesting content about your personal passions. Mark was an advisor to Zite for almost two years prior to taking the CEO role and was instrumental in the pivot from Worio to Zite. He brings a strong product and technology background with experience at several successful search startups: Powerset (natural language search, acquired by Microsoft), Kosmix (categorized search, acquired by Walmart), and SideStep (travel search, acquired by Kayak). Most recently, he led product at Bing in San Francisco. Mark’s passion and mission at Zite is to change the way people discover and browse content.
Founder and CEO, Aereo
Chet Kanojia is the founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., a groundbreaking online TV platform. Backed by a group of premiere investors and powered by a stellar engineering team, Aereo has developed proprietary cloud-based antenna and DVR technology that allows consumers to watch live or recorded HD broadcast television on virtually any type of Internet-connected device, including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and computers. Previously, Chet was the founder and CEO of Navic Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2008. Chet holds more than 14 patents in fields ranging from robotics to data communications systems. He holds a master's degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Northeastern University and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Bhopal, India.
Founder and CEO, Tumblr
Tumblr founder David Karp was born and raised in New York City, attending the Bronx High School Science before dropping out at age 15. An internship at Frederator Studios led to a gig leading product at UrbanBaby. When CNET acquired the company in 2005, Karp started his own development agency, Davidville. In 2007 his team launched Tumblr, now the home and platform for more than 70 million creators. As a top 20 US network, Tumblr serves an audience of more than 145 million people worldwide.
Managing Director, Lerer Ventures
Kenneth Lerer is a Managing Director at Lerer Ventures. He was the Chairman and Co-Founder of The Huffington Post. Mr. Lerer is Chairman of Betaworks and Buzzfeed and is the Vice-Chairman of Bedrocket. He is a member of Pilot Group LLC, a private investment firm. Mr. Lerer is Chairman Emeritus of the Public Theater in New York City and serves on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations, including Association to Benefit Children (ABC), and the Bank Street College of Education. In 2008-09, Mr. Lerer served as the Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at Columbia Journalism School.
Founder and Senior Writer, GigaOM
Om has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist covering technology and business news. He was part of the founding team of Forbes.com as a senior editor. He then went on to become a senior writer at Red Herring during its glory days before joining Business 2.0 in March 2003, covering telecom, innovation and broadband. His contributions have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and MIT Technology Review. Additionally, Om is the author of Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist. He is also the recipient of many industry awards, including Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Gold Award from American Society of Business Publication Editors.
Erik Martin is the General Manager for the social news community reddit.com, and has been with the site since 2008. In 2012, TIME magazine named him to their list of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" and Adweek named him to their "Adweek 50" list of top innovators. Prior to joining reddit, Erik advised a wide range of film, music, TV, and web video companies on digital strategy, including a role as Head of Digital for the independent film/music label Palm Pictures. Before his internet addiction fully took hold, he worked as a documentary filmmaker, and was a senior agent and videographer for the public pranksters Improv Everywhere.
Josh Miller is a co-founder of Branch, a conversation platform backed by the founders of Twitter and The Huffington Post, and used by everyone from the New York Times to dutch librarians.
Executive Editor, LinkedIn
Daniel Roth joined LinkedIn in June 2011 as executive editor of LinkedIn’s content and community products. He oversees the 1 million-plus publishers whose news circulates through LinkedIn via LinkedIn Today and the creation of original content from the top minds in business via LinkedIn Influencers. The Influencers program offers LinkedIn’s 200 million-plus members the chance to hear directly from an exclusive group of thought leaders — world leaders, CEOs, heads of NGOs and nonprofits, and key journalists and authors —who are helping to shape the professional conversation. Previously, Daniel was the managing editor of Fortune Digital, overseeing Fortune.com and Fortune's digital initiatives, including tablet and Web apps. Prior to Fortune, Daniel was a senior writer at Wired magazine, and a founding member and the first writer for Condé Nast Portfolio. Daniel also served as a senior writer and editor at Fortune for eight years. From 2002 to 2004, Daniel was Fortune’s technology editor—its youngest ever—overseeing the magazine’s IT coverage and its bureaus in Austin, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. Daniel started his career at the Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, North Carolina and has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University.
Partner and Chief Creative, Knock Twice
Kyle Monson is a founding partner and chief creative at Knock Twice, a tech marketing agency in New York and San Francisco. Kyle got his start as a journalist and editor, working for almost six years at PC Magazine before becoming content strategy director at JWT in 2009. Since then, he has provided his editorial expertise to the world’s biggest tech and business brands. His first assignment in the ad world was running a brand journalism campaign for Microsoft, which garnered a Cannes Lion (it’s in his kitchen next to the spice rack), as well as Chiat, ANDY, and D&AD awards. In his spare time, Kyle frequents the dive bars of NYC with his two bands, and the playgrounds of NYC with his two kids.
SVP and Deputy Head of Strategy, News Corp
Raju Narisetti is Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Strategy, new News Corp., the proposed publishing spinoff from News Corp. Until February, he was deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network and prior to that, in a 15-year career at WSJ, the Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe. Raju also served as a managing editor of The Washington Post from 2009 to 2012, responsible for combining its print & online newsrooms and leading digital content strategy and execution. From 2006-2009, Mr. Narisetti was founding editor of Mint, India’s #2 Business Newspaper. Raju (@rajunarisetti) is also on the boards of International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and a trustee of Institute of International Education (IIE), which administers the Fulbright programs.
Staff Writer, GigaOM / paidContent
Laura covers book publishing, paywalls and magazines for GigaOM, and has a particular interest in e-book pricing and e-singles. She was previously the editor of Publishing Trends, a website and newsletter for the book publishing industry, and served as a staff writer for paidContent. Laura writes from the GigaOM East office in Manhattan.
Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the U.S. and international websites, the award-winning magazine, newsletters, business reports, and live events. He serves as chairman of its entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as editor and was named publisher in 2005. From 1996 to 2002, Pontin was editor of Red Herring, and from 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which covered the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio.
Writer, Brain Pickings
Maria Popova is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org), an inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness, where she writes about history, science, design, art, psychology, and more. She has written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, Nieman Journalism Lab, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Design Observer, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.
Publisher and CEO, Sourcebooks
Dominique Raccah, CEO and Publisher of Sourcebooks, is in charge of creating the future – not just a future for the company but for authors, readers, and the book itself. Dominique has driven innovation and expansion by kicking her way out of boxes and creating possibility where none exist. The result has been double digit annual revenue growth, over thirty New York Times Bestsellers, #1 category leaders that range from baby names books to college guides, and a publishing company that many consider on the leading edge of the digital transformation. Most recently, Dominique has managed the launches of a personalized children’s book app, Put Me In The Story, a series of interactive digital editions of Shakespeare’s plays, and a new cutting-edge education division.
Founder and CEO, Atavist
Evan Ratliff is the co-founder and editor of Atavist, a media and software company that produces digital storytelling tools and an award-winning magazine and e-singles publishing arm, The Atavist. His writing also appears in The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He is a three-time finalist for a National Magazine Award, twice as a writer and once as an editor. On the side, he is the story editor of Pop-Up Magazine, one of the country’s most successful live literary events, and the co-host of the Longform Podcast.
Staff Writer, GigaOM / paidContent
Jeff reports on large media companies, as well as patents, copyright, privacy and other legal issues affecting the development of online media. He previously worked as a reporter for Reuters in Paris and New York, and was a practicing lawyer. Jeff is a member of the New York Financial Writers Association and the Overseas Press Club, and serves on the Copyright & Literary Property Committee of the New York City Bar.
Staff Writer, GigaOM / paidContent
Janko has been covering all things tech for more than 10 years. His career as a technology journalist began in Germany, where he published a number of books about subjects like the online music revolution and Internet subcultures. He first began contributing to GigaOM in 2007 and joined the staff in 2009. Janko is also the host of GigaOM’s Cord Cutters series.
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Columnist, The New York Times, Founder and Editor-at-Large DealBook and Host, Squawk Box, CNBC
Andrew Ross Sorkin a financial columnist for The New York Times and is also the editor-at-large of DealBook, a news site he founded in 2001 that is published by The Times. He is also a co-anchor of "Squawk Box, "CNBC's signature morning program. Sorkin is the author of the best selling book, Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves, which chronicled the events of the 2008 financial crisis. The book was adapted as a movie by HBO in 2011. Sorkin was a co-producer of the film, which was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards.Sorkin began writing for The New York Times in 1995 under unusual circumstances: he hadn’t yet graduated from high school.
Editor in Chief, The Guardian
Alan Rusbridger is editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media. He became editor of the Guardian in 1995 and oversaw the integration of the paper and digital operations. The website now attracts 39 million unique users a month, making it the third most popular newspaper site in the world. Rusbridger was awarded the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism by Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Centre and received the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom from the CPJ. During his editorship the paper has fought high-profile battles over libel and press freedom, including Wikileaks. Rusbridger and reporter Nick Davies received the UK's Media Society Award for their revelations and coverage of the phone hacking story in the Guardian.
Finance Blogger, Reuters
Felix Salmon is the finance blogger at Reuters.
Executive Editor, GigaOM / paidContent
Prior to GigaOM, Ernie was executive editor of paidContent and ContentNext Media, which he joined in 2008 as managing editor. He also served as deputy editor in the Media and Technology Group at The Wall Street Journal, where he helped launch two new sections of the paper — Personal Journal and the Saturday edition of Weekend Journal. Prior to that, Ernie was based in Hong Kong for Dow Jones, where he was the Page One editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal. He started his career as a reporter and editor at The Associated Press.
President, Atlantic Media
Justin B. Smith is President of Atlantic Media, whose portfolio includes The Atlantic, National Journal, Quartz, Atlantic Media Strategies, and Government Executive. Smith joined Atlantic Media in 2007 as President of The Atlantic and Atlantic Consumer Media. He led the revitalization of The Atlantic brand—increasing its audience/influence, building out industry-leading digital/events businesses, generating double-digit revenue growth across the 2008-2009 recession, and in 2010, returned the brand to profit for the first time in over 50 years. In early 2010, Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley promoted Smith to President of Atlantic Media, adding National Journal Group and Government Executive to his portfolio. In 2012, Smith led the launch of Quartz, a new global business/finance digital brand and Atlantic Media Strategies, a marketing services firm.
SVP, Product Development, ESPN
Ryan Spoon was named Senior Vice President, Product Development in July 2012. In this role, he is responsible for digital product development across all screens, including ESPN.com, ESPN Mobile, WatchESPN, ESPN3, Fantasy, and Social Media. Prior to ESPN, Spoon was a venture capitalist at Polaris Venture Partners and specialized in early-stage consumer internet, social media and e-commerce investments. Additionally, Spoon was responsible for leading Dogpatch Labs. Previously, Spoon served as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development for Widgetbox (now Flite). Prior to that, Spoon spent 2003-2007 at eBay Inc focused on internet marketing, user acquisition and social products. As a collegiate swimmer for Duke University, Spoon founded beRecruited, an online recruiting platform for student-athletes, coaches and universities. It was acquired in 2007 by RVS Ventures.
President and COO, BuzzFeed
Jon Steinberg is the President and COO at BuzzFeed in NYC. He was previously Strategic Partner Development Manager on Google's SMB (Small Medium Business) Partnerships team. Prior to Google, Jon was the Director of Business Developmentat Majestic Research and the founder of iBuilding, a commercial real estate software company backed by Tishman Speyer Properties, Benchmark Capital, and 12 Entrepreneuring. He is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He lives with his wife and two little kids on the Upper East Side.
VP of Americas, Partner Business Solutions, Google
Bonita C. Stewart brings more than 20+ years of marketing, technology and industry expertise to Google, where she oversees the company’s Partner Business Solutions for North and South America. She works with partners across all verticals to monetize their assets and grow their businesses with Google products, including DoubleClick publisher technology, advertising exchanges, video, mobile and social. Prior to her Partnerships role, Bonita led Google’s US strategy and sales for the Automotive, Finance and Travel categories with responsibility for delivering integrated advertising solutions. Before Google, she served as Director, Chrysler Group Interactive Communications for DaimlerChrysler AG and Director, Chrysler Brand Advertising. Bonita also enjoyed a 10-year career with IBM and co-founded Nia Enterprises, a web-based company, in 2000.
Editor, The Dish
Journalist and author Andrew Sullivan produces the blog, "The Dish," a popular source for provocative and astute political and social commentary. National Public Radio called him "one of the most widely read, influential and prolific political voices online." Currently a columnist for the Sunday Times of London, Sullivan was one of the first journalists to experiment with blogging more than a decade ago. Formerly the editor of the New Republic, he is also the author of several books, including "Virtually Normal," "Love Undetectable," and "The Conservative Soul."
Principal, Concurrent Media Strategies and Analyst, GigaOM Research
Paul Sweeting is a veteran business journalist and industry analyst specializing in the intersecting worlds of media, technology and public policy. He is the founder and principal of Concurrent Media Strategies, LLC, a Washington, DC-based consulting and editorial services firm launched in 2010. Its clients include leading media, technology and publishing companies. Prior to launching Concurrent Media Strategies, Sweeting spent 20 years as a media business journalist, writing for such leading publications as Billboard, Publishers Weekly, Broadcasting & Cable, Video Business and Variety. Sweeting is an analyst with GigaOM Research and the curator of GigaOM Pro’s Connected Consumer channel. He appears frequently as a speaker and panelists at industry conferences and is co-producer of the Variety Entertainment Apps conference.
Richard Tofel was the founding general manager of ProPublica from 2007-2012, and became president on January 1, 2013. He has responsibility for all of ProPublica's non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance and budgeting, and human resources. He was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal and, earlier, an assistant managing editor of the paper, vice president, corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and an assistant general counsel of Dow Jones. More recently, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier as president and chief operating officer of the International Freedom Center, a museum and cultural center that was planned for the World Trade Center site.
Chairman and Editor in Chief, Slate Group
Jacob Weisberg is chairman and editor-in-chief of the Slate Group, a unit of the Washington Post Co. devoted to developing Web-based publications. Weisberg joined Slate shortly after its founding in 1996 as chief political correspondent. He succeeded Michael Kinsley to become Slate's second editor from 2002 until 2008. Before joining Slate, Weisberg wrote about politics for magazines including the New Republic, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair and the New York Times Magazine. His most recent book, The Bush Tragedy, was a New York Times bestseller in 2008. He is the co-author of In an Uncertain World (2003) and author of the 1996 book In Defense of Government, the 2000 eBook The Road to Chadville, and the Bushisms and Palinisms series.