Keynote Speakers Bernardo Hernandez
Head of Global Emerging Platforms, Google

Adam Brotman
GM & VP, Digital Ventures
Starbucks

Paul Adams
Global Brand Experience Manager of Facebook


Speakers
Ankit Agarwal
CEO, Micello
Jeff Aguero
Head of Local Consumer Marketing, Google
Brian Andersen
Partner, LUMA Partners
Randi Barshack
VP of Marketing, Mashery
Bo Begole
Principal Scientist, PARC
Mike Boland
Senior Analyst, BIA/Kelsey
Adam Brotman
SVP and GM, Digital Ventures, Starbucks Coffee Company
Sylvain Carle
CTO, Needium
Javed Chaudry
Director, Mobile Commerce of Motorola Mobility
Chung Meng Cheong
VP, Ad Products of AT&T Interactive
David Chiu
President, SF Board of Supervisors
Elijah Degen
Integrated Digital Marketing, Emerging Markets, Lenovo
Greg Dicum
President and Co-Founder, MondoWindow
Diann Eisnor
VP Platform and Partnerships, Waze
J. Kim Fennell
CEO, deCarta
Hugh Fletcher
Associate Director, Network APIs, Verizon Wireless
Gary Gale
Director, Places Registry of Nokia
Doug Galen
Chief Revenue Officer, shopkick
Jay Ganaden
VP Digital Strategy, Momentum
Jeremy Geiger
President, Retailigence
Rip Gerber
CEO, LOC-AID
Michael Hammer
Director, Venture Capital Strategy, PepsiCo
Phil Hendrix
Director, immr
Bernardo Hernandez
Director, Product Management, Google
Senthilkumren Kanagaratnam
VP, Corporate Development, Verifone Systems
Dev Khare
Principal, Lightspeed Ventures Partners
Marc Kleinmaier
Business Development & Evangelism – LBS of Nokia
David Lee
Managing Member of SV Angel
Holger Luedorf
VP, Mobile and International, foursquare
Laurence Marks
Chief Revenue Officer, ChoozOn
John Malloy
General Partner, BlueRun Ventures
Lilia Martinez-Coburn
VP Product, BluLabel
Jeff Miles
VP Mobile Transactions, NXP Semiconductors
Dana Oshiro
Senior Analyst, NetShelter
Nathan Pettyjohn
Founder and CEO, Aisle411
Marc Prioleau
Managing Director, Prioleau Advisors
Rob Reed
Founder and CEO, MomentFeed
Miten Sampat
VP of Product Strategy, Quova
Robert Scoble
Managing Director, Building43
Darian Shirazi
CEO, Fwix
Chris Silva
Industry Analyst, Mobile, Altimeter Group

Mark Silva
SVP Emerging Platforms, Anthem Worldwide

David Staas
VP of Marketing, JiWire
Owen Thomas
Founding Editor, The Daily Dot
Bob Upham
Director, Business Development, Yahoo!
Gigi Wang
Board Member, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab
Karen Webster
CEO, Market Platform Dynamics
Courtnee Westendorf
VP of Consumer Marketing, The Walt Disney Company
David Wolf
VP, Global Business and Market Development, American Express
Victor Wong
CEO, PaperG

 

Paul Adams 

Global Brand Experience Manager of Facebook

Paul Adams is widely recognized as one of the leading thinkers on the social web. He is a researcher and designer, currently working as the Global Brand Experience Manager at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Paul led Google’s social research team, where his work influenced the direction of Google+, and where he also worked on Gmail, YouTube, and Mobile. He has worked in the user experience field for the last 11 years, as a Product Designer with Dyson, as a consultant for clients including Vodafone, the BBC and the Guardian, and has conducted research into social behavior and technology across Europe, the US and Asia.

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Ankit Agarwal 

CEO of Micello

Ankit is the CEO of Micello, Inc. which he founded in 2007. Micello is building the worlds largest collection of indoor venue maps. He is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. Micello’s customers include mobile carriers, mapping and navigation companies, retailers, hospital groups and application developers. The company employs over 35 people and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with operating offices in Japan and India. Prior to Micello, Ankit attended the University of California, Davis and studied chemical engineering.

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Jeff Aguero 

Head of Local Consumer Marketing of Google

Jeff leads Google’s global local consumer marketing and outreach efforts – focused on connecting people with places. In addition to overseeing efforts promoting local search and reviews, his team manages marketing for Google Places, Business Photos and Latitude – as well as the recently acquired Zagat. Prior to joining the local team, Jeff spent two years managing Google Doodles, when the logo on the Google homepage changes for special holidays and events. Before joining Google in 2007, Jeff consulted with the Boston Consulting Group and for the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. He graduated with honors in Sociology and African Studies from Harvard University.

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Brian Andersen 

Partner of LUMA Partners

Brian Andersen is a seasoned strategy, corporate development and mergers and acquisitions executive and anchors LUMA’s west coast presence from its Palo Alto office. With a decade on the “buy-side” of acquisitions, Brian has extensive experience setting strategy, executing acquisitions and integrating companies. Prior to LUMA, Brian was VP, Corporate Development for Omniture, responsible for all mergers and acquisition activities (acquired by Adobe for $1.8 billion). Prior to Omniture, Brian was VP, Corporate Development at Interwoven, (acquired by Autonomy for $775 million). Brian was also formerly on the executive staff at Phoenix Technologies and in the M&A group with Robertson Stephens. Brian received a Bachelors of Science degree in mechanical engineering from UC Davis and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

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Randi Barshack 

VP, Marketing of Mashery

With two decades of experience in marketing, eCommerce, media and technology, Barshack brings industry insight and vision that will help Mashery deliver the power of APIs to a broader market. Prior to Mashery, she served as VP of Worldwide Marketing at Mercado Software leading the team that re-branded the company and supported the sales department through key initiatives which helped triple sales year over year. As Director of Intercontinental Marketing at Silicon Graphics, Randi oversaw all marketing activities for Latin America and Asia Pacific. Prior to SGI, she was a founder and VP, Marketing at TeaLeaf Technology, a spin-off of SAP and industry leader. Randi holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business.

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Bo Begole 

Principal Scientist of PARC, a Xerox company

Bo Begole is the author of Ubiquitous Computing for Business. He is a Principal Scientist at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where he leads the Ubiquitous Computing research group with the vision of eliminating barriers between information and people by making systems smarter about what people are trying to accomplish. Bo holds several patents and has published dozens of peer-reviewed research papers in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Recently, Bo served as Technical Program Chair of the 2011 ACM conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011), one of computer science’s largest research conferences. Bo received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 1998. Prior to university, he served in the US Army from 1981-92 as an Arabic language interpreter.

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Mike Boland 

Senior Analyst of BIA/Kelsey

Mike is Senior Analyst and Program Director for BIA/Kelsey, covering mobile and local media. He’s a frequent speaker at top industry conferences such as BIA/Kelsey events, Search Engine Strategies, and ad:tech. He authors in-depth reports on the changing local media landscape including social and mobile. He contributes regularly to highly read online news sources such as Search Engine Watch and the Huffington Post. A trusted source for reporters covering digital media, his comments frequently appear in major news media, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Forbes. Before joining BIA/Kelsey, Mike was a freelance writer for business and technology magazines, such as Red Herring, Business 2.0, and Mobile Magazine. He began his career in business analysis and journalism as a staff reporter for Forbes.

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Adam Brotman 

SVP and GM, Digital Ventures of Starbucks Coffee Company

Adam Brotman, senior vice president and general manager of Digital Ventures leads the enterprise digital platform strategy, roadmap and delivery for core web and mobile offerings including the Starbucks Digital Network, Wi-Fi, StarbucksStore.com, Starbucks Apps for iPhone and Android, Starbucks.com and Starbucks.com/partners, the Starbucks partner portal and My Starbucks Idea. Prior to joining Starbucks in April 2009, Adam held several key leadership positions at leading digital media companies. He served as Senior Vice President at the digital image licensing and e-commerce company Corbis, and founded PlayNetwork, Inc., a leading provider of in-store digital media and entertainment services for businesses worldwide. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington.

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Sylvain Carle 

CTO and Co-Founder of Needium

Sylvain Carle dwells in emerging technologies and has been on the bleeding edge of interactive media and social networks for the last 15 years. Entrepreneurship, internet software development, digital and social media, open source are amongst his core expertise and passions. He loves sharing his experience and is an advocate for pragmatic software development and getting things done. He is the co-founder and CTO of Needium, a realtime customer discovery service in social media, and a catalyst of the Montréal tech/startup community. He has been known as “afroginthevalley” on the interwebs since before the first internet bubble. You can find him at http://afroginthevalley.com/

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Javed Chaudry 

Director, Mobile Commerce of Motorola Mobility

Javed leads Motorola’s global NFC product management effort – focused on enabling devices for mobile commerce, information access and content sharing. Javed has been creating and delivering technology-based solutions for wireless telecom and software industries for over 15 years. Prior to joining Motorola, Javed worked at various management positions at Nokia and Microsoft and as management consultant at Altschuler, Melvoin and Glasser LLP in Chicago. Javed received a Bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Chung Meng Cheong 

VP, Ad Products of AT&T Interactive

Chung Meng Cheong, VP of Advertising Publisher Products at AT&T Interactive, is responsible for leading development and delivery of advertising and publisher products across online and mobile. AT&T Interactive is the AT&T business unit responsible for providing advertising products and consumer experiences focused around local, across AT&T’s media platform and publishers. Prior to joining AT&T Interactive, Chung held product leadership roles at companies including Jaxtr (acquired by SabSe Technologies in 2009) and eBay – where he led product definition and development for eBay Express which became an Internet Top 100 retailer in less than 12 months. Chung has also worked for Elance, Microsoft and the Boston Consulting Company. Chung has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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David Chiu 

President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

David Chiu is a proud San Franciscan, currently serving his second term as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In November 2008, David was elected as the Supervisor for District 3 – home to many diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, including North Beach, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Polk Street, Nob Hill, Union Square, the Financial District, the Barbary Coast and Fisherman’s Wharf. Since then, David’s colleagues have twice chosen him to lead the Board as its President.

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Elijah Degen 

Integrated Digital Marketing, Emerging Markets of Lenovo

Elijah Degen is responsible for Digital Marketing in Lenovo’s Emerging Markets based in Beijing. Currently he oversees digital campaigns in 70+ emerging markets. During his 5 years in China, he experienced China’s move to the center of the global stage. He advised Internet and Retail startups on the challenges in the China market including funding, product development, org structures and growth strategies. Previously as Director of Development, Elijah managed product development and optimized client advertising for internet startups HowStuffWorks.com and ConsumerGuide.com (acquired by Discovery Communications). Elijah holds an MBA from the Tsinghua SEM in collaboration with MIT Sloan, and a Bachelors in Management Information Systems.

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Greg Dicum 

President and Co-Founder of MondoWindow

Greg Dicum is the Co-founder and President of MondoWindow.com, the first web-standards compliant in-flight moving map. MondoWindow turns the plane into a geobrowser that flies through information space as it flies through the air. MondoWindow enriches the view with text, audio, video, games, and social media that let passengers experience the places they are flying over. Greg has a background in journalism, writing frequently for the New York Times, The Economist, and others.

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Diann Eisnor 

VP Platform and Partnerships of Waze

Di-Ann Eisnor , VP Platform and Partnerships, runs US operations and is crafting the cartography of “live mapping” for the crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic start-up, Waze. Diann is also founder and chairman of Platial, and founded Eisnor Interactive which was bought by Omnicom back in 2001. Di-Ann is a neogeography pioneer and serial entrepreneur employing all means to increase the world’s citizen mappers.

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J. Kim Fennell 

CEO of deCarta

J. Kim Fennell is CEO of deCarta, one of the world’s most utilized Location-Based Services software platforms across major local search and mapping sites, handset OEMs, and over 20 mobile operators. deCarta’s enabling platform technology – including content indexing and search engine products, as well as white-label local search applications – is used by customers/developers to deploy their own branded LBS offerings. Kim was previously CEO of Pinnacle Systems (NASDAQ: PCLE) and prior to that, CEO of StorageWay, a data storage service provider. Kim spent much of his career at Octel Communications, from its startup stage to its acquisition by Lucent; he established and ran its operations in Canada, Europe, and then International Operations.

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Hugh Fletcher 

Associate Director, Network APIs of Verizon Wireless

Mr. Hugh Fletcher is Associate Director, Technology at Verizon Wireless based in San Francisco California and has primary responsibility for network APIs. Hugh has worked for a mobile start-up, two wireless carriers, a global wireless services provider and a mobile OS provider. He has led the exposure of network-based location and other network centric APIs at two tier-one US operators. In addition to LBS APIs,more than 40 other telecommunication APIs have been exposed as well. Developer ecosystems are privacy controls are core components to these services. He has consulted for and advised numerous companies on technology and market opportunities related to LBS and operator relationships.

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Gary Gale 

Director, Places Registry of Nokia

Self professed “geek with a life”, geo-blogger, geo-talker and geo-tweeter, Gary works in London and Berlin as Director of the Places Registry for Nokia; he’s a co-founder of WhereCamp EU, the chair of w3gconf and sits on the W3C POI Working Group and the UK Location User Group. Gary is a contributor to the Mapstraction mapping API and speaks and presents at a wide range of conferences, workshops and events including Where 2.0, State of the Map, AGI GeoCommunity, Geo-Loco, Social-Loco, #geomob, mashup*, the British Computer Society, WhereCamp EU, the Location Business Summit and FOWA. Writing as regularly as possible on location, place, maps and other facets of geography, Gary blogs at www.vicchi.org and tweets as @vicchi.

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Doug Galen 

Chief Revenue Officer of shopkick

Galen has more than 20 years of experience in building successful alliances to support corporate planning and strategy, most recently as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Shutterfly. There he was part of the core leadership team that took the company public and grew the business from 100 to 1,000 people and from $50 million in revenue to close to $500 million, created over 50 partnerships, and led mergers and acquisitions, including the acquisition of TinyPrints for $333M. Prior roles include President of Fourth Fleet Financial, Vice President & General Manager of New Ventures for eBay and Vice President of Sales and Business Development for E-LOAN where, he helped grow the company to $150 million in revenue resulting in a successful IPO.

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Jay Ganaden 

VP Digital Strategy of Momentum

Jay has led an adventurous life of professional experiences, including Consulting at KPMG, Internet Advertising with Doubleclick, and his own Advertising Photography. Today, Jay combines the skills of product strategy and creative expression, leading the Digital Strategy business for SF-based Momentum Design Lab, a full-service UX Design firm. Here, Jay rallies design and engineering teams to build the next mobile, social & enterprise experiences for brands like Intuit, VMware and Morgan Stanley. Jay also serves in a Product Marketing role for a Momentum Venture called Add to Trip, a Geo-Social Travel API: www.addtotrip.co Jay holds a Bachelors in MIS from McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin, serves on the Board of AIGA SF, and lives in the sunny hills of Oakland,CA.

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Jeremy Geiger 

President of Retailigence

Jeremy has been starting-up and managing new operations for software companies since 1997. Prior to Retailigence, Jeremy was Managing Director and Board Member of Real-Time Technology AP (subsidiary of RTT, a public company). Earlier in his career, Jeremy held a variety of management positions in enterprise software companies including CEO, General Manager and VP Business Development. Jeremy’s first experience in a start-up was with Supply Chain Management company Adexa, where he was involved in the establishment of multiple new country operations which eventually accounted for 50% of global revenue. Jeremy started his career in Management Consulting. Jeremy holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics (Operations Research) and an Executive MBA.

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Rip Gerber 

President and CEO of LOC-AID

Rip Gerber is a high tech entrepreneur and noted location industry visionary. Currently, as President and CEO at LOC-AID, Rip oversees the company’s pioneering business as a leading provider of network-based location data that offers the largest footprint of coverage for Smartphones, Feature phones, M2M devices and any device connected to a carrier’s wireless network. Prior to LOC-AID, Rip held several senior leadership positions, including Nokia/Intellisync, where he’s recognized for transforming the company’s brand and product offering as well as helping to orchestrate a $510M acquisition by Nokia. A true technology advocate, Rip also spends his time as an international best-selling science-based thriller novelist. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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Michael Hammer 

Director, Venture Capital Strategy of PepsiCo

Michael Hammer is seconded to Physic Ventures by PepsiCo as a full-time member of the Physic operating team. Both Physic and PepsiCo share a mission statement grounded in Consumer Health & Wellness and Sustainability. Michael focuses on the Food and Nutrition Investment Sector as well as exploring opportunities to improve the environmental impact of PepsiCo’s supply chain. He is also responsible for creating new touch points between Physic and PepsiCo core business sectors including: Beverages, Foods, Nutrition, Sustainable Living, and Health Management. Michael has over 20 years of experience in marketing and innovation in the Retail and Consumer Goods industry.

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Phil Hendrix 

Director of immr

Dr. Phil Hendrix is the Director of immr (www.immr.org), a research and consulting firm he founded to help clients bring innovative new products and services to market. Phil works with clients to uncover customer needs, optimize product/service features, achieve competitive differentiation and accelerate market acceptance. He is also an analyst in GigaOm’s analyst network, focusing on mobile and location-based services, in particular. Before founding immr, Phil was a partner with DiamondCluster and a principal with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).Previously, he was a professor at Emory University and the University of Michigan, where he taught courses in research, buyer behavior and marketing strategy. Phil received his PhD in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan.

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Bernardo Hernandez 

Director, Product Management of Google

Bernardo Hernandez is a leading Spanish Entrepreneur. He graduated from ICADE and has a Masters in Finance from Boston College. At the age of 29, after 5 years as an analyst and portfolio manager in the asset management industry (Fidelity and Putnam Investments), he started his first internet venture idealista.com, now the leading real estate online portal in Spain. Since then he has participated in other online start-ups like floresfrescas.com, planetaki.com, 11870.com and the leading social network in Spain, tuenti.com. His latest venture is StepOne.com, a company that helps Spanish businesses to get established in the US. Bernardo joined Google in 2005 and has been the Global Director of Emerging Products until September this year when he became the Managing Director of recently acquired Zagat.

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Senthilkumren Kanagaratnam 

Vice President, Corporate Development of Verifone Systems

Senthil has over 15 years of experience in the payments, advertising and mobile space. He heads up engineering for the Media and Advertising business unit of Verifone. Verifone’s PayMedia platform delivers localized and targeted ads, content and offers at points of interaction such as in taxis, at gas pumps and in retail stores. Senthil previously worked at Yahoo, Motorola, Symbol and at several startups in the areas of NFC, payment security, mobile marketing and digital receipts. Senthil’s areas of interest include big data, mobile, NFC and pattern aggregation for targeting relevance.

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Dev Khare 

Principal at Lightspeed Venture Partners

Dev Khare is Principal at Lightspeed Venture Partners. He was previously at Venrock in Silicon Valley, a leading venture capital firm, where he invested in software, mobile and Internet ventures and served on the boards of Aha Mobile, Appia, Lavante, Slideshare and Turnhere.  He has also been an entrepreneur in the mobile sector (Covigo, acquired by Symbol) and worked in enterprise software, private equity and corporate finance. You can find him on Twitter under @dkhare.

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Marc Kleinmaier 

Business Development & Evangelism – LBS of Nokia

@ Nokia, Marc is responsible for business development and evangelism of Nokia platforms to the developer communities focused on location-based services, social networking, augmented reality, travel and lifestyle oriented applications. Constantly on the lookout for new gadgets, he also evaluates innovative hardware accessories that complement Nokia’s device portfolio. Marc brings more than a decade of mobile experience in business development and product strategy to Nokia. His personal passion for mobile and web convergence, LBS, AR and social networking give Marc a finger on the pulse of the geo-mobile-social ecosystem. Prior to Nokia, Marc held strategic roles at Rocket Mobile, FunMobility, Zapptrio and Yahoo! Mobile.

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David Lee 

Managing Member of SV Angel

David Lee is the Managing Member of SV Angel. Prior to SV Angel, he was at Google, where he led new business development efforts in video, media and content/data partnerships. After Google, he led all business development-related efforts for StumbleUpon. Recently he was a partner at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage investment firm. He was also an attorney at Morrison and Foerster representing high-tech companies in commercial transactions. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins, NYU (JD) and Stanford (MSEE), where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate fellow. He is an individual investor in Square, WePay, Chomp and EQAL; an adviser at SocialDeck (acquired by Google) ScanScout and Rupture (acq. by EA); and was on the board of directors of BookFresh.

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Holger Luedorf 

VP, Mobile and International of foursquare

Holger is VP of Mobile & International for foursquare. He has held positions in internet and mobile services since 1998. Before joining foursquare, Holger worked at Yahoo Mobile as a Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, responsible for all of Yahoo’s strategic partnerships with global OEMs. Prior to Yahoo Mobile, Holger worked at T-Mobile International and Red Message. Holger holds a German Diplom in Business and Japanese from Hochschule Bremen and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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John Malloy 

General Partner of BlueRun Ventures

John Malloy, Partner, co-founded BlueRun Ventures in 1998 and brings over 25 years of experience in early stage venture and technology. John enjoys working with early stage companies and entrepreneurs as they chart their strategy and launch their products. John has successfully invested in a broad spectrum of technologies and services including companies such as Paypal, Slide, Bitfone, and Pogo.com. Today, John focuses on early stage opportunities across Internet, Media and Mobile. Some of John’s current investments include Chomp, Topsy, Banjo and Waze. Prior to starting the firm, John spent more than 15 years in management and executive roles at Nokia, MCI and a communications services start-up. He holds a J.D. from George Mason School of Law and a B.A. from Boston College.

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Laurence Marks 

Chief Revenue Officer of ChoozOn

As Chief Revenue Officer, interactive advertising and new media expert Laurence Marks is responsible for chartering ChoozOn’s business development, channel strategies, and advertising sales. Prior to ChoozOn, Laurence was VP of Business Development for mobile marketing and advertising solutions provider Velti. As a business and content development executive at leading media companies such as Yahoo!, Internet TV company Mevio, and interactive TV platform provider, OpenTV, Laurence drove revenue-generating partnerships and introduced competitive content monetization initiatives. Laurence holds a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University, a Masters degree in International Economics and European Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School.

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Lilia Martinez-Coburn 

VP Product of BluLabel

Lilia is the co-founder of BluLabel (previously TownHog), a leading private-label player in the daily deals space since 2009 that today reaches of over 50 million subscribers across the largest network of media publishers OpenTable, CBS, Cumulus, LIN Media, Citadel, and Hearst Media. Prior to BluLabel Lilia was the product lead for hi5 Mobile. Before that Lilia was responsible for the Vcast launch and operations at Verizon Wireless. A mobile, social media, and daily deals veteran, Lilia combines 10+ years of experience in engineering, and product design, management, and P&L. She holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

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Jeff Miles 

VP Mobile Transactions of NXP Semiconductors

Jeff is the current Vice President for Mobile Transactions at NXP. Mr. Miles has over 18 years of international and US experience as a key executive with VeriFone, ARCO and TNT Express Worldwide. He has spent over 10 years in the payments industry and played a key role in bringing contactless payments to the Quick serve industry through a partnership with VeriFone and MasterCard that led to the largest retail roll-out of contactless readers to date. Mr. Miles also has extensive international experience successfully rolling out global systems to over 72 countries. Mr. Miles has held key management positions in numerous start-up and Fortune 500 companies. He graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Dana Oshiro 

Senior Analyst and Publishing Strategist of NetShelter

Dana Oshiro is the Senior Analyst and Publishing Strategist for NetShelter Technology Media – a publishing group with more than 150 million unique visitors and more than 200 publisher partners in the IT, mobile and consumer electronics space. In her spare time she writes for ReadWriteWeb as the former startup channel writer and her personal blog VillagersWithPitchforks.

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Nathan Pettyjohn 

Founder and CEO of Aisle411

Nathan Pettyjohn, an experienced retail sales and marketing executive, conceived the vision for Aisle411, researched the opportunity, brought the management team to the concept and drives the strategic initiatives and business development for the company.

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Marc Prioleau 

Managing Director of Prioleau Advisors

Marc is the Managing Director of Prioleau Advisors. Whether through brilliant foresight or lack of imagination, he has worked in the location and local services market for over 15 years. He enjoys the recent surge in interest in LBS because it makes him more interesting at parties. Prioleau Advisors provides strategic and M&A advisory services for the location and local search markets. The core tenet of Prioleau Advisors is that successful M&A is rooted in deep understanding of the market dynamics, strategies and people involved. We are surprised to find these elements frequently lacking in M&A and try to fix that in our space. Prior employers have included Trimble Navigation, SiRF, deCarta and CloudMade.

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Rob Reed 

Founder and CEO of MomentFeed

Rob Reed (@reedcontent) is Founder and CEO of MomentFeed. The company offers an integrated solution for managing analytics and campaigns for Facebook Places, Foursquare, Gowalla, and Twitter. MomentFeed is a venture-backed startup based in Los Angeles. Previously, Rob spent 10 years writing about snowboarding, luxury travel, and automotive culture for National Geographic Adventure, Elite Traveler, and Men’s Journal magazines. He authored a book on the history and people of snowboarding (The Way of the Snowboarder, Harry Abrams Books), which was published in 2005, and later started MaxGladwell.com (@maxgladwell), a leading independent blog on social media, sustainability, and geolocation. Rob also worked in cleantech, where he collaborated with Julia Roberts, Willie Nelson, and Morgan Freeman to promote biodiesel fuel as a clean alternative to petroleum.

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Miten Sampat 

VP of Product Strategy of Quova

Miten is VP of Product Strategy at Quova, enabling some of the largest web companies understand “where” their users come from. Before Quova, Miten was Chief Architect & CTO at Feeva where he developed technology to enable ISP’s to provide metadata for targeted online advertising in a privacy friendly manner. Prior to Feeva, Miten co-founded & led the SeeVT project at the Center for HCI at Virginia Tech that conducted R&D on handheld location based systems, and developed one of the early implementations of Wifi(R) location sensing. Miten also worked at Reliance Communications in India to design, develop, and introduce value-added local services to mobile consumers in India. He has a BS & MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year.

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Robert Scoble 

Managing Director of Building43 (Rackspace)

Robert Scoble (born January 18, 1965) is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He is married to Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble. He has three children; one from a previous marriage and two with Maryam. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger. He is also the co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.

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Darian Shirazi 

CEO and Founder of Fwix

Darian Shirazi is the CEO and Founder of Fwix, which is organizing the world’s information by location. Before founding Fwix, he was an early employee on the engineering team at Facebook. Darian studied philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley prior to dropping out to start Fwix. He also advises several early stage startups including Udemy and Mall World on Facebook.

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Chris Silva 

Industry Analyst, Mobile of Altimeter Group

Chris Silva is an Industry Analyst focusing on Mobile at San Mateo, CA based Altimeter group. A 10+ year veteran of the research industry, Chris helps end user organizations understand how to effectively manage mobile strategy in their organization for increased brand impact, worker efficiency and revenue. Chris also works closely with the vendors of hardware and software innovations in the mobile space to help these companies tailor their offerings to the current and future needs of their target markets. He is a frequent speaker at major industry events such as Interop and is frequently quoted in publications such as CNBC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and has been featured on National Public Radio discussing implications of mobile technology. Chris blogs at: www.makemobilework.com

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Mark Silva 

SVP Emerging Platforms of Anthem Worldwide

Mark Silva is SVP Emerging Platforms at Anthem Worldwide, a division of Schawk, Inc. Mark is best-known for leading the digital marketing firm he co-founded, Real Branding, representing brands at Anheuser-Busch, ABC/Disney, Darden, PepsiCo and Unilever.  The digital division of Anthem Worldwide focuses on the intersection of Brand Strategy, Brand Development and Brand Deployment across all channels with award-winning work that drives big brand results.

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David Staas 

VP of Marketing of JiWire

David Staas brings to JiWire more than 14 years of marketing and product management experience in the mobile and advertising industries. David comes to JiWire from Ad Infuse, a leading pioneer in mobile advertising, where he was vice president of marketing. At Ad Infuse, David helped build a premium network and platform business with leading mobile operators. Prior to Ad Infuse, David led the global product marketing team at Openwave Systems, responsible for a product portfolio with established mobile and broadband telecommunications providers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. David has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

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Owen Thomas 

Founding Editor of The Daily Dot

Prior to joining the Daily Dot, Owen was the Executive Editor at VentureBeat. His editorial ventures have included everything from NBC Universal to Valleywag to TIME to Suck.com all the way back to his early days as a Mother Jones intern. He refuses to apologize for his unabashed love of Kreayshawn.

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Bob Upham 

Director, Business Development of Yahoo!

Bob Upham is Director of Strategic Alliances at Yahoo!. He works primarily in the geo and user location space, partnering with large and small companies that build applications utilizing local and social content across web and mobile platforms. His background includes experience in content delivery using real-time behavioral and geo targeting systems. Prior to Yahoo, he spent fifteen years at the company he founded which specialized in marketing analytics, customer segmentation modeling and analysis, design and deployment of marketing automation systems. The company was included in Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the fastest growing privately held companies.

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Gigi Wang 

Board Member of MIT/Stanford Venture Lab

Gigi is on the board of the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) and for the Wireless Communication Alliance where she is Co-Chair of the LBS SIG. She heads up MG-Team, an international strategic marketing and business development firm for mobile, web services and telecom companies. Previously, she was the SVP of Marketing and Alliances for July Systems, a mobile start-up providing mobile retailing and marketing solutions. As an Internet pioneer in the 90’s, she launched the TRUSTe Internet privacy program and also started up Pacific Internet in Singapore (IPO on NASDAQ in 1999), along with doing sales at Pacific Bell (now AT&T). Gigi holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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Karen Webster 

CEO of Market Platform Dynamics

As the CEO of Market Platform Dynamics, Karen works extensively with the most innovative players in the financial services, mobile, B2B and technology sectors to identify, ignite and monetize innovation. As an entrepreneur, Karen has successfully developed and launched new ventures in the payments, media and social commerce sectors, all of which used disruptive business models to gain market advantage. This includes PYMNTS.com, the leading B2B platform focused on innovation in the payments sector. Karen also serves as a member of the board for several emerging companies. Karen is a frequent speaker and writes extensively on innovation. She served as an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, where also holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing.

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Courtnee Westendorf 

VP of Consumer Marketing of The Walt Disney Company

Courtnee is VP of Consumer Marketing for The Walt Disney Interactive Media Group responsible for creative services, events, synergy partnerships, social outreach and digital marketing efforts for console, mobile, social and virtual products. Prior to joining Disney, Courtnee spent 11 years at Apple with the Marcom and Product Marketing divisions. During her tenure she managed product launch, buzz marketing, product placement, strategic partnerships, and iOS marketing. She has a great appreciation for understanding the way consumers interact with products and how companies craft memorable experiences beyond their brands. Courtnee holds a B.A. in Communications from Loyola Marymount University and a M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University.

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David Wolf 

VP, Global Business and Marketplace Development of American Express

David Wolf is the Vice President of Global Business and Marketplace Development at American Express. In this role, David is responsible for bringing the company’s assets and unique business model to life in the digital space. David and team manage strategic partnerships that ensure the company reaches high-spending customers engaged in social networks, location-based services and other daily deal applications worldwide.

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Victor Wong 

CEO of PaperG

Victor Wong is the CEO and co-founder of PaperG, a leading local advertising technology company. Since founding PaperG in 2007, he has been featured in Forbes, paidContent, and Editors & Publishers, where he was recognized as an innovator in online advertising. PaperG counts 100+ media partners and 10,000+ local advertisers. Victor is a Fellow of Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and has been a guest lecturer at NYU, CUNY Graduate Schoool of Journalism, and the Yale School of Management.

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