Jonathan Bellinger, digital strategy director, JWT New York
Jon has created award-winning campaigns that blend digital, social and traditional elements for brands like IBM, Mattel, Doritos, Cheetos, Kodak, Dr Pepper, Best Buy and others. Named one of PR Week magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2010, Jon works to help brands find the natural intersection between what they want to say and what Web users actually want to talk about, and specializes in using technology to add value to Internet culture.
Chad Billmyer, CEO, Dealbird
Prior to co-founding DealBird, which facilitates group buys for communities of buyers and sellers, Chad led oPetersons.com and StudentEdge.com, education lead generation sites. In 2005, Nelnet acquired Billmyer’s first company, Foresite Solutions, which licenses software to college financial aid offices. Billmyer mentors Brown University, Dreamit Ventures and Betaspring start-ups.
Rick Blair, former CEO, Examiner
With more than 30 years of publishing, business development and electronic media startup experience, Rick is an established and respected leader among the global content, advertising and digital industries. Most recently, Rick served as the CEO of Clarity Digital Group, overseeing Examiner.com and NowPublic.com. With strong roots in local, Rick was also a key player in the reemergence of AOL’s content strategy and the creative force behind AOL’s Digital City.
Mike Boland, senior analyst, BIA/Kelsey
Michael Boland is the program director for BIA/Kelsey’s Mobile Local Media practice. Since joining the company in 2005, Mike has been instrumental in covering the local online space for our Interactive Local Media practice. His expertise and curiosity about new mobile, social, and video technologies and business models make him a valuable resource for MLM clients. He has authored in-depth reports on the changing local media landscape including online video, social networking and mobile.
Jim Brady, editor-in-chief, Journal Register Company
Jim leads Project Thunderdome for the Journal Register Company. Before joining JRC, Brady served as general manager of TBD, a new local news operation dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the Washington, D.C. region that combines the values of traditional journalism and the power of citizen journalism. Brady joined TBD after more than four years as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, where he led the site to numerous awards and accolades.
Scott Brodbeck, owner and editor, ARLNow
Scott operates ARLnow.com, a news and information website focusing on Arlington, Va. A five-year veteran of local TV news, Scott left a writer/producer job at WRC-TV (NBC4) in Washington to launch his self-funded site. Scott, a Pittsburgh native, is also working on an MBA at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Jonathan Butler, founder and publisher, Brownstoner
Jonathan operates the leading blog about Brooklyn real estate, architecture and preservation. Launched in October 2004, the blog currently attracts about 100,000 readers a month. Prior to starting Brownstoner, Jonathan spent a decade as a journalist, venture capitalist and real estate investor.
Evan Cohen, general manager, Foursquare
Evan is responsible for corporate development, business development, marketing, operations and finance at Foursquare. Prior to Foursquare, Evan worked at Bebo in London (and then AOL, post-acquisition) as SVP of Strategy and Operations. In this role, he worked to identify, assess and push forward commercial growth opportunities. While in London, Evan also worked as a strategy consultant specializing in the television industry. Evan began his internet career in 1996, when he joined Jupiter Research as an analyst, forecaster, and market research specialist.
Gary Cowan, SVP of product and marketing, Datasphere
Gary heads all product planning, marketing and business development activities at DataSphere, the leading Web technology and hyperlocal ad sales company focused on generating online profits for media companies. Prior to joining, he was at Amazon.com where he was responsible for driving over $2 billion in revenue through search engine optimization, sponsored links and landing page optimization initiatives. Previously, Gary spent three years at Microsoft where he served most recently as Director of Search for MSN and four years with RealNetworks where he held various senior marketing positions.
Owen Davis, managing director, NYC Seed
Owen currently heads up NYC Seed, a seed stage venture capital fund in New York City. He founded Thinking Media in the summer of 1995, an online marketing firm and in 1999 he co-founded Sonata, a wireless company that provided location-based services and marketing to cell phones. Owen also co-founded Petal Computing, a cloud computing company. Owen is the author of various patents in Internet methods and technologies the author of the book Instant Java Applets. Owen was named most recently was named one of the 100 most influential people in Silicon Alley for 2008.
Leela de Kretser, editorial director and publisher, DNAInfo
Nothing makes Leela happier than bossing around reporters and tech geeks all day long, so that you get the Manhattan news you want to see. A veteran print and online journalist, Leela previously worked at Newser.com, an online news aggregator. As Newser’s senior producer, she spearheaded the site’s foray into original content production and coordinated distribution deals, along with social networking
Phil Thomas Di Guilio, co-founder, WellcomeMat
Phil is the co-founder fo WellcomeMat, the largest network of people using full-motion video to showcase local communities, places & spaces online. Phil is also the founder and executive Director of the Future of Local Media, a series of events highlighting people, technologies and services helping to shape the future of local.
Simon Dumenco, editor-at-large, Advertising Age
Simon writes the “Media Guy” column at AdAge, and is executive director of the Media Vanguard Awards. He’s worked at and/or consulted for a wide range of media companies, including Condé Nast, Hearst, IAC, New York Media, Time Warner, Viacom, and Wenner Media. Simon was founding editorial director of both seventeen.com and New York magazine’s nymag.com, the founding editor-in-chief of VeryShortList.com, editor of the international culture magazine Colors, consulting executive editor on the launch of O: The Oprah Magazine, executive editor of Seventeen magazine, and managing editor at Baltimore’s City Paper, among various other jobs.
Perry Evans, CEO, Closely
Perry Evans is the founder and CEO of Closely, Inc. He has led the formation and development of MapQuest, Jabber and Local Matters over the past 15 years, placing him at the forefront of location-based publishing, real-time messaging and local search.
Josh Fenton, co-founder, GoLocal24
Josh Fenton has a track record of success as an entrepreneur and has successfully launched and grown communications and media concerns. In 2010, he co-founded and launched GoLocalProv, the first digital platform of GoLocal24 – a digital media firm. GoLocal24 is creating the next model for local digital news and information. By providing high value local content, GoLocal24 is creating a scalable, highly efficient and monetizable mid-sized market model for next generation media.
Mindy Finn, partner, EngageDC
Mindy was recently named one of “50 Politicos to Watch” by POLITICO and one of 100 “Tech Titans” by Washingtonian magazine for her innovative work in government and politics. She has dedicated her career to people-powered politics in the digital age and has consulted for some of America’s most well-known political figures and brands including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, Google and Quora.
Bo Fishback, CEO, Zaarly
Before becoming co-founder of Zaarly, Bo was previously vice president of entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the president of Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation. His responsibilities included developing and advancing transformative programs that strengthen entrepreneurial engagement in the economy and help entrepreneurs succeed.
Michael Fives, product manager, Meetup
Michael is the organizer of the Location Based Apps meetup in NYC, a group of developers and entrepreneurs that meets monthly to talk all things location. Currently, Michael is a Product Manager at Meetup, focusing on mobile, and develops for web (front-end) and mobile (iOS) in his spare time.
Debra Galant, founder, Baristanet
A former New York Times columnist, Debra founded Baristanet in 2004. The site now covers several towns in suburban New Jersey, and was named Best Placeblog in America in 2007. She is also the author of three novels published by St. Martin’s Press.
Jeremy Geiger, CEO, Retailigence
Jeremy has over 15 years of business development experience in enterprise software, including supply chain management, business intelligence, and customer relationship management. To date, he has started and led more than a dozen subsidiary operations, primarily in the Asia-Pacific market. Jeremy founded Retailigence to help local retailers reach consumers in the fast growing mobile application ecosystem.
Alistair Goodman, CEO, Placecast
Alistair has a passion for building successful organizations, with over twenty years of experience in marketing and product development for both media and traditional companies. As CEO of Placecast, he leads a team of experienced professionals who have created and patented the most scalable location-based marketing system currently in market: ShopAlerts, which delivers location-based offers to customers when they’re near a store. Alistair has facilitated partnerships with mobile carriers including Telefonica’s O2 and AT&T, as well as brands like Starbucks, L’Oreal, The North Face and HP, in order to bring ShopAlerts programs to North America and Europe.
Douglas Heddings, president, Heddings Property Group
A 20 year veteran of the residential real estate market and among the top 1% of brokers nationwide, Doug is the founder of The Heddings Property Group, LLC. Prior to forming HPG, he was a top-producing Senior Vice President at Prudential Douglas Elliman for 11 years. The Heddings Property Group is based in Manhattan and the Hamptons and provides quality real estate services to buyers, sellers and investors alike.
Dr. Phil Hendrix, founder and Director, immr
Phil heads up a research and consulting firm that helps clients bring innovative new products and services to market. immr helps clients uncover customer needs, optimize product/service features, achieve competitive differentiation and accelerate market acceptance. He is also an analyst with GigaOm Pro, focusing on mobile, location and m-commerce, in particular. Before founding immr, Phil was a partner with DiamondCluster (now PwC Advisory) and a principal with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).
Jeff Jarvis, blogger/professor, BuzzMachine
Jeff is the author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live (Simon & Schuster, 2011) and What Would Google Do? (Harper Collins2009), blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Mark Josephson, SVP revenue, AOL Local
As the SVP, Revenue for AOL Local, Mark leads AOL’s efforts to develop and execute all local revenue streams for Patch and Mapquest, and collaborates with the AOL Sales team to maximize Patch’s opportunities in the marketplace. Most recently, Mark was CEO of Outside.in, which was acquired by Patch earlier in 2011. Mark was a founding member of Cone Interactive’s new media practice, where he managed marketing and communications for pioneer Internet media businesses, including About.com and iVillage.com.
Jonty Kelt, CEO, Group Commerce
Jonty was co-founder of Europe’s first internet affiliate network, and a founding team member of a Chinese sports and entertainment events business. Before co-founding Group Commerce, he led DoubleClick’s search technology and services businesses in Europe and Asia, through the acquisition by Google.
Larry Kramer, founder and CEO, CBS Marketwatch
Larry is an adjunct professor of Media Management at the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, a media consultant, and the author of C-Scape: Conquer the Forces Changing Business Today. He sits on the board of directors of Discovery Communications, American Media Inc., Freedom Communications, Inc., Answers.com, BlackArrow, Inc. (Chairman) and Harvard Business School Publishing, and serves on the advisory boards to the Newhouse School (chairman), Minyanville.com, Crossboarders.tv, Jib Jab Media, and Street Fight.
Ezra Kucharz, president, CBS Local Digital Media
Ezra is responsible for conceiving and executing the CBS’s local online media strategy utilizing the combined assets and digital operations of the company’s 29 television stations and CBS Radio’s more than three dozen news, sports and talk stations. Since joining CBS, Kucharz has launched locally branded websites in 24 markets leading with CBSNewYork.com in August 2010.
Kam Lasater, co-founder, SeeClickFix
Prior to Co-Founding SeeClickFix, Kam Lasater was integral to the Higher One (NYSE:ONE) technology team. He initiated the position of software architect and data architect while helping to scale from a few thousand to 1.2+ million banking customers. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2003 with a BS in Computer Engineering. At SeeClickFix he is the Chief Strategy Officer.
Rich Masterson, chairman, CampaignGrid
Rich is a serial entrepreneur who loves the creative process and is a pioneer in online marketing. After a successful Internet IPO in 1999, Rich devotes much of his time to private equity investments, philanthropy and family. In addition to his political clients, Rich has helped craft the online strategies for industry leaders such as Microsoft, IBM, AT&T and American Express.
Ted Mann, co-founder, SnipSnap
Ted serves as CEO at the first mobile coupon app to let you take a photo of a printed coupon and convert it to a digital coupon that can be saved, shared, and redeemed on your smartphone. The company is currently being funded by and incubated at DreamIt Ventures in Philadelphia. Ted was previously the Digital Development Director of Gannett NJ, where he led the digital operations for 6 newspapers, created the InJersey hyperlocal blog network, and managed the #3 daily deal site in New Jersey.
Duncan McCall, CEO, PlaceIQ
Duncan McCall is the CEO and Co-Founder of PlaceIQ. PlaceIQ is turning ‘location into context’. Extracting intelligence and meaning from the ever increasing mass of location specific data being created, enabling an understanding of a hyper local location like never before. Duncan’s background includes leading, or as part of the exec team of a number of startups from the location, mobile and internet arena.
Josh McCarter, CEO, GramercyOne
Josh led the spin out of GramercyOne, a leading provider of cloud based business management and marketing solutions to service businesses, from its prior parent company and recently secured a $14.5M investment from Revolution Ventures, Grotech and TDF. Prior to GramercyOne, Josh served as President & COO of Arbitech, Chief Operating Officer of SpaFinder, and Vice President of International Development for the online automotive marketing leader, Autobytel.com.
Shawn McGinness, business manager, St. Louis Beacon
Shawn is responsible for figuring out ways the Beacon can consistently earn more than it spends. Hailing from the for-profit non-journalism world of the credit industry, Shawn has spent his professional years learning data-driven decision making and how to apply technology to solve business problems. He is a frequent speaker to anyone within earshot on the subjects of innovation and simplification.
Nihal Mehta, CEO, LocalResponse
With over 12 years experience in innovating marketing technologies through several successful startups to date, Nihal Mehta, is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands. He is currently CEO and co-founder of LocalResponse, Inc. which helps brands and businesses reach consumers across aggregate location-based services. Prior to LocalResponse, (which pivoted from buzzd, a leading real-time city guide), Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom in 2005.
Michael Meyer, staff writer, Columbia Journalism Review
Michael Meyer is a staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review, where he runs the News Frontier Database, CJR.org’s project chronicling digital news outlets. He has interacted with more than 150 local online news startups through his work on the project. He holds an English degree from The Colorado College and is a native of Farmington, New Mexico.
Ann Montgomery, CEO, NabeWise
Ann is the co-founder of NabeWise, which helps people who are moving and traveling understand neighborhoods by structuring the growing pool of local data and adding a qualitative analysis to that data. Ann’s background in subscription-based content along with her having moved 35 times, gave her the initial idea for the company.
Frank Moyer, CEO, GeoIQ
Frank leads up the team at GeoIQ, which enables enterprises, marketers, retailers and public sector organizations to fuse together and analyze real-time streaming mobile, social and location services (SoMoLo) data. GeoIQ’s open architecture enables enterprises to access and analyze data from practically any data source in real-time for better decision making. Prior to GeoIQ, Frank was CEO of EzGov, which he sold to CACI in 2009. Prior to that Frank was an executive within Accenture’s Technology Practice Group, where he consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies.
David Pachter, CEO, LocalVox Media
David is a co-founder of LocalVox, which provides a local multi-channel marketing solution for SMB’s. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Bond Street Group, which he founded and served as CEO from 2003-2008. David was previously the President and COO of the entertainment website Heavy.com. Prior to Heavy, David was an SVP at Interactive Video Technologies. His first company, Progressive Resources, was acquired by Staffmark/Edgewater Technology. David began his career in TV and film production at Disney and Warner Brothers. He lives in Soho with his 4yr old daughter.
Eli Portnoy, CEO, ThinkNear
Eli Portnoy is the founder and CEO of ThinkNear, a mobile marketing and yield management solution for local merchants. He was most recently a Senior Product Manager at Amazon where he helped develop, market and grow the Amazon Video On-Demand service. Eli was also the founder and CEO of HireWorkers and was named one of the Top Young Entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek, the 21st Coolest Young Entrepreneur by Inc. magazine, and a Top Entrepreneur Under 30 by NY Daily News.
Mark Potts, founder, Backfence
Mark Potts is a leader in the development of innovative content and business strategies and products in online and print media. He created one of the first electronic news prototypes in the early 1990s, and then co-founded The Washington Post Co.’s digital division. As co-founder of Backfence.com and GrowthSpur, he has been a pioneer in the field of hyperlocal news and information.
Nathan Richardson, president, Gilt City
Prior to building out the Gilt City team and business, Nathan led the launch of GiltMAN and was CEO of Content Next Media, where he led the sale to Guardian Media/UK. He took a mid-career tour as the Country Director for the International Rescue Committee in Liberia after serving as the Head of Dow Jones Online where he oversaw Marketwatch, WSJ.com and Barrons.com. He spent several years building and leading Yahoo! Finance into the dominant online finance and business destination.
Mike Shapiro, CEO and publisher, The Alternative Press
Michael M. Shapiro, CEO and Publisher of TheAlternativePress.com, is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Rutgers College, Rutgers University. Michael also serves as President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights, a Trustee on the Board of the Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of the New Providence Business & Professional Association, and volunteers as a member of the Summit Area YMCA’s Advancement Committee.
Darian Shirazi, CEO, Fwix
Prior to founding Fwix, Darien was an early employee on the engineering team at Facebook. Darian studied Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley before dropping out to start Fwix. He also advises several early stage startups including Udemy and Mall World on Facebook.
Luke Stangel, co-founder, Tackable
Luke is one of the co-founders of Silicon Valley-based Tackable. The company makes mobile apps that organize live media on a real-time map of the planet. The company has produced two platforms: TapIn Bay Area and Tackable. He is a former journalist.
Lockhart Steele, founder and president, Curbed Network
Lockhart Steele (@Lock on Twitter) is the founder and president of the Curbed Network, which publishes Curbed.com(neighborhood and real estate news), Eater.com (restaurant and nightlife gossip), and Racked.com (retail and shopping intelligence). The network of sites now covers over a dozen major metropolitan areas of the United States.
Doug Stephens, founder, Retail Prophet
Doug is the founder of Retail Prophet, a research consultancy specializing in retail and consumer trends. Doug is an in-demand speaker, writer and advisor to major companies, trade associations and governments across North America and Europe. He is also a contributor to Canada’s acclaimed consumer tech television show App Central TV and sits on the board of the Location Based Marketing Association.
David Tisch, managing director, TechStars
In addition to his position at TechStars, David is the Managing Member of Box Group, a New York City based seed-stage angel capital firm. As an investor or advisor, David has worked with over 50 startups including GroupMe, Boxee, Fab.com, Flavors.me, Goodsie, adStruc, CrowdTwist, OnSwipe, SkillShare and DataMinr. Prior to joining TechStars, David served as Executive Vice President of Interactive Strategies at kgb, a diversified global information services company.
Chris Tolles, CEO, Topix
Prior to founding Topix, Chris co-founded and was the VP of Marketing at Spoke Software, an enterprise social networking startup. Chris was one of the co-founders of NewHoo, which evolved into the Open Directory Project at dmoz.org after being acquired by Netscape. The Open Directory is the largest human edited directory of sites on the web. After getting acquired by Netscape, Chris ran marketing for Netscape Search and AOL Music.
Carll Tucker, CEO, Main Street Connect
Carll is the founder of Main Street Connect, Your Home Town Online, which publishes 51 community news sites in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. From 1981 to 1999, he was editor and publisher of Trader Publications, Inc., a community news company based in Cross River, NY, which he sold to Gannett Company. Previously, he was editor and publisher of Saturday Review magazine and a staff writer and theater critic for The Village Voice. He is the author of The Bear Went Over the Mountain.
Vin Vacanti, co-founder, Yipit
Prior to Yipit, Vinicius co-founded UnHub and 140it. Earlier, he worked at Quadrangle Group and The Blackstone Group. He graduated from Harvard College in 2003 with a degree in Applied Mathematics. He served as a teaching fellow for Harvard’s Computer Science department for two years.
John Valentine, VP East Coast, SCVNGR/LevelUp
At SCVNGR, John currently leads LevelUp’s new-cities launch efforts, from biz dev to merchant education around the power of loyalty-based transactions. For businesses, LevelUp is a smarter loyalty program. For you and me, LevelUp is the better way to pay and get rewarded for being loyal at your favorite places.
Mark Watkins, co-founder, goby
Mark is general manager of entertainment content for Telenav, a leading provider of GPS Navigation and other location-based apps. Previously, Mark was the ceo and co-founder of goby, recently acquired by Telenav. Available on the web, iPhone, Android, and iPad apps, goby is a location-based service for finding fun things to do, covering hundreds of categories and millions of things to do in every city in the U.S.
Warren Webster, president, Patch
Warren is the president of Patch Media, a hyperlocal news, information and engagement platform in over 850 communities across the U.S. He was the first to join the Patch team, in December 2007, when the idea was hatched by Tim Armstrong, then-President for The Americas at Google Inc. Webster has spent the last 12 years in the media and online industries, most recently at as the Vice President of Material Media, a publisher of niche content sites including Babble.com.
Scott Wolfgang, VP for strategic investments, Hearst Interactive Media
Scott joined Hearst in June 2006 and led Hearst Ventures investments into Savored (a.k.a. VillageVines), HootSuite, TurnHere, Local.com and Miso. Scott also led Hearst’s acquisition of 1UP from Ziff Davis and was a key member of the deal team that acquired Kaboodle. He is currently on the board of directors of Savored, Miso and HootSuite and is a board observer at TurnHere.
Cheryl Yeoh, CEO, CityPockets
Cheryl is co-founder of CityPockets, a digital wallet and secondary marketplace for daily deals. Based in New York, CityPockets raised $750K in June this year. Cheryl has recently been named the top 25 Women Driving NY’s Tech Scene by Betabeat and has been interviewed on Fox News, ABC7 and BNET.