Anne Bezancon, president, Placecast
Anne Bezancon is the Founder and President of Placecast, leader in mobile location-based marketing at scale, with clients like The North Face, L’Oreal, Starbucks, Subway, HP, JetBlue and partners such as AT&T and Telefonica. Previously, Anne held senior executive positions at JiWire, Productopia, BEAP and PCI.
Rick Blair, adviser, Street Fight
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
Mike 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.
Amber Case, CEO, Geoloqi
Amber is CEO of Geoloqi, Inc. Case has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, and many other publications, both in the United States and around the world. Her main focus is mobile software, augmented reality and data visualization, and reducing the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect. Case founded Geoloqi.com, a platform for next generation location, out of a frustration with limits of existing technologies.
Rohan Chandran, executive director for mobile products, YP
Rohan lead’s YP’s strategy and development of location-aware services as well as the development of YP’s flagship local search apps. Based in the company’s Silicon Valley office, he brings over 15 years of experience to YP, both as a founder and early employee at successful startups, and as a product management leader in the online marketing and advertising space at Yahoo and Experian.
Jake Cohen, co-founder, Privy
Jake comes to Privy from a multi-generational background in local marketing and advertising. He helped found Privy to take the challenge, complexity and confusion out of local advertising for small businesses. Having previously worked at CBS and with a number of media agencies, he is looking forward to helping millions of small businesses worldwide save time and be more successful growing their customer base.
David Cohn, founding editor, Circa
Since 2004 David has worked at the intersection of technology and journalism helping to push boundaries around distributed reporting, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. He has been a Knight News Challenge winner a Reynolds Ford Fellow and taught at UC Berkeley’s Journalism School as well as lectured around the country on these and related topics. He was the founder of Spot.Us and is currently the founding editor of Circa.
Angus Davis, founder & CEO, Swipely
In 1999, Angus co-founded Tellme, which revolutionized speech recognition systems today used by 1 in 3 Americans. In 2007, Microsoft acquired Tellme in its largest-ever acquisition of a private company. Prior, Angus joined Netscape as their youngest employee where he was product manager for the company’s leading Web browser.
Daphne Earp, VP business development, Yext
Daphne Earp joined Yext in 2010 where she was part of the founding PowerListings team. Now as Director of Business Development, she focuses on expanding Yext’s reach through new publisher and reseller relationships. Prior to Yext, Daphne was a student at Princeton University studying Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
Perry Evans, CEO, Closely
Perry 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.
Anthony Ha, writer, TechCrunch
Anthony Ha is a writer at TechCrunch, where he covers media, advertising, and startups. He began his career at the Hollister Free Lance, where he won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for breaking news coverage and writing. He also worked as technology reporter for VentureBeat and, most recently, Adweek. Anthony attended Stanford University and lives in San Francisco.
Gil Harel, CEO, Bitehunter
Gil is the CEO and co-founder of BiteHunter, a real-time location based mobile app for finding great dining deals by aggregating restaurant deals from thousands of sources and offering an easy one-click payment option (BiteBuy). Prior to BiteHunter Gil co-founded DiningFever.com, which published timely dining discounts for NYC restaurants. Before launching DiningFever, Gil served as a market manager for Expedia.
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).
Ben Ilfeld, COO Sacramento Press
Gen co-founded Macer Media LLC, the company behind The Sacramento Press, AdGlue, SLOAN (Sacramento Local Online Advertising Network), and Deal Ticket. He is responsible for overseeing every department and department head. Ben sets the vision and process for the online media outlet and runs customer service. With direct input from his team, Ben defines the business and technology road map for the organization and works to continually refine the “hyperlocal” model to reclaim community.
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.
Adam Lashinsky, senior editor at large, Fortune
Adam covers Silicon Valley and Wall Street for FORTUNE and is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works. He has been on FORTUNE’s staff since 2001, and for two years before that was a contributing columnist. In addition, Lashinsky is a contributor to the Fox News Channel; co-chair of FORTUNE’s annual Brainstorm Tech conference; and host of the Fortune.com CEO video interview series “Connected.”
Holger Luedorf, VP biz dev, Foursquare
Holger is VP, Head of Business Development 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.
Nitin Mangtani, product chief, Google Offers
Nitin Mangtani is a Group Product Manager at Google, where he’s the founder and head of the Google Offers Marketplace. He’s also responsible for personalization and distribution initiatives for Google Offers. Previously, Mangtani led the Retail Merchant Services team and built products for Google Shopping.
Duncan McCall, CEO, PlaceIQ
Duncan 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.
Prashant Nedungadi, CEO, Nimble Commerce
Prashant is NimbleCommerce’s founding CEO and has been instrumental in guiding the direction of the company’s group buying platform. He brings more than 21 years of industry experience to the table; 14 years of that in the e-commerce and online shopping sector. Prior to founding NimbleCommerce, he was co-founder and CTO of Andale, the largest 3rd party e-commerce service provider for small businesses.
Eli Portnoy, CEO, ThinkNear
Eliis the CEO/co-founder of ThinkNear, a hyper-local mobile ad solution funded by IA, Google, and Qualcomm. He was a Senior Product Manager at Amazon and a successful entrepreneur before that. Eli has been named one of the “Top Young Entrepreneurs” by BusinessWeek and the “21st Coolest Young Entrepreneur” by Inc. magazine. He earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Visit ThinkNear.
Lenny Rachitsky, CEO, LocalMind
Lenny is the co-founder and CEO of Localmind, a new location-based startup that allows you to find out what’s happening anywhere in the world, right now, by giving you the ability to send questions to people checked-in at any location. Prior to founding Localmind, Lenny was head of R&D at Webmetrics/Neustar in San Diego, a speaker at TEDx, and a long time blogger. He also puts both pant legs on at the same time.
Rob Reed, CEO, MomentFeed
Rob is founder and CEO of MomentFeed, the first location-based marketing platform for the enterprise. MomentFeed connects brands and consumers at the point of sale and provides an integrated solution for managing Facebook, Foursqare, Twitter, and Instagram across hundreds or thousands of locations.
Rene Reinsberg, CEO, Locu
Rene started his first software startup out of high school, building one of the early GUI-based point-of-sale and inventory management systems for small retailers. He has since worked on several other technology startups as well as at McKinsey and Morgan Stanley. Rene holds a diploma from WHU, Germany and a MBA from MIT Sloan. He was awarded the 2011 McGovern Entrepreneurship award.
Eric Risley, managing partner, Architect Partners
Eric is founder and Managing Partner of Architect Partners, an M&A advisory firm focused on the internet, mobile and digital media sector. Eric previously was Head of Software Corporate and Investment Banking at Banc of America Securities, responsible for some of the firm’s largest clients; Head of Investment Banking at Rutberg & Company, a highly respected wireless research boutique and ran Software and Internet Investment Banking at CIBC (and its predecessor Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.) Eric has for 25 years led and executed M&A and capital-raising transactions for established companies such as AVID, CA, Adobe, Oracle, BEA Systems, Veritas, as well as scores of young, emerging vendors.
Jaidev Shergill, CEO, Bundle
Jaidev is the CEO and Founder of Bundle.com. Bundle.com uses spending data to provide unbiased ratings and recommendations for bars, restaurants, spas, and other businesses. Founded in 2009 and backed by Citigroup, Microsoft, and Morningstar, Bundle.com is based in New York City. Prior to founding Bundle, Jaidev had several roles within Citigroup. Most recently he was the President and Managing Director of Citi Ventures and Citi Global Innovation.
David Staas, Interim CEO, JiWire
As senior vice president of marketing, David is responsible for the company’s go-to-market strategy and execution in North America. This includes leading the company’s corporate marketing, strategic marketing, and product management teams. Staas brings more than thirteen years of marketing and product experience in both the mobile and advertising industries to JiWire. He has been a part of numerous mobile start-ups and is extremely passionate about the location-based media space.
Greg Sterling, writer/analyst, ScreenWerk
Greg Sterling is contributing editor with Search Engine Land and Marketing Land. He is also a senior analyst with Opus Research and the founder of Sterling Market Intelligence. Previously Sterling ran BIA/Kelsey’s Interactive Local Media program. He was also a producer at TechTV on the show “Working the Web.” Before TechTV he was a founding editor AllBusiness.com, a small business portal. Sterling has covered local media and marketing for a decade and is now focused on the emerging “SoLoMo” marketplace.
Trevor Sumner, president, LocalVox
Trevor is the Co-Founder and President of LocalVox Media – a social, local and mobile marketing platform for SMBs. Trevor is a technologist and marketer with over a decade of experience in management and early stage companies in digital, social media and mobile technology serving as VP of Product Marketing at Weplay; Senior Director of Product Marketing at Narrowstep and 724 Solutions, where he grew OEM business 0 to $10M in revenue in first year.
Owen Thomas, contributing editor, Business Insider
Owen is the president of Ditherati Communications and a contributing editor at Business Insider. He’s best-known for his time running Valleywag, Silicon Valley’s tech gossip rag. He has also worked at the Red Herring, Time Inc., NBC, and VentureBeat.
Brian Timpone, CEO, Journatic
Brian Timpone is Chairman and CEO of Chicago-based Journatic, a leading producer of content for local media companies, marketers, and digital publishers. He founded the company in May 2006. Formerly a television reporter, Brian was the founding publisher of courthouse legal journals and Greater Illinois Newsgroup, four community newspaper chain in Central Illinois. It was purchased by the Champaign News-Gazette in 2005.
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.
Omer Trajman, VP technology, Cloudera
As Cloudera’s VP of Technology Solutions, Omer is responsible for Cloudera’s Services, Support and Training and leads the Customer Solutions team to improve the process of adopting, developing, managing and operating Hadoop. Prior to joining Cloudera, Omer was responsible for cloud computing and virtualization initiatives at Vertica Systems and worked on the integration of Vertica’s products with Apache Hadoop.
John Valentine, VP local, LevelUp
As VP of local commerce at LevelUp, John is in charge of launching and managing all cities on LevelUp’s mobile payment system, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. In only one year of existence, LevelUp’s app surpassed 150,000 users and achieved $1MM+ in transactions per month. He currently lives and works in Boston, MA when he’s not on the ground in LevelUp cities.
Stuart Wall, CEO, Signpost
Stuart is the founder and CEO of Signpost, a local advertising platform funded by Spark Capital and Google Ventures. Signpost is working to create the AdSense of local commerce and currently powers monetization campaigns for over 1,200 publishers. Stuart developed the concept while in business school at Harvard University and led the company through bootstrapped product development and initial fundraising.
Dave Walker, managing partner, bzzHive
Dave’s created, developed, built, and fixed marketing strategies for some of the largest, most recognized brands in the country, from Wal-Mart to Toys R Us to Microsoft to Home Depot. He was most recently CEO/Founder of the Geomentum portfolio of Agencies (IPG), the first and largest integrated hyperlocal media & marketing Consultancy — 2010’s Specialty Agency of the Year (Media Magazine) with media billings of over $2Bil.
Derek Webster, CEO, LocalBonus
Derek Webster is the Founder and CEO of LocalBonus, a loyalty program that allows consumers to use their existing credit & debit cards to automatically earn cash back rewards at local businesses. Earlier in his career, Derek led payments & loyalty projects at Oliver Wyman, and all product development and product marketing efforts for E*TRADE’s credit card business.
Geoff Woo, co-founder, Glassmap
Geoffrey Woo is co-founder of Glassmap, a YCombinator-backed mobile social network. He graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Science.