PluggedIn’s August Roundtable will be focusing on “How companies are leveraging real time data, content, and analytics in the here and now”.
Social Technologies and mobile devices mean that words, images, and video now travel fater than the speed of sound, across the street and around the world. And everything from meaningless to the momentus can be captured and documented. This roundtable discussed how new businesses are building the means to measure, filter, curate, and monetize the social and contextual streams of information that are blasting us from every direction.
CrowdTwist: Irving Fain, CEO & Co-Founder
Irving is the CEO & Co-founder of CrowdTwist, a NYC-based social loyalty and rewards platform which helps brands increase sales and engagement in an increasingly cross-platform world. Prior to founding CrowdTwist, Irving ran Digital Marketing & Social Platforms for Clear Channel Radio Digital, developing and implementing an online marketing and social strategy for 1,000+ radio stations. Prior to that role he led the Content Team, creating fresh content and experiences for artists and advertisers to get noticed amongst the myriad of programming online.
Irving knows first-hand the challenges of developing programs which create lasting engagement and is excited to lead a company which can drive change quickly in the rapidly developing social loyalty space. Prior to his life as a media entrepreneur, Irving wore a suit every day in the world of finance. He spent time both as a venture investor here in New York as well as an investment banker, specializing in raising capital for early stage companies.
Chartbeat: Tony Haile, CEO
Tony Haile is the General Manager of Chartbeat, the real-time analytics service used by everyone from the New York Times to Groupon. Tony was an early employee at, and now acts as an advisor to, Betaworks, the company behind Summize (now Twitter Search), Bit.ly and Tweetdeck, where he led Twitterfeed, the largest publisher to Twitter. Prior to moving headlong into the world of digital startups, Tony spent time leading and managing polar expeditions and acting as bowman for Team Logica on a Round-the-world yacht race. Startups are apparently similarly exciting with less risk of losing a limb.
Sociocast: Albert Azout, CEO
Albert is a technology and machine-learning pioneer with extensive experience in social and complex networks. He started his career at as an engineer on Wallstreet with a focus on transparency and quant trading.
He is currently a partner at Sub Rosa a fast-growing digital agency in NYC, recently voted top Small Agency by AdAge in 2010. In 2008, he co-founded StyleCaster, currently the fastest growing digital platform in the women’s lifestyle space. StyleCaster has grown from a fashion-focused social network to one of the most important content and media portals and distribution channels in the market.
He is currently the CEO of Sociocast, a company focused on allowing applications and advertisers to unleash the power of real-time audience data. The Sociocast technology is pioneered by a top team and advisory board with expertise in behavioral economics, physics, complex networks, business, and online advertising.
Albert serves on the advisory board of several new and growing ventures, including Qwiki, SaveFans, and Last Pictures.
Samepoint: Richard Krueger, CEO
Mr. Krueger co-founded Samepoint LLC in 2008 and has held the position of Chief Marketing Officer since that time. Richard brings to Samepoint years of experience in search engine marketing and is responsible for defining the product strategy and marketing vision on behalf of the company.
Richard is also a prolific writer on topics relating to social media and has co-written two best-selling books: Facebook Marketing for Dummies (I & II Editions) and Facebook Advertising for Dummies, both published by Wiley.
Prior to co-founding Samepoint, Richard served as part of the original marketing teams at several successful online start-ups, including LocalEyes, Inc. (acquired by AOL) and Icon CMT (acquired by Qwest). Prior to his entrepreneurial career, he held senior-level positions at top-ten public relations agencies, where he was awarded the Silver Anvil, the highest award for PR excellence.
Socialflow: Mike Perrone, COO & Co-founder
Mike Perrone is co-founder and COO of SocialFlow, a New York City based startup that applies language analysis and data science to enable publishers, brands and retailers to earn greater engagement with customers and audiences on Twitter and Facebook by publishing content when followers and fans are most receptive topically.
Mike has extensive experience in building businesses and implementing technology in enterprises. Prior to SocialFlow he was VP, Integration for Bertelsmann’s US Direct Marketing businesses and was tasked with leading the integrations of several high profile acquisitions. He has also worked in advertising, management consulting, entertainment technology and direct marketing, industries.
Buzzfeed: Jon Steinberg, President
Jon Steinberg is the President of 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 Development at 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.
EyeView: Oren Harnevo, CEO
Oren Harnevo is the co-founder and CEO of EyeView, a personalized video technology provider. Oren’s vision for Eyeview began while simultaneously working on a Bachelor’s in Film and Television and a BS.C in Computer Science at Tel-Aviv University. Oren has always been fascinated with measuring the quality of creative video and its effect on viewers using optimization and analytics metrics. Eyeview’s technology enables both the creation and optimization of personalized video campaigns.
Before Eyeview, Oren’s online experience was shaped by his role in leading the product at 888.com, an online gaming and entertainment solutions provider that IPO’d for $1B in the London stock exchange in 2006. 888.com’s CEO, Gigi Levy, became a principal investor in 2008 and is still an active board member.
Since founding Eyeview in 2007, Oren has led the company in launches of hundreds of online campaigns for leading brands such as eBay, Verizon, LendingTree, Johnson & Johnson, and more. Oren has recruited world-renowned investors such as LightSpeed, Eric Schmidt and Gemini.
The Flow: Tom Luczak, CTO & Co-founder
Tom’s expertise in highly scalable computer systems began with his role in evaluating national-level developmental collection and processing systems for the United States Army. His specific areas of technical expertise include horizontally scalable systems, system architecture, information retrieval, network operations and multimedia over IP systems. Recognized by his military and Department of Defense peers for his special talents, Tom evolved his expertise with the hands-on development of a range of large-scale information processing systems.
Following his military service, Tom entered the technology start-up scene in New York, co-founding and serving as Director of Technology at Saber Seven Inc., where he built out and managed a 15 person technology team responsible for developing a web property and next generation natural language search engine. Tom joined Eric at Flow Search Corporation in early 2010 as the founding CTO and continues to innovate systems that will power the next generation of intelligent, real-time applications.
Parse.ly: Andrew Montalenti, CTO & Co-founder
BitHunter: Gil Harel, CEO & Co-founder
Gil is the CEO & Co-founder of BiteHunter.com, the world’s 1st real time search engine for dining, it provides consumers with the ability to easily find and learn about all published live dining information and user social dining behavior through its website, mobile and partners. Prior to BiteHunter, Gil co-founded DiningFever in 2005 which was the leading distribution network for restaurant discounts in New York City.
Yieldbot: Jonathan Mendez, CEO
Jonathan is Founder & CEO of realtime intent technology Yieldbot. He is a recognized pioneer in digital media optimization having spearheaded the rise of realtime content matching technology with online advertising and web pages. Prior to Yieldbot Jonathan was Chief
Strategy Officer of Offermatica through its acquisition by Omniture and founded its agency business that is now Adobe Digital. Jonathan has worked on optimizing over 75 digital media businesses including Amazon.com, AutoNation, Disney, Citibank, H&R Block, IBM, Intuit,
Microsoft, Salesforce, Sears, Skype and T-Mobile.
TheDaily: David Brinker, SVP Business Development
David joined The Daily after four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of Grandparents.com, the first website dedicated to meeting the needs of today’s new generation of grandparents. Prior to Grandparents.com, David was a strategic consultant to a number of digital-media companies, including MTV, the Orchard and Amp’d Mobile and was Vice President of Corporate Development and Business Affairs for the Musicland Group.
David is a cum laude graduate of Tufts University and a magna cum laude graduate of Fordham University School of Law. He is an experienced endurance athlete, having run 7 marathons, more than 25 half-marathons and 15 triathlons. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
ABCNews: Dan Patterson, Digital Platform Manager & Journalist
Dan is a broadcast journalist and web geek. By day he develops and executes digital policy for ABC News Radio. Dan’s professional experience hovers around the convergence of analogue and digital technology. Occasionally he interview’s politicians, policy makers, technologists and other interesting characters. Dan has covered events including the 2008 presidential campaign, SXSW Interactive conference, the United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Foundation radio rows, and the Darfur/South Sudan humanitarian crisis.
ff Venture capital: David Teten, Partner
David is Chairman of Harvard Business School Angels New York and Founder and Chairman of Navon Partners, a data and analytics company focused on analyzing private companies. He was formerly Acting CEO of Vertical Key, a web-based software service for managing large-scale events. Previously he was a Managing Director with Evalueserve, a 2,500-person global research and analytics company, and Founder and CEO of Circle of Experts, an investment research firm acquired by Evalueserve.
David was formerly Founder and CEO of GoldNames, an Israel-based investment bank focusing on the internet domain name asset class. He worked with Bear Stearns’ Investment Banking division in their technology/defense mergers and acquisitions team, and was a strategy consultant with Mars & Co. David holds a Harvard MBA and a Yale BA, both with honors. While still in college, he built a technology consulting firm with 35 clients.
David is a Mentor with Founder Institute in New York and Singapore, Dreamit Ventures, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, and NYCSeed. David is the lead author of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online, with Scott Allen.