Urs Cete is Head of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), the venture capital arm of Bertelsmann AG., and serves on the boards of Mojiva, Qeep and Exit Games. Before joining BDMI, Mr. Cete was Senior Director Corporate Controlling and Strategy at Bertelsmann AG. In that capacity he worked on strategic projects for all of the media company's divisions, including television, radio, music publishing, book publishing, magazine publishing and services. BDMI is a strategic venture investor focused on innovative digital media technologies, products, and distribution channels across the globe. We look for opportunities where we can accelerate growth through BDMI's financial and management resources and close connectivity with one or more Bertelsmann divisions. BDMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG. Bertelsmann AG is an international media company encompassing television (RTL Group), book publishing (Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), media services (Arvato) and media clubs (Direct Group) in more than 50 countries.
Sam Rubenstein is the President of Panacea Capital Advisors, Inc., a venture capital and strategic advisory firm based in Bethesda, Maryland, that works with a broad range of US middle market companies. In addition to startup and early stage Food Tech, Music Tech and other technology-enabled B2B services with an innovative or disruptive focus, Panacea Capital also invests in and provides strategic advisory services to middle market companies in foodservice, content and information services, outdoor media, distribution and supply chain services, marketing services, financial services, crowd funding services and some consumer retail.
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Alex Guerrero is a Principal at Act One Ventures, a community focused, early-stage micro-vc fund based in Los Angeles. Previously, Alex was the co-founder & CEO of Uniq Apps, Inc., a SaaS platform for encrypted work messaging. Prior to Uniq, he was the co-founder of Live Entertainment Network, an HTML5 interactive video player platform that helped artists monetize live shows on a “premium-content-only” destination. He has over 10 years of experience in strategy, business, product development, digital media, start-ups and music.
Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, Seed/Venture Investor, Co-founder, Chairman, mentor and advisor. Obsessed with the infinite realm of possibility in the digital transformation of the world. Focused on innovation and disruption in digital media/marketing, big data, machine learning, cybersecurity & blockchain. CEO of Kubient. Kubient's full stack audience advertising platform is a single point of entry for advertisers and publishers to know, reach and optimize audiences. Kubient's audience advertising platform optimizes the advertising supply-chain. Giving advertiser and media partners the data-driven power to connect their audiences, increasing return on ad-spend and inventory yield. In a transparent environment with artificial intelligence powered pre-bid ad fraud prevention. Prior to Kubient Mr. Bordes was a co-founder of oneQube, the leading digital Audience Management Platform [AMP] to build, manage and market to digital audiences. Prior to oneQube Mr. Bordes was a founder, CEO & Chairman of MediaTrust the leading real-time performance marketing exchange. During his tenure as CEO the company was the 9th fastest growing company in the United State in 2009, and he was a founding member and Chairman of the Performance Marketing Association. Mr. Bordes spent much of his career in banking and venture capital and was a founder of Mason Cabot investment bank, which specialized in early stage media and technology financing. Active angel investor and entrepreneur mentor. Ranked in the top 100 most influential angel investors in the United States and social media. Member of the Thiel Foundation 20 Under 20 Mentor Program. Founder Trajectory Capital and TruVest real estate. Serves on the Board of Directors and Advisor Boards of media and technology companies Member of the Board of Directors Beasley Media - Beasley Broadcast Group (BBGI: NASDAQ) is a public media and digital broadcast company offering music, news, sports information and entertainment to over 19 million listeners a weekly from 63 stations in 15 radio markets across the United States. Fraud.Net - The leading real-time collective intelligence fraud analytics. Eliminating e-commerce fraud with artificial intelligence big data analytics. Vice Chairman Ocearch.org - Educate. Inspire. Enable. World leader in scientific data related to tracking and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks. Chairman HoobieApp - Sync all of your social and content in one place to enhance the human connection through technology. Advisor Job.com reinventing recruiting on the blockchain. New York City Father who loves adventure travel, skiing and fishing with his son Pablo.
Richard Yoo is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Rackspace US. Through his vision and influence, Rackspace has become a powerhouse in the web hosting industry, leveraging its bullet-proof infrastructure and Fanatical Support offering. With a recent IPO and revenues exceeding $300 million annually, its customer list now includes names like Sony Music, GE, Hilton Hotels, Delta Airlines, Virgin and Miller Brewing. Yoo also set out and founded the perfect Self-Managed Server company. Built from the customer up, ServerBeach used custom proprietary technology to tailor the hosting product for a more technical and scrappy user. The Beach (as its often called) has become popular with influential internet hipsters such as Nick Denton of Gawker and Evan Williams of Twitter. Today, Yoo can be found functioning as an advisor to several companies including Inventables and Natuba. While he enjoys spending time advising others with their entrepreneurial endeavors, he spends most of his days at his own start-up incubator - Hush Labs. As an avid technology evangelist, Yoo can be heard via radio as a regular guest of the The David Lawrence Show. He is an active member of the Trinity University Computer Science Advisory Board, and has been recognized as one of San Antonios rising stars with the San Antonio Business Journals Annual 40 Under 40 Award for 2003. Additionally, he is a Houston Technology Centers Emerging Technology Council member, served as the Chair of the Accessibility Internet Rally for Houston and as a judge in the Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC).
Innovation and Strategy for the Music, Media and Entertainment industries
Mark Patricof is an American businessman and entrepreneur. Considered a digital media pioneer, tech investor, and seasoned investment banker, he has advised on and invested in a wide range of leading traditional and digital media and entertainment companies and transactions. Patricof is the founder of Patricof Co, a highly specialized private investment platform designed to meet the unique business needs and opportunities of professional athletes. The firm is backed by J.P. Morgan Private Equity Group (PEG), one of the longest-standing and most successful private equity firms in the industry with over $24 billion in assets under management. The Patricof Co investing platform, in conjunction with PEG, provides flexible capital to co-invest alongside clients in later stage growth equity and private equity transactions, while the firm’s advisory platform gives sports professionals a competitive edge in private investing by augmenting their ability to evaluate, structure, negotiate and ultimately exit individual principal investments. Previously, Patricof served as Co-Head of the TMT (Technology, Media, Telecom) practice at Houlihan Lokey, a publicly-traded global investment bank to whom he sold his previous firm, MESA Global. While at Houlihan Lokey, Patricof’s notable transactions include advising on the highly publicized sale of Gawker Media to Univision at a bankruptcy auction for a staggering $135 million and the sale of the iconic concert venue Webster Hall to AEG Presents and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. Prior to Houlihan, Patricof co-founded MESA, a boutique investment bank focused on providing M&A advisory, private placement, and structured finance services to high-growth companies across the media and entertainment landscape. Core areas of focus included film, television, music, sports, live entertainment and digital media, including key verticals such as games, interactive, advertising, and e-commerce. MESA advised on over 80 transactions including some of the most notable deals in the sector: Colony Capital’s acquisition of Miramax, the sale of Songza to Google, the sale of Indiagames to Disney, structured finance transactions for Relativity and IMAX, and equity financings for Blue Man Group and FanDuel. Additionally, MESA advised multiple global corporations, including Discovery Channel, Time Inc., and Viacom. In 2012, Patricof launched MESA Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focused on e-commerce, advertising technology, and digital content. The fund, which invested in Seed and Series A rounds alongside established and top-tier early-stage VC firms, combined a unique data-driven ranking system with a co-investment strategy, thus creating the first “indexing” approach to seed-stage investing. Patricof was a co-founder of <kpe>, an incubator/digital studio that financed, designed, and built businesses for media and entertainment industry clients such as the BBC, CBS, Disney, Hearst and Viacom. Patricof served as President and CEO of the company until it was sold to Omnicom. Patricof began his career with a six-year stint at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles, where he started in the agency’s famed mail room. Patricof graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He then attended the University of Southern California’s Master of Film Studies program. Patricof is a member of the board of directors of the Hornblower Cruises and NEP Broadcasting; he formerly served on the board of the New York Economic Development Corporation. He also currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Crestview Partners. Patricof currently serves as Chairman of the Board for New Heights, a non-profit organization based in New York City whose stated mission is to “inspire inner-city youth to be leaders, champions and student-athletes and empower them to be successful in high school, college and life.”
Chris DeWolfe is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Jam City. He is an angel investor. He is also a Co-Founder of MySpace. He was a Co-Founder at ResponseBase. Under his leadership, Jam City's players and revenues have grown by more than 1000 percent since 2013. As former CEO of MySpace, Chris popularized social networking and revolutionized the music industry. The site, formed in 2004, became the most visited in the U.S. by 2006 with 90 million members. By the time he left the company in 2009, MySpace had more than 130 million monthly active users around the world. Chris received Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2015 and the Producers Guild of America's Vanguard award in 2009. TIME included him among its 2006 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Barbara Walters named him one of her 10 Most Fascinating People in 2007. He studied finance at the University of Washington and attended the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, which honored him in 2006 with its Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year award. An advisor at USC's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and a board member of Woven Digital, he lives in Los Angeles with his family and actively participates in animal rescue operations. He also serves as Advisor at Troy Capital Partners.
Mark got his start as a full-time operator – co-founding a dozen fintech, SaaS, e-commerce, retail, green tech, online gaming, and music ventures over the past 30 years. Now, Mark's passion is as 'player/coach'. His mission is two-fold: helping America reduce the cost and increase the efficacy of health care via technology, and enabling founders (with deep domain experience in their respective industry) to take on the legacy providers that directly or indirectly are holding back change. Mark is Founder and Chairman of the recently launched UCSF Health Hub, UCSF's new innovation hub and non-profit growth studio that connects ideas and companies with the people, expertise, and capital needed to grow and scale breakthrough healthcare solutions. Mark also previously was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Softbank and then at NEA and founded Bad Ass Advisors, a curated community of thousands of Silicon Valley tech mentors and early-stage companies and has made over 125 investments in tech either as an angel or institutional investor. Mark is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has served on it's Board of Overseers.
Jon Vlassopulos is the founder and CEO of Trailerpop, where he leads a mission to revolutionize the way people discover entertainment and engage with advertising. Jon has spent the last 17 years building businesses in and around the mobile, entertainment and advertising industries and as a founder, senior executive, investor and advisor, his work has driven hundreds of millions of dollars worth of innovation and delighted tens of millions of consumers. Prior to founding Trailerpop, Jon has served as CEO of award winning mobile entertainment studio skyrockit, where he managed major US carrier content platforms for companies like Sprint and built innovative branded entertainment products and experiences for companies like GAP, Intel, Coca Cola, Kraft and Zippo. Dubbed a digital media and advertising visionary by The Hollywood Reporter, Jon has created successful industry firsts in the areas of mobile, games, advertising, TV and music. Before skyrockit, Jon was the SVP of digital media and branded entertainment for Endemol, the world’s largest independent production company, where he was responsible for its worldwide digital & advertising business. Jon is credited with launching interactive TV in the US with shows like Deal or no Deal and 1 vs. 100 and with creating some of the first live, multi-platform game formats for networks like BET and TBS. He also produced games that were successful on multiple platforms including Xbox, online, and mobile and sold and produced some of the first online web series. Jon served as senior director of business development & strategic partnerships at AT&T Wireless, establishing the first phase of messaging and mobile data. At AT&T Jon ran the mobile content business and mobile marketing where he established the first mobile marketing campaigns with major brands and led the youth marketing team responsible for tracking and implementing new applications and business models Early in his career Jon was at Bertelsmann, where he helped to create BMG’s global digital strategy and held multiple executive positions with other Bertelsmann divisions in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Jon has served on the board of NATPE, the Producer’s Guild and was a founding member of the Mobile Marketing Association. He holds a degree from Durham University and is fluent in French, Spanish and Mandarin. Jon got his start as a DJ and radio host, from where he nurtured his love of music & entertainment, building a career that blended interests in original content, emerging platforms and marketing innovation.
Loureiro is the Founder and CEO at Spinlister. As the CEO, he is responsible for the overall direction of the company, securing strategic partnerships, raising funding and elevating the brand. Before serving as its CEO, Marcelo was an angel investor in the company and after a year he purchased the company from its original founders to revamp the service and keep the business growing. A serial entrepreneur by nature, Loureiro was part of the founding team of Sagatiba, Inc., a Brazilian liquor company that was sold in 2011 to Campari. At Sagatiba, he oversaw the sales and marketing of the new spirit, Cachaca, in the United States. Prior to that, he created the Brazilian clothing company Mandi.net that was sold to the holding company that distribute Calvin Klein in Brazil in 2005. In addition to serving as the CEO of Spinlister, Loureiro sits on the board of cleansing juice company UrbanRemedy.com and uses his beverage industry experience and contacts to advise the direction of the company. Loureiro also sits on the board of Pinion, a crowdsource research company (app) focusing on customer behavior and price/quality monitoring for consumer goods on retail and wholesale business in Brazil. Loureiro also worked as a social activist in his home country of Brazil and was deeply involved with NGOS and poor families in Sao Paulo. To help bring awareness to the social cause in the city, he produced a documentary, A PONTE, and a successful music festival Power to the Peaceful Brazil in 2007.
Mr. Bell is a Managing Director of Marc Bell Capital Partners and Marc Bell Ventures, an investment firm based in Boca Raton, Florida. In November 2009, Mr. Bell co-founded ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE: ARR) and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. ARR manages over $16 billion in Agency assets. In October 2012 Mr. Bell co-founded Javelin Mortgage Investment Corp. (NYSE: JMI) in September, 2012. JMI is a hybrid mortgage REIT that manages approximately $1 billion of Agency and non-Agency assets. Mr. Bell continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Mr. Bell has significant experience in the technology sector as well. He was also the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Globix Corporation in the1990’s. Globix at its peak was one of the world’s largest logical peers with a global network spanning more than 20,000 miles and over 1 million square feet of Internet Data Center space. In addition, Mr. Bell has founded numerous companies in his career and has been a seed investor in several start-up entities including iFilm, Vault.com, NetSat Express, EDGAR Online, Inc. , where he served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1998-2000, Earnings.com and SpamEx. He has also overseen several large scale real estate development projects in New York, London, Santa Clara and South Florida. As a producer of several successful Broadway musicals and plays (Jersey Boys, The Wedding Singer, August: Osage County, A Catered Affair, Rock of Ages) Mr. Bell has been a two-time winner of the American Theatre Wing's Tony Award (“2008 Best Play” for Pulitzer Prize winning August: Osage County and ''2006 Best Musical'' for Grammy Award winning Jersey Boys). Mr. Bell is also the Executive Producer and a Co-Producer of several full-length motion pictures, and he is an investor in multiple hospitality venues in NYC such as LAVO, Avenue, and Catch. Mr. Bell is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University and New York University Langone Medical Center. He was also an adjunct professor at the Global Entrepreneurship Center of Florida International University, where he taught graduate courses in Entrepreneurship. Mr. has a Bachelor of Science from Babson College in Accounting and a Master of Science from New York University in Real Estate Development and Investment.
Chad Fowler is an internationally known software developer, trainer, manager, speaker, and musician. Over the past decade he has worked with some of the world's largest companies and most admired software developers. He loves to program computers and, as part of his role as CTO of InfoEther, Inc., spends much of his time solving hard problems for customers in the Ruby language. He is co-organizer of RubyConf and RailsConf and author or co-author of a number of popular software books, including ''The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development'' and the upcoming ''Rails 3 Recipes''.
Namek is a Founder and Managing Partner of Silicon Badia. Namek’s experience ranges from technology development, product management, business development, and global venture investing. Namek graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Carnegie Mellon University. Namek resides between Jordan and New York and enjoys sports, reading, music and traveling.
Philip Inghelbrecht is a Co-Founder of Shazam (mobile music recognition app with 150+ million users). He is also a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Tatari. He serves as an advisor of Paraclete Capital. He recently joined Yahoo through their acquisition of Rockmelt, where he was Head of Business Development. Prior to Yahoo, he was President of TrueCar (IPO) and Head of Sports and Entertainment Partnerships at YouTube (Google). He is also an advisor and personal investor in multiple startups and is a self-admitted kiteboarding addict.
Rob Weber serves as Chief Executive Officer & is a Co-Founder at AgileSwitch. Weber serves as Advisor at Brightstone Venture Capital. He has focused his entire career around starting and building emerging growth technology businesses. Prior to co-founding AgileSwitch, Rob was President of Intellifit Corporation a provider of guaranteed fit technology for on-line apparel shopping. Prior to Intellifit he served as President of Knoa, an e-learning software company, where he successfully redefined the corporate product strategy and repositioned the company to capitalize on new market opportunities. Prior to Knoa Rob served as President of Elastomeric Technologies, a leading electronic connector manufacturer. Rob joined Elastomeric as President in 1990, turned the company around, and sold the venture-backed firm to Tyco International (Formerly Augat Corp) in 1995. In 1984 Rob became an early team member and served as Marketing Director for Ensoniq Corp, a leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and multimedia products, where he led the development of the company's marketing and business plan and venture capital financing efforts through 1988. Ensoniq was sold to Creative Technologies of Singapore. Rob started his career in venture capital with the investment banking firm of Howard, Lawson & Company. He is a co-founder of Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investment group focused on emerging growth companies, and the Mid-Atlantic Angel Group Fund. Rob serves as Lecturer and Senior Fellow for the Fisher Program in Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches business planning and entrepreneurial management. In addition, he is a faculty member in Penn Engineering's Executive Master's in Technology Management program. Rob is a graduate of the Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned Bachelor of Science in Economics (B.S.E.) and Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degrees from The Wharton School and School of Engineering.
Gene Hoffman is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Vindicia. Prior to Vindicia, he co-founded eMusic in January 1998 and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director. Gene led the acquisition of eMusic by Vivendi/Universal in June 2001. Before founding eMusic Gene was Director of Business Development and Director of Interactive Marketing of Pretty Good Privacy. Gene joined Pretty Good Privacy after it acquired PrivNet, an Internet privacy software company, where he was co-founder, Director and Executive Vice President.
Dean Levitt serves as Chief Of Culture at Mad Mimi. Once upon a time, he worked in advertising, music supervision, sound engineering, and bartending (where he gained valuable insight into human nature).
Housri is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Mednet. He served as a Principal at Rho Ventures. He joined Rho in 2010 with a broad range of experience in digital media that spans operations, technology and strategy. Most recently, he was part of EMI Music's global business development team where he drove the launch of EMI's ad-supported video platform. He was also involved in all aspects of digital content licensing and distribution, including contract negotiations, technical implementation and monetization. Prior to EMI, Samir served as a management consultant with Bain & Company where he worked on strategy for technology and media clients. He started his career as a software engineer for Major League Baseball and was a key member of the team that built MLB.com. He earned his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University.
Early investor in Xiaomi, EHIC (NYSE), Forgame (HKSE 0484), Wish, FlightCar, Mafengwo, 51Fanli, Operator, Misfit, Little Red Book, Musical.ly, Snapdeal, Airbnb
Brian Rawlings is Co-Founder at Exile Holdings. He is a Co-Founder at Endorsee. He serves as Partner at Back Porch Group. He served as VP at Disney for seventeen years, working on some of their biggest projects (Lion King spinoffs, High School Musicals, Hannah Montana, Deep Purple and Bad Company.) Also managed creative for theme park rides, cartoons, TV series, 40 movies, and the occasional ice show.