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.
David Arcara is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Laconia Capital Group. He serves as a Board Member at Ocrolus. He served as a Member at New York Angels. He is the co-managing member of the General Partner and the Management Company. Arcara has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. Arcara has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as part of the founding team, nearly $100 million dollars of angel and venture funding. In 2010, Arcara founded Rubber Soul Ventures to contribute his personal capital and operational expertise to emerging digital technology companies and entrepreneurs. Rubber Soul Ventures currently has a portfolio of over a dozen early stage ventures based primarily in the Northeast corridor including LeagueApps, LocalVox, Page Science and Wymsee. Arcara was also the co-founder of TalkSix, a consumer facing interactive streaming video start-up with a significant B-to-B component. Arcara has also served as General Manager of Imaginova Corporation's digital publishing division, including the flagship property Space.com, founded by CNN's Lou Dobbs and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Earlier in Arcara's career, he co-founded Alliance Custom Communications, to create custom content for marketers seeking to enhance their brands' customer engagement. Arcara was ultimately approached by Random House Publishing to re-launch and lead the business as Random House Custom Media. Arcara was also a co-founder of UGO Networks, which ultimately consisted of over 500 independent affiliate web publishers reaching over 15 million users a month and became one of the nation's largest 18 to 34 male-targeted online entertainment content networks. The UGO founding team was among those pioneering the concept of an online ad-supported publishing network. Arcara served as UGO's Executive Vice President and led multiple operating functions including affiliate network development, sales, and marketing. UGO was purchased by Hearst Corporation in 2006 for approximately $100 million. In 1992, Arcara formed DJA Media, Inc., which focused on turning around underperforming radio stations by improving product and sales. In 1996, DJA Media formed Radio Enterprise, Inc., a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications, through which Clear Channel provided financing to allow Radio Enterprise to expand to a total of four stations under Arcara's leadership. Radio Enterprise was sold to Clear Channel in 1998 after more than doubling its asset value at the peak of government-deregulated consolidation. Arcara is a member of New York Angels, one of the country's leading angel investor organizations, as well as Harvard Business School Angels. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, and holds his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chris is a founding partner of Transmedia Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on capital efficient companies that provide technology and services for digital media, entertainment, content publishing, gaming, mobile apps and online advertising. Recent investments include: Wish, Domo, Percolate, Snap, Genius, Scan, TalkIQ, Kickback, Alpha, Superphone, Lively, Mystery Science and Facebook. Chris was also the founder of KickLabs, one the top rated technology accelerators in the world. Chris has been on the forefront of emerging technologies since the commercialization of the web. In 1997 he co-founded AdAuction, the first online media exchange; the precursor to auction based and dynamic pricing platforms for online media. Chris was instrumental in restructuring business strategies for marketing and lead generation companies GetRelevant (acquired by Lycos), and Aptimus (acquired by Apollo LLC). He launched the first online independent yellow page directory, automated coupon platform, RSS advertising and content syndication system, and helped develop the first peer to peer ad delivery system. He received Ad Age's prestigious i20 award for his contributions to the development of interactive marketing and advertising. Chris has been an active adviser and investor in emerging companies for the past twenty years. He was a seed investor in Omniture, the webs leading analytics company (IPO 2006), acquired by Adobe in 2009. Chris spent more than ten years at Reebok International where he held management positions in sales and marketing and also owned one of the first sports retail chains in Southern California. For twenty years, Chris was distance runner completing multiple marathons and ultra marathons. Today he is a fitness junkie, golfer, and skier. Chris co-founded The Last Mile with his wife Beverly, a program that helps bridge the gap between the nation's penal system and the technology business sector. The Last Mile was first launched at San Quentin State Prison, and is in multiple correctional facilities throughout California. Chris lives in San Francisco, with his wife and business partner, Beverly. They are focused on fitness and a sustainable lifestyle. They are GS Warrior fans and spend their chill time in Jackson Hole, WY.
Daniel Hoepfner is founder and managing director of b10, a Berlin based early-stage investor focused on B2B companies with the potential to be ''Category Killer.'' b10 invests and acts as an operational investor alongside the founders, and offers active support with a team of specialists. Prior to that, Daniel was founder and CEO of PressMatrix – the market leader in digital publishing. Previously, he worked for OC&C Strategy Consultants in Dubai. He has also been a senior executive at several VC-backed companies in the UK and Silicon Valley. Daniel holds several patents for SaaS computing and lives with his family in Berlin.
Mission driven, curious, self-made, determined, resilient, ENTP personality, highly functional, nerd, hyperactive and extreme multitasker. 44, married, father of two, I live in Palo Alto. California. I like ideas. I like shaping them, building and architecting around them, turning them into practical businesses, and helping others to grow or improve their businesses to make an impact (no matter at what scale). Early stage VC. Advisor. Analyst. Entrepreneur. Mobile industry veteran with over two decades of experience combined. Member of the Young Presidents' Organization, a worldwide non-for-profit association of leaders and entrepreneurs under 45. I have been working in the technology mobile domain for almost two decades: with focus on smartphones, mobile platforms and value added services primarily. Co-founded Naiss.io, a venture capital boutique focusing on technology start ups and early stage companies, preparing them for IPO in alternative markets, currently devoting the majority of my time to it. I'm also a mentor at Singularity University SU LABS here in the Bay area.I'm currently based in downtown Palo Alto, California. I am an early stage investor and VC partner at MapaMundi, a $10Mn Start Up venture fund with 12 companies in portfolio. I'm also board observer/advisor to some of them. I am a proud telecom engineer, post-grad at University of Chicago Booth School of Business and IE Business School. Also graduated from Global Engineering Leadership Program at Berkeley's University Center for Technology & Entrepreneurship. Served also as interim MD at ScrOOn, a social media tools creator, throughout its acquisition by BlackBerry in 2013. As an entrepreneur led different start up initiatives since 2001 with the advent of early mobile ecosystems, and remain adviser to some. In the corporate world and in my latest tenure I worked as VP for BlackBerry. Joined BlackBerry back in 2007, overseeing SouthWest territories in EMEA. Moved to US to head LATAM north markets in my last assignment. Previously, I spent 9 years at Nokia with different roles in sales, marketing & business development. Received Nokia Circle of Excellence award back in 2005. As for extra-curricular affiliations:I am a fellow member of the Internet Society Club (Spain) and belong to the scientific committee of El Ser Creativo.Member of High IQ societies EPL & TenIQ and (as mere anecdote & just for fun) made it to the World Genius Directory this year, 2015 (with IQ 150-SD15). In the academic front, I am a visiting lecturer at Menendez Pelayo University - UIMP, the Digital Economy Institute ICEMD-ESIC and the master program in Business & Telecom Law of the firm Cremades&Calvo Sotelo in Spain. My first computer was a Commodore 64 back in the 80s, a 64Kb RAM machine running on a 1 MHz CPU. Avid assembler programmer I became an amateur hacker at that time. Hyperactive and extreme multitasker, I am proud finisher of Madrid's marathon, blogger, analyst and regular contributor to CNBC in US, also author at publishing house Plataforma Editorial. I live with my family in downtown Palo Alto, California.I can always be reached in real time at @efernandez
Michael Yavonditte is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at YieldMo. He founded Hashable, Inc and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of UpCompany, Inc. (known as RakedIn). Yavonditte served as the Chief Executive Officer of Quigo Technologies, Inc. since 2002. He served as Vice President Of Sales at USA Networks Electronic Commerce Solutions Group in New York. In that position, he was responsible for negotiating complex 'outsourced' e-commerce alliances with leading U.S. retailers. His group managed the e-commerce operations at CBS Sportsline, Nascar.com and the National Hockey League. In 2000, he joined AltaVista, a CMGI-owned company, where he quickly negotiated and closed several large, multi-year, multi-million dollar agreements for AltaVista. He also took an interest in figuring out new ways to monetize relevancy-based search results and was instrumental in the formation of the Trusted Feed program. Yavonditte served as Managing Director of the Strategic Alliances Group, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of AV's business development activities and one of their largest revenue streams. In 1997, Yavonditte joined Juno Online Services, Inc. as a Director in their business development group. In 1998, he was promoted to Vice President and continued to focus on negotiating large advertising and e-commerce agreements. He started his career at Ziff-Davis Publishing in New York where he held various sales and management roles. He serves as Director of Hashable, Inc. He served as Director of Quigo Technologies, Inc. In 1996, he was named one of only three ZD employees to win the coveted Chairman's Club Award two consecutive years. Yavonditte has a degree in Business and Political Science from Pace University in New York.
Chris Schultz is an tech entrepreneur who lives in New Orleans, LA. He has launched several Internet companies and blogs about entrepreneurship and the start-up ecosystem in Louisiana at [VoodooVentures.com](http://www.voodooventures.com). Chris actively mentors young entrepreneurs in the community in addition to building his own companies. He also is a passionate member of the BarCamp community and organized the first BarCamp in [New Orleans](http://barcamp.org/BarCampNOLA) and in [Russia](http://www.barcamp.org/BarCampKazan) with his partners in [Flatsourcing](http://www.flatsourcing.com). He speaks at technology conferences and ''unconferences.'' Chris won the New Orleans CityBusiness _Innovator of the Year_ [award](http://static.scribd.com/docs/4l8wzjujsms6p.swf) consecutively in 2006 and 2007 for the launch of [Huckabuck.com](http://www.huckabuck.com), a meta-search engine and [siteMighty.com](http://www.sitemighty.com), a web publishing tool.
Investor in real-time web companies in the US & China via 2020 Ventures, LLC Previously: - Managing Partner at Alacon Ventures, LLC (San Francisco) - Co-founder & Partner at Mandarin Ventures Ltd. (Beijing) - Founder & President of GoodWork International, LLC (Beijing) - Co-founder & SVP Sales & Marketing of Work.com (Redwood City) - Director of E-commerce and Financial Content at Excite.com (Redwood City) - Director of Games Publishing, Powerhouse Entertainment (Dallas) - GM of Consumer Software at Micrografx (Dallas) - Associate M&A at Charterhouse plc (New York) - Analyst, Kidder, Peabody & Co. (New York)
Dario Meli has been quietly, you could say, making a big impression on the ways we consume, create and disseminate content. For the past 15 years, the co-founder of Invoke, Foodee, Brightkit and Hootsuite has worked with and within some of the biggest names in the realms of technology and startups. With Quietly the message is loud and clear: quality content makes for happy consumer campers. With that thought front-of-mind, Dario helps brands and publishers fill their distribution channels with exceptional evergreen content backed by strategy, data, distribution and (proprietary) analytics. At the end of the equation, businesses increase their traffic, reach and revenue while consumers are provided with added value in the form of enriching and meaningful content. And if anyone knows a thing or ten about adding value, it’s Dario. “There’s been so much turmoil in publishing and media but one thing that’s never changed is the insatiable need for great content.” Dario on Vancity Buzz
Honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, David Jones is an industry visionary, proponent of corporate responsibility and social change and The Guardian’s 2013 Sustainable Business Leader. David recently raised $350 million and launched “You & Mr Jones”, the world’s first Brandtech group, to bridge the gap between brands and technology. Since launch, the group has completed 3 acquisitions, made 12 investments – including being an early investor in Niantic (Pokémon GO) – launched 2 start-ups, has offices in 12 cities and is working with leading brands including Accenture, Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Richemont, Samsung & Unilever. Previously he was the youngest global CEO in the history of advertising, heading both Havas and Havas Worldwide, and the only British CEO of a French publicly traded company. Under David’s leadership, Havas’s share price reached a 10-year high, delivering record profits every reporting period, increasing its market capitalization by 66% and creating over $1 billion of shareholder value. He was also retained as a personal advisor to Bolloré Group Chairman Vincent Bolloré. David was one of the founding members of the Facebook Client Council and is the only person to have both advised Facebook and run a publicly traded communications group. He was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement in 2005, and was voted one of the two top executives of the decade by readers of Adweek. He is the founder of One Young World (described by CNN as the “Young Davos”), a nonprofit organization that provides brilliant young leaders with a global platform through which to effect positive change, and was the driving force behind Kofi Annan’s TckTckTck Campaign for Climate Justice. He also worked very closely with David Cameron and the UK Conservative Party from 2007 up to and including Cameron’s election as prime minister in 2010. David is the creator of the Social Business Idea and author of best-selling book Who Cares Wins: Why Good Business Is Better Business, published in 2011 by Pearson/Financial Times Publishing in over 50 countries.