Ana was product manager at the early DMP Demdex before its sale to Adobe in 2011 and now runs the consulting firm Sparrow Advisors.
Wes was co-founder and CEO of MarketShare, based on some academic insights, which measured the impact of ad spend for major marketers. It was acquired by Neustar in 2015 for $450M.
Brian is co-founder with Terry Kawaja of LUMA Partners, the best-known boutique investment bank operating at the luminescent nexus of digital media and marketing technology.
Dave was the co-founder and CEO of AdAuction which was an innovative digital auction platform for remnant inventory starting in 1997 until the dot-com meltdown – he now runs Rosebud PR in Florida
Brian co-founded AppNexus in 2007 as a cloud hosting platform, morphing into an SSP and then DSP, meanwhile pioneering header bidding and RTB and more.
Larry co-founded Flycast in 1996 as an early remnant-focused ad network with user-friendly ad and publisher tools to minimize CPMs for reach on ‘long tail’ publishers
Jay Schwedelson founded one of the first ad networks in 1995, called WebConnect, and took an ethical stance against cookies that ultimately ceded the market to DoubleClick and others
Jim Jorgensen is a prolific serial entrepreneur and co-founder of a well-known dot-com advertising startup called AllAdvantage. The company paid people to surf the web as part of a multi-level marketing program. Launched in April, 1999, without a product, it ultimately raised $175 million from blue-chip VCs and was on track to go public in…
Shawn started in digital publishing and worked at Real Media before founding Centro aka Basis Technologies in 2001 as a digital workflow solution
Matt worked at ad network L90 and in DRTV before founding pioneering search agency Resolution Media in Chicago in 2003
Joseph moved from Experian to Datalogix and was at the company through its explosive growth and acquisition into the Oracle Data Cloud in 2012
Lynda left a legal career to guide AOL through acquisitions such as Ad.com, later joined Nielsen and now helps women founders in technology
Brian tells the seminal story of Right Media and the first user-level auction-based exchange for ad networks
Brian O’Kelley started businesses in high school and Princeton and then helped launch a ticket-selling website before moving back east in 1999
Brian ignited his digital media rocket at 24/7 in the early 00s and rose to be CEO of WPP’s Xaxis and GroupM before leaving to lead what became ATT’s Xandr division from 2017-2020
Blagica was a media planner at Orbitz in the legendary days of playable interactive pop-ups and pop-unders and went on to work across social and affiliates at Edelman and elsewhere
Ben Barokas co-founded AdMeld, an innovative SSP that formed the basis for Google’s market-leading publisher platform GAM, after learning the business on the product side at AOL and JumpTV.
Michael is co-founder and CEO of mParticle, a customer data platform (CDP) that launched in 2013, after he sold his ad network InterCLICK to Yahoo and worked there for (almost) a year
Andrew founded the Casale Media ad network in Toronto as a teenager and transformed it into an SSP and exchange for publishers in the programmatic era, championing transparency and header bidding
Nancy is founder of MediaWallah and was present at many seminal moments in ad tech history, including L90’s acquisition of DoubleClick Media and DrivePM’s crash into Microsoft