Advisory Board

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Tim Hanlon

Tim Hanlon is widely regarded as one of America’s most influential thought leaders in the fields of emerging media, marketing and digital technology. Tim was previously Founder and Managing Director of Velociter, the innovation-centric partnership and strategic investment arm of Interpublic Group’s corporate media agency division Mediabrands.

Before Velociter, Tim was Executive Vice President/Managing Director of Publicis Groupe’s VivaKi Ventures – the strategic partnership and investment arm of VivaKi (comprising Starcom MediaVest Group, Zenith Optimedia Group, Digitas, Razorfish, and Denuo), which he founded in 2008, after launching predecessor Ventures practices for Denuo (2006) and Publicis Groupe Media/PGM (2005).

Prior to founding the Denuo Ventures and PGM Ventures practices, Tim was Senior Vice President/Director, Emerging Contacts for Starcom MediaVest Group. Today he is the Founder and CEO of The Vertere Group, LLC, a boutique investment advisory and strategic consulting firm. Tim holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, and a BA from Georgetown University.

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Neil Hunt

Mr. Neil Hunt has been the Chief Product Officer of Netflix, Inc. since 2002. Mr. Hunt is responsible for the design and implementation of Netflix E-commerce store. He is expertise in technology, product development leadership and strategy. He has his experience as a Member of the senior leadership of a leading digital delivery company. He served as Vice President of Internet Engineering at Netflix, Inc. from 1999 to 2002. From 1997 to 1999, he served as the Director of Engineering for Rational Software, and also served in various engineering roles for its predecessor, Pure Software from 1992 to 1997. He was responsible for the architecture and evolution of Purify and the other developers’ tools. He served in engineering roles at predecessor companies of Rational Software from 1991 to 1997. After Rational acquisition, he managed development for Rational TeamTest, TestStudio, Visual Test and other software test tools. He has been a Director of Simply Hired, Inc., since October 2010 and Logitech International SA since September 8, 2010. He conducted research in several Palo Alto corporate laboratories. Mr. Hunt holds a BS from the University of Durham, U.K. and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Aberdeen, U.K in 1986.

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Richard Titus

Richard Titus began his career as a roadie and sound engineer for The Beach Boys. A prolific internet entrepreneur and digerati Titus founded or co-founded seven companies. One of the earliest was the video game division of MPCA (where he created and produced Blue Heat: The Case of the Cover Girl Murders),and Tag Media, the Los Angeles office of what became Razorfish. In 2002 he co-founded interactive agency Schematic whose clients include ABC, Comcast, Microsoft, Sony, Time Warner and Target and are an industry leader in User Interface for VODsystems on Set-top boxes and broadband Video on Demand services and IPTV. The company was purchased by advertising firm WPP in 2007.

In 2007 he joined the BBC as Controller, User Experience and Design at the BBC, overseeing its audience facing services on the Internet, Mobile, ITV and iPlayer. In November 2008 he became the Corporation’s Future Media Controller for Audio & Music and Mobile. In July 2009 Titus left the BBC to become CEO of Associated Northcliffe Digital, part of theDaily Mail and General Trust group. He departed in a re-structure in 2010.

Richard is an active angel investor and was named one of the Wired 100 and is a frequent public speaker and futurist speaking on the impact of technology on the media and entertainment. In 2013 Richard co-founded Prompt.ly a mobile scheduling & payment services platform.

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Mike Wheeler

Mike Wheeler is the managing partner in Westerly Partners, LLC., an investor advisory that provides strategic, financial and technology solutions to early-stage companies focused on the new media and technology industries. Westerly Partners serves as an advisor, investor or board member to adfreeq, BBN Networks, ChyronHego, Cycorp, FanCandy, Masada OxyNol, Milenia3, Library Ideas, LocalVox, Morningside Partners, Reynolds Journalism Institute, SportsRecruits LLC. and Win View. Westerly Partners also advises corporations interested in emerging technologies. Before founding Westerly Partners, Wheeler was president of e2enet, an early stage venture capital firm. He has more than 25 years of senior management experience at NBC, MTV, Showtime, The Financial News Network, Meredith Broadcasting and CBS.

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Michelle Kraus

Michelle Kraus, PhD. is  an experienced technology and social media executive.  She strategically connects and advises companies, governments, cause-related nonprofits, and funders all over the world. Blending her well-honed skills as a tech executive, she has helped to build many digital technology companies, completed turnarounds of big and small, incubated new technologies, raised monies, and acted as an adviser to start-up CEO’s, big company executives, and their boards — as management, a consultant and/or a trusted advisor.  Working with both public and private investors, Michelle has managed in difficult times, as well as exponential growth. She’s facilitated waves of innovation, and has made her mark from her offices in Silicon Valley in both the tech world and politics. Whether she is working with entrepreneurs in this country or abroad, advising political candidates, working for global Boards of Directors, or arranging business partnerships for her portfolio companies — Michelle is passionate about people, innovation and new ideas.

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Missy Godfrey

Missy Godfrey is a seasoned executive in media and retail, with experience in both operations and investment banking. She honed her skill set at the top publishing houses, including American Express, Hearst, Primedia and Worth, before joining leading merchant bank Tri-Artisan Capital Partners. She works with preeminent private equity firms on media co-investment opportunities and, as an independent business advisor, provides expert advice on growth strategies and partnerships to nascent digital media and technology companies.

Said Godfrey of the opportunities in the emerging web video ecosystem: “I see Magnify.net as having a unique set of technologies, reference customers and thought leadership that will directly benefit publishers. Their technology allows a publisher to maximize their video efforts in a way that is no longer a chore, or worse, a burden.”

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Sarah Ross is a entrepreneur,  founder, and leading innovator in digital media.  She, along with Cory Booker and Nathan Richardson,  was the Co-Founder of Waywire.com which was listed as one of Fast Company most innovative companies (#waywire 6th on the list) .   Previously,  she served as teh CMO of Backplane,  the Head of Digital for Katalyst Films,  CMO for Techcrunch, and Senior Director of Markting at Yahoo.  She recieved her M.A. and B.A. in Advertising and Marketing from  Pepperdine University.

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Lisa Gansky

Lisa Gansky is an entrepreneur, marketect and environmentalist focused on building companies and supporting social ventures where there is an opportunity for well timed disruption and a resounding impact. A founder and CEO of several internet companies, including GNN (the first web portal sold to AOL) and the largest consumer photo sharing and print service, Ofoto (now Kodak Gallery), Lisa’s attention is on sustainable ventures with positive social impact, including clean energy, water, green building, eco-tourism and fueling what she calls the “share economy”!

Currently, Lisa serves as a Director and Co-Founder of Dos Margaritas, an environmental foundation with programs focused in Latin America. She is an advisor and investor in several social ventures including: New Resource Bank, TasteBook, Squidoo, Instructables, Magnify and Greener World Media.

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Alan Webber

Alan M. Webber writes a regular column for USA Today, and he’s a panelist for Washington Post’s “On Leadership” website, where he regularly contributes analysis on leadership in the news. He was the co-founder and former editor of Fast Company magazine, and the former editorial director of the Harvard Business Review. His columns and articles have appeared in numerous national publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the New York Times Sunday Magazine and the Washington Post. He also co-authored Going Global: Four Entrepreneurs Map the New World Marketplace and Changing Alliances: The Harvard Business School Project on the Auto Industry and the American Economy.