Mike Hadgis - Vox Media, VP of Sales & Partnerships

Mike Hadgis is Vice President of Sales & Partnerships at Vox Media, one of largest and fastest growing online publisher. Vox Media builds smart media brands (SB Nation, The Verge, Eater, Vox, Curbed, Racked, and Polygon) for smart audiences.

Prior to joining Vox Media, Mike worked at Meebo (acquired by Google) and News Corp’s MySpace, where he was part the inaugural Chicago team for both companies. While at MySpace and Meebo, Mike built strategic partnerships with Unilever, Motorola, Sprint, Ford, and more. Before his career in digital advertising, Mike worked for MatchPoint Marketing, an advertising agency in Cincinnati, OH, that focused on CPG in-store, print, and event marketing for Sunny Delight. Mike received a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University with a focus on marketing.

Mike currently serves as the President of Chicago Interactive Marketing Association (CIMA), which is a dedicated group of digital and interactive marketing professionals working to provide the Chicago interactive marketing community with opportunities to network, learn, and share expertise. CIMA is one of the oldest and largest IMAs in the country.

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Mark Achler - Managing Director, Math Venture Partners

Mark was recently the senior vice president of new business, strategy and innovation at Redbox, where he managed the Company’s long-term planning and expansion into new business opportunities. Achler was featured as a mentor to a tech startup on Bloomberg TV’s “The Mentor.”, and in Inc. Magazine Trep Life series.

Prior to joining Redbox in 2009, Achler co-founded one of the first personal computer retail stores in the country and participated in the launch of the IBM PC in Boca Raton in 1981. He then moved to Apple, where he was the worldwide introduction manager for the Apple //c. Upon leaving Apple, Achler co-founded and served as chief executive officer of the Whitewater Group, a company that specialized in development tools and programming languages and shipped the second application for Windows 1.0. After building and eventually selling the Whitewater Group, he co-founded the video game company, Kinesoft Development, where he served as president. Kinesoft was instrumental in developing the technology that allowed Sega and Nintendo scrolling action arcade games to be played on Windows 95. After leaving Kinesoft, Achler served as a founding general partner in Kettle Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund. While at Kettle, Achler was the lead investor in local Chicago companies such as Surepayroll (sold to PAYX) and Novarra (sold to NOK).

Fueled by a lifelong passion for building new businesses, Achler also has helped to co-found Emmi Solutions, a provider of patient education, where he first served as president and later became chief executive officer. Achler is a frequent speaker, resource and ardent champion for the entrepreneurial community; where he is a mentor for TechStars and the Chicago High Tech Academy. He is also now an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer on Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

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Joe Medved - SoftBank Capital, Partner

Joe joined SoftBank Capital in 2005 and has been investing in digital media companies for over a decade, from seed through growth stage. He focuses on supporting primarily Series A stage companies with special interests including consumer and enterprise mobile, digital media, and ecommerce.

Prior to joining SoftBank Capital, Joe was an Associate with Constellation Ventures, a media and communications venture capital fund under Bear Stearns Asset Management. Prior to Constellation Ventures, he was an Associate and Analyst for the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group with JPMorgan Investment Banking.

In 2011, Joe was selected by the Boston Business Journal for its 40 Under 40 class. He is Co-Founder of the Digital Media VC/Corp Dev Connection, a group that brings together active investors and corporate development professionals from large corporations focused on digital media. Joe is also Chairman Emeritus of the New England Venture Network (NEVN), one of the largest venture capital organizations on the East Coast.

Joe received a Bachelor of Science, with honors, from Boston College’s Wallace E. Carroll School of Management, and completed The General Course at the London School of Economics.

You can follow Joe on his blog (www.joemedved.com) and on twitter @joevc.

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Doug Worple

Doug is the founder and Chairman of Barefoot Proximity. When Barefoot was acquired by BBDO/Proximity in July of 2008, Doug joined the Executive Board of Proximity Worldwide. Doug has most recently served the BBDO/Proximity network as the Worldwide Director of Commercial Digital Innovation, a role charged with bringing new ideas and technologies around the globe to the network. Doug is an investor in and Chairs the board of two technology start-ups including Now Computing (Barcelona, Spain ) and Smart Picture Technology (Austin, TX). He also is a board member of OCT8NE (Menlo Park, CA).and has served as a board member for Snoox (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Barcelona Housing Systems (Barcelona, Spain) in the past.

Beyond Barefoot Proximity, Doug has also led the creation of several other businesses and initiatives inside and outside of the agency world. In 2007, he teamed up with his brother Bill to launch 3LUXE, which was an early recommendation platform. In 2009, Doug conceived and created Man of the House with the team at BarefootProximity, an idea which was subsequently picked up by Procter & Gamble.

Doug has an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, and an MBA from Xavier University. Prior to founding BarefootProximity in 1993, Doug spent spent nearly 8 years at P&G — first in Finance and then Brand Management.

Doug is based in Barcelona, and has enjoyed the opportunity to see quite a bit of the world in his global role. He’s married with 2 children, and 3 dogs who take turns joining him at the office. Beyond the world of start-ups, Doug enjoys escaping with his family to their cottage on the Georgian Bay.

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Allen Mason - dunnhumby, VP Strategy

Allen is VP Strategy at dunnhumbyUSA where he oversees development of new marketing communication and media solutions. He’s been the driver behind using retailer purchase data to target and personalize media and loyalty communications as a way to transform brand marketing and has been an active thought leader on the topic. Prior to joining dunnhumby, Allen spent 15 years at Procter & Gamble as one of the pioneers of digital marketing launching and leading programs across iconic brands including Gillette, Pantene, Swiffer and the P&G Pharmaceutical business. He gained startup experience as a founding member of a word-of-mouth marketing solution as part of a pilot to launch new businesses for spin-off from P&G. Allen also held key brand management roles in P&G’s Homecare and Male Grooming businesses where he served on a special corporate task force to define the strategy for winning with male consumers, resulting in several acquisitions and new go-to-market strategies for the company. Allen serves on the advisory board for Total Beauty Media and received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

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Shawn Reynolds - SAP, Global Vice President

Shawn Reynolds is Global Vice President at SAP and responsible for leading SAP Services Marketing. SAP Services represents approximately a $5 billion segment of the SAP business, reaching more than 200,000 customers through 15,000 consultants. Shawn leads the SAP Services Marketing team, charter, messaging, and promotion of SAP Services globally. He has held multiple leadership roles within SAP, and was recently a member of the post-merger go-to-market team for SAP Cloud. Shawn played a significant role in the development of the SAP Cloud strategy, and was instrumental as a member of the marketing leadership team for the SAP Cloud division. SAP Cloud now has the largest user base in the market with over 24 million subscribers, and a broad portfolio leveraged by a majority of the top brands in business. Shawn also led a global business development team for SAP’s Business ByDesign, SAP’s most significant product investment to date. Before joining SAP, Shawn held global leadership positions in the software industry developing markets in the United States, EMEA, and BRIC. Reynolds has 20 years of experience leading entrepreneurial business and has advised clients such as Procter & Gamble, TNT, Bank of America, Ogeda, TIM, Avaya, and Barclays on customer experience and cloud business strategy. Mr. Reynolds is a member of multiple venture capital associations, and advises early stage technology companies.

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Daniel Incandela - Return Path, Vice President, Brand & Digital Marketing

Daniel Incandela serves as Senior Director of Global Digital Marketing at ExactTarget, where he drives digital marketing strategy for the company across five continents. He recently led the relaunch of seven regionalized versions of exacttarget.com, complete with a new CMS.

Daniel formerly worked as Director of Online Strategies at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar Series, leading strategy for online marketing, social media, content creation, and online community development. Prior to that, Daniel spent five years as Director of New Media at the Indianapolis Museum of Art where he established the new media team, renowned for museum technology innovation, brand development, and digital content delivery.

Among his accomplishments, Daniel counts the launch of ArtBabble.org, a forum to showcase high-quality video art content. He was honored to be the keynote speaker at the National Digital Forum in New Zealand, included in the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty under 40, and named a British American Project Fellow. In 2011, he contributed a chapter to The Digital Innovation Playbook: Creating a Transformative Customer Experience.

Daniel holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He believes, as best phrased by Thea Alexander, that great things are only possible with outrageous requests.

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Chris Olsen - Drive Capital, Co-Founder

Chris, a native of Cincinnati, is building his career partnering with entrepreneurs striving to create the best companies in the world. He co-founded Drive Capital in 2012 to focus on entrepreneurs based in the Midwest, where he believes the next great companies will call home. Before Drive Capital, Chris was a partner at Sequoia Capital where invested over $200M in technology and services companies, including Lightpoint, Klarna, Weebly, Electronic Arts, GSI Commerce and eMeter.

Prior to Sequoia, Chris worked at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he invested in growth stage IT companies. He started his career on the UBS Investment Banking team in the healthcare practice in New York and San Francisco. Chris graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. He took a hiatus during college to play professional squash and became one of the highest internationally ranked players from the US.

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Wendy Lea - CEO, Cintrifuse

An accomplished leader and passionate innovator, Wendy Lea has over 3 decades of experience helping companies drive predictable growth through trusted relationships with customers and partners. An expert at leading digital innovation, she’s lived and worked from coast to coast, personally delivering business solutions in over 30 countries around the world. 

Wendy has worked closely with a wide range of businesses, from start-ups to large multinational companies. With exceptional functional expertise in marketing, sales, and customer experience, Wendy has worked with freemium, direct and indirect business models. She has extensive experience in all kinds of business financing, from bootstrapped start-ups to venture funds and private equity partnerships.

Her entrepreneurial success is evidenced by the acquisitions of OnTarget in 1999 by Siebel Systems, where she was on the founding team, as well as Stratify in 2007 by Iron Mountain, where she served on the board.

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Bob Arnold - Google, North America Digital Media & Strategy Lead

Bob is the North America Digital Strategy and Media lead for Google, where he drives the digital marketing strategy for all Google products. Additionally, he is focused on developing programmatic buying, advanced digital media measurement and digital agency management.

Prior to Google, Bob spent 3 years at Kellogg and 10 years at Procter & Gamble. At Kellogg he was the North America Director of Digital and Social strategy, leading their digital marketing and social media practice. At Procter & Gamble, he was responsible for the global digital strategy across the Home Care, Feminine Care and Oral Care business units.

Additionally, Bob is an internationally sought after speaker on digital marketing, with conference appearances including Ad-Tech, IAB and Luma Partners Digital Media Summit.

Bob has been recognized many times over by various industry bodies, including being named as a “Media Maven” by Advertising Age, by iMedia as one of the “Top 25 Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators” and by OMMA as a “Marketing All-Star.” His work has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, New York Times and Investor’s Business Daily, as well as “Groundswell,” a BusinessWeek best selling book.

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