Adam Chandler - Kargo, Chief Business Officer

As Senior Vice President of revenue at Rubicon Project, Adam oversees the company’s North American revenue team across all enterprise products for buyers. Additionally, Adam leads many of the company’s strategic channel partnerships. Prior to joining Rubicon Project, Adam was a tenured Yahoo! executive overseeing US revenue teams responsible for over 250M+. 

Prior to Rubicon Project and Yahoo!, Adam has held a number of roles developing and scaling digital, mobile, and programmatic revenue. As head of programmatic global revenue at Millennial Media, Adam helped launch the MMX mobile global exchange which paved the way for Millennial Media’s acquisition of Nexage. As SVP of sales at Jumptap, he expanded the demand for mobile advertising prior to Millennial Media’s acquisition of the company. As CRO of Martini Media, he turned a conventional rep firm into a multimedia platform for brand, performance and programmatic advertising. 

Chandler is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit including Advertising Week, Adexchanger, & Adtech. Adam has taught digital media at the New School University and the Advertising Club of New York and covers digital media for leading advertising trade publications. Adam serves as the Vice Chairman of the UJA-Federation of New York’s Media & Tech Executive Committee, and is on a number of advisory boards including the seed stage start up accelerator The Brandery. 

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Nick Cioffi - Advisor to Early & Mid-Stage Companies

Nick joined in 2008 and was pivotal in the turnaround of the company and discovery of the Groupon business model. became Groupon and as SVP Operations for two years he played a critical role in the explosive growth of the company. Nick then spent a year based in Germany and travelled to Groupon offices globally focused on Groupon’s international operations. Prior to Groupon, Nick spent four years at Innerworkings on operations and M&A integration as the company went from startup to IPO. He is now advising promising early to mid-stage companies.

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Yael Cosset - Kroger, Chief Digital Officer

At dunnhumby, Yael Cosset provides strategic leadership on all aspects of technology, infrastructure and product offerings throughout the organization. As Global Chief Information Officer, Cosset provides leadership focused on building innovative, world class products and solutions including an expanded portfolio in the digital personalization area. Cosset also serves as Chief Executive Officer of KSS Retail, a dunnhumby company and a global enterprise software provider of price modeling and optimisation solutions for retailers worldwide. He also serves on the Board of Directors for KSS Retail. Prior to joining dunnhumby, Cosset served as Vice President of Operations, West Region of MicroStrategy, a global leader in business intelligence technology, where he managed one of the largest and fastest growing segments of the business, including complex data analytics and business intelligence implementations with Fortune 500 companies. Prior to his work with MicroStrategy, Cosset served as an executive business consultant in which he provided insight and direction on market expansion, product launches and growth strategies for global companies including Schneider Electric and Gregori International.

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Taylor Davidson - Foresight, Founder

Taylor Davidson is the founder of Foresight, which helps entrepreneurs use financial models for business decisions. Through his template financial models and strategic advisory services, he has helped over 18,000 entrepreneurs on financial planning, projections, and fundraising and business strategy. Taylor has also worked with over 90 angel investors and funds on investment strategy, portfolio tracking, capital planning and forecasting, and fundraising. He has lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, School of Visual Arts (SVA), General Assembly, and numerous startup accelerators in the USA and abroad.

He has invested and advised a number of early-stage startups throughout his career as a venture capitalist, consultant, advisor, and mentor, working with consumer and enterprise businesses in digital media, advertising technology, imagery, mobile, and communications. Taylor was formerly the Director of kbs+ Ventures, the early-stage venture investment arm of the advertising agency kbs. In addition, he co-created and ran an internal educational program called kbs+ Ventures Fellows, which taught kbs+ employees about venture capital and entrepreneurship. He co-curated the book Creative Entrepreneurship to share this educational goal with anyone in the world.

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Joe DiNunzio - Fido Management, President

Joe has more than two decades of creative, technical and business leadership creating new ventures and building successful organizations. He has extensive experience as a management consulting practice leader, a Fortune 100 senior operating executive, and a start-up founding CEO. He has a substantial focus on education, both as a teacher and as a board member, in the for-profit and non-profit worlds.As President of Fido Management, Joe leads a consulting partnership that works with senior executives to identify and exploit emerging opportunities at the intersection of media, entertainment, marketing and technology. Fido works with Fortune 500 and early-stage companies on key initiatives to drive growth through creation and evaluation of new products and experiences, and the development of strategic, business, operational, and marketing plans. In this role, Joe serves on the board of a number of early stage companies, including Go Go Kiddo (education-centric mobile Apps), Harebrained Schemes (narrative-driven games), and Kvantum (media mix optimization).Joe’s prior entrepreneurial experience includes Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of 42 Entertainment, the leading creator of experiences that seamlessly integrate online, mobile, and physical world narrative content with user communities; and founding CEO of, a venture- backed digital media studio and network. Joe’s prior corporate work includes serving as SVP of New Product Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he led the global development of theme park concepts and digital media initiatives, and built the company’s first digital theme park, DisneyQuest; as a Principal at management consultancy Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he sold and led client engagements in marketing, operations, and organization; and in brand management at Procter & Gamble.Joe has an AB (Psychology) from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford. He is a Lecturer in Management at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where he leads the IMPACT Consulting program for the second year MBA students. He is a Director at the business accelerator Davis Roots, and a Mentor at The Brandery. Joe serves as a board member at the educational foundation Ryman Arts, and is a member of the Procter & Gamble Digital Advisory Board, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He and his wife, Dr. Liz Stelow (DVM), have six-year-old twins and a menagerie of animals.

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Bob Gilbreath - Ahalogy, President & Co-Founder

Bob Gilbreath is Co-Founder and President of Ahalogy, a Pinterest & Content marketing company that works with companies such as P&G, Kraft and Abercrombie & Fitch. Previously, Bob was a partner at digital agency, Bridge Worldwide, which was acquired by WPP. Post-acquisition, Bob became Chief Strategy Officer of POSSIBLE. Bob is the author of The Next Evolution of Marketing: Connect with your Customers by Marketing with Meaning (McGraw-Hill). His career started in marketing at Procter & Gamble, where he launched Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and was named an Advertising Age Top 50 Marketer. Bob has an MBA in Marketing from NYU/Stern and a BA in Economics from Duke University.

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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 Hasebroock - Dundee Venture Capital, Founder

Mark Hasebroock, President and Founder of Dundee Venture Capital, has several years of experience in the start-up, survival and success of a variety of e-commerce ventures, as well as a background in investment and commercial banking. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Mark began building his entrepreneurial skill set in college with his first start-up called Bored Feet which sold colorful moccasins to sororities. After graduation Mark worked as a commercial loan analyst and then a commercial lender at First National Bank of Omaha while getting his MBA from Creighton University at night. He then made the natural transition from banking to selling ready-to-eat popcorn as a franchisee and wholesaler of gourmet popcorn. After selling this business, Mark worked as an investment banker at McCarthy & Co for 15 years helping privately owned companies raise capital as well as sell their businesses. In 1998, Mark met Doug Nielsen and Julie Mahloch who were starting and joined them during the early wild-west days of e-commerce growing it to $75 million in revenue. The team left in 2002 and founded, an e-commerce niche retailer of hard to find goods for the home. Today, Hayneedle has 300+ niche stores and $400 million in revenue. These niche stores sell everything from Hammocks to Birdbaths to ToiletSeats. In 2011, Mark started Dundee Venture Capital with the vision to help fund startup e-commerce and internet service businesses get out of the ground and moving down the right path. To date they have invested $3 million in 5 companies in Omaha, Boulder and Austin. Dundee Venture Capital Fund II is closing July 1 with $15 million in new capital earmarked for more investment in startup e-commerce, Internet service and digital media businesses. Mark has served on the Board of Directors of Ballantyne Strong (Amex: BTN) since 2003. BTN designs, develops, manufactures, services, and distributes theatre and lighting systems worldwide. He is also on the Board of Directors of Creighton Prep High School and was the founder and board member of the Nebraska High School Hockey League.

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Rob Heimann - River Cities Capital, Director

Rob is a Director at River Cities Capital. He joined River Cities with operation and investment experience in venture-funded technology companies with particular expertise in M&A transactions, channel development and corporate strategy. Rob’s investment focus is on the IT sector, with a particular focus on Software-as-a-Service.Prior to joining River Cities, Rob was VP of Corporate Development at IntelliSeek, Inc., a marketing services company backed by River Cities, which was successfully sold to Nielsen. Rob managed several acquisitions, the Company’s Series B financing and helped establish several strategic OEM and reseller partnerships. Prior to that, he worked with Arthur Andersen & Co. consulting with new ventures on financing, M&A transactions and other accounting and tax issues.Rob is a member of the Board of Directors of Trax Technologies, Ifbyphone, Perfectserve, MedPlast and PetSuites. He is formerly an observer on the boards of Invivodata and MX Logic. He also serves as a Mentor at The Brandery and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association.Rob holds an MBS from the J.L. Kellog School of Business at Northwestern University, where he graduated with distinction. He holds a BS from the University of Virginia and is a CPA. Rob is also Director Emeritus for Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati, and is a member of the University of Virginia’s regional selection committee for the Jefferson Scholarship Program.

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Josh Hernandez

As the Co-Founder of Tap.Me, Josh Hernandez represents an extraordinary fusion of creativity and passion for community development and interaction. A seasoned leader, designer and developer, Josh has formal training in the video game development pipeline from Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago, IL. and has transitioned years of experience to become a strong producer of talent.In 1999 Joshua founded a peer-to-peer musicians community branded the “Original Electronic Music Underground” where musicians would swap music projects with each other, collaborate and review iterations. Over time the quality of the community spawned SectionZ Records and helped launch the careers of some very well known electronic musicians including Deadmau5. In 2006 Joshua launched a PlayStation 3 and Wii gamer ID card service called TripleTags which at it’s peek catered custom gamer cards to over 2.5M gamers around the world.His previous experience includes 10+ years working in the advertising and marketing industry serving clients like @properties, Bayer, Caterpillar, Radio Flyer, True Value and more. Joshua also attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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