Sonny Jandial - Dragonfly Technology

Sonny has 12 years of experience with Procter & Gamble and is currently a Brand Manager within P&G FutureWorks, the business unit that works across many of P&G’s businesses to develop and incubate new corporate growth ventures. Sonny has most recently focused on vetting, developing, and implementing new business models and external partnerships within Futureworks ranging from health care to new mobile/digital business models being tested for P&G. Sonny recently moved to Silicon Valley to work on a Venture Capital backed start-up within the mobile space as part of P&G Futureworks innovation portfolio. Sonny is the single point of contact between P&G and the Venture Capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Sonny has worked across multiple functions within P&G including manufacturing, sales, and marketing and multiple categories from home care and coffee to health care services to his most recent work focused on innovating within the mobile space. Sonny has led innovations both in marketing with the launch of Swiffer Dusters and new business model ventures within health care. Sonny has managed external partnerships with major retailers like Safeway while also leading relationships with renowned health care thought leading organizations.

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Bryan Jowers - AppDirect, Product Manager

Bryan has been founding, building, and hacking web products for more than half of his life. Currently, he is focusing on enterprise solutions at AppDirect, a growth-stage startup based in San Francisco that is the leading provider of cloud service marketplaces. Prior to AppDirect, Bryan co-founded Giftiki, a consumer social and payment startup. While there, he worked on both the business and technical side of company, coding the majority of front-end engineering, overseeing product, securing funding, hiring and managing the technical team, and more. His background also includes leading product and engineering teams at multiple companies, helping to scale several of these business to reach up to $1 billion in revenue. Over the course of his career, Bryan has seen both the wins and challenges of startup life, giving him valuable experience that has helped him advise numerous startups on product / market fit, product development, building engineering teams, establishing company culture, fundraising, and building early best practices.

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Jon Kiehnau - Struts & Springs, Founder

Jon was an early investor in social media, helping launch and build Houseparty.com as the first “people-powered” brand-activation network. He founded Meitimedia in 2003 to provide strategic insight on agile commerce platforms. Not long ago, Jon was VP of strategy and innovation at American Express. He acted as entrepreneur-in-residence for Enterprise Growth, the elite unit responsible for bringing new types of experiences to digital platforms to add value to buyers and sellers through online, offline, social, mobile and location-based services. He is a veteran of Time Warner, serving as president Emphasis, a business focused on monetizing content, business insights and customer behavior data. He held leadership positions in sales, marketing, business development and strategic planning and was honored with the President’s Award, “the company’s highest honor recognizing innovative problem solving and extraordinary performance.” @explore360

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Dave Knox - Rockfish Interactive, CMO and Brandery Co-Founder

Dave is the Chief Marketing Officer of Rockfish Interactive. A veteran of Procter & Gamble, Knox was most recently the Brand Manager, Global Branded Entertainment where he led the strategy for new business models in digital media, venture investments, and original content. Previously, Dave served as P&G’s Corporate Marketing Brand Manager for Digital Business Strategy, responsible for driving digital innovation and capability across P&G’s 300+ brands worldwide. As the author of HardKnoxLife.com, he was named by AdAge as “1 of 25 Media People You Should Follow on Twitter” and by Media Industry News as a “2010 Social Media Superstar.” Dave is active in the marketing and start-ups communities, serving as a Board Observer / Advisor to several venture-backed companies and on the board of VCU Brandcenter. @daveknox

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Tim Kopp - Hyde Park Venture Partners, General Partner

As chief marketing officer, Tim Kopp was responsible for all aspects of ExactTarget’s marketing worldwide, including branding, interactive, field marketing, corporate communications, advertising, thought leadership and leading strategic partnerships with global technology leaders including Microsoft, Salesforce and Adobe. As the company’s senior brand advocate for nearly five years, Tim has led the transformation of the company’s marketing, pioneering the concept of ‘marketing from the inside out’ – an initiative that infuses the company’s energetic corporate culture in every interaction and communication with clients, partners and team members around the globe.Prior to joining ExactTarget, Tim served as Chief Marketing Officer for WebTrends and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. While at Webtrends, Tim led the process of reinventing the brand and moving from a single product company to full marketing platform.Tim is a veteran interactive marketing leader with deep expertise in both business and consumer marketing. From 2005 to 2007, Tim served as Vice-President of Worldwide Interactive Marketing for the Coca-Cola Company. While at Coke, he led the successful re-launch of Coca-cola.com and pioneered a global technology platform that served as a catalyst for the company’s next generation of marketing. Prior to leading Coca-Cola’s interactive marketing efforts, Tim was one of the founding members of Procter and Gamble’s Interactive Marketing program. From 1998 to 2007, Tim developed and ultimately led the entire Interactive Marketing Organization for Procter and Gamble’s Beauty Care division, achieving approximately $17 Billion in annual sales.Tim received his undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA with a concentration in Information Technology from the University of Dayton. He serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Mobile Marketing Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Indiana. Tim has earned numerous awards and accolades for his leadership, including being named a finalist for CMO of the Year by Chief Marketing Officer Institute, one of Indiana’s Best and Brightest by Junior Achievement and ’40 under 40’ by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

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Logan LaHive - Techstars Chicago, Managing Director

Logan LaHive joined Lightbank in May 2011 as a Founder in Residence. Resulting in his time as a Founder-In-Residence at Lightbank, Logan founded Belly – a digital loyalty solution for SMBs. He is currently working to grow Belly as its CEO. Previously, Logan was the Director of New Business at Redbox, where he was tasked with sourcing, testing, and launching new businesses for the company. He was promoted to the position after successfully leading the company’s initiative to test and rollout video game rentals, forecasted to be a $100+ million business annually. Logan has spent the last 6-7 years in startups, focusing on launching (features, marketing plans, new product lines, seed businesses, etc), with a strong background is in project management, marketing, strategy/analytics, and product launch. @loganlahive

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Larry Lieberman - Dynamite Labs, Co-Founder and COO

Larry is a marketing innovator who has been rewriting sales and business rules for two decades. Previously CMO at SocialVibe, Larry guided brands through large-scale social media campaigns with Facebook, Zynga games, Pandora and others. Previously, Larry was CMO with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation based in Bangalore, India. Earlier in his noteworthy career, Larry held seniormarketing positions with MTV, Comedy Central and Time Warner. Lieberman received his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business where he has served as an Associate Overseer and member of the Alumni Council. He is an outspoken advocate for the environment and a past Trustee of the Hudson Valley Children’s Museum and Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation.@liebermanlarry

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Allen Mason - Allen Mason Consulting, Principal

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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Robert W. McDonald - Taft Stettinius & Hollister, VC Attorney

ROBERT W. MCDONALD is an attorney in the Business & Finance Practice Group at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Rob’s practice at Taft is focused on corporate, securities, and sports law work. He assists both private and public company clients with a variety of corporate and securities related matters, including mergers and acquisitions and offerings of securities. Rob also assists start-up and emerging companies through business formation, early-stage investments, and other issues that face entrepreneurial businesses. Rob also serves as a Co-founder and Board Member of The Brandery, as the Chair of the Boy Scout’s Professional Leadership Network, as a Board and Executive Team Member of the Dan Beard Council (Boy Scouts of America), as the Co-Chair of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Encore Committee, as a Board Member of Lead PAC, and as Board of Associates Member of the Cincinnati Opera. Rob received his bachelor’s degree in public policy with a minor in political science and markets and management from Duke University. Rob earned his Juris Doctorate at Washington University School of Law. During his last term of law school, he worked full-time in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. @robertwmcdonald

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Joe Medved - Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Partner of SB Capital

Joe Medved is Partner of SB Capital at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Previously, he was a Partner at SoftBank Capital, where he focused on early stage digital media investments for a decade. Prior to SoftBank, Joe was an investor at Constellation Ventures and an investment banker with JPMorgan’s Tech, Media & Telecom Group. He is Chairman Emeritus of the New England Venture Network and was selected for Boston Business Journal’s 2011 40 Under 40 class.

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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