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Mike Brown, Jr. - Bowery Capital, VC

Mike Brown, Jr. is the General Partner at Bowery Capital based in New York. Prior to Bowery Capital, Brown co-founded AOL Ventures and led investments in over 30 companies primarily focused around the next generation of CMO and CTO spend. Before AOL Ventures, Mike worked for the investment arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, helping to invest capital in early stage internet startups on behalf of the British entrepreneur. He began his career at Morgan Stanley. Outside of his professional life Brown serves on the Board of Directors of the National Forest Foundation and co-chairs the Columbia College Young Leaders Council. Mike holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University. @MikeBrownJr

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Bryon Colby - Cornerstone Brands, SVP Digital Commerce

Bryon has been in the retail and online industry since 1995 when his team built some of the first web-based transactional storefronts for publishers including Business Week and USA Today. He’s currently the SVP of Digital Commerce at Cornerstone Brands (Nasdaq: HSNI) where he leads digital strategy, mobile innovation, and technology operations across seven brands including Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Ballard Designs, Chasing Fireflies, Travelsmith, Improvements, and Grandin Road. Cornerstone’s 2012 digital penetration rate was 65% with over $650 million of sales generated from their desktop, mobile, tablet, and social channels. Previous roles include VP of Ecommerce at global fashion company Marc Ecko Enterprises; Managing Director at eCommerce platform developer Fry Inc. (serving clients such as Ann Taylor, Godiva Chocolate, Canon USA, Kraft, Yves Rocher, Nautica, Circuit-City, La-Z-Boy, and Waterford/Wedgwood); President of digital marketing agency Activelead Consulting; and the US Founder & VP at Scan Mobile (mobile commerce start-up). Bryon is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, serves on the Dreamit Ventures eCommerce Advisory Board, participates as a member of the Shop.org Content Committee, and is a former founding Board Member of the largest charter school in New York City.

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Michael Docherty - NextBig, Co-founder and Managing Partner

Michael Docherty brings unique perspectives to growth and innovation, having been an entrepreneur, senior corporate executive and venture capitalist. It might explain why he’s passionate about the intersection of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the author of the recent book Collective Disruption: How Corporations and Startups Can Co-create Transformative New Businesses (Polarity Press 2015). The book provides established companies with a practical playbook for plugging into the startup ecosystem to fuel and incubate new businesses as entrepreneurial ventures.

Docherty is the founder and managing director of Next Big, a unique company that creates and
Docherty is also CEO of Venture2, a growth and innovation consulting firm that helps leading companies transform their innovation capabilities, build innovation
ecosystems and accelerate the commercialization of breakthrough new products, services and business models.

Docherty holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and BSME degree from Drexel University. He is a frequent speaker on innovation and corporate venturing and an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community. Twitter: @medocherty

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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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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 GiftCertificates.com and joined them during the early wild-west days of e-commerce growing it to $75 million in revenue. The team left GiftCertiicates.com in 2002 and founded Hayneedle.com, 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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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 SectionZ.com 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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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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Tarek Kamil - Cerkl, Founder and President

Prior to Cerkl, Terek served as Executive Director of Online Strategies for InfoMotion Sports (IST). IST is the world’s pioneering leader for innovating sports products that quantify and digitize muscle-memory based athletic skills and for managing online communities.

Prior to IST, Terek served as a VP of Interactive Games for Los Angeles-based FOX Sports. He oversaw all facets of the online gaming operations for the FoxSports.com Interactive Unit, including WhatIfSports.com based in Cincinnati.

Terek founded WhatIfSports.com in February, 2000 and sold it to FOX Interactive Media in September, 2005. Prior to leading the Interactive Games unit for FOX Sports, he served as President/Founder of WhatIfSports.com, the Internet’s leader in sports simulation technology, games and content. In just 5 short years, he was able to grow WhatIfSports from an idea to over 500,000 members and orchestrated partnerships with some of the largest names in sports, including ESPN, Fox Sports, MLB, NBA and the NHL. In February of 2005, WhatIfSports was named Sports Site of the Year by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, beating out both ESPN.com and BBCSports.com.

Prior to launching WhatIfSports.com in 1997, he founded, and served as President of, Incigna Technology Solutions – a provider of custom developed software and Internet solutions. Incigna worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies including General Electric, Anthem Insurance, Omnicare and Western Southern Financial.

Terek Kamil was named as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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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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J.B. Kropp - Scripps, VP and Brandery Co-Founder

J.B. Kropp is recognized as a leader in interactive marketing and consumer generated media. Prior to joining Twitter in Strategic Partnerships, J.B. was an executive with Vitrue, a social media management company used by some of the top brands today. In addition, J.B. was with ShareThis, the company known for the social-sharing tool that now reaches more than 400 million users across 500,000 sites on the web. During his more than two years at ShareThis, J.B. led the product strategy and distribution efforts helping pave the wave for the company’s notable growth and success. In addition, J.B. was a co-founder of one of the first online video sharing communities, Sharkle.com, which was acquired by Vitrue. J.B. was a founding member of Flycast Network, Web Visible, Cucina.com, SmartyTags.com and an online video sports recruiting company, Go Big Recruiting. A native Cincinnatian, J.B. spends much of his free time helping to promote and assist local start-up businesses. J.B. started Queen City Ventures, which aims at helping entrepreneurs incubate their ideas. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Starfire Council, Starfire U, UGIVE, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation, Xavier University Williams College of Business Advisory Board as well as a member of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association and an Advisory Board member for Dynamic Signal, LifeBlinx and ShareSomeSugar.com. @jbkropp

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