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Leadership Team

Tom Burgess, Chief Executive Officer


Tom Burgess is a seasoned executive with deep interactive advertising and digital media technology experience. He has successfully pioneered an array of innovative advertising solutions and holds numerous direct response and offer delivery technology patents. Burgess is a frequent speaker at global marketing conferences and has been quoted or featured in Forbes, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and CNBC. In 2001, Burgess founded Third Screen Media, the world’s first mobile advertising network. Third Screen Media set the standard globally for wireless advertising and was acquired by AOL 2007, delivering a 10x return for investors. Prior to his tenure at Third Screen Media, Burgess served as President of internet portal CollegeLink.com where he guided the company to a successful public offering and later orchestrated sale of the company to Monster.com. He also served as founder and CEO of 9th Square Inc. (later rebranded as Bluestreak.com, Inc.), an e-commerce and advertising software and services company and Echomedia, Inc., one of the first internet advertising companies. Burgess has consistently provided excellent returns for investors and was recently inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame for superior performance by Blue Chip Ventures. Burgess earned a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College and currently resides in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

 

David Chapman, Chief Financial Officer


David Chapman has a lengthy track record of accelerating growth and maximizing financial performance in his twenty-plus year career. Prior to joining Linkable Networks, Chapman founded Bound Brook Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm focused on providing C-Level executive consulting services for emerging companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. Bound Brook clients included Crimson Hexagon, a social media monitoring and analysis company and Mobile Messaging Solutions, a high volume mobile marketing company]. Chapman has also served as the Chief Financial Officer for a number of venture-backed and public companies including matchmine, Inc., an online recommendation engine; m-Qube, a mobile gateway and services company acquired by Verisign for $250 mil; and Primix Solutions Inc. a Nasdaq-listed, multi-national custom software developer and manufacturer of packaged software solutions. Before joining Primix, Chapman held various financial management positions at Astrum International Corporation, a $1.5 bil holding company that controled Samsonite Corporation, American Tourister, Inc., Culligan International Company and McGregor Corporation. Chapman began his career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP and received his license to practice as a CPA in 1991. Chapman earned a Master of Science in Accounting from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hobart College.

 

Chip Correra, Chief Technology Officer


Chip Correra is an experienced and passionate product visionary with more than twenty years’ experience directing all aspects of R&D, product engineering, and operations. Correra has broad and deep experience in a variety of senior leadership roles including CEO, CTO, VP of Operations, and VP of Professional Services. Prior to joining Linkable Networks, Correra was CTO at Spring Partners where he developed a highly scalable Web 2.0 consumer application. As CTO at Third Screen Media, he led the design, build, and management of the world’s first Tier-1 carrier mobile advertising platform. He also defined the strategic product roadmap, scaled to accommodate 2 bil transactions per month, and coordinated integration with Verizon Wireless. Following the AOL acquisition, Correra ramped the platform to support 10x year one revenue growth. Correra has also held senior management positions at Idiom Technologies, Performaworks, Revenio, and The Clarity Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Computer System Engineering and Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

 

Doug Spear, Executive Vice President


Doug Spear is an entrepreneurial leader with 17 years’ experience in founding and operating technology and location-based financial services companies. In 1993, he founded Spear Development to focus on turnkey real estate development projects for financial institutions including development of Fleet Bank’s first “Bank of the Future.” Spear was also among the first to recognize the emergence of the independent ATM marketplace. He formed Spear Holding Corp. to pursue opportunities in the nascent ATM marketplace and successfully negotiated long term, exclusive ATM deployment rights with a variety of municipal partners including the New York State Thruway. In 2003, Spear founded Tomahawk Technology Inc. to develop and introduce additional financial technology products. Through his extensive experience in the financial services environment, Spear has developed relationships with principal operators including Bank of America, TRM Corp., eFunds, M&T Bank, and Access to Money. In 2006, he co-founded CSpot Networks, LLC, a digital out of home market focused on ATM networks. Spear holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, enjoys competitive sailing, and has been a nationally ranked court tennis player. Spear currently resides in Rhode Island with his wife and son.

 

 

Investors

Bain Capital Ventures


Bain Capital Ventures is the Boston-based venture capital affiliate of Bain Capital, which has approximately $65 billion of assets under management worldwide. Founded in 1984, Bain Capital and its affiliates have made more than 300 investments. The firm’s history of investing in early stage companies also dates back to 1984, having made over 125 venture-stage investments since inception including such companies as Gartner Group, SunGard, Experian, Archer Technologies, SolarWinds, DoubleClick, Instinet, Staples, ProfitLogic, Regulatory Data Corporation, Shopping.com, Taleo, and LinkedIn. In 2001, Bain Capital Ventures was formed as a separate arm of Bain Capital to focus exclusively on growth investments. More information is available at www.baincapitalventures.com.

 

Common Angels


CommonAngels is one of Boston’s largest and most active seed stage investment groups. Through its angel network and investment funds, CommonAngels works with outstanding entrepreneurs in building innovative information technology companies. A trusted partner to entrepreneurs, the group works closely with founding teams in the early stages of company building. Some of the leading companies in which the group has invested include Carbonite, Skyhook Wireless, OwnerIQ, Apperian, and inStream Media. More information is available at www.commonangels.com.

 

Kepha Partners


Kepha Partners is a venture capital firm based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The firm is passionate about starting companies and its partners have successfully and repeatedly helped entrepreneurs take companies from idea to reality. Over their 70 years of collective experience, they have worked with over 60 founding teams and have established a proven track record of being an entrepreneur’s trusted partner. Through its “Venture Building” program, Kepha Partners advises start-ups with active hands-on participation, often before a business plan is written. In addition, the firm has helped start a number of companies in Kepha’s offices. By working with founders to refine their product development and go-to-market strategies, make key hires, and close initial deals, Kepha helps its portfolio companies establish a strong early foundation for success. The firm manages $100 million of capital. More information is available a www.kephapartners.com.

 

Citi Ventures


Citi Ventures is Citi’s global corporate venturing arm, chartered to collaborate with internal and external partners to conceive, partner, launch, and scale new ventures that have the potential to disrupt and transform the financial services industry, drive client success, and generate new value for Citi. Headquartered in Palo Alto and Shanghai, Citi Ventures is a unit of global financial services company Citigroup. The Citi Ventures team partners with Citi businesses internally and with leading companies externally to identify, develop, and commercialize the highest new growth opportunities around the world that directly support Citi’s emerging strategic directions. Their portfolio consists of companies that develop products and services with potential to impact the future of financial services such as; Billing Revolution, Bundle, OBOPAY, ReadyForZero, SHOPKICK, SilverTail, and ViVOtech.

 

 

Board of Directors

Tom Burgess


Tom Burgess is a seasoned executive with deep interactive advertising and digital media technology experience. He has successfully pioneered an array of innovative advertising solutions and holds numerous direct response and offer delivery technology patents. Burgess is a frequent speaker at global marketing conferences and has been quoted or featured in Forbes, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and CNBC. In 2001, Burgess founded Third Screen Media, the world’s first mobile advertising network. Third Screen Media set the standard globally for wireless advertising and was acquired by AOL 2007, delivering a 10x return for investors. Prior to his tenure at Third Screen Media, Burgess served as President of internet portal CollegeLink.com where he guided the company to a successful public offering and later orchestrated sale of the company to Monster.com. He also served as founder and CEO of 9th Square Inc. (later rebranded as Bluestreak.com, Inc.), an e-commerce and advertising software and services company and Echomedia, Inc., one of the first internet advertising companies. Burgess has consistently provided excellent returns for investors and was recently inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame for superior performance by Blue Chip Ventures. Burgess earned a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College and currently resides in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

 

Doug Spear


Doug Spear is an entrepreneurial leader with 17 years’ experience in founding and operating technology and location-based financial services companies. In 1993, he founded Spear Development to focus on turnkey real estate development projects for financial institutions including development of Fleet Bank’s first “Bank of the Future.” Spear was also among the first to recognize the emergence of the independent ATM marketplace. He formed Spear Holding Corp. to pursue opportunities in the nascent ATM marketplace and successfully negotiated long term, exclusive ATM deployment rights with a variety of municipal partners including the New York State Thruway. In 2003, Spear founded Tomahawk Technology Inc. to develop and introduce additional financial technology products. Through his extensive experience in the financial services environment, Spear has developed relationships with principal operators including Bank of America, TRM Corp., eFunds, M&T Bank, and Access to Money. In 2006, he co-founded CSpot Networks, LLC, a digital out of home market focused on ATM networks. Spear holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, enjoys competitive sailing, and has been a nationally ranked court tennis player. Spear currently resides in Rhode Island with his wife and son.

 

Eric Hjerpe


Eric Hjerpe brings over 23 years of operating and investing experience to Kepha Partners. In the late 1980s, he founded a software company that wrote desktop software for product development engineers. In the early 1990s while at MIT Sloan, he worked for the Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), studying new software development methods. In the mid 1990s, his team at Silicon Graphics was one of the first to deploy complex applications over the web. In the late 1990s, at Siebel Systems, Eric started the Siebel subsidiary SiebelNet, which partnered with USinternetworking (USi) to provide Siebel Enterprise Applications via the internet. He became interested in venture capital when, at Siebel Systems, he sponsored the company’s investment in USi, which returned 12x in less than a year. Prior to Kepha Partners, Eric was a Venture Partner and Partner at AtlasVenture, where he spent 6 years. He worked with AtlasVenture portfolio companies Active Endpoints, Fireclick (sold to Digital River), Globoforce, OpenRatings (sold to Dun & Bradstreet), OwnerIQ, Performix Technologies (sold to Nice), SimpleTuition, SupplyWorks (acquired by Intuitive), TrueAdvantage (acquired by InsideView), and Virtual Logix. He holds a Master of Science in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) and is a TechStars Mentor.

 

Marsh Marshall


Marsh Marshall’s career has combined achievements as an entrepreneur, a C–level operating executive in the data analytics and digital media industries, a general partner in a venture capital firm, and more recently as an independent investor. Shortly after its founding, Marsh was named Chief Operating Officer of IXI Corporation and played a key role in building the company into a leader in data-driven targeted advertising and attribution measurement. Following Equifax’s $150 million acquisition of IXI, Marsh was named President of Equifax/IXI Digital. Previously, Marsh served as a General Partner of ECentury Capital, a $90 million, Rothschild-sponsored venture fund that specialized in digital media and technology investments. During his tenure, he served variously as Board Chairman, Director, Observer and acting CEO at ten venture-backed companies. Marsh also served as Vice President of Technology Strategy and Business Development for the broadband division of Verizon, where he helped lead the development and commercialization of the first video-on-demand platform and e-commerce applications over broadband network architecture. Marsh’s early career included engagements for the Telecommunications and Media Practice at Booz Allen Hamilton in London, and five years as a Producer at the British Broadcasting Corporation, where he produced and directed over a dozen major films and programs. Marsh is the author of Organizations and Growth in Rural China, and a number of academic journal articles in economics and op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Marsh has a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a Master’s degree in economics from Stanford University, and a PhD in economics from Oxford University.

 

 

Board of Advisors

Sarah Fay


Sarah Fay is a veteran of the media services industry with a 20-year track record of developing and implementing innovative models for advertising and media. She has become a well-known voice in the advertising industry on digital marketing and media integration and played a central role in building Carat Interactive, one of the most recognized digital companies in the world through a combination of acquisitions, new business wins, and organic growth. In her role as President of Carat Interactive and then President of Isobar, Sarah orchestrated the successful acquisitions and merger of Lot21, Vizium, Freestyle Interactive, Molecular, iProspect, Ammo and Bluestreak. Sarah is also responsible for launching Isobar Mobile, a highly regarded mobile marketing entity. An industry thought leader, Sarah initiated several groundbreaking studies including “Born to Be Wired” (2003), which examined rapidly increasing internet use by teens, and “Never Ending Friending” (2007), which considered the increasingly vital role of social networking as a component of social behavior and calculated marketing ROI for Social Marketing campaigns. Sarah has been widely quoted in Advertising Age, Ad Week, DM News, B2B Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Additionally, Sarah regularly addresses audiences at major marketing conferences and serves on a number of company and industry boards.

 

Jim Garrity


Jim Garrity is an acclaimed marketing and sales executive with deep experience in financial services and technology. During his ten-year (1997-2007) tenure as EVP & Chief Marketing Officer at Wachovia, Jim built the little-known Wachovia name into a familiar national brand and played a key role in developing a set of highly successful ROI methodologies. Prior to joining Wachovia, Jim worked for five years at Compaq, where he served as Vice President of Communications and played a leadership role in repositioning Compaq from a business-to-business–only brand to a solid consumer franchise and in building a unified, global brand. Jim started his professional career at IBM where he spent time in sales before migrating to the marketing group. Jim was a member of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) board of directors from 1994 until 2007 and served as Chairman in 1998. In 1995, he founded the ANA’s New Technologies Marketing Committee (now known as the Digital Marketing Committee) and acted as chair from 1995 until his retirement from Wachovia in 2007. Since then, Jim has assumed advisory positions with a number of companies including non-executive director of Burst Media, Chairman of the Advisory Board at Canoe Ventures, advisory board member at MarketShare Partners, advisor to the Better Advertising Project, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Digitalsmiths, advisory board member at Visual IQ, and advisory board member at SenditCertified.

 

Tim Hanlon


Tim Hanlon is the Founder and CEO of The Vertere Group, LLC, a boutique consulting, advisory and investment firm focused on helping today’s most forward-leaning brands, content producers, startups, and investors benefit from rapidly changing technological advances in marketing, media and consumer communications. Hanlon was previously Founder/Managing Director of Velociter, the innovation-centric partnership and strategic investment arm of Interpublic Group’s corporate media agency division Mediabrands – where he was chiefly responsible for driving entrepreneurial innovation through proprietary relationships with more than a dozen emerging venture-backed media/marketing startup firms. Prior to the 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). In those roles, Hanlon served in formal advisory and directorial positions with over three dozen media-related startups, while managing successful exits with more than a half-dozen firms, including Sling Media (acquired by Echostar/Dish Network, 2007); Navic Networks (Microsoft, 2008); Rapt (Microsoft, 2008); SnapTell (Amazon/A9, 2009); Dapper (Yahoo, 2010); and Pelago (Groupon, 2011). Before founding the Denuo Ventures and PGM Ventures practices, Hanlon was Senior Vice President/ Director, Emerging Contacts for media agency Starcom MediaVest Group. Hanlon holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, and a BA from Georgetown University.

 

Diane Hessan


Diane Hessan is President and CEO of Communispace, one of the fastest growing social networking companies in the country. According to Advertising Age, Communispace boasts a “Blue Chip client list that would make a Madison Avenue giant jealous.” A pioneer in creating online communities to help marketers generate consumer insights, Diane helped found Communispace in 1999. Today, the Communispace team builds and manages more than 400 private online customer communities for a marquee list of global corporations. Communispace has tripled revenues over the last four years, enjoys a 90+ percent client retention rate; and has been the recipient of a wide range of awards for product innovation, social media leadership, and corporate culture. Diane is the author of the best-selling book Customer-Centered Growth: Five Strategies for Building Competitive Advantage and has been honored as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (National Finalist) and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year. She is quoted frequently in the business media and is a highly sought-after speaker and expert in the marketing arena. Diane sits on a number of boards including the Advertising Research Foundation, The Business Innovation Factory, the Progressive Business Leaders Network, the Mass Technology Leadership Council, Horizons for Homeless Children, The Boston Philharmonic, Stand for Children, and the Tufts Alumni Council. A summa cum laude graduate of Tufts University, Diane received an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the mother of two college-age daughters and co-founder of The Sound Bytes, an a cappella group that writes lyrics about business and performs at major conferences.

 

Maia D. Heymann


Maia Heymann is the Managing Director of DeVere Management Group, an investment firm she founded in 2006, which is focused on emerging companies. DeVere’s portfolio includes companies operating in digital media, mobile app development and deployment, mobile advertising, knowledge management/search, and collaboration. Maia is also a member of CommonAngels, Boston’s largest network of technology investors, and is presently serving as the Chairman of the Board. In 1999, Maia joined BancBoston ventures and opened its Palo Alto office, where, from 1999 to 2002, she built a team and venture portfolio. Investments included Docent, The Generations Network, MarketAxess, OnDisplay (acquired by Vignette) QPass, and Versata. Beginning in 2002, Maia managed a $330 million portfolio of venture and private equity investments for BancBoston Ventures, which became part of Bank of America’s global private equity group in 2004, generating returns in excess of $675 million over a four-year period. During her time at BancBoston Ventures, Maia joined the boards of Inventa, Enigma, NetKey, Watchfire and WebCT, and was a board observer of Arbinet-TheExchange, BuyerZone, Centric Software, InQuira, and Iowa Telecom. From 1993 to 1999, Maia originated and structured corporate finance transactions for public and private technology companies at BancBoston Roberston Stephens and Bank of Boston. She also worked closely with four private equity firms to underwrite senior and sub-debt for leveraged buy-out transactions in the technology industry. Maia currently sits on the boards of Apperian, CommonAngels, Fluent Mobile, and The Jericho Road Project. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Maia lives in Concord, Mass., with her husband and two sons.

 

Todd Krasnow


As part of the original Staples management team, Todd was instrumental in opening the world’s first office superstore and in helping to grow Staples to $7 billion in annual revenue in 12 years. As executive vice president of sales and marketing, Todd also started and ran Staples’ catalog business. He is responsible for the Staples Center naming rights agreement, and won a gold “Clio” award for best retail advertising in the U.S. Today, Todd is with Highland Capital Partners’ consumer fund, focusing on investments in consumer businesses. In addition, Todd serves on the boards of six companies, including internet companies Carbonite.com and OnForce, and C&S Wholesale Grocers, a $20 billion distribution company. Todd served on the Harvard Business School faculty as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the 2006/2007 academic year and is a member of Cornell University’s Alumni Council and the Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board.

 

Jack Laurendeau


Jack Laurendeau is the Vice Chairman of Acosta, a sales and marketing agency providing outsourced sales, merchandising, marketing and promotional services to manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. The Company represents more than 125,000 stock-keeping units (SKUs) for over 1,100 manufacturers, and services more than 120,000 traditional grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, convenience stores, drug stores and natural food stores, as well as the wholesalers who serve these same channels.

Jack began his career in the industry in 1979 with The Scott Paper Company. From 1982 until 1993, he worked for Coca-Cola Foods and then Welch’s in senior level sales positions. In 1993, Jack joined MAI-Alper, Inc. as Vice President-Grocery Sales and served in various leadership capacities before being named President and Chief Operating Officer of the MAI Companies in 1996. He became part of the Acosta family in 1999 when Acosta acquired MAI and he has played an instrumental role in the company’s most recent successes. Prior becoming Vice Chairman in March 2007, Jack was President of Acosta from 2001 to 2007.

Jack has served on the Acosta Board of Directors since 1999. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Genesis Fund, a non-profit organization helping children with birth defects. Jack also serves on the Board of MAI Partners

Jack received a B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1979. He also graduated from the Food Industry Management Program at the University of Southern California in 1988.

 

Tom Litle


Tom Litle brings 20 years of corporate management and payment processing experience to Litle & Co., where he leads the company in all day-to-day operations. Tom is the champion of the people behind your payments, driving the vision of personal achievement through the success of the clients Litle & Co. serves. Prior to Litle & Co., Tom was Founder and General Partner of Industry Ventures. While at Industry Ventures, Tom raised and invested three venture funds in over 50 companies and was responsible for sourcing, negotiating and managing venture portfolios purchased from corporate investors including Enron, EDS, and InfoSpace. Tom founded Industry Ventures after founding and serving as President of OrderTrust, the first large scale transaction processing network focused on end-to-end order management in support of direct and multichannel merchants. Tom has served on the boards of multiple early stage companies and is an active advisor to many entrepreneurs and venture investors. He received a BA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

Jack Myers


Jack Myers is a media economist and chairman of Media Advisory Group, an early stage investor in companies that advance and support the marketing, media, and advertising business. Jack is the author of three books on advertising, writes the weekly (subscriber-only) Jack Myers Media Business Report, and publishes the JackMyersThinkTank.com and MediaBizBloggers.com blog platforms for industry leaders. Jack is a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award for journalism, won the Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival, and has been nominated for both an Academy Award and an Emmy Award. For more than two decades, he has been among the media industry’s leading visionaries and economic forecasters. During that time, he has advised more than 250 media companies, marketers, and agencies on business transformation, revenue-development and organizational best practices. Jack is also the co-founder of the Syracuse New Times, which remains the leading weekly in the Syracuse market. He began his career with the out-of-home division of Metromedia as a sales executive, moved to ABC-FM Radio as local sales manager, then joined CBS-Television Stations, where he became Director of Marketing, Business Development and Research. He was an early advocate for investment in cable TV and became EVP Content and Revenue for UTV Cable Network before forming his own business in 1985. Jack is a Board Member Emeritus of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and served on the Advisory Board for the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University.

 

David Rosenblatt

David is the former chief executive officer of DoubleClick. Prior to serving as DoubleClick’s CEO, he held various positions at the company, including President from 2000 to 2005. After selling DoubleClick to Google in 2008, he served as president of Google’s Display Advertising business. He also serves on the board of directors for Twitter, IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), and Narrative Science, Inc. He is co-founder and chairman of Group Commerce, a technology start-up venture that enables publishers to sell products and services to their targeted audiences.

 

Chris Sheehan


Chris is a managing director of CommonAngels. Since 2005 he has led CommonAngels’ investments in Carbonite, Powerhouse Dynamics, OwnerIQ, Xconomy, Insightix, and GateRocket. He serves as a board member or observer at each company. Previously, Chris founded Newburyport Partners, a consulting firm that works with investors and their portfolio companies. Chris also served as a venture partner at Industry Ventures where he was actively involved in the acquisition and management of secondary venture investment portfolios. Prior to launching Newburyport Partners, Chris was a Director of Corporate Development for BEA Systems, led the private equity practice for the startup research firm Stax Inc and co-founded the Northstat Partners investment firm. He began his career as an equity analyst focusing on the oil and gas sector. Chris serves on the board for the Center for Women & Enterprise and is a mentor at TechStars. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, Australia.

 

John Thomas


John is a seasoned banking executive with deep experience in payments, cards, and lending. In his nearly two decades at MBNA America and Bank of America, John created and launched award winning payments products, overseen industry leading marketing campaigns, and built numerous partnerships in the areas of card marketing, digital advertising, and consumer payments. Most recently, he led Bank of America’s Emerging Payments group where he was responsible for online, mobile, alternative payment and digital coupons products and programs. John began his career in corporate banking and commercial client management. He now serves as a strategic advisor for companies ranging from digital advertising and media firms to marketing technology professional services and emerging payments and mobile firms. John has built and grown successful partnerships with many small, early stage companies as well as Fortune 500 clients and partners. John also serves on the Board of Activators of Trellist Marketing and Technology. He earned a bachelors degree with Honors from the University of Delaware in Finance and Economics. John is married and has four children. He has been involved in numerous community activities including acting as a volunteer coach and assisting organizations aimed at improving the welfare of children.

 

Larry Weber


Larry Weber is Chairman of W2 Group, a digital ecosystem of marketing services companies that build brands, deepen customer and partner relationships, and drive demand for products and services. W2 Group includes public relations agency Racepoint Group, social media marketing firm Digital Influence Group and branding company Two Martinis. A public relations visionary, Larry established The Weber Group in 1987, which within a decade became the world’s largest technology public relations firm. Interpublic purchased The Weber Group in 1996, and in 2000 Larry was named Chairman and CEO of Interpublic’s Advanced Marketing Services group. Larry serves on a number corporate, non-profit, and academic boards. He is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), the largest interactive advocacy organization in the world. Larry has also published three books about next-generation business including: Sticks and Stones: How Digital Business Reputations Are Created Over Time and Lost in a Click, (2009, Wiley & Sons), Marketing to the Social Web: How Digital Customer Communities Build Your Business (2007, 2009, Wiley & Sons), and The Provocateur: How a New Generation of Leaders Are Building Communities, Not Just Companies (2002, Random House).

 

Mark Wright


Mark Wright leads Blue Chip’s Media & Marketing technology industry practice and is responsible for six Blue Chip IV portfolio companies, including IXI, Third Screen Media, Verance, and [x+1]. Mark founded and chairs the Media and Marketing Technology Council, which meets every other month in New York City. The MMTC is an off-the-record forum whose membership includes leading digital media entrepreneurs, senior advertising industry executives, and select media pundits. Its mission is to discuss and debate key media and marketing technology trends. Prior to joining Blue Chip in 2001, Mark was the founder and CEO of @plan, a successful Blue Chip II portfolio company. @plan pioneered target marketing and media planning in online advertising and became the industry standard. Under Mark’s leadership, @plan completed a successful IPO in 1999 and was sold to DoubleClick for $105 million in 2001. Prior to creating @plan, Mark was an executive vice president with Ericson Marketing Communications. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in 1982 and his Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University in 1984. He is based in the NYC metro area.

 

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