Tom Burgess, CEO
Tom Burgess, a serial entrepreneur and avid adventurer, is founder and CEO. With deep-rooted experience across the advertising and digital media industries, this seasoned executive searches for industry pain points and creates powerful, forward-thinking solutions to revolutionize how business gets done. He’s a strong believer that obstacles present the greatest opportunities. In 2001, Tom founded Third Screen Media, the world’s first mobile advertising network. Acquired in 2007 by AOL, it set the standard for wireless advertising and proved Tom’s ability to deliver strong returns for investors. He previously served as president of Internet portal CollegeLink.com, and as founder and CEO of both 9th Square and Echomedia.
When not founding and building disruptive media companies, Tom is sailing the world. He is a frequent speaker at global industry events and has been included in Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and CNBC. He currently resides in Rhode Island with his wife and two children, and is a proud Providence College Friar.
Mike DiFranza, President
Mike DiFranza, an inventor and new media entrepreneur, leads Linkable as president. A veteran operations and sales-driven executive, he is the founder and former president and CEO of Captivate Network – the first company to put digital media in elevators. Mike is a true pioneer who turns ideas into business realities. He was previously director of Eastern U.S., Canada and Latin America at Mentor Graphics and was the founding chairman of the Digital Place-based Advertising Association (DPAA). He was acknowledged as one of the 50 Most Influential Executives in Media for his work with Captivate and the DPAA by Media Week. Mike also serves as a strategic advisor to several early- and growth-stage companies.
A crusader against complacency and a self-proclaimed type-A personality, Mike is a leading authority whose Boston accent can be heard at many industry events. He’s been featured in publications such as CNN, FOX Business, CNBC and The New York Times, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Northeastern University. Mike enjoys spending time around the mountains and lakes of New Hampshire, participating in a variety of outdoor activities including skiing, snowmobiling and boating.
Chip Correra, CTO
Chip Correra, a patented inventor and experienced visionary, leads Linkable as CTO. With over thirty years’ experience directing all aspects of R&D, product engineering, project management and operations, Chip thinks passionately and strategically about all things web, mobile and enterprise, and is a cross-functional leader in the business and technology world. His resume consists of several senior leadership roles, previously serving as CTO of Pangea Media, Spring Partners and Third Screen Media, where he developed highly scalable solutions to support extensive growth. Chip also held management positions at Idiom Technology, Performaworks, Revenio Inc. and The Clarity Group.
A respected mentor with the Techstars organization, Chip uses his extensive network and experience to help others by offering strategic leadership to the best and brightest start-ups. He is as passionate about snowboarding and bicycling as he is technology operations. Married with three children and two Portuguese Water Dogs, Chip is a University of Massachusetts, Amherst Minutemen.
Cassandra Kral-Dillon, VP of Finance
Cassandra Kral-Dillon, a skilled financial leader and experienced problem solver, serves as VP of finance. Using her analytical savvy to maximize financial performance, Cassandra has reached tall heights of success in her twenty-plus year career. She previously held financial leadership roles for both venture-backed and public organizations, including global Internet Security leader Versign, global transaction processor Syniverse, e-commerce software company Art Technology Group and mobile gateway service m-Qube.
Entering the financial technology space following an undergraduate experience at Smith College and certification from Bentley College, Cassandra is an avid mountaineer whose recent summits include Mt. Rainier (WA) and The Breithorn (Alps). Combining her passion for climbing with good, she reached the top of The Grand Teton (WY) as part of the Cronin Climb Against Cancer.