The Paley Center for Media's International Council 2009 NYC brought together the industry's top innovators from across the globe for the most talked about media event of 2009.
This session highlights a handful of up-and-coming digital media companies vying to become the Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace of 2010.
The conversation features Avner Ronen (CEO, Boxee), Tony Haile (General Manager, Chartbeat), Doug Knopper (Co-founder and Co-CEO, FreeWheel), Justin Shaffer (Founder and CEO, Hot Potato), Mike Dougherty (CEO and Co-founder, Jelli), Peter Rojas (Co-Founder, gdgt.com), and Andrew Lacy (Co-founder and COO, Tapulous). Quincy Smith (CEO, CBS Interactive) moderates.
Michael Dougherty is the CEO and a founder of Jelli, a start-up based in San Mateo, California. Dougherty and his partner Jateen Parekh founded Jelli to reinvent what is possible with the radio, using the power of the web. Jelli allows users to take over a radio station with their browser or mobile device. It's crowdsourcing for the radio, enabling new experiences, content and models.
Prior to Jelli, Dougherty was the vice president of business development at Tellme, a leader in speech applications (acquired by Microsoft in 2007), which pioneered the idea of unlocking the power of everyday devices and the web using speech. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of business & corporate development at Loudeye, an early leader in music web services (acquired by Nokia in 2006). Dougherty spent the first part of his career in investment banking, working on hundreds of financing and M&A transactions and closing deals worth approximately $11 billion. He graduated with honors from Harvard with a degree in History & Literature, and he currently lives with his wife and two boys in Burlingame, California.
Tony Haile is General Manager at Chartbeat.
Doug Knopper serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Advertiser & Publisher Solutions at DoubleClick. In this role he is responsible for product development, business development and sales of DoubleClick's portfolio of Advertiser, Agency and Publisher Solutions on a global basis. These solutions include DART for Advertisers, DART for Publishers and DART Enterprise as well as the MediaVisor planning tool, the DART Motif rich media product, and the Site Directory listing service.
Prior to his current role, Knopper was Vice President and General Manager of Diameter, the research division of DoubleClick. Previously, Knopper was Director of Sales and Account Management for DART for Advertisers (DFA), where he oversaw the sales and client relations teams. Prior to joining Doubleclick in 2000, Knopper spent many years at advertising agencies, managing well-known brands and products including UPS, Unilever, Aetna, Nissan, Firestone, and Seagram's. He has worked at agencies within the top three global networks, including Lowe and Partners, TBWA/Chiat Day, and J. Walter Thompson.
Knopper plays an active role in the online industry and serves on the board of the American Advertising Federation and Dynamic Logic, as well as the associate's board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). He speaks frequently at industry conferences and events and is quoted extensively in national and trade publications including the Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Media Magazine, Mediapost, and the Internet Advertising Report.
Doug earned his MBA from Georgetown University and holds a BA, with honors, from the University of Michigan.
Andrew Lacy is the COO of Tapulous. Lacy is an Australian and an alumni of Stanford Business School. He has hands on experience building several internet and enterprise start-ups in Australia, India and the US in internet and bioscience areas. His current interests are in consumer social applications. He enjoys adventure travel, snowboarding and running.
Andrew Lacy holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and degrees in Law and Economics from University of Melbourne.
Peter Rojas is the co-founder of gdgt.com, a new gadgets and consumer electronics site launched in mid-2009. He is also the creator of several of the most popular and influential blogs on the internet, including Engadget, Gizmodo, Joystiq, hackaday, and Engadget Mobile.
Avner Ronen is CEO of Boxee.
Before starting Boxee, Mr. Ronen was the Head of Corporate Development and M&A for Comverse, Inc. a leading provider of software and service to Telecom service providers. Mr. Ronen was responsible for acquisitions valued at $450M, which were key to the company's evolution from a Voicemail company to a Billing and VAS provider.
Mr. Ronen joined Comverse in 2002 when they acquired Odigo, a company he co-founded in 1998. Odigo was one of the early Instant Messaging services on the web serving over 8M users worldwide.
Justin Shaffer is founder and CEO of Hot Potato Media, Inc. Hot Potato is a real-time social collaboration tool centered around events and experiences as they are happening.
Before Shaffer founded Hot Potato, he was SVP of New Media at MLB Advanced Media LP.
Quincy Smith serves as Chief Executive Officer, CBS Interactive for CBS Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the Companyâ€™s entire interactive strategy and helping to guide its implementation across CBS Corporationâ€™s varied divisions and online businesses.
Smith works in tandem with each CBS division to formulate new media strategies and partnerships involving all interactive platforms, including Internet, mobile and video gaming. Reporting to Smith is the wide variety of interactive media company-wide, including its wholly-owned Web sites.
In addition, Smith works closely with the Companyâ€™s financial team to identify new businesses that could complement CBSâ€™s core assets and build its presence in the fast-growing digital counterpart to its existing programming platforms.
Prior to joining CBS in November 2006, Smith was an executive at Allen & Company, where he was involved with projects including multiple transactions for Google, Advertising.comâ€™s sale to AOL, the del.icio.us sale to Yahoo, Neopetsâ€™ sale to Viacom, Loudeyeâ€™s sale to Nokia and CNETâ€™s acquisition of Webshots, among other transactions. In this role he also worked with companies such as Comcast, the Weinstein Company and CBS, as well as investments for Allen & Company in SpotRunner, Fon, Ning and Sling Media, among others.
Prior to Allen & Company, Smith was a Founding Partner of The Barksdale Group, a venture capital firm. Previously, Smith spent five years at Netscape where he ran Investor Relations and Corporate Development and played a role in over 20 joint ventures, investments and acquisitions including Netscapeâ€™s ultimate sale to AOL. Prior to that, Smith was an investment banker for Morgan Stanley.
Boxee CEO Avner Ronen clears up some common misconceptions about what Boxee is and what it isn't. "The TV is just a big screen connected to the internet," he explains "we just want to provide a platform that could provide the best experience for the end-user".
Boxee CEO Avner Ronen discusses the much-publicized controversy around putting Hulu on Boxee. "We hope to bring Hulu back as a partner one of these days," he explains, arguing "we still need to resolve that concern that media companies have with regard to disrupting their channel."