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Co-founder of PolicyMic. Previous work experiences include banking at Goldman Sachs, labor organizing for SEIU, political analysis at the White House, and campaigning for Mayor Bloomberg.
Keya Dannenbaum is the founder and CEO at Elect Next, the "eHarmony" for elections. Elect Next helps you vote intelligently all the way down your ballot, from dogcatcher to President, by matching you to all your candidates based on what matters most to you.
Beth Haggerty is responsible for setting the overall direction of Ology. Prior to Ology, Beth was Chief Operating Officer of IAG Research, the television industry's leading advertising effectiveness measurement company, which was acquired by Nielson Media Research in 2008. Prior to IAG, Beth was founding CEO/President of Live Advice Corporation, an e-commerce company that she built and sold to Ingenio Corp, which was then acquired by ATT. Before joining Live Advice, Prior to Live Advice, Beth was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Worldwide Sales for Infoseek Corporation, which was acquired by the The Walt Disney Company. Beth served as SVP of The Walt Disney Company's Internet Group where she worked with Disney.com, ESPN.com, ABCnews.com and other key Disney owned properties. Beth also worked for CMP Media for many years serving in a variety of digital and publishing roles. She has been named both a Top 20 Interactive Executive and a Women To Watch by Advertising Age. She received a B.A. in from Stockton University.
As co-founder of PolicyMic, Jake is managing the writing and editing process and trying to spark thoughtful debate on important political issues. He graduated from Stanford University, where he studied Middle East history and politics. His political experiences include living and working on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict, researching democracy and governance issues in Morocco, working for the Carnegie Endowment in Lebanon, and doing community organizing in New York City.
Kevin Lenane is co-founder and CEO of Veenome. He is an experienced project manager with a keen sense of how location, platform, and portability play in to the mobile experience for businesses and consumers. Kevin has worked with clients at PointAbout including OnStar, the Huffington Post, FEMA, and the ESRB. Prior to PointAbout, Kevin was part of the product management team behind the location management platform NAVTEQ Locations, which gives businesses total control over their location presence. He has also managed the creation of a location-based mobile web CMS platform that enabled users to manage their content by targeting select groups of mobile users and worked on innovative internal routing and mapping applications that make large indoor spaces like airports and stadiums more navigable by the general user.
Adi Sideman is the founder and CEO of YouNow. He has over fifteen years of experience in interactive product marketing. Prior to founding Oddcast in 1999, Adi produced more than thirty online games, including HBO's Sex and the City and The Sopranos, and Warner Brothers' The Matrix game. In 1996, Adi produced the first animated ads on AOL.
Adi holds an MPS degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an undergraduate degree from NYU in Film and Television.