Next Big Thing presents five startups, Branch, Compass, Delve, Skift and VIRURL, that are disrupting the media industry with new technology and business models.
BranchA new way to talk to each other.
Presenter: Cofounder and CEO Josh Miller
CompassConnects you with the things you love.
Presenters: Founder and CEO Alexander Bierling, Cofounder and CXO Steve Nitzschner
DelveA team news reader that helps teams and organizations find and share relevant stories.
Presenter: Founder and CEO Sandeep Ayyappan
SkiftTravel Intelligence. Global Smartness.
Presenter: Founder and CEO Rafat Ali
VIRURLEnables advertisers to drive engagement by compensating influencers and publishers to share videos, articles, music, and other media with their audience.
Presenter: Cofounder and CEO Francisco Diaz-Mitoma
Rafat Ali is the CEO and founder of Skift, which is an early-stage travel intelligence startup that offers news, insight, advice, tools, and services to the travel industry and business travellers. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to the UK's Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter. Ali was the Knight Fellow at Indiana University, where he completed his masters in Journalism, from 1999-2000. Prior to that he completed his BSc in Computer Engineering, from AMU in Aligarh, India.
Sandeep Ayyappan worked in energy tech equity research at RBC Capital Markets from 2008-2010. In addition to covering solar, wind, and grid-related equities, he produced a daily energy tech newsletter for RBC clients. After leaving RBC in February 2010, he embarked on a five-month, 15,000-mile road trip across North America to research a book on the energy industry. The book soon evolved into a startup, which became Delve in early 2012. Ayyappan graduated from Yale in 2007.
Alexander Bierling is an experienced manager in the international sales and marketing field, and a former sustainability agenda writer at international beverage companies in the US and Europe (such as Red Bull and Calidris). He built brands from scratch in emerging markets and is a tech entrepreneur.
Francisco Diaz-Mitoma is the CEO and cofounder of VIRURL. Prior to VIRURL, he founded and was the CEO of Titan Gaming Inc. In 2010, Titan Gaming acquired Xfire from VIACOM. At Titan Gaming, Diaz-Mitoma designed the world's first fully automated gaming tournament system, recruited gaming veterans, and led the company through multiple rounds of financing. Today, Xfire is the world's most popular communication tool for PC gamers. Diaz-Mitoma graduated from McGill University.
Josh Miller is the cofounder and CEO of Branch, an eight-person internet startup based in NYC. Miller left Princeton University before the start of his senior year to start the company with cofounders Hursh Agrawal and Cemre Güngör. While at Princeton, Miller spent his summers interning for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, IBM, and Meetup.com.
Steve Nitzschner is a post-digital entrepreneur. He worked as user-experience-jockey for international corporations like Microsoft and Samsung. He is the founder of three successful companies and a believer that Big Data will make our lives better and easier.