2017 Speaker Bios

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Lauren Picasso

Lauren Picasso is the Director of Marketing at Jet.com, the e-commerce company recently acquired by Walmart. There, she oversees customer acquisition, retention and product marketing initiatives for the Jet iOS and Android apps. Previously, she worked for Rent the Runway, Google Shopping and Bloomingdale's.

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Anthony Saleh

A partner at Wndr Co, Anthony Saleh invests in next wave digital media and tech as an avid angel/seed investor and advisor to many top start-up companies, including Change.org, Fancy, Rap Genius, Tradesy, Casper Sleep, Crowdtilt, DropBox, Lyft, Ring, Thrive Market, PillPack, and many more.

 

Michael Katz

Michael Katz is co-founder and CEO of mParticle. Previously, he served as VP of Optimization & Analytics at Yahoo! which he joined via the acquisition of interclick, the company he founded and grew organically to $140M in revenue.

 

Joel Witten

Joel Witten is the Head of Data Engineering & Analytics at Venmo, a social payments app allowing people to pay, split and share their experiences. Previously at Squarespace, he is an experienced analytics and business intelligence professional with a background in data-mining, statistics, technology, and operations.

 

Julia Beizer

Julia Beizer is Head of Product for The Huffington Post, shaping the organization’s consumer-facing experiences across all platforms and devices. Before moving to this role, she spent a decade at The Washington Post, working on both the news and product sides of the company.

 

Jackson Jeyanayagam

Jackson Jeyanayagam is the first Chief Marketing Officer for Boxed, the company that makes shopping for bulk easy, convenient and fun. Previously, Jackson was the Head of Digital Marketing for Chipotle, where he was responsible for leading all digital initiatives including mobile, content, social media, CRM, analytics, and digital direct response.

 

Ajay Relan

Ajay Relan is a humanitarian, entrepreneur and investor. Ajay is the founder of Hashtag Lunchbag, which provides thousands of bagged lunches complete with love messages to those in need.

 

David Bakey

David Bakey is VP of Growth Marketing at Harry's, an evolved shaving company built out of respect for quality craftsmanship, simple design, modern convenience and most importantly for guys who know they shouldn't have to overpay for a great shave.

 

Stephanie Chang

Stephanie Chang is the Director of Performance Marketing at Etsy and leads the global acquisition and retention marketing teams.

 

Sridharan Ravichandran

Sridhar Ravichandran is Senior Product Manager, Growth and Integrations at SoundCloud. One of the early employees, Sridhar helped establish the first growth team at the company, and is now responsible for growing the SoundCloud platform’s adoption globally.

 

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris is the Director of Revenue Product Management at Tinder where combines his technical skills and passion for product design to grow their subscriptions and paid products.

 

John Egan

John Egan is an Engineering Manager at Pinterest for the Notifications Team where his team has added millions of active users. Previously, he led the growth engineering team at Shopkick where he helped grow the userbase 8x to 8M users primarily through invites, geofencing, and push notifications.

 

Jules Walter

Jules Walter is a product manager on the growth team at Slack, software that makes your working life simpler, more pleasant and more productive. He currently focuses on improving activation for new teams across Slack's various platforms.

 

Al Harnisch

Al Harnisch is Director of Strategy at Prolific, a mobile product agency based in NYC and SF. He works with brands such as SoulCycle, Lululemon, and Jet.com to identify and unlock opportunities that leverage the rapidly-growing mobile product ecosystem.

 

Austin Hay

Austin Hay is a consultant on mobile product and growth strategies whose clients include Walmart, Jet, Strava, Postmates, and Airbnb. Prior to starting his own consulting business, Austin was the fourth employee of Branch Metrics.

 

Peter Hamilton

Peter Hamilton is CEO of TUNE, the enterprise platform for mobile marketing, including companies like Expedia, Starbucks, SuperCell, Uber, Ebay, EA, Amazon, and many more.

 

Paul Jeszenszky

Paul Jeszenszky is Chief Marketing Officer of Breather, a network of on-demand workspaces, where he leads all marketing globally with shared responsibility for the product growth team. Previously, Paul led performance marketing initiatives for Airbnb.

 

David Favicchio

Dave Favicchio is Senior Product Manager for Mobile at Fidelity Investments, an international provider of financial services and investment resources that help individuals and institutions meet their financial objectives.

 

Jillian Burnett

Jillian Burnett is Director of Customer Success at mParticle. There, she leads the strategy and execution to elevate customer relationships, drive successful adoption of the mParticle platform, and provide stellar service experiences. Previously, she led the global commercialization of Google's audience products for brand advertisers.

 

Josh Williams

Josh Williams is a Technical Product Manager at Starbucks, where he leads the technical aspects of personalization, loyalty, and engagement across web, iOS, and Android properties, for tens of millions of active app users globally.

 

Matt Widdoes

Matt Widdoes is the Director of Performance Marketing at King and oversees innovation and partnerships related to emerging platforms, digital/traditional media buying, and marketing technology. Matt previously led teams at Red Bull, Intuit, and Zynga as well as a number of Bay Area start-ups.

 

Tanner McGrath

Tanner McGrath is Lead Product Manager for Growth Engineering at Postmates, a passionate community of riders and drivers delivering local goods around 40 major metropolitan markets, where he leverages his experience as a developer, data engineer, data scientist, growth hacker, and UX designer.

 

Mike Molinet

Mike is the COO and co-founder of Branch, a deep linking and mobile metrics company. Branch’s platform now supports 15,000 apps powering deep linking for 2 billion monthly users. Prior to Branch, Mike spent 5 years in product development for 3M, where he launched over a dozen products and acquired 10 patents.

 

Justin Paterno

Justin is currently the COO of StockTwits and manages all operations and product and engineering teams. Before joining StockTwits, he spent three years on Wall Street in private wealth management, and ran product at yoonew, a real time exchange for sports ticket futures. Justin graduated in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Bill Magnuson

Bill Magnuson is Appboy's cofounder and CEO. Bill's love for technology began when he was a child where he often spent his recesses inside on the computer instead of playing frisbee outside (his other true passion). He previously served as Appboy's CTO, overseeing the company's product and engineering divisions.

 

Mike Dudas

Mike Dudas is co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Button, which enables smart connections between mobile services that drive installs, increase engagement and facilitate mobile commerce. Mike is a builder of mobile commerce businesses, having worked at Google, Braintree/Venmo and PayPal to conceive & grow payments, loyalty and ads/offers products from scratch to scale.

 

David Spitz

David Spitz is Chief Marketing Officer of mParticle, where he's responsible for marketing strategy and execution across corporate, product and demand generation marketing functions.

 

Sarah Nassauer

Sarah Nassauer is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal where she covers retail and retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Costco Wholesale Corp., Home Depot Inc., Lowe's Companies Inc. and dollar stores on topics like the industry's shift to e-commerce, consumer trends and labor issues.

 

Julie Fleischer

Julie Fleischer is VP of Product Marketing at Neustar, an award-winning Marketing Solutions portfolio. There, she helps brands rewire their marketing efforts to create engaging conversations in the connected world. Prior to joining Neustar, Julie led OMD’s retail vertical and data + content + media at Kraft.

 

Greg Emerson

I am a journalist first, but with mobile and product development experience that give me an extensive toolkit to shape compelling digital experiences for news. As the mobile product manager for the Wall Street Journal, I am at the intersection of product and editorial, coordinating with editors and mobile developers to deliver improvements to the Journal's flagship mobile apps and to find new and compelling ways to feature our journalism on mobile devices.

 

Jeremy Levine

Jeremy Levine is the founder and CEO of DRAFT. DRAFT was recently acquired by Paddy Power Betfair. Jeremy also founded StarStreet, which sold to Draftkings. Jeremy is an investor in 40+ startups.

 

Shoji Ueki

Shoji is the Sr. Director, Growth Marketing at SeatGeek, which allows you to buy and sell tickets to sporting events, concerts, Broadway, etc. He was previously Head of Growth and Sales at OrderAhead, which was acquired by Square.

 

Sam Dozor

Sam Dozor leads mobile development at mParticle where he focuses on building developer tools that make developers' lives easier in the exploding mobile app service ecosystem. He's evaluated hundreds of mobile app services in the mobile app ecosystem and is always on the lookout for what developers need to build better apps.

 

Adam Biehler

Adam Biehler is Head of Partnerships at mParticle where he leverages his passion for building business and solving problems through consultative sales and partnerships. Previously, Adam acted as Director of Global ISV Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for Mulesoft.

 

Max Clark

Max Clark is CRO for mParticle, responsible for sales initiatives globally.  Prior to mParticle, Max was VP of Sales, Social Cloud for Oracle, where he joined via the acquisition of Vitrue, a social media management platform where he was VP, Business Development.

 

Gerald Brun

Gerry Brun is the Director of Growth and Onboarding Products at Weight Watchers leading the teams that manage cross-platform experiences for visitors and new members.