Richard is a veteran Internet executive whose media experience includes leadership roles across the media spectrum: as a client, at an agency, as a publisher, and with an advertising network. As CEO of Technorati, he oversaw the acquisitions of BlogCritics.org and the AdEngage self serve advertising platform and the launch of Technorati Media. Most recently, he worked as an M&A and strategy consultant for several Internet properties and investment firms, and also served as SVP of Corporate Development for Exponential Interactive, Tribal Fusion’s parent company. Previously, he was SVP of Business Development for Fox Interactive Media, and was the Vice President of Business & Corporate Development at IGN Entertainment (acquired by Fox Interactive), where he led the company’s M&A, business development and international activities. Before joining IGN, Richard led national accounts sales at Lycos, was Vice President of Business Development at Neopost Online, served as Senior Vice President/Managing Director of Answerthink, and founded K23 Creative Services in Singapore. His early career included management roles for Ford, IBM and Siemens, and he has a B.S. in business administration from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington.
David L. Sifry
Founder, Technorati, Inc.
David Sifry is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of software development and industry experience. Before founding Technorati, Dave was cofounder and CTO of Sputnik, a Wi-Fi gateway company, and previously, he was cofounder of Linuxcare, where he served as CTO and vp of engineering. Dave also served as a founding member of the board of Linux International and on the technical advisory board of the National Cybercrime Training Partnership for law enforcement. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. Dave can often be found speaking on panels and giving lectures on a variety of technology issues, ranging from wireless spectrum policy and Wi-Fi, to Weblogs and Open Source software.
Dave’s blog is Sifry’s Alerts.
Principal, Mobius Venture Capital
Ryan McIntyre joined Mobius Venture Capital in 2000 as an Associate Partner and was promoted to Principal in 2001. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McIntyre co-founded Excite in 1993, which went public in 1996 and later became Excite@Home (Nasdaq:ATHM) following the merger of Excite and @Home in 1999. There he held the role of Principal Engineer and was a key technological contributor to the company’s search engine and content management systems, and also led the design and implementation of Excite’s community and commerce platforms.
Mr. McIntyre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he published research on genetic algorithms in the The First IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation, and studied at Stanford’s overseas campus in Berlin, Germany.
Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Mr. Stavropoulos focuses primarily on software investments (enterprise infrastructure and consumer/Internet), wireless networking, and technology-enabled services. Prior to joining DFJ, Mr. Stavropoulos was with McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office, where he worked with senior management teams of corporate clients with an emphasis on information technology. Prior to McKinsey, he was a Senior Analyst at Cornerstone Research, a financial and economic consulting firm that helps resolve complex issues arising in high-profile business litigation. Mr. Stavropoulos holds Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in computer science from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and graduated first in his class.
Founder and Managing Director of Fruition Ventures LLC
Steve is a founder and Managing Director of Fruition Ventures LLC, a closely held venture capital firm that manages the assets of its founding partners, and an active angel investor. He is the co-founder and current board member of ClosingCorp, parent company of Closing.com, a real estate information services company based in La Jollam CA that is leading the way for consumers and professionals to shop for and compare real estate closing services online. In 2004, Steve co-founded AdEngage, a popular advertising network. In 2002, he co-founded YarnMarket.com, the largest online yarn e-commerce site, and owner of Yarndex.com, the industry standard fibers database. In 1998, Steve founded Supertuner.com, a technology company with browser based, media-stream management systems that broke new ground with AJAX and Web 2.0 functionality and holds a patented IP that is now part of one of the leading patent pools.
As co-founder (in 1993) and CEO of Hollywood Media (formerly Hollywood.com), Steve was an early pioneer in the area of streaming and interactive media, with the company being a primary producer and distributor of online interactive campaigns for almost every Hollywood studio. Hollywood Media, sold to The Times Mirror in 1996, is the developer of movietickets.com, and a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: HOLL). Steve was also the founder of Movie Hotline, an information service that boasted the first national movie locator, in partnership with Gannett’s USA Today. Steve holds a BA in Communications from Rutgers College.