Founder Mavatar / mCart
As a media guru, product designer, serial entrepreneur and investor, Susan Akbarpour has over 30 years of hands-on experience building innovative products and businesses in technology and media. She is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Mavatar, the company she founded in 2011 based on her research in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she received her MS in Management in 2010. Mavatar's 360-degree marketplace and shoppable content publishing solutions provide retailers and media companies with a new way to measure IMPACT at the convergence of data intelligence, content and consumer-centric commerce. Susan's recent mission is leading her world-class team to create a decentralized attribution protocol that combines advanced blockchain technology, a fresh approach to basket shopping and innovative influence marketing attribution models to address the lack of transparency and trust in the retail marketing value chain.
Throughout her journey as an entrepreneur, journalist, publisher, investor, board member, community advocate and political fundraiser, Susan has received multiple media, community and business awards, spoken at various conferences and is frequently featured in mainstream media. Susan is also a board member at Trustroot; a member of the board of directors at IMA International Executive Council and VOMax Corporation; a member of Stanford Business School Alumni Association and the Stanford Women On Boards Initiative; a prestige member of Watermark and a contributor writer to Forbes.
Verizon Digital Media Services
David Andrews holds a doctorate in computer security from a small university in Australia. He has worked for startups in the Los Angeles area, building security products in the virtualization and content delivery network (CDN) spaces. After bringing to market several web security products at Verizon Digital Media Services, he now heads up CDN architecture and technical evangelism. He enjoys low-level security exploitation techniques, and has an appreciation for the nuances and resulting surprised faces that accompany discovering failure modes in globally distributed systems.
Chief Content Officer & EVP, Digital The Grio
An award-winning content and branding expert, Amy DuBois Barnett has held senior leadership roles at ESPN, Ebony, Harper's Bazaar, Teen People, Essence and Honey magazine. She is currently the Chief Content Officer for theGrio, a leading digital media brand that serves the African-American audience, and EVP, Digital for Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, the Grio’s parent company.
Prior to Entertainment Studios, Barnett was recruited by ESPN to lead the development and launch of The Undefeated, a new digital brand focusing on multimedia content for a millennial audience of color.
Before ESPN, Barnett was the Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, (audience of over 10 million). At Ebony, Barnett executed the publication’s first top-to-bottom redesign in its 68-year history to critical acclaim. She also introduced key revenue-generating editorial franchises as well as groundbreaking editorial packages, including “Saving Our Sons,” which led to a partnership with the White House on a series of public town hall events. In addition, Barnett re-conceived and re-launched Ebony.com and developed a cross-platform marketing strategy for the brand.
Under Barnett’s leadership, Ebony’s achieved rate base grew by 11% in 2011 and Ebony.com’s unique visitors grew by over 800%. During Barnett’s tenure, Ebony also won a record-breaking 28 Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2011, Ad Age listed Ebony as one of the 25 fastest growing magazines in the country and subsequently featured Ebony as a 2012 Magazine Brand to Watch. minOnline listed Ebony as one of the top five advertising gainers in the industry for the June 2012 issue. Barnett was named the 2012 Media Executive of the Year by Target Market News. In 2013, she was included on the Folio 100, a list that honors the most innovative and influential professionals in the media industry. Prior to Ebony, Barnett was the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar where she managed both the print and digital editorial teams, and helped re-launch the brand’s digital platform. Barnett was also the Editor of Teen People, the teen version of People Magazine. With Barnett’s editorial redesign, Teen People grew to lead the teen category in audience (14 million) and reader satisfaction scores increased to their highest levels since the publication’s launch. Her groundbreaking redesign of TeenPeople.com made it the first media website to incorporate video into its regular content.
Before Teen People, Barnett served as Editor-in-Chief of Honey magazine (targeting urban millennial women) where she oversaw a major redesign of the magazine that doubled its rate base and generated national buzz for the previously unknown brand. She also launched Honeymag.com and integrated the brand’s online and print content. Prior to Honey, Barnett was with Essence magazine, heading up the publication’s style content and lifestyle departments. She was also a founding editor of the luxury style website, FashionPlanet.com, and its sister magazine, Fashion Almanac.
Barnett has appeared weekly as an on-air correspondent for CNN’s American Morning and has been featured on many national television shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, The Early Show, The Katie Show, Nightline, and on various programs on MSNBC, VH1, MTV and BET.
Barnett has a B.A. from Brown University, an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a certificate in Fashion Merchandising from Parson’s School of Design. In 2014, she served as an Adjunct Professor of Management & Organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where she taught a class on digital media and marketing. Barnett is also the author of an NAACP Image Award-nominated advice book for women, Get Yours! How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More (Doubleday/Broadway Books). In addition, she is a published fiction author whose work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, and a professional public speaker. Barnett was on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors for three terms, and was a member of the Communications Coordinating Committee of the American Heart Association and the Brown University Media Relations Advisory Council.
For her work as a journalist and creative writer, Barnett has received the Trailblazer Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, an Aldo award for fashion journalism from the Fashion Association, and a Hurston/Wright award for creative writing.
Barnett has lived in 12 cities on three continents and is fluent in French. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her twelve-year-old son, Max.
Founding Partner Innovation Endeavors
Scott is a founding partner at Innovation Endeavors and a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded three publicly-traded tech companies and is a board member at some of the most ambitious startups in tech. In his role as an investor, Scott looks to partner with entrepreneurs who are tackling technically difficult challenges that are capital intensive and truly transformative. These companies leverage a proliferation of data and new computation and automation tools to run more experiments, learn and iterate faster, better and cheaper, and speed up the growth cycle.
Scott has led Innovation Endeavors investments in multiple Stanford GSB founded companies, including: Plenty, which is driving the evolution of the $3-trillion-dollar agriculture industry with indoor, vertical farms that are powered by machine learning, data science and automation; Clear Metal, which is leveraging AI and machine learning to clean up disorganized, dirty data in the supply chain, making it easier to predict problems and manage complexity; Citrine uses AI and massive data sets to accelerate materials discovery and product development.
Prior to joining Innovation Endeavors, Scott was the CEO of Slice, where he was also a co-founder and board member. Prior to Slice, he was co-founder and CEO of FiberTower, the co-founder and CTO of Clarus Corporation and the co-founder and CTO of SQLFinancials.
Scott is also a lecturer in management at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches about management and new venture formation. Additionally, he serves on the school’s Advisory Council and is Chairman of the advisory board for its MSx Program.
Scott earned his Masters in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor’s in Finance from The University of Florida with High Honors. Scott holds multiple software and technology patents.
Director of Data Science
20th Century Fox
JJ is an experienced Director of Data Science at 20th Century Fox with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry, economic consulting, and academia. Prior to Fox he was a Director of Business Analytics at NBCUniversal and a Manager of Data Science at the Walt Disney Company. In 2018 he published two academic papers based on his artificial intelligence work on computer vision and recommendation systems.
He is a well-rounded leader equally comfortable giving senior executive briefings (EVP, SVP, CMO), managing teams of data scientists & engineers, or building machine learning pipelines/econometric models using Python, Linux, and R.
JJ graduated from UCLA with a BS in Mathematics and BA in Economics and went on to earn his MS in Economics from CSUF. He recently returned from an in-residence Artificial Intelligence training program at Google headquarters involving a month long calculus and Python based course on Deep Learning at Scale on Google Cloud.
Ashu Garg is a General Partner at Foundation Capital, focusing on startups in Marketing Technology (MarTech), Analytics, and SaaS applications. Before joining Foundation Capital in 2008, Ashu was the General Manager for Microsoft's Online Advertising business where he ran Ad Ops and Yield Management, after previously leading Field Marketing for Microsoft's software business. Currently, Ashu serves on the board of directors of TubeMogul, Localytics, Conviva, ZeroStack, and Yozio - and served on the boards of Aggregate Knowledge (acquired by Neustar in late 2013), Spotzot (acquired by Valassis in early 2015), and TreeHouse Education.
Ashu has lived in India, Nigeria, the Sudan, and today makes his home in California with his wife, Pooja (an entrepreneur in her own right) and their two sons.
Alyse Killeen, Managing Director of StillMark, is a venture capitalist with seed stage through pre-IPO investment experience in infrastructure, enterprise, and consumer technologies. She is one of the very first to participate as an institutional investor and advisor in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystems, as early as 2013, leading investments in 2014 in the initial institutional financings of two of today's industry luminaries, Blockchain.info and Blockstream, the latter which was recognized at #2 in WSJ's Annual "25 Tech Companies to Watch" in 2018. Alyse joined the Board of Directors at BitGive, Bitcoin's first 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in 2015, and authored two technical academic book chapters on blockchain technology, published in 2015 and 2017. "The Confluence of Bitcoin and the Global Sharing Economy", is featured in the award- winning Handbook of Digital Currency (2015), and "Global Financial Institutions 2.0", a collaboration with coauthor Dr. R. Chan of World Bank, appears in Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion (2017).
Prior to founding StillMark in 2016, Alyse was a venture investor with two of Los Angeles' largest and most esteemed venture capital firms, Clearstone Venture Partners (joined in Q1 2012) and the related March Capital Partners (joined at founding in 2014), and a principal investor advisor to smaller boutique venture firms. Alyse has an academic background in research and statistics in the field of the life sciences, and specifically in the study of psychoneuroimmunology and inflammatory disease. She is a certified member of Mensa (2012) and a member of The List (2016), a prominent nomination-based network of executive women.
Alyse has presented internationally for groups including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), California Institute of Technology, and Singapore Management University, and has spoken at events including TechCrunch Disrupt, Upfront Summit, PreMoney Conference SF, and 500 Startups Unity & Inclusion Summits in LA and Atlanta. She has been featured in publications and broadcasts including Forbes, Business Insider, International Business Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Channel NewsAsia, and Bloomberg TV.
In 2015, UN Foundation named her a Top 70 Bay Area Digital Leader, and in 2016, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), a university under the ambit of Singapore's Ministry of Education, appointed Alyse a Fellow. In 2017, International Business Times (IBT) recognized Alyse's contribution to the development of the blockchain ecosystem by including her in the 4th position of IBT's "VCs Powering the Blockchain Boom" List, following Tim Draper, Mark Cuban, and Naval Ravikant of AngelList. Now in 2018, Alyse has appeared in Upfront Venture's five-part video series on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, and in the forthcoming, preeminent documentary on Bitcoin, BIT X BIT: In Bitcoin We Trust.
To give back to the startup community, Alyse volunteers as a Mentor at Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley and as a member of New York Fashion Tech Lab's Expert Network, a nonprofit accelerator for top-tier women-led tech companies.
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Scott Koller focuses his practice on data breach response and security compliance issues. He has guided hundreds of clients through incident response and data breach investigations involving malware, network intrusion, inadvertent disclosure and ransomware. When advising clients on the technical issues associated with a data breach, Scott leverages his strong background in information technology as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Computer Forensic Examiner, Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
As a litigator, Scott is also well-suited to help defend his clients in connection with regulatory investigations and class action lawsuits, including those involving the Department of Health and Human Services, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and state regulatory agencies. Scott regularly serves as breach coach and privacy counsel and prepares comprehensive privacy and security policies, Business Associate Agreements (BAAs), privacy notices, training materials and incident response plans.
QUASEER MUJAWAR ('15)
Product - Alexa Automotive
Quaseer runs product at Amazon's Alexa Automotive team with a focus on giving drivers and passengers a fast, safe and easy way to find and buy services on the go. Think "Alexa, pay for gas" or "Alexa, book me parking". Before Alexa Automotive, Quaseer was a Sr product manager at Amazon Web Services's (AWS) big data service Redshift, launching features that grow to account for 20% of revenue within two months of launch. He has also received a 'Show me the money' award at AWS for improving margins by 45 points. Prior to Amazon, Quaseer was a Director with United Healthcare's Advanced Analytics and Deep Learning Lab helping reduce fraud, waste and abuse in the healthcare industry through the use of Machine Learning and AI. In his spare time Quaseer loves racing cars, playing strategy games, hiking and traveling.
Data & Enterprise Solutions
Tim Murray focuses on driving business value for brands with the Twitter’s Official Partner solutions. He understands the vital impact technology has on our lives and businesses, and specifically how Twitter Data will truly impact the way organizations measure and analyze data for their benefit. A passion for media, technology, and solving complex business challenges, Tim helps drive sales strategy for new market exploration, discovery, and growth for new products.
Having worked across key global markets in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong, Tim brings a global perspective with respect for regional nuance. His career spans the largest and recognizable financial institutions in the world, building teams & scalable partnerships within early stage growth start-ups and now Twitter.
Co-Founder & CTO
As the Co-Founder and CTO of Periscope Data, Tom O'Neill is responsible for overseeing the technology vision for the company and leading the engineering and product teams. Previously he worked on the machine learning algorithms behind the search results at Microsoft Bing. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Rochester.
JOSH RAPPOPORT ('08)
Chief of Staff & Director of Business Strategy
Josh Rappoport earned an MSEcon from The Wharton School of Business and began his career in Private Equity and Venture Capital with investment roles at Summit Partners and Advent International, both based in Boston, MA. During this period he developed a deep appreciation for the ability of technology to fundamentally change industries and transform business models.
Upon earning an MBA with honors from UCLA Anderson and seeking to gain expertise in an evolving media and technology landscape, Josh joined Yahoo! to lead business planning for several key properties including Yahoo! News and Yahoo! Sports. In 2011 he joined Microsoft to help scale Bing Search through distribution partnerships and eventually went on to lead a team that structured and analyzed strategic partnerships across Microsoft products including Bing, MSN, Office and Skype. Since 2015, Josh has been the Chief of Staff of Microsoft's Storefronts Engineering division, building the key commerce capabilities that power Microsoft's online and Brick & Mortar stores.
Co-Founder & COO
An innovative technology leader and widely recognized entrepreneur, Davyeon Ross has almost 20 years of experience in the technology sector. Ross is Co- founder / COO of DDSports Inc. a team sports performance platform fueled by wearable and smart equipment data. DDSports first product ShotTracker, is a wearable technology that provides comprehensive real-time stats to players, coaches and fans in practice and live games.
In Oct. 2011, Digital Sports Ventures, founded by Ross, was acquired by Digital Broadcasting Group, a top 5 Video Ad Network headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Los Angeles, Calif., Chicago, Ill., and now Overland Park, Kan. As part of the acquisition, DBG named Ross, Executive Vice President, Publisher Solutions. Ross’ responsibilities included overseeing product development around the company’s Content Library Platform (CLiP), content acquisition and the syndication and distribution of DBG’s six content verticals within CLiP.
As CEO of Digital Sports Ventures, Ross negotiated the rights to Division I college sports video across seven major conferences, and set the strategy for the company’s portfolio of content and interactive technologies. His vision of uniting college sports and digital media into affordable, turnkey solutions opened new doors for publishers, advertisers and agencies seeking to engage sports fans in a targeted manner.
Prior to launching Digital Sports Ventures, Ross served as lead technical and management consultant for eVergance Partners (acquired in 2007), managing projects across the United States, Europe and Canada for clients including Research in Motion (BlackBerry), T-Online, Business Objects, Sasktel, Mattel, Siemens Medical Systems, Nortel Networks and others. Prior to eVergance, Ross began his technology career as a software engineer for Sprint, playing critical roles in the development of the company’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Knowledge Management applications.
A native of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies, Ross left Trinidad in 1996 on a full basketball scholarship where he was a four-year starter, captain and letterman for Benedictine College's basketball team while leading the nation in field goal percentage his senior year. Ross also earned a bachelor of science in Computer Science and later earned his MBA from Mid-America Nazarene University. Ross is also an active angel investor with investments in several startup companies including eyeVerify (acquired by Alipay), Opendorse, Metactive, Flow forward and others.
Adjunct Professor of DOTM; Faculty Director, Easton Technology Management Center
A graduate of UCLA (B.A., '82) and Harvard Business School, Terry Kramer has extensive technology and leadership expertise in the domestic and international telecommunications industry. Since beginning his career at Harris Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton, Kramer has held executive roles in AirTouch, PacTel and Vodafone globally. At Vodafone, he was the group strategy officer, group HR officer and chief of staff. He was also regional president of Vodafone Americas, with responsibilities for oversight of Vodafone's 45% interest in Verizon Wireless and Vodafone's venture capital activities. He also served on the Executive Committee at Vodafone Group Plc.
During his tenure at Vodafone, he and his family moved no fewer than eight times to locations that included London, The Hague, Dallas, Phoenix and San Francisco. The benefit: "Living in so many different places, working in so many fundamentally different environments gave me a new appreciation of contextual leadership - how leaders must be adept at assessing the different context of each leadership role to ensure a dynamic nature to their style, achieving success for that unique environment."
While serving as an entrepreneur in residence at the Harvard Business School between 2011 and 2013, Kramer was appointed by President Obama to serve as Ambassador, Head of U.S. Delegation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications in June 2012. This delegation formulated and communicated the U.S. policy regarding the criticality of a free and open internet as well as an inclusive, multistakeholder governance, the need to proactively address cybersecurity threats and the need for liberalized, open markets that encourage global accelerated broadband access. The conference was covered by CNBC, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
No stranger to the field of academia (his parents were teachers), Kramer jumped at the opportunity to work at UCLA Anderson, as it provided "a chance to engage with the next generation of leaders." An adjunct professor at UCLA Anderson since 2013, Kramer is a full-time faculty member, teaching the foundational technology management course, covering the impact of disruptive innovation on products, services, markets and competition, and another course on the evolution and innovation in the mobile communications industry and promising areas of innovation. He is also a faculty advisor in the Global Access Program and Strategic Management Research program. Kramer serves on the boards of TeleSign and TangoCard and on the advisory boards of RapidSOS and Textpert, as well as the Harvard Business School California Research Center, UCLA Economics Department board of visitors and Larkin Street Youth Services.
Originally from San Carlos, California, Kramer and his wife, Suzan, currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, from which he commutes to Los Angeles regularly. Together they have developed a family foundation focused on education, health and human services, which "reflects our views about the impact of youth and education on our collective future."
Lecturer, Center for MEMES
JAY TUCKER ('09)
Executive Director, Center for MEMES
Jay Tucker is a marketer, educator and technology leader with more than 20 years of experience in the technology, academic and entertainment sectors. At UCLA’s Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports (MEMES), Tucker is responsible for the center’s vision, thought leadership, educational offerings and major events, including the annual PULSE conference and the MEMES Media, Entertainment and Sports Summer Institute.
Previously, Tucker handled marketing and programs at the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) at USC’s Marshall School of Business. He founded Silicon Beach @USC, a two-day event featuring a venture competition and a conference focused on innovation, investment and new ventures related to technology and digital content. He also partnered with executives at OgilvyRED to relaunch their Verge Summit, and with Variety magazine to launch the first-ever big data conference in partnership with PwC. Tucker also managed the Advanced Management Program, CTM’s executive education course focused on leadership for the digital age.
A seasoned technology leader, he has taught courses on technology management, technology convergence, digital media and media literacy to professionals at corporations and nonprofit organizations. He also serves on the board of the Southern California chapter of the Society for Information Management (SCSIM) and speaks at academic and industry events, covering digital technologies and media, technology startups and other topics.
Tucker holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, an M.A. in instructional and learning technologies from Columbia University, and a dual bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in political science and African and Afro-American studies. He resides in Santa Monica, California.
Sr. Consultant, Customer Journey Analytics
Dr. Dan Hattrup has worked in analytics for the past 20 years, starting with sales forecasting and moving into customer insights around NPS and effort scoring. He worked for Charles Schwab for over ten years, in banking and telecom for 4 each. After being a long time customer of Teradata, he now brings this experience to bear as a Teradata consultant, helping multiple companies in the CME space better engage with the customers, increase acquisition and revenue per customer and lower attrition rates.