Panelists & Moderators

Adam Kmiec

For more than 15 years, Adam Kmiec has worked for some of the most forward thinking organizations in the world, while helping some of the most dynamic brands find success in the digital and social space.

He is currently the Sr. Director, Mobile, Social And Content Marketing at Walgreens. In this role he is responsible for leading, defining and executing the company’s mobile, social and content strategy. His role spans across the entire Walgreens brand portfolio, including Duane Reade and the Drugstore.com businesses.

His career has crisscrossed both the client and agency sides of the marketing and advertising industry, covering stops at renowned and historic organizations that include Fallon, Leo Burnett, Walgreens and The Campbell Soup Company.

A frequent speaker and news contributor, he’s constantly challenging the norm and convention. Opinionated, but honest and always grounded in facts, he enjoys a spirited conversation and the culture of continuous knowledge transfer.

When not helping to make Walgreens an omnichannel leader, he advises early stage startups in the social, content and analytics verticals. 

Outside of the office, Kmiec enjoys traveling, photography and being a “cool” dad to his daughter, Cora, and son, John.

Amit Patel

Amit has served as General Manager for Ebates.com since 2014. Previously, he served as Vice President of Product Management from 2010 to 2014. Prior to joining Ebates, Amitserved in a number of positions at Acxiom Digital (formerly Digital Impact, Inc.), a marketing technology and services company (NASDAQ: ACXM), most recently as senior director of digital solutions. 

Amit holds a B.S. from Loughborough (UK) University of Technology.

 

Brian Fields

Brian is head of strategic partnerships for Groupon. Prior to joining Groupon, Brian worked in the Tribune Company’s corporate development group, evaluating and executing Tribune’s venture investments, acquisitions and joint ventures. Before Tribune, Brianworked for the management consulting firm Booz & Company, primarily focused on clients in media and entertainment.

Brian graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in economics and earned his MBA at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Caroline Fairchild

Caroline Fairchild joined LinkedIn this year as the New Economy Editor to oversee coverage of the venture capital industry and the world of startups. In her role, she reports and writes timely stories, works with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who write on LinkedIn and curates the entrepreneurship and venture capital news channels on LinkedIn Pulse. Her goal is to make LinkedIn the premium destination for business news. Before starting at LinkedIn, Fairchild founded and wrote The Broadsheet, Fortune's fast-growing daily newsletter about women leaders. Every weekday morning, Fairchild delivered the latest news, touched on hot-button topics, and offered via exclusive interviews a line to the advice and insights of the world's most successful women. Through her reporting, she has interviewed Melinda Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Ivanka Trump, Warren Buffett and many other successful leaders and innovators. Fairchild also speaks regularly at business conferences and moderates panel discussions. Prior to Fortune, Fairchild ran social media for The Huffington Post's business desk, edited stories and wrote frequently for the website. She attended Duke University on the Robertson Scholarship and graduated with academic honors.

Be sure to follow Caroline on LinkedIn for coverage on the TAP conference and more insights on the mobile and on-demand economy.

Chris Moore

Chris Moore’s recent investments include Scripted, Button, and Extole. He currently serves on the board of several portfolio companies, including Refresh, Button, eBureau, and Scripted.

Noteworthy Redpoint wins include BlueKai (acquired by Oracle), Efficient Frontier (acquired by Adobe Systems), Right Media (acquired by Yahoo), and Auditude (acquired by Adobe).

Chris has been with Redpoint since its founding in 1999. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Chris is a die-hard Packer fan, and as a general rule, he would rather be fly fishing

Craig Shapiro

Craig Shapiro is the Founder and Managing Partner of Collaborative Fund.  

Prior to Collaborative Fund, Craig Shapiro pioneered several mobile and interactive television initiatives in the US and Latin America, including the first multi-carrier live voting in Super Bowl XXXVI. Craig served on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Marketing Association; was president of GOOD Magazine; and the executive producer of Truth in Numbers, the documentary film that explores the history and cultural implications of Wikipedia. 

Craig received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and is originally from Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Cristina Cordova

Cristina leads the business development team at Stripe, which focuses on strategic, platform and distribution partnerships that can bring Stripe to businesses worldwide and add value to the Stripe product experience. She has led partnerships with companies such as Facebook, Freshbooks, GoDaddy, Intuit, OpenTable, Pinterest, Twitter, Volusion and Xero.

Prior to Stripe, Cristina led business development for Pulse as the first employee and sole business development hire for over two years. In this role, she sourced and closed partnerships with hundreds of media organizations including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Reuters, Bloomberg & BBC News. She also managed strategic marketing and distribution partnerships with carriers and OEMs including Amazon, AT&T, HTC, Verizon & Vodafone.

Cristina holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, graduating with Honors in Ethics in Society from Stanford University.

Dan Armstong

Dan Armstrong joined Ticketmaster/Livenation in 2015 as VP and GM of Distributed Commerce, with a mission to connect fans with off-platform ticketing in a wide variety of verticals and industries, while reducing friction in the buying process. Prior to Ticketmaster, Dan spent 8 years at Connexity/Shopzilla, leading a number of key initiatives, including Shopzilla’s syndication of retail product content to a range of retail publishers. He also led product development and P&L for Shopzilla’s Beso.com website, and developed their early-stage mobile products, including mobile sites and apps. Before pivoting to the technology space, Dan spent years in the film industry as both a creative consultant and screenwriter. 

Dan received B.A.’s in both Film and English from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He’s originally from Milwaukee, but has long called Los Angeles home with his wife and two children.

David Card

David is an industry analyst who has been following the intersection of technology, media, and consumer behavior for over 25 years at Gigaom Research, Jupiter Research, IDC, and Forrester. He was previously a research VP for Gigaom, where he helped pioneer a premium research service for that respected tech blog. He lives in New York City.

David Tisch

David Tisch is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, an NYC-based angel capital firm that has invested in over 160 seed-stage startups, including Vine, Warby Parker, Harry’s, Behance, and more. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Spring, a mobile app enabling the world’s best brands to sell directly to consumers.

David is Head of Startup Studio at Cornell Tech and Entrepreneur in Residence at Wharton. He is the co-founder of TechStars NYC and has served on numerous boards, including Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and the Investor Board of Venture for America.

Erin Griffith

Erin Griffith is a writer for Fortune, where she covers technology and startups. She is a regular guest on The Digital Show on SiriusXM and Fortune's video shows, Tech Debate and Fortune Live. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, Cosmopolitan and BBC.com. Griffith joined Fortune in 2014.

Previously, she worked as a staff writer at Adweek, PandoDaily, peHUB, Buyouts magazine and Mergermarket. 

James Capalino

Jim’s professional background combines senior private sector management roles with extensive public sector experience in New York City government. Jim founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Capalino+Company, New York’s premier government and community relations advocacy firm providing a full range of business advisory services. Capalino+Company advises over two hundred-thirty private sector companies and not-for-profit clients.  Jim’s problem solving abilities and knowledge of New York City government have proven helpful to hundreds of clients in the For Profit and Not-for-Profit sectors.  Capalino+Company is ranked as the number one NYC Government Relations firm by revenue and number of clients.

Jim’s government career began in 1972 when he joined the staff of Congressman Edward I. Koch, as Executive Assistant with responsibility for district office operations. He left the congressional staff in 1976 to become the full-time coordinator of Congressman Koch's successful mayoral campaign and then served as Director of Transition between the Beame and Koch administrations. As one of Mayor Koch's principal assistants, Jim had responsibility for coordinating neighborhood service delivery. In 1979, Mayor Koch named him to be Commissioner of General Services, an agency of 2000 employees and a budget of $750 million. At 28 years of age, Jim was, and remains, the youngest commissioner in New York City history. In 1985, Jim managed the Mayor's successful re-election campaign for a third term. Mr. Koch won the general election by the largest margin in the city's history. 

Jim holds an M.A. in Management and Urban Affairs from the New School University, and a B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from Colgate University.

 

Jed Kleckner

Jed Kleckner is the CEO of delivery.com, a leading on-demand e-commerce platform which enables customers to order online from their favorite restaurants, liquor stores, and other local merchants.  Jed is a Venture Partner at Cantor Ventures, the corporate investment arm of Cantor Fitzgerald, which invests in and incubates marketplace-focused businesses, including delivery.com.  Jed also serves as a mentor for Venture for America's Fellowship program, through which he advises some of the nation’s best and brightest aspiring entrepreneurs.

Jed's prior experience includes business development at Netscape Communications (acquired by AOL), co-founder of CrowdBurst, an Internet-based software company (acquired by Satmetrix), and investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in their media and technology group. 

Jed holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in International Relations from The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jodi Kahn

Jodi Kahn is the Chief Consumer Officer for FreshDirect, where she is responsible for all consumer revenue, mobile/website e-commerce experience, driving new marketing platforms and enhancing the company’s insights and database platforms. 

Previously, Kahn served as President of iVillage, the largest online content community for women at NBCUniversal, where she reengineered the business, introduced new revenue/licensing models and transformed the organization’s DNA. Her team developed a powerful insight tool that allowed iVillage to tap into the passions and challenges of everyday women, and ignited the popular “Community Challenges” program to galvanize women around health, education, and finance issues. These initiatives captured national recognition including a deep partnership with the First Lady and the White House. Under Kahn’s leadership, iVillage became a stage for influencers and brands to engage with women around important life issues. 

Prior to iVillage, Kahn was President, Global Digital Media for Readers Digest Association (RDA), Inc., where she oversaw allrecipes.com, executed a strategy for digital expansion, and developed a global licensing business. 

Prior to that, Kahn spent 16 years at Time Inc., where she held a number of senior level positions in consumer marketing and business management. 

She is a board member of Water.org, Edible Media, Shining Hope for Communities, Sing for Hope, and the Paley Center Women’s Advisory Council.

 

John Elton

John is a Partner at Greycroft Partners and is based in the firm’s NYC office.

Prior to Greycroft, John was a Partner at iNovia Capital for six years.  While there, he worked with Greycroft on eight co-investments including: Babble (acquired by Disney), Collective, OggiFinogi (acquired by Collective), Vizu (acquired by Neilsen.) and WorkFusion.  John also led the firm’s investments in TripleLift, Chango, BeyondtheRack, and Lenddo.

John was part of the early NYC startup community starting at 24/7 Media where he worked in Strategic Planning and later ran marketing for two of its products. Afterwards, at Turnstone Capital, John advised dMarc Broadcasting on its first round of institutional financing as well as an acquisition prior to its sale to Google.  John started his career at Veronis Suhler Stevenson an investment firm focused on the media and communications industries.

John holds a MBA from New York University with a dual specialization in Finance and Marketing and a BA Degree in Economics from Lehigh University.  John is married with three kids and lives in the wilds of Westchester.

Josh Barro

Josh Barro is a domestic correspondent for The New York Times, where he writes for The Upshot, a Times politics and policy site. He writes mostly about economic issues, from fiscal policy and labor markets to rent control and ride-sharing.

Before joining The Times, Mr. Barro wrote for Business Insider and Bloomberg View, and was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Before all that, he was a commercial real estate banker at Wells Fargo, working on construction financing when the market was good and problem loan workouts when it was not.

Mr. Barro is also a contributor and frequent guest host on MSNBC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard and lives in Manhattan.

 

Kelly Graziadei

Kelly Graziadei brings 20 years of sales, marketing & product marketing experience and is currently the Director of Ads Product Marketing at Facebook. In this role, Kelly leads product strategy and go to market for Facebook ads products. Kelly has also managed the North America Mid-Market Sales & Account Management team as well as a number of vertical teams including Retail & eCommerce since joining Facebook in 2010.

Prior to Facebook, Kelly spent 6 years at Yahoo! as Managing Director, Agency Development and Managing Director, Global Account Management focused on Yahoo!'s relationships with top advertising agency holding companies and managing sales and support teams incubating and accelerating a number of new products & business lines, respectively. Earlier in her career, Kelly served as Director of Interactive Marketing at 90octane, managed strategic partnerships at AltaVista and held positions in Product Marketing and New Product Development at SBC/AT&T. 

Kelly graduated with honors from the University of Colorado with a B.S. In Advertising and lives in San Francisco with her husband, two sons and Boston Terrier.

 

Luther Lowe

Luther joined Yelp in 2008 as an account executive on the company’s sales team and a year later moved into the role of Manager of Business Outreach, where he built a department that educates small business owners about the importance of Yelp. Since 2011, Luther has led public policy at the company. As Vice President of Public Policy, he manages and directs the company’s global outreach to policy makers about the vital role Yelp plays in driving economic activity to local businesses while serving as a platform to empower and protect consumers.

Previously, Luther worked as an Aide de Camp to retired four-star General Wesley Clark. He holds a B.A. in government from The College of William & Mary.

Marcela Sapone

Marcela Sapone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hello Alfred, the home operating system that pairs you with a dedicated Butler. Alfred is behind the scenes making sure that when you get home, it's the home you want. A thought leader in the sharing economy with a deep passion for hospitality and lifestyle services, she was named one of Goldman Sachs most intriguing entrepreneurs and the 2014 winner of TechCrunch Disrupt SF.  You can find more about Marcela and her company at www.helloalfred.com.

Mark Warner

Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Intelligence committees. During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country's debt and deficit.

From 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia.  When he left office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.

The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office. An early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs.

Senator Warner, his wife Lisa Collis, and their three daughters live in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Melissa Frakman

Melissa Frakman is Vice President for North America Operations and Head of National Partnerships at Zomato, a global foodtech company with operations in 22 countries.

Melissa is an Advisor to the Emerging Markets Institute of Cornell University’s Graduate School of Management and a guest lecturer at NYU and Georgetown University. Prior to Zomato, she was Director of the U.S.-India Business Council where she advised Fortune 500 companies, investors, and startups on cross-border business development, strategy, and policy. At the Council she led a working group of the U.S. payments industry aimed at growing India’s FinTech ecosystem.

Previously, she was International Business Development Lead for Sabre Systems, a Fellow at the Colin Powell Center, and an advisor to microfinance institutions in New Delhi attracting global private equity funding. Originally from Vancouver, Frakman studied at Columbia University, City University of New York, and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. 

Natalie Zmuda

Natalie Zmuda leads Ad Age's marketing coverage. She is responsible for identifying and analyzing new marketing developments, spotting trends and highlighting the most innovative marketers in the industry. Prior to joining Ad Age, she spent five years at Conde Nast.

Natalie has a degree in Magazine Journalism from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She resides with her husband and two sons in the New York City area.

Raja Doddala

In his role as Vice President of Omnichannel, Raja leads 7-Eleven’s Omnichannel efforts and mobile/digital/payments product management. 
In addition, Raja is the founder and leader of the investing team at 7-Ventures, LLC, 7-Eleven Corporate VC subsidiary. 

Raja’s current areas of focus: Mobile/Digital, On-demand delivery, Payments and Financial services for the under-banked. Raja previously led teams in technology, merchandising and business development at 7-Eleven.

He holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a Masters in computer science from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

Robert Scoble

Robert is a geek who grew up in Silicon Valley and since 1985 he has been building online communities. In 2000 Robert started his technology blog, http://scobleizer.com/, and his life has been on a rocketship ever since. In 2003-2006 he worked at Microsoft as an evangelist and one of the five guys who started Microsoft's famous Channel9 video community. 

Currently as a Futurist at Rackspace he travels the world to study and make media about world-changing innovators. He is also the co-author of "Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers" with Shel Israel. 

Roberts speaks around the world, including a Bloomberg Summit, SXSW Interactive, Next Web Europe, Tech Crunch he provides a practical and optimistic roadmap to help leaders build creative innovative ideas and implement them in their own companies.

Serge Kassardjian

Serge Kassardjian leads global business development efforts for Media companies for Android Play Apps including Entertainment, Video, Sports and News verticals. Previously, he served as Head of North America East business development for Android Play Apps and Games including media, travel, e-commerce, payments, financial services and other verticals. He works with partners developing apps for Android across form factors including smartphones, tablets, TV, wearables and auto.

He formerly worked on incubation businesses in Google’s GeoCommerce division, focused on Payments and Offers and was a member of the original Google Wallet launch team doing merchant partnerships. He also was a Venture Capital Investor at Globespan Capital Partners and Corporate Development Director in SonyMusic’s Global Digital Business. He started his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.

He received his MBA from Harvard and Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from Stanford where he was the President of his class.