Driving Innovation in Digital Media -- Incumbents, Insurgents, and Investors:
media is going through dramatic changes in production, marketing,
distribution, and monetization. Incumbent powerhouses have unleashed
new strategies, while a
wave of startup insurgents have embraced a new media experience.
Investors and financiers have brought new tools and focus. We will
explore the dynamics and discover key opportunities for those who wish
to work, operate, partner, or invest in digital media.
Join us for an unusually open and rich discussion with media leaders that are driving this change.
Moderator: Sam Jones
Sam Jones is considered a leading strategic catalyst in industries going through massive change.
Demand Media, Jones founded Centurion MGT Partners a strategic advisory
firm focused on developing and executing organic and
acquisitive growth strategies. Clients included Merrill Lynch,
Siemens, and others. One of his engagements included creating the
strategy for deploying broadband services throughout the State of
Illinois with a focus on under-served areas.
was a Manager at Mercator Partners and aligned massive telecom industry
players in developing multi-billion-dollar financing vehicles
for Bechtel Telecommunications. He also led efforts in creating
broadband proliferation strategies for the State of Michigan. Before
Mercator Partners, Jones founded i2e2, an online gaming community and
digital download solution with the backing of BancBoston
started his career at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a Wall Street
investment bank. He focused on technology mergers and acquisitions.
graduated Northwestern University with a BA in Political Science and an
MBA from Harvard Business School, and regularly leads
discussions regarding capitalizing on large-scale innovation.
Mike McGlade has been a leader in the technology, entertainment, and
digital media world through work at hot startups and powerful
McGlade is the Chief Revenue Officer of FastPay, a company uniquely
focused as a finance platform for growing digital media companies.
McGlade's efforts contributed to their hyper-growth and ability to
attract $25 million in venture funding. FastPay has been
lauded as an valuable and accessible option for small, medium and large
digital media publishers, agencies, and other players.
Prior to FastPay, McGlade headed sales & marketing for Betterworks.
He built a world-class team and increased revenues, user base (by
almost 700% in one quarter), and the enterprise value of the company.
McGlade served as interim COO of Palmstar Media Capital a film-focused
hedge fund and production company. His efforts helped to refine and
quantify the efforts of Palmstar. McGlade was instrumental in their
fund raise of $30 million.
McGlade also advises several startups with a keen focus on the Southern
California ecosystem. McGlade graduated from Penn State University with
a BS in Computer Engineering and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
David Carter is a prolific entrepreneur, investor, and advisor.
Carter is a co-founder and partner of the Amplify accelerator. Carter
has sourced, funded, and is mentoring companies in the Amplify portfolio
as they go through new financings, strategic planning, and
Prior to Amplify, Carter served
A few of the companies Carter has funded and mentor includes: Style
Saint, ThreeDayRule, Ecomom, Celtek, Domo, Invested.in, and many others.
Carter is also president of the Carter Family Foundation as well as former Board Chairman at Chapman University.
o Mike Wann
Wann is the senior vice president of business development for Demand
Media, where he oversees strategic partnerships and new revenue
opportunities. While at Demand Media,
Wann has spearheaded the development of the organization’s monetization
infrastructure for all of its owned and operated properties, as well as
display advertising, site level monetization and product partnerships.
Wann was the director of business development for Amazon.com, where he
served as the strategic lead for the shift to digital content and online
to joining Amazon.com, he led business development at MSNBC.com,
overseeing content partnerships, new revenue products and distribution
partnerships. For more than a decade, Wann has facilitated large-scale
business development initiatives, focused on reaching
new market segments and successfully growing new products.
Wann received his M.B.A. from the University of Redlands, as well his B.A. in political science.