Media, Marketing, & Entrepreneurship
JJ Kasper is the Founder of Blue Collective, a PE / VC investment firm located in Brooklyn, NY. Blue invests primarily in early-stage and early-revenue technology companies in the US and beyond. JJ also runs XO Advisory, a boutique advisory firm supporting big corporates to small startups on topics ranging from strategy to operations to innovation, and Black Napkin, an investment firm focused on hospitality in NYC. JJ's professional background prior to all this is eclectic, with time spent as an entrepreneur, a restructuring executive-for-hire, a Partner at McKinsey & Co, a lawyer and an academic (critical theory being his discipline of choice). He's an avid reader, an amateur rock 'n roll band-leader and a lover and supporter of BAM and the arts in Brooklyn.
Josh Machiz is the Chief Digital Officer of Nasdaq where he's responsible for managing partnerships, corporate marketing and all of the digital content created for the Nasdaq social media channels, as well as experiential marketing and social media activations at Nasdaq MarketSite. In this role, Josh is responsible for the IPO day social experiences and social advertising for new and established Nasdaq companies. Previously, Josh was the Chief Business Officer for Frucher LLC, a consulting firm performing duties for Nasdaq and the State of New York. He joined Nasdaq in 2013, and has 10+ years of marketing and consulting experience. Additionally, he serves as a board member of GMHC and is a recipient of the 2018 Marketing Edge Rising Star Award.
With over 10 years of experience in Digital Marketing Strategy, Luis is currently leading all topics Digital for the Wines and Champagne portfolio at Pernod Ricard USA with a focus on Data driven marketing, Consumer Relationship Management, E-commerce and the development of a strong internal digital culture. Having a pure digital agency background and having been previously responsible for digital acceleration across 7 markets in LATAM, Luis has had the opportunity to understand the nuances of digital as it applies to very different business and cultural contexts.
As Global Head of Marketing Innovation Martin is identifying and implementing best-in-class marketing engagement and client experience programs. He develops new strategic capabilities, elevates best practice frameworks and pilots new ways of client engagement. He is a strategic adviser on growth opportunities, innovation strategy and client experience.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon Martin held various digital strategy roles at Ogilvy & Mather, a global marketing services company. In these roles he has been helping Ogilvy’s clients navigate the challenges and opportunities that spring from digital transformation. He also led Ogilvy’s global mobile marketing practice where he was responsible for integrating mobile strategy programs into the business programs for Ogilvy’s clients. He has been responsible for the launch of the global DuPont digital platform and led the retail, digital and CRM account for British Airways in North America.
Martin started his career at argonauten G2 in Germany as project manager, consultant and ultimately as managing director of their Berlin office.
In his career he ran digital strategy and platform initiatives for companies like Coca-Cola, Merck, Nestle, Volkswagen, and Allianz.
His speaking engagements range from the Cannes Lions Festival, Mobile World Congress to Harvard Business School. He is a published author and winner of WPP’s Atticus Award. He has been honored to be a jury member for the Mobile category at the Cannes Lions Festival in 2013.
As Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Medidata, Simon oversees Medidata’s overall marketing strategy, including product marketing, corporate communications, digital, marketing operations and demand generation across all regions.
In his 20 years in the tech space, Simon has held a variety of marketing and sales leadership roles. Prior to Medidata, Simon worked for Rackspace, where he served as VP of global marketing, leading the development of its “managed cloud” positioning and go-to-market – ultimately creating a new category in the cloud market. Previously, Simon spent eight years with Microsoft, where he led central marketing & communications organizations in France and in Asia, and was most recently head of partner sales and marketing for the Asia-Pacific region. During his tenure, Simon built scalable and programmatic marketing engines to deliver a seamless customer and partner experience across 12 markets. Earlier in his career, he also worked for HP and Orange Business Services.
As a result of his innovative efforts, Simon was recently honored with the BMA 2017 Award for the B2B Corporate Marketer of the Year. He holds an MBA from Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France.
Yossi Hasson is a blockchain investor and the MD of Techstars first blockchain accelerator in New York City. He is also the co-founder of Africa’s largest crypto investment fund, Onchain Capital. He is a passionate entrepreneur and investor with over 15-years of experience starting, scaling, investing in and exiting technology-based businesses.
In 2004, Yossi Co-Founded SYNAQ, an open source cloud company. At the time, both open source and cloud were new technologies that businesses were yet to embrace. Over an 11 year period, Yossi lead and scaled SYNAQ to over 1 million users before a multi-million dollar exit in 2015. Based on his passion for technology, in 2015, Yossi co-founded WeThinkCode_ to help deliver on Africa’s digital talent potential and currently sits on the WeThinkCode_ board. WeThinkCode_ is a 2-year, completely free, coding college open and available to anybody who shows the aptitude, ability and desire to become a world class computer programmer.
In 2016 Yossi joined Techstars as the MD of the Cape Town FinTech Accelerator focusing on finding and funding Africa’s FinTech disruptors. Yossi holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science and has lectures on Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of Endeavor and Entrepreneurs Organisation.
Ben Hindman is Co-Founder and CEO of Splash, the event marketing software used by over half of the Fortune 500. Prior to Splash Hindman was head of events for publishing giant Thrillist, where he produced everything from mystery fly-aways to full-scale concerts. He is also a co-founder of Summit Series, the renowned invite-only destination event for the greatest minds in tech.
Swag.com is the best place for companies to buy quality promotional products that you'll actually want to keep. They work with 1000's of companies including Facebook, Google, WeWork, Microsoft, Harry's, Starbucks and Netflix. Previously Jeremy created a technology company with Jesse Itzler (Marquis Jet, Zico Coconut Water, Atlanta Hawks) that was acquired. He's also an award-winning filmmaker, producing a documentary that won the Vail Film Festival.
In 2011, Chris founded Pure Group, a company that creates, invests in, and advises businesses that change the status quo. Pure is the parent company of Pure Growth, an independent marketing, innovation, creative and media company with a focus on business growth and ROI; and of Pure Ventures, a division designed to build sustainable businesses.
Along with Co-Founder and President Dani Simpson, Pure Growth was founded to fill a whitespace in the agency world which was lacking partners who took a holistic look at solving business problems, not simply answering a creative brief. Pure leads with business growth in mind, marketing and communications to follow. Through client collaboration, Pure uses equal parts strategy and creativity to ignite growth, reshaping the process and identifying untapped marketing and innovation opportunities.
Pure Growth are big believers in building long term and trusted relationships with clients. Because of this commitment to partnership, brands like Jockey, Mars, Sanofi and Time Warner Cable, are long-standing clients who leverage them to achieve their business and marketing goals. From leading practical innovation to creating content marketing and media buying, Pure builds programs to fit the unique needs of each client.
Mitchell Reichgut is the CEO and Co-Founder of Jun Group. Prior to founding Jun Group in 2005, Mitchell led Bates Interactive, the online unit of Bates Worldwide Advertising, now owned by WPP. As General Manager/Creative Director, Mitchell helped grow Bates Interactive into a 70-person integrated unit, with clients such as EDS, Moet & Chandon, and Warner-Lambert. Before joining Bates, Mitchell served as Creative Director at Think New Ideas.
Mitchell began his career as an Art Director at Grey Advertising where he created print and television advertisements for clients. Throughout his career, he’s worked with major brands across industries, including Procter & Gamble, Parker Brothers, Budweiser, Rockport, Reebok, and Sony.
This event starts on October 18th at 6:00 PM.
The evening kicks off with dinner, drinks, and networking, where you’ll find fresh faces and reconnect with some familiar ones. Afterward, you will take a seat at a roundtable discussion where you will join a meaningful conversation regarding entrepreneurship, startups, venture capital, team building, and the current market trends and various consumer philosophies. The roundtable format is designed to create an open atmosphere for valuable group discussion. This your opportunity to personally connect with and get to know some of the most talented and successful professionals within the industry.