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Jonathan Farb

Chief Product Officer at ListenFirst Media

Jonathan is infatuated with creating products in and around the global marketing and media distribution ecosystem. As Chief Product Officer at ListenFirst, he is responsible for the strategy, design and development of ListenFirst's entire portfolio of products and solutions. Prior to ListenFirst, he was at Canoe Ventures, Anystream and Sapient developing and managing products to simplify the challenges of digital content creation, distribution, ad optimization and reporting in an increasingly complex multi-platform, multi-device world. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Syracuse University.


David Kenny

Senior Vice President, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform at IBM Watson

David Kenny is senior vice president, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads.

David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel,, and WSI. David was previously president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users.

Previously, he served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe, and he was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Digitas Inc., a top global integrated brand agency.

David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buy. He is also a director of Teach for America, a nonprofit that enlists recent graduates to teach and to effect change in under-resourced and low-income communities. David received an MBA from the Harvard School of Business, and a bachelor's degree from the GM Institute (now Kettering University).


Madeline Parra

CEO and Co-Founder at Twizoo

Madeline is CEO and Co-Founder of Twizoo, a machine learning start-up that specializes in automating the discovery and display of the best user-generated content from social media at scale, and works with global companies like OpenTable to power social content across 10,000s of their restaurant pages. Prior to Twizoo, she was Head of Digital Strategy at GlaxoSmithKline for their HIV therapy area, leading the digital strategy and marketing around a blockbuster drug launch. An alum of Teach for America in Baltimore, Madeline received her B.S. in Math from Davidson College, with a minor in philosophy. In her spare time, she enjoys competitive swimming (particularly open water!) and is a burger connoisseur.


Amir Shevat

Director of Developer Relations at Slack

Amir Shevat is the head of developer relations at Slack. Previously Amir was the global Startup Outreach lead in Google Play and led scalable programs in Developer Relations and Google Campus TLV. Amir has also founded several startups. He is a developer at heart and the author of the "Designing Bots" O'Reilly book.


Robert Stephens

Co-Founder at Assist

A native of Chicago, Robert left a scholarship at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1990 to pursue a degree in computer science at the University of Minnesota. While attending the University, he landed a job fixing computers for the Human Factors Research Laboratory. Over a three year period, he rose to become head engineer of the lab while earning scholarships from the U.S. Navy and the FAA building flight and driving simulators. It was also during this time he started a computer consulting business.

In April 1994, after three years at the University of Minnesota, he formed The Geek Squad with $200. In 2002, The Geek Squad acquired Best Buy and opened Geek Squad precincts in all Best Buy properties worldwide. With over 24,000 Agents, The Geek Squad is now the world's largest technology support company offering online, in-store, and in-home support. Robert served as Chief Technology Officer for Best Buy until 2012 when he relocated to San Francisco with his family to pursue his next startup.

In 2016, Robert co-founded Assist, a platform to power businesses on messaging.


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