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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.
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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, weather.com, wunderground.com 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).
Rob is Founder and CEO of Converseon, a leading social consultancy + technology firm, that for over a decade has helped leading brands fully leverage the value of social data across the enterprise to drive business results. Forrester Research named Converseon a “leader” in the Enterprise Social Listening Wave of 2010, and Strong Performer in 2012/2014 with highest industry scores for research/consulting (5 out of 5 score), data processing and sentiment analysis. In 2014, Rob also founded Revealed Context, a sister company to Converseon, a pure play, machine-learning powered semantic SaaS technology that provides advanced analysis of social and voice-of-customer data. It is designed to “start where most basic listening solutions stop” by putting the power of active learning directly into the hands of users. ConveyAPI was named Dataweek’s Top Innovator in Social Data Mining by providing “human level precision at the speed and scale that only software can provide.” Prior to founding Converseon, Rob was head of the Innovations Group at a division of Y&R and member of the WPP.com board.
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Large amounts of data can dehumanize who we are and diminish what we say. Facebook’s Audience Insights Partnership Lead, Kunal Merchant, has a diverse set of experiences about how he’s had to trust social data to better understand and connect with people. Kunal’s jungle gym experience through unique disciplines, different industries, and a near-move across the planet is all weaved with a foundation of using insights to help move businesses forward.
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.
Daniel is helping lead the UN's integration of Twitter’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As Innovation Specialist at UN Global Pulse — an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on big data, Daniel is responsible for building partnerships and driving data innovation applications to serve the public good. Global Pulse was established in 2009, to develop, evaluate, and advance tools for real-time monitoring and to incorporate new perspectives into policy development. Prior to joining Global Pulse, Daniel co-founded Zenysis Technologies, a data analysis platform for developing countries. Before that, he was an early employee at Quid, a San Francisco startup recently listed as Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Daniel's academic background is in aerospace engineering and aerodynamics. He is currently unsure if he still dreams of becoming an astronaut.
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Shaivali uses data to shape stories and inspire design. As the Americas Head of AlphaWise in Morgan Stanley Research, she leads a team of data and analytics experts to build data-driven storylines for investment debates. Her team partners with sector analysts, technology and sales to create and distribute products. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Shaivali advised Fortune 500 clients at PwC where she stood-up a new analytics business to design differentiated customer experiences. She's written a number of whitepapers, and her team's research has been featured in the New York Times, Fortune, Forbes and USA Today. Before PwC, she held strategy and marketing positions at American Express, GE and non-profits. She received her BA and MBA from the University of Michigan and resides in New York City.
As Director of Product Management, Vishal Shah is responsible for building products that connect Instagram’s community to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Vishal’s team helps define and build native, mobile-first experiences that allow marketers to find their visual voice, drive business objectives, and maximize long-term value on Instagram.
Prior to his role at Instagram, Vishal spent 10 years at Turn, pioneering programmatic advertising technology. In roles across engineering and product, he led development of the industry’s first digital hub for marketing that spanned programmatic media buying, data management, and analytics – resulting in multiple patents. Prior to Turn, Vishal spent time with Accenture’s Technology Labs in both a consulting and R&D capacity.
Vishal holds degrees in Computer Science and Business from the University of California, Berkeley and resides in the Bay Area with his wife Reena and their two budding Instagrammers.
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.
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.
Devon Wijesinghe is a serial tech entrepreneur and investor. As the CEO and member of the founding team of Insightpool, a leading SaaS platform for influencer marketing at scale, Devon is intimately familiar with driving results from social data and user-generated content. He serves on the board of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), a non-profit organization dedicated to viral, buzz, and influencer marketing.
He was a founder of e-VERIFILE in his teens and helped build the company into one of the largest privately held data software companies in the nation.
Devon is a leader in the Atlanta tech scene, being part of Atlanta Technology Angles, the Atlanta CEO Council, and the Atlanta Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech.
Matei founded System2 to augment fundamental research with data and technology. System2 applies the scientific method to investing by sourcing data, writing code, analyzing statistics, and creating bespoke signals. He previously spent eight years at a leading global hedge fund. Matei holds an MA in math from Columbia University and BAs in psychology, math, government, and economics from Cornell University.
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