Digital Media Quarterly Series



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    Following up on last year’s highly successful conference, join SDForum for this new quarterly dinner series as we track what’s happened since then and delve deeper into the hot topics related to the business and technology behind digital media today. What are the business models that will sustain digital media companies going forward? Where are the pitfalls/ And what technologies are driving new media? Who controls the content? These topics and many more will be addressed in this quarterly evening series.

    Panelists Include:

    Jamie Bertasi,Tellme
    Jason Harinstein, Google Inc.
    Chad Kinzelberg, Scale Venture Partners
    Yezdi Lashkari, mXact Inc
    Anne-Marie Roussel, 

    Moderator: Mike Doran, Fish & Richardson


    6:00-6:30 pm     Registration, Networking, Cocktails
    6:30-7:00pm       Introductions
    7:00-8:00pm       Panel Discussion:The Recipe Book for being Acquired Successfully           
                  Q&A and Networking
    8:30 pm             Event Concludes

    Speaker Bios:

    Jamie Bertasi, Business Solutions, Tellme. Since early 2000, Jamie has helped Tellme grow and strengthen the business through the creation and management of multiple teams, including Account Management, Project Management and Sales Engineering. Her leadership of these organizations has helped shape Tellme's corporate strategy, as well as define its marketing and product management direction.

    Jamie and her team are responsible for guiding the success of Enterprise clients through strategic development, product delivery, and post-implementation support. In addition to managing the P&L, Jamie is charged with expanding the business and leading clients to new voice-services opportunities for their customers.

    Prior to Tellme, Jamie led sales and service for the Direct Marketing arm of Excite@Home. In 1995, Jamie was a founding employee and Vice President of sales and solutions for Narrative Communications. Jamie began her career at Lotus Development Corporation where she sold, staffed and managed enterprise software projects. She holds a bachelor's degree from Tufts University in Boston.

    Michael C. Doran, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C. He is a member of the firm's Corporate and Securities Group. Mr. Doran's practice focuses on a full range of corporate and securities matters for technology companies, including corporate formation, angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, securities law compliance, corporate governance and general business counseling for both public and private companies. He has extensive experience with counseling public and private companies in the telecommunications, software, hardware, e-commerce, and information technology industries in a broad range of transactional matters. Mr. Doran previously worked as an associate at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison LLP and a partner at Tomlinson Zisko LLP. Prior to law school, served as an institutional equity broker at Salomon Brothers International, London.

    Jason Harinstein,Director on the Corporate Development team,Google, Inc. Jason works with the company's product groups to identify and execute strategic acquisition and investment opportunities. Jason has led several major transactions at Google, including the acquisitions of DoubleClick, Feedburner, AdScape Media and Measuremap, as well as Google's $1B investment in AOL. Previously, Jason was a member of the Internet equity research team at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. where he covered Internet advertising, online search, eCommerce and video game companies. He has also served as a strategy consultant at iXL, Inc. an Internet-solutions company (now part of Avenue-A/Razorfish), and Andersen Consulting Strategic Services (now Accenture). Jason currently serves on the advisory boards of CampusU, Inc. and Make-it-My-Own.

    Chad Kinzelberg, Director, Scale Venture Partners is focused on internet and enterprise software investments and joined Scale Venture Partners in 2006 with more than 20 years of marketing, sales, and general management experience.

    Prior to ScaleVP, he was General Manager and Senior Vice President of VeriSign's SSL business unit, where he managed the P&L and led all functional groups for the company's flagship division. During his tenure at VeriSign, Chad was responsible for more than doubling revenue growth, expanding international distribution and cultivating relationships with Fortune 500 customers. He also led two strategic acquisitions to strengthen VeriSign's leadership in the security market.

    Yezdi Lashkari, mXact Inc. is currently at work on his next startup venture, mXact Inc. He left Microsoft in 2006 as a Director of Engineering in the Windows Server Division. In his last role at Microsoft, Yezdi was on special assignment sponsored directly by CEO Steven Ballmer, focused on researching large scale network-centric computing infrastructures for thousands of hosts. His charter involved hands-on learning with Microsoft's most leading edge customers, coupled with internal persuasion of Microsoft's senior technology leaders on how to evolve the current Windows platform roadmap to a network-centric paradigm. Yezdi also served as Director and Chief of Staff for Yuval Neeman, Corporate Vice President in charge of Storage Platforms & Solutions.

    Prior to Microsoft, Yezdi co-founded Firefly, based on his research at MIT, helping grow the company to over 90 employees. As VP, New Product Development, he was responsible for helping drive Firefly's first major deal with Yahoo! as well as defining the product feature set and running the engineering teams to deploy the technology with customers such as Yahoo!, Barnes & Noble, Merrill Lynch etc. Firefly was acquired by Microsoft in 1998 where the Firefly technology and team created both the Microsoft Passport (now Windows LiveID) internet authentication service, as well as the user profiling and personalization platform for e-Commerce (Commerce Server 2000).

    Anne-Marie Roussel is Director of Strategic and Emerging Business for Microsoft in Mountain View, California.  Anne-Marie manages Microsoft’s Entertainment portfolio – which includes Xbox, Zune and Video. As such, she evaluates investment and acquisition opportunities in gaming, music, video and TV content and platforms companies and maintains relationships with VCs investing in entertainment start-ups.

    Prior to Microsoft, Anne-Marie was Vice President, Research at Gartner Group, based in Paris.  During her ten year career at Gartner, Anne Marie was responsible for advising private and corporate funds on strategic investment trends and individual opportunities in emerging IT companies, in the US and Europe.  She also managed Gartner’s “Cool Vendors” report - recognizing the best and brightest startups in the industry – and the yearly Predictions report.

    Prior to her investment focus, Anne Marie specialized in the telecommunications area, advising Gartner clients on strategic market and regulatory developments in the US and Europe. For example, she helped U.S. and European telecommunications companies redefine their strategies following the EC-mandated deregulation of telecoms markets in the mid-to-late 90s. She also headed the launch of Gartner’s Internet practice in Europe in 1996 – advising large international companies about how to deploy Internet strategies and providing guidance to small Internet startups on how to get venture funding and enter the market.

    2008 Digital Media Series:

    April 29, 2008 - Monetizing User-Generated Content and Social Media.
    July 15, 2008 - The Recipe Book for being Acquired Successfully.
    October 14, 2008 - Cool Technologies Driving Mobile Media.

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