Jason Kessler

Jason Kessler
October 5, 2012  |  TMA Speakers  |  No Comments

Jason Kessler, Co-Founder of Tussle Jason is co-founder of Tussle Inc., a social competition platform that provides a home for all of your bets, games, and disagreements (tussle.com).  Before starting Tussle, Jason was an entertainment and media attorney advising major advertising agencies and brands on national campaigns, social media projects, and promotions. Before that, Jason worked in the legal department of HBO, providing support in connection with development and production of HBO original programming. Jason graduated from Princeton University with a major in psychology and a certificate of proficiency in computer science, and he earned his law degree from Columbia Law School

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Devaraj Southworth, EVP, Strategic Partnerships at Zipmark (formerly American Express)

Deveraj southworth
October 4, 2012  |  TMA Speakers  |  No Comments

Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnerships Zipmark Devaraj has been actively working at the intersection of business, online media and mobile technology for more than fifteen years. Devaraj recently joined Zipmark from American Express where he served as VP of Product Strategy and Partnerships and helped build “Serve,” American Express’s digital wallet (mobile payments) platform. He was responsible for overall business performance including product strategy, building, managing, developing online and entertainment partnerships and technology deployment. Prior to American Express, Devaraj was the Founder and President of iThink Labs, an online media services, and advertising technology agency. Devaraj also founded 30Seven Design, an interactive

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Eriq Gardner

Eriq Gardner
September 12, 2012  |  TMA Speakers  |  No Comments

Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor at The Hollywood Reporter Eriq Gardner is a senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter, and has been writing about the business of entertainment and media for the publication since 2007. His reporting has picked up many accolades, including awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors and the Webby Awards as well as recognition for outstanding work by the New York Times and the American Bar Association. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Gardner was previously New York Bureau Chief at Upside Magazine, a national business-tech publication and has also contributed to Slate Magazine,

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Jorge Espinel, EVP, Strategy, & Corporate Development, Digital Media Group News Corporation

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July 15, 2012  |  TMA Speakers  |  No Comments

JORGE ESPINEL EVP, STRATEGY & CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT, DIGITAL MEDIA GROUP NEWS CORPORATION Jorge Espinel is EVP, Strategy & Corporate Development of News Corp.’s Digital Media Group. Prior to News Corp., Jorge was a partner at Velocity Interactive Group (recently renamed Fuse Capital), a leading digital media investment firm in New York City. Prior to Velocity, Jorge was head of AOL’s Corporate Strategy and M&A. He joined AOL LLC in 2002. During his tenure, Jorge’s responsibilities included driving corporate development activities, crafting business strategies, managing AOL’s key strategic relationships, and leading the M&A team. He was a close advisor to both the CEO

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Sim Blaustein, Principal, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments

Sam Blaustein
June 30, 2012  |  TMA Speakers  |  No Comments

Sim Blaustein is a Principal at BDMI, where he focuses on eCommerce, social discovery and seed-stage investments.  Before joining BDMI he co-founded High Line Venture Partners, a seed-stage fund that led many successful investments including Pinterest, Makerbot, LollyWollyDoodle and Refinery29.  Prior to High Line, he was a Senior Director of Strategy and M&A at IAC, where he focused on the local and gaming sectors.  Sim began his career in VC at Gabriel Venture Partners in Silicon Valley, after several years in telecom startups.  He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, a Bachelor of Engineering from Cooper Union, and is a

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