Tom J. Burgess is a seasoned executive in online and wireless interactive advertising and digital media technology. As a serial entrepreneur and innovator, he has been granted multiple patents for his pioneering work in the wireless, mar-tech and loyalty industries. Mr. Burgess is a frequent speaker at global marketing conferences and has been quoted or featured in Forbes, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, CNBC and many industry publications. He founded Linkable Networks, a payments loyalty company in 2010 and orchestrated a significant asset sale to the global loyalty company Collinson in September 2017. In 2001 Burgess founded Third Screen Media, a wireless advertising company that was purchased by AOL/TW in 2007. Prior to Third Screen Media, he founded two other successful digital media companies. In 2007 Burgess was inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame for superior performance by a group of investors. Mr. Burgess is an active Board Member and advisor to early stage ventures, with a focus on corporate development, Board governance and investor relations.
Mr. Haji is a qualified CPA, CA having managed audits of both public and private companies while working for Clarkson Gordon and Company (now E&Y) in Toronto. He went to Pakistan and started two successful businesses before returning to Canada in 2009. On his return to Canada he provided consulting services to Par Pak Ltd, Brampton a plastic packaging manufacturing company, assisting them in their sale transaction with The Waddington Group (TWG). He was appointed as Divisional Controller of Polar Pak by TWG after the acquisition. Currently Mr. Haji is the CFO at Lark Investments Inc, assisting them in investment due diligence and analysis.
Mr. Sabharwal is a founder of Snipp and has over 10 years experience in the digital media/mobile industry. He served as Executive Director of the Acme Group, a $2+ billion company based in India. Mr. Sabharwal’s earlier experience includes a board role at eSolar, an Idealabs company funded by Google, GE & Oak Capital, being founder of the Finalysis Group (a consulting group and provider of remote services such as call center management and lead generation to corporate clients), and executive positions with AOL, IBM Business Services (previously PWC Consulting), the Boston Consulting Group and News Corporation. He holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and attended Wharton.
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Prior to his career in media and technology, Tom was a corporate lawyer with the global law firm Dechert. Tom is an entrepreneur, operating executive, Board member and investor focused on Internet software, digital media, data/analytics and marketing technologies. He is currently President of Cove Street Partners, an investment and advisory firm helping technology companies succeed across the lifecycle – from innovation, to growth, through M&A transactions. Tom was most recently CEO of Verve Mobile. Verve was the first company to use data and analytics to understand how mobile users move through the consumer journey and harness that knowledge for advertisers. He grew Verve from a small startup to over 150 people, profitability and over $100 million annualized revenue. Previously, Tom was CEO of ExtendMedia, a leading IP video software company serving customers including AT&T, Verizon, Disney and Paramount. Extend was acquired by Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) in 2010. Tom also served as CEO of Lightningcast, a pioneer in online video advertising where he led the development of the first advertising technology platform specifically designed for monetizing broadband video and launched the first online video ad network. After AOL (NYSE: AOL) acquired Lightningcast in 2006, Tom was SVP Strategy and Corporate Development at AOL overseeing strategy, strategic planning and corporate and business development for AOL’s advertising businesses. Prior to Lightningcast, Tom founded and served as CEO of Backwire, an online and mobile messaging company that was acquired by Leap Wireless (NASDAQ: LEAP) in 2001.
Mr. Dillon is a seasoned shopper marketing professional with almost twenty years of experience in shopper marketing and retail-related promotions. Mr. Dillon is also recognized in Shopper Marketing Magazine’s “Who’s Who in Shopper Marketing”. Mr. Dillon spent 17 years at Pepsico, across brand, innovation, promotions and shopper marketing. Mr. Dillon’s last role at Pepsico was VP, Brand Activation and Shopper Marketing. After Pepsico, Mr. Dillon held executive positions at both [x+1]/Rocket Fuel and Catalina adding a significant expertise in purchase behavior targeting and measurement in the digital space. Currently, Mr. Dillon is the founder and “captain” of Seven C’s…a consulting firm specializing in helping clients navigate the new path to purchase. Mr. Dillon holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon School of Business.
Ritesh is a co-founder and former President & CTO of Snipp. He has over 10 years experience in the digital media industry and a passion for starting companies. Previously he was at McKinsey & Company for five years in New York in its Media, Technology & Telecommunications practice. He has served as General Manager at Precicompo, an Indian automotive manufacturing business and had also founded Unsurface, a consumer-facing digital media distribution service company (later sold to Sony Music Corp). Ritesh holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Dave has been involved in the information security field for nearly 20 years, first as a Federal agent pursuing cyber-criminals in the era of floppy disks and 2400 baud modems through his most recent experience as the Global Chief Technology Officer of FireEye, a leading cyber-security solutions provider. While at FireEye Dave provided his insights and expertise in guiding the company’s product strategy, as well as evangelizing and educating practitioners, executives and boards of directors around the globe. He has experience working in a variety of international markets and understands the significant differences in approaches and attitudes towards cyber security in a wide variety of countries. In addition to his evangelism, Dave helped guide the formation of a broader FireEye product portfolio, working with the CEO to expand FireEye’s offerings from networks into both the endpoint and data analytics realms. Prior to FireEye Dave was the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Products at Mandiant. He founded the business line for Kevin Mandia in 2006 and oversaw its operation through Mandiant’s acquisition by FireEye in December of 2013. In that time he built and released Mandiant’s endpoint security platform and grew the business to $25M in annual software revenues. The platform also served as a basis for $75M in additional managed solution and services revenues at the time of Mandiant’s acquisition. Before Dave’s 10 years as a solutions provider he spent another decade as a security practitioner, first as a Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Investigations, pursuing cyber criminals and conducting digital forensic investigations, and later as head of AOL’s Technical Security organization. While at AOL he created their first incident response capability, oversaw incident response operations through all of AOL and Time Warner, managed software security and policy programs, and built technologies for AOL’s security infrastructure that could not be procured on the market due to unique scale and scope requirements.
Mr. Ramkumar has had a 25+ year career as a successful business entrepreneur and has held numerous senior management and board level positions at several different publicly listed companies. He was CFO, VP Operations and GM at Reff Incorporated, a manufacturer of high-end furniture. Subsequently, he was CEO of Inscape Corporation, where he oversaw the growth of the company from $20 million to $170 million in annual revenues. The company was recognized as one of the 50 Best Managed companies in Canada during this period. Both Reff and Inscape went public on the TSX. Mr. Ramkumar is also a principal shareholder and Chairman of Process Research Ortech (“PRO”) and ASL Print FX, a provider of high-end promotional print solutions to CPG companies. He is also a former member of the Board of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
Mr. Ramkumar was a charter member of TiE, a not-for-profit organization that aims to foster entrepreneurial activity and led the initiative to start TieQuest, which has grown to become one of the leading business venture contests in Canada. He has served on the boards of several publicly listed corporations, including Angoss Software Corporation, a provider of leading edge business analytics solutions to customers (listed on the TSX), Cedara Software, a leading provider of medical imaging software (listed on the TSX and the NASDAQ), and Merge Healthcare (listed on the NASDAQ).
Michael J. Cannata
Mr. Cannata is a business strategist and serial entrepreneur with seven start-ups to his credit and senior management experience across several industries including office products, telecommunications, medical devices, system management software, financial services software and patent monetization and advisory services. Mr. Cannata has both private and public company board experience including Selient Inc., a TSX Venture listed corporation and Momentum Inc. a TSX listed company. At both Selient and Momentum he headed the strategic alternative committee that led to the acquisition of Selient by CRI Canada and the acquisition of Momentum by OnX Corporation.
Mr. Cannata is the co-founder of Patent Monetization Inc (PMI), a firm specializing in the monetization of patents through sale, licensing or litigation. Mr Cannata has been involved in the monetization of patents since founding BOCA Advisory Services in 2002. In 2005 BOCA advised Northwater Capital Management on the establishment of NW Patent Funding Corporation (NWPF) as a pioneer in the field of patent litigation financing. Through NWPF, Mr Cannata advises and manages patent litigation investments made by the Northwater IP fund.
Mr. Cannata has been recognized for his leadership skills at Cybermation a company named one of the 50 Best Managed Private Companies in Canada during his tenure as president. Intellectual Asset Management has also recognized Mr Cannata as a World Leading IP Strategist since the inception of the program in 2009. Mr. Cannata was also a charter member of TiE, a not-for-profit organization that aims to foster entrepreneurial activity.