Paul Bragiel was the co-founder of Lefora, a product bringing forums into the 21st century. CrowdGather acquired certain forum related assets of Lefora in July 2010. Previously he co-founded Meetro, the first location based social network and was the founder of Paragon Five, a game development studio specializing in console and mobile with offices in Chicago and Krakow, Poland.
Net visionary and Dublin native, John Breslin is the co-founder and director of the highly-praised boards.ie Ltd., Ireland’s largest message board community. John Breslin is also an engineering lecturer and researcher on all areas of the Semantic Web and social software at NUI Galway, and founded the SIOC project, an interconnected framework of social websites. Breslin is co-founder of StreamGlider and regularly writes for NewTechPost, a publisher of daily tech articles.
Currently GM of Publishers for OpenX, Raj was previously part of the original senior management team at the Rubicon Project where he held several roles: VP of Business Development, VP of North America Sales and VP of Global Demand. Raj’s experience in online advertising began when he co-founded Banner Brokers in Malibu, CA, one of the first ad networks in the world. After building a successful, profitable company he went to Silicon Valley to create ClickAgents which was later acquired by Value Click for $22mm. By 2000 Raj had moved out of the ad network space and to the publisher side joining startup Speedyclick.com to manage advertising sales. The casual games site, was acquired by ShopNow and soon after became ComScore’s #1 US Games as well as Women’s site. Raj has also held positions at Oversee.net., Move and Yahoo! managing advertising sales and strategy for Consumer Electronics accounts such as Sony, Toshiba and DIRECTV.
Christopher Kelly is a leader in the World Wide Service Provider sales organization, Cisco Systems. Prior to his position at Cisco, Mr. Kelly served in executive and management positions at Riverhead Networks, Universal Access Inc. and RedCreek Communications. Mr. Kelly has built sales teams from the ground up, overseen M&A transactions and has a wide range of high-level contacts in the technology sector. Currently he presents on successful sales strategies at industry conferences. Mr. Kelly received his Bachelors Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Credited for being amongst the top minds in SEO, Stephan is also the founder of Netconcepts. Started in 1999 as a web design and marketing agency, Netconcepts evolved into a leading SEO firm, servicing well-known brands such as AOL, CNET, SuperPages.Com and the Discovery Channel. Netconcepts was acquired in January 2010 by paid and organic search software/services agency Covario. Stephan is a co-author of The Art of SEO: Mastering Search Engine Optimization, published in October 2009 by O’Reilly, and has made numerous editorial contributions to industry sites and publications such as Practical Ecommerce, MarketingProfs.com, Search Engine Land, Multichannel Merchant Magazine, DM News and Catalog Age Magazine, among others. In addition to his many accomplishments, Stephan developed the automated pay-for-performance natural search technology platform GravityStream, now re-branded as Organic Search Optimizer. He is also a frequent conference speaker on SEO and other online marketing topics for the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), American Marketing Association (AMA), Shop.org, Internet Retailer, SMX and PubCon among others.
David R. Woolley, president of Thinkofit, is a pioneer of social media and online communities. In 1973, he created PLATO Notes, one of the world’s first conferencing systems, and would subsequently design conferencing facilities for many applications. As Executive Director of Twin Cities Free-Net, he spearheaded the building of an online community designed to support the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. A veteran in the fields of interactive media and computer-based training, Mr. Woolley has designed a variety of authoring tools and supervised the development of many CBT applications. Woolley is also a founding board member and former board chair of E-Democracy.org.