Join three successful entrepreneurs whose companies were acquired by Twitter in 2014 to discuss the evolving future of native mobile advertising, how they founded their companies, and how they lead their teams through change.
This will be an informal interactive panel. Come with your questions and biggest challenges!
6:30pm-7:30pm Panel and Q&A
Food and alcohol will be served.
Panelists: Samir Mirza, Michael Folgner, Gabor Cselle.
Gabor Cselle from Namo Media is now Group Product Manager at Twitter. Gabor currently works on the home timeline, onboarding new users, and our logged-out experience. Twitter acquired Namo Media, where he was the Co-Founder / CEO. The focus at Namo was native mobile ads that sit in the stream of content. Namo Media's technology was integrated in the MoPub platform.
At Google he was the first Product Manager for Google Now. Before that role, he was on the Google Inbox and Gmail teams making your communication more productive and your inbox less stressful. As the Founder / CEO of reMail, he built a better mobile email search tool. reMail was acquired by Google in February 2010. Before reMail, he was the VP Engineering at Xobni, where we invented and built a popular email tool for Outlook. Gabor has a Master's degree in computer science from ETH Zurich.
Michael Folgner from SnappyTV is now Group Product Manager at Twitter. Mike is the founder and CEO of SnappyTV, a platform for sharing clips from live television with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Mike’s career has been at the intersection of technology and media. He was the General Manager of Video at Yahoo! after his first company Jumpcut was acquired by Yahoo! in 2006. Jumpcut, an online video sharing community with the first web-based video editing suite was selected as one of Time Inc.’s 50 coolest websites of 2006 and the team won a Webby for their part in the first user created SuperBowl ad for Doritos in 2007. At Yahoo! Mike ran the video technology and business across Yahoo!’s portals. He also lead an advanced R&D group called the Brickhouse, which created FireEagle, an online location broker and Yahoo! Live, a live video sharing community. Prior to Yahoo!, Mike held various positions at OpenTV, the leading provider of software for interactive television. Mike has an engineering degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Samir Mirza from TapCommerce is now Senior Engineering Manager at Twitter. Samir is the Co-Founder and CTO of TapCommerce, the leader in mobile ad retargeting. He began his career consulting for Fortune 500 clients and building robust web applications, APIs, and content management systems. Samir developed his first mobile application in 2005 before the existence of the App Store, and has since built multiple ecommerce apps for iOS and Android that have generated millions of downloads. In 2012, he co-founded TapCommerce and created the world's first mobile ad retargeting solution. As the Chief Technology Officer, he led the engineering team and built a platform that processes over 40 billion ad auctions per day with the ability to show ads to over 1 billion mobile users for the world's top mobile brands. In 2014, Business Insider named Samir to its list of the "Top 10 Coolest People in New York City Tech". Today Samir leads the Twitter engineering teams focused on mobile ad app installs and re-engagements. Samir has a Computer Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Please contact Rosemary J. Fantozzi '09 with questions.