Iterative Innovation…Is It Helping or Hurting the Digital Landscape?
In a world of growing complexity, one has to ask if the continued rise of VC funded start ups is actually adding value to the food chain of the growing digital ad business or is the continued entry of new companies putting a choke hold on the industry.
This panel will explore this topic through the eyes of industry leaders from the VC world to the Agency world. It will consider the Entrepreneur as well as a look at the press who sees it all. Is the constant state of innovation today helping us advance or just making it harder to sort through the clutter of too many companies with little to offer?
Moderator: Terry Kawaja, Founder & CEO of Luma Partners
Panelests include: Chris Redlitz, Managing Director of Kick Labs; Alyson Hyder, VP/Director of VivaKi Ventures; David L. Smith, CEO and Founder of Mediasmith; Brian Morrissey, Editor-in-Chief, Digiday; and Kate Thorp, entrepreneur.
Terence Kawaja is Founder and CEO of LUMA Partners, a strategic advisory firm focused at the intersection of media and technology. He is a seasoned investment banker with more than 20 years of experience and has advised on over $250 billion of transactions, including some of the most pivotal deals in the media and tech industries. Throughout his career, Terry has leveraged deep industry knowledge to take a strategic approach to deal making rather than chase transactions. The best compliment people say is that he thinks like a principal.
At LUMA, Terry advises both established media and technology companies as well as digital growth companies. He is a recognized expert in the Internet and digital media sectors and is a popular speaker at leading industry conferences. Terry has a straightforward style and is never afraid to tell it like it is. He also likes to keep things light by using href="http://www.lumapartners.com/resource-center/comedy/">humor> to aid substantive presentations.
Prior to founding LUMA Partners, Terry was Co-head of Digital Media at GCA Savvian; Global Head of Media M&A at Citigroup and CSFB; and CFO of publicly-traded Raindance Communications. He received an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
When not negotiating deals or telling jokes, Terry enjoys a variety of activities from skiing to water sports. Terry lives in New York City with his wife and their two sons.