Advisors

INNOVATION IS A JOURNEY, and Collective[i]’s extraordinary advisors have done much to pave the road. Julian Brodsky helped turn a Mississippi cable company into Comcast, and a decade later Kay Koplovitz founded the USA Network and with it the concept of dual revenue streams: licensing and advertising. The astounding Lester Wunderman invented direct marketing in the 1940s, and serial entrepreneur Ken Seiff founded Bluefly in the 1990s.

We’re guided by expert hackers and NASA-affiliated scientists, engineers who astound us with their genius and artists who inspire us with their vision. We wouldn’t be where we are without them, and we’re so thrilled to be on this road alongside them.

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Marc Babej is a photographic artist based in New York City. Uneasy coexistences is a primary theme — embracing the viewer with one arm, while holding him at a distance with the other — and he exclusively works in black and white, turning his congenital color-blindness into an advantage. Also a writer, Marc began his career as one of the youngest reporters in the history of Forbes. He also writes a column about luminaries in art, in German, for Der Spiegel, and in English for American Photo.

As director of Interbrand’s Group Finance System, Louise Gillis drives the usage and adoption of branding giant’s customer relationship management program across its global network. Prior to Interbrand, she spent more than a decade at BrandWizard, ultimately as its director of Strategic Consulting.

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James “Jim” Dickie is managing partner of CSO Insights, a research firm serving sales and marketing executives. Previously, James was the vice president and co-founder of Demax Software, vice president of AIDA and VP of Marketing at Teradyne.

John Mass is executive vice president of Content Partners, LLC, a first-of-its kind entity that acquires and manages film and television libraries and provides liquidity to owners of royalties and other passive profit participations in film, television, music and other entertainment industry projects. Previously, John was a partner at Oasis Media Group, a personal management company, and before that spent 17 years at William Morris Agency (now William Morris Endeavor), ultimately as its executive vice president and a member of its board. He recently ended a seven-year appointment as chairman of the California State Lottery, during which he helped it become a $4.3 billion business.

Jack Myers is a media economist and investment advisor at Media Advisory Group. He’s the chairman of MyersBIzNet, a research-based B2B media and marketing company, chairman of the board of the International Radio and Television Society, the editor of the Jack Myers Media Business Report and an advisor to the Newhouse School of Syracuse University, where he developed and implemented the Newhouse Network, a young professional advisory council.

Barry Trailer is a managing partner and co-founder of CSO Insights, a sales effectiveness research and benchmarking firm. In addition to more than 30 years of professional selling experience, Barry has also been president of Miller-Heiman, a respected sales training firm, and Goldmine, a well known CRM application.

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John P. Derham is the founder and CEO of iQ media, a leading media intelligence software company. A pioneer in early marketing databases for targeting and risk management, he has built predictive models used by JP Morgan Chase, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Fleet Financial, MRU Holdings and Advanta Corp.

Hilary Mason is the founder of Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company, and the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel. Previously, she spent four years as the chief scientist at bitly. She also co-founded NackNY, co-hosted, DataGotham, is a member of NYCResistor and believes that “technology should give us superpowers.”

Ken Rudin is an entrepreneur and executive with a unique combination of leadership skills, analytical strength, marketing savvy, sales experience, product vision and technical depth. He’s head of Analytics at Facebook, and previously was VP of Analytics and Platform Technologies at Zynga. He has also held leadership roles at Salesforce.com and Oracle.

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David Axmark co-founded MySQL AB, as well as the free database server MySQL. He’s currently an advisor to Campanja, MariaDb Corporation (formerly SkySQL), MoSync AB and OrangeHRM.

Evan Korth is a clinical professor at the Department of Computer Science and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He’s a co-founder of hackNY, coach of the NYU International Collegiate Programming Contest Team, faculty advisor to tech@NYU, the inaugural member of the Computer Science Mentor Program and the faculty liason for Technology Entrepreneurship.

Jon Otterstatter is the president, CEO and co-founder of Preventice, a provider of mobile health solutions and remote monitoring systems. Previously, Jon was the executive VP and CTO of SPSS, a senior VP of Technology at ShowCase Corporation and a senior program manager at IBM.

Peter Platzer is a visionary physicist and the CEO of Spire Global, a satellite-powered data company. Before Spire, Peter was a nanosatellites researcher at the NASA Ames Research Center, a career coach at HBS, a senior portfolio manager at Vegasoul Capital Former and a director at Deutsche Bank.

Alok Srivastava is the senior vice president of Engineering at ScaleArc. He’s also a Big Data product, engineering and R&D executive, an advisor to technology startups and was the former founding VPE at Delphix and the vice president of Engineering at ParAccel. Alok led the RAC Database and Clusterware’s engineering at Oracle for more than a decade and is the owner of 32 U.S. patents.

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Julian Brodsky is the co-founder, director and vice chairman of Comcast Corporation. Previously, he was the CEO of Comcast Interactive Capital and senior vice president and CEO of Comcast.

Kay Koplovitz, always inspired by possibility, is the founder of the USA Network, chairman of the board of Liz Claiborne, Inc., and the chairman and co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, a group that supports tech companies led by women.

Marty Pompadur is chairman of the board of METAN Develop Group, a multi-media company that delivers Western entertainment content to China. Formerly, Marty was a member of the ABC Board of Directors, the executive vice president of News Corporation and president of News Corporation.

Lester Wunderman is chairman emeritus and founder of Wunderman, the largest global marketing service network in the world. Lester is a pioneer of direct marketing, with 50-plus years of experience in the field.

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Doug Alexander is the president of Actua Corporation, a cloud company pioneering the second wave of SaaS. For 17 years he was the president of Internet Capital Group (ICG), and among other distinctions, he was the CEO of Traffic.com and the founder of Reality Online, a financial planning tool and online services company that was purchased by Reuters.

Jeff Fluhr is the co-founder and CEO of Spreecast, a social video platform that connects people and recently launched a second product, a video communication platform called Room. Previously, he was the CEO of Stubhub.com, until it was sold to eBay for more than $310 million.

Ken Seiff’s Beanstalk Ventures focuses on investing in early stage companies positioned at the intersection of retail and technology. Prior to Beanstalk, he led the Omni-Channel division for Brooks Brothers Gropu, co-founded Glowcast Ventures and Poppin — a market disruptor that’s been called “Apple meets Office Depot” — and was the founder and CEO of Bluefly until 2004.

Mark Walsh is the executive chairman of Homesnap, a residential real-estate technology company that enables consumers to take a photo of a home to learn all about it. Mark is also the founder and chairman of GeniusRocket, a crowdsourcing platform, and has or presently serves on the boards of TheStreet.com; the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy; Union College and the Bipartisan Policy Center. He’s also a managing partner in Ruxton Venture.

Michael Loeb is the president and CEO of Loeb Enterprises, a direct-to-consumer marketing firm. Previously, Michael was president of the Synapse Group, Inc., which was acquire by Time Warner in 2005 for more than $700 million.

Sergio is one of the youngest initiators of public-private partnerships to drive business and social change. Launching from his work at Fuel, Sergio forged a variety of private-public partnerships with political and business leaders across the U.S. and several major global cities. In 2003 he co-founded Fuel Outdoor Holdings and helped grow it into the third-largest privately owned outdoor advertising company in the country. Among other distinctions, he’s the co-founder of P3 Global Management and the PVBLIC foundation, and a delegate with the U.S. Department of State-led Global Entrepreneurship Program