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Online media is experiencing a drastic economic and existential evolution. Pivotal regulatory debates with policy makers and constant challenges from the Google-Facebook duopoly increasingly threaten the profitability and visibility of digital publishers and advertisers. Join content innovation experts in their dialogue about the future of content production and dissemination, and the realistic options for brands and publishers to generate sustainable revenue and engagement.
Laura Brounstein, Director of Editorial and Business Development, Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazines
As the Director of Editorial and Business Development for Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, Laura Brounstein develops and produces editorial events, like Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Life, and forges strategic partnerships including those with Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings Initiative and Twitter.
In past years, she programmed and hosted “Breaking The Code: Why Tech Needs Women,” presented by Cosmopolitan and PopularMechanics. Her editorial work at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen focuses on issues surrounding women and power, including co-authoring the first interview with Jill Abramson after leaving The New York Times, a study on the difference in sexual attitudes between men and women, an examination of women and tech careers, and interviews with bosses like Mindy Kaling, Shonda Rhimes, Arianna Huffington, Jen Psake, Leandra Medine, Gabrielle Bernstein and Gloria Steinem.
Previously, she was the entertainment director for SELF and Ladies’ Home Journal and a television producer. A Folio: Top Women in Media, Brounstein is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in New York City. She is the co-author of the book Cosmpolitan Bedside Astrologer: The Ultimate to Your Star Power, which was released in October 2016.
Oliver Roup, Founder and CEO, VigLink
Oliver Roup has worked in online media for nearly 20 years, including stints in radio, e-commerce, and ad-tech for players as large as Microsoft, as small as the late Echo Networks, and for the last 8 years at his own startup VigLink, a performance marketing platform that enables publishers and merchants to generate new revenue streams and improve consumer engagement. Throughout, Oliver has dedicated himself to developing a better web by tapping into underutilized resources and sharing these solutions honestly and transparently. As VigLink’s CEO, he has raised over $20 million from top investors such as Google Ventures and Emergence Capital, as well as successfully acquired 3 competitors. Beyond handling 35 billion monthly page views, VigLink manages over 2 million sites and apps and an advertiser network of more than 70k brands. Oliver earned both his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from MIT, and graduated from Harvard Business School with his MBA.
Sara Fishcer, Media Reporter, Axios
Sara Fischer’s current role at Axios as a media reporter focuses on the trends impacting the digital media ecosystem. Axios is a new media company delivering news and analysis in a mix of narrated coverage of media trends, tech, business and politics. Axios is the Greek word for worthy, and the company is dedicated to delivering news worthy of readers’ time and attention.
Sara previously worked at Politico, focused on the publication’s business development efforts, then moved into a news production role at CNN, where she authored the media agency’s Political Gut Check newsletter. Sara then moved into a breaking news reporting role at CNN, followed by stints at The New York Times and The Washington Post, culminating in her current role at Axios.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication and Journalism, followed by a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs, both from The George Washington University.
Dane Knecht, Head of Product Strategy, Cloudflare
Dane Knecht is head of product strategy at Cloudflare, where he has worked for more than five years. Cloudflare’s mission is to build a better Internet, and after starting as a simple application to find sources of email spam, it now protects websites from all manner of attacks while simultaneously optimizing performance. Dane started at Cloudflare in the early days, when the company had fewer than 20 people. He previously founded FanForce, which was acquired by Dell and Tippr, and also worked at MessageOne. At Cloudflare, Dane is currently focused on pinpointing the up-and-coming products and new lines of business that will be key to Cloudflare’s ongoing evolution and strategy. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineer Management Systems from Columbia University and currently resides in Austin, TX.