Ayush Agarwal, Venture Associate, Madrona Venture Group
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Ayush is very excited about the paradigm shift in information consumption and broadcast which Twitter has brought about. More broadly, Ayush is passionate about consumer and mobile technologies.
Prior to Madrona, Ayush spent several years as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company where he worked on a variety of strategy and operations engagements. Ayush has also completed internships at Google, Microsoft, Bank of America, and Zattoo. He holds a B.S.E. in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor. While at Michigan Ayush received the Student Legacy Award and was a Telluride Scholar. He also attended the Summer Institute for General Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Paul Goodrich, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
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Mr. Goodrich has managed many prior Madrona investments including ShareBuilder (acquired by ING Direct), Classmates.com (acquired by United Online), and PhotoWorks (acquired by American Home Greetings).
Prior to co-founding Madrona Investment Group in 1995, Paul was a Partner at the Seattle law firm of Perkins Coie, a co-founder of William D. Ruckelshaus Associates and a general partner in the Environmental Venture Fund, a Chicago-based venture capital fund formed in 1987.
Paul is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Utah Law School.
Susan L. Lyon, Of Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP
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Susan Lyon, of counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Security practice, provides practical advice to a broad range of multinational companies on privacy, data security, online safety and Internet laws. Her practice also includes regulatory compliance counseling, litigation, and legislative policy. Ms. Lyon’s updates on privacy and data security law can be found at the firm’s Internet law blog, DigestibleLaw.com.
Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Ms. Lyon gained significant, practical experience as former in-house counsel representing recognized corporate leaders in the area of privacy. As privacy counsel for Microsoft Corporation, Ms. Lyon provided privacy and data security counsel to groups such as Xbox, Office, MSN, MSNBC and others on a wide range of U.S. and international issues. Ms. Lyon also represented Microsoft as U.S. legislative policy counsel in lobbying efforts relating to online safety and privacy and data security breach legislation. Additionally, as former lead privacy counsel for Dell Inc., Ms. Lyon helped the corporation achieve the honored recognition as one of the top ten Most Trusted Companies for Privacy two years in a row. While at Dell, Ms. Lyon provided counsel on a wide range of privacy and data security issues, including payment card industry data security rules and marketing privacy.
Ms. Lyon has been quoted extensively on privacy in leading publications including Inside Counsel and Inside 1to1 Privacy.
Thomas C. Bell, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
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Tom Bell, a partner in the firm’s Business practice, focuses his practice on IT, software and wireless licensing, distribution, joint ventures, strategic alliances. He has significant experience with e-commerce, e-business, and online agreements, including linking, advertising, co-branding, ASP, portal, ISP, Web site and online product launches in multiple jurisdictions, and regulation of online content and business models, including privacy, auction, exchanges and overseas sales. He works with numerous clients, including Albertsons, Apparent Networks, Boeing, Costco Wholesale, EMVCo, Sprint and T-Mobile.
Colleen Moffitt, Founding Partner, Communiqué Public Relations and Author, Strategic Public Relations
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As a co-founder of Communiqué PR, Colleen Moffitt is responsible for leading public relations programs for key clients, as well as overseeing agency operations and expansion efforts.
Colleen has a proven track record in business-to-business public relations, corporate brand building and product reviews. She holds strong relationships with journalists at national business publications, industry trades and local news organizations, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, USA Today, Family Circle, Reuters, Red Herring, the Associated Press, Hollywood Reporter, Wireless Week, Cargo Systems, World Cargo News, Seattle Times, the Seattle Business Monthly and many others.
Prior to founding Communiqué PR, Colleen held positions with RealNetworks and Microsoft.
Colleen has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound with a minor in Business Administration. She received a certificate of study from the University of Grenoble in Grenoble, France. Colleen is also the co-author of Strategic Public Relations: 10 Principles to Harness the Power of PR.
Michael J. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer , Avelle – The New Bag Borrow or Steal
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Michael has served as president or CEO at four consumer Internet sites, with a proven track record in online retail and direct marketing that spans 20 years. Previously he served as president and CEO of Classmates.com, a leader in online social networking and the fourth largest paid content site on the Internet. While president of Nordstrom.com, he orchestrated a turnaround that resulted in its first quarterly profit. In 1999 he founded LifeSketch.com, the first scrapbooking site. As president and CEO of Lands’ End Inc., he launched LandsEnd.com and executed a company turnaround that led to record sales and profits. Michael holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Navin Mithel, Managing Director of eCommerce and CRM, Alaska Airlines
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Navin is responsible for online marketing and loyalty at Alaska Airlines. By leveraging business intelligence, online marketing, CRM, social media and the eCommerce experience we can develop the loyal customer relationships which are our airlines’ most valuable asset. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines Navin earned over 20 years of experience as a management consultant for Fortune 500 firms and has built successful start-ups in New York and Seattle.