The Echo System fuels brand insights relevant to social content, consumer behavior and affinities, and marketing strategy. The Echo System combines best-in-class social technology and years of marketing experience to help agencies and brands alike make better marketing decisions in real-time using the world's largest collection of public social data. The Echo System was created in 2010 and is funded by GSV Capital and high profile angel investors from the advertising industry.
PRESIDENT, ECCKER ENTERPRISES
Mr. Eccker has had success on all levels of technology and digital media, having founded and managed, or consulted many successful companies in these industries. Companies he has worked with include Avid Sports, The National Information Consortium, D Square Communications, Bird Dog Solutions, XOS Digital, and many others. Randy is actively consulting with The Echo System management team, helping to develop and implement their strategic plans and execute the company's financing activities.
CO-FOUNDER, GSV ASSET MANAGEMENT
Michael is the Co-Founder of GSV Asset Management and GSV Advisors, and Chief Portfolio Manager for the GSV X Fund, a long-short global macro equity hedge fund and the CEO of GSV Capital, a publicly traded closed-end fund that invests in leading VC backed private companies. He has over 25 years of investment experience and previously co-founded and was CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, a growth focused investment bank. Prior to that, Mr. Moe was Head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch and before that he was Head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities. Mr. Moe has been named to Institutional Investor's "All American" research team and has been awarded "Best on the Street" by The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, he has been called one of the best stock pickers in the country by Business Week magazine. He has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on the subjects of education technology, the new economy and initial public offerings, and he has also appeared before the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. He is on the Advisory Board of Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Education Reform and on the National Leadership Council for Communities in Schools.
CEO, THE ECHO SYSTEM
Lance is founder and CEO of The Echo System, a social commerce optimization platform that bridges the gap between the web and the social web, and empowers businesses with the social data and tools necessary to maximize their return on social. Lance's expertise in strategy development and his keen understanding of the digital landscape have quickly helped to establish his reputation as a pioneer in the digital space. He regularly contributes insights and opinion through industry panels, television interviews, and published essays. Prior to The Echo System, Lance served as EVP, U.S. Director of Digital at PHD, where he oversaw the strategic planning and investment of nearly $400 million in digital media. Prior to PHD, Lance was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Strategy for the search-marketing agency Resolution Media. He was part of the team that took Resolution Media from start-up, through the sale to Omnicom, and ultimately to a $250 million+ agency. Prior to Resolution Media, Lance worked in a series of strategy and development roles across various digital disciplines including web development, telecommunications, and database marketing. Lance also served as an adjunct professor at The Stuart Graduate School of Business. He taught Communication Strategies in a Digital Environment. Lance holds a BS in Advertising from the University of Illinois and an MBA with honors in e-Business from DePaul University.
VP OF CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AND SITE MERCHANDISING, WALMART.COM
Ruben is an experienced executive with over 18 years of experience in driving operations, revenue, and profits to new heights across a variety of industries such as e-commerce, digital media, online marketing, product management and development, creative services, call center and logistics services. At Over the Wall Ventures, he focuses on helping emerging or underperforming businesses accelerate their growth through strategic assessment and review. Previously he was COO at Swirl by DailyCandy/SVP Comcast Interactive Media, Vice President of Client Services at GSI Commerce Inc and held served in senior management roles with Toysrus.com, Airborne Express, and zillow.com. Ruben served 25 years as a naval officer and holds a Computer Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
OPERATING PARTNER, KAMYLON CAPITAL AND SENIOR ADVISOR AT DESILVA & PHILLIPS
Matthew B. Burnham is an experienced investment and operations executive who has spent his career growing, managing, advising, and investing in both established and growth-stage organizations. Mr. Burnham has led investment and creation, large and small-scale operational finance, corporate strategy, and business development efforts in senior roles across a wide range of media platforms. He is currently an Operating Partner at a $1B private equity firm based in the Northeast U.S., where he evaluates investment or acquisition of public or private companies, spinoffs, or carveouts in the media and communications sectors. He also serves as a Senior Advisor at DeSilva + Phillips, a boutique middle-market investment bank focused on the media industry.
PRESIDENT, ECCKER ENTERPRISES
Mr. Eccker has had success on all levels of technology and digital media, having founded and managed, or consulted many successful companies in these industries. Companies Eccker has worked with include Avid Sports, The National Information Consortium, D Square Communications, Bird Dog Solutions, XOS Digital, and many others. Eccker is actively consulting with The Echo System management team, helping to develop and implement their strategic plans and execute the company's financing activities.
Stephano is president of GraphEffect, a social media marketing platform. Stephano was previously the president and COO of [x+1], an integrated digital marketing and data analytics platform. Stephano has also led investments in consumer technology and digital media for Advanced Technology Ventures, directed business development and strategy for AOL, and co-founded several start-ups including Blackboard, the leading provider of e-learning enterprise software and services.
MEDIA ECOLOGIST & EDITOR, JACK MYERS MEDIA BUSINESS REPORT
Mr. Myers publishes the Jack Myers Media Business Reports and invests in early and mid-stage companies that provide innovative solutions for media, marketing and advertising.
Matt Spiegel is CEO of Tap.Me, which develops ad technology solutions for monetizing social and mobile games. Matt previously worked at Omnicom Media Group where he was a Managing Partner at Annalect Ventures, the corporate development arm of OMG, developed the business model and launched Accuen (Omnicom's trading desk), and served as CEO of Omnicom Media Group Digital. He is the Founder and former CEO of Resolution Media.
VP, AD SALES, FUNNY OR DIE
As vice president of advertising sales for Funny Or Die, Ed Wise has played a key role in building the premiere 21st century comedy brand with market-leading content across all media. Leveraging over 15 years of interactive marketing experience, Wise is instrumental in Funny Or Die's branded entertainment division, leading sales and strategy. Prior to joining Funny Or Die, Wise spent seven years at CBS Interactive as a key contributor to the company's integrated approach and growth. In addition to serving on The Echo System's Advisory Board, he is also on the board of directors for 212, served as executive vice president of the Chicago Interactive Marketing Association for seven years and is the chairman of the Syracuse Newhouse Professional Development Council.