Larry Kramer is an adjunct professor of Media Management at the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. He is also a media consultant and author of the best selling book: "C-Scape: Conquer The Forces Changing Business Today", a book on the changing landscape for media and related industries for Harper Collins. He sits on the board of directors of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA), American Media Inc., Freedom Communications, Inc., BlackArrow, Inc. (Chairman) and Harvard Business School Publishing, and serves on the Advisory Boards to the Newhouse School (chairman), Minyanville.com, Crossboarders.tv and Jib Jab Media Inc. He was a founding board member and former Chairman of The Online Publishers Association. From March 2005 until November 2006, he served as the first President of CBS Digital Media, reporting directly to Leslie Moonves. In this role, Kramer created a new division that put together all new media operations for the network, including online, interactive and wireless initiatives. He had oversight over and launched or relaunched several websites including CBS.com, CBSNews.com, CBS SportsLine.com and StarTrek.com. While there, he created March Madness on Demand (the web broadcast of the NCAA Basketball Tournament), put CBS TV shows on the web, and created distribution partnerships with Google, Amazon, Apple I-tunes, Yahoo and Verizon for CBS content. He continued to serve as an Adviser to CBS until April 2008. From January 2008 until January 2010 he was Senior Advisor to Polaris Venture Partners, a Venture Capital firm based in Boston. Prior to joining CBS, Kramer was Chairman, CEO and Founder of MarketWatch, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKTW), also known as CBS MarketWatch, until its sale to Dow Jones for $528 million in January 2005. He created the company as an LLC with Data Broadcasting Corp. and CBS, launching in October 1997, taking it public in January 1999, and making three acquisitions to build the business along the way. He had joined Data Broadcasting Corp. as Vice President in 1994, following its acquisition of his first startup, DataSport. As founder, president and executive editor of DataSport Inc. from 1991 to 1994, he created SporTrax, a hand-held sports information monitor, which was a subscription product launched under a marketing agreement with The Sporting News. Prior to founding DataSport, Kramer spent more than 20 years in journalism as a reporter and editor. He started his career in 1974 as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. In 1977, he became a financial reporter for the Washington Post. In 1980, the Post promoted him to executive editor of the Trenton (N.J.) Times. In 1982, he returned to the Post to serve first as assistant to Executive Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee and later as assistant managing editor and metro editor. In 1986, he returned to the San Francisco Examiner as its editor. In 1991, he left the Examiner to become an entrepreneur and launched DataSport and then Marketwatch.com. While a journalist, he won several awards for reporting, including the National Press Club Award, The Associated Press Award for news writing and The Gerald Loeb award for business reporting. His staffs won two Pulitzer Prizes. He is a graduate of Harvard University (masters of business administration) and Syracuse University (bachelors of science in journalism and political science). Kramer has been a lecturer at several universities, including the Harvard Business School, Syracuse University, University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, NYU, Columbia University, Stanford University, Washington University and Emory University. He served a two-year term as a Pulitzer Prize juror.
Currently Chief Analytics Officer of Digital Risk, a mortgage industry loss mitigation service. Formerly head of Advanced Analytics at CoreLogic and prior to that head of Products and Analytics at Loan Performance, a boutique mortgage analytics company located in San Francisco.
Education: BA, Rutgers University, MA, University of Virginia and MBA, Stanford Univestiry.
Retired investor after a 25 year career in Silicon Valley, with management, engineering, marketing, and angel investing experience in semiconductors, software, and peripherals. Today's investment plan: Let dog out, surf Seeking Alpha, let dog in.
Filmmaker, tech junkie, info sponge. On the cutting edge of DIY film distribution, I'm into helping bring about a new model of film distribution in the digital age. As DVD sales continue to decline and video stores continue to close, it's important to find new ways to get our films seen. I'm excited about new platforms like YouTube Rentals that will let filmmakers easily eliminate many layers of middlemen that historically have existed between content creators and consumers. It's an interesting time to be in the film production and distribution business.
Diane Mermigas is an award-winning business writer and analyst, consultant, speaker and adjunct professor specializing in digital media content, advertising, marketing, commerce and consumer behavior-related issues and trends. She excels in developing digital strategies for media content and marketing companies seeking new business models, revenue streams and consumer connections.
Her distinctive thought leadership and actionable business intelligence uniquely span traditional and interactive media, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue and Wall Street. Ms. Mermigas leverages her extensive knowledge, skills and high-level industry contacts to provide clients and readers with a better command of interactive transformation, especially as it applies to social mobile platforms.
Ms. Mermigas has served as an advisor on digital convergence, interactive business plans and thought leadership to companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fuse Capital, Public Broadcasting, GE Capital and Akoo International. She has been a moderator and presenter at industry conferences, universities and think tanks such as World Economic Forum and the Monaco Media Forum, American University's Center for Social Media and Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
She continues her ongoing rapport with leading industry executives such as long-time NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright, with whom she is co-authoring a book. While teaching New Media Studies and business model creation to graduate students at Chicago's DePaul University, Ms. Mermigas is constructing a detailed, long-term forecast for the dramatic transformation of media industry economics, company structures, consumer relations, and content creation and distribution.
Her trademark column, big picture analysis and executive interviews can be found at The Hollywood Reporter, Advertising Age and other Crain Communications publications, Seeking Alpha, Business Insider, BNET and Mediapost. She has been a contributor to CNBC, CNN and other television news.
Harold L. Vogel, Ph.D., CFA, is CEO of Vogel Capital Management in New York City and former Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is author of Financial Market Bubbles and Crashes, 2nd ed (2017), Entertainment Industry Economics, (9th ed. 2015), and Travel Industry Economics, (3nd ed. (2016). Articles include "An Analytical Review of Volatility Metrics for Bubbles and Crashes (with R. Werner), International Review of Financial Analysis, March 2015.
Berg is a passionate surfer and chief pilot of Surfline, Inc., where he flies an Aero Commander throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Baja in support of the company's R&D and quality control programs. In his spare time, he Chairs Surfline and NTN Buzztime Inc.(AMEX:NTN) and is a private investor.
Surfline is the leading surf digital media property in the world.
In 1999, he co-founded Swell, a direct marketer of surf apparel and accessories, which was sold to Billabong in 2009. Between 1995 and 2000, Mr. Berg was Chairman of AccentHealth, a network that provide segmented, patient education-oriented TV programming to over 10,000 medical waiting rooms. Mr. Berg has over 20 years experience as a professional investor, having founded Matador Capital Management in 1993, and before that working for 9 years at Raymond James Financial as an institutional securities analyst. Matador ran long/short equity hedge funds and separate accounts from February 10, 1994 through the end of 2006, compiling an audited track record for its flagship fund, Everglades Partners, LP, of gross and net returns, respectively, that trounced the S&P 500 of 278%.
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Only days after the S&P 500 crashed to the depths of hell at 666, the Hoffman brothers launched Wall St. Cheat Sheet: one of the fastest growing financial media sites on the web. Like a samurai, our mission is to cut through the bull and bear sh** with extraordinary insights, a fresh voice, and razor-sharp wit. We provide the highest quality education and information for active investors and financial professionals. We are official contributors to Yahoo Finance, CNNMoney, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Minyanville, SeekingAlpha, and Zero Hedge. Our work has been cited in top finance and trading outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Financial Times, The Big Picture, Real Clear Markets, The Atlantic, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Infectious Greed, DealBreaker, CBS MoneyWatch, Kiplinger, Investment Postcards, ZeroHedge, Business Pundit, TraderFeed, The Kirk Report, AbnormalReturns, and more.
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