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Russ Koesterich, CFA, JD, Managing Director and head of Asset Allocation, is a member of the Global Allocation team within BlackRock's Multi-Asset Strategies Group. He serves as a member of BlackRock's Americas Executive Committee.
Mr. Koesterich's service with the firm dates back to 2005, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Prior to his current role, Mr. Koesterich was BlackRock's Global Chief Investment Strategist and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Model Portfolio Solutions business. Previously, he served as the Global Head of Investment Strategy for scientific active equities and as senior portfolio manager in the US Market Neutral Group. Prior to joining BGI, Mr. Koesterich was the Chief North American Strategist at State Street Bank and Trust. He began his investment career at Instinet Research Partners where he occupied several positions in research, including Director of Investment Strategy for both U.S. and European research, and Equity Analyst. He is a frequent contributor to financials news media and the author of two books, including his most recent "The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble."
Mr. Koesterich earned a BA in history from Brandeis University, a JD from Boston College and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a CFA Charterholder.
Bruce has joined a start-up computer games company twice in his career — first Imagine, then Codemasters — in the senior marketing role and helped each to become the best-selling publisher in the UK in its first year of trading.
He also set up the All Formats Computer Fairs, which he ran for nearly 20 years and over 1,000 events around the UK and through many very prosperous years until their function was largely replaced by the internet.
You can read about him in the early days (http://zxgoldenyears.net/everiss.html), and there’s also something about his role in the pre-history of the games industry in the Wikipedia entry on Liverpool Software Gazette (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liverpool_Software_Gazette).
You can also see his LinkedIn profile (http://www.linkedin.com/in/bruceeveriss), and he is available for consulting (http://www.bruceongames.com/services/).
Dan Rayburn is Executive Vice President for StreamingMedia.com (http://www.streamingmedia.com/) and is recognized by many as the voice for the streaming and online video industry. He is also a Principal Analyst with Frost & Sullivan, working in their Digital Media group. He is a sought after speaker, writer, publisher, and consultant, and his work has been featured in print and online by nearly every major media outlet over the past 14 years. He co-founded one of the industry's first streaming media webcasting production companies successfully acquired by Digital Island for $70M. He has his own line of books for Focal Press entitled "The Dan Rayburn Hands On Guide" Series, with eight titles available in print. Regularly consulted by the media, he has been featured in hundreds of print and online articles and is a sought after expert in patent cases involving IP-based video. He is a regular analyst to the investment community via the Gerson Lehrman Group and his Business of Video (http://www.BusinessOfVideo.com/) blog is one of the most widely read sites for analysts, venture capitalists, and financial money managers who cover companies in the online video sector.
Visit Dan Rayburn (http://blog.streamingmedia.com/)'s site.
Dennis Byron has more than 30 years experience researching and analyzing all areas of information technology (IT) and information-systems use. He conducted software and systems industry research and analysis at the Datapro division of McGraw-Hill from 1991 to 1997 and IDC from 1997 to 2006. At Datapro he was involved with the creation of, and later managed, the Client/Server Analyst research service. In this role, he was responsible for researching client/server-related operating systems and development tools; communications software and middleware; and data-management products behind the client/server revolution of the early and mid 1990s. Byron joined IDC in 1997 to manage research into industry-specific applications, and initiated IDC research into eCommerce, retail, and professional-services applications, and the automation of the services supply chain. In early 2003, he moved to conduct IDC's analysis of application and integration server software and related middleware, and the emerging market for business process management (BPM) software. Before he began research and analysis for Datapro, he spent 20 years in information-technology marketing at Bull SA and the former Data General Corporation. He has consulted in the deployment and marketing of technology ranging from CICS to simple RPC decomposition tools to the first ORBs to later generations of Tuxedo, to DCOM and IBM's Project San Francisco. Some of this research supported the commercial marketing of Multics in the 1970s, the launch of the "Soul of A New Machine" in the 1980s (the ‘machine,’ not the book), and business process reengineering (BPR) software in the 1990s. Byron has conducted over 500 specific information-systems case studies. He also was a contributor to Application Development Trends magazine and has written extensively on the IT industry standards movement, from the early use of PARS to the de facto and de jure agreements behind the burgeoning use of web services architectures and SOA.
Larry Dignan is executive editor of ZDNet news and blogs. Larry was most recently executive news editor at eWeek. Prior to that, he was news editor at Baseline, and also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CNET News.com.
Visit: Between The Lines (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/)
David White is a software/firmware/marketing professional and a long time investor. He has worked in the networking field, the semiconductor equipment field, the mainframe computer field, and the pharmaceutical/scientific instrumentation field. He has bachelor's degrees in bioresource sciences and biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley. He is a former Ph.D. student in biochemistry. He has done significant graduate work in EECS and business at Stanford (through SITN) and UC Santa Cruz. He was awarded a Certificate in Advanced Software Systems (about 1/3 of an MS in EECS) by the Stanford Computer Science Department. He also took most of Stanford's undergraduate Computer Science curriculum.