Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and Dave Morgan of Simulmedia discuss tomorrow's digital landscape.
Plug www.avc.com - the URL for Fred Wilson's influential blog about venture capital and entrepreneurship - into Wordle and the resulting word cloud contains interesting surprises: Key words such as "education" and "loans" vie in size and prominence with more expected terms like "growth" and "patent." Wilson, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures, was an early investor in social media companies including Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare, but recently has turned his attention to mobile, education and the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, which he describes as a "futures market for things people want." In this afternoon's keynote session, Wilson and Dave Morgan, CEO of Simulmedia (one of Union Square Ventures' portfolio companies), will discuss the bets USV is making, why mobile matters, the implications of ever-changing customer behavior for companies new and old, digital and traditional, and what all this means for advertising.
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CEO - Simulmedia
Managing Partner - Union Square Ventures
Dave Morgan is the CEO and founder of Simulmedia, Inc., a New York City-based start-up which has built the world’s first fully-scaled digital ad targeting platform for television. Its audience network, powered by the largest anonymous TV viewing database ever created, reaches all 116 million US television homes.
Mr. Morgan previously founded and ran TACODA, Inc., an online advertising company that pioneered behavioral online marketing and was acquired by AOL in 2007 for $275 million. After the sale of TACODA, Mr. Morgan served a year as Executive Vice President, Global Advertising Strategy, at AOL, a Time Warner Company (TWX). In 1995, Mr. Morgan launched and built Real Media, Inc., one of the world’s first ad serving and online ad network companies and a predecessor to 24/7 Real Media (which was later sold to WPP.)
A lawyer by training, Mr. Morgan served as General Counsel and Director of New Media Ventures at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association in the early 1990’s.
Mr. Morgan is a Political Science graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and a holds a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. He serves on the boards of the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) and the American Press Institute (API), and was a long-time member of the executive committee and board of directors of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Mr. Morgan, his wife writer Lorea Canales, and their two daughters live in Manhattan.
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.