Michael Bloom, CEO, Guardian US
Chris Dixon, general partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Michael Bloom is the CEO of Guardian News & Media, U.S. In this capacity, he leads the company's business and commercial operations and drives digital innovation across the web, mobile, tablet and emerging platforms.
Bloom is a veteran internet entrepreneur and senior operating executive who co-founded his first company, Stockpoint.com, in 1995 and later served as President of iAmaze, Inc., an early web platform company acquired by AOL.
At AOL, Bloom served as Vice President & General Manager, AOL Products, where he led several product divisions. He subsequently spent 5 years at Viacom / MTV Networks where he served as Senior Vice President & General Manager, Digital Media, and built the company's digital music business from the ground up and led all aspects of strategy and operations.
Before joining the Guardian, Bloom served as the Chief Digital Officer of Wenner Media / Rolling Stone. He is an advisor to technology startup companies and non-profit organizations and lives in the New York area with his wife and two children.
A successful entrepreneur in his own right, Chris Dixon began investing in other startups in 2009 and soon established himself as a brilliant predictor of market disruption, with early stakes in Pinterest, Kickstarter, Dropbox, Uber, Foursquare, BuzzFeed, Warby Parker, Makerbot, and others. Now Dixon—a general partner with the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz—is investing in Bitcoin software start-ups, optimistic that the digital currency will prove to be an important global payment platform and a critical new protocol for wide scale innovation. Dixon began his career as a programmer. In 2005 he cofounded the web security firm SideAdvisor, which was quickly snapped up by McAfee. Two years later he cofounded the recommendation service Hunch, serving as CEO; when eBay acquired that company in 2011, he remained on to manage the integration.