Where: General Assembly – 2nd Street, Santa Monica
When: Tuesday, March 10th from 6:30-9:30pm
Cody Simms, Managing Director, Techstars
Cody has been operating at the intersection of technology and media since the late 1990s when his first employer Snap.com merged into NBC Internet. He is particularly interested in the ever-changing ways that our increasingly networked and connected society, creates, distributes and consumes information.
Cody is presently Managing Director for Techstars in Los Angeles where he is working along with The Walt Disney Company to deliver Disney Accelerator, a mentorship-driven investment program for technology-enabled media and entertainment startups. (Learn more at http://disneyaccelerator.com.) Previously, Cody was Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon where he led a team responsible for product development activities across all consumer platforms (mobile, tablet, web), publisher products, and StumbleUpon’s pioneering and profitable native advertising platform, Paid Discovery.
Prior to StumbleUpon, Cody served as Vice President of Product at Yahoo! with global responsibility for entertainment products including Yahoo! Movies, omg!, Shine, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! TV, and Yahoo! Games, spanning 30+ global markets and encompassing approximately $200M in revenue. In preceding roles at Yahoo, Cody led many of Yahoo!’s social and developer platform initiatives including the Yahoo! Developer Network.
Earlier in his career, Cody worked in product management capacticies at The New York Times, Sprint and NBC Internet. He has developed courses and taught in adjunct capacity at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He holds an MA in Transnational Communications and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum laude graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in history and East Asian languages and a focus on Mandarin Chinese. When he’s not working or with his family, Cody can often be found in the Pacific Ocean trying to make his Kansas heritage proud by attempting to catch some waves.
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Joe Famalette, Chapter Director
Joe Famalette has immersed himself into the entrepreneurial world from a young age. Joe is the founder and CEO of OneMusicPortal, a music platform designed to help emerging artists be discovered. Joe’s team consists of software engineers working at Microsoft and Success Factors, marketing ambassadors from around the country and a number of talented in-house musicians. Joe and his team currently create and execute marketing strategies for a number of musicians ranging from Michael Jordan’s violinist to emerging hip hop artists and electronic dance music DJ’s. Driven and determined, Joe fought through the challenges that every new business leader faces when they set out to change the world. His journey led him to re-launch Startup Grind’s Minneapolis chapter where he operated as the Director from March 2014 to August 2014. Now, Joe looks forward to bringing Startup Grind back to Los Angeles and it’s booming community of entrepreneurs.
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