Ophir TanzChief Executive Officer
Ophir Tanz is the CEO and founder of GumGum, an artificial intelligence company with deep expertise in computer vision. Under his leadership, GumGum created the first and largest In-Image advertising platform, revolutionizing the industry.
Ophir’s was named one of Adweek’s “Young Influentials,” was featured on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine and received the Siemer Summit Innovation in Advertising Award.
Prior to launching GumGum in 2008, Ophir was the CEO and co-founder of Mojungle.com, a mobile media-sharing platform that was sold to Shozu.com in 2007. Before this, Ophir co-founded and sold Fluidesign, an award-winning interactive and branding agency.
Ophir holds a B.S. and a M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Phil SchraederPresident & Chief Operating Officer
Phil Schraeder is GumGum’s President and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for overall management, sales, financial planning, management, controls and human resources. His 18 years of experience helped GumGum rise to be an industry leader in the computer vision and marketing spaces.
Phil was a finalist in the 2014 Los Angeles Business Journal CFO of the Year Award.
Prior to joining GumGum, he was VP of Finance at Verifi, Inc., a full-service provider of global electronic payment and risk management solutions, where he was responsible for financial operations and forecasting. Prior to joining Verifi, Phil oversaw accounting and reporting at RealD, Inc, a leading global licensor of 3D technologies, where he was heavily involved in the strategic acquisition of a key supplier, an equity raise of $50 million and the implementation of its ERP system. Prior to RealD, Phil spent four years at New Regency Entertainment where he was the Manager of Finance and was responsible for financial modeling and reporting on feature films.
Phil began his career at KPMG, LLP in Chicago after earning his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy with a minor in Communications from Northern Illinois University.
Ken WeinerChief Technology Officer
Ken Weiner is GumGum’s Chief Technology Officer. With over 15 years of experience in digital technology, Ken leads his engineering and product teams to build the leading computer vision platform for marketers.
Ken was LA Business Journal’s 2015 CTO of the Year and was included in the 2003 InfoWorld Top 100 for his open source project uPortal, the leading open source web portal framework for the higher education community that is still used by top universities today. He takes an active role in the ad tech industry and can be seen speaking at conferences and participating in advertising industry groups like IAB’s Open RTB Working Group and LA Ad Tech Meetups.
Prior to GumGum, Ken was the Director of Engineering at lead-generation platform LowerMyBills.com which was acquired by Experian in 2005. Prior to LowerMyBills, Ken was an open source software consultant, project manager, and instructor at Interactive Business Solutions (IBS) which was acquired by Unicon Inc. in 2003.
Ken received a Bachelor of Science from UCLA and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. Away from the office, Ken enjoys mountain biking, hiking, California native plants, jazz music, and playing the saxophone.
Ben PlomionChief Marketing Officer
Ben is the Chief Marketing Officer at GumGum, with responsibility for brand management, integrated marketing programs and corporate communications. He oversees the planning, execution and distribution of consistent industry-leading content marketing campaigns. Ben helped significantly raise GumGum’s profile as a leading voice in the computer vision and digital marketing spaces.
Ben is a guest columnist for top trade publications such as The Economist Marketing Unbound, MediaPost and CMO.com. He also regularly speaks at industry events such as AMA, OMMA and Contently.
Ben brings 15 years of experience in marketing, communications and also business development. Most recently, Ben was the Head of Marketing for Chango. He built the marketing organization and led the company all the way to the acquisition by Rubicon Project. Prior to GumGum, he held a variety of marketing leadership positions at GE where he established and led the global digital media practice.
Ben is a native from France and graduated from GE’s Experienced Commercial Leadership program after completing his MBA at McGill University. He lives in Venice Beach in California with his wife and son, and is an avid surfer and skateboarder.
Greg PritchardSenior Vice President, International Development
Greg Pritchard is the SVP of International Development at GumGum. Under his leadership GumGum has expanded into EMEA and APAC, while launching strategic partnerships with agency holding groups, trading desks and premium publishers across these markets.
Greg joined GumGum in 2010 to lead publisher development, overseeing the strategy and launch of the industry's first In-Image advertising platform and its growth to 400 million unique users. Greg also lead the launch of GumGum's programmatic offering and Visual Intelligence technology.
Greg grew up in Minneapolis, MN and holds a B.A.in History from the University of Minnesota."
Yves SisteronCo-Founder and Partner, Upfront Ventures
Yves has been a Partner at Upfront since its founding in 1996. Prior to Upfront Ventures, Yves managed the U.S. investments of Fourcar B.V., a division of Carrefour S.A., the second largest retailer in the world. In this capacity, he was an investor in numerous private equity investments in a number of venture capital, emerging growth and later-stage retailing transactions.
Yves has SaaS/Cloud Software and Consumer Internet / Consumer domain expertise. He has helped build $1B+ businesses in both verticals and has operational experience at a leading European retailer.
John HadlVenture Partner, US Venture Partners
John was a Venture Partner at US Venture Partners (USVP) from 2010-2015 and has been associated with over $10bn in exits including: Admob (acquired by Google), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), BlueKai (acquired by Oracle), Neven Vision (acquired by Google), Millennial Media (IPO 2012); Savings.com (acquired by Cox), JumpTap (acquired by millennial Media), GoPro (2014 IPO), MedioSystems (acquired by Nokia). John Is currently an investor in Zefr, PlaceIQ, Quantifind, Swoop, SessionM, Wedge Buster, GumGum, Whisper, Credit Key and Tubular Labs.
Prior to USVP, John was the founder and CEO of Brand in Hand (acquired in 2010) where he and his team advised on or executed initiatives for major brand marketers like P&G, Coke, American Express, General Mills, Lions Gate Studios and Best Buy. John has been awarded Brand Week’s "Marketers of the Next Generation," and Advertising Age has acknowledged John as one of its distinguished 40 Under 40 executives. John frequently keynotes and participates in industry leading events. He holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Robert BassmanManaging Principal, Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital
Robert Bassman is a Managing Principal of Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, Morgan Stanley’s growth-focused private investment fund targeting equity and credit investments into privately-held businesses. Previously, Robert was a member of Morgan Stanley Principal Investments and Morgan Stanley's Special Situation Group, both on-balance sheet investment vehicles where he focused on private equity and credit investments for Morgan Stanley. He serves as a Director and has led investments into HighQ Solutions, Nutanix, Zappos.com, Docuware, Vigilant Solutions, EcoIntense, Callfire, Blinds.com, eCentria, Bloom Energy, JHP Pharmaceuticals, Mitel Networks, Pure Digital Technologies, DigitalGlobe and TVN Entertainment. Robert joined Morgan Stanley as an Analyst in the Media and Communications Group within the Investment Banking Division. Robert is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and also spent one year at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Howard MorganManaging Partner, First Round Capital
Dr. Howard Morgan is co-founder/ partner in First Round Capital, a seed stage venture capital firm. He has more than 30 years of experience with more than two hundred high-tech entrepreneurial ventures. He serves on the boards of Idealab, Kentik, Memsql, Augury and other companies. Howard was a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell and Caltech. He a Trustee of Cold Spring Harbor Labs and Math For America and is a respected author. He received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University (1968) and a B.S. from the CCNY (1965).
Mark SusterGeneral Partner, Upfront Ventures
Mark Suster is a Partner at Upfront Ventures. He joined the firm in 2007 after having previously worked with Upfront Ventures for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Before joining Upfront Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, a European SaaS company that was acquired by SWORD Group. Earlier in his career, Mark spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Mark looks to invest in passionate entrepreneurs in early-stage technology businesses. His interests include Digital Content and Distribution, AdTech, Consumer Internet, and SaaS businesses and he has deep operating experience having started and sold his last two companies.
Patrick KerinsSpecial Partner
Patrick joined NEA in 2006 as General Partner focusing on technology investments, particularly Software-as-a-Service, digital media, mobile technology and Internet companies. He is a director of BedRocket Media, BuzzFeed, ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM), Millennial Media (NYSE: MM), Spring Wireless and Videology. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick was General Partner of Grotech Capital Group, investing in high-tech companies and serving on the boards of Advertising.com, CDnow, Fieldglass Software, SALIX Technologies and Synchrologic. Previously, Patrick spent 10 years at Alex. Brown & Sons as an investment banker for technology companies. He was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy on the staff of Admiral H.G. Rickover at the Headquarters of the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program. Patrick is Chairman Emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. He received an MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and a BS degree from Villanova University.