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Scott is the VP of Platform Ecosystem at HubSpot, where he helps the company create more synergy with the rest of the marketing technology landscape. Previously, he was the co-founder and CTO of ion interactive, a software company that provides marketers with a platform for creating and testing interactive content, such as quizzes, assessments, solution finders, calculators, and more.

Scott has been an entrepreneur at the intersection of marketing and technology for some time. Previously he ran a web technology consultancy that built early web apps for CBS Sportsline, Tribune, the Miami Dolphins, and Fujitsu. He also started his career as a teenager, developing BBS software and dial-up multi-player games before the birth of the web.

He graduated from Columbia University with a BS in computer science and went on to get an MBA from MIT and an master’s degree in computer science from Harvard University.

He is also the author of

VP Platform Ecosystem, Hubspot

Scott Brinker


David is an innovative and passionate Technology Executive who specializes and excels at distilling challenging business problems into robust, game-changing and interactive experiences, contributing to measurable financial growth and results-driven solutions.

He's been deeply involved in advertising and marketing technology over 17 years, working with high profile clients such as Toyota, Mattel, BMW, Xbox, Microsoft, T-Mobile, AT&T, Gilead, Pfizer, Clorox and other fortune 500 companies. He has expert knowledge of executional approach and architecture, as well as how to articulate highly complex marketing initiatives and deliver successfully across multiple channels while maximizing ROI and bringing measurable results to clients.

He has depth in many verticals including automotive, healthcare and pharma, telco, CPG, travel and others. This includes full scale life-cycle marketing programs that reach beyond basic consumer segmentation, into more emergent spaces.

He's architected and developed robust solutions encompassing everything from real-time presence messaging and game engines to Enterprise sites deployed globally in over 30 markets.

Expert Associate Partner of Marketing Technology, McKinsey & Company

David Kalman

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A seasoned business executive and best-seller author, Bruno has extensive Fortune 100 and agency experience at fast-growing organizations. As Head of Global Marketing Operations at Visa, Bruno was responsible for driving marketing excellence around the world.

As Director of Global Agency Strategy and Management at Microsoft, he developed a company-wide approach to strengthening the brand globally and driving business impact through successful partnerships around the globe. Among other noteworthy accomplishments at Microsoft where he spent a decade, Bruno was instrumental in establishing Agency Management and CRM as central global disciplines. He received the prestigious Microsoft Marketing Excellence Award from Steve Ballmer, CEO, for his continued leadership in this area.

Bruno also held high level positions in fast growing companies – Avenue A/Razorfish, Visio and HMG/DDB Seattle where he played a critical role in driving measurable results and building successful organizations using robust data, analytics and digital competencies.

Bruno grew up in France, where he graduated from business school. He holds a MBA in Marketing and International Business and he is a frequent author/speaker.

Founder, Agency Mania Solutions (Formerly Visa, Sprint)

Bruno Gralpois


Siddharth is a strategic enterprise technology leader with extensive experience in all aspects of SaaS, Analytics and Big Data businesses: marketing, M&A, strategic planning, product management, sales and consulting.

He has a general manager approach with clear focus on managing growth, revenue and costs. He has a proven ability to make customers and ecosystem partners successful and to build and manage direct and virtual teams to enable success in new markets and verticals.

Siddharth has experience of successfully launching and go to market (GTM) of multiple businesses: strategy, positioning, messaging, demand generation, evangelism and thought leadership, analyst relations (AR, PR), market and competitive intelligence, sales enablement, strategic ecosystem partnerships, pricing, promotions and developing high-performing teams.

Head of Marketing Transformation, SAP

Siddharth Taparia


As the head of the marketing partners program at Pinterest, Michael is responsible for growing and managing the ecosystem of strategic technology partners working with some of the largest brands and advertisers around the world and helping drive their successes on Pinterest.


The Pinterest Marketing Partners program that Michael leads has over 40 technology partners and spans four specialties: advertising, content marketing, audiences and measurement. Before joining Pinterest, Michael was a global vice president at Kenshoo, an enterprise digital marketing software company.


Michael regularly speaks at conferences about the intersection of marketing and technology and is currently saving ideas about rooms with views.

Global Head of Partners, Pinterest

Michael Akkerman


Anand founded IntelliPhi to enable growth leaders to navigate complex go-to-market decisions using data, intelligent systems, and seasoned judgment.

With a multi-disciplinary background and mindset, he serves as a Martech industry contributor, analyst, speaker, as well as the co-collaborator on the Martech 5000.

He has over 15 years working with startups and growth-driven groups within enterprise companies such as Siemens, Silverpop/IBM, Microsoft, Blackstone, Georgia Tech Research Institute,, Fidelity, NYSE, and eBay. His experience includes marketing operations, sales enablement, digital experiences, business and market intelligence, and cognitive systems.

Through some successful ventures and lots of lessons, Anand advises select startups, enterprise executives, and investors delivering remarkable returns over his career. He also has a knack for identifying and cultivating rising sales, marketing, and entrepreneurial leaders.

He graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Computer Engineering and MBA from Georgia State University.

CEO, IntelliPhi

Anand Thanker

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Ermes in an innovative, highly adaptable, and results oriented leader with proven ability to enable a cross-functional team in a matrix organization to implement creative solutions through partnership, collaboration, customer-centric vision, and a positive attitude.

He has extensive experience driving projects from ideation to execution, using customer insights, partner needs and analytics as the cornerstones of all decision-making. Prior to Wells Fargo he has helped senior marketing positions at HSBC and Capital One

Vice President of Digital Marketing, Wells Fargo 

Ermes Becerra

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Christi is the Head of Evangelism for Bing at Microsoft and is on the Board of Directors for the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) and the University of Idaho School of Business. For over a decade Christi has led Digital Marketing teams at Microsoft, Expedia, Harry & David, Pointmarc and Point It.

She is passionate about search marketing and has spent her career helping businesses solve their marketing challenges and goals through studying and analyzing data to develop actionable insights and strategies. Christi has been recognized by PPC Hero and her peers as one of the top 25 Most Influential PPC Experts in 2018, 2017 and 2016 and 2015. She's spoken all over the globe on voice search, organic search and paid search.

Head of Evangelism, Microsoft

Christi Olson

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