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Erick Schonfeld
Founding Partner, Traction Technology Partners

Erick has been discovering and working with startups his entire professional career as a technology journalist, startup event producer, and founder. Erick is a co-founder of TouchCast, the leading interactive video platform, and a partner at bMuse, a startup studio in New York City. He is the former Executive Producer of the DEMO conferences and former Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch (where he helped conceive, lead and select startups for the Disrupt conferences, among other duties). Prior to TechCrunch, which he joined as Co-Editor in 2007, Erick was Editor-at-Large for Business 2.0 magazine, and a senior writer at Fortune magazine covering technology.

Neal Silverman
Founding Partner, Traction Technology Partners

Neal has in-depth knowledge of both emerging technologies and the technology needs of larger enterprises. He served 15 years as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of DEMO—the world-renowned launching pad for emerging technology. Neal oversaw the expansion into international events, online development, and its professional services practice. He led the the expansion of the DEMO brand into China, Singapore, Africa, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Russia, and Brazil. Prior to joining DEMO (part of IDG Enterprise), Neal held executive management positions at Fast Company Magazine, US News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, and CMGI.

Editorial Board Members

Anita Brearton
Founder/CEO, CabinetM

Anita Brearton is the Founder/CEO of CabinetM, a platform that helps marketers make critical technology decisions in a rapidly transforming digital marketing environment. She is an experienced start-up executive, skilled at addressing the strategic operational and marketing challenges faced by high growth, early stage businesses. She has spent over 30 years in the US and throughout the Asia Pacific, working with a range of technology and internet-based companies as a senior operations executive, marketer, advisor and investor.

Heather Fletcher

Senior Content Editor
, Target Marketing

Fletcher is an award-winning journalist whose bylines have appeared in major publications such as The New York Times, The New York Daily News, New York Newsday and The New York Post. Throughout her 17-plus-year career as a reporter and editor, she’s run a news and political analysis website, worked as a stringer for the Associated Press during national conventions and an Inauguration and initiated investigative pieces and long-term feature assignments that took her off of her regular beats, which mainly included government and education coverage. While consulting for the Direct Marketing Association, Fletcher worked in the Member Communications area and as a press liaison. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in journalism from New York University. She joined Target Marketing in September 2008.

Thorin McGee
 Content Director
, Target Marketing

Thorin McGee is Editor-in-Chief of Target Marketing, a magazine and online publishing operation dedicated to strategies for profitable marketing. He oversees editorial direction and product development for all Target Marketing products. McGee came to NAPCO Media in October 2007 as online/production manager of Catalog Success (now Total Retail). He joined Target Marketing in August 2010, taking over for long-time editor-in-chief Hallie Mummert. McGee was previously senior editor of the consumer magazine InQuest Gamer, managing editor of the WUGamer website, and has spent time as a freelance magazine writer, website consultant and executive IT recruiter. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and History from Ursinus College.

Sheryl Schultz
Founder/President, CabinetM

Sheryl Schultz is the Founder/President of CabinetM, a platform that helps marketers make critical technology decisions in a rapidly transforming digital marketing environment. She has a deep understanding of the marketing and organizational challenges faced by growing businesses, as a result of over 30 years of working with technology companies as a marketer, board advisor, mentor, and investor.

Travis Wright
Co-Founder/CMO, CCP Digital

Travis Wright is a successful author, consultant, keynote speaker, entrepreneur, data & analytics geek, tech journalist, growth hacker, podcast host, and mediocre stand-up comic. He is the former global digital and social strategist at Symantec for the Norton brand, he was a Russian linguist in the US Army, and is the cofounder and Chief Marketing Technology Officer at CCP.Digital, a Kansas City & SF-based digital ad & content agency. Over the past 18 years, Wright has helped hundreds of B2B & B2C companies, from well-funded start-ups and SMBs to the Fortune 100. He is also a columnist at Inc. Magazine, podcast host of VentureBeat’s VB Engage, and author of his first book with Wiley & Sons, Digital Sense, which was published in December 2016.