Alun was variously the Editor, Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of New Scientist magazine from 1992 up until 2005, and was a member of the Board of IPC Media, Europe’s largest magazine house and now a part of Time Warner. During his time as Publishing Director at New Scientist, he successfully launched the magazine in the United States, first as an internet-based business and then as a print publication. New Scientist‘s internet business has been particularly successful and its strategic development is used as a business case study for the London Business School MBA course. Earlier he held senior roles at the journals Nature and Science. He has published two books on science and technology in Japan and several scientific papers in the field of behavior and neurobiology.
Alun Anderson has been a Member of the Royal Society Committee on the Public Understanding of Science and a Member of the Council of the University of Sussex and is currently a Member of the Council of the Royal Institution, Britain’s most prestigious science communication organization. He has three times been voted ‘Editor of the Year’ by the British Society of Magazine Editors (1993, 1995 and 1997). In 1997 he was also voted the ‘Editors’ Editor of the Year’. In 2000, the London Evening Standard listed him as one of London’s most influential people and The Australian newspaper named him as one of the world’s top 100 thinkers.
(See Bob’s bio above.)
For over three decades Jason Chudnofsky has been at the core of the ever-expanding technology events business launching flagship trade shows and expositions in venues across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. Jason served as President of the Interface Group, Comdex Events World Wide, and the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. He has served on the Boards of Directors for: Folio Exhibits, Inc., Tech Corps, SOFTBANK Japan, Inc., Ziff Davis, Inc., Key3Media Group, Quantum Clicks, Logo Wire, Hook Media, Pulver Media, Next Step Technology, Visiting Nurses Association, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Museum of Science.
Chudnofsky is a nationally known sales and management training consultant. Born in Boston, Chudnofsky holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from Northeastern University. He and his wife Judy have two daughters and two grandchildren and make their home in Needham, MA.
Beth Monaghan is principal and co-founder of InkHouse, one of the nation’s fastest growing PR firms. The bi-coastal agency specializes in media and content programs for innovative organizations. Named by PR News as one of the “Top Women in PR,” Beth is a frequent speaker and author on media strategies whose views have been cited in outlets ranging from Boston.com to PR Week, the Associated Press, PR News, Ragan’s PR Daily, and The Holmes Report. In her personal time, Beth is a passionate advocate for equality. She was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to the Women in the Workplace Task Force in 2014 and she also sits on the Women’s Network Advisory Board for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Beth has been featured in Forbes, NPR, TIME, and NBC News about women’s potential in the workplace. She blogs at InkLings and on Medium. Find her on Twitter: @bamonaghan.
Alan is a serial entrepreneur and active investor in the Boston technology companies. He co-Founded Where.com, a mobile location-based media company, which was sold to eBay in 2011. Alan also co-founded Frame Media, Instant Information, and Nurse.com. Alan’s current project is DRONELIFE.com, where he is CEO and Publisher.
Alan was at GrandBanks Capital, a Softbank affiliate, and before that, Alan served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of ZDNet, where he managed technology, infrastructure, and operations and was instrumental in the sale of ZDNet to CNet for $1.4 billion.
Alan is a member of CommonAngels and a Special Advisor to DataPoint Capital.
Chris is a former managing director of CommonAngels, where he invested in technology startups. He led CommonAngels investments in Carbonite (IPO: CARB), Linkable Networks, Practically Green, OwnerIQ, Xconomy, Insightix, Blaze Software, Offerpop, Yieldbot, Kibits, and Powerhouse Dynamics. His investment focus is in Internet, digital media, and software sectors. Previously, he was a venture partner at Industry Ventures where he was actively involved in the acquisition and management of secondary venture investment portfolios.
Prior to Industry Ventures, Chris was a Director of Corporate Development for BEA Systems, a leading enterprise software company with over $1B in sales. Prior to BEA, Chris led the private equity practice for the startup research firm, Stax Inc. Chris also spent six years with the top ranked investment bank in Australia and co-founded an investment firm, Northstate Partners. He started his career as an equity analyst. He also serves on the board for the Center for Women & Enterprise, is a mentor at TechStars, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, Australia.
William C. Taylor (special advisor)
William C. Taylor is an agenda-setting thinker, writer, and entrepreneur. His new book, Mavericks at Work, has been a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, and was named a “Best Business Book of 2006” by The Economist, the Financial Times, and Amazon.com. As cofounder and founding editor of Fast Company, he launched a magazine that earned a passionate following among executives and entrepreneurs around the world and won two coveted National Magazine Awards. His management blog, “Game Changer,” appears weekly on HarvardBusiness Online, and his column, “Bill Taylor on Big Ideas,” runs in London’s Guardian newspaper. He is a member of the Xconomy board of directors.
Steve Woit (Founding Publisher and Special Advisor)
Steve is the founder of Riga Ventures, a venture firm that invests in media, software, and Internet businesses. He helped fund 02138, a magazine and website focused on the Harvard University alumni community, which was purchased by the Atlantic Media Group (publishers of the Atlantic Monthly) in 2006. He was a leading investor in Bitpipe, where he served as EVP of Sales and Marketing; the company was acquired by TechTarget for $40 million in 2004.
Steve also worked for 17 years for Patrick J. McGovern, Chairman and founder of International Data Group (IDG), the largest global publisher of technology publications and websites and a leading global technology venture investor. While at IDG, he was responsible for overseeing the launch of new publication and Web-based businesses. He was a General Partner at IDG Ventures and served as Publisher and President of Federal Computer Week, President of Web Shopper, EVP of Computerworld, and Director of Business Development and Vice President/New Products for IDG worldwide. Since 1999, Steve has been an active member of the angel investment group CommonAngels and formerly sat on the group’s Board of Directors.