Meet the Team
Dailybreak Media’s Management Team
Building on a background of driving revenue and profit through innovative media platforms, I am responsible for the company’s strategic direction, growth and corporate vision.
My past experience includes being CEO of Searchandise Commerce (sold to Rich Relevance), innovators of paid search for retail sites; CEO of Click-to-Call pioneer eStara through its acquisition by Art Technology Group (ATG); Co-founder, president and CEO of Dotomi; CEO of NewMediary through its sale to CNet Networks; President and CEO of AdSmart, driving tenfold growth and sale to Engage. I started at Ziff-Davis Publishing serving in many roles, ultimately as publisher of PC Week.
There’s a lot that excites me at Dailybreak: the product, the team and the opportunity, of course. But above all is being witness to the way that consumers engage when they raise their hands for gamified content … actions are amplified and everyone wins.
As CTO, I am responsible for keeping all systems running, and managing emerging issues as they arise.
I work as the advisor to several startups, and served on the technology team for the 2008 Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign, building the “Five Brothers Blog”, one of the most popular presidential campaign blogs to date. I also have a strategic development firm and have built a range of applications including CallerIDtest and Parktap.
Working at Dailybreak gives me the opportunity experiment with new technologies and directly utilize them to help our company and clients get better results with less cost.
I am the Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. I work with major accounts and content partners to create enormous value on both sides. I am directly involved in marketing and sales process, and oversee efforts to grow our reach and distribution across all demographics.
I have been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. Dailybreak, in all of its previous forms and iterations, was the natural outlet for us to express our desire to create a world-changing business.
I love working at Dailybreak because of the amazing team we’ve built across the entire company. I believe we have some of the brightest minds in our industry working to create the engagement platform for the future!
I run the team behind Dailybreak’s platform, analytics and emerging products and services.
I started as a graphic designer publishing punk rock zines by sneaking into offices and borrowing xerox machines, and selling them at local hardcore all ages shows. This morphed into a legitimate job as a graphic designer for Utica College of Syracuse University. I then started learning how to program, landing a series of engineering roles before moving to Boston in 2005 to work with Molecular. After 7 years there, I joined Dailybreak.
Solving problems. As an engineer, I thrive on having to solve problems, and at Dailybreak, because we are always looking for ways to improve *everything*, we never get comfortable, there’s always a better way to do something be it for our customers and partners. We have to be really smart and innovative in how problems get solved, and always have to be aware of not just re-inventing the something simply because we can. This means we always ask ourselves if there’s a better way, if we are solving the problem the best way we can. Engineers live for that.
As VP of Sales, I’m responsible for managing the overall sales process, setting appropriate metrics and implementing sales strategies with our team to achieve quarterly goals. In addition, I maintain key customer relationships, develop and implement strategies for expanding the company’s customer base.
Prior to joining Dailybreak, I was a top sales performer in the beverage industry at the Boston Beer Company.
Tough one, because there is so much goodness here. However, my favorite part of working at Dailybreak would have to be working together with our passionate team of entrepreneurs to transform the conversation between brands and consumers. Seeing how far we have come is impressive, but it is nothing compared to what we are going to accomplish.
As CMO, I manage the company’s branding and positioning, corporate communications, lead generation, sales support and product marketing initiatives.
I worked at email marketing company IMN as CMO, and prior to that, I worked as Vice President, Marketing at Searchandise Commerce, held senior marketing roles at eStara through its acquisition by ATG, EnvoyWorldWide and Clarke & Company Public Relations. My career began at Ziff Davis Publishing in a variety of sales and marketing roles supporting PC Week.
What stands out to me the most is the energy of the team. Everyone is pulling in the same direction, and is having a great time doing so.
A member of the Highland team since 2001, Bob focuses primarily on digital media and the internet. Prior to Highland, Bob served as the CEO of Terra Lycos formed in October 2000 with the $5.5 billion acquisition of Lycos by Terra Networks. Previously, Bob was the Founder of Lycos and served as its President and CEO since its inception in 1995 where he led Lycos from a start-up with $2 million in venture capital funding to become the most visited online destination in the world. Under his leadership, Lycos jumped from the fastest IPO in Nasdaq history to a global media entity and an esteemed member of the Nasdaq 100.
Bob is presently on the boards of Dailybreak, Gemvara, NameMedia, OpenSky, Handybook and SessionM. Previously, he served on the board of Bullhorn (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), Fastclick (Nasdaq: FSTC acquired by VCLK), Going (acquired by AOL), Navic (acquired by MSFT), Pixable (acquired by SingTel), Quattro (acquired by Apple), Quigo (acquired by AOL) and Turbine (acquired by Warner Bros.)
The best-selling author of Speed Is Life and a former advisor to President Clinton, Bob is sought out by companies and Congress alike for his digital media expertise. He has served on the boards of both public and private sector companies, including John Hancock, Ticketmaster and Terra Lycos. He also currently serves as a Trustee for Children’s Hospital Trust Board, The Rivers School and on the Board of Advisors for the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
For 12 years, Jon backed teams in almost every aspect of mobile, from advertising to infrastructure, service providers, spectrum and applications. Before CRV, he was general partner at Highland Capital Partners, leading mobile where he led or co-led investments in Quattro Wireless (sold to Apple), Starent Networks, (IPO, sold to Cisco), Optasite (sold to SBA Communications), and CCTV (sold to TerreStar). Prior to investments, Jon spent a decade in media at the Dow Jones Co. and the New York Times. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jon currently sits on the boards of affirmed, Fiksu, sessionM and Public Mobile in addition to Dailybreak.
Prior to investments, Jon spent a decade in media at the Dow Jones Co. and the New York Times. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Matthew Hanson joined GSV as a New York-based partner with GSV Asset Management in January 2012. Prior to GSV, he served as Head of Corporate Finance for ThinkEquity Partners, where Matt helped oversee the firm’s equity underwriting activity, raising $2.5 billion across 30 transactions. He also managed internal M&A activity and corporate development on behalf of the firm’s Management Committee.
Matt is a member of Dailybreak’s Board of Directors.
Matt also served as Investment Banker in the Global Corporate & Investment Banking Division at Bank of America Securities, LLC. Matt began his career in the Private Wealth Management Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a Financial Analyst helping to manage $3 billion for ultra-high net worth families, foundations, and charitable trusts.