Girish Ramdas is the Co-founder and CEO of Magzter, a New York based startup that has been making waves in the global digital publishing business. In just over 3 years Magzter has crossed 24 million users from more than 175 countries with magazines and books from more than 2000 publishers worldwide.
He has more than 18 years of experience in cross-platform publishing, including print, mobile, and Web development. During this period, he has co-founded and run three successful start-up businesses. He has enabled magazine companies to go digital and helps them monetize their content across the digital world. Girish's deep industry experience in online, mobile and publishing ecosystems has made him an expert in acquisition, marketing and monetizing digital content across platforms globally.
He was voted the CIOL Technology Person of the Year for 2012 for his contribution to the global digital publishing business. He was invited to speak at the prestigious World Magazine Congress in Rome in 2013 to address the world publishers on digital publishing and its future. He was also awarded the TiE Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2013 and recently was listed in the Fortune magazine's 40 under 40 list of global Indian Entrepreneurs to look out for in 2014. Magzter has also been awarded the TiE “Billion dollar baby” award for companies that they predict will soon be billion dollar companies.
Prior to Magzter, he was the President of Dot Com Infoway (DCI) and Galatta Media. His duties included strategic marketing, partnership development, and monetizing content globally. DCI grew from a small team of 3 in 2000 to 300 by 2011 and was dealing with web, software and app development for clients globally.
In 2000, Girish also co-founded South India's largest entertainment portal www.galatta.com and published South India's first English language movie magazine in 2007 both of which continue to grow exponentially based on the strong foundation set by Girish during his tenure there.
Girish Ramdas was a State Rank holder in academics from Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Chennai and holds an Engineering degree from the Anna University, Chennai.
Fun facts: He has earned six Indian national gold medals in rifle shooting and holds the national record in one event. He runs 5 - 10 kms everyday. He is an avid Tennis player and golfer too!.
Vijay is the Co-founder & President of Magzter Inc.
Vijay entered the IT and media world as the Founder & CEO of NTS, an IT services company offering integrated engineering solutions; design and development engineering, product testing, standards compliance and project management services, to global clients.
NTS merged with Dot Com Infoway (DCI) in June 2005 and Vijay became the Chief Technology Officer of DCI. As CTO, he managed the IT team; monitoring small to large integrated projects, architecture for complex web, mobile and systems applications and executing internal IT audits for compliance with industry-expected standards. He also served as Chairman of SEPG for the CMMI process.
In June 2008, Vijay initiated the Mobile Application Development and Marketing wing of Dot Com Infoway, called DCI Mobile Studios; a leading mobile application developer in India; creating and marketing mobile apps for iPhone/iPad, Android & BlackBerry. DCI Mobile Studios has numerous successful, user-favorite apps under its belt, having developed and marketed business utility apps, entertainment apps, gaming apps, movie-related apps and eBook apps to name a few.
In 2011, with a vision to impact the publishing industry with the growing mobile/tablet, Vijay co-founded Magzter Inc, currently the world's fastest growing digital newsstand and Asia's largest newsstand.
Endowed with a keen business intellect, Vijay has traveled all over the world dealing with C-level executives and clients for the past 15 years. His experience in IT and the media industry spans over 14 years.
Vijayakumar Radhakrishnan holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Madras University and a Master's degree in Management from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani, India. A deep passion for technology, innovative problem-solving skills and proficiency in the latest web and mobile trends has earned him the reputation of a result-driven technology leader.
Mr. Michael D. Triunfo - Director of Sales.
Michael has over 20 years of experience in online development and the Publishing industry, holding various positions in Strategy and Sales. Michael now heads Magzter’s sales efforts in USA and works out of Magzter’s New York office.
Michael was previously with the McGraw-Hill Companies in New York since 2007 as Director of Sales at the Aviation Week Group, responsible for their print and online properties associated with the Business Aviation industry. He also had sales management responsibility for the Conferences and Events Division.
He has also held sales management positions with PostTech Media, a Washington Post company, ePublic Bids, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and Thomson Publishing.
John Paris began his career in broadcast news and was a CNN Radio News Anchor when he became fascinated by the potential of delivering news and information to handheld devices in 1999. He established CNN Mobile that year and went on to lead the design, development and marketing of CNN’s first mobile products and services, including the company’s earliest mobile websites and the first pan-global news text alert service in a strategic partnership with Nokia.
In 2006 John took an interest in leveraging digital platforms on behalf of print media and relocated to New York City to lead Mobile and Tablet Strategy for the magazine publishing giant Time Inc., where he supervised the launch of dozens of digital magazines and native apps along with mobile and tablet websites across the company’s 21 titles.
John has also been active in the digital advertising space, helping agencies to build successful mobile practices and pioneering innovative digital ad units. Representing Time Inc. on working groups with both the Interactive Advertising Bureau and Mobile Marketing Association, John helped develop the MRAID initiative leveraging HTML5 to standardize rich media ad specifications.
John has also been an active member of the Association of Magazine Media and the Online Publishers Association, and believes there is still a long runway ahead for print media to take best advantage of the great opportunities digital channels hold.
Mr. Josef Heinle - Sales Head.
Josef has more than 25 years of experience in multimedia, online and publishing industries. He has been working in Germany for HSB in making magazines and newspapers available to readers on the Internet. He was the pioneer of the digital newsstand business in Germany.
Josef has held several management positions at Siemens, Kleindienst, SHB, VTEL and NewsStand.
Josef works from Augsburg (Germany) and heads Magzter's sales efforts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Mr. Angus Urquhart - Sales Head.
Angus has over 20 years experience in publishing having held senior management positions in leading global media companies and has extensive experience of digital publishing, sales management and global markets as well as publishing his own magazines. He has been involved in digital publishing since 1996 and has been involved in the development of print into digital both with newspapers and magazines and understands the importance and challenges of getting this right as a publisher and brings that experience to help publishers make their digital strategy really work for them through Magzter.
Angus worked at USA Today - the largest circulation newspaper in the US for 14 years where he ran all advertising and commercial efforts across EMEA delivering $12 million per annum of revenue. He then went to the world's largest in flight media company Ink Global where as Group Publishing Director he was responsible for publishing 7 magazines for market leading travel companies such as Eurostar, KLM and United Airlines.
Angus then worked on developing purely digital magazines and launched the world's first all digital luxury watch magazine for the iPad and the world's first all digital Porsche title as well as a watch title for the US market. He is based in Magzter's London office and is responsible for the UK market.
Mrs. Marzia Ghiselli - Director - Content Acquisition.
Marzia is a successful sales expert based in London with more than 20 years of book, magazine and newspaper business experience. Her last job was at the Bookseller Group where she was responsible for developing and implementing their commercial strategy. This included managing and generating revenue across the product portfolio with a particular focus on print and digital products.
Previously she has worked with top UK media companies including Times Newspapers and Illustrated London News.
She is based in London, and is responsible for content acquisition for the book market in Italy and the UK, and magazines in Italy.
Mr. Aaron Wall - Director - Strategic Alliances.
Aaron is a successful business development strategist who has 10 years of experience in emerging Internet and mobile technologies. Aaron has been responsible for implementing partnerships with many Fortune 500 companies and various Agencies including Cisco, Marriott, Havas and most recently Clear Channel.
Previously, he has held senior management positions at successful startups and corporations including a revolutionary Mobile APP company and his own consulting firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Aaron is based in New York and overseas strategic partnerships and alliances for the company.
Mr. Sebastiano Meneghello - Director - Content Acquisition.
Sebastiano is a media and sales professional with more than 18 years of international experience of which 8 years have been focused in the digital magazine business. During his extensive work experience in the Spanish, Italian and Latin American markets, he had the opportunity to broaden his knowledge of many different aspects of fast-growing digital and e-commerce companies as well as cross-platform publishing.
With a degree in Law from Italy, he has also specialized in International Copyright Laws.
He is based in Barcelona, and he is responsible for content acquisition in Spain and Latin America.
Mr. Rajesh Raju - Kalaari Capital Partners.
Rajesh is a Managing Director at IndoUS Venture Partners (IUVP). Rajesh brings over 10 years of financial services and investment leadership experience across technology, consumer services, and the media and entertainment sectors. Before joining IUVP, he spent nearly five years as an Investment Director at Peepul Capital, an early entrant into India's burgeoning private equity space. He helped lead the firm's foray into the consumer services sector, which led to some marquee investments in the retail segment. He led the entire lifecycle of sourcing to exit in MedPlus Health Services, one of the notable transactions in the Indian retail sector. He is often sought out to share his experiences and expertise in the retail sector and has participated in various forums, conferences and panels. He also led Peepul Capital's investments in the technology sector. He enjoys partnering with budding entrepreneurs to build companies and has also had experience working with troubled companies in their turnaround efforts.
In addition to his India investing experience, Rajesh has six years of experience in investment banking, equity research and private equity in the U.S. at Merrill Lynch, Robert W. Baird & Co., and SilverYoung Partners respectively. He has eight additional years of operating experience in the technology sector, including roles that span strategic alliances, sales and marketing strategies, engineering, and M&A through his service at Sybase Inc.
Rajesh earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from BITS-Pilani, India, a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Marquette University, USA and an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago (Booth School of Business). He heads the Booth alumni chapter in Hyderabad and he is a part of Booth's India Alumni Club leadership team. He is a charter member of TiE Hyderabad and a founding member of E&Y's Hyderabad CFO Forum. He has been an active participant and a steering committee member of TiE-ISB Connect and has helped with the formation of Hyderabad Angels.
Mr. Sampath Pudhukottai - Kalaari Capital Partners.
Sampathkumar (Sampath) Pudhukottai is a Principal with IndoUS Venture Partners (IUVP). Sampath is a passionate business problem solver with over a decade of rich experience in the technology industry, spanning software companies in India and in the Silicon Valley.
Prior to joining IUVP in 2006, Sampath held senior product management roles with Certus Software Inc. and Oracle Corp., where he worked with large enterprises, in successfully bringing enterprise software products to market, for regulatory compliance.
At Yodlee Inc., a pioneer startup in internet account aggregation, Sampath had a successful start as a Product Manager forging successful deals with customers, OEM and Application partners. In 2000, Sampath, founded Yodlee's offshore development center in Bangalore, helping recruit a solid development team in a span of less than 8 months.
Sampath has authored whitepapers, filed for patents in the areas of Internet Account aggregation and Regulatory Compliance. Sampath holds an MBA from IIM, Kolkata, and a Bachelor's in EE from IIT, Chennai.
Mr. Low Huan Ping - Singapore Press Holdings.
Huan Ping is the Executive Vice-President, Technology (IT & Production). He has been with the Group since 1987. Huan Ping is also a director of M1 Limited, iFast Corporation Pte Ltd, MediaCorp Press Ltd and Shareinvestor.com Holdings Ltd.
Huan Ping started his career at the Ministry of Defence, where he subsequently headed various IT departments.
Huan Ping holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts from Cambridge University, where he read Engineering and a Master of Science from the University of Singapore. He also graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Since May 2012, he also oversees the Production Division.
Mr. Sree Sreenivasan - Dean - Columbia Journalism School.
Dean of Student Affairs & digital media professor, Columbia Journalism School.
Contributing editor, DNAinfo.com, a hyperlocal Manhattan news site he helped launch in 2009 (one of BusinessInsider's top 6 news startups of 2010).
Technology expert & skeptic.
Commentator on tech and media issues.
One of Poynter's 35 most influential people in social media; one of AdAge's 25 media people to follow on Twitter; one of SPJ's top 25 journalists to follow on Twitter; and one of 22 professors named to the "Top 100 Twitterers in Academia" by OnlineSchools.org, and a judge for the Shorty Awards.
Co-founder, SAJA, South Asian Journalists Association; founding administrator, Online Journalism Awards.
Mrs. Cyndi Stivers - Senior Vice President, Tina Brown Live Media.
Cyndi Stivers is senior vice president of Tina Brown Live Media, producer of the annual Women in the World Summit at New York's Lincoln Center and other live journalism events. She is also a senior adviser to the Acumen Fund. Before an almost-too-brief-to-mention stint at AOL, she was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journalism Review, and she has taught for the past six years at Columbia Journalism School.
Stivers began her career in newspapers, toiling full-time at the New York Post during her last two years as an undergrad at Barnard College. She has since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on just about every platform: magazines (including LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, and Vanity Fair), TV (VH1), radio (she supervised the start of Martha Stewart's 24-hour SiriusXM satellite-radio channel), and online (where her experience extends back to the early ’90s, launching Premiere on CompuServe). From 1995 to 2005, while in charge of North American operations for London-based Time Out Group Ltd., she led the creation of Time Out magazines and websites for New York and Chicago, and of the print/online hybrid Time Out New York Kids.
A proud trustee of Barnard, Stivers chairs the board's Committee on Governance and Nominations. She lives in Harlem with her husband—and a dove (who came in from the wild) named Milton.
Xavier has been working in media including publishing, television and online for over 18 years on behalf of UK, French and US companies. He started in advertising sales for international media groups and since has acquired a strong experience in pan European new business development and published magazines in the luxury, finance and defence sectors.
Xavier has developed his interest for the digital sector while working as a publisher to target larger audiences that only the digital industry can provide. During that period, he launched applications across all technologies available and can help publishers interested to grow their digital sector by sharing his own personal experience.
Xavier is in charge of content acquisition and business development for France and French speaking countries.
Srikanth is a media professional with more than 25 years of experience of which the last 4 years has been focused in the area of digital magazine business.
Previously he has worked with various leading media houses in India for Ad sales in Print, Magazines, Radio,Television& Outdoor.
Holds a degree in Commerce from University of Madras.
He is responsible for Magzter's Strategic Alliance initiatives across the region of Asia.
Abe is a digital leader in the media and entertainment industry with broad experience in product development and technology leadership in eCommerce, Mobile, User Experience, Content Management and Business Intelligence. Abe’s background is firmly rooted in supporting subscription based offerings and using consumer data to drive deeper engagement and higher retention. He has also been at the forefront in providing technology innovation in support of personalization, targeting and recommendation capabilities driving industry leading metrics for consumer retention and satisfaction.
Abe’s most recent position was at Time Inc. where he was a key leader in accelerating the transformation to digital. Abe was with Time Inc. for over 10 years and was named Chief Technology Officer in 2009.
Abe was the executive leading the strategy and core digital technologies in support of new business models and product development. He oversaw the technology development that led to a unique patented approach for driving subscription capabilities for the bundling of print and digital products. Abe also created and led an elite digital development group for mobile products that built and supported over 50+ apps with many receiving industry awards and recognition.
Before that he was Vice President of Technology at HBO leading application development and notably building HBO’s first direct to consumer offering for satellite subscribers.
In his 25+ years of experience with Time Warner, Abe is known for driving innovation and for being a proactive, knowledgeable and business-oriented leader that provides vision and expert execution.
He has a long and impressive track record of success in driving strategy and building core digital technologies in support of new business models and product development for many large digital, Internet and mobile efforts.
Abe is also a certified executive coach who enjoys helping and inspiring executives at all levels build and grow their leadership skills. He has helped mentor and develop countless staff and peers who have gone on to enjoy amazing successful careers.
Christopher Quirin is a Senior level executive with 30+ years in solution oriented sales and management. In his career he has worked with most of the Fortune 500 brands and companies offering innovative solutions to complex problems.
He utilizes the three P’s: Purpose Process Payoff. His most recent business enterprise required multiple skill sets to analyze the strategic direction, employ newest and best business practices and management of channel development and strategic alliances.
As VP Ad Sales, Kathy Thelmo juggles the task of monetizing Magzter’s services while helping publishing companies and advertisers find ways to expand reach and leverage additional revenue potential through the Company’s global offerings. With over 15 years in digital ad sales and management experience incorporating a solutions-focused approach, Kathy provides a unique perspective having worked primarily with publishing and media companies on the digital side to address effectively the dynamic challenges faced by the fast growing global community of mobile users as she looks to deliver value to consumers through advertising.
An innovative leader with proven success generating significant revenue through strategic partnerships, Kathy understands the intrinsic value of brands through market positioning with the ability to direct cross-functional teams towards achieving both corporate and brand objectives. Having worked at companies like Newsweek, Daily Beast, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Reader’s Digest, AccuWeather, The New York Times Digital and Bloomberg, she has developed relationships across a multitude of advertisers that spans across industry with P&G, Toyota, American Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, Nissan, KIA, HP, GM, Disney, Clorox, Unilever, Sony, Macy’s, Prudential, Best Buy, Citibank, GE, Kraft, Microsoft, KitchenAid, Expedia, Four Seasons, Pfizer, Coke, LG, Merck, Mars, Audi, Porsche, Starwood, Hilton, Novartis, Walmart, FedEx, Starbucks and Samsung to name a few.
Her early career focused on development in the non-profit sector for the arts but translated easily into digital ad sales in the late 90s. Her passion and support for the arts continues as she served the last few years as vice-chair of American Ballet Theatre’s Culinary Pas de Deux, an annual fundraising venue for the US premiere ballet company. She holds a degree from Barnard College, Columbia University in NYC and is responsible for generating ad revenue partnerships globally while looking forward to making a positive impact on Magzter.
Scott is a 23-year veteran of the publishing industry of which seven of those most recent years have been spent in the digital arena. His previous experiences at Zinio and GTxcel have seen exponential growth in the digital magazine market place. Since 2008, Scott has been responsible for bringing many top tier consumer publishers into the digital space as well as developing new business opportunities with non-traditional publishers – specifically professional sports organizations and travel industry brands.
He is based in New York and is directly responsible for Magzter’s content acquisition in the United States and Canada as well as overseeing content acquisition efforts globally.
On a personal note, Scott is a recreational tennis player and long-distance runner. He completed his first half marathon in June 2013.