338 posts written by 81 Outbrain smarty pants
Alex Cheeseman is Outbrain's director of brands and agencies in the UK.
Amit Elisha is Vice President of Products at Outbrain. He overseas Outbrain’s Product Management group and has more than 10 years of experience in digital media and technology, in Israel and New York. Prior to joining Outbrain, Amit was an early employee and a Production Director at Quigo Technologies’ Feedpoint Devision, a provider of search engine and comparison shopping engine marketing solutions. He currently resides in Israel.
Ayal is the general manager of Australia and New Zealand for Outbrain, the leading content discovery solution. In his role, Ayal oversees the establishment and growth of Outbrain's relationships with publishers, brands, and agencies in the region, driving the company's efforts to get great content discovered by highly engaged audience. Prior to joining Outbrain, Ayal held different marketing, strategy, and product management positions in B2B software and internet companies. He holds a BSc in Information Systems Engineering from The Israel Institute of Technology and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from the IDC.
Brian Loebig is the owner of LoebigInk.com, author of TheInkBlog.net, CriminalThinking.net and part-time Technology Manager for the Alliance for Performance Excellence, Brian has over 15 years of experience working in the quality improvement, human services and technology fields as an administrator and consultant.
Bryan Christman is Director of Mobile at Outbrain. He works closely with business, account management and product teams as the Global Mobile Ambassador. Prior to Outbrain, Bryan led client service and strategy teams for Motricity (NASDAQ: MOTR), Adenyo and MoVoxx.
Dalit is a Product Manager at Outbrain who loves the web world. She holds Computer Science & MBA degrees and is passionate about innovation, new ideas, start-ups, technology and social media.
David Sasson is the Chief Operating Officer at Outbrain. Prior to joining Outbrain, David was COO of Quigo Technologies, Inc. which was acquired by AOL in 2007 for $340 million. At Quigo, David led the FeedPoint/SEM division along with Quigo's product management teams. Prior to Quigo, David was Vice President of Advertising at Juno Online Services (later part of United Online), where he developed new advertising technologies and managed client services. David was also co-founder of Advocacy Inc., a leading interactive agency for political campaigns, congressional offices and issue advocacy. David graduated with high honors from Haverford College and now lives in New York City.
Eric MacColl is the Marketing Manager at Scripted. Scripted is a writing service for businesses who need high quality blog posts, website copy, white papers, and social media posts from a pool of expert US-based ghostwriters. Eric is passionate about SEO, paid search, content marketing, and digital marketing strategies.
Gilad is Senior Vice President of Strategy at Outbrain. Previously, he led the brands and agencies team at Outbrain. Gilad brings more than 19 years of experience in the digital media and technology fields. Before joining Outbrain, Gilad was VP of Digital Media and Principal at Carmel Ventures, one of Israel's top tier venture capital firms, where he was highly engaged in Carmel's investments in digital media, Internet and mobile startups. Before Carmel, Gilad was a Senior Director of Marketing and Product Management at Comverse Technology, a leading provider of value-added services for Telco Providers. Gilad holds a B.A. in economics and business management from Bar-Ilan University and a Global MBA cum laude from the IDC Herzelia. Gilad is also a first lieutenant (reserve) in the Israeli Army’s technology unit (Mamram).
Ido is the Director of Business Development for Outbrain in Israel. He began his internet career during is engineering studies when he joined a small startup company that focused on financial trading, and prior to joining the Outbrain team Ido has been working on business development projects and R&D funding consultancy for companies focusing on the online world. Ido holds a B.Sc. in Materials Engineering from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, and enjoys long distance running.
Jeff is Director of Business Development at Outbrain. He began his career believing that there was no place he’d rather work than Capitol Hill. But after four months of actually working there, he realized he’d rather be anywhere else. In 2006, he left the Hill to work as the deputy communications director for Jim Webb’s Senate campaign. Since that campaign, he's worked in various editorial, product and business development roles for Yahoo! News, RealClearPolitics and Health Central.
John is Executive Vice President, Head of Global Business at Outbrain. John is responsible for creating strategic partnerships for the company across all channels. Prior to joining Outbrain, John held sales and management positions with Time Inc. and Reuters in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida. Working with top brands and advertising agencies, John focused on delivering digital solutions both in the consumer and enterprise sectors. Before crossing over to the sales side, John started his career in the media department of ad agency, Ammirati & Puris in New York. An honors graduate from the University of Colorado, John resides in New Jersey.
Juan is the Content Strategy Manager at Outbrain. He is responsible for determining the overall tone and editorial direction of the company's marketing offerings. Juan is a former Senior Editor at Direct Marketing News, where he covered direct and digital marketing, e-commerce and CRM. His writing has appeared in CRM Magazine, Direct Marketing News and Publishers Weekly, as well as on Esquire.com, ClickZ.com and on ContentMarketingInstitute.com. Juan holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in creative writing from Columbia University. He holds a BA in creative writing from Bard College.
Kelly is Senior Marketing Manager at Outbrain. Previously, she was the founding editor of Urlesque, an AOL-owned website covering internet trends, web humor and viral media. She is passionate about great content, the next big thing, internet memes and cats.
Kevin is passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, and helping people feed their curiosity. He is an account manager on Outbrain's Partner Development team and co-founder of Griot Apparel, an educational fashion brand. In his free time, Kevin is working on an app that will replace Congress. He studied philosophy, international relations, and business strategy at Syracuse, Oxford, and Columbia, but sees the world as a classroom.
Lisa is Vice President of Marketing at Outbrain. Lisa previously served as Director of Marketing at fashion and lifestyle brand DailyCandy where she built and managed the company’s first marketing team. Prior to DailyCandy, Lisa led audience development and branding efforts for AOL’s network of content sites. Her Internet career started in Los Angeles where she was responsible for building the online presence for some of the world’s biggest musical acts. Lisa is a New Orleans native currently residing in Brooklyn.
Miko Levy is Vice President of Customer Acquisition at Outbrain. Miko is responsible for the global growth and expansion of Outbrain's self-serve business, overseeing online customer acquisition, retention and account management. A performance marketing specialist, Miko was previously the Head of Online Marketing at Conduit where he built and managed the online, sales and customer support departments of Conduit mobile. Prior to that, he was VP Marketing at ROASTe.com. His online marketing career was founded at 888.com which allowed him to combine his love of marketing with poker. Aside from poker, Miko is an avid marathon runner (with a sub-4hr goal) and coffee lover. Miko holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and currently resides in Israel with his wife, Liat, and daughter, Ori.
Natalie manages the customer acquisition and retention efforts for Outbrain's self-managed product, Amplify DIY. A native from Sydney, Australia, Natalie is intent on maintaining her Australian accent while embracing all things American, including visits to all 50 states.
Ruben Sanchez is Channel Marketing Manager at Skyword. He focuses on helping digital agencies provide content marketing services designed for quality, scalability, and marketing lift.
Rich Ullman is Vice President, Marketing at Outbrain
Originally from Montreal, Sabrina graduated from McGill University with a degree in Marketing and Finance. Speaking 3 languages fluently (English, French, Spanish and a bit of German) and having spent several years working in the luxury tourism industry, Sabrina has developed a keen understanding of various cultures, which has helped her develop international markets. In her previous roles, she has had the chance to travel extensively and implement/adapt sales and marketing strategies in a way that fit that particular market, whether it be in the Far east, Middle East, USA or Latin America.
Sarah is Outbrain's European Marketing Director and is responsible for all marketing and communications activity across Outbrain's growing EU territories. Former VP of Marketing & Communications at AOL/The Huffington Post. Sarah was part of AOL’s senior European leadership team and has more than 15 years experience working for some of the world's most reputable companies. Prior to AOL Europe, Sarah was VP Communications International, AOL and a member of Bebo's global leadership team, reporting to CEO, Joanna Shields. In this capacity she was tasked with developing and driving the global corporate/consumer marcoms strategy for the hot youth lifestyle brand alongside AIM, ICQ and number of AOL’s established brands and consumer offerings. Prior to Bebo, Sarah worked for a boutique communications agency where she was part of the management team and headed-up the corporate and B2B division of the company, supporting a wide range of high profile global brands.
Sharon is a writing consultant, web content writer and professional blogger.
Shiri leads the marketing activity of Outbrain in EEMEA and new markets. Previously, Shiri led the strategic marketing efforts of Matomy Media Group, where she identified new market opportunities, developed marketing strategies, and managed the production of marketing tools to address these strategies. Shiri holds a BA in English and International Relations and an MBA, both from the Hebrew University.
Simon is the European Vice President of Business Development at Outbrain. Simon has more than 14 years of experience in European business development across the telecommunications, Web and mobile industries. Simon served as EMEA Director of Syndication at Google, where he established and managed relationships with all of the leading European ISPs, publishers and portals. Simon also served as European General Manager for EQO, a mobile application developer. He also co-founded SOMO, a full-service mobile advertising agency.
Steven D. Strauss is the country’s leading small business expert. An internationally recognized lawyer, columnist, and speaker, Steve is also an author of 15 books. Steve’s highly syndicated business column, Ask an Expert, appears weekly at USATODAY.com He is also the small business columnist for Microsoft, and AT&T who calls him “America’s Small Business Expert.”
Tom Foran is the general manager of North America at Outbrain. Tom leads the Sales, Business Development, Marketing and Client Services teams and manages the P&L. Prior to joining Outbrain, Tom was the CRO of Crisp Media, a leading mobile rich media company. As GM of ad sales and operations for Quigo, Tom was instrumental in driving the company's rapid growth (Quigo was acquired by AOL for $340 million in 2007). Tom also worked in business development at NBCi, Yahoo! and Ziff-Davis.
Tom King is a freelance writer, consultant and website developer living in Washington State. A native Texan, his diverse career in the nonprofit sector and education includes extensive fund-raising, marketing, promotion and public relations work. He’s led five educational and nonprofit startups, wrote “Going for the Green,” a book on charity golf, won two film festival gold awards for screenwriting and publishes extensively on web-based publications. He is a regular contributor to the Outbrain blog via Scripted.
Vivian is a freelance writer, photographer, editor, and media specialist.
Yaron is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Outbrain. Prior to founding Outbrain, Yaron was Co-Founder, SVP of Quigo, Inc., a provider of performance-based marketing solutions for advertisers and premium publishers. He previously served as the CEO of the company for three years. Quigo was acquired by AOL in December 2007. Previously, Mr. Galai was Co-Founder & VP Business Development at Ad4ever, a developer of rich-media advertising technologies for the web which was later acquired by Atlas (a division of aQuantive). Earlier, he was the Founder of NetWorks Web Design - an SEO and web design firm. At NetWorks he oversaw the production and search engine optimization of over 30 websites. Mr. Galai studied industrial design at the Holon Technological Institute, and is a Major (reserve) officer in the Israel Navy.