Tech and Product Innovation Series
Zoom Video Events

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Thursdays
May 13 -June 10, 2021
12-12:45 EDT

A DCN members-only series of events designed to dig deeply into how DCN’s premium publisher members are managing various aspects of the technology and product areas of their businesses. DCN members will have time during the event to share their insights and expertise and to help each other with practical, in-depth information for their businesses.

This is a free event for DCN members.  The unique, members-only attendee list allows for open conversation, information sharing and networking .

Sponsored by:
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Bonsai logo
Danads logo
GeoEdge logo
The MediaGrid logo
Session #1: Thursday, May 13
Three approaches to post-cookie identity
Sheri Bachstein Headshot

Sheri Bachstein serves as CEO, The Weather Company & GM IBM Watson Advertising, overseeing a portfolio of cognitive businesses within IBM. Her role also includes overseeing innovative AI-driven products and services for media clients.

Sheri has played a role on many different aspects of The Weather Company digital properties since joining in 2007. Previously she was global head of the consumer business, which included all aspects of The Weather Channel and Weather Underground consumer properties, including product management and design, content development and global expansion across the organization on Weather’s owned and operated properties.Prior to that, she led global audience growth and has also led international consumer product for weather.com and The Weather Channel apps.


An Atlanta native, Sheri received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Georgia State University. She enjoys playing golf, traveling and cooking

Pranay Prabhat Headshot

Pranay Prabhat is the senior director of engineering at The New York Times Company. In this role, he leads multiple engineering teams across web, mobile, backend and data to handle the digital ads business at the New York Times. Previously, he was the director of engineering for ad technology and a development manager of engineering.

Before joining the New York Times in 2015, Prabhat was a technical program manager in Tavant Technologies, US. Prior to that, he held software engineer positions at Patni Computer Systems, India, IBM, India and Fidelity, India.
Prabhat holds a bachelor of technology degree in Material Science and Metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.

John Price Headshot

John Price, SVP, Revenue Operations and GM of Catalyst, Complex Networks

Leading all aspects of the revenue operations team and launching and overseeing Complex Networks' B2B digital advertising consultancy Catalyst, Price brings strategic planning and trend forecasting to his role. Boasting over 15 years of industry experience, Price has held positions as an effective leader at Gawker Media, Mashable, NBCUniversal, and Turner Broadcasting before joining Complex Networks in 2018.

Session 2: Thursday, May 20     sponsored by: Algolia logo
How Politico Europe modernized readers' experience with an API-first approach
Karl Bjelland Headshot

Karl Bjelland is Product Lead at POLITICO, working alongside the tech team, facilitating development of the Pro platform. Previously, Bjelland founded Statehill, a legislative data platform. In 2018 Statehill technology was acquired by POLITICO and he joined the company in Brussels.

Karl Roos Headshot

Karl Laurentius Roos is Director Technology Development at POLITICO, leading the tech team and overseeing all Pro platform development. From Stockholm, Sweden, Roos has been hammering the keyboard for the past 15 years writing code and building intricate online tools. Stints as CTO at an ecommerce startup, and lead developer at a big data marketing

Gaëtan Gachet Headshot

Gaëtan Gachet is Algolia’s Chief Strategy Officer and actively works on defining, developing and executing Algolia’s business strategy. Gaetan has an international background and prior to Algolia, worked in sales and business development at Polestar in Paris and the French Trade Office in San Francisco. He is also passionate about building a team with a culture that empowers its members and is an active advocate of this philosophy at Algolia. He holds an MS degree in telecommunications from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications and BS in Fundamental physics from Université Paris Sud. (Paris XI)

Session 3: Thursday, May 27
Categorization and context: Reuters' AI powered computer vision application
Viktoriia Samatova Headshot

Viktoriia Samatova is a Director of Applied Innovation team of Data Scientists within Reuters Technology division focused on discovering and applying new technologies to enhance Reuters products and improving efficiency of news content production and discoverability. Prior to joining Reuters, Viktoriia spent over 5 years at State Street Bank’s Global Exchange division where she was managing product development of academic and financial industry content ingestion platform, which was the first company-wide product application utilizing emerging technologies of AI and machine learning.

Yulia Pavlova Headshot

Yulia Pavlova is a Senior Data Scientist in Computer Vision at Reuters Applied Innovation team. Her Yulia's role is focused on developing AI/ML tools to enhance automation into Reuters editorial workflow and increase discoverability of Reuters content by creating additional metadata. In particular, recent examples of her work include facial recognition, image captioning and video analysis. Prior to working at Reuters, Yulia worked on data management automation and computer vision applications for natural resources management.

Session 4: Thursday, June 3      sponsored by: Danads logo
Zeus Prime: Breaking new ground within self-serve advertising
Jarrod Dicker Headshot

Jarrod Dicker is an entrepreneurial media and technology executive. He is currently VP of Commercial at the Washington Post focusing on emerging technologies at the intersection of engineering and revenue to develop innovative solutions across advertising, subscriptions and technology. Dicker is also the founder of R.E.D., the Post’s research experimentation and development lab and Zeus, The Post’s advertising software-as-a-service arm.

As The Post’s chief innovator, he oversees the company's commercial efforts across technology, product, operations and strategy disciplines both on and off The Washington Post. His mandate is to lead a charge that transforms the media industry by instituting a build first mentality when it comes to the products that help fuel and better the economy of media.

Johan Liljelund Headshot

Johan Liljelund is CTO and Executive Vice President for DanAds International AB.  He was previously CEO and partner of Backbone4Media.  Liljelund holds extensive experience from software development (CRM, OMS, Billing, AdTech) since 1997 and large system implementations towards the media industry since 2002.  He is a board member of Swedish Software, a non-profitable organization gathering all software development companies in Sweden.

Johan is an entrepreneur with +20 years of experience in developing technology towards the media industry. He has been a pioneer in the digital advertising industry enabling publishers to streamline and efficient their internal processes on a global market. Now on a journey to digitize the media industry through self-service and automation.

Session 5: Thursday, June 10
Getting insights from data: How Bloomberg transforms vast datasets into meaningful news
Pooja Malpani Headshot

Pooja Malpani is the Head of Engineering for Bloomberg Media. She leads the engineering team responsible for consumer media, marketing and data visualization. This includes supporting Bloomberg.com, consumer mobile applications, smart television apps, other connected devices, as well as the systems that deliver market-moving news, data, audio and video to consumers and syndication partners. Her group also manages Bloomberg’s marketing web sites, as well as various Bloomberg Philanthropies sites.

Prior to Bloomberg, Pooja was at HBO Digital Products, where she led the Purchase and Identity engineering teams for HBO Go and HBO Now. Before joining HBO, Pooja spent 9 years at Microsoft, leading the engineering efforts on a variety of features for Skype for Business and Skype for consumers.


Pooja is an ambassador for women in technology and is actively involved in engineering initiatives related to diversity. She graduated from Indiana University with a Masters in Computer Science.

This is a free event for DCN members.  The unique, members-only attendee list allows for open conversation, information sharing and networking .