Julia Beizer is head of product for HuffPost, shaping the organization’s consumer-facing experiences across all platforms and devices. Before moving to this role, she spent a decade at The Washington Post, working on both the news and product sides of the company. She spends her days sweating the details of user experience and execution.
Jana’s a math and computer nerd who took the business path for a career. Today she’s CEO of Nara Logics, a neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence company, providing a platform for recommendations and decision support. Her career has taken her from 3-person business beginnings to 50,000-person enterprises. She’s opened the European logistics software offices as part of American Airlines, dove into the internet in ’96 at Lycos, founded Intuit’s corporate Innovation Lab, helped define mass customization at Spreadshirt, and researched conducting polymers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her passions are working with teams to define and deliver products customers love, algorithms and their intelligence, and inspiring teamsto do more than they thought possible.
As Chief Revenue Officer, Mike oversees Purch’s multiple advertising revenue streams. Most recently, he was the President and CEO of International Data Group (IDG) Consumer & SMB division, where he led the growth of PC World and Macworld, evolving both to digital media and more than doubling the audience size. He also launched a new brand, TechHive, built a marketing services business “Content Works,” and dramatically expanded IDG’s mobile and paid product offerings. Prior to IDG, Mike held high-level positions at CNET Networks, serving as SVP, Corporate Sales and Operations, where he led sales efforts and played an active role in implementing business strategies for every brand under the CNET Networks umbrella.
Tim McElreath is the Senior Technical Architect for the Scripps Networks’ Emerging Platforms team, currently involved in the design of cross-platform conversational services to support voice assistants, chat clients and hybrid voice/visual interfaces. Over the past twenty years he has led engineering teams for companies in industries such as financial services, digital marketing, government, and media.
Al Ming is the Director of Product Management for digital sites and apps at Scripps Networks Interactive, responsible for websites, mobile apps, and emerging platforms for Scripps brands including Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel. Under his leadership, Food Network shipped successful redesigns of Foodnetwork.com and the “In The Kitchen” iOS app, and launched conversational bots on Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Messenger, and Microsoft Cortana. Prior to joining SNI, he led product, design and technology teams at The New York Times and Thomson Reuters.
At CBS News Digital, Ashutosh is in charge of Content management & Publishing systems, web development, video streaming, OTT & Mobile apps development, backend engineering and Quality assurance. Prior to CBS, Ashutosh spent a number years consulting media and publishing companies as software engineer and solutions architect.
Jon is a Principal Software Engineer on the Delivery Engineering team at The New York Times. Jon has been at NYT for 11 years and has led numerous projects and teams. Site reliability has been his passion and most recently he's stepped over to the NYT's engineering track and led the technical implementation of the site to HTTPS, site resiliency for the 2016 Presidential Election coverage, and migrating our properties to an edge CDN. Making sure eyeballs are able to view NYT content quickly and securely keeps him up at night.
As Chief Technology Officer, John Potter brings a wealth of experience having spent more than a decade with CBS Interactive/CNET, where he held many roles. Most recently he served as Vice President, Software Engineering, managing a staff of 100+ developers in support of brands like CNET, CBS News, ZDNet and Download.com. John holds multiple patents for his system designs that improve Internet connectivity and document classification. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree from University of Massachusetts. John resides in the Bay Area and spends the majority of his time in Purch’s Ogden, UT office.
Paul is the lead developer for FiveThirtyEight and The Undefeated at ESPN. Over the past three years, Paul has directed the rollout of AMP, HTTPS, retina images, newsletters and live blogs for FiveThirtyEight, and the launch of The Undefeated. He ensures the sites are fast, stable and their code bases conform to strict standards. Paul transitioned both sites to HTTPS, working with the ads, analytics, dataviz and editorial teams to ensure smooth launches. He has spoken on HTTPS at SRCCON, WordCamp and NICAR.
Vinessa is a Program Manager for Delivery Engineering at The New York Times, responsible for rolling out developer tools and promoting site reliability engineering best practices across digital. In her time at NYT, she oversees the HTTPS program, the adoption of the Google Cloud Platform and has led other projects like Election Night scaling and resiliency for 2016. She loves learning about agile best practices and STEM education.
Josh West is the Director of Product Engineering at The Atlantic, where he oversees web development for The Atlantic and CityLab. Under his leadership, The Atlantic's development team has helped turn a 160-year-old institution into a digital-first media company that continues to champion the power of big ideas and shape global debate. By replacing legacy content management systems with Ollie, a powerful in-house CMS, The Atlantic has been able to quickly adapt and experiment, expanding its journalism to include audio, video, and live coverage while distributing its content to platforms such as Facebook Instant, Google AMP, and Apple News.