Mr. Joseph W. Abrams, also known as Joe, J.D., is a Co-Founder of MySpace. Mr. Abrams co-founded Intermix, the parent company of MySpace in 1998. He has deep experience in helping early-stage, publicly held technology companies reach the next phase of growth. He serves as an Executive Officer of 51144 Inc. He served as an Advisor of Atigeo LLC. Prior to that, he co-founded The Software Toolworks, Inc., in 1983.
The founding Chairman and CEO of Napster, John has been a pioneer in Internet Technologies for over 20 years. In addition to his work with Napster on the distributed aggregation of content, he has introduced such net-related innovations as client-server game play, voice over IP, and auto-upgrading/authentication. Since 1993, he has founded numerous successful Internet ventures, including Napster, NetGames, NetMovies, and NetCapital. John attended Boston College, and has a background in finance from his work at Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA.
A former partner with Bain and Company in Boston, Martin led Bain's worldwide Media and Entertainment practice. He has consulted with some of the largest media and entertainment companies in several capacities, including corporate valuation and growth strategy, mergers and acquisitions, operational effectiveness, reorganization, and e-commerce. His previous experience also includes private equity banking with Morgan Stanley MA. Martin attended Oxford University and received an MBA from Stanford University.
Mr. Bushnell is best known for founding Atari Corp. in 1971 and serving as its CEO until 1978. Atari, which developed the legendary games of PONG, Breakout and Asteroids, was an industry pioneer and the dominant manufacturer of video games for both consumer and coin-operated markets. Nolan Bushnell also founded Chuck E. Cheese's in 1976, officially being labeled as the first family restaurant to integrate food, animated entertainment, and an indoor arcade. Mr. Bushnell has also served as a consultant to a variety of companies including Bally Manufacturing and IBM. In 2009 he received the Academy Fellowship by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for all his achievements in the video game industry. He is currently CEO of BrainRush, his education software company that uses video game metrics to addict learners to academic subjects, and is an active speaker at universities and corporate and industry events. Additionally he recently became a published author, with his book 'Finding the Next Steve Jobs.'
Peter Schmidt, Ph.D. is the Vice President, Programs and Chief Information Officer at the National Parkinson Foundation where he oversees NPF's research, education, and outreach initiatives. In this role, Dr. Schmidt has helped lead NPF's Quality Improvement Initiative and has collaborated in research on quality care, hospitalization, and generic medications in Parkinson's disease. Schmidt joined NPF from Cronus Partners, where he was an investment banker focused on innovation in healthcare. During his tenure at Cronus, he served as interim CEO of a company that developed information systems for genetics laboratories. Previously, Schmidt was the President of a company that created software for chronic disease management and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit joint venture of Oxford, Stanford, and Yale universities delivering on-line education. Schmidt was educated at Harvard and Cornell and had a post-doctoral fellowship at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery where he studied biomedical engineering. Schmidt has a patent on a total knee replacement and has written widely on topics ranging from healthcare technology to corporate finance. He led a successful advocacy effort to secure funding for post-traumatic stress disorder care for veterans in 2005 and donated electronic medical records used to provide indigent care in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.