Craig Bachmann, ITF Advisors
Craig Bachmann is a Principal of ITF Advisors and has over twenty years of executive management experience in the communications, media, and technology industries driving innovation and successful implementations. Bachmann is a respected leader with a business, technology, and user framework that has been adopted by teams worldwide, and has co-developed an innovative approach and tool set for Next Gen Market Intelligence. He has produced innovative works (one patented) as well as new product and service solutions that drove new top-line growth. Bachmann has helped multiple communications companies launch high speed data services, including helping them transition their back office systems from third party providers to in-house operations, and working with ordering, provisioning, inventory, workforce management, network management, and billing systems integration.
As a pioneer in GIS, location-based asset management, and integration, Bachmann helped transform how mapping, decision support tools, applications, and data presentation is used in today’s businesses. As an executive, Bachmann developed new OSS/BSS integration strategies and implementation that enabled broadband to be successfully rolled out in telcos, cable, and their related supply chain; as an advisor, Bachmann has participated in over two dozen companies’ multi-stage (start-ups, mid-size companies, and Fortune 500 companies) development from “white board” to 400% growth in products and service; as a chief technologist, he has built a Cable/Broadband IT consulting practice from startup to $40M in annual revenue.
Brady Forrest, O’Reilly Media
Brady Forrest tracks the intersection of the internet and all things geo. As the Chair for O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference (conferences.oreilly.com/where), he has been following the growth of mapping and location-sharing for several years. Brady lives in Seattle when he is not on the road running Ignites (ignite.oreilly.com). You can find his regular tech thoughts O’Reilly Radar (radar.oreilly.com).
Denise Horton, Teton Marketing Partners, Inc.
Denise Horton, a marketing strategist with over 25 years’ experience, is the Founder and President of Teton Marketing Partners, Inc (TMP) based in Evergreen, Colorado. During her many years as an astute strategist, problem-solver and planning expert, she saw an increasing need for a marketing agency with critical and creative focus on building businesses and driving revenue. Horton’s approach has yielded rewards for a diverse range of clients, including advanced digital television technology leader OpenTV, The Bridge Project, a non-profit affiliated with the University of Denver, Bush Development and Micro Business Development. Over her successful broad-based career she has experienced outstanding results in the areas of marketing, planning and strategy for both B2B and B2C clients. Baxter Healthcare and Starz Entertainment Group are just two companies that have reaped the rewards of her considerable expertise.
Carl Reed, CTO, Open Geospatial Consortium
Carl Reed is Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Director of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), a non-profit international standards organization with a current membership of 370+ commercial, government, and academic organizations. The OGC provides a consensus forum within which the members collaborate to solve interoperability and standards related problems for the both geospatial community as well as users of geospatial content and technology in the broader IT sector. Prior to joining the OGC, Carl was VP of Marketing for Integraph, and before that was President and CTO of Genasys where grew the company from zero to $13 million in revenues.
Cole Van Nice, Partner, Chart Venture Partners
As a Partner with Chart Venture Partners (CVP), Cole Van Nice focuses on early-stage investments in the semiconductor, photonics, imaging, sensor, and geospatial sectors. He represents CVP on the Boards of Fortius One, NoblePeak Vision, Maxion Technologies, and Innovative Biosensors. He has previously served on the Boards of Sysgold, Spring Wireless, CertiSign, Jackbe, and Inova Technologies.
Cole joined CVP in 2006, coming from Darby Overseas Investments, an international mezzanine, private equity, and venture capital investment firm that was founded by the former U.S. Secretary of Treasury Nicholas Brady and later acquired by Franklin Templeton. At Darby, Cole contributed to the firm’s growth in assets under management from $250 million to over $1.2 billion, co-founded the firm’s technology venture capital business, and was involved in eighteen private equity and venture capital investments. Prior to Darby/Franklin Templeton, Cole worked in international telecom, media, and technology equity research and investment banking at Santander Investment, where he worked out of the Buenos Aires and New York offices.
Cole holds a B.A. from Washington & Lee University, is a CFA charter holder, and a member of the CFA Institute and Washington DC Society of Investment Analysts. He also serves as a founding judge of the Prism Awards, SPIE’s new awards program for photonics innovation, and speaks frequently on dual-use technology at defense and security conferences around the country.