Abacast Board of Directors
Mr. Braiker is passionate about building great companies, leading teams and creating a culture that supports growth and innovation and has led media, marketing and advertising companies with disruptive technologies and ideas. He was the co-founder and president of Satellite Music Network, where he changed the radio industry with 24 hour a day programming—bringing major market talent to any sized market; founded Olympic Broadcasting, which became a NASDAQ publicly traded company, introducing innovative new formats and creating iconic brands; and co-founded and served as CEO of Hipcricket, the leading mobile marketing and advertising company in the US. He later became President of Hipcricket + Augme Technologies when Augme Technologies acquired it in 2011.
Mr. Braiker speaks regularly at mobile marketing and advertising conferences that include Adtech, CTIA, Latin Vision, NAB, Mobile Marketer, and the DMA and writes for many industry publications.
His passion is helping young entrepreneurs and caring for his family tortoise, Ruby.
Rob Green currently serves as the CEO of Abacast. Recently he has served in a variety of advisory and consultative roles with several technology companies, including Sterling Commerce (IBM), Microsoft, BuyDRM, and Abacast among others. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Nine Systems, a CDN that was acquired by Akamai Technologies NASDAQ:AKAM in late 2006. In addition to his business development and strategy role, Mr. Green was also responsible for all of Nine Systems’ corporate marketing and product management activities. Prior to Nine Systems, Mr. Green was the Group Manager of Business Development for Microsoft where he was responsible for the global advancement of Windows Media technologies in the Broadcast TV and CDN markets. In this role he was responsible for establishing contractual relationships with over 150 companies including Yahoo, Motorola, DIRECTV, CBS and NBC. Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Green held the position of Vice President Sales and Marketing for Cortex Medical Management Systems, a manufacturer of software systems for anatomic pathology laboratories and previous to that he held various roles within the telecommunications industry. Mr. Green serves as an industry expert to the Abacast Board and has been a director since 2007.
Dan Huntington, Chairman
Dan Huntington is an independent real estate developer, From 1986-1991, Mr. Huntington was a stockbroker for what is now Smith Barney Shearson followed by seven years developing real estate in rural Washougal and the Columbia River Gorge, and arranging land acquisitions in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Mr. Huntington is the founder of Abacast, Inc. and has been a director since 2000.
John Kesler was previously head of business development for the Indy 500, and among other duties, managed streaming events. John has had several decades of extensive terrestrial radio experience and is now of VP of business development at Emmis. He has a deep understanding of the radio business and how webcasting impacts the terrestrial radio advertising driven business model.
Jim Kott has been a director of Abacast since April of 2008 and currently serves as VP of Sales and Marketing. Jim comes to Abacast from the acquisition of Tukati, Inc. where he was President and a co-founder. Jim has previously worked as Director of Product Management at MessageGate, a maker of enterprise email server software; as VP of Engineering at Viathan Corp, a maker of storage infrastructure software; and as a Systems Engineer, Program Manager and then Group Program Manager at Microsoft where his team built and released the Groups.MSN.com communication and collaboration site. Jim received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington.
John Maffei is a principal of MPQ Acquisition Corp that owns Internet gaming businesses including Xfire, the Internet leading community for PC gamers, and Playsino, a developer and publisher of social and mobile casino games. Mr. Maffei currently serves as the COO and GM of Playsino and formerly headed Xfire from August 2010 until March of 2011. Xfire was acquired by MPQ Acquisition Corp from Viacom in August of 2010.
Previously, Mr. Maffei was acting CEO and COO of ServiceMesh, Inc. SeviceMesh is a software company focused on allowing Fortune 500 companies to migrate business critical solutions to the cloud. ServiceMesh won the “UpStart” award for being the fastest growing cloud computing company in 2010.
Mr. Maffei also helped bring the Right Start\Babystyle out of bankruptcy and created the business plan to turn the business from a traditional retailer to an ecommerce company. The Right Start was acquired by Liberty Media.
Mr. Maffei also ran the ZAM Network, a network of gamer sites, that averaged 11 million unique users a month and over 800 million monthly page views.
Prior to joining ZAM, Maffei led Microsoft’s efforts to license Xbox 360 video content from major entertainment companies including Warner Bros., Buena Vista Pictures (Disney), Lions Gate, 20th Century Fox and NBC Universal. Throughout his decade-long tenure at Microsoft, Mr. Maffei held key senior marketing, strategy and business development positions within the Windows Media and the Platform Strategy divisions where he negotiated strategic business agreements with influential corporate partners including Sony and Vodafone. He was also the founder and chief executive of RocketPipe, Inc., a developer of broadcast messaging and direct marketing software for content-driven online commerce sites.
John Maffei holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington as well as a B.A. in political science from Colgate University.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Mr. Snyder earned his BA in Economics at the State University of New York, studied International Business in London, England and New Venture Management in Clark University’s MBA program. Over the past decade Mr. Snyder has bought and sold numerous Internet companies and holds strategic board seats at companies in the areas of online and offline content production, asset management and destination consumer sites. He was a founder of one of the first Internet Service Providers, CONNECTNet, a cofounder of ClickHear Productions, which completed over 350 Live Internet Broadcasts for some of the major media monoliths. The company remained profitable and experienced a 400% growth in revenue during the Internet boom and ultimately was acquired by CMGi/NaviSite. In 2002, Mr. Snyder was CEO of Nine Systems combining the assets of e-Media, Streaming Media Corporation, and NaviSite’s Streaming Media Division to continue development of streamOS, the first video content management system for use across a commercially distributed Internet. In late 2006, Akamai Technologies acquired Nine Systems in the largest transaction of the sector in recent years. Mr. Snyder is a Vice President and Executive Producer at Akamai in charge of Ecosystem and Business Development – developing popular brands and destinations across the Internet. Recently Mr. Snyder has worked as an Executive Transmedia Producer on events such as: 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2010 Winter Olympics, Hope for Haiti, and the Michael Jackson Memorial Service. He has a wife, two children, and splits his time between Hawaii and Oregon.