VIP Networking: "A Fireside Chat: The Future of Industry and Progress in the 21st Century

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Anush Prabhu

U.S. Chief Strategy Officer & Global Chief Strategy Officer, Creative Transformation

Anush Prabhu joined MediaCom in 2016, as the US Chief Strategy Officer, with a distinctive skillset of delivering strategic growth solutions that harness data and creativity, at both creative and media agencies.

He has been an instrumental part of the transformational growth of MediaCom, leading to the company being awarded Agency of the Year twice since 2017. He believes industry recognition is not only an indicator, but also a driver of a winning culture - in fact, during his 20-year career, agencies he has been a part of have picked up the top award 10 times.

Anush has helped shape several of the agency offerings, including Creative Systems, that has already delivered award winning growth solutions for clients.

He has been honored as an Adweek’s Media All Star, Adweek Young Influential, International Innovator, and an Integrated Marketing Influential.

Alex Goryachev
WSJ Bestselling Author & Global Technology Executive

Alex Goryachev is an award-winning global technology executive and a Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of “Fearless Innovation: Going Beyond the Buzzword to Continuously Drive Growth, Improve the Bottom Line, and Enact Change”, whose resume reads like a brief history of digitization. 

Over the past 20 years, Alex made it his business to turn disruptive concepts into successful ecosystem-centric business models. He has an extensive track record of building and leading global cross-industry business & technology teams focused on revenue and market share growth, increasing customer acquisition and profitability through new digital products and offerings. The co-innovation programs that Alex created continuously reinvented the capabilities of the Internet by empowering employees, building ecosystems, and creating new offerings inside and outside traditional product and partnership portfolio.

Alex is passionate about leveraging innovation purposefully and pragmatically to create opportunities for all. Today, he is serving as Innovator-in-Residence at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tulane University. He is an active venture partner with Interlock Capital, a community-driven venture fund primarily investing in underrepresented founders and geographies. Alex is also a US delegate and Technical Advisory Group member in the International Standards Association (ISO), defining global common standards for Innovation Management.  

Prior, as a Managing Director of Global Innovation Programs and Strategy at Cisco, a $50B technology powerhouse, he pioneered the concept of ecosystem co-innovation, creating and later leading Cisco’s global co-innovation centers in North and South America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific. He held senior leadership roles in the Office of the CTO, Emerging Technology Group and Corporate Development, and led core innovation programs, unifying, and advancing strategic co-innovation partnerships and programs with internal and external customers, partners, developers, academia, and governments.  Alex created award-winning employee innovation and development offerings, providing ~70,000 employees with meaningful opportunities to innovate, regardless of their grade or function. 

In the past, Alex had extended gigs with revolutionary music services Napster and Liquid Audio, pioneering digital music distribution, and bringing it to millions around the world. He also adapted innovations to other industries digitizing business processes at IBM and Pfizer. 

Alex Goryachev has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for innovation and culture transformation. As a sought-after expert, he is a contributing writer for Forbes and Chief Executive Magazine, and an Editorial Advisory Board Member for Innovation Leader Magazine.

Mark Piller
Founder and CEO of Backendless

Mark is the founder and visionary behind the innovative company Backendless and its mobile backend as a service platform. Since 2012 and with no outside financing, Mark built the company from an idea to a dynamic, growing player in the mobile backend services space. Prior to Backendless, Mark worked at webMethods where he was responsible for architecting the company's API services solution. Other past ventures include leading the design and implementation of multiple features of Glue, a web-services platform from The Mind Electric that was acquired by webMethods, as well as senior technical positions with ObjectSpace, MCI and SABRE.

Nuwan Dias
WSO2, VP and deputy CTO

Author of Microservices Security in Action. VP and deputy CTO at WSO2. An API enthusiast. Speaker on topics related to APIs, Microservices, Security and Integration.

Ed Davis
HP, Director of 3D & Digital Manufacturing Strategy

Ed Davis is the Director of 3D & Digital Manufacturing Strategy. Ed has over 30 years of experience in printing technology investigations and product development. Ed’s current responsibility is translating megatrend and competitive analysis into the vision for the Digital Manufacturing Industry and developing the execution strategy for creating this manufacturing ecosystem, from design through production and use. Ed is recognized for his depth in product lifecycles, from design through manufacture, including part manufacture, product assembly, distribution, and use. Previously, Ed held a series of positions in HP’s Print business, focusing on creating and scaling new business opportunities.

Mohit Bhende
Karat, Co-Founder and CEO

Mo Bhende is the CEO and co-founder of Karat. Karat conducts live technical interviews on behalf of clients including Wayfair, Peloton, and Indeed, helping them to meet surging demand for engineers.  Prior to Karat, Mo cultivated his passion for hiring and talent development as an executive at Microsoft. At Microsoft, Mo closed $700M+ in business development and M&A deals for XBOX. Earlier in his career at Microsoft, Mo managed the company’s $200M Corporate China Fund and was based in Beijing. Mo holds an MBA from Wharton, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge – where he studied as a Gates Scholar – and a BS with Honors from Penn State.


Join DevNetwork Executive Producer & Co-Founder Jonathan Pasky moderating this Fireside Chat with featured speakers.