Edwin has over 25 years of experience in interactive media and design. Edwin is the founder of ESI Design, the leading brand experience and design company whose clients have included major brands such as Best Buy, Time Warner, Sony, Visa, Ellis Island, Viacom, Kennedy Center, Reuters and others. Edwin was previously co-founder and Chairman of Annotate Technologies. Edwin is consultant to a number of business leaders on opportunities in the interactive media. He holds a Ph.D. in Science and Literature from Columbia University and is the author of several books including Interactive Excellence: Defining and Developing New Standards for the Twenty-first Century.
Brian has 15 years of experience in finance, management and business development. Brian began his career with 9 years at Citibank, including three years as SVP, Marketing & Product Development for the U.S. and Europe. In 1999, Brian co-founded Annotate Technologies, a Web navigation software company, raising $8 million and building business partnerships with major brands such as Business Week, CNET, Merrill Lynch and others. From 2001 until 2003, Brian was President of RLM Public Relations, bringing in clients such as Barnes & Noble, FujiFilm, Allergan (Botox), Mandalay Films and Comcast. During those three years, RLM doubled revenues and opened three offices. Flynn holds a business degree from Georgetown University and has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, the Daily News, BrandWeek, and the Harvard Business Review (October, 2004). He is on the Board of Directors of Savoy Bank and AccuMED Innovative Technologies, Inc.
Donna Graham-Brubaker has worked for the past six years in creative services industries successfully securing the business of Fortune 100 clients, major advertising agencies and large corporations for medium sized firms. In addition to developing new business she has successfully helped companies to redefine and reposition themselves in the marketplace. Prior to coming to SF she worked at interactive marketing and communications firm overseeing the revision of their brand identity to reflect an expansion of their services. As a trained filmmaker from Australia, she has worked previously as a Senior Producer/Director for the Queensland Health Department creating over 45 short dramas and documentaries during her tenure there, as well as serving on the National Executive Council for Women in Film and Television (W.I.F.T. Australia).
Michael joined S:F with extensive experience in project and client management. He first worked with Brian and Ed as a Senior Project Manager at Annotate Technologies, where he oversaw the ten person content management team. At Schlossberg:Flynn Michael divides his time between project management, business development, strategic partnerships and sales, and preparing business plans. Michael holds a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics from New York University, a Masters Degree in Finance from Zicklin School of Business, and a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School. In the past, he has written on current legal issues with articles featured in the Online Legal Review. Michael was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in July, 2007.
Mark has over 25 years running and managing companies. Unusually, he has worked on five continents, Africa, Europe, Asia, India and the USA, and has worked with private equity groups on four continents. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Mark founded the Caterpillar and Paul Smith shoe businesses, which he built from a start up to revenues of $200m, before moving on to brands such as Ben Sherman, Peter Reed, Rohan, Lee Cooper and the now highly fashionable Hunter wellington boots. Acting for seven international banks, Mark has completed nine turnarounds or restructurings, and is still engaged on two assignments, one in Ireland and one in the USA. He is chairman of the global leader in mastectomy products (Amoena GmBH, headquartered in Germany). His extensive experience extends from retail to manufacturing, supply chain to banking, and is an accomplished strategic business thinker.
Charles Seely is an entrepreneur and the Founder of Esos Ventures-investor/advisor in early-stage companies. He is a shareholder/board member of Slooh-Leading Live consumer astronomy website (part of Google Sky), and a board member of Falling Whistles (campaigning for peace + rehabilitation of child soldiers in the Congo). He is a shareholder in co's such as Slated, Progreso Financiero, Qwiki and Bonobos. He was on the Advisory Board and actively involved with MetroLeap Media/Metrolyrics for more than 2 years (3rd largest online music destination worldwide), during a time of significant growth until its acquisition by CBS Interactive Music Group in October 2011. He is on the Advisory Boards of Actarus Funds-Angel Fund (Investor in OLX, Second Market, Zingy, Magazine Radar etc), Echologics/Mueller Water (NYSE:MWA), and the Startup Exchange Fund (Co-Founders of 24/7 Media, Investors: Idealab, Partners: First Round Capital), and a Dealmaker for the UK Government's Global Entrepreneur Programme. He was previously the top salesperson at TCS, a telecom software (SaaS) company, backed by Cisco & Nomura, that pioneered the "softswitch", and was part of the key team that built the company from $5-30mm revenue prior to its sale for $150mm+. He founded Brandfever, an online retailer of discounted excess inventory sports/fashion goods (as in vente-privee) in early 1999, building one of the leading European management teams and raising several million $ in debt/equity, a Cuban beer label called Che Beer, and has 3 years financial restructuring experience as a board member of various private & public companies.