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April 12, 2015

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Join us as we return to the Westgate Hotel (formerly the LVH) for our 14th annual RAIN Summit West!

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Our annual RAIN Summit West is the premiere educational and networking event of the year for the Internet radio and online audio industry, taking place as a partner event to the NAB Show.

Join RAIN News Publisher Kurt Hanson and RAIN Enterprises CEO Jennifer Lane for a full day of panel discussions and presentations on all aspects of the evolving online audio marketplace, followed by the best networking event in the industry, the poolside RAIN Summit Cocktail Party.

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Rain Summit West Agenda:

AGENDA

8:15-8:45



Registration Check-in

 

 

9:00


Opening Remarks

Welcome to the 14th annual RAIN Summit West!

 

RAIN News Publisher and Founder Kurt Hanson and CEO Jennifer Lane welcome you to the 14th Annual RAIN Summit West!

9:05-9:45


Showcase

Digital Solutions that Deliver

 

Smart sales begin with audio and include compatible digital tools that small businesses can use to drive traffic. This panel will explore platforms that are eager to help you expand your digital offering.

Moderator: Matt Sunshine, evp (The Center for Sales Strategy); Speakers: George Leith, vp sales (VendAsta Technologies); Ruth Presslaff, president (Presslaff Interactive Revenue); Gavin McGarry, president (Jumpwire Media); Kelly Shelton, vp marketing (Boostability)

9:45-10:00


Research Presentation

Internet Radio and Streaming Report

 

RAIN News Editor Brad Hill will present findings from a recent survey of RAIN Readers on future trends and industry insights.

10:00-10:08


Pecha Kucha

presented by Amanda Brown, COO, AudioBoom

 

10:10-10:55


Panel

You Should Talk

 

From news and talk to sports and comedy, listeners are consuming more spoken word programming online than ever before. This panel will discuss the innovations that have facilitated the rise in popularity of non-music streamed content, and the opportunity that has created for advertisers.

Moderator: Steve Jones, vp/gm (ABC News Radio); Speakers: Kurt Edwards, int’l commercial director (TalkSPORT UK); Ted Gurley, vp digital sales (Univision Communications); Jay Green, vp digital sales/ content partnerships (AdLarge Media); Beth Murphy, cmo (Deezer)

10:55-11:15


Break

Networking Break Sponsored by Triton Digital

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11:15-12:00


Panel

Turning Data into Dollar$

 

Data, big and not so big, is a key advantage for streaming over other forms of audio, enabling platforms to deliver better programming and advertising to listeners. This panel will discuss critical issues around collection and use of this information.

Moderator: Brad Hill, vp/managing editor (RAIN News); Speakers: Matt Cutair, ceo (AudioHQ); Simon Cole, ceo, (7digital); Patrick Couch, Dir Advertising Strategy (Triton Digital); Alexis van de Wyer, ceo (Adswizz); Jeff Wender, svp digital (The Nielsen Company)

12:00-12:15


POV

Why Programmatic Will Increase the Value of Audio

 

A thought leadership presentation presented by Brian Burdick, evp digital/programmatic, WideOrbit

12:15-12:45


Keynote

Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio

 

12:45-1:45


Lunch

Lunch Sponsored by BRS Media/dot.FM

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1:45-2:15


Panel

The RAIN Legal panel

 

Congress, the Copyright Office, the DOJ and the CRB are all considering changes in the way digital music services pay for the music they play. This panel will explore music licensing issues currently being debated in DC. Learn how they may affect your business in the near future.

Moderator: David Oxenford, partner (Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP), Speakers: Gary Greenstein, partner (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati), David Levin, vp new media/ strategic development (BMI); Alex Luke, venture capitalist (The Valley Fund); Brad Prendergast, senior counsel licensing/ enforcement (SoundExchange)

2:15-2:23


Pecha Kucha

Presented by Pat Higbie, ceo, XAPPmedia

 

2:25-2:40


Research Presentation

Infinite Dial in the Car

Edison Research president Larry Rosin will present new data from the recently released Infinite Dial Study.

2:40-2:55


Break

Networking Break Sponsored by Triton Digital

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2:55-3:45


The Value of an Ad

The Value of an Ad

Sponsored by WideOrbit

 

There are many ways to measure online audio campaigns – impressions and cpms, return on investment, banner clicks, engagement. What are the best practices for measuring effectiveness? Hear several experts describe their perspective, including case studies of successful ad campaigns.

Moderator: John Rosso, president market development (Triton Digital); Speakers: Shenan Reed, president digital (MEC Global); Heidi Browning, svp strategic solutions (Pandora); Michael Guarnieri, founder & ceo (Nu Media Mix); David Kert, cro (Targetspot); Michael Jackel, vp/west (Spotify)

3:45-3:52


Pecha Kucha

Omny

 

Presented by Matt Saraceni, head of content, Omny Personal Radio

3:52-4:30


Panel

On Demand is In Demand

Sponsored by Podcast One

 

2015 is the year of the podcast! This panel will feature podcast personalities and producers discussing the passion for podcasting.

Moderator: Norm Pattiz, founder/ceo (Podcast One); Tom Leykis, host (The Tom Leykis Show); Andy Bowers, chief content officer (Slate/Panoply Media); Rob Cesternino, host (Rob Has a Podcast); Dan Granger, ceo & founder (Oxford Road)

4:30-5:00


Showcase

Streaming Audio’s Startup Economy

This session will showcase several early startups related to streaming audio. Each person will deliver a quick pitch on their product to an audience that will have an opportunity to choose their favorite. The winner will be announced at the end of the day. Hosted by Joanna Bloor, consultant

5:00-5:30


State of the Industry

Kurt Hanson, Publisher and Founder, RAIN News

Kurt Hanson will deliver his annual State of the Industry Speech

5:30-5:35


Favorite Start-Up

Hosted by Joanna Bloor

Announcement of Audience’s Favorite Startup

5:35-5:40


Closing

Thanks!

Thanks for coming to the 14th annual gathering of online audio execs at RAIN Summit West!

5:40-7:00


Cocktail Reception

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Networking by the pool!

SPEAKERS

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Anthony Bay
Rdio
CEO

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Joanna Bloor
Consultant

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Andy Bowers
Slate/ Panoply Media
Chief Content Officer

Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown
AudioBoom
COO

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Heidi Browning
Pandora
Senior VP, Strategic Solutions

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Brian Burdick
WideOrbit
EVP, Digital & Programmatic

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Rob Cesternino
Rob Has a Podcast
Host

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Simon Cole
7digital
CEO

Patrick Couch

Patrick Couch
Triton Digital
Director, Advertising Strategy

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Matt Cutair
AudioHQ
CEO

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Kurt Edwards
TalkSPORT
Int’l Commercial Director

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Dan Granger
Oxford Media
CEO & Founder

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Jay Green
AdLarge Media
VP, Digital Sales & Content Partnerships

Gary Greenstein

Gary Greenstein
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Partner

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Ted Gurley
Univision Communications
VP, Digital Sales

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Michael Guarneiri
Nu Media Mix
Founder & CEO

Pat-Higbie

Pat Higbie
XAPPmedia
CEO

BradHill

Brad Hill
RAIN Enterprises
VP/ Managing Editor

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Michael Jackel
Spotify
VP, West

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Steve Jones
ABC News Radio
VP & General Manager

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David Kert
Targetspot
Chief Revenue Officer

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Gavin McGarry
Jumpwire Media
President

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George Leith
Vendasta
VP, Sales

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David Levin
BMI
VP, New Media & Strategic Development

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Tom Leykis
Tom Leykis Show
Host

Alex Luke

Alex Luke
The Valley Fund
Venture Capitalist

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Beth Murphy
Deezer
CMO

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David Oxenford
Wilkinson, Barker & Knauer LLP
Partner

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Norm Pattiz
Podcast One
Founder/ CEO

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Brad Prendergast
SoundExchange
Senior Counsel, Licensing & Enforcement

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Ruth Presslaff
Presslaff Interactive
President

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Shenan Reed
MEC Global
President, Digital 

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Larry Rosin
Edison Research
President

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John Rosso
Triton Digital
President, Market Development

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Matt Saraceni
121cast (Omny Personal Radio)
Head of Content

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Kelly Shelton
Boostability
VP, Marketing 

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Matt Sunshine
The Center for Sales Strategy
Managing Partner

Alexis van de Wyer

Alexis Van de Wyer
AdsWizz
CEO

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Jeff Wender
The Nielsen Company
SVP, Digital

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