1. Speakers

    About Our Speakers

     Raman Kia, Executive Director of Digital Strategy at Conde Nast Media Group

    Having recently joined Conde Nast, Raman will be working with teams across all divisions to develop dynamic solutions that help drive the company’s digital business. Before joining Conde Nast, Raman was at Starworks Group as Head of Digital Marketing and was responsible for the development and execution of digital marketing strategies and integrated marketing systems.  Prior to joining Starworks Group, Raman was Director of Social Media for Morpheus Media and was responsible for managing all of the agency’s social media accounts.

    His responsibilities include end-to-end management of customer acquisition, social media, optimized media, digital PR and influencer relations, content and community management, content distribution systems, reporting and analytics, emerging technologies, and third-party partnerships across US and Europe.

    In the past Raman’s clients have included Kate Spade New York, The Net-A-Porter Group (Net-A-Porter, Mr. Porter, The Outnet), Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, AG Jeans, Joe’s Jeans, Jack Spade, Rag & Bone, Bergdorf Goodman, Belvedere Vodka, Lord & Taylor, and Neiman Marcus, to name a few.

      Shauna Mei – Founder of Ahalife

    Shauna Mei is the founder and CEO of AHAlife.com, an innovative global luxury social/e-commerce media company. She started AHAlife.com after realizing that many of the best products from all over the world were not globally available to consumers. AHAlife.com is an online platform to discover unique lifestyle products from around the world. Addressing a variety of facets across one’s entire lifestyle – from fashion, accessories, home décor, food, and more.

    AHAlife.com has already garnered the support of tastemakers such as Tim Gunn, Bobbi Brown, Daniel Boulud, Donna Karan and Wendi Murdoch – all of whom have curated their favorite finds. This media-meets-commerce platform has fast become a go-to resource for those seeking unique content and exclusive product. Prior to starting AHAlife.com, Mei founded Mobius Strip, a company dedicated to creating responsible, inspiring and profitable businesses at the intersection between fashion/design and life’s experiences. Clients included Starwood Hotel Group, Casall and Vivienne Tam.

     Basil Farano CEO, Fresh Concept Lab and creator of Stylmee

    Basil Farano is a co-founder, Creative Technologist & Strategist for Fresh Concepts Labs; the creators of Stylmee.  Stylmee is a fun, 3D fashion social commerce platform that provides its members a “shop-ertainment” experience by challenging their fashion-ability.  

    Members name, design, decorate and curate their very own 3D virtual fashion boutiques with the latest real branded products as part of the gaming experience. Motivated by understanding the challenges that brands were about to face with the change in consumer behavior due to technological advancement, he immersed himself into the mobile, social and the social gaming space.  As a creative technologist he has focused on understanding consumer behavior and utilizing disruptive technologies and creating strategies that can help brands engage with their target and aspirational customers.  Farano has consulted on mobile strategy for Toyota and Microsoft. Twitter: @FreshBas

     André Warren, creative brand strategist, Warren Creative

    André Warren, founder of Warren Creative, a fashion industry consultancy, which focuses on merchandising, marketing & branding.  André began his career in retail where he served as the menswear buyer for the influential Ron Herman shop on Melrose. 

    He later developed the menswear category within Fred Segal Santa Monica.  Here he created an eclectic mix of denim, and jean sportswear-influenced lines like AG Adriano Goldshmied, Hudson, Taverniti so, Great China Wall, Lacoste, People’s Revolution, William Rast and James Perse.  Most recently, André worked at Advanstar, the company that owns and operates MAGIC, Project, WWDMAGIC, PLATFORM and Pool.  He co-created the WORKROOM show, and was part of the creative team that developed the consumer-facing social media driven platform at WWDMAGIC, which partnered with Teen Vogue. Twitter: @andre_warren

     Jeremy Reither, founder, R3R

    Jeremy Reither is an Internet entrepreneur and consultant, and is the founder of R3R – a San Francisco based marketing technology agency. Prior to R3R, Jeremy co-owned DUI.com, a web startup in the legal lead generation space, which he sold in 2006.

    Before DUI.com he managed teams on global consulting projects for Accenture and IBM. Jeremy now works primarily with mid-sized organizations at R3R, where his team uses new technologies to help clients connect more effectively with their audiences online.  Jeremy can be followed on Twitter: @R3R.

     Mike Kaney, Co-Founder & Executive Producer, Rockbridge Productions

    Michael’s passion for film began over 10 years ago when he experienced the reaction of the audience for the first time.

    His past clients have included Sony, Pepsi, Intel, 3M, Sotheby’s Realty and rock band, Green Day.  Kaney has co-produced many feature films and is currently raising funds for three script options. His favorite part of film is capturing true human emotions to tell compelling stories.

    Mike can be followed on Twitter: @MKaney2

     Michael Litt, co-founder and CEO, Vidyard

    Michael Litt is the co-founder and CEO of Vidyard – an online video platform designed to help businesses optimize their video based marketing spend. Prior to Vidyard, Michael was the sole proprietor of a popular blog that focused on the dis-assembly of popular consumer electronics.

    After identifying the use-case for online video in this blog, he built Redwoods Media, a content production company that opened the doors to technical innovation around marketing in the video space. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with honors in Systems Design Engineering.

     Peter Kim, president and CEO HUDSON JEANS

    Peter Kimlaunched the premium denim line, HUDSON, in the summer of 2002, during the firstwave ofthe designer denim boom.  In that time, the brand has experienced tremendous growth on it’s way to becoming a ‘way of life.’ Petermade his entrée into fashion in 1994, when he assumed control of his parent’s once thriving company, ProTrend. Armed with fierce instinct and a business major from USC, Kim helped transform ProTrend, $10 million dollars in debt and nearing bankruptcy, from 80’s work wear for the “working girl” into work wear separates for today’s multi-tasking modern woman. Kim’s leadership, unyielding passion, and positive energy have been the catalyst for HUDSON to become a global leader in premium denim.

     Jon Fahrner, CEO and founder of Bumebox

    Jon Fahrner is the founder and CEO of BumeBox.com , a technology that allows businesses to host real-time social web experiences. Prior to starting BumeBox, he has dedicated for than a decade trailblazing new disciplines of consumer internet starting his career as a founding team member at Zappos.com, the world’s largest footwear etailer, acquired by Amazon in 2009.

    Fahrner most recently spent 2 years as CEO of Moxsie.com, an indie fashion ecommerce company with groundbreaking social media strategies that achieved IR Hot 100 status in 2010. He has been a keynote speaker at industry conferences including Internet Retailer, MAGIC Fashion Marketplace, and has been featured in top media outlets such as Fast Company, Forbes, Adweek, Financial Times, Businessweek, The Next Web, Mashable and TechCrunch among others.