SOURCE: Momentum Growth Conference

September 20, 2007 11:00 ET

Dealmaker Media Announces Speaker Line-Up for the Momentum Growth Conference

Featured Speakers Include the 15 Fastest Growing Momentum Companies and Industry Stakeholders

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 20, 2007) - Dealmaker Media, creators of the Under the Radar conferences, today announced its speaker line-up for the Momentum Growth Conference, which will take place on October 4, 2007 at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, Calif., from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The one-day conference will feature interviews, panel discussions, and presentations from key industry players and "Momentum 15" companies -- leading companies with real customers, revenue and partnerships.

This year's "Momentum 15" companies are:

Bebo, Imeem, Hi5, Kayak, Video Egg. RockYou, Slide, Jingle Networks, Thumbplay, Sugar Publishing, Blurb, TheLadders, Gaia Online, IMVU and Meebo.

In addition, Fast Company, the media sponsor of the Momentum Growth Conference, has conducted a Fast Company reader poll, where readers voted for the Momentum Growth Conference's "Company of the Year." The winner will be announced on Fast Company and Dealmaker Media's blogs on Monday, September 24, 2007.

The conference will feature a variety of sessions comprised of Momentum Growth CEOs and industry stakeholders, who will explore from all angles what it takes to build momentum and how to keep it going.

2007 conference program sessions will include:

--  Sarah Lacy, author and, most recently, reporter for BusinessWeek will
    interview BabyCenter's chairman and former AOL executive, Tina Sharkey
    during a "fireside chat."
--  Ellen McGirt, senior writer from Fast Company, will interview the
    Momentum "Company of the Year."
--  Innovators Blurb,, Gaia Online, and Jingle Networks
    will address business-model plans in a session entitled, "Business Models
    that Drive Momentum."
--  Imeem, Sugar Publishing, Slide and Sarah Lacy will participate in a
    panel to explore the future of social communities. Are there really enough
    advertisers out there for every business to have a share of the pie? How
    will these networks keep their user base engaged, active and growing?
--  Best Buy, Hi5, Bebo, ThinkLondon, and Topix will discuss how they have
    strategized, expanded and adapted to reach greatness outside the Silicon
    Valley bubble.
--  Presentations from up-and-coming companies, dubbed the "Ones to Watch"
    will be included.

This year's Momentum Growth Conference speakers are the following: - Tina Sharkey, Chairman
Bebo - Xochi Birch, Co-founder & President
Best Buy - Martin Nyman, Director, Global Innovation Network
Blurb - Eileen Gittins, CEO
Citigroup Global Markets - Ivan Brockman, Managing Director, Global
 Technology Investment Banking Group
ComScore - Erin Hunter, EVP
Fast Company - Ellen McGirt, Senior Writer
Gaia Online - Craig Sherman, CEO
Google Analytics - Brett Crosby, Senior Manager
Hi5 - Ramu Yalamanchi, CEO
Imeem - Steve Jang, VP, Marketing and Business Development
Jingle Networks - Lyn Chitow Oakes, SVP Marketing
Kayak - Drew Patterson, VP Marketing
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips  - Hale Boggs, Partner
Media Shift - Mark Glaser, New Media Expert
Meebo - Seth Sternberg, CEO
Microsoft - Marc Brown, Director of Corporate Development
Photobucket - Peter Pham, Vice President, Business Development
RockYou - Lance Tokuda, CEO
SAP - Jens Weitzel, Sr. Director, Business Development Global Ecosystem &
 Partner Group
Slide - Keith Rabois, VP, Business Development
Stage Two Consulting - Jeremy Toeman, Consultant
Sterling Communications - Marianne O'Connor, CEO
Sugar Publishing - Brian Sugar, Founder, Publisher and CEO
TheLadders - Robert Turtledove, CMO
ThinkLondon - David Riches, Director, North America
Thumbplay - Are Traasdahl, CEO & Founder
Topix - Chris Tolles, CEO
TSX - Ungad Chadda, Vice-President and COO
VideoEgg - Matt Sanchez, CEO

The full program can be found at

Sponsors of the Momentum Growth Conference include Fast Company, Manatt, Microsoft, SAP, Sterling Communications, ThinkLondon, and TSX Venture Exchange. Peppercom will sponsor the "Ones to Watch," while, Media River, and NASDAQ will sponsor the VIP party prior to the conference program.

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