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DataBanq Media provides search marketing solutions for third party advertisers and publishers. The company’s owned and operated media properties provide hundreds of advertisers with vertically segmented and localized customer acquisition opportunities. The company’s proprietary publishing platform provides third party publishers with search-friendly social media and user generated content modules, in addition to an effective ad platform to monetize traffic. DataBanq provides search engine optimization consulting & custom search marketing services for clients looking to maximize their online marketing efforts.

Founders

David Bayer - President
David has more than 10 years experience in Internet technologies, online marketing & business development. David's knowledge and recognition of the relationships between search systems, lead generation and emerging web2.0 technologies has become the cornerstone of the company's strategic vision. David was a key driver in establishing Ducati Motorcycles as the pre-eminent motorcycle e-business case study, helping the company establish themselves as the 7th highest grossing E-commerce site in Europe (2002 w/$70MM rev in 2001-2002). David established startup experience with both PopWall.com (Top 5 Internet Gift Site, BusinessWeek 2000) and Broadband National. Having graduated from Columbia University ('98) with a B.A. in English, David is passionate about the relationship between natural language, technology & thought process.  He has been a 2-time presenter for the Florida Venture Conference and was the keynote speaker at the 2008 MS Society Technology Summit where he spoke about the use of social networks in medicine and the study of online patient communities.

Kamuti Kiteme - EVP
Kamuti has over 15 years of experience with Internet media and multi-platform technologies. His sales experience dates back to '94 when, while VP of Sales, Kamuti brokered the first online Levi & Coca-Cola media buys. As part of the executive task team that facilitated SonicNet's acquisition by TCI Music, Kamuti drove the development of a multi-platform music and advertising program across retail, television and web channels. As VP of Sales & Business Development for MTVi - MTV's digital brand - Kamuti managed cross-brand marketing and media solutions which enabled the company to leverage multiple brands on multiple platforms. Kamuti most recently worked with mobile platform leader UPOC Networks as VP Business Development, where he brokered company's first mobile platform partnership with Starwood Hotel Group and drove the company's search engine optimization and affiliate marketing strategies. Kamuti has a BA in Communications & Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania (Annenberg/Wharton) '91. Kamuti's cross platform experience has driven his interest in media convergence & multi-platform marketing.

Investors

Inflexion Fund, L.P.
Inflexion Partners is an early stage venture capital fund organized with an emphasis on company building and harnessing the regional, national and international resources of the Fund's managers and strategic partners. Inflexion, an affiliate of the Village Ventures network of venture capital funds, is Florida's only fund leveraging a network venture capital model involving some of the largest institutional investors in the country. For more information on Inflexion Partners please visit www.inflexionvc.com.

Village Ventures
Village Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm investing in exceptional entrepreneurs building information technology and life sciences companies in emerging domestic geographies. Village Ventures identifies promising investment opportunities in partnership with its nationwide network of 13 early stage venture capital funds focused on these emerging markets. The combination of local capital and hands-on investment focus with Village Ventures' centralized services and national network helps create compelling and innovative companies. For more information on Village Ventures please visit www.villageventures.com.


Influences

Tim O’Reilly - the founder of O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates) and a supporter of the free software and open source movements. He is widely credited with coining the term Web 2.0.

Brin & Page - Google founders and inventors of the page rank algorithm – an algorithm that assigns a numerical and topical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents

Bill Gates - co-founder of Microsoft and one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Microsoft’s personal and social software applications have catalyzed the era of digital information exchange.

Jimmy Wales - known for his role in the creation of Wikipedia, a free open content encyclopedia, in 2001.  Wikipedia is a leading example of the positive sum effect of collaborative software and open source governance.

Mozilla – the term used to refer to the free software/open source project that was founded in order to create the next-generation Internet suite for Netscape. The foundation now creates and maintains the Mozilla Firefox browser and Mozilla Thunderbird email application, among other software.

Mike Wesch - Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist and media ecologist exploring the impacts of new media on human interaction. He graduated summa cum laude from the Kansas State University Anthropology Program in 1997 and returned as a faculty member in 2004 after receiving his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Virginia. Wesch created a short video, "Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us." Released on YouTube on January 31st 2007, it quickly became the most popular video in the blogosphere and has now been viewed over 3 million times.

Ted Talks - TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. These talks are absolutely amazing, insightful and moving.

Tim Berners-Lee - is a British computer scientist credited as the architect of the World Wide Web. On 25 December, 1990 he implemented the first successful communication between an HTTP client and server via the Internet.  In 1989, while working at CERN - the largest Internet node in Europe - Berners-Lee saw an opportunity to join hypertext with the Internet: "I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the Transmission Control Protocol and domain name system ideas and — ta-da! — the World Wide Web."

David Bayer - President

Kamuti Kiteme - EVP




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