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Upendra Shardanand

Upendra Shardanand is the Chairman and CEO of Daylife, the leading media SaaS for the world's biggest media companies and consumer destinations. Daylife offers online publishers on-demand media and applications. Mr, Shardanand co-founded his first venture, Firefly Network in 1995, as a spin-off of his work at the MIT Media Lab. Firefly was a pioneer in the areas of personalization and online communities. (Upendra’s graduate thesis developed on collaborative filtering, the recommendation technology now commonplace on the web). Firefly was acquired by Microsoft in 1998. At Microsoft, Upendra launched Microsoft Passport, and worked on Microsoft’s privacy initiatives, serving on industry bodies to further the cause of online privacy. Following Microsoft, Upendra was a founding partner of The Accelerator Group, a venture firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. He went on to serve as the Director of Technology at AOL and then Time Warner Corporate. Mr. Shardanand serves on the board of advisors for Treehugger, BrandKarma, Help Remedies, and BluWorld. Previously, Mr. Shardanand has served on the board of advisors to the Better Business Bureau Online, PeoplePC (acquired by EarthLink), MediaCode (acquired by Yahoo), RealNames, and InsightFirst (acquired by 24/7 RealMedia). Mr. Shardanand received in 1994 a Masters of Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.

My Speaker Sessions

Sunday, March 13

11:00am CDT