Hawkefest is a full day anti-conference featuring the ecommerce industry’s best and brightest speakers and attendees.
Hawkefest brings together carefully selected ecommerce entrepreneurs and executives to enjoy a full day of peer collaboration and programming featuring industry thought leaders. Guests also enjoy immersive entertainment activations, gourmet cuisine, and top-shelf bar at the iconic Houdini Estate in the Hollywood Hills.
FOUNDER/BARON DAVIS ENTERPRISES
Entrepreneur, investor, and two-time NBA All-Star and record-holder, over a thirteen-year career, Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks. Known for his electrifying style on the court, Davis was a powerful point guard, who won national acclaim for executing in crucial, high-pressure moments, when his team needed him the most. As a businessman, Baron was one of the original investors for Vitaminwater and helped launch Thrive Market.
Baron is also the founder of several companies, including Sports and Lifestyle in Culture (SLIC), The Black Santa Company, BIG and No Label-each with the objective of combining creative talent with original publication and production to develop and provide educational and heartwarming stories that appeal to global audiences of all ages.
Ken Brook is the Founder and CEO of MetaX, a blockchain technology company driving development and adoption of open platforms for digital advertising. A serial entrepreneur, Brook has built technology companies from the ground up since 2010. Prior to MetaX, Brook founded several adtech companies that led to his interest in developing blockchain-based solutions for the advertising industry. In addition to being very active in the advertising and blockchain communities, Brook advises several blockchain startups. Brook earned his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Business and Communications from Arizona State University.
Courtney Aura Freeman is the CEO of White Buffalo, a forty year old rolling paper company. With a new CBD Massage Primer and more products on the way, White Buffalo is quickly expanding marketshare in the cannabis, hemp, and accessory markets with eCommerce site WhiteBuffaloSpirit.org.
Courtney’s background covers 20 years of award-winning sales, marketing, and product development spanning the financial, tech, entertainment and cannabis industries.
After graduating from Columbia University, she began her career working with one of the world’s largest financial institutions on Wall Street and later supported multi-million dollar projects in studio film. Today, Ms. Freeman is focused on merging her commercial ventures with fundraising for philanthropic organizations, raising awareness for environmental concerns, conducting educational speaking engagements, and building community in the cannabis space.
Managing Director/Puji Capital
Isabel joined Puji Capital as Managing Director of US and is responsible for deal sourcing and partnership management. Puji Capital works with top families in Asia and US to invest in, acquire, or create joint venture with top US companies in consumer, media, and entertainment sectors.
Prior to Puji Capital, she served as Head of Corporate Development for China and Director of Global Digital Business Development in Mattel. During her tenure in Mattel, She led cross-border teams to create multiple joint ventures and strategic partnerships with global top players in digital technology, entertainment, retail, and E-commerce sectors. Isabel created partnerships with Tencent, JD, Alibaba, Fosun, NetEase, and Babytree, which are top players in their respective fields. Before Mattel, Isabel led M&A and Joint Venture executions and management in Cummins.
Besides investment and Joint Venture, Isabel also has substantial experience in brand building, digital marketing, and E-commerce in China.
Isabel has a MBA from Kellogg Business School and dual degree in Diplomacy and International Economics and Trade from Beijing Foreign Studies University.
AUTHOR – DIGITAL INFLUENCE, MD/FRONTIER STRATEGY GROUP
Joel Backaler is a global marketing strategist, author, and international keynote. He is the Managing Director at Frontier Strategy Group, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and the award-winning author of “China Goes West.”
In September 2018, Backaler will release his second global marketing book, also published with Palgrave Macmillan called “Digital Influence.” Digital Influence explores how businesses and other organizations can incorporate influencer marketing into their global strategy by tapping into the voices of local key opinion leaders and trendsetters to bring their products and services to market in an authentic, locally relevant manner.
His thought leadership has been featured in Forbes, BBC, and The Financial Times. He has worked with many of the world’s top global brands, including: The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Philips, Cisco, HP, and Danone. He has also advised companies from emerging markets on their globalization efforts.
Andrew Blachman is COO of Tophatter, the discovery shopping experience for mobile. Prior to Tophatter, Andrew was CEO of GET ME IN!, a European online ticket marketplace acquired by Ticketmaster in 2008. Before GET ME IN!, Andrew was a consultant for Stubhub and earlier was European director and VP Business Development for WideRay. Andrew began his career as an investment banker in Goldman Sachs’ high technology group in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong. He is also an early seed investor in several online marketplaces, including SeatGeek, Bridebook, and Outdoorsy. Andrew received a BA in economics and MS in engineering economic systems from Stanford University.
FOUNDER/OLIVE KIND AGENCY
Anya Cravitz is a founder of Olive` Kind Agency, premier branding + creative + go-to-market agency servicing Wellness Cannabis + CBD market, based in Los Angeles, California. Her professional background has an extensive marketing and business development in tech and beauty industry. After graduating from Northeastern University in Boston where she was raised, Anya moved to Los Angeles. For the past 6 years she has successfully developed indie health and wellness brands, which have been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Mantra Magazine, Huffington Post and more. Cannabis plays a crucial and life-changing roll in Anya’s life ever since she transitioned to Cannabis oil from pharmaceuticals to help with her epilepsy disorder. After learning and experiencing true medicinal healing powers of Cannabis and how it can help so many people, Anya became a medical cannabis activist and started her agency. She has been mentioned in Rolling Stones, Dope Magazine, Emerald Magazine, MG Retailer and more on her work in the Cannabis industry.
CO-FOUNDER, AND CO-CEO/Figs
Trina Spear, Cofounder & Co-CEO, FIGS, Los Angeles, CA. Trina Spear is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of FIGS, a medical apparel company. Founded in 2013, FIGS offers a collection of tailored and technical scrubs sold direct to consumer through its vertically integrated e-commerce platform, both B2B and B2C. The company employs 35 as of February 2018, and increased sales 17-fold in the past two years. FIGS has raised $75 million from investors in three rounds, including most recently $65 million from Tulco (the fourth-largest raise for a female-founded company in 2017), and previously $10 million from Campfire Capital, JH Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures and others.
FIGS is a certified B-Corp, and in conjunction with its philanthropic 1-for-1 program, Threads for Threads, has donated hundreds of thousands of scrubs to in-need healthcare professionals across 35 countries. FIGS was recognized as Best for the World B-Corp in 2015. Prior to launching FIGS, Trina worked at The Blackstone Group. She was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2015. Trina obtained her BA in Economics from Tufts University, graduating magna cum laude. She completed her MBA at Harvard Business School. She is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
CO-FOUNDER/INFLUENCE & CO.
John is the Author of Top of Mind, a bestselling book published by McGraw Hill. He Co-founded Influence & Co., the largest creator and distributor of expert content to major media.
In 2016, John was a recipient of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Best Emerging Company and was recognized as one of the Business Journals’ Top 100 Visionaries.
John is consistently mentioned in major publications as a top influencer, leader, and speaker. He has contributed articles about leadership, relationship building, marketing, and thought leadership to more than 50 online publications, including Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Fast Company, Mashable and many more.
FOUNDER/ROUND TWO PARTNERS
To say that Babak has helped to scale a business is an understatement. When he left Beachbody from his role as SVP, Media and Customer Acquisition, the Company had just eclipsed $1 billion in sales, dramatically up from when he joined 8 years prior when the Company had $100MM in sales. He led all offline and online media (over $500MM in total spent over his tenure), social media, and the telesales teams. Previously, he had created the analytics group, who was responsible for delivering actionable insights for a fanatically data-driven company.
Currently, he works with brands helping them to increase the value of their customers and the value of the business overall. He brings a unique combination of understanding customer LTV and the importance of building a brand. As such, while customer acquisition and retention remains a core part of his client work, an increasing amount of his attention is helping his clients build amazing customer experiences, which benefits both their growth goals and their desire to build a sustainable brand.
His list of clients includes Stitch Fix, ButcherBox, NOBULL, Digital Marketer, and Revolution Golf, amongst others. Babak received his MBA from Stanford Business School and his BS in Mathematics from MIT. The bulk of his spare time now is spent with his wife and 2 sons in Los Angeles.
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