Global e-commerce has come a long way in a short time thanks to technology and services that enable small local organizations to work with large global organizations at various levels of the e-commerce ecosystem.
We have outlined a panel of experts who will share with us valuable information for navigating the complexities of global e-commerce and reveal some of the details behind the “buy” button! From learning how they sell their products online, to providing products for others to sell online, and learning about back-end solutions that enable participants in the global e-commerce network to optimize productivity.
Join us on Wednesday, June 20 as we will be accompanied by experts from PayPal digital payment app, TrackR a device tracking app; MineMine Kids, specialized retail for children; TrackStreet, internet brand protection and market analysis; and FastSpring, helping e-commerce grow with their cloud-based platform.
- Melissa O’Malley, Director, Global Initiatives, PayPal
- Christian Smith, President and Co-founder, TrackR
- Carolyn McCall, COO and Co-founder, MineMine Kids
- Chris Lueck, CEO, FastSpring
- Andrew Schydlowsky, CEO and Founder, TrackStreet
About the Speakers
Melissa O’Malley, Director, Global Initiatives, PayPal
Melissa O’Malley brings more than 20 years of experience in developing and implementing international communications and marketing programs for companies ranging from Swiss tech startups to “Fortune 15” powerhouses to her role at PayPal.
As Director of Global Initiatives at PayPal, Melissa is responsible for creating and executing global programs that help millions of consumers and merchants to conveniently and safely shop and sell in the 200+ markets where PayPal operates.
Melissa came to PayPal in 2014 from HP, where she was the Director of Global Social Media/Influencer Programs. In this role, she created the first pan-HP social media program for the global communications team that enhanced brand awareness, drove customer engagement and supported sales across HP’s $112 billion portfolio.
Before joining HP in California in 2009, Melissa was based in Munich, where she led the HP Europe, Middle East and Africa Personal Systems Group Public Relations and Analyst Relations team for Porter Novelli.
Formerly the marketing communications lead at Zurich-based UPAQ, Melissa wrote the strategic business plan which raised over 30 million Swiss Francs of investment funding for the firm. Melissa began her career at Éditions Fixot/TF1 in Paris.
Melissa has been featured in national and global publications such as Forbes, Fast Company and CNN Expansión and has served as a guest speaker for the US Department of Commerce, the US Small Business Administration, the International Trade Administration and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in English and graduated magna cum laude from Boston University.
Christian Smith, President and Co-founder, TrackR
Christian Smith, UC Santa Barbara graduate and President and co-founder of TrackR, the Santa Barbara-based pioneer of item tracking platforms, specializes in introducing new audiences, customers and companies to the brand.
Overseeing the channel sales and partnership divisions at TrackR, Smith has sold over 1.5 million devices worldwide and secured national retail distribution in the second largest general merchandise retailer in America.
Smith approaches partnerships in a straight-forward manner and focuses on under-standing the buyer, knowing the market and being persistent. He has secured numer-ous partnerships ranging from Best Buy to Mezzi luxury leather.
Smith brings a unique perspective to any team he is a part of, coupling an engineering background with entrepreneur skills that allow him to understand technical challenges, communicate clearly with the engineering team and recognize the business implica-tions that impact consumers, investors and partners.
As the Santa Barbara-based start up continues to grow, the focus of TrackR remains – to transfer the location database of valuables from people’s heads to their phones, allowing them to focus on the things in life that will evolve us as a community, rather than spending valuable time looking for lost items.
Carolyn McCall, COO and Co-founder, MineMine Kids
Carolyn is a Fashion Industry Executive in global retail and wholesale apparel, footwear and accessories. Her background is comprised of specialty retail companies and international lifestyle brands, including Neiman Marcus, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Bally of Switzerland. Carolyn’s broad experience in the industry brought her to creating McCall Consulting Group in 2008, a Global Fashion Business Development Practice.
In 2016, Carolyn co-founded and launched MineMine Kids, a global e-commerce marketplace for the world of kids. MineMine Kids holds a unique position in the market, as traditional retailers are retracting from the children’s category to concentrate on the adult world, MMK focuses strictly on kids, and fills this newly created white space. MineMine Kids is disrupting the children’s online business by using new and innovative methods to capture a broad range of customers worldwide.
A Westmont College graduate, Carolyn serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara and is a Mentor for the Enterprise Launch Program for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Chris Lueck, CEO, FastSpring
Prior to joining FastSpring, Chris was a co-founder and Managing Partner of Pylon Capital, an entrepreneurial investment firm focused on investing in high growth, technology-enabled service companies. Chris previously managed product development for Nyko Technologies, the leading video game accessory company in North America. Before Nyko, he was a product engineer at Qualcomm, where he worked on the development of mobile communications chips, including the world’s first 3G communications chip.
Chris holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and an MBA with honors from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, where he was a Leadership and Academic Scholar.
Andrew Schydlowsky, CEO and Founder, TrackStreet
A life-long, serial entrepreneur, Andrew is currently founder and CEO two companies; Sticky (www.JustSticky.com) – the leading SaaS platform for adding customer-driven, dynamic, conversation to web pages and pre-recorded video and TrackStreet(www.TrackStreet.com) – a rapidly growing SaaS technology platform which provides Internet brand protection and market analytics services to manufacturers and brands. In 2008 Andrew received the 2008 Pacific Business Times 40 Under 40 Award.
Formerly, Andrew founded and served as president of Performance Unlimited, Inc. (GotBody.com), an e-tailer of health and wellness products and Soma Distribution, Inc., a US-based DSD wholesale distributor of branded nutritional products and mass-market beverages.
He founded Kala International, Ltd, a proprietary sport nutrition products company, and Soma Internacional, S.A., a Peru based import/export firm dealing in medicinal herbs, machinery, and computer technology.
Andrew also served as chief growth officer for a chain of retail stores, project coordinator at BIDE (an economic consulting firm in Washington, D.C.), consultant to a private consulting firm in Rome, Italy, and training program developer for Unisys Asia (based in Beijing, China).
This program will be moderated by Michael Smith, FastSpring.
Mike Smith is Chief Technology Officer at FastSpring where he is responsible for advancing the state of the art in global ecommerce solutions. Prior to FastSpring, Mike was Chief Technology Officer at Verisk Analytics, where he was and responsible for business growth through technological innovation. An advocate of systems thinking, data visualization, transparent modeling and scenario-based forecasting, he worked with internal and external clients to leverage emerging technologies for creating or transforming business models.
Prior to Verisk, Mike was Chief Technology Officer/Chief Architect at Interthinx, a Verisk Analytics company, where he managed the design and deployment of SaaS solutions for automated fraud and compliance analysis, loan file reviews, as well as systems for analyzing and forecasting consumer loan portfolios. Prior to joining Interthinx, he was Chief Software Architect for Strategic Analytics, where he developed patented technologies in non-linear time series decomposition and scenario-based forecasting for retail lending. Mike taught courses in complex systems analysis and portfolio modeling to top retail lenders around the world, developing new business in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Asia.
Mike earned his BS in Computer Science from Colorado State University, and ABD in Psychoacoustics from Arizona State University.
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 670 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
- Student: $15.00
- General-Early-Bird (online only): $30.00
Sign up now & save $10 off general walk-in rate. Offer ends Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m.
- General-Walk-in: $40.00
- Parking: FREE
- 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Online Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
- 6:00 – 7:30 Presentation/Discussion
- 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A
Tickets include appetizers and refreshments for both online and walk-in registrants. (Beer or wine separate– cash or pre-paid online or at check-in table.)
If you miss the Online Early-Bird Offer, we welcome guests on the day of the event at the Walk-in rate. (Online rate not applicable.)