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Stephen D. Messer

Co-founder and Vice Chairman, Collective[i]

Stephen Messer is co-founder and vice chairman of Collective[i], the first Big Data network to deliver enterprise-wide analyses curated and developed by the world’s leading data scientists directly to business users in order to answer essential questions about marketing, sales, service, and support data. Stephen is chairman of the Council for Accountable Advertising, an industry association for best-of-breed advertising technologies, and is co-founder and president of World Evolved, a platform for global investment and expansion. Prior to these ventures, Stephen, along with his sister, Heidi Messer, founded, built, and managed LinkShare Corporation until its sale in 2005 to Rakuten for $425 million. Stephen is recognized as an authority on entrepreneurship and online marketing. He is frequently cited in industry publications, has appeared on numerous national business programs, and regularly speaks at industry events. Stephen holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and a B.A. from Lafayette University.