Gene Quinn CEO and Co-Founder, Tnooz

Gene will be speaking in the sessions, "Low-cost connectivity for all and everything" and "Improving life on the go."

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Gene Quinn, a pioneer in digital media and e-commerce, is CEO and co-founder of Tnooz. Launched in 2009, Tnooz is the leading source of news and analysis about technology and its impact on the global digital travel economy.

In the 1990s, Gene transitioned from traditional publishing and broadcasting to lead a digital strategy and investment team at Tribune Company in Chicago. As the early commercial web emerged, his team made early-stage investments in new media and e-commerce companies, including America Online, Checkfree, Open Market, Excite, iVillage and Peapod.

In 1997, he was named the first Senior Vice President, Online and Interactive at MTV Networks, home of Viacom’s global entertainment brands MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and TVLand. He developed web media platforms for the brands and business development and content partnerships with Yahoo, AOL, Intel, Microsoft and other technology and distribution companies.

Since 1999, Gene has been a private investor and adviser to public and private companies in travel, media, marketing, financial services and web technology. He is former chairman of PhoCusWright; advisory board chairman of BzzAgent, a word-of-mouth marketing leader acquired by Tesco’s Dunnhumby agency; and adviser to Newtrade Technologies, a hotel marketing platform acquired by Expedia.

Gene is a former board member at Checkfree and Open Market; chairman/director of the trade group Interactive Services Association and non-profit Henry’s Fork Foundation, a river conservation group. He also was a member of advisory boards at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the birthplace of the Mosaic web browser, and the MIT Media Lab.

He holds a BA in English literature from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.