As CEO and Co-Founder, Bill Phelan brings more than 20 years of operational, technical and financial experience to Media Factual. Bill is an accomplished entrepreneur and leader having led several ventures through the start up years and successfully managing them through significant acquisitions by large public companies. He has spearheaded the creation of Media Factual’s vision and positioning and established a business model that is driving the next-generation of Big Data.
Tapan Desai is a Data Scientist and a Data Engineer for College Factual. He has been part of the Media Factual/Bright Hub team for over a year since early 2018.
Tapan serves as a bridge between the content creation & marketing team and the engineering team. He applies techniques to acquire business value out of data from various sources and makes it available to the teams. He manages the Media Factual Data Warehouses on various cloud architectures. He coordinates with team members from both American and European teams regarding all of their data needs.
Tapan is originally from Gujarat, India where he did Bachelor’s degree (BE) in Information Technology Engineering from Gujarat Technological University. He then moved to the United States in pursuit of higher education and received a Master’s degree (MS) in Computer and Information Sciences from University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). Tapan enjoys networking with people about the tech industry, cultures, sports etc.
Robert Smith is Chairman of Media Factual lending his more than 25 years of experience creating and managing interactive community-based businesses to the role. His extensive experience in general management, business development, sales and marketing and product development has helped Media Factual/Bright Hub establish a strong foothold in the marketplace. He has served as Chairman of the Board since 2006.
Carly Stockwell serves as the chief marketing and content strategist at College Factual. She fills a variety of roles in the company, including managing the editorial calendar, crafting relevant content for the website, and communicating College Factual’s message of personalized college selection to students, parents and college admin professionals. She enjoys connecting with and learning from peers in the spheres of higher education and data journalism, and assists the business development team in this process.
James Hendler is the Tetherless World Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science and the Head of the Computer Science Department at RPI. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Experimental Multimedia Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), serves as a Trustee of the UK’s charitable Web Science Trust and is a visiting Professor at DeMontfort University in Leicester, UK.
Ian Fellows is the President of Fellow Statistics. Ian is a leading statistician and programmer based out of Los Angeles, California. His active research interests encompass many areas of statistical theory, including the analysis of longitudinal data, small sample sizes and social network analysis. Ian’s accomplishments in statistical visualization won the prestigious John Chambers Award in 2011.
John serves as the Chief International Admissions Officer and Senior Assistant Director of the University at Albany State, University of New York. John manages the development and implementation of all international admissions activities. He travels extensively throughout Asia, Europe, South America and Middle East, Overseeing the admission decisions of all international freshman and transfers applicants and evaluate all international transfer credits and course equivalents for students.
Brian Murrows is an Associate Partner with IBM for Business Analytics and Optimization. Brian has over 20 years of experience as a business analytics, strategy, technology consultant, business leader, and author. The common thread through all of his work is the use of advanced analytics to arrive at real-world business decisions.
Intersouth Partners, founded in 1985, is one of the nation’s oldest early-stage venture capital firms, managing $780 million in seven venture capital partnerships. One of the largest early-stage venture funds, it has invested in almost 100 companies, and focuses on the life sciences and technology sectors.
Amplifier Ventures is a group of early stage venture capital funds that invests in technology start ups in the Mid-Atlantic. Amplifier also operates the Amplifier Networks a family of online social communities that provide educational content, relevant news and business advice to entrepreneurs, investors and service providers in the Washington, DC technology community.