Burst is an innovative mobile video platform that enables users (fans and/or reporters) to capture authentic video, automatically upload it to the cloud, and then directly integrate the content into broadcast TV, social web or in-venue screens in near real-time. Burst is a great solution for both controlled content - such as from reporters, stringers, freelance journalists - and crowdsourced user generated content (UGC). Our automated cloud-based solution solves the problem of easily getting mobile videos into broadcast workflows and making them instantly available for live or studio productions.
Bryant McBride, CEO
In a Nutshell: Youth hockey coach, serial entrepreneur, father of three. Favorite Burst:The Boston skyline to Grandma in Minnesota and old friends in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Bryant has over 20 years of experience as an executive, entrepreneur and investor. In the past 10 years, he has focused on building and nurturing technology businesses where family and sports have been strategic growth drivers.
Bryant's entrepreneurial activities have resulted in the creation, growth and profitable sale of four companies - myteam.com, Vision Sports and Entertainment Partners, Football Scouts Inc. and Sports Technologies Inc. Bryant has also built growth initiatives with Fortune 500 companies and leading consumer brands including M&M Mars, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Kraft Foods, Sunkist, Sam' s Club/Walmart, Bank of America, Choice Hotels, and United Technologies. Prior to his entrepreneurial activities, Bryant was the VP of Business Development for the National Hockey League, where he led the evaluation and creation of new businesses, including international broadcasting, rink development and multiple grassroots fan base building initiatives.
Bryant was elected the first African American class president at the West Point where he served as a Cadet from 1984- 86. He graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut where he also became the first African American to be elected class president and was voted an All-American defenseman for Trinity's Championship hockey team. In 1990, Bryant obtained a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Bryant serves on the boards of directors of the New York City Track and Field Armory and the New York Road Runners Club - the biggest running club in the world and organizers of the New York City Marathon. He also serves as Chairman of USA Fitness Corps, an initiative that selects returning veterans to serve as Fitness Corps Leaders in US Cities with a prevalence of childhood obesity. In his spare time, Bryant is a youth hockey coach to his three children and he has started and completed 24 marathons.
Jay Ramadorai, EVP and Chief Technology Officer
In a Nutshell: Builder, entrepreneur, traveler, trivia junkie. Favorite Burst: Grizzly bear encounter on Iceberg Lake Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Jay is a technology leader with extensive experience in building Internet and Mobile software startups. Over the last 17 years, as CTO or Founder of four different startups (Vocalocity, Passkey, LastMinuteTravel.com, and AppManiax) he has put together and managed global development teams, and built web, mobile and VoIP application services aimed at both consumers and businesses. Currently, as Executive VP & Chief Technology Officer of Burst Inc he is at it again, helping to build a technology that harnesses the current trends in mobile, cloud, and television to help businesses leverage mobile video.
Prior to Burst, Jay built a mobile apps startup called AppManiax where he built productivity and messaging apps like AirDrop, VoxNotes, and PhonePlus, for smartphones. Before AppManiax, as EVP/CTO of Vocalocity, Jay led the build of an industry-leading hosted VoIP PBX solution for small businesses. Vocalocity, the leading solution for small businesses in North America, with a revolutionary and flexible standards-based VoIP technology stack was acquired by Vonage and turned into Vonage for Business. While at Vocalocity, Jay also served on the Board of Directors of the VoiceXML Forum. Prior to Vocalocity, Jay was SVP & CTO of Passkey, a Group travel automation and optimization technology company. At Passkey (acquired by Lanyon, a subsidiary of the Active network), Jay helped turn around the technology and company into a scalable platform for growth and integration, helping Passkey sign up an impressive array of top hotel chains and Convention and Visitor Bureaus as customers. Before Passkey, as EVP/CTO of LastMinuteTravel.com (acquired by Travel Holdings Inc), Jay built a consumer-facing travel search engine on the Internet, to find and book last-minute perishable inventory directly with the suppliers, starting the trend that disintermediated travel agents.
Jay obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Paul Levy, Chief Revenue Officer
In a Nutshell: Youth basketball coach, Twitter addict, father of three. Favorite Burst: District Champs trophy ceremony for the Westport 14U softball team. Paul brings an extensive operating background that combines business and entrepreneurial skills with finance, investment banking and principal investment expertise to Burst. Paul most recently served as Vice President with Main Street Resources (MSR), a private equity firm with $100M under management focused on growth capital investments and buyouts in the lower middle market. Prior to MSR, Paul was co-founder and CEO of Live Audience Business Solutions (LABS), a ticketing technology company focused on the live entertainment and sports vertical that he sold to SmartDM, a Nashville-based customer relationship management company in 2004.
While at LABS, Paul was responsible for overseeing all areas of operations including product development, sales and finance. Before starting LABS, Paul was an investment banker, first with UBS and then ING Barings, working primarily in the Internet marketing services space. Paul worked on multiple financing and M&A transactions while at both UBS and ING.
Before attending business school, Paul worked at D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles where he advised clients including P&G, Merck & Co and Burger King on their media planning and media buying strategies. Paul also worked at the New Jersey Nets basketball team in corporate sales in the early '90s. He received both his BA and MBA from Cornell University.
Tim Graves, SVP Business Development
In a Nutshell: Coach, father, musician, and entrepreneur. Tim is a senior executive leader with 25 years of extensive experience in developing and building businesses and customer solutions across a variety of disciplines and markets. He brings a broad base of knowledge to Burst that combines management skills, technology expertise, product development, marketing, and operational execution to define and solve business problems in both new and emerging companies.
For the past 12 years, Tim has been working in a number of start-up and early stage companies - myteam.com, Bluewater Wine, Vision Sports, and Active.com. As a part of these organizations, Tim has been an integral part of the strategy, development and execution required to establish these businesses and has had the opportunity to work with a number of Fortune 500 companies and leading consumer brands including Coca Cola (Powerade/Glaceau), Dunkin Donuts, Bank of America, Susan G. Komen, Allstate, Subway, ConAgra Foods, and Little League Baseball.
Prior to this, Tim worked 17 years in the printing business for the Courier Corporation, Colorstream Technologies, Webster Printing, and the Banta Digital Group. As part of the Banta Digital group, he established key initiatives with corporate executives and industry consultants to develop the strategic plan for Banta's future digital print business & initiatives. He helped to establish Banta as an industry leader in variable data and custom database-driven printing. He sold and implemented strategic "One to One" integrated marketing campaigns for key Banta clients such as; Houghton Mifflin, SP Richards, First Union, General Electric, P & G, American Express, and SmithKline Beecham. He also worked with an executive team to train and educate the National Sales team and customers on the application of digital print in markets such as: direct marketing, publishing, high technology, automotive, financial services, and pharmaceutical. He interfaced directly with sales, marketing, and technology partners to develop market-specific products and applications, integrate internet initiatives, and identify new technology opportunities. As part of this job, he also built and managed partnerships with major technology vendors such as: Xeikon, Xerox, Barco Graphics, MicroMass, and Synaxis.
Tim has been a featured speaker and presented at major industry and marketing events such as; On-Demand Printing and Publishing Exposition, Seybold, Direct Marketing Association's annual conference, Xplor, Vue/point, and GATF. The topics included a variety of topics related to innovation in business: Internet to Print Campaigns, 1 to 1 Marketing Strategies, and On-Demand Digital Color Printing.
Tim received his BA from Hamilton College and has completed MBA coursework at Northeastern University's Executive MBA program. He is the past President of the WHK Youth Hockey Association and the current President and one of the co-founders of the Whitman-Hanson Youth Lacrosse program.
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