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I was a magician in high school, and I always loved the back and forth with the audience. The feedback. When I started working in the media, I found the whole 'one way' thing kind of hollow. I wanted applause if we did well and I wanted rotten fruit if the audience didn't like a documentary or program we produced.
At the first chance I got, I invented a TV series that gave the audience a chance to do more than watch -- but actually participate. It was called MTV UNfiltered, and if you haven't checked it out, you can find it here.
Along the way, I've made a ton of films, documentaries, and web projects for partners including HBO, Discovery, A&E, MSNBC, and CNN. I've also directed a number of feature documentaries, including a film I'm very proud of, "7 Days in September," about how New York was affected by the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Magnify.net is the incarnation of the way I see the media world evolving. Increasingly, the power is in the hands of the audience. The audience engages, shares, ranks, and validates. I always imagined Magnify.net as a platform that would engage, embrace, and facilitate media creating, sharing, and collective knowledge. I'm passionate about the sounds and pictures that real people create, and excited to help create order from chaos.
Content is king. Well...only if you can find it. As the amount of digital information grows exponentially, content starts to look more like a peasant than the king. I'm a firm believer that search algorithms are only getting us part of the way to accurate content discovery, but we need to inject the human element back into the equation to bring content into context. I spent the first 5 years of my career at one of the largest content companies in the world - Thomson Reuters. Heading up roles in content strategy, product strategy and innovation, I welcomed the challenge to deliver meaningful, well organized content to some of the largest financial services organizations in the world. Curation Nation became a 'must read' within the office and it was then that I knew the team at Magnify was on to something special. Born and raised (and still living in New Jersey), I have an MBA from Fordham University's Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University.
I’ve always loved engineering. When I was a kid I got hooked on a RadioShack electronics kit and when I got to college I majored in Electrical Engineering at Penn State. I started out designing hardware, then microcontrollers, and finally software. Recently I’ve come back to hardware design through my hobby coaching my son’s robotics teams.
I applied my engineering skills for many years in the financial space in part because it is an industry that pushes computers to their limits. Traders have tough requirements for reliability and performance, and I think that has shaped my appreciation for software and hardware built to be rugged and fast.
I’m excited about my work at Magnify because I see curated content as the next step in the evolution of the ways we digest information. I’ve been an avid New York Times reader all my life, and I worried that the content industry was shrinking. But the value content curators provide is the analysis and human, editorial judgment that is essential. Magnify has applied that principle to video curation by providing tools and infrastructure to allow people to filter and suggest good quality content out of a growing sea of data. It represents the inevitable triumph of quality over quantity.
Rodger has been a leader and contributor to highly successful sales teams in media, advertising, technology,financial services and communications. Rodger has extensive experience with international transactions, successfully closing deals with CBS, Yahoo!, Google, Warner Music, Deutsche Telekom, British Telecom, Singtel, Quanta, Lenovo, Telefonica de Espana and many other well known global brands.
Rodger began his career managing the sales floor at a NYSE member firm. In 2005 he left the investment management business and became one of the original 10 employees of the public global media company JumpTV (JTV:AIM,TSE), serving as General Manager of Marketing and Business Development. Rodger subsequently served in senior roles for global sales, marketing and business development at JumpTV and ooVoo. In these roles he was responsible for taking product based companies to market, generating hundreds of millions of dollars of sales. Rodger was also a key member of the board level strategic planning committee for ooVoo.
Rodger lives on the Upper West Side in New York City with his wife, three kids and two dogs. He is very active in many community and social organizations on both a local and global level. Rodger holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
At age six, my mother found me playing with clay and maize stalks. When asked what I was doing, I replied matter-of-factly, "I am building a computer for my airplane." Since then, I have built a functioning computer from scratch, and I now have my pilot's license, but really - I am a numbers guy. I studied Accounting at Fordham University and received my M.B.A. from New York Institute of Technology. Over the course of my career, I have worked in a multitude of industries, from construction to publishing.
I have always been curious about how things work, and am interested in finding better ways of doing things. At Magnify, we are making access to stories simpler and more beautiful than ever. As Controller, I navigate the company through the clouds and keep us on track as we revolutionize story-telling in the digital age. I’ve come a long way from playing in the maize fields in Zimbabwe as a child, and I am lucky to be working with such creative and passionate people.
I've always believed that along with food and shelter, storytelling is a basic human need. Video sharing started on cave walls, we chipped stories into granite, we now capture stories -- literally by lining up little electric blips out of thin air. I believe in the essence of storytelling so much I am a card-carrying journalist. I've shot, produced & edited hundreds of long-form documentaries over the last 20 years. You've seen my work on A&E, MSNBC, National Geographic, CNN, CBS, Court TV and more. I even have awards to prove it!
So what gives with my title today? I also learned that to be a successful creative, you have to be able to run a business. Contracts shape the resources and money you will have to work on a project, the lawyers can actually sometimes pave the way to make things happen. Effective budgets and money management make the difference between profit or deficit. Plus, I like working with numbers, they tell stories in their own way.
Everything I've done leads up to this moment. Magnify.net is here to give a voice to you -- to empower you to tell your story. I couldn't be more proud. Have you shared a video today?
I've always been interested in design. I still remember that when I was young, the first web interface that ever wowed me was Pandora Radio. It was the first time I had ever seen something online that was so interactive and well-designed, that managed to transform content from a "traditional" technology (radio) to fit a brand new medium. In that moment, I started to realize the true capabilities of the web. Today, I am a part of transforming video content into a curated experience.
While studying Human Factors and Information Science at Cornell University, I became particularly interested not only in design, but in examining how people interact with designed products and environments. As someone who enjoys the challenges inherent in bridging the gap between design, technology, and users, working in user experience for Magnify is the perfect role.
I’m one of those people that just can’t rest until I’ve figured out a problem (yes, I’ve spent 6 hours on the phone with tech support setting up a wireless network). Naturally, this makes me the go-to person for any questions that start with “Why won’t this work?” I have been interested in technology ever since I built my first web business in my sophomore year of college. Now I have the opportunity to work on a product that can truly shape the way video content is consumed on the web.
Born in Belarus and raised in Boston, I studied Economics and Finance at Bentley University. I spent a few years pursuing a career in finance, but was quickly drawn back to the world of tech entrepreneurship. The infinite possibilities of innovation in technology were too appealing for me to ignore. I worked at a startup called Yodle, where I learned how larger organizations sell their product and manage their client base. Later, I joined a 5-person startup as a Sales Director, where I worked directly with the tech team in building our product while interacting with clients at the same time.
It was in this role that I developed an appreciation for having synergy between business development and technical development in a company. My background ultimately led me to my function at Magnify – making sure that our clients have a fantastic experience using our product by being fully aware of our benefits and technical capabilities.
From boots to heels" is a quote I use to describe myself as a women deeply interested in the world of media as well as a soldier in the United States Army. I can take my heels off, put the boots on and get the job done. I received my B.A from Montclair State University in Psychology and journalism . Born and raised in the Caribbean island of Jamaica, I migrated to the United States in 2005.
I've embarked on quests such as being a two-time contestant for the Miss New Jersey USA pageant, as well as the Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated, JabbaWock Pageant. My niche in life is giving back, so I volunteer for events such as the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer as well as local rehabilitation centers for the elderly.
I believe I was bitten by a media bug immediately after birth. I have no recollection of the days when I wasn't curious about how things are changing on the web, how newspapers are in depletion as well as what heights web content will take us. I first got into reading the New Yorker with my grandfather, and my freshman year in college, began writing for my school's paper.
I've realized that in media, writing is not enough, and after a few internships in production, my curiosity for content, production and its delivery grew even greater. Being at Magnify.net excites me as I am sitting at the core of what new media is. Video content curation is a world expansion and I am now apart of this amazing, growing platform.
I think of myself as both a designer and a developer. I think in pictures, but I care very much about the code that makes pictures work on the web.
I began my education studying Business Administration at the University of Maryland, the Eastern Shore campus, as I’ve always been an entrepreneur, and wanted to learn how to manage my own business. I am a visual person, and I like having an effect on people through my designs. When you can think of something in your mind and put it on a computer, now that’s innovation.
Upon graduation, my first job was at the design firm Bandujo. I was employed there for half a year. I got to work with clients like Chase, the Knicks and Bank of Tokoyo. I am forever thankful because they helped to mold me and craft my talent.
I believe that without content there is no design, as design is influenced by content. The world around us is content, and content needs to be created in order to be curated. At Magnify, I want to continue to build upon the brand aesthetic, and contribute my perspective which I would describe as modernization with a hint of classical as I study classical design and modernize it. Some people think that I design from a point of art and not design, but I am not a graphic designer and I believe that the end product needs to be profitable.
When studying engineering as an undergraduate in India I didn't realize my curiosity would lead to coding. I did not have a lot of choice about what to study. Most people in India go into technical fields and the teaching focuses on theory. After graduating from Mumbai University with a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science, I decided to continue my education at Indiana University, Bloomington where I earned a master's degree in computer science, and turned my theoretical curiosity into reality.
I had always looked at applications like Google and wondered how it worked. Why when I type in these words do these new terms come up? The languages of computer science allowed me to translate my theoretical undergraduate training into tangible answers. Letters, numbers and symbols became my tools to deconstruct what once seemed incomprehensible - magical even. For me, code has become applied curiosity, as tinkering allows me to follow my own inquisitive spirit while building practical, useful applications for others. As a software engineer I always like being challenged to develop something new, and and that's' why Magnify is the perfect fit for me. As the industry leader in curated video, I know that each line of code brings developments that are truly first of their kind.
I grew up asking "what if". Having studied mathematics and psychology, and now deep into startups and software, I find that the same question leads to incredible results.
Book companies must love me, because I spend an awful lot of money on books. I'm always learning, always practicing, and always thinking about new things. In New York City there's a veritable buffet of happenings to stimulate the imagination - it's a paradise for the active mind.
It was immediately clear to me that the people at Magnify are doing something amazing. In a world where digital reigns supreme, some would forget the value of our most powerful resource: people. Magnify resonates with me in their mission to transform the consumer, and to restore the importance of the human element in today's content-soaked environment. I'm a believer in simplicity and finding ways to deal with content overload whilst creating refined value, and Magnify relentlessly delivers on that principle.
As Front-End Developer, I get to design memorable experiences in creating curated worlds - experiences crafted from the full palette of modern tools.
I'm excited by the constantly changing landscape of working in technology. Most industries tend to resist change and options of reusing /rehashing ideas they have seen success with before. In the tech space, innovation and thinking outside the box is generally what garners the most success. I became interested in working in tech while I was in Film school and seeing an industry still very rigid and hanging on to analog formats because of the romanticism surrounded by working in a format nearly 100 years old, I was driven to pursue a career in digital media and tech. I hold a B.A in History from the University of Kentucky as well as a B.A in Film and Television production from Full Sail University.
I have experience working freelance in both Film and Broadcast Television industries working in the production management and coordination. I then started in the world of live online event streaming, working directly with content producers. I'm excited to be part of Magnify.net and part of a team ready to further our presence in the industry. As video content grows exponentially it becomes more important for brands to find ways to interact with their core audiences with not just video, but relevant video. Fun fact about me? I've lived in India for over four months!