Andy is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Needle Space Labs. My name is Andy Jordan, and I’ve spent most of my career as a journalist. In addition to various science and technology reporting roles over the years, I was a producer and reporter for CNN for nearly ten years, working in Atlanta and in CNN’s San Francisco bureau. I became The Wall Street Journal’s first-ever video/multimedia reporter, based in New York and later San Francisco, hired to cover the technology industry and in particular report out *through video* the convergence of man and machine, and to understand how emerging technology was affecting human relationships, and society. I ended up covering a lot of other topics through video too, including the financial crisis from Europe, and numerous political conventions, elections and the democratization movement in technology. I also served a period of time embedded with WSJ’s corporate bureau to better understand tech companies’ board structures and org dynamics. I reported “one-man-band” style heading out with a camera, an assignment, and a laptop, and shot and edited my own videos. After five years of this, I decided to go work for Splunk, one of the most amazing companies in the industry. During my five-year tenure I built and scaled the media studio into a video content engine, and helped elevate Splunk’s narrative. I led a team of editors, videographers and animators that helped investors, prospects and customers fully understand the power of machine data. We helped create the early visual signature in a rocket-ship tech company, and was part of a once-in-a-career marketing team that helped the company scale from $200M in 2013 to $1.7B in 2018. Through my experience at Splunk, and later advising other tech companies, I came to found Needle Space Labs. I also was news director and host at over a dozen radio stations in South Korea, Georgia, and San Francisco. I also hosted a first-of-its-kind LGBT issues-driven radio talk show called "Shake", produced out of KQKE-AM, the early Air America flagship affiliate. I attended Emerson College, and graduated from The University of Georgia. I am also a fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu, and Science-Journalism Fellow at Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Ally is Chief Customer Officer at Needle Space Labs. She has more than 20 years experience in technology marketing, advertising, communications/public relations and customer marketing. She has worked in-house at 3Com (acquired by HP) and at Splunk, where she was key part of the marketing team that helped the company scale from $200M in 2013 to $1.7B in 2018. Ally has also directed and built teams inside agencies in Chicago, London and San Francisco at Atomic PR (acquired by Grayling), DGPR, H30 Communications, Mortar Agency and Y&R. Ally has helped dozens of startup, mid-size and big brand technology companies better tell their story to build awareness and drive the business forward. She spent the last six years launching and growing the Customer Marketing program at Splunk, working with world-class Splunk customers, partnering with Splunk Sales, Advocacy, Community, CX, Customer Success and Marketing to launch customers into creative experiences beyond the usual tech speak. You can find Ally at LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allysonstinchfield/
Ally Stinchfield/Chief Customer Officer
Sherry Lowe has more than 20 years experience leading groundbreaking marketing teams in Silicon Valley. She is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist turned Silicon Valley marketing executive with experience in building marketing programs for rapid growth tech companies. Lowe is currently Chief Marketing Officer at Expanse. Most recently, she was the Chief Marketing Officer at Druva. Prior to that, Lowe was Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Marketing and Communications at Splunk. She brings extensive marketing, branding, public relations, and demand generation experience to Needle Space Labs. While at Splunk, Lowe built a corporate marketing team of more than 50 employees and drove strategy across public relations, content marketing, demand generation, customer marketing, brand, website and global events. She was a pivotal member of the Splunk IPO team, one of the largest tech IPOs of 2012, leading its corporate marketing and communications teams during the transition to a public company.
Prior to Splunk, Lowe served as Vice President of Marketing at MarkLogic, where she led all inbound and outbound marketing programs. She also had held various marketing positions at Actian (formerly Ingres), Savvion (acquired by Progress Software) and Business Objects (acquired by SAP). Prior to becoming a Silicon Valley marketing executive, Lowe was an award-winning journalist at several television stations. She has degrees from Arizona State University and Indiana State University.
Sherry Lowe/Senior Adviser
Steven is a builder and a fixer. He loves creating new businesses and helping established teams work better. Currently, he is trying to figure out how A.I. can benefit commercial creativity. Steven Wong is a co-founder at Ready State, a digital marketing agency. Ready State takes an investigative approach to marketing for brands including Airbnb, Torani, Google, HPE, and Cisco. The agency was ranked #2 on the Fast 100 in 2016, recognized on the Entrepreneur 360 list in 2017, and on the Inc. 5000 in 2018 as one of the most inspiring companies in America.
Prior to this, Steven held global leadership positions at MRM//McCann, serving as Vice President in San Francisco, and Regional Business Director in Hong Kong, where he led 9 teams across the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to his agency experience, Steven has a record of entrepreneurship. He co-founded CET, an RFID technology company that piloted tracking technologies for the Hong Kong International Airport and manufactured the RFID transportation tokens for subway systems throughout China. The first company Steven co-founded was The Natural Tea company, which does business as Florté, a retail chain in Southern China.
Steven got his start at Saatchi & Saatchi and Digitas.
Steven HT Wong/Adviser
Reo Jones (she, her, hers) is an evolutionary futurist. She has a deep appreciation for Buckminster Fuller’s philosophies, Barry Jenkins films, The Eurythmics, and art of the Futurists. Currently she’s working towards her PhD at Oregon Health Sciences University in the School of Nursing. She has a penchant for researching integrative health, health disparities and access to the outdoors, food justice, public health education, and arts-informed trauma healing. Reo grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and followed her myriad vocational dreams around the world until landing in San Francisco where she received her BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice and ultimately her MSN from the University of San Francisco. Reo met Andy of Needle Space Labs in the Bay Area, where they had many inspiring, generative discussions among the redwoods of the headlands and LongNow Foundation salon talks. Reo is honored and thrilled to be a part of the integrity-in-action oriented Needle Space conversation!
Michelle Meow is the Board President of the Community Justice Alliance, which works to effect social change through advocacy, community healing, and litigation in the areas of racial justice and immigrant rights. She is host and producer of "The Michelle Meow Show,", which is produced out of the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco once a week. Michelle is your A-Z, covering the LGBT, LMNOP, and everyone in between. She attended San Francisco State University and received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and shortly after, started her career in radio. Michelle’s show can be heard in San Francisco and nationally on the Progressive Voices Network. The local TV show can be seen on KBCW TV, Ch 44/ Cable 712 Sunday nights at 1030pm in San Francisco. Michelle has also been a co-host of the San Francisco Pride Parade broadcast since 2006. She is served as Board President of the San Francisco Pride Board of Directors from 2015-2018. She is a self-described LGBT history geek, information sponge, and a lover not a fighter.
Michael is the founder of several digital health companies operating across Asia. He has been ranked in the top 100 Most Impactful Healthcare Leaders in India 2018 and 2019. Michael was also named an EU – Australia Emerging Leader 2018 (EU), Australia – ASEAN Emerging Leader 2017 (DFAT), he is involved bilateral and multilateral policy discussions between Australia and various regions around the world. In 2016, Michael became the first and only foreigner to hold a leadership position in India’s peak healthcare body, NatHealth. His companies are have won various awards in Australia, USA and Asia. Michael speaks on health data usage and privacy around the world and has helped draft laws in several countries relevant to those areas. Michael mentors companies from various sectors in developing Asia appropriate strategies. He has a track record of commercializing high end healthcare products and services from Australia, Israel and Europe in Asia.
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