Valla Vakili

Valla Vakili
CEO, Small Demons

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Valla is the CEO and co-founder of Small Demons. Prior to Small Demons he held several positions at Yahoo!, most recently VP Product with the Entertainment Group in Los Angeles. Valla is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and on leave from doctoral studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford.


Manage Astor Ballroom
Valla Vakili (Small Demons)
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If format—the known quantity and its changing nature—matters less than we think, where do we look for growth? I’ll argue that we can look instead to customer behavior, specifically their exaggerations and perversions, for ways forward. Read more.
Manage Astor Ballroom
Moderated by:
Sophie Rochester (The Literary Platform)
Christophe Maire (txtr), Thad McIlroy (, Brian Rich (Catalyst Investors), Valla Vakili (Small Demons), Henrik Werdelin (Prehype)
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This panel of venture capitalists, private equity funders, publishing startups and established publishers whose growth was made possible through equity investments will share their experiences, offer advice to others in the same boats, and discuss the pros and cons of publishers and investors working together. Read more.
Innovator's Program Soho Complex
Moderated by:
Kassia Krozser (
Erin McKean (Google | Wordnik), Valla Vakili (Small Demons)
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Kassia Krozser of leads this discussion with the Valla Vakili of Small Demons and Erin McKean of Wordnik. Each of these companies plays with the notion of allowing the reader to dive deeper into content while reading via embedded information. Read more.
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Ingram Content Group
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Blackboard
  • Bowker
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Innodata
  • Jouve North America
  • MarkLogic
  • Newgen KnowledgeWorks
  • Océ North America
  • Temis
  • Aptara
  • Atex
  • LibreDigital
  • Media Services Group
  • MarkLogic
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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