The Thunder Down Under (Below the Fold 2.0)

Moderated by:
Ben Popper (The New York Observer)
Ro Gupta (Disqus), Tony Haile (Chartbeat), Josh Guttman (Outbrain)
Design & UI, Product Management
Location: New York East Level:
Average rating: ****.
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The mention of the words “below the fold” used to elicit an immediate glazing over of eyes, plunging of CPMs and occasionally a sad trombone sound.

More recently, publishers are realizing they can’t afford to outsource all of the deepest interaction to external platforms and have come to discover that such activity frequently occurs just after users have consumed a piece of their content and are primed to react. More often than not this is below the fold of a given web page, and with sharing, commenting, curation and other tools taking residence there, this section commonly sees click rates in excess of 20% and greater mindshare than other page real estate.

We are representatives from leading platforms that power, measure and monetize these actions, and will provide real data, case studies and actionable insights into the ‘Land Down Under.’

Ben Popper

The New York Observer

Ben is a reporter born and raised in Brooklyn. He writes about the intersection of culture and technology as the founding editor of Betabeat, part of the New York Observer.

Ro Gupta


Ro is responsible for business development, strategy and commercial products at Disqus.

Prior to Disqus, Ro held various such roles with Disney, Tribune Interactive, TechnoServe, ABC News Digital, Wall Street Journal, Marakon Associates and

Ro lives in New York, but has held onto his 415 cell number through the years.

Tony Haile


Presently: General Manager at, Chief Troublemaker at Betaworks

Prior: General Manager at Twitterfeed, Chief Strategy Officer at SDC Hawaii LLC,
Director/Owner at Katabatic Expeditions Ltd

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Josh Guttman


SVP, Platform Sales at Outbrain
Advisor at
Presently: SVP at Outbrain, Advisor at Zemanta

Prior: CEO at Surphace (an AOL Company), Business Development / Product Mgmt at Answers Corp

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  • Research In Motion
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