DC Startup Forum: Maria Thomas, Tips On E-Commerce And Online Communities
Chief Consumer Officer, SmartThings

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @7:00pm

About the DC Startup Forum

The DC Startup Forum is an exciting new speaker series for media entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs co-sponsored by WAMU 88.5 and the American University School of Communication’s MA in Media Entrepreneurship.

Wondering how smart people make smart ideas happen? Come hear how Washington, D.C.’s entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs are turning the region into a hotbed of young startups, tech innovations and new media businesses.

Twitter hashtag #DCStartUpForum

About Maria Thomas

Look up the words “disruptive innovation,” or “digital pioneer” and you will see a picture of Maria Thomas, now Chief Consumer Officer of SmartThings. Since 1999, Thomas, a CEO and investor in and advisor to early stage businesses, has focused her career on e-commerce and media.

After serving as a product leader at Amazon, she moved to NPR, where – as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media -- she was the driving force in NPR’s transformation from a radio-centric organization to a multimedia one.

From 2008 to early 2010, she was CEO at Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage items, where she led the company through a key period of retrenching, rebuilding and operational expansion – growing sales sevenfold to nearly $200 million.

Today she is the Chief Consumer Officer of SmartThings, a company that makes it easy to connect your life and home with your smart phone, such as using an app to help you find your keys.

Thomas is an expert in business development, team leadership, online communities and online marketplaces, among other things. As a consultant, she has worked with clients including American Express, Hello Wallet, Relay Rides, Living Social, National Geographic, NYTimes/About.com, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, the Knight Foundation and more.

Tickets are free, register here.