Thinaire Accelerates Retail Expertise, Adds Global Business Leaders as Advisors

USC Business School Dean and influential IP and VC strategist are latest additions

Aug 28, 2015, 11:26 ET from Thinaire

NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Thinaire, a world leader in proximity engagement, announced today the addition of new members to its board of advisors, adding management experience from the retail, branding, and intellectual property sectors.

Thinaire's new advisors include USC Marshall School of Business' Dean James Ellis and Accelerate-IT Ventures's General Partner Darius Sankey. They are a board that includes people like Mattel's President and COO Richard Dickson, Columbia Records' Executive Vice-President/GM Joel Klaiman, and actor Omar Epps.

James Ellis currently serves as Dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. As former president and CEO of Porsche Design, Ellis brings Thinaire substantial expertise in branded products. "Thinaire is a leader in the new world of mobile engagement. The company's technology has shown substantial promise for customers like adidas, Unilever, and others," said Ellis.

Darius Sankey is General Partner at Accelerate-IT Ventures (AITV), a leading California-based VC firm. Prior to joining AITV, Sankey was a Managing Director at world-renowned IP strategy advisors Ocean Tomo and held a number of executive roles in the venture capital industry, working for companies like Intellectual Ventures and Zone Ventures, an affiliate venture capital fund of DFJ Venture. "Thinaire's impressive patent portfolio and their strong focus on execution have made them an early leader in proximity engagement," said Sankey.

"It is humbling to welcome elite business minds James and Darius as trusted advisors to the company," said Thinaire's CEO Mark Goodstadt. "Thinaire has always focused on delivering the right experience to the right user in the right place at the right time and the addition of these new members to our team will help us perfect our offering in the branded product and retail space."

About Thinaire

New York based Thinaire is a global leader in monetizing the Internet of Things, delivering exceptional experiences to mobile users by connecting companies to consumers through a range of proximity and mobile technologies connecting to its award-winning platform. For more information, visit

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