LAKANA

About Us

LAKANA is an enterprise-class technology company that provides solutions for media publishers.

LAKANA delivers SaaS-ready content management platforms, which seamlessly integrates with a comprehensive suite of products, partners and services that together enable media publishers to successfully operate profitable, secure, innovative and engaging businesses.

We're headquartered in St. Paul, MN, with additional offices and development centers in Los Angeles, Shanghai and Taipei.

Hawaiian in origin...

Lani:
Sky, the Heavens
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Makana:
Gift or
Present
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Together the implied meaning is "Gift From the Sky"

LAKANA has a rich heritage of providing platform technology and services that support the complex, high-volume needs of 24/7 real-time news production.

In news, speed, traffic spikes and an ability to handle large volumes of content in a variety of formats requires a flexible, stable and scalable back-end platform married to intuitive tools for reporters, producers and editors.

Our enterprise-class SaaS content platforms are newly built with the foresight of decades of experience from the fast-paced and technically complex world of news.

News is in LAKANA's DNA, which makes us uniquely suited to provide technology solutions and services for the next generation of media companies—from traditional sources to new entrants and consumer brands, all of which compete in a world with abundant content choices.

The teams from three great companies work together under the LAKANA brand, collaborating on the same mission of helping media publishers artfully engage audiences across any medium.

LAKANA offers unprecedented competencies in operating a next generation media company.

  • Karen Brophy Chief Executive Officer

    Karen Brophy

    As the CEO of LAKANA, Karen is responsible for overall strategic direction, management and day-to-day operations for LAKANA’s platforms, products and services. She leads LAKANA’s teams and offices in Angeles, St Paul and New York and has extensive strategy, revenue, product management and team building experience.

    A seasoned publishing executive with over 20 years of business, product and operations experience, Karen specializes in developing and implementing multi-platform growth strategies for media and technology companies. Her broad-based experience in product, technology and revenue includes programmatic advertising, content, business intelligence/analytics engineering and infrastructure.

    Prior to LAKANA, Karen’s experience includes seven years as SVP of Digital Strategy and Operations for Hearst Newspapers, where she built out their centralized digital revenue and operations from scratch. As a platform technology leader, she has designed, built and deployed enterprise publishing systems for major media companies including The Financial Times and Time Inc. As an engineering and product executive, she led and managed the teams at Yahoo! News, Tribune, Spin Media and the New York Times.

    Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College. She has also pursued her graduate degree from Columbia University in Education and Technology.

  • Ron Parsons Head of Product

    Ron Parsons

    As Head of Product, Ron oversees LAKANA’s product strategy and roadmap. He brings more than 20 years in the digital news space as a journalist editor, and product development executive for brands including Yahoo! News, Tribune, Hearst and Gannett .

    Most recently, Ron served as a strategic and tactical product consultant for two major newspaper chains, leading various projects and initiatives ranging from paywall integrations to social sign-on technology deployments to front-end responsive redesigns.

    In his decade-plus career at Yahoo!, Ron helped launch and subsequently grow the core Yahoo! News properties into large-scale audience and engagement successes. As Associate Managing Editor for Yahoo! News, he was responsible for building a home-grown CMS from the ground up to meet the needs of the Yahoo! News sites, which ranged from highly automated feed processing, curation, and display tools, to very manual, editor-driven capabilities. He also directly managed a large team of editors and producers.

    He started out as a reporter and editor, then transitioned to digital producer roles at newspapers in Tucson, AZ and San Antonio, TX. Ron was named a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow in 2007 and spent a year at the University of Michigan researching digital news technologies. Ron lives in Huntington Beach, CA, with his wife KC and pitbull-boxer mix Reddington. He enjoys playing soccer, going to music festivals, and Broadway musicals.

  • Elizabeth Osder Head of Revenue

    Elizabeth Osder

    As the Head of Revenue, Elizabeth Osder is responsible for market and business development, platform strategy and potential growth through acquisitions at LAKANA. As an executive and consultant she has 20 years building businesses for publishers, brands, agencies, technology companies and start-ups.

    Elizabeth’s diverse experience includes consulting for Google, Ogilvy Mather, AOL, Kimpton and Associated Press; successful exists to start up technologies to Marketo and OpenX to launching of The New York Times on the Web; helping make Yahoo News the number one online news destination; deploying the publishing system for The Financial Times; tackling emerging trends in social media that deliver real user engagement, plus forging the application of semantic technologies to both relational content display and monetization.

    Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Mount Holyoke College and she has also earned a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri. In 2001 Elizabeth was awarded a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University where she studied technologies and communications. She resides in Los Angeles and counts being the first girl to play little league baseball as her most cherished accomplishment.

  • Ravi Tummala Head of Engineering

    Ravi Tummala

    As the Head of Engineering, Ravi leads product strategy and defines technology solutions for LAKANA. Ravi is responsible for delivering market-leading products and applications and growing IT initiatives to meet LAKANA’s strategic business goals.

    With 20+ years of experience in information technology, product development and organizational strategy, Ravi specializes in building and leading high-performance teams to develop fully-scalable systems and applications. He draws from extensive experience in architecture, design, e-commerce, cloud-hosted SaaS and PaaS platforms, IoT, ISP connectivity, web hosting and business process automation, ad serving and digital content and media distribution.

    Prior to LAKANA, Ravi held senior leadership roles at digital, technology and IoT companies including VP of Engineering at myDevices, VP of Software Development at United Online, Director of Technology at Sony and CTO at JTurbo.

    Ravi earned an Master of Science in Computer Science at George Mason University. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

  • PJ Anzalone Head of Platform Operations

    PJ Anzalone

    As LAKANA's Head of Operations, PJ Anzalone provides operational leadership for the organization, including Professional Services, Client Services, Training, Support and news and editorial services. With a continuous goal to streamline operations, he tirelessly works with teams to improve processes, while enhancing the experience of LAKANA’s clientele.

    With 20+ years of digital media experience, PJ specializes in operational efficiency, performance management and audience development. He’s held several management positions within Lakana – providing exceptional customer service along the way. Before joining Lakana, PJ was a veteran of the cable industry, developing digital toolsets to enhance employee performance, and launching digital products including high-speed internet and digital phone services across the country. Early in his career, PJ launched some of the first newspaper and television news sites in the country.

    PJ is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, with a dual Bachelor of Arts in Newspaper Journalism and Political Science. He resides in Minneapolis with his family, and enjoys hiking, volunteering as a Master Gardener, and rooting (in vain) for the NY Mets.

  • CNN

    LAKANA has a strong partnership with CNN, one of the world's largest and most trusted brands for national and international news. Through this partnership, LAKANA monitors, scurates and delivers news stories, sidebars, backgrounders, and other complementary content to client websites.

  • verizon

    Verizon Digital Media Services platform is the industry’s only end-to-end solution that can prepare, deliver, display and monetize your content.

  • Akamai

    Akamai is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. At the core of Akamai's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility, and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud.

    LAKANA leverages Akamai's distributed computing platform to effectively increase the performance and flexibility of their infrastructure while reducing the resources required to support its Web operations. Thanks to Akamai, LAKANA clients are always ready to aggregate and reliably deliver local news sites, mitigate the impact of flash crowds caused by major news stories and ensure 100 percent site availability.

  • Doubleclick

    Google's DoubleClick™ products provide ad management and ad serving solutions to companies that buy, create, or sell online advertising. The world's top marketers, publishers, ad networks and agencies use DoubleClick products as the foundation for their online advertising businesses. With deep expertise in ad serving, rich media, video and mobile, our DoubleClick products help LAKANA clients execute their digital media strategy more effectively.

    DoubleClick has been a partner of LAKANA since 2000 to provide ad serving and reporting technology that enables LAKANA clients to deliver advertisements via their websites.

  • Kaltura

    Kaltura is the world's leading video platform, providing video management, publishing, authoring, distribution and monetization solutions for media companies, enterprises, educational institutions and service providers. Kaltura's technology includes industry-leading media management applications as well as a framework for developing custom applications. Kaltura's solutions power video for leading media companies such as HBO, WB, ABC and Disney, enterprises such as Bank of America, Texas Instruments and Astra Zeneca, and educational institutions such as NYU, MIT, Princeton, UVA and UPenn.

    LAKANA has taken advantage of Kaltura's proven open-source innovation in its flagship ibPublish WCM platform by embedding best-of-breed video capabilities that simplify and streamline the capture and presentation of high-quality video.

Providing solutions for media publishers is not just our business, it's our passion.

Join an inspiring, innovative and driven team at LAKANA, where there's no telling what you can accomplish. Our knowledgeable and creative team is passionate about enabling media publishers to successfully operate profitable, secure innovative and engaging businesses.

LAKANA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital/ familial status, ancestry, or public assistance in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.