Where: ON24, San Francisco
Why: With more than 700 customers, ON24 is a global leader in webcasting and virtual events. Sharan not only knows technology (he was a member of the AT&T Bell Laboratories technical staff and holds a master's degree in computer science from Virginia Tech), his former post as VP-general manager of Hearst New Media and Technology and VP of the Hearst New Media Group gives him insight into the media business. No surprise therefore that ON24 has inked numerous customer and partner deals with media companies. In May, ON24 was honored with consultancy Frost & Sullivan's 2009 Global Market Leadership award.