Karen Zilles, Senior Technical Architect and Principal
Prior to co-founding 1969 Communications, I worked at Magnet Interactive Los Angeles. I created application
frameworks and performed system-level programming on dynamic web sites. Whether creating portals with plug-in
components for MyPersonal.com or managing credit applications for Nissan North America, my twelve years of
programming experience were a real asset.
Prior to Magnet, I worked for Rhythm and Hues as a programmer on the PlayStation game, Eggs of Steel. The
challenge was to showcase the incredible artistic talent of the 3D artists of Rhythm and Hues on the very
limited hardware of the original PlayStation.
At Compulink Management Center, I programmed three-tier imaging applications, similar to the web-based
applications I develop now. I was sending images and logic across networks long before Netscape even
At IBM I worked in the Computer Aided Chemistry department at the Almaden Research Center. I designed
algorithms to perform image recognition of chemical diagrams. To transfer information from massive chemical
manuals into computer databases, I developed a technique that takes a scanned diagram of the molecule,
identifies bonds between the atoms, and generates a binary representation of the chemical. IBM received two
patents on the technique.
Samuel Goldstein, VP Technology and Principal
Before co-founding 1969 Communications, I was Vice President of Technology at Magnet Interactive in Los
Angeles. I was responsible for directing the technical staff, researching emerging technologies, and designing
high-performance distributed systems for our clients.
Before joining Magnet, I served as Director of Engineering at COW, and Lead of the Programming Department at
BoxTop Interactive. Projects at these companies included development of reusable frameworks, web-based
applications, and data-driven systems. Clients ranged from dot-coms to well-known companies such as
Nissan/Infiniti, Quiksilver, National Lampoon, Stanford University, Guess?, USC, Kahlua, UPN, UCLA, Major League
Soccer, and SegaSoft.
Prior to focusing on Internet technology, I spent seven years in the Aerospace industry. I worked as a member
of the technical staff at The Aerospace Corporation, where I researched distributed systems and database
technologies. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Pomona College in Claremont, California and a Master of
Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Stacy Burgum, President and Principal
Prior to co-founding 1969 Communications, I was Director of Client Strategy at Magnet Interactive Los Angeles.
I helped new and existing clients to develop their business strategies. My work included both
business-to-consumer and business-to-business accounts with diverse target audiences and media solutions.
In the four years prior, I served as Senior Producer of award-winning web sites, such as www.nissandriven.com
and www.infiniti.com. I managed client services, production, and media buying for Magnet's largest client,
Nissan North America. Additional projects included business-to-business sites for the advertising, financial,
real estate, and retail industries.
Before joining Magnet, I worked in non-theatrical sales and distribution at Metro-Goldwin-Mayer. I have a
Master's degree in International Business from Georgetown University and a Bachelor's degree in Political
Science from the College of William and Mary.