Darling Ventures is run by Daniel Darling. A relaxed young guy with 8+ years of product and market strategy experience in the US, Australia and Japan. Daniel started his career in digital advertising and moved progressively into mobile product development before launching Darling Ventures in 2013. He has founded companies, grown startups to acquisition and led product innovation at public technology corporations. He is a specialist in business strategy and bringing products to market for mobile technology companies. Daniel has a degree in Economics and Social Sciences form The University of Sydney as well as executive education from Stanford GSB, Berkeley HAAS and Harvard Business School. He doesn’t wear khaki VC pants.
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Rich LeFurgy is the former Investor of BookFresh. He has been a Board Member, Advisor or Investor in over 35 online advertising companies. Drawing from a 17 year ad agency career in New York (NW Ayer 1978-1995) . He was Head of Sales at, Starwave, The Walt Disney Internet Group, (ESPN.com, NFL.com, NBA.com and ABCnews.com 1995-1998). He was founding Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (1996-2001) . He was a Venture Capitalist in San Francisco (WaldenVC 1999-2004) . Prior to starting advisory firm Archer in 2004. Archer is a multifaceted advisory services company, assisting early stage online media companies by serving on their Board of Directors, completing Advisory projects and proving early stage Investments. LeFurgy has served on company boards as a Director, Blue Lithium [sold to Yahoo], Web Clients [sold to ValueClick] x+1, Associated Content . He provided Advisory services to large and small online advertising companies, Google, AOL, Blue Lithium, Glam, Placecast . He personally invested in promising online advertising startups , Ad Relevance [sold to Nielsen NetRatings], Grouper / Crackle [sold to Sony] , Blue Lithium . He has long been a supporter and evangelist to help grow the industry. He was the founding Chairman of the IAB, the Future of Advertising Stakeholders (FAST) and the SF Bay Area Interactive Group (SFBIG) . He has served on the board of the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), the Advertising Education Foundation (AEF) and the advisory board of ad:tech. He received the IABâ€™s Lifetime Achievement Award (2004) . He was inducted into Advertising Ageâ€™s Interactive Hall of Fame (2000) . He was recognized by USAToday as â€œthe Johnny Appleseed of Online Advertisingâ€ (1998) .
Founded in 2012, Capnamic Ventures is a Berlin and Cologne based venture capital firm which invests in the seed, series A and later stages. The firm primarily invests in technology sectors such as mobile, e-commerce, gaming, payment, advertising or software-as-a-service.
Baltimore Angels is an angel investor group that invests in companies operating in the business products and services, computers and peripherals, consumer Goods/consumer products, education, food and beverage, internet/web services, IT services, lifestyle, marketing/advertising, media and entertainment, mobile, retailing/distribution, software and telecommunications sectors. The firm was established in 2009 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.
Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, Seed/Venture Investor, Co-founder, Chairman, mentor and advisor. Obsessed with the infinite realm of possibility in the digital transformation of the world. Focused on innovation and disruption in digital media/marketing, big data, machine learning, cybersecurity & blockchain. CEO of Kubient. Kubient's full stack audience advertising platform is a single point of entry for advertisers and publishers to know, reach and optimize audiences. Kubient's audience advertising platform optimizes the advertising supply-chain. Giving advertiser and media partners the data-driven power to connect their audiences, increasing return on ad-spend and inventory yield. In a transparent environment with artificial intelligence powered pre-bid ad fraud prevention. Prior to Kubient Mr. Bordes was a co-founder of oneQube, the leading digital Audience Management Platform [AMP] to build, manage and market to digital audiences. Prior to oneQube Mr. Bordes was a founder, CEO & Chairman of MediaTrust the leading real-time performance marketing exchange. During his tenure as CEO the company was the 9th fastest growing company in the United State in 2009, and he was a founding member and Chairman of the Performance Marketing Association. Mr. Bordes spent much of his career in banking and venture capital and was a founder of Mason Cabot investment bank, which specialized in early stage media and technology financing. Active angel investor and entrepreneur mentor. Ranked in the top 100 most influential angel investors in the United States and social media. Member of the Thiel Foundation 20 Under 20 Mentor Program. Founder Trajectory Capital and TruVest real estate. Serves on the Board of Directors and Advisor Boards of media and technology companies Member of the Board of Directors Beasley Media - Beasley Broadcast Group (BBGI: NASDAQ) is a public media and digital broadcast company offering music, news, sports information and entertainment to over 19 million listeners a weekly from 63 stations in 15 radio markets across the United States. Fraud.Net - The leading real-time collective intelligence fraud analytics. Eliminating e-commerce fraud with artificial intelligence big data analytics. Vice Chairman Ocearch.org - Educate. Inspire. Enable. World leader in scientific data related to tracking and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks. Chairman HoobieApp - Sync all of your social and content in one place to enhance the human connection through technology. Advisor Job.com reinventing recruiting on the blockchain. New York City Father who loves adventure travel, skiing and fishing with his son Pablo.
Wesley Chan is a Managing Director at Felicis Ventures. He founded Google Analytics and Google Voice, built Google's early advertising system, built Google Venture's early investment team, and holds 17 US patents for his fundamental contributions in designing many of Google's most widely-used services. Wesley is an investor and coach to some of the world's most successful startups. He led investment rounds and holds board or observer seats in Canva, Guild Education, Turvo, CultureAmp, Okera, Hyperscience, Guideline, and Dialpad. He also led investments in Ring (exited for $1B+ to AMZN), Flexport, Carta, Checkr, Gusto, ZipLine, Orca Bio, Whole Biome, Skip the Dishes (exited to Just Eats/JE), and YES (exited to TWTR). Wesley was also one of the earliest General Partners at GV (Google Ventures), where he built the investment team, led many of GV's investments and held board or observer seats in Angelist, Aptelligent (exited to VMWare), iPerian (exited to BMS), and Dialpad. Wesley was also one of the first checks into Plaid, RobinHood, Gusto, Optimizely, HelloSign (exited to DropBox), DataPad (exited to Cloudera), Freshplum (exited to TWTR), Namo Media (exited to TWTR), and Parse (exited to FB). He is a recipient of Google’s Founders Award–the company’s most prestigious recognition–for leading the development of Google’s early client efforts, which led to the creation of Google Chrome. Wesley worked at HP Labs as a senior software engineer and as a sponsored fellow at Microsoft Research. He holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT where he completed his graduate thesis at the Media Laboratory. Technology Review magazine featured Wesley as a “Top 35 Under 35” innovator. Wesley’s accomplishments have been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Fortune, and his story as a product founder is featured in Steven Levy’s best-selling Google book, “In The Plex.”
Chris is a founding partner of Transmedia Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on capital efficient companies that provide technology and services for digital media, entertainment, content publishing, gaming, mobile apps and online advertising. Recent investments include: Wish, Domo, Percolate, Snap, Genius, Scan, TalkIQ, Kickback, Alpha, Superphone, Lively, Mystery Science and Facebook. Chris was also the founder of KickLabs, one the top rated technology accelerators in the world. Chris has been on the forefront of emerging technologies since the commercialization of the web. In 1997 he co-founded AdAuction, the first online media exchange; the precursor to auction based and dynamic pricing platforms for online media. Chris was instrumental in restructuring business strategies for marketing and lead generation companies GetRelevant (acquired by Lycos), and Aptimus (acquired by Apollo LLC). He launched the first online independent yellow page directory, automated coupon platform, RSS advertising and content syndication system, and helped develop the first peer to peer ad delivery system. He received Ad Age's prestigious i20 award for his contributions to the development of interactive marketing and advertising. Chris has been an active adviser and investor in emerging companies for the past twenty years. He was a seed investor in Omniture, the webs leading analytics company (IPO 2006), acquired by Adobe in 2009. Chris spent more than ten years at Reebok International where he held management positions in sales and marketing and also owned one of the first sports retail chains in Southern California. For twenty years, Chris was distance runner completing multiple marathons and ultra marathons. Today he is a fitness junkie, golfer, and skier. Chris co-founded The Last Mile with his wife Beverly, a program that helps bridge the gap between the nation's penal system and the technology business sector. The Last Mile was first launched at San Quentin State Prison, and is in multiple correctional facilities throughout California. Chris lives in San Francisco, with his wife and business partner, Beverly. They are focused on fitness and a sustainable lifestyle. They are GS Warrior fans and spend their chill time in Jackson Hole, WY.
Nir Eyal is a writer at Nir and Far, a blog that cover aspects of psychology, technology, and business in relation to user experience design, behavioral economics, and neuroscience. On Nir and Far, Eyal writes to help companies create behaviors that benefit their users, while educating people on how to build healthful habits in their own lives. He also writes for TechCrunch, Forbes, and Psychology Today, and is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and Fortune 500 companies. Eyal is the author of “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” and lectures at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Design School. His prior work experience includes his time in the video gaming and advertising industries. Eyal holds a degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Paul Palmieri plays a dual role of investor and advisor to seed and venture stage companies. He serves as both a General Partner of Grit Capital, a NY and Maryland based early-stage fund, and as Venture Partner at BlueRun Ventures in Menlo Park, California. He focuses on data and AI based businesses in the areas of consumer software, marketing technology, media, and commerce. Some of his current investments include Niche, Jackpocket, Zeel, Pulse8, Scorestream, Immersv, Yet Analytics and Moonlighting. He serves on the board member at Niche, and as an observer at iFundWomen. Mr. Palmieri is a successful entrepreneur in the internet space – most notably in the mobile ecosystem. He was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Millennial Media (NYSE:MM) from 2006 to 2014, a market leading advertising technology company. He led the company from concept to several hundred million USD in revenue, operations on three continents, a successful IPO, and operation and growth as a public company. Prior to Millennial Media, he held management positions at Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Advertising.com (AOL), and Tessco Technologies (NASDAQ: TESS). He has been a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg Television, as an expert in user data, and the secular trend of mobile computing. Mr. Palmieri is the former Global Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association, and served on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. He is a current national judge for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program, was a winner of the award in the technology category in 2011, and was named Executive of the Year in 2011 by the American Business Awards. Mr. Palmieri is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, where he serves as a Trustee. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and 2 children, and operates Grit Capital Partners out of New York City.
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor with broad experience in Cloud Computing, Digital Media, Data Driven Advertising, E-Commerce, and Online Marketplaces. Passion - Love to solve hard and valuable problems (with great software ;-) Speciality - Starting from scratch and turning ideas into sustainable businesses. Key Skills - Business Development, Corporate Development, Product Management, Marketing & Sales Funnel Optimization, Growth Hacking, Fund Raising, M&A.
Jay Weintraub is the Founder and CEO of the LeadsCon conference series. Founded in 2008, LeadsCon is the largest gathering of vertical media and marketing professionals with 5,000 individuals attending each year and growing. In 2012, Jay sold LeadsCon to Access Intelligence, owners of a diversified portfolio of b2b media properties. Prior to founding LeadsConference, Jay was part of the founding management team of Los Angeles based Oversee.net, a domain name advertising network that grew to more than $200mm/year with no outside funding. Jay also spent two and a half years at Advertising.com, helping create the company's first product monetizing undersold inventory. Jay is a recognized thought leader on online customer acquisition and has invested and/or advised dozens of companies. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Gil Elbaz is the founder of [Factual](/organization/factual), a new information-sharing startup. He is also the co-founder of Applied Semantics (ASI), a new language that helped create [Google]. ASI helped to define and build new addressable markets with its AdSense platform and other contextual advertising products. The company formed important partnerships with key players in both internet and content spaces such as Overture (now Yahoo), Verisign, and USA Today, effectively paving the way for markets which are today measured in the billions in annual revenue. Google acquired ASI in 2003, and first-round investors reaped more than 100x return on their investment. Elbaz was appointed Engineering Director for Google Santa Monica where he focused on building up the local office, and continued to work on AdSense and other products. AdSense helped establish Google's place as a leader in the field of online advertising and in 2005, Elbaz was presented with the prestigious Founders' Award. Since leaving in 2007, true to his entrepreneurial bent, Elbaz has founded a new company whose technology will soon be revealed. In 1991, he earned his bachelor's degree from California Institute of Technology with a double major in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics, and in 2008, Elbaz was very honored to be named Young Alumni Trustee to the Caltech Board of Trustees. Active in a number of non-profit areas, Elbaz sits on the board of trustees for the X Prize Foundation. He and his wife Elyssa manage the Elbaz Family Foundation, which supports environmental and educational causes, and are involved in Los Angeles Social Ventures Partners. Committed to the open information arena, Elbaz supports organizations such as public.resource.org, and is president and founder of the CommonCrawl Foundation, dedicated to helping democratize access to web information.
Randy Haykin is a well-known angel and venture investor residing in the Silicon Valley. He has been a Managing Director at Outlook for the past ten years, after co-founding the firm in 1996. He led the firm's early involvement at Overture, and has represented Outlook on the Boards of Digital Chocolate, Reply.com, Reconnex, Loyalty Lab, Bridgestream (acquired by Oracle), NetBrowser Communications, nSite Software, Impulse Network (acquired by Inktomi N: IKTM), eTeamz (merged with Active Networks), Voquette (merged with Semagix), Qbiquity (acquired by Collabrys) and, Logilent (merged with Toolwire, Inc). Prior to Outlook, Haykin held various senior sales and marketing positions in the high technology arena over the past 19 years with high-profile companies such as Yahoo!, Viacom, Paramount, BBN, IBM, and Apple Computer. Haykin served as the founding Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for building the company's marketing team, establishing agency relationships and generating initial business model and advertising sales for Yahoo. Haykin served as interim VP Marketing at NetChannel, which was successfully acquired by America Online in 1998. He has also served as part of the core team that launched America Online's Greenhouse, a successful venture incubator. In his five years at Apple Computer, Haykin was responsible for creating and launching the Apple Multimedia Program for developers as well as a line of retail multimedia and CD-ROM products. He was also responsible for the division's strategic relations, including the creation of the ''New Media Center'' program for higher education, with ten other manufacturers and publishers. As the Director of Operations and Business Development at Viacom/Paramount's West Coast operations (the ''Media Kitchen''), Haykin was in charge of online services and interactive team-building, corporate strategy and marketing. Haykin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Studies from Brown University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard's Graduate School of Business. He is the author of ''Demystifying Multimedia'' (Random House, 1993). Randy enjoys ''soccer-parenting'', playing the guitar and family outings with his wife, Patty and three daughters, Elise, Julianna and Kayla. He is on the Governing Board of Opportunity International, a non-profit that provides micro-loans for 3rd World countries and the Board of the American Cancer Society.
Mark Patricof is an American businessman and entrepreneur. Considered a digital media pioneer, tech investor, and seasoned investment banker, he has advised on and invested in a wide range of leading traditional and digital media and entertainment companies and transactions. Patricof is the founder of Patricof Co, a highly specialized private investment platform designed to meet the unique business needs and opportunities of professional athletes. The firm is backed by J.P. Morgan Private Equity Group (PEG), one of the longest-standing and most successful private equity firms in the industry with over $24 billion in assets under management. The Patricof Co investing platform, in conjunction with PEG, provides flexible capital to co-invest alongside clients in later stage growth equity and private equity transactions, while the firm’s advisory platform gives sports professionals a competitive edge in private investing by augmenting their ability to evaluate, structure, negotiate and ultimately exit individual principal investments. Previously, Patricof served as Co-Head of the TMT (Technology, Media, Telecom) practice at Houlihan Lokey, a publicly-traded global investment bank to whom he sold his previous firm, MESA Global. While at Houlihan Lokey, Patricof’s notable transactions include advising on the highly publicized sale of Gawker Media to Univision at a bankruptcy auction for a staggering $135 million and the sale of the iconic concert venue Webster Hall to AEG Presents and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. Prior to Houlihan, Patricof co-founded MESA, a boutique investment bank focused on providing M&A advisory, private placement, and structured finance services to high-growth companies across the media and entertainment landscape. Core areas of focus included film, television, music, sports, live entertainment and digital media, including key verticals such as games, interactive, advertising, and e-commerce. MESA advised on over 80 transactions including some of the most notable deals in the sector: Colony Capital’s acquisition of Miramax, the sale of Songza to Google, the sale of Indiagames to Disney, structured finance transactions for Relativity and IMAX, and equity financings for Blue Man Group and FanDuel. Additionally, MESA advised multiple global corporations, including Discovery Channel, Time Inc., and Viacom. In 2012, Patricof launched MESA Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focused on e-commerce, advertising technology, and digital content. The fund, which invested in Seed and Series A rounds alongside established and top-tier early-stage VC firms, combined a unique data-driven ranking system with a co-investment strategy, thus creating the first “indexing” approach to seed-stage investing. Patricof was a co-founder of <kpe>, an incubator/digital studio that financed, designed, and built businesses for media and entertainment industry clients such as the BBC, CBS, Disney, Hearst and Viacom. Patricof served as President and CEO of the company until it was sold to Omnicom. Patricof began his career with a six-year stint at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles, where he started in the agency’s famed mail room. Patricof graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He then attended the University of Southern California’s Master of Film Studies program. Patricof is a member of the board of directors of the Hornblower Cruises and NEP Broadcasting; he formerly served on the board of the New York Economic Development Corporation. He also currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Crestview Partners. Patricof currently serves as Chairman of the Board for New Heights, a non-profit organization based in New York City whose stated mission is to “inspire inner-city youth to be leaders, champions and student-athletes and empower them to be successful in high school, college and life.”
Jon Vlassopulos is the founder and CEO of Trailerpop, where he leads a mission to revolutionize the way people discover entertainment and engage with advertising. Jon has spent the last 17 years building businesses in and around the mobile, entertainment and advertising industries and as a founder, senior executive, investor and advisor, his work has driven hundreds of millions of dollars worth of innovation and delighted tens of millions of consumers. Prior to founding Trailerpop, Jon has served as CEO of award winning mobile entertainment studio skyrockit, where he managed major US carrier content platforms for companies like Sprint and built innovative branded entertainment products and experiences for companies like GAP, Intel, Coca Cola, Kraft and Zippo. Dubbed a digital media and advertising visionary by The Hollywood Reporter, Jon has created successful industry firsts in the areas of mobile, games, advertising, TV and music. Before skyrockit, Jon was the SVP of digital media and branded entertainment for Endemol, the world’s largest independent production company, where he was responsible for its worldwide digital & advertising business. Jon is credited with launching interactive TV in the US with shows like Deal or no Deal and 1 vs. 100 and with creating some of the first live, multi-platform game formats for networks like BET and TBS. He also produced games that were successful on multiple platforms including Xbox, online, and mobile and sold and produced some of the first online web series. Jon served as senior director of business development & strategic partnerships at AT&T Wireless, establishing the first phase of messaging and mobile data. At AT&T Jon ran the mobile content business and mobile marketing where he established the first mobile marketing campaigns with major brands and led the youth marketing team responsible for tracking and implementing new applications and business models Early in his career Jon was at Bertelsmann, where he helped to create BMG’s global digital strategy and held multiple executive positions with other Bertelsmann divisions in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Jon has served on the board of NATPE, the Producer’s Guild and was a founding member of the Mobile Marketing Association. He holds a degree from Durham University and is fluent in French, Spanish and Mandarin. Jon got his start as a DJ and radio host, from where he nurtured his love of music & entertainment, building a career that blended interests in original content, emerging platforms and marketing innovation.
Doug Hurd is a Co-Founder and serves as Board Member and Executive Vice President of Business Development at clypd. He leads by example with extensive experience striking deals with customers and partners that help fuel the company's growth. Previously Doug was Director of Business Development at PayPal Mobile where he was responsible for executing strategic partnerships to accelerate PayPal's off-line mobile payment initiative by expanding the penetration of PayPal's mobile products across devices, platforms and POS solutions. Prior to PayPal Doug was VP of Business Development at WHERE, Inc. which was acquired by PayPal in April 2011. Doug had the privilege of spearheading the early corporate development efforts that eventually lead to the sale of the company. At WHERE, he was responsible for forging partnerships across the mobile ecosystem to embed WHERE in mobile devices and managing the 3rd party content partnerships with a particular emphasis on monetization through subscription, search, advertising and mobile commerce. This effort included strategic partnerships with Tier 1 wireless carriers and OEM's. These partnerships grew WHERE's top line revenue from $2M to $28M in less than three years. Prior to joining WHERE, Doug worked for Tele Atlas-now a division of TomTom-where he played an instrumental role in the growth of the company's consumer wireless and Internet business. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont's School of Business Administration.