James Currier is an Entrepreneur and Investor in Silicon Valley. He was an early proponent of social media and growth systems, and founded Tickle in 1999. Tickle grew to 80 employees, nearly 200 million registered users, and $38 million in revenue before selling to Monster in 2004. In 2007, with Stan Chudnovsky, James founded Ooga Labs to incubate digital businesses. In 2008, Ooga spun out WonderHill, a casual games company, which was funded by CRV and Shasta. WonderHill's biggest game was Dragons of Atlantis. Wonderhill grew to $60M in revenue and merged with Kabam in 2010. In 2011, Ooga spun out Jiff, a secure network and marketplace for connecting the mobile health ecosystem to the heath care industry. Jiff was funded by Aberdare Ventures, Venrock, Rosemark Smart Capital, GE, J&J, and Towers Watson. The company eventually merged with Castlight (NASDAQ: CSLT) in 2017. In 2012, Ooga spun out IronPearl, a growth analytics SaaS tool which was acquired by PayPal the following year. In 2015, James co-founded NFX Guild with Stan Chudnovsky and Gigi Levy-Weiss. NFX is a seed stage venture capital firm at www.nfx.com.
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.
Initial Capital is a venture capital firm that prefers to makes investments in seed and early-stage technology companies with a focus on games, social media, digital, mobile, consumer services and technology enablers. The firm was founded in 2010 and is based in London, United Kingdom.
Ryan Holmes is the Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Hootsuite. He also serves as Advisor of Chirpify. He also Co-Founded Tagga Media and also served as its Chief Technology Officer. He serves as Board Member at Mobio Technologies. He also serves an Advisor at Mobio Technologies. Holmes serves as a Co-Founder of Brightkit. Holmes has grown HootSuite from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with 6 million users, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies. A college drop-out, he started a paintball company and pizza restaurant before founding Invoke Media, the company that developed HootSuite in 2009. Today, Holmes is an authority on the social business revolution, quoted in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and called upon to speak at TEDx and SXSW Interactive Conferences. An angel investor and advisor, he mentors startups in Canada and around the world. Through HootSuite University, Holmes partners with major universities to deliver social media coursework to the next generation of business leaders. He is an Angel Investor. He holds a Degree in Business from Okanagan College. Ryan Holmes served as Board Member at Payfirma.
Investor. Advisor. Entrepreneur. Founded in 2007, Theorem Ventures provides seed and angel capital along with experienced advice at key milestones for select technology start ups. Theorem has made 24 investments, with 5 acquisitions, one IPO, two investments reaching emerging Unicorn status, and one noble fail to date. All the rest are on the path. More at www.theoremventures.com. Andy was previously co-founder and CEO of PR and social media firm Atomic, acquired in 2011 along with sister agency H3O. Atomic was a multi-country agency, and the third largest PR firm in San Francisco, with additional offices in Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, London and Munich. Atomic was 2010 Tech Agency of the Year, and one of the fastest growing firms in the US for 3 consecutive years, reaching $19 million in annual fees. More at www.atomicpr.com. In addition, Andy was chief architect and co-developer of ComContext, a pioneering communications analytics platform - also acquired. He remained CEO of Atomic Group throughout a successful, 3 year earn out. Atomic was merged into international communications firm Grayling in January 2014. Atomic managed high profile PR and social programs for a range of global tech, Web 2.0 and consumer tech brands including Verizon, Sony, Polaroid, Pioneer, Intuit, McAfee, IMAX, Hitachi and many others. Headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in the US and Europe, Atomic was regarded as a top PR/social firm for quality startups. Andy and associates have played a role in PR and social media for more than 350 start up launches. More than 75 Atomic clients were acquired or went public, including Photobucket, Linkedin, Mint.com, Simplify Media, Milo, Fusion.io, Arcsight, Moonfruit, Rocket Fuel, Opower, Shopkick, Lending Club, BrightRoll and dozens of others. Andy has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree in research Psychology from Cal State University Fresno. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dharmesh Shah is co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot, he was founder and chief executive officer of Pyramid Digital Solutions, a software company, which was acquired by SunGard Data Systems in 2005. In addition to co-authoring Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs, and Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online, Dharmesh founded and writes for OnStartups.com, a top-ranking startup blog with over 350,000 members in its online community. In 2013, Dharmesh published HubSpot’s Culture Code, which has garnered over 1 million views on SlideShare. He is an active member of the Boston area entrepreneurial community, an angel investor in over 40 startups, and a frequent speaker on the topic of startups and inbound marketing. Dharmesh holds a BS in Computer Science from UAB and an MS in the Management of Technology from MIT.
Mission driven, curious, self-made, determined, resilient, ENTP personality, highly functional, nerd, hyperactive and extreme multitasker. 44, married, father of two, I live in Palo Alto. California. I like ideas. I like shaping them, building and architecting around them, turning them into practical businesses, and helping others to grow or improve their businesses to make an impact (no matter at what scale). Early stage VC. Advisor. Analyst. Entrepreneur. Mobile industry veteran with over two decades of experience combined. Member of the Young Presidents' Organization, a worldwide non-for-profit association of leaders and entrepreneurs under 45. I have been working in the technology mobile domain for almost two decades: with focus on smartphones, mobile platforms and value added services primarily. Co-founded Naiss.io, a venture capital boutique focusing on technology start ups and early stage companies, preparing them for IPO in alternative markets, currently devoting the majority of my time to it. I'm also a mentor at Singularity University SU LABS here in the Bay area.I'm currently based in downtown Palo Alto, California. I am an early stage investor and VC partner at MapaMundi, a $10Mn Start Up venture fund with 12 companies in portfolio. I'm also board observer/advisor to some of them. I am a proud telecom engineer, post-grad at University of Chicago Booth School of Business and IE Business School. Also graduated from Global Engineering Leadership Program at Berkeley's University Center for Technology & Entrepreneurship. Served also as interim MD at ScrOOn, a social media tools creator, throughout its acquisition by BlackBerry in 2013. As an entrepreneur led different start up initiatives since 2001 with the advent of early mobile ecosystems, and remain adviser to some. In the corporate world and in my latest tenure I worked as VP for BlackBerry. Joined BlackBerry back in 2007, overseeing SouthWest territories in EMEA. Moved to US to head LATAM north markets in my last assignment. Previously, I spent 9 years at Nokia with different roles in sales, marketing & business development. Received Nokia Circle of Excellence award back in 2005. As for extra-curricular affiliations:I am a fellow member of the Internet Society Club (Spain) and belong to the scientific committee of El Ser Creativo.Member of High IQ societies EPL & TenIQ and (as mere anecdote & just for fun) made it to the World Genius Directory this year, 2015 (with IQ 150-SD15). In the academic front, I am a visiting lecturer at Menendez Pelayo University - UIMP, the Digital Economy Institute ICEMD-ESIC and the master program in Business & Telecom Law of the firm Cremades&Calvo Sotelo in Spain. My first computer was a Commodore 64 back in the 80s, a 64Kb RAM machine running on a 1 MHz CPU. Avid assembler programmer I became an amateur hacker at that time. Hyperactive and extreme multitasker, I am proud finisher of Madrid's marathon, blogger, analyst and regular contributor to CNBC in US, also author at publishing house Plataforma Editorial. I live with my family in downtown Palo Alto, California.I can always be reached in real time at @efernandez
Hummingbird ventures is a venture capital firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. The firm makes transactions in seed round, early stage, growth capital and later stage funding. It specializes in the information technology, online service and focuses on digital media, social media, e-commerce, cloud computing, infrastructure software, enterprise software, gaming and mobile application sectors.
Jenn Lynch serves as Partner at Portland Seed Fund. She is also an Angel Investor. She has over ten years of software product management, product marketing and user experience design experience. Most recently, She co-founded Upstart Labs, where she was a general partner. Previously , she was a director of professional services at StepChange Group, now Dachis Group, developing social media marketing initiatives for large enterprises. Prior to Dachis Group, Jenn was a product manager and product marketing manager in the enterprise talent management space at Unicru (now Kronos), Yahoo! HotJobs and BrassRing (now Kenexa). She is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Jay Baer is an American marketing consultant, speaker, and the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Youtility. He is the founder of Convince & Convert, a strategy consulting firm that helps prominent companies gain and keep more customers through the smart intersection of technology, social media, and customer service. Being the founder of five companies, Baer has worked with over 700 brands including Nike, Cold Stone Creamery, Sony, ExactTarget, and ConocoPhillips since 1994, including 25 of the Fortune 1000. His Convince & Convert blog is ranked among the world’s top marketing resources. In his early career, Baer was a political campaign manager on congressional, gubernatorial and Arizona initiative campaigns. He also served as a political consultant advising campaigns on marketing including direct mail and radio strategies. Baer is a graduate of the University of Arizona (1991) with a major in political science and a minor in communications.
Dr. David Chen serves as Venture Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. David focuses primarily on investments in the mobile, Internet, and software sectors. Before joining Lightspeed, David was a product manager on the Facebook growth team. Previously, he was co-founder and VP Product of Triangulate, a venture-backed startup using social media behaviors to drive algorithmic matching. Prior to Triangulate, David served in product management and engineering roles for Admob and Digital Chocolate. In addition, he worked at McKinsey on strategic engagements with technology companies. David received his Ph.D. in Science, Technology, and Management from Harvard Business School and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and his M.S. and B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard.
Mohamed Nanabhay serves as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Media Development Investment Fund. He is also an angel investor. He s a digital media practitioner, entrepreneur and strategist. As the Head of Online at Al Jazeera English he led the team that produced the award winning coverage of the Arab revolutions in 2011. Previously, he started Al Jazeera's New Media department, and served as an advisor to the Director-General. In 2005 Mohamed founded QatarLiving.com (acquired in 2012), a listings and community website that quickly grew to be the largest site in Qatar. He also co-founded Signalnoi.se, a social analytics platform for newsrooms that won the Knight News Challenge, and he's been an active angel investor in a variety of digital start-ups. Mohamed is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Voices Online and the Mozilla Foundation. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Social Media. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of the Witwatersrand and a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Mohamed is based in Johannesburg.
James Belfer founded Cartuna in 2015 to service a gap in the marketplace for a centralized adult animation destination for digital and mobile audiences. James Belfer began his career in media producing and investing into independent film in 2009. This resulted to 9 feature film credits under his company Dogfish Pictures. In 2012 he launched an accelerator program for content creators producing a variety of projects such as feature films, digital series, graphic novels, social media series, and more. In 2013 he received his MBA from NYU Stern in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Digital Marketing, and Business Analytics. He is also a former associate of TechStars Boulder.
White Star Capital is a venture capital firm specializing in seed and Series A investments. The firm is primarily focused on investing in technology-driven businesses with a focus on the mobile, big data, gaming, social media and SaaS sectors. It was founded in 2007 and has offices in London, New York and Montreal.
Founder & CEO Meltwater Group, Norwegian serial entrepreneur. Interests: entrepreneurship, geeky stuff, social media, BIG ideas!
Mohamed is the Co-Founder and CTO of Agolo. Mohamed is an expert in natural language processing, social networks and machine learning. Mohamed developed a platform for predicting stock movements using topic modeling from social media while working at Standard and Poor's. While at IBM, Mohamed worked on IBM's enterprise search engine, OmniFind. Mohamed left his Ph.D. program at Columbia in order to found Agolo.
VC Travel - Venture Capital Travel. Investors & Advisors
Silicon Valley based international executive with over 20 years internet industry experience in a range of sectors including travel, banking, broking, home design and telecommunications. Worked for a range of organizations from startups to Fortune 100's including directorship and head of roles, managing annual gross sales lines exceeding $1.5 billion. Qualified lawyer with experience as an in-house counsel, about 7 years with online financial services pioneer, E*TRADE dating back to the late 90s with senior roles in product, marketing and alliances. Just over a year at Barclays with global divisional responsibility for their ecommerce operations. 8 years with the world's largest online travel business Expedia Inc. Currently the Senior Global Business Development lead at Houzz for Consumer Partnerships. I've also established and delivered consistent revenue growth and profits from my own personal start-up travel business. 25 years experience using the internet and it's earlier incarnations (circa 1989). Built my first ''world wide web homepage'' 20 years ago. And an intimate knowledge of Google, Bing, Yahoo!, MSN, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Inbound Marketing & Social Media. Top strengths: * Innovation, creativity, resourceful and analytical * Sales and negotiation skills * Ability to deal effectively at all levels * Strong commercial acumen... But.. most of all, 'figuring out what good looks like' + 'making goodness, happen @ speed'. Specialties: Business Development, Commercial Negotiation, Account Management, Campaign Management, Online Marketing, Account Acquisition, Internet Industry, People Management, User Experience, Conversion Optimization, Corporate Development, Strategic Change, Solution & Value Selling. Open to any thoughts, ideas, concepts, no matter how zany you think they are :-) Contact me: bryan [at] vctravel.com
OMERS Ventures is a venture capital firm. The firm was formed in 2011 and is based in Toronto, Ontario. the firm invests in consumer software, enterprise software, mobile, hardware, technology, telecommunications healthcare information technology, digital media and advertising, social media, consumer internet, networking and infrastructure sectors.
Adam Lehman serves as Chief Operating Officer at Hillel International. Adam Lehman is the Founder of Lancelot. Prior to that he served as an Strategic Advisor at Lotame Solutions. Adam is a proven leader in the digital media industry. He has extensive experience as an operating executive, strategist, dealmaker, investor, and entrepreneur. Adam served as the General Manager for Lotame's flagship platform business, and also overlooked Lotame's corporate affairs. Adam previously served as a Senior Vice President with AOL, and COO of its central business and corporate development unit. During his tenure at AOL he negotiated strategic advertising and marketing partnerships with leading Internet, media and consumer marketing companies, and closed billions worth of investments, mergers, acquisitions and joint venture transactions. More recently, as a Managing Member of Rock Ridge Ventures, Adam incubated and advised several new ventures in the social media and marketing space, including Wondir, NaturalPath Media, Goozex, GeniusRocket and Carmun. Adam began his career as an associate in Mergers & Aquisitions group of the corporate law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom. Adam is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He also co-founded GeniusRocket and served as its Chief Operating Officer and President.
Jules Maltz serves as Partner & Managing Director at IVP. Maltz also served as Board Member at RetailMeNot. He sits of the Boards of portfolio companies Indiegogo, NerdWallet, Oportun, TuneIn, Yext and is a Board Observer for SteelBrick. He joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in August 2008 and has over ten years of venture capital and startup experience. He focuses on later-stage venture investments in rapidly-growing Internet and software companies. Maltz was recognized by AlwaysOn as one of the top 100 venture capitalists by his inclusion in the AlwaysOn 2012 and 2013 VC 100 List. Prior to IVP, Maltz worked for 3i, a leading global venture capital firm. He evaluated early and later-stage Internet, mobile, and software investments, and he completed transactions for companies such as BlueLithium, Fotolog, Omniture (ADBE), and Trovix. Maltz also worked in business development for AdMob, a mobile advertising provider, and co-founded AdNectar, a social media advertising startup. Earlier in his career, Maltz was in technology investment banking with Robertson Stephens and Bank of America Securities. Maltz serves on the National Advisory Council for Techbridge, a nonprofit that empowers girls from underserved communities to realize their dreams through science, technology, and engineering. Maltz has an M.B.A. from Stanford University, where he was a Siebel Scholar and an Arjay Miller Scholar. He also graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.
Perez is a Co-Founder at Tastemade. Joe is an entrepreneur, advisor and Internet product executive with over 17 years of experience in technology, media and health. Most recently, Joe was EVP of Product and a founding team member of Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) where he spent the last six years building products and communities for one of the largest networks on the Internet. Joe was also the Co-Founder of The Daily Plate, a popular diet and fitness community and app that was acquired by Demand Media as a foundation for the health and wellness site LIVESTRONG.COM. Joe and the team grew LIVESTRONG.COM from a small startup to one of the most visited health and wellness sites in its category in just 4 years. The MyPlate Calorie tracker mobile app has grown to be one of the most popular paid apps in the health category on iTunes since launching in 2007. Prior to Demand Media, Joe was SVP of Network and Operations at Intermix Media, parent company of MySpace (acquired by Fox Interactive Media), where he was responsible for building and operating the online gaming and social media platform group. Previously, Joe was an executive in Silicon Valley where he worked for a variety of technology and gaming startups inclduing TEN/Pogo.com (acquired by EA), Excite@Home and Pulse Entertainment. Joe currently serves on the advisory board of the USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) whose mission is to bring together business and research innovators to study, accelerate and create digital health solutions. Joe graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in business and an emphasis in Marketing.
CEO and co-founder of Dragon Army. Mentor at Flashpoint (GA Tech startup fund). Interests: social media/marketing, tech, startups, entrepreneurship.
Dr. Elad Gil is a Co-Founder & serves as the Chairman at Color Genomics. He served as Chief Executive Officer at Color Genomics. He served as the Vice President of Corporate Starategy for Twitter. He was also co-founder and served as Chief Executive Officer at Mixer Labs / GeoAPIBefore GeoAPI.com Gil has a long standing interest in location based services and mobile. Gil co-founded Google's Mobile Team where he was the first PM on Google Mobile Maps and was involved with the Android acquisition. Prior to Google, Gil worked at 3 venture backed startups and at McKinsey. He has a Ph.D. from MIT. He is currently an investor and advisor to a number of mobile and social media startups. He serves as an Advisor at Bitwise.