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Roee is the chief product officer at WeWork, leading the company’s digital technology.
Prior to WeWork Roee was the chief product officer at Soluto, where he ran product, marketing and business development, and led Soluto’s launch at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2010 (where Soluto won the start-up battlefield).
Roee started programming at the age of 10. After leading a software development group in the Israeli army for 5 years, he worked as a device driver developer for Envara (acquired by Intel). Since then, Roee has managed product design and development in several industries, including: water technology (Miya, Arison Group), location-based services (AeroScout, acquired by Stanley Black & Decker), and music (Neocraft, where Roee was co-founder).
Roee is married to Avital, a brain scientist. He holds a BA in Computer Science (summa cum laude) and an MBA in Finance from IDC Herzliya.See Roee Adler's CrunchBase profile →
Sam Altman is president of Y Combinator and was the cofounder of Loopt, a location-based social networking app, which was part of YC’s first batch in 2005 and acquired by Green Dot in 2012.
Prior to taking over as Y Combinator’s president, Sam was a part-time partner at Y Combinator since 2011. You can read Sam’s essays on startups and technology at his blog.
Sam has consistently been recognized for his entrepreneurship. He was featured in Inc. Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 and BusinessWeek’s Tech’s Best Entrepreneurs.
As an early innovator in mobile location services, Sam joined Apple CEO Steve Jobs on stage at WWDC 2008, presenting Loopt as one of the first applications in the iPhone App Store.
Sam has been a valuable source for many media outlets including Charlie Rose, CNN, The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and numerous others.See Sam Altman's CrunchBase profile →
As the founder and owner of Nasty Gal, the fastest-growing online retailer in the country, Sophia Amoruso is the creative visionary, modern-day entrepreneur and fashion doyenne who has forged an unprecedented path in building a modern brand. Recently named by Forbes as “Fashion’s New Phenom,” Amoruso’s rising success and business savvy was touted for being “up there with retail’s most profitable ventures.”
On May 6, 2014, Amoruso is set to debut her highly anticipated, first book titled #GIRLBOSS under the Portfolio and Putnam imprints of Penguin Random House. Part memoir and part business book with an edge, #GIRLBOSS is a sassy and irreverent look into how Amoruso organically grew her business from the ground up. The book will tell Amoruso’s extraordinary personal story and offer insights on entrepreneurship and career advice for young women.
At only 29 years old, Amoruso has become one of the most prominent figures in retail and a cultural icon who has worked from the ground up and landed on top of a fashion empire named Nasty Gal— a term originally coined after a 1975 Betty Davis album and the singer’s outspoken and unapologetically sexy style. Building on that inspiration, Amoruso’s Nasty Gal first sparked a cult following in her one-woman vintage venture on eBay where she quickly learned she had a knack and photographer’s eye for fashion, styling and buying. In just five years (and after being kicked off the site in 2008), the brand has grown into a one-stop shop and online retail haven with a progressive following of fashion risk-takers and well over a hundred million dollars in revenue. Today, Amoruso’s bold style is synonymous with six-inch platforms, motorcycle jackets, rock tees, shredded denim and an occasional red lip— all elements of the fashion retailer’s intrinsic personal taste.
Having recently caught the attention of Silicon Valley, The New York Times poetically put it, “if ever there were a Cinderella of tech, Sophia Amoruso might be it.” With relentless obsession over all things web and social media, Amoruso has propelled her brand’s unforgettable aesthetic on every channel including a half a million followers on Facebook and six-hundred thousand followers on Instagram. As these carefully curated pages have “translated ‘likes’ into sales” according to Forbes, Amoruso has revolutionized marketing with a business built almost entirely on unpaid social media from day one, today drawing millions of visitors back to the Nasty Gal site every month.
On the heels of Nasty Gal’s success, Amoruso is passionate about evolving her brand and team of creative mavericks in every way possible. As she continues to be deeply involved in every aspect of the business, she loves most to meet the girls that have inspired Nasty Gal to be one of the most coveted brands of our time.See Sophia Amoruso's CrunchBase profile →
J. Michael Arrington (born March 13, 1970 in Huntington Beach, California) is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of TechCrunch, a blog covering startups and technology news.
Arrington attended Claremont McKenna College (BA Economics, 1992) and Stanford Law School (JD, 1995) and practiced as a corporate and securities lawyer at two law firms: O’Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His clients included idealab, Netscape, Pixar, Apple and a number of startups, venture funds and investment banks. He also co-authored a book on initial public offerings.
In 1999, he left WSGR to join RealNames as VP of Business Development and General Counsel. In 2000, he cofounded Achex, an online payments company, that was later acquired by First Data Corp for $32 million. Achex is now the back end infrastructure to Western Union online.
Arrington worked in an operational role at a Carlyle backed startup in London, founded and ran two companies in Canada (Zip.ca and Pool.com), was COO to a Kleiner-backed company called Razorgator, and consulted to other companies, including Verisign.
Conflicts Of Interest
I am a partner at CrunchFund, a venture capital firm with investments in many startups around the world. I am also a limited partner in many other venture funds which have their own startup investments.
Because of these investments, if there’s a startup there’s a good chance I’m a direct or indirect investor in it. Many times I won’t even know that I’m an investor, because venture funds that I invest in don’t normally share non public information with limited partners.
Also, CrunchFund’s investors include AOL and many of the top tier venture funds.
That means I invest in a lot of startups. And I invest in a lot of venture funds. And a lot of venture funds have invested in me.
I also occasionally own public company stocks. I currently own shares of Facebook. Until recently I owned shares of AOL. I also own other public company stocks through the management of a third party, although I typically don’t know about those investments and they are primarily not in the tech industry.
Sometimes I have so many financial conflicts of interest that I can’t even keep them straight.
So when you read what I write on Uncrunched, TechCrunch or wherever, understand that I’m conflicted. A lot.
How do I deal with this and still write?
I addressed it in one of my first posts on Uncrunched in 2011:
“Here are the things you can expect from me:
TRANSPARENCY: I will disclose, as I’ve always done, all financial conflicts of interest (I have lots and lots of those). I’ll also disclose other conflicts of interest, like friendships, when I can. I know a lot of you don’t understand why I can’t disclose all conflicts of interest. The answer is that if I did, not that many people would want to talk to me in the direct, honest way that I prefer. As a reader you must remain aware of the inherent bias in everything you read, and form your own opinions accordingly. Read this post on TechCrunch and the links for more about how I see the world.
TRUTH: I always try to find the truth in a situation. That unvarnished, pure nugget of truth at the core of every issue that I write about. Sometimes this takes more than one post, and sometimes I have to go back and correct things I’ve gotten wrong. I’ll continue to do that. For more on this, read my post about process journalism.
BIAS: I have lots of it, and I never try to ignore it or hide from it. The main thing to know about me is that I’m a champion of entrepreneurs and the startups they build. They are my rock stars. If in doubt I side with them, and that’s clear from my writing. For more on this, read my ll always disclose the conflict of interest directly in that post.See Michael Arrington's CrunchBase profile →
Chrys is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Secret.
Prior to Secret, Chrys was a Product Manager at Google where he launched the photo-sharing community Photovine and contributed to Google+ and YouTube.
He has built and launched several social products such as Fliggo, TwitVid, Vidly and Treehouse. Chrys was born and raised near Boston and is a Y Combinator alumni.See Chrys Bader-Wechseler's CrunchBase profile →
Hayley Barna is the Co-Founder of Birchbox.
After graduating from Harvard Business School in 2010, Hayley began her career as an entrepreneur with classmate and Birchbox Co-founder Katia Beauchamp. Their connection grew into a friendship that inspired the pair’s collaborative idea for Birchbox, which debuted in September 2010.
Hayley learned the foundation of strategy and psychology behind successful consumer businesses through her previous roles with Bain & Company, Christie’s and Amazon.com. Applying this experience to her current role at Birchbox, Hayley spends her days weighing a mix of analytical and creative, strategy and execution, keeping close to Birchbox customers and products.
Hayley has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University; she grew up in Armonk, New York and currently resides in New York City.See Hayley Barna's CrunchBase profile →
Ayah Bdeir is an engineer and interactive artist who does not believe in boundaries set by disciplines or cultures. With an upbringing between Lebanon, Canada and the US, Bdeir’s work uses experimental tools to look at deliberate and subconscious representations of identity.
Bdeir received her masters degree from the MIT Media Lab and undergraduate degrees in Computer Engineering and Sociology from the American University of Beirut. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA and is part of the museum’s permanent collection. Other exhibits include her first solo show “Identities in Motion” at the Peacock Visual Arts gallery (Aberdeen), the New Museum (New York), Ars Electronica (Linz), Badcuyp and the Royal College of Art (London). Bdeir has been featured in the New York Times Magazine (2011), Inc Magazine (2011), BBC (2011), Elle Oriental (2010), Art Asia Pacific (2009), among others.
In 2008, Bdeir was awarded a fellowship at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and taught graduate classes at NYU and Parsons. She has lectured extensively and taught numerous workshops to get non-engineers, and particularly young girls, interested in science and technology. Bdeir was a mentor in the regional reality tv-show Stars of Science (initiated by Qatar Foundation) promoting science and technology innovation in the Middle East. She has an ongoing affiliation with Eyebeam as an honorary fellow.
In 2010, Bdeir was granted a fellowship with Creative Commons in recognition of her work, including spearheading the first Open Hardware definition and co-chairing the Open Hardware Summit at the New York Hall of Science in September of 2010 and 2011. Just recently, Bdeir was awarded the highly prestigious TED fellowship, as one of 25 innovators in 2012 from around the world.
Bdeir is the creator of littleBits, an award winning kit of pre-assembled circuits that snap together with tiny magnets. She is also the founder of Karaj, Beirut’s lab for experimental art, architecture.
Ayah lives and works in New York.See Ayah Bdeir's CrunchBase profile →
Katia Beauchamp is the Co-Founder of Birchbox.
Katia began her career as an entrepreneur after graduating from Harvard Business School in 2010, where she met Hayley Barna, her Birchbox Co-founder. Their connection grew into friendship and the pair’s collaborative idea for Birchbox inspired the company’s debut in September 2010.
Prior to founding Birchbox, Katia worked in structured finance and commercial real estate for three years. Katia’s love for all things beauty and style combined with her skills from a deal-focused and finance background are instrumental in forming partnerships with brands as well as in growing and scaling the Birchbox business.
A native Texan, Beauchamp has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College.See Katia Beauchamp's CrunchBase profile →
Alec Berg (writer, executive producer) has spent the last 20 years writing and producing numerous highly acclaimed TV shows, including “Seinfeld,” where he served as executive producer, earning two Emmy® nominations and a WGA Award nomination. In addition, he has written and produced for the last four seasons of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” garnering three more Emmy® nominations, several PGA Award nominations and a WGA Award nomination. He has also become a successful director, helming numerous episodes of “Curb,” and several episodes of “New Girl.” His feature film credits include writing and producing last year’s Sacha Baron Cohen film “The Dictator,” as well as co-writing and co-directing the cult comedy classic “EuroTrip.” He also co-wrote the feature film adaptation of “Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat” for which he received a Razzie nomination.See Alec Berg's CrunchBase profile →
John Borthwick is CEO and co-founder of betaworks, a company that builds and invests in essential products driven by data and the social world.
Prior to launching betaworks, John was CEO of Fotolog, and prior to that he was SVP of Technology and Alliances at Time Warner. He arrived at Time Warner — AOL — in early 1997 when they acquired WP Studio, which he started back in 1994. WP Studio was a producer of three sites: Total New York (one of the first local city guides, now gone), äda ‘web, and spanker (a pre blog, daily journal of the occasionally twisted mind of Carter Adamson).
John also sits on the board and/or acts as an adviser to Rhizome, WNYC (public radio), and HRW (Human Rights Watch).
John holds an MBA from Wharton (1994) and an undergraduate degree BA in Economics from Wesleyan University (1987).See John Borthwick's CrunchBase profile →
Roelof Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital, and works with a broad range of companies. Some democratize technology access (Square, Eventbrite, Unity, Nimbula); some create global user communities (YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram); and others disrupt markets through innovative business models (Evernote, Weebly, Xoom). Roelof also sits on the boards of Jawbone and Mahalo. Roelof is a champion of consumer Web plays and considers himself as “just another consumer.”
Roelof led the initial financing of YouTube on behalf of Sequoia Capital in 2005.
Roelof loves to hear a founder recount what inspired them to strike out on their own and to gain an understanding of how the founder is uniquely solving a customer pain point.See Roelof Botha's CrunchBase profile →
Mike Brown Jr is a Founder & General Partner at Bowery Capital, an early stage venture capital fund based in NYC and SF focused on business software investments.
Prior, Brown was a Co-Founder and General Partner at AOL Ventures and led investments in over 27 companies in the business software space including Sailthru, NewsCred, Crittercism and Vungle.
Before AOL Ventures, Brown worked for the investment and R&D arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, helping to create new Virgin companies and investing capital in early stage startups on behalf of the British entrepreneur.
He began his career at Morgan Stanley and graduated from Columbia UniversitySee Mike Brown Jr's CrunchBase profile →
David Byttow is the CEO and co-founder of Secret, Inc.
Previously, he was the Director of Infrastructure and lead of wallet at Square where he helped build Square Cash and was the architect of the Starbucks project. He has also worked at Google as a Software Engineer, helping to launch Wave and Google+.See David Byttow's CrunchBase profile →
Adam Cahan is Senior Vice President of Mobile and Emerging Products for Yahoo. In his role, he oversees product development and management for Yahoo’s worldwide mobile efforts, Flickr, and Smart TV.
A proven entrepreneur, Adam joined Yahoo in 2011 with the acquisition of IntoNow, where he was the founder and chief executive officer. Prior to creating IntoNow, he was CEO of Auditude, which was later acquired by Adobe. He served as executive vice president of strategy and business operations for MTV Networks, and has held leadership roles at Google, McKinsey & Company, and NBC Universal. Adam started his career as an associate producer and wildlife filmmaker for National Geographic Television, based in Zaire, Africa.
Adam has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School with Beta Gamma Sigma Honors. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.See Adam Cahan's CrunchBase profile →
Scott Chacon is a Git evangelist and Ruby developer currently working as the VP of R&D at GitHub. He is the author of the Pro Git book by Apress, the Git Internals Peepcode PDF as well as the maintainer of the Git homepage and the Git Community Book.See Scott Chacon's CrunchBase profile →
John Collison is president and co-founder of Stripe, the online payments company that is expanding internet commerce by making it easyto process transactions from anywhere.
John and his brother Patrick Collison started Stripe in 2010 while John was studying physics at Harvard. Their goal was to make accepting payments online simpler and more inclusive, after learning firsthand how difficult it was. Today, the 100+ person (and growing) Stripe team powers online businesses around the world.
Prior to Stripe, John co-founded Auctomatic, which was acquired by Live Current Media in March 2008. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, John lives in San Francisco, California, where Stripe is based.See John Collison's CrunchBase profile →
Jordan is a Managing Director at Lerer Ventures. He currently serves as Co-Founder & CEO of Wildcard. Most recently he was Co-Founder and CEO of Hyperpublic (acq. by GRPN).
Jordan was previously an investor at General Catalyst Partners, a multi-billion early stage venture capital firm in Harvard Square. Jordan left General Catalyst to become founder & CEO of Untitled Partners, a consumer finance/internet startup backed by Bessemer Venture Partners.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.See Jordan Cooper's CrunchBase profile →
Chris Dixon is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He is also a contributing writer for TechCrunch. He previously was the CEO and Co-founder of SiteAdvisor, which was acquired by McAfee, and Hunch, which was acquired by eBay.
In addition to his work with Founder’s Collective, Chris is a personal investor in early-stage technology companies, including Skype, TrialPay, DocVerse, Invite Media, Gerson Lehrman Group, ScanScout, OMGPOP, BillShrink, Oddcast, Panjiva, Knewton, and a handful of other startups that are still in stealth mode.See Chris Dixon's CrunchBase profile →
High Line Venture Partners
High Line Venture Partners
Shana Fisher is the Managing Partner of High Line Venture Partners, a NY Based venture fund focused on early stage investments.
From December 2003 to June 2010, Ms. Fisher served as IAC’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Mergers and Acquisitions, and prior to that as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for IAC. Previously, Ms. Fisher served as Vice President and Director, Media and Technology Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance for Allen & Company, LLC. In this capacity she led principle investments and advised publicly traded technology firms, private telecommunications firms and media companies. Prior to Allen & Company, LLC., Ms. Fisher was a program manager for the Microsoft Corporation.
Ms. Fisher received her B.A. from Hampshire College with a triple major in Sculpture, Philosophy and Linguistics and attended the Master of Arts program at New York University’s ITP.See Shana Fisher's CrunchBase profile →
ff Venture Capital
ff Venture Capital
John Frankel is the founding partner of ff Venture Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm with offices in New York and New Jersey, and has been an early-stage investor since late 1999. John was one of the earliest investors in Quigo Technologies, which was purchased by AOL in December 2007, and in Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD on NASDAQ), which had a successful IPO in March 2011.
John currently serves on the boards of 500px, Appy Couple, Bottlenose, CardFlight, Centzy, ClearPath Immigration, Distil Networks, Estify, Headliner, Gobbler, InteraXon, Moveline, Phone.com, Tackk, VolunteerSpot, and Voxy.
Prior to founding ffVC in 2008, John worked at Goldman Sachs for 21 years in a variety of roles that involved technology development, reengineering, and capital markets. In particular, he established Goldman’s Cayman offshore administration business, their London global custody business, and reengineered their global prime brokerage business. In capital markets, he worked closely with some of the world’s leading hedge funds, and developed a keen understanding of portfolio risk/return management.
He started his business career in London with Arthur Anderson in the audit and insolvency divisions.
John earned a Master of Arts from New College, Oxford where he studied Mathematics, Philosophy and Logic, and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
John is a frequent keynote speaker and has appeared in leading publications such as BBC, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Business Insider, CNBC, GigaOM, The San Francisco Chronicle, TechCrunch, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Xconomy.See John Frankel's CrunchBase profile →
Pat has 17 years of technology investing, operations and finance experience. Prior to starting CrunchFund, Pat was a Partner at VantagePoint. Before that Pat worked at Morgan Stanley Venture Partners. His experience cuts across many different IT sectors and stages and he has made dozens of initial and follow-on investments. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he held management roles at RealNames, an internet services company, and Toyota Motor Corporation. Pat is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College (BA).See Patrick Gallagher's CrunchBase profile →
Rachel S. Haot is the Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology for New York State, part of Governor Cuomo’s administration.
Her focus is to realize the Governor’s vision for the State by improving the way that government and public engage online, and supporting collaborative innovation with the technology community.
Prior to this role, Rachel served as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s leadership. At the City, she established the first urban digital roadmap in the country, working across government agencies to achieve all initiatives. Major milestones included the overhaul of official City website nyc.gov and creation of tech sector program “We Are Made in NY” to support the digital industry.
Before her role with the City, Rachel served as founder and CEO of GroundReport, a pioneering global citizen journalism platform. She also launched and ran Upward, a digital strategy consultancy, taught as a Columbia Business School adjunct professor and worked in business development in the consumer web industry.
Rachel is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and digital advisory board member for Women@NBCU. She has been named a ‘40 Under 40’ leader by Crain’s, Forbes and Fortune.
Rachel is a native New Yorker, and graduated from New York University.See Rachel S. Haot's CrunchBase profile →
Serial entrepreneur Michael Heyward co-founded Whisper with Brad Brooks in 2012 with the mission of giving people a place to freely and authentically express themselves. Whisper is one of the fastest growing mobile-social apps, generating over 3.5 billion page views per month.
Prior to Whisper, the LA native worked in different roles related to consumer-based marketing at startup TigerText. As a teenager, Michael was an avid Formula One Racing fan and secured the United States commercial rights for the sport.
Today in his free time, Michael spends time with friends and family, contemplates how Star Wars applies to real life scenarios, and hosts themed parties at the “Chamber of Secrets” aka Whisper Headquarters in Santa Monica.See Michael Heyward's CrunchBase profile →
Eric Hippeau is a Managing Director at Lerer Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital fund focused on New York technology startups.
Hippeau is also Chairman of RebelMouse and co-founder of NowThis News.
Hippeau is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post and a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, where he served as Managing Partner for many years.
Prior to Softbank Capital, Hippeau was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis, which was the largest media company serving the technology sector.
Hippeau serves on the Board of various private and public companies, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts.See Eric Hippeau's CrunchBase profile →
Brendan Iribe is one of the video game industry’s most successful entrepreneurs. He is currently the CEO of Oculus VR, the Irvine-based developer of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Oculus VR recently made worldwide headlines when on March 26, 2014, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) announced that it was acquiring Oculus VR in a deal worth approximately $2 billion. The two companies are joining forces to create the best virtual reality platform in the world.
In 2012, Brendan and his team launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of Oculus Rift development kit. With the support of 9,522 backers, they exceeded their original goal of $250,000 and ended up raising over $2.4 million. The campaign remains one of the top 20 most-funded campaigns in Kickstarter history.
Before Oculus, Brendan served as Chief Product Officer of Gaikai, another innovative Orange County success story. In July of 2012, Sony Computer Entertainment (NYSE: SNE) acquired Gaikai for $380m.
Prior to Gaikai, Brendan spent a decade as co-founder and CEO of Scaleform, the #1 user interface technology provider in the video game market, which Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) acquired in 2011. Earlier in his career, Brendan worked as a game programmer and helped the Firaxis team develop the user interface for Civilization IV, a game that went on to sell millions of units and win multiple awards.See Brendan Iribe's CrunchBase profile →
Benjamin is General Partner at HAXLR8R, an angel investor and expert on startup ecosystems with over 14 years experience across Asia (China, Japan, Korea, SEA) and USA.
Before joining HAXLR8R, he founded the strategic consultancy Plus8Star and worked with clients such as Microsoft, DeNA, IDEO and Harvard Business School. He also founded and ran the Beijing chapter of MobileMonday.
Benjamin has been a guest speaker at over 150 conferences in 23 countries including at TEDx, SXSW, LeWeb, Stanford and Berkeley. He is also frequently quoted in various media such as Forbes, Bloomberg, The Economist and TechCrunch.See Benjamin Joffe's CrunchBase profile →
Mike Judge was born in 1962 in Ecuador, but raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended University of California at San Diego where he earned a degree in physics.
He worked as an engineer and played bass professionally before MTV picked up his 1992 animated short, Frog Baseball. MTV decided to spin off Beavis and Butt-Head into a show of its own in the 1990’s, with Judge doing the voices of both characters as well as others.
His next project was King of the Hill for FOX TV. Judge expanded into writing and directing his own live-action films, Office Space, Idiocracy and Extract. He’s done voices for South Park, Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and acted in Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids movies.
In 2012, Mike resurrected Beavis and Butt-Head with twelve new shows for MTV.
Currently, Judge is a co-creator, executive producer, writer and director for the HBO’s new comedy series Silicon Valley, which debuts April 6.See Mike Judge's CrunchBase profile →
Matt is the President of CrunchBase, the free database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit. Prior to joining CrunchBase, Matt ran product development at Oodle, the company behind Facebook’s online classifieds system. QVC acquired Oodle in December 2012 to integrate modern social shopping functionality and design into QVC’s web and mobile experiences.
Matt has had wide-ranging success building engineering, product development, product marketing, and support organizations in internet, gaming, and government services industries. Matt is also a partner at Archimedes Labs, a Palo Alto based firm that invests in mobile technology and services.See Matt Kaufman's CrunchBase profile →
In January 2011, Joel I. Klein became CEO of the Education Division and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corporation, where he also serves on the Board of Directors.
Prior to that, Mr. Klein was Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education where he oversaw a system of over 1,600 schools with 1.1 million students, 136,000 employees and a $22 billion budget. He launched Children First in 2002, a comprehensive reform strategy that has brought coherence and capacity to the system and resulted in significant increases in student performance.
He is a former Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, Inc., a media company, and served as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice until September 2000, and was Deputy White House Counsel to President Clinton from 1993-1995. Mr. Klein entered the Clinton administration after 20 years of public and private legal work in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Klein received his BA from Columbia University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1967, and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971, also graduating magna cum laude. He has received honorary degrees from Amherst College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Fordham Law School, Georgetown Law Center, Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, Manhattanville College, New York Law School, and St. John’s School of Education. He was selected by Time Magazine as one of Ten People who Mattered in 1999, by U.S. News and World Report as One of America’s 20 Best Leaders in 2006, and was given the prestigious NYU Lewis Rudin Award in 2009 and Manhattan Institute Alexander Hamilton Award in 2011.See Joel Klein's CrunchBase profile →
Thomas Korte is the founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as #3 U.S. Accelerator and Forbes Magazine called AngelPad a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012.
AngelPads exits include Mopub ($350m to Twitter), Adku (Groupon), Astrid (Yahoo) among others.
Prior, Thomas worked at Google for 7 years staring in 2002. He was Google’s first International Product Manager. Other roles included European Search Agency Business Lead and Google Evangelist. He is the co-author of several patents related to improving efficiencies in search advertising and local search results.See Thomas Korte's CrunchBase profile →
Erik is a co-founder at N3TWORK, an app attempting to build an internet of interests—a unified experience where you can more easily discover and navigate multimedia content related to your interests.
Erik leads N3TWORK’s partnerships and platform strategy. Prior to N3TWORK, Erik Lammerding spent a decade building Apple’s consumer market for third-party apps. He is credited with establishing relationships for Apple with companies such as Electronic Arts, Airbnb, Time Warner, Conde Nast, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Instagram, FiftyThree, Nike, Twitter, Path, Netflix, HBO, PopCap, Jawbone, MLB Advanced Media and Zynga.
Prior to Apple, he was part of the founding team at FusionOne, an early pioneer in the area of Internet based services, where he led strategic partnership efforts with Nokia, HP, IBM, Palm and Apple.See Erik Lammerding's CrunchBase profile →
Prior to founding Lending Club, Renaud Laplanche was the Founder & CEO of TripleHop Technologies, a VC-backed enterprise software company acquired by Oracle Corporation in June 2005. Prior to founding TripleHop, Renaud was a Senior Associate at New York law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Renaud was honored with the HEC “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2002 and won the French sailing championship twice, in 1988 and 1990.See Renaud Laplanche's CrunchBase profile →
Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four successful internet-based media companies. He has a passion for creating, managing and growing companies from the ground up.
Michael’s first foray into entrepreneurship came with the founding of University Wire, an Associated Press-like network of more than 700 student-run newspapers that is now owned by CBS Corp. In 1997, Michael sold U-Wire to Student Advantage, the nation’s leading student membership organization linking 1.5 million students through one affinity card program. As a member of the Student Advantage management team, Michael helped grow Student Advantage from a handful of employees into the premier media and marketing company in the college market with more than 300 employees and $80 million in annual revenue.See Michael Lazerow's CrunchBase profile →
David Lee is a Founder and Managing Partner of SV Angel, an angel fund with investments in companies such as Twitter, Foursquare, Flipboard, Dropbox and Airbnb.
Prior to SV Angel, David was at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage venture firm. He was a founding member of Google’s New Business Development team and led business development at StumbleUpon prior to its sale to eBay. He also was a corporate attorney at leading technology law firms. David has an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow; a J.D. from NYU; and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.See David Lee's CrunchBase profile →
Ben Lerer is the co-founder & CEO of Thrillist Media Group, overseeing the growth of the company from a niche email newsletter to a disruptive media company, leading the charge in mingling content and commerce.
Lerer was among Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners, Vanity Fair’s Next Establishments, Crain’s “40 under 40”, Forbes list of “Most Powerful CEOs Under 40”, AdWeek’s “Young Influentials,” Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 5 Entrepreneurs of the Year,” and Silicon Alley Insider’s “100 Coolest People in Tech” for six years running.
Ben is also the Managing Director of Lerer Ventures, New York’s most active early-stage technology fund. He chairs the Board of Directors for the East River Development Alliance, a New York non-profit organization and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS). Lerer is an active mentor for NYC Venture Fellows, TechStars and E[nstitute].See Ben Lerer's CrunchBase profile →
Kenneth Lerer is a Manager at Lerer Ventures. He was the Chairman and Co-Founder of The Huffington Post. Mr. Lerer is Chairman of Betaworks and Buzzfeed, and is Vice-Chairman of Bedrocket. He is a member of Pilot Group LLC, a private investment firm.
Mr. Lerer is Chairman Emeritus of the Public Theater in New York City and serves on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations, including Association to Benefit Children (ABC), and the Bank Street College of Education. In 2008-09, Mr. Lerer served as the Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at Columbia Journalism School.See Ken Lerer's CrunchBase profile →
John joined Greylock as a partner in 2011.
John is currently on the Board of Directors of MessageMe, Clearslide, Code for America, and the Participatory Culture Foundation. He leads Greylock’s investment in Dropbox and led our investments in Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo in 2013) and Instagram (acquired by Facebook in 2012).
John previously served on the boards of directors of Mozilla Corporation, TripIt (acquired by Concur in 2011), CenterRun (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2003), and Reactivity (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007).
Prior to Greylock, John was CEO of Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, an open source Web browser used by more than 450 million people. John also co-founded Reactivity, an enterprise security infrastructure company acquired by Cisco in 2007, where he served as founding CEO and later CTO.
Earlier in his career, John held positions on the executive team at Trilogy Software and as a Senior Scientist in Apple’s research labs.
John holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and an MS in Computer Science with a focus on Human Computer Interaction, both from Stanford University. He is a frequent contributor at Stanford’s d.school, and an advisor to both the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and StartX, Stanford’s start up accelerator.
He is a co-inventor on seven United States patents.See John Lilly's CrunchBase profile →
Alfred is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital who works with consumer internet, enterprise and mobile companies. He currently sits on the board of Achievers, Airbnb, Houzz, Humble Bundle, Kiwi, Romotive, and Stella & Dot.
Previously, Alfred was Chairman and COO/CFO at Zappos until 2010. He joined Zappos in 2005 and was responsible for operations and finance. Alfred focused on bringing focus, strategy and financial discipline in order to grow the business efficiently and profitably. Prior to joining Zappos, Alfred served as VP of Finance and Business Development at Tellme Networks, helping grow that business from no revenue to over $120M in recurring revenue per year, 30% cash margins and a $0.5B estimated contracted revenue backlog.
Prior to joining Tellme Networks, Alfred co-founded Venture Frogs with Tony Hsieh. Venture Frogs is an incubator and investment firm that invested in Internet startups, including Ask Jeeves, Tellme Networks, and of course, Zappos.com. Prior to Venture Frogs, Alfred served as VP of Finance and Administration at LinkExchange, where he managed the sale of the Company to Microsoft for $265M.
Alfred met Tony Hsieh (Zappos CEO) in college, when Tony was running a pizza business and Alfred was his #1 customer.See Alfred Lin's CrunchBase profile →
Melody McCloskey is co-founder and CEO of StyleSeat, the largest online marketplace for beauty and wellness services. Prior to StyleSeat, Melody led digital distribution for Current TV. In 2011, after feeling frustrated that there was no easy way to book beauty appointments, Melody founded StyleSeat with Dan Levine. More than 200,000 beauty professionals in nearly 15,000 cities use the platform today and more than 5.5 million beauty appointments were booked through StyleSeat in 2013 alone. Melody was recently named by Fast Company as one of its Most Creative People in Business 2014.See Melody McCloskey's CrunchBase profile →
Florian studied business management and photography in Berlin, London and Vienna. In 2011, he founded EyeEm with friends Lorenz Aschoff, Ramzi Rizk and Gen Sadakane after his digital SLR camera was stolen in a New York subway while working as a photographer. Together, the team conceived the world’s premier mobile community and marketplace for a new generation of image creators. Always equipped with a smartphone, Florian has yet to hold a professional camera again.See Florian Meissner's CrunchBase profile →
Thomas Middleditch will soon be seen as the central role in Mike Judge’s HBO series, Deep Tech.
In 2014, he will also been seen as one of the leads of the Universal Feature Search Party where he plays “Nardo” a guy who gets himself in a big mess in Mexico.
Thomas has also been featured on The Office, playing the role of Dwight Schrute’s brother, and he was “Fuzzy” in the Paramount Pictures feature, Fun Size.
Other upcoming film work includes: Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorcese, the indie feature Brass Teapot, and The Kings of Summer.
Previous film work includes: The Other Guys, Being Flynn, and Splinterheads.
Thomas is a regular performer at UCB, he is a member of The Improvised Shakespeare Company and creates and performs comedy shorts with College Humor.
Like many funny people before him, Thomas came to the U.S. from Canada (British Columbia) but first he made a stop in Chicago and toured with The Second City before moving to New York City for a CBS talent hold deal.
He currently lives in Los Angeles with his two dogs, Meatloaf and Potter.See Thomas Middleditch's CrunchBase profile →
T.J. Miller is a comedian and actor.
He has been named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” as well as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Next Big Things in Comedy.”
Miller recently wrapped production on Search Party, which he will star in opposite Adam Pally and Thomas Middleditch about a groom-to-be stranded in the desert who must rely on his best friends to rescue him.
He also completed Transfomers: Age of Instinction directed by Michael Bay and opposite Marc Wahlberg. Both films are set to release in 2014. Miller is also in production on the HBO series “Deep Tech.”
In addition to his work on TV, he has a popular podcast on nerdist.com “Cashing in with T.J. Miller” which turns the traditional interview comedy podcast on its head, as it’s an interview show, but host Cash Levy only has one guest: T.J. Miller.
Miller has been seen in a number of major studio films. He had the Focus Features comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opposite Steve Carrell and Keira Knightly and Rock of Ages opposite Tom Cruise. He co-starred in The Weinstein Company’s Our Idiot Brother opposite a cast led by Paul Rudd. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 to rave reviews and Miller was singled out by critics for his scene-stealing moments.
He also starred as ‘Ranger Jones’ in the Warner Brothers live-action/CGI feature film Yogi Bear opposite of Dan Akroyd, Justin Timberlake and Anna Faris. Miller appeared opposite of Jack Black and Jason Segel in the 20th Century Fox live action 3D film Gulliver’s Travels and in Tony Scott’s dramatic thriller Unstoppable opposite of Denzel Washington and Chris Pine.
Additionally, he co-starred in the Paramount comedy, She’s Out of My League, where he stole scenes opposite Jay Baruchel. He voiced the character ‘Tuffnut’ in the hugely successful Oscar nominated Dreamworks animated film How To Train Your Dragon. He will reprise his role for the sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2.
Miller also had a role in Universal’s Get Him to The Greek with Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. He has been seen on television as well, most recently in the Fox comedy series “The Goodwin Games” opposite Becki Newton and Scott Foley and hosting Comedy Central’s “Mash-Up.”
T.J. Miller first came to audiences attention in 2008 when he starred in the JJ Abrams blockbuster hit Cloverfield. The Sci-Fi thriller opened number one at the box office. Soon after he appeared in Mike Judge’s EXTRACT opposite of Jason Bateman and starred in the ABC comedy series “Carpoolers” opposite of Jerry O’Connell. He has also had two short films at Sundance, once as writer and star of the short Successful Alcoholics, later called ‘hilarious’ by The New York Times and last year’s I’m Having a Difficult Time Killing My Parents, which he also stars in and wrote.
Miller is currently crisscrossing the country performing his critically acclaimed stand-up act. Last year he recorded his first hour long stand-up special for Comedy Central in his hometown of Denver and he also released a comedy oriented hip-hop/pop/folk music album with Comedy Central Records.
Whenever available, he performs with his sketch comedy group “Heavy Weight,” with Brady Novak, Mark Raterman and Nick Vatterott. Comedy Central has featured him on their “Hot List” special which focused on the top 10 stand-up comedians of the moment.
Miller hails from Denver, Colorado, and toured with Second City in Chicago for almost two years. He also insists on reminding people that he was the Regional Winner of the Sierra Mist Search for the Next Great Comic in 2005.
Miller currently resides in Los Angeles where he struggles to find meaning in an uncertain worlSee T.J. Miller's CrunchBase profile →
Rich co-founded Android and is a pioneer in the mobile space. He leads Google Ventures’ East Coast investment team.
Rich is based in Cambridge, Mass. He has over 25 years of experience growing businesses with innovative communications and interface-intensive applications.
Rich came to Google through the acquisition of Android, a mobile platforms company that he co-founded. During his early years at Google, he helped lead the development of the Android platform and ecosystem.
Prior to Android, Rich was a vice president at Orange, where he led R&D activities in North America and was an original principal at Orange Ventures when it was founded. Rich came to Orange through the acquisition of another company he co-founded, Wildfire, which developed a voice-based personal assistant.
Rich received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.See Rich Miner's CrunchBase profile →
Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of TheMuse.com, a career platform and job discovery tool helping 15+ million people find inspiring careers at thoughtful companies.
Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the WSJ and Harvard Business Review. She was previously named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for two years in a row.
Before The Muse, Kathryn worked on vaccine introduction in Rwanda and Malawi with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and was previously at the management consultancy McKinsey.See Kathryn Minshew's CrunchBase profile →
Jacob is CEO and Founder of Exitround, the acquisition marketplace for buyers and sellers of companies. Prior, he was a venture capital investor at Shasta Ventures, where he spent time looking at consumer and mobile businesses. Before that, he built a vertically integrated dietary supplement e-commerce company out of South Africa, was the first business guy at VentureBeat.com, and launched the Microsoft BizSpark program. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Beverly Mullins Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship at UC Berkeley that offers financial assistance to non-traditional aged single parents who are defying all obstacles in pursuit of education. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.See Jacob Mullins's CrunchBase profile →
After 12 years as an internet entrepreneur, David joined Venrock in 2008 as a Partner and focuses on early stage internet and digital media companies.
Previously, David was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold.
Prior to joining eMusic, David co-founded Myplay in 1999 in Redwood City, CA, which introduced the “digital music locker” and pioneered the locker category. In 2001, Myplay was sold to Bertelsmann’s ecommerce Group.
Before Myplay, he was Vice President at N2K Entertainment, which created the first digital music download service. He also was the co-creator of Apple Computer’s Music Group.
David is a graduate of and a member of the Board of Overseers at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and is an avid musician and songwriter.
He is an active mentor in New York’s TechStars startup accelerator program. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of ITHAKA and holds a board seat with the New York Venture Capital Association.See David Pakman's CrunchBase profile →
Brian Pokorny is a Managing Partner of SV Angel. Prior to this, he was at Airbnb, where he joined via an acquisition of DailyBooth/Batch.
DailyBooth was a venture backed start-up that Brian led for 3 years as their CEO.
Before this, Brian was a partner at SV Angel with David Lee and Ron Conway upon the launch of the firm.
Prior to SV Angel he was a founding team member and partner at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage investment firm. Before joining Baseline, Brian spent 3.5 years at Google within various positions in the Content Partnerships team and Direct Sales Organization. Before this, he had various roles within sales operations and finance at Juniper Networks, TIBCO Software, and Applied Materials.
Brian graduated with a degree in Operations and Management Information Systems from Santa Clara University.
Brian is an angel investor in Twitter, Square, OMGPOP (Acquired by Zynga), Tweetdeck (Acquired by Twitter), DailyBooth (Acquired by Airbnb), Milo (Acquired by eBay), Posterous (Acquired by Twitter), Chomp (Acquired by Apple), Milk (Acquired by Google), Bump (Acquired by Yahoo), WiFast, Couple, Elepath, MessageMe, and has advisory positions with Ooyala, Stitcher, and Rupture (Acquired by EA).See Brian Pokorny's CrunchBase profile →
Hosain Rahman is the CEO and founder of Jawbone®, a world-leader in consumer technology and wearable products. Hosain has led the company to build innovative and elegantly designed products for the way we live today.
From the launch of its first headset in 2004, the company has continuously evolved, delivering new products such as the popular UP® and UP24™ lifestyle trackers and ERA™ headsets. Jawbone is also widely recognized for disrupting the wireless speaker market with its best-selling JAMBOX® family of speakers.
Combining hardware and software expertise with industry leading data insight, Jawbone has become one of the largest venture capital-backed consumer electronics companies in the world. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices globally, Jawbone products are now available in over 40 countries around the world.
Hosain has been honored in: Fast Company’s Most Creative People, Vanity Fair’s New Establishment, and Fortune’s 40 Under 40. A highly regarded speaker at conferences and events around the world, he has keynoted for TED, DLD, SXSW and the D: Mobile Conference.See Hosain Rahman's CrunchBase profile →
Justin Rosenstein is the co-founder of Asana, along with Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz. Asana’s software enables teamwork without email, and provides key communication infrastructure to companies like Airbnb, Foursquare, Pinterest, Twitter, and Uber. Asana’s mission is to help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly.
Justin has led the development of products that hundreds of millions of people use daily. At Facebook, he was the tech lead for projects including the Like button and Facebook Pages, and designed the in-house project management system that Facebook relies on to this day Facebook. At Google, he product-managed several projects in the communication/collaboration division, and created the initial prototype for Gmail Chat.
Justin majored in Math and got part way through a Master’s in Computer Science at Stanford. He is also a serious student of yoga, meditation, and cats.See Justin Rosenstein's CrunchBase profile →
Bijan Sabet, based in Boston, beat Silicon Valley investors to hot social media startups Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. Sabet invested in Twitter in its second round and was on its board for 3.5 years (although he is no longer). Spark remains a large shareholder in the company. Sabet, now on the board at Foursquare and Tumblr, is also active personally on social media with 35,000 Twitter followers. He “lives and breathes the space,” says Tumblr’s David Karp, who also credits Sabet with giving him guidance before Tumblr was even a company. “Bijan wrote our first check to Tumblr for a couple hundred thousand dollars and was this incredible mentor, friend and partner from day zero.” Sabet also led the Series A in social gaming company OMGPOP, which Zynga acquired in 2012 for $180 million. Other current companies: Stack Exchange, Runkeeper, Sincerely, Lyft and Boxee. Sabet got his start at Apple and Integrated Systems and later WebTV (now MSN TV).See Bijan Sabet's CrunchBase profile →
Dave is co-founder of Freestyle Capital, a seed stage Internet & technology venture capital firm. Prior to Freestyle, Dave, as President, co-founded Crackle.com, a website specializing in Internet Video in 2004.
In August 2006, Sony Pictures Entertainment acquired the company for $65 million. In early 1996, Dave, as CEO, founded Spinner.com, the first and largest Internet music service. In May 1999, AOL acquired the firm for $320 million. Prior to founding Spinner.com in early 1996, David worked at Oracle within the application development group.
He graduated from MIT in 1994 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. David is an SF Giants fan, enjoys both wakeboarding and snowboarding, and lives in Marin.See David Samuel's CrunchBase profile →
Neil Smit serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Cable and Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. In this role, Neil is responsible for all business aspects of the Company’s cable operations.
Neil joined Comcast in March 2010 from Charter Communications where he served as Chief Executive Officer and Director since 2005. Prior to joining Charter, Neil was the President of Time Warner’s America Online Access Business, where he oversaw Internet access services, including America Online (AOL), CompuServe and Netscape ISPs. He also served at AOL as Executive Vice President, Member Services, and Chief Operating Officer of MapQuest. Neil also was a regional president with Nabisco and served in a number of management positions at Pillsbury. For five and a half years, Neil served on active duty with the Navy SEAL Teams and retired from the service as a Lieutenant Commander.
Neil serves as the Chairman of CableLabs, the research and development consortium for the cable industry, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). He serves on the board of directors for C-SPAN and on the Executive Committee of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors for Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
Neil earned a Bachelor of Science from Duke University and a Master’s degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife and sons.See Neil Smit's CrunchBase profile →
Shane Smith is the founder and CEO of VICE, a global youth media brand. Smith is a critically acclaimed journalist and one of the Internet’s most respected visionaries.
Under Smith’s guidance, VICE, initially launched in 1994 as a punk magazine, has expanded and diversified to become the world’s leading youth media company; operating an international network of digital channels, a television production studio, a record label, an in-house creative services agency, a book-publishing house and a feature film division.
An expert on global youth culture and industry innovator, Smith has been described by the New York Times as “a voice of a generation of too-cool DJs and artists who wear rolled selvedge jeans and chunky glasses…[and] a conduit for corporate America to reach that elusive audience.”
In 2007, Smith partnered with renowned film director Spike Jonze to launch VICE’s digital video production division, which today produces over 60 award-winning original series dedicated to news, sports, fashion, music, technology, and the arts.
To syndicate VICE’s content globally, Smith established a network of content distribution partnerships with leading platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Youku, CNN and others.
VICE’s online presence has since exploded, with its network of channels reaching over 200mm unique visitors a month, generating over 1bn video views globally.
In 2013, Smith executive produced and hosted the Emmy nominated news series titled VICE on HBO that features VICE correspondents reporting from across the world; comedian and political satirist Bill Maher serves as executive producer of the show.
As VICE’s chief on-air correspondent, Smith has reported from such locations as North Korea, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Afghanistan and Liberia.
Smith graduated with honors from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, with a B.A. in history and political science. Smith currently resides in New York City with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys cold white wine and long, bubbly baths—preferably in tandem.See Shane Smith's CrunchBase profile →
Yancey Strickler is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter. Yancey served as Kickstarter’s Head of Community and Head of Communications before becoming CEO.
Prior to Kickstarter, Yancey was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.See Yancey Strickler's CrunchBase profile →
Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees Google[x], Google’s moonshot factory for building magical, audaciously impactful ideas that through science and technology can be brought to reality.
Before joining Google, Astro was the co-founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital, Inc, an investment management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed, and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning.
Astro was also the co-founding CEO of BodyMedia, Inc, a leading wearable body monitoring company. Prior to starting BodyMedia, Dr. Teller was co-founding CEO of SANDbOX AD, an advanced development technology incubator.
Before his tenure as a business executive, Dr. Teller taught at Stanford University and was an engineer and researcher for Phoenix Laser Technologies, Stanford’s Center for Integrated Systems, and The Carnegie Group Incorporated.
Dr. Teller holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University, Masters of Science in symbolic and heuristic computation, also from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the Hertz fellowship.
Though his work as a scientist, an inventor, and as an entrepreneur, Teller holds many U.S. and international patents related to his work in hardware and software technology. Astro is also a successful novelist and screenwriter. And he makes a mean margarita and other memorable potions.See Astro Teller's CrunchBase profile →
David is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City based seed-stage angel capital firm. David is also the Co-Founder of TechStars NYC, where he previously served as Managing Director. BoxGroup is an investor in over 130 seed stage technology companies including Vine, Fab.com, GroupMe, Blue Apron, BarkBox, Warby Parker, Harry’s, DataMinr, Behance, Handybook and more.
David is currently working on a mobile commerce platform as a co-founder and Chairman of JelloLabs.
David was named to NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and serves on the Investor Board of Venture for America. He is an EIR for Wharton’s Entrepreneurship Program and on the Entrepreneurship Board at NYU. Prior to joining TechStars, David served as Executive Vice President of Interactive Strategies at kgb, a global information services company. While at kgb, David founded and lead Knowmore.com, a social aggregation startup within kgb.
David has a B.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. David was born and raised outside of NYC in Westchester. David likes wearing hoodies and over using ellipses…
@davetisch and at http://www.davidtisch.comSee David Tisch's CrunchBase profile →
Ben Uretsky is the Co-Founder and CEO of DigitalOcean. He has a passion to simplify the complexities of infrastructure and building new open source cloud technology. Ben has over 15 years of experience in network engineering and has a strong background in the VoIP space having worked with emerging VoIP technology from Cisco Systems, Inc. He was one of the early adopters of the Nginx web server to enhance site performance under high loads.
Back in 2001, he was one of the few network engineers that architected a web infrastructure to handle over 1Gbps of throughput. Today, that same infrastructure serves over 150 million page views per day and stores over a petabyte of data. Under Uretsky’s leadership, DigitalOcean has grown from an early stage startup with a few customers to one of the fastest growing tech-startups, with more than 200,000 customers and multiple datacenter locations around the globe.
Uretsky has been featured and quoted in the top tech publications for thought leadership perspective on scaling a tech-startup and graduating from the world-renowned TechStars tech accelerator and raising over $40MM.See Ben Uretsky's CrunchBase profile →
Max Ventilla is the co-founder of [Aardvark].
He worked designing databases for the World Bank before founding an enterprise software firm that sold in the Web 1 era.
Max majored in physics and mathematics at Yale before going directly into the Yale MBA program. He spent two and a half years working with the CEO of a $2 billion classified media business, raising financing and negotiating international M&A transactions before transitioning to online business development.
He then went to [Google], where he worked as a Senior Associate on monetization strategy until mid-2007.
He then co-founded The Mechanical Zoo, which has now been renamed Aardvark.
After Google bought his company, he was one of the founding members of Google+ and then Head of Cross-Google Personalization. He left Google in April 2013 to start [AltSchool].See Max Ventilla's CrunchBase profile →
Peter Weijmarshausen is Co-Founder and CEO of Shapeways.
In just six years, Pete has made 3D printing accessible to all, empowering anyone to be a designer and turn an idea into a physical reality.
He created Shapeways, the leading marketplace and community for 3D printing, as a spin-off project at the Philips Lifestyle Incubator while experimenting with ways to get consumers directly involved in creating products.
This Netherlands native has since printed more than 2 million products to-date (with 100K new products added monthly), collaborated with fashion powerhouses Neiman Marcus and Victoria’s Secret, and has plans to double the number of 3D printers in Shapeways’ Long Island City factory this month.
3D printing has experienced incredible growth over the past few years - reshaping industries from healthcare and electronics to aerospace and home construction - but Pete continues to look towards the future, innovating with new materials, exciting partnerships and more.See Peter Weijmarshausen's CrunchBase profile →
Henrik Werdelin is Managing Partner of Prehype, a venture development firm headquartered in New York with offices in London, Copenhagen and Rio.
Henrik has been part of the startup scene since 2005 as both an investor, founder and advisor.
His experience ranges from being the Entrepreneur in Residence at venture capital firm Index Ventures over advising start-ups like Path, Percolate and HotPotato (now Facebook) to being on the founding teams of BarkBox (bark.co), Basno and Joost.
He is also an angel investor in firms like Brit.co, Sunrise.im, 21212.com and fancyhands.com Before being an entrepreneur/investor, Werdelin was Vice President of Product Development and Strategy for MTV Networks International where he spearheaded the development of many of MTV’s award winning innovative digital products.
He is Danish but lives in the US, where he was named amongst the Top 100 most Creative by the industry magazine Fast Company.See Henrik Werdelin's CrunchBase profile →
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Fred Wilson is a founder and Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures. Fred began his career in venture capital in 1987 and he has focused exclusively on information technology investments for the past 16 years. From 1987 to 1996, Fred was first an Associate and then a General Partner at Euclid Partners, an early stage venture capital firm located in New York City.
In 1996, Fred co-founded Flatiron Partners. Fred was the Managing Partner of Flatiron Partners and was responsible for securing $150 million of initial capital commitments from Chase Capital Partners (now JP Morgan Partners) and SOFTBANK. He built the investment team, which grew to 10 investment professionals, and managed the creation of a $570 million portfolio.
Fred has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred has been a guest lecturer at The Stern School of Business at NYU and is active on a number of community and non-profit boards.See Fred Wilson's CrunchBase profile →
Daniella Yacobovsky is co-founder of BaubleBar, an online jewelry retailer that offers stylish, well-priced accessories under BaubleBar’s private label and through partnerships with top designers and brands.
Daniella conceived BaubleBar with her co-founder Amy Jain during a project at business school and the two decided to turn the concept into a viable business. Previously, she worked in finance at American Capital Securities and at UBS Investment Bank.
She holds a B.S. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.See Daniella Yacobovsky's CrunchBase profile →
Niklas Zennström is CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico. He is an experienced entrepreneur, previously co-founding and managing globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid.
In 2006 Niklas created Atomico to help entrepreneurs primarily outside Silicon Valley to scale their businesses domestically and globally. It has so far invested in more than 50 companies on four continents, and Niklas works closely with a number of leaders of portfolio companies so that they benefit from his own experience as an entrepreneur.
Before starting Atomico, Niklas co-founded Skype, where he held the position of CEO from its inception until September 2007. In 2005, Skype was sold to eBay Inc for $3.1bn, the largest European venture capital exit to date. Subsequent to this, Skype was bought back by a consortium that included Niklas, and was sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion cash in 2011.
In 2006, Niklas was recognised by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People, and he has received numerous awards for entrepreneurship including being voted Entrepreneur of the Year in the European Business Leaders Awards (2006), the KTH Great Prize from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (2009), the Oxford Internet Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), H.M. The King’s Medal (2013), and the Gold Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (2013).
In 2007, he co-founded Zennström Philanthropies, where he is actively involved in combating climate change, improving the state of the Baltic Sea and encouraging social entrepreneurship. Niklas is also a keen yachtsman, and has won three Mini Maxi World Championships and one TP52 World Championship with his yacht racing team Rán.
Niklas holds dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science from Uppsala University in Sweden, and he spent his final year at the University of Michigan.See Niklas Zennström's CrunchBase profile →