President, Chief Executive Officer
and Chairman of the Board, Art.com
Michael Heinstein has served as CEO since 1998 and is one of the founders of Art.com, Inc. Michael brings over 23 years of technology and entrepreneurial experience to Art.com, Inc., with prior work in pre-Internet online gaming communities and gaming software.
Michael received a B.A. degree with honors in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has an M.A. degree from the University of Illinois (Chicago) in Clinical Psychology, where he practiced as a clinical psychologist and conducted research on the impact of communities on pro-social behavior and mental health.
Matt Mullenweg blogs at PhotoMatt.net. He is best known as the founding developer of WordPress, the blogging software he guided from a handful of users to the most widely used open source blog tool. In late 2005, he left CNET to found Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and Akismet.com. In his spare time, he enjoys taking photographs and playing jazz.
Robert S. Marshall
President and CEO, AWS Convergence Technologies
Bob Marshall co-founded AWS in 1992 and currently serves as company president and CEO. Marshall pioneered the networking of weather instrumentation and cameras using the Internet. He parlayed this capability into the single, largest network of weather stations and Internet cameras in the world. Marshall is responsible for the business strategy and operations of the company, and has led AWS to become one of the largest private weather media companies by building a series of unique and profitable business units.
Outside AWS, Marshall currently serves as chairman of the Committee on Technology Education (COTE) in the state of Maryland, under the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT). The COTE committee is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the “Maryland Plan for Technology in Education.” Marshall also serves on the Advisory Board for The Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education, a premier educational technology research organization.
Prior to launching AWS, Marshall served as a program manager and lead engineer at BBN (formerly Bolt,
Beranek and Newman, the company credited with starting the Internet) on a number of advanced military sensor, signal processing and networking programs.
Marshall is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland College of Engineering.
President and Founder, BlackArrow
Thomas Morgan is a 25-year veteran of the world of interactive services, focusing on early-stage business development and economic considerations for interactive services and media organizations. As president and founder of BlackArrow Inc., Morgan is responsible for the development of corporate relationships with key distribution and programming partners, and the company’s vision of enhanced, on-demand video advertising.
Previously, Morgan was co-founder of the DiMA Group – a cross-industry initiative dedicated to new business practices in the world of digital-video recorders and video-on-demand television, fueled by input from major cable MSOs, network programmers and advertising agencies. The DiMA Group’s AdLab also researched and conceived of new advertising formats.
During his career, Morgan served as America Online’s first vice president of business development and West Coast general manager, and led both AOL’s initial launch in partnership with Apple Computer and pricing strategies. As founding officer and EVP of business development for Broadvision, Morgan’s work resulted in the company’s focus on systems-based 1:1 marketing. During his tenure, Morgan worked on Broadvision’s ITV initiative during early FSN efforts.
Prior, Morgan was president, IDG Interactive Services, where he conducted early development work in the areas of innovative advertising, e-commerce and personalization systems. Morgan subsequently led a spinout of a business line of his IDG division into a separate, venture-funded organization called NVolve. NVolve was funded by Broderbund and the Mayfield Fund, focusing on the complex issues of online youth. NVolve was subsequently acquired by MTV/Nickelodeon, where Morgan served as West Coast VP/GM where he worked on the Kids’ Internet concept.
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Heavy
Assaad is the co-founder and co-CEO of Heavy, a leading digital entertainment company. Heavy is the parent company to Heavy.com, a broadband entertainment network for men 18-34 with 11 million monthly unique visitors, MyHeavy.com a fully integrated broadband community for people 12-49, and Heavy2Go, Heavy’s mobile network.
Assaad, in conjunction with co-CEO David Carson, spearheaded the rapid growth of Heavy, creating programming and distribution through broadband, mobile, cable & television, DVD and personal devices including Sony’s Playstation Portable and Apple’s Video iPod.
Assaad frequently presents Heavy’s vision for a media and entertainment company in the digital age, speaking at international forums and in the United States. Assaad is quoted as an expert in the broadband space in leading periodicals including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The South China Morning Post.
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Heavy
As Co-CEO of Heavy, David Carson is spearheading the rapid growth and evolution of the nation’s biggest broadband entertainment network for men, Heavy.com, using the same skills he used to build the marketing strategy and voice for FUSE, the only credible competitor to MTV in the last 25 years.
Carson and his team have created the most popular broadband-based entertainment network for men in the United States. Its audience growth has been substantial, approaching 15 million people who spend an average time of 30 minutes per day on the network. Carson oversees all aspects of the network’s strategic planning, programming, marketing, and sales efforts.
Carson formerly spearheaded Heavy’s marketing business unit, Team Heavy, where he lead the efforts to re-brand muchmusic usa into what is now known as Fuse. His responsibilities included spearheading both on and off air creative as well as creating over 500 hours of original programming and creating five of the highest rated and most profitable programs still on the network. All of this work resulted in Fuse being recognized as the 4th leading television brand for teens, ahead of the WB (Kagan study 2004).
Carson has also led creative marketing initiatives for Team Heavy clients Diesel, Nike, AOL, Sony Electronics, American Eagle, Tommy Hilfiger, Finish Line, and Time Magazine.
Carson was also the creator of the award-winning animated series, BEHIND THE MUSIC THAT SUCKS. First airing on Heavy.com, and subsequently seen on USA Network, Fuse, as well as networks around the world from Australia and the U.K. to Asia.
Immediately prior to founding Heavy, Carson was a creative director for New York advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather where he won three Clios, the Andy Awards’ “Best of Show,” and the Grand Prix at Cannes for his innovative work on launching the IBM e-business brand.
Carson is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where he majored in piano and composition. He lives in Westport, Connecticut with his wife and 2 daughters.
Co-Founder and CEO, JibJab Media
Gregg Spiridellis co-founded JibJab Media Inc. with his brother Evan in 1999. In addition to his role as CEO, Gregg is also JibJab’s head writer. In 2004, his lyrics helped spark an international sensation with the release of JibJab’s election parody, “This Land.” The two-minute short and its follow up, “Good To Be In DC!” were viewed more than eighty million times online on every continent, including Antarctica. Gregg has appeared on the “Today Show,” “CBS Early Morning,” “NBC Nightly News,” CNN, FOX News, CNBC and MSNBC. In 2004, the late Peter Jennings named Gregg and his brother “People of the Year.” Since the election, JibJab has premiered eight videos on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, formed distribution partnerships with Yahoo! and MSN Video, and launched the first ever comedy-focused social network, JokeBox. The company has also produced ground breaking branded entertainment sponsorships for Anheuser-Busch and Verizon Wireless. Prior to JibJab, Gregg was an investment banker with Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs in New York. He graduated from the MBA program at the Wharton School of Business in 1999 and received his BS from Rutgers University.
Co-Founder, JibJab Media
Evan Spiridellis co-founded JibJab Media Inc. with his brother Gregg in 1999 and has developed a reputation as a creative pioneer in digital entertainment. In 2004, his ground breaking mixed media style helped spark an international sensation with the release of JibJab’s election parody, “This Land.” The two minute short and its follow up, “Good To Be In DC!” were viewed more than eighty million times on every continent, including Antarctica. NASA even contacted the brothers for permission to send a copy of the animation to the International Space Station! Evan has appeared on the “Today Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “CBS Early Morning,” “NBC Nightly News,” CNN, FOX News, CNBC and MSNBC. He has also been featured in articles in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Time. In December 2004, the late Peter Jennings named Evan and his brother “People of the Year.” Prior to JibJab, Evan was an accomplished independent animator living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated with high honors from Parson’s School of Design in 1996 with a BFA in Illustration.
John Suh, Chairman of LegalZoom, is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in the Internet space. Most recently, he served as CEO of StudioDirect, the Internet division of $6B global supply chain leader, Li and Fung. Within 48 hours of Suh presenting to over 100 analysts, $250M was raised to assist StudioDirect in targeting the small business segment. As co-founder and CEO of Castling Group, he took a leading role in helping offline companies create their Internet divisions, launching category leaders such as jcrew.com, hifi.com, and giftcertificates.com. Suh received a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Public Policy from Harvard College and received his MBA with high distinction at Harvard Business School, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar.
Simon was the founder, chairman and CEO of Uproar Inc. (NASDAQ: UPRO) which was acquired by Vivendi
Universal in March 2001. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Washington University St. Louis.
Founder, Co-Chairman, President and CEO, Roundbox
Dennis Specht is the Founder, Co-Chairman, President and CEO of Roundbox, a leading provider of mobile broadcast software solutions. The company provides client and server software spanning multiple network technologies to mobile operators. As CEO, Specht is responsible for leading the company’s growth strategy, including overseeing the company’s overall business and technology operations.
Prior to founding Roundbox, Specht served as founder and chairman of the board of dynamicsoft, where he was responsible for developing and closing strategic customer relationships and partnerships, as well as closing funding from strategic investors. Specht also served as president and chief executive of dynamicsoft. In these positions, he worked on restructuring the company, which included defining its go-to-market strategy and overall direction for the company. He was additionally responsible for the company’s sales, marketing, and business development initiatives, including building dynamicsoft’s revenue stream and sales force from its first contract to $50 million in projected sales.
Prior to dynamicsoft, Specht was marketing director of Internet solutions for Sapient, where he was responsible for the company’s business plan and marketing efforts. Before joining Sapient, Specht was managing director of Internet telephony and business communication systems for Lucent Technologies, where he developed the business concept and closed internal venture funding to deliver the industry’s first Internet telephony gateway.
Roundbox Inc. is a leading provider of mobile broadcast software solutions. The company provides client and server software spanning multiple network technologies to mobile operators. Roundbox’s products help mobile operators take maximum advantage of broadcast and multicast to enhance both existing revenue-generating
services as well as deploy new, differentiated ones. Roundbox is a private company based in Florham Park, New Jersey and is funded by premier venture capital firms.
Co-Founder and CEO
Greg Strakosch, co-founder and CEO, has led the company to its position as the fastest-growing IT media company.
Since its launch in August 1999, Strakosch has grown TechTarget from an online media company to a fully diversified IT media and events company. The company now has more than 450 employees, operates in 25 countries, and has won over fifty editorial awards since its inception.
A host of organizations has recognized TechTarget’s success and the innovation and leadership that Strakosch has brought to bear.
• Strakosch received the Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year® Award.
• Media Business named Strakosch a TopI nnovator in Business Publishing.
• Strakosch was named to the Folio: 40, a list of “industry innovators with impact.”
• BtoB named TechTarget to its annual list of the most powerful business-to-business advertising venues for the fifth consecutive year.
• The Boston Business Journal named TechTarget to its list of the Largest Private Companies, as well as ranking the company on the top ten of its list of the fastest-growing private companies in Massachusetts.
• The Boston Business Journal selected TechTarget as one of the fifty “Best Places to Work” in Massachusetts.
• TechTarget earned the #13 spot on the Entrepreneur/D&B “Hot 100” list of the fastest growing entrepreneurial companies in the US.
• TechTarget was named to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing companies.
Prior to founding TechTarget, Strakosch was President of the Technology Division of UCG, a leading business-to-business information provider, where he grew the business more than 15-fold in six years. Strakosch joined UCG in 1992 when the company acquired Reliability Ratings, a successful IT publishing company he founded in 1989. Before Reliability Ratings, Strakosch spent six years in senior sales and marketing positions at EMC Corporation, which he joined as the company’s 29th employee.
Strakosch has a BA from Boston College.
President & CEO, Turbine
Jeff joined Turbine in March 2001 and serves as President and CEO. Prior to joining Turbine, he was the Executive in Charge of Production for Origin Systems Inc. (a subsidiary of Electronic Arts). At Origin, Anderson managed the “Ultima Online” franchise where he was directly responsible for expanding their online gaming business. In particular, he produced EA’s first-ever MMP expansion pack and focused on building the next generation of 3-D online worlds. Prior to that, Anderson was Executive Director for the consumer products division of Viacom, Inc. In that role, he directly managed Paramount Pictures’ world-wide interactive licensing, merchandising and business development. Before Viacom, he was the Vice President of Operations at Mission Studios Corporation, a game developer. Anderson also practiced law at the firm of Holleb & Coff in Chicago, Illinois, where he concentrated in both intellectual property and corporate litigation. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois (B.A. 1989), and served on the Law Review at the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1992).
Chairman and Co-Founder
David Hose, a noted leader in the wireless industry, runs Ideas & Plans, a hands on strategic advisory service. Ideas & Plans works with early and late-stage companies across the mobile market from mobile devices to infrastructure to software and services. David is on the board of BridgePort Networks, an innovator in the fixed-mobile convergence field, and JumpTap, offering a turnkey white label mobile search solution to mobile operators.
From 2002 to 2004, David held positions at Openwave Systems, including Chief Development Officer and SVP/GM of the Client Software Business. As Chief Development Officer, David was responsible for the business strategy, product management and engineering development of Openwave’s entire product line, including the mobile infrastructure, messaging applications, and client software businesses. As SVP/GM of the Client Software Business, David ran sales, marketing, and product development for Openwave’s $100M revenue handset business.
David was previously founder and CEO of Signalsoft, a pioneer in the development of location based services for mobile phones – and guided Signalsoft through its venture funding, subsequent IPO and acquisition by Openwave. Signalsoft’s major customers and partners included Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, Nextel, Bell Mobility, Lucent, Motorola, HP/Compaq and Siemens. Key strategic investors included AOL, Comverse, Intel and Siemens.
Prior to Signalsoft, David started J&D Software, a C++ development tools business sold to Rogue Wave Software and started numerous software projects primarily in the applications of GIS from desktop mapping to command and control applications. These businesses are now part of companies like Motorola, EDS and Intrado.
CEO and Co-Founder, Useful Networks
Brian Levin is CEO and co-founder of Useful Networks, a mobile technology company creating Location Based Services for mobile consumers.
Prior to Useful Networks, Brian was co-founder and CEO of Mobliss, a wireless media and marketing company based in Seattle, Washington. He works with consumer brands, media, entertainment companies, and wireless carriers to create valuable wireless properties to engage consumers. Mobliss is best known for fueling
the text messaging revolution by building the SMSvoting services for American Idol, and providing mobile services for Coca-Cola, Yahoo, ESPN, Nike, Fox, and more.
Brian founded Mobliss in March of 2000, and built the company into the leader in the Mobile Data space with only a small amount of Angel funding. In January, 2004, Mobliss was acquired by Index Corp. of Japan, a $2 billion market cap provider of mobile content and services.
Chairman and CEO, World Championship
Prior to co-founding WCSN, Claude had extensive experience working in new media, television production, distribution, sales, sports marketing and advertising. His past experience includes: ISL Worldwide; The Coca-Cola Company; Ask Jeeves International; Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising, and the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Anative of Riverside, Calif., Ruibal holds a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a law degree from Georgetown University.
President and COO, World Championship
Carlos has unparalleled experience running some of the largest web destinations in the World: AOL News, AOL Sports and AOL Money. As an accomplished strategist, skilled in business development, general management, operations, content licensing, product design, and recruiting, Silva brings a set of relationships and capabilities that will be key to ensuring WCSN delivers on its broadcast, online and wireless vision. Silva holds a BS from Boston College and MS degree from George Washington University.
Larry Kramer is an advisor to CBS on interactive ventures. He was the first President of CBS Digital Media, from March 2005 until December 2006. This newly created division within CBS oversees all developing new media operations for CBS, including CBS.com, CBS SportsLine.com, CBSNews.com and UPN.com, as well as a new sales operation that will serve them. He reports directly to Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS.
Prior to joining CBS, Kramer founded MarketWatch, Inc. (formerly CBS MarketWatch). He first proposed the creation of the joint venture between Data Broadcasting Corp. and CBS and launched the company in October 1997. He joined Data Broadcasting Corp. in 1994, following its acquisition of DataSport, to run a sports and news division. There Kramer created DBC News, the predecessor company to MarketWatch, Inc., and served as vice president of news, sports and marketing for DBC.
As founder, president and executive editor of DataSport Inc. from 1991 to 1994, he created SporTrax, a hand-held sports information monitor, which was launched under a marketing agreement with The Sporting News.
Prior to founding DataSport, Kramer spent more than 20 years in journalism as a reporter and editor. He started his career in 1974 as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. In 1977, he became a financial reporter for the Washington Post. In 1980, the Post promoted him to executive editor of the Trenton (N.J.) Times. In 1982, he returned to the Post to serve first as assistant to Executive Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee and later as assistant managing editor and metro editor. In 1986, he returned to the San Francisco Examiner as executive editor. In 1991, he left the Examiner to start DataSport.
Kramer was also guest lecturer at the Harvard Business School for 10 years.
He is a graduate of Harvard University (master of business administration) and Syracuse University (bachelor of science, journalism and political science). He serves on the Boards of Answers.com (NASDAQ: ANSW), Harvard Business School Publications and the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Vice President, Content Partnerships
David oversees Google’s partnerships and alliances with leading providers of content and information. In this capacity, he directs the business development and operational execution of deals with Google’s video, print, and local content partners. He also works closely with Google’s product management and engineering organizations to develop new products and services with this content.
Prior to joining Google, David was at Time Warner as the Chief of Staff for the Media & Communications Group. There, he worked on strategy, operations, and new business formation, particularly in broadband content and digital distribution. Before joining Time Warner, he was a partner at Arts Alliance, a venture capital firm focusing on digital media, information technology and business services.
David started his career in media at NBC, where he led some of NBC’s first cross-media initiatives involving
television programming, the internet, and retail consumer products. He is a former management consultant with Bain & Co.
David is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Government.
Senior Vice President, Communications,
Communities and Front Doors
Brad Garlinghouse is the Senior Vice President of Communications, Communities, and Front Doors at Yahoo!. He oversees the company’s communications and communities products, as well as the primary starting points to the Yahoo! network. These services represent the most popular destinations on the web and include Yahoo! Mail, the most popular webmail product in the world, Yahoo.com, the world’s most heavily trafficked webpage, My Yahoo!, the most popular personalized start page on the web, and a number of other services including Yahoo! Messenger with Voice, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Photos, Yahoo! Avatars, and Yahoo! 360, the company’s social publishing tool.
Brad joined Yahoo! in March 2003 as Vice President of Communications Products. In this role, Brad led Yahoo! Mail’s growth into the world’s leading webmail service, drove the introduction of innovative new features in Yahoo! Messenger including high-quality voice calling, and much more. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Brad served as chief executive officer of Dialpad Communications, one of the world’s largest providers of PC-based telecommunications services.
Earlier in his career, Brad led venture capital investments in software, communications and Internet-based businesses at @Ventures. He also spent time in product and marketing leadership positions at @Home Network, and SBC Communications.
Brad earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas. In his free time, Brad participates in triathlons and is a private pilot. He lives in Menlo Park with his wife and two children.
Chief Digital Officer
George Kliavkoff was named as NBC Universal’s first Chief Digital Officer in August 2006. Kliavkoff is responsible for furthering the company’s digital media strategy and developing new business models and markets. He also oversees the operations of new broadband and wireless efforts, as well as digital innovation and product development, all digital distribution, and the Digital Studios, which produces unique, original and interactive content for all digital platforms.
Prior to joining NBC Universal, Kliavkoff was with Major League Baseball Advance Media (MLBAM). As Executive Vice President, Business, Kliavkoff was responsible for MLBAM’s New Media licensing business and for all business development related to baseball’s interactive media unit. His responsibilities included licensing all technology necessary to build and maintain the online and IP-delivered assets of MLB and its 30 baseball clubs. Kliavkoff also oversaw MLBAM’s search strategy and its games (console, internet, mobile and fantasy) licensing programs. This past March, he was named as one of Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40,” a list celebrating the 40 most influential sports executives under the age of 40.
Prior to MLBAM, Kliavkoff ran the business development group for RealNetworks’ consumer division and was responsible for developing partner relationships and exploiting revenue opportunities related to technology and content licensing. He was among the senior management group that created the Company’s online media subscription services, including RealOne SuperPass, generating more than a million retained, paying customers. In addition, Kliavkoff’s team was responsible for negotiating all deals necessary to build and distribute RealNetworks’ various consumer products and services.
Before joining RealNetworks, Kliavkoff was an attorney with prestigious law firms in Los Angeles and Seattle. Kliavkoff holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University’s College of Communication and a J.D. from the University of Virginia’s School of Law.
Scott Kurnit is an investor and advisor to technology and media companies. As Founder, Chairman and CEO of About, Inc. (currently owned by the New York Times Co.) he grew the company to a public market value exceeding $1.5 billion and the 5th most visited of all Internet properties. Kurnit has been involved in many firsts. He has four patents, led the team that put the first web browser into an online service, started the first Pay Per View cable network, and co-led the team that implemented the first use of national caller ID. He was president of Showtime Event Television when it generated the largest one-night gross in the entertainment business, and aired the first rock concert from the former Soviet Union. Kurnit has worked at the highest levels of Warner, Viacom, News Corp., PBS, IBM, MCI, and Sears. He has been inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement and won the prestigious Vanguard Award from the National Cable Television Association. He currently sits on the Boards of Brightcove, Dotomi, Goodmail Systems and advises BlackArrow, Critical Mention, Digital RailRoad, Flock, Found Value, SendMe Mobile, Sphere and Verid. He is also a trustee of the Mianus River Gorge Preserve, the founding land project of the Nature Conservancy.
Dan Marriott is the founding CEO behind Pronto.com, an IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI) operating business in the online comparison shopping space. IAC operates leading and diversified businesses worldwide in sectors being transformed by the Internet – including brands such as: AskJeeves, Ticketmaster, LendingTree, HSN, Citysearch, Match.com and Evite.
Dan founded both Pronto, Inc. and Gifts.com during his prior role as Senior Vice President, Interactive Development of IAC, a role which focused on developing and incubating new businesses for IAC. During his time at IAC, Dan has also served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, overseeing all activities relating to strategic direction, mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments.
Prior to his roles with IAC Corporate, Dan spent four years with Ticketmaster-Citysearch (now Ticketmaster), which was IAC’s first Internet investment. From 1999 to early 2002, Dan was Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development for Ticketmaster, where he was responsible for leading all efforts in mergers and acquisitions, third party partnerships and strategic investments. He has also served as President of Citysearch, where he led the management and strategic direction of Ticketmaster’s national and international city guide business. Dan joined Ticketmaster-CitySearch in August 1997 as Vice President, Marketing. Dan has served on the Boards of Expedia, Hotels.com, Ticketmaster and Points.com and is currently serving on the Board of
Prior to joining Ticketmaster-Citysearch, Dan worked with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division for seven years where he managed multiple brands with revenues exceeding more than $3 billion in retail value. He also spent time in new product development and operations.
Dan received both his BS (1990) and MBA (1991) from the University of Illinois, where he was a Bronze Tablet Scholar.
Jon most recently served as Chairman and CEO of AOL Inc and LLC. He began at AOL in late 2002 when the Company was given up as lost by the stock market and most pundits. The Company was under goverment investigation, the receipient of multiple shareholder actions, and in the midst of taking a $54 billion writedown. The online world had moved on and AOL’s core business, dialup internet access, was a clear casuality in an emerging broadband world. Both short term fixes to keep the Company alive and implementation of a wholly new strategy were required. AOL is now in the midst of a revival, with a transformed business model and a newly earned place in the digital world. In the most recent quarter, AOL’s profits were up 21% year to year and its advertising growth, the heart of the new model, was up 46% year to year. AOL is now the third largest internet advertising business in the world, and the second fastest growing behind Google. Additionally, over $3 billion in run rate costs have been taken out during this period and thus, profitability has been maintained throughout the complete transformation of the business fundamentals. While increasing the overall value of the Company, Miller also generated over $9 billion in free cash in this period from operations and through rationalization of assets.
Milestones included Live8, which heralded the arrival of the internet as a true global entertainment medium (and, importantly, supported the efforts for debt and AIDS relief for Africa), achieving top one to three positions in 11 of the 13 measured internet content categories, and growing AOL’s base of users to over 250mm worldwide from less than 1/2 that number in 2002.
Previously, Miller was CEO and President of USA Information and Services, now IACI and Expedia (the Company split in two in 2005). Through both acquisitions and migrating business models to become digitally focussed, USA/IACI built industry leading positions in such areas as online travel, ticketing, and electronic retailing. Miller joined the Company in 1997 as CEO and President of USA Broadcasting. Combining the SF stations with Silver King Broadcasting, the group had the fifth largest footprint in the US. The station group was sold in 1999 for a gain of over $1.1 billion.
Prior to USA/IACI, Miller was Managing Director of Nickelodeon International, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks from 1993-1997. Starting and managing op-erations outside the US from a London-based headquarters, activities included cable channel development and managment, creative affairs, program sales/distribution, ad sales and merchandising. During this period, Jon also acted as CEO of several Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures channels that were joint ventures with such partners as BSkyB in the UK and Foxtel in Australia.
Under Miller’s guidance, program distribution was extended to over 100 territories including sales to the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, ARD (Germany), ABC (Australia), and RAI (Italy).
From 1987-1993, Miller was Vice-President, Programming and Co-General Manager of NBA Entertainment, where he was responsible for brand management and programming for the basketball league as it emerged as the “sport of the 90’s”. In this capacity, Miller worked with NBA sponsors in fashioning and executing their sports marketing programs across electronic media,
print and retail.
Previous positions included stints at WGBH (PBS) in Boston, in educational programming and in various advertising and video production roles in Boston. Miller is a 1980 graduate of Harvard College, with Honors in Psychology.
Miller is on the Board of the American Film Insitute, a trustee of Emerson College, and of WNYC Public Radio in NY.
Co-Founder and Venture Partner
Polaris Venture Partners
Steve Arnold is a co-founder and venture partner based in Polaris’ Seattle office. Along with Jon Flint and Terry McGuire, he founded Polaris in 1996. Steve focuses on investments in information technology and digital media.
Prior to starting Polaris, Steve served as a special advisor to Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. following more than 10 years in executive positions in the software industry. He served as vice president of Broadband Media Applications at Microsoft Corporation and as president and CEO of Continuum Productions (now Corbis), a private company founded by Bill Gates to pioneer the creation of large digital libraries for online distribution. Before Continuum, Steve served as vice president and general manager of LucasArts Games and Learning divisions, and vice president of the New Media Group at Lucasfilm Ltd. He continues to serve as vice chairman of the board of directors of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
Steve represents Polaris on the boards of directors of Esurg, Impinj, MessageGate, Noetix, Syncronex, and as a Board Observer to Turbine Entertainment.
Steve holds a BS with honors from Macalester College and an MA and PhD from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco.
Co-Founder and Managing
Polaris Venture Partners
Jon Flint is a co-founder and managing general partner based in Polaris’ Boston office. Along with Steve Arnold and Terry McGuire, he founded Polaris in 1996. Jon is responsible for oversight of all Polaris investment activities. In addition, Jon focuses on investments at all stages in information technology, consumer products, and digital media.
Prior to founding Polaris, Jon was a partner with Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., which he joined in 1984. Before joining BEDCO, he was an associate at the Boston law firm of Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault, where he represented venture capital firms and high technology companies. Prior to Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault, Jon gained substantial investigative experience during his service on the Impeachment Inquiry Staff of the U.S. Judiciary Committee and on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.
Jon currently represents Polaris on the boards of Allurent, Andora, Athletes’ Performance, Experience, Inc., and JibJab Media, Inc. Jon’s prior investments include Allaire, American SuperConductor, Avici Systems, Centra, Conductus, Exchange.com, Mariner Health Care, Powersoft, and SolidWorks.
Jon holds a JD from the University of Virginia Law School and a BA with high honors from Hobart College.
Managing General Partner
Polaris Venture Partners
Alan Spoon is a managing general partner in Polaris’ Boston office. He joined Polaris in the spring of 2000 and has been part of the team since 1996 as an early advisor and initial investor. Alan focuses on investments in information technology, with emphasis on revenue-stage companies, digital media, and e-commerce.
Alan brings more than 20 years of operating, strategy, and investment experience to Polaris. He came to the firm from The Washington Post Company, where he worked for 18 years. During his career with The Post Company, he served as President, board member, Chief Financial Officer, President of Newsweek, head of newspaper marketing, and head of corporate business development. The Post Company has significant activities in newspapers, educational markets (Kaplan), television, cable, and magazines. At The Post Company, Alan also was responsible for early stage technology investments in cellular (Cellular One and digital PCS), distance learning and educational software, and information and e-commerce services (including ashingtonpost.com, Exchange.com, Junglee, BrassRing, Cars.com, and WebTV). Prior to The Washington Post, Alan was an officer at The Boston Consulting Group, an international management consulting firm specializing in corporate strategy.
Alan represents Polaris as a director of ARPU, Art.com, The HealthCentral Network, LRN, Silicon Optix, Inc., TechTarget, Inc., and AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc. (Weatherbug). Alan led Polaris’ investment in Matrics, Inc. (RFID) which was sold to Symbol Technologies. Alan recently served as director at Cushcraft Corporation (wireless antennae).
Current outside Board seats include Danaher Corporation, Getty Images, and IAC/InterActiveCorp. In his not-for-profit activities, Alan is a member of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Corporation, and The Council on Foreign Relations.
Alan’s prior business board service included Human Genome Sciences, Inc., International Data Group (IDG), and American Management Systems, Inc. Prior not-for-profit board service included WETA (Washington, DC public television and radio) and the Norwood School (Bethesda, MD), where Alan served as chairman.
Alan earned his B.S. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management, and a J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law School.
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Peter Flint is a general partner based in Polaris’ Boston office. He joined Polaris in June 2003 and works with the portfolio companies advising them on recruiting senior executives, board members and advisors. Peter also focuses on developing strategic relationships within the digital media and internet industries.
Prior to joining Polaris, Peter was a managing director with Ramsey Beirne Associates, the leading provider of executive searches to high growth, leading edge information technology companies. Peter has enjoyed a successful 15-year sales and marketing career in the cable television industry, initially with Showtime Entertainment and MTV Networks. He also worked with the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and Storer Communications to develop and launch the New England Sports Network. In addition, as vice president of Sales and Marketing for QVC Network, Peter directed a team to secure long-term distribution agreements with the nation’s largest cable companies, which was instrumental in the successful initial public offering. Peter was an early entrant in the interactive television marketplace as vice president of Video Jukebox Network, the company that built out the first nationally distributed, on-demand television network.
Peter serves on the advisory board of BlackArrow.
Peter graduated with honors with a B.A. from Connecticut College.
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Bob Geiman is a general partner in Polaris’ Boston office. Bob joined Polaris in September 2002 and focuses primarily on investment opportunities in information technology.
Prior to joining Polaris, Bob served in product and business development roles at Envoy Networks where he assisted on product architecture decisions and co-developed the company’s initial marketing strategy. Previous to Envoy Networks, Bob was with MCK Communications where he served as the Senior Director of Corporate Development and as a member of the executive team. His role included advising the President and CEO, managing business and product development relationships and building sales channels for the company’s next generation products, and leading the company’s initial public offering. Before MCK, Bob was an
Associate at Summit Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, where he focused on making investments in communications hardware and software companies and enterprise software businesses. He also served on the Board of Directors for Virtual Prototypes, a Montreal-based public software company.
Bob represents Polaris on the Board of Directors of AePona, Bridgeport Networks, Paratek, and Roundbox.
Bob has an MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a BA, cum laude, from Dartmouth College with
a double major in History and Government with Honors. Bob studied a semester at Oxford University and was awarded a Rockefeller Grant to study intellectual property and anti-trust issues at the Stanford University Technology Policy Center.
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Mike Hirshland is a general partner in Polaris’ Boston office. Mike joined Polaris in May 1999 and focuses on investments in information technology, internet, and digital media. Mike’s blog is http://www.vcmike.wordpress.com.
Mike came to Polaris from Intel’s Corporate Business Development Group. Before becoming a technology investor, Mike served as counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, where he conceived and supervised the Senate’s hearings on “Competition, Innovation and Public Policy in the Digital Age.” In this capacity, Mike spent over a year working closely with a significant number of prominent hi-tech CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, and technology visionaries. Before joining the committee, Mike practiced with the law firm Williams & Connolly, and clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court and The Hon. J. Michael Luttig on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to his legal career, Mike was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company.
Mike represents Polaris on the boards of Automattic, BlackArrow, Frictionless Commerce, Heavy.com, Q1Labs, Turbine Entertainment, and World Championship
Sports Network. He formerly served as Chairman of Ucentric Systems, which was acquired by Motorola.
Mike also serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Venture Capital Association.
Mike received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He earned his AB in history from Harvard College where he played defensive end on the Crimson’s 1987 Ivy League Champion varsity football squad.
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Dr. Robert M. (“Bob”) Metcalfe is a general partner in Polaris’ Boston office. Bob joined Polaris in January of 2001. He specializes in Boston area based information technology start-ups.
Bob had three careers before becoming a venture capitalist: While an engineer-scientist (1965-1979), Bob helped build the early Internet. In 1973, at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, he invented Ethernet, the local-area networking (LAN) standard on which he shares four patents. In 2003, Ethernet’s 30th year, 184 million new Ethernet connections were shipped for $12.5 billion.
While an entrepreneur-executive (1979-1990), Bob founded 3Com Corporation, the billion-dollar networking company where at various times he was Chairman, CEO, division general manager, and vice president of engineering, sales, and marketing.
While a publisher-pundit (1990-2000), Bob was CEO of IDG’s InfoWorld Publishing Company (1992-1995). For eight years, he wrote an Internet column read weekly by over 500,000 information technologists. He spoke often; appeared on radio, television, and the web; and produced conferences including ACM97, ACM1, Agenda, Pop!Tech, and Vortex.
Bob’s book credits include Packet Communication (Thomson), Internet Collapses and Other InfoWorld Punditry (IDG Books), and Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years of Computing (co-edited for Springer Verlag).
Bob serves on the boards of Polaris portfolio companies Ember, Mintera Corporation, Narad, SiCortex, GreenFuel and Infinite Power Solutions. He is also a director of Avistar, IDC, IDG, MIT, Pop!Tech, St. Mark’s School, and MIT’s Technology Review Magazine.
Bob graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 with bachelor degrees in electrical engineering and in management. He received an MS in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1970. In 1973, he received his PhD in computer science from Harvard, where his doctoral dissertation was titled, “Packet Communication.”
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Simeon Simeonov is a technology partner based in Polaris’ Boston office. He joined Polaris in March of 2002 and invests primarily in Internet, mobile and enterprise technologies. Sim’s blog is simeons.wordpress.com.
Prior to joining Polaris, Sim was vice president of emerging technologies and chief architect at Macromedia (now Adobe). Earlier, Sim was a founding member and chief architect at Allaire which went from a tiny startup to become one of New England’s most successful IPOs. Sim’s expertise covers the gamut from strategy definition and positioning to R&D execution to go-to-market and alliances development. He has played a key role in eight v1.0 product initiatives and eight M&A and spinout transactions. Sim’s innovation and leadership have brought about category-defining products with significant market impact: the first Web application server (ColdFusion), a pre-cursor to Web services and AJAX (WDDX), the best open-source Web services engine (Apache Axis) and the first rich Internet application platform (Flash/Flex). Sim has a track record of partnering with entrepreneurs prior to company creation. He is a co-founder of 8th Ring.
Sim represents Polaris on the boards of 8th Ring, Meridio and Veracode. He is a Board Observer at Allurent, Archivas, and SiCortex.
Sim has a master’s degree summa cum laude in computer science from Boston University and bachelor degrees summa cum laude in computer science, economics and mathematics from Macalester College. His research interests have ranged from soft artificial intelligence to shared multi-user virtual environments to economic modeling of Russian privatization. Sim has a number of awards from the American Statistical Association, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Minnesota Economics Association, MIT Technology Review and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
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Bryce Youngren is a general partner in Polaris’ Boston office. He focuses primarily on growth equity investments in the technology, healthcare, media, and business services industries.
Prior to joining Polaris, Bryce was a senior associate at Great Hill Partners, where he sourced and executed investments in SmartMail Services (acquired by Deutsche Post) and ManagedStorage International (acquired by Incentra Solutions) and served as a director on the boards of both companies. Previously, Bryce served as an analyst for Willis Stein & Partners in Chicago and for Bear Stearns & Co.’s technology investment banking group in New York. Bryce was part of the investment teams responsible for Polaris’ investments in Alimera Sciences, Art.com, AWS Convergence Technologies (Weatherbug), Cushcraft, e-Rewards, Free & Clear, TechTarget, and Xpressdocs.
Bryce is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cushcraft Corporation and Xpressdocs and also serves as a director on the boards of Alimera Sciences and e-Rewards.
Bryce holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Bill Allard is an Executive in Residence based in Polaris’ Boston office. He joined Polaris in October of 2006 and advises various Polaris portfolio companies while also identifying new investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Polaris, Bill was chairman and CEO of Marquis Jet Partners. Marquis Jet, through an exclusive partnership with Netjets (a Berkshire Hathaway company), provides private jet travel for individuals and corporations. He led the company through its growth from 0-$500 million in sales in five years.
Prior to Marquis Jet, Bill served as president and COO of SFX Sports Group where he directed all business development, acquisition strategy and overall corporate operations for the Sports Group’s four core competencies: Event Management; Marketing; Talent Representation; and Television & Entertainment. Under his direction, the Sports Group developed and produced internationally televised sporting events, managed and marketed hundreds of professional athletes, supported the sports marketing activities of numerous Fortune 500 corporations, and produced a wide range of sports-themed television series and feature films.
Prior to SFX, Bill served as president and chief operating officer of ProServ, Inc., an integrated sports marketing firm. He has appeared on The Sporting News “The Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports” for three years, in 1999 was also named one of Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40,” and was listed by the international paper The Guardian as one of the 50 most powerful people in the world of sports.
Bill currently sits on the board of Athletes’ Performance, a Polaris portfolio company, for which he was recruited by Polaris.
Bill received his MBA in 1989 from the Harvard Business School and received a BS from Babson College in 1983.
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Jason Trevisan is a principal based in Polaris’ Boston office. He joined Polaris in June 2003 and focuses primarily on growth equity investments and buyout opportunities in technology, healthcare, media, consumer, and business services.
Prior to joining Polaris, Jason was director of analytics and client services at aQuantive (AQNT), a $150 million media and marketing software company. While at aQuantive, he contributed to the development of the Atlas software suite, developed and sold data-driven customer segmentation analyses, and managed several client relationships. Prior to aQuantive, Jason was a consultant at Bain and Company in Boston and Sydney, Australia. During his tenure with Bain, Jason focused on M&A strategy consulting to private equity firms and Fortune 500 companies in the media, information technology, and consumer products sectors.
Jason represents Polaris as a Director of Life Line Screening, a Board Observer of ARPU, and Cushcraft Corporation, and is actively involved with Art.com and The Health Central Network.
Jason received his MBA with Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he was recognized as an Edward Tuck Scholar. He holds an A.B., cum laude, in English from Duke University.