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    Metamorphic Ventures

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    We invest in start-up and early stage technology companies at the intersection of digital media, commerce, and software infrastructure both online and offline.

     

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About



Metamorphic Ventures is a New York City based venture capital firm that invests in start-up and early stage technology businesses executing an investment strategy in a category we’ve coined Transactional Media. Transactional Media is the convergence and intersection between digital media, commerce, and infrastructure both online and offline.


Metamorphic Ventures believes that vast new waves of innovation and business opportunity are on their way leveraging New York City’s strengths. We have now entered what we at Metamorphic Ventures call the “application layer” wave of technology. The application layer is based upon leveraging the vast connected computing infrastructure that was previously built, into useful applications for both consumers and businesses. As this continues to develop, domain expertise becomes both extremely relevant and critical to success. New York is the epicenter of a wide variety of major industries including financial services, payments, media, publishing, advertising, retail, fashion, sports, education, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, and entertainment, amongst several others. Hence, New York City has a vast reserve of human capital that, when coupled with engineering talent and venture capital, creates a sort of “witches brew” for a very vibrant technology and startup ecosystem. Metamorphic funds these early stage businesses in sectors leveraging New York City’s strengths both here in New York and around the world.


The partners of Metamorphic are experienced business builders and have gone through the emotional ups and downs of building a start-up, while bringing deep understanding and contacts within our sectors of focus. We seek to be great partners to our entrepreneurs helping them build their company to become a hypergrowth, profitable and strategically valuable company.

Our Code

As entrepreneurs, you understand that every venture firm has a different personality and style. We feel that you shouldn't discover that after we've closed the deal, but before you even step into our offices so we have developed "Our Code". Click any block to read more.

  • It’s not about us, it’s about you.

    You are the guys putting it all on the line every day to build your dream. It is you who partnered with us to share your vision, talent, and drive. You had a choice and you chose us.

  • Mean what you say, say what you mean.

    Beating around the bush is a waste of everyone’s time. We may not always be right, but we will always approach each issue with candor, integrity, and humility.

  • Add value in every interaction.

    When you partner with us, our only objective is helping you grow the business. We view ourselves as an extension of your team, not to be obtrusive, but to lend a hand in any way we can.

  • All for one, and one for all.

    Every partner, advisor, and portfolio CEO at Metamorphic will try to help you, not just the point person on your deal. You should never hesitate to contact any one of us directly.

  • Focus, focus, focus.

    We are focused on you. We look to invest in sectors in which we believe our team and our advisors can add the most value. This lets us add more value to you.

  • Founder Testimonials

    Don’t just take it from us, read what our founders have to say about the benefits of working with Metamorphic Ventures.

Meet The Team

At Metamorphic VC our team is comprised of industry experts and leaders in the global digital media and digital commerce technology sectors. View intros below or click through to learn more.

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    David Hirsch

    Managing Partner

    David is a digital media veteran with over 15 years of business development and operational experience.
  • Marc Michel

    Marc Michel

    Managing Partner

    Marc has over 20 years of private equity and venture investment experience and was a founding Director of Metamorphic Ventures.

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  • Tara Eckert

    Tara Eckert

    VP of Finance

    Tara is Director of Finance with responsibility for LP reporting and portfolio management.

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    Benjamin Krall

    Associate

    Ben joined Metamorphic Ventures in 2012 as an Associate. Ben received his JD and MBA.

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  • Erin Morris

    Erin Morris

    Operations Ninja

    Erin joined Metamorphic Ventures in 2011. She spent the last seven years in the hospitality industry before making the jump to the tech sector.

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  • Josh Nussbaum

    Joshua Nussbaum

    Analyst

    Josh joined Metamorphic Ventures in 2013 having previously worked in Business Development for startup, JustDecide, a social decision-making company.

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Portfolio.

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Advisors

We are very proud of our advisor group and they are a fundamental part of Metamorphic’s strategy to help you accelerate your business. A day doesn’t go by that we don’t connect one of our entrepreneurs with one of our advisors. Click on a image below to view more details.

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David Bell

Interpublic / AOL
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David Bell has over 40 years of experience in the marketing communications sector. He is Chairman Emeritus and previously served as Chairman and CEO of The Interpublic Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest marketing communications service companies. Mr. Bell previously held the positions of Chairman and CEO of True North Communications Inc., the world’s sixth largest global advertising and marketing communications holding company. Mr. Bell was also President and CEO of Bozell Worldwide, where he helped grow the agency from $12 million to over $500 million in revenues; and prior to that was President of Knox Reeves Advertising, which was acquired by Bozell.In his career, he has served virtually every kind of industry, from automotive to financial services; consumer packaged goods as well as business-to-business. Mr. Bell serves the industry as Past Chairman of The Advertising Council, The American Advertising Federation, The Advertising Educational Foundation and The American Association of Advertising Agencies.Mr. Bell was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame by his peers in March 2007.Mr. Bell is an independent Director of Warnaco, Primedia, Lighting Science Group Corporation (LSCG). For 4 ½ years Mr. Bell was a Senior Advisor with Google, a position that he now holds at AOL.
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Haim Dabah

Li & Fung Ltd
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Haim Dabah is currently the Executive Director, Group President at LF USA, the $3.5 billion USA based division of Li & Fung Ltd., the $22 billion Hong Kong based global supply chain provider of consumer goods. Haim has over 40 years of deep retail relationships and experience focused on fashion, marketing and retail. He is considered by many as the originator of the proprietary brand business model. In 2007, Haim sold his company, Regatta, to LF USA. Prior to Regatta, he co-founded Gitano, a $1 billion apparel and accessory retail brand that was sold to Fruit of the Loom. The Dabah family interests also extend to real estate and technology, with a focus on the intersection of fashion/retail and mobile technology. Currently, Haim is also an investor and advisor to Stylitics in the consumer fashion, social behavior and analytics space; as well as to Proximiant in the retail, digital receipts space. He also serves on the board of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the industry’s charitable foundation.
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Baron Davis

NBA
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Baron Davis is a two-time NBA All-Star. Upon entering the NBA, Davis formed his own foundation, Rising Stars of America, (www.risingstarsofamerica.org) which conducts basketball camps and sponsors AAU teams. Baron has had great success in his portfolio of business ventures including being an investor in companies such as VitaminWater and PopChips, entertainment company, Verso Entertainment, with the company’s first film, Crips and Bloods, Made In America.Davis has teamed up with Fast Five Director Justin Lin and top online personalities Ryan Higa and KevJumba for launch of the YOMYOMF network on YouTube. The new channel springs from YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily.com (YOMYOMF), an Asian American pop culture blog, and will be an official launch partner of YouTube’s groundbreaking original channels initiative. Davis also recently launched The Network of Champions (The NOC), teaming with Google to create a premium sports and entertainment channel on YouTube that will be the premier destination for athletes to showcase their talents and personalities.
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Sam Decker

Mass Relevance
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Sam Decker is Co-Founder and CEO of Mass Relevance, a social engagement platform that discovers, filters, and displays real-time content anywhere. Prior to Mass Relevance, Sam was founding Chief Marketing Officer at Bazaarvoice, the leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) social commerce technologies serving over 1,000 brands, where he was responsible for building the company’s brand, products and platform.Before joining Bazaarvoice, Decker spent seven years of leadership at Dell, Inc. in marketing, online, CRM, and customer-centricity strategy. From 1999-2003, he led Dell’s consumer web site, building Dell.com into the largest consumer eCommerce site at $3.5B in annual sales, and established global best practices in merchandising, analytics, product management, and operations. Sam pioneered Dell’s customer-centricity strategy and customer segmentation using Six Sigma methodology.Before Dell, Decker spent more than six years in the Bay Area leading marketing, sales and product strategy at B2B and media startups. Decker has authored two books on word of mouth marketing and serves on the boards of Monetate, Needle, New Era, and the digital advisory board for P&G.
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Michael Dolan

IMG/Viacom
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Mike Dolan is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IMG Worldwide, a recognized global leader in sports, fashion and media. Since joining IMG in early 2010 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Dolan has been instrumental in the development and execution of the company’s global growth strategy, leading IMG's expansion into high growth markets, including China, India, Brazil and Turkey, as well as expansion into new business areas. Prior to joining IMG, Mr. Dolan served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Viacom, Inc., where he managed the creation and spin-off of "new" Viacom (MTV and an array of cable networks, as well as Paramount Pictures) and CBS Corp., and the launch of the two new public companies in early 2009. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Dolan was Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam (Y&R), the diversified global marketing services company. After joining Y&R in 1995 as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Dolan led the 1996 recapitalization of the company with Hellman & Friedman, the successful Initial Public Offering in 1998, and three subsequent secondary offerings. Y&R ranks as one of Hellman & Friedman's most successful investments. Mr Dolan negotiated the sale of Y&R to WPP Group Plc in 2000. Prior to Y&R, Mr. Dolan spent six years with PepsiCo Foods International, including four years in the Netherlands as President and Chief Executive Officer of Snack Ventures Europe, a joint venture of the European salty snack businesses of General Mills and Pepsi Foods International (Frito Lay);and stints as Senior Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Strategic Planning.His earlier experience included a period with Continental Group as President of the Beverage and Food Can Divisions after its acquisition by Peter Kiewit Sons; and as a Partner with Booz Allen & Hamilton, the global management consultancy. Mr. Dolan began his career with Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New York.Mr. Dolan's academic background includes a PhD in English Literature from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia University, as well as BA and MA degrees in English from Fordham University.With a lifelong commitment to education, Mr. Dolan was an investor in and served as Chairman of the Board of America's Choice, Inc., a developer of research-based school improvement solutions, from October 2004 to September 2010 when the company was sold to Pearson Plc.Mr. Dolan is a member of the Board of Directors of Mattel, Inc., serving as a member of the Executive and Governance & Social Responsibility Committees and as a Chair of the Compensation Committee. He also sits on the Board of Bacardi, Limited, the world's largest privately held spirits producer. where he serves on the Audit Committee.
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Adam Freed

Etsy/Google
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Strategic Advisor and former COO of Etsy. Prior to joining Etsy, Adam was an architect of Google's internationalexpansion. He joined Google in 2002 to build the international sales andoperations function for the company’s fledgling AdWords business. Twoyears later, Adam founded Google’s International Product Managementteam. In that role, he led technical product managers, product marketers, and translation specialists to localize features, functionality, and content for all of Google’s products outside the United States. Following that assignment, Adam led Google’s 600-person Global Consumer Operations and Policyteam.Before beginning his work in technology, Adam was also an Emmy-award winning television reporter, anchor, and field producer at NHK-Japan Broadcasting, MSNBC and the NBC-station KNSD in San Diego, CA,among others. Adam is one of the few television journalists to receive theprestigious John S. Knight Fellowship, based at Stanford University.Adam graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from HarvardUniversity and has a Master’s degree from Yale Law School. He has livedin five countries and is a polyglot, conversant in English, Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian, Turkish, Finnish, German, and Catalan
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Mindy Grossman

HSN
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Mindy Grossman is Chief Executive Officer of HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSNI) and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. She oversees a $3.3 billion direct to consumer retail portfolio that includes HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio of home and family lifestyle brands.During her tenure she has positioned HSNi as a leader in boundaryless retail, offering customers a seamless shopping experience across multiple channels – television, catalogue, online and mobile. Nearly half of the company’s revenue is now generated through digital commerce.A 35-year veteran of the retail and apparel industries, Grossman joined IAC, HSNi’s former parent company, in 2006 as CEO of IAC Retail. In 2008, she took the company public and became the CEO of HSNi. Since then she has transformed HSN into a lifestyle network offering an exciting array of products, personalities and experiences designed to engage, inform and entertain. Prior to joining IAC, she served as a Global Vice President at Nike, Inc., overseeing its $4 billion apparel business. Earlier career highlights include serving as President and CEO of Polo Jeans Company, Vice President of New Business Development at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, President of Chaps Ralph Lauren, and Senior Vice President of Menswear for Warnaco, Inc. In 2013, Forbes magazine named Mindy one of the world’s 100 most powerful women, an honor she has received three times. In 2011, she was named Corporate Innovator of the Year at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Florida Awards, and was recognized as one of Fast Company's Top 100 Most Creative People in Business. In both 2010 and 2011, Mindy was ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 women in world business. Mindy serves on the boards of the National Retail Federation, Bloomin’ Brands and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
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Jared Grusd

Spotify
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Jared is an accomplished executive who has helped lead three of the world's most innovative companies: Spotify, AOL, and Google. He is the current Head of Corporate Development and General Counsel of Spotify, the former Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer of AOL, and a former member of the executive team responsible for Google's multi-billion dollar advertising business in the Americas. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance & Economics at Columbia Business School specializing in corporate strategy and the Internet, technology and media sectors. He is a Co-Founder and Board Member at Shake (a leading venture-backed start-up), a mentor at Techstars and an advisor to several promising start-ups and investors. He was twice named by Business Insider to the Silicon Alley 100, a list of the 100 "coolest" people in NY tech, and by Fortune/CNN Money as one of "five of tech's most powerful lawyers."
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Jason Harinstein

Groupon
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Jason is Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Groupon where as a member of the senior management team he leads the company’s M&A and other strategic activities. Prior to Groupon, Jason was Director of Corporate Development team at Google, Inc. where works closely with the company’s executives to identify and execute strategic acquisitions and investments. Jason has led several major transactions at Google, including the acquisitions of DoubleClick, ITA Software, Invite Media, Feedburner and Teracent; investment and subsequent sale of a 5% stake in AOL; and the sale of Performics. Previously, Jason was a member of the Internet equity research team at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. where he covered Internet advertising, online search, eCommerce and video game companies. He has also served as a strategy consultant at iXL, Inc. an Internet-solutions company (now part of Razorfish), and Andersen Consulting Strategic Services (now Accenture). Jason received his BA in Economics from Northwestern University (Cum Laude) and his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago.
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Ran Harnevo

AOL
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Ran Harnevo is President of AOL’s Video division, The AOL On Network. In 2007, he co-founded 5min Media, the industry’s first online video syndication platform for news, entertainment and lifestyle video. Ran was one of the first people to evangelize syndication as a means for publishers and content creators to scale their video business and make the economics of video production work. After 5min Media was acquired by AOL in 2010, Ran’s vision became the cornerstone of AOL’s video strategy. He currently leads The AOL On Network -- a curated video experience providing the most relevant content on every topic across 14 channels -- and oversees the creation and production of high-quality original programming at AOL. A reputable voice in online video, Ran has spoken at numerous industry conferences, including Ad Age Digital and Monaco Media Forum.Prior to starting 5min Media, Harnevo worked as a reporter and deputy editor atTel-Aviv Magazine. Harnevo studied Philosophy and Computer Science at TelAviv University after serving in the Israeli Air Force for seven years. He currentlyresides in New York with his wife and their two children.
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Jeff Hennion

Branding Brands/GNC
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Jeff has been one of the visionary leaders of the intersection of marketing and commerce, with a focus on e-commerce and multi-channel strategies. Jeff is currently EVP, Chief Marketing Officer & e-Commerce at GNC, the global leader in wellness and sports nutrition with 8,000 stores in over 50 countries. Prior to that, Jeff spent 11 years at Dick's Sporting Goods and was EVP, Chief Marketing Officer & Chief e-Commerce Officer among other positions as varied as SVP - Strategic Planning and VP - Finance. Jeff joined Dick's when it was a privately held, regional player and left it as a public, $5 billion national brand. Prior to Dick's, Jeff spent 11 years at Alcoa, working in finance and treasury roles in Pittsburgh and Lausanne, Switzerland, including Assistant Treasurer - Global Banking & Corporate Finance and Director - Investor Relations. Jeff attended Northwestern University for his undergrad work and received an MBA in Finance with highest honors from Duquesne University. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program at Duquesne. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Branding Brand, a leading mobile commerce company and as a Senior Advisor to Consigliere Brand Capital. Previously, Jeff has been on the board of the Pittsburgh Penguins foundation, the Pittsburgh Marathon and the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.
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Bill Hernandez

MasterCard/Citibank
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President and CEO of Conifer Consulting Group. Former Executive Vice President at Epana, a telecommunications and financial services company, and at First Data Corporation.
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Kirthi Kalyanam, Ph.D.

Santa Clara University
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Dr. Kalyanam is the J.C. Penney Research Professor, Director of the Retail Management Institute at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He has also served as Faculty Director of the Executive MBA program, a visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and in the Stanford Executive MMP program, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of SpinCircuit Inc, a provider of supply chain integration services to the electronics industry. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Areas of expertise include Retailing, Internet & Multi Channel Marketing, eCommerce, Online Marketing and Database Marketing.Dr. Kalyanam recent publications include “The Perfect Message at the Perfect Moment” and “When is the New What” in the Harvard Business Review, “From Volume to Value” in the California Management Review. He is a co-author of the book Internet Marketing & eCommerce published by Thomson. His academic publications have appeared as lead articles in Marketing Science, The Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Letters, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing and Journal of Interactive Marketing. His research paper published in The Journal of Marketing Research on market potential estimation was selected as a finalist for the American Marketing Association’s Paul E. Green Award for impact on the practice of marketing.Dr. Kalyanam teaches in the undergraduate, graduate and executive programs He has received the Deans award for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching Pedagogy and has been recognized as one of the top rated teaching faculty on multiple occasions.Dr. Kalyanam is a dynamic speaker. He leads executive seminars on Internet Disruption, the Amazon and Wal-Mart Effect in Retailing and has trained executives from over 10 countries. His clients have included ABN-AMRO, ABP, APG (Netherlands), Acuson, Army and Air force Exchange Service (AAFES), The American Video Duplicators Association, BI (Norway), Barco (Belgium), Carrefour (France), Cisco Systems (San Jose), CSM (Netherlands), Daehan Oil Corporation (S. Korea), Wipro Enabler (Portugal), Gap, Google, Harvard Business Review Latin America, Hewlett Packard, Infotech (Mexico), IBM, IMD (Switzerland), Monash University (Australia), Overstock.com, Indian School of Business, Siemens, Wipro (India), Thai Management Association, Tias-Nimbas Business School (Netherlands) & Trimble Navigation. He has co-produced the Internet Retailing Bootcamps with Shop.org and has served as an advisor to the State of Retailing Online (SORO) research study and has chaired the Shop.org Thinktank.Dr. Kalyanam advises early stage startups. He has advised or consulted for Comscore Networks, Propel Corporation, Xambala, Kiwi Networks, Symphoniq Corp, Boorah, CoffeeTable. He serves as a board advisor and consultant to the Commander of AAFES, a $9B retailer ranking #36 in the Top 100 Retailers and as an Advisor to Google's Retail Direct Sales Organization.Dr. Kalyanam’s has provided expert testimony in several major cases in the domain of Internet Marketing, Retailing and Database Marketing. His work has included evaluating business models, market research, damage assessment using transaction databases and testimony on industry best practices. His clients have included the California Attorney General.
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Jon Kaplan

Google
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Jon Kaplan oversees Google's U.S. advertising sales and operations team. Jon’s group is located in cities across the U.S., providing large clients and advertising agencies with business solutions ranging from search and display to video, social and mobile. He also collaborates with Google’s product organization to develop solutions that respond to industry and customer challenges, including products such as Google Wallet, Google Travel and Google Advisor. Prior to this role, Jon led Google’s US Financial Services practice.Jon joined Google in 2003 from Economist.com, where he on the founding team and served as Director of Sales and Operations in North America. Before that, he worked in sports marketing at SFX Entertainment, the PGA of America and the University of Louisville. He has served on the board of the Direct Marketing Association’s Financial Services Council and is involved in the Ad Club, Financial Services Communication Society and numerous other advertising organizations. He is also a member of Google Grants, a program that supports non-profit organizations with in-kind advertising. Jon earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Ohio Wesleyan and his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University.
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Brian S. Lee

Honest Company
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Brian is a serial entrepreneur. Currently, he is CEO and Co-Founder of The Honest Company (Honest.com). Prior to starting The Honest Company, Brian was also a Co-Founder of ShoeDazzle.com, and before that, the Co-Founder of LegalZoom.com.Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Business Economics and went on to graduate from UCLA School of Law. He began his career as a tax attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, and then as a tax consultant at Deloitte. When not running companies, Brian is involved in community efforts. He sits on the board of the Lowell Milken Institute of Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, and is also on the board of Los Angeles Youth Network, which provides shelter and counseling to homeless children. Brian is an avid art collector, loves UCLA Basketball, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Mira, and his two children Davis (5) and Madison (2).
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Erik Matlick

Madison Logic
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CEO of Madison Logic, the leading provider of data powered lead solutions for world class B2B advertisers. Former President and Founder of IndustryBrains which he sold to Marchex in July of 2005. Former Founder of MediaBrains, a reader service and buyers guide provider to premium publishers.
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Rob Master

Unilever
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Rob Master is Unilever’s vice president media, North America, Latin America and Europe. He is responsible for overseeing media strategy and investment, and crafting integrated communications plans for all brands across these regions. Prior to this position, Rob served as Unilever’s vice president media, North America. In that role he focused on communications innovation, shifting media planning and strategy to the beginning of the product development pipeline, and propelling Unilever to the forefront of digital innovation and branded entertainment. Under Rob’s leadership Unilever was recognized by Advertising Age as Digital Marketer of the Year, Media Post Media Client of the Year and one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Marketers.Rob joined Unilever in 2002 as a brand marketer, managing a number of the company’s iconic brands including Dove and Axe, and driving award-winning branding campaigns around the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and The Axe Effect.Prior to joining Unilever, Rob worked in brand marketing for PepsiCo’s Taco Bell and for various communication agencies; he also led marketing for Internet start-up eHobbies, an online retailer. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.
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John McAteer

Google
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VP, US Sales at Google. John McAteer oversees all aspects of the company's relationships with Retail, Tech, and Telco partners and clients. In addition, McAteer works directly with Google’s product organization to ensure that our Retail and Tech client’s interests/needs are being met. In his 8+ years at Google, McAteer has had the opportunity to meet with many of Google’s top partners (online pure-plays, multi-channel retailers, catalogue companies, auction sites, and Technology companies) to discuss their challenges and goals as well as share ideas on how to be more successful in today’s media landscape. His vantage point has given him a unique perspective and understanding of what companies are doing well -- or not doing – in order to take advantage of the web as a marketing vehicle. Prior to joining Google, McAteer was VP, Sales and Merchandising, for PriceGrabber Inc where he was responsible for all sales and merchandising to retailers and manufacturers. Earlier in his career, McAteer was a VP, Sales and Business Development, at PC World Online and a VP, Sales, at Ziff-Davis Publishing. McAteer is an emeritus Board Member of Shop.org and graduate of Cal State Sacramento, with degrees in Finance and Economics. He currently resides in San Carlos, California, with his wife and their daughters, Emily and Abigail.
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Jim McCann

1-800 Flowers
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Jim McCann is a highly successful entrepreneur whose vision and energy have helped grow 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, the company he founded in 1976, into the world’s leading florist and gift company. McCann’s focus on customer relationships and his willingness to embrace new technologies and business channels helped change the way flowers and other gifts are marketed for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and special occasions. McCann recognized early on the enormous potential in providing on-the-go consumers with the ability to express themselves and connect with the important people in their lives through top quality floral gifts combined with exemplary, personal service. McCann has also consistently managed to stay ahead of the curve in multi-channel retailing by embracing new technologies, such as 800 phone numbers and the Internet, often long before other retailers recognized the opportunities that these developments would provide both for business and consumers.In addition to being the first company to have its 800-telephone number as its name – a marketing insight that helped solidify the brand in consumer’s minds – McCann was a pioneer in online retailing – seizing the enormous reach of the Internet as early as 1991. Utilizing thorough knowledge of his customer base and market, McCann focused on expanding brand name awareness and instilling a sense of trust and convenience. McCann’s strategy for growth includes an effective combination of birthing new businesses and making acquisitions of businesses and brands that resonate with customers as great sources for exceptional gifts. One such new business is the BloomNet® wire service which provides retail florists with diverse resources such as website hosting, a comprehensive technology platform for retail store management and the industry’s first and only online digital floral directory. On the acquisition front, McCann has expanded his company’s gift offerings, and become a leading player in the Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets business, by acquiring such iconic brands as: Fannie May®, makers of gourmet chocolate and other confections; Cheryl&Co.®, creators of individually-wrapped fresh baked cookies, brownies and cakes; and The Popcorn Factory®, which offers gourmet popcorn and other snacks in exclusively designed collectible tins.McCann attributes much of his success to the lessons he learned in his first career, in the social services. At St. John’s Home for Boys in Rockaway, New York, McCann recalls, he helped underprivileged youths learn how to overcome the many challenges of their environment. His experiences greatly influenced his management style and prepared him to lead 1-800-FLOWERS.COM toward becoming one of the world’s most successful multi-channel retailers. McCann is a published author and award winning public speaker as well as a frequent guest on radio and television programs nationwide. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, McCann is a member of the Board of Directors of Willis Group Holdings Limited and Gruppo Lottomatica.
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David Nussbaum

F+W Media
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David Nussbaum has served as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer since 2008. Nussbaum is credited as the driving force behind the transformation of F+W Media, Inc. from print-focused publisher to today a leading digital-first, content and e-commerce Company.From 2004 through the sale of the company in 2007, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Penton Media Inc. and as Executive Vice President there since 1998. He was responsible for the launch and acquisition of many iconic business media brands including New Hope Natural Media, Mecklermedia, PC Expo, Digital Book World, among many media properties in the print, event and emedia communities.Prior to joining F+W, Nussbaum formed Sundance Business Enterprises a joint venture with ABRY Partners, LLC, to seek digital media and information/communication services acquisitions.Nussbaum is a Board Director for Summit Professional Networks and had served on the Board of Directors of Thomas Nelson Publishing, before its sale to Harper Collins. He also serves on the Boston University’s School of Communications board.
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Satya Patel

Homebrew
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Founder and Partner at Homebrew. Former VP Products at Twitter. Former Partner at Battery Ventures, a multi-stage venture capital firm focused on technology and innovation worldwide. Previously, he held product management positions at both Google and DoubleClick.
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Joseph Proto

Transactis/First Data
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Chairman and CEO of Transactis Inc. Previously, he launched REMITCO, a remittance processing company which was acquired in 2000 by First Data, as well as Financial Telesis (CashFlex) which was acquired in 1992 by CoreStates, now part of Wells Fargo. Previously, he Co-Founded Windham Ventures.
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Gokul Rajaram

Square
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Product Engineering Lead at Square. Former Product Director of Facebook Ads, where he drove the product roadmap and execution for Facebook’s advertising products. Industry Advisor at Inventus Capital Partners. Former Product Management Director for AdSense at Google, where he helped conceive and grow the AdSense product to a multi-billion dollar product line. Founder and former CEO of Chai Labs Inc., which was acquired by Facebook.
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Jane Rosenthal

Tribeca Enterprises
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Tribeca Enterprises Chief Executive Officer Jane Rosenthal has distinguished herself as a leading film producer, with a roster of both critically acclaimed and commercially successful films. In addition to co-founding Tribeca Enterprises in 2003, she co-founded Tribeca Productions in 1988 with Robert De Niro and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 with partners Craig Hatkoff and Robert De Niro. Rosenthal also co-founded the Tribeca Film Institute, an instrumental resource for filmmakers and arts education, with programs that reach over 25,000 New York City students. Prior to founding Tribeca Productions, Rosenthal was an executive at CBS-TV and The Walt Disney Company. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and is an active leader on the boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at The World Trade Center, the Child Mind Institute, the American Museum of the Moving Image, Interlude, and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dean’s Council.
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David Sable

Y&R
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“Do it big, or stay in bed.”That’s David’s belief, and it says it all — why bother if you can’t do it right? David Sable became Global CEO of Y&R in February 2011, but Y&R has long been in his blood. He joined the Y&R training program in 1976, and he credits this induction into the business as the foundation for much of what he has done in his life. He went on to Wells Rich Greene, working on Procter & Gamble, and then to Miller Advertising to work on Kinney Shoes, before moving to Israel. In Israel, David served in the Israeli Defense Force as a combat medic. He was also one of the first pioneers in founding a high-tech marketing company in Israel. Still today, he maintains his involvement in Israel’s marketing and technology sectors by serving on the board of Carmel Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on the high-tech industry. David rejoined the Y&R family on his return to the U.S., working for both Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe, counseling great clients like Colgate-Palmolive, Digital Equipment Corporation and Coca-Cola. He came back to Y&R Advertising in 1990, to lead the global portion of Colgate-Palmolive and then helped to win the United States Postal Service consolidated account, for whom, among other things, David and his team built the industry’s very first client website, won the first-ever interactive television award and created a logo that is still in use today. David believes that the core of our business is about striking a balance between creativity — the storytelling we do — and innovation, which drives the story through the right channels to create new consumer experiences. This has always been true, of course, and Y&R has been a pioneer in developing media, but digital has changed everything once again.In the early days of the Internet, as a cofounder of Genesis Direct, David helped create a direct-to-fan Internet presence for the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, leveraging the consumer’s buying preferences between analog-catalogue, brick-and-mortar and digital retail. In doing so, the power and persuasion of digital started to gain recognition and take its place in the consumer equation. When David joined Wunderman, where he spent 10 years as Vice Chairman and COO, his biggest task was building on the company’s heritage as a data-based marketer and showing that it is data that drives marketing, not simply one channel. As a result, he helped transform the agency into one of the world’s leading digital networks. At Y&R, David sees the greatest competitive differentiator to be the agency’s ability to create a complete experience for consumers that bridges the detail and physical worlds. While digital is everything, not everything is digital, and Y&R is eminently positioned as storytellers and innovators. David has a strong online presence: he has been blogging since 2006, writing The Weekly Ramble, and has also written for Google Think Insights and Fast Company. He is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and is a Linkedin Influencer. His views have been featured in many publications including Advertising Age, Adweek, Forbes, Yahoo! and Microsoft Advertising.David believes it is important to be active in the industry. He is a director of the Advertising Council and has served on a wide range of juries — his favorite in recent years being the Titanium panel at Cannes. David is often asked to speak about marketing and digital, and serves as an adviser to many digital start-ups around the world. For many years, he served as Director-at-Large of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (the 4As) and was a founding member of its Digital Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of American Eagle Outfitters.David is equally passionate about giving back to the community. In the last year he became Chair of UNICEF’s New York Philanthropic Advisory Board and he has served on the New Yorkers Volunteer State Office of National and Community Service Commission since 2010. In 2008, the Mayor of the City of New York, Michael R. Bloomberg, appointed David to serve as a member of the Cultural Advisory Committee of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, on which he still serves. David also serves on a number of educational and other charitable boards including the UNCF. He was just named by Fast Company as one of the 10 Most Generous People in Marketing and Advertising. David and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters and three treasured grandchildren — Henry, Teddy and their sister, Gemma.
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Peter Sachse

Macy's
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Peter Sachse has been Chief Marketing Officer of Macy’s, Inc. (formerly Federated Department Stores, Inc.) since May 2007, and also serves as chairman and CEO macys.com, a position he has held since April 2006.Sachse began his retail career in 1980 at Macy’s in Kansas City. Throughout the next nine years, he held positions of increasing responsibility. In 1992, he was named senior vice president and general merchandising manager at The Bon Marché in Seattle. Five years later, he was named executive vice president and general merchandise manager at Macy’s East in New York. In 1999, he was named vice chairman, director of stores at Macy’s East, and in 2001, became the president of The Bon Marché. Sachse was Macy’s first chief marketing officer when the Macy’s Corporate Marketing organization was formed in 2003.Sachse serves as a member of the board of governors of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund and as a director of The Knot.Sachse, a native of Sheboygan, WI, is a finance graduate of the University of Wisconsin.Sachse and his wife, Jini, have two children and reside in the New York City area.
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Mario Shiliashki

Mastercard
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Senior Vice President and Group Head, U.S. Emerging Payments Lead of MasterCard, where he is responsible for U.S.-based development and commercialization of payment product platforms, including e-Commerce, Mobile, Chip, P2P, Transit, PayPass, inControl and Bill Payment. Former General Manager of PayPal.
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Andrew Siegel

Advance Publications
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Andrew Siegel was named to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development for Advance Publications, Inc. in January 2011. Advance Publications, Inc. is a diversified media company with leading positions in national and international magazines through Condé Nast and Parade Publications, daily and weekly newspapers, business journals through American City Business Journals, internet sites including Reddit.com and Style.com, cable television systems through Bright House Networks, and a significant interest in Discovery Communications.Mr. Siegel previously led Yahoo! Inc.’s corporate development activities. He was named to the 2011 Silicon Alley 100, and was honored with a 2011 TechFellow Award for General Management.
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Robby Stein

Yahoo!
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Robby Stein is currently Director of Product Management at Yahoo, where he leads mobile products out of NYC. Previously Robby was the Co-Founder and CEO of Stamped, a mobile recommendations company that was acquired by Yahoo in 2012 as Marissa Mayer's first acquisition as CEO. Prior to Stamped, Robby worked at Google, helping bring new features to market for Ad Exchange and Gmail. He graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University and has been recognized on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for two consecutive years.
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Eddie Stern

Wellness Advisor
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Eddie Stern is a yoga instructor raised in New York City. He studied Ashtanga Yoga, chanting, philosophy and ritual under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, from 1991-2009; is the founder of both Ashtanga Yoga New York and the Broome Street Ganesha Temple; co-publishes Namarupa, Categories of Indian Thought, a Hindu art and philosophy magazine; serves as a project manager for the Sonima Foundation for Health and Wellness, and runs the Urban Yogis project that brings yoga and meditation to young adults and youth in disadvantaged and at-risk-to-violence communities in NYC, with his collaborators, Deepak Chopra and Erica Ford. He has published several books on Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga Yoga, including a translation of Pattabhi Jois's 1960 treatise, Yoga Mala. He continues to study with Pattabhi Jois's grandson and successor, R. Sharath Jois.
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Dilip Venkatachari

Compass Labs/PayPal
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Dilip VenkatachariDilip is CEO and co-founder of Compass Labs. He previously led Google’s mobile monetization business and had responsibility for all of PayPal’s risk and fraud management, card and bank processing relationships, and regulatory compliance. Dilip is a successful serial entrepreneur who has co-founded and led two successful start-up companies – CashEdge and CommerceSoft – after stints at McKinsey and Goldman Sachs. Dilip has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, M.S. in electrical engineering from Rice University, and a B.Tech in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
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Jim Warner

Avenue A/Microsoft
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Jim Warner brings a diverse and deep set of experiences as a leader in the media business to hiswork advising companies in digital marketing and media. Through his thirty year career, he hasled a digital agency, broadcast television network, magazine publisher, TV distribution businessand managed sales, marketing, business development, research, international and strategyteams.Warner built and led Avenue A’s organization in New York from 2000-2008, where he advisedcorporate clients such as Capital One, Verizon and Starwood Hotels on digital strategy, marketingand media. The agency was a pioneer in digital marketing and was named Digital Agency of theYear by AdWeek. He also served in a senior role at aQuantive, parent company to Avenue A,from its inception through its sale to Microsoft in 2007.Before joining Avenue A, Warner held leadership positions at Primedia and CBS. He wasPresident of Primedia’s magazine group with responsibility for over 200 consumer, specialinterest and trade magazines, trade shows and digital businesses. At CBS, he was President ofthe CBS Television Network, overseeing network sales, affiliate relations, marketing, researchand new media. Before leading the television network, he ran CBS Enterprises, a worldwidecontent syndication and licensing business.Warner started his career at HBO, where he acquired, financed and sold feature films and originalprogramming and developed pay television businesses in international markets.Warner received a BA with honors from Yale College and an MBA from the Harvard BusinessSchool. He is a Trustee of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City and lives in WestchesterCounty, New York with his wife Priscilla, an author, and their two sons.
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Ron Zuckerman

RayV Inc.
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Ron Zuckerman has been active as a tech entrepreneur and investor for most of the last twenty five years. Ron was one of the founders of Sapiens International, a software company he took public on NASDAQ in 1990 and which, at its peak, was valued at $340m. Ron acted as Chairman and CEO of Sapiens from early 1995 until late 1999. He was the founder and Executive Chairman of Precise Software Solutions, another software company he took public on NASDAQ in 2000, until its acquisition in late 2003 by VERITAS in a cash transaction valued at over $600 Million. Ron was a first round investor and a board member in GVT Holding SA, a large telephone operator in Brazil until it’s acquisition in late 2009 by The Vivendi Group of France for over $4.5 Billion. Ron was an early investor and a board member at Wintegra Inc. acquired in 2010 by PMC Sierra for over $200m. Ron is an investor and a board member in various publicly and privately held technology oriented companies and resides with his wife and four kids in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ron is currently acting as Active Chairman of RayV Inc. a company he founded in early 2007.

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