Santo Politi is a Co-Founder and serves as General Partner at Spark Capital. He has led Spark's investments in eToro, Convert Media, Genie, Oculus, Orchard, Qriously, Storenvy, Triggit and Zazma. He also led Spark's previous investments in Adap.TV (acquired by AOL), Admeld (acquired by Google), CT-100/CNET (acquired by CBS), IPWireless (acquired by General Dynamics), KickApps (acquired by KIT Digital), Lexity (acquired by Yahoo!) and OneRiot (acquired by Walmart). He served as a board member of 5Min (acquired by AOL) and thePlatform (acquired by Comcast). He was previously a Partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV) where he led investments in BigBand Networks (NASDAQ: BBND), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola) and Groove Mobile (acquired by LiveWire). Prior to Charles River Ventures, he served as President of New Media for Blockbuster Entertainment (NYSE: BBI). He also previously co-founded BT Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm affiliated with Bankers Trust where he led successful investments in Aether Systems (NASDAQ: AETH), DigitalThink (NASDAQ: DTHK) and Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ: NVTL). He previously held various engineering and management positions at Matsushita Electric Industrial, Panasonic and Weston Instruments. He holds an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from NJIT and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. He serves as a Board member at Qriously, PreVeil, Uncommon and Lightmatter.
Khailee Ng is the Co-Founder and serves as a Chief Executive Officer at SAYS. He serves as Managing Partner at 500 Startups. Previously, he served as Director at iMoney Group. He is also the co-founder of GroupsMore (acquired by Groupon), SAYS.com, a Social News Network in Southeast Asia.
David Arcara is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Laconia Capital Group. He serves as a Board Member at Ocrolus. He served as a Member at New York Angels. He is the co-managing member of the General Partner and the Management Company. Arcara has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. Arcara has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as part of the founding team, nearly $100 million dollars of angel and venture funding. In 2010, Arcara founded Rubber Soul Ventures to contribute his personal capital and operational expertise to emerging digital technology companies and entrepreneurs. Rubber Soul Ventures currently has a portfolio of over a dozen early stage ventures based primarily in the Northeast corridor including LeagueApps, LocalVox, Page Science and Wymsee. Arcara was also the co-founder of TalkSix, a consumer facing interactive streaming video start-up with a significant B-to-B component. Arcara has also served as General Manager of Imaginova Corporation's digital publishing division, including the flagship property Space.com, founded by CNN's Lou Dobbs and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Earlier in Arcara's career, he co-founded Alliance Custom Communications, to create custom content for marketers seeking to enhance their brands' customer engagement. Arcara was ultimately approached by Random House Publishing to re-launch and lead the business as Random House Custom Media. Arcara was also a co-founder of UGO Networks, which ultimately consisted of over 500 independent affiliate web publishers reaching over 15 million users a month and became one of the nation's largest 18 to 34 male-targeted online entertainment content networks. The UGO founding team was among those pioneering the concept of an online ad-supported publishing network. Arcara served as UGO's Executive Vice President and led multiple operating functions including affiliate network development, sales, and marketing. UGO was purchased by Hearst Corporation in 2006 for approximately $100 million. In 1992, Arcara formed DJA Media, Inc., which focused on turning around underperforming radio stations by improving product and sales. In 1996, DJA Media formed Radio Enterprise, Inc., a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications, through which Clear Channel provided financing to allow Radio Enterprise to expand to a total of four stations under Arcara's leadership. Radio Enterprise was sold to Clear Channel in 1998 after more than doubling its asset value at the peak of government-deregulated consolidation. Arcara is a member of New York Angels, one of the country's leading angel investor organizations, as well as Harvard Business School Angels. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, and holds his MBA from Harvard Business School.
We work with competitive startups through our limited partnerships with Techstars, Bowery Capital, and NYC’s most active angles. We focus on a company’s drive, attitude, and of course, smart idea. We are focused on Seed-level investments for mobile data, consumer techs, and fintech. We are not interested in teams that are looking for money but no advice. We truly believe in rolling up our sleeves and working with our portfolio.
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Craig Sherman serves as Managing Director at Meritech Capital Partners. He focuses primarily on digital media and consumer services. Craig has led the firm's investments in Evernote, Zulily, Lynda.com and Ariosa Diagnostics. Prior to Meritech, Craig was Chief Executive Officer of Gaia Interactive, which he grew from a 1/2 million to over a 20 million monthly visitor pioneer in social games and online communities. Prior to joining Gaia, Craig served as an EIR at Benchmark Capital. Previously, Craig was Chief Operating Officer of Ancestry.com (ACOM), where he helped lead the company's pivot from a free family social network to a family history subscription service and grew the company from under $10 million to $150 million in sales and from tens of millions in losses to tens of millions in profits. Before Ancestry.com, Craig held senior positions at AIG: he was head of marketing and internet for all of AIG's Japanese and Korean divisions totaling over $5 billion in sales; and the general manager of AIG's property management software subsidiary, a $90 million sales company whose growth rate quadrupled during Craig's tenure. Previous to AIG, Craig was Chief Executive Officer of Cendant Japan, a joint venture startup he founded with Cendant and Mitsubishi Corporation that he helped grow from inception to over $20 million in sales and profitability. Before that, he worked in product, marketing, finance and operations roles at Cendant during its growth from less than a $1 billion to over a $40 billion public company. Craig has personally invested in over a dozen startups including Ancestry, SurveyMonkey, Zillow and Zipcar. In addition, Craig has held independent board and advisory roles with Homestead (prior to its sale to Intuit), Kongregate (GameStop), Logoworks (Hewlett Packard), Netquote (BankRate), and Photobucket (Fox). He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University. He also serves as Board Member at Rev. He serves as Board Member at Roblox.
Recognizing the absence of resident venture capital managers in Mid-America as a business opportunity, David founded Chrysalis Ventures in 1993. To this task he brought a varied background in business, law and banking.
At Chrysalis, David has worked with some of the most exciting growth companies in the Midwest and South, including Six Flags (formerly Premier Parks of Oklahoma City), Tritel (merged with Telecorp and sold to AT&T Wireless), Regent Communications (sold to Jacor Communications which was sold to Clear Channel Communications), ActaMed (merged with Healtheon and then with WebMD), and High Speed Access Corp (IPO and later sold to Charter Communications). He currently focuses primarily on healthcare investing and chairs the management company and funds' investment committees.
In April 2005, David was appointed non-executive Chairman of Humana, Inc. (NYSE: HUM). He has served on Humana's Board of Directors since 1993, and was non-executive Vice Chairman from 1996 to April 2005.
Prior to Chrysalis, David's law practice included both domestic and international work, the latter with the U.S. Department of State Legal Adviser's (general counsel's) office in Washington (1988-1992). Before law school, he worked as a commercial banker for Bank of Boston in Hong Kong, New York, and Boston. David left the bank to manage the import division of a regional hardware wholesaler.
Daniel Darling is the Founder and serves as a Managing Director at Darling Ventures. He serves as a board member at AppVision and Human. He has more than 7 years of background in product and market strategy for mobile and adtech companies in the US, Australia and Japan. Daniel started his career in digital advertising and moved progressively into mobile product development before launching Darling Ventures in 2013. He has founded companies, grown startups to acquisition and led product innovation at public technology corporations. He is a specialist in business strategy and bringing products to market for mobile technology companies. Daniel has a degree in Economics and Social Sciences form The University of Sydney as well as executive education from both Berkeley HAAS and Stanford GSB.
Zachary Aarons is a Co-Founder and serves as General Partner at MetaProp NYC. Zach Aarons has been working at the intersection of real estate and venture capital for the past decade. Zach is the most active early-stage PropTech investor in the United States, having funded over 60 startups in the space as an individual as well as 40 startups (and counting) through MetaProp NYC's venture capital funds. In addition to early-stage investing, Zach has worked on large scale mixed-use development projects in cities like Boston and Los Angeles with Millennium Partners. He has experience with real estate development, commercial asset management, property marketing, and commercial leasing. Prior to joining Millennium and founding MetaProp NYC, Zach was a Senior Associate at ENIAC Ventures, a seed-stage mobile technology fund and the founder of Travelgoat, an online and offline walking tour business. He began his career as an analyst at boutique investment bank Peter J. Solomon Company. Outside of work, Zach currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Tenement Museum. Zach is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He serves on the Technology Committee for the Real Estate Board of New York and the Technology and Real Estate Council for the Urban Land Institute. Previously, Zach was the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for The Lowline and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. from Brown University in Ancient Studies and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. Zach has been featured in dozens of international publications and media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Real Deal, Curbed, Commercial Observer, Propmodo, The Information, TechCrunch, Bisnow, Forbes, The Real Estate Weekly, Crain's, and Cheddar. He is a frequent speaker at global PropTech events including the Urban Land Institute, MIPIM, Realcomm, Argus Connect, SuperReturn International, and the Columbia/Goodwin Real Estate Capital Markets Conference.
Adam Schwartz is the Founder serves as Chief Executive Officer at Articulate Global. He is an Advisor of Merida Capital Partners. He is a Board Member of New Frontier Data. He founded Articulate in 2002 with a vision to create innovative technologies that make it easier for the world to learn. Under his direction, Articulate has grown from a groundbreaking idea into an award-winning company that was recognized by Deloitte as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America. Schwartz is an active angel investor in more than 100 innovative tech companies and serves on the boards of Embedly, Videolicious, and others.
WE ONLY INVEST IN IN CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY. Fairly agnostic about the industry, we look for the very best founders to back. We are excited about helping you realize ideas that matter, rather than just making something that people want.
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No "arbitrage" businesses - that means no simple ecommerce, no lead gen, nothing which lacks truly sustainable competitive advantage.
I was formerly cofounder / COO of two companies - one in ecommerce (OurDeal - exited to News Corp), the other in education (Kanopy - exited to PE), so love those spaces. Very interested at the moment in the future of work, B2B SaaS with creative distribution strategies, automation, education, and so much more!
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We don't do med devices, hardware, cannabis, gambling, for other vices.