• Angel Investments & Start Up CEO Advisory role
    What:
    I am always looking for early-stage digital media companies (Internet and mobile) to “take to market,” providing strategy, introductions and advisor insights to a CEO’s venture-backed business in the U.S. and developing countries. I’ve worked with over two dozen early-stage companies, funded by over 50 venture funds.
    Why:
    A former chief software architect of mine once said to me about his coding, “I create value from nothing.” To me, that’s the virtue of startups. They solve a problem, make the world a little better, and, if they can, build revenues exceeding the expenses before they run out of cash. Furthermore, if they can show fast enough growth-trajectory in accomplishing that, and the market conditions are positive enough (maybe there is some part of your business is not easily repeated or that can’t be repeated quickly), then someone might want to buy them. And if the sun, the moon, and the stars align (i.e., there are multiple acquirers and neither the founders nor funders get too full of themselves), the acquirer might even pay a premium.

    And if you get really lucky (or have a strong enough track record), then the founders might have held on long enough with enough equity to make some money. It’s not exactly “when hell freezes over” but is just this side of “the cards are completely stacked against you,” which is why it’s worth trying. My job is to give the company a couple of extra cards in its favor. The net is that I honor entrepreneurs and love to be able to support them and their noble causes any way I can
  • Investment & Board Companies
    I’ve angel invested and/or played an advisory role to the companies listed below. The businesses below that sold have delivered a 1590% return from my original investment, some are still in process, and some are what happens when the stars just don’t align fast enough. But they tried.
  • Funding to Date
    $15.7 M
    Livingly Media
    Livingly Media is an interactive magazine focused on topics in popular culture, including entertainment, style, current events, sports.
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  • Funding to Date
    $25.0 M
    AllYes - Sold to Focus Media
    Allyes Ad Network is a Chinese interactive marketing services provider focusing on Internet advertising technologies, online media service agency, and performance-based marketing.
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  • Funding to Date
    $11.0 M
    Rapt - Sold to Microsoft
    Rapt, Inc. offers media monetization solutions, and technology and strategic advisory services to media companies. The company also provides advertising yield management solutions
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  • Funding to Date
    $27.0 M
    AllYes - Sold to Cox Communications
    Adify provides the technology and back office services necessary for companies to run their own online ad networks. Adify is a self-service ad network for companies interested in developing their own ad networks
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  • Funding to Date
    $27.0 M
    AdInfuse- Sold to Velti
    Ad Infuse offers mobile advertising solutions. Their service dynamically inserts targeted ads at the moment of content delivery.
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  • Funding to Date
    $90M
    Buddy Media- Sold to Salesforce
    Buddy Media is the social enterprise software of choice for eight of the world's top 10 global advertisers, empowering them to build and maintain relationships with their consumers in a connections-based world.
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  • Funding to Date
    Total -$32.5M
    Clickable - Sold to Syncapse
    Clickable is the all-in-one solution for online advertising. In one elegant experience, Clickable maximizes online investment by connecting and optimizing digital channels with the social graph.
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  • Funding to Date
    Total -$9.2M
    Modiv Media- Sold to Catalina
    Modiv is the only mobile shopper marketing solution that integrates personalized promotions, mobile self-scan & shop, & instant checkout on smartphones.
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    MyYearbook -Sold to QuePasa (now MeetMe)
    myYearbook makes meeting new people fun and easy online and on your mobile phone. myYearbook combines innovative social games, virtual.
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  • Funding to Date
    $11.0 M
    Vizu - Sold to Nielsen
    Vizu provides the first real-time technology platform that allows advertisers and their partners to collaborate around measuring and optimizing Brand Lift metrics.
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  • Funding to Date
    Total -$5.3M
    AdGent007
    AdGent Digital is a digital media and technology company that specializes in delivering a premium audience via proprietary display, video and tablet advertising platforms.
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  • Funding to Date
    $18.8M
    DataXu
    DataXu provides the leading real-time media management platform for digital advertising campaigns across online, mobile and video channels.
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  • Funding to Date
    $63.0 M
    Pubmatic
    PubMatic enables publishers to realize the full potential of their digital assets.
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  • Funding to Date
    Total - $16M
    Total Beauty
    Total Beauty Media is an online portal for women in search of beauty tips. Its strategy is to bring together a woman’s audience, appealing to cosmetics and beauty product advertisers.
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  • Funding to Date
    Total - $79.4M
    Tremor Media
    Tremor Video, the leading online video monetization and advertising company, provides brand advertisers with in-stream and in-banner video advertising solutions.
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  • Funding to Date
    Series A, $3.2M
    UnMetric
    UnMetric is a social media benchmarking company headquartered in Chicago with clients and operations across the globe. It works with Fortune 500 companies to help them establish benchmarks for their social media teams and social media campaigns.
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  • Funding to Date
    Total- $14.5M
    USamp
    uSamp is one of the world’s fastest growing technology and online sample companies, providing global survey panelists and an innovative sampling platform for use in market research.
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  • Funding to Date
    Total $12M
    Zumobi
    Zumobi technology connects premium brands with top media apps on all major smartphone platforms.
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