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Founding: November 2011
Scott led About.com as CEO through IPO and its growth to a public market value of $1.5 billion. Scott was influential from the inception of the consumer web at Prodigy, where he led the team that put the first browser into an online service. He later went on to lead divisions of MCI in their efforts to grown their digital business. Today, in addition to serving as Chairman of Keep Holdings, Scott is an active media and technology angel investor.
Laurel Touby, Founder of MediaBistro, 06.14.12
The founder of MediaBistro and an active angel investor. Laurel is a mentor at TechStars, hosts the fabled Flatiron networking event Cereal Entrepreneurs Breakfast, and hosted ”Secrets of Successful Startups” on CBS Interactive. She is an entrepreneurship and social marketing expert.
Mike Geer, Founder of CauseCart, 04.19.12
Michael Geer cut his teeth with Badoo over in Moscow and London. During his 5 years there he helped bring Badoo from less than an idea to a global 70 million member network. He left Badoo in July 2010 and recently started a new venture as Founder of CauseCart – focusing on allowing users to raise funds for their chosen cause without donating any of their own time or money.
David S. Rose, Managing Partner Rose Tech Ventures , 03.21.12
As an entrepreneur, David has founded half a dozen companies since his first one at the age of ten, and has personally raised tens of millions of dollars of venture, strategic and institutional capital. He was named to the Inc 500 list as CEO of one of the country’s fastest growing private companies. As an angel investor, David founded and serves as chair emeritus of New York Angels, one of the largest and most active angel investment groups in the US.
Mike Yavonditte, CEO at Tracked, 02.22.12
Mike is the Founder and CEO of Hashable and a Partner at FF Ventures. As the former CEO of Quigo Technologies, he built an ad-targeting network for large media sites such as ABC News, CNN, Forbes and USA Today, which sold to AOL in 2007. As a shareholder and investor in web-based technology companies such as Meetup.com, Yipit, Tracked.com, Klout, Voxy, and Howaboutwe, he provides insights and capital to new and emerging entrepreneurs.
Hillary Mason, CEO at Tracked, 02.22.12
Mason may be one of the few females behind bitly, the popular URL shortening service that allows users to track the traffic and analytics data behind their links. But as its chief scientist, her smarts are essential in creating new products that keep the sharing site up to par with competitors. Mason also has a bleeding heart: She co-founded HackNY, a non-profit that connects student hackers with New York tech startups, in 2010.