I am a cofounder and Partner at NextView Ventures, a dedicated seed-stage venture capital firm making investments in internet-enabled startups. My focus is to work with founding entrepreneurs looking for additional capital and expertise to help build great digital media & internet companies.
I am also founder and organizer of the Web Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly events which bring together nearly a thousand people in the web and mobile entrepreneurial ecosystem. I currently serve on the Board of Directors at BlogHer, a women’s-focused blogging community and media network. In addition, I actively blog at GenuineVC.com.
Prior to NextView, I was a Vice President at Venrock, an early stage VC firm originally established as the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family. While at Venrock, I served on the boards of portfolio investments Second Rotation (aka Gazelle) and BlogHer, and was actively involved with the firm’s investment in Appnexus.
Previously as a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners, I helped lead an investment inExpo TV, and was an integral member of the investment team for Tremor Media, Intercasting (acquired by Good Technology), TripConnect, and NewsGator.
Additionally, I co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About Inc., which was soon after acquired by Primedia (NYSE: PRM). Our group became the About Direct division of Primedia, where I served as Vice President of Marketing. While in that role, I led the marketing team responsible for the company’s e-mail newsletter product suite, managed the division’s customer relationship operations, and coordinated related business development activities.
On a personal note, in the past I’ve completed a 1,500mi unsupported solo cycling journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats (UK), worked at Vail resort as a children’s ski instructor, and served as a volunteer mentor in the wonderful IHAD program.