- about.meFounder, 2010 - present
- True VenturesVenture Capital, 2005 - present
- SphereFounder, 2004 - 2008
I grew up in a small Indiana farming community. Since, l've lived in Chicago, New York, New Delhi, Paris, Jakarta & San Francisco. I'm into my family, entrepreneurship, travel, languages, art, architecture, scuba, running, biking & swimming (KONA Rohto Ironman). Most importantly, I've got serious parking karma to offset the fact I'm a Cubs fan.
In addition to about.me, I'm a member of the True Ventures founding team. I serve on the Board of Automattic (WordPress), appssavvy, Typekit, GDGT,KISSmetrics, FREEjit, 20x200, WeGame, StockTwits, RescueTime and led True's investments in Milk, Smarterer, Plancast & MakerBot. I serve as a Special Advisor to Aol Ventures, Web 2.0 Summit and Board Member at non-profit Grist &Opportunity Impact.
Prior, I founded Sphere (acquired by Aol), served on the Board of oddpost (YHOO) and played an active role managing investments in Stonyfield Farms (GPDN), Danger (MSFT) & Post Communications (NTVS).
- Indiana University
Outlook tried and failed to do social email when they partnered with LinkedIn with a clunky extension 2 years ago. xobni and Rapportive are doing quite well as add-on software.
My company has an email division that has created a smart email client that can do this: . It's just an idea for you. You're probably looking at a number of strategies to make about.me get more traction.
By controlling the email client a person uses on their PC and smartphone, a social network can analyze the sender email addresses in a person's everyday email and alert an email user with "This sender has an About.me profile" or "This sender does not seem to have an About.me profile. Would you like to send them a link to yours with an invitation to join themselves?"
My company's main business is the Web CEO software but we'd like to find a strategic partner for that email client which works very well and has 4 programmers assigned to it.