Patrick Kerins, General Partner, NEA
Patrick joined NEA in 2006 as General Partner focusing on a broad range of information technology investments with particular emphasis on enterprise software, Software-as-a-Service, and Internet companies. Pat sits on the boards of BuzzFeed, ChannelAdvisor, Millennial Media, Spring Wireless and Videology. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick was General Partner of Grotech Capital Group where he specialized in high-tech investments and served on a number of boards including Advertising.com, CDnow, Fieldglass Software, Hillcrest Labs, SALIX Technologies, and Synchrologic. Prior to Grotech, Patrick spent nearly 10 years at Alex. Brown & Sons as an investment banker for high technology companies. At Alex. Brown & Sons, he was responsible for a range of financing and advisory projects including initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions for high-tech companies. Prior to that, Patrick was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Patrick served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he spent substantially all his tenure on the staff of Admiral H.G. Rickover at the Headquarters of the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program.
Arthur J. Marks, Managing General Partner, Valhalla Partners
Art Marks has worked with new technologies and entrepreneurs in the mid-Atlantic region for over 30 years, with various senior leadership roles with companies that include NEA and General Electric. In 2002, he co-founded Valhalla Partners, a group of strategic venture investors that has extensive experience in helping entrepreneurs develop world-class companies at critical stages. His current responsibilities include involvement in media, Internet marketing and security related companies, working with Domain Holdings, EnterpriseDB, Jumptap, Parature, SafeNet, SolidFire, Videology, and Vubiquity. He is a member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors as well as the University of Michigan Engineering Advisory Council. He is also currently serving as the Chairman Emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. Additionally he serves on the board of the Venture Philanthropy Partners. Art received a Masters in Business Administration with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan.
John Ferber, Co-Founder and Chairman, Domain Holdings Group
John Ferber is a serial entrepreneur who is currently involved in a number of entrepreneurial start-ups and speculative ventures. John co-founded Advertising.com, which was acquired by AOL in2004. Leaving Advertising.com in 2006, John established an incubator to develop a number of companies, including: USONetworks/Car-Mercial, the leading provider of Video Search Engine Optimization solutions to advertisers and agencies, MyMojo – a celebrity digital brand management company, and the Microgiving Foundation – the world’s largest charitable crowdfunding platform. John also serves on the board of DoublePositive – the world’s leading Hot-Transfer service provider.
W. Gar Richlin, Richlin ǀ Dale LLC
Gar has spent most of his career working with emerging growth companies. He is currently working with early-stage companies through his firm Richlin/Dale, LLC. At the end of 2011, Gar retired as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Clearspring Technologies, Inc. the provider of the largest sharing platform for online content. From 2001 to 2005 he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Advertising.com, the leading performance-based provider of marketing solutions for interactive advertisers and publishers. Advertising.com, a venture-backed company, was purchased by AOL in August of 2004 for $435 million. Before joining Advertising.com, Gar was COO and CFO of SITEL Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange global provider of outsourced call-center services to large corporations. Gar joined SITEL from Alex. Brown & Sons, where he was head of investment banking from 1991 to 1998. During that period, Alex. Brown was the leading investment banking firm to emerging growth companies. Prior to joining Alex. Brown, Gar was a partner of Piper & Marbury, the predecessor firm to DLA Piper where he worked primarily with emerging growth companies. Gar received his BA (with honors) from Wesleyan University and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
David Horowitz, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures
David Horowitz focuses his efforts in digital media, advertising, consumer Internet, and other relevant sectors. Horowitz also works closely with Genacast Ventures, a seed stage venture fund affiliated with Comcast Ventures (CV). Horowitz’s responsibilities at CV include sourcing new investment opportunities and advising and sitting on the board of CV portfolio companies. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures in 2000, Horowitz worked in the investment banking department at Bear Stearns, advising clients in the media and entertainment sector that included cable, broadcasting, publishing, education, advertising/marketing and Internet/new media, among others. David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with highest honors from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. Horowitz serves on the Board of Directors of BlackArrow, JiWire, Snag Films, and Visible World, and is involved as an advisor or board observer to a number of other CV portfolio companies. Horowitz was previously involved in CV’s investments in Demdex (acquired by Adobe), Entropic Communications (NASDAQ: ENTR), Giant Realm (acquired by Burst Media), Intellon Corporation (NASDAQ: ITLN, acquired by Atheros Communications), Invite Media (acquired by Google), Linkshare (acquired by Rakuten), Nuera Communications (acquired by AudioCodes), RF Magic (acquired by Entropic Communications), and XOS Technologies (acquired by JumpTV).
Scott has spent his career utilizing mathematics and data analysis to build profitable businesses and products. With the goal of bringing the accountability of digital media to the expanding video space, he founded Videology in 2007. Since its launch, Videology has grown to become the 3rd highest reaching online video network. Moreover, its video advertising solutions platform, Videology, is now used by some of the world’s largest marketers and media agencies to connect brands with their targeted consumers.
Prior to his work with Videology, Scott co-founded Advertising.com in 1998. The company was sold to AOL in 2004. In his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, he was responsible for the company’s stellar operating performance, strategic vision and continued development of its award-winning, proprietary optimization technology. Prior to Advertising.com, Scott held roles at Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, where he developed computer systems and mathematical models to create business practices for plant production and raw material procurement. He also worked at the Capital One Financial Corporation, where he leveraged statistical approaches to marketing and financial risk management to develop new businesses outside of the credit card industry.
Scott has received numerous awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, CEO of the Year by Blue Chip Venture Company, the American Business Award’s “Stevie” for Best Executive in 2005, the Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate Award 2006 from the University of Virginia, and was named an Influential Marylander by The Daily Record in 2009. Scott graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree from the University of Virginia, Dept of Systems Engineering in 1991, and a M.S. from the Stanford University, Dept of Engineering-Economic Systems in 1992.
Tom most recently served as Videology’s Chief Revenue Officer. In his new role as President, he continues to manage the Videology sales organization, while also working closely on administration of the business. Tom is also on the Videology Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Videology, Tom served as Senior Vice President, Operations for AOL Media Networks, and as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel, for Advertising.com. Also an attorney, Tom previously was an associate in the corporate and private equity groups at Hogan & Hartson, LLP.
Tom graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Mary Washington and a J.D. with Honors from The George Washington University Law School.
Ryan McNally, Partner and Co-Founder, Catalyst Investors
Ryan has spent more than twenty years as an investor and investment banker working with growth companies in the digital media, software-as-a-service, publishing, and business and consumer services sectors. In 2000 he co-founded Catalyst Investors, a New York-based growth equity firm focused on tech-enabled services businesses. He currently serves on the boards of Videology, WeddingWire and Reputation Institute and is a board observer of MediaMath and Mindbody. He previously served on the boards of Advantage Business Media, Aspire Media, Las Vegas TV Partners and MessageLabs Group.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Ryan was a Vice President and shareholder of Daniels & Associates (now RBC Capital Markets) where he was primarily responsible for leading financings and M&A assignments for more than 50 emerging companies within the media and telecommunications industry. From 1989 to 1992, he was an investment banker in the Media and Telecommunications Group of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. He received an AB with honours from Harvard College.