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Santo PolitiGeneral Partner, Spark Capital
Nostalgic engineer, constant tinkerer, full-time dreamer. Santo Politi is a Founder and General Partner of Spark Capital. He has led Spark’s investments in eToro,Convert Media, Genie, Orchard, Qriously, Storenvy, Triggit and Zazma. He also led Spark’s previous investments in Adap.TV (acquired by AOL), Admeld (acquired by Google), CT-100/CNET (acquired by CBS), IPWireless (acquired by General Dynamics), KickApps (acquired by KIT Digital), Lexity (acquired by Yahoo!), Oculus (acquired by Facebook), and OneRiot (acquired by Walmart). He served as a board member of5Min (acquired by AOL) and thePlatform (acquired by Comcast). Santo was previously a Partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV) where he led investments in BigBand Networks (NASDAQ: BBND), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola) and Groove Mobile (acquired by LiveWire). Prior to Charles River Ventures, Santo served as President of New Media for Blockbuster Entertainment (NYSE: BBI). Santo also previously co-founded BT Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm affiliated with Bankers Trust where he led successful investments in Aether Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: AETH), DigitalThink (NASDAQ: DTHK) and Novatel Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVTL). Santo previously held various engineering and management positions at Matsushita Electric Industrial, Panasonic and Weston Instruments. Santo holds an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from NJIT and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dan CiporinGeneral Partner, Canaan Partners
Dan Ciporin is General Partner at Canaan Partners and has been involved in the ecommerce and fintech sectors for more than 20 years, and before turning to the world of venture investing was Chairman and CEO of Shopping.com, one of the world’s largest online comparison shopping sites. Dan led the company from zero to $100M+ in just five years and took it public in 2004, after which it was acquired by eBay in 2005 for over $600mm. Dan was also chairman of the Internet Lab, a US-Israeli incubator for early-stage consumer Internet startups, as well as Senior VP of MasterCard International, where he managed all online global debit products. At Canaan, Dan has an abiding interest in all things ecommerce and fintech, with a special love for marketplaces. He sits on the board of LendingClub, the world’s leading marketplace for peer-to-peer loans with a mission to fundamentally transform consumer credit and banking. He’s also a board member for ShopKeep, the complete POS cloud-based platform which enables any merchant to have a register and manage their entire business simply by purchasing an iPad; CircleUp, which provides equity based crowdfunding for high-growth consumer companies; and Orchard, which seamlessly allows any investor to plug into any marketplace lender in the world. Dan also joined the board of Joor, a company that sits at the intersection of luxury brands and retailers by operating one of the largest wholesale luxury apparel marketplaces in the world.
Kareem ZakiInvestor, Thrive Capital
Kareem is an Investor at Thrive Capital where he focuses on investments primarily in financial services and healthcare. He currently serves on the boards of Cedar, Honor, Orchard, Oscar, and Welkin. Before Thrive, he was an investor at Blackstone’s private equity group. Kareem graduated with an A.B. in Economics and Healthcare Policy from Harvard.
Thrive Capital is a venture capital firm focused on internet and software investments across all sectors.
Brian AdamsVP, Engineering, Spotify; Founder & CEO, Mighty TV; Former Co-Founder & CTO, Admeld
Brian Adams is an entrepreneur and product innovator in both the ad-tech and consumer space. In 2007 he founded Admeld, a publisher monetization platform that was sold to Google in 2011.
Matt BurtonCo-Founder & CEO, Orchard
Matt has spent his career creating technologies and businesses that have transformed industries. In digital advertising he helped build, scale and optimize the Internet’s top advertising exchanges at Google, Admeld and LiveRail, which handled collectively handled trillions of transactions. As employee number seven at AdMeld (which was acquired by Google for $400M in 2011) Matt played a central role in all aspects of the company, from product development to sales to operations. After Google, Burton joined LiveRail (which was acquired by Facebook for $500M in 2014) where he continued to focus on programmatic exchanges.
After transforming Online Advertising Matt changed his focused to Lending. In 2013 he founded Orchard Platform, where he and his co-founders are combining their expertise in auction dynamics and bidding behaviors, extensive knowledge in credit risk and underwriting analytics to reimagine the future of credit.
Matt is also is a three time Texas State Tennis Champion and loves racket sports and traveling the world.