Cathie Black served as the chairman and president of Hearst Magazines, a division of Hearst Corporation, from 1996 to 2010. During her tenure at Hearst Magazines, overseeing both the print and digital operations, she steered the global expansion of over 200 publications, among them Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, and Good Housekeeping, as well as launched some of the publishing company’s most successful new titles, including O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, and Food Network Magazine, and was a strong advocate for digital innovation.
Prior to joining Hearst, Black served as President and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America. Black also served as president and publisher of USA Today, joining the newspaper when it was just a year old, and was widely credited for helping turn it into the number one newspaper in the U.S. Before her time in the newspaper business, Black was the publisher of New York Magazine, the first woman publisher of a consumer weekly in the country. She began her career in advertising sales.
Black served on the boards of The Coca-Cola Company, Gannett Co. Inc., Hearst Corporation, and IBM and now is a board advisor and investor to several early stage companies. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, author of the best-selling book Basic Black, and has appeared on Forbes and Fortune’s lists of the most powerful women in business on numerous occasions.
Eric joined August Capital in 2010 to focus on investing in later stage growth companies to provide capital for growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations and shareholder liquidity. Eric has broad investing, transaction and operating experience in private and public growth companies.
Immediately prior to joining August Capital, Eric was a partner at Continental Investors where he invested in ecommerce and software companies; and financial technology and service companies. His transaction experience includes several years of investment banking at Merrill Lynch & Co including the position of Co-Head of Technology Investment Banking. Eric also served as an Executive in Residence at Golden Gate Capital.
Eric’s operating experience includes: CFO for Einstein Noah Bagel Corporation (ENBC) during the company’s initial public offering; CFO for Authorize.Net, which was acquired by Go2Net (GNET); and CFO of Provide Commerce (PRVD), which was acquired by Liberty Media Interactive (LINTA).
Eric received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Current Board Affiliations: AvantCredit, Blue Nile (NILE), Dydacomp, Integral Ad Science, PubMatic, SnagAJob, and Zulily (ZU). Other current and past investments include Bodybuilding.com (acquired by Liberty Media Interactive), CarHop, Veritec, TradingScreen, HighTower and Seaside National Bank.
As President of Zillow, Susan leads the Premier Agent business and oversees the buyer and seller product teams, StreetEasy and the corporate relations function, which includes internal and external communications, government relations and social impact. Susan joined Zillow in October 2012 after the company’s acquisition of Buyfolio, a co-shopping platform for real estate agents and their homebuyers that she co-founded in 2009. Prior to Buyfolio, Susan co-founded the award-winning travel website SeatGuru, which was acquired by Expedia in 2007.
Susan is recognized as a leader in the industry, having been named by Inman as one of 33 people who are changing the real estate industry.
Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Johns Hopkins University and currently sits on their Board of Trustees.
A serial entrepreneur, Amar founded PubMatic in 2006, serving as the company’s first CEO until his brother, Rajeev Goel, took the helm as the company’s current CEO. As Founder, Chairman & Chief Innovation Officer, Amar runs PubMatic’s marketplace group, which is focused on increasing liquidity and driving monetization for the publishers on PubMatic’s platform. As part of this role, Amar is responsible for the machine learning team and runs the EMEA and APAC regions. As Chairman of the Board he is responsible for helping PubMatic’s Board and management team drive the company’s overall strategy.
In addition to PubMatic, Amar also founded several other companies, including Komli Media, the leading independent advertising technology platform in the APAC region. Amar served as Founder and Chairman of Komli from 2006 through 2013, assuming the role of Founder and CEO in late 2013, a position he held until selling Komli Media in September 2015 when he rejoined PubMatic in a more active day-to-day role. As a 19-year-old student at Harvard University, Amar co-founded Chipshot.com. Over five years he grew the business to approximately $30M in annual sales, making Chipshot.com the fastest-growing ecommerce website at that time. In addition to founding his own companies, Amar has extensive experience in digital media and advertising, previously leading sales for a digital advertising business for Microsoft in the US, and working at McKinsey & Co. and Netscape in a variety of consulting and engineering roles.
As an entrepreneur, Amar raised over $100M in venture capital and hired more than 1,000 employees around the globe, generating several hundred million dollars per year in revenue at peak.
He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University.
Rajeev co-founded PubMatic in 2006 based on the belief that advertising was poised for a profound digital transformation and would therefore require an entirely new infrastructure platform in order to thrive. Under his leadership, PubMatic has grown and matured into a major cloud provider of real time advertising infrastructure with more than 500 employees, 8 data centers, and 14 offices around the globe.
Rajeev is a serial entrepreneur who has raised more than $250 million in funding throughout his career. Prior to PubMatic, he co-founded Chipshot.com, a leading online retailer of custom-built golf equipment, where he served as Vice President of Technology. At Chipshot, Rajeev also led product management and development, helping grow the company into a $30 million business. An experienced management consultant, he was also a Principal at Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, an IT strategy consulting firm for Fortune 2000 clients, where he led teams on technology strategy engagements. In addition, Rajeev was a product marketing director at SAP, where he was responsible for global go-to-market strategy for new products.
Rajeev serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and as a Leadership Fellow at The Johns Hopkins University. He holds a master’s degree in Computer & Information Technology from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science and Spanish from the Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Ashish Gupta is a co-founder of Helion Venture Partners and serves on the boards of Babyoye.com, Dhingana, InfoEdge, Jivox, Kirusa, Komli, MySmartPrice.com, PubMatic, and SMSGupshup. He has co-founded two successful companies: Tavant Technologies and Junglee (AMZN). He has also worked at Woodside Fund, Oracle Corporation and IBM research. Some of his other investments are redBus (MIH), Mu Sigma, Daksh (IBM), Odesk, MakeMyTrip, and Merittrac (Manipal Group).
Ashish is a Kauffman Fellow, holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur where he was awarded the President’s Gold medal. He has authored several patents, publications, and a book by MIT press.
Naren is co-founder of Nexus Venture Partners. He co-founded Integrated Systems, Inc. (ISI), a leading embedded software company, where he served as the President/CEO for fifteen years. He took ISI public and subsequently merged it with Wind River Systems. Naren continued to serve on the board of Wind River till its recent acquisition by Intel. Currently, he serves on the boards of Red Hat and Tibco. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the California institute of Technology and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Naren has over 20 years of early and early-growth stage investment experience in the U.S. and India. Several of his earlier investments have had successful public exits, including Digital Link (IPO), E-Tek Dynamics (IPO), RightNow (IPO), Numerical Technologies (IPO, acquired by Synopsis) and Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai).
Naren holds a B. Tech. degree and is a recipient of the President’s Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi; an M.S. from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Naren has received distinguished alumni awards from Caltech and IIT and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE. He is an active advisor to entrepreneurs worldwide.