The Mucker Network consists of more than 200 of the best, brightest, and most generous entrepreneurs, executives, and investors from Southern California and Silicon Valley. They have all graciously volunteered to mentor and advise Mucker entrepreneurs by offering their time, experience, and networks. In addition to spending time one-on-one with founders, they also hold office hours, roundtable discussions, and instructional sessions at Mucker’s office in Santa Monica.
Dave Feller Founder & CEO, Yummly
Dave has always had a passion for food. Throughout the years he’s been looking to get more involved with food – even considering opening a restaurant at one point. In addition to always wanting a great meal (cooking, at a friend’s house, restaurant, or a dive), Dave has spent a fair amount of time in the internet world. Dave was an early member of Half.com in Philly, running Marketing & Strategy. He moved to California to continue working for eBay, who had acquired Half.com, and became GM of a $500M portion of the US business. Dave left eBay in 2006 to be VP Marketing & Business Operations for StumbleUpon. Through an acquisition, Dave ended back up at eBay…again. He finally left in late 2008 to pursue his passion, a site now called Yummly.
Dave Neupert CEO, M80 Interactive Marketing
Dave Neupert is the founder and acting CEO of M80 Interactive Marketing, an online grassroots marketing firm which has managed publicity campaigns for companies like Warner Music Group, The Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Honda and Fox Home Entertainment. Neupert began his career in the music business at Maverick. He worked on some of the first websites for artists like Deftones and Alanis Morissette. Dave began to build a buzz about these artists from fan to fan over the internet and utilized the internet long before it became a common promotional tool. M80 specializes in developing online publicity, promotions, and grassroots marketing campaigns for top entertainment properties and consumer brands. M80 identifies, empowers, and activates word-of-mouth marketing among online influencers and opinion leaders. Dave oversees the company's financial operations and provides the vision for the strategic direction of the company. M80 has developed and implemented marketing campaigns for more than 150 top entertainment and consumer brands, including Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Comedy Central, BBC America, The Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Honda, Napa Auto Parts, Cingular Wireless, Fox Broadcasting, and Fox Home Entertainment. Dave Neupert is the founder and acting CEO of M80 Interactive Marketing, an online grassroots marketing firm which has managed publicity campaigns for companies like Warner Music Group, The Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Honda and Fox Home Entertainment.
David Cremin Founder / Managing Partner, DFJ Frontier
David Cremin is a founder and Managing Director of DFJ Frontier, a DFJ Network partner fund and early stage venture capital firm focused on west coast media and information services investments. Based in Los Angeles, he leads fund management, fundraising and portfolio management for Frontier. Prior to Frontier, he was a founding partner of Zone Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. David has raised over $200 million in venture capital partnerships and helped lead investments in over sixty companies, including Divx Networks (NASDAQ:DIVX), and Clear Access, sold to Cisco in 2012. He previously served as Founder and CEO of Vis-à-Vis Entertainment, a music publishing and digital media company. He spent several years touring as a professional musician and recording artist for RCA Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records and EastWest Records. David has taught business feasibility as an adjunct professor at UC Santa Barbara and California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
David Sobie Chief Marketing Officer, REVOLVE Clothing
David Sobie is Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVE Clothing. Most recently he was Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development at HauteLook. He previosuly was with exchange marketplace LeadPoint, where he served as vice president of product and led the company's product, marketing and analytics teams. Prior to LeadPoint, he was at eBay, leading the company's automotive dealer business in eBay's Motors division. Early in his career, he worked for FreeMarkets, a B2B marketplace that pioneered the use of reverse auctions for procurement at Fortune 500 companies.
David Subar CTO and Executive Head of Product Management, Break Media
David Subar is a senior product management and technology executive for Break Media, and is responsible for product management and product development as well as managing the technical infrastructure. He leads an international team based in Los Angeles and Shanghai, and is responsible for the company’s multi-platform technology strategy across mobile and internet-connected CE devices, in addition to overseeing Break’s in-house advertising technology server, Apex. David has run technology groups responsible for over $200M in annual revenue and has also served as an interim CTO working with top venture capitalist firms to accelerate the growth of their portfolio companies and consulted to companies including Lynda.com and frog designs.
David Travers Co-Founder, Basepoint Ventures
Prior to joining Rustic Canyon in 2005, David worked at eBay, where he focused on the growth of the sports, toys, collectibles and media marketplaces. Previously, David worked on corporate strategy at The Walt Disney Company and helped launch Disney’s credit card business. Prior to that, David served as Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor in the White House and was awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Outstanding Public Service. David earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Stanford University.
David Waxman Managing Partner, TenOneTen Ventures
David is an experience executive and entrepreneur. David founded and sold Firefly Networks to Microsoft in 1998 as his first venture and subsequently founded and help take public PeoplePC in 2000. Most recently, David was founder of Spot Runner - where he let the product and technology functions. David is currently an investor and advisor to companies such as Korn Ferry, Health In Reach, and Fig Card (sold to Pay Pal)
David Yoo SVP Mobile Products & Services, American Express
David Yoo serves as Senior Vice President of Mobile Products & Services at American Express Company. He served as Senior Vice President of Commerce Innovation at American Express Company since May 2012. He served as the Senior Vice President of Strategy at BOKU, Inc. Prior to BOKU, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer at AT&T Interactive. While at AT&T Interactive, he grew consumer web and mobile applications to over 52M monthly uniques, and grew the local advertising business to 1M local advertisers and $230M in advertising revenue per quarter. Prior to AT&T Interactive, he served as Head of Strategy and Product Marketing at Tellme, acquired by Microsoft. He also served as a Principal Product Manager at PayPal an eBay, Inc. David holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics from University of California, Davis.
David Young Partner, Cooley LLP
David Young is a partner in Cooley's business department and is a member of the Firm's Emerging Companies practice group. Mr. Young joined the Firm in 2012 and is a founding partner of its Los Angeles office. David concentrates in the representation of emerging growth companies at all stages, as well as the venture capital firms, strategic investors and investment banks that finance these companies. In addition to providing strategic counseling, his practice encompasses venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, equity compensation matters, SEC reporting and disclosure, intellectual property licensing, complex corporate partnering transactions and corporate governance. He represents both public and private companies, primarily in the digital media, technology, cleantech, life sciences and media and entertainment sectors, and also frequently represents venture capital firms and other investors in financings and underwriters in public offerings. Prior to joining Cooley, David was a partner at DLA Piper, serving as the chair of its Corporate and Finance Group for its Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix offices. Prior to that, after spending time working with emerging companies in each of San Diego, Silicon Valley and Seattle, in 2000 David was a founder of the Los Angeles office of Venture Law Group. David obtained his MBA in Finance from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and his JD from USC Gould School of Law.
Don Cansino VP, AT&T
Don is a seasoned executive who has decades worth of experience building award-winning products in mobile, streaming media devices, interactive television, and automotive industries.
Don is passionate about guiding talented teams with his technical expertise in building innovative products that consumers love. Don was previously Vice President at ATT where he brought to market products such as Data Free TV, Mobile DVR, and streaming applications for Rogers in Canada. Prior to his tenure at ATT, Don served as Vice President at DIRECTV, launching the Emmy Award winning NFL Sunday Ticket experience across a wide range of streaming platforms and interactive television. Don pioneered the media industry while at DIRECTV, launching cutting edge products that include TV Everywhere, Kid's App, Commercial Application, What's Hot, and the Bar Finder application. He also expanded digital offerings to DIRECTV Latin America's product suite and helped resolve DIRECTV's piracy issue early on its journey to becoming a leader in the television industry.
Don earned a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University, holds numerous U.S. patents and speaks 3 languages.
Doug Hirsch Co-Founder, GoodRx
Doug Hirsch has more than 15 years of experience conceiving, building and managing community healthcare and entertainment web and mobile products. One of the first employees of Yahoo, he conceived and/or managed product development for all of Yahoo's community and communication products, including Yahoo! Mail, GeoCities, Yahoo! Groups, Yahooligans, Yahoo! Personals, Yahoo! Chat, Yahoo! Message Boards, Yahoo! Calendar, Yahoo! Local and more. Between 1996 and 2001,Doug led product development for services which generated more than 75% of Yahoo's traffic and new members.
After leaving Yahoo to travel around the world in 2001, Doug returned to Yahoo! as the General Manager of Yahoo! Entertainment, responsible for all aspects of Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! TV, Yahoo! Entertainment and a joint-venture with Paramount's “Entertainment Tonight'. Between 2001 and 2005, each of these sites became the #1 site in their respective categories. Revenues for the group grew from less than $5M to more than $50M by 2005.
In August 2005, Doug was hired by Facebook as the Vice President Of Production, reporting to the CEO. In his tenure at Facebook, Doug co-conceived and launched Facebook's photo sharing product, helped grow traffic by 400%, launched Facebook's high school product and more.
In early 2006, Doug founded DailyStrength, the web’s leading community for people with health and life challenges. DailyStrength was acquired in November 2008 by HSW International, Inc.
Doug is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, with additional coursework at Oxford University and UCLA. Doug was accepted at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, but opted not to leave Yahoo to attend business school.
Douglas Merrill Founder & CEO, ZestCash
Douglas Merrill is the CEO and founder of ZestCash.com, a financial services technology company that provides credit alternatives for the underbanked. ZestCash announced a $19 million round of Series A funding in July 2011 and was one of Forbes’ Names You Need to Know in 2011. Merrill is the former CIO and Vice President of Engineering at Google, where he helped bring the company to its IPO and with related regulatory activities. Google's current CIO, Ben Fried, took over in April 2008 upon Merrill's departure. After Google, Merrill served as president of EMI Music's digital unit. In March 2010, Merrill published the book, “Getting Organized in the Google Era: How to Get Stuff Out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right”. Merrill is also a former researcher with the RAND Corporation and is listed among the organization's most notable participants. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a major in social and political organization. Merrill attended Princeton where he received Masters and Doctoral degrees in psychology. His academic publications include articles in The Journal of the Learning Sciences, Cognition and Instruction, Reliable Distributed Systems, and a paper in the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (1992; 608:103-110). He currently sits on the board of The Filter
Drew Marich Head of Operations, Grokker
Prior to becoming the Head of Operations of Groker, Mr. Marich was the CEO of Luxury Link. He also served in several key executive positions at eBay Inc. from 2001 to 2007. Most recently, Mr. Marich was the general manager of eBay’s Rent.com subsidiary, the leading online apartment listing site with nearly four million unique visitors monthly. In addition, Mr. Marich oversaw the management of several multi-billion dollar eBay businesses, such as Sports, Collectibles and Toys. Prior to his tenure with eBay, Mr. Marich was an early employee of MVP.com, cofounded a catalog/Internet food company and has held positions with McKinsey & Company, Del Monte Foods and Citigroup’s Smith Barney. Mr. Marich received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MBA from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dustin Rosen Board & Co-Founder, Pose
Dustin is the Board and Co-Founder of Pose, a GRP backed d photo sharing site, whose application targets shoppers of apparel. Prior to starting Pose, Dustin was with LA-based venture capital firm, The Mail Room Fund. The MRF was a committed fund of Accel, Venrock, AT&T and William Morris (one of LA’s largest talent agencies). He was originally with William Morris as a junior talent rep but wanted to be more in the business of helping digital startups.
Eli Portnoy CEO, Sense360
Eli Portnoy is the co-founder and CEO of Sense360. Eli and his colleagues are making mobile apps smarter by helping them leverage the sensors on smartphones to detect location, activity, and context in the background. They make it as easy as a few lines of code, and ensure high accuracy, low battery drain, and privacy safeguards.
Previously, Eli was the co-founder and CEO of Thinknear, a location-based mobile ad network, and sold it within 19 months of inception to Telenav (NASDAQ: TNAV) in what remains the largest ever acquisition of a TechStars company.
After the acquisition he became President of the Thinknear business unit within Telenav, and have helped grow the business many times over, built the team to 70+ people, and helped Thinknear take a leadership position in the industry.
Eli loves to write and has been a recurring contributor for both Forbes.com and AdExchanger.com. I have also been a guest contributor on TechCrunch, StreetFight, Digiday, MediaPost, and many other publications.
Previously he was a Sr. Product Manager at Amazon working on the Digital Video team. His focus was on defining the experience across our connected devices (TVs and set-top boxes) and working with the Prime team on what became Prime Instant Video. Eli graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a BA in International Relations, Political Science.
Eric Haller Executive Vice President & Global Head, DataLabs at Experian
Eric Haller is the Executive Vice President and Global Head for DataLabs at Experian. He is responsible for the management and growth of online credit profiles, as well as strategic markets such as Internet delivery, government, capital markets and retail banking. Prior to Experian, Haller held executive marketing and product development roles with HNC Software (acquired by Fair Isaac), MasterCard Advisors and VISA International. Haller also co-founded a company focused on identity theft detection in credit applications (acquired by ID Analytics), and he led new product development for Sequoia Capital–funded Green Dot Corporation.
Eric Kirby Chief Operating Officer, Datalogix
Eric Kirby is the Chief Operating Officer for Datalogix. Previously he was the CEO and Founder of Connection Engine, a venture-backed company developing new customer intelligence and targeting solutions. Previously, Kirby was SVP & GM of Interactive Solutions at Merkle, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing customer relationship marketing agencies, where he was responsible for developing digital media offerings including email, mobile, display, and social marketing solutions. Prior to Merkle, Kirby held the position of SVP & GM of DoubleClick’s Email Solutions division, the world’s largest email service provider at the time. Kirby has also co-founded two previous online marketing technology firm – Veripost and Assurance Systems – both of which were acquired by Return Path. Earlier, Kirby served as Vice President of Interactive Services at Brierley+Partners, a customer relationship marketing agency. He holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Eric Wu Sr. Director of Customer Acquisition, Edmunds
Eric Wu is the Sr. Director of Customer Acquisition at Edmunds. He was previously the VP of Growth & Product at SpinMedia and the former Director of SEO for eHow.com. As a Growth Hacker and Product Manager, he has made a career of connecting millions of consumers with large brands while at AT&T, Demand Media, REALTOR, and EarthLink. Since 2000, Eric has worked at scale across a variety of industries for some of the internets most popular websites including eHow.com, LIVESTRONG.com, YellowPages.com, Realtor.com, VIBE.com, and SPIN.com He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Cognitive Science & Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from UC San Diego.
Esther Seo Nordlinger Executive, Creative Artists Agency
Esther Seo Nordlinger is currently the Business Development Executive at Creative Artists Agency, a leading entertainment and sports agency that represents many of the most successful and innovative professionals working in film, television, music, video games, theatre, and digital content, as well as more than 1,000 of the world’s top athletes. She previously worked as the director of corporate development at Demand Media, and held various positions at eBay. Esther holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and Public Policy.
Ethan Smith VP of Growth, Yummly
Ethan Smith is the VP of Growth at Yummly.com, an online digital kitchen platform mapping the food genome and making life better, easier, and more fun for everyone who cooks. He leads product and marketing. Prior to Yummly, he managed product, design, and marketing at Wize.com (acquired by Nextag). He is a speaker and consultant for SEO, online marketing, and metrics based product development.