Miles Gilburne, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder

 

Miles Gilburne has been active for more than 25 years as a venture capitalist, corporate strategist and technology lawyer in the media, communications and technology industries. He is currently a managing member of ZG Ventures, LLC (“ZG Ventures”), an early stage venture capital firm focused on media, information technology and bioinformatics. Prior to forming ZG Ventures in 2000, Gilburne served for five years as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for America Online, Inc. (“AOL”), stepping down from those duties in December 1999. At AOL, Gilburne was responsible for strategic planning and for major corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances. He was elected to the board of directors of AOL in 1999 and continued to serve on the board of directors of Time Warner, Inc. until stepping down in May 2006. Prior to joining AOL, Gilburne was a founding partner of The Cole Gilburne Fund, an early stage venture capital fund focused on information and communications technology, and was a founding partner of technology and media law offices in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

 

Gilburne is currently a member of the board of directors of SRA International, Inc., a publicly traded government services company; the Chairman of BrainScope Company, Inc., a medical device company focused on diagnosing concussion in sports and the military; a member of the Board of National Geographic Ventures (dating to National Geographic’s investment in ePals); and a founding investor and member of the boards of various privately held venture capital backed companies, including ePals and SnagFilms, Inc., a distribution company which aggregates and distributes documentary films over the Internet. Gilburne is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. He received a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Nina Zolt, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder

 

A social entrepreneur dedicated to maximizing the potential of young people, especially those in low-income environments, Nina Zolt’s diverse career has spanned more than 25 years as a media executive, digital product designer, entertainment lawyer and entrepreneur working at the intersection of education and technology. She is currently co-founder and co-chair of Cricket Media, a global K-12 learning company that provides award-winning content and collaborative learning opportunities for children, families and teachers around the world. Prior to co-founding Cricket Media, Zolt founded and served as chief learning officer of In2Books, where she led development of a research-tested 21st century skills eMentoring program that has received numerous awards, including the CODIE Award for Best Reading/English Instructional Solution. She also co-founded and served as chief learning officer of ePals. Zolt’s early career focused on helping traditional media and technology companies make the transition to the digital world. She worked as a senior executive for Kaleida, an interactive media company founded by Apple and IBM, and consulted on strategic planning at the Washington Post. Prior to that, she was a partner at a boutique entertainment law firm in Los Angeles where she represented writers, directors and producers in television, film and publishing. She also held executive positions at Capitol Records, ABC, and NBC. Zolt has served as a member of the Washington D.C. Advisory Board of Directors for Teach for America, the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Advisory Board for the International Literacy Association. Zolt has an A.B. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and honorary doctorates from National-Louis University and from Bryant University. Boston University School of Law awarded Zolt its Silver Shingle Award for distinguished service and its Alumni Public Service Award.

 

Stephanie Sharis, Chief Executive Officer

 

Having started her career as a public high school teacher, Stephanie Sharis has spent the last 16 years working in the digital sector, building digital products and running digital companies. Prior to Cricket Media, she served as CEO of DailyClout, a civic tech start-up that enables citizens to become political influencers through voter engagement tools. With funding from the Knight Foundation, DailyClout launched BillCam in January 2016, a federal and state bill-tracker that can be embedded inside online news articles and blog posts to enable anyone to engage with the bill (e.g., vote, share, annotate, contact bill sponsor). Before joining DailyClout, Stephanie was COO of SnagFilms, Inc., the pioneering digital distributor of independent film programming and then-owner of the Webby Award-winning movie site, Indiewire. From 2003 to 2007, Stephanie worked at AOL, as Director of Business Development and then Director of Creative Development. She developed and launched AOL True Stories in 2016, the precursor to SnagFilms, where users could watch documentaries and engage with content through Web 2.0 tools. Stephanie received her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. Afterward, she joined Teach for America and taught English (grades 9 – 12) in East Los Angeles at Roosevelt High School, the nation’s largest public high school at the time, and earned her teaching credential through the LA Unified School District fellowship program for gifted teachers. Stephanie holds a Master in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a focus in education policy. From 2010 to 2014, Stephanie served on the Board of Directors for icouldbe.org, a non-profit whose mission is to provide at-risk middle and high school students with an online community of professional mentors, empowering teens to stay in school, plan for future careers, and achieve in life.

 

William Raduchel, Past CTO, America Online; Chief Strategy Officer, Sun Microsystems

 

William Raduchel is strategic advisor at Daily Mail and General Trust PLC. Besides ePals, he is a director of Silicon Image, Inc. as well as LiveIntent, Inc., moka5, Inc. and Virident Systems Inc. He is strategic advisor to Naspers Ltd. Mr. Raduchel teaches corporate strategy at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. He is the chair of the Committee on Copyright and Innovation in the Digital Era for the National Academy of Sciences.

 

Roger Poirier, CFA

 

Roger Poirier recently resigned after 18 years as Co-Founder and Partner with Cormark Securities, a leading mid-market Canadian investment dealer. During his tenure, Roger was a long standing member of the executive committee; audit committee and deputy chair of the risk committee.

 

Roger has worked in the securities industry for more than 20 years, supporting both private and public companies. His experience has been predominantly focused on equities and mergers and acquisitions, while recently concentrating his attention on media and content. Roger is also an advocate for educational causes and Chairs the Foundation at TFS, the largest independent school in Canada. He sits on various private boards and received his CFA designation in 1999.

 

Song Pak, Executive Vice President of Operations & Deputy General Counsel, Revolution LLC; General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Revolution Growth

 

Song is Executive Vice President of Operations and Deputy General Counsel at Revolution LLC and General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Revolution Growth.

 

Prior to joining Revolution, Song was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Extend Health, Inc., operator of the country’s largest private Medicare insurance exchange. Prior to that, Song was Corporate Counsel and Compliance Officer for Revolution Health Group (now a part of Everyday Health).

 

Song’s career has also included private legal practice with the law firm DLA Piper, where she represented a variety of clients including high-technology and emerging growth companies in the areas of bioscience, software, hardware, and telecommunications as well as venture capital, private equity, and other investment funds. Her practice focused on general corporate and securities law, and included debt and equity offerings, venture capital and mezzanine financings, M&A, and investment fund formation.

 

Song is a frequent speaker on the use of private equity and venture capital as catalysts for economic development and has served as general counsel to the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, a non-profit organization focused on the use of venture capital as a tool for economic development.

 

Song received her BA from Southern Methodist University and holds a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.

 

Michael Jesselson

 

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