Board of Directors
Peter Chernin is the founder of The Chernin Group and Chernin Entertainment. The Chernin Group manages, operates and invests in businesses in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. Chernin Entertainment produces feature films and television programs. Chernin previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Group. He holds a B.A. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
While not taking his frustrations out on the keyboard ï¿½(Higher level Chopin eludes him, Scott Joplin's hands were clearly too big and Vince Guraldi has far too much syncopated rhythm) Harry is a media analyst at Knighthead Capital Management - a NYC based hedge fund specializing in debt opportunities - a frequent blog commenter, an occasional writer and a part time angel investor. He also moonlights as a VC.
Before Knighthead, Harry worked at King Street Capital as the head media analyst across the capital structure. Prior to that he ran a long short equity hedge fund, Gothic Capital Management and spent most of the 90's as an equity research analyst at Credit Suisse. Harry and funds he has been associated with have made investments in Titan Outdoor (sold to Welsh Carson), dMarc Broadcasting (sold to Google), Pandora, Zing (sold to Dell), Armada Media, Kyazoonga, Broadcast Interactive Media (BIM), Whistlebox, and Violet Crown Cinema. He serves on the board of Kyazoonga, BIM and observes all things Pandora.
Harry has a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. in International Finance from the N.Y.U. Stern School of Business. He also spent a semester during business school at Hochschule St. Gallen where he enjoyed all 3 of Switzerland's radio stations. He lives with his wife and 2 daughters in Connecticut.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Investments, Hearst Interactive Media
Scott English oversees Hearst's Strategic Investments group and pursues acquisitions for the corporation in digital media. He acts as a director or observer on the boards of a number of Hearst's portfolio companies including Gazillion, BuzzFeed, The NewsMarket, Wide Orbit, Brightcove and Pandora.
Scott joined Hearst Interactive Media in 1995 and ran business development and strategy for Hearst's HomeArts.com network of magazine websites. He moved into his current role at HIM in 1999 after helping orchestrate the merger of HomeArts.com and Women.com (now iVillage). Prior to Hearst, Scott worked in the magazine division at Condé Nast.
Scott graduated with a BA from Trinity College and earned his MBA from Columbia Business School.
Jim has more than 20 years experience in investment banking and is currently a partner at Crosslink Capital focusing on software/services investments. Most recently, he was Global Head of Technology Investment Banking at UBS Warburg. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer at Volpe Brown Whelan & Company. Jim was also Head of Technology Investment Banking at Robertson Stephens. Jim holds a BA in Chemistry from Dartmouth College and a JD/MBA from Stanford University.
Peter is an independent investor focusing on investments in digital media technology companies. From 1999 through 2003 he was a Venture Partner with Redpoint Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital partnership. From 1997-1999 he held the same position with Institutional Venture Partners. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Avnera, Line6, ZING and Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB). Over the past few years Mr. Gotcher has also served on the Board of Directors of MusicMatch (acquired by Yahoo!), Onebox.com (acquired by Phone.com), iGo Corporation (acquired by Mobility), ViaPhone (acquired by Extended Systems), Avid Technology, MyPlay (acquired by the Bertelsmann Music Group), and Pacific Microsonics (acquired by Microsoft). Mr. Gotcher founded Digidesign, Inc. in 1984 and served as its President, CEO, and Chairman through the company's Initial Public Offering in December of 1993, and subsequent merger with Avid Technology in January of 1995. Mr. Gotcher served as the General Manager of Digidesign and Executive Vice President of Avid until May 1996. Previously, he worked for Dolby Laboratories and holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. Peter is also an active recording and performing musician.
Robert M. Kavner
Bob is a private investor and has been active since 1995 as a venture capital investor and board member of several technology-related companies including EarthLink, idealab!, Ticketmaster-CitySearch, Jupiter Media Metrix, and Blue Arc. Prior to its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2003, he was the Chairman of the Board of Overture Services (formerly GoTo). In the late 1990s, Bob was CEO of On Command Corporation, a provider of in-room video systems to the lodging industry. From 1984 to 1994, Bob held a number of senior level positions at AT&T. He was CEO of the Multimedia Products and Services Group and was a member of the Executive Committee of AT&T. Prior to that, he was President of the Data Systems Division and Chairman of the Unix Systems Laboratory. Bob was Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation for his first four years at AT&T. During the 18 years prior to joining AT&T, Bob was a Partner in Coopers & Lybrand and was Co-Chairman of the firm's information industry practice. Bob serves on the Board of Directors of FleetBoston Financial, EarthLink, Inc., Jupiter Media Metrix, Overture Systems, and idealab! He previously has been a member of the Board of Sun Microsystems, Olivetti, Philips Telecommunications and Duracell. Bob attended Adelphi University and received a B.S. degree in 1965.
Chief Executive Officer & President, Pandora
Joe Kennedy joined Pandora in 2004 following a five-year stint at E-LOAN, where he was President and Chief Operating Officer. From 1995 to 1999, he was the Vice President of Sales, Service and Marketing for Saturn Corporation, which he grew to over $4 billion in revenue and established as the top brand for customer satisfaction in the auto industry. Joe joined the initial start-up team at Saturn, four months after its founding, as a marketing manager and held positions of increasing marketing responsibility over the course of his 11-year tenure there.
Joe holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, where he dabbled in music theory and learned to compose his ownGregorian chants. He is Pandora's resident pop music junkie. Joe has also been playing the piano for more than 30 years, most of which has been spent attempting to master Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."
Partner, Labrador Ventures
Mr. Kubal has invested in seed and early stage information technology companies for the last 15 years. He is a founder of Labrador Ventures and serves as a managing partner of Labrador Ventures II, III, IV and V. Mr. Kubal is the Labrador representative with portfolio companies Aperto Networks, Proficient Systems, Soligence, and Teraburst Networks. In addition to his investment experience, Mr. Kubal was a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, a global strategy and technology consulting firm. Prior to consulting, Mr. Kubal worked extensively in computerized database publishing for McGraw-Hill Publications Company and for the Academy for Educational Development. Mr. Kubal was also a founding executive with a venture-backed PC software company, Avalanche Technologies, ultimately acquired by Microsoft. Mr. Kubal received his undergraduate degree from Duke University (1974), cum laude with departmental distinction, and his M.B.A. from Stanford's Graduate School of Business (1982).
Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
Larry Marcus is a Managing Director at Walden Venture Capital, a San Francisco based venture capital firm that focuses on "sprout stage" investments (post product or technology development), with mass-market potential in the digital media and technology enabled services sectors. Larry has been a Director at Pandora since March 2004 when Walden lead the first venture capital round to focus the company on launching a consumer-facing service. Larry is also a Director at SoundHound (sound and voice search), Rootmusic (BandPage on Facebook), Telekenex (voice and data services provider), a Board Observer at PowerCloud Systems and led Walden's investment in Terayon (acquired by Motorola). Prior to joining Walden in 2000, Larry was a digital media sell-side Equity Research Analyst at Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown where he lead the IPOs of Maxis, Terayon, CBS MarketWatch, Edmark, and Netflix (initial S-1 IPO filing) among other equity and debt financings (incl. Sierra On-line, Excite@Home, Spectrum Holobyte). Prior experience includes Robertson Stephens & Company, Digidesign and General Management in computer services retail. He received both a B.A. and MBA from University of California at Berkeley. He serves on the Board of the non-profit JazzSchool in Berkeley and enjoys playing music. Hear him on Pandora by using artist seeds Megan Keely, Corinne Marcus or the Flying Other Brothers. See the music he loves at www.pandora.com/people/larry.
Barry McCarthy served as Chief Financial Officer of Netflix for nearly 12 years before stepping down in December of last year. Prior to Netflix, McCarthy held roles at Music Choice, Credit Suisse First Boston and Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in history from Williams College.
Partner, GGV Capital
Glenn joined GGV Capital as a Partner in the Menlo Park office in 2006. Glenn has led GGV's investments in Pandora, Focus, SuccessFactors, Isilon and QuinStreet, helping the latter three through the initial public offering process. He is also actively involved with GGV's investments in Appirio, BlueKai and Yicai (China Talent Group) as well as new investments in software-as-a-service (Saas) and cloud infrastructure, online marketing and advertising, and human resources technologies.
Prior to GGV, Glenn was a General Partner with Partech International. As head of the Software and Internet Group, he led successful investments in Broadbase Software (acquired by Kana), Datacenter Technologies (acquired by Veritas/Symantec), Digital Island (acquired by Cable & Wireless), Pentasafe (acquired by NetIQ) and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). Earlier in his career, Glenn worked with Goldman Sachs and also with SPO Partners, a San Francisco-based private investment partnership.
Glenn received a B.A. from Stanford University, where he started on three NCAA championship tennis teams, and an M.B.A from Stanford where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He co-founded and remains active with The Spotlight Foundation, a non-profit organization that, for the past 14 years, has been dedicated to funding social entrepreneurs addressing the educational needs of at-risk youth.
President & CEO, VoloMedia, Inc.
Brian serves as President & CEO of VoloMedia, the leading provider of advertising and reporting solutions for downloadable media, extending the reach of video and audio from the PC to the portable device.
Prior to VoloMedia, Brian served as Chairman, International, for Pandora. Additionally, Brian held the position of President, International, Yahoo! Search Marketing. He was with Yahoo! for three years, following its 2003 acquisition of Overture (previously GoTo.com), bringing 20 years of management experience to oversee a billion-dollar division with operations in 20 countries comprising nearly 1,000 employees. Prior to Overture/Yahoo!, Brian was a Managing Director of Idealab, which created GoTo.com, and also President and CEO of Idealab Silicon Valley. While associated with Idealab, Brian also served on the boards of directors for a number of Idealab companies, including Airwave Wireless, Cooking.com, Cars Direct, Commission Junction, Desktop.tv, eVoice, Omnilux, Scan Mobile, Sameday Technologies, and Spun.com, as well as non-Idealab companies such as Discern Communications and Swell.com. Before joining Idealab, Brian served as president, chief operating officer, and director for On Command Corp., the world's largest provider of information and entertainment services to the lodging industry. Previously, Brian held senior executive positions at SBC Communications and Shearson Lehman Brothers. Brian holds a B.A. in Economics and conducted graduate work in corporate strategy at Duke University, international marketing and finance at the Pacific Asian Management Institute, and negotiation at Harvard University.
David joined Greylock Partners in 2000. His areas of focus include consumer Internet and services, media convergence, wireless data, and technology-assisted marketing services.
Before coming to Greylock, David was SVP of Product Strategy at Excite and then Excite@Home. As an early employee at Excite, David also held roles as GM of Excite.com and VP of Content and Programming for the Excite Network. Before Excite, he was in product marketing and development at Electronic Arts and Crystal Dynamics, respectively. He started his career in management consulting for Marakon Associates and The Boston Consulting Group, and also spent time at HBO.
David's investments include Facebook, Revision3, digg, Oodle, LinkedIn, Pandora, SoftCoin (acquired by You Technology), SEVEN, SGN, VUDU, and New Edge Networks (acquired by EarthLink).
David holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Pandora Media
A musician's musician, Tim Westergren is obsessed with helping talented emerging artists connect with the music fans most likely to appreciate their music. He founded Pandora and now serves as its Chief Strategy Officer.
Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician and a record producer with 10 years of experience in the music industry. He has recorded with independent labels, managed artists, scored feature films, produced albums, and performed extensively. His main instrument is the piano, but over the years he has played the bassoon, drums and clarinet and his musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music.
Prior to co-founding Pandora, Tim owned and operated Nightfly Studios, a commercial digital recording studio. Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology. He once had the privilege of studying under the legendary Stan Getz, whose words, "Remember, it's not the mode... it's the mood," still ring true.