George has been involved in the creation and growth of consumer businesses for 25 years. Before Jumptap, he was a Managing Director of General Catalyst, a venture capital and growth equity firm that manages over $1.7B of assets. Prior to that, he was CEO of Upromise, the country’s largest college savings service, sold in 2006 to Sallie Mae. Previously, George was Chairman and CEO of Excite@Home, bringing together the Excite portal with the @Home cable broadband platform in a $7 billion merger. George was CEO of Excite prior to the merger, led the company’s IPO, oversaw the acquisition of more than 20 companies and expanded Excite into a worldwide media property. Earlier George founded The Outdoor Life Network (now Versus Network), a specialty cable channel reaching 60+MM homes; and served as SVP, Times Mirror Magazines, where he oversaw eight special interest magazines, such as SKI and Field & Stream.
He won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award both in California and New England and four national Emmy Awards as a producer and writer of adventure, wildlife and vanishing culture documentaries. George has also been featured in TIME, Fortune, Forbes and Business Week, has appeared regularly on CNBC as both as a guest and co-host, and he’s spoken extensively on new media, convergence, and leadership.
George is a graduate of Harvard College, earning a B.A. in English
As a Managing Director and Co-Founder of General Catalyst Partners, Joel invests in both new and existing technology businesses. His areas of special interest include all aspects of information technology, consumer internet, e-commerce and online travel. Joel is a member of the Board of Directors of Chloe + Isbel, Handybook, KAYAK, Ostrovok, Trover, Viajanet and Warby Parker.
Prior to co-founding General Catalyst Partners, Joel co-founded and operated numerous businesses focused on leveraging technology and high standards of customer care for the travel, information services, specialty retail, consumer direct marketing, and payment processing industries, including National Leisure Group, one of the largest leisure travel technology and distribution companies in the U.S.; Retail Growth ATM Systems (sold to PNC Bank), a national ATM and interactive network provider; and Starboard Cruise Services (sold to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.), the operator of more than 300 duty-free retail stores on 100 cruise ships and owner of the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Airport duty-free stores, where Joel served as Chairman and CEO. Joel holds a B.A. in Government and Economics from Colby College and a J.D. from Boston College Law.
John Hadl is the founder and CEO of Brand in Hand, a full-service mobile media and marketing company that serves global brand marketers and assists emerging media companies. Since 2004, BrandinHand has been responsible for more than 600 mobile campaigns for its various clients which have include P&G, Coke, General Mills, 3M, American Express, Best Buy, Lions Gate Studios, and many others. In April 2007, BrandWeek dubbed Hadl as one of the “Marketers of the Next Generation,” the publication’s highest honor, and in July 2007, Advertising Age acknowledged Hadl as one of its distinguished “40 Under 40″ executives.
David Karnstedt is President and CEO of Efficient Frontier. David leads overall strategy and is responsible for the management and operations of the company. Prior, he served as Executive-in-Residence for Redpoint Ventures, a current Jumptap investor. He also served as senior Vice President of Yahoo!’s North American Sales, where he drove $3 billion worth of revenue and established Yahoo! as a recognized leader in both display and search marketing. He left his earlier mark shaping product, sales and marketing for well-known companies including Wired Digital, AltaVista and Overture.
Scott Raney is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures focusing on information and consumer technology, and service investments in consumer, enterprise, wireless, and cleantech segments. Scott serves on the board of directors of adap.tv, mig33, and LetsTalk, and is involved with Redpoint’s investments in Gaia Online, Cortina Systems, Mobilygen, MobiTV, and Kodiak Networks. Prior to joining Redpoint, Scott served as Senior Manager of New Products with NorthPoint Communications, a data CLEC providing nationwide DSL services. Scott managed NorthPoint’s first consumer product and led product development of other new products. Prior to NorthPoint, Scott worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he helped clients in the private equity and telecommunications industries. Previously, Scott was the Director of Engineering for VideoPort Technologies, a developer of videoconferencing hardware. Scott began his career at Andersen Consulting as a member of the Advanced Technology Group where he assisted clients in the telecommunications industry. Scott holds a B.S.E.E., with high distinction, from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Gary brings over 19 years of venture investing experience. He focuses on a broad range of opportunities including mobile computing, cloud computing, broadband communications and digital media. Gary is based in Boston and represents Summerhill on the board of Jumptap and Scribble Technologies. For the 9 years prior to joining Summerhill Venture Partners, Gary was a partner at J.L. Albright Venture Partners LP and Jefferson Partners LP, both Wireless and IT focused VC funds based in Toronto. Gary’s wide range of experience in finance, law and entrepreneurial management, enables him to play a significant role in financing and growing emerging technology companies. Past investments include Intellon (Acquired by Atheros, NASDAQ: ATHR), Sandbridge (acquired by a Fortune 500 company), BridgePort (acquired by CounterPath, TSX: CCV), Service Soft (acquired by Kana Software, NASDAQ: KANA), Isolation Systems (acquired by Shiva/Intel, NASDAQ: INTC), I-star Internet (TSE IPO and acquired by PSI Net), and Wescam Inc. (TSE IPO: WSC). Gary is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Ontario Chapter, a Leader of Sick Kids Hospital Foundation (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto), and an active fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes. Gary holds a LLB from the School of Law, University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.