Board of Directors & Investors

Joe Apprendi

Founder and Executive Chairman of Collective; Partner, Revel Partners

Joe is a recognized marketing thought leader with more than two decades’ experience as an entrepreneur and investor in digital marketing technology. Before founding Collective, Joe served as CEO of North America at Falk eSolutions, an ad serving technology company, acquired by DoubleClick in 2006. Prior to Falk, Joe was Executive Vice President of Eyeblaster™, now Sizmek, where he was responsible for sales and marketing worldwide for its rich media ad management platform. Joe previously served as Senior Vice President, North American Sales at 24/7 Real Media, now WPP’s Xaxis. Business Insider recognized Joe as one of its 2011 Silicon Alley List of Technology leaders. A past winner of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year® for Metro NY, Joe serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB). Joe is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he received his BA in Economics.

Chris Young

Managing General Partner, Revel Partners

Chris is Managing General Partner at Revel. He is a serial entrepreneur and 16-year veteran of the digital video advertising space. Chris serves on the board of directors of Collective, Zype, Believe Entertainment and is a board observer at Staq. He formerly sat on the board of Vidible, sold to AOL at the end of 2014. Chris also serves as an adviser to Wider Wake, a digital consultancy.

In 2013, Chris sold Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG), of which he was CEO, to Alloy Digital. Founded in 2008, DBG emerged as content production and video content syndication platform and was at the forefront of creating digital-first content.

Prior to starting DBG, Chris co-founded online video advertising and management solutions company Klipmart in 1999 and grew it into the nation’s largest video rich media vendor taking advertiser’s TV commercials and putting them online. In 2006, under Chris’ leadership, Klipmart was sold to now Google-owned DoubleClick. Chris assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Rich Media and Emerging at DoubleClick.

Ryan Ziegler

General Partner, Edison Partners

Ryan leads Edison’s Marketing Technology practice group, Edison’s fastest growing investment area. He manages emerging and growth-stage investments within the advertising and marketing technology, interactive entertainment, mobile and data services sectors. He has completed new investments totaling over $200M invested capital. Ryan is an active member in numerous venture and technology industry organizations.

Jeffrey F. Rayport

Faculty at Harvard Business School

Jeffrey F. Rayport is a strategic advisor in marketing services, online media, and e-commerce, with a focus on new business opportunities enabled by emerging digital technologies. Rayport currently serves on the Faculty of the Harvard Business School in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, where he teaches in both MBA and Executive Education programs.

Prior to his affiliation with HBS, Rayport was an Operating Partner at Castanea Partners, a mid-size private equity firm specializing in retail, consumer brands, and marketing services, and a Special Advisor to Bain Capital Ventures. He was also Founder and Managing Partner of Marketspace LLC, a digital strategy and advisory firm. As a spin-off of that business, he co-founded and grew a custom executive development and e-learning business, which he established as an affiliate of Monitor Deloitte, where he was a Senior Partner. In related pursuits, Rayport was a co-founder and faculty member of several corporate universities, including at Omnicom Group (NYSE:OMC);Bertelsmann AG; and Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN). As a keynote speaker, he is represented exclusively by Washington Speakers Bureau.

Previously, Rayport was a Faculty member at HBS for nearly a decade, teaching and doing research in Marketing and Service Management. While at HBS, he developed and delivered the first graduate-level e-commerce course in the nation, enrolling nearly 2,000 MBA students. In building the course, Rayport authored nearly a hundred case studies and related materials. Business plans written by students gave rise to dozens of start-ups, including Yahoo! Prior to his taking a leave from HBS, Rayport coined the term “viral marketing.” He was also voted Outstanding Professor for three years in a row by the HBS Students Association.

Tom Iler

CIO at IgnitionOne

Tom Iler brings over 15 years of experience as a business and technology executive with a proven track record in diverse environments including maturing start-ups, a large public corporation, a mid-market private corporation and a large local government. Previously, Iler held executive positions at companies including Billtrust, Vibrant Media, Aol, Ascend One, and Advertising.com.

Ari Brandt

CEO and Co-Founder, Receptiv

Ari Brandt co-founded Receptiv, formerly MediaBrix, the leading technology platform for humanizing advertising by connecting brands with people during emotional moments in mobile apps, in 2011 and serves as the company’s CEO. He is a seasoned media executive and entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience building profitable digital businesses and advertising platforms.

Over the course of his career, Brandt has played a key role in launching and developing innovative brands and products for renowned media and advertising technology organizations. Before founding Receptiv, Brandt was the CEO at Linkstorm, an advertising technology company, where he led the company through consecutive years of triple-digit growth and global expansion. He has also worked as the head of digital media for Condé Nast Business Media Group and led the launch of Portfolio.com. Prior to Conde Nast, Brandt held management roles at prominent media and ad tech companies including Yahoo! and DoubleClick. He started his career working in media and account management at leading advertising agencies such as Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, Weiss Whitten Stagliano, and MVBMS/Euro RSCG.

Revel Partners

Revel Partners is an early-expansion stage fund focused on financing disruptive innovation in the areas of digital media & internet technology. We are a close team of entrepreneurs & investors operating out of New York City. Our proven expertise in digital media innovation, venture capital investing, and our global network of relationships in the industry can empower strong management teams with good ideas to rapidly accelerate their growth. Revel portfolio companies maximize value by not only leveraging our financial investment but also our extensive networks of relationships within the digital ecosystem.

Edison Partners

Capital alone will not ensure the future today. That’s why Edison is also a support system that embraces and empowers relentless execution and learning for growth stage technology companies. Initial investments, ranging from $4-$12 million, are focused on businesses with $5-$20 million in revenue and located in the eastern United States. Total investments range from $8–$20 million. Our sector focus arms us with insight into emerging technologies, market trends and business models. And our network of executives, strategic partners and specialized consultants greatly strengthens our ability to ensure more scalable, valuable, successful companies.