theMaven is an expert-driven, group media platform, featuring premium, vertical content across multiple content segments. Product launch is planned for the first quarter of 2017.
theMaven is a publicly traded company (OTC: MVEN)
Founder and CEO, James C. Heckman, Jr. has extensive experience in digital media, advertising, video and online communities for major public companies and several times as founder. He served as Head of Global Media Strategy for Yahoo!, and led all significant transactions and revenue strategy under Ross Levinsohn’s CEO tenure. He held the CSO role at Fox Digital/Myspace where he architected and negotiated the market-changing $900 million social media ad alliance between Google and Myspace and was instrumental in the formation of Hulu. Prior to Yahoo!, Mr. Heckman was Founder/CEO of 5to1 (sold to Yahoo!), CSO of Zazzle.com, Founder/CEO of Scout.com (sold to Fox in 2005 - then repurchased by Heckman-led group from 2013-2016), Founder/CEO of Rivals.com and Rivals.net (1997-2000 - sold to Yahoo! and 365-Sports, respectively) and President of NFL Exclusive, official publications for all NFL teams (1992-1998). He holds a BA in Communications from the University of Washington.
Co-founder and COO, William C. Sornsin, Jr. ran MSN's Core Technology team before joining Heckman in 1999 as co-founder and CTO of Rivals.com. He was then co-founder and CTO/COO for the original Scout.com; VP Engineering & Operations at Fox Interactive Media after Scout's 2005 acquisition; and rejoined Scout from 2013-2016 as CTO and later COO. Earlier, Sornsin held a variety of product and program management roles at Microsoft. He holds a BS Electrical/Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa and an MBA from UCLA.
Co-founder and CTO, Benjamin G. Joldersma’s career spans nearly two decades of large-scale platform development, most recently as CTO of Scout. Prior roles were at Google (senior software engineer Geo/Imagery), Yahoo! (Principal Software Engineer), 5to1, aQuantive, Rivals.com and Microsoft. Mr. Joldersma has developed a deep expertise in large-scale systems, rapid development and online product innovation. He studied Computer Science at University of Puget Sound.
Director, Ross B. Levinsohn is a leading industry figure who has long focused on the convergence of technology and media. He served as CEO at Yahoo in 2012 and prior to that role was Executive Vice President, Americas and Head of Global Media from 2010 to 2012. Levinsohn served as President of Fox Interactive where he helped create the largest digital businesses amongst the traditional media companies, and was instrumental in the formation of what is now Hulu. He serves on several public and private media and technology boards, including Tribune Media, mobile advertising marketplace YieldMo, Vubiquity, Zefr, and the National Association of Television Program Executives. He was Executive Chairman and Director of Scout Media, Inc. from 2014-2016. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Guggenheim Digital Media. He co-founded 5to1 Holding Corp. in 2008 and served as its Executive Chairman since December 9, 2010. He co-founded Fuse Capital in 2005 and served as its Managing Director and Managing Partner. He served as General Manager at AltaVista Network. He served as a Vice President of Programming and an Executive Producer at CBS Sportsline. He has been a Director of FatTail, Millennial Media, Publish2, social travel site Minitime, DramaFever, Timeline Labs, Fuse+Mediam, BBE, TrueSlant, VSIDE, Doppelganger, Freedom Communications, Fabrik, Napster, Radar Networks and Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program. Mr. Levinsohn received a BA in Broadcast Communications from American University, and is a trustee there.
CFO, Gary Schuman joined MDB Capital Group in 2009 and serves as MDB's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Previously, Mr. Schuman was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of USBX Advisory Services, LLC, an investment banking firm focused on mergers and acquisitions, and Chief Financial Officer of its parent company, USBX, Inc. Mr. Schuman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Director, Christopher A. Marlett is the co-founder, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDB Capital Group LLC (“MDB”), an investment banking firm focused on equity financings and capital formation for growth-oriented technology companies. From April 2008 to October 2016, he was a director and the Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Surgical Systems. Mr. Marlett has over twenty-seven years of investment banking experience, including all phases of corporate finance, such as the completion of initial public offerings, secondary offerings, PIPEs and strategic consulting.
Director, Robert M. Levande was a Managing Director at MDB from June 2003 through 2010 and a Senior Managing Director since 2010. From April 2002 to April 2003, he was a Managing Director of Gilford Securities, Inc. an investment firm. Previously, Mr. Levande founded and served as president of the Palantir Group, Inc., a private consulting firm specializing in providing strategic advice to entrepreneurs in the medical technology industry. From 1972 to 1998, he held various managerial positions with Pfizer, Inc., including Vice President- Business Analysis & Development of its Medical Technology Group and Senior Vice President of a subsidiary, Howmedica, Inc. Mr. Levande was a Director of Orthovita, Inc. from 2000 to 2007, co-founder and a Director of VirnetX Inc., now VirnetX Holding Corp., from 2005 to 2007, and has been a Director of Pulse Biosciences, Inc. since 2014 and was an officer of Pulse Biosciences, Inc. from May 2014 to September 2015.
Director, Peter B. Mills is an entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was CEO of Cimbal, Inc., a startup company developing a mobile payments system in Los Altos, CA, from June 2014 to December 2015. From May 2004 until December 2012, he was Vice President of Sales at Speck Design, a leading product design firm with offices in Palo Alto, California. From July 2007 to April 2008, Mr. Mills served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Integrated Surgical Systems. He has spent 15 years selling sophisticated industrial robotics and automation systems with Adept Technology, the leading U.S. manufacturer of industrial robots, and Hewlett-Packard company. He has also served as the Vice President of Sales from October 2000 to September 2001 at Softchain, an enterprise supply chain software company acquired by RiverOne, Inc. in 2001, which was later acquired by i2 Technologies, Inc. in 2006. Mr. Mills has significant experience with respect to the design and manufacturing needs of a variety of industries including medical devices, disk drives, consumer products, food packaging, printers, computers and networking, and semiconductor equipment. He has extensive international business experience in Japan, Singapore, and Korea.
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