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.

 

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.

Michael Jesselson

 

Alex Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Cricket Media

 

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