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Idealab
Board of Directors
Bill Gross
Chairman of the Board
Bill Gross
Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director since that time. Mr. Gross served as President from March 1996 to March 2000. Prior to Idealab, he founded a number of companies. Mr. Gross started Solar Devices, a firm which sold plans and kits for solar energy products and he patented a new loudspeaker design and formed GNP Loudspeakers, Inc. After graduating from California Institute of Technology, Mr. Gross started GNP Development, Inc., which made a natural language product for Lotus 1-2-3 called HAL. In 1985, Lotus Development Corporation acquired GNP. From February 1986 to March 1991, he was a software engineer at Lotus Development. In 1991, Mr. Gross started Knowledge Adventure, an educational software publisher that was eventually sold to Havas, which is owned by Vivendi Universal. Mr. Gross serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of California Institute of Technology and the Art Center College of Design. Mr. Gross received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.
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Douglas McPherson
Director
Douglas McPherson
Doug McPherson is currently Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at OpenX and joined Idealab's board in September 2012 after serving for 13 years as Idealab's General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development. Prior to joining Idealab, he served as Chief Legal Officer and Vice President, Business Development for Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch and its predecessor company, CitySearch. Before working at CitySearch, Doug was with the law firm of HellerEhrman LLP. He also served as a law clerk for a federal district judge and worked for The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. He holds a B.A. in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, an M.A. in Greek and Roman History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School where he served on the Stanford Law Review and Environmental Law Journal. He enjoys running, wine, time with his family and live performances of all kinds.
Allen Morgan
Director
Allen Morgan
Allen Morgan has served as an Idealab Director since May 2008. Mr. Morgan has spent 30 years counseling entrepreneurs throughout the startup process, first as a well-known Silicon Valley lawyer and, between 1999 and 2011, as a Managing Director at Mayfield. Prior to joining Mayfield, he was a partner with two Silicon Valley law firms, Latham & Watkins and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. In his career, he has closed more than 750 venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other public offerings. Mr. Morgan earned an undergraduate degree (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Dartmouth College, a second bachelor's degree and master's degree from Oxford University (Christ Church) and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. Mr. Morgan is on the board of Fab, BlackArrow, DECA, Tagged, Montgomery & Co., Oversee.net, as well as several Idealab operating companies including Perfect Market, UberMedia, Triptrotting and StyleSpot.
Dr. Howard Morgan
Director
Dr. Howard Morgan
Howard Morgan, Ph.D. has been a Director of Idealab since March 2002. Dr. Morgan was President, Idealab New York from March 2000 to June 2001 and was Vice Chairman until December 2002. He also served as an Idealab Director from February 1999 to March 2001. He is a founding partner of First Round Capital, a seed stage venture fund. Dr. Morgan was a Professor of Decision Sciences at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Professor of Computer Science at the Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania from 1972 through 1986. Since 1989, Dr. Morgan has served as President of Arca Group, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the areas of computers and communications technologies. He serves as a director for a number of public companies, including Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc. Dr. Morgan received his Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University.
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Jack L. Rivkin
Director
Jack L. Rivkin
Jack Rivkin joined the Idealab Board of Directors in February 2009. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Altegris Advisors, an alternatives investment manager located in La Jolla, California. Previously, Mr. Rivkin was Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Private Asset Management at Neuberger Berman, and was a member of Neuberger's Executive Management Committee, the Lehman Brothers Council on Climate Change and the Neuberger Berman Climate Change Fund Advisory Board. Mr. Rivkin began his investment career in 1968 as a research analyst at Mitchell Hutchins. He subsequently held various executive positions in Finance, Capital Markets and Asset Management at PaineWebber which acquired Mitchell Hutchins in 1977. From 1987 to 1992 he was Director of Global Research and subsequently Head of the Worldwide Equities Division at Lehman Brothers Inc. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Rivkin served as Vice Chairman and Director of Global Research at Smith Barney (ultimately a subsidiary of Citigroup). He was an Executive Vice President with Citigroup Investments from 1995 through 2001, responsible for private equity investments. He joined Neuberger Berman in 2002. Mr. Rivkin continues to be an active private equity investor and serves as a director for Dale Carnegie and Associates Inc., DealStruck, and Operative, Inc. He is also a director of two non-profits, World Policy Institute and Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York and the Anglers Club of New York. Mr. Rivkin earned his Professional Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
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