Investors & Advisors

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U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) has helped build great companies for three decades. Since its inception in 1981, USVP has invested over $2.7 billion in about 450 companies. Throughout, USVP’s partners have worked diligently and consistently with early-stage companies, many of which have become industry leaders.


Michael BarrettLinkedIn

Michael is one of the most experienced and successful AdTech Executives in the industry. From his pioneering days as the CRO at GeoCities, to CRO of Yahoo, to the CEO of AdMeld, acquired by Google, Michael has been at the forefront of the evolution of the digital marketplace. His insights into the future direction of monetization of the digital world have made him one of the most sought out executives in the space.

Shannon MaherLinkedIn

For the past two decades Shannon has led engineering teams in the development of new and creative technologies, all designed to assist the consumer. An early pioneer in mobile with AOL, Shannon continued his career with Google, where, among other successes, he opened up the Google’s London operations, ran engineering efforts in EMEA, and ran Google’s display ad team. Shannon continues to be one of the leading voices for improving the user experience within the advertising space.

Steve RootLinkedIn

Steve has one of the most impressive track records in the industry when it comes to scaling digital advertising businesses. As the COO of he was responsible for building one of the first ad networks in the world. Steve continued to build it after the acquisition by AOL. Steve then moved to Millennial Media as COO where he was responsible for building the largest independent mobile ad network. He remains actively involved with high growth companies, assisting them in scaling operations.

Suzanne WatsonLinkedIn

Suzanne brings a wealth of experience and insight into the marketing of products and services to consumers. Suzanne spent 10 years at Procter & Gamble, where her last postion was to lead the brand building and marketing for the four billion dollar fabric care portfolio that included Tide, Cheer, Era and Dreft. She was also the SVP Global Sales and Marketing at GoPro.

Lydia ParnesLinkedIn

The former director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Lydia is a highly regarded privacy expert. As director of the BCP, one of the FTC’s two law-enforcement bureaus and the nation’s only federal consumer-protection agency, Lydia oversaw data security enforcement efforts and the development of the FTC’s approach to online advertising.

Lydia currently advises companies on how to maintain the highest standards for the collection, protection, and use of consumer data while pursuing their business interests.

Ed KozekLinkedIn

Ed leads Engineering and Product Development for Evidon, the leading digital advertising privacy compliance platform. Before joining the company, Ed was Vice President of Engineering and Product Management at Right Media, the first and largest online advertising exchange. When it was acquired by Yahoo! in 2007, Right Media was processing more than 8 billion impressions per day and supporting tens of thousands of businesses.

Mike BakerLinkedIn

Mike Baker, President and CEO of DataXu the leader in programmatic marketing platform, has been pioneering digital media platforms for 20 years and is a widely recognized thought leader in interactive advertising. Before co-founding DataXu, he was vice president at Nokia, where he created and ran Nokia Interactive. Baker came to Nokia through its acquisition of mobile advertising leader Enpocket in 2007, where he was the founding investor and CEO.

Greg MartinLinkedIn

Greg Martin is the founder and Managing Director of Archer Venture Capital.

Prior to founding Archer, Greg was a partner with Redpoint Ventures, a firm he joined in 1999. Previously, Greg was with Brentwood Venture Capital in Los Angeles.

Greg focuses on early-stage technology opportunities and has led investments in consumer internet, social media, mobile applications, cloud computing, business services, digital media and communications companies.