Team

/ Kenneth Lerer

Position:

Managing Director

Biography:

Kenneth Lerer is a Managing Director at Lerer Hippeau Ventures focusing primarily on consumer technologies. Previously, he was the Chairman and Co-Founder of The Huffington Post. Ken is currently the Chairman of Buzzfeed, Betaworks and is a co-founder of NowThis Media. Ken is Chairman Emeritus of the Public Theater in New York City and serves on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations, including Association to Benefit Children (ABC), and the Bank Street College of Education.

/ Ben Lerer

Position:

Managing Director

Biography:

Ben Lerer is a Managing Director at Lerer Hippeau Ventures and co-founder & CEO of Thrillist Media Group. Ben was among Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners, Vanity Fair’s Next Establishments, Crain’s “40 under 40”, Forbes list of “Most Powerful CEOs Under 40”, AdWeek’s “Young Influentials,” Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 5 Entrepreneurs of the Year,” and Silicon Alley Insider’s “100 Coolest People in Tech”. He chairs the Board of Directors for the East River Development Alliance, a New York non-profit organization, and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS). Mr. Lerer is an active mentor for NYC Venture Fellows, TechStars and E[nstitute].

/ Eric Hippeau

Position:

Managing Director

Biography:

Eric Hippeau is a Managing Director at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. He is the chairman of RebelMouse and co-founder of NowThis Media. Previously, Eric was the Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post and a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, where he served as Managing Partner. Prior to Softbank Capital, Eric was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis, which was the largest media company serving the technology sector. He serves on the Board of various private and public companies, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

/ Jordan Cooper

Position:

Venture Partner

Biography:

Jordan Cooper is a Venture Partner at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. He currently serves as Co-Founder & CEO of Wildcard. Previously, Jordan was the Co-Founder & CEO of Hyperpublic (acquired by GRPN) and Founder & CEO of Untitled Partners, a consumer finance/internet startup backed by Bessemer Venture Partners. Prior to Untitled Partners, Jordan was an investor at General Catalyst Partners, a multi-billion early stage venture capital firm in Harvard Square. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and blogs at jordancooper.wordpress.com.

/ Taylor Greene

Position:

Principal

Biography:

Taylor Greene is a Principal at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Previously, Taylor ran business development and served on the Board of Directors at Altruik (acquired by Searchdex). Prior to Altruik, he was an Associate at DFJ Gotham Ventures and a business development consultant for several early stage startups. Taylor has also held operating and finance roles at Time Warner and at The Synapse Group, an integrated marketing firm acquired by Time Warner. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia Business School.

/ Blake Lyon

Position:

Senior Associate

Biography:

Blake Lyon is a Senior Associate at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Previously, Blake was the Director of Business Development at Spanfeller Media Group, a digital media company focused on creating content-rich lifestyle verticals. Prior to Spanfeller Media Group, Blake held real estate investments analyst positions at Palatine Capital Partners and Antares Investment Partners. Blake is a graduate of Princeton University.

/ Nicola Korzenko

Position:

Associate/Head of Platform

Biography:

Nicola Korzenko is the Head of Platform at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Previously, Nicola was the Manager of Operations at Signpost, a Google Ventures and Spark Capital-backed startup that provides automated local marketing for small businesses. Prior to Signpost, Nicola worked as an agent trainee at Creative Artists Agency. She graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College.

/ Suraj Kapoor

Position:

Platform Product Manager

Biography:

Suraj Kapoor is the Platform Product Manager at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. He is a self taught programmer and Hacker School alumni, a Y-Combinator backed programming accelerator. Suraj co-founded LookLab, an online platform for fashion stylists. Prior to LookLab, Suraj worked in marketing at Young & Rubicam and Nadine Johnson & Associates. He is a graduate of New York University. 

/ Julian Moncada

Position:

Analyst

Biography:

Julian is an analyst at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Julian joined from Prudential Capital Group, where he focused on investments surrounding the senior debt, mezzanine and private equity markets. Julian is also an avid entrepreneur, starting multiple businesses throughout high school and college. Most recently, Julian began developing mobile applications and released his first app in the App Store in July. Julian is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

/ Bruce Wilpon

Position:

Limited Partner & Community Manager

Biography:

Bruce Wilpon is a limited partner and the Community Manager at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. He is also co-founder of America Semiconductor, a world-class manufacturer of high-power semiconductors. Bruce began studying Japanese as a freshman at Brown University, and went on to study classical Japanese literature at University of Chicago and Columbia University. He speaks Japanese, French, Italian, and some Mandarin, Romanian, and Swahili.

/ Josh Gilbert

Position:

Controller/Chief Compliance Officer

Biography:

Joshua Gilbert is the Controller and Chief Compliance Officer at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Previously, Josh was a Senior Manager at Schwartz & Co., a Long Island accounting firm, in the financial service and outsource CFO division. Prior to Schwartz, Josh was a Manager with Anchin, an accounting firm in NYC. Josh is a graduate of the University at Buffalo.

/ Lauren Baldino

Position:

Executive Assistant to Ken Lerer

Biography:

Lauren Baldino is the Executive Assistant to Kenny Lerer. Previously, Lauren worked at an acquisition company. Lauren is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

/ Anya Frankenberg

Position:

Office Manager/Assistant

Biography:

Anya Frankenberg is the Office Manager and Assistant to Taylor Greene. Anya grew up in Germany where she worked as a flight attendant before moving to New York. Prior to joining the LHV team she worked as the Program Coordinator for the New York Film Academy.

/ Emily Thomas

Position:

Executive Assistant to Eric Hippeau

Biography:

  Emily Thomas is the Executive Assistant to Eric Hippeau. Previously, Emily was an Administrative Assistant at KBS Realty Advisors. Emily has a passion for helping animals and has volunteered at The Guardian, a no kill animal shelter in Mobile, AL. Emily is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

/ Jacob Krushel

Position:

Analyst

Biography:

Jacob Krushel is an Operations Coordinator at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Prior to joining LHV, Jacob was a fixed income specialist in the Sales and Analytics division of Bloomberg LP. Jacob is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

Advisors

/ Ashish Patel

Biography:

Ashish Patel is an executive-in-residence at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Ashish holds titles at LHV portfolio companies including VP Social Media at NowThis Media and Advisor at The Dodo. Previously, Ashish was Head of Social Media at VICE where he lead, created, and managed global social media strategy and marketing campaign activation. Ashish is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

/ Mike Novotny

Biography:

Mike Novotny is the General Manager of JackThreads, a Thrillist Media Group company. Since 2010, he has overseen operations and key strategic initiatives for the global men's e-commerce & lifestyle destination. Previously, Mike worked at Lehman Brothers and SAC Capital Advisors. He is a graduate of NYU's Stern School of Business and holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

/ Ryan McIntyre

Biography:

Ryan is EVP of Marketing for Thrillist Media Group. Previously, Ryan worked at Thumbplay music, a streaming music service that was acquired by iHeartRadio in 2011. Ryan joined the iHeartRadio team as VP, Strategic Analysis where he led the data and consumer insights efforts. He is a graduate of Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

/ Paul Berry

Biography:

Paul Berry is Founder and CEO of RebelMouse. He is an advisor to Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and serves on the Digital Advisory Board of American Express. Previously, he was CTO of HuffingtonPost. Prior to HuffingtonPost, Paul served as Vice President at Related Capital.

/ Devon Giddon

Biography:

Devon Giddon is the Director of Communications at Thrillist Media Group, and the Communications Consultant at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Previously, Devon worked at leading entertainment PR firms ID-PR and PMK.

/ Eric Ashman

Biography:

Eric Ashman is the Chief Operating Officer at Thrillist Media Group. Previously, Eric was CFO at The Huffington Post. Prior to The Huffington Post, Eric was the CFO of TheStreet.com, and the CFO of Text 100 Technology Public Relations, a global technology PR firm. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant, and has taught at the NYU Center for Publishing. Eric is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management.

/ Jonah Peretti

Biography:

Jonah Peretti is Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, the media company for the social age that provides a mix of breaking news, entertainment and shareable content. He launched BuzzFeed in 2006, and under Jonah’s leadership BuzzFeed has grown to over 500 employees worldwide and more than 130M monthly unique visitors. BuzzFeed has also pioneered social content marketing to build shareable programs for the world’s leading brands. Previously, Jonah co-founded The Huffington Post. He is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab and has taught at NYU and the Parsons School of Design.