Board

Michael Avon

Executive Chairman & Founder

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Executive Chairman & Founder

Michael Avon

Mike has spent more than twenty years building digital media, technology, and data analytics companies as an entrepreneur, operator, and venture capitalist. He is currently the Executive Chairman of ICX Media.  Mike founded ICX Media in 2015 and served as the Company’s first CEO from 2015 to 2019.

Prior to founding ICX Media, Mike was the CFO & Executive Vice President at Millennial Media, a leading mobile advertising platform company. He helped launch Millennial Media as a venture capitalist and later joined the company to lead its successful growth phase and IPO (NYSE: MM). At Millennial, Mike led global finance, strategy, corporate development, business development, legal, HR and corporate operations. Prior to Millennial Media, Mike was a venture capitalist at Columbia Capital where he led numerous digital media, software, communications and data/investments and assisted in the launching of several companies out of the fund. His investment portfolio at Columbia Capital included media technology and data companies such as Vubiquity, Webs (acquired by Vistaprint), SGN (acquired by MindJolt) and Millennial Media (NYSE: MM; acquired by AOL/Verizon). Earlier in his career, Mike held various operating roles in early and growth stage technology businesses and was a corporate attorney representing venture funds and early and growth stage companies across the country.

Mike is currently a Partner with ABS Capital Partners, a leading growth equity fund, where he focuses on investments in technology and data businesses across digital media, eCommerce and marketing, FinTech,  education, human capital management and cyber security. He’s actively involved in the venture and startup communities in Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles as an investor, mentor and advisor.  Mike graduated from University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law and currently sits on multiple boards associated with the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences Foundation.  Mike lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and two children. 

Serge Matta

CEO & President

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CEO & President

Serge Matta

Serge Matta served as President of GroundTruth, the leading global location targeting platform. In that capacity, he led the global sales and marketing organization. During this tenure, he was instrumental in helping GroundTruth with a couple of key initiatives including 1) It’s acquisition of WeatherBug 2) Creation of GroundTruth’s self-serve platform business which saw triple digit growth over a two-year span and 3) Dentsu Japan becoming an investor and exclusive partner. 

Prior to GroundTruth, Serge served as comScore’s Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure at comScore, he focused on developing comScore’s global product and business strategy, enhancing client relationships and partnerships, and leading comScore’s global employee base. Serge was with comScore since shortly after its inception in 1999. He served as President of comScore from June 2013 until March 2014, when he was appointed as CEO. Previously, he served as President of Commercial Solutions, leading comScore’s commercial team. Prior to that role, he oversaw comScore’s global telecom and mobile practice as President of comScore Mobile Solutions. He was instrumental in the expansion of comScore’s telecom solutions globally, including the development and growth of comScore’s syndicated and custom mobile measurement products for in-depth consumer insights. He began his comScore career in product management where he acquired and maintained a deep understanding of comScore products and technologies. Prior to comScore, Serge was with MicroStrategy a Business Intelligence firm.

Mr. Matta is frequently invited to serve as a guest speaker, and frequently participates on panels at a variety of industry events including CES, Cannes Lions, AdWeek, etc.. He also serves on several advisory boards including the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. He holds an MBA from American University and is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

 

PHIL HERGET

Founding Board Member

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Founding Board Member

PHIL HERGET

Phil, a Founding Board Member of ICX Media, is the Founder and Managing Member of Avonlea Capital, a venture capital firm that focuses on high-potential internet, media, mobile and technology-related companies.  Other Avonlea portfolio companies include: Advantia, Airside Mobile, Armory, Avizia, ClearLeap (acquired by IBM), ETA Compute, Flytedesk, Greensmith (acquired by Wartsila), Haste, King & Union, Pacify, Pinxter, Ryft Systems, SpotX (acquired by RTL Media), Stand-Up Digital, Vizbee, Wireless Registry, Yet Analytics, ZeeMee.

Phil is a former Managing General Partner of Columbia Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm focused on Media, Communications and Technology. Phil joined Columbia Capital in 1992, leading the firm’s growth and transition into a premier institutional investor-backed investment firm. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Vubiquity (Chair), ICX Media, Ryft Systems. Former Columbia portfolio companies that Phil managed include Altiga Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), Call Technologies (acquired by 3Com), Columbia Spectrum Management (acquired by P-Com), GoAhead Software (acquired by Oracle), NMP (acquired by AppNet / Commerce One), Ocular Networks (acquired by Tellabs), Riverbed Technologies (acquired by Aether Systems), Saville Systems (NASDAQ: SAVLY subsequently acquired by ADC Communications), Taqua (acquired by Tekelec), Telular (NASDAQ: WRLS), Torrent Networking Technologies (acquired by Ericsson).

Phil serves as Immediate Past Chair of the College Foundation Board of Trustees of the University of Virginia and served on the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary from 2004 to 2012.  He also serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Saint Stephens Saint Agnes School in Alexandria, VA.  Phil received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. from Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

TOM MACISAAC

Founding Board Member

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Founding Board Member

TOM MACISAAC

Tom, a founding Board Member of ICX Media, is currently President and CEO of RBmedia, the largest worldwide publisher of audiobooks through its Recorded Books and other publishing imprints and a leading distributor of digital media to consumers via its RBdigital and Audiobooks.com platforms.

Tom is also currently President of Cove Street Partners, an investment and advisory firm helping technology companies succeed across the lifecycle – from innovation, to growth, through M&A transactions.

Tom was formerly CEO of Verve Mobile. Verve was the first company to use data and analytics to understand how mobile users move through the consumer journey and harness that knowledge for advertisers. He grew Verve from a small startup to over 150 people, profitability and over $100 million annual revenue. Previously, Tom was CEO of ExtendMedia, a leading IP video software company serving customers including AT&T, Verizon, Disney and Paramount. Extend was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2010. Tom also served as CEO of Lightningcast, a pioneer in online video advertising where he led the development of the first advertising technology platform specifically designed for monetizing broadband video and launched the first online video ad network. After AOL acquired Lightningcast in 2006, Tom was SVP Strategy and Corporate Development at AOL overseeing strategy, strategic planning and corporate and business development for AOL’s advertising businesses. Prior to Lightningcast, Tom founded and served as CEO of Backwire, an online and mobile messaging company that was acquired by Leap Wireless in 2001. Prior to his career in media and technology, Tom was a corporate lawyer with the global law firm Dechert.

David Martirano

Board Member

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Board Member

David Martirano

David Martirano is the Managing Partner of PJC. David has extensive experience investing broadly in Internet, Software, and Tech Enabled Service companies.

In 2001, David partnered with Governor Gina Raimondo, and together they founded Point Judith Capital, which was officially rebranded as PJC.

Prior to PJC, David Co-founded Rex Capital and previously was a member of the Investment Banking Group at Cowen & Company.

David received a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island. David sits on the Board of Trustees at the University of Rhode Island and the Investment Committee of Lifespan and has been actively involved with Year Up Rhode Island.

LAURA LANG

Board Member

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Board Member

LAURA LANG

Currently serving as Founder and Managing Director at Narragansett Ventures, an investment advisory firm focused on strategic innovation, digital business transformation, brand and marketing strategy and growth investing, Laura Lang has more than 25 years of experience in brand management, corporate strategy and strategic consulting and is well-known in the marketing and media landscape as a pioneer in the digital integrated marketing space.

In 2011, Laura was named TIME Inc.’s CEO, guiding the company’s focus toward the evolving digital market. As CEO of Digitas, she led the company’s growth into one of the largest global digital integrated marketing agencies in the world with over 32 offices across 19 countries.

Laura also served on the operating committee of Publicis Groupe where she was responsible for the Groupe’s pure play digital, mobile, and social companies, building the industry’s largest world-wide digital network.

Laura formerly served as President of the Marketing Corporation of America and led the consulting practice at Yankelovich Clancy Shulman. She also worked in strategic roles at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Bristol Myers and the Quaker Oats Company.

Laura also serves on the Board of Directors of the VF Corporation, Steiner Leisure, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In 2012 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes Magazine. A summa cum laude graduate of Tufts University, Laura holds an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

SCOTT TOLLESON

Board Member

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Board Member

SCOTT TOLLESON

Scott Tolleson is a Managing Director at NRV, an early stage venture fund based in Richmond, VA. Scott is responsible for raising and deploying capital while ensuring NRV resources are directed effectively and efficiently. Previously Scott was a Partner with Newport Board Group, a national CEO advisory firm.

A longtime venture investor and serial entrepreneur, Scott has founded venture-backed companies on both the East and West coasts. He is best known as the founder of Media.net Communications, Inc., in Los Angeles, a global provider of telecommunications and software services to major entertainment production companies. The company’s clients have included movie series such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Scott also founded Digital Services, LLC, a cable television company serving the multi-family apartment industry, and previously managed the business services and Internet access subsidiaries of MediaOne (now Comcast). In addition, he has advised many leading technology companies on corporate strategy and product innovation.

Scott received a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Math at Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

Advisors

DARCY ANTONELLIS

Advisor & Chairperson of Advisory Board

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Advisor & Chairperson of Advisory Board

DARCY ANTONELLIS

Ms. Antonellis serves as Vubiquity’s Chief Executive Officer, a position she’s held since January 2014. Vubiquity, a privately held media and entertainment company, is the largest global provider of end-to-end premium content managed services and technical solutions servicing clients in 117 Countries, across hundreds of millions of households in 80 languages. Vubiquity as an aggregator provides programming and direct licensing capability with content owners and enables service providers to offer compelling video experiences and choices to their customers using VU’s AnyVU Content Cloud platform, storefront and UX solutions.

Prior to joining Vubiquity, Antonellis served as President, Technical Operations and Chief Technology Officer at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., a post she held since January 2008 along with several senior management roles throughout a 15 year tenure at the Studio. In this role, she influenced and directed Warner Bros.’ technology strategy and vision to develop new business opportunities often associated with advancements in media and entertainment-related product and service innovations.

Before joining Warner Bros., she worked for CBS in a number of lead management roles that encompassed responsibilities for the Network’s operations in New York and for the CBS News Bureau in Washington, D.C., which included assignments in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the Gulf War. She is a veteran of three Olympics for CBS Sports, a three-time Emmy winner for technical production and engineering and is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

JIM MOLLICA

Advisor

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Advisor

JIM MOLLICA

A 20-year veteran in global media, advertising and marketing, Jim has worked for notable corporations such as Viacom, The Walt Disney Company, Ralph Lauren Corporation and Nissan North America, crafting marketing strategy, developing programming and content, and leading digital innovation. Currently, Jim is the Global Head of Digital Marketing for Under Armour. Prior to his work in digital marketing, Jim specialized in brand strategy, as well as data and analytics, giving him a broad perspective of how new-age communication methods integrate with long-standing marketing fundamentals. Jim has a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in Economics from the University of Arizona.

EDWARD BURNS

Advisor

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Advisor

EDWARD BURNS

Edward Burns launched his career as a writer/director/actor with The Brothers McMullen, the Grand Jury Prize winner at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to write, direct and act in 1996’s She’s the One, 2001’s Sidewalks of New York, 2011’s Newlyweds, the closing night film at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, and The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. Burns is also known for his star-turning performance in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. Most recently, Burns made his mark in television, on the critically acclaimed series Public Morals for TNT and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, in which he wrote, directed, starred in and executive produced every episode. Burns is premiering his 12th film as writer-director-actor, SUMMERTIME, at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

AARON LUBIN

Advisor

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Advisor

AARON LUBIN

Aaron Lubin, a Partner in Marlboro Road Gang Productions, has produced numerous feature films including Sidewalks of New York, The Groomsmen, Nice Guy Johnny, Newlyweds, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, and Something Borrowed, based on the best-selling novel by Emily Giffin and starring Kate Hudson. Lubin also produced Purple Violets with Burns, which was the first feature length film to debut on iTunes. The move to release Purple Violets on iTunes was considered a pioneering move in the film industry, and the movie has since received positive critical acclaim. Purple Violets won “best feature film” at the Savannah Film Festival. Additionally, Lubin was an executive producer alongside Burns and Steven Spielberg on Public Morals, the critically acclaimed series for TNT, starring Burns, Brian Dennehy and Tim Hutton.

David Tochterman

Advisor

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Advisor

David Tochterman

David is an Emmy-nominated entrepreneur, executive and producer in digital and traditional entertainment.  Currently, he is CEO/Founder of Canvas Media Studios, which produces and distributes original programming for digital, television, and emerging platforms.   Canvas' investors are Allen DeBevoise and Entertainment One.  Canvas’ first series VANITY was financed by Maybelline NY and distributed as short-form episodes on YouTube, licensed internationally as linear television and nominated for an Emmy Award.  

David is also an advisor and consultant for ICX Media, which provides cross-platform data-driven video storytelling.

Previously, David was a content strategy consultant for ABC, PBS, and Starz, and founded Innovative Artists Digital Media, one of the first talent agency digital divisions.  David became one of the first crossover digital media pioneers when he was recruited to launch the video website ChannelBlast, which featured live interactive branded content.  In television, David was Executive Vice President of Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and Senior Vice President of the Carsey Werner Company, where he played an integral role in hit shows including That 70's Show, 3rd Rock From the Sun, and was an Executive Producer of Grace Under Fire.

TED PRINCE

Advisor

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Advisor

TED PRINCE

Edward M. Prince Jr. has served as Neustar’s Senior Vice President of Information Services business and strategy since July, 2013. In this role, he oversees the development, operations, technology and product marketing of complete, cloud-based workflow solutions to enable clients to effectively promote and protect their brands. Additionally, Mr. Prince serves as head of Corporate Development, where he oversees the strategy, business development and Mergers and Acquisitions analysis and integration for Neustar.

Prior to joining Neustar, Mr. Prince was most recently Chief Operating Officer, Global Media, at National Geographic, and President, National Geographic Ventures, the for-profit arm of National Geographic. During his tenure from 2003-2012, he led the company’s cable assets, television and digital media businesses and new initiatives, including strategy, content, marketing, technology, mobile, distribution and partnerships.

Mr. Prince also served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at AOL Broadband from 2002-2003, and Senior Vice President, Business Development for AOL from 1999-2002. In both positions, Mr. Prince managed and negotiated business-to-business partnerships.

ROB LYALL

Advisor

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Advisor

ROB LYALL

Rob Lyall is an executive producer and partner at The Biscuit Factory, a production company based in Falls Church, Virginia producing documentary television and feature film, commercials and short form media since 2007. Rob has been working as a director and cinematographer in the broadcast and entertainment industry for nearly 20 years, lensing award-winning projects for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS, The BBC, and the History Channel as well as numerous independent projects, commercials and features

Stephanie Sharis

Advisor

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Advisor

Stephanie Sharis

For over seventeen years, Stephanie Sharis has created trailblazing and award-winning web products and programming, and for the past ten years she has operated digital media companies in C-Suite roles. Ms. Sharis is currently Principal/Owner of Athena Media Consulting, an advisory firm that provides digital media start-ups with a range of services, from strategic planning to business development to new product design and go-to-market support. Before starting her consulting business, Ms. Sharis served as CEO of Cricket Media, a global learning company best known for its award-winning children’s magazines and ePals, a worldwide social learning network. From 2008 to 2015, Ms. Sharis was the founding COO of Ted Leonsis’ SnagFilms, a pioneering digital distributor of independent films and owner of the Webby Award-winning movie site, Indiewire. Ms. Sharis started her career at AOL, developing first-generation branded programming and debuting film streaming on their network. Throughout her career as an executive, Ms. Sharis has also remained an active independent film producer, starting with The Party's Over, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, in 2000 through to Alina, a feature film directorial debut by legendary producer Ben Barenholtz, in 2017. Ms. Sharis received her B.A. from Wesleyan University with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors and holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.

BOBBY CAMPBELL

Advisor

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Advisor

BOBBY CAMPBELL

Bobby Campbell was born in Albany, Missouri, where as a young child he grew up in the middle of cornfields on a small farm with his mom, Janis Campbell, and his loving grandparents, Eldon and Jane Gillespie. Later he moved with his parents to Columbia, Missouri, and attended college at the University of Missouri where he graduated with a creative writing degree. After college, he came across an opportunity to enter the new field of Digital Advertising. In 2003, he raised $20,000 to launch Division-D, which helps national advertisers plan and manage their marketing initiatives. Division-D capitalized on the exploding digital advertising industry and was named to the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in 2012 and 2014.

In 2010, he launched his second start-up, AdKarma a leading video ssp helping over 20,000 publishers manage and maximize their video advertising. Adkarma soon became one of the fastest growing private coming in the U.S. being ranked #31 on Inc. 500’s 2014 list of fastest growing companies. AdKarma was acquired by multi-national mobile advertising and content leader blinkx in 2015. In 2014 he founded Tasty Productions a full-service video production studio dedicated to creating high-quality short form content that covers a wide variety of verticals targeting Millennials and Gen Z.

Bobby is also a columnist and has been published in publications across the world including Forbes, Entrepeneur.com, Business Insider, and Venture Beat, where he writes about business and the changing nature of content. Most recently, Bobby launched Good Wizard Productions to focus on developing new long form, tech-enabled content.

D. Scott Bowen

Advisor

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Advisor

D. Scott Bowen

Scott Bowen is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur who is passionate about innovative product strategy, best-in-class customer experience, and people-focused cultures. His domain expertise sits at the intersection of digital media and marketing, data analytics and cloud. He was formerly President & COO of ICX Media.

Prior to ICX, Scott was VP & General Manager, Digital Services at Vistaprint, a $1.3B e-commerce brand of Cimpress. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s SaaS business unit which provides cloud-based, online marketing services to small businesses, including products for websites, social media marketing, eMailmarketing, and local listings. Before joining Vistaprint in 2012, Scott spent seven years at OpenText Corporation, a $2.3B global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), where he held roles including SVP, Cloud Services and President, Digital Media Group. Prior to OpenText, Scott was Co-Founder, President andCOO of Artesia Technologies, a venture-backed pioneer and early leader in the Digital Asset Management (DAM) market that was acquired by OpenText in 2004. Earlier, Scott was GM of the TEAMS software division of The Thomson Corporation, one of the world’s largest providers of information content to professionals, known today as Thomson Reuters.

Scott graduated with honors from Yale University, with a double degree in electrical engineering and economics, and later completed senior executive coursework at Stanford Business School.



Meet the Backers

Investors

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PJC

PJC is a leading early-stage venture firm focused investments in software and technology enabled services. They take an active approach to investing, striving to build collaborative relationships with portfolio company management and building relationships with entrepreneurs who are creating the future. PJC has built their firm and team around the strategy of building market leading companies with innovative founders and serial entrepreneurs.

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NRV

New Richmond Ventures embraces high growth companies led by exceptional teams. They invest in big ideas that capitalize on societal mega trends - that might even change the world. NRV focuses on companies located in Virginia because they believe this region is poised to take its place as a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and a home to inspired, world-changing businesses. NRV aims to ignite and advance creativity and innovation in their community.

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Grotech Ventures

Since 1984, Grotech Ventures has a proven track record of success funding innovative technology companies. They seek out creative and driven entrepreneurs building high-potential technology companies in the Social & Digital Media and E-Commerce, Mobile, Cloud and Infrastructure Software, Enterprise Software and Big Data Analytics, Security Technologies, and Healthcare Information Technology sectors.They partner with entrepreneurs who have fresh ideas, breakthrough innovations and unconventional approaches that will yield explosive growth.

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Rise of the Rest

Rise of the Rest is a Revolution seed fund dedicated to investing catalytic capital in the most promising seed stage companies located outside of Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston. The ROTR Seed Fund is backed by a group of iconic entrepreneurs, executives and investors. ROTR believes that the most compelling investment opportunities in the next decade will likely emerge from startups in cities all across the United States.

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Blazar

Blazar Ventures was created by the co-founders of Neustar. The founding partners are dedicated to pursuing growth where their unique strengths bring competitive advantages and where they can lend unique value. Blazar Ventures specializes in building businesses that disrupt industry operations and build industry-wide communities of data users. They aim to create sustainable enterprises by developing world-class management teams.

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Kelly Newman ventures

Kelly Newman Ventures advises and invests in companies driving transformation in digital media. They focus on a handful of companies, becoming deeply involved as partners and fellow-operators, not just investors. KNV works with teams to accelerate growth and provide optimal service to customers. They work with companies on strategy, structure, leadership, execution, and corporate development.