meet the boardof directors
GumGum is an artificial intelligence company with deep expertise in computer vision. Our mission is to unlock the value of images and videos produced daily across the web, social media and broadcast television. Since 2008, the company has applied its patented capabilities to serve a variety of industries from advertising to professional sports.
Wes Nichols is a Board Partner at Upfront Ventures, one of California’s largest venture capital firms, and a serial technology entrepreneur, an active investor and advisor. Wes is an industry authority in predictive analytics, AI/machine learning, and technology. Wes is the author of the Harvard Business Review cover story, Analytics 2.0, on next-generation analytics to drive more predictive decision-making.
Most recently, Wes was the Chief Strategy Officer at Neustar (NYSE: NSR), the leading company in authenticated identity, which was acquired by Golden Gate Capital in December 2016 in a $2.9 billion take-private transaction. A year earlier, Neustar acquired his company, MarketShare, where he was co-founder and CEO. MarketShare’s analytics SaaS solutions is the industry leader in marketing resource planning and attribution.Acquired by Neustar for nearly $500 million, MarketShare was backed by FTV Capital, Elevation Partners and Silver Lake Partners.
Prior to starting MarketShare, Wes was with Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC) as President and CEO of TBWA’s digital business, working with Nissan, Sony, Pfizer, and other brands. Prior, he was the founder and CEO of Direct Partners, building from scratch one of the industry’s first data-driven analytics companies, which was acquired by Omnicom Group.
Wes is a Strategic Advisor to the executive team of Snap (NYSE: SNAP), a member of the Board of Directors of TrueCar (NASDAQ: TRUE) and Comscore (NASDAQ: SCOR), as well as computer vision software company GumGum and identity verification and fraud detection firm MediaShift. Wes is an active member in both Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Wes is the 2016 winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was nominated as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Wes graduated from Randolph-Macon College and The Johns Hopkins University, with degrees in Psychology and Business, respectively. He is currently enrolled in the executive education program at Harvard Business School.
John was a Venture Partner at US Venture Partners (USVP) from 2010-2015 and has been associated with over $10bn in exits including: Admob (acquired by Google), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), BlueKai (acquired by Oracle), Neven Vision (acquired by Google), Millennial Media (IPO 2012); Savings.com (acquired by Cox), JumpTap (acquired by millennial Media), GoPro (2014 IPO), MedioSystems (acquired by Nokia). John Is currently an investor in Zefr, PlaceIQ, Quantifind, Swoop, SessionM, Wedge Buster, GumGum, Whisper, Credit Key and Tubular Labs.
Prior to USVP, John was the founder and CEO of Brand in Hand (acquired in 2010) where he and his team advised on or executed initiatives for major brand marketers like P&G, Coke, American Express, General Mills, Lions Gate Studios and Best Buy. John has been awarded Brand Week’s "Marketers of the Next Generation," and Advertising Age has acknowledged John as one of its distinguished 40 Under 40 executives. John frequently keynotes and participates in industry leading events. He holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Robert Bassman is a Managing Principal of Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, Morgan Stanley’s growth-focused private investment fund targeting equity and credit investments into privately-held businesses. Previously, Robert was a member of Morgan Stanley Principal Investments and Morgan Stanley's Special Situation Group, both on-balance sheet investment vehicles where he focused on private equity and credit investments for Morgan Stanley. He serves as a Director and has led investments into HighQ Solutions, Nutanix, Zappos.com, Docuware, Vigilant Solutions, EcoIntense, Callfire, Blinds.com, eCentria, Bloom Energy, JHP Pharmaceuticals, Mitel Networks, Pure Digital Technologies, DigitalGlobe and TVN Entertainment. Robert joined Morgan Stanley as an Analyst in the Media and Communications Group within the Investment Banking Division. Robert is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and also spent one year at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Patrick joined NEA in 2006 as General Partner focusing on technology investments, particularly Software-as-a-Service, digital media, mobile technology and Internet companies. He is a director of BedRocket Media, BuzzFeed, ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM), Millennial Media (NYSE: MM), Spring Wireless and Videology. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick was General Partner of Grotech Capital Group, investing in high-tech companies and serving on the boards of Advertising.com, CDnow, Fieldglass Software, SALIX Technologies and Synchrologic. Previously, Patrick spent 10 years at Alex. Brown & Sons as an investment banker for technology companies. He was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy on the staff of Admiral H.G. Rickover at the Headquarters of the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program. Patrick is Chairman Emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. He received an MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and a BS degree from Villanova University.
Mark Suster is a Partner at Upfront Ventures. He joined the firm in 2007 after having previously worked with Upfront Ventures for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Before joining Upfront Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, a European SaaS company that was acquired by SWORD Group. Earlier in his career, Mark spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Mark looks to invest in passionate entrepreneurs in early-stage technology businesses. His interests include Digital Content and Distribution, AdTech, Consumer Internet, and SaaS businesses and he has deep operating experience having started and sold his last two companies.
Dr. Howard Morgan is co-founder/ partner in First Round Capital, a seed stage venture capital firm. He has more than 30 years of experience with more than two hundred high-tech entrepreneurial ventures. He serves on the boards of Idealab, Kentik, Memsql, Augury and other companies. Howard was a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell and Caltech. He a Trustee of Cold Spring Harbor Labs and Math For America and is a respected author. He received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University (1968) and a B.S. from the CCNY (1965).
With a reputation built on transforming businesses, creative innovation, and driving people culture, Lisa’s storied career has taken her from banking to Barbie, movies to music, Transformers to tech. While getting her Masters Degree in International Finance at Thunderbird, Lisa took a marketing class and became passionate about what drives consumers, switching her focus and leading her to become, at that time, the youngest marketing manager at Mattel, overseeing the Barbie brand internationally
Parlaying her global marketing expertise, Lisa moved first to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, launching Titanic release to #1, then to 20th Century Fox Film as EVP of the global partnerships team, where her accolades included leading The Simpsons Movie's acclaimed marketing campaign, which won Ad Age's Creativity Award and Promotion of the Decade for its transformation of 7-Eleven locations around the country into Simpsons-branded Kwik-E-Marts.
After nearly a decade at Fox, Lisa combined her background in toys and entertainment to help Hasbro bring its stable of intellectual properties to film and television with the launch of Hasbro Studios.
When Yahoo came calling, Lisa joined the leadership team as SVP of Platforms and Partnerships. Among many firsts, Lisa launched Live 365, a first-of-its-kind live streaming partnership with Live Nation that delivered live daily concerts from the year's most popular artists to Yahoo users throughout the world. That collaboration's success inspired Live Nation to tap Lisa to lead Strategic Partnerships for the CEO which then transitioned into their first CMO, Live Nation Concerts role.
For the past year, Lisa has been consulting for Microsoft Stores, AllBright, Illumination Animation, the Metrograph and Exploding Kittens on marketing as well as brand partnerships. In January, 2020 she joined the boards of GumGum (an ad tech platform) and Bryn Pharma (an alternate to the EPI pen).
Among her many accomplishments, Lisa is most proud of raising her three kids, Lucy, Danny and Joey, with husband of 28 years, film producer Andy Licht.
When Lisa is not busy cooking and hosting dinner parties she spends much of her time mentoring. She is also currently working on a book about her pioneering "fill your suitcase" career framework. To learn more about Lisa and her framework, please check out the following Forbes article about how Lisa has applied her skill-acquisition philosophy to attaining her goals across five different industries: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennaabdou/2018/04/30/the-career-framework-that-propelled-this-cmos-rise-across-five-industries
We use proprietary computer vision technology to find images and videos that are relevant to marketers. We then deliver highly visible advertising campaigns and rich insights to brands and agencies. We also help rights holders assess the media value of their sports sponsorships.