While at the Digital Media Summit last week, a few friends came up to me and asked me what I was concentrating on these days. I get that question fairly often from people who aren’t involved with me on the day to day so I thought I’d write a post and explain as I figure it will help [you] self-select the conversations and opportunities we should have.
Chief Digital Media Officer: At The Media Kitchen and it’s parent, kbs+, I work with the teams to help inspire and execute through digital media. Not all of the media we plan or buy is digital, though about 55% is, so that’s a big chunk of change. I cross multiple digital channels including display, video, mobile, search, and social and work on making sure we have the right infrastructure and advertising operations setup so that we can execute. The role of the Chief Digital Media Officer will evolve over the next few years as digital becomes purely a delivery mechanism and the channel itself won’t be as important. Meaning, we do not have a Chief Radio Officer of Chief OOH Officer, so this thinking will have to change with the time.
Venture Investor: I invest in marketing and advertising technology companies thru kbs+ Ventures. This is done not by investing out of a fund but opportunistically off of our balance sheet. Launched at the end of 2010, kbs+ Ventures has built up a portfolio of companies who are testing different thesis we have in the marketplace. You can read a recent article about kbs+ Ventures in AdAge. The majority of all my investments in recent years have been thru kbs+ Ventures but I do make a small handful of non-competitive investments in other areas of digital media including my most recent one (more coming soon!).
Golf Tournament Coordinator: Many of you know I founded and host The Silicon Alley Golf Invitational almost 9 years ago. It all started as a way to get founders to network outside of the hustle and bustle of NYC and has grown into an event that attracts sponsors and is home to 100+ founders, execs, venture capitalists, and ecosystem supporters. I’m in the middle of planning and executing the 2013 SAGI event as it’s coming up on July 22. For more information about SAGI, you can contact me here.
Digital Student: While I technically don’t go to University, I am a student of all things tech + web and am constantly learning different platforms. One of the platforms I’m studying is Wanelo and you can follow me here. I’m testing the usage of the platform to bookmark things for me and for my family. Medium is also a platform that I’m noodling around with but less about writing and more about reading. Lots of good content on Medium so far.
Husband + Dad: This August, I’ll be celebrating my sixth anniversary to being married to Sherri. We’ve been blessed with two amazing children who are each coming into their own and developing some amazing personalities. We live in Westchester County, NY and I try to spend most of my evenings with them. I’ve seriously cut down on the amount of after-work activities to prioritize my family in recent years.
I hope this helps shed some light on what I do. The agency work and investor work are like peanut butter and jelly – both can live on their own but when together, they taste delicious. What makes us a good investor is that we know what the agency wants and needs and vice versa. It’s a nice feedback mechanism to help make better agency decisions and venture investments.