About us


Board of Directors

 

Tom MacIsaac

CEO

Tom brings nearly two decades of digital media and advertising experience to Verve Wireless. Prior to joining Verve, Tom was CEO of ExtendMedia, the leading IP video software company serving customers including AT&T, Verizon, Disney and Paramount. Extend was acquired by Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) in 2010. Previously, Tom 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 (NYSE: AOL) acquired Lightningcast in 2006, Tom served as SVP Strategy overseeing strategy, strategic planning and corporate and business development for AOL’s market-leading advertising business, Advertising.com. Prior to Lightningcast, Tom founded and served as CEO of Backwire, an online and mobile messaging company that was acquired by Leap Wireless (NASDAQ: LEAP) in 2001. Prior to his career in digital media, Tom was a corporate lawyer with the global law firm Dechert.

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Tom Kenney

President

Tom has mobile industry experience that dates back to 1994 as an early employee at start-up mobile carrier GO! Communications, a spin-out of MCI.
Prior to Verve, he was a venture capitalist with Blue Run Ventures, formerly Nokia Venture Partners, for over six years. While at BRV, Tom was a contributing principal on many investments, including PayPal (sold to eBay), eVoice (sold to AOL), MongoMusic (sold to Microsoft), and Lightningcast (sold to AOL). Prior to Blue Run Ventures, Tom spent several years working in Nokia Corporation’s Mergers and Acquisition Group. Tom received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from George Mason University.

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Jonathan Ebinger

Partner, Blue Run Ventures

Jonathan joined BlueRun Ventures in September 2000 and is based in Menlo Park. He focuses on communications, media, and mobility opportunities. Jonathan has 15 years of marketing and finance experience in the telecommunications industry. Previous experience includes Vice President of Marketing for Qwest Communications, and senior level positions at Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions and MCI Communications. In addition, Jonathan founded and successfully exited Simply Savings, Inc., an Internet shopping service. He received his MBA from Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and holds a BS in Finance from Virginia Tech.

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John Gardner

Partner, Nokia Growth Partners

John has led and managed investments in companies across the information technology spectrum, including enterprise software, carrier software, systems and component companies. Prior to joining Nokia Growth Partners, John was at BlueRun Ventures where he was one of the founding partners. Prior to that, John held a senior business development role at Nokia and has over 20 years of experience advising and working with start-up and emerging businesses, including extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions and venture capital investments. John holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati – College of Law. John is based in Menlo Park, California.

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Art Howe

Co-Founder

Art has more than 30 years of professional experience in the publishing industry. Art won the Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and has received numerous accolades and awards for his work in the publishing world and business community including the Ben Franklin Award for publishing excellence. He has owned and managed over 50 newspapers in his career, and holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School.

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Lorraine Cichowski

SVP & CIO at The Associated Press

Lorraine has been involved with interactive media and technology since the early 1990s. At AP, Lorraine directs a diverse Technology team of more than 500 who design, develop and support Web and mobile products as well as multimedia newsroom, back-office, broadcast technology, customer Web portals and digital content processing and delivery systems. A global field staff is responsible for supporting AP’s breaking-news operation and nearly 250 newsbureaus in 100 countries. Lorraine joined AP in 2004 to work on digital strategies, started a product development department later that year and became head of AP Technology in 2006. Prior to AP, Lorraine was a media, communications and strategic planning consultant and head of Internet development for a Virginia start-up company. Before that she was a senior vice president at USA TODAY, where she developed the strategic plan for usatoday.com, which she launched in 1995 and ran as publisher for six years. She also was charged with developing the newspaper’s wireless strategy. Before getting involved in interactive media and technology, Lorraine was a journalist at AP and USA TODAY, where she served as Deputy Managing Editor in the Money section. Lorraine has a law degree from George Mason University, a master’s degree in communications-public affairs journalism from American University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Seton Hall University.

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