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As a founder of studio and venture fund Science Inc., Mike leverages his operational expertise and keen entrepreneurial talent to help Science founders scale highly profitable and successful businesses. Mike develops predictive strategies for portfolio companies, and the firm overall, that taps into future societal shifts and disrupts entrenched markets.
A longtime Internet executive, entrepreneur, and strategic adviser, Mike spent his career growing businesses ranging from early stage startups to private equity-backed assets to public media companies.Mike’s ability to predict the next shift extends beyond his work at Science to when he served as the CEO of Myspace. In his role he foresaw the impact of social influence over software, a predictive strategy he also saw as CEO of Userplane (acquired by AOL), and investment in HouseParty (acquired by Epic). Mike’s work with Mammoth Media, Hello Society and Famebit also highlights how he spotted the future of content and built these brands to thrive at the onset of GenZ’s as content consumers and influencer takeover.
His experience and expertise in both large and small companies focuses on strategy, growth, and operational efficiency, and has resulted in over $2B in exits (three of which were in 2016 alone). You can get a glimpse of his thought process in this Dollar Shave Club case study or his take on GenZ and Mammoth Media in a case study. Mike currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, whom he loves writing about.
Themes: Social software, future of content, brand building, future of work, future of play
Current Investments: Liquid Death, Mammoth Media, Pray.com, Lambs, Arrive
Past Investments: Dollar Shave Club, Userplane, Myspace, HouseParty, Maker Studios, DogVacay, HelloSociety, Famebit, Goodreads
Peter Pham leads the effort to raise money for Science incubated companies which has totaled $400M. By focusing on business development throughout his career and building a robust and strong network, Peter has sharpened his skills in identifying the best talent behind strong brand identity, as seen with his hands-on work with PlayVS, Liquid Death, and Mammoth Media. Previously as an operator, he has helped companies like Photobucket as employee No. 5, spearheading growth and corporate development, thereby leading the company to its $300M acquisition to MySpace, as well as lending his insights as cofounder and CEO of BillShrink which was acquired by MasterCard in 2012. He is also an angel advisor to companies like Nextdoor, Ring, and Medium. He shares his personal insights in a post he wrote about investing in Liquid Death.
Themes: Brand building, social software, future of play, future of work
Current Investments: PlayVS, Pray, Liquid Death, Mammoth Media
Past Investments: Ring, Kabam, Dollar Shave Club, Famebit, Hellosociety, DogVacay
Greg has more than 20 years of relevant experience as an executive, entrepreneur, investor, and attorney and is responsible for developing the firm's resilient structure. Over the course of his career, he’s also been an active angel investor or advisor to dozens of companies, including DocStoc (acquired by Intuit), Tsavo (acquired by Cybermedia), Userplane (acquired by AOL), Maker Studios (acquired by Disney), PlutoTV (acquired by Viacom), Scopely, and ZipRecruiter. Greg saw the potential in digital assets long before the topic was mainstream; drawing on his legal and financial services background, Greg architected the sale of one of the world’s first compliant digital securities in order to raise capital for the Science Blockchain incubator. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of RxVantage, a healthcare data and informatics company that intelligently connects healthcare providers with life science experts as needed, is currently used by every major life sciences company, and has been named one of the top 10 medical practice solutions providers in the United States. Greg previously served as a Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he also designed and taught courses on Intellectual Property and Licensing.
Themes: Financial technologies, future of highly regulated businesses, cryptography and distributed systems, healthcare innovation
Current Investments: Mammoth Media, RealBlocks, Protego, Pray
Tom leads fund and portfolio operations for Science Inc, tapping into his 20+ years of experience building and managing Internet companies through startup, growth, and turnaround stages. His keen eye for identifying what the future of work will look like shows up regularly in his modern and mobile approach to portfolio construction. He is currently on the boards of PlayVS and Empirical. Prior to Science, Tom served as the VP of Business Intelligence for Myspace and was the COO of Tsavo Media, an online publishing network of more than 400 owned and operated sites. Tom spent four years with Spark Networks, an online personals and social networking provider, in charge of strategic development. Prior to Spark, Tom was part of the founding management team at Move, an online real estate listing service serving consumers and brokers. Tom’s career in online media started with The Los Angeles Times, where he developed online classified businesses and partnerships within the newspaper industry. Get a feel for his thoughts in case study about PlayVS.
Themes: Direct to consumer commerce, marketplaces, social software, financial technologies
Current Investments: PlayVS, Empirical Spirits, GoodPatch, Lambs
Past Investments: Dollar Shave Club, Famebit, HelloSociety, DogVacay
Working with Tom, Robert manages the internal finance processes at Science while providing finance guidance to the portfolio Companies. He has over 10 years working in startup companies and worked in external audit at KPMG previous to the private sector. A graduate of Western Washington University, Robert is a CPA, and bike commutes to SaMo from Hermosa Beach year round.
Johanna is the Corporate Paralegal at Science. She has more than 7 years of experience in corporate law and entity management. She has supported dozens of startups and growth companies with formation, corporate governance, IP matters, financing events, and transactions. Prior to Science, Johanna supported entity management, transactions, and SEC reporting at AECOM, a global engineering and infrastructure company.
Kiet (pronounced “Kit”) is an associate at Science Inc. As an equity derivatives trader for 5+ years, his working with Science Blockchain was a natural fit. Since then, he has transitioned to a role within Science Inc., in which he supports portfolio companies in the blockchain, mobile entertainment, and consumer application sector.
He's also an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Southern California and holds a B.A. in Business Economics from Cal. State University, Fullerton.
He's currently working on his Mandarin skills and has his eyes set on Japanese next.
Priscilla is the Head of Investor Relations at Science Inc., where she manages LP relations, communications & marketing, and events across Science Funds. Additionally, she leads the structuring and capital formation efforts for SPVs and new opportunity vehicles.
Priscilla has over 15 years of domestic and international finance experience in venture, asset management and capital markets, complemented by a deep operational and regulatory foundation. Prior to Science, Priscilla served as an investor at ZX Ventures (Anheuser-Busch's CVC arm). In this role, Priscilla oversaw the technology platform, which included global deals in the supply chain & logistics and marketing/adtech space, among others. Additionally, she was an investor in sustainable assets on behalf of family offices, and led Strategy & Ops at SevenRooms and Business Development at Whispr Group. Further, her early international experience and expertise across Wall Street from Sumitomo Mitsui to Neuberger Berman and JCAM (Moore Capital) has resulted in growth of $10B+ AUM.
A graduate of Columbia Business School, Priscilla is also a proven and successful entrepreneur with a strong, valued network. She is currently the Chair of the Senior Women in Private Equity Group (West Coast Chapter) and an Active Member of 100 Women in Finance. She is also currently on the Development Committee of the James Beard Foundation, having previously served on the board of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (NYC Chapter) as the Chair of Society Ties, its young professionals group.
Aside from a deep passion for disruptive innovation, Priscilla is an avid practitioner of transcendental meditation and hot athletic yoga, and is a Level I Certified Master Sommelier.
April leads Corporate Development at Science, Inc., where she manages its corporate incubation program and supports strategic partnerships.
April is a seasoned business strategist, executive leader, startup advisor and board member with over two decades of experience advising and deal-making for large global corporations and investors across technology and digital media. A graduate of Columbia University, she began her professional career in politics working in the U.S. House and Senate, followed by Morgan Stanley, Index Ventures, News Corp, Yahoo, and NBCUniversal. April has led complex deals and transaction teams creating billions in value for shareholders and also has in depth experience with human capital management and diversity & inclusion frameworks and solutions.
A long-time high performing athlete and avid distance runner as well as co-founder of an early stage digital wellness platform, Ms. Henry has a strong passion for intelligent consumer applications and personalization solutions, particularly with respect to optimizing online and offline physical & financial health.
James is the Managing Director. He has 12 plus years of experience working with startups and growth sector businesses — serving as a co-founder and managing over 10 businesses across e-commerce, marketplaces, and mobile in the last four years that have raised over $60m from top-tier VCs.
James is a former investment banker who managed over 30 IPOs for technology, consumer, and healthcare companies.
Terrelle is an Accounting Manager at Science. She manages the accounting operations and provides support to portfolio companies. Prior to Science, she worked at: DTS Inc., Beachmint, Yahoo! Inc. and CTBC Bank. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics.
Kartik is the founder and CEO of SpringRole - blockchain based proessional profile. He also serves as an Advisor at Science, Handstand (on demand fitness trainers - funded by Reebok), Lenny (helps build one’s credit score) and Burst (electric toothbrushes on subscription). He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh with Masters from the Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science. In his free time, he likes to bike and play badminton.
Esi Mensah is a Growth Strategist at Science Inc., focusing on full-funnel performance marketing strategy across the portfolio.
She has over 10 years of digital marketing experience, ranging from growing early stage startups to managing multi-million dollar advertising budgets for large corporations. This includes a wide array of industries from fashion, fitness and food, to tech, entertainment and festivals. She is also known for constantly being “in the know” about what’s hot or trending, and her growth campaigns tend to reflect that.
She is originally from Toronto, Canada, and as such, she is a massive fan of the Toronto Raptors.
Elle is an Executive Assistant at Science and graduate of the University of California San Diego. She has been playing Tetris with Mike Jones' calendar for about 8 years, starting at MySpace. Elle lives in Venice with her boyfriend and their puppy Darondo.
Marlene's experience in digital marketing and advertising spans 20-ish years across a spectrum of business sizes and brand categories, from finance to packaged goods to entertainment. Her perspectives on branding, customer engagement and acquisition stem from her extensive work with advertising & social media agencies, online publishers and global corporations.
Talia is an Asset Manager at Science. She has experience building and scaling startups throughout Southeast Asia—and has managed 10 businesses across education, marketplaces, social and e-commerce. Formerly at Fisher Investments.
Lindsay advises growth strategy for portfolio companies and corporate projects at Science. Her 10+ years of digital growth experience stems from the agency side where she worked with start-up and corporate clients across consumer products, media, gaming and entertainment, as well as the start-up side, in early hire roles at DTC businesses and then as a co-founder.
Working technically and creatively, Lindsay focuses on product positioning, marketing strategy, research and design to find meaningful growth and products that stick.
Lindsay is a graduate of Santa Clara University. When not focused on start-up strategy, Lindsay enjoys athletics, entertainment, and pursuing her study of music.
Tom has led growth initiatives for dozens of technology, CPG and e-commerce companies from both the agency and brand side. As Project Manager at Science, Tom partners with corporate clients to drive strategy, test consumer demand, and execute direct-to-consumer growth projects to scale. He’s also an avid photographer and former golf professional.
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