Founder and Board Member
Alicia Navarro is Co-Founder of Skimlinks. Over ten years, Alicia has grown Skimlinks into the leading content-to-commerce monetization platform, responsible for earning revenues for tens of thousands of publishers including Hearst, Condė Nast, Time Inc, Buzzfeed and Refinery29, and driving retail sales to over 20,000 merchants including John Lewis, Nordstrom, Samsung, ASOS and Amazon, which in 2017 totalled almost $1 billion. Before Skimlinks, Alicia worked on mobile and web applications at IBM, Vodafone and Fairfax Media. Alicia was named one of Business Insider’s top 29 UK female startup founders of 2017 and sits on the Board of Trustees of Young Enterprise.
Founder and Board Member
Joe is co-founder of Skimlinks, which he founded with Alicia Navarro. Before turning his expertise to Skimlinks, Joe founded SiteRefinery where he acquired under-performing websites and turned them into profitable enterprises. He developed these skills while running his own websites, and working as Head of New Media at Finger Lickin’ Records, an independent electronic music label.
Shirin is a senior partner at Frog Capital where she sits on the board of Skimlinks. She founded, expanded and subsequently sold mobile communications business Arieso. A University of Southampton Engineering alumna, she has over 20 years’ experience in the software and mobile communications industry. She is also the Non-exec Chairwoman of Opensignal, a UK based company that sets the gold standard for mobile experience globally. She is a passionate advisor and board member to companies wishing to transform their business.
Ian is a Partner and Co-Founder of Greycroft LLC. Over the past 11 years Ian has led numerous investments for Greycroft, including the firm’s investments in Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce.com), Braintree (acquired by eBay), Plated (acquired by Albertsons), Shipt (acquired by Target), Venmo (acquired by Braintree), and Vizu (acquired by Nielsen). Prior to joining Greycroft, Ian founded StrongData Corporation, a pioneer in payment encryption, and spent several years as a venture capitalist with Boston Millennia Partners, where he focused on the software, wireless, and Internet sectors. Ian’s past experience also includes investment banking in the technology group at Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette and strategy consulting with the Arnold Business Strategy Group. Ian holds a BS in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He lives in New York City with his wife Jessica and his two daughters.
Urs is the Managing Partner of BDMI. He is also a founding member who joined BDMI as Chief Financial Officer in 2006 from the Corporate Controlling and Strategy group at Bertelsmann where he was “chief of staff” to the CEO and worked on strategic projects for all of the media company’s divisions including TV, radio, music, books, magazines and services. Urs has led investments in CrowdTwist, Mojiva (acquired by Pubmatic), Skimlinks, StyleHaul (acquired by RTL) and Zergnet. He is actively pursuing new investments in online video and next-generation publishing. Urs speaks at digital media conferences around the globe and is an active supporter of the arts and various philanthropic organizations. Urs was a Ph.D. Candidate at the Handelshochschule Leipzig and holds a Dlpl.Kfm degree in finance and strategy from the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. He also earned an M.B.A. in finance from Tulane University. Urs was named a 2014 Power Player in Digital Media by AlwaysOn and was on the Global Corporate Venturing Powerlist in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Urs is a weekend biker, a lifelong gamer and a self-proclaimed computer nerd who can bust out any motherboard, fire up a soldering iron and crank it up to 11.
John joined Sussex Place Ventures after returning from the US in 2005 where he was COO of Hands-On Mobile, a major venture-backed mobile content delivery technology and publishing business with worldwide operations. In addition to his role at Sussex Place Ventures John is Chairman of Linguamatics and was an early stage investor in Twitter. John has an MA in Law and Diploma in computer science from Trinity College, Cambridge.
Greg brings incredible experience of the Publisher space, having held senior positions in some of the most prominent and successful digital publishers in the world: EVP, Global Sales at Yahoo, President at AOL Time Warner, President at Huffington Post and President at Buzzfeed – 3 of which are long term Skimlinks customers. Greg also has a world-class track record in the advertising space, having joined Criteo in 2011 as President, contributing to its IPO in 2013 at $2.5b.