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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), BSME 1981
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), MSME 1982
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, MBA 1984

Current Companies

Co-Founder & Chairman

Former Companies

Founder & CEO

Current Financial Organizations

Managing Member

Former Financial Organizations

Vice Chairman

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Brian Hand

Brian is co-founder and Chairman of Timelines, Inc. (formerly known as LifeSnapz). Prior to Timelines, in 1999 Brian founded and was CEO of ShopLocal (formerly known as SalesHound and CrossMedia Services). In 2001, the company developed a pioneering service for digitizing local sales circulars and catalogs for clients such as Target, Home Depot, Best Buy, Circuit City, Whole Foods, CVS, Walgreens, Staples, Office Depot, Sears, and Kohl’s, and today provides this service for the vast majority of all major US retailers. ShopLocal was acquired by Gannett, Tribune and Knight-Ridder in 2004 for $75 million.

Prior to founding ShopLocal, for 16 years Brian was with First Analysis, a Chicago-based venture capital and investment banking firm. As vice chairman of the firm for the last three years, he was responsible for co-managing day-to-day activities of the company’s investment research, investment banking and venture capital activities. He was also responsible for identifying, investing in and managing portfolio companies as part of the firm’s $500 million family of venture capital funds. He has served on the board of directors of numerous companies. He had previously held positions of Managing Director of Investment Research, Vice President of Corporate Finance and Research Analyst. Prior to joining First Analysis, he worked briefly as a robot engineer for IBM.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Perfect Audience 10/2012Seed$1.1M11
Kapow Events 6/2012Venture Round$700k5
Pear (formerly Apparel Media Group) 2/2011Series A$1.15M15
Sittercity 9/2009Venture Round$500k3



  1. Y Combinator-Backed Perfect Audience Makes Facebook Retargeting Easy (Even For Tech Bloggers), Raises $1.1M ( [edit]
  2. Kapow Events Completes $700K Financing ( [edit]
  3. Apparel Media Group ( [edit]
  4. gets more money from investors ( [edit]
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