Primary Role
Managing Member at FireStarter Fund
4 Investments in 4 Companies

Person Details


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.

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