|Harvard University, BA||1980|
George Bell has been involved in the creation and growth of consumer businesses for 25 years. Before Jumptap, he was a Managing Director of General Catalyst, a venture capital and growth equity firm that manages over $1.7B of assets.
Prior to that, he was CEO of Upromise, the country’s largest college savings service, sold in 2006 to Sallie Mae.
Previously, Bell was Chairman and CEO of Excite@Home, bringing together the Excite portal with the @Home cable broadband platform in a $7 billion merger.
Bell was CEO of Excite prior to the merger, led the company’s IPO, oversaw the acquisition of more than 20 companies and expanded Excite into a worldwide media property.
Earlier Bell founded The Outdoor Life Network (now Versus Network), a specialty cable channel reaching 60+MM homes; and served as SVP, Times Mirror Magazines, where he oversaw eight special interest magazines, such as SKI and Field & Stream.
He won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award both in California and New England and four national Emmy Awards as a producer and writer of adventure, wildlife and vanishing culture documentaries.
Bell has also been featured in TIME, Fortune, Forbes and Business Week, has appeared regularly on CNBC as both as a guest and co-host, and he’s spoken extensively on new media, convergence, and leadership. Bell is a graduate of Harvard College, earning a B.A. in English