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University of Southern California (USC), BS 1992
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Karl Jacob

Karl Jacob is a four-time entrepreneur and has been building and advising companies for the last 14 years. He also worked as a manager at Sun Microsystems and an executive at Microsoft. In his career, Jacob raised over $200 million from prestigious investors like Amerindo, Microsoft, eBay, Integral Partners, Norwest Ventures, Bay Partners, Benchmark Capital, Deutsche Bank, Ignition Partners, Vulcan Ventures and others. He started four companies from no revenue to significant revenues or being acquired. One of his companies, Dimension X, was acquired by Microsoft in 1997; and another, Keen (now Ingenio), was acquired by AT&T in 2007. Companies with Jacob as CEO have generated over $300 million in returns to investors and over $150 million in revenue per year. He has received numerous awards, including being named one of BusinessWeek’s top ten up-and-comers.

Jacob is currently the CEO and Founder of Coveroo, which enables consumers to personalize their cell phones, MP3 players and other personal electronics with their favorite artwork and designs. Previously, he took Cloudmark from no revenue and $50,000 in investment to $16 million in investment and millions in revenue. Prior to this, Jacob joined Benchmark Capital as an entrepreneur-in-residence and was charged with creating the “next big thing,” which ended up being Keen, where he was CEO and President until May of 2002. While at Keen, Jacob led the company to be credited as one of the fastest growing ecommerce companies in history and recognized by Fortune as a Cool Company.

Jacob has advised and been a board member at several companies including Facebook, Dimension X, Keen, Cloudmark, IMMI, Protector USA and REAL Kiteboarding. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Southern California, where he sits on the school’s board of counselors for the School of Engineering.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
Technical Machine 11/2013Venture Round$1.04M4
Distill 9/2013Seed$1.3M9
Brit + Co. 6/2013Series A$6.3M7
Curebit 1/2012Venture Round$1.2M9
Flotype 1/2012Seed$1.4M9
MemSQL 7/2011Seed$5M15
Byliner 7/2011Seed$1M5
Inporia 5/2011Seed$1.25M10
NoiseToys 5/2011Seed$1.2M7
Skillshare 5/2011Series A$550k10
DoubleDutch 4/2011Seed$1.2M12
Everlane 4/2011Seed$1.1M12
Yobongo 3/2011Seed$1.35M10
Sosh 3/2011Seed$1M11
Thumb 3/2011Angel$1.2M8
Path 11/2010Angel$2.5M28
Formative Labs 10/2010Angel5
LearnBoost 7/2010Angel$975k10
Coveroo 7/2010Series B$2.3M3
HealthTap 1/2010Angel7
Coveroo 8/2009Series A$1.5M5

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    LearnBoost Raises (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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    Causes Raises Another $9 Million To Help Spread Philanthropy Online (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  1. SEC (sec.gov) [edit]
  2. Distill Raises $1.3M To Make Technical Recruiting, Hiring Dead Simple (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. Brit + Co. Nabs $6.3M Series A Led By Oak Investment Partners To Go Big On Its Tech Media Hub For Makers (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  4. YC Alum Curebit Raises $1.2 Million For Online Referral System (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. Andreessen Horowitz, Salesforce Put $1.4M In Real-Time Messaging Infrastructure Startup Flotype (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  6. Y Combinator Alum MemSQL Raises $2.1 Million From Ashton Kutcher, SV Angel And More (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  7. Byliner Launches With A Splash, Aims To Disrupt Long-Form Journalism (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  8. Stealth Startup Inporia Raises $1.25 Million From Ron Conway, 500 Startups And More (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  9. Social App Maker NoiseToys Raises $1.2M (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  10. SEC (sec.gov) [edit]
  11. Lightbank Leads $1.2 Million Round In Enterprise Mobile Startup DoubleDutch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  12. Kleiner Perkins, SV Angel Back Personalized, Designer Quality E-Commerce Platform Everlane (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  13. How Do You Talk To An Angel? Use Yobongo, They’re All Investing. (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  14. Offline Labs Goes Online With $1 Million Seed Round. Enter The Project Dragon: Sosh (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  15. Opinionaided Raises $1 Million For Mobile Q&A Service (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  18. LearnBoost raises a VC and angel round (learnboost.com) [edit]
  19. Coveroo Secures $2.3 Million in Series B Funding From Rembrandt Venture Partners (venturecapitalreporter.com) [edit]
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