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Stanford University, MBA 2009
University of Michigan

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Lee Linden

Lee is an entrepreneur and early stage investor.

Today, he leads Facebook’s emerging initiatives in commerce, including Gifts and the Facebook Card.

Previously, Lee founded Karma, a breakthrough mobile commerce platform which allowed smartphone users to instantly send real gifts to others without the burden of physical mailing addresses. Karma was acquired by Facebook in early 2012.

Prior to Karma, Lee founded Tapjoy and piloted the company to it’s position as a leading mobile advertising platform which today touches more than 1 billion devices. He began Tapjoy by co-creating multiple top mobile games for iOS/Android and subsequently unraveling the potential of mobile advertising and app distribution at scale.

Earlier, Lee worked for venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and helped launch the iFund, a $100M investment vehicle focused on smartphone application platforms. Lee originally began his career working in product development at Microsoft, where he co-created the Windows Home Server division and shipped the first version of that product to market.

Lee holds a MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a BA in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and today lives and works in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.

Lee has been a featured speaker at universities, conferences, and panels worldwide and has received numerous awards for his work including 30 under 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Businessweek 2012, 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2012, and The Silicon Valley 100 by Business Insider 2013.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
Apartment List 2/2014Venture Round$6M11
Hightower 12/2013Seed$2.12M13
PasswordBox 11/2013Series A$6M4
OKpanda 10/2013Seed$1.4M9
Kahuna 10/2013Seed$2M9
Distill 9/2013Seed$1.3M9
KeepTruckin 7/2013Seed$2.3M5
Propeller 6/2013Seed$1.25M13
ZenPayroll 12/2012Seed$6.1M22
Kahuna 6/2012Seed7
Vungle 5/2012Seed$2M17
Sift Science 9/2011Seed$1.6M10

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  1. Apartment List Raises Another $6 Million To Improve Your Apartment Hunt (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  2. Hightower Secures $2.12M in Seed Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  3. After Passing 1M+ Users, PasswordBox Closes $6M Series A To Scale Its Team & Hook Into Biometrics (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  4. OKpanda Lands $1.4M From 500 Startups, Mafia Wars & Tapjoy Founders To Bring Better English Language Learning To Asia (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. Kahuna Raises $2M To Help Mobile Marketers Get Smarter About Engaging Their Users (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  6. Distill Raises $1.3M To Make Technical Recruiting, Hiring Dead Simple (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  7. KeepTruckin Makes Trucking Fleet Management Easy And Compliant (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  8. Propeller Gets $1.25M From A16z, ffAngel, Everyone Good Basically (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  9. ZenPayroll Launches Cloud-Based Payroll Service With $6.1M In Seed Funding From CEOs At Yammer, Box, Yelp And Dropbox (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  10. pehub.com [edit]
  11. Vungle Hustles Its Way Into $2M All-Star Seed Round For Mobile App Video Trailers Network (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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