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Co-Founder & CEO @
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12 Investments in 12 Companies
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Male
Location:
Albany
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Michael Yavonditte is a veteran of new media and technology. Prior to being named chief executive officer of Quigo Technologies in 2002, Mr. Yavonditte served as vice president of sales for USA Networks Electronic Commerce Solutions Group in New York. In that position, he was responsible for negotiating complex 'outsourced' e-commerce alliances with leading U.S. retailers. His group managed the e-commerce operations for CBS Sportsline, Nascar.com and the National Hockey League.

In 2000, Mr. Yavonditte joined AltaVista, where he quickly negotiated and closed several large, multi-year, multi-million dollar agreements for the company. Mr. Yavonditte also took an interest in figuring out new ways to monetize relevancy-based search results and was instrumental in the formation of the Trusted Feed program, AltaVista's paid inclusion product. As managing director of the strategic alliances group, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of AV's business development activities and one of their largest revenue streams.

In 1997, Mr. Yavonditte joined Juno Online Services, Inc. as a director in their business development group. In 1998, he was promoted to vice president and continued to focus on negotiating large advertising and e-commerce agreements. When Juno launched their "for pay" ISP in 1999, Mr. Yavonditte's group shifted focus to work on signing OEM software distribution agreements, a key part of their customer acquisition strategy. They signed agreements with many top companies such as HP, Samsung and LG Electronics.

Mr. Yavonditte started his career at Ziff-Davis Publishing in New York where he held various sales and management roles. In 1996, he was named one of only three ZD employees to win the coveted Chairman's Club Award two consecutive years.

Mr. Yavonditte has a degree in Business and Political Science from Pace University in New York.

Jobs (8)

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Co-Founder & CEO

Jan 13, 2014 - Current   (over 2 years)

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Mar 3, 2011 - Current   (over 5 years)
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Managing Director of the Strategic Alliances Group
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Nov 30, 2013
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DateInvested InRoundDetails
Dec, 2014$2.4M / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2013$1.1M / SeedPersonal Investment
Mar, 2012undisclosed amount / AngelPersonal Investment
Feb, 2012$540k / SeedPersonal Investment
Feb, 2012$500k / SeedPersonal Investment
Mar, 2011$1.8M / AngelPersonal Investment
Jan, 2011$225k / SeedPersonal Investment
Aug, 2010$450k / Series APersonal Investment
Jun, 2010$1.3M / Series APersonal Investment
Apr, 2010$1.5M / Series APersonal Investment
Feb, 2010$600k / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2008undisclosed amount / SeedPersonal Investment

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