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Harvard Business School, MBA 1999
Univ of New Hampshire, BS - Business Admin. 1994

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Rick Marini

Founder & CEO of and Rick has been a pioneer in social media and a serial entrepreneur for the past 15 years.

Rick is the Founder & CEO of BranchOut - the largest professional network leveraging the social graph, with over 800 million profiles. BranchOut has raised $49 million from Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Mayfield Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and a dozen of the top angel investors in Silicon Valley.

Rick is also the Founder & CEO of - a real-time messaging service for teams. allows co-workers to chat in a secure, productive way from their mobile device (iOS and Android) or desktop.

Prior to founding BranchOut and, Rick was the Founder & CEO of SuperFan, a profitable social entertainment site that produced social games for clients including CBS, MTV, Universal Music, Warner Music and others.

Prior to founding SuperFan, Rick was the Co-Founder, CFO & Chief Strategist for Tickle was one of the largest social media sites on the Internet and with over 200 million registered users. Tickle operated as a profitable company with close to $40 million of annual revenue. In 2002, Tickle won the “Rising Star” Webby Award as the fastest growing site on the Web and became a top 20 global Internet site. In 2004, Tickle was acquired by Monster Worldwide for over $100 million.

Rick currently serves as an investor or Advisory Board member to more than 30 companies including DreamWorks, AngelList, Aston Martin Racing, ApartmentList, Wanelo, Dot&Bo, Scripted, Moonfrye, FitMob, ReTargeter, Swell Radio, August Lock, Lumosity, Nuzzel, Stipple, Tugboat Yards, Radius Intelligence, SmartRecruiters, SOMA Water, Sprig, MediaSpike, Wavii, Founder’s Den and more. He served as National Co-Chair for “Technology for Obama” and is a Board Member of “Technology for America” and a Co-Chair of

Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Apartment List 2/2014Venture Round$6M11
MediaSpike 11/2013Series A$5.2M10
Scripted 6/2013Series A$4.5M8
August 2013Seed$2M11
BlackJet 10/2012Venture Round$2.14M29
Stipple 11/2010Seed$2M11
Wavii 7/2010Seed$2M11



  1. Apartment List Raises Another $6 Million To Improve Your Apartment Hunt ( [edit]
  2. MediaSpike Raises $5.2M To Bring More Product Placement To Mobile And Social Games ( [edit]
  3. Scripted Gets $4.5M Series A To Build Out Its Online Marketplace For Freelance Writers ( [edit]
  4. Yves Behar’s August Smart Lock Lets Users Open Doors With A Mobile App ( [edit]
  5. Uber Co-Founder Garrett Camp Launches BlackJet, The “Uber For Private Jets” ( [edit]
  6. Stipple Raises $2M From Kleiner Perkins, Mike Maples … And Justin Timberlake ( [edit]
  7. Techcrunch ( [edit]
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