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Harvard University, MBA and a JD
Wesleyan University, BA

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Strauss Zelnick

Strauss Zelnick, a partner in ZelnickMedia since 2001, became Chairman of Take-Two in March 2007 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Mr. Zelnick is currently Chairman of ITN Networks and serves on the boards of directors of Naylor LLC, Alloy, Inc. and Starwood Property Trust, Inc. Mr. Zelnick served as Executive Chairman of Direct Holdings, the parent company of Time Life and Lillian Vernon until the company was sold to Reader’s Digest on March 2, 2007.

Prior to forming ZelnickMedia, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment, a $4.7 billion music and entertainment company with more than 200 record labels and operations in 54 countries. Mr. Zelnick’s appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment followed his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company’s North American business unit from 1994 through 1998. Before joining BMG Entertainment, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Dynamics, a leading producer and distributor of interactive game software. Prior to that, he spent four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of 20th Century Fox, where he managed all aspects of the worldwide motion picture and distribution business

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Fundera 1/2014Venture Round$3.4M8
Enigma Technologies 2/2013Seed$1.1M5
Lua Technologies 8/2012Seed$2.5M25
Hot Potato 11/2009Series A$1.42M16



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  2. Raises $1.1 Million To Structure The World Of Big Data ( [edit]
  3. Lua Goes From A Manhattan Basement To $2.5M In Seed Funding From IA Ventures ( [edit]
  4. Hot Potato Raises $1.42 For Event Social Networking ( [edit]
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