Ted Meisel is a Senior Advisor with Elevation Partners. He is active in the evaluation of potential investments, as well as in support of the firmâ€™s portfolio companies, including serving on the board of Forbes Media. He has extensive experience in the operations and strategy of digital media and advertising companies.
Ted is the former CEO of Overture Services, the pioneer of search advertising. He joined the company (originally GoTo.com) in 1998 and led it to $1 billion in worldwide revenues by 2003, its fifth full year of operations â€“ when Yahoo! acquired Overture for $1.8 billion. Ted stayed on as president of the newly-named Yahoo! Search Marketing division for two years, integrating with other Yahoo! units and leading it to continued and rapid revenue growth and an expanded worldwide footprint.
Prior to Overture, Ted was an executive at CitySearch, now a division of IAC/Interactive Corp. CitySearch became the leading internet city guide, ultimately absorbing its main competitor, Microsoftâ€™s Sidewalk. Tedâ€™s primary focus was the development of the individual city guides and the supporting software platform. His responsibilities included the areas of content, product management, product design, professional services, business development, and engineering.
Before he became an internet executive, Ted spent eight years with the consulting firms of McKinsey & Company and Strategic Planning Associates (now Mercer Management Consulting) in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Singapore.
To ensure he stays current with developments in the world of media and technology, Ted is active in a number of developing-stage companies. He is the Chairman of Veoh Networks (www.veoh.com), the leading independent internet television service, a board member with Zannel (www.zannel.com) and Uber (www.uber.com), and an advisor to firms in ecommerce and advertising.
In addition to his business interests, Ted is vice-Chairman of the Hope Street Group (www.hopestreetgroup.org), a bipartisan group of business leaders and professionals devoted to revitalizing the American Dream, the opportunity for all Americans to achieve a better economic future for themselves and their families.
Ted holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and lives in Los Angeles.