Ziv Navoth is the founder and CEO of Paragraph. Prior to that he was SVP Marketing & Partnerships at AOL, where he was responsible for executing the company's mission to connect people with everyone and everything they care about. Ziv joined the company through AOL's acquisition of Bebo in May 2008, where he was VP Marketing. Since joining Bebo in February 2007, the company grew its user base from 22M to 50M (with no marketing budget) and pioneered numerous innovations including Open Media - a new business model for media companies to distribute and monetize their content and Bebo Originals â€“ a new form of branded entertainment, combining original online productions with brand sponsorship.
Bebo's first, and the Internet's most successful serialized drama, KateModern was nominated for two BAFTA (the British Oscars) awards and generated over 70 million views. KateModern was followed by Sofia's Diary, the first online show to cross over to TV in the UK, The Gap Year, the most successful reality show not on TV and The Secret World Of Sam King, the first co-production between Universal Music and a social network. Bebo Originals have been viewed over 120M times.
Prior to joining Bebo Ziv founded and ran Verve, a boutique management consultancy offering strategic advisory services to leading companies in the US, UK and beyond. Verve's client list included Google, Microsoft, BBC, RealNetworks, Network Appliance and many others.
Before founding Verve, Ziv was Managing Director at Startup Station Plc; a private equity firm he founded and then sold to a UK public company, making him one of the youngest managing directors on the London Stock Exchange. Ziv was also a co-founder of Tagma, a Logistics consultancy and Automatic For The People, a CD-vending business.
Before founding Startup Station, Ziv served as Executive Director at the Institute for Technology and Enterprise, New York's premier Management and Technology research centre. His work at the Institute focused on the disruptive effects new companies have on established businesses.
Ziv holds Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA in Innovation, Strategy, Information and Technology from the Theseus Institute in France. Ziv is also the author of Nanotales, a collection of short short stories.
- 01/10/13 -techcrunch.com