Groovebug is backed by a seasoned and talented group of active investors with expertise in technology, music, media, advertising, design, innovation and business building.
Steve Olechowski is a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor. He was co-founder and COO of Feedburner which was acquired by Google. While at Google he led efforts around Content Syndication and Mobile Monetization in the Google AdSense and Display Advertising groups. Steve is an advisory board member at Northwestern University’s NUvention Web program.
Troy Henikoff is the CEO and Co-founder of Excelerate Labs, a seed stage accelerator in Chicago. Additionally he teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University, is on the board of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and an advisor to Hyde Park Angels. His last 25 years have been spent starting, running and advising early stage technology companies.
Todd Warren is Managing Director of Divergent Ventures, is an adjunct professor of Computer Science at Northwestern University, and teaches a web entrepreneurship class at Northwestern called NUvention Web. He spent more than 21 years at Microsoft, retiring in 2009.
Andrew Razeghi is a Lecturer the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he teaches coursework on innovation. He is also a best-selling author, advisor to Fortune 500 companies, Limited Partner in Excelerate Labs, and an active angel investor in a number of companies. Some artists you’ll find in his Groovebug include Bob Dylan, Jeff Tweedy, The Ramones, Wilco, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Matt Shobe is an active angel investor and Chief Design Officer at Seattle-based BigDoor. He was previously a Staff UX Designer at Google following the 2007 acquisition of FeedBurner, where he was a co-founder and lead designer. Matt also serves as mentor to TechStars Seattle.
Jim Streibich is a serial entrepreneur and investor, Chairman of the Board at Channel IQ, and is one of the foremost authorities and pioneers in retail price tracking and product monitoring. He created and co-founded Market Advantage, a company that revolutionized the price monitoring industry by coupling traditional marketing information with emerging technologies, delivering actionable and real-time market information.
Bill founded CSE in 1998 and has represented Lance Armstrong in all commercial matters since 1995. Beyond Armstrong, CSE has launched successful enterprises such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, C3 Presents, and C3 Management. C3 Presents now manages the ACL Festival and Lollapalooza with Bill and CSE remaining as founding partners in that business. C3 Management directs the careers of many artists including Blues Traveler, Jack Ingram, Ben Kweller and Robert Earl Keen.
Stuart Larkins is the Managing Director of the I2A Fund, co-founder of Flypaper Media Holdings, managing partner at Twin Capital and is an active angel investor. He is a former executive at DoubleClick/Performics.