Advisors with deep sector expertise and long-standing relationships with key strategic players, supported by a highly experienced deal team.
Keith has over 20 years of experience as an executive in the digital media industry including mobile, Internet, and gaming. Keith began his career with Electronic Arts (EA), the leading game software company, where he was for over 12 years from pre IPO to over 4,000 employees. Keith held several executive positions at EA including VP of Product Development, VP of Technology, and VP of Online. Keith founded EA’s Online Division and drove the company’s strategy and technology efforts for online gaming. After EA, Keith has been CEO and co-founder of multiple VC backed companies funded by KPCB, MDV, Vantage Point, and other leading VCs. Keith also has served as an independent board member at several other VC back companies and two public companies.
Maria has over 21 years of experience in the development and leadership of marketplace, e-commerce, digital media, and technology businesses. She brings broad, international experience and has scaled companies from $2 million to $100 million in 18 months. In past roles, Maria was an advisor to eBay's CEO as well as Chief European Officer at Fab.com. Prior to Fab, Maria has held global executive roles at companies like Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, Yahoo, and Disney. Recently, Maria was the co-founder of Splacer, a venture backed marketplace dubbed the “Airbnb for events and services”. Maria received her BA in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Northwestern University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Alex is an advisor to early-mid stage startup companies, specializing in M&A and corporate development. His experience spans the real estate, tech and digital media sectors. In addition to his role at Advsr, Alex is an advisor at Ackrell Capital, a boutique investment bank based in San Francisco. Too, a Managing Director for the Vator Investment Club, helping source startups for the investment division and developing investor relations. Prior to his current roles, Alex founded and managed Equity Funding Enterprises, a private real estate investment fund. Alex also co-founded La Jolla Wealth Management, an investment firm specializing in the financing and structuring of real estate transactions, sales and private equity investments. Alex holds a B.A. from University of California, San Diego.
Erin is an early stage startup advisor with 20-years experience in business and corporate development. She has a media background, working in M&A and corporate development for the online division of Condé Nast, where she sourced acquisition opportunities, premium content, disruptive technologies and new monetization opportunities. Prior to Condé Nast, Erin was at Travelocity, incubating and leading the business development efforts for the Travel Extras product line. She was also one of the founding team members for the British web-to-print company, Postanywhere and sits on the board of the Alonzo King Lines Ballet. Erin holds a B.A. degree from DePauw University.
In addition to his role at Advsr, Ezra is the chairman of Vator a community of entrepreneurs and investors. Ezra is a partner with Ackrell Capital a boutique investment bank. Ezra is the author of Magic Box Paradigm: A framework for startup acquisitions. Ezra started his career as an entrepreneur, co-founding two technology companies: Montclare Technologies, Inc., an Internet consulting and development firm where he was the CEO and Convoy Corporation (now part of SAP) where he was the director of business development. Ezra is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and contributor to VatorNews.com. Ezra holds an M.B.A. from a combined program of Columbia University’s Columbia Business School (where he earned beta gamma sigma honors) and the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (where he earned a Haas community service fellowship). He also holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Davis (with Minors in English and History). Ezra was previously chair of the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Alumni Relations Council.