Team & Investors

Management Team

brad inman

Brad Inman

CEO / Co-Founder

The co-founder and CEO of Vook, Brad Inman is a successful entrepreneur and innovator. He started and still owns the leading real estate trade publication, Inman News; he founded and sold venture-backed HomeGain, the online real estate service and he was the founder of online commercial video platform TurnHere. He is an award-winning journalist and was a visiting lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism and the Haas School of Business. He earned his bachelor degrees in liberals arts from Boston University.

matthew cavnar

Matthew Cavnar

Co-Founder

Co-founder of Vook, Matthew Cavnar brings 12 years of content experience including his work at the production platform Turnhere. An award-winning filmmaker, Matthew was a frequent contributor to public radio. He was a senior advisor in the daily email industry including roles at IAC and the Pilot Group. Matthew has become a nationally recognized leader in the ebook revolution. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he earned a bachelors degree in film and English.

matthew cavnar

Josh Brody

COO

Chief Operating Officer, Josh Brody brings over a decade of media & entertainment experience as a successful entrepreneur and operator. He was CEO and co-founder of Booklr, a real-time data & analytics platform for the book industry that was acquired by Vook in 2014. Prior to launching Booklr, Josh was the first employee and Director of Operations at Media Rights Capital (MRC), an independent film & television studio backed by Goldman Sachs, AT&T, WPP Group and ABRY Partners. Prior to MRC, Josh was in the international film and packaging group at William Morris Endeavor. Josh received his MA and BA from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

rob guttman

Rob Guttman

CTO

Chief Technology Officer, Rob has more than 20-years experience building and managing advanced engineering projects and teams. He was CTO at Juju, one of the top three job search engines, where he managed a team through 10x traffic growth. As VP of Engineering at Daylife, an online publishing platform acquired by NewsCred, Rob led the team to ship four substantial products that are powering over 80 media publisher sites with over 1 billion requests served per month. At IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Rob led a worldwide R&D initiative arming IBM’s business consultants with powerful modeling tools and methods. Based on software agent technologies he invented at MIT’s Media Laboratory, Rob co-founded and was CTO of Frictionless Commerce (acquired by SAP) and earned a 2002 MIT Technology Review Top 100 Young Innovators Award (TR100). Rob holds his M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

ben zhuk

Ben Zhuk

Chief Product Officer

Ben has been building technology products and companies for over 15 years. In 2011, he co-founded BestVendor, an online platform that helps businesses find the best software used by companies like theirs. BestVendor was acquired by Docstoc, now Intuit, in 2013. Previously, Ben founded Antenna, an NYC-based product design agency with operations in seven countries; he also co-founded Darden Online, an e-commerce medical supply retailer, where he helped grow annual revenue to $10.5mm in two years. Ben received his MBA from Columbia Business School, and his BA from Swarthmore College.

jesse solomon

Jesse Solomon

Finance

Jesse Solomon has substantial experience as an entrepreneur and investor. He was President and co-founder of Booklr, a real-time data & analytics platform for the book industry that was acquired by Vook in 2014. Prior to launching Booklr, Jesse was an Associate Fund Manager at VR Capital, an international hedge fund managing over $2 billion. As the head investment manager in the firm's Dubai office, Jesse was responsible for sourcing and managing investments across the Middle East and nearby regional markets. Prior to VR, Jesse worked in the sales and research divisions for HSBC in London, Hong Kong, and Dubai spearheading the bank's efforts to enter new emerging markets. Jesse received his BA with Honors from the University of Chicago.

Board of Directors

brian hirsch

Brian Hirsch

Tribeca Venture Partners, Managing Partner

Brian is a co-founder of Tribeca Venture Partners. Prior to starting Tribeca Venture Partners, Brian was a founder and Managing Director of GSA Venture Partners, formerly the venture arm of Greenhill & Co (NYSE: GHL). Prior to GSAVP, Brian was a Principal at Sterling Venture Partners and led the firm’s investments in technology-related companies. He is currently a board member of Flat World Knowledge, FTRANS, HomeSphere, Informous, Lendio, Pontiflex, RealDirect, ShopKeep, Spanfeller Media Group, TRAFFIQ and Vook. Brian is also a board observer at Crowdtap. He previously sat on the boards of YellowJacket (acquired by InterContinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE)), KnowledgeStorm (acquired by TechTarget (NASDAQ: TTGT)) and eCredit (acquired by Fidelity Ventures). He is also a co-founder and Organizer of the NYC Turing Fellows Program. Brian has a BA in economics and American studies from Brandeis University.

Richard Harroch

Managing Director and Global Head of M&A

Richard joined VantagePoint in 2003 from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, bringing with him an extensive body of transactional and business expertise. He is a successful entrepreneur, founder and Chairman of two companies: LawCommerce.com (sold to LexisNexis) and Allbusiness.com (sold to Dun and Bradstreet.) He is a noted author, having written and edited a number of legal and best-selling business books on start-up companies, partnerships, and joint ventures. Richard has been involved in negotiating or structuring more than 100 Internet related partnerships, financings, distribution deals, web content and license agreements and e-commerce contracts. Richard has also been involved in more than 250 mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings and strategic alliances. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley (BA) and the University of California, Los Angeles (JD), where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review

Investors

  • Baseline Ventures
  • Felicis Ventures
  • Floodgate
  • Founder Collective
  • VantagePoint Capital Partners
  • SV Angel
  • TVP - Tribeca Venture Partners
  • Lerer Ventures