33Across is the leading social sharing and content discovery platform, with over 400 Fortune 1000 brands and 625,000 premium publisher partners. The company’s technology and tools create innovative opportunities for marketers and publishers to react to what is read, shared, and purchased in real-time. 33Across has offices in 10 cities including New York, San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Salt Lake City, and Chicago.
The toughest crossword puzzles can be solved if you decipher a large horizontal word in the middle of the puzzle. In many difficult puzzles these are often around 32 or 33 across. 33Across unlocks the puzzle of social connections.
Eric is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of 33Across, bringing 20 years of experience leading successful Internet businesses to 33Across. Prior to 33Across, he was the CEO of Neo@Ogilvy and Executive Director of Ogilvy Interactive North America. Under his leadership, Ogilvy Interactive's revenue grew five-fold from 2003-2007 working with leading brands including IBM, American Express, TD Ameritrade, Cisco, and Yahoo!. Eric was COO of Carat Interactive and co-founder and President/COO of Lot21, the award-winning digital agency that sold to Carat in 2002. Eric's career includes leadership positions at CNET, Young & Rubicam, and Anderson & Lembke in San Francisco. Eric holds a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston University.
Greg is Co-founder and General Manager of Publisher Solutions, bringing 15 years of experience scaling digital and offline media businesses to 33Across. Prior to 33Across, Greg led business development at Yahoo! Finance, where he secured multi-million dollar partnerships with CNBC and Bankrate, and set the M&A strategy. Prior to Yahoo!, Greg managed a marketing team at Primedia that generated over $80MM in magazine retail sales and led corporate development for 24/7 Real Media Europe. Greg has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Michael is the Chief Technology Officer of 33Across responsible for the company’s technology vision, strategy, development, and technical operations. Prior to joining 33Across, Michael was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Idealab where he worked on new ventures in mobile and e-commerce. Previously, Michael served as CTO of Snap Technologies, a Mayfield/Idealab backed contextual-advertising technology startup. From 1998 to 2004, he directed profitable technology investments for Vulcan Capital, owned by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. Michael was the co-creator of the search engine for Infoseek, one of the first portals on the web. He also co-founded two companies including EmailLabs which was acquired by Lyris. Michael’s career encompasses product and development roles, beginning at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He holds a BS in Computer Science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
P. Eric Krauss is the Chief Financial Officer, bringing over 20 years of financial and operations leadership to 33Across. Most recently, Eric was a contract CFO to several technology companies, including 33Across, where he led the company's efforts to acquire Tynt. Prior to that, Eric served as Chief Financial Officer at Action Sports, an online video company, and Avidyne, an avionics company. He has also held senior positions at a venture capital firm and Continental Cablevision, where he was involved in its acquisition by US West. He currently serves on the boards of directors of MediaNews Group and the New England Aquarium. Krauss graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Mathematics and Economics.
Chung joins 33Across from AT&T Interactive, where he was VP, Advertising and Publisher Products, and led a team of 60 product managers, business managers, and UX/Designers that built the largest local interactive advertising business as ranked by revenue and the industry's leading mobile-local ad network. Prior to AT&T Interactive, Chung led Product and Analytics for social-mobile startup, Jaxtr, which was acquired by Sabse Technologies in 2009. His earlier experience includes product leadership roles at eBay and Elance, and management consulting with the Boston Consulting Group. Chung holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BS in Statistics and Economics from the University of Auckland.
Brett Lofgren is responsible for overseeing the company's revenue strategy. Brett is based in New York where he will report to 33Across CEO, Eric Wheeler. A seasoned digital media executive, Brett most recently served as SocialVibe's CRO where he managed Global Revenue and Operations across North American and Europe. Prior to his tenure at SocialVibe, Lofgren worked at Epic Media Group, a leading player in the online performance marketing space, where he was Chief Revenue Officer managing sales and business development activities through agency, brand direct and inside sales divisions. He also added the responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer and Senior Restructuring Advisor for one of the company's subsidiaries, Epic Advertising. Previously, Brett spent more than six years at Yahoo! leading strategic sales efforts on the East Coast.
Prior to joining 33Across, Orchid was Head of Digital Operations for Hearst Magazines Digital Media. There, she was responsible for architecting the Hearst Audience Exchange that represented the consolidation of Hearst’s audience data for multiple Hearst corporate units including Magazines, Newspaper, Entertainment, and Broadcast on to one platform for strategic company-wide initiatives. Pervious to Hearst, Burnside was Senior Director of Advertising Operations & Strategy for BET Networks within the Digital Group. Burnside has also served in management roles at other leading digital companies including Everyday Health, Singer Direct (an Omnicom Media Group Company) and Multimedia Solutions. Orchid holds a BA in Business Administration from NYU and a CTAM from Harvard Business School.
Shyam is Vice President of Engineering at 33Across, bringing over 20 years of software development and research experience and more than 12 years in engineering and technology leadership. Prior to 33Across, Shyam spent over six years at Yahoo! leading engineering teams responsible for many display advertising products and platforms, including ad servers, user data stores, Smart Ads, behavioral and contextual targeting, yield optimization, and ad inventory forecasting and management systems. Prior to Yahoo!, Shyam also held engineering management and software development roles at Tele Atlas (formerly Etak, now part of TomTom). He has patents awarded or pending in the fields of behavioral targeting and digital mapping automation and various publications. Shyam holds a BTech. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Calicut, India and an MS and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Pedro is Vice President of Finance for 33Across, bringing over a decade of experience in finance and business management to the company. In his broad capacity as VP of Finance, Pedro oversees multiple facets of the organization, such as finance, facilities, and HR, while also providing commercial and strategic partnership to the executive team. Prior to 33Across, he held various senior financial roles at Sudler & Hennessy, DraftFCB, and most recently as Partner, Client Finance Manager at Neo@Ogilvy. While at Neo@Ogilvy, Pedro successfully managed a client-facing finance team that drove improved revenue, profitability, and working capital across an impressive roster of leading clients. Pedro holds a BA in Business Administration from Bernard Baruch College.
Steven has over 10 of experience years in sales, most recently joining 33Across after two years at Sojern, selling the travel audience to brands, such as Disney, MGM, Hilton, Universal Studios, and Oracle. Upon building this rich roster of clients, Steven then established the endemic tourism vertical for a global territory as the General Manager of Tourism Advertising. In this role, Steven worked with France, California, Texas, and Mexico tourism boards to measure online display success through the purchase funnel via online ticket transactions. Prior to Sojern, Steven served as Direct of West Coast Sales at ContextWeb, where he managed a team of sellers offering a contextual ad exchange solution. Steven holds a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Delaware.
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33Across is backed by prominent angel investors, including Dave Morgan, Andy Bozhardt and Great Oaks Venture Capital, Steve Gatfield, Jeff Fluhr, David Rose, and Shelby Bonnie.