Entrepreneur Spotlight Event

May 2, 2013

Tony Florence
General Partner

Tony Florence joined NEA in 2008. He co-leads NEA's consumer Internet investment practice as well as the firm's venture growth equity effort. Florence is a director of Care.com, Cvent, Moda Operandi, Edmodo and EverFi, and is involved in a number of NEA's venture growth equity portfolio companies, including Gilt Groupe. He led the firm's investment in Quidsi (Diapers.com), which was acquired by Amazon in 2011. Prior to joining NEA, he was a managing director at Morgan Stanley, was head of technology banking in New York, and was a member of the North American Management Committee for investment banking. While at Morgan Stanley, Florence worked with a number of NEA's companies on IPO's and M&A transactions. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1992 and subsequently rejoined the firm in 1997 from business school. During his 14 years at Morgan Stanley, Florence advised clients on over $50 billion of strategic transactions and helped raise over $100 billion in equity and debt capital for clients. Florence received an MBA and an B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College.

Matthew Koll
President & Co-Founder
410 Labs

Matthew Koll is an entrepreneur and information scientist with more than thirty years of experience in search, social media and related fields.

He is president and co-founder of 410 Labs. 410Labs produces a suite of socially productive tools and applications that people use to improve communication and access to information. The first two products are Replyz, which makes it easier for people to find and interact with helpful people, and Shortmail, which makes email a simpler, more effective and happier experience.

Koll was a founder and CEO of Wondir Inc., which was founded in 2001 and acquired by Revolution Health in 2005. Wondir helped define the field of Live Q&A, combining search, instant messaging and profiling to connect people quickly and easily with other people who could answer their questions or provide assistance. From 2005 to 2008 he served in several executive positions at Revolution Health, providing leadership in search and community, acquisition marketing and product and technology.

Koll was a founder and CEO of Personal Library Software (PLS), which was founded in 1983 and acquired by America Online in 1998. PLS took advanced search concepts from the research community and brought them to the publishing and enterprise search engine marketplaces. The PLS software was highly regarded for its natural language searching, concept searching, scalability and robustness. Customers included Dow Jones, The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, QVC, Grolier, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, the Associated Press, PBS, Bertelsmann, Informix, Apple, Congressional Quarterly, WebCrawler, Time Warner, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Following the acquisition, Koll was an AOL Fellow, providing guidance on search, navigation and other strategic issues, including emerging technologies, market analysis and investments.

Prior to founding PLS, Koll was a professor at George Mason University and a computer scientist at the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology). He holds a doctorate in information transfer from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in history from Rutgers University. Koll is active in several Washington, D.C. area angel investment groups and in programs to help entrepreneurs.

Bud Rosenthal
President of Paid Services

Bud Rosenthal is relatively new to the DC region, having moved here almost 2 1/2 years ago to join AOL as president of its paid services team. The paid services division consists of a variety of subscription and advertising-driven businesses that collectively deliver roughly $1 billion in revenue for AOL. Prior to joining AOL, Bud has held leadership roles at both public tech companies (Yahoo and RealNetworks) and served as a co-founder and/or CEO of several early-stage, venture-backed companies (TurnHere, Bigstep, WorkMetro), which collectively raised approximately $100 million of top-tier venture capital backing. He was also fortunate to spend a year as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Charles River Ventures, a $2 billion early stage venture firm, and is an active angel investor. He lives with his wife and two kids in Great Falls, Va. and is rapidly jumping on the Washington Capitals bandwagon.

Bud also serves on the advisory board of several national non-profits and technology startups. He earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in international relations from Bates College.