Russ is a digital media industry veteran with more than 15 years experience in the online marketing world. Russ co-founded and was CEO of Adify (acquired by Cox for $300M in May 2008) and co-founded SocialShield. He was also SVP of BD at Wine.com, EVP of Corporate Development at comScore (NASDAQ:SCOR) and was among the first employees at Flycast (acquired by CMGi for $2.3B in January 2000). Russ is also an active angel investor in the digital world and is on a number of Boards. Russ holds a BS in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Startup University is an effort to provide anyone in the world with access to the leading experts in the startup community. The top entrepreneurs and investors from Silicon Valley speak on the record about how they built their businesses. Each series has a specific topic - such as "Raising Capital" or "Social Marketing" and experts on those topics deliver clear, actionable education on the subject. Series are split into multiple lectures so every course by Startup University has between 3-8 parts.
Instructors include Dave McClure (Investor at 500 Startups), Naval Ravikant (Founder of AngelList), Adeo Ressi (Founder of Founder Institute), Dan Martell (Founder of Flowtown), Immad Akhund (Founder of HeyZap), Auren Hoffman (Founder of Rapleaf), and more.
A core focus of Startup University is actionable instruction, so each founder and investor is coached before each talk. They are told to focus entirely on advice people can use and to ignore the traditional fluff you would hear at an industry conference. This focus has made Startup University one of the highest rated and most watched courses on Udemy.
Immad Akhund is an engineer and entrepreneur, having studied Computer Science at Cambridge University and co-founded 3 successful start-ups. He was previously a co-founder and the CTO of Clickpass.com (acquired by Yola.com).
Auren Hoffman is the CEO of Rapleaf. Auren is also a non-employee cofounder of BrightRoll and a co-founder of AdRocket. He is also an active angel investor and advisor. Previously, he founded and sold three Internet companies before age 30: BridgePath (sold in 2002), Kyber Systems (sold in 1997), and GetRelevant (sold in 2002).
Brian Helmick is the founder of Algentis, an HR Software & Services firm that simplifies operations for small and medium-sized businesses by assuming the burden of HR administration. Algentis clients include Eventbrite, Udemy, and many more startups
InternMatch is an online platform that connects students with internships. The company raised $400,000 in angel funding from Dave McClure, Mitch Kapor, Kenny Van Zant, and Raj Agarwal.
As an early and lead engineer at Fotolog (acquired by Hi-Media for $100m), Slide (acquired by Google for $224m), and his own companies, Taso brings unprecedented top management and engineering experience to TopTal. He created TopTal as a solution to the sky-rocketing demand for top engineers in Silicon Valley, US, and Europe despite the shrinking local graduate rates of such engineers.
Dan Arkind is the co-founder and CEO of JobScore, a freemium online hiring solution used by 450+ employers. Dan is a 15 year veteran of the tech startup talent wars and spent the first part of his career recruiting for the firm that built and spun off Hotjobs.com.
Russ co-founded Adify (acquired by Cox Communications for $300m) and most recently was the SVP of Business Development for Wine.com, the internet's largest seller of wine. Before joining Wine.com, Russ was the EVP of Corporate Development for comScore Networks (NASDAQ: SCOR). He began at comScore in 2000 before comScore signed its first customer and was responsible for starting many of the company's businesses as well as structuring strategic alliances.
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