About Skip Sanzeri

Skip is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has helped a variety of startups launch, grow and exit. In addition he has funded and launched a few of his own companies. Skip started his entrepreneurial career at an early age buying a Gold’s Gym in the San Francisco Bay Area. He then expanded to a total of 6 clubs and converted the brand to California Athletic Clubs before exiting via a sale of the franchise to 24 hour fitness. He then helped grow the IAC division of Ziff-Davis publishing to $250 million, after which it was sold to Thomson Publishing. Skip continued his entrepreneurial career with Sequoia Capital – backed Quote.com which was acquired by Lycos. Skip then founded and funded the first open source strategy firm – Open Source Group. Throughout his career, Skip has helped other startups, launch, grow and exit. Skip earned his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, and then followed on with a Master’s in Public Administration from the college of Notre Dame. He lives in San Mateo, California and is a native of San Francisco. In his spare time Skip enjoys baseball, yoga and studying quantum physics.

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Skip Sanzeri has been an entrepreneur since 1996 beginning with Quote.com (backed by Sequoia).

Founded Myfamli – the world’s first comprehensive family information and preservation system –

myfamli.com

Founded AlerSense – The World’s First Smart Allergy, Asthma and COPD Air Quality Alert System.

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Exits:

Took MyDx, Inc. public

Merged InRange Technologies with CNT – Computer Network Technology Corp.

Merged Open Source Group with Olliance

Quote.com sold to Lycos

IAC (Ziff Davis Division) sold to Thompson Educational Publishing

Converted Gold’s Gyms to California Athletic Clubs and sold the chain to 24 Hour Fitness

 

Skip’s Strategic Capabilities

 

CEO, Leadership all company functions

Investor Relations, PR and Marketing

Angel, Venture and Private Equity Funding Strategies

IPO/Reverse Merge Experience

Crowdfunding Expertise

Social Media Strategy

User Acquisition

Company Branding

Go To Market Strategies

Marketing Budget and Planning

Financial Modeling

 

Currently Skip is funding 6 different pre-IPO companies via private equity.

I have run projects and campaigns with over 100 different clients.

Company structure – legal, organizational, and information technology

Business models – Skip is an expert in determining viable business models including user acquisition, customer acquisition and revenue streams

 

 

Skip Sanzeri’s Past Companies:

MyDx

Ziff Davis

Lycos (via Quote.com purchase)

Gold’s Gym Franchises

Open Source Group, Inc.

Baytech Web Design

The Yerby Company

Cotelligent, Inc.

Inrange Technologies (bought by Brocade)

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Startup Expert Website – My $.02 on Startup and Financing Basics

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Myfamli

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What does Crowdfunding have in common with ‘Cats’?

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Publish dateNovember 20, 2015

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Founder

Company Namemyfamli

Dates EmployedJan 2016 – Present  Employment Duration1 yr 7 mos

LocationSan Jose, Ca.

The first completely private and free family information preservation system – for your family and relatives. Looking for beta testers now – and launching soon!!!

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Company NameAlerSense

Dates EmployedSep 2015 – Present  Employment Duration1 yr 11 mos

LocationBurlingame, Ca

The AlerSenseTM Smart Air Quality Sensor for Allergy, Asthma and COPD is designed to detect indoor air quality constituents which may act as ‘triggers’ for people suffering from asthma, allergies and other respiratory allergies. Triggers are contaminants present in the air that could elicit a negative response from individuals who suffer from a range of respiratory ailments. These triggers in a household may include dust, pollen, mold spores, airborne dust mite allergens and chemicals or toxins in the air. Many people with respiratory issues are affected by these pollutants, and may also be unaware of their own specific triggers, making it difficult for them to predict impending issues.

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AlerSense™ | Allergy and Asthma Air Quality Alert System

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Advisor

Company NameGrayMeta

Dates EmployedAug 2015 – Present  Employment Duration2 yrs

LocationLos Angeles/Silicon Valley

Took an equity position in GrayMeta and advising the CEO and Board of this exciting metadata company.

 

GrayMeta™ is a real-time metadata extraction, indexing, search and visualization platform which enables an enterprise to quickly and easily operationalize vast amounts of silo-based data.

 

GrayMeta™ uses a modular approach for maximum flexibility and scalability, allowing any enterprise to operationalize data and files from all sources and formats, even large media files. With both cloud-based and installed systems, GrayMeta™ is revolutionizing the utility of Big Data.

 

http://www.graymeta.com/

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Advisor to Early Stage Companies

Company NameSelf

Dates EmployedAug 2015 – Present  Employment Duration2 yrs

LocationSilicon Valley

Advising multiple startup companies to help them grow.

 

Recently flown to Dublin, Ireland via Enterprise Ireland http://enterprise-ireland.com/en/ to mentor startups at the recent 2015 Web Summit https://websummit.net/. Invited to participate in in 2 round table discussions at the Enterprise X portion of the Web Summit. Also asked to hold multiple meetings with Enterprise Ireland representatives on the current US early-stage capital environment.

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COO/President

Company NameMyDx, Inc (formerly CDx, Inc.)

Dates EmployedNov 2013 – Aug 2015  Employment Duration1 yr 10 mos

LocationGreater San Diego Area

Served as Chief Operations Officer and promoted to President in February of 2015. Took the company public in May of 2015 having raised $7.6 million in the process. Handled all fundraising and Investor Relations including all legal and financial aspects of the offering. Directly worked with over 154 investors throughout the process which included series A, series B, and convertible note rounds of capital. Worked directly with the investment bank, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as legal counsel through the process. Additionally, oversaw sales and marketing having built a large customer pipeline with the Chief Revenue officer reporting directly to me. Also responsible for marketing as the chief marketing officer reported to me, and at a high level oversaw customer service.

 

Left the company in good standing after completing the go-public process and raising capital to move the company forward.

 

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Founder

Company NameSocial G2

Dates EmployedNov 2007 – Oct 2013  Employment Duration6 yrs

LocationSan Francisco Bay Area

Led this Social Media Strategy Company since 2007. Our focus is on helping companies utilize mobile/smartphone/tablet apps in line with other marketing initiatives.

 

At Social G2 we help companies create/change marketing strategy via apps. We firmly believe that apps will be a continually increasing form of consumer interface so we help our clients engage in app strategies and execution in order to drive prospects, customers, traffic and create user acquisition.

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Guest Speaker/Panelist

Company NameWeb 2.0 and Social Media Monetization Panelist

Dates EmployedApr 2008 – Apr 2008  Employment Duration1 mo

Social Media and Web 2.0 Monetization Strategies – Plug and Play Incubator – Santa Clara

 

Served on a Panel of Web 2.0/Social Media Monetization Experts

Discussed the Future of Web 2.0 and Advertising

Spoke on current funding trends

Answered questions about the latest monetization strategies

Paneled with:

First Google Ad Exec

Founder of Ad Force

Founder of Query Objects

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VP Biz Dev

Company NameCopa Cast

Dates Employed2006 – 2007  Employment Duration1 yr

CopaCast was an early stage startup specializing in behavioral target marketing. Helped raise $700k in a seed round.

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COO

Company NameBaytech Web Design

Dates EmployedOct 2004 – Dec 2006  Employment Duration2 yrs 3 mos

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EVP – Finance

Company NameSeerun

Dates EmployedFeb 2002 – Oct 2004  Employment Duration2 yrs 9 mos

LocationSan Francisco Bay Area

Raised over $2m for this early stage company. Headed Corporate development.

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EVP Sales & Marketing/Acting GM

Company NameINRANGE Technologies

Dates EmployedJan 2001 – Feb 2002  Employment Duration1 yr 2 mos

LocationShelton, Connecticut

INRANGE was a $250mm publicly traded Nasdaq (INRG) listed Storage Networking company. Brought

on board by the VP Marketing/CTO to spin-out an EAI product line; merged the company with CNT.

  • Managed sales and engineering staffs
  • Product Line Generated $6mm in revenue 1st year
  • Developed complete marketing and sales plans
  • Drafted value added product development roadmap
  • Led VC Negotiations – Company cancelled plans for Spin-off post Sept 11th
  • Developed sales pipeline including: U.S. Secret Service, ARINC, Sabre, Northwest Airlines
  • Created Business development and OEM deals with IBM, EDS and others

Left after Company sold to Brocade.

 

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CEO, Founder

Company NameOlliance, Inc/ Open Source Group

Dates Employed1998 – 2001  Employment Duration3 yrs

LocationSan Francisco, Ca

Founded Open Source Group and then merged with Olliance, Inc. (was CEO) Olliance was an open source strategy and development group.

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Live Radio – Techwatch with Skip Sanzeri

Company NameDouglas Broadcasting

Dates Employed1997 – 2000  Employment Duration3 yrs

Created and produced “Tech Watch” which was a leading Bay Area radio technology show. Interviewed dozens of tech CEOs and reported on tech stock information, and financial news around the technology sector. On air from 6 AM to 10 AM between 1998 and 2000.

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VP Business Development

Company NameQuote.com (Lycos)

Dates Employed1996 – 1998  Employment Duration2 yrs

Was responsible for revenue generation and customer acquisition via our online properties. Created new advertising and sponsorship monetization programs for the various online financial services sections of our sites and co-branded partner properties.

 

Lycos acquired Quote.com

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Director of Sales and Marketing

Company NameZiff-Davis Publishing

Dates EmployedJan 1986 – Jan 1996  Employment Duration10 yrs 1 mo

Responsible for tactical sales and marketing of Ziff-Davis products including those incorporated via the IAC acquisition.

 

Sold company to Thompson Publishing

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Edit position CEO, Founder Gold's Gym SF Bay Area Gold’s Gym

CEO, Founder Gold’s Gym SF Bay Area

Company NameGold’s Gym

Dates Employed1987 – 1996  Employment Duration9 yrs

LocationFoster City, Daly City, Redwood City,

Owned and operated a chain of 6 SF Bay Area Gold’s Gyms. Converted the brand to California Athletic Clubs and sold the facilities to 24 Hour Fitness

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Education

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Edit education Claremont McKenna College Reorder education {:name} Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College

Degree Name Bachelor’s Field Of Study Economics

Dates attended or expected graduation 1979 – 1983

Activities and Societies: CMC Top Student/Athlete Award Winner (Bill Dickenson Award) Baseball Team Captain Chairman of the Judiciary Committee

NCAA All-American (Baseball)

All-Conference (multiple years) SCIAC

 

 

 

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Notre Dame de Namur University

Degree Name Masters Field Of Study Public Administration

Dates attended or expected graduation 1983 – 1985

Graduated with Honors

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Hillsdale High School

Degree Name Diploma Field Of Study General Studies

Dates attended or expected graduation 1976 – 1979

Activities and Societies: Baseball, Football, Bank of America A.P. Giannini award winner

Activities included:

Baseball, Football

Ray Allee Award Winner

Bank of America Award Winner

Volunteer Experience

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Board Member

Company NameHillsborough Schools Foundation

Dates volunteeredSep 2004 – Jun 2007  Volunteer duration2 yrs 10 mos

Cause Education

Edit volunteer experience Hillsborough Ca. Board Member, Coach Reorder volunteer experience {:name} Little League International

Hillsborough Ca. Board Member, Coach

Company NameLittle League International

Dates volunteeredJan 1999 – Jul 2005  Volunteer duration6 yrs 7 mos

Cause Children

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Dad’s Club Board Member

Company NameBellarmine College Preparatory

Dates volunteeredSep 2006 – May 2011  Volunteer duration4 yrs 9 mos

Cause Education

Volunteered as a board member with a variety of educational based activities

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Endorsed by 2 of Skip’s colleagues at SeeRun

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Endorsed by Igor Sill and 36 others who are highly skilled at this

 

Endorsed by 5 of Skip’s colleagues at SeeRun

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Asif Ghias

Asif Ghias

Registered Patent Agent/Practitioner of United States Patent and Trademark Office

October 26, 2011, Asif managed Skip directly

Skip is an A player. He is a great addition to our team, and has been instrumental in setting up the sales and marketing infrastructure for the company. I have seen Skip critically and thoroughly analyze a variety of business situations, strategic and tactical, to uncover problems, and offer solutions. He’s a team player that I have enjoyed working with, and will continue to do so in the future.

Sheldon Shi

Sheldon Shi

VP Engineering at Gobiquity Mobile Health

March 1, 2010, Sheldon was a client of Skip’s

I engaged Skip as an adviser to help me shape up the business plan of the company I founded. I have to say the experience is absolutely worthwhile. Skip is very detail oriented, has deep industry knowledge, and above all, very friendly to work with. I definitely recommend him to any start-ups who seek advices on business model and fund raising.

Gerardo Broussi

Gerardo Broussi

Getting ideas from lab to market

December 26, 2009, Skip worked with Gerardo in the same group

I had the pleasure and the privilege of working with Skip at CopaCast.

Skip was instrumental in building the business and commercial side of this start-up, bringing with him an extensive contact network, an expert knowledge of the industry, superb execution abilities and great professionalism and confidence to the team. I saw in him role model not just for a business development professional (more a “guru” I would say) but also for any entrepreneur. I recomend Skip to any business to develp their client-facing operations and also to insipre the team internally to perform.

Scott Allen

Scott Allen

Sales Consultant at WP Engine

August 14, 2009, Scott worked with Skip but at different companies

I have know Skip for a few months now. In that short time he has become a trusted advisor to my startup. He has provided guidance with his expertise and in depth knowledge of startups. Without Skip’s help, we would not have come this far and our idea would be just that – an idea.

Jennifer Garcia

Jennifer Garcia

Senior Web Manager at Couchbase

August 8, 2009, Skip was senior to Jennifer but didn’t manage directly

It is my pleasure to recommend Skip. His business sense is unmatched, making sound decisions for the best of the company. As a leader Skip is very approachable and always made time to listen. He worked hard to ensure that the company was well represented all around. His focus, vision, leadership, persistence, and passion are always apparent making him an incredible entrepreneur. Enthusiastic, intelligent and a consummate professional, Skip cares very much about the success of those around him, which I have found rare.

 

If the opportunity arose to work with Skip again I would be there in a heartbeat!

Saman Dias

Saman Dias

Partner at SKD LaunchPad

July 27, 2009, Saman was a client of Skip’s

Skip is an exceptional senior management consultant. In working with entrepreneurial companies. I believe Skip has deep insight into how to help companies from fund raising to building management teams.

Skip’s professionalism is unmatched within the industry and he is able to think of creative yet economical solutions while keeping true to the Silicon Valley startup mentality.

Jane L. Fitzpatrick

Jane L. Fitzpatrick

CEO and Chief Writer at Spirit Wind Films and Windcatcher The Movie

May 5, 2009, Jane L. was a client of Skip’s

Skip has truly been an effective and invaluable asset to our new start-up company, Stellar! Web Media. He has been open and knowledgeable when suggesting needed changes to the overall business plan while helping to negotiate solid relationships with important business connections. Skip is always willing to talk and contribute thoughtful opinions and suggestions in a very meaningful and tactful way. My business partner and I feel extremely fortunate to have connected with this professional. We trust him and believe he will help to make our new venture a great success.

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Edit organization Henry Kravis Leadership Board – CMC

nameHenry Kravis Leadership Board – CMC

date Jan 2007 – Jan 2010  organization position Member