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Chip Meakem

BA '93

General Partner
Kodiak Venture Partners (Waltham, MA)

Biography

Chip Meakem has more than a decade of entrepreneurial and investing experience in the information technology industry that includes creating one of the first Web advertising networks in 1996 and leading the early-stage financing for in-game advertising pioneer, Massive Inc., which was acquired by Microsoft.

Chip joined Kodiak from Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham, where he was Managing Director.

Prior to entering the investment community, Chip was a successful entrepreneur. During this time he served as Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at N2K Inc., a leading online music retailer, where he was responsible for strategic distribution partnerships with all major portals. Earlier, he was one of the first employees at Interactive Imaginations, a predecessor to 24/7 Media, Inc. At Interactive Imaginations, Chip created the Commonwealth Network (launched in Q1, 1996), one of the Internet's first advertising networks, building it from a concept to a large scale web media product with over 10,000 sites. Interactive Imaginations eventually became 24/7 Media, went public in 1998. Chip was also a personal seed investor in FreeMarkets Inc., which made its IPO in December 1999 and peaked at $12B market cap.

Education

Chip holds a BA from Cornell University, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team, and an MBA from Columbia University.

Board Affiliations

He is currently on the Board of Directors of Hanger Network; iAmplify; LiveGamer; and WeatherTrends. He also serves as an observer to the board of directors of portfolio company, Wireless China. While at DFJ Gotham, Chip led investments and served on the boards of ContextWeb, LiveAdvice (acquired by Ingenio), Massive Inc. (acquired by Microsoft), NanoOpto, Pantero (acquired by Progress Software), Practical Engineering, Q-Link Technologies (acquired by Adobe Systems), and Quantiva (acquired by NetScout Systems).