WE ARE CURIOSITY

Meet everyone that is driving our mission forward: leadership, investors, board of directors, advisory board and team members.


LEADERSHIP

Lisa Weinstein, CEO LinkedIn >

Lisa Weinstein, CEO

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Mike Russell, Head of Technology LinkedIn >

Mike Russell, Head of Technology

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Mandy Gresh, Head of Client Solutions LinkedIn >

Mandy Gresh, Head of Client Solutions

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Ben Bowman, Head of Content LinkedIn >

Ben Bowman, Head of Content

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Sierra Hinson, Head of Finance LinkedIn >

Sierra Hinson, Head of Finance

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lisa Weinstein, CEO at Curiosity LinkedIn >

Lisa Weinstein, CEO at Curiosity

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Sonia Nagar, Vice President at Pritzker Group LinkedIn >

Sonia Nagar, Vice President at Pritzker Group

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Matt Chun, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Discovery Communications LinkedIn >

Matt Chun, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Discovery Communications

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Brent Hill, Partner at Origin Ventures LinkedIn >

Brent Hill, Partner at Origin Ventures

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Brandon Berger, Chief Business Officer at theSkimm LinkedIn >

Brandon Berger, Chief Business Officer at theSkimm

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BOARD OBSERVERS & INVESTORS

Kevin Willer, Partner at Chicago Ventures LinkedIn >

Kevin Willer, Partner at Chicago Ventures

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Susan Whiting, Board Director and Executive Advisor LinkedIn >

Susan Whiting, Board Director and Executive Advisor

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INVESTORS

LinkedIn > Website > Discovery Communications Ventures is an investment initiative of Discovery Communications, the world's #1 pay-TV programmer. Discovery reaches nearly three billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories and is dedicated to satisfying curiosity and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its global brands.

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Discovery Communications Ventures is an investment initiative of Discovery Communications, the world's #1 pay-TV programmer. Discovery reaches nearly three billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories and is dedicated to satisfying curiosity and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its global brands.

LinkedIn > Website > Pritzker Group Venture Capital helps entrepreneurs build market-leading technology companies at every stage of their growth. Since its founding in 1996, the firm has worked side-by-side with entrepreneurs at more than 100 companies, building partnerships based on trust and integrity. Its proprietary capital structure allows for tremendous flexibility, and our experienced team of investment professionals and entrepreneurs offers companies a vast network of strategic relationships and guidance.

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Pritzker Group Venture Capital helps entrepreneurs build market-leading technology companies at every stage of their growth. Since its founding in 1996, the firm has worked side-by-side with entrepreneurs at more than 100 companies, building partnerships based on trust and integrity. Its proprietary capital structure allows for tremendous flexibility, and our experienced team of investment professionals and entrepreneurs offers companies a vast network of strategic relationships and guidance.

LinkedIn > Website > Origin Ventures, founded in 1999, is a leading venture capital firm with realized performance that places us in the top 5% of VC firms nationally. We invest in technology startups across America from our offices in Chicago. Concentrating on Series A investments, our typical first check size is $1M-$3M. We look for companies in large, growing categories which have demonstrated product/market fit. We also back exceptional entrepreneurs in earlier stages who disrupt or create markets through unconventional, innovative approaches.

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Origin Ventures, founded in 1999, is a leading venture capital firm with realized performance that places us in the top 5% of VC firms nationally. We invest in technology startups across America from our offices in Chicago. Concentrating on Series A investments, our typical first check size is $1M-$3M. We look for companies in large, growing categories which have demonstrated product/market fit. We also back exceptional entrepreneurs in earlier stages who disrupt or create markets through unconventional, innovative approaches.

 
LinkedIn > Website > Chicago Ventures launched in 2012 with support from Chicago’s leading entrepreneurs and investors. They noticed that Chicago and the central region of the country had many of the ingredients of successful startup communities: dedication to building sustainable businesses, strong quality of life and low cost of living, close proximity to over a third of all Fortune 500 companies, and top-notch university systems — missing, though, was access to smart, connected, experienced capital.

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Chicago Ventures launched in 2012 with support from Chicago’s leading entrepreneurs and investors. They noticed that Chicago and the central region of the country had many of the ingredients of successful startup communities: dedication to building sustainable businesses, strong quality of life and low cost of living, close proximity to over a third of all Fortune 500 companies, and top-notch university systems — missing, though, was access to smart, connected, experienced capital.

LinkedIn > Website > Corazon Capital was founded in January 2014 by serial entrepreneur, Sam Yagan. Previously, Sam co-founded and grew SparkNotes (sold to Barnes & Noble), eDonkey (shut down along with Napster) and OkCupid, one of the world's most successful online dating companies (sold to Match.com). Yagan was appointed CEO of ShopRunner in July 2016. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of Match Group, a position he assumed after serving as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and leading it through a period of explosive growth that culminated in its IPO. Sam also co-founded Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago) and serves on its Board.

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Corazon Capital was founded in January 2014 by serial entrepreneur, Sam Yagan. Previously, Sam co-founded and grew SparkNotes (sold to Barnes & Noble), eDonkey (shut down along with Napster) and OkCupid, one of the world's most successful online dating companies (sold to Match.com). Yagan was appointed CEO of ShopRunner in July 2016. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of Match Group, a position he assumed after serving as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and leading it through a period of explosive growth that culminated in its IPO. Sam also co-founded Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago) and serves on its Board.

LinkedIn > Website > As we transform early-stage investing with a people-first approach, we provide unique value to entrepreneurs and investors by driving startup growth and investment success. Our approach has led us to become the largest and most active angel group in the Midwest.

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As we transform early-stage investing with a people-first approach, we provide unique value to entrepreneurs and investors by driving startup growth and investment success. Our approach has led us to become the largest and most active angel group in the Midwest.