Thomas McInerney

Venture Advisor

Thomas McInerney advises and invests in early stage Internet companies. His portfolio of angel investments includes over 30 companies, which have collectively raised hundreds of millions in follow on capital and have had hundreds of millions in exits. Tom has a computer science background and began his career as an Engineer / Scientist at Apple’s Worldwide Research and Development Group in Cupertino, California. After Apple, Tom worked for Sony Information Technologies of America, helping to build and design the VAIO line of computers. Tom left Sony to become an entrepreneur, starting a search engine for Usenet, and later one of the first user-generated video sharing sites, ShareYourWorld. Tom was an early investor in Klout, and also spent time as the COO, helping the company raise money and scale up. He was an EIR at Trinity Ventures and is an advisor to NALA Investments – an early stage media and technology fund. He is a member of the National Council for the World Wildlife Fund.

RicHARd Wolpert

Venture Advisor

Richard has been a pioneer in the fields of consumer digital media and entertainment for the last 20 years. Richard is the founder of Chance Technologies, Inc., a technology development and investment portfolio formed in 1994, focused on technologically-driven entertainment ventures including GameSpy, GameFly, Smilebox, LookOut,, AdECN, Universal Audio, Zetta Systems, Digital Map Products, and AudioMill. In addition to managing Chance Technologies, Richard serves as a Venture Advisor to Accel Partners, helping them expand their portfolio in the area of consumer digital media. Richard also serves as an Executive Strategic Advisor to RealNetworks. In this capacity, Richard helps RealNetworks to continue the vision he helped pioneer while he was Chief Strategy Officer of the company from 2000-2005. Richard served as President of Disney Online from 1996-1998, where he was responsible for the business and creative strategy for the company. From 1984-1994, Richard founded and developed several thriving technology companies, including After Hours Software, Bit Jugglers and Mind Over Technology, among others. Richard began his career at Apple Computer in 1984, where he was involved in the early development of the Macintosh. Richard has taught classes at both Stanford and UCLA, and is a Board Member for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, where he is the Founder of CCFA’s camps. Richard also serves on the board of the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television and on the Board of Governors for Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Richard earned his degree in math and computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles.