Board of Directors
Will Harvey, Co-Founder and Chairman
Will (avatar "Will") co-founded IMVU in April 2004 and served as President and CEO from its inception to November, 2007. He is currently founder and CEO of the FINALE | Fireworks project. Prior to IMVU, Will founded two other companies: There.com, which makes the virtual world used by MTV and other consumer brands, and Sandcastle, a networking tools company acquired by Adobe Systems. In high school and college, Will wrote some of the early top selling video games and creativity products. At age 16, Will wrote Music Construction Set, the world's first word processor for music, published by Electronic Arts. Will holds five patents on networking, search and computer graphics.
Will earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Outside of work, Will serves on the Board of Trustees of Nueva Day School, an elementary school for the gifted and talented. In his spare time, Will is competing actively in Ironman triathlons and studying the strategy game of Go.
Brett Durrett, Chief Executive Officer
Shawn Carolan, Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
Shawn (avatar "stc") joined Menlo Ventures in 2002, and he has focused primarily on connected software and services. Before joining Menlo, Shawn was a management consultant for Booz-Allen & Hamilton, after spending most of his career in software development and engineering management positions. Shawn was Manager of Software Architecture for Open Port Technology, a start-up that created Internet-based messaging software for data carriers. Prior to that, Shawn worked at Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group and Wireless Data Group, Sprint PCS, and the University of Illinois' Center for Computational Electromagnetics.
Shawn earned a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Outside of work, Shawn enjoys soccer, snowboarding, and time with his wife and kids.
Spencer Tall, Managing Director, Allegis Capital
Spencer joined Allegis Capital in 2004. Previously, Spencer was a co-founder and General Partner with APV Technology Partners for three funds over 10 years. In addition, Spencer is a co-founder of Asia Pacific Ventures, a consulting and advisory service firm where, over a 13-year period, he assisted more than 50 technology companies in their Asia expansion plans. This included technology licensing, fund raising and distribution arrangements. Spencer has acted as a strategic advisor to global companies including Motorola, Sony, Fujitsu, Samsung, Canon, TDK and Dacom. Prior to founding APV, Spencer, a fluent Japanese speaker, oversaw US sales operations for Marubun Corporation, a Japan-based billion-dollar components trading company. He also worked as a sales manager with GRE America, Inc., a Japanese contract manufacturer, serving U.S. corporations' outsourcing efforts. Spencer serves on the boards of IMVU, Allegiance, Symplified, and AvaLAN Wireless.
Spencer earned a B.S. in Political Science and Japanese from Brigham Young University.
Kuk Yi, Managing Director, Best Buy Capital
Kuk joined Best Buy, the leading global retailer of consumer technology products and services, in 2004. As the Managing Director of Best Buy Capital, the venture investment team of Best Buy, Kuk is responsible for leading all the investment activities to create a portfolio of opportunities for Best Buy's growth, while encouraging the adoption of new technologies, solutions and services for the consumer technology ecosystem. Kuk was previously a founding member of Best Buy's corporate development team, where he was responsible for supporting strategic transactions, including acquisitions and investments. Prior to Best Buy, Kuk was a Senior Investment Manager at Samsung, based in Korea, and a Senior Associate at ABN AMRO Capital.
Kuk earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Outside of work, Kuk enjoys spending time with his family while dreaming of ways to move back to his childhood home in Hawaii.
Karen Edwards, Independent IMVU Board Member
Karen serves as an independent director of the IMVU board, and brings a wealth of experience marketing consumer brands. She was the 17th employee and the head of marketing for Yahoo for about six years, and the founding CMO for Glam Inc. and Common Sense Media. Currently, she serves on the board of the Institute for the Future; her prior board experience includes 2Wire, RedEnvelope (when public), Our Pictures and several non-profit boards. Earlier in her career, she held management roles at Twentieth Century Fox, Clorox and BBDO Advertising for Apple Computer.
She earned her BA at Stanford University and MBA at Harvard. She enjoys social networking, paddleboarding, and DIY projects.
Robert Chaplinsky, General Partner, Bridgescale Partners, IMVU Board Observer
Rob is a co-founder of Bridgescale Partners and brings more than 10 years of venture capital investing experience and more than 15 years of marketing experience to technology companies. Prior to forming Bridgescale, Rob spent seven years as a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) where he focused on investments in the semiconductor and communications markets. At MDV, Rob was the lead investor and board member in companies such as Accelerant Networks (acquired by Synopsys) Brion Technologies (acquired by ASML) Cooligy (acquired by Emerson Electric) Pivotal Technologies (acquired by Broadcom) Pixim Technologies and Quake Technologies (acquired by AMCC). Before joining MDV, Rob was a lead technology research analyst at Hambrecht & Quist. In that capacity, Rob led investment research on some of the industry's most dynamic public and private semiconductors in the United States and Asia. During that time, Rob also made personal investments in successful private companies including FormFactor (NASDAQ: FORM) Galileo (sold to Marvell) Netboost (sold to Intel) and Quantum Effect Design (sold to PMC Sierra). Prior to Hambrecht & Quist, Rob spent seven years at Intel Corporation in various senior marketing and sales positions.
Rob earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Eric Ries, Co-Founder and IMVU Board Observer
Eric (avatar "Eric") co-founded IMVU in April, 2004 and served as Chief Technology Officer from its inception to August, 2008. A highly sought-after speaker, Eric is the author of several books including The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses (Crown Business, 2011). Eric also served as entrepreneur-in-residence at the Harvard Business School and Venture Advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. While an undergraduate at Yale University, Eric co-founded Catalyst Recruiting. Although Catalyst folded with the dot-com crash, Eric continued his entrepreneurial career as a Senior Software Engineer at There.com, leading efforts in agile software development and user-generated content. In 2007, BusinessWeek.com named Eric one of the Tech's Best Young Entrepreneurs.
Eric earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University.
Eric serves on the advisory board of many technology startups including pbWiki, Bunchball, SpeedDate, illumobile, BlueBet and KaChing.