Managing Partner

Chip Meakem

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Chip has been operating and investing in NYC companies since 1996 and has been a founder, operating executive or lead investor of several leading NYC companies including 24/7 Media, N2K, Massive Inc. and AppNexus.

Prior to co-founding Tribeca Venture Partners, Chip was an active NYC VC at both Kodiak Venture Partners and DFJ Gotham. Chip serves on several Boards of Directors and manages investments including AppNexus, Live Gamer, Maxwell Health, LeadiD, BetterCloud, Backtrace I/O and Clypd.

Chip’s previous investments include ideeli (acquired by Groupon); Ingenio (acquired by AT&T); Massive Inc. (acquired by Microsoft); Pantero (acquired by Progress Software) Q-Link Technologies (acquired by Adobe Systems); and TRA Global (acquired by Tivo). Chip was also a personal seed investor in FreeMarkets Inc., which made its IPO in December 1999 and peaked at $12B market cap.

Before moving to the venture side, Chip was a founding employee at Interactive Imaginations where he started the Commonwealth Network (launched in Q1, 1996), one of the Internet’s first advertising networks, building it from a concept to a top 10 media property. Interactive Imaginations eventually became 24/7 Media and went public in 1998. Chip also worked at N2k and was responsible for strategic distribution partnerships for the leading music e-tailer.

Chip holds a B.A. from Cornell University, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

“When I was a kid I built a treehouse.  It started with a small deck about 20 feet up in a big willow tree. Then I expanded up and built three more platforms in that tree as high as 60 feet up.  Then I rigged up a homemade trolley, connecting to another tree about 50 feet away and built in that tree.  A few years later I had 15 platforms and decks in 5 trees interconnected with a network of trolleys.  I stopped when I hit high school and ran out of time.  I have always liked to build stuff.”

Investments

AppNexus

https://www.appnexus.com/en

AppNexus is a technology company whose cloud-based software platform powers and optimizes the programmatic sale and purchase of digital advertising. Because our platform is open, customers are able to build and differentiate their technology on top of ours, making AppNexus the infrastructure through which a substantial portion of the world’s internet advertising flows. As an independent, pure-technology provider, we are fully aligned with our customers’ interests. Our core mission is to help our customers deliver the right ads at the right time to the right audience.

Invested in:

JANUARY 15, 2013

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SERIES D

Sector:

AI & Machine Learning

Martech

Founders

Partners

Backtrace

https://backtrace.io/

Backtrace, located in New York City, is dedicated to building the best debugging technology for today's native applications. Our flagship product is an advanced post-mortem debugging platform. Our team consists of a diverse group of engineers that have worked on all kinds of interesting problems.

Invested in:

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SEED

Sector:

Security

Founders

Partners

Clypd

https://http://clypd.com/

Clypd is the advertising technology platform built exclusively for the television industry, empowering media owners with programmatic ad solutions. Founded in 2012, the company’s TV sales platform delivers workflow automation, data-enhanced decisioning and provides media partners with tools to manage their sales efforts. clypd’s innovations around programmatic television is opening doors for incremental digital budgets currently not available to the TV media owners. The clypd team is comprised of both TV and digital advertising experts, which uniquely positions the company to understand and meet the needs of the television industry while leveraging the best programmatic strategies from the digital world.

Invested in:

FEBRUARY 28, 2013

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SERIES A

Sector:

Martech

Founders

Partners

Forever

https://www.forever.com/

Forever™ is the world’s first permanent digital storage and sharing service. It’s the place where people privately save, organize, and share their photos and precious memories for generations. Thanks to the Forever Guarantee Fund, a conservatively managed fund designed to generate income and grow over time (like an endowment), Permanent Members can rest easy knowing their memories are preserved for their lifetime plus 100 years, guaranteed. Forever’s storage is triple backed-up. It also features bank-level encryption and an ironclad privacy policy. Driven by the belief that family stories should never be lost, Forever helps people connect and share in a secure, private environment.

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SERIES A

Sector:

Content and media

Founders

Partners

Hive

https://www.hive.com

Hive provides powerful team workflow software that brings actions, messages and file sharing onto one powerful dashboard. Integrating with over 100 popular SaaS tools, including Google Apps, Salesforce, Office 365 and WordPress, Hive allows teams to establish consistent automated processes. Hive works with leading brands including Pinterest, Deloitte, PwC, Uber, and HBO. Based in New York City and led by experts in collaboration software, Hive is transforming teamwork in the enterprise.

Invested in:

JANUARY 12, 2016

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SEED

Sector:

SaaS

Founders

Partners

Jornaya

Jornaya (fka LeadID) is the consumer journey insight platform that provides marketers with the highest-resolution view of the consumer buying journey. It is the only technology platform that witnesses both the first- and third-party consumer interactions and enables marketers to shorten the distance between data and decision making. Jornaya seamlessly integrates with any consumer journey decisioning process, and its comprehensive AppMarketplace offers plug-and-play solutions for TCPA compliance, fraud detection, data validation, scoring, and more.

Invested in:

APRIL 1, 2014

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SERIES A

Sector:

Martech

Founders

Partners

Emergent Payments

Emergent Payments is the world’s first combined e-commerce and advertising platform, providing an advanced microtransaction engine, global payment gateways and engagement advertising platform to the world’s top entertainment companies.

Status:

ACTIVE

Sector:

AI & Machine Learning

Partners

Maxwell Health

https://maxwellhealth.com/

Maxwell Health is a technology platform and innovative marketplace solution that makes benefits and HR simple. Maxwell automates benefits, human resources, and payroll for HR administrators, and its beautiful, modern experience makes it easy for employees to choose and use their benefits, helping them achieve better health and financial security. Leading benefits advisors and insurance carriers partner with Maxwell to deliver a state-of-the-art benefits and HR experience for small-to-mid-size employers and their employees.

Invested in:

JULY 1, 2013

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SERIES A

Sector:

Healthcare IT

Founders

Partners

PebblePost

http://pebblepost.com/

PebblePost invented Programmatic Direct Mail® to transform real-time online activity into personalized, dynamically rendered tangible media that’s delivered into postal hubs within 12-24 hours, every day. Our patent-pending digital platform integrates segmentation, campaign management, production, analytics, and optimization. PebblePost combines the power of intent data with the effectiveness of in-home to achieve far higher conversion rates and ROAS.

Invested in:

AUGUST 1, 2015

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SEED

Sector:

Martech

Founders

Partners

Tentrr

https://www.tentrr.com/

Tentrr is an online marketplace that connects local landowners with anyone seeking to explore the great outdoors. Through a streamlined search and booking system, people with extra space can share their land and create remarkable experiences for a growing network of happy campers. Tentrr eliminates the stress of planning and executing a camping trip by providing insurance, customer support, and top quality equipment -- including the tent.

Invested in:

MARCH 20, 2015

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SEED

Sector:

Marketplaces

Partners

Wonder

https://askwonder.com/

Wonder is your personal research assistant. We've built a community of expert researchers who are here to help you find the best resources fast. Turn to Wonder for your next assignment, in prep for a meeting, or when you're just feeling curious. We'll take care of your research for you, so you can spend less time digging, and more time learning. Ask Wonder a question and move on with your day.

Invested in:

JULY 1, 2013

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SEED

Sector:

Marketplaces

SaaS

Founders

Partners

Virsec

https://virsec.com/

Continued advancements in malicious cyber threats demand a radical new approach to data protection. Virsec Systems is combining deep expertise and breakthrough new capability to protect high-value data sets.

Invested in:

JUNE 1, 2014

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SEED

Sector:

Security

Founders

Partners

BetterCloud

https://www.bettercloud.com/

BetterCloud is the first unified SaaS management platform, empowering organizations to securely adopt and manage best-in-breed SaaS applications. Every day, thousands of customers rely on BetterCloud to centralize SaaS management, automate workflows and compliance policies, and surface relevant insights across SaaS applications. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with engineering offices in Atlanta, GA.

Invested in:

DECEMBER 1, 2012

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SERIES A

Sector:

SaaS

Founders

Partners

Eponym

https://www.eponymous.co/

Eponym is an online platform enabling brands to create and distribute prescription eyewear and sunglasses through their own stores. The company designs and builds high quality prescription eyewear in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Invested in:

AUGUST 16, 2016

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SERIES A-1

Sector:

Retail

Partners

LoftSmart

https://loftsmart.com/

LoftSmart is the most trustworthy, efficient way for college students to find and lease local rentals. Our mission is simple: A perfect place for every student.

Invested in:

JUNE 26, 2017

Status:

ACTIVE

Series:

SEED-1

Sector:

Marketplaces

Founders

Partners

Makers Kit

https://makerskit.com/

MakersKit is giving everyone a shot at joining the maker movement, by pairing do-it-yourself kits with fun instructional videos.

Invested in:

JUNE 1, 2014

Status:

EXITED

Series:

SEED

Sector:

Retail

Founders

Partners

Nifty Thrifty

NiftyThrifty is disrupting the $18B used clothing industry by delivering brilliantly curated collections of pre-owned and vintage clothing, at irresistible prices, to it’s members everyday.

Invested in:

AUGUST 1, 2012

Status:

EXITED

Series:

SERIES A

Sector:

Retail

Partners

Nimble TV

https://www.synacor.com/

A new, pioneering cloud-based TV platform, is well positioned to become a game changer that redefines the TV viewing experience. It enables users for the first time to easily play their TV anywhere they choose and on any device. Nimble TV makes ‘choice’ and ‘television’ synonymous for the first time, putting the medium squarely among emerging technological advancements that are increasingly giving consumers more and easier access to a broad range of content – in this case, content they are paying for. Exited.

Invested in:

OCTOBER 10, 2011

Status:

EXITED

Series:

SERIES A

Sector:

Content and media

Partners