Podcast with social media pioneer and BranchOut founder, Rick Marini

Rick Marini, CEO BranchOutRick Marini

On Linkedin: "We're fishing in two different ponds." Why those silly games? What's next? "BranchOut introductions - and a focus on enterprise solutions for recruiters and sales professionals."

Welcome to an online savvy channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio. This is Peter Clayton reporting. Joining us today is Rick Marini a pioneer in online social media for over a decade. He's the Founder & CEO of BranchOut – the new career networking service on Facebook. If you’re on Facebook, chances are you’ve received numerous requests from your friends to join them on BranchOut. According to the service, "Members can search the database to quickly find all of their professional contacts for the ultimate inside connections for great opportunities including jobs, leads and career networking. BranchOut also operates the largest job board on Facebook with over 3 million jobs and 20,000 internships."

An awesome list of investors and advisors work with BranchOut

James Currier

James Currier is the Co-Founder and CEO of both Ooga Labs, the consumer Internet greenhouse in San Francisco, and of Wonderhill, a social games company backed by Charles River and Shasta.

Prior to these companies, James was Founder and CEO of Tickle Inc. (founded in 1999, sold to in 2004 for over $100 million). Tickle was one of the first viral successes, growing to over 200 million registered users.

Prior to Tickle, James was an Associate at Battery Ventures, making information technology investments between 1994-1997. Earlier, James worked at STAR TV in Hong Kong and GTE New Ventures in Los Angeles, developing new digital technology businesses for the entertainment industry. James is a graduate of Phillips Exeter, Princeton and Harvard Business School.

James serves on the Board of Directors of Linden Labs/SecondLife, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Stan Chudnovsky

Stan Chudnovsky is Co-Founder of Ooga Labs, a technology greenhouse in San Francisco, developing multiple Internet businesses simultaneously. Stan is also the Co-Founder & CTO of WonderHill, the leading social gaming company focused on creating wholesome online games. Prior to WonderHill, Stan spent 6-plus years building Tickle Inc., which was sold to Monster for over $100 million. Starting as VP of Engineering, Stan gained responsibilities over Product and Operations and then was named CEO after James Currier left the company in December 2005.

Prior to Tickle, Stan was VP of Engineering at SayIt Inc.

Stan moved to San Francisco from Moscow in 1994 after earning both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Moscow.

Philip Kaplan

Philip has been an Internet pioneer for over a decade. Philip is best known as the Founder of the "F'd Company" website which earned several accolades including Yahoo and Rolling Stone's Site-of-the-Year, and #6 in TIME Magazine's "Best of 2000."

Philip is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Charles River Ventures.

Previously, Philip was the Founder of AdBrite, an online advertising marketplace based in San Francisco.

Prior to founding AdBrite, Philip founded several businesses including PK Interactive, a software company that developed Web-based applications for Fortune 500 clients including Toyota and Mead Paper.

Philip is a regular public speaker and is the bestselling author of F'd Companies (Simon & Schuster).

He is on the board of the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.

He also rocks on the drums.

Shawn Fanning

Shawn is best known for creating Napster in 1998 while attending Northeastern University. Napster changed the music industry forever and was eventually acquired by Best Buy in 2008. After leaving Napster, Shawn founded SNOCAP, a B2B digital music distributor, in 2003, and sold the company to iMeem.

In 2006, Shawn founded Rupture, an MMORPG social network which was subsequently sold to Electronic Arts. A huge fan of online gaming, Fanning found himself frustrated by the lack of connection between players. He established Rupture to help establish communication between players, find out what they're playing, and provide a showcase where they could display their accomplishments.

In 2003, Shawn had a cameo appearance, playing himself, in the film The Italian Job.

In 2008, Shawn appeared in a Volkswagen commercial.

Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss, nominated as one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Business People of 2007," is an angel investor (StumbleUpon, Digg, Twitter, etc.) and author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been sold into 35 languages.

His blog is one of Inc. Magazine's "19 Blogs You Should Bookmark Right Now", and it has been ranked #1 on the Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs list, based on Google PageRank, Alexa traffic ranking, Bing results, Technorati authority, Feedburner subscribers, and PostRank. Tim has been featured by more than 100 media outlets-including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, and CBS-and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change.

Tim received his BA from Princeton University in 2000, where he studied in the Neuroscience and East Asian Studies departments. He developed his nonfiction writing with Pulitzer Prize winner John McPhee and formed his life philosophies under Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe. He is 32 years old, and The 4-Hour Workweek is his first book. TPR interview with Tim

Ben Ling

Benjamin leads the monetization efforts of YouTube at Google. He previously worked at Facebook, where he oversaw product marketing, developer operations and partner solutions for the Facebook Platform. He came to Facebook from Google in the Fall of 2007, and decided to return to the company in August of 2008.

In his first stint at Google, Benjamin was the Product Management Director of Checkout, where he founded and led Google Checkout and oversaw Google Product Search. He managed a cross functional team that included product, engineering, sales, marketing, operations, finance and legal.

Matt Mullenweg Matt is an entrepreneur living in San Francisco, California. He is the founding developer of the popular open-source blogging software WordPress. After leaving CNET, he has devoted the majority of his time to developing a number of open source projects and is a frequent speaker at conferences, such as… More Matt is an entrepreneur living in San Francisco, California. He is the founding developer of the popular open-source blogging software WordPress. After leaving CNET, he has devoted the majority of his time to developing a number of open source projects and is a frequent speaker at conferences, such as Canada's Northern Voice and the WordCamp events organized around WordPress software. In late 2005, he founded Automattic, the business behind and Akismet. Mullenweg attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where he studied jazz saxophone. Matt also serves as an adviser to Sphere and WeGame.

Josh Elman

Josh Elman is a Product Manager at Twitter where he focuses on new project and initiatives to get everyone to become lifelong Twitter users. Previously, Josh was at Facebook, where he focused on new initiatives and programs for developers on Facebook Platform including launching Facebook Connect. Previously, Josh was Head of Product Management at Zazzle, worked at LinkedIn, and began his career at RealNetworks. Josh holds a bachelor's degree in symbolic systems from Stanford University.

Othman Laraki

Othman is a director at Twitter. He was formerly co-founder and President of / Mixer Labs. Before Mixer Labs, Othman was at Google, where he managed a number of products including the Google Toolbar, Google Gears, early Firefox extensions, as well FastNet (real-time fetching and caching infrastructure).

Prior to Google, Othman was at ACCESS Systems, where he ran server-side engineering. Othman currently serves on the board of directors of ESI Group, a publicly traded French software company. Othman has an MBA from MIT and a BS + MS in Computer Science & Industrial Engineering from Stanford.

Matt Ocko

Matt Ocko, Managing Director of Archimedes Capital, has twenty five years of experience as a technology entrepreneur, operating executive, and venture capitalist, both in the US and in China. Matt holds a BA in Physics from Yale University.

Matt has been a General Partner of VantagePoint Venture Partners and Softbank Technology Ventures (of which he was a founder), as well as a Partner at Helix Investments. He has been directly involved in raising over $2 billion in venture capital investments from limited partners, and building major practices at these firms.

Matt has led investments in and/or served on the Boards of the following: OpenText (OTEX), DataMirror (DMCX), SupportSoft (SPRT), CriticalPath (CPTH), VxTreme (acqd. by Microsoft), Zip2 (acqd. by Compaq), Verisign (VRSN), Alantro (acqd. by Texas Instruments), UltraDNS (acqd. by NeuStar), 3Ware (acqd. by AMCC), Planet U (acqd. by Transora), nDSP (acqd. by Pixelworks), Sandcraft (acqd. by Raza Microelectronics), and NuCore (acqd. by MediaTek).

Matt founded and was VP of R&D for Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering e-mail software vendor with over 1 million users world-wide prior to its acquisition. He was also a founding Director of Oracle's Media Server Division and had a leadership role in the business and technical operations of the division. He has helped found and fund a number of other Silicon Valley companies, including ones financed by such investors as Sevin Rosen Funds, New Enterprise Associates, Kleiner Perkins, Accel Partners, Mayfield, and Hummer Winblad.

Matt has funded and advised multiple companies with teams and/or businesses either entirely or substantially in China, and advised multiple senior researchers, engineers, executives, and state and provincial government officials on venture capital and technology strategy. Matt's 1996 lecture to the Central Committee Party School on "Venture Capital with a Chinese Face" has been widely distributed at all levels of government in China.

Dan Arkind

Dan is the Founder & CEO of JobScore, a leader in online recruiting software. Dan is an industry expert with 15 years of deep experience in the online recruitment space.

Prior to JobScore, Dan spent seven years with OTEC, the recruiting firm that spun off Dan co-founded OTEC's Silicon Valley search practice, training a team of recruiters and placing personnel at early stage enterprise software, internet services, media and content companies. Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University.

Dan is a co-founder of STIRR and moderates the STIRR Founder's Table events for early stage entrepreneurs.

Blake Commagere

Blake pioneered the social gaming category on social networks by creating some of the biggest apps ever on Facebook including Zombies and Vampires and many other games.

Blake was also a key member of the team that created "Causes" which has raised over $10 million on Facebook.

Most recently Blake was CTO at Ohai - a company creating a Flash MMOG. Previously, he was a Co-Founder at Mogad, Lead Engineer at Causes (Facebook Causes), Founder of a company that focused on fundraising for non-profits on MySpace, a Senior Engineer at Plaxo and the Founding Engineer of BuildForge.

He sits on the Advisory Board of several companies in the Bay Area and Austin.

Jamie Perlman

Jamie Perlman is Sr. Director of Business Development at, where he focuses on mobile partnerships for the burgeoning enterprise 2.0 company.

Prior to Box, Jamie headed monetization for popular presentation sharing site, SlideShare, and held executive BD and Marketing roles at and Originator Media.

Prior to that, Jamie was an early employee at SNOCAP, where he ran distribution for 4 years. He holds an MBA from USC's Marshall School of Business and a BA from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Rick Marini Biography

Rick Marini has been a pioneer in online social media for over a decade. Rick is the Founder & CEO of BranchOut - the leading career networking service on Facebook. Members can search the database to quickly find all of their professional contacts for the ultimate inside connections for great opportunities including jobs, leads and career networking. BranchOut also operates the largest job board on Facebook with over 3 million jobs and 20,000 internships.

Prior to founding BranchOut, Rick was the Founder & CEO of SuperFan, a profitable social entertainment site that produced social games for world-class companies including CBS, MTV, Sony, Universal Music, etc.

Prior to founding SuperFan, Rick was the Co-Founder, CFO & Chief Strategist for Tickle was one of the largest social media sites on the Internet. Under his leadership, Tickle operated as a profitable company with close to $40 million of annual revenue. In 2002, Tickle won the “Rising Star” Webby Award as the fastest growing site on the Web and became a top 20 global Internet site with 200 million registered users. In 2004, Tickle was acquired by Monster Worldwide for over $100 million.

Rick currently serves on the Advisory Boards of, Fwix, Lumos Labs, Founder’s Den, Stipple, FIGHTER, and Friendster (acquired by MOL). Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

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