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Joe Hurd

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Gannett and Founder/Managing Partner, The Katama Group, LLC.

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Gannett and Founder/Managing Partner, The Katama Group, LLC.

2 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Part-time now, full-time soon

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising

Involved In


The Katama Group, LLC
Stealth Mode Startup Company


Lending Club
savanna fund
Psychability inc
Psychability Inc.
Savannah Fund
Accountability Lab
Lending Club


Lead, Emerging Business Facebook January 2016 - present
Founder/Managing Partner The Katama Group, LLC 2003 - present
Investor & Advisor Antengo July 2015 - present
Advisor Psychability Inc. May 2015 - present
Advisor Excitem April 2015 - present
Co-Founder & Managing Partner Stealth Mode Startup Company March 2015 - present
Senior Advisor August 2013 - present
Advisor FounderDating March 2013 - present
Advisor FollowAnalytics May 2012 - present
Advisor Savannah Fund April 2012 - present
Advisor Accountability Lab June 2010 - present
Investor Basho Technologies, Inc August 2015 - August 2015
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development Gannett - USA TODAY NETWORK 2013 - 2015
Vice President UniversityNow, Inc. 2012 - 2013
Senior Director, Export Promotion and Trade Policy U.S. Department of Commerce 2009 - 2012
Advisor to the CEO Lending Club May 2007 - November 2009
VP International VideoEgg 2006 - 2009
General Manager, International Friendster 2004 - 2005
Executive Director, International Business Development (Tokyo and Sydney) AOL 2001 - 2004
Associate, International Capital Markets Department Linklaters 1996 - 2000
Federal Law Clerk to Hon. William G. Young U.S. District Court, Massachusetts 1995 - 1996
Science & Technology Officer U.S. Department of State 1992 - 1992


Harvard Law School International Corporate Law 1992 - 1995
Sch. of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Univ. International Affairs (Japan) 1991 - 1994
Harvard College East Asian Studies & Government 1987 - 1991
Wellesey High School High School/Secondary Diplomas and Certificates 1983 - 1987

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • Product
  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • Electrical Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Video
  • • international scaling

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Consumer internet • Sales operations • Business Strategy • Change Management • Strategic Partnerships

Key Accomplishments

Classic roll up the sleeves and get it done personality. Operating core is BD (deal structuring, negotiating and execution), with an operations, legal and public policy overlay. Lots of advisory experience helping companies scale, either on BD, fundraising or international expansion. Understands consumer internet (social media, ad-supported businesses, now online higher education). Former Obama Administration political appointee (Commerce Department).

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Classic business partner to technical co-founders. That was the model at Friendster (second business person in the company), VideoEgg (first business person in the company), UniversityNow (#2), and countless advisory clients. Well known on Sand Hill, great relationships with big angel firms and VCs. Known primarily for setting up BD/sales infrastructures and scaling US companies in Asia and Europe.

Execution focused, works hard, great personality and loves to win.

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Matt Weeks
CEO/Founder of HealthyOps, a service of WorkersCount, Inc. A healthcare IT Informatics Service. Connector, Consigliere, Geek, Mentor.
super-smart and modest in business dealings, a great connector and a sharp strategist.
Michael Ping
Managing Partner, BP Capital. University of California, Davis grad.

Chris Cox
Nerd Herder & Reality Bender / Lead Engineering Sourcer (recruitment), Intuit. Previously Technical Recruiter/Sourcer, LucasArts.
CPO at Facebook. 'nuff said.