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Stuart Coleman

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Founder and CEO, Adboku. Previously Director, Corporate Development, MDC Partners.

Founder and CEO, Adboku. Previously Director, Corporate Development, MDC Partners.

5 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing

Involved In




KBS Ventures
Pierry Software
Tiger Beat Media
Pierry Software
Tiger Beat Media
KBS Ventures


Board Member Pierry Software January 2016 - present
Board Member Tiger Beat Media June 2015 - present
Board Member KBS Ventures January 2014 - present
VP, Strategy & Investments MDC Partners January 2014 - present
Founder and Chairman Adboku January 2012 - July 2015
Director, Corporate Development MDC Partners October 2009 - December 2011
Investment Banking Analyst Wachovia Securities June 2006 - June 2009
Director, Business Development College Garage April 2006 - May 2008


Wake Forest University Psychology 2002 - 2006

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Ad Sales
  • • Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Media
  • • Mobile

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

M&a • Financial analysis • Financial Modeling • Strategy • corporate finance

Key Accomplishments

I began my career as an investment banker advising industrial companies on M&A and capital raising, closing over $2 billion in financing for clients. Prior to discovering my passion for the startup community, I invested in dozens of digital advertising companies, like 72andSunny (named 20th most innovative company of 2012 by Fast Company), deploying over $150 million in capital.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I am a leader. I put team first. I have a broad skillset in finance, marketing, and business development. I want to win.

Vouches Received

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Adam Boutin
They're my friends
I've known Stu for 11 years. While we are close friends, I have also worked alongside Stu on startup ideas as an informal advisor. I have ... been thoroughly and repeatedly impressed by Stu's ability to execute and get things accomplished, whether it be an abstract/creative task, or a highly detailed, rigorous project like designing a product. He's incredibly resourceful and intellectually curious - when he doesn't know how to do something, he's willing to put in the work to get it done. Equally as important, he's a very thoughtful and empathetic person, both as a friend and business partner. While I would be very reluctant to start a business with most friends, I would jump at the chance to work with Stu, both as as an entrepreneur and an investor.
Will Nathan
We worked together
Stuart doesn't let anything stand in the way of his vision. All obstacles are overcome with smarts, resourcefulness, and hustling. I've watc ... hed Stuart take on amazingly challenging (but highly valuable) problems without the slightest inkling of giving up when the going got tough and an ability to see anything he sets his mind to through to an optimal final outcome.
David Doft
We worked together at MDC Partners
Stuart was an outstanding member of our corporate development group where he developed a great understanding of brands and the advertising l ... andscape. Our company is dynamic and entrepreneurial, very much like a start up. Stuart's experience, hard work, intelligence and vision led us us to back him in his new venture.
Jesse Silver
They're my advisor  •  Founder, JAgMC. Previously COO / Partner, YellowHammer Media Group. University of Wisconsin-Madison grad.
In the time I've known Stu, he's proven himself to be incredibly ambitious and a risk taker, starting his own business from scratch, without ... so much as any sort of a safety net. He's resourceful and committed, as evidenced by his ability to take that business from an idea to what it is today. I have no doubt that he would be an ideal choice as a co-founder and/or member of our community.

We worked together
Stu is passionate & committed to the Adboku vision of how the e-book industry can be improved. He is opinionated and driven but also a good ... listener and open minded to well reasoned thinking regardless of whether initially it's the same perspective as his. He is happy to work in details and also good with the big picture. He has successfully raised financing for the business already, and he has background in private equity.

Justin Randolph
Founder/CEO Untrodden, (; Stanford GSB grad; @ the intersection of hospitality, consumer internet & rural economic development
Justin likes to meet people, offer to help, and ask important questions.