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Thilo Semmelbauer

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Venture Partner at Insight, former President and COO, Shutterstock, and founded; love to build tech-enabled businesses

Venture Partner at Insight, former President and COO, Shutterstock, and founded; love to build tech-enabled businesses

3 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
I don't yet have an idea I'm excited about
I don’t have much time for the next several months

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing

Involved In




Venture Partner Insight Venture Partners 2015 - present
Member, Board of Directors Weight Watchers 2016 - present
Member, Board of Directors Movable Ink 2016 - present
President and Chief Operating Officer Shutterstock April 2010 - January 2015
Executive Vice President, North America Consumer Business June 2009 - March 2010
Global Chief Operating Officer Weight Watchers International 2006 - 2008
President, North America Weight Watchers International 2004 - 2006
President, and Co-Founder 2000 - 2004
Principal Boston Consulting Group 1996 - 2000
Manager Motorola, Inc. 1992 - 1996
Associate, New York and Munich Offices The Boston Consulting Group 1988 - 1990


Massachusetts Institute of Technology MBA / MS Electrical Engineering 1990 - 1992
Dartmouth College Engineering / Computer Science 1984 - 1988

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Events
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Travel
  • • Video

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Consumer Products • Product management • Internet • Startups • Subscription services

Key Accomplishments

I've worked in President/COO roles on 4 internet businesses... (1) online auctions for sothebys in 1999, (2) 2000-2008, (3) 2009, and (4) shutterstock 2010-present. I love problem solving and execution, hiring and motivating top talent, setting priorities, finding roadblocks and removing them... doing whatever it takes to build the business.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

My passion is building teams and growing businesses. I thrive on creative analysis, problem solving, and execution -- getting stuff done! I have a high comfort with ambiguity and strong IQ/EQ balance.

As an Advisor

You start by sharing a bit about your business and the problem or difficulty you are facing, regarding the business model or your team. If I think I can help, I'll give you my perspective and also help connect to others who have faced a similar problem. Breakfast usually works great for me, or skype/phone.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

Think Thilo is awesome?
Vouch for them.

Ware Sykes
We worked together at
Because he's done it before.
John Replogle
We worked together at Boston Consulting Group
Thilo is one of the best entrepreneur's I know because he has the mind of an executive and the heart of a world changer. Thilo's track reco ... rd speaks for itself; he brings the full-range of skills and experiences to change the way the world works.
Steve Marlowe
We worked together at Weight Watchers International
He really gets it. He can get into the weeds and can do the strategic stuff.

Manuel Zwittag
Managing Director & Co-Founder, rublys GmbH. Previously Business Analyst, Erste Asset Management GmbH.
In Rublys, Manuel has created a new marketing platform, where gaming and fun meets promotion. Off to a great start!

Hart Hooton
They're my friends  •  Content marketer/creator, digital ops expert with proven track record providing best-practice leadership to early-stage ventures / F500 orgs
Very well connected and super helpful individual, who has advised/consulted for a ton of great companies, esp in media.