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Tim Hanlon

Advisor Greater Chicago Area, US

CEO, The Vertere Group, LLC. Georgetown grad.

CEO, The Vertere Group, LLC. Georgetown grad.

42 vouches

Involved In


The Vertere Group, LLC


Hillcrest Labs
Brightcove (NASDAQ: BCOV)
Upfront Digital Media
Buddy Media
SnapTell Inc.
Zoove Inc
Blinq Media
Sling Media
Verve Wireless
Linkable Networks
Navic Networks
Dapper (acquired by Yahoo! in 20
Retailigence Corporation


Board Director Wavetable Labs June 2013 - present
Founder and CEO The Vertere Group, LLC December 2011 - present
Managing Director Mediabrands Velociter (Interpublic Group) June 2010 - September 2011
Executive Vice President/Managing Director VivaKi Ventures (Publicis Groupe) September 2008 - December 2009
Executive Vice President, Ventures Denuo (Publicis Groupe) July 2007 - August 2008
Senior Vice President, Ventures Denuo (Publicis Groupe) April 2006 - July 2007
Senior Vice President/Director, Ventures Publicis Groupe Media April 2005 - April 2006
Senior Vice President/Director, Emerging Contacts Starcom MediaVest Group January 2000 - April 2005


The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business Strategy/Marketing 1996 - 1998
Georgetown University Government/English 1984 - 1988

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Financial Services
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Smart Home
  • • Sports
  • • Video
  • • Content
  • • Movies/Film
  • • News
  • • TV

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Jim Harris
We worked together  •  CEO, The Wall Street Journal Office Network. Kellogg grad. University of Michigan grad.
Tim is smart (really smart), connected, facile, creative, positive, pragmatic, focused, and there when you need him (and sometimes when yo ... u don't think you need him but you do).
Marc Guldimann
They're my advisor: other  •  Founder & CEO, Enliken. Previously President, Spongecell. Carnegie Mellon grad.
I met Tim while he managed IPG's investment into my first company, Spongecell. Tim was an advisor at Enliken and was always quick to respond ... to emails, make introductions or help me think through a problem. His insight into the digital marketing and agency space is invaluable, quickly setting aside dumb ideas and helping foster good ones.. you won't waste time with Tim. I look forward to working with him again in the future.
Dennis Roche
They're my advisor: other  •  President, Access Sports Media. Previously President, Zoom Media. Georgetown grad.
Tim is an outstanding advisor - he is well networked, knowledgeable about all manner of digital media, social media, marketing - I wanted to ... check about 15 of those boxes above but they only let me check three - and a natural connector. By "connector" I don't just mean connecting start ups with resources and partners that can help them grow - although he is great at that - but he helps connect ideas that start ups are working on with bigger ideas and trends in the digital space that they can leverage - he possesses a tremendous ability to see where a business can lead to. I have worked in media start ups for 20 years, from "in a basement with a co-founder" to "take it from $5M to $50MM" scenarios - and Tim's expertise covers the full range of those scenarios and more.
Sarah Fay
They're my advisor: Verve Wireless
Tim is incredibly well versed on ad tech across the board and knows what it takes for a start up to successfully go to market and win.
Len Kendall
They're my mentor  •  CoFounder & CEO, CentUp. Previously Director, Digital, GolinHarris. Purdue grad.
Besides all the great things an advisor should be (experienced, thoughtful, well-rounded) Tim also is someone who thinks about you and for y ... ou even when you're not asking him for advice. Tim is proactive (pardon the buzzword) with seeking out opportunities and our company feels like we have an extra valuable set of eyes constantly observing the market and sending us high-value potential partnerships. Any emerging business would be lucky to have Tim as an advisor.
Aaron Radin
They're my advisor: other  •  Senior Vice President, Partnerships and Portfolio Products, NBCUniversal, Inc. and Advisor, ResponsiveAds. NYU grad.
Tim is responsive, well connected and a thoughtful partner as an advisor. He listens, and is always thinking about things to improve your s ... trategic business objectives.
Chris Pizzurro
We worked together  •  Head of Product, Sales & Marketing, Canoe Ventures and Vice President, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NY.
Tim can see the entire landscape of a media opportunity. He understands the here an now, but can also "see where it is going". Many things T ... im told me 5 years ago that were going to happen, did happen.
Channing Dawson
We worked together  •  Senior Advisor, Scripps Networks Interactive and President, Channing Media.
20+ years in advanced media across a variety of disciplines (content, marketing, advertising, social, venture); knows how to actualize strat ... egic thinking; dynamic and engaging thinker; a very decent human being
Mary Ann Halford
We worked together  •  Managing Director, Media and Entertainment, FTI Consulting and Board of Directors, Triton Media Group. Harvard Business School grad.
He is one of the most knowledgeable digital advisors out there. He has vision but an understanding and how to make things real.
Mark Wright
We worked together
tim is second to none in understanding the digital media ecosystem.
Tim Harris
We worked together  •  Founder, President, Industrial Toys and Owner, AlleyCat Comics.
Tim brings a vast knowledge of the technology, marketing and start-up landscapes to any conversation he has. He's creative, informed and con ... nected, making him a huge asset in any advisory role.
Richard Thomas
We worked together  •  Founder, CEO, Trisect. Previously CEO, North America, Arc Worldwide (a Leo Burnett company).
Tim is a great advisor because he has deep, rich experience and he delivers results. We all know advisors who like to be the smartest person ... in the room, but when they leave we go "ok, but what do I DO now?" Tim is the antithesis of this. He is a man of intelligent and well-focused action, and his track record of delivering results speaks for itself.
Reuben Steiger
We worked together  •  CEO, 8 and Up and Mentor and Venture Advisor, Tigerlabs. Brown grad.
Tim knows everyone is online media. He's old-school (meaning he earned the grey hairs the hard way), connected, trust-worthy and connected ... as hell. Strong vouch.
Jonathon Shaevitz
They're my advisor: Upfront Digital Media
Tim has a great sense of the market and its complex dynamics. As a past operator, he he tremendous credibility with the management team. A ... dditionally, Tim has an extraordinary network and is has shown his willingness to appropriately leverage his relationships for he companies he advises.
Tom Burgess
They're my advisor: Linkable Networks  •  CEO, Linkable Networks, Inc.. Previously EIR, Battery Ventures.
Tim is a dynamic, experienced and well connected media exec that understands disruptive technology and the challenges faced by entrepreneurs ... .
Jay Hoffmann
They're my friends  •  Cofounder, Rocketmiles. Previously VP/GM, New Business, Groupon. Stanford GSB grad. Northwestern grad.
Tim has been a tremendous source of advice as we've launched Rocket. He has a unique ability to open the hood and turbocharge digital media ... , customer acquisition and brand vision.
They're my advisor: other
Very accessible. Very good piecing information together. Very good at giving constructive feedback. Very enthusiastic. Very willing to help ... in any way he can. (please note that Tim's been an advisor to my company for less than a month at this point)
Jim Vitek
They're my advisor: other  •  Entrepreneurial food technology exec (QuikOrder, Domino's), POS, eCommerce, Mobile-AppKey, MBA+Developer hybrid
Tim is highly engaged in the market and always on the lookout for emerging trends relevant to my company. He is knowledgable, connected, ava ... ilable, and willing to help however he can.
Richard Mandeberg
They're my advisor: GroundCntrl  •  CEO and Co-Founder, bnocular. Previously EVP Business Development and Strategic Alliances, University of Michigan grad.
ability to network, and rolladex. Listen to the changing needs of an entrepreneur. Conceptualize strategic changes and "pivots" that come wi ... th any new business.
Tom Tercek
We worked together  •  VP, Digital Products, The Madison Square Garden Company and Board of Advisors, HealthiNation. Carnegie Mellon grad.
Tim is an informed, diligent advisor to those seeking guidance and input into the world of advertising/sponsorship models for digital produc ... ts and services. Use him and learn.
M. Ellen Dudar
They're my advisor: other  •  Chief Product Officer, Co-Founder, FourthWall Media. Previously System Performance Group, Oracle; software development, Lockheed.
Tim's experience provided a unique vantage point as he counseled many entrepreneurial companies in the delivery of innovations to large adve ... rtising and media conglomerates. His in-depth understanding of business interests across the media ecosystem during a period of rapid change allows him to deliver valuable strategic insights to startups. Tim is incredibly knowledgable, and working with him is a true pleasure.
Debby Ruth
They're my advisor: other
Holistic insights that converge across industries. He sees important trends before most others.
Sally Hubbard
They're my advisor: other  •  Vice President, Senior Antitrust Correspondent, The Capitol Forum and Co-founder,
Tim is adept at forecasting the evolution of media and technology and seeing trends before they happen. He has a unique ability to synthesi ... ze the complex relationships among a multitude of industry players with changing dynamics, resulting in a big picture overview full of big ideas. Tim has a strong mentoring instinct and is a natural teacher.
Amy Millman
They're my advisor: other  •  Advisory Board Member, Dell EIR Advisory Board and Advisory Board, Enterprising Women Magazine. Carnegie Mellon grad.
Tim is an influential thought leader and solutions guy with expertise in the convergence between advertising, marketing and digital technolo ... gy. He has a keen eye for identifying new trends that will drive entrepreneurial innovation and has the contacts to help guide entrepreneurs to successful campaigns and exits. He brings his clients 20+ years of rich relationships, strategy, and innovation in marketing, advertising and business development. Tim is a sought after advisor to many of our Springboard companies and we are fortunate to list him as one of our key advisors.
Duane Varan
We worked together  •  Chief Research Officer - Disney Media & Advertising Lab (US), Disney Media & Advertising Lab. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Tim is great at bringing together all the right ingredients to forging the 'right' deal. He has solid command of the media/advertising valu ... e chain and is able to frame this around the demands of venture capital. Few can bring all of these elements together.
Mark Achler
They're my friends  •  Adjunct Professor, Lecturer of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and Partner, StrategyLab. Purdu
Tim is an industry veteran with a broad scope of knowledge of the digital world. He has his pulse on what is happening way before any of us ... . He's a wonderful mentor, advisor and investor and I strongly recommend him.
Chris Redlitz
They're my advisor: other  •  Managing Partner, KickLabs and Founder, The Last Mile.
Tim has a deep background in media, advertising, and technology. He has tremendous insight into the evolving digital marketplace. He is inte ... nse and focused, but loves a glass of Cabernet, now and then...
Brian Wieser
We worked together  •  Sr. Research Analyst, Pivotal Research Group. Previously CMO, Simulmedia. The University of British Columbia grad.
Beyond having been a practitioner, Tim is a very thoughtful observer of the industry providing a nuanced view of its direction and trajector ... y
David Del Beccaro
We worked together
He has a lot of experience from many angles in media. Understand the business from many perspectives. Good listener so his judgment is ver ... y well rounder. Very easy to work with.
Ashley J. Swartz
We worked together  •  Founder, Furious-Minds, Furious-Minds. Previously SVP Marketing, iTV Practice Lead, Digitas.
Tim is a great, hands on advisor that brings a realistic perspective of what it takes to build a sustainable business model in media, mobile ... and advertising. He is a collaborative, honest and accessible person.
Ken Willner
They're my advisor: Zumobi  •  CEO, Zumobi. Previously Vice President of Marketing, Mixxer.
Good listener, applies his vast knowledge to specific problems in creative ways. Good connector in the digital ecosystem as well.
Richy Glassberg
They're my advisor: Medialets  •  COO, Medialets. Previously COO, MedHelp. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grad.
I have worked with Tim for almost 15+ years. He is one of the most outstanding agency/entrepreneur/marketing/new business/strategy/advisors ... I have known in the last 28 years. He is loyal, brilliant, trustworthy, confidential and steadfast. I would recommend him to anyone.
Dan Simpkins
They're my advisor: Hillcrest Labs  •  CEO, Hillcrest Laboratories. Previously SVP - GM, Tellabs. Cornell grad. Cornell grad.
Tim is passionate about the companies that he advises. He has deep expertise and he works hard to apply it. He also uses his network effec ... tively to help the entrepreneurs he takes under his wing.
Jeanne Houweling
They're my advisor: AdFin  •  Co-Founder and CEO, AdFin. Previously Chief Revenue Officer, PubMatic. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
Tim is thoughtful in his approach and feedback. He is very well connected on many levels across media. He understands strategy and well as ... fundraising. He makes himself accessible to me and my team and offers useful advice and powerful connections and recommendations.
Yves Pitton
They're my advisor: other  •  Experienced, hands-on and impact-oriented senior executive with extensive international experience and passion for innovation and growth
Tim has been for me a great and valuable advisor, with both a deep digital industry expertise and extensive strategic thinker capabilities. ... Great guy and solid outcomes.
Rishad Tobaccowala
We worked together  •  Chair Digitas LBi and Razorfish, Publicis Groupe and Chairman, The Tobaccowala Foundation. University of Chicago grad.
Tim combines an encyclopedic knowledge of media landscape, a nose for disruption and disruptive companies and a large network.
Rick Mandler
We worked together  •  VP, Digital Media Advertising, ABC Television and VP Digital Media Advertising, ABC Television Network Sales.
A great sense of the media/advertising ecosystem. An approachable and thoughtful demeanor. A willingness to step back and think about issu ... es, rather than just react.
Seth Haberman
They're my investor  •  CEO, Visible World and President, Visible World. Columbia University in the City of New York grad.
Tim knows everything and everybody.
Lori Salow Marshall
They're my advisor: Byndl  •  Principal, Consultant / Independent. Previously President, Avanti Markets. Georgetown grad.
Aside from being highly intelligent, Tim is resourceful and creative in his counsel. In capturing support from outside resources, Tim is a ... dogged supporter of his start-ups and persistent in gaining external resources and input to guide/drive their success. Blunt, funny and clever, Tim does not hold back and is incredibly engaged. Unlike many advisors, I believe Tim is always thinking of his start-ups, looking at angles to share knowledge or drive support for them. I recommend him very highly.
Sarah Fay
Managing Director, Partner, Glasswing Ventures. We specialize in Series A funding of AI related start ups
Tim is highly connected and knowledgeable about the entire ad-tech ecosystem, whether. He poses the triple threat with agency, VC and entre ... preneurial experience. If you want to know if you have a winner, talk to Tim. And if you want to win, work with him!.
Jim Lucas
We worked together  •  EVP, Global Insight & Strategy, Anthem/Schawk. Previously Adjunct Faculty, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Absolutely! Only wish I possessed all his strengths!
Richard Mandeberg
We worked together  •  CEO and Co-Founder, bnocular. Previously EVP Business Development and Strategic Alliances, University of Michigan grad.
Has lived with startups and venture capital for decades. Experienced and thoughtful. Wonderful advisor.

Channing Dawson
We worked together  •  Senior Advisor, Scripps Networks Interactive and President, Channing Media.
Channing is the ultimate visionary in the realms of content, television, and interactive/digital communications. He understand the media bu ... siness inside and out - and is a genuine champion of new and improved approaches to creating, distributing and enhancing the consumption of content and commerce. A better advisor you will not find.

Dennis Roche
They're my school  •  President, Access Sports Media. Previously President, Zoom Media. Georgetown grad.
already is - and has been for many years within the not-always-progressive-thinking media industry

Dennis Roche
They're my school  •  President, Access Sports Media. Previously President, Zoom Media. Georgetown grad.
Dennis is the quintessential "pragmatic entrepreneur" in the media space - a deft balance of innovative thinking and practical operational e ... xperience. He's straightforward, analytical, fiercely smart, and, importantly, a delight to work with.

Jonathon Shaevitz
They're my advisor  •  Founder and CEO, Shoulder Tap Advisors. Wharton grad. University of Michigan grad.
great sense of the market, dynamics of the players, keen balance between strategy and practicality, and confidence with ambiguity!

Sarah Fay
They're my friends  •  Managing Director, Partner, Glasswing Ventures. We specialize in Series A funding of AI related start ups
Sarah has an extraordinary background in digital media/marketing across big agencies, small startups, and just about everything in-between. ... Smart, savvy, and insightful - to say the least!