|Locations of interest|
Urbanspoon, Qwiki, Klout, Fwix, Flipboard
Frustrating- always feel like not moving fast enough
Rewarding- chemistry, execution speed
Worrying too much about perfection, not iterating quickly enough. Also recognizing that the DNA of the company is set early so plug faults and do not be penny wise but pound foolish with equity grants.
Always fund great teams (vs. great markets). Great teams are hungry, irrationally exuberant, but at least a little self-aware. Have at least one core unique skill set that is exceptional (developer driven product, UX for new devices, brand stewardship/launch community/betas).
Senior Vice President of Publishing, CityGrid Media
Kara Nortman is the Senior Vice President of Publishing for CityGrid Media, an IAC owned online media company that connects web and mobile publishers with local advertising organizations by linking them through CityGrid®, its local content and advertising network. In this role, Ms. Nortman is responsible for overseeing the publisher side of the CityGrid Media’s owned properties, which include consumer sites, Citysearch, Insider Pages and Urbanspoon. In addition, Ms. Nortman is responsible for charting the growth of new content for the CityGrid® network, which includes partner sites such as Bing, YP.com and more.
Previously, Ms. Nortman served as Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions for IAC where she oversaw a number of IAC’s recent moves in the local space including the acquisitions of InsiderPages and Urbanspoon. Prior to IAC, Ms. Nortman worked for Battery Ventures were she focused on investments in the Internet, communications and new media sectors. At Battery Ventures, Ms. Nortman was involved in the development of Synaptic Digital, The Loan Page (acquired by HouseValues), EnvoyWorldWide (acquired by PAR3 Communications), Kashya (acquired by EMC), and Cbeyond Communications (Nasdaq: CBEY).
Ms. Nortman has also held positions at Microsoft and Morgan Stanley. Ms. Nortman holds a BA in political science from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Past Speaking Experience:
March, 2011 – GeoSocial Conference - The social-loco SMB (Upcoming)
Feb, 2011 – Digiday Mobile – Mobile App Showcase: What is a Good App?
December, 2010 – BIA/Kelsey - Interactive Local Media Conference - The Big Money in Local
July, 2010 – TechCrunch’s Social Currency Event – Check-ins, Coupons and Commerce
May, 2010 – Digital Hollywood – Smart Phones – Smart Consumers – Location-Based Real –Time Marketing
March, 2010 – O’Reilly Webcast – Where 2.0 Preview
March, 2010 – Digiday:Social - The Mobile-Social Connection
December 2009 - BIA/Kelsey - interactive Local Media Conference - Social Local Search Panel
November 2007 – BIA/Kelsey – Interactive Local Media Conference - Investing in Local
July 2007 – AlwaysOn Summit - Panel
June 2007 – Web 2.0 NYC – The Web 2.0 Way of Doing Business
June 2007 - WidgetCon2007 – Keynote session
May 2007 - NEVCA - Sector Focus Breakfast Consumer Internet - Alive and Well on the East Coast
October 2006 - Local Ad World - Web 2.0 meets local search?
April, 2006 - FundingPost event - Perfect Venture Conference
Feb 21, 2011 – BrandWeek – The Customer Review Learns Shorthand
Feb 4, 2011 – BtoC Marketer - Local Businesses, Listen Up: A New Kind of Shorthand is Taking Over