A veteran media industry executive, Ron Bloom is the visionary CEO and business leader behind the founding of PodShow. Ron is ultimately responsible for PodShow's business units, team building, operations, financing and hyper-growth. Bloom was the chief strategist in securing PodShow's elite private investors, including venture firms Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital and Sherpalo Ventures. Bloom is often referenced as the author of the media industry's "5/50" rule and Fart's Law of consumer technology adoption.
Ron Bloom is a former Chairman and Chief Executive Office of THINK New Ideas, a company he founded with PodShow co founder Adam Curry. He helped to build the Company to over 500 employees working out of 8 offices in the US and abroad, driving revenues from a start-up to approaching $100 million in less than three years. He led the company through venture rounds, an IPO, multiple acquisitions, a private placement of public equity, and, eventually the sale of the company f...
Ray Lane is General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, focused on helping entrepreneurs with technological and market insight, organizational development, team building, selling, and managing growth. Since joining KPCB, Ray has sponsored several investments for the firm aimed at improving enterprise productivity. He sits on the boards of Elance, Metamatrix, Visible Path, Xsigo Systems, SpikeSource and PodShow. He also serves on one public board, Quest Software.
Before joining KPCB, Ray was President and Chief Operating Officer of Oracle Corporation, the second-largest software company in the world and the leading enterprise software and services company. During his eight-year tenure, Oracle exhibited phenomenal sales growth, from approximately $1 billion in 1992 to its current annual revenue of $10 billion. Ray led Oracle's business expansion beyond its core database technology into enterprise applications and professional services.
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VC Ray Lane talks about why he chose to invest in Bloom's company stressing his belief in Bloom's vision for the podcasting industry. For Bloom, it was about finding a VC who knew what was going on in the industry and could be counted on to make the right decisions not only as an investor but also as a mentor.