Managing Director, Lerer Hippeau Ventures
Eric Hippeau, Managing Director at , has successfully transitioned from publishing to investing. He worked at International Data Group as publisher of InfoWorld Magazine until 1989, when he joined Ziff-Davis and became publisher of PC Magazine.
Hippeau took over the company in 1994 after the Ziff family decided to sell, and continued running Ziff, even after it was acquired by SoftBank Capital in 1995, until it was sold in 2000. A native Frenchman, Hippeau established and globally expanded the international private equity funds at SoftBank Capital, where his language skills (French, Portuguese, English and some Spanish) came in handy.
Hippeau left SoftBank in 2006 after becoming one of the first businessmen to invest in The Huffington Post, where he became a board member, and then CEO. After The HuffPo was sold to AOL in 2011, Hippeau joined the Post’s co-founder, Ken Lerer, in his startup investment firm. He typically invests in 30 startups at $200,000 a year.
Selected Investments/Boards: Starwood Hotels, The Huffington Post, Thumbplay, Yahoo, RebelMouse, and Buddy Media.
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