LinkedIn Co-Founder Konstantin Guericke and Startup Guru Geoff Entress Join WhitePages Board
With over 40 million monthly unique visitors who conduct more than 2 billion people and business searches each year, WhitePages today announced that LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Guericke and startup guru Geoff Entress have joined its board. Building off of a growing investment in big data technology and content, WhitePages will look to guidance from Konstantin and Geoff as the company continues to leverage its proprietary database to build useful web and mobile applications.
"We've excelled at finding compelling ways to present our data to end users whether it's through helping people connect with other people, their local business or even to identify who is calling them," said WhitePages' founder and CEO Alex Algard. "As the people data revolution continues to evolve, both Konstantin and Geoff have the experience and skill set to help us continue to lead the market as we develop new avenues to Engage consumers and businesses."
LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Guericke is a highly successful entrepreneur with a passion for exploring the intersection of psychology, sociology and computing. Konstantin, a venture partner at Earlybird Venture Capital and mentor to Stanford student entrepreneurs, serves on the boards of Doximity, Accolo and StartX. Prior to Earlybird, he was CEO of jaxtr, a social communications start-up with over ten million registered users that was purchased by SabSe Technologies in 2009. Before jaxtr, Konstantin co-founded LinkedIn and as vice president of marketing led the company's marketing activities from launch to the first six million members and profitability. Konstantin graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. and M.S. in engineering.
Geoff Entress serves as a Venture Partner with Voyager Capital and focuses on information technology investments in the Pacific Northwest. A former venture partner with Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm, Geoff is a current investor in over fifty private companies in the Pacific Northwest including Walk Score and Context Relevant, who have both built successful businesses on top of big data. He is a current board member of ten companies, including Big Fish Games, Banyan Branch, Bonanza, Walk Score, LiquidPlanner and now WhitePages. A former securities lawyer and financial analyst, Geoff has held positions at Perkins Coie, Salomon Brothers and Duquesne Capital Management, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Notre Dame.
With contact information for over 200 million people and 30 million businesses in the U.S., WhitePages' comprehensive database of contact information powers WhitePages.com, a top 40 website, as well as wildly popular and highly rated consumer apps that have been downloaded more than 30 million times. WhitePages' newest mobile application, Current Caller ID, was named as one of Time Magazine's 2012 top 10 apps of the year. In addition, the company recently introduced WhitePages PRO, which provides enterprise businesses with access to WhitePages' intelligent contact data for a 360 degree view of their customers to improve call center efficiencies, validate online purchasers to predict and prevent fraud, and enrich contact records to strengthen customer interactions.