Laurel Touby is an entrepreneur, advisor and investor.
Laurel Touby founded mediabistro.com, a website that revolutionized the way people in the media industry do business, connect and communicate. During her time as CEO, she pulled the company through two recessions, pivoted, managed growth with minimal resources and developed audience via guerrilla and social marketing (before that term existed). Users subscribe to mediabistro’s many services, which include online education, employment classifieds, conferences (offline), events (offline), forums, and industry-specific blogs, such as the popular TVNewser. Following the sale of the company for $23 mm to Jupitermedia, Laurel remained with the company through June, 2011.
Laurel began investing in seed-stage startups, including: AdYapper, Appboy, Apploi, Buddie, Clef, CreativeWorx, Fashion GPS, Learn Immersive and Pivit. Laurel is active as a public speaker and hosted “Secrets of Successful Startups“ on CBS Interactive. Past episodes of the show can be found here: http://bit.ly/CBSLTouby.
An inveterate connector, Laurel touches the entrepreneurial community in various ways, including via her monthly co-hosted Cereal Entrepreneurs breakfast, Supernode Ventures meetings and Startup Digital Dinners. She lives in a loft in Silicon Alley and is married to Jon Fine, Author of “Your Band Sucks” and Executive Editor of Inc. Magazine.
Jenny is co-founder and Managing Partner of Supernode Ventures.
She joined from Eniac Ventures, where she focused primarily on early stage investments in mobile first technology including enterprise and consumer facing applications and platforms in addition to devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, drones, robots, and IoT. Prior to Eniac, Jenny spent time in an operational role at Minibar Delivery, an e-commerce startup, focusing on data analytics and business development. She worked as a financial professional at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Management Division.
Jenny graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Business School. She is a member of Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Alumni Association. Jenny was born and raised in New York City.