Executives

Court Cunningham

Court Cunningham

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of Yodle, Court oversees the overall strategy and direction of the business. Court joined Yodle as CEO, and also as a member of the board of directors, in 2007 when the company had under 15 employees and fewer than 250 customers. Today, Yodle has over 1,300 employees, 50,000+ local business customers and five offices across the United States.

Prior to joining Yodle, Court held the position of COO at Community Connect, a niche social networking company, where he led consumer marketing, product development and business development efforts. Prior to Community Connect, Court served as SVP & General Manager of the Marketing Automation group at DoubleClick, where he built DARTmail into a $60 million industry leading email marketing solution that was sold to Epsilon in 2005.

Court received a B.A. in English from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Court is also the co-author of Local Online Advertising for Dummies, the first ever comprehensive book covering online advertising for local businesses.


Q & A

Q: What's your favorite buzzword?
A: Favorites to mock: leverage, resources, outside the box. Favorites to use: accountability, 80/20.

Q: What's your nerdiest habit?
A: Reading The Economist cover to cover weekly.

Paul Bascobert

Paul Bascobert

President of Local

As President of Local, Paul oversees all aspects of Yodle's sales, client services and marketing for local businesses. Paul has a proven 20 year track record in successfully building businesses in the media, technology and marketing services spaces.

Prior to joining Yodle, Paul was President of Bloomberg Businessweek and Chief Operating Officer of Bloomberg Media. Paul re-launched Bloomberg Businessweek to critical acclaim resulting in an increase in market share for the publication. He also transformed Bloomberg's media assets into a thriving business enterprise. Previously, Paul was with Dow Jones & Co., first as Senior Vice President of Operations and then as Chief Marketing Officer, where he streamlined business operations, introduced new revenue generating innovations and revitalized P&L growth. Before that, Paul was Executive Vice President of Braun Consulting leading its Media and Telecom practice, which he joined following a merger with Vertex Partners, a marketing and technology services company that he co-founded four years earlier.

Paul received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Q & A

Q: What's your favorite buzzword?
A: Strategy, the most overused and least understood term in business.

Q: What's your nerdiest habit?
A: Re-reading my college textbooks to see what I slept through.

 

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Yodle, Michael is responsible for the strategic and operational management of all aspects of finance and business operations, business development and our reseller programs, corporate development and legal affairs.

Prior to joining Yodle, Michael was a Managing Director in the Media and Telecom investment banking group at Merrill Lynch, where he advised clients on mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising transactions. Previously, Michael worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble. He is also on the Board of Directors of Share Our Strength, one of the nation's leading anti-hunger organizations.

Michael received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Q & A

Q: What's your favorite buzzword?
A: Strategery.

Q: What's your nerdiest habit?
A: I carry my HP 12c calculator everywhere I go.

Eric Raab

Eric Raab

Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer at Yodle, Eric is responsible for all of the company's key technology initiatives. Eric is a technology executive with over 25 years of experience in telecommunications, software, and networks.

Prior to joining Yodle, he was CTO at M5 Networks, the hosted VoIP company that was acquired by Shoretel in 2012. Previously Eric had a significant tenure as CTO and VP of Engineering for Epana Networks where he was responsible for the company's extensive network engineering and software development organizations. Other notable positions that Eric has held include serving as CEO of AIG Telecom, the first established trading desk for wholesale telephone minutes, and a CTO role at IDT Corporation, a telecommunications carrier based in Newark, New Jersey. Earlier in his career, Eric developed atomic, optical and computer technologies for AT&T Bell Labs.

Eric received a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Columbia University, and earned his Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics from MIT. Eric has also authored numerous articles in technical journals and is the listed inventor on two telecommunications patents.


Q & A

Q: What's your favorite buzzword?
A: Agile.

Q: What's your nerdiest habit?
A: I carry a high-powered LED flashlight in my coat pocket at all times.

Dafna Sarnoff

Dafna Sarnoff

Head of Consumer and Product Marketing

As Head of Consumer and Product Marketing, Dafna is responsible for optimizing marketing efforts for Yodle’s 50,000+ local business clients to enable them to maximize customer acquisition and retention.

Prior to joining Yodle, Dafna spent ten years in multiple roles in both Small Business and Consumer Marketing at American Express. Most recently, she was a member of the executive team and led the Customer Acquisition group for OPEN, the small business network from American Express. Dafna was also part of the team that launched Air Miles, a startup in Boston providing customer loyalty programs for consumer and packaged goods companies. She began her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Boston.

Dafna holds an A.B. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Q & A

Q: What's your favorite buzzword?
A: Thought leadership.

Q: What's your nerdiest habit?
A: Cracking math jokes with the data scientists.

Vasanth Williams

Vasanth Williams

Head of Local Product

As Head of Local Product, Vasanth is responsible for Yodle’s strategy and execution for Local product lines including its marketing automation platform and ads product among others. In this role, Vasanth oversees the Product Management and User Experience (UX) functions.

Prior to joining Yodle, Vasanth was at Microsoft as head of product for Atlas (formerly aQuantive) where he led its sale to Facebook. Previously, Vasanth worked in various technology companies including aQuantive in different product and technology leadership roles.

Vasanth holds a Masters in Computer Science from Oregon State University and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he graduated as a Fuqua Scholar.


Q & A

Q: What's your favorite buzzword?
A: Disruptive.

Q: What's your nerdiest habit?
A: Watching history documentaries.

John Berkowitz

John Berkowitz

Co-Founder, Vice President of Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development, John is responsible for the growth of Yodle's distribution and advertising network. John also leads Yodle’s efforts to identify businesses that can help further improve its products and operational efficiency.

John has played a crucial role at Yodle since helping to co-found the company in 2005. Prior to his current position, John most recently served as Head of Business Development/Strategy of Yodle for Brand Networks where he led a team that was responsible for increasing the number of franchise, dealer/manufacturer and multi-location networks that are using Yodle's marketing automation solutions.

John also serves on the board of CASA of Travis County, a children's advocacy organization in Austin, TX, and sits on the board of several young companies as an entrepreneurial advisor.

John has a B.A. in International Business from George Washington University.


Q & A

Q: What's your favorite buzzword?
A: Game changer.

Q: What's your nerdiest habit?
A: White board sessions for anything and everything, even family planning with my six-year-old sons.

Board of Directors

Michael Adler

CFO of SquareTrade

Michael ("Mike") Adler is an experienced senior executive, with diverse experience across finance, operations, M&A, corporate restructurings, and strategic planning for technology/media companies. His career includes senior executive and board positions with large, complex multi-national and publicly traded companies as well as a number of early stage companies. He joined SquareTrade, the top-rated protection plan company, as CFO in November 2012.

Prior to joining SquareTrade, Mike spent nearly six years as Executive Vice President and CFO of Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE), the world's largest online travel company. Before that, Mike held several roles at IAC (NASDAQ:IACI), a leading Internet company, including SVP of Financial Planning and Analysis, where he oversaw a team that monitored and evaluated the performance of numerous business units. While at IAC he also served as the CEO and Chairman of the third party e-commerce platform provider, Styleclick, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBUY). Previously, Mike held senior positions at SchoolSports (now known as ESPN Rise) and Cheyenne Software (AMEX:CYE), an enterprise storage software company.

Earlier in his career, Mike practiced corporate law with Feldman, Waldman & Kline in San Francisco. Mike holds a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Tom Mawhinney

General Partner of Icon Ventures

Tom Mawhinney joined Icon Ventures in 2003 as a General Partner, bringing a 15-year background in the technology industry as both a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur. Tom has a wide range of technology investing experience and brings a passion for helping to scale young, rapidly growing companies. His venture investing capabilities were acknowledged when he was named to the AlwaysOn Venture Capital 100 Power Players in the Cloud and Entrepreneurial Power Player – West lists.

Before joining Icon, Tom was with Canaan Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. He first developed his skills as a technology investor and entrepreneur during the five years he spent with Summit Partners, a venture capital firm managing over $6 billion. As an entrepreneur, Tom co-founded and spent five years as President and COO of North Systems, a venture-backed software company.

At Icon, Tom is on the Board of or actively involved with Awarepoint, Bill.com, Groundwork, Huddle, Ionic Security, KIXEYE, MarketLive, Reputation.com, Teladoc, Voltage Security, Xambala, Yodle and Zephyr Health. Prior Icon investments include 41st Parameter (Experian), Brion Technologies (ASML Holdings NV), ClairMail (Monitise), DATAllegro (Microsoft), Infinera (INFN), PostPath (Cisco Systems) and Solidcore Systems (McAfee).

Tom’s past investments include AmeriPath (PATH), HAHT Commerce (Global eXchange Services), IntelliQuest (IQST), Microbank Software (SunGard Data Systems), Pediatrix Medical Group (PDX), Powerwave Technologies (PWAV) and SteriGenics International (STER).

Tom received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College.

Andreas Stavropoulos

Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson

As Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a leading venture capital firm, Andreas serves on the boards of a number of private companies. His past investments include Mobile 365 (acquired by Sybase) and Centerpost (acquired by West Corp.), with a focus on software (consumer/internet and enterprise infrastructure), mobility and technology-enabled services.

Prior to joining DFJ, Andreas was at McKinsey & Company, where he worked with senior management teams of corporate clients with an emphasis on information technology. Before that, he was a senior analyst at Cornerstone Research, a financial and economic consulting firm that helps resolve complex issues arising in high-profile business litigation.

Andreas is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College with a BS in computer science. He also holds an MS in computer science from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and graduated first in his class.

Rob Stavis

Managing Partner of Bessemer Venture Partners

A Managing Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, Rob focuses on investments in the financial services sector as well as in emerging software technologies. Since joining BVP, Rob has led the firm's investments in and sits on the boards of independent research companies Gerson Lehrman Group and Soleil Securities, CRM software developer Portrait Software (formerly AIT Group, LSE-AIM: PST), financial marketplace Zopa, independently produced video distributor Revver, home network management software provider Pure Networks, and the stock loan focused Broker/Dealer financial services company Quadriserv. Rob was closely involved in BVP's investment in Motilal Oswal Financial Services, an India-based financial services and brokerage company.

Rob entered private equity after a 15-year career at Salomon Smith Barney, where he became co-head of global arbitrage trading. He was a member of Salomon's operating and risk management committees, and chaired the recruiting committee, in addition to managing a $100 billion balance sheet. Rob holds degrees from the Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Management.

Rick Faulk

CEO of Intronis

Rick is CEO of Intronis and has more than 30 years of experience in executive management, sales, and marketing for some of the world's most successful SaaS and technology companies including j2 Global®, Mzinga, Cisco, WebEx, Intranets.com and PictureTel. Prior to Intronis, Rick was General Manager for the Campaigner® brand at j2 Global®. As President & CEO of Mzinga, Rick helped build Mzinga into the market leader providing on-demand social software solutions to major global brands.

Immediately before Mzinga, Rick was Chief Marketing Officer of WebEx Communications and President of WebEx Small Business where he was responsible for the company's worldwide go-to-market and customer acquisition strategies.

Rick holds a BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

David Rubin

Operational Advisor

David was Yodle's head of sales for three years, first as SVP of Sales and then as Chief Revenue Officer. Previously CEO of ProfitFuel, David joined the company as part of Yodle's acquisition of ProfitFuel in May 2011. David has a proven 20 year track record as a successful CEO and sales leader in the technology space.

Prior to ProfitFuel, David was founder and CEO of HomeCity, an online real estate brokerage that pioneered utilizing web-based content to acquire customers. Before founding HomeCity, David served as VP of New Services Development at Intraware, where he led the development of new eMarketplace services for their more than 5000 enterprise customers. Prior to its acquisition by Intraware, as founder and CEO of BITSource, David pioneered the electronic delivery of software volume licensing and was named one of the "50 smartest people in the computer reseller channel" by SmartReseller Magazine.

David also served as the National Sales Director for a Houston-based reseller, Computize, and transformed the company from a regional retailer to one of the nation's 50 largest corporate computer resellers.

Court Cunningham

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of Yodle, Court oversees the overall strategy and direction of the business. Court joined Yodle as CEO, and also as a member of the board of directors, in 2007 when the company had just 10 employees and 200 customers. Today, Yodle has over 1,100 employees, 40,000+ local business customers and five offices across the United States.

Prior to joining Yodle, Court held the position of COO at Community Connect, a niche social networking company, where he led consumer marketing, product development and business development efforts. Prior to Community Connect, Court served as SVP & General Manager of the Marketing Automation group at DoubleClick, where he built DARTmail into a $60 million industry leading email marketing solution that was sold to Epsilon in 2005.

Court received a B.A. in English from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Court is also the co-author of Local Online Advertising for Dummies, the first ever comprehensive book covering online advertising for local businesses.