Ariel Poler

Entrepreneur, Mentor & Investor, Best of Angel
San Francisco, CA, United States

About Ariel


Ariel has been an Internet entrepreneur and investor since 1994. He was the founder and CEO of IPRO, the first web analytics company. Ariel was founder and CEO of Topica, an early email community. Ariel was founding board member of Kana Software, a pioneering provider of CRM solutions; Chairman of LinkExchange (acquired by Microsoft's); Chairman of StumbleUpon (acquired by EBay) and board member of Silicon Investor. Ariel currently serves on the board of directors of Freedom Financial, a provider of consumer debt resolution and lead generation services, and Strava, the leading virtual community for cyclist and runners. Ariel’s angel investments include Flixster, AdMob, NexTag, VivaReal, Thumbtack, Thync, Kongregate, Optimizely, Brightroll, Instructables and SlideShare. Ariel holds a B.S. in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University.

Ariel is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three sons, and spends most of his free time kitefoiling and standup-paddling.


English, Spanish

TED Conferences

TED2016, TED2015, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011

Areas of Expertise

Start-ups , Kitesurfing, parenting


Stanford University, MIT

Talk to me about

Making movies (I am working on one). Riding waves (both real and virtual). Supporting young entrepreneurs working on high impact projects.

People don't know I'm good at

Making espresso

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Ariel Poler
Posted over 3 years ago
If you could make a wish on behalf of The City 2.0, what would it be?
I wish that the City 2.0 took "social networks" back to the physical world. The city of the future should be a community of communities. Neighbors should know each other - and interact with one another. Residents of cities who share interests and other common traits should be able to easily find one another - and get to know one another. Technology can obviously play a key role in making this happen, but at the end of the day cities should be about the people who live in them and the interactions that they have together.