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.
TED2016, TED2015, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011
Areas of Expertise
Start-ups , Kitesurfing, parenting