Austin Murray (CEO)
Austin joined Zowdow as CEO in January 2016. Austin is a technology entrepreneur best known for founding two iconic mobile technology companies that helped create new markets. In March 2000, Austin founded JAMDAT Mobile, a mobile game publisher that completed its IPO in 2004 and was acquired by Electronic Arts for $680MM in 2006. In 2007, Austin founded textPlus, a pioneer of OTT communications that provides free, ad-supported mobile telecom services to millions of subscribers. Austin holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from UCLA School of Law, and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.
Bill Gross (Chairman) – Idealab
Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996. Bill is a lifelong entrepreneur, starting his first solar business in high school. After graduating from California Institute of Technology, Mr. Gross started GNP Development, Inc., which made a natural language product for Lotus 1-2-3 called HAL. In 1985, Lotus Development Corporation acquired GNP. In 1991, Mr. Gross started Knowledge Adventure, an educational software publisher that was eventually sold to Havas/Vivendi. Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of California Institute of Technology and the Art Center College of Design. Mr. Gross received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.
Jim Armstrong – March Capital Partners
A successful and experienced early stage venture investor in enterprise and consumer technology, Jim Armstrong has established himself as a leading investor based in Southern California. Jim has 19 years of technology investment experience, and has generated multiple large exits through IPOs or mergers and acquisitions from companies he either incubated or participated in as the first institutional investor.
Allen Morgan – Idealab
Allen Morgan has served as an Idealab Director since May 2008. Allen has spent 30 years counseling entrepreneurs throughout the startup process. Between 1999 and 2011, he served as a Managing Director at Mayfield, and before that he was a partner at Latham & Watkins and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Mr. Morgan earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, a second bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Oxford University (Christ Church) and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.