DealBook - Cycling Matches the Pace and Pitches of Tech

The tech industry relies heavily on relationships and connecting with people. Like golf, cycling is a great way for investors and executives to socialize and strike deals. Our own Ali Behnam has been riding for work and fun for 17 years and shares why cycling is his networking activity of choice.

(DealBook) Cycling Matches the Pace and Pitches of Tech

Thinking he needed to take up a “California sport,” Greg Gretsch started cycling in 1988, when he moved to the Bay Area to work in marketing at Apple after graduating from the University of Georgia. He bought a 10-speed road bike and joined a group of other Apple employees for a standing noon ride.

“I think I went four miles before I got dropped,” he said, a reference to being left behind by faster riders.

Today, Mr. Gretsch, 49, is a founding partner with San Francisco-based Jackson Square Ventures, which makes early-stage investments in fledgling companies, including a social network and performance-tracking app for athletes call Strava. He rides an average of five days a week on paved roads in the Bay Area and on trails near his second home near Lake Tahoe. Cycling is primarily for exercise and escape, he said, but it has also been good for his career.

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Riviera Hires Tech Entrepreneur Will Hunsinger as COO

We would like to formally welcome Will Hunsinger to our team! Will has joined forces with Majed Itani, our fearless VP of Engineering, Tammy Wang, our exceptionally talented VP of Data Science and Analytics. Together, they and our rockstar team of engineers and data scientists will continue our mission to leverage data and machine learning to make hiring and recruiting more efficient.

(GlobeNewswire) Riviera Hires Tech Entrepreneur Will Hunsinger as COO

Hunsinger Joins Forces with Recently Appointed VP of Data Science and Analytics to Redefine Recruiting Industry

San Francisco, CA, August 10, 2016 -- Riviera, a tech-enabled recruiting firm providing services to tech companies seeking the best engineering talent, has announced the appointment of Will Hunsinger as chief operating officer. An experienced entrepreneur who has co-founded and held the title of CEO at several startups, Hunsinger is expressly qualified to assist Riviera with its mission to redefine the recruiting industry using technology and data science.

Prior to joining Riviera, Hunsinger was digital practice director for private equity fund TPG Growth, the growth platform of TPG Capital. Prior to TPG, Hunsinger was Chairman, CEO and co-founder of SportsStream (acquired by Facebook), served as CEO and President of Vulcan Ventures-backed Evri and also served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the Seattle-based, consumer-focused venture capital firm, Maveron. He previously held senior positions at Gap, Inc., Overture (acquired by Yahoo!) and Accenture. Hunsinger currently serves on the Board of Directors of Adknowledge and Parnell Veterinary Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: PARN).

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