Jim Kohlberg and John Eastburn lead Kohlberg Ventures’ investment team, identifying, evaluating and making investments.
Digital Media Partners
Greg Shove and Bill Youstra identify trends, technologies and entrepreneurs in digital media for Kohlberg Ventures. The digital media team has founded companies, sold internet advertising, designed web properties and worked with some of the best entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Silicon Alley.
For over ten years, Jim Kohlberg has been investing in early stage media, entertainment, internet, specialty consumer products and healthcare companies. At Kohlberg Ventures, Mr. Kohlberg leads the investment committee and is a Board member of Open Road Integrated Media. In addition to his role with Kohlberg Ventures, Mr. Kohlberg is chairman of Kohlberg & Company, a leading middle market private equity firm, which he co-founded in 1987. Kohlberg & Company has completed 57 platform investments and over 100 add-on acquisitions of undervalued and/or underperforming companies. Mr. Kohlberg sits on The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) Board of Directors.
Before co-founding Kohlberg Ventures, John Eastburn was a partner in the private equity firm Kohlberg & Company, where he led investments in Nancy’s Specialty Foods, Inc. and Thousand Trails, Inc. and was a member of the Board of BI, Incorporated and AGY Holdings. Before joining Kohlberg & Company in 1997, Mr. Eastburn was a senior executive in entertainment, manufacturing and retailing companies. In entertainment, Mr. Eastburn was an executive at Crystal Dynamics, a video game publisher; Vestron, a feature film and video producer; Columbia Pictures, a feature film producer and CBS, a broadcaster and television network. Mr. Eastburn’s manufacturing experience includes Scovill Fasteners, a manufacturer of buttons, snaps and zippers, where he was president and chief executive officer.
Greg Shove is a digital media partner and advisor to the firm. He is the founder and CEO of SocialChorus, one of our portfolio companies. Prior to launching SocialChorus, Greg was an active private and public company investor. From 1996 to 2000, Greg was an executive at America Online, overseeing more than $600 million in annual e-commerce and media revenue. Prior to that, he co-founded 2Market, an online shopping start-up that was acquired by AOL. In the past, he has worked at Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems and Digital Equipment. He is a Sloan Fellow from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Bill Youstra focuses on mobile commerce and media, both as a Venture Partner for Kohlberg Ventures and as an independent advisor to early stage companies. Most recently he was SVP of Marketing & Business Development for Revel Touch, a tablet e-commerce pioneer, where he helped shape the company’s early strategy, secure funding and build out business operations.
Past operating & consulting roles include SocialChorus, thefind.com, there.com, Pixo and AOL, where he oversaw network-level programming & promotions, subscriber relations, email, search, software UX and other areas with over 5bn monthly impressions and $750m annual contribution.
Bill holds an MBA from Stanford University, where he contributed to the best-selling book “Built to Last” by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. He also holds an MA in Education from Stanford and B.A. Film, B.S. Computer Science and B. A. Marketing from the University of Maryland. He lives with his wife and four boys in Portola Valley, CA.