In our webinar on Thursday 23 September, we explored how the transition to subscription services will carry on as entrepreneurs continue to roll out valuable offerings to help consumers improve their everyday lives.
Hosted by GP Bullhound's San Francisco-based Executive Director Eric Crowley, in this webinar we took an in-depth look into into CSS companies and their business models. We were joined by Jakob Brøgger-Mikkelsen, Founder & CEO of Reflectly; Taylor Nieman, Co-founder & CEO of Toucan, and Trip Adler, Co-founder & CEO of Scribd for a discussion about latest consumer trends and what we can expect of high-performing, leading CSS companies in the coming months.
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Trip Adler is CEO and Co-founder of Scribd (scribd.com). Inspired by trying to help his father publish a
medical paper, Trip started Scribd in 2007 with a simple observation that even with the rapid increase of blogs and other self-publishing tools, there was no easy way for people to publish to a readership of millions. Prior to co-founding Scribd, the Harvard-educated entrepreneur tested the waters with a ridesharing service, Craiglist service for colleges, an informational call center, and a social media site. Trip graduated from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with a major in Physics. Trip Adler was named to TIME’s list of tech pioneers of 2010, Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of best entrepreneurs, and Forbes 30 Under 30. In his spare time, Trip loves to surf and also plays the saxophone. In fact, in 2007, Trip earned Scribd’s first revenue — $17 — by playing the saxophone outside the office during the Christmas holiday.
Jakob is the Founder & CEO of Danish mental health app Reflectly (reflectly.app).
Eric is a Director at GP Bullhound, focusing primarily on M&A, Capital Raises and Advisory transactions.
Prior to GP Bullhound, Eric served as an executive at a software start-up where he focused on financial management and driving growth. In addition, Eric worked at Lazard and Antares Capital focusing on middle market transactions, completing over $2 billion of transactions during his time there.
In addition to his CPA, Eric has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. degree from Xavier University.
Taylor Nieman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Toucan (jointoucan.com), a platform that helps people learn new things as they go about their day browsing the web. Right now, Toucan will teach new languages, such as Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and German. Within a year, Toucan raised close to $3 million from Investors including Wonder Ventures, GSV, and Golden Ventures. Prior to building Toucan, Taylor joined many notable startups and helped scale them from Seed to Series B, including Headspace and Fair. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Taylor is a graduate of Cornell University.