Benjamin Grubbs - Founder

Had there been YouTube in the early-90s, Benjamin would have been a YouTuber. He pursued his passion for media and journalism starting at the age of 12 by producing a television show on a San Francisco Bay Area cable access network, and spent his teenage years appearing on KNBR radio with high school sports reports, being published in the Alameda Newspaper Group's newspapers, including the Oakland Tribune, and interning for two years as a production assistant for a live high school sports television show on KICU.  

While attending Syracuse University, Benjamin continued his journalism pursuits as a news reporter for WAER radio, and as the east coast editor of a magazine startup affiliated with the Screen Actors Guild. He also conceived, financed and executive produced a pilot television show focused on the food, beverage and hospitality industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

A summer internship with Yahoo! brought Benjamin to Singapore in 2000. He returned in January 2001 to lead the newly formed business unit focused on growing Yahoo! Broadcast in Southeast Asia, which was at the time the world's leading online video company. eBay recruited Benjamin in 2004 to lead its marketing unit in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, and help grow the world's leading e-commerce company at the time into new markets. After relocating to Hong Kong with eBay, Benjamin was recruited by Turner Broadcasting to lead its newly formed interactive media business unit, and oversee its investments and product development in online games and digital services, and how it incubated new IP online.

 

Google recruited Benjamin in 2012 to be its first regional marketing lead for the YouTube platform that focused on creator marketing. In 2013, Benjamin created the live event program YouTube FanFest, and later was on the founding team of YouTube Kids, where he executive produced a handful of original series for the product's launch, including the Emmy award winning series Fruit Ninja Frenzy Force. Content and brand programs that Benjamin has executive produced have over 2.4 billion lifetime views on YouTube. 

In 2015, Benjamin relocated his family to Los Angeles to become YouTube's global director of top creator partnerships. His global team managed over $100 million in investments into creators to grow their business on and off YouTube. He departed Google in early 2018 to pursue building new ventures and investing in talented entrepreneurs as a full-time role.

 

Read Benjamin's writing on the creator economy here, or follow him on LinkedIn here to read shorter posts.  

Venture Advisors

Adam Lurie

Venture Advisor

Adam has managed the investment pipeline, deal due diligence, and relationships with portfolio companies since 2018. He is welcomed into board meetings as an observer, and sourced the company's investment into Trash (acquired by VSCO in 2020). Prior to N10V, Adam worked for William Morris Endeavor. He received his BS degree from Cornell University. 

Cynthia Schroeder

Venture Advisor

Cynthia has advised N10V investment portfolio companies and incubated ventures since 2018. She has 20 years of integrated technology, marketing, and global community leadership experience from eBay, Accenture and early-stage internet startups. Cynthia is a Regent Emerita for the University of California’s Board of Regents. She received her MA from UCLA and BA degree from U.C. Berkeley.

Christian Gammill

Venture Advisor

Christian has worked with the N10V team since its first investment in 2018. He's been instrumental in establishing the investment operations, thesis and deal execution. He's an active investor, advisor and Board member to both funds and startups. He received his BS in Chemistry from Michigan State Univ. and his MBA from the University of Michigan. 

Virginia Isaac

Venture Advisor

Virginia has led all legal & business affairs for the company's operations in Singapore and in international markets since 2018. Prior to N10V, Virginia worked at the Law Society of Singapore, and has experience with banking, finance and civil litigation in both Singapore and the UK where she is qualified to practice law. She received her law degree from the National University of Singapore. 

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