Andy Liu, Co-Founder and CEO
Andy Liu is CEO of BuddyTV, the largest independently held TV site on the Internet. Prior to BuddyTV, Andy served as President and CEO of NetConversions from 1999-2004 before its sale to aQuantive "AQNT." After the acquisition, Andy served as VP and GM of its Site Optimization unit from 2004-2005. He is also a founder of a non-profit that is focused on technology in developing countries and is very passionate about entrepreneurship.
Andy brings deep experience in building companies, site optimization, viral marketing, SEO, community building and product development. In 2003, he was named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” Andy received his MBA from Wharton.
Some of Andy's favorite TV shows are Poker after Dark, Lost, Fringe, American Idol Seattle Mariners baseball, and Seattle Seahawks football.
Bill Baxter, CTO
Bill has an extremely accomplished career in technology from founding and taking BSQUARE "BSQR" public to serving as the Chairman of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) to being the recipient of the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Prior to jumping on turbocharge BuddyTV's vision and technology, Bill was the CTO & VP of Engineering of Cozi Group Inc. Cozi (www.cozi.com) is the new way busy families stay organized, manage schedules and coordinate with each other. Prior to Cozi, Bill was the CEO and co-founder of Snaptune Inc., a company focused on making discovery of new music easy and enjoyable. Staptune’s first offering, Snaptune One, delvers Tivo-for-the-radio capabilities to end-users, including the ability to automatically show users what songs were played and when. Snaptune One served as the basis for a completely distributed broadcast monitoring system, enabling Snaptune to predict music trends as they emerge.
Prior to Snaptune, Bill was the President, CEO and co-founder of BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ:BSQR), founded in July, 1994, a company specializing in, among other things, the development of new wireless and mobile devices. Bill successfully bootstrapped BSQUARE from 3 people to a publicly traded company with over 500 employees and over $60M in annual revenue. BSQUARE was a pioneer in the emerging smartphone market, winning “Best of Comdex” awards for smartphone applications dating back to 1996. At BSQUARE Billwas directly involved in negotiating partnerships and commercial agreements with top consumer electronics companies, including Intel, Microsoft, Hitachi, Motorola, Sony, Samsung, Dell, IBM, NEC, Toshiba, etc, as well as cable operators such as AT&T and Charter Communications.
Bill is a published research scientist in the field of program optimization for supercomputers and advanced RISC microprocessors. Publications include the prestigious ACM Principles of Programming Languages (POPL) Proceedings. Bill received an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Wyoming in 1988.
Bill has been on the board of the WTIA (Washington State’s technology trade association) since 1999 and served as the Chairman of the WTIA in 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2008 and is currently serving as Vice Chairman until January 2011. In addition to the WTIA, Bill has extended his leadership role to the community through guidance positions at other organizations and institutions including the University of Wyoming and the University of Washington.
Some of Bill's favorite TV shows are Survivor, High Stakes Poker, The Amazing Race, and Glee (thanks to his wife).
David Niu, Co-Founder and Board Member
David Niu is a passionate entrepreneur and co-founder of BuddyTV. Prior to BuddyTV, David co-founded NetConversions in 1999 which was then sold to aQuantive "AQNT" in 2004. At NetConversions, he rapidly cultivated a rabid client base of Fortune 500 organizations, like American Express, ESPN, and ATT Wireless. After the acquisition, David served as a Vice President at Avenue A | Razorfish, which is a division of aQuantive.
Before NetConversions, David was the Associate to the CEO of Billpoint spearheading special projects for management. Billpoint's innovative payment service was acquired by eBay in 1999. Prior to Billpoint, he was a consultant in Andersen Consulting's Strategy Group where he advised a variety of Fortune 500 clients on business strategy and implementation. David graduated from UC Berkeley with Distinction and received his MBA from The Wharton School. He has also studied at Beijing University and INSEAD. David was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Woodrow WilsonFellowship and has received the Puget Sound Business Journal "40 Under 40" award. He is also active in Entrepreneurs Organization serving as the Communications chair for the Seattle chapter.
Some of David's favorite TV shows are Man versus Wild, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Dallas Cowboys football, Texas Rangers baseball, The Office, and Dexter.
Mike Galgon, board member
Mike Galgon is a board member of BuddyTV. He is a Seattle-based entrepreneur and technology investor.
Mike co-founded aQuantive in 1997, serving as its president, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Strategy Officer until its acquisition by Microsoft in 2007. After the acquisition, Galgon served as Corporate Vice President, Advertising Strategy for Microsoft through early 2009. Since 2009, he has remained active with the next generation of digital marketing companies, serving on the boards of Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR), Krux Digital, Energy Savvy, BuddyTV, and Buuteeq. Beyond digital marketing, Galgon is an active social investor, predominantly through Global Partnerships a Latin America-focused microfinance organization. Prior to founding aQuantive, Mike served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1990 to 1994 and spent one year as a full-time volunteer with Volunteers in Service to America.
He holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University.
Greg Gottesman, board member
Greg joined the board of BuddyTV after Madrona Venture Group's investment. He
currently serves on the boards of AdReady, Bocada, BuddyTV,Cheezburger, Decide, Intrepid Learning Solutions, Physware, ThinkFire, and WildTangent. "I love early-stage. I like really early-stage, like two guys and a great business idea. That's the most fun time working with a business, when every decision counts and every hire is critical.”
Greg managed Madrona Venture Group's investments in Dantz Development Corporation (prior to its acquisition by EMC), Rendition Networks (prior to its acquisition by Opsware), Singingfish.com (prior to its acquisition by Thomson Consumer Electronics), LiveBid.com (prior to its acquisition by Amazon.com), and AdRelevance (prior to its acquisition by Media Metrix). Before joining Madrona, he worked as an Associate of the Boston Consulting Group.
Greg is a board member of the Evergreen Venture Capital Association and Mercer Island Schools Foundation. He is an advisory board member of the University of Washington Technology Transfer Office, Boeing Technology Alliance, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. He is the author of three books. Greg is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington Business School, where he teaches a class with fellow Managing Director Matt McIlwain on venture finance. When not working, he spends time with his wife and three kids, watches too much reality TV, and regularly injures himself playing non-contact sports.
Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Stanford University, with honors and distinction from the Harvard Business School, and with honors from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.