Heidi Messer General Information
Ms. Heidi Messer serves as Co-Founder & Chairman at Cross Commerce Media. She served as Member of Advisory Board at NBCUniversal. She is also an Angel Investor.She also serves as Board Member at Partnership Fund for New York City. She co-founded and served as the Co-Founder, President & Chief Operating Officer in Rakuten Marketing. Heidi has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the digital economy since the commercialization of the Internet, and in 1996, with Stephen, she co-founded LinkShare Corporation, a host to one of the world's largest online affiliate networks, linking advertisers with publishers. With Heidi as president and COO, LinkShare was for two consecutive years recognized by Deloitte & Touche as the fastest-growing technology company in the New York Region. Heidi and Stephen managed LinkShare until its 2005 sale to Rakuten (4755:JASDAQ) for $425 million. Heidi is the co-founder and CEO of World Evolved, a platform for global investment and expansion, and a founding member of the Zokei Network, an invitation-only global network of exceptional artists, technologists, scientists and business leaders who convene for inspiration in private salons around the world. Heidi is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, technology and the future of the Internet and has been cited by The New York Times, The Nikkei and Women's Wear Daily, among other publications and media outlets. She's also received several honors, among them her inclusion on the Goldman Sachs 2012 list of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. Heidi is chairman of the board of Cross Commerce Media, which operates as Collective[i]. She's also an active angel investor in a number startups, including Spire, LifeBooker and DODOcase. She serves on the Brown University Women's Leadership Council, the Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council at Johns Hopkins University and advisory boards of the Brown University Entrepreneurship Program, Dell Computers, NBC Universal and American Express Open. Heidi received a B.A. from Brown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School, from which she graduated cum laude.