|Born||Bradley C. Harrison
March 11, 1972
Briarcliff Manor, New York
Bradley C. Harrison is a venture capitalist, business development executive, and professional networker. He is the founder and managing partner of Scout Ventures, a venture capital firm that enables entrepreneurs to build great businesses by providing the strategic support and capital necessary to grow and reach new markets. Harrison specializes in early stage companies with a focus on media, technology, and entertainment. He holds three US patents in the search space, is a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and has an MBA in New Product and Venture Development from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He resides in New York City with his wife, Angie; son, Elvis; and daughter, Scout.
Early life and education
Bradley C. Harrison attended the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1990-1994. He graduated in the top 1% of his class in all three categories; academic, physical & military earning him a Distinguished Honor Graduate award and a B.S.E in Theoretical Economics. After graduation, he served for five years in the United States Army, earning both Airborne and Ranger qualifications and completed his Army career as a Captain.
Harrison then attended the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1999-2001 where he graduated with an MBA in New Product and Venture Development. There he was elected by his peers to Sloan Student Senate, was President of the MIT Sloan Golf Club, Captain of Sloan Flag Football Team & Softball Team and active in the Venture Capital Club and Media Club.
Harrison spent three consecutive semesters as Teaching Assistant for the New Enterprises course (15.390) focused on teaching Masters and PhD candidates how to launch a business. He worked under Adjunct Professors Howard Anderson and Todd Dagres.
He currently teaches entrepreneurship by actively serving as an Executive Mentor for Columbia Business Schools course, New Ventures[not in citation given] with Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Brendan Burns.
Harrison is also an active participant with the Columbia Business School Greenhouse Program.
Harrison served five years in the Army as an infantry officer; starting as a second lieutenant and finishing as a captain. During his tenure, he commanded combat troops, coordinated missions around the world, and was responsible for negotiations with foreign governments and non-government agencies (UN, Red Cross).
He held several positions during his time in the military including:
- Assistant Chief of Staff, G5, Civil-Military Operations;
- Infantry Battalion Logistics Officer;
- Support Platoon Leader (ranked top lieutenant in Brigade 1 of 120);
- Company Executive Officer (ranked top lieutenant in Battalion 1 of 31);
- Rifle Platoon Leader
Special Forces Warfare Center (Civil Affairs Course)
Expert Infantryman’s Badge
Urban Warfare School
Infantry Officer's Basic Course
Harrison started with AOL in 2002 as a manager of the newly formed New Revenue group under Business Affairs and Development. During his time in Dulles, he worked closely with elements from AOL Time Warner Corporate Technology, AOL Technology, AOL Network Operations, AOL Broadband, Warner Music, and Warner Brothers to reach a Memorandum of Understanding with Intel Corporation. He also established a working group across the Company to include individuals from Retention, Partner Marketing, Interactive Marketing, Commerce, Local Product & Programming, and Technology. He later established the first joint working group across AOL Time Warner to include elements from Time Distribution Services, Time Inc, Warner Home Video, Warner Music and AOL in order to develop a new fully integrated product offering for potential partners.
He then moved to New York City where he took the position as Director of Media Strategy and Development at AOL. In this new position, he was responsible for developing, managing, and executing on all Directional Media initiatives (Search, Yellow Pages/Local, Classifieds, Real Estate, Autos, Careers). He became the liaison for the Interactive Marketing team with the Product and Programming Divisions for the Company’s new publishing platform, in which he was also responsible for providing strategy on new Advertising Products. He was elected to represent the Interactive Marketing division to work on the 2004 Product and Programming Strategy development project.
In 2004, Harrison left AOL to become the Vice President in charge of Strategic Partnerships and Distribution for WhenU, a contextual advertising network. He held P&L responsibility for all distribution partnerships. Additionally, he was responsible for business development functions including sourcing, negotiating and executing deals.
To date, Harrison has worked with a myriad of companies at different stages from their initial funding through growth and additional financing including:
As an evolution of BHV, he launched the BHV Entrepreneurship Fund to focus on early-stage venture capital. The Entrepreneurship Fund is focused on providing strategic capital to start-ups and start-overs with a Media, Technology and Entertainment focus. In August 2013, Harrison rebranded BHV to Scout Ventures. Previous investments include:
- Free Awesome
- Clear Serve
- Bespoke Post
- Internet Media Labs
- Social Weekend
While at AOL, Harrison collaborated with his boss and mentor, Edmund J. Fish, to file and receive three patents in the search space.
- Search enhancement system and method having rankings, explicitly specified by the user, based upon applicability and validity of search parameters in regard to a subject matter (United States Patent 7,467,232; December 16, 2008; Co-inventor with Edmund J. Fish while at AOL).
- Search enhancement system with information from a selected source (United States Patent 7,640,232; December 29, 2009, Co-inventor with Edmund J. Fish while at AOL).
- System and method patent for general search parameters having quantized relevance values that are associated with a user (United States Patent 7,739,408; June 15, 2010, Co-inventor with Edmund J. Fish while at AOL).
- Angelist - Brad Harrison
- crunchbase.com - Brad Harrison
- LinkedIn - Brad Harrison
- New Ventures
- Scout Ventures Website
- MSNBC Your Business - The Right Time for a Startup to Seek Investors and Is Crowdfunding Too Impersonal? (August 18, 2013)
- A New York VC Spotlight: Bradley C. Harrison - AlleyWatch (July 30, 2013)
- 50 VC and Angel Investors Every Young Entrepreneur Should Know - Under30CEO (January 23, 2013)
- TOP ANGEL 100: New York's Top Early Stage Investors - BHV (June 21, 2012)
- MSNBC Your Business - Cultivating Customers on Social Media and Managing Your Real Estate (February 17,2013)
- MSNBC Open Forum - Wheres the Money (July 1 2012)
- MSNBC Your Business - Business Answers (July 31, 2011)
- MSNBC Your Business - Small Biz Newsmakers (July 31, 2011)
- MSNBC Your Business - Better Your Business (January 26, 2011)
- MSNBC Your Business - Business Answers (January 26, 2011)
- Entrepreneurship Talk at Columbia Business School - EMBA Connect Speaker Series (January 5, 2012)