Brad Harrison

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Brad Harrison
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Born Bradley C. Harrison
(1972-03-11) March 11, 1972 (age 42)
Briarcliff Manor, New York

Bradley C. Harrison[1][2][3] is a venture capitalist, business development executive, and professional networker.[4] He is the founder and managing partner of Scout Ventures,[5] 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,[6] and has an MBA in New Product and Venture Development from the MIT Sloan School of Management.[7] He resides in New York City with his wife, Angie; son, Elvis; and daughter, Scout.

Early life and education[edit]

Bradley C. Harrison attended the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1990-1994.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Harrison then attended the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1999-2001 where he graduated with an MBA in New Product and Venture Development.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] He worked under Adjunct Professors Howard Anderson and Todd Dagres.[citation needed]

He currently teaches entrepreneurship by actively serving as an Executive Mentor for Columbia Business Schools course, New Ventures[8][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.[citation needed]

Military career[edit]

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

Military achievements[edit]

Ranger School

Airborne School

Air Assault School

Special Forces Warfare Center (Civil Affairs Course)

Expert Infantryman’s Badge

Urban Warfare School

Demolition School

Infantry Officer's Basic Course

Career[edit]

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.

In 2006, he founded his own venture firm, Brad Harrison Ventures. BHV is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business.

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.[11] Previous investments include:

Patents[edit]

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).[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angelist - Brad Harrison
  2. ^ crunchbase.com - Brad Harrison
  3. ^ LinkedIn - Brad Harrison
  4. ^ http://www.alleywatch.com/2013/07/a-new-york-vc-spotlight-bradley-c-harrison/
  5. ^ http://www.pehub.com/2013/08/08/new-york-based-vc-firm-bhv-rebrands-itself-scout-ventures/
  6. ^ http://www.westpointaog.org/findagrad?chid=259
  7. ^ http://mitsloan.mit.edu/
  8. ^ New Ventures
  9. ^ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204346104576639461230001624.html
  10. ^ http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2013/03/14/microsoft-acquires-pando-next-xbox-uses-rumoured/
  11. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bhv-announces-rebranding-to-scout-ventures-218837411.html
  12. ^ http://observer.com/2012/01/ron-burkle-blackbook-01062011/
  13. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/30/ecommerce-based-photo-sharing-network-olapic-raises-5-million-series-a/
  14. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/19/tripadvisor-continues-its-acquisition-spree-buys-gateguru-mobile-app-for-real-time-travel-information/
  15. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/08/adknowledge-acquires-socialweekend-labs/
  16. ^ http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7739408.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7467232.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7640232.pdf

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