|Born||August 1, 1973|
|Occupation||Chief executive officer|
|Known for||entrepreneurship, advocating technology|
Eric Austin Litman (born August 1, 1973) is an American entrepreneur and angel investor. Litman co-founded Proxicom, built Viaduct from a one-man shop through a merger with the Wolf Group, and is currently Chairman and CEO of Medialets, a mobile rich media ad serving and analytics platform for mobile applications.
He has been profiled and quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, and Fast Company, was named a 2010 Game Changer by New York Enterprise Report, and in 2011 was called one of the "best operators in online advertising" by TechCrunch
Early life and education
Litman was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up on the island of Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, where he graduated high school at 15. Litman attended the University of Maryland, College Park.
Starting out in business
While in college, he worked in pre-sales support and engineering at NeXT, the start-up founded by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Litman then went on to serve as a Senior Systems Engineer for Digicon, building secure, distributed networks and applications for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Litman and three other colleagues from Digicon founded Proxicom in 1991. Proxicom, one of the first-generation Internet professional services agencies, went public on NASDAQ in 1998 and was sold to the global consultancy Dimension Data after a bidding war against Compaq (prior to Compaq's merger with Hewlett-Packard).
After Proxicom, Litman founded Viaduct Technologies, an interactive agency, and served as its CEO. Viaduct was acquired by Wolf Group in 2000. After the acquisition Litman stayed as Viaduct's chief operating officer.
Litman was the Managing Director of WashingtonVC, an early stage venture capital fund in Washington, DC, where he focused on investments in online media, consumer Internet and telecommunications. He conceptualized and launched Aux Interactive in March, 2008. He left WashingtonVC in May, 2008.
Litman is currently serving as Chairman and CEO of Medialets, a rich media mobile ad serving and analytics provider.
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