Nova Spivack

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Nova Spivack
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Born (1969-06-05) June 5, 1969 (age 45)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Entrepreneur, author
Partner(s) Kimberly Rubin
Parents Mayer Spivack, Kathleen Spivack (Drucker)

Nova Spivack (born June 5, 1969) is a technology entrepreneur and futurist.[1] Spivack is the CEO of Bottlenose, a Los Angeles-based company that provides social search, listening and analytics tools for marketers. He is also a co-founder and investor in several other ventures, including Live Matrix, which was sold to OVGuide in 2012, The Daily Dot which provides an online newspaper about Web culture, and was the first outside investor in Klout,[2] which measures social influence.

In 1994 he co-founded EarthWeb, Inc., one of the first Internet companies (IPO: 1998), which later spun off (IPO: 2007). He founded Lucid Ventures in 2001 and the semantic web venture Radar Networks in 2003.[3]

Spivack is an active angel investor and advisor to startups including Cambrian Genomics, Sensentia, Publish This,, NextIT, Chronos Trading and Energy Magnification Corporation. He is on the board of directors of the Common Crawl Foundation which provides a free and open 5 billion page search index of the Web. Spivack was founder and CEO of Radar Networks, the makers of and is considered a leading pioneer in semantic web technology.[4][5][6]

Nova Spivack writes about the future of the Internet and topics concerning search, social media, personalization, information filtering, entrepreneurship, Web technology and Web applications.[7][8]

Nova Spivack is the eldest grandson of Peter F. Drucker.[citation needed] He is married to Kimberly Rubin-Spivack. His parents are Kathleen Spivack and Mayer Spivack,[citation needed]


Early life, education and activities[edit]

Nova Spivack was born in Boston and grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts. He was admitted early to the University of Massachusetts Boston and attended while still in high school. In 1989 he participated in summer research at MIT and took part in a study of parallel computing techniques for research on chaos- and complexity theory focused on Cellular Automata. He studied philosophy at Oberlin College with focus on artificial intelligence and cognitive science; graduating with a B.A. degree in 1991.[citation needed] In 1992 Spivack received an invitation to attend a business school program at the International Space University and earned a CSS graduate-level professional degree in Space Life Sciences. His studies were funded by NASA and the ESA.[9] He later trained with the Russian Air Force in reduced-gravity parabolic flight and flew to edge of space with Space Adventures in 1999.[10]

Spivack writes about the future of the Internet;[8] often the Semantic Web, artificial intelligence and search engine technology.[7] He blogs on Minding the Planet and frequently publishes on other websites. An article of note was published on TechCrunch in March 2009; about the technology behind Wolfram/Alpha, a knowledge engine, unreleased at the time, created by computer scientist Stephen Wolfram. The article generated excitement among Web users[11] and attracted dozens of citations and interview requests from high-profile websites such as ABC News, Newsweek, CNN and the New York Times. At the Semantic Technology Conference on June 17, 2009, Spivack led a discussion about Wolfram|Alpha with Russell Foltz-Smith from Wolfram Research (transcript).

Spivack joined the I-COM Data Creativity Awards Board and Jury in November 2014.[12]

Professional career[edit]

In the late 1980s, while a college student, Spivack developed software for Kurzweil Computer Products and later at Thinking Machines. In 1993 Spivack worked at Individual, Inc., a venture that developed intelligent software to filter news sources.[9]

In 1994 Nova Spivack co-founded the IT information provider website EarthWeb, Inc..[10] and subsequently served as Executive Vice-President for Products, Strategy and Marketing. EarthWeb's initial public offering on November 11, 1998 closed at US$48.69 per share, up 247.8% from its opening price of $14[13] At the time, EarthWeb's first-day return was among the largest in NASDAQ history and helped recapture a dwindling[14] investor interest in new equity offerings of Internet-based companies.[13][15][16][17] At EarthWeb Spivack helped establishments launch their first large-scale Web operations; among those are some of note: AT&T, Sony and the New York Stock Exchange.[10] Following the dot-com crash EarthWeb ran into difficulty and in 2000 its content properties were acquired by EarthWeb's property remained a stand-alone business until it was acquired for approximately US$200 million in 2005, followed by a NASDAQ initial public offering in 2007.[citation needed]

Technology ventures[edit]

In 1999 to 2000, Spivack helped co-found and build nVention Convergence Ventures; an in-house intellectual property incubator of SRI International and Sarnoff Laboratories, most famous for launching SIRI, which was later acquired by Apple. While working at nVention Spivack founded two companies of his own; business incubator Lucid Ventures in 2001 and technology venture Radar Networks in 2003. The technology developed by Radar Networks was based on Semantic Web systems that Spivack worked on in CALO,[18] a SRI project funded by DARPA. In April 2006 Spivack raised initial outside venture funding for Radar Networks.[19] They introduced their first commercial product in 2008, Twine; a Semantic Web based tool for information storage, authoring and discovery.[20] Twine combined features of forums, wikis, online databases and newsgroups. Data categorization and keyword-association (tagging) were automated by artificial intelligence developed by Radar Networks.[21][22] Information from the Wikipedia was automatically mined to expand its knowledge base.[22] Close to 30,000 people signed up for early access while Twine was in private beta.[23][24] Upon opening the service to the public, user traffic increased 40% each month from October 2008 to June 2009, peaking at an 80% increase in February. The company stated that user growth reached 3 million monthly visitors, 300,000 registered users, and approximately 5 million pieces of user-contributed content at its peak. User traffic statistics mirror early development of Wikipedia.[25] Twine was acquired by Evri, a venture owned by Paul Allen, in March 2010, before T2 was launched. [26]

In 2010, Spivack announced a new venture, Live Matrix, in partnership with Sanjay Reddy (formerly SVP of Gemstar TV Guide), which aims to provide a unified Web-based guide to all scheduled content and events taking place on the Internet.[27] Live Matrix was acquired by OVGuide in December, 2011.[28]

Spivack was also the first investor in,, the leading service measuring influence.

In 2011, Spivack announced that he is working on several new ventures, including The Daily Dot, Bottlenose, and StreamGlider.[29] [30] [31]


  1. ^ Lisa Krieger (January 8, 2014). "Veneer of privacy grows thinner as technology infiltrates our live". Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Bowles, Nellie (15 June 2014). "Swipe Right: The Tinderlicious Power Players of LA Tech List". recode. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ John Markoff (2006-11-12). "Entrepreneurs See Web Guided By Common Sense". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  4. ^ Paul Miller (2009-06-17). "Nova Spivack interviews Wolfram Alpha's Russell Foltz-Smith". Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  5. ^ John Markoff (2007-10-19). "What I Meant to Say Was Semantic Web". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  6. ^ Tim Bowler (2009-05-27). "Hello clouds, hello sky, hello future". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  7. ^ a b John D. Sutter (2009-05-12). "New search engines aspire to supplement Google". CNN. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  8. ^ a b "Radar Networks Management Team". Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  9. ^ a b "Lucid Ventures Management Profile". Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  10. ^ a b c Dominic White (2008-03-01). "Nova Spivack has Big Ideas on Web 3.0". Telegraph UK. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  11. ^ Dan Farber (2009-03-08). "Wolfram Alpha: Next major search breakthrough?". CNet news. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  12. ^ "In US, Nova Spivack of Bottlenose Joins I-COM Data Creativity Awards Board". I-COM. November 14, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Om Malik (1998-11-12). "Warburg Pincus wins big in Earthweb IPO". Forbes. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  14. ^ David Lazarus (1998-11-11). "Net Stock Frenzy Goes Flat". Wired. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  15. ^ Dawn Kawamoto (1998-11-12). " sets IPO price". CNet News. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  16. ^ Jayson Blair (2007-12-27). "EarthWeb Selling Most of Its Web Sites and News Services". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  17. ^ "IPO Watch: Signs of Life". Red Herring. 2005-04-07. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  18. ^ Elise Ackerman (2009-05-28). "Siri lifts veil on intelligent assistant". Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  19. ^ Megan McCarthy (2005-02-25). "EarthWeb Founder Nova Spivack’s Startup Finds $13M". Wired. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  20. ^ Erica Naone (2008-09-21). "Untangling Web Information". Technology Review. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  21. ^ Rafe Needleman (2008-03-07). "Twine: The Semantic Web Takes Shape, with Twine". CNet news. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  22. ^ a b Tim O'Reilly (2007-10-18). "Web2Summit: Radar Networks Unwinds". O'Reilly Radar. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  23. ^ Anne Eisenberg (2008-02-01). "Twine ties things together on Web". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  24. ^ Sarah Miller (2008-02-03). "An Online Organizer That Helps Connect the Dots". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  25. ^ Dan Macsai (2009-06-01). "Nova Spivack's Twine Is Red-Hot". Fast Company. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  26. ^ Nova Spivack (2010-03-11). "Evri Ties the Knot with Twine - CEO Comments and Analysis". Minding the Planet. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  27. ^ Liz Gannes (2009-05-16). "Nova Spivack's Live Matrix - A programming Guide for the Live Web". Gigaom. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  28. ^ Sarah Perez (2011-12-31). "Live Matrix, "The TV Guide for the Web," Acquired by OVGuide". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  29. ^ Dominiek ter Heide (2011-01-11). "Bottlenose". Bottlenose. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  30. ^ Nicholas White (2011-01-11). "The Daily Dot". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  31. ^ John Breslin (2011-01-11). "StreamGlider". StreamGlider. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 

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