Geoffrey Arone

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Geoffrey Arone is an American Internet entrepreneur who has focused primarily on social media and the social web.

Arone is currently Chief Product Officer at Whitepages.[1] Prior to that, he was Chief Scientist of Experian, which acquired SafetyWeb in May 2011.[2] Arone co-founded SafetyWeb in June 2009 and raised ~ $8 million from Battery Ventures and First Round Capital.[3] SafetyWeb is a cloud-based personal security company whose products include SafetyWeb Family and myID.

Prior to SafetyWeb, Arone was the CEO and co-founder of DanceJam with MC Hammer and Flock co-founder Anthony Young. While running DanceJam, Arone raised two rounds of venture capital and sold the company to Grind Networks in 2009.[4]

In late 2004, Arone co-founded Flock, the first web browser with social network integration, with Bart Decrem and Anthony Young. In all, Flock raised ~ $28 million from Bessemer Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures, and Fidelity Ventures. Nearly 6 years and 14 million downloads later, Flock was acquired by Zynga.[5]

Arone has also held product positions at RealNetworks, Informatica and Oracle. He holds a Sc.B. in Neural Science from Brown University and his PhD work was also in Neural Science. He earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geoffrey Arone Joins Whitepages as Executive Vice President of Products | Business Wire". www.businesswire.com. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  2. ^ Arrington, Michael. "Experian Acquired Child Safety Startup SafetyWeb". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "SafetyWeb secures $8M in funding". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Arrington, Michael. "DanceJam Finds A Buyer". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Ha, Anthony. "Zynga Buys Social Browser Flock". VentureBeat. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Geoffrey Arone CrunchBase". CrunchBase.com. AOL. Retrieved 12 April 2012.