Kevin Hartz

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Kevin Hartz is an American businessman in the technology industry. He is the co-founder of Xoom, of which he was the CEO from 2001 to 2005.

Biography[edit]

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Hartz was born in Berkeley, California, and raised in Orinda, California. His high school was Miramonte High School, Orinda, Calif.[1] He holds a BAS from Stanford University in history, as well as an MA in British history from University College, Oxford.[2]

Career[edit]

Hartz began his career at Silicon Graphics (SGI) as the product manager for virtual reality browser Cosmo Player. Hartz was a co-founder of ConnectGroup, a start-up providing high-speed Internet access to the hotel industry.[3] Five months after incorporating the company, it was acquired by LodgeNet[4] (NASDAQ: LNET).

In 2001, Hartz co-founded Xoom, an international money remittance business, along with Alan Braverman. He served as CEO until 2005 and served on the Board of Directors through its 2012 IPO[5] and subsequent acquisition by PayPal in 2015. The company had a total equity value of $1.1 billion.[6]

Hartz founded Eventbrite, the global self-service ticketing platform, in 2006 with Julia Hartz and Renaud Visage.

Hartz joined Founders Fund in September 2016 and served as a partner but announced his exit from the company in June 2018.[7] He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Eventbrite (Chairman) and Lookout.

Investments[edit]

Hartz began his early stage investing after the sale of Connect Group to LodgeNet. He took the profits from that sale and invested in a company called FieldLink, which later became Confinity, which then became PayPal.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Hartz lives in San Francisco with his wife, Julia Hartz, and their two daughters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bloomberg". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2022-10-15.
  2. ^ Kevin Hartz | British Council
  3. ^ "Kevin Hartz, Founder & CEO of Eventbrite". LinkedIn.
  4. ^ LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation (2014-03-03). "LodgeNet Acquires Connect Group, Delivers High-Speed Laptop Connectivity". PR Newswire.
  5. ^ "Xoom Corporation". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 2013-02-01.
  6. ^ "PayPal Acquires Xoom for Stake in Digital Money Transfers". The New York Times. 2015-07-01.
  7. ^ "Kevin Hartz Is Stepping Down as Partner at Founders Fund". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  8. ^ "Kevin Hartz - Founder and CEO at @Eventbrite". Angel.co.
  9. ^ "PayPal Inc. History". Fundinguniverse.com.