Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Jim Manzi served as Chairman, President, and CEO of Lotus Development Corporation from 1984 until 1995, when the company was acquired by IBM. Since 1995, Mr. Manzi has been involved in the creation and development of a number of technology startup ventures.
In 2000, Mr. Manzi joined the Board of Directors of Thermo Electron, a scientific instruments company. He now serves as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Manzi presently runs his own investment company that focuses on technology startups. He also serves on the Board of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Senior Director of Corporate Development and Strategy for Cox Media Group
Nei-Kuan Chia currently serves as Senior Director of Corporate Development and Strategy for Cox Media Group, an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 57 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. Mr. Chia has over twelve years of total experience in various investment, development and strategy roles focused on the media industry.
Before joining Cox, Mr. Chia previously held positions with CNN working in investments and M&A, with Deloitte as a consultant, and with Catalyst Ventures where he advised start-ups and early stage companies. He also holds degrees in Biological Sciences from Florida State University and Accounting from University of South Florida as well as an MBA from Emory University.
Senator Bill Bradley
Senator Bill Bradley is a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC. From 2001 to 2004, he acted as chief outside advisor to McKinsey & Company’s nonprofit practice. He was a Senior Advisor and Vice Chairman of the International Council of JP Morgan & Co., Inc. from 1997 to 1999. During that time, he also worked as an essayist for CBS Evening News, and as a visiting professor at Stanford University, Notre Dame University, and the University of Maryland.
Senator Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997, representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1977, during which time they won two NBA championships.
Senator Bradley holds a BA degree in American History from Princeton University and an MA degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has authored five books on American politics, culture, and economy. Currently, Senator Bradley hosts “American Voices,” a weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio that highlights the remarkable accomplishments of Americans both famous and unknown.
Founder, CEO & Director
Prior to founding Skyword, Tom Gerace launched Gather.com, a demand-driven news and entertainment property reaching more than 6M people each month.
Mr. Gerace also founded and served as President of Be Free, a publicly traded online marketing services company. Be Free transformed online advertising from pay-per-view (i.e. CPM Advertising, where advertisers paid a fixed fee every time their ads were shown) to pay-for-performance advertising (i.e. Cost-Per-Click and Cost-Per-Acquisition Advertising). Be Free-operated channels often saved customers 80 percent of their cost of new customer acquisition when compared with other marketing methods.
After Be Free’s launch and financing, Mr. Gerace served as Chief Marketing Officer through the company’s initial public offering. As Chief Marketing Officer, he was responsible for creating new and existing products and services, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and product communications, and customer acquisition. Mr. Gerace was awarded two U.S. Patents (5,848,396 and 5,991,735) for profiling computer users and targeting advertising based on that profiling. During his tenure with the company, Be Free launched both U.S. and European operations. Be Free served more than 300 leading brands including barnesandnoble.com, Citibank, eBay, AOL, Lending Tree, Bertlesmann, Time Warner, IBM, Dell, and Microsoft.
Prior to founding Be Free, Mr. Gerace was a senior business analyst at the Harvard Business School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1993. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Imagitas and on the Board of Visitors for the Fenway Community Health Center. He is also a director of The Open Gate Foundation.