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Craig Johnson spent two years after college teaching in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and continues to make a difference through the community conscious organization he created at Venture Law Group.
MyPersonal.com Names Chairman Of Venture Law Group Craig Johnson And CFO Of Marimba Fred Gerson To Advisory Board
Story Filed: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 3:17 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 31, 2000 (INTERNET WIRE via COMTEX) -- MyPersonal.com Inc. (www.mypersonal.com), the leading affinity portal provider, announced that Craig Johnson, chairman and co-founder of Venture Law Group (VLG), and Fred Gerson, vice president of finance and CFO of Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), will serve on the company's Advisory Board. They will compliment existing board members Andrew Kau from Walden International Investment Group and Joseph Tzeng from Crystal Internet Venture Funds, L.P.
"MyPersonal is a pioneer in the affinity portal space and has developed the proprietary technology and infrastructure that will enable them to continue to solidify their leadership position," said Johnson. "I am delighted to have been involved with the company and its strong management team since its incorporation."
"I see hundreds of 'hot' companies a month, but very few have the strong business plan and the instrumental people in place to carry it out like MyPersonal does," said Gerson. "I strongly believe in the company's focus to use the Web to strengthen the relationship between an affinity group and its members."
Named in 1999 by Red Herring Magazine one of nine Silicon Valley's "top power brokers," Johnson brings valuable entrepreneurial experience to the board. Among the companies that VLG has helped start are Yahoo!, eToys, Cerent, Foundry Networks, Phone.com, Chemdex, Hotmail, Drugstore.com and Netcentives. In addition to co- founding VLG, Johnson is the co-founder of several other companies, including Garage.com, Financial Engines and Grassroots.com.
MYPERSONAL ADVISORY BOARD
Gerson is responsible for the financial, administrative and investor relations activities of Marimba. Prior to Marimba, Gerson was the vice president and CFO of Maxis, Inc. and the vice president and CFO of Farallon Computing (now Netopia, Inc.). He has also held CFO positions at Peter Norton Computing, Inference and Atari, in their coin operated games division.
"We are excited to welcome both Craig and Fred to the MyPersonal team," said Douglas Fish, CEO and president of MyPersonal, "Their accomplishments and expertise in the industry, coupled with their personal dedication to non-profit causes, will prove invaluable as we continue to grow and enter new verticals."
While both Johnson and Gerson offer MyPersonal strong financial and strategic business vision, they also bring an intensity and shared emotion towards cause-related organizations, which is the core of MyPersonal's mission and values. Johnson spent two years after college teaching in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and continues to make a difference through the community conscious organization he created at Venture Law Group. Gerson was initially introduced to MyPersonal through shared alumni activities.
MyPersonal is a privately-held company, funded by institutional, corporate and angel investors including Walden International Group (www.wiig.com), Crystal Internet Venture Funds, L.P. (www.crystalventure.com), Redwood Venture Partners (www.redwoodvp.com), Garage.com (www.garage.com), Venture Law Group (www.vlg.com), Innovasia Venture Partners (www.innovasiavp.com) and ProSeed Capital Holdings Ltd. (www.proseedcapital.com).
MyPersonal.com, Inc. (www.mypersonal.com), the leading affinity portal provider, works with organizations to build a customized portal to reach, serve and engage constituents, while generating funding for the organization. The portal, or StartPage, is designed to create a dynamic online community that fosters strong ties among members and increases loyalty to the organization. The branded portal effectively combines general online content, community and commerce features with the organization's content and unique brand attributes. Based in San Francisco and closely tied to industry leaders in nearby Silicon Valley, MyPersonal has developed proprietary technologies and established strategic Internet alliances to ensure the rapid and seamless implementation of the best online solution for each individual organization.