Gordon Gould, ThisNext.com
Chief Executive Officer Gordon Gould believes that in order to live better people need to buy better. Through ThisNext, Gould envisions a product graph that connects people to products, products to products, and people to people and transforms the way consumers interact with the most unique, diverse products in the market. Gould is a true Internet visionary, founding and leading several ahead-of-its-time companies.
Prior to ThisNext, Gould founded Upoc.com in 1999, the leader in mobile community, marketing and premium services in the United States for the teen community. He served as CEO for the company’s first two years. While at UPOC, Gould raised two rounds of venture capital and was instrumental in selling the company to Dada Mobile.
Gould served as CEO of the blog platform company Blogsmith, which is the underlying blog platform that powers the Weblogs Inc Network, and oversaw Blogsmith’s acquisition by AOL.
Gould started his executive path as President and COO of New York’s Silicon Alley Reporter/Rising Tide Studios. RTS/SAR published The Silicon Alley Reporter and Digital Coast Reporter, as well as about a dozen email newsletters and produced several high-profile industry conferences during the Web 1.0 boom. RTS also published VentureReporter, an industry business information service now owned by Dow Jones.
Gould has a BA in environmental studies from Pitzer College, served as a founding board member of MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education) and is the former co-chair of the Los Angeles branch of New Democrats Network.