As CEO and Founder, Frank oversees the company’s strategic and product direction, culture and execution.
An engineer turned entrepreneur, Frank is an early pioneer of digital advertising technology and a successful repeat entrepreneur, having founded four companies prior to Rubicon Project.
In 2002, Frank founded the email infrastructure provider StrongMail Systems, Inc. (Sequoia Capital backed) and led the company to market leadership. Prior, Frank was CTO and Technology Founder of L90, an Internet advertising company, where he pioneered one of the Internet’s first ad serving platforms, adMonitor. After its initial public offering, L90 was acquired by DoubleClick. Frank started his “Internet” career with the creation of Starting Point, a search engine that was ranked 7th most popular site on the Internet in 1997 and “later” acquired by CMGI.
In 2011, Frank was named Ernst & Young Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year.
Frank is an avid snowboarder and enjoys morning runs on the beach. He is an active Board member of CASA, a non-profit focused on helping abused and neglected foster children. He also serves on the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council on Technology and Innovation.
Frank studied Electrical and Computer Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Michael was most recently chief executive officer and president at Millennial Media (NYSE:MM), a leading independent mobile ad technology company. In October 2015 AOL/Verizon acquired Millennial Media in an all cash deal. Previously he has served as president and founder of Ichabod Farm Ventures LLC, a private investment firm he established after working as executive vice president and chief revenue officer of Yahoo.
He earlier worked at Google, where he led integration efforts following the acquisition of Admeld Inc., where he served as CEO. He has also served as executive vice president and chief revenue officer at Fox Interactive Media, as executive vice president of sales and partnerships at AOL Media Networks and in senior sales positions at GeoCities and Disney Online. He majored in economics at The College of the Holy Cross and serves on the boards of MediaMath, MightyTV and The College of the Holy Cross.
He and his wife, Cheryl, have three children, Stephanie, Anne and Christine.
Robert J. Frankenberg joined our board of directors in connection with our initial public offering in April 2014. Mr. Frankenberg has owned NetVentures, a management consulting and investment firm focused on the high tech industry, since 1996.
He has served on the boards of directors of public companies Nuance Communications since March 2000, Polycom since October 2013, and Wave Systems since December 2011, and was a member of the board of directors of National Semiconductor until October 2011. He also serves on the boards of private companies Veracity Networks, SQLStream, and Sylvan Source, as well as the Sundance Institute board and the Westminster College Board of Trustees.
Prior to its sale in 2004, Mr. Frankenberg chaired Kinzan, a leading provider of Internet services platforms. Mr. Frankenberg was the chairman, president, and CEO of Encanto Networks from June 1997 to July 2000 when the company’s major business was sold to Avaya. Encanto was a leading provider of eBusiness software and services to small business.
From April 1994 to August 1996, Mr. Frankenberg was the Chairman/CEO of Novell, a networking software company. Prior to Novell, Mr. Frankenberg was the Vice President & Group General Manager of Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Information Products Group, responsible for HP’s personal computer, server, networking, office software, calculator, and consumer product lines. Mr. Frankenberg joined Hewlett-Packard in 1969 as a manufacturing technician, later became a design engineer, software designer, project manager, engineering and marketing executive, and general manager. He became a corporate vice president in 1990 and general manager of the Personal Information Products Group in 1991.
He served in the US Air Force from 1965 to 1969. Mr. Frankenberg previously served on various other boards, including for America OnLine (AOL), and holds several computer design patents. He brings to the board a deep knowledge of software, computer networks and systems, business operations, the technology industry, and public company governance and board service.