Building and running companies is in our DNA.

- Our Team

Michael Lynton
Michael Lynton
Chairman of Board of Directors, Founder
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Michael Lynton
Chairman of Board of Directors, Founder
  • Chairman of the Board, Warner Music Group
  • Chairman, Snap Inc.
  • Chairman & CEO, Sony Entertainment
  • CEO, AOL Europe
  • CEO, Penguin Group
Steven Price
Steven Price
CEO, Founder
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Steven Price
CEO, Founder
  • Founder, Chairman and CEO, Townsquare Media  
  • Senior Managing Director, Centerbridge Partners  
  • Managing Director, Spectrum Equity
  • Co-Founder & CEO, PriCellular Corporation
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon
  • Columbia Law School (JD) 
  • Brown University (BA, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) 

What I Do

At 25madison, I work with our team and our portfolio companies to build great businesses. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I've seen what works and what doesn’t work, over and over again. Now, I help entrepreneurs and our team avoid many of the pitfalls I’ve seen and experienced. I also work with our Board and Founders to set our overall strategy and make sure that the areas where we focus have positive impact and can generate great returns.

About Me

I’m a lifelong learner and entrepreneur. I've built businesses that have become public companies (twice), have been sold to large corporations and some that have been less successful. I've founded companies in media, telecommunications and business services, but now, I'm thinking most about business opportunities that tackle loneliness, aging, the future of work, preparedness and healthy living.

Matt Fremont-Smith
Matt Fremont-Smith
President, Founder
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Matt Fremont-Smith
President, Founder
  • Partner, Goldman Sachs
  • COO, Goldman Sachs Bank USA
  • COO, Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific
  • Head of the worldwide Strategy Group, Goldman Sachs
  • The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (MBA)
  • Hamilton College (BA)

What I Do

I’m focused on building 25madison into a unique operating platform that creates successful businesses.  I work on developing our team and capabilities.  I enjoy meeting with founders and growing our incubated startups.  My goal is to help our companies get organized, clarify priorities, and scale quickly.

About Me

I grew up outside of Boston and spent my professional career in NYC and Asia.  I love to sail, ski and fish, particularly with my family, and read history.

Justine Lee
Justine Lee
COO
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Justine Lee
COO
  • Head of Legal and Regulatory, Bikes & Scooters, Lyft
  • Vice President Corporate Development, Legal & Risk, Motivate
  • General Counsel, Citi Bike
  • Senior Advisor to the Management Committee, Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Law Clerk, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Columbia Law School (JD)
  • Yale University (BA)

What I Do

Prior to 25madison, I helped build Citi Bike and its affiliate operations across the country into the largest bike sharing company in North America. After leading the sale of the company to Lyft in 2018, I worked on Lyft’s expansion into electric bikes and scooters. I joined 25madison to help build and grow other early stage companies that have positive social and environmental impact, and work across portfolio to support our growing family of companies.

About Me

I’m a lifelong New Yorker, passionate about improving cities and urban mobility.  I love meeting entrepreneurs, going deep on new ideas and businesses, and my daily Citi Bike commute.

Kirk Posmantur
Kirk Posmantur
Chief Partnership Officer, Founder
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Kirk Posmantur
Chief Partnership Officer, Founder
  • Founder and CEO, Axcess Worldwide
  • Early Investor/Co-Founder:
  • Fiji Water
  • Tequila Avion
  • Captivate
  • Ring
  • Flexport
  • Founder, The Great American Turkey Co.
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (BA)

What I Do

I’ve spent my entire career connecting extraordinary people and companies, creating partnerships that drive measurable results and value creation.
 
At 25madison, I help entrepreneurs build and scale their business concepts and ideas. With my sleeves rolled up, I leverage my relationships and experiences of investing in early stage companies. This includes the company I founded, The Great American Turkey Co., a collection of healthy, delicious, clean, chef-driven turkey products.

About Me

My family and I love living in Tribeca and enjoy all the extraordinary treasures of downtown NYC. I’m beyond passionate about philanthropy, the NBA, Flywheel, insane food and California cabs.

Matt Berberian
Matt Berberian
Head of Studio
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Matt Berberian
Head of Studio
  • Head of Brand & Experience Design, Brighthouse Financial
  • VP Digital Marketing, MetLife
  • Director, Product Management, American Express
  • Director, User Experience Design, Sprint, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile 
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (BA, Film & Digital Video)

What I Do

I build products & experiences that are easy, useful, and enjoyable. At 25madison, that means taking our ideas and bringing them to life through design & technology. Building real, user-centered businesses that help people in meaningful ways.

About Me

I’m originally from western New Jersey but now call Charlotte, NC home. I like designing and building things - new products, teams, branded experiences, carpentry, electrical, and a custom tree house. When I’m not building, you’ll find me playing mixologist, seeing live music, DJ’ing at swim meets for my 3 children, or going out with family and friends.

Merrill Anovick
Merrill Anovick
Director, Business Development
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Merrill Anovick
Director, Business Development
  • Product Strategy, Google Pay
  • Business Development, Android
  • Product Marketing, Google Fi
  • Harvard Business School (MBA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (BA, Political Science & Economics)

What I do: I love finding new ways to better serve customers by solving unmet needs. I enjoy helping our incubations figure out what to create first, acquire their first set of users, and build a monetization strategy. I'm especially passionate about Financial Technology and products that expand economic opportunity.


About me: I'm a proud New Jersey native who has spent time living in Baltimore, San Francisco, and Boston. I traveled and worked in India & Nigeria and draw energy from seeing the positive impact new technology can have on people's lives. I'm a die-hard ice hockey fan (go Devils!), American politics nerd, and enthusiastic debater of issues people care about.

Scott Brown
Scott Brown
Director, UX & Product Design
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Scott Brown
Director, UX & Product Design
  • Director of Experience Design, EY Design Studio
  • Executive Creative Director, Citizen, Inc.
  • Design Director, Downstream
  • Associate Creative Director, Leo Burnett / Arc Worldwide
  • Northern Illinois University, BFA, Design

What I Do

I'm a relentless advocate for the user and believe that technology needs to work harder for people. Over the last 15+ years I've led design teams in evolving the role that design plays in solving business problems with a real focus on continuous iteration and validation to ensure we're delivering value to users. If the products and services we're creating don't fit seamlessly into the lives of users or make their headaches go away, we're not doing our job.

About Me
I grew up in the Midwest and spent the first 10 years of my career working at startups and ad agencies in Chicago. I now live in Portland, OR with my wife and 7-year-old twins where we make the most of our absolutely perfect summers (and even the damp winters) by hiking, camping, snowboarding, and enjoying all of the incredible food we have access to.

Leissa Jackmauh
Leissa Jackmauh
Executive Admin
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Leissa Jackmauh
Executive Admin
  • Board Member, The Off-Beat Players (offbeatplayers.org)
  • Feature Writer/Reporter | Print/Film/Electronic Media
  • Development Director, Electronic Arts
  • Production Assistant, NBC-TV4
  • Connecticut College (BA, History)

What I Do

I provide support to the 25madison team- an always dynamic proposition. As a post-lockdown hire, I have been very fortunate to have a Zoom-side seat to the work of incredibly talented, creative and bright individuals. I hope to someday meet them in person.

 

About Me

An accidental nomad, I’ve called Cleveland, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Dublin, Ireland and Greenwich, CT. home.  Practiced in the art of speedy assimilation, I’m a decent listener and a hard worker with an eye for process and detail (fun!) – and just a dash of hypervigilance.  Second only to the company of my children, experiencing art is my greatest pleasure.  I love the way it so quietly and so consistently moves the needle on things that really matter.

Michael Josephs
Michael Josephs
Strategic Advisor, Media
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Michael Josephs
Strategic Advisor, Media

EVP,M&A and Business Dev, Townsquare Media

ManagingDirector, MESA Securities

Chris Kline
Chris Kline
Creative Director
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Chris Kline
Creative Director
  • Creative Director, Wolff Olins
  • Creative Director, RedPeak (now SidLee)
  • Design Director, Redscout
  • Design Director, The Partners (now Superunion)
  • Associate Creative Director, R/GA
  • Senior Designer, Interbrand
  • Iowa State University, BFA, Graphic Design

What I Do

I joined 25madison in 2020 to build businesses through brand and design. I partner with the team to concept and develop brand experience for our incubations that realize a brand and marketing presence from conception. Building brand experience from the start allows us to iterate and evolve the brand design as the business grows, keeping pace with what it needs and giving our incubations engaging and inspiring brand expression all along the way.  

About Me

Originally from the Midwest, I graduated from Iowa State University’s College of Design. Since moving away from Iowa, I’ve been a New Yorker, settling in Brooklyn with my wife and two sons. A designer at heart, I love exploring the world and creating things that are inspired by it, whether that is through drawing & photography or through traveling and museums. You may also find some Legos in my video background or by my side. 

Tori Krouse
Tori Krouse
Marketing Associate
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Tori Krouse
Marketing Associate
  • University of Pennsylvania (BA, Communications; Minor in Consumer Psychology)

What I Do

I have a passion for promotion. Marketing is so important to me because it is the vessel by which companies can reveal the intricacies and exceptional endeavors that are going on behind closed doors to the whole world. At 25madison, you’ll spot me doing just this through creative collaboration, campaign coordination, and brand storytelling.

About Me

I’ve always been enthusiastic about connecting with people. Whether it’s through food, music, or game night, I’m in. You can find me cooking for my family and friends, playing with the nearest puppy, or on the tennis court.

Sara Raffa
Sara Raffa
Director, Business Development
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Sara Raffa
Director, Business Development
  • Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Coterie
  • Director of Operations, Daily Harvest
  • Risk Assurance Senior Associate, PwC (CPA)
  • E-Commerce Consultant, Freelance
  • University of Chicago (MBA)
  • Georgetown University (BSBA)

What I Do

I've focused my career at the intersection of consumer and supply chain within early stage startups. Most recently, I founded a venture-backed party supplies brand called Coterie. Prior to Coterie, I was the fifth employee at Daily Harvest, where I was responsible for launching and scaling the end-to-end supply chain. At 25M, I’m applying my experience as a founder and operator to help ideate, launch and invest in the next generation of brands.

About Me

I lived all over the DC area for most of my life, moved to Chicago for business school and then to NYC, where I plan to stay for the long haul. I love cooking (and eating), traveling to new places, skiing, competitive board games and alpacas.

Nate Rosen
Nate Rosen
Director, Business Development
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Nate Rosen
Director, Business Development
  • Real Estate Debt Strategies, Blackstone
  • Harvard Business School (MBA)
  • Cornell University (BA, English)

What I Do

I joined 25madison in April 2018 as an MBA intern, loved it so much that I stayed on through school, and joined fulltime after graduation in summer 2019. I've helped get some of our internally generated companies off the ground; evaluated early stage investment opportunities; and I’m now spending most of my time building out 25madison X TLV, our effort to find great talent in Israel and help them build big businesses in the U.S.

About Me

Originally from right outside Washington, D.C., but have spent the past 12 years between New York, Boston and now Tel Aviv. In my spare time, I like to read, write and drink good coffee with great people. The beach is fun too. I love the inherent optimism and creativity that comes with building something new.

Julia Sigal
Julia Sigal
Director, Product
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Julia Sigal
Director, Product
  • Idea Development, Fahrenheit 212 
  • Co-Founder, OnBoard 
  • Engineering , Amuneal Manufacturing
  • University of Pennsylvania (MS, Integrated Product Design)
  • University of Pennsylvania (BS, Mechanical Engineering)

What I Do

At 25madison, I work across teams helping with ideation, customer research and product development. I spend most of my time either exploring early stage opportunities, unearthing customer needs and building sustainable businesses around them, or pushing our incubated startups toward launch.

About Me

A tinkerer and builder from an early age, I’ve always been excited about great design and any sort of prototyping. Between my 3D printer, calligraphy machine and sewing machine, my apartment is quickly turning into a small, personal maker space. When I’m not prototyping, you can find me seeking out new cultures and experiences, traveling whenever possible.

Grant Silow
Grant Silow
Director, Business Development
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Grant Silow
Director, Business Development
  • Corporate development/venture investing, LinkedIn
  • Sales/go-to-market, Radius Intelligence
  • Growth equity investing, Summit Partners
  • Growth equity investing, Camden Partners
  • Yale School of Management (MBA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (BA, International Studies)

What I Do

I joined 25madison in April 2018 as an MBA intern. I spend most of my time working on our incubated startups and finding the white space in areas we care about. I also love connecting with entrepreneurs and anybody else who’s thinking about solving big problems in a unique way.

About Me

I’m originally from Philadelphia but lived in Baltimore, San Francisco and New Haven before moving to New York. I love Philadelphia sports, dogs, traveling, and nerding out about public policy. 

Margaret Strickland
Margaret Strickland
Director, Brand & Marketing
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Margaret Strickland
Director, Brand & Marketing
  • Lead, Brand & Creative, Brighthouse Financial 
  • Content Marketing, MetLife 
  • Director, Marketing, Chicago Children's Theatre
  • Columbia College Chicago (MFA)
  • University of Georgia (BFA)

What I Do

I joined 25madison in early 2019 to help build out the brand and marketing arm of 25madison, bringing a big brand mentality to early-stage startups. I split my time between building the brands, content marketing strategies and go-to-market plans for our internal incubations and helping the CEOs of our portfolio companies with their marketing and branding needs.

About Me

I’m originally from South Georgia, but have lived in Chicago, Charlotte, and am now back home in Atlanta. I’m a creative at heart, passionate about art, design, and music – and how these things influence and are influenced by culture and commerce. In my spare time you’ll find me dancing to new music, taking photographs, or planning my next trip. 

Katie Tyler
Katie Tyler
Venture Development Analyst
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Katie Tyler
Venture Development Analyst
  • Consultant, Oliver Wyman
  • Princeton University (BA, Near Eastern Studies & Arabic minor)

What I do

I first joined 25madison to support the launch of a portfolio company, where I discovered my passion for incubating great ideas. I spend my time identifying and ideating new ventures, supporting the launch and development of portfolio companies, and investigating early stage opportunities.


About Me

Prior to settling in New York City, I worked for an NGO in Agadir, Morocco that uses fog net collection technology to pipe water to villages. When I’m not working, you can find me running the Central Park loop.

Natalia Verenitch
Natalia Verenitch
Bookkeeper
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Natalia Verenitch
Bookkeeper
Teddy
Teddy
Chief Happiness Officer
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Teddy
Chief Happiness Officer

Teddy has months of experience in boosting morale and ensuring that our company culture breeds happy employees. When not working hard for the attention of my colleagues, you can find me playing ball, napping, and generally looking very cute.

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- Board of Directors

Michael Lynton
Michael Lynton
Chairman of Board of Directors, Founder
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Michael Lynton
Chairman of Board of Directors, Founder
  • Chairman of the Board, Warner Music Group
  • Chairman, Snap Inc.
  • Chairman & CEO, Sony Entertainment
  • CEO, AOL Europe
  • CEO, Penguin Group
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Steven Price
Steven Price
CEO, Founder
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Steven Price
CEO, Founder
  • Founder, Chairman and CEO, Townsquare Media  
  • Senior Managing Director, Centerbridge Partners  
  • Managing Director, Spectrum Equity
  • Co-Founder & CEO, PriCellular Corporation
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon
  • Columbia Law School (JD) 
  • Brown University (BA, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) 

What I Do

At 25madison, I work with our team and our portfolio companies to build great businesses. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I've seen what works and what doesn’t work, over and over again. Now, I help entrepreneurs and our team avoid many of the pitfalls I’ve seen and experienced. I also work with our Board and Founders to set our overall strategy and make sure that the areas where we focus have positive impact and can generate great returns.

About Me

I’m a lifelong learner and entrepreneur. I've built businesses that have become public companies (twice), have been sold to large corporations and some that have been less successful. I've founded companies in media, telecommunications and business services, but now, I'm thinking most about business opportunities that tackle loneliness, aging, the future of work, preparedness and healthy living.

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Matt Fremont-Smith
Matt Fremont-Smith
President, Founder
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Matt Fremont-Smith
President, Founder
  • Partner, Goldman Sachs
  • COO, Goldman Sachs Bank USA
  • COO, Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific
  • Head of the worldwide Strategy Group, Goldman Sachs
  • The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (MBA)
  • Hamilton College (BA)

What I Do

I’m focused on building 25madison into a unique operating platform that creates successful businesses.  I work on developing our team and capabilities.  I enjoy meeting with founders and growing our incubated startups.  My goal is to help our companies get organized, clarify priorities, and scale quickly.

About Me

I grew up outside of Boston and spent my professional career in NYC and Asia.  I love to sail, ski and fish, particularly with my family, and read history.

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Kirk Posmantur
Kirk Posmantur
Chief Partnership Officer, Founder
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Kirk Posmantur
Chief Partnership Officer, Founder
  • Founder and CEO, Axcess Worldwide
  • Early Investor/Co-Founder:
  • Fiji Water
  • Tequila Avion
  • Captivate
  • Ring
  • Flexport
  • Founder, The Great American Turkey Co.
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (BA)

What I Do

I’ve spent my entire career connecting extraordinary people and companies, creating partnerships that drive measurable results and value creation.
 
At 25madison, I help entrepreneurs build and scale their business concepts and ideas. With my sleeves rolled up, I leverage my relationships and experiences of investing in early stage companies. This includes the company I founded, The Great American Turkey Co., a collection of healthy, delicious, clean, chef-driven turkey products.

About Me

My family and I love living in Tribeca and enjoy all the extraordinary treasures of downtown NYC. I’m beyond passionate about philanthropy, the NBA, Flywheel, insane food and California cabs.

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Gary Ginsberg
Gary Ginsberg
Member of Board of Directors, Founder
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Gary Ginsberg
Member of Board of Directors, Founder
  • SVP & Global Head of Communications, Softbank
  • EVP, Time Warner
  • EVP, News Corp
  • Founding Editor & Counsel, George Magazine
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Aaron Sobel
Aaron Sobel
Member of Board of Directors
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Aaron Sobel
Member of Board of Directors

·      Partner, PrivateEquity, Apollo​

·       Member Board of Directors, CoxMedia Group​

·       Member Board of Directors, Rackspace​

·       Investment Banking, GoldmanSachs​

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Lance West
Lance West
Member of Board of Directors, Founder
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Lance West
Member of Board of Directors, Founder
  • Chairman & CEO, Centerbridge Partners Europe
  • Partner, Global Principal Finance Grp, Goldman Sachs & Co
  • Founder & CEO, GRP Financial
  • Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories
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- Senior Advisors

Larry Appel
Larry Appel

Former CEO of The Fresh Market
Former CEO of Skeeter Snacks
Former SVP of Operations, SVP of HR, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Winn-Dixie Stores

John Hope Bryant
John Hope Bryant

Chairman & CEO, Operation HOPE
Founder, Chairman & CEO, The Promise Homes Company
Member, US President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Jordan Levy
Jordan Levy

Managing Partner, SoftBank Capital NY
Founder and Managing Partner, Seed Capital Partners

Kimberly Paige
Kimberly Paige

EVP and CMO, Black Entertainment Networks
Chief Operating and Brand Officer, Sundial Brands
CMO, Coty Inc.
VP, Emerging Brands, The Coca-Cola Company

Anwar Zakkour
Anwar Zakkour

Private Investor
Former Chief Investment Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Holding
Former Global Head of TMT Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Former Global Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan

Join our team

Building businesses is in our DNA. We’re a small but mighty team of tinkerers, designers, geeks (the cool kind), operators, business moguls and everything in between. Wildly strategic, yet so deep into it that we’ve got the scars to prove it.

We’re looking for great people, who love their work, solving problems, and having fun. Jerks need not apply.
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