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Chuck Davis

Venture Partner

Coaching children’s soccer teams has made me a better leader and mentor. Becoming a center referee has helped me see the players differently. In business, I try to look at entrepreneurs and companies from all perspectives.

Background
Chuck brings more than 20 years of e-commerce experience to his position as Chairman and CEO of Prodege, a Los Angeles-based internet and media and TCV portfolio company. Prodege’s flagship brands, Swagbucks, and MyPoints, have awarded over $350 million to its members.

Chuck started his career in publishing with roles at various publications before joining his initial digital venture as the first president of e-commerce for The Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles. During his tenure, Chuck launched many merchant and travel businesses including Disneystore.com, Disneyvacations.com, and ESPNstore.com, in addition to supervising advertising sales, marketing, and online subscription initiatives. He became President and CEO of Shopzilla, also known as BizRate.com, and led the company to become the largest, most profitable, and fastest-growing comparison-shopping site online. Shopzilla was acquired by the E.W. Scripps Company for $569 million in 2005. Landing at Fandango as its Chairman and CEO, he built the entertainment website to become the nation’s top moviegoer destination before it was acquired by Comcast Corporation. Fandango was a TCV portfolio company.

Interests
In addition to serving as a Board Member and Advisor for several companies, Chuck is very invested in the business leaders of tomorrow. He serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, where he meets with students representing over 50 startups annually. He is also a trustee emeritus of the Brown University Corporation. Chuck was voted Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004 by Ernst & Young for Los Angeles and currently serves as a judge for its annual competition. He was also the elected International Chairman of the Young President’s Organization for 2012-13. Chuck was voted into the LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) Hall of Fame in 2015. He has been a coach for a local chapter of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) for many years.

Education
Chuck earned a B.A. from Brown University (1982) and his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1986.

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