Kevin O'Connor has 30+ years of experience in the tech space – both as an entrepreneur and investor. Kevin is currently the General Partner at ScOp Venture Capital in Santa Barbara. Just prior, he was the CEO of Graphiq (acquired by Amazon), who's mission was to drastically simplify the process of obtaining the world's knowledge. Kevin was the founder, CEO, and chairman of internet advertisement-technology giant, DoubleClick, which was acquired by Google in 2007 for $3.1 billion. Prior to DoubleClick, Kevin founded and served as the vice president of research for Cincinnati-based Intercomputer Communications Corporation (ICC), which was acquired by DCA in 1992. Kevin remained with DCA as the vice president of research until 1995 when he left to found DoubleClick.
From 1995 - 2009, on breaks from building his own companies, Kevin started O'Connor Ventures, investing in companies such as Procore, Internet Security Systems, 1-800-Flowers.com, HotJobs, and MeetUp. Kevin obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering with honors from University of Michigan. Kevin currently resides in Santa Barbara, California.
Dates Employed: Jun 2018 – Present
Location: Santa Barbara, California Area
ScOp stands for Scalable Opportunities. You’ve created an opportunity by solving an important problem for your customers. Now, you want to scale your organization but you need capital and insightful advice. ScOp Venture Capital can help take your company to the next level - up and to the right.
Company Name: Surfline Wavetrak, Inc.
Dates Employed: Mar 2008 – Present
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Surfline specializes in providing live and predicted ocean weather information for surfers, boaters, and others. Surfline operates Surfline for surf reports, Buoyweather for marine forecasts, and FishTrack for fishing reports.
Company Name: Graphiq (acquired by Amazon)
Dates Employed: May 2009 – May 2018
Employment Duration: 8 yrs 1 mo
Location: 101 Innovation Place, Santa Barbara, CA, 93108
Graphiq (formerly FindTheBest) was a data aggregation and visualization company that turned complicated data into contextually-rich presentations of the world's knowledge. For consumers, Graphiq operated a number of trusted vertical search engines, spanning tech gadgets, education, pets, financial services and more. Graphiq was acquired by Amazon and is now a core part of the Alexa product line.
Company Name: O'Connor Ventures
Dates Employed: 2001 – 2008
Employment Duration: 7 yrs
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Provided seed capital to technology companies in southern California.
Synopsis: The Map of Innovation is O’Connor’s step-by-step approach to devising lucrative new products and services and bringing them to market, through a process that has proven itself time and again in many different industries. Too often, people trying to innovate focus on things that don’t matter or waste their time trying to find answers to questions that can’t be answered. O’Connor shows why the map of innovation centers on getting right the five make-or-break fundamentals: creating a large number of viable ideas; picking the right idea to pursue; creating a highly focused strategy to bring the idea to market; getting the money to fund the strategy; and hiring the best people. With Kevin O’Connor, the proof of the value of methodical innovation is in the pudding. He helped start companies that have employed thousands of people and created billions in shareholder value.