THE MEDIA AND TECH INDUSTRY IS TRANSFORMING.

 

KNA advises and invests in companies driving transformation. We focus on a handful of companies for our portfolio, partnering not just investing. We think of ourselves as fellow-operators and work with them to accelerate growth and best serve their customers.

 

WE WORK WITH COMPANIES ON:

 
Strategy

Strategy

Structure

Structure

Leadership

Leadership

Corporate Development

Corporate Development

Execution

Execution

Investment

Investment

 

SELECTED COMPANIES WE HAVE WORKED WITH


 
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MIKE KELLY

Mike's repeated success in media and tech turn arounds has yielded Billions in increased value for investors. He is a digital trailblazer and has spent 20 years successfully growing digital businesses, including advertising technology. Mike ran AOL’s media business as President, taking revenue from $600 million to over $2 billion, and transforming AOL from a dial-up online service into an advertising technology powerhouse. Subsequently, Mike was the CEO of the Weather Channel, where he repositioned the cable network into a digital data platform adding 1.2 billion to its market value. The digital assets recently sold to IBM for over $2 billion. Most recently, Kelly was an investor and chairman of the board of video ad platform, Unruly, which was acquired by News Corp for 180 million. Kelly is also a non-executive board director at Bankrate (NYSE RATE), which has entered into definitive agreement to be acquired by Red Ventures for $1.4 Billion. Additionally, Kelly served as lead investor and chairman for media planning software company, ColSpace and is a board director at Quantcast as well as an advisor at Celtra. KNA served as strategic advisor when ColSpace was acquired by Mediaocean, a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners

 
 

TOM NEWMAN

Tom is an operator and a dealmaker. He brings together strategy and execution across disciplines, to create new ways of doing business in the tech media space. He has over 15 years of experience launching and working with digital media companies.  Prior to his current position at KNA, Tom was the President of Interactive One, an urban millennial digital media company. There, he focused on digital media targeting women’s lifestyle, culture & entertainment, social justice, and music.
More about Tom:

  • Formerly the head of corporate strategy for AOL Media Networks,
    corporate strategy for Time Warner, investment banker at Goldman Sachs