Stephen Messer is a key investor in Spire, a company with 40 satellites in orbit, where he also advises the business. Spire uses its satellite constellation to collect information about ships, planes, and weather around the entire globe. Mr Messer has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the digital economy since the commercialization of the Internet. He currently serves as co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Collective[i]. Collective[i] is reinventing the way B2B sales executives, operators and professionals manage revenue. Collective[i] (short for Collective Intelligence) hosts a global network, technology and applications designed to grow revenue for enterprise sales organizations using data, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. Mr. Messer is Co-Founder and President of World Evolved, a platform for global investment and expansion, and serves as the Chairman of the Council for Accountable Advertising.
Prior to Collective[i], Mr. Messer and his sister, Heidi Messer, co-founded LinkShare Corporation, host to one of the world’s largest online affiliate networks representing the world’s premier publishers and merchants on the web. The company is widely considered to be a pioneer in the world of SaaS, digital advertising and the sharing economy. Under Mr. Messer’s leadership, LinkShare was recognized by Deloitte and Touche for two consecutive years as the fastest growing technology company in New York Region. Mr. Messer served as Chairman and CEO of Linkshare until its sale to Rakuten (4755:JASDAQ) for $425 million in 2005.
Mr. Messer was awarded the Best Service to the Industry award, recognizing his contributions to development of the affiliate marketing industry. In 2005, Mr. Messer was awarded the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the New York Region. He has been cited in various publications including, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nikkei, and Internet Retailer Magazine, and he has appeared on national business programs such as CNBC, CNNfn, and the Fox News Channel. Mr. Messer has also spoken at major industry events, such as the DMA, Internet World, and Harvard University CyberSymposium, and appeared as a guest speaker at prestigious business schools such as Columbia Business School, New York University’s Stern School of Business, and Wharton.