Whistle Sports Network Executive Joins SeventySix Capital
JANUARY 11, 2017
Brian Selander to serve as SeventySix Capital’s Entrepreneur in Residence: Career track-record of building successful teams in the public and private sectors
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SeventySix Capital, a leading venture capital firm investing in game-changing companies in the e-commerce, retail, sports, media and healthcare industries, announced today that Whistle Sports Network’s Executive Vice President Brian Selander will be joining the group as an Entrepreneur in Residence.
“Since 1999, SeventySix Capital has backed passionate, smart and nice entrepreneurs like Brian,” said Wayne Kimmel, Managing Partner at SeventySix Capital. “Brian is a leader in establishing disruptive, innovative brands both in the private and public sectors, making him the perfect fit as an Entrepreneur in Residence. He was an invaluable member in growing Whistle Sports and is a true architect of change. We’re thrilled to bring him on board during our firm’s exciting time.”
Since its official launch in 2014 to serve millennial sports fans, Whistle Sports quickly scaled to over 270 million aggregate fans, followers and subscribers across social media and digital platforms. Selander joined Whistle Sports as its first Executive Vice President in 2012. SeventySix Capital made its first investment in the company in 2013. Whistle Sports’ investors and equity holders include NBC Sports, SKY, TEGNA (formerly Gannett), Liberty Global, and Emil Capital.
As an Entrepreneur in Residence, Selander will be responsible for helping drive the vision and growth of SeventySix Capital, working with existing portfolio companies on their needs, connecting the firm to new investment opportunities, supporting due diligence on deals in flight, serving as a brand representative in public settings and helping the firm stay ahead of emerging developments across industries.
“I’ve never met a team that wakes up each day so completely committed to the success of their partners as SeventySix Capital. They were the first venture capital firm to invest in Whistle Sports and I’m excited to be part of the team that helps create the next world-changing idea,” said Selander. “SeventySix Capital was built by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, and I could not be more excited to join this exceptional group that shares this rare DNA.”
Prior to Whistle Sports, Selander served as the Chief Strategy Officer to Delaware Governor Jack Markell. He was integral in building Silver Oak Solutions, a professional services firm that was successfully acquired by global consulting firm CGI, where Selander served as National Director in the Spend Management Solutions Practice. Prior to this, Selander served in roles under senators, governors and Presidential candidates in various capacities, including Press Secretary and Communications Director. Selander is on the advisory boards of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation, DoSomething.org and Catalyst Investors.
About SeventySix Capital
SeventySix Capital invests in passionate, smart and nice entrepreneurs who are launching game-changing companies in the e-commerce, retail, sports, media and healthcare industries. Wayne Kimmel founded SeventySix Capital, the Philadelphia area based venture capital fund, in 1999. Recently, Jon Powell joined Kimmel as a Managing Partner at SeventySix Capital. Powell is also the CEO of Kravco, a leading private real estate developer and property management company that developed the King of Prussia Mall. Five of SeventySix Capital's portfolio companies have been acquired by Fortune 500 companies including SeamlessWeb (now public as GrubHub), Take Care Health Systems, and Nutrisystem, the top performing stock in the U.S. for five consecutive years. SeventySix Capital's current portfolio companies span internationally across North America and Israel, including: Adwerx, CareCam Health Systems (New Ocean), Dwolla, Indiegogo, Lindi Skin, ReverbNation, StartUp Health, Thrive Commerce and Whistle Sports. SeventySix Capital's partners are extremely active in the entrepreneurial and non-profit communities around the world. For more information on SeventySix Capital, please visit seventysixcapital.com or at @76capital on Twitter.