Cody Simms (Managing Director, Techstars)

General Assembly - 1520 2nd St. Santa Monica, 90401 West Los Angeles
Tue, Mar 10, 2015, 6:30 PM (PDT)

About this event

Cody has been operating at the intersection of technology and media since the late 1990s when his first employer merged into NBC Internet. He is particularly interested in the ever-changing ways that our increasingly networked and connected society, creates, distributes and consumes information.

Cody is presently Managing Director for Techstars in Los Angeles where he is working along with The Walt Disney Company to deliver Disney Accelerator, a mentorship-driven investment program for technology-enabled media and entertainment startups. (Learn more at Previously, Cody was Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon where he led a team responsible for product development activities across all consumer platforms (mobile, tablet, web), publisher products, and StumbleUpon's pioneering and profitable native advertising platform, Paid Discovery.

Prior to StumbleUpon, Cody served as Vice President of Product at Yahoo! with global responsibility for entertainment products including Yahoo! Movies, omg!, Shine, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! TV, and Yahoo! Games, spanning 30+ global markets and encompassing approximately $200M in revenue. In preceding roles at Yahoo, Cody led many of Yahoo!'s social and developer platform initiatives including the Yahoo! Developer Network.

Earlier in his career, Cody worked in product management capacticies at The New York Times, Sprint and NBC Internet. He has developed courses and taught in adjunct capacity at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He holds an MA in Transnational Communications and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum laude graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in history and East Asian languages and a focus on Mandarin Chinese. When he's not working or with his family, Cody can often be found in the Pacific Ocean trying to make his Kansas heritage proud by attempting to catch some waves.



Tuesday, Mar 10
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (PDT)


General Assembly
1520 2nd St.
90401 Santa Monica

General Assembly
1520 2nd St. Santa Monica90401

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