TYLER WILLIS

Tyler Willis is an entrepreneur and investor. He specializes in helping early-stage technology companies scale to world-class businesses.

Willis is the co-founder of Connective, an early-stage startup. He serves on the Board of Directors for two non-profits: The Rare Cancer Research Foundation and Nomadic Mentors (which supports international entrepreneurship).

Previously, Willis served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Hired, a career marketplace that raised over $100 Million to help talented people find jobs they love. Prior to Hired, Willis was the VP of Business and Corporate Development at Unified (a privately held data management company), the Director of Marketing at Involver (which grew to over two million customers before being acquired by Oracle), and a growth advisor to BranchOut (which grew to over twenty-five million users before being acquired by Hearst).

As an investor, he backs technology companies with either deep technical achievement or a novel sociological insight. He has invested in seed-stage companies that have gone on to raise significant additional investment from Khosla Ventures, Index Ventures, Founders Fund and others. Select investments include Patreon (helped creators earn over $100M), Lyft (did $700M in revenue in 2016), and Classpass (over 20 million fitness classes booked).

Willis is an occasional author and public speaker. He has given well-received talks at companies and conferences across the world, including Microsoft, Oracle, MIT, South by Southwest, and the American Marketing Association. His presentations on innovation, entrepreneurship, and marketing, have been described as “very insightful and educational with an excellent ability to balance trends, techniques and strategies with concrete advice and real-life examples.”


Selected Press, Speaking Engagements and Awards:

Press

- The New Yorker: Bay Watched - How San Francisco’s new entrepreneurial culture is changing the country

- CNBC, The Evolution of a Unicorn, How Startups Get Funded

- Bloomberg Markets, Tech Billionaire Made in France Seeds Paris Entrepreneur

- Forbes, The Law of Accelerating Media, And How To Deal With It

- Sole24Ore, Interview on International Investing in Silicon Valley [in italian]

- VentureBeat, An Angel Investor’s Ultimate Guide to AngelList Syndicates

- Fast Company, Private Facebook Group Can Teach You Insider Marketing Tips, If They Let You Become a Member

Speaking

- MIT Tech Conference (Boston, MA)

- Seattle Interactive Conference (Seattle, WA)

- South By Southwest (Austin, TX)

- Microsoft Webcamp (Mountain View, CA)

- American Marketing Association (Chicago, IL)

Awards

- Facebook Studio, 2012 Bronze Award
(awarded on behalf of work done for EVB and Skittles)

- Stanford University, Certificate of Recognition
(awarded from the Persuasive Technology Lab)

- OMMA, 2008 Best Integrated Marketing Campaign
(awarded on behalf of work done for Serena Software)

- Society for New Community Research, Award of Excellence
(awarded on behalf of work done for PUMA)