Founder and Senior Partner,
The Social Internet Fund
Lou Kerner is the Founder and Senior Partner of The Social Internet Fund, which invests in the primary and secondary shares of rapidly growing social and mobile companies. Fund investments include Meetup, Scribd, Appia, Optim.al, IT Agility, and GameSalad.
Lou was previously Wall Street's first social media analyst, first on his blog, SecondShares, and then at Wedbush Securities, where he was the Managing Director of the Private Shares Group. It was on SecondShares, in March of 2010, that Lou published his original report on Facebook. The report, which predicted that the value of Facebook (then $16 billion) would rise to $100 billion, vaulted Lou in to the spotlight, and lead to his return to Wall Street.
Lou not only writes about Social Media, he was the first Wall Street analyst to live it, growing past 15,000 Twitter followers, and posting his research and expert conference calls on SlideShare.net where pieces often generated over 20,000 views. Lou is regularly quoted in Social Media stories in the WSJ, NY Times and dozens of other business publications. Lou is also a recurring guest on CNBC and other business related TV programs.
In 2007, Lou founded WildSites, a domain name aggregator that acquired more than 30,000 domain names, including CreditCheck.com for $3 million, which remains the 11th most expensive public market acquisition in industry history. WildSites continues to monetize its portfolio of domain names, generating significant returns for its investors.
From 2003-2006 Lou was President/Owner of Bolt.com, a leading social network which grew from 500,000 monthly uniques to over 20 million uniques in three years. At Bolt, Lou acquired numerous smaller youth sites, but his attempt to acquire the rapidly growing thefacebook, was rebuffed.
Prior to Bolt, Lou was the CEO of The .tv Corporation, an idealab company which licensed the top level domain (.tv) from the tiny island nation of Tuvalu. From 2000-2002, .tv grew to over 100 employees in Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong, and over $20 million in annual revenue, before being acquired by Verisign (Nasdaq:VRSN).
Prior to .tv, Lou had a distinguished career as an equity analyst following media companies for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.
Lou has a B.A. from U.C.L.A. and an MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business.