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You may believe yourself to be irreplaceable, but you are the only one who thinks so. Board members can not only replace you; at times, they may instinctively want to. In this Founders Network talk, Geoff Cook — serial entrepreneur who most recently sold The Meet Group for $500 million — discusses his top four survival moments across a 15-year career as a founder and CEO, and what early-stage founders need to know about navigating similar risks.
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Geoff Cook is a serial entrepreneur and public company CEO. He has been on the board of The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET) since 2011 until its sale in 2020.
Geoff sold the company for $500 million in September 2020 — one of the last large public deals prior to the declaration of a global pandemic by the WHO. He started his first company from a Harvard dorm and sold it for millions of dollars at age 24 in the year 2002. He sold his second company for $100 million in 2011.
Geoff is currently the CEO and co-founder of The Meet Group, a social dating and livestreaming company. He is also GM of video for the parent company ParshipMeet Group. He successfully transitioned the company from 90% advertising revenue in 2016 to 60+% user-pay revenue while dramatically expanding revenue by investing heavily in livestreaming video.
Geoff is experienced in M&A, having spent $200 million in the last 4 years buying and integrating 4 companies: LOVOO, Tagged, Skout, and Growlr, and also in corporate development, having recently agreed to a three-year deal to power live video for one of The Match Group’s (ticker: MTCH) largest apps: POF. Geoff is also a thought leader in building safer dating apps.
Geoff is the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner for the Philadelphia Region. He has also received the “Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania” award on behalf of his company. In his spare time, Geoff is a children’s book author and a mentor at Princeton University’s Keller Center. Geoff is listed on 4 patents currently pending with the USPTO related to livestreaming dating and incented audio.
He graduated from Harvard University in 2000 with a BA in Economics.
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