Eric Hippeau is a prolific investor in over 80 startups, most of which are based in NY. Previously the CEO at The Huffington Post, Hippeau is currently working at Lerer Ventures and has been praised by names such as Buzzfeed‘s Jonah Peretti and Buddy Media‘s Mike Lazerow. When Hippeau started at the Huffington Post in 2009 he was just a board member, but he managed to turn the website into a business with $30 million in revenue by 2011, according to Ad Age. After the site’s sale to AOL in 2011, which he opposed, Hippeau left to join Ken Lerer at Lerer Ventures.
Many wonder now whether Hippeau will consider a CEO position again. He said, “Yeah, why not? But that’s what we’re doing here: We’re building from scratch.” This comment is in reference to Soho Tech Labs, a startup incubator located at the Lerer Ventures SoHo Office. The supervisor is ex-CTO for Huffington Post, Paul Berry. So far, the incubator has launched one company, CasaHop, a house-swapping site.