Kevin SladekVP, Business Development
As Vice President of Business Development, Kevin leads Alume’s strategic partnership and market development initiatives. He joins the team after two years as an active angel investor and startup mentor, including an early investment in Alume.
After graduating from Yale University in 2003 with a degree in economics and political philosophy, Kevin co-founded an internet video technology company, today called SAY Media, with two of his college classmates. The trio raised venture funding from A-list investors including Josh Kopelman and Howard Morgan at First Round Capital, Bill Tai at Charles River Ventures, and David Hornick at August Capital.
Over the next four years Kevin led strategy and business development as their startup entered hypergrowth, scaling to more than 200 employees and launching the first online video sharing features for millions of users on then-heavyweight services including AOL, Bebo, and Moveable Type. Along the way, their firm developed and patented fundamental video transcoding and advertising technologies that are still widely used today.
In 2007, Kevin left the Silicon Valley to fly helicopters in the United States Marine Corps. During 9 years on active duty, he spearheaded the USMC’s first use of Android tablets for air-to-ground target correlation, flew combat missions in Helmand, Afghanistan, and was invited to instruct at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1), the Marine Corps’ TOPGUN.
After leaving active duty, Kevin consulted on strategic initiatives for General Electric, the Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research, and the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University. He is an active angel investor and startup mentor, with recent investments ranging from automated textile manufacturing to elder-care infrastructure.