In this episode we chat with Steven Rosenblatt, Josh Rahn & Glenn Handler, Co-Founders and General Partners at Oceans, a new kind of venture capital firm helmed by a team of early stage investors and mentors focused on giving start-ups the hands on support they need to succeed. These NYC tech legends take us through their collective experiences at Apple, Facebook and Google, where they saw a deficiency in the standard VC ecosystem and how their unique people first approach has already put them far ahead of the curve.
With more than 20 years of experience scaling startups and building technology companies in the digital and mobile ecosystem, Steven Rosenblatt co-founded Oceans, a new kind of venture capital firm, in 2018 where he currently serves as General Partner.
Steven has been passionate about building early stage companies and has finally fulfilled his life long goal of starting his own company. Prior to Oceans, Steven was President of Foursquare. During his six-year tenure at the location intelligence company, he was responsible for transitioning the company from a purely consumer-facing location platform into an enterprise business, building a multi-product strategy and growing revenue by more than 70x. This entailed overseeing all aspects of strategy and implementation of the company’s revenue streams along with overseeing its biggest customers. During his time, Foursquare won numerous awards, including being named in CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list as one of the most disruptive tech companies in the world, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, and won Ad Age’s Best Places to work. Steven worked closely with his investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, DFJ, and Spark Capital, and has spoken at nearly 100 events.
Before joining Foursquare, Steven launched iAd, Apple’s advertising platform for brands and developers, where he managed sales, agency relations, and the creative and strategy team. Steven led the opening of Apple’s New York office and worked closely with leadership teams to build a presence in New York. Prior to this, Steven served as Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales at Quattro Wireless until it was acquired by Apple in January 2010. He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. You can also find Steven playing sports with his two sons Aidan and Nate, listening to U2 and Pearl Jam, or on the beach with his wife Loren.
Joshua Rahn was hired in 2007 as the seventh person in Facebook’s New York office to inspire, evangelize and empower partners to maximize Facebook’s evolving platform and audience base.
Joshua used a unique blend of marketing acumen, performance optimization and relentless passion to help grow the Facebook monetization efforts. He led his team and the New York office during key transformational times such as the launch of newsfeed, the pivot to mobile and cross device measurement and early stages of Machine Learning optimization.
By understanding the nuances of working with people from different backgrounds and the value a diverse and offbeat team holds, Joshua built, managed, and mentored Facebook’s first $100M office, surpassing year-over-year growth 100% for five consecutive years. During his 9 yr tenure he managed the development and implementation of integrated Facebook marketing partnerships as the company scaled from 20 million to 1.5 billion monthly active users.
Joshua is a serial start up entrepreneur with 2 successful exits prior to his time at Facebook including the sale of his first tech startup to Sony 550 Ventures.
Joshua supports a number of nonprofits including Hudson River Park Friends, The Gun Safety Alliance, and the March for Our Lives team. Most weekends Joshua can be found on the sidelines of his three highly over scheduled kids’ countless soccer, dance and table tennis matches. His love of his family and kids directly impact his golf swing which he is looking forward to eventually working on when they graduate from high school.
As a co-founder and General Partner at Oceans, Glenn Handler brings over 20 years of experience in recruiting and HR—helping to build and retain high-performing teams around the world. A recruiting veteran of Morgan Stanley, Google, and most recently Facebook (where he was hired in 2008 as the first monetization recruiter), Glenn believes that people are the reason a company succeeds or fails. To quote Steve Jobs, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” Hiring and building great teams is what Glenn has been focused on for the totality of his career.
For nearly nine years, Glenn led global staffing efforts at Facebook, where he was the primary partner for every VP and Director in the Global Marketing Solutions team and was accountable for driving headcount growth from around 30 to over 4,000. He and his teams over the years have partnered with and hired thousands of the world’s most influential sales leaders, marketers, and engineers. During Glenn’s tenure, Glassdoor’s Employee Choice Awards named Facebook the No.1 Best Place to Work three times and listed them in the Top 10 in eight out of the last ten years. Prior to Facebook, Glenn was a member of the HR Recruiting and Programs team at Google where he led recruiting for APAC and LATAM—and implemented global projects and processes to create more effective teams across the Engineering discipline globally.
Glenn lives in New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and his massive pony of a dog Bunker. He is a diehard Mets fan—and unfortunately his kids are as well.