Co-Founder, Chairman, Collective[i]
Co-Founder, CEO, WorldEvolved
Co-Founder, former President/COO, LinkShare Corporation
Heidi Messer has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the digital economy since the commercialization of the Internet. She currently serves as co-Founder and Chairman of Collective[i]TM. Collective[i] is a business intelligence network built around technology designed to transform what is currently referred to as “Big Data” into insights and intelligence. Collective[i]’s technology integrates and analyzes disparate data sources through a network where business insights and knowledge can be shared throughout large enterprises in real time through finished applications for sales, marketing, services and customer support. Ms. Messer is Co-founder and CEO of World Evolved, a platform for global investment and expansion. Ms. Messer is one of the founding members of the Zokei Network, a global network devoted to encourage innovation across art, science, business and technology. In addition, Ms. Messer is an active angel investor and advisor to numerous startups.
Prior to Collective[i], Ms. Messer and her brother, Stephen Messer, co-founded LinkShare Corporation, which is host to one of the world’s largest online affiliate networks representing some of the largest and fast growing publishers and merchants on the web. The company is widely considered to be a pioneer in the world of digital advertising. Under Ms. Messer’s leadership, LinkShare was recognized by Deloitte and Touche for two consecutive years as the fastest growing technology company in the New York Region. Ms. Messer served as a board member, President and Chief Operating Officer of LinkShare until its sale to Rakuten (4755:JASDAQ) for $425 million in 2005.
Ms. Messer is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and universities on entrepreneurship, digital marketing and advertising, business intelligence and the future of Internet services. She has been cited in various publications including, The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, The Nikkei, Women’s Wear Daily and Chief Executive Magazine. Ms. Messer has also appeared on national television and radio programs including the Today Show, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Business Talk Radio, Fox News, CBS Morning News and the Fox Morning Show. Ms. Messer has received several honors including being selected as one of 2012’s 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs. Ms. Messer serves on advisory boards for Dell Computers, NBC Universal and American Express OPEN.
Ms. Messer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She received her juris doctorate from Harvard Law School graduating cum laude.