Merriman Curhan Ford Names Steve Eskenazi to Its Advisory Board

Jan 28, 2010, 09:05 ET from Merriman Curhan Ford Group, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Merriman Curhan Ford Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: MERR) today announced that it has appointed Steve Eskenazi as its 10th independent advisory board member.


Eskenazi is a former general partner of Walden Venture Capital, where, from 1997-2008, he was responsible for building Walden's digital media and technology practice. During that period, he led successful investments and exits in many companies, such as AdKnowledge (acquired by CMGI for $250 million), BlueLithium (acquired by Yahoo! for $300 million), Cybertrust (acquired by Verizon for $450 million), and DigitalThink (which was publicly traded and attained a market capitalization in excess of $2 billion before selling to Convergys). He also was responsible for raising two funds totaling more than $300 million from both institutional and strategic investors. He has more than 20 years of venture capital, investment banking and technology experience, which includes seven years as a managing director and founder of Alex. Brown's New Media Group. As an equity research analyst, he was selected by The Wall Street Journal as an All-Star software analyst and stock picker in 1995 and 1996.

Eskenazi currently serves on the board of directors of gWallet and Purple Communications and has held recent assignments on the boards of Iconoculture and Real Girls Media. He also served on the board of Outtask, which was acquired by Concur in 2006. Eskenazi is an active member of the Israeli Venture Network, a venture philanthropy network of executives in the United States and Israel.

In his advisory board role, Eskenazi will draw on his digital media and technology expertise and venture capital contacts to further assist Merriman Curhan Ford's senior management in growing the firm's Consumer, Media & Internet and Technology practices.

Jon Merriman, co-founder and chief executive officer of the firm's holding company, Merriman Curhan Ford Group, Inc., stated: "I'm excited for Steve to join the advisory board as our 10th member. I believe his deep strategic insight into fast-growing digital media and technology companies, as well as his experience as a microcap board member and activist will greatly benefit our firm."

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