Zach Suchin, CEO, Brand-Knew
Born and raised in Los Angeles to a family immersed in the entertainment industry, he absorbed pop-culture and took interest in the media and technology sectors. Throughout high school, he worked for executive management at Sony, 20th Century Fox, ICM and The Firm. He earned degrees in both Political Science and Film at Emory University, while building a promotions business and marketing high-profile weekly events for college students, featuring recording artists such as Akon, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris and Outkast.
In 2006, Zach moved back to Los Angeles with an increased knowledge of the digital landscape and developed College Tonight, which was named the best event-based social network by Mashable and was published in Generation MySpace as one of the top social networking sites on the web. What started as a conduit between local businesses and college students, became a more robust collegiate platform. TheQuad consisted of a retail outfit, collaborative tools and Greek community features. Suchin led the company through several venture rounds, successfully taking the small-cap company public in late 2007. This made Suchin the youngest CEO of a publicly-traded company in the US. With Zach at the helm, the company grew past a market capitalization of over $100 million. He sold his share of the company in early 2009.
He then co-founded Brand Knew to help both start-ups and veteran brands better navigate the digital landscape. Suchin is credited with having invented the developmental venture equity model now popularized by boutique digital agencies, guest lectures in new media at UCLA, USC and Boston University, and has been a Bloomberg technology contributor.
Zach sits on the board of directors for several portfolio companies and the steering committees for various non-profit organizations. He is a Guest Member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Oakwood School. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Organization for Social Media Safety, the leading consumer advocacy group in the industry. Emory University inducted him into the inaugural class of 40 Under 40 in recognition of his charitable contributions. He serves as the Digital Chair of YaLa Academy, has judged the Connect Ability Challenge for AT&T and NYU, and serves as a Board Member of the Social Impact Fund, a charitable organization that provides legal structure to programs for John Legend, Tobey Maguire, wil.i.am, Lily Collins, Bradley Cooper, DJ Khaled and other celebrities. He conceived FitCause, a Nike/TechStars company that leverages fitness data towards charitable donations and was contracted by the Department of Veteran Affairs to measure veteran wellness.
He remains intimately involved in the creative direction of Brand Knew’s clients, leads investments in many of the firm’s portfolio companies, advises several start-up ventures throughout LA and chairs the Causathon event series.