Robin Wolaner

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Managing Partner of Skout, Inc.

Robin Wolaner is a business executive with broad experience in startups, managing companies and leading executive teams. She is a frequent speaker on business topics and is the author of Naked in the Boardroom: A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career (Simon & Schuster, 2005).

In 1985, she founded Parenting magazine, the most successful magazine launch of the decade and later sold to Time Inc. Her founding of Parenting is documented in one of the most popular case studies by Harvard Business School, taught to all first-year students of the school. She started her career at Penthouse magazine, where she created the magazine's one-liner: "More than just a pretty face."

Her career encompasses heading magazine development for Time Inc.; president/CEO of Sunset Publishing; executive vice president helping the founders of CNET guide the company’s explosive growth (1997-2002) and profitability, before founding TeeBeeDee in 2006, a social network for people over 40. TeeBeeDee failed in 2009. Robin is currently managing director of Skout, a mobile apps company, where she is advising the founders in much the same role as she played at CNET – mobile today being very similar to the internet in 1997.

A New York native, Robin graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations. Robin has been director of a range of public, private and non-profit companies and remains on the board of Credo Mobile (formerly known as Working Assets). She is based in San Francisco with her two children.