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We Are Entrepreneurs.
We have built businesses in Internet, media, content and business applications. We know what it’s like to build something from scratch and watch it grow, and in some cases watch it fail. Choosing a financial partner can be one of the most important decisions you make as an entrepreneur, and we know what it’s like to be in your shoes.
We are a team that understands technology and looks practically at how consumers and businesses interact with products and how those products affect people on a day-to-day basis.
We have deep relationships with media companies, technology companies, financial institutions, institutional investors, App distributors and the very companies that make all these devices.
Since we are entrepreneurs ourselves, our deals tend to be flexible and simple. We aren’t looking for your first born. We are looking to partner with you and help your App business grow.
AppFund, Inc. Management
Co-founder of CNET, E! Online, IFILM & Fox Broadcasting Company
Kevin Wendle was the first senior entertainment industry executive to make the move to the web back in 1993 and was a co-founder of CNET, one of the world's leading internet companies. He also co-founded E! Online where he wrote the business plan and assembled the original management team. More recently, in 1999, Kevin co-founded IFILM which was sold to MTV Networks in 2006.
Kevin was also one of the six founding members of the team that launched Fox Broadcasting Company in 1986. While serving as Executive Vice President, Kevin led programming development and marketing for the new network including the development of its hit series "The Simpsons", "Married...With Children", "21 Jump Street", "In Living Color", "America's Most Wanted", "Cops", "The Tracey Ullman Show", and "Beverly Hills 90210" which was based on a concept that Kevin originated.
After leaving Fox in 1990, Kevin became President of Quincy Jones Entertainment Company where he developed and was Executive Producer of the successful NBC comedy series "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" hiring Will Smith for his first ever acting role.
An Emmy award winning producer, Kevin was named by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of "The 101 Most Powerful People in Entertainment". In 1996 and 1997 he was named by "Websight" magazine as one of "The 100 Most Influential People on the World Wide Web" where he was listed in the top ten both times, and was also later named by Red Herring Magazine as one of the "Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2000".
Co-founder of Music Nation, Original Signal & Fabric Group
Mr. Klaus is an entrepreneur and investor in new media and technology companies. From April 2006 to the December 2009, Mr. Klaus has served as Chief Executive Officer of the online media company Music Nation, Inc. and Original Signal Recordings, a company he co-founded and led through three rounds of equity and institutional debt financings including Greylock Partners, Point Judith Capital, and LightHouse Capital Partners. Music Nation and Original Signal have become one of the leading independent music companies in the US with artists such as Ingrid Michelson, Butch Walker, The Bronx, Longwave and numerous others. In 2009 the company formed a venture with Universal Music Group to distribute and market its recorded music product.
Since 2001, Mr. Klaus has been the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Fabric Group, LLC a media advisory firm with such clients as Goldman Sachs, Cheyne Capital, Institutional Venture Partners, Bertelsmann, and Yahoo! Inc., Music Match and Sony Pictures. Fabric is focused on assisting media companies launch technology services and work with content and rights holders such as record labels, music publishers and film studios. The firm has also assisted in a number of financial transactions including Yahoo’s purchase of MusicMatch.
Prior to 2001, Mr. Klaus launched BrandFarm, an on-line incubator. BrandFarm launched 911 Gifts (Red Envelope) and Gold Violin. Mr. Klaus launched his career by founding Canadian based Passion Music Group, which was acquired by BMG Music in 1997.
Mr. Klaus was named as one of the top 100 Internet executives in New York by Silicon Alley Insider, a leading Internet publication and has been featured in numerous national media publications and industry panels.