Scott L. Kauffman

​Scott L. Kauffman has more than 25 years of senior executive and board leadership experience with both public and private companies, and is a widely recognized industry leader and expert in the fields of digital entertainment, Internet media and consumer marketing. 

Mr. Kauffman is the Presiding Director of MDC Partners (NASDAQ:MDCA), an advertising agency holding company, and the Chairman of several venture-backed Internet companies, including Choose Energy, Encryptics, Lotame,, ShopAdvisor, TuneUp Media and Vindicia.

Prior to focusing exclusively on board work, Mr. Kauffman was the President & CEO, and a member of the board of Geeknet (NASDAQ:GKNT), the parent company of SourceForge, Slashdot and ThinkGeek.  He joined Geeknet shortly after Yahoo! acquired BlueLithium, where he served as President & COO.

Before joining BlueLithium, Mr. Kauffman was President & CEO, and a member of the board, of several venture-backed Internet start-ups, including Zinio, MusicNow, Coremetrics and eCoverage. In 1997, Kleiner Perkins recruited Mr. Kauffman to Silicon Valley to become President & CEO of AdKnowledge, which he filed to take public before negotiating its sale to CMGI in 1999.

Prior to AdKnowledge, Mr. Kauffman was Vice President & General Manager of online services for CompuServe, and a presenting member on the road show for one of the Internet industry’s first IPOs, led by Goldman Sachs.

Before his association with CompuServe, Mr. Kauffman spent seven years at Time Warner, including five years as a member of the founding team of Entertainment Weekly magazine, where he was Vice President of Marketing, Promotion and New Media.

Prior to Time Warner, Mr. Kauffman spent five years at Newsweek as the publisher of Newsweek on Campus and Newsweek on Health, and General Manager of Newsweek’s Education Division. Earlier in his career he was a Marketing Manager for Playboy, a Brand Manager for Lever Brothers and a Media Planner for Benton & Bowles.

Mr. Kauffman was honored by Advertising Age in 1996 as one of twenty Digital Media Masters and in 1992 as one of the top 100 marketers in the country. He holds an A.B. in English from Vassar College and an MBA in marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He lives in Palo Alto, California and New York City with his wife Nanci.