As Founder and Chairman of 1stdibs, Michael Bruno has always lived by his motto: "Decide what you want, believe in it and then get ready for the ride of your life." It's with this spirit that he founded 1stdibs over 10 years ago, bringing a handful of antiques dealers from the famed Marché aux Puces in Paris to discerning American collectors through his newly launched website, 1stdibs.com.
Michael is now focused on the long-term strategic vision of the company and also acts as 1stdibs' Chief Creative Officer. In addition, he continues to travel around the world, visiting prospective dealers.
Michael is also actively involved in many charitable organizations, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Museum of Art and Design and the Bard Graduate Center. In addition, Michael sits on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the City of New York as well as the Board of Directors of Alpha Workshops.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of 1stdibs, David Rosenblatt spends his time thinking about how to create the preeminent digital platform for the luxury market.
Prior to his position at 1stdibs, David served as CEO of DoubleClick — the leading provider of online marketing technology and services — from 2004 until 2008, where he helped contribute to the digital migration of the advertising industry.
David sold the company to Google in 2008 for $3.2 billion. Following the acquisition, he stayed on as Google's President of Global Display Advertising through 2009.
David serves on the boards of Twitter, IAC and Narrative Science, and is a founder and non-executive chairman of Group Commerce, Inc.
As 1stdibs' Technology Founder, Laurence Forcione built the company's platform from the ground up.
Laurence was born in New York but grew up in Paris where he graduated from the American University of Paris with a degree in Computer Science. He worked briefly for Apple's Ireland outpost before founding a media agency of his own called Et Alors Productions. In 1999, Forcione met Michael Bruno, and the two went on to create 1stdibs.
Laurence is now advising our engineering team as they develop the next generation of the 1stdibs platform.
Managing Director, 1stdibs International
As Managing Director of 1stdibs UK, Carmine oversees all aspects of our UK business, including local sales, operations, and dealer support, as well as managing our network of important art and antiques trade associations.
Carmine joined 1stdibs in 2012 through the company's acquisition of UK-based art and antiques portal, Online Galleries Ltd., where he served as Managing Director from 2007. Within 5 years, Carmine grew OnlineGalleries.com into a leading marketplace of over 35,000 items from top dealers around the world and built strong relationships with leading trade associations.
Previous to Online Galleries, Carmine spent almost a decade specializing in the sales of high-end fine art to collectors around the globe.
Chief Marketing Officer
As 1stdibs' CMO, Adam Karp is responsible for all marketing and communications including public relations, social media marketing, email and offline advertising as well as managing the company's editorial team.
He has more than 15 years experience in consumer marketing, including senior roles with leading brands FreshDirect, Barnes & Noble and, most recently, American Express, where he served as VP Customer Base Management. While with Barnes & Noble, Adam was instrumental in developing the first marketing programs and platforms necessary to create a seamless, multichannel customer experience.
Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, Ross Paul is responsible for building and maintaining the scalable systems necessary for our rapidly growing business.
Ross joins us from MLB.com, where he served as VP of Engineering, helping to develop innovative programs like their stat-casting application, real-time pitch classifier and live mobile streaming video platform, and products for connected devices including video game consoles, Roku and Internet-enabled TVs. Previously, he worked for Lockheed Martin's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Chief Financial Officer
In his role as 1stdibs' CFO, Richard Pham is responsible for leading the finance, legal and human resources teams.
Prior to 1stdibs, Richard served as VP of Finance for Tiny Prints, an online retailer of premium, design-focused, personalized stationery. Following the company's sale to Shutterfly for $350 million in 2011, he served as Vice President at Shutterfly, where he continued to oversee the financial operations for Tiny Prints.
Vice President of Product
As Vice President of Product, Xiaodi Zhang oversees the product strategy and management, user experience, site design and item quality teams.
Before joining 1stdibs, Xiaodi was the Senior Director of Product at Gilt Groupe where she helped launch several site initiatives that resulted in a significant increase in purchase conversion and inventory sell-through. Prior to that, Xiaodi spent six years at eBay in various leadership roles throughout the company's Buyer Experience, Search and eBay China divisions, where she helped launch numerous key products across all of eBay's 37 markets.
Benchmark Capital, Director
Matt Cohler has extensive experience working with great entrepreneurs to build lasting consumer Internet companies, having served in senior management roles at Facebook and LinkedIn. Before LinkedIn, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company's Silicon Valley office and worked in Beijing for AsiaInfo, the telecom solutions provider that built China's Internet infrastructure, prior to the company's initial public offering.