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Nile Media (NileGuide.com, 10Best.com) is a team of successful entrepreneurs who also happen to be passionate travelers.
Josh left the management consulting ranks to follow his passion for travel and entrepreneurship by joining Away.com. He soon found himself touching many pieces of the business, from marketing to sales and business development, and helped build Away into the web’s largest travel publisher, a top brand in the adventure travel space, and a successful media business. After an acquisition by Orbitz, Josh held a leadership role in media sales and business development for the Partner Marketing group within Cendant. On a personal level, Josh is an avid traveler who loves the outdoors. When he’s not scheming about his next trip to Mongolia or Bolivia, he’s taking advantage of Northern California’s abundant outdoor adventure opportunities, whether it’s snowboarding in Tahoe, mountain biking in Sonoma, hiking in Big Sur or kayaking in Sausalito. Josh is a graduate of Princeton, and tries not to bore his friends with stories from college too often, though he sometimes can’t help himself.
Editorial Director and GM of 10Best.com
Travis has more than a decade of experience in print and online travel publishing. Before 10Best, he was a designer, consultant, importer and administrator in the international textile and decorative accessories industries. When a friend invited him on a 23-day exploration of Guatemala, the travel bug hit! He’s now traveled to more than 200 cities and 26 countries to soak in the culture, meet the people and sample the foods that make a place unique. Whether a day-trip to a local festival or an extended journey abroad, Travis is always planning the next jaunt. Outside of work, he indulges in various creative projects, enjoys theater and the arts, hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains and frequently visits Charleston and the South Carolina coast. But food is his passion! Whether at home or away, you’ll find him planning a meal, baking for friends, tracking down a hole-in-the wall ethnic restaurant or sipping champagne before savoring a seven-course tasting menu.
Director of Software Development
John is a web engineer with over 14 years of experience building data driven applications. With an undergraduate degree in architecture from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Computer Science from Cal Poly, John brings a unique blend of creative and technical skills to the team. In addition to the many web applications he has developed for companies such as Apple, Hewlett Packard, Citibank, and Lehman Brothers, John also spent four years working at ILM where he worked on dozens of movies, including Avatar, for which he received an onscreen credit. When not at work, you can find John mountain biking the slopes of Mount Tamalpais, surf kayaking the caves of the California central coast, skiing the black diamond runs at Tahoe, or scuba diving the waters of the Channel Islands, hunting for his next meal and/or photo of a lobster, sea bass, or scallop. At home, John puts his cooking and BBQ skills to use turning locally gathered ingredients into tasty meals with an international flair. John is also a published travel and food photographer whose portfolio includes images in the Wall Street Journal and Gastronomica. Preferring the road less traveled, John’s favorite destinations include Colombia, Cambodia, and Tuscany.
Adam has been programming location-based travel applications for more than a decade, including projects for Priceline.com, Fairmont Hotels, AT&T Wireless, InterContinental Hotels Group, Amadeus Global, and Radisson Hotels. He currently fields all of the programming and database administration for 10best.com. Although coding and a side gig writing movie reviews generally keep him tethered to a computer, Adam travels whenever he has a chance, including having competed in a month-long fishing tournament in the Caymans and flown to Montreal for a guest spot on a basic cable werewolf comedy.
Senior Editor and Content Manager
Libby was a travel journalist for 12 years before joining the Nile team. A recent transplant to Greenville SC, she spent 20 years in sunny Florida, what she calls “the only place in the world where you drive north to reach the South.” An avid football fan, Libby has deep ties to the University of Oklahoma but actually graduated from rival Texas. She’s lived in Austin, Boston, Nashville, San Francisco and Captiva Island, including 4 happy years on a houseboat. She’s an authority on America’s Great Southwest and the country’s coastal Southeast. Libby speaks enough Spanish to get around the block, but also studied Italian for the 7 years she made annual treks to northern Italy. She can land a small plane, sail in dense fog, and pack for anywhere in the world in ten minutes.
Project Manager and Analyst
Lucas was born and raised in Alliance, NE- home of world famous Carhenge. He attended the University of Nebraska, and shortly after, fled to the warmer weather of the southeast. It was here he latched on at 10Best.com, where he has had the opportunity to work in many different areas. Whether it is hiking, hunting, or just relaxing on the beach, Lucas is always up for an excursion. He has also traveled across the country to attend sporting events, and eventually hopes to visit every major league baseball stadium. His loyalties lie with the Milwaukee Brewers, and naturally, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Molly graduated with a double major in Journalism and History from Northwestern University in 2004 and most recently worked in the video game industry doing marketing for IGN Entertainment. When not at NG, practicing yoga or participating as a slightly over-active member of the SF foodie community, Molly travels as often as possible (no surprise that she left video games for the travel industry!). She has sipped mint tea with spice merchants in Marrakech, sailed the blue waters of the Aegean, tasted the street food of Bangkok, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, followed the Tour de France through the mountain stages of the Pyrenees, and eaten Sushi at a Tokyo fish market. Currently, she is using 95% of her accessible brain cooking up awesome marketing ideas for NileGuide, and 5% planning her next adventure (tango dancing in Argentina, perhaps?).
While growing up in Oakland, CA, an East Coast grandmother introduced Rachel to travel early. After months of promising tea at The Plaza, seven-year-old Rachel boarded a plane solo and never looked back. Rachel studied Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala (where she ate pounds of guacamole and purchased everything embroidered in sight) before starting college at UC San Diego. As a junior, Rachel studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary. Although she attempted to show more restraint in souvenir shopping, she did travel as much as possible in Central and Eastern Europe. While there, she had the opportunity to explore the Romanian country side, stopping at gypsy flea markets and communist-apartment-building-turned-dance-halls along the way. Now back in the Bay Area, Rachel lives happily in the Mission.
Peter is a seasoned media and marketing executive with experience in both startups and multi-billion dollar public companies. He has had three successful exits as a CEO (DevX, About.com, and AllBusiness) and one as an independent director (Pluck) since 2003. Peter joined Goodmail in May of 2008 from IAC, where he oversaw that company’s media properties and ad sales operations. In this role, he oversaw IAC Advertising Solutions as well as Ask.com, Citysearch, Evite, Pronto, and IAC Mobile. He has a BA in English from Santa Clara University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Ben is a Managing Director of Tenaya Capital. He initially joined the predecessor to Tenaya (Lehman Brothers Venture Partners) in 2000, and co-founded Tenaya in 2009. Previously, Ben was a member of Lehman Brothers’ Technology Investment Banking group, where he was responsible for corporate finance and strategic advisory assignments. Ben holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University.
With over forty years of experience, William H. Draper III is one of the West Coast’s first venture capitalists. He is General Partner of Draper Richards L.P., a venture capital fund focusing on early-stage technology companies in the U.S., and Draper International, a venture capital fund investing in private companies with operations in the U.S. and India. Mr. Draper was founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, California. During his twenty years as the senior partner of Sutter Hill, he helped to organize and finance several hundred high technology manufacturing companies. Mr. Draper served from 1981 to 1986 as President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. In 1986, he became the head of the world’s largest source of multilateral development grant assistance, the United Nations Development Program. In addition to serving on many corporate boards of directors, Mr. Draper has served on the boards of the Atlantic Council, Draper Richards Foundation, Hoover Institution, Institute of International Studies at Stanford University, World Affairs Council of Northern California and the United Nations Association-USA. Mr. Draper has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, and a Master of Business degree, with distinction, from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Founder and managing partner of KPG Ventures, Vince has more than 20 years operational, technology sales and business development experience, including key leadership positions at several global technology companies. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Network Products Division of Inktomi Corporation. Prior to that position, Vince was responsible for all Inktomi sales as Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations. Before his Inktomi undertakings, Vince spent eight years at Hitachi Data Systems where he held multiple positions, including Senior Vice President and General Manager, United States. He directed Hitachi’s sales channels, service, and field marketing departments and was responsible for a $1.2 billion revenue base. Prior to joining Hitachi, Vince worked for IBM Corporation where he spent eight years in various sales and marketing leadership roles throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Vince holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering, both from Stanford University.