Kevin Colleran began his career at Facebook in early 2005 as one of its first seven employees and the very first advertising sales person. At that time, Facebook (known as TheFacebook) was a small, US based English language website comprised of less than 1 million college students.
Working from Facebook's East Coast Headquarters (Colleran's 1 bedroom apartment in NYC), Kevin focused on building Facebook's first advertising partnerships while helping to establish social media as an essential component of every brand's marketing strategy. He spent more than six-and-a-half years at Facebook becoming the most tenured employee other than Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
During his career at Facebook, Kevin Colleran led some of the company's largest advertising partnerships with brands like Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and Coca Cola. Sean Parker, Facebook's Founding President, called Kevin “one of the best hires I ever made”. As Facebook's first and longest serving East Coast employee, he was named one of New York's “100 Coolest Tech People” by Business Insider in 2010. Kevin Colleran currently writes the weekly column “The Accelerators” for The Wall Street Journal's website along with several other startup gurus, in which they address entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Most recently, Kevin Colleran joined a venture capital firm as partner. In this role, he focuses on mentoring young entrepreneurs in early stage investments. He is a board member of several companies in the social media space, including Buddy Media, a Facebook brand platform, and Facebook Causes, one of the largest applications on Facebook, which focuses on generating awareness and donations for over 240,000 causes and nonprofits in the United States. He is also a co-owner of a successful angel investment fund and serves as an advisory board member and investor at several companies including: Path, Zuckerberg Media, Brit+Co, Social Radar, Betable, Tumblr and Pinterest.
Kevin Colleran's various internet 1.0 companies included StartingPage.com, LiveService.com, and PhotoMasterpieces. While at college in Boston, Kevin co-Founded BlabberForce Enterprises, a company that recruited student entrepreneurs on college campuses (called ‘Blabbermouths') and gave them the tools to start their own grassroots marketing companies on their own campuses. After college, he worked as a consultant with BMG Music in New York where he launched a music sponsorship company that focused on artists signed to the Arista and RCA record labels.