Author, financier, entrepreneur and 22X Ironman triathlete with a passion for adventure, living in La Jolla, California & New York City

Mitch Thrower's Bio:

Mitch Thrower | Bio Mitch Thrower is an entrepreneur, financier, business strategist, author and triathlete. Mitch Thrower is the Founder and Chairman of Events.com, http://www.events.com the leading provider of cloud-based applications for event and participant management that includes Activity Registration, Ticketing, Affinity Management, Content Management, Business Analytics, and Customer Outreach. The Events.com global event portal publishes millions of events from thousands of venues worldwide accessible through mobile and social channels. Events.com provides highly adaptable, accessible and reliable applications to manage, market and monetize an event or activity. Thrower also serves as Chairman of The La Jolla Foundation, a 501c3 foundation whose primary initiative is Project Active, providing money, mentoring, encouragement and education to areas of world tension. Specifically — sending sports equipment to children in war zones. . Thrower was the Co-Founder of http://www.active.com (The Active Network, Inc.). He also launched ActiveEurope.com (Active Europe Network) as Co-Founder and CEO. Active went Public before selling to Vista for 1.05 billion. Thrower was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Triathlete Magazine, the world's largest triathlon magazine where he also served as Chairman. He has also served as the Chief Interactive Officer, Strategist & Senior Correspondent for the Competitor Group (CGI), the active lifestyle industry's leading media and event entertainment company. Thrower spoke at his university graduation at Saint Lawrence University, and has lectured at many colleges such as Stanford University, Anderson School at UCLA, UCSD and the University of San Diego where he served as the "Entrepreneur in Residence" teaching Entrepreneurship. Thrower was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Triathlete Magazine, the world's largest triathlon magazine where he also served as Chairman. He has also served as the New Media Officer, Strategist & Senior Correspondent for the Competitor Group (CGI). Thrower is an active member of TED.com and the Executive Producer of TEDxLaJolla, an independently organized TED event. He is the Author of "The Attention Deficit Workplace: Winning Strategies for Success in Today's Fast-Paced Business Environment," published by Lyons Press and he has authored of the popular monthly column, "Starting Lines" in Triathlete Magazine for more than a decade. He was also the co-author of the travel guide The Passport which, for several years was distributed to 50,000 college students before traveling abroad each year. In 1990, Thrower co-founded his first company and served as CEO of The College/Rail Connection, Inc., serving American Express, AT&T, and Eurail until he sold the venture in 1997. Thrower holds a bachelor's degree from Saint Lawrence University and an MBA from the University of San Diego. He has competed in 22 Ironman Triathlons, including 13 World Championships. He is the only photo journalist to ever photograph and video the Ironman Triathlon World Championships while competing in the event. Currently a resident of La Jolla, CA, Thrower is an East Coast native whose father, Fred Thrower was a television pioneer as Vice President of NBC, and also as president of WPIX-TV in New York City and is known for his holiday creation of the televised "Yule Log." Thrower's mother, Lori, worked as an assistant for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. - See more at: http://www.mitchthrower.com/bio.html#sthash.i8TXxOQp.dpuf

Mitch Thrower's Experience:

  • Founder, Co-Chairman at La Jolla Foundation (project active)

    o Started and manage Project Active, a global mission with a commitment to diffuse world tensions through sport related education, equipment, mentoring and encouragement. o Project Active is dedicated to planting the peace-inspiring seed of athletics in the heart of the Human Spirit, in areas of the world where it is needed most. o Involved in all aspects of starting this new non-profit organization

  • New Media Officer, Strategist, Senior Correspondent, Investor at Competitor Group, Inc.

    Investor and Team Member at Competitor Group, Inc., which is a platform media and race event company specializing in the endurance sports sector which primarily includes marathons, cycling, and triathlons. The Company is comprised of four companies, Elite Racing, Triathlete Magazine, Competitor Publishing, and Inside Communications which are the leading companies serving endurance enthusiasts. Competitor Group owns and operates 16 national branded sports events with over 150,000 professional and amateur participants. Additionally, the Company has 8 fitness expositions. Competitor Group publishes 8 magazine titles with a combined circulation of approximately 500,000 per month. Furthermore, it produces radio and television content along with the leading new media platform in the sector.

  • Owner, Chairman Of The Board at Triathlete Magazine

    o Managed all aspects of the worlds largest Triathlete Magazine, during a remarkable turn around. o Developed and implemented strategy for this group. o Restructured all departments marketing, advertising, distribution, dealer and subscription departments. Established major strategic partnerships. o Substantially increased the publication's subscription base and advertising sales. o Built and managed the company's highly successful Internet presence.

  • Entrepreneur In Residence at The University of San Diego

    Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of San Diego - lecturing for the SIBC, the LIFE Institute. Teaching Entrepreneurship.

  • Author at The Attention Deficit Book Series

    Author, The Attention Deficit Workplace: Winning Strategies for Success in Today's Fast-paced Business Environment.

  • CEO & Co-Founder at Active Europe Network, Ltd

    http://www.activeeurope.com The world's largest software, registration, marketing and commerce service provider. o Launched the European sister company of The Active Network, Inc. o Served as General Manager and CEO, responsible for all aspects of managing Responsible for raising capital, licensing negotiations, and creating strategic relationships. o Charged with obtaining funding from European and US investors. o Built worldwide clientele in 27 countries, 5 languages and 6 currencies. o Currently overseeing the overall design, development, and communication of planning activities that ensure market competitiveness and organizational excellence. o Responsible for the analysis of the development of international markets. o Planning and coordinating operations through the organization's managers. o Orchestrated several corporate acquisitions.

  • Co-Founder at Active.com (The Active Network)

    See below for details.

  • Co-Founder, Chief Strategist at The Active Network, Inc. (active.com)

    (2004, Inc 500 - Ranked 99th fastest growing company in America, annualized growth rate of over 200% now with over 300 employees) o Successfully developed and implemented strategy, and rapid growth of the firm. o Raised over $52 million dollars in venture capital. o Created the vision, business model, corporate strategy and "profit-driven rapid-scale" approach o Planned and directed investigations and negotiations pertaining to mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions of businesses and negotiated large scale partnerships. o Initiated and negotiated partnerships and acquisitions with Ticketmaster Online-City Search, the acquisition of Enter Online and GetSetGo, multiple national magazines. o Monitored the external environment and identified opportunities to fulfill corporate strategy. o Developed internal and external relationship architecture.

  • CEO & Founder at The College Connection, Inc - The Rail Connection

    Founder and CEO of this travel and publishing company serving the college market with rail travel and guidebooks. Managed all departments and growth until the company was sold to Student Advantage in 1997.

Mitch Thrower's Education:

  • University of San Diego, San Diego

    MBA
  • University of California, San Diego

    Graduate Work
    Concentration: Math, Economics, Statistics, Business Law
  • Saint Lawrence University

    BA
    Concentration: Philosophy
  • Regent Street Diplomatic Acadamy, London

    NA
    Concentration: Diplomacy
  • Yale University

    NA
    Concentration: Strategic Studies
  • Staples High School

Mitch Thrower's Interests & Activities:

entrepreneurship, finance, investments, triathlon, running, biking, swimming, adventure and travel