Aneel Ranadive is 28 yrs old, born and raised in the Bay Area. After graduating from Columbia University w/ a degree in Mathematics. In 2006 Aneel did investment banking at Bank of America in New York in the TMT group.
Aneel left Bank of America to found BoredAt in early 2007, an SF-based startup backed by Redpoint and various angel investors. BoredAt was an anonymous social network for people to post their thoughts and vote up popular ideas. The vision of BoredAt was to compile the collective consciousness of the world. BoredAt created anonymous social networks for schools, companies, interest groups and locations.
After BoredAt, Aneel led sales at GlanceGuide, a video analytics company that created a video engagement score and partnered with advertisers and social networks including Facebook. GlanceGuide was acquired by Nielsen in mid 2010.
At Nielsen, Aneel worked with former OpenTable Cofounder Sid Gorham to found Nielsen Media Sync and led development of mobile apps for TV shows, creating synchronous mobile viewing experiences with polls and trivia questions. Nielsen Media Sync partnered with ABC and created apps for shows like My Generation and Grey’s Anatomy.
After Nielsen, Aneel founded Pinchit. Pinchit was an online scrapbook for your city to share and discover new experiences with your friends. The company is backed by top tier angel investors including Tim Draper and Facebook Cofounder Eduardo Saverin. Others include Intuit Cofounder Eric Dunn and Tibco founder Vivek Ranadive.
Pinchit launched Marco Polo in the fall of 2013. Marco Polo is the easiest way to find friends and let people know where you are while maintaining privacy. You choose who to share location with, and you can attach a picture and message. There is no location tracking like Apple’s own “Find My Friends” and you don’t broadcast to your entire network like Foursquare so with Marco Polo you’re in complete control of who you share with and when.