About KidZui

KidZui is the leading developer of award-winning Internet browsers for kids. With the KidZui browser, children can have a blast, feed their curiosity, and gain a sense of independence while parents relax knowing their children are safe online.

Founded in 2006, KidZui’s community has grown to over a million kids and parents, with tens of thousands of new users downloading the free Internet browser each month.

An advisory board of parents and teachers was formed to review and approve millions of kid-friendly websites, YouTube videos, online games, and pictures. The editorial staff also reviews and adds hundreds of new sites and videos each month to keep the content fresh and engaging for kids.

KidZui also developed a network of kid-friendly websites including ZuiGames.com and ZuiTube.com. ZuiGames hosts online games that kids can play without registration or download requirements. ZuiTube is the best site for kids to watch and explore kid-friendly YouTube videos. And the ZuiTube app for iPhones enables parents and kids to watch their videos anywhere. All of these games and videos can be accessed through the free KidZui K2 browser as well.

The KidZui team is a group of professionals that is dedicated to kids – most have kids of their own and some have even been kids themselves once. Headquartered in San Diego, California, KidZui maintains a professional appearance in its new sky rise office. But the team works hard to ensure it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Team Bios

Meet the big kids who run the KidZui business.

Cliff Boro – CEO and Founder

Cliff Boro had his own personal Google as a child. His Dad paid close attention to his evolving interests and left relevant books on his bedside table. It is in that spirit of fostering a child’s natural curiosity that KidZui was created.

In 2006, Cliff founded KidZui, the leading kids’ Internet browser that is stuffed with millions of kid-friendly websites, YouTube videos, and online games. Before heading west to start KidZui, Cliff had a rather eclectic background. He began his career on Wall Street when he was just a senior in high school, working for such financial luminaries as Michael Steinhardt and George Soros. Cliff then jumped headfirst into the world of entrepreneurialism. He founded and ran Infogate which was sold in 2003 to AOL Time Warner. Cliff co-founded CVT Ventures to help start and accelerate innovative software companies. Through CVT, Cliff was the founding Chairman of mSnap, which became the largest SMS text network in the United States and was sold to MarketTron in October 2010. Cliff also serves as an Advisor (and was the former founding Chairman) of Videoegg, the leading video advertising network for online communities, which was renamed Say Media as the result of a merger with Six Apart. In past lives, Cliff crossed the Atlantic serving as Second Mate on an ocean-going megayacht and he taught skiing to hundreds of children in Vermont.

Thomas Broadhead – CFO, COO, and Founder

Tom was born at the same time as his brother. Having an identical twin brother suggests Tom knew how to multiply before most kids. His Mom was a twin also. Maybe that’s why it’s no surprise math was his favorite subject in school.

Tom began his career with Ernst & Young, a leading global professional services firm. He has held numerous financial and operations positions with both privately held and publicly traded companies, and co-founded CVT Ventures (a venture development firm to help start and accelerate software companies). Tom has worked on numerous public offerings and complex M&A transactions throughout his career and has a proven track record of streamlining costs while increasing operational efficiencies and shareholder value.

William von Reis – CTO

Will was always the inquisitive type. As a child, he was perpetually compelled to take things apart to find out how they worked and then put them back together, making improvements along the way. If the phone was missing, his Mom knew where to find it.

Will is the driving force behind a team of like-minded tinkerers who have taken the Internet apart, improved it, and put it back together – just for kids. He brings to KidZui a strong background in developing engaging children’s software products including Disney’s Magic Mirror and DC Comics’ Superman Activity Center, as well as downloadable Internet applications such as CNN Newswatch and EWallet. He has worked for Infogate, Launchpad, Gryphon Software, WordSmart, and Linspire.

Ryan Bettencourt – Vice President Business Development

It seems that Ryan has always had a mind for business and sales. When he was a kid, he did yard work for neighbors, sold nightcrawlers to fishing supply stores, and ran an ambitious lemonade stand that sold multiple flavors of lemonade. Ryan also sweet-talked his friends and family to help him sell chocolate for his sports teams, earning him the coveted Top Salesperson award at a very early age.

After many years as a marketing and sales executive for consumer packaged goods companies, Ryan became passionate about social web technologies. As a web entrepreneur and business leader, Ryan’s recent career has included stints as head of his own start-up, as President of a leading web marketing and development company, and as a marketing and strategy consultant to start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Ryan earned his MBA on a full scholarship at Babson College. He and his wife spend their free time chasing their two adorable daughters.

Investors

KidZui is a privately held company backed by several esteemed investment groups including:

Scholastic

Since 1920, Scholastic has created quality products and services that educate, entertain and motivate children and are designed to help enlarge their understanding of the world around them.

Mission Ventures

Mission Ventures helps build successful enterprises in Southern California and creates superior returns on investment for its investors. This is accomplished by investing in the most promising early-stage companies in high growth, emerging markets, and providing significant assistance to those companies as they develop.

Emergence

A leading venture capital firm focused on early and growth-stage Technology-Enabled Services investing. Their mission is to help build market leading, successful businesses in partnership with great entrepreneurs.

Maveron

Founded in 1998 by Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, and Dan Levitan, formerly a managing director at Schroder Wertheim & Co., Maveron’s mission is to be the premier financial and strategic partner to those companies who demonstrate both passion and vision in transforming the consumer experience.

First Round Capital

An early stage venture capital firm managed by Joshua Kopelman, Chris Fralic, Rob Hayes and Howard Morgan. First Round Capital partners with entrepreneurs to build innovative technology companies.

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