Ned Desmond

Senior Operating Partner at SOSV Ltd.

Ned Desmond

Ned Desmond

Senior Operating Partner at SOSV Ltd.

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TechCrunch, Inc.
Time Warner Interactive, Inc.
Time, Inc. Interactive

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General Partner, Sosv & Managing Director, Rebelbio at SOSV Ltd.

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Managing Partner at SOSV Ltd.

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General Partner, Sosv & Managing Director, HAX at SOSV Ltd.

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Partner, HAX at SOSV Ltd.

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Founder at SOSV Ltd.

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General Partner, Sosv & Managing Director, Chinaccelerator & Mox at SOSV Ltd.

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Venture Partner at SOSV LLC

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Partner & General Counsel at SOSV Ltd.

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Partner at bMuse

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General Partner, Sosv & Managing Director, Food-X & Dlab at SOSV Ltd.

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Senior Operating Partner at SOSV Ltd.
Class of 1982

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (also referred to as The Fletcher School) at Tufts University is the oldest school in the United States dedicated solely to graduate studies in international affairs. Fletcher is regarded as one of the world's foremost schools of international relations. Every Fall, the school enrolls approximately 265 full-time students (excluding Ph.D. candidates not enrolled in courses.) The Fletcher School was founded in 1933 with the bequest of Austin Barclay Fletcher, who left over $3 million to Tufts University upon his death in 1923. A third of these funds were dedicated to a school of law and diplomacy. Fletcher did not have in mind a school "of the usual kind, which prepares men for admission to the bar and for the active practice of law." Instead, Fletcher envisioned "a school to prepare men for the diplomatic service and to teach such matters as come within the scope of foreign relations [which] embraces within it as a fundamental and thorough knowledge of the principles of international law upon which diplomacy is founded, although the profession of a diplomat carries with it also a knowledge of many things of a geographic and economic nature which affect relations between nations."

Class of 1980

Amherst College educates men and women of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence. Amherst brings together the most promising students, whatever their financial need, in order to promote diversity of experience and ideas within a purposefully small residential community. Working with faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to intellectual freedom and the highest standards of instruction in the liberal arts, Amherst undergraduates assume substantial responsibility for undertaking inquiry and for shaping their education within and beyond the curriculum. Amherst College is committed to learning through close colloquy and to expanding the realm of knowledge through scholarly research and artistic creation at the highest level. Its graduates link learning with leadership—in service to the College, to their communities, and to the world beyond.


Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities. From a student body of 158 during NYU's very first semester, enrollment has grown to more than 40,000 students attending 18 schools and colleges at five major centers in Manhattan and in sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Today, students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries. The faculty, which initially consisted of fourteen professors and lecturers (among them artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse), now totals over 3,100 full-time members whose research and teaching encompasses the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences; the law; medicine; business; education; the fine arts, studio art, and the performing and cinematic arts; music; social work; public administration; the ancient world; and continuing and professional studies. With more than 2,500 courses offered, the University awards more than 25 different degrees. Although overall the University is large, the individuals schools and colleges are small- to moderate-sized units—each with its own traditions, programs, and faculty – and there are many communities to be found within the NYU community based on interests, activities, and shared experiences. The center of NYU is its Washington Square campus in the heart of Greenwich Village. One of the city's most creative and energetic communities, the Village is a historic neighborhood that has attracted generations of writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals. NYU, in keeping with its founder’s vision, is “in and of the city”: the University – which has no walls and no gates – is deeply intertwined with New York City, drawing inspiration from its vitality. In addition to its Manhattan locations, the University is also formally affiliated the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn, the second oldest school of engineering and technology in the country, and has research facilities, notably the Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Sterling Forest, near Tuxedo, New York. And NYU has established itself as the first global network university, with a comprehensive liberal arts campus in Abu Dhabi – the first to be operated abroad by a major U.S. research university – and other sites for study and research in Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Prague, the Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; and Tel Aviv, Israel, among other locations.

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Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and colleges. The central University is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries and museums. The 38 colleges are self-governing and financially independent institutions, which are related to the central University in a federal system. There are also six permanent private halls, which were founded by different Christian denominations and which still retain their Christian character.


Tufts University is a private research university located in Medford/Somerville, near Boston, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The university is organized into ten schools, including two undergraduate programs and eight graduate divisions, on four campuses in Massachusetts and the French Alps. The university emphasizes active citizenship and public service in all of its disciplines and is known for its internationalism and study abroad programs.

Career History
Senior Operating Partner
2020 - Current

Sosv in past 20 years have invested in over 400 companies. Firms portfolio includes companies in global software, food technology, connected hardware and IoT, biotechnology, and transportation. 90% of firm investment activity occurs through their accelerator programs and related ecosystem investments. Sosv provides seed, venture and growth-stage funding. Firm invests in more than 150 startups a year through venture capital fund and External investors are encouraged to invest alongside SOSV and firm invite external investors to contact firm to gain access to later-stage SOSV-affiliated companies which are raising capital.

Chief Operating Officer
2012 - 2019

TechCrunch, Inc. owns and operates websites dedicated to technology news, information and analysis. It also hosts conferences, events, and various meet-ups serving as community platforms for industry conversation and collaboration. The company was founded by Jack Michael Arrington and Keith William Teare on June 11, 2005 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

2009 - 2012

Go SPORTn is a boot-strapped media company whose goal is to reinvent enthusiast, niche media by making smart use of the Web and all its attributes.

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Member, Advisory Board
2009 - Prior

Newser LLC provides online news services. The firm selects the news stories from hundreds of sources all over the web, reads them for clients, and summarizes them in two succinct, sharply written paragraphs or less. Its signature news grid offers a vivid snapshot of the news of the day in photos, headlines, and pop-up summaries. Newser combines the wisdom of editors and the power of technology, offering a richer, smarter, and more entertaining news experience. The company was founded by Michael Wolff and Patrick J. Spain in 2007 and is headquartered in Miami, FL.

Member, Board of Directors
2001 - Prior

Hoover's, Inc. provides on-line business information on corporate finance, news and careers. It provides business information through the Internet, data feeds, wireless devices and co-branding agreements with other online services. The firm provides information for sales, marketing, business development. The company was founded by Patrick J. Spain on February 8, 1990 and is headquartered in Austin, TX.

2007 - Prior

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is comprised of more than 600 leading media and technology companies that are responsible for selling 86% of online advertising in the United States. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City with a Public Policy office in Washington, D.C.

Member, Board of Directors
2002 - 2003

Churchill Club was founded by Rich Karlgaard, now publisher of Forbes magazine, and Tony Perkins, now Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Red Herring Communications. Together, Tony, Rich, and a group of friends from the Ed Zschau senate campaign, built an organization dedicated to producing programs where "important people say important things". As a Churchill Club speaker, then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton suggested that America needs a nation of Churchills-leaders rather than followers.

Member, Board of Directors

Founded in June 2001, the Online Publishers Association (OPA) is a not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to representing high-quality online content providers before the advertising community, the press, the government and the public. Comprised of some of the most trusted and well-respected media brands, the OPA is committed to producing groundbreaking research into online advertising and media consumption with the goal of advancing the online publishing industry. Through credible research and ongoing communications, the OPA seeks to establish and promote the Internet as an effective advertising medium for marketers and a sustainable media business for publishers, thereby ensuring the continued availability of quality content for consumers worldwide. Members of the OPA subscribe to the highest standards in Internet publishing with respect to editorial quality and integrity, credibility and accountability. By supporting publishing principles that reflect traditional values separating editorial and commercial messages, OPA members enhance the public trust in the Web as an increasingly important source of news, information and entertainment. In March 2003, several leading European publishers came together to form OPA Europe, an extension of the association to the European community. Like its U.S. counterpart, OPA Europe focuses its efforts on enhancing the business climate for quality publishers by producing credible research into online advertising and media consumption, benchmarking, sharing key learnings and best practices with one another, and serving as the voice of quality online content providers to key constituencies throughout Europe.

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