Jonathan Katzman is Chief Product Officer at Minerva, where he leads development of the technology used to provide students an exceptional academic experience, including the hallmark Forum platform. Previously, Katzman founded Xoopit, an email organizational tool created on the premise that personal data was moving off desktops and into the cloud. In 2009, Xoopit was acquired by Yahoo. Katzman went on to lead the Yahoo Social Bar product, which grew to become a top three Facebook application, as well as other social initiatives across Yahoo. From acquisition through 2010, Katzman also managed social and photo initiatives in Yahoo Mail.
Prior to Xoopit, Katzman built and ran Tellme’s directory assistance business, which accounted for nearly half of the company’s revenue. Katzman has also served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Ignition Corporation and worked at Microsoft on the Office and FrontPage teams as a development lead and program manager. Having contributed to three successful startups, Katzman gives back to the entrepreneurial community through both angel investing and advisory work. Katzman earned a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard University, where he graduated with honors and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa.