A tribute to our Founder

Life tribute to Hussam Hamadeh, 1971 ‒ 2015

Hussam Hamadeh, age 44, of New York City, passed away on December 10, 2015. Hussam was Founder and CEO of PrivCo, a veteran media entrepreneur, corporate attorney, real estate investor, and financial expert. He had an amazing gift in business, creating and seeing opportunity where others did not.

Hussam was born on March 1, 1971 in Fresno, CA. While growing up in Fresno, he attended Bullard High School, graduating in 1988, then attended UCLA, graduating summa cum laude in 1992 with a BS in Economics with an Accounting Minor. After briefly working at MBNA, Hussam simultaneously attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, earning a JD with a Concentration in Corporate Law, and the Wharton School of Business, where he earned an MBA with a Concentration in Finance, both in 1997.

In 1997, Hussam co-founded, the leading career information website. He served as Co-President through 2007, when the company sold a majority stake to a private equity firm. In 2009, Hussam founded the private company financial data provider, PrivCo, serving as PrivCo’s Chief Executive Officer.

His honors and awards included Entrepreneur of the Year by Crain’s New York Business, the Harvard Business School Club’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Silicon Alley Reporter’s “100 Most Influential Media Executives,” Deloitte & Touche’s 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Young Alumnus of the Year Award. Hussam served on the Board of Managers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, served on the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Advisory Board for U.S. Congressmen, and had been the official Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School, mentoring and advising MBA students on their startup business plans. He also served each year as a Final Round Judge for the annual Wharton Business Plan Competition.

Hussam authored 16 books about entrepreneurship, business, careers and finance, all published by Random House and Houghton Mifflin. He also worked on mergers & acquisitions and on IPOs as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and on IPOs and securities transactions at the New York law firm Cravath Swaine & Moore. Hussam held an attorney’s license in the State of New York and was an expert on corporate law related to private companies, including IPOs, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, SEC regulations, and venture capital.

Hussam was a regular contributor on CNBC Fast Money, Bloomberg Television, Fox News, Canada’s BNN: Business News Network, AP Television, China National Television, BSkyB SkyNews, NPR’s “All Things Considered”, and BBC News Television. Hussam appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, BloombergWest, CBS, and ABC News, and was regularly quoted in news stories regarding private companies, venture capital, private-equity, LBOs, and IPOs in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Inc., The Washington Post, CNBC, Chicago Tribune, The Times of India, The Times of London, UK’s The Daily Telegraph, UK’s The Daily Guardian, and Vanity Fair, among hundreds of other media outlets, and wrote a column on entrepreneurship for Inc. Magazine.

Hussam was a regular speaker on entrepreneurship, IPOs, private equity, M&A, and venture capital, and regularly worked to promote government and public policy that supported startups and entrepreneurship, hosted regular V.C.-entrepreneur networking events in his New York apartment, worked to support candidates for high government office who support pro-entrepreneurship and small business policies, and worked tirelessly to promote his life’s goal of growing innovation and entrepreneurship in America.

A funeral mass was held on Friday, December 18 at the Roman Catholic Church of the Epiphany at 239 E 21st Street, which was followed by a family-only private committal service at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

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