Eric van Miltenburg
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Corporate Development and International
Eric leads Hightail’s development charge with his unique ability to successfully connect businesses, people and things that at first glance don’t appear to be an obvious match.
This talent first became apparent when he began applying his traditional business school training to cultivate B2B relationships in the cutting-edge dot com world, starting in the 90s at NETCOM Online and later for @Home Networks. The value of his strategic insights and commercial connections brought Eric to Yahoo! where he led a number of key initiatives, including a groundbreaking long-term partnership with the leading U.S. newspaper consortium.
Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Business Operations for AOL’s Consumer Applications Group, directing crucial monetization initiatives and the acquisition of innovative startups.
Eric has a BA in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
But perhaps his most valuable education came as a teenager when his family moved to Hong Kong. Being immersed in a new culture was significant in developing Eric’s ability to view the world from various vantage points. No wonder he has such a keen eye for bold opportunities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Mike manages all marketing, lead generation and e-commerce activity at Hightail.
His background includes a variety roles from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies across both enterprise and consumer segments. Prior to Hightail, Mike founded an online gaming company called Spitball Entertainment and was VP of marketing and business development at hi5 (sold to Tagged), one of the world's largest social networking sites, where he helped launch the company's games portal, virtual currency, and original social game titles.
Previously, Mike was VP of marketing and interim CEO of Spoke, a social networking site for sales professionals. He co-founded Truviso (sold to Cisco), a real-time web analytics provider. He also was VP of product management and corporate marketing at Epiphany, a leading provider of marketing analytics and web personalization (sold to Infor), and an early employee of Octane Software prior to the company's acquisition by Epiphany. Earlier, Mike held communications, marketing and product management positions at 3Com and MCI, and was a press secretary in the U.S. Senate. He is also a board member and past president of the Palo Alto Community Fund.
Mike holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and M.B.A from the University of California at Berkeley.