• BACKSTORY
    (Prior to 1999)

    An entrepreneur brings e-commerce to the masses.

    At a time when dot com companies were beginning to implode, Michael Rubin embraced the web’s strengths and coupled them with what he saw as a unique market niche for a true hybrid Internet business model.

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  • 1999

    Rubin launches Global Sports, Inc. e-commerce platform.

    Following a round of strategic investments led by Softbank, Michael Rubin led Global Sports, Inc. to launch an e-commerce platform solution and collection of managed services, announcing agreements with its first five sporting goods retail partners.

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  • 2000

    Rolling strong in the first full year of business.

    The team delivered e-commerce capabilities to brick and mortar retailers, filling a previously unmet need, and proof was in the demand. Global Sports, Inc. achieved 8x net revenue growth and opened its first fulfillment center in Louisville, KY.

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  • 2001

    Celebrating the first $100 million.

    Global Sports, Inc. pushed past familiar territory, paving the way for expansion beyond sporting goods. In 2001, the company offered e-commerce solutions to companies in new categories.

    By 2001, the company had secured partnerships with the top three leading sporting goods retailers: The Sports Authority, Gart Sports and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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  • 2002

    New name for a new era.

    Experiencing success in the entertainment, consumer electronics and beauty industries, Global Sports, Inc. ushered in a new era by officially changing its name to GSI Commerce, Inc.

    GSI’s new state-of-the-art, 82,000-square-foot customer care center opened in Melbourne, FL to support this growth and diversification.

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  • 2003

    Going pro and global.

    Rubin signed Turner Sports Interactive to operate NASCAR’s online store on the GSI Commerce, Inc. platform; marking the company’s first e-commerce partnership with a major professional sports league.

    He also led the launch of GSI’s first international website and continued to push GSI to expand into additional product lines and categories.

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  • 2004

    Hitting a home run with MLB.com and top online retailers.

    MLB.com selected GSI Commerce, Inc. to develop and operate its new e-commerce store, along with all 30 official Major League Baseball club websites.

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  • 2005

    Scoring pro sports hat trick, adding NHL to MLB and NASCAR.

    GSI Commerce, Inc. made a power play when the NHL signed with GSI to provide e-commerce technology, order processing, customization, fulfillment, customer care and marketing services for their online store.

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  • 2006

    Winning category leaders as major clients.

    Toys”R”Us was added to GSI Commerce, Inc.’s client roster in 2006. The fully functional Toys”R”Us e-commerce site was built and launched in 90 days—a remarkable achievement.

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  • 2007

    Partner of choice for all major professional sports leagues.

    The NBA’s online stores were added to GSI Commerce, Inc.’s licensed sports footprint, emerging as the leading e-commerce partner for all major U.S. professional sports leagues.

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  • 2008

    Big wins in interactive marketing services.

    Rubin’s strategy to help retailers acquire new customers led GSI Commerce, Inc. to provide interactive marketing services. e-Dialog Inc., a market-leading provider of advanced email marketing solutions for more than 100 blue chip companies in the U.S. and Europe, marked the first of seven GSI acquisitions in this space.

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  • 2009

    Capturing market leader title under Rubin. Rue La La joins the GSI fold.

    That honor, published by Internet Retailer, capped off the brand’s celebratory 10th anniversary of providing e-commerce and interactive marketing solutions to more than 200 well-known brands and retailers across 15 merchandise categories.

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  • 2010

    ShopRunner launches and Rubin featured on CBS’ “Undercover Boss.”

    GSI launched ShopRunner, an innovative members-only service that aggregates shopping benefits from top retailers and brands. America got a peek inside GSI during one of the busiest and most successful times in the company’s history when Rubin donned a disguise and appeared on an episode of CBS’ Emmy-nominated reality show “Undercover Boss.”

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  • 2011

    Kynetic launches, following eBay’s acquisition of GSI Commerce, Inc.

    Michael Rubin launched Kynetic on September 12, 2011, a next-generation commerce company consisting of three consumer Internet businesses: Fanatics, Rue La La and ShopRunner.

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  • 2012

    Fanatics acquires Dreams. ShopRunner hires Scott Thompson as CEO.

    Fanatics acquired Dreams Inc., positioning the company to deliver a superior customer experience for all sports fans through its Fanatics.com and FansEdge.com brands.

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  • MOVING
    FORWARD

    Moving next-generation commerce forward.

    Kynetic consists of three consumer Internet businesses: Fanatics, a leading online retailer of licensed sports merchandise; Rue La La, a leading online private sale destination in the U.S.; and ShopRunner, an innovative members-only service that aggregates shopping benefits from the top retailers and brands.

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Companies

 
 
Fanatics

A leading online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise.

 


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Leadership: Alan Trager, CEO

 
Rue La La

One of the leading online members-only private sale destinations in the U.S.

 


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Leadership: Steve Davis, CEO

 
 
ShopRunner

An innovative members-only online service that aggregates shopping benefits from the top retailers and brands.


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Leadership: Scott Thompson, CEO

Management
Team
         
Michael G. Rubin
         
I have been a business builder all of my life, and I am thrilled to bring my enthusiasm for business to Kynetic. The energy in the online commerce space is unprecedented. As the Kynetic name connotes, we are tapping into that energy and using it to drive innovation that will keep our companies at the forefront of the industry. I am genuinely excited about the prospects to propel the growth of Kynetic and our industry-leading brands.

Michael G. Rubin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Michael G. Rubin, renowned Internet entrepreneur, recently founded Kynetic, a private company singularly-focused on building consumer Internet businesses. Kynetic includes three brands at the forefront of innovation in the online commerce space: Fanatics, a leading online retailer of licensed sports merchandise, Rue La La, a leading online private sale destination in the U.S., and ShopRunner, an innovative members-only service that aggregates shopping benefits from the top retailers and brands. Kynetic expects more than $1 billion in revenue in 2012, immediately making it one of the largest private tech companies in the world. Prior to Kynetic, Rubin was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GSI Commerce, Inc., which was acquired by eBay for $2.4 billion in 2011. Over the past 12 years, Rubin built GSI into a formidable global network of e-commerce, multi-channel and digital marketing businesses servicing 150 of the top 500 Internet retailers and, in totality, over 2,000 customers, including Toys”R”Us, Dell, Polo Ralph Lauren, Estée Lauder, Aéropostale, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bath & Body Works and PetSmart. Rubin pioneered an innovative pay-for-performance business model that fueled GSI’s organic sales growth, which he then complemented in recent years with 11 strategic acquisitions. GSI became one of the largest publicly-traded Internet companies, facilitating billions of dollars of merchandise sales for its customers, with 2010 revenues of $1.4 billion and more than 5,000 employees. As part of the transaction, eBay divested certain assets to Kynetic, specifically all of GSI’s online licensed sports merchandise business (Fanatics) and 70% ownership in Rue La La and ShopRunner. Rubin began his entrepreneurial career in 1985, when he opened a ski-tuning shop in his parents’ basement at the age of 12. He earned $25,000, which was sufficient to rent space in a strip mall for “Mike’s Ski Shop.” By the time he was 14, he racked up sales of $125,000. Within a year of graduating high school, Rubin opened several retail ski stores in Pennsylvania and New York. He went on to found KPR Sports, a leading distributor of off-price sporting goods and footwear. In 1997, he merged KPR Sports with publicly-traded Ryka, a branded athletic footwear company he controlled, to form Global Sports Inc. (GSI). The following year, Global Sports generated sales exceeding $100 million and, at age 25, Rubin became one of the youngest CEOs of a NASDAQ-listed company in the exchange’s history. The success of GSI Commerce and Rubin’s outstanding achievements landed him a spot on the inaugural season of CBS’ hit show “Undercover Boss,” as well as recognition in numerous media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The New York Times, BusinessWeek and People. Forbes named him one of 2010’s “15 Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under.” In 2011, Rubin was part of the ownership group that purchased the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.
Michael R. Conn

Michael R. Conn

Chief Financial Officer

Conn has served as chief financial officer of Kynetic since September 2011. A seasoned public company CFO, he leads Kynetic’s administrative functions and manages its investments in Fanatics, Rue La La and ShopRunner. He also serves as a director of all three companies.

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Daniel J. Winters

Daniel J. Winters

General Counsel & Secretary

Winters has served as general counsel and secretary of Kynetic since its inception. He leads the legal and business affairs functions at Kynetic, bringing more than 15 years of mergers and acquisitions, securities and complex commercial contracting experience to the team.

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Saj Cherian

Saj Cherian

Vice President

Cherian is vice president and chief of staff to CEO Michael Rubin. As Employee Number Two, Cherian helped launch Kynetic with Rubin immediately following eBay’s acquisition of GSI Commerce, Inc. in June 2011.


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Brian L. Miles

Brian L. Miles

Director of Finance

Miles has served as director of finance since the company's founding in June 2011. He works with the financial leadership at each of Kynetic's investments, as well as handling day-to-day administrative functions at the company.


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Jonathan Schoenfeld

Jonathan S. Schoenfeld

Deputy General Counsel

Schoenfeld has served as deputy general counsel of Kynetic since August 2011. An experienced business lawyer, Schoenfeld's practice has included mergers and acquisitions, securities law, debt and equity financings, corporate governance and commercial matters.

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Kevin Brandis

Kevin Brandis

Controller

Brandis joined Kynetic in Jaunary 2013 and works with the financial leadership of Kynetic. Prior to joining Kynetic, Brandis was a procurement manager with AFA Foods at the corporate headquarters.


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Alan Trager

Alan Trager

CEO, Fanatics

Trager, founder of Fanatics, LLC, has served as CEO since 1999. Trager and his brother, Mitchell, started the company in 1995 when they opened a small brick-and-mortar team store in the Jacksonville, Fla. area. Fanatics is now the largest retailer of licensed sports merchandise in the world.


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Steve Davis

Steve Davis

CEO, Rue La La

Davis is Chief Executive Officer of Rue La La, a leader in the digital private sale space with a membership base of over 3 million. He joined Rue La La in October of 2010. Prior to joining Rue La La, Davis served as President, GSI Commerce International from 2007 to 2010, based in Barcelona, Spain.

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Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

CEO, ShopRunner

Thompson is the CEO of ShopRunner.  He has a record of deep industry experience, having most recently served as CEO of Yahoo. Prior to that, Thompson was President of PayPal with overall responsibility for establishing that company as the leading global online payment service.

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News

Alibaba Leads $206 Million Investment in ShopRunner

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Ensuring Team Items Are Just a Click Away

2013 - The New York Times Read More

How Michael Rubin Went From Bankrupt to Billionaire

2013 - Entrepreneur Read More

Score! Web Sports Retailer Fanatics Inc. Tops $3 Billion Valuation

2013 - Wall Street Journal Read More
  • Brilliance of Failure, In the Words of a Self-Made Billionaire

    2013 - Entrepreneur Read More
  • Game Gear: Fanatics Makes $700M in Annual Revenues

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  • Instead Of Retiring After Selling His Company For $2 Billion, This Guy Went Ahead And Created A New ~$2 Billion Business

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  • ShopRunner’s Scott Thompson: We’re Building So Much More Than an Amazon Prime Competitor

    2013 - All Things Digital Read More
  • The Sit-Down: Michael Rubin

    2013 - Sports Business Journal Read More
  • Why I hired Yahoo's Ousted CEO

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An entrepreneur brings e-commerce to the masses.

At a time when dot com companies were beginning to implode, Michael Rubin embraced the web’s strengths and coupled them with what he saw as a unique market niche for a true hybrid Internet business model. Rubin’s vision would be a first for the sporting goods industry and an innovative approach to online retailing. Rubin realized that traditional sporting goods retailers had many inherent advantages integral to successful e-commerce, such as well-recognized brand names, solid relationships with vendors who had access to merchandise, substantial marketing budgets and large, loyal customer bases. In a short amount of time, Rubin landed agreements with several household names in the sporting goods industry, including The Sports Authority, the largest full-line sporting goods retailer at the time, marking the beginning of a movement. With Rubin at the helm, the world’s greatest brick-and-mortar stores soon had a partner to drive them into the digital age. For more about Rubin’s early years—including how he started his first business at age 12, closing deals on the phone to mask his age and keeping the entrepreneurial fire burning, dig up “Man in a Hurry: A Mogul in Sporting Goods at Age 22,” an article from The Wall Street Journal, published in 1995. Author Stephanie Mehta got it right, when she wrote, “It is a bold vision.” Or, check out the article “Sneaker Stud” from People Magazine. For a first-hand account, contact Kynetic directly.

Rubin launches Global Sports, Inc. e-commerce platform.

Following a round of strategic investments led by Softbank, Michael Rubin led Global Sports, Inc. to launch an e-commerce platform solution and collection of managed services, announcing agreements with its first five sporting goods retail partners. The first customer website order was placed Oct. 15, 1999 at 4:10PM. Global Sports net revenue: $5.5 million. Employees: 195.

Rolling strong in the first full year of business.

The team delivered e-commerce capabilities to brick and mortar retailers, filling a previously unmet need, and proof was in the demand. Global Sports, Inc. achieved 8x net revenue growth and opened its first fulfillment center in Louisville, KY. Global Sports net revenue: $42.8 million. Employees: 431.

Celebrating the first $100 million.

Global Sports, Inc. pushed past familiar territory, paving the way for expansion beyond sporting goods. In 2001, the company offered e-commerce solutions to companies in new categories. By 2001, the company had secured partnerships with the top three leading sporting goods retailers: The Sports Authority, Gart Sports and Dick's Sporting Goods. A great year: net revenue exceeded $100 million, doubling the figure from the previous year. Global Sports net revenue: $102.6 million. Employees: 467.

New name for a new era.

Experiencing success in the entertainment, consumer electronics and beauty industries, Global Sports, Inc. ushered in a new era by officially changing its name to GSI Commerce, Inc. GSI’s new state-of-the-art, 82,000-square-foot customer care center opened in Melbourne, FL to support this growth and diversification. GSI net revenue: $172.6 million. Employees: 935.

Going pro and global.

Rubin signed Turner Sports Interactive to operate NASCAR’s online store on the GSI Commerce, Inc. platform; marking the company’s first e-commerce partnership with a major professional sports league. He also led the launch of GSI’s first international website and continued to push GSI to expand into additional product lines and categories. GSI net revenue: $241.9 million. Employees: 1,034.

Hitting a home run with MLB.com and top online retailers.

MLB.com selected GSI Commerce, Inc. to develop and operate its new e-commerce store, along with all 30 official Major League Baseball club websites. With Rubin’s continued focus on new lines of business, it was no surprise that in 2004 GSI was the e-commerce business of choice for 27 of the top 300 online retailers in the United States. GSI net revenue: $335.3 million. Employees: 1,270.

Scoring pro sports hat trick, adding NHL to MLB and NASCAR.

GSI Commerce, Inc. made a power play when the NHL signed with GSI to provide e-commerce technology, order processing, customization, fulfillment, customer care and marketing services for their online store. In addition, following Rubin’s continued push into international e-commerce, GSI entered into an agreement to acquire Aspherio, S.L., a Barcelona-based e-commerce provider. This acquisition provided GSI with the platform to expand its international business. GSI net revenue: $440 million. Employees: 1,644.

Winning category leaders as major clients.

Toys”R”Us was added to GSI Commerce, Inc.'s client roster in 2006. The fully functional Toys”R”Us e-commerce site was built and launched in 90 days—a remarkable achievement. In addition, the NFL drafted GSI to power the “NFL Shop”—the league’s official direct-to-consumer business, partnering Rubin and GSI with four of the top five professional U.S. sports leagues. GSI net revenue: $609.6 million. Employees: 2,046.

Partner of choice for all major professional sports leagues.

The NBA’s online stores were added to GSI Commerce, Inc.'s licensed sports footprint, emerging as the leading e-commerce partner for all major U.S. professional sports leagues. GSI acquired Accretive Commerce, adding significant scale to GSI’s infrastructure and expanding its growing client base. To support the volume and complexity of business, GSI built a state-of-the-art, highly automated 540,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Richwood, KY. By the end of the year, GSI operated six fulfillment centers in the United States with approximately 2.5 million square feet. GSI net revenue: $750 million. Employees: 3,600.

Big wins in interactive marketing services.

Rubin’s strategy to help retailers acquire new customers led GSI Commerce, Inc. to provide interactive marketing services. e-Dialog Inc., a market-leading provider of advanced email marketing solutions for more than 100 blue chip companies in the U.S. and Europe, marked the first of seven GSI acquisitions in this space. GSI net revenue: $966.9 million. Employees: 4,100.

Capturing market leader title under Rubin. Rue La La joins the GSI fold.

That honor, published by Internet Retailer, capped off the brand's celebratory 10th anniversary of providing e-commerce and interactive marketing solutions to more than 200 well-known brands and retailers across 15 merchandise categories. In addition, GSI successfully completed the acquisition of Rue La La. GSI net revenue: $1.358 billion. Employees: 5,616.

ShopRunner launches and Rubin featured on CBS’ “Undercover Boss.”

GSI launched ShopRunner, an innovative members-only service that aggregates shopping benefits from top retailers and brands. America got a peek inside GSI during one of the busiest and most successful times in the company’s history when Rubin donned a disguise and appeared on an episode of CBS’ Emmy-nominated reality show “Undercover Boss.” GSI also significantly expanded its global footprint in 2010, growing its European online store footprint for global clients and opening offices in Tokyo and Singapore. GSI net revenue: $1.4 billion. Employees: 5,616.

Kynetic launches, following eBay’s acquisition of GSI Commerce, Inc.

Michael Rubin launched Kynetic on September 12, 2011, a next-generation commerce company consisting of three consumer Internet businesses: Fanatics, Rue La La and ShopRunner. Prior to the launch of Kynetic, GSI Commerce, Inc. was acquired by eBay Inc. for $2.4 billion on June 17, 2011. As part of the transaction, GSI sold its interests in ShopRunner, Rue La La and Fanatics to the newly formed Kynetic. Today, GSI, an eBay Inc. company, operates as a separate business alongside eBay Marketplace and PayPal, while eBay retains minority interests in ShopRunner and Rue La La. Earlier in 2011, GSI acquired Fanatics, Inc., then a Jacksonville, Florida-based company that operated more than 250 e-commerce websites, including footballfanatics.com, and over 60 e-commerce stores for collegiate and professional sports partners and media organizations.

Fanatics acquires Dreams. ShopRunner hires Scott Thompson as CEO.

Fanatics acquired Dreams Inc., positioning the company to deliver a superior customer experience for all sports fans through its Fanatics.com and FansEdge.com brands. Simultaneously, Rubin sold 10% of Fanatics to Insight Venture Partners & Andreessen Horowitz for $150 million. ShopRunner also named Internet and payments executive Scott Thompson its CEO. Scott joins ShopRunner at a time when the company is enjoying a fast growth trajectory, making it an ideal time to bring on a new leader to further accelerate the company’s expansion. With Thompson at its helm, ShopRunner is positioned to facilitate billions of dollars of online and offline commerce.

Moving next-generation commerce forward.

Kynetic consists of three consumer Internet businesses: Fanatics, a leading online retailer of licensed sports merchandise; Rue La La, a leading online private sale destination in the U.S.; and ShopRunner, an innovative members-only service that aggregates shopping benefits from the top retailers and brands. Founded in 2011 by renowned Internet entrepreneur Michael G. Rubin, Kynetic is based in the Greater Philadelphia area. At the end of its first year, Kynetic is one of the largest privately held technology companies in the United States. Reflecting Rubin’s passion for growth, business and changing the game, Kynetic builds on his previous success building the enablers for brands to successfully sell to consumers online, by refocusing that energy on the direct-to-consumer business. The company’s name begins with Kylie, the name of Rubin’s daughter and combines his personal enthusiasm for the consumer Internet and the kinetic energy of next-generation commerce. Click here for more information about Michael Rubin, founder and CEO, and learn why he is excited about this new venture.

Fanatics

A leading online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, Fanatics provides the ultimate shopping experience to sports fans. Comprising the broadest online assortment, Fanatics offers hundreds of thousands of officially licensed items via its Fanatics (www.fanatics.com) and FansEdge (www.fansedge.com) brands. In addition, the company powers the e-commerce sites of all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR), major media brands (ESPN, NBC Sports Network, CBS Sports, FOX Sports) and over 100 collegiate and professional team properties. For more information, please visit www.fanaticsinc.com.

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Opportunities at Fanatics

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Rue La La

One of the leading online members-only private sale destinations in the U.S. Rue La La serves more than 6 million members and works with more than 1,000 leading brands. Founded in 2008, Rue La La inspires its members daily with access to a curated selection of the most coveted brands and offerings in fashion, home, beauty, travel and more within its 48-hour private-sales boutiques.

Rue La La - News

Opportunities at Rue La La

If you'd like to join us, we're always looking for smart people with charisma to spare who are passionate about premier brands at private-sale prices. Want to work here? Drop us a line at opportunities@RueLaLa.com.

ShopRunner

An innovative members-only online service that aggregates shopping benefits from the top retailers and brands offers customers unlimited, free two-day shipping and free returns. Its members also receive access to exclusive deals from ShopRunner’s growing network of more than 75 partners, including Toys"R"Us, The Sports Authority, Lord & Taylor, Newegg.com, GNC, AutoZone, Domino’s Pizza, PetSmart, drugstore.com, Barnes & Noble and eBags. Kynetic is working with ShopRunner to expand its list of strategic partners, giving members access to even more clothing, baby gear, beauty products, books, electronics, movies, sporting goods, pet supplies, toys, video games, luggage, automotive parts and more.

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Opportunities at ShopRunner

If you'd like to join us in our quest to make shopping better, drop us a line at careers@shoprunner.com.

Michael G. Rubin

Michael G. Rubin, renowned Internet entrepreneur, recently founded Kynetic, a private company singularly-focused on building consumer Internet businesses. Kynetic includes three brands at the forefront of innovation in the online commerce space: Fanatics, the world’s leading online retailer of licensed sports merchandise, Rue La La, a leading online private sale destination in the U.S., and ShopRunner, an innovative members-only service which aggregates shopping benefits from the top retailers and brands. Kynetic expects more than $1 billion in revenue in 2012, immediately making it one of the largest private tech companies in the world.

Prior to Kynetic, Rubin was Founder and CEO of GSI Commerce, which was acquired by eBay for $2.4 billion in 2011. Over the past 12 years, Rubin built GSI into a formidable global network of e-commerce, multi-channel and digital marketing businesses servicing 150 of the top 500 Internet retailers and, in totality, over 2,000 customers, including Toys”R”Us, Dell, Polo Ralph Lauren, Estée Lauder, Aéropostale, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bath & Body Works and PetSmart. Rubin pioneered an innovative pay-for-performance business model that fueled GSI’s organic sales growth, which he then complemented in recent years with 11 strategic acquisitions. GSI became one of the largest publicly-traded Internet companies, facilitating billions of dollars of merchandise sales for its customers, with 2010 revenues of $1.4 billion and 5,000+ employees. As part of the transaction, eBay divested certain assets to Kynetic, specifically all of GSI’s online licensed sports merchandise business (Fanatics) and 70% ownership in Rue La La and ShopRunner.

Rubin began his entrepreneurial career in 1985, when he opened a ski-tuning shop in his parents’ basement at the age of 12. He earned $25,000, which was sufficient to rent space in a strip mall for “Mike’s Ski Shop.” By the time he was 14, he had racked up sales of $125,000. Within a year of graduating high school, Rubin had opened several retail ski stores in Pennsylvania and New York. He went on to found KPR Sports, a leading distributor of off-price sporting goods and footwear. In 1997, he merged KPR Sports with publicly-traded Ryka, a branded athletic footwear company he controlled, to form Global Sports Inc. (GSI). The following year, Global Sports generated sales exceeding $100 million and, at age 25, Rubin became one of the youngest CEOs of a NASDAQ-listed company in the exchange’s history. The success of GSI Commerce and Rubin’s outstanding achievements landed him a spot on the inaugural season of CBS’ hit show “Undercover Boss,” as well as recognition in numerous media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The New York Times, BusinessWeek and People. Forbes named him one of 2010’s “15 Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under.” In 2011, Rubin was part of the ownership group that purchased the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.

Michael R. Conn

Conn has served as chief financial officer of Kynetic since September 2011. A seasoned public company CFO, he leads Kynetic’s administrative functions and manages its investments in Fanatics, Rue La La and ShopRunner. He also serves as a director of all three companies.

Prior to Kynetic, Conn served as chief financial officer for GSI, Inc. since January 2006. He held various other positions for GSI, including strategic planning, sales and corporate development from 1999 to 2006. Before GSI, Conn was a research analyst on Wall Street, where he was recognized as an all-star stock picker by The Wall Street Journal.

Conn is a graduate of the Boston University School of Management.

Daniel J. Winters

Winters has served as general counsel and secretary of Kynetic since its inception. He leads the legal and business affairs functions at Kynetic, bringing than 15 years of mergers and acquisitions, securities and complex commercial contracting experience to the team.

Immediately prior to joining Kynetic, Winters served as senior vice president and general counsel for business and legal affairs of GSI Commerce, Inc. a publicly-traded worldwide leader in e-commerce related services.

Prior to joining GSI in 1999, Winters practiced law with the Philadelphia-based law firm of Blank Rome LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, security matters and other complex commercial matters.

Winters has a Bachelor of Arts in accounting and received his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. He has also been a certified public accountant since 1994.

Saj Cherian

Cherian is vice president and chief of staff to CEO Michael Rubin. As Employee Number Two, Cherian helped launch Kynetic with Rubin immediately following eBay’s acquisition of GSI Commerce, Inc. in June 2011.

Cherian has more than a decade of experience building technology businesses as a venture capital investor (Valhalla Partners), mobile operating executive (Virgin Mobile USA and NBC Universal/GE) and management consultant (McKinsey & Company). Cherian works with Rubin across a number of areas for the company, including corporate and strategic business development.

A Marshall Scholar, Cherian earned a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Committee on Corporate Affairs.

Brian L. Miles

Miles has served as director of finance since the company's founding in June 2011. He works with the financial leadership at each of Kynetic's investments, as well as handling day-to-day administrative functions at the company.

Prior to joining Kynetic, Miles was manager of corporate development and investor relations at GSI Commerce, Inc. Before GSI, Miles spent six years as an investment analyst at Emerald Asset Management, a small and mid-cap investment advisory firm.

Miles holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Millersville University and a Masters of Accountancy from Villanova University. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Jonathan S. Schoenfeld

Schoenfeld has served as deputy general counsel of Kynetic since August 2011. An experienced business lawyer, Schoenfeld's practice has included mergers and acquisitions, securities law, debt and equity financings, corporate governance and commercial matters.

Prior to joining Kynetic, Schoenfeld was associate general counsel at GSI Commerce, Inc., a publicly-traded worldwide leader in e-commerce related services. Before joining GSI, Schoenfeld practiced law with Ropes and Gray LLP, and Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault LLP, where he represented technology companies as well as venture capital and private equity firms.

Schoenfeld is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Goucher College.

Kevin Brandis

Brandis joined Kynetic in Jaunary 2013 and works with the financial leadership of Kynetic.

Prior to joining Kynetic, Brandis was a procurement manager with AFA Foods at the corporate headquarters.

Brandis holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from La Salle University.

Alan Trager

Trager, founder of Fanatics, LLC, has served as CEO since 1999. Trager and his brother, Mitchell, started the company in 1995 when they opened a small brick-and-mortar team store in the Jacksonville, Fla. area. Fanatics is now the largest retailer of licensed sports merchandise in the world.

Previously, Trager was CFO of Florida-based Pick ‘n Save, a mass-merchandiser with 40 stores in the Southeast and revenues topping $300 million. In addition to his responsibilities as CFO, Trager also oversaw a number of other areas including information technology and marketing.

Trager received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1975.

Steve Davis

Davis is Chief Executive Officer of Rue La La, a leader in the digital private sale space with a membership base of over 3 million. He joined Rue La La in October of 2010.

Prior to joining Rue La La, Davis served as President, GSI Commerce International from 2007 to 2010, based in Barcelona, Spain. Davis served in various roles upon joining the founding GSI executive team in 2000, including Senior Vice President responsible for Account Management, Product Management, and Marketing. In addition to building GSI into the leader of outsourced e-commerce services, Davis developed the strategy for and launched GSI’s Marketing Services division, which is currently a Top 15 Interactive Agency as ranked by Ad Age.

Previously, Davis held a number of management positions at Anheuser-Busch and Just For Feet.

Davis received his Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, Milsy, and their three children.

Scott Thompson

Thompson is the CEO of ShopRunner. He has a record of deep industry experience, having most recently served as CEO of Yahoo. Prior to that, Thompson was President of PayPal with overall responsibility for establishing that company as the leading global online payment service.

Prior to PayPal, Thompson was Executive Vice President of Technology Solutions at Inovant, a subsidiary of Visa formed to oversee global technology for the organization.

Thompson was also Chief Information Officer of Barclays Global Investors, where he implemented a new strategic technology platform and global infrastructure.

In addition, he was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand.

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