Fran Hauser is a venture capital investor, digital media veteran, and an advocate for women and kids. She is passionate about connecting people and inspiring change. An active investor, Hauser is a partner at Rothenberg Ventures (“RV”). Through her work at RV and as an angel investor, she has actively supported dozens of innovative companies including ZADY, LevoLeague, Hullabalu, Bustle and HelloGiggles and has invested in some of the most promising companies in digital media and e-commerce. Before diving into the world of venture capital, Hauser spent 15 years in the digital media space, most recently as the President of Digital for Time Inc.’s Style and Entertainment Group (SEG). In that role, Hauser oversaw PEOPLE.com, the most visited site in the publishing industry; EW.com; InStyle.com and Essence.com. Under Hauser’s leadership, these sites reached over 20 million unique visitors per month; generated over one billion page views; and garnered a Twitter following of over 8 million. Hauser was also responsible for the mobile and tablet strategy for these brands, including the launch of over 20 consumer products, reaching more than 4 million users, available on the mobile web or as applications.
In addition to product development, Hauser oversaw acquisitions, large-scale distribution partnerships and best-in-class social media and search engine optimization practices. In 2010, Hauser led the acquisition of StyleFeeder, Time Inc.’s first major investment in e-commerce. She managed the acquisition and integration of Celebrity Baby Blog in 2008, increasing unique visitors from 300,000 to nearly 2 million in less than two years. Hauser also served as Vice President of AOL’s Programming Group and was named Vice President and General Manager of Moviefone in 1999 after playing an integral role in the $400 million dollar sale of Moviefone to AOL. Prior to Moviefone, Hauser held positions at Ernst & Young, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she began her career.
Hauser speaks frequently about topics such as career building, digital media and investing in and by women. She also writes regularly for publications such as Inc., Women 2.0, and Bedford Magazine, appears on CNBC’s Power Pitch, and serves on the Executive Advisory Board for Techweek New York. In 2015, Hauser’s decision to join Rothenberg Ventures was featured as a Harvard Business School case study; she also received the 2015 W Award from the YWCA of the City of New York, which honors change makers who are working to improve the lives of women. In 2014, Forty Over 40 selected Hauser as one of 40 Women to Watch Over 40, a distinction that honors women who are reinventing, disrupting and making an impact. That same year, she was also named one of the Six Most Powerful Women in New York City’s Tech Scene by Refinery29 and was honored as a Global Champion of Women on International Women’s Day. In 2011, she was honored by the Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York for strong leadership and was also named to Folio magazine’s annual “Folio: 40,” a list honoring magazine and media industry influencers. She was recognized in 2009 as one of Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch”, and was inducted into Media Industry Newsletter’s (MIN) Digital Hall of Fame in 2008. A passionate advocate of women and children around the globe, Fran is a funder of the PBS documentary Half the Sky, Board Chair of GlobalGiving and an advisory board member of 92Y Women inPower, Rent the Runway’s Project Entrepreneur, WomenOne and TIA Girl Club. A summa cum laude graduate of Pace University, Hauser lives in Bedford, New York with her husband and two darling boys.