January 8, 2004Ralph is one of the most interesting, intelligent people I know. I worked under him years ago, and while many felt he was random I always understood that he was always a step ahead of everyone else. And he still is, so watch out!
August 29, 2003I've known Ralph for a long time, and in a number of different relationships. I've been his friend, lawyer (or, more accurately, for his company, the Washington Post), co-investor, co-board member and mutual due dilgence source.
He's tops, and I'd welcome the opportunity to work with him on any comany situation. Also a great biker and wine connoisseur. Center of the Washington D.C. digiterati crowd.
Ralph Terkowitz joined ABS Capital Partners in January 2004 as a general partner who focuses on companies within the media & communication and technology sectors. His role includes identifying investment opportunities in the media and communications space while leveraging his operational experience to help execute growth strategies across the ABS portfolio. Terkowitz represents ABS on the boards of Control Point Solutions, Inc. and WhenU.com, Inc.
Previously serving as CIO/CTO of the Washington Post Company, Ralph brings more than 25 years of operating, financial and technical experience to ABS. During his tenure at The Washington Post Company, Terkowitz worked with the Post’s six major divisions on all major technology and development operations and investments. He also led negotiation of the major vendor outsourcing agreements with AT&T and IBM, among others, while leading the effort to implement strategic sourcing and improving operating processes within the company. Since 1996, Terkowitz had primary responsibility for The Washington Post’s venture investment portfolio. Investments identified and executed by Terkowitz include: Junglee, the first service to provide listings from multiple merchants’ web sites, which was sold to Amazon; Personalogic, a service to qualify buyers, which was sold to AOL; and Exchange.com, an integrated database of multiple merchants’ catalogs, known for its product Bibliofind, which was sold to Amazon. Under his direction, performance exceeded that of other corporate venture investors who manage for both strategic value and investment returns.
Also while at The Washington Post, Terkowitz served as founder and CEO of its electronic publishing subsidiary, WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive (formerly DigitalInk). Under his leadership, the subsidiary became known for its innovation and led the industry in developing new revenue models for electronic media. One of the products created by Terkowitz, washingtonpost.com, continues to be among the most visited news and information sites on the Internet. Also for the Washington Post, Terkowitz was the CEO of Brass Ring, one of the first business services providers. Under his direction, Brass Ring received venture funding from both major VCs and strategic investors. It has grown to be one of the two largest outsourced recruiting platforms.
Terkowitz serves on the board of TRUSTe, a non-profit entity serving consumers and businesses by setting and enforcing standards for protecting consumer privacy in a highly connected world. He was the first external director of Microstrategy, and from 1996 to 2003, Terkowitz assisted the Company through its initial public offering, metric growth, restatement and recovery.
In addition to his ABS duties, he is a member of the board of advisors of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the Indian CEO High Tech Council, the Cornell University Council and the Newspaper Association of America’s Business Committee on Industry Development.
Cornell University, University of California, Berkeley
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