Ann Zitterkopf has extensive experience at building businesses.
In 1993, Ann she co-founded an IT company called WorldCom during her final year of university. WorldCom (renamed Interliant in 1995 after a cash deal to sell the name to Bernie Ebber’s growing telecom company) became the leader in application hosting and led a US analyst firm to coin the term Application Service Provider.
Ann personally sourced dozens of multi-national clients for Interliant and led the international expansion, eventually moving to London to lead what became the most profitable business branch. When she left in 2000, 15 months after listing on NASDAQ, Interliant had 1,600 employees, $200 million in recurring revenue and a market cap in excess of $2.5 billion. Along the way, Ann was a contributing author to the “Internet Cookbook” (an intro to the web) and a frequent speaker on technology and the internet. She has been profiled by, among others, the “Sunday Times” and CNBC, and a business school case has been written about the founding of Interliant when Ann literally lived in a garage to save on rent while building the business.
After Interliant, Ann was the executive in residence at Sussex Place Ventures and was asked to take over one of their portfolio companies that was about to go into administration. As Chief Executive Officer, Ann built this software company into the second largest in its space and sold it for cash to the largest.
Ann became President and COO of WeeWorld in June 2005, a social networking and gaming site for teens that now creates mobile applications. Ann managed the operations of the business as well as the company’s key partners, Microsoft and AOL.
Ann was a founder and, for three years, president of the UK chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organisation. EO is the leading global community for entrepreneurs with more than 6,000 members worldwide.
Ann has a MBA from London Business School where she led the drive to create a permanent endowment (and occasionally sits in on the classes when the Interliant case is taught) and a BA from Rice University. She also is on the Humanities Advisory Board at Rice University and is a trustee of the Harriet Tory Charitable Trust.