Fran Hauser is an early stage investor, long-time media executive and a vocal advocate for women across the globe. Best known for her role building PEOPLE.com – one of the biggest media brands online – Hauser made the leap to early stage investing in 2014, funding and advising consumer-focused companies such as HelloGiggles, ZADY, Levo, Knowsy and Gem&Bolt. Twelve of Hauser’s thirteen active investments are companies founded by women, highlighting her broader commitment to increasing the representation of female founders and investors.
Hauser previously spent 15 years in the digital media space, holding President and General Manager positions at Time Inc., AOL and Moviefone. She played an integral role in the $400mm sale of Moviefone to AOL and in building PEOPLE.com into one of the most successful women's websites.
Hauser speaks frequently about topics such as career building, digital media and investing in and by women. In 2015, she received the 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.
A passionate advocate of women around the globe, Hauser is an advisory board member of 92Y Women inPower, Rent the Runway's Project Entrepreneur, WomenOne and TIA Girl Club; on the board of directors of GlobalGiving; a funder of the PBS documentary Half the Sky; and a mentor to hundreds of young women. A summa cum laude graduate of Pace University, Hauser lives in Bedford, New York with her husband and two darling boys.