Rick Webb currently serves as the COO of Timehop. He is a marketing, operations and sales consultant to venture-backed startups such as Timehop, Tumblr, Soundcloud and Percolate. He also works with services-driven agencies and creative firms - PR shops, dev shops, ad agencies, events companies.
In 2001, Webb co-founded The Barbarian Group, an award-winning digital ad agency. He served as its COO for the first ten years of the company's existence. Sold to Samsung in 2009, Webb left in 2011 to pursue angel investing in, and writing on, technology and advertising. He is an angel investor in Foursquare, Mashape, Percolate, GoTenna, Nestio, Timehop and other startups.
Webb is author of Agency: Starting a Creative Firm in the Age of Digital Marketing, released by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015, and an avid writer on technology, advertising, economics, and government. He has written a men's guide to wedding planning, entitled Man Nup: A Groom's Guide to Heroic Wedding Planning. The Economics of Star Trek, and recently published a photo book entitled Amtrak Hipstamatic Northeast Corridor. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Economics in 1992. He serves a board member of the VCU Brandcenter, one of the most renowned advertising graduate schools, and was named as Creativity Magazine's 50 most creative people in marketing (2008). He was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska.