An acclaimed Internet pioneer, Barry Schuler has developed emerging technologies into successful enterprises for the last 25 years. A serial entrepreneur, his career spans breakthroughs in early video games, computer graphics, Interactive media, e-commerce, consumerization of the Internet, development of the first desktop Ultra-short Pulse Lasers, and recently the breakthrough motion picture LOOK.
Schuler spent eight years with AOL, where he was the architect of the consumer experience that brought the Internet into the lives of more than 25 million households. After performing in several roles of increasing responsibility, during AOL’s explosive growth, Schuler ultimately served as Chairman and CEO during the height of the company’s reach and influence.
Prior to AOL, Schuler was CEO and co-founder of multimedia development firm Medior Inc. until its acquisition by AOL in 1995. Under his leadership, Medior pioneered the use of interactive multimedia for applications such as electronic commerce, entertainment, and corporate information systems. The company designed the America Online interface that ultimately made AOL leading consumer online service.
Currently, Schuler is CEO/Chairman of Raydiance, Inc. which has pioneered the world’s first desktop ultra-short pulse laser, and is a Managing Director of The DFJ Growth fund, a global venture capital firm. He serves as a Director on the Boards of Raydiance, Inc., Hands-on Mobile Entertainment, Synthetic Genomics, Inc., UBMatrix And UUSEE. Schuler is an avid supporter of educational innovation and reform. He is co-founder of The Blue Oak School, Napa Valley’s only independent progressive school, and currently leading a project to help transform public school systems.
Schuler is a graduate of Rutgers University and a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumini.